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Friday, April 8, 2011

What Are You Doing To Be Green?

Earth Day is right around the corner. While I believe we should Make Earth Day Every Day - April 22nd offers a good reminder to each of us to look at our daily routine and see how we impact our environment.

What is my family doing to be green?

We do our best to take care of our land. We live in the land of shining mountains, and wherever we go, we always try to leave a place better than we found it. When in the mountains, we only leave footprints and only take pictures. We have a reycyling system set up in which the kids are actively involved in deciding what can be reused and once a week we make the trip to the recycling facility with the kids, so they understand the bigger picture. We teach our children to conserve everything - water, electricity and food. I teach my children to take what you need and need what you take and not be wasteful. My kids are great about recycling their toys and clothes to those in need.

I use my Etsy shop as an outlet to make environmentally responsible products available. My upcycled dresses and handbags breathe new life into a discarded piece of fabric. My reusable sandwich and snack bags cut down on the amount of ziploc bags we use and my reusable shopping bags and library totes reduce the amount of plastic sacks we go through. When my 4-year-old plays house, she uses her small market bag to put her play food in when she goes grocery shopping. Of course there is always room for improvement and we are always evaluating and looking for new ways to incorporate "being green" in our daily lives.

So what is my latest attempt at being green? I am offering you a chance to win one of my Ecofriendly Grocery Bags! These bags are a must have. These make great gifts! With Mother's Day and Easter just around the corner, it is time to stock up.  Makes a great gift for a girlfriend or neighbor!

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5 Ways to Enter:

1) Go to Prairie Wind Designs and leave a comment here with your favorite item from my shop. (Mandatory Entry)
2) Leave a comment here telling me what you are doing to "be green"?
3) Become a follower of  Prairie Wind Notions.
4) Become a fan of my Facebook Page.
5) Follow Me on Twitter.

Remember to enter in seperate comments so you can be counted for each entry!


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The giveaway ends Sunday, April 17th at midnight (CST). The winner will be chosen using random.org and I will post the winner on my blog Monday, April 18th. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you to arrange shipping and for you to choose your bag!


I encourage you to take a few moments to look at your routine and ask yourself what small changes can I make in my daily routine that will add up to a larger impact on my environment. Your first step should be to sign up for this fabulous giveaway! 

GOOD LUCK! <3 Misti

116 comments:

  1. I like the Custom Designed Handmade Walker or Wheelchair Bag.
    fastkat at gmail dot com

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  2. I use fabric shopping bags & not paper or plastic but could always use another one.
    fastkat at gmail dot com

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  3. I love the Wedding Party Handmade Bridal Ribbon Clutch Set of Three Bags - Custom Designed
    mommy2skie@yahoo.com

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  4. to be green I am repurposing random containers that food comes in! :)
    mommy2skie@yahoo.com

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  5. follow you on facebook; Misty VanEpps

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  6. follow you on twitter; mommy2skie

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  7. My favorite item is Handmade Spring Flowers Ecofriendly Reusable Shopping Tote - Grocery Bag. I could see myself using it often. Thanks!

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  8. I recycle a lot - bottles, cans, magazines, newspaper, etc. to be green!

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  9. Decisions decisions, but I likes this one best http://www.etsy.com/listing/70156674/handmade-blue-and-cream-ecofriendly !

    danaan at gmx dot at

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  10. Following you on GFC!

    danaan at gmx dot at

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  11. Apart from green being one of my fave colors I recylce and reuse things that others would probably throw away, but which have still lots of life in them.

    danaan at gmx dot at

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  12. http://www.etsy.com/listing/28563002/sale-a-twist-on-a-classic-handmade

    i like this handbag twist on the classic since it is unique and i like repurposed items if they look nice .

    tumblemumbo at gmail dot com

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  13. trying to use less plastic and reuse the plastic bags i already have from shopping for my garbage and trying to buy only cotton items .
    tumblemumbo at gmail dot com

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  14. i am a follower w/gfc of prairie notions .

    i also use all natural makeup and soap and what i can afford to while being here in india because it is not as easy to buy the ready made green products here like it is in canada , us , europe etc, .

