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The Truth About Raccoons And Ducks

January 25, 2011 16:43

We've been selling Angel Dear Lovies for more than a year now, and it's been fascinating to see which Animal Lovies are the most popular.

It comes as no surprise to us that the Monkey Lovie is the biggest hit. After all, we are all about Monkeys on Makaboo!

It does, however, surprise us that the Pink Giraffe Lovie comes in a close second. I was so hesitant to carry it - giraffes aren't *pink*?!? But we kept getting calls and emails (and polite suggestions from friends with girls) and I finally relented. It turned out to be one of the best business decisions I made in 2010. I'm happy to repeat that: adding Angel Dears' Pink Giraffe line-up was one of Makaboo's best business decisions of 2010!

The fact that I can use the term "business decision" and "pink giraffe" in the same sentence is why I love my job so much.

Other surprises? It appears that on the Angel Dear front we are selling more baby girl gifts than baby boy gifts. Who'da thunk!

And here's the biggest news: we're adding 3 new Angel Dear Animals this spring - the Purple Hippo, the Pink Zebra and the Pink Monkey!! All three will be featured as Lovies, Pillow Pals and Napping Blankets.

We're sort of embarrassed we didn't think of the Pink Monkey before.

Which animal is the least successful, you ask? Well, if you've read this whole blog then you will understand that it is with a great deal of smug satisfaction that I reveal ... it's the Raccoon. That's right, the CEO-chomping, rabies-positive Batcoon.

I'm thinking of giving the last few we have in stock to the local ASPCA for some large homeless dogs to snack on.


Boos On The Move Photo Contest!

January 24, 2011 19:22

We are very excited for what we think will become an annual (or maybe even semi-annual!) contest:

Makaboo's Boos on the Move Photo Contest!

Here's how it works:

1. Find or take a super cute photo of your little one with their favorite boo (a lovie, blanket or stuffed animal - it doesn't have to be a Makaboo one!)

2. Send the photo to or post it to our Facebook fan page

3. We'll make sure it's up on our fan page, then you get your friends to vote and comment on it!

It's that simple! Photos must be submitted by Friday 1/28, and we'll announce two winners on Friday 2/4: one for most comments/likes, and one for judges' favorite. Both winners will get $75 Makaboo gift certificates!!


Gossip Girl: We Loved Being Gossiped About!

January 24, 2011 19:18

Check out Makaboo's first appearance in St. Louis' go-to gossip column by the one-and-only Deb Peterson! My hubby and mom make an appearance too! It's a family affair.


GOLDEN GLOBE GIFTIES: Cindy Teasdale McGowan, owner of St. Louis' own Makaboo Personalized Gifts, was in Hollywood last Friday where she had been invited to participate in a kid-focused Golden Globes gifting suite.

Among the 75 or so pregnant and parent stars who stopped by the "Boom Boom Room Golden Globes Gifting Suite" were Jewel, Rhea Durham (Mark Wahlberg's wife and mother of their four children), James Van Der Beek, Tiffani Thiessen, Scott Baio and Nancy O'Dell and Samantha Harris from "Entertainment Tonight."

The Hollywoodites took home such goodies as embroidered Makaboo onesies, fancy pants and baseball caps. McGowan's company had exclusivity in the personalized clothing and gifts space.

This was the sixth year the Golden Globes had a gifting suite for the baby set.

McGowan said she found time while on the Left Coast to catch up with St. Louis native and former St. Louis Art Museum curator, Charlotte Eyerman, who's now American director of the French Regional and American Museum Exchange.

McGowan said she brought along her mom Liz Teasdale (wife of attorney Ken), and her hubby, Bill McGowan (partner with Tim, Sean and Seamus in McGowan Brothers Development and co-owner of Rosalita's, Lucas Park Grille, Flannery's Pub and the Fitness Factory).



A Weekend in La La Land

January 24, 2011 18:34

Whew! I have just about recovered from our trip to LA for the Boom Boom Room Golden Globes gifting suite. We had so much fun. I took an all-star team - my mother and husband! We met a ton of neat people, learned alot about how to do a gifting suite well, and gave some super cute boos out.

I think these were the highlights:

  • Listening to my mom explain the ins-and-outs of Makaboo to an enthusiastic and adorable Shar Jackson, knowing full-well that mom hadn't the foggiest idea who Shar Jackson is (if Meryl Streep had walked in, my mother would have said "she looks familiar")
  • Bonding with our very fun neighbors from Baby Gourmet, a super cool Canadian organic baby food company that just struck a deal with Walmart
  • Getting a little breathless from James Van Der Beek and his equally stunning wife, whose skin is like Edward Cullen's but more luminescent
  • Meeting Jewel and getting excited about her baby bump
  • Giving the Guncles (from Tori Spellings' Home Sweet Hollywood show) a onesie with a little chick and "power" on it for their gorgeous baby Simone (who really is gorgeous - I'm not kidding!)
  • Catching Samantha Harris days before she gave birth to little Hillary
  • Getting a kick out of Meet the Brown's Denise Boute giggling over a pair of Fancy Pants we had with a skull and crossbones on the bum, along with the word "Booty" - Boute, Booty!

Here are a few photos - check our facebook page for all photos from the 2-day event!


Chad Lowe with Cindy Teasdale McGowan at Boom Boom Room

Chad Lowe in a Makaboo Baseball Cap

Constance Marie with Cindy Teasdale McGowan at Boom Boom Room

The George Lopez Show's Constance Marie



Evan Handler with Cindy Teasdale McGowan at Boom Boom Room

Californication's Evan Handler



The Guncles with Cindy Teasdale McGowan at the Boom Boom Room

The Guncles with Little Simone!



Jewel & Cindy Teasdale McGowan at Boom Boom Room

Jewel and Her Bun That Doesn't Show Yet, With Makaboo Piggy Hat

Makaboo's Going to Hollywood!

January 10, 2011 13:04

We're leaving Thursday for our first-ever gifting suite! We're very excited to be co-presenting Jayneoni Moore's Boom Boom Room Golden Globes gifting suite! Attendees so far include Mark Wahlberg, Jane Krakowski (she cracks me up!) and many more. Tons of photos and updates to come - here's the invite!

Makaboo at Golden Globes Boom Boom Room

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