Thursday, February 18, 2010

Great Lakes Diaper Company Review & Giveaway

One of my Green Goals for 2010 is to try out cloth diapering with our newborn. Cloth diapers really intimidate me so I never tried them with our 3 older boys. Since I am new to the cloth diaper world, I really didn't know were to start or what diapers to try. So I was beyond excited when Rosemary from Great Lakes Diaper contacted me about a review.

Great Lakes Diaper Company is an online cloth diaper store that has everything to get you started with cloth. Started by a mama, they carry a variety of cloth diapers like FuzziBunz and Knickerknappies as well as all of the accessories you will need. If you are new to cloth diapering like I am and need information on how it all works, then you need to check out the Cloth Diaper FAQs section. For me, this is the best and most helpful cloth FAQ that I have come across. One of my biggest questions going into this was what do I do with the poop and how do I wash these things. Great Lakes Diaper Company answers these questions and others with very detailed explanations. They also tell you about the different types of cloth diapers that are available and what you will need to get started. If you still have questions then do not hesitate to email them!

Now when Rosemary offered me a diaper to try out, I told her how excited I was but also so clueless. I had no idea what I should try or what would work well for a tiny newborn.  I ultimately I gave her free reign and told her to send me what she thought would be good for me. I received 2 Perfect Size FuzziBunz (x-small) diapers.  



When my diapers came in the mail I was so excited! I was finally going to try out cloth, not to mention they are just so darn cute! The FuzziBunz are fairly easy to use. They have a waterproof outer layer and a fleece inner layer and come with a fleece insert that goes in the inside pocket for extra absorbency. Now lets be honest, cloth diapering takes some getting used to. As someone who used disposable diapers on 3 previous children, cloth diapers were pretty foreign to me. I will admit I was a little skeeved about what to do with a poop diaper. I knew I was supposed to dump it in the toilet but I had not completely read the FAQ section I mentioned earlier that tells you that exclusively breastfed baby poop can just be thrown into the wash. So the first time that my little guy pooped in his FuzziBunz, here I am trying to scrape the poop off with toilet paper into the toilet. It was quite a sight. I also had a major blowout/leak the first time we used it but that was because I hadn't made the diaper tight enough. The FuzziBunz have a bunch of snaps so you can adjust the diaper to fit your baby - do not be afraid to make them nice and snug!


Isn't a cloth diaper baby bum just so cute? After a few more tries with them I think I can say I got the hang of it. Well, I am better anyway. :) Now I still only have these 2 diapers so I am still using disposables most of the time, but I am hoping to slowly build up a supply of some more cloth.

As I mentioned, Great Lakes Diaper company has a nice selection of different cloth diapers, wipes and other accessories. You will also find newborn packages which is a really great way to get yourself started. They even have a Rewards Program which lets you earn gift certificates to use towards future purchases. There are 3 ways to earn rewards (be sure to check the site for all the details):
~ For every $100 you spend you will receive a $5 certificate
~ Refer a friend who makes a $50 first purchase and receive a $5 certificate
~ Post their button on your blog and send them 100 unique visitors and receive a $5 certificate. (I actually need to get that set up myself)

Great Lakes Diaper Company often has special sales, you may have seen me post some in the past. So be sure to check out the sale section and save! And all orders over $50 will receive free standard shipping within the USA.

So whether you are an experienced cloth diaper user or a newbie like myself, you should definitely check out Great Lakes Diaper Company!

Giveaway
One (1) winner will receive a $20 gift certificate for Great Lakes Diaper Company.

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This giveaway is open to US Residents 18+ only and will end on Thursday, March 4 at 11:59pm EST. One winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and will be posted on the Winner's Announcement Page. Winner has 48 hours to claim his/her prize otherwise a new winner will be picked. You must leave your e-mail address in all of your comment(s) so I can contact you. I will not share your e-mail address with anyone, it will strictly be used to notify you if you win. Good luck!

Please note that the opinions and views expressed in this review are my own and based on my personal experience with the product. You may encounter a different experience with this than I did. Great Lakes Diaper Company provided me with 2 diapers for review and is providing the gift certificate for the giveaway. 






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157 comments:

  1. Great review! I was not aware of that diapering site! I haven't tried a lot of the brands listed on her site, but I am really interested in trying the Mother-ease fitteds and covers.

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  2. I love the hemp toy sling for children, this is perfect for when I am carrying baby in a sling and the other children want to copy too!