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  15. liked on fb / ana amanti

    tumblemumbo at gmail dot com
    thnx

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  16. I like the Handmade Spring Butterfly Ribbon Clutch

    gogunia3(at)wp(dot)pl

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  17. GFC follower (Goga)

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  18. Following you on twitter (@Kaziutka)

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  19. My favorite is the Fill those Easter Baskets Mix and Match Handmade Coloring Wallet Set.


    yuri.kristi at gmail.com

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  20. I became a follower as Sabina Petrakieva

    <3

    hvanala_go_e_lipsata@abv.bg

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  21. My favourite item is the Handmade Bridal Wedding Party Ribbon Clutch

    <3

    hvanala_go_e_lipsata@abv.bg

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  22. I liked you on facebook as Sabina Petrakieva

    <3

    hvanala_go_e_lipsata@abv.bg

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  23. I followed you on Twitter as Petrakieva

    <3

    hvanala_go_e_lipsata@abv.bg

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  24. To be green I never buy plastic bags for groceries. I use my own handmade bags. Something else I do is I use the bus and I ride my bike when I want to get anywhere. I have a car but I usually don't use it. When I have to travel to another city I go by train. I grow my own vegetables and fruits in my garden at my village. I take shores not baths (use less water) and a lot of other stuff. I am a vet and my work requires me to be GREEN <3!

    <3

    hvanala_go_e_lipsata@abv.bg

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  25. I love this: Bear In the Woods Kids Market Bag - Childrens Library Tote on behalf of my bear loving daughter :)
    tracyschultz@yahoo.com

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  26. To be green we recycle - everything - we bike, or walk when ever possible, we use anything other than plastic almost always, I have cloth bags on me all the time so I never have to take bags from a store. I could go on, but I won't bore you :) I really want there to be a earth for my kids and their kids - there is alot of damage to be repaired!
    tracyschultz@yahoo.com

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  27. My favorite item from the shop is Handmade Blue and Cream Ecofriendly Reusable Shopping Bag - Grocery Tote.
    violet.porto[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  28. in order to be green i recycle, i try using less water in everything, buying national products and trying to keep the electricity bill as small as possible.
    violet.porto[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  29. I am following you on Google Friend Connect as Viorela.
    violet.porto[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  30. I am a follower on twitter as violet_porto.
    violet.porto[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  31. I like the country harvest bag: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56520330/country-harvest-reusable-handmade

    The little shoes are so sweet too!

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  32. To be green: compost, recycle, reduce and reuse!

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  33. http://www.etsy.com/listing/28563002/sale-a-twist-on-a-classic-handmade
    is my favorite item.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  34. I recycle religiously, I use cloth bags always for shopping, and I combine errands when I have to drive anywhere.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  35. following you on twitter as jhitomi. Thank you for the nice giveaway.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  36. Barbie Love Children's Ecofriendly Library Tote - Travel Bag

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  37. My favorite item is .Moda Gypsy Rose Handmade Quilted Table Runner

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  38. Use the Brita water system instead of bottled water

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  39. Follow you on google - Denise G

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  40. Followyou on twitter @wishwash1

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  41. Like you on facebook - Denise G

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  42. I like the Wonder of Childhood Children Book Bag, what a lovely way of teaching our children to be eco-friendly!

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  43. GFC follower, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  44. I let my clothes dry naturally in the sun, the dryer is hardly ever used nowadays.

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  45. i like Spring Flowers Ecofriendly Reusable Shopping Tote among many products.

