Baby-to-Child Flannel Blanket: Giveaway and Review

43" square 100% cotton flannel blanket in Pink ABC print by kidsstore ($28  +  $4 shipping).

Baby items often have a very limited period of usefulness: newborn hats, 3-6 month onesies, tiny washcloths, soft rattles, crib mobiles, Baby Bjorn, receiving blankets.  Looking back, I wish I had purchased and received fewer items with such limited usefulness and sought out alternatives that would grow with my child.  For example, instead of having 15 receiving blankets, I wish I had just a handful of larger blankets.  Receiving blankets truly are useful for a time, but after a few months, they are just too small.

So when kidsstore (who also makes the Best Bib Ever, which I reviewed just last month) asked if I would like to try one of her baby-to-child flannel blankets, of course I said, Yes!  My 2-year-old and 4-year-old have been helping me test it out for a few months now, and I'm pleased to share with you our findings.


10 Things to Love About Kidsstore's

1. Long-term usefulness.  Sized 43" square, this blanket is small enough for a baby and big enough for a preschooler.  Also available in a larger big-kid size (43" x 53").

2. 100% cotton flannel.  It's actually reasonably difficult to find a blanket for an older baby or toddler these days that is not made of minky or fleece.  I always prefer natural fibers, especially for my kids.

3. Warm and cozy, but not heavy.  The blanket is 2 layers of cotton flannel (no batting), so it feels warm and snuggly against the skin, but is light enough to use in the summer.

4. Comes in a variety of attractive, kid-friendly fabrics.  I have this green one, which is cute and gender-neutral.  Also check out the pink ABC print, colorful dinosaurs, or moon and stars print

5. Perfect for tummy or floor time for your baby.  Lay the blanket on top of your carpet to limit your baby's exposure to the gunk in your carpet.

6. Perfect for a nap for your older baby, toddler or preschooler.  Or just for snuggling on the sofa when you feel a little under the weather.

My 4-year-old, sick on the sofa under the flannel blanket.

7. Or for playing peek-a-boo or even just hiding in plain sight.

My 2-year-old under the flannel blanket.

8. A handmade gift you didn't have to make.  Aren't handmade gifts the best?  For an extra generous gift, the blanket could be used as gift wrap around another item.

9. Made by an Etsy store.  I'll say it again: I love Etsy.

10. You can win your own!  Enter the giveaway below.


Giveaway

For your chance to win your own Baby-to-Child Flannel Blanket OR any item of equal or lesser value from kidsstore, visit kidsstore and leave a comment telling me your 1st and 2nd choices.  In addition to cotton flannel blanketskidsstore also sells long-sleeve bibs, kid aprons, kid clothing, baby/ toddler bedding, kid towel sets, and nursing covers. If you win, you will receive one of these items, so choose wisely!  Be sure to include your email unless I can contact you through your commenting persona (Blogger profile, blog, etc.).


Extra entries:
  • Make kidsstore an Etsy favorite (you need an Etsy account to do this). 
  • Spread the word by email, Facebook, Twitter, carrier pigeon, etc. (you can use the buttons at base of the post). 
  • Extra entry for current or new Eco-novice subscribers (this includes readers who subscribe by feed or email, "like" Eco-novice on Facebook, or regular readers by some other method). Tell me how you subscribe/ follow/ read Eco-novice in your comment. 

You can enter the contest FOUR times total. Leave a different comment for each entry. Contest open to residents of the US. International readers may enter if you are willing to pay your own shipping ($4 - $7). Giveaway ends Thursday, August 11, 2011. Winner will be contacted Friday, August 12 and will have 48 hours to respond before I pick a new winner.

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147 comments:

  1. Cute blanket. And it's so true, our kids out grow things too fast!

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  2. The dinosaurs flannel blanket would have to be my first choice it's so boyish but yet soft and snugly. My second would be the dinosaur print "Do It Myself" toddler apron love the bright colors.

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  3. I love the blue giraffe print blanket that says little buddy. My second choice would be the blanket with the little ducks on it.
    rebatink(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I added their etsy shop to my favs with etsy username tigg90
    rebatink(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I follow eco novice via google reader!
    rebatink(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I am subscribed with google reader

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  7. I have added the etsy shop to my favourites
    wendyhatton(at)yahoo.com.au

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  8. I love the John Deere Best Bib Ever. I also like the It Green flannel blanket.

    melissapapson at gmail dot com

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  9. I definitely added kidsstore as an Etsy favorite because her stuff is just so darn cute!

