Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Softest Eco-friendly Blanket Week #2- speesees organic cotton

The next blanket Ella got to try was a organic cotton plush blanket from speesees. I know you've heard me rave about speesees a lot lately and there is a reason why... I love the way their fabrics feel!!  They are a thick soft organic cotton that will last longer than a season, at totally affordable prices. speesees makes sure that all of their organic cotton is made with low impact/ herbal dyes, no formaldehyde, no dioxins and no pesticides or insecticides are used during their growth. 

The speesees mission is to be fun, fair + organic in the products they make, the way they conduct business + the baby steps they take towards creating a more sustainable future for the animal, plant + human speesees on our children's planet.

I want to explain organic cotton production and manufacturing to all of those who don't know before I get into my review...

Organic cotton growing is much more complex, not to mention more costly, than regular cotton growing. As I've said before, 11% of the world's pesticides and 25% of the world's insecticides are used to control pests in regular cotton growing. There are over 20,000 deaths every year from pesticide poisoning and majority of these deaths are cotton farmers.  That's why it's even more important to buy organic fabrics!! When organic cotton is grown, the farmer must make sure the soil fertility practices meet organic certification; the weed management is accomplished through cultivation, flame weeding or other cultural practices; and insects are controlled only through the organic certified methods. 

Pests are a huge problem in cotton growth, which is the reason why so many insecticides and pesticides are used. Organic farmers have to check their crops weekly to make sure there are no infestations. If there is a pest problem, the farmers use biological pesticides- derived of natural materials from animals, plants, bacteria, and certain minerals. There are also insecticidal soaps, which are used directly on the crop to kill soft bodied insects. There are several other practices used for individual pests. But all of these methods are non-toxic, biodegradable and certified organic. 

After the organic cotton has been harvested, the cotton has to go through a certified organic manufacturing process. The manufacturers cannot use chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, halogens, azo-dyestuffs, plus the machines have to meet ISO standards. I wasn't able to find lots of info on the manufacturing process... I'll keep looking and post at a later date if I find anything new. 

OK, back to speesees... After getting their blanket in the mail I had to try more. So we ended up buying quite a few outfits and I'm more than impressed. You can check out Ella's new speesees clothes by clicking here. We also won a speesees towel from Mommy PR! This has to be my favorite towel Ella's ever owned. It is 100% interlock cotton with a terry backside. The towel absorbs water really well and is the perfect length for toddlers. 

When Ella first saw her tomato + cocoa plush blanket she told me to go put it in the dryer! She didn't even feel the blanket, but was angry it wasn't pink. I'm guessing she thought the dryer would make it pink??? I told you the process of giving up her flunky hasn't been easy. But, I used my mom thinking cap and told her it matched her mushrooms on her wall. (She's big on matching lately) So she took the blanket to the mushroom and matched it, then slept with it that night. 

I personally love the blanket. I like the thickness of the cotton and how the plush is super cuddly. It is a great size- (42"X42") for toddlers or even swaddling a infant. The plush also makes an awesome backdrop for pictures!

The Giveaway: 1 lucky winner will receive a speesees plush organic blanket!

Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST September 17, 2009 to enter. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced after they respond to the winning email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email, or a new winner will be chosen. You must leave your email address! This contest is open to the US.   

How to Enter:  Go to speesees and tell me something else you'd like to have. Click on "Comments" to leave your post. Make sure to leave your email address!! I cannot contact the winner without it!  

EXTRA entries: You must complete the "How To Enter" before making any extra entries. Make sure you leave a comment for each extra entry and tell me which one. 

2. Become a fan of Mkokopelli on FB, Mkokopelli on Twitter or Follow my blog
3. Subscribe to my blog by email (on the right sidebar) 
4. Blog, Tweet or send a message on FB and leave a link here (3 extra entries)
5. Enter another giveaway I have going on and tell me which one or leave a comment on a non-giveaway post

6. Sign up for the speesees newsletter
7. Go to speesees and tell me your favorite picture of their trip to India to visit their cotton farmers
8. Grab Mkokopelli's The Softest Eco-friendly Blanket Week button and post on your blog or FB page 

279 comments:

  1. I love the manuella doodle doll!
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  2. I like the humanitee and the gorilla tee.