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  46. i recycle, turn off the lights after others when there is no need for leaving them on, travel with bus and train or walk if possible, try to use reusable things, have repurpose hobbies and i don't wash myself. ok, kidding bout the last one. :P

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  47. I love the fabric bags to use for lunches. Neato!
    embjornson@hotmail.com

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  48. I follow you through blogger.
    embjornson@hotmail.com

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  49. I recycle to help go green. I compost. I also do quite a few projects with my students. We research how much energy one saves by keeping lights off, and then we make persuasive posters to have our school turn off extra lights. We recycle paper throughout the school and we pick up trash.

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  50. i like the Handmade Spring Butterfly Ribbon Clutch - Bridesmaid Wedding Party Gift

    gustosagiveaways atymaildotcom

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  51. i use shopping bag instead of plastic when going to grocery

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  52. gfc follower
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  53. gustosa giveaways fb follower
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  54. @gustosagiveaway twitter follower
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  55. It's all cute, but I especially like:http://www.etsy.com/listing/48425896/theres-no-place-like-home-reusable

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  56. I have recycling bins in my garage: one for plastic, one for paper, and one for glass. I also have a compost box in the backyard and 26 solar panels on my roof. I'm doing my part!

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  57. I like the Wonder of Childhood Ecofriendly Childrens Library Tote - Book Bag!

    vena.nedkova at gmail dot com

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  58. To stay green I rarely buy plastic bags.I reuse my old ones or I go shopping with my backpack. I ride my bike everywhere. I do not buy groceries in plastic containers - only cans or paper containers that could be recycled. I turn off the heating during the night....and of course I recycle :0

    vena.nedkova at gmail dot com

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  59. I follow via gfc!

    vena.nedkova at gmail dot com

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  60. I adore Country Harvest Reusable Handmade Shopping Bag - Grocery Tote!

    Thank you for the chance!

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. What sweet little baby slippers! My favorite thing in the shop is the mushroom errand bag.
    karen(dot)erkert(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. To be green, we keep cage-free chickens in our backyard and use a clothesline in the summer.

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  63. I love the forest friends bag!
    myheehaw@hotmail[dot]com

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  64. I recycle and am conscious about energy. I leave lights off, turn off my electronics when they're not in use, etc.
    myheehaw@hotmail[dot]com

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  65. I love Handmade Shabby Chic Ecofriendly Reusable Grocery Shopping Bag

    mihaela.mihordea at gmail dot com

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  66. follow you
    GFC: miha.ela
    mihaela.mihordea(@) gmail(.) com

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  67. I'm a cat lover and am eco-friendly so.... I love your Crazy Cats Handmade Ecofriendly Reusable Sandwich Bag.

    tillalili@yahoo.com

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  68. Following on Twitter as Tillalili
    (thanks for the follow)

    tillalili@yahoo.com

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  69. Liked you on Facebook as Tillalili
    tillalili@yahoo.com

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  70. This bag is what I like to have http://www.etsy.com/listing/45098180/red-hat-society-handmade-reusable

    It's purple and cute.

    lifeis.oceanbliss@gmail.com

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  71. To be green is I recycle paper trash by making them into paper mashe. I also segregate garbage as biodegrable and non-biodegradable before trucks pick them up as part of the solid waste management program of our city.

    lifeis.oceanbliss@gmail.com

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  72. I'm a fan on facebook. Look up for avatarlady. =)

    lifeis.oceanbliss@gmail.com

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  73. I'm a new GFC follower.

    lifeis.oceanbliss@gmail.com

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  74. Lovely designs, I adore all shabby chic items, especially the baby mary janes :)

    blancetcaramel@gmail.com

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  75. I love the handmade blue and cream tote! I collect those bags! Love the shop with them!

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  77. I take my reusable, recyclable bags with my EVERYTIME I grocery shop. (No paper or plastic for me)

    I recycle everything possible. (Plastic, glass, paper...etc

    I try to do as much as I can for the environment and am always looking for new ways to do so!

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  78. I am your new follower : )

    fbsumner@hotmail.com

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  79. I love the forest green cotton mary janes, so sweet!

