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Never Leave Fish for Fish

April 10, 2013 11:03

I went to a fantastic talk by Jimmy John's founder Jimmy Liautaud yesterday and was so jazzed by his enthusiasm and commitment to his brand that I had to share some of his insights. I'm a HUGE Jimmy John's fan: I order from them online twice a week on average, and I love that they'll deliver me a fairly healthy, totally delicious meal within minutes. Genius!

My two favorite takeaways (of many) were:

On whether they'll branch out into other restaurant concepts, he relayed a story about fishing with his grandfather and coming upon a really good hole where they were catching one after another. When 9-year-old Jimmy suggested moving on to another spot, his grandfather said "Jimmy, never leave fish for fish." I try to remind myself of this alot: once you know what you're good at, then just keep being good at it!

On how he's grown such a phenomenally profitable company, Jimmy reflected on how they've continued to stay lean despite their meteoric growth, joking (but I think seriously) "We don't buy pens. Why should we buy pens when you can pick one up every time you go to the bank?" I happened to be using a bank pen to take notes. (Carrollton Bank has *the best pens ever*. My banker Lvav knows my passion for their pens and gives me a bunch every time I'm there.)

So, Jimmy, thanks for the inspiration. I'm going to keep fishing in the same spot! And Carrollton, thanks for the pens!

 



Introducing the World's Cutest Personalized Tote Bags

March 25, 2013 14:54

Since I launched Makaboo I have been DYING to find high-quality canvas tote bags that we could personalize. You'd think they'd be easy to source but after years of searching, I still hadn't found the perfect bag. And then I found three!

Meet our adorable new personalized tote bags. Choose from large printed bags adorned with crabs, pups and boats or bees, or go with a traditional personalized canvas tote with solid trim in two different sizes. They make for wonderful gifts for new moms and new babies, bridesmaids, big kids and beyond! And best of all, you can personalize them with any of our adorable exclusive icons.

Enjoy!

 

Personalized Printed Tote Bags


Personalized Large Tote Bags

 

Personalized Medium Tote Bags


The Burp Cloths By Which All Burps Should Be Measured

March 22, 2013 14:06

Burp cloths certainly aren't something you think about unless you have a child under six months. But during those six months, you think about them a lot. You search the couch cushions for them, empty the diaper bag over them, pray to the baby gods that you remembered them on that 8 hour car ride to great Aunt Jane's.

So when you find the right one, you buy as many as you can!

We were given a number of Aden & Anais items when Walt was born, and I quickly became a convert to the entire line but especially to their burp cloths (or what they call Burpy Bibs). The cotton muslin is so snuggly and gets softer with every wash; the burps are ultra thick and absorbent but don't stain easily, and they come in darling styles that you feel comfortable leaving the house with (nevermind the hair you haven't washed in three days, as long as the baby looks cute). But my favorite part was how big they are - HUGE! They are literally so big that one cloth can last an entire day, cutting down on laundry and reducing the general waste insanity you can't help feeling with an itty bity baby in the house.

Personalized Aden & Anais Burp Cloths

Their bibs are just as durable and soft, so we've transitioned to those now that Walt's one.

Personalized Aden & Anais Bibs

And of course, their hooded towels are a favorite because of their huge size - it's like a mini spa stay for baby!

Personalized Aden & Anais Hooded Towels

Finally, I had to add Aden & Anais' Serenity Star, because the first time I saw it I said "wow I wish I'd known about that six months ago". It's everything you need help with when you can't see straight from new baby coma: a room thermometer that changes color (pink to blue) if the room's too hot or cold, a timer for feeding, a digital clock, AND a sound machine! Forget having 5 contraptions in baby's room and just get this one instead. Serenity now!

Aden & Anais Serenity Star

To to folks at Aden + Anais, we're so happy to welcome you to the family!

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Perfect New Mom Gift: An Alexandra Ferguson Pillow!

March 20, 2013 15:41

For a long time I was heck-bent on offering only personalized gifts on Makaboo. After all, my original vision was to empower gift-givers to create one-of-a-kind gifts for the little people in their lives. But what if you don't know baby's name because he or she hasn't been born yet? Or what if you'd like to give a gift that you know mom and dad will love too? So, over the last few months, we've started adding a handful of gifts that don't need baby's name to make them just the thing. Put another way, these gifts are so perfect they don't need personalization!

Case in point: our Alexandra Ferguson Statement Pillows. I fell in LOVE with these (just like the pillow says), and with the fact that they are the perfect green baby gift or eco-chic new mom gift because they're made of 100% post-recycled plastic bottles! And they're made in the U.S.A., no less!