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  3. Following you on Facebook!
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  6. I blogged you
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  7. I blogged you
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  8. I blogged you
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  9. I entered for your 1st eco friendly blanket giveaway the other day!
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  10. I love the sweet charity dress :: cocoa. amsbolda@hotmail.com

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  11. I subscribe to u. amsbolda@hotmail.com

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  12. I follow your blog. amsbolda@hotmail.com

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  15. I love the tomato :: swing jacket!

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  16. I follow your blog.

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  17. I follow on Twitter.

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  18. I entered the Woven Organic Bamboo blanket giveaway.

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  19. This prance :: tie dress is adorable too!

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  20. I am a fan of Mkokopelli on FB, and follow on Mkokopelli on Twitter and Follow my blog

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  21. I entered the Woven Organic Bamboo blanket giveaway.

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  22. I like the picture of the children waving and smiling in India. Such precious faces!

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  23. I tweeted http://twitter.com/dropcqueen/status/3708679783

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  26. I really like the eliza jane dress. Thanks.
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  27. email subscriber
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  28. I follow your blog.
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  29. I would love the Speesees Tomato flare pants.
    I also have a blanket obsession with finding the perfect blanket for my daughter.


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  30. I am a fan on facebook.

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  31. I also entered the Bamboo blanket giveaway.

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  32. My favorite pic of India is of all of the children waving. So sweet and so beautiful.

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  33. I subscribe via email.

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  34. I would like the Hum Hooded Towel.
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  35. I am an email subscriber to your blog newsletter.
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  36. I have the softest blanket button on my blog

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  37. I love the grow :: jumper!

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  38. I subscribe to your blog

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  39. I signed up for speesees newsletter

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  40. I'd like to have any of the 4 teething toys shown.

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  41. I subscribe via email.

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  42. I love the kimono dress! too cute

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  43. I follow you on twitter as luv_to_save
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  44. I'm a subscriber
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  45. tweeted #1
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  47. tweeted #3
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  48. also entered Green Toys Tea Set giveaway
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  49. signed up to their newsletter- email used xxethelxx at gmail.com

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  50. Favorite picture is the one in the cotton gin - the first picture with the 3 boys holding some cottons.

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  51. I have your Softest Eco-friendly Blanket Week button at http://luvtojoingiveaways.blogspot.com/

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  52. love the blankets and the towels..esp. the harmonize :: hooded towel
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  53. fb, twitter, and follow
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  54. subscribe
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  55. Sign up for the speesees newsletter
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  56. tweet #1
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  59. I like the photo where all the people have their hands up like waving...
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  60. entered Green Earth Bamboo Giveaway
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  61. entered plasmart
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  62. entered dreamsacks giveaway
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  63. I would love the dandelion blanket.

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  64. Left a comment on Your Thoughts.

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  65. I also love the grow :: bundler!

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  67. I subscribe!

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  68. I like the lamb jacket. thanks! ruth dot gray at gmail dot com

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  69. I follow on twitter. graygirly
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  70. tweet! https://twitter.com/graygirly/status/3732374331
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  71. tweet! entry 2 https://twitter.com/graygirly/status/3732374331
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  73. my thoughts

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  74. i love the eliza jane dress! thompson_tanda@yahoo.com

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  75. i follow your blog. thompson_tanda@yahoo.com

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  76. I'd like to have the hum bundler

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  77. Extra entry for My Thoughts.
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  78. The "Prance Tie Dress" is pure fun and very unique! I was surprised to see they had such a large selection of products. Thanks!
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  79. The first picture under "dying" from the India trip was gorgeous! That is so cool that they put these on the site.
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  80. Entered the Simply Chickie giveaway.
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  81. Subscriber.
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  82. I'd also love to have the babies' bear jacket (cocoa with organic sherpa lining!)

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  83. I subscribe to your blog by email

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  84. I entered the Green Earth Bamboo Giveaway

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  85. I love the second to last picture in the "sewing & printing" category - you see the back of a woman wearing a lime orange & pink sari cutting next to her sewing machine.

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  86. What fun items! Love it!! i am going to have to shop around!

    If I were to pick something else, I would choose the Utilitarian Diaper Bag. Because I am having my 3rd baby in January and could use a fun diaper bag! And, of course, this awesome blanket!!

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  87. entered the Lotus Bebe Luxury Blanket giveaway
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  88. entered
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  89. I entered the dreamsacks blanket giveaway!

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  90. My favorite picture from India is of all of the people waving!

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  91. I love their bloomers and the jackets as well!

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  92. I'm already a fan of yours on FB.

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  93. My favorite picture is the feet in a circle. :)

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  94. bird trio mobile for sure!