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  80. I compost all my kitchen scraps to fertilize my vegetable garden.

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  81. My favorite is the Beautiful Spring Flowers Handmade Walker - Wheelchair Bag.
    skklemm at gmail dot com

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  82. To be green I cloth diaper my son. Also, hang clothes to dry, use mainly vinegar and baking soda to clean, use less paper towel, and recyle/reuse. There are plenty of other ways I want to be green...one day at a time.
    skklemm at gmail dot com

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  83. I like the Red Toile Upcycled 2T Eco-friendly Toddler Dress.

    mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

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  84. http://www.etsy.com/listing/38445983/handmade-red-toile-upcycled-2t-eco
    This dress is my favorite item!!! Super cute and so much fun for a little girl!
    Thank you kindly,
    Carolyn McIntyre
    Samandcarolyn1@aol.com

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  85. To be green I use fabric bags instead of wrapping paper or paper bags when giving gifts to friends and/or family. It saves a ton of paper from needlessly going to the dump. Thank you so much! Carolyn McIntyre
    Samandcarolyn1@aol.com

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  86. I like Prairie Wind on FB!
    Thank you for the chance to win this awesome giveaway. Sincerely, Carolyn McIntyre
    Samandcarolyn1@aol.com

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  87. I am a new follower of your blog! Thank you so much! Carolyn McIntyre
    Samandcarolyn1@aol.com
    Have a great day.

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  88. I am a new follower of you on Twitter. Thank you for the chance to win this fantastic giveaway. Sincerely, Carolyn McIntyre
    Samandcarolyn1@aol.com

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  89. My favorite item from your shop is the I Love Ewe Crayon Holder, but the Crazy Cats Sandwich Bag is awesome, too! I love them both! And love your shop banner.

    reneelasater(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  90. To be green, I use reusable shopping bags instead of getting plastic grocery bags. Reuse water bottles instead of getting bottled water. Recycle old, broken jewelry into my work, and old clothing into new things. Conserve energy as much as I can (I don't even have a tv)...

    reneelasater(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  91. I'm following your blog!

    reneelasater(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  92. I'm following you on Twitter!

    I don't have Facebook yet. :(

    reneelasater(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  93. i like the Handmade Spring Butterfly Ribbon Clutch!

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  94. i liked PrairieWindDesigns on fb (brittany k)

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  95. i follow @PrairieWindDsgn on twitter (bkennedy6)

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  96. i'm washing my hair with organic shampoo to go green!

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  97. I like the country harvest reusable shopping bag.
    Lmsunshine33ATgmailDOTcom

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  98. I ride my bike to work, weather permitting, and ride public transit on the other days.
    Lmsunshine33ATgmailDOTcom

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  99. Liked you on fb as Missy Sunson.
    Lmsunshine33ATgmailDOTcom

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  100. My favorite is Beautiful Spring Flowers Handmade Walker - Wheelchair Bag - Ready To Ship
    nick etsy catymariposina
    email maison-@hotmail.it

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  101. I recicle magazine..bottle..
    make
    i do at home
    products for body care and cosmetics with natural ingredients
    Ii is green
    email maison-@hotmail.it

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  102. I follow blog
    nick google catymariposina
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  103. Fan on facebook
    name fb caterina luci
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  104. I'm follower on twitter
    nick twitter mariposinacate
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  105. I love your products!! I can't wait to get my resusable ladybug tote and the other reuseable bags I've ordered. They are made so well and are so unique!

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  106. I really like the Forest Friends Handmade Diaper Bag.
    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  107. To be green, i always recycle, I reuse all paper I have (which includes pamphlets and unwanted mail, to write short notes, it's always useful!) and I keep a fabric bag with me for whenever I go shopping.
    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  108. Following the blog.
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  109. Following on Facebook as Andreia Sousa.
    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  110. Following on twitter as my_wunderkammer.
    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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