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Personalized 3 Sprouts Storage Bins: Cutest. Gift. Ever.

July 20, 2012 17:10
Personalized 3 Sprouts Storage Bins Racoon & Zebra at Makaboo
Walt has received a number of raccoon inspired gifts, both from people who knew that my childhood lovie was a raccoon, and from folks who are aware of our more recent encounters with the critters. But my all-time favorite raccoon gift has to be a raccoon-adorned 3 Sprouts Storage Bin personalized with Walt's name. The little bandit just makes me smile, and almost makes me forgive his brethren for incurring 4 ER visits and $1200 in rabies-related charges on our 2010 insurance bill.

So I was SO excited when we decided to start carrying Personalized 3 Sprouts gear. Their Storage Bins are the ultimate in stylish nursery and playroom decor - they are durable, functional and adorable! How can you go wrong? And the best part is they're a gift that goes on giving - in fact, Makaboo's two packagers who are going off to college next month and have asked if they can have one for their dorm room as a parting gift. (And yes, Walt will be carting his to Yale in 2030!).


Contest: mak-a-Pin on Pinterest!
UPDATE: Our winner of the Personalized 3 Sprouts Bin is Rachel Fiedler!!

Makaboo Personalized Gifts now featuring 3 Sprouts Storage Bins

  • Simply Pin a 3 Sprouts Bin image from this page you could win the bin!
  • Each repin you receive will count as an extra entry.
  • We’ll announce our winner on Friday, July 27th!

NOTE: Only original Pins of 3 Sprouts items from will count as entries.

These bins put the fun in functional kid's storage:

Having fun with 3 Sprouts Zebra Storage Bin from Makaboo 3 Sprouts Personalized Storage Bins are fun! Parker's loves his Personalized 3 Sprouts Storage Bin!

So Call Me, Maybe...

July 10, 2012 08:34
One of the most fun things about running Makaboo Personalized Gifts is that we are some of the first folks to spot trends in baby names. Here's what we're seeing so far for 2012:

Can I Buy A Vowel?
Alice, Emma, Ella, Olivia, Ethan, Elias, Eliot, Owen ... if it begins or ends with a vowel, it is hot right now. This trend started in 2010 but we're seeing it continue this year. Such great, classic names!

Boys' Names Are For Sissies! 
Jessica Simpson isn't the only new mom giving her little bundlette of joy a name traditionally considered a boys name. Parker, Emerson, Pearson, Hunter - we're sewing a lot of names that you'd think were for boys, but they're in hot pink or on a pair of our Kissy Kissy Fancy Pants! 

Old Names Are New Again
Some old classics are coming back in style: Pippa, Poppy, Esther and Hazel have all graced our sewing machines with more frequency, as have Oliver, Henry, Charlie and Jack. Just goes to show that, as with everything in life, names eventually come back in style - aren't you glad you didn't throw out those 80's neons?

Makaboo Personalized Baby Blankets      Makaboo Personalized Baby Layette


Makaboo Personalized Baby Blankets, Burps, & Hooded Towels

Summer has arrived at Makaboo!

June 22, 2012 16:50

There is no better time to be a child than Summer! Fun filled days with family and friends create a special feeling of childhood bliss that truly precious memories are made of.

If making the most of Summer is a priority, you'll love our Summer is Bliss Sale! We've selected our very best items for Summer, so you'll be ready come beach or boardwalk or even pool or playground. Now is the perfect time to create your very own specially embroidered Makaboo Summer apparel items for all the adorable babies and toddlers in your life!

Save 20% on these select items, use code: SummerIsBliss now thru 6/25/12!
Bella Bliss Sun Hat at Makaboo
Bella Bliss Sun Hat
Was: $34.99 Now: $27.99

Bella Bliss Swim Trunks at Makaboo
Bella Bliss Swim Trunks
Was: $39.99 Now: $31.99

Bella Bliss Girls Bikini Makaboo
Bella Bliss Bikini
Was: 59.99 Now: $47.99

Bella Bliss Coverup (Robe) at Makaboo
Bella Bliss Coverup (Robe)
Was: 59.99 Now: $47.99

Bella Bliss Polo Onesie at Makaboo
Bella Bliss Polo Onesie
Was: $39.99 Now: $31.99

Bella Bliss Polo Tee at Makaboo
Bella Bliss Polo Tee
Was: $39.99 Now: $31.99


3 Sprouts mak-a-Pin Contest!

June 18, 2012 12:23

UPDATE: Our mak-a-Pin winners are:
Kylah Farih - wins a 3 Sprouts Caddy!
Kate Pitman - Wins a 3 Sprouts Wall Organizer!

Makaboo is simply abuzz with the addition of 3 Sprouts Cadies & Wall Organizers made even more adorable with personalization by you!  We positively melted when we first saw these stylish and sturdy children’s organizers, can you blame us? Modern designed Owls, Pigs, Bumble Bees & even Cows and Penguins are truly smile inducing!!  Not to mention their capability to clear the clutter those little kiddo's create.

There are so many great ways to use our 3 Sprouts personalized organizers! 

