So. Many. Colors.

Chip and Joanna Gaines from the HGTV hit show, Fixer Upper, have their own paint collection that they introduced to the world a few months ago.  (And thank you Chip + Joanna!)

fixer upper's chip and joanna gaines

The new paint collection, Magnolia Home is a premium paint collection for interior and they even have furniture and cabinetry paint. (Say what?!)

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Now Chip + Joanna Gaines announced that they have 125 NEW SHADES!

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Check out some of their new paint colors…

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Shop their new shades. 

You won’t be disappointed, they have.. So. Many. Colors.

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Fourth Of July Facts

american flag - fourth of july

As we get ready to celebrate our nation’s birth, we thought this would be a perfect time to share a little trivia about Independence Day and the early history of our country.  Some of it might come as a surprise to you and it just might come in handy during your Fourth of July cookout or get-together.  How well do you know your American history? Read more to find out!

-John Adams think we celebrate Independence Day on the wrong date:

Adams thought July 2, the day the Second Continental Congress voted in Philadelphia to declare independence from Britain, would be the day patriots celebrated. “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,” Adams wrote on July 3. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.  John Adams refused to acknowledge the Fourth of July as the nation’s Independence Day, firmly believing that July 2nd was the birth of our nation, and rejected all invitations to celebrate the Fourth of July.

-Three presidents died on the Fourth of July:

It was three of the first five presidents, Adams, Jefferson and Monroe. John Adams the second president and Thomas Jefferson the third president both died in 1860 on the 50th Anniversary.

-One president as born on the Fourth of July:

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president in 1872.

-When did the Fourth of July become a legal federal holiday?

1870. Then in 1938, Congress reaffirmed the holiday to make sure all workers received full pay.

-When were fireworks first used to celebrate July Fourth?

1777. Congress chose fireworks as a way to celebrate the first anniversary. They were ignited over Philadelphia and the celebration also included bonfires and bells.

-Did you know that roughly 2.5 million people lived in the United States when the Declaration was signed?!

yankee doodle music sheet

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-“Yankee Doodle” is often thought of as a patriotic song.  It’s even the state anthem of Connecticut.  However, it was originally sung by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.  The Macaroni wig was an extreme fashion in the 1770s and became contemporary slang for foppishness.  The implication of the verse was that the Yankees were so unsophisticated that they thought simply sticking a feather in a cap would make them the height of fashion.  After the tide began to turn during the War of Independence, Americans embraced the song and made it their own, turning it back on those who had used it to mock them.

 

star spangled banner written by francis scott key

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 –The national anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner) is actually set to the tune of an old British drinking song called “To Anacreon in HeavenThe lyrics come from the poem, “Defense of Fort McHenry” written in 1814 by a lawyer named Francis Scott Key.  The song didn’t become the national anthem until March 3rd, 1931.

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-What were the greatest numbers of stripes displayed on an official American flag?

15. The flag, adopted by congress in 1795, when there were 15 states, had 15 stars and 15 stripes. It was replaced in 1818 by a flag with 20 stars, representing the 20 states then in the Union and 13 stripes, representing the 13 original states. Ever since then, the U.S. flag has had a star added for each new state, with the number of stripes fixed at 13.

 

Happy Independence Day!

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Talk Derby to Me

Fancy dresses, fun cocktails and THE best accessories. No, we aren’t talking weddings…it’s derby time! Some people go for the racing, but for us at Mojuba, we go for it all (and the mint juleps). We say when looking for the perfect derby hat nothing is off limits. We like to think of it in wedding terms, “It’s your day, so whatever you want”! Check out some of our fav derby hats below. *All hats pair perfectly with a mint julep.

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You don’t need to be at the derby to party like it! So grab your besties and the biggest hat you can find! We’ve found the perfect drinks to serve up, make one or both! We “bet” these will have you off to the races. Cheers!

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classic mint julep / blackberry mint julep

 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo is approaching and everyone is looking for deals to celebrate! Here is a list of some of our favorite Cinco de Mayo deals around Chicago, and a little bit of history that you can impress your friends with…hopefully! *We can guarantee they will be happy with a margarita!

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                         Battle of Puebla

So before we dive into the margs and tacos, you need to know why we celebrate Cinco De Mayo. It’s the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over France in The Battle of Pueblo on May 5th, 1862. This battle was significant in that the 4,000 Mexican soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the French army of 8,000, who had not been defeated for almost 50 years. 462 French soldiers died in combat while only 83 Mexican soldiers died in the battle. It’s celebration is regional in Mexico, primarily in Puebla, where the holiday is celebrated as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla). And it is -widely- celebrated in the United States yearly, as Cinco de Mayo.