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  95. I just love the Lamb jacket, omg it is soo cute and looks really warm!

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  96. I also entered your Lotus BEBE luxury blanket giveaway

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  97. I also entered for the Lotus blanket

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  98. I really like the picture from India under "sewing and knitting" of a a bunch of peoples bare feet. It's a pretty interesting photo.

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  99. The bear jacket is a must have! Thanks for the chance.

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  100. I entered the California Cozy giveaway! Thanks.

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  101. I like the teething toy set. Thanks for the chance.

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  102. I think what they call bloomers are adorable. they are pants with ruffled cuffs at the bottom

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  103. i also entered the lotus bebe giveaway

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  104. the lamb jacket is adorable

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  105. LOVE the hum jumper in long-sleeve!

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  106. also love the prance :: tie dress

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  107. follower

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  108. I like the hum :: bundler. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  109. I love the Dandelion and Prance Kimono's--am a huge fan of Speesees, my go to baby shower gift!

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  110. I'd love to have their bear jacket. Their pants are the best for cloth diapering
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  111. Email subscriber
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  112. I'm a FB fan
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  113. I signed up for the speeses newsletter
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  114. My favorite pic of the India trip is they folks in Indian giving the Americans flowers necklaces, super sweet. I lOVE this company
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  115. We love the bootes and Speeces "Friend".

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  116. my favorite item is the *gorilla tote bag :D

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  117. I love the Elize jane dress, I subscribe to your newsletter and I mentioned the contest on my blog, The Luxe Report, also entered to win the Palma Collection giveaway. naturalluxe@yahoo.com Thank you!

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  118. love their pumpkin booties!! thanks so much

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  119. I would also love to get the prance kimono, too cute! Thanks for the chance!

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  120. I like the teething toy :: crawl. yyeres(at)gmail(dot)com

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  121. Would also love the pinecone tote bag
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  122. I follow your blog
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  123. I subscribe via email
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  124. I love the lamb jacket- SO cute!
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  125. I like the bamboo bird mobile by petit collage.

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  126. Facebook Fan - Janet Fri

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  127. I follow on Twitter - Janetfaye

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  128. I follow this blog - janetfaye

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  129. Let's go with the Hum Hooded Towel.

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  130. I really like the grow bib..very cute.


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  131. I love the lamb jacket for my grand daughter.
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  132. I entered Reclaimed Wool Sweater from Puppy Pie giveaway.
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  133. I'm subscriber via email
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  134. I follow your blog
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  135. I signed up for speesees newsletter.
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  136. My favorite picture is the one of 3 boys holding cotton, listed under "cotton gin".
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  137. I like the hum :: utilitarian tote. I love hummingbirds and this tote is super cute.It's also in my favorite colors,peacock + pollen :)


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  138. The booties look like they'd be so comfy, and the pumpkin color is so cute.

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  139. I like the Gorilla Tote Bag.

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  140. follow your blog as kngmckellar

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  145. http://kngmckellar-glorias.blogspot.com/

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  146. I like the tomato bloomer

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  147. FB fan: ktanjatk tk

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  148. I follow on twitter: @ktanjatk

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  149. I follow your blog

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  150. I subscribe

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  153. I signed up for their newsletter

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  154. My favorite photo is cotton gin - three boys with cotton in their hands

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  155. like blossom kimono ty.
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  156. I like the prance hooded towel

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  157. email subsriber

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  158. I would love the have the manuella doodle doll. Thanks!

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  159. I love the Lamb jacket and $35 isn't bad!!

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  160. I like the first picture from the Cotton Gin file - the three boys holding cotton in increasing order.

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  161. I love the Hum Bundler for infants.
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  162. I like the prance :: hooded towel.

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  163. hum :: tank

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  164. I think the Tomato Swing Jacket is very cute.

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  165. I follow via Google Friend Connect.

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  169. I'd also like to have the Tomato swing jacket
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  170. Follow on Twitter-rosannepm
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  171. Subscribe by e-mail
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  172. Signed up for the Speesees newsletter
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  173. I love the tomato bloomers.
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  174. I'm a fan on facebook as felicia marie.
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  175. My favorite picture from their trip to India was where they are holding the cotton in their hands all hands together called cottonfields
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  176. I follow you on twitter as fefemarie09.
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  177. I follow you through google friend connect.
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  179. I tweeted!: http://twitter.com/fefemarie09/status/4058894317
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  180. I signed up for their newsletter.
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