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  10. I definitely added her Etsy store as a favorite because her stuff is just so darn cute!

    melissapapson at gmail dot com

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  11. Your blog is in my RSS feed.

    melissapapson at gmail dot com

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  12. I tweeted your giveaway. @MPapson

    melissapapson at gmail dot com

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  13. I liked the owl and fairy blankets, so cute!! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

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  14. I like their square flannel blanket baby to small child and the and yellow dinosaurs flannel blanket. aimeeeldon at hotmail dot com

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  15. I heart them on Etsy. aimeeeldon at hotmail dot com

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  16. My first choice would be the 43" square flannel blanket with the fairies and flowers by BoKuma.
    My second choice would be the blue and yellow daisy print dress in a size 3/4.
    Snowflake Day Play at gmail dot com

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  17. hearted the Kidsstore shop on Etsy as ColorBomb
    Snowflake Day Play at gmail dot com

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  18. tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/SnowflakeDay/statuses/96772122793345024

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  19. email subscriber
    Snowflake Day Play at gmail dot com

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  20. I like the fairies and flowers blanket and the peace owls blanket.

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  21. My first choice is definitly the Pink ABC 43" square flannel blanket baby to small child double layer quilted by BoKuma. I also readlly like the Peace owls and leaves flannel blanket

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  22. 1) First choice (can I pay the difference if I win)?
    Thomas the train flannel blanket 43" X 53" child cozy double layer quilted by BoKuma
    2) 43" square flannel blanket lt green baby to small child double layer quilted by BoKuma
    This is cute stuff! I wish there was more Thomas the Train items!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  23. I made Kidsstore a favorite (cezovski)
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  24. I like you on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
    Digicats @ sbcglobal.net

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  25. My first choice would be the: Pink ABC 43" square flannel blanket baby to small child double layer quilted by BoKuma

    My second choice would be the: Moon and stars 43" square flannel blanket baby to small child double layer quilted by BoKuma

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  26. I added the shop to my etsy favorites! katy010305

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  27. tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/KatyLMA/status/96899690045513728

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  28. I already like you on facebook! Katy A.

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  29. I already like you on facebook! Katy A.

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  30. My first choice would be the Pink Princesses blanket and my second choice would be the Pink ABCs. Thanks so much for the chance!

    The Happy Wife/Danielle
    ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
    http://juanshappywife.blogspot.com
    Twitter: The_Happy_Wife

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  31. My first choice would be the yellow dinosaurs blanket. My second choice would be the peace owls and leaves blanket.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  32. I hearted kidsstore on Etsy (houseofplush).

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  33. I like Eco-Novice on FB (Suzanne Gregg).

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  34. I like the Thomas the train blanket and the cars towels.

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  35. I like the:Watermelon and lime print pillowcase dress & the Peace owls and leaves flannel blanket

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  36. The 43" flannel blanket would be my first choice. My second choice would be the nursing cover in the neon block pattern. My youngest daughter is having her first baby this November and either one of these would be a lovely gift for her.

    cinmar11@hotmail.com

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  37. I would love to win the ABC 43" square flannel blanket baby to small child double layer quilted by BoKuma in pink or blue fabric.
    sbaka3 at gmail dot com

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  38. I like you on FB- S. Baka
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  39. tweet http://twitter.com/#!/tinwomen/status/96992284125564928
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  40. LOVE the 43" square flannel blanket baby to small child double layer with the very sweet blue & green blocks and the Nursing cover pink/black fabric. Both would be wonderful for my friend who is pregnant with her first baby!!!

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  41. I've "favorited" you on Etsy (timeandagainshop)

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  42. I "like" you on FB (Allison Reetz Rose)

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  43. I pinned it on Pinterest and shared it through them via Facebook (Allison Reetz Rose)

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  44. I love the Dinosaur blanket and polka dot nursing coverup :)

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  45. heart the etsy shop! mvegan5

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  46. my main choice is the Moon and stars 43" square flannel blanket baby to small child double layer quilted by BoKuma. Otherwise, maybe another of the blankets or the mickey apron!

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  47. First I'd have to go with the pretty bright and fun print pillowcase dress, then the watermelon and lime print pillow dress.

    edendaphne AT gmail DOT com

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  48. Hearted the shop on etsy (username Edelet)

    edendaphne AT gmail DOT com

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  49. yellow dinsaurs and moon and stars

    jcwga@hotmail.com

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  50. Looks like summer and pinky would be my two favorites. I think this is a very cute store! ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

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  51. My first choice would be the Pink ABC blanket and my second would be the Peace Owls blanket for my little girl! Thanks for the chance!

    kayceewilliams at gmail dot com

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  52. Favorited on Etsy- username is iloveyouhecried

    kayceewilliams at gmail dot com

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  53. Like you on Facebook- Kaycee Williams DeHennis

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  54. Subscribe via email

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  55. I'm in love with the peace owl blanket, with the fairies and flowers blanket as a second choice.

    ahampton79 at gmail dot com

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  56. I like the 43" square flannel blanket lt green baby to small child double layer quilted by BoKuma and the Toddler bed and crib sheets set 3 pc. Monkey Faces design personalized by BoKuma

    southtexaswedding [at] gmail [dot] com

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  57. I'm an E-N subscriber (love your blog!).