 

Now let’s get to those Cinco de Mayo deals!!!!

Big Star (1531 N. Damen) – FREE breakfast tacos from 9am-11am on Cinco de Mayo at their walk-up window!

Del Toro (2133 S. Halsted St.) – Pepino Margarita -a traditional margarita topped with a slice of cucumber and jalapeno with a chile pequin lined rim for $8.

Carnivale (702 W. Fulton St.) – Mariachi bands, taco station with $2.50 tacos, a cigar roller, and $8 margaritas!

Best Intentions (3281 W. Armitage Ave.) – Horchata Margarita $8.

Takito Kitchen (2013 W. Division St.) – Pineapple Serrano Margarita $11

Nana (3267 S. Halsted St.) – Enjoy a four course Mexican dinner with pairings for $35 per person.

Mercadito (108 W. Kinzie St.) – Learn how to cook (plus you get to eat your creation) with their five course meal paired with five different beverages for $60 a person. Or enjoy a traditional margarita for $12.50.

Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar (960 W. 31st St.) – Spicy Margarita $10.

Lottie’s Pub (1925 N. Cortland St.) – Start at the “trolley headquarters’ to enjoy $3.50 Dos Equis and tacos. And take the free trolley they offer to Frontier (1072 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and The Pony Inn (1638 W. Belmont Ave.) for the same deals.

Tavern on Little Fort (4128 N. Lincoln Ave.) – $6 Margaritas and Mexican Mules, $5 Dos Equis tallboys, and $2 tacos.

Antique Taco (1360 N. Milwaukee Ave.) – Rosemary Margarita made with traditional ingredients plus rosemary simple syrup and topped with a sprig of rosemary for $16 pint / $30 quart.

Frontera Grill (445 N. Clark St.) – Golden Margarita made with Riazul anejo tequila, Grand Marnier, Pineau des Charentes and GOLD FLAKES -$35.

 

Don’t live in the Chicago area or you have a date with your sweatpants and the couch? Make this Spicy Jalapeno Grapefruit Margarita or a Blood Orange Margarita. They taste as good as they look!

 

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Celebrate Earth Day w/ an Eco-Friendly Wedding!

It’s Earth Day! To celebrate this pretty darn amazing planet we get to call home (as opposed to say, Venus with its sulfuric acid and such – perhaps that’s why all us chicks peaced outta there and relocated to Mother Earth), I thought it would be the perf time to share some tips for throwing yourself a green wedding. The best part about these simple to use eco-conscious ideas is that you don’t have to be a hippy-dippy type or have a green thumb to pull off a green wedding. It’s all about your choices, whether you’re going for that all natural boho-chic style or you prefer your wedding served on a more elegant and formal platter. So in the spirit of all things Earthy, here are some of my fabulously green wedding faves:

  • Email invites for weddings are a big no-no, but you can still make an eco-friendly invitation choice by going with Botanical Paper Works seed paper, which is a special paper embedded with seeds and super cute! And after the wedding you can tell your guest to just plant in some soil, give plenty of sun and water, and watch colorful wildflowers grow! So cool!

eco wedding invitation - botanical paper works

  • Choose organic fabrics such as silks, cotton or linen for your entire wedding party’s attire. You can even find eco-friendly vegan wedding shoes that are super cute for some green tootsies.

eco-friendly wedding shoes

  • Have you noticed that rustic weddings are all the rage, and the burlap has become the it-fabric of this charming outdoorsy trend? Well look at you, already using an eco-friendly fabric in your decor! Fancy it up with some eco-friendly lace or use twine for a more down-home country feel.

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  • Cut flowers may be the bees knees when it comes to weddings, but if you want to show the Earth a bit more love, go with an eco-friendly option like succulents that will also have themselves a happily ever after post-wedding day. Another eco-friendly choice is to choose potted blooms, plants or topiaries as centerpieces. This way, you can take them home and replant them after the wedding.

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  • Did you realize that your Mojuba Bag is eco-friendly?  You can use the Mojuba bags over and over, as makeup bags to throw in your purse for future occasions or use your larger Mojuba Bag as a fab toiletry bag for your honeymoon or other adventures!