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  3. Carla (Mom2KL @TMS)February 18, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Great review!

    I've been wanting to try the FuzziBuns one size!

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  4. I really like the medium planet wise wet bags!

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  5. I follow with google friend connect!

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  6. I love that they carry Thirsties products. I really want to try the Thirsties Duo Diaper.
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  7. I follow in google reader
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  8. I'm an email subscriber!

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  9. I could use a large planet wise wet bag

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  10. subscriber

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  11. I don't CD but I love those slings.

    maybe if I win, I can start ;)

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  12. I fanned you on FB!

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  13. The Gro Baby diapers seemed pretty cool! I've been wanting to try cloth so I am hoping to win!

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  14. tweet http://twitter.com/ladybirddesigns/statuses/9303412408

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  15. the hemp sling mverno@roadrunner.com

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  16. I like the Knickernappies OneSize Diaper! I've been wanting to try something like that.

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  17. I would really love to try a FuzziBunz One Size diaper - this would be the perfect chance! I like the Baby Blue color.

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  18. I follow you with Google Friend Connect.

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  19. I subscribe by email.

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  20. I like the Fuzzibunz one size diaper in orange! :)

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  21. I follow google friend connect.

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  22. I would love to try the Knickernappies OneSize Diaper (LoopyDo Inserts). I need to try some new brands and see if I like them the same or better than what I have. :)

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  23. I love to colors of the Fab Wipes! they are so bright and fun!
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  24. Follow your blog on Google friend!
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  25. I'd also like to try a knickernappies one size diaper!

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  26. E-mail subscriber
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  27. I like the DryBees All In One Hybrid

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  28. facebook fan
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  29. I'd get another Fuzzi Bunz, we love those!

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  30. I love the thirsties diaper covers

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  31. I'm also a facebook fan of GLDC

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  32. I love FuzziBunz... sorry to say I only have 1. It's a shame! Every stash should have a few.

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  33. I am a fan on FB of Green Mamas Pad

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  34. I am a fan on facebook of Grean lakes diaper company

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  35. I love the Gro Baby Diapers!

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  36. Definitely interested in the DryBees All In One Hybrid.

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  37. I'm a fan of Great Lakes Diaper Company on facebook. superfizz at bust dot com

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  38. I subscribe to your feed. superfizz at bust dot com

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  39. My favorite is the Thirsties Duo Diaper.

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  40. Follower.

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  41. Subscriber.

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  42. My favorite is the drybees aio hybrid

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  43. Following both of you on twitter and tweeted

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  44. following you on twitter

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  45. My fav. product is the Thirsties Fab Fitted diaper.


    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  46. I follow you on Google

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  49. I follow you both (id yeahhappy) and have 54 followers.
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  50. Green Mama's Pad fan on Facebook

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  51. Great Lakes Diaper Co. Fan on Facebook

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  52. I like the selection of wipes, I don't know which ones I would choose but I would choose some :)

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  53. I am always hoping to try new diaper styles, like the Thirsties fitteds!

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  54. I like the DryBees All In One Hybrid in the monkey baby large size!

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  55. I follow you both on twitter & tweeted! http://twitter.com/amweeks/status/9535604957

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  56. I fan you on facebook! (Annmarie Dipasqua Weeks)

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  57. I'm a Great Lakes Diaper Company facebook fan! (Annmarie Dipasqua Weeks)

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  58. i love the nursing pad set that they have!

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  59. My favorite is the Planet Wise Pail Liners

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  60. tweet http://twitter.com/ladybirddesigns/statuses/9583186676

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  61. I am really interested in the Mother-ease One Size Introductory Offer. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  62. I follow your blog via google friend connect!

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  63. fan of Green Mama's Pad on Facebook.

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  64. fan of Great Lakes Diaper Company on Facebook.

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  65. I would like to try the sling. I do love the motherease stuff, too, though!

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  66. I like the Thirsties Fab Wipes.

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  67. Follow blog.

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  68. Have button on my sidebar @ http://naddezsgoodycorner.blogspot.com

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  69. FB fan. (Quanda)
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  70. FB fan of Great Lakes Diaper Company. (Quanda)

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  71. I like the Organic Cotton Baby Sling - Natural Sands.