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  58. Loving the flanni blankets:: Thomas the Train & the green squares blanket too!

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  59. I love the Dinosaur Flannel Blanket and the Moons and Stars Flannel Blanket

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  60. I'd love the 43" square flannel blanket lt green baby to small child double layer quilted by BoKuma
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/75651303/43-square-flannel-blanket-lt-green-baby

    or the Moon and stars 43" square flannel blanket baby to small child double layer quilted by BoKuma
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/75945632/moon-and-stars-43-square-flannel-blanket


    sswpss at yahoo dot com

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  61. My 1st choice is Pink ABC 43" and my 2nd choice is Peace owls and leaves

    littleumbrella (at) wow (dot) com

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  62. I "HEART" them on Etsy

    My Etsy ID is: ultraviolet3

    littleumbrella (at) wow (dot) com

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  63. My favorites are the Monkey blanket and the Moon & Stars blanket...thanks!

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  64. My first choice would be the 41" square flannel blanket baby to small child (blue one with monkeys) and my second choice would be the Dora towel set

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  65. Their shop is now a favorite (enchancea)

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  66. I tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/#!/treayaa/status/100557442278096896

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  67. Oh, 1st choice is 41" square flannel blanket baby to small child in the patchwork and second choice would be the Kitty print girl and doll apron set.

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  68. I am an EcoNovice fan on Facebook!

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  69. I love the Pink ABC flannel blanket and the peace owl blanket the best

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  70. My first choice would be the Personalized Dora Towel Set!
    Second choice would be the Pretty Bright Fun Pillowcase dress!
    geauxtami@yahoo.com

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  71. I Hearted Kidsstore Etsy Shop-tamivol
    geauxtami@yahoo.com

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  72. I follow You on Facebook(Tami Vollenweider0
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  73. Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/tamivol/status/101136023341379585

    geauxtami@yahoo.com

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  74. First choice : Disney Buzz Lightyear towel set personalized 3 piece

    Second choice : Yellow dinosaurs flannel blanket


    littleangel_mw at yahoo dot com

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  75. I heart the shop on Etsy.
    (SweetPeaAngel
    littleangel_mw at yahoo dot com)

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  76. I am following you on Facebook.
    (michelle.s.dippel)
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  77. TWEETED: http://twitter.com/#!/DippelMichelle/status/101434628434432001
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  79. lovw the peace owl blanket and pink ABC one!
    Sabrina.Vaccaro at hotmail dot com

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  80. Like you on fb
    Sabrina.Vaccaro at hotmail dot com

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  81. First choice: Flannel blanket pink ABCs is so cute and 2nd is the Dora Personalized towel set for my daughter! :) thanks, livingonadollar84@gmail.com

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  82. Added the Etsy shop to my favorites, thanks! livingonadollar84@gmail.com

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  83. Tweeted this giveaway @thiscantbereal thanks! livingonadollar84@gmail.com

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  84. I'm a facebook follower, thanks! livingonadollar84@gmail.com

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  85. I adore the sailboats print blanket best, followed by the cho cho train print blanket!

    We like transportation themes...a hot air balloon blanket would be perfect too, as we hope to go to a hot air balloon festival soon! How fun to have a cozy blanket to rmember the "big" event!

    pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

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  86. I like the Pink ABC Blanket and the Happy Monkeys blanket.

    mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

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  87. I love the Robot sheet set and the fairies blanket
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  88. Oh fun, they have so many great things! I really like the Elvis blue and white towel set. (I know it's not for a kid, but adults need fun too!) I also like the dinosaur blanket.

    avroradavidovna at gmail dot com

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  89. I added kidsstore to my favorites on Etsy.

    avroradavidovna at gmail dot com

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  90. I subscribe to Eco-novice's RSS feed with google reader.

    avroradavidovna at gmail dot com

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  91. My first choice is the peace owls and leaves blanket. My second is the fairies and flowers blanket. They're both cute!
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  92. I heart on etsy (kirbycolby).
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  93. I already subscribe via email.
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  94. tweet! thank you!
    http://twitter.com/#!/Aerated/status/101689121495449602
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  95. Love these:

    1)Thomas the train Flannel Blanket
    2) Happy Monkeys flannel blanket

    Super cute!!!

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  96. Also added you as a favorite on Etsy!