Mojuba Bride bag

These options are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to green wedding choices…an iceberg that will melt away if we don’t start doing our part to help our home! Will you be tying the eco-friendly knot soon? Share your top green picks in the comments below!

 

 

Mojuba Wedding
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Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding.  After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all.  Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com

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Photo Credits: Invitations; Shoes; Burlap; Succulents; Topiaries; Mojuba Bag

Fixer Upper’s Chip + Joanna Gaines’ Book Cover Revealed – Get an Exclusive Look

fixer upper's chip and joanna gainesSome of you may know I am a little obsessed with the show Fixer Upper on HGTV. I recently found out I was selected to be on the official street team for their new book, The Magnolia Story.  YAYYYY! I am super excited to help spread the word and keep you informed on the book showcasing the talent of this rehabbing and design couple, Chip + Joanna Gaines. I’ll be sharing information as I get it on the October 18th book launch…in the mean time check out People magazine’s first look of their book cover. ‪#‎shipLappers‬ #magnoliastory ‪#‎cutestCoupleEver‬ ‪#‎coupleEnvy‬ ‪#‎peoplemagazine‬ ‪#‎HGTV‬ ‪#‎fixerupper‬

chip and joanna book cover for street team

 

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Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding. After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all. Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com

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HOW MUCH WOOD WOULD A WOODCHUCK CHUCK…

So you have already hit the first anniversary and thanks to our most recent blog on first anniversary gifts, you hopefully found some inspiration!!  Fast forward four more years, it’s the big 5! The traditional and modern gift for the five year anniversary is wood…odd, we know.  That said, we have racked our brains and found some creative and thoughtful ideas for you.  After putting all of our creative minds together we love how fun and versatile this gift can actually be. So “branch out” and find the perfect wooden gift for your forever after!!

 

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Wooden Watch / Jason Ryan Paddle Board /  Humidor / Jack Daniel’s Barrel Bolt Action Pen

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Treehouse / Wooden Heels  /  Wooden BraceletsWooden Jewelry Box

 

Mojuba Wedding

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Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding. After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all. Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com

Jackie James

Wedding Tradition – The Ring Bearer

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Ever wondered why a tiny human carried your diamond ring down the aisle before you entered the church? Maybe it’s because no one looks cuter in a suit than a kid!

There are several theories on where the tradition started.  In the Medieval era, a young male servant had the job of holding the bride’s train when walking down the aisle and the ring was carried on the tip of a sword. Soon after, wealthy families swapped out the sword for a pillow (much safer) because pillow’s were rare and it was a symbol of good fortune! This is the tradition we are most familiar with, even though the sword tradition makes us feel very Queen like (think Game of Thrones minus all the fighting).

  As you know, we at Mojuba believe in making weddings fun and thinking outside the traditional wedding box. Don’t have a nephew, young cousin or the money in your wedding budget to rent a ring bearer(kidding)?

This little girl was the ring bearer for her mom, and she is giving us suit envy! One thing that goes hand in hand with kids at a wedding is our Mojuba Wedding Day Emergency Kit. So whatever surprises they throw at you, Mojuba has you covered.

girl ring bearer

 

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Photo 1: Acres of Hope Photography

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After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all. Have any question for our expert, send an email to: jackie@mojuba.com

Jackie James

 

Justin & Jill’s Drunk History

Justin and Jill got married over Labor Day weekend. They didn’t want to waste time at the wedding reception having to answer the question “how did you meet?”, so with the help of a few friends and A LOT of booze they made this video to show at the rehearsal dinner.

Don’t forget to go to Justin Willman’s Youtube page and show them some love! We hope you enjoy this video as much we did! It is hilarious and will definitely be the new wedding reception trend! Thanks Justin and Jill! We hope this video helped!

 

XOXO,

Mojuba

 

 

Happy Labor Day!

Did you know Labor Day was created by the American labor movement in 1887 and was meant to exhibit the strength and spirit of US workers? Here is a little history about Labor Day!

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to make a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 worked in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning only a fraction of their full wage. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with some or very little access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.

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They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and renegotiate hours and pay. Many of these events turned violent, including the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886, in which several Chicago policemen and workers were killed.

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On September 5 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.

first labor day parade

via cityandlandnyc.org

 

The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it. But congress would not legalize the holiday for 12 years! For many Americans, it represents the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season. So grab your hot dogs & mallows and celebrate Labor Day weekend they only way we know how, by a parade and party! Happy Labor Day! Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

 

XOXO,

Mojuba