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  72. Following!
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  73. I went to the Green Lakes Diaper Company site and I think I'd like to dry one of their diapers, the DryBee

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  74. Following you on Twitter! (hilaryhill)

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  75. I just became a fan of yours on FB!

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  76. FB of Great Lakes Diaper Co on FB!

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  77. the cotton baby slings look really nice! i would love to try one of those :)

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  78. i follow your blog!

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  79. I would like to try the Newborn Prefold Starter Pack

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  80. I follow your blog

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  81. I like the Magic Stick - All Natural Diaper Ointment.

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  82. I'm dying to try the FB one-size. If they're as good as the sized, I'm in trouble :)

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  83. so many great things to choose from i think i would like to try the fuzzi bunz one size pocket diaper!

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  84. I'd love to try the "Mother-ease One Size Cloth Diaper - Bamboo"
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  85. just became a GreenMamasPad facebook fan

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  86. good review. I didn't know about this site. They do have some stuff I'd be interested in trying (like mother ease diapers) but I'm surprised they don't carry a few of the tried-and-true standards (like bumgenius or rumparooz).

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  87. subscribing to you in google reader

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  88. My favorite product is the Thirsties Duo Wrap
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  89. I subscribe via Google Reader
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  90. email subscriber
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  91. Green Mama's Pad FB fan
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  92. Great lakes Diaper Co FB fan
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  93. I follow you both and tweeted
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  94. i am super intrigued by the Sandy's Newborn Complete Package. They look great and i REALLY need help with newborn diapering--i'm so used to just diapering my toddler!

    My email is in my profile! thank you!

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  95. i follow both of y'all (@monkeygiveaways) and i tweeted here:

    http://twitter.com/monkeygiveaways/status/9907195406

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  96. i'm your fan on FB (initials ABS)

    email in profile! thank you!

    and PS i'm SUPER sorry about not letting you know my email was in my profile for my last comment.

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  97. i'm Great Lakes Diaper Co's fan on FB!

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    email in profile!

    thanks again!

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  98. I love that these guys are local=-ish (at least for me). I totally need to pick up some diaper covers for the coming hot months when jr. will not be wearing footie pajamas all day. Thanks for this giveaway!
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  99. I like the Drybees All in One Hybrid. Would love to try it out on our little one!

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  100. I change my mind, I want a plant wise wipe bag.

    I am also a face book fan of green mama's pad.

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  101. I stumbled on your post about Organic Crib Mattresses.

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  102. I follow you on Google reader

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  103. Fuzzibunz One Size!

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  104. fuzzi bunz onesize! I would love to try 'em out!

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  105. I like the FuzziBunz® Changing Pads
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  106. I follow you on Google Friends Connect (Carolsue)
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  107. I subscribe to your blog's newsletter by e-mail
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  108. i want to try fuzzibunz
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  112. Knickernappies One Size in Chocolate!

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  113. My favorite product at Great Lakes Diaper Company is the Dream-Eze AIO diaper
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  114. I subscribe to your blog via google reader
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  115. I subscribe via email
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  116. I'm a facebook fan of Green Mama's Pad
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  117. I'm a facebook fan of Great Lakes Diaper Company
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  118. I love the Booroi diaper cover and have been wanting to try one since they side snap.

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  119. http://twitter.com/soluckyducky/status/9986877683

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  120. Your facebook fan sarah linette

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  121. Great Lakes facebook fan sarah linette

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  122. i like the Knickernappies OneSize Diaper in Turquoise

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  123. your fan on facebook kathylpease

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  125. I would love to win this Thank You for this great giveaway fancyfeet45@earthlink.net

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  126. Knickernappies Stay Dry Nursing Pads

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  127. I would love to try a Thirsties Duo Wrap! Love their site!

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  128. Would love a FuzziBunz one size diaper!
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  129. I'm a Follower!
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  130. I would love to try the Mother-ease One Size Cloth Diaper in purple.
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  131. I'm following your blog user Garner5.
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  132. I'm an email subscriber. Thanks!
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  133. I'm following you both on Twitter user lisalmg and Tweeted this giveaway. http://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/10006548522
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  134. I'm a fan of Green Mama's Pad on Facebook user Lisa Garner.
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  135. I'm also a fan of Great Lakes Diaper Company on Facebook user Lisa Garner
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  136. My favorite is the Rockin Green Soap!

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  137. I'm following you on google friend connect

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  139. Facebook fan of Green Mama's Pad (Alli Tsao)

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