Their whimsy and style are the perfect addition to our baby decor line-up, so we're thrilled to unveil them to you. So, voila!

 

Bonne Nuit Pillow


Keep Calm Pillow - the Perfect New Mom Gift!

 

 

Don't Tell Dad Pillow


Mazel Tov Pillow


Je T'aime Pillow

 

Welcome Pillow - The Perfect New Baby Gift!


XOXO Pillow

 

Love Pillow - What a Lovely Gift!

 

I've already sent a "Here Comes Trouble" pillow to a girlfriend with two children who just found out she's having surprise twins, and a "welcome" pillow to a friend who just had her 4th child and didn't need any more baby gear.

Enjoy the pillows and let us know what statements you'd like to see!


The Perfect First Birthday Hat

March 19, 2013 13:19

Time really flies when you're having fun/still in shock.

Last week our little CBO (chief baby officer) Walt turned one! Of course I couldn't resist using the occasion as a photo opp to highlight one of my very favorite first birthday gifts, our First Birthday Hat

Here he is experimenting, in perfect first birthday attire (and by that I mean first birthday hat and diaper!) with his first ever cupcake!

 

Walt in his First Birthday Hat!

 

He's Not Sure What To Think of This Cupcake Business...

 

On Second Thought... 

And I know you would think that as a professional gifter I'd execute these events perfectly, but I managed to forget my absolute all-time favorite new first birthday gift: How adorable are these birthday candle holders - right??

 

Mariposa Birthday Candle Holders


Names of the Week

March 15, 2013 15:39

Every day, we’re lucky enough to help welcome lots of new babies to the world or help little ones celebrate birthdays by personalizing a Makaboo gift. That means we have a front-row seat for the most popular names at any given moment, and we’re sharing them with you!

Check back here every Friday to find out which names we've sewn the most of each week, then compare them to our predictions for the most popular names of 2013. Did we get it right?

This week, the names we've sewn the most are:

Caleb and Charlotte!

See you next week!


Names of the Week

March 8, 2013 15:02

Every day, we’re lucky enough to help welcome lots of new babies to the world or help little ones celebrate birthdays by personalizing a Makaboo gift. That means we have a front-row seat for the most popular names at any given moment, and we’re sharing them with you!

Check back here every Friday to find out which names we've sewn the most of each week, then compare them to our predictions for the most popular names of 2013. Did we get it right?

This week, the names we've sewn the most are:

Charlie and Kate!


Hop To It! Easter Is Just Around the Corner …

March 6, 2013 11:44

It’s hard to believe it’s that time already, but the Easter Bunny will be out and about hiding eggs and leaving candy in just a few short weeks! Thankfully, there’s still time to order Makaboo’s Easter baskets, accessories and gifts. Take a peek at our suggestions for adding a personalized touch to your holiday this year:

It’s not quite an Easter bonnet, but adding a monogram or name to our Wee Ones hair bows make them just as cute!

The guys have got to look spiffy, too! Bella Bliss personalized neckties will look great in family photos.

 

Of course, we've got plenty of fun stuff, too! Create a keepsake by adding the kids’ names to any of our Easter baskets – we’ve got three adorable styles to choose from this year:

These charming wicker baskets feature a polka-dot lining and are large enough to hold lots of loot!

Our cute pink and blue felt baskets come with bunny ears or in a bucket style.

But what to put in those baskets? If you’re tired of the kids getting too hopped up on sugar (haa! See what we did there?), consider including treats of the non-candy kind.

Angel Dear personalized lamb (above), ducky (below) or bunny lovies are perfect for Easter (and cuddly to boot!).

 

Apple Park's organic bunny, lamb or ducky lovies (below) make fun treats, too.

No matter how you choose to personalize your holiday, hop to it! Easter will be here in two shakes of a lamb's tail!


Names of the Week

March 1, 2013 10:05

Every day, we’re lucky enough to help welcome lots of new babies to the world or help little ones celebrate birthdays by personalizing a Makaboo gift. That means we have a front-row seat for the most popular names at any given moment, and we’re sharing them with you!

Check back here every Friday afternoon to find out which names we’ve sewn the most of each week, then compare them to our predictions for the most popular names of 2013. Did we get it right?

This week, the names we’ve sewn the most are:

Lucy and Henry!

Check back next Friday for next week's names!


Tooth On the Loose

February 28, 2013 13:58

It’s National Tooth Fairy Day (yes, really!), and we’re lauding the sparkly sprite by asking you to share memorable tooth-losing stories from your household. Post your story in the comments below, and you’ll be entered to win one of Makaboo’s personalized tooth fairy pillows! We'll announce the winner on Monday, March 4.

 



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