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  97. 1st choice would be thomas the train flannel blanket, 2nd choice would be the sailboat flannel blanket.
    fiestyred-head @ live.com

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  98. Added kidsstore to my etsy favorites
    fiestyred-head @ live.com

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  99. Subscribe to emails
    fiestyred-head @ live.com

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  100. fan on FB
    fiestyred-head @ live.com

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  101. I like 1st choice as the Camp Rock pink and black towel set. second choice is the
    Rubber Duckies 43" square flannel blanket
    annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  102. http://twitter.com/#!/wowtotweet/status/101727738011992064 tweet link. annejk112233(at)yahoo(Dot)com

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  103. I made her etsy site a favorite. (i'm sentsyetsy)
    annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  104. I subscribe to your email. annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  105. My first choice would be the elvis towels, if they are any option, other wise the buggy bug towels, or the cupcake best bib every
    heididaily at gmail dot com

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  106. I made kidsstore a favorite on etsy (hdaily)
    heididaily at gmail dot com

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  107. I like you on facebook heidi reall daily
    heididaily at gmail dot com

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  108. Lovely shop! I would love to get my little guy the Dinosaur print "Do It Myself" toddler apron or the spider apron.

    vanrobmac at yahoo dot com

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  109. I added shop to my favorites vanrobmac

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  110. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/vanrobmac/status/101758380837842944

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  111. Plaid owls flannel blanket 43" X 53" child cozy double layer quilted or Watermelon and lime print pillowcase dress size 5/6.
    shakenafist at yahoo dot com

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  112. My two favorites would be the Thomas the train flannel blanket or the Plaid owls flannel blanket!

    alanasbod@yahoo.com

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  113. Added the shop to my Etsy favorites. (vintageluver)

    alanasbod@yahoo.com

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  114. Shared the giveaway on Facebook. (Star Shipley)

    alanasbod@yahoo.com

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  115. I am a new liker of you via Facebook! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

    alanasbod@yahoo.com

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  116. I like the Disney cars black towel set and the Thomas the train blanket

    laurie1993@verizon.net

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  117. hearted theirt etsy site

    laurie1993@verizon.net

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  118. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/FrugalWahms/status/101792182914125824

    laurie1993@verizon.net

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  119. subscribed via RSS

    laurie1993@verizon.net

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  120. My choices are:
    1st: Plaid Owls Blanket
    2nd: Happy Monkeys blanket

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  121. I hearted the Etsy store: 1 Chef

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  122. I am an email subscriber.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  123. Love the towels sets: my son would love Cars first, Spiderman second! erinnsluka@gmail.com

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  124. Made Kidsstore a favorite at Etsy! erinnsluka@gmail.com

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  125. I like the Moon and stars 43" square flannel blanket and Kitty print girl and doll apron set

    karlatrx AT gmail DOT com

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  126. My first choice is Pink ABC 43" square flannel blanket baby to small child double layer quilted by BoKuma
    The second choice would be Fairies and Flowers 43" square flannel blanket baby to small child double layer quilted by BoKuma
    Connie
    CGruning at aol.com

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  127. I hearted kidsstore on Etsy as ConnieGRG2
    Connie
    CGruning at aol.com

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  128. Shared via Facebook as CGruning
    Connie
    CGruning at aol.com

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  129. The Happy Monkey blanket would be my first choice and then the rubber Duckies blanket :)

    mikebelindaconnor at hotmail dot com

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  130. I made kidsstore an Etsy favorite
    mbcburton

    mikebelindaconnor at hotmail dot com

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  131. I like you on FB
    Belinda B
    mikebelindaconnor at hotmail dot com

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  132. I like the Moon and stars 43" square flannel blanket baby to small child

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  133. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/mommato5boys/status/101838966998831104

    mikebelindaconnor at hotmail dot com

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  134. I subscribe through Google Reader

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  135. I heart kidsstore on Etsy - bmweida

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  136. I want to thank eco-novice for doing the review and hosting the drawing of the flannel blanket. I also want to thank everyone who entered and wish them luck.

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  137. love the 'plaid owl' flannel blanket or the train print blanket

    annae07@aol.com

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  138. 'heart' kidsstore on etsy

    AAPL username

    annae07@aol.com

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  139. My 1st choice is the Plaid owls flannel blanket! 2nd choice is Fairies and Flowers!
    jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  140. I Made kidsstore an Etsy favorite (jadavis42)
    jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  141. I tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/JessicaADavis/status/101863382390550530
    jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  142. Shared this on facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=176407455766503&id=100002400632299

    jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  143. I "like" Eco-novice on Facebook (Jessica Davis)
    jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  144. I like the #1, Mint Green Girl and Doll Matching Aprons and #2 the Watermelon and Lime Dress. All the aprons, dresses and blankets are cute! creedamy [at] yahoo[dot]com

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  145. My second choice is Neon Kitties design toddler bed and crib sheets set 3 pc. personalized by BoKuma These are so cute I am book marking them as we do foster care and like to send a ,akie and pillow with a foster child.


    gerri_bolen@mns.com

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