Makaboo on Pinterest

mak-a-Pin on Pinterest to tell us how you plan to personalize them:

  • Simply mak-a-Pin from this page & you could win the item you Pin!
  • Each repin you receive will count as an extra entry.
  • We’ll announce our two winners on Friday, June 22nd!

NOTE: Only original Pins of 3 Sprouts items from will count as entries.

We're Movin' On Up! To The Eigth Floor...

June 15, 2012 14:15

It's not quite the East Side, but it's close!

Makaboo is growing! We were bursting at the seams in our storefront in downtown St. Louis, so we've rented a beautiful office space on the 8th floor of the same building. It's looking more and more like home every day.


The new digs!


Cindy's Corner Office!

Makaboo photo shoot day two: That's a Wrap!

June 10, 2012 20:30

About the only thing cuter than the new Makaboo items we've been shooting this weekend is our unofficial mascot, a Boston Terrier named Pete!! With a face like Pete's who could blame us for sneaking him into a few of the shots!?! Actually he kind of insisted...

That's Pete enjoying all the attention (and treats!)

Getting the holiday feeling just right...

Cindy shows off her mad skills with the steamer!

Reaching high to direct the sun to our shot.

A Special Glimpse Behind The Scenes At Makaboo's Latest Photo Shoot!

June 9, 2012 16:49

A wonderful location, beautiful new products, along with a superb team of stylists and photographers has made our latest Makaboo photo shoot a delight.  We simply cannot wait to share all the adorable new products we've discovered!!! Here's a special glimpse:

Steaming the blankets just before the shot. 

Arranging the blankets just so!

Cindy's checking the shot list...

Getting the shot just right!

Super cute new products waiting for the camera.

We were on Show Me St. Louis talking baby trends this week!

May 24, 2012 14:01

First we covered the latest in kids' decor and gifts: woodland creatures are in! Squirrels, raccoons (ahem), badgers, owls, mice ... all very hip in kids' gear. Our newest line of personalized 3 Sprouts gear - launching soon! - features the cutest storage caddies and wall organizers festooned with some hilariously adorable forest creatures, and of course you can also add our mouse and owl icons - as well as many others - to nearly all of our gifts at no additional cost.

3 Sprouts Storage Caddie

Coming Soon to Makaboo: Personalized 3 Sprouts Caddies

And preppy is always in for summer! Our Bella Bliss personalized swim trunks and monogrammed girls bikinis with matching sun hats are flying off the shelves.

Bella Bliss Toddler Swimwear         Bella Biss Baby Swimwear

It was my first appearance post-baby, and we are living in a loft downtown while some work's being done on the house (you know, because having a 10-week-old isn't enough change for us) so I had limited access to my wardrobe and decided that since they never, ever show feet on TV I was going to wear flip-flops. Little did I know that Show Me's adorable new host Julie Tristan is an Amazon! Hence the optical illusion that I am Elvish. I am 5'5! OK 5'4 and a quarter but when you add the flip flops I'm sure I break 5'5.

Next time I will be wearing the biggest heals I own. They are peep-toe Pradas that make me taller than everyone in my immediate family with the exception of my 6'3 husband. The first time my 83-year-old Aunt Suzie saw them she exclaimed "In my day we called those hooker shoes!" I love Aunt Suzie.




It's Because of Mom...

May 10, 2012 13:51

So, I'm a new mom. As of 44 days ago. Naturally, it's given me a new appreciation for the upcoming Mother's Day holiday this weekend!

Our fabulous new marketing director Susan Etter, who I've wanted to hire since starting this business and finally got the opportunity to snatch up, asked that I write a quick email for Mother's Day, and for some reason the wonderful Apple "Here's to the Crazy Ones" ad happened to be running through my head. I wrote an homage, if you will, and when Susan read it she rightly proposed that it would be best enjoyed with some photos.

We asked our family and friends to give us a few shots, and my amazingly talented friend Peter Engelsmann put the piece you'll find below together in a few hours. I'm really happy with it and I love that everyone in it has helped Makaboo Personalized Gifts to be what it is, in some way shape or form. Makaboo has many amazing moms!

We hope you enjoy and share, and of course, Happy Mothers Day from all the Moms of Makaboo.

Free To Pee On You And Me

May 4, 2012 17:09

On Fridays we have a lovely young woman named Stacy come and watch Walt so I can squeeze in some work before going back full-time next month.

Stacy watches the sons of very good friends of ours, so she has way more experience in all things boy than I do.

A couple weeks ago we're in the nursery together changing Walt's diaper and I say:

"So, how do you keep from getting peed on?"

Stacy: "I don't know, I've never been peed on."

Cindy: "Uhm, that's funny, because I was peed on three times. Yesterday."

Stacy: "Huh. I guess it's just timing."

Cindy: "Yes, I'm sure that's what it is."

My friend Liz gave me the bright idea, after that, to use a cloth diaper as a shield while I'm changing him. I haven't been peed on since! The shield, however, has been peed on at least seven times.

Stacy, I don't know what the heck you're doing differently.

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