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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

AppleCheeks Review and Giveaway!



FOTC was recently given the opportunity to review an AppleCheeks reusable diaper. These adorable cloth diapers, are a pocket style diaper that is proudly manufactured in Canada. After giving them a try for a couple of weeks, I have to say that these are one of our new favorite diapers. Read on to find out why.

Construction:
AppleCheeks are a pocket style diaper, with a layer of breathable, yet waterproof polyurethane laminate (PUL) on the outside, and soft, stay-dry microfleece on the inside next to baby's skin. Inserts are to be folded and "stuffed" in between the layers to create absorbency. The diaper's pocket opening is slightly larger than it's competitors, which makes it easier to "stuff." The larger opening also allows for the insert to agitate out in the wash. No more having to touch a wet insert!

A unique feature of AppleCheeks is that you can also use them as you would an AI2 system, meaning you can lay the insert on top of the microfleece, right next to baby's skin, and then reuse the cover, or "envelope" as AppleCheeks calls it.
AppleCheeks inserts are made from two layers of ultra-soft 70% rayon from bamboo and 30% organic cotton fleece. The inserts are approximately 12" x 15" and once they are folded into thirds, it gives you six layers of absorbency. AppleCheeks also offers a variety of boosters which bump up absorbency.

AppleCheeks are available in a variety of colors, most of which are bright and bold. No boring, bland colors here!

Fit:
AppleCheeks envelope covers have snug, yet durable elastic at both the waist and legs for a gentle and secure fit. They're designed to contain even to messiest of messes. There are two rows of easy to adjust snaps, allowing you to get the perfect fit for your baby. One of my favorite features has to be the extra wide tabs. The tabs help to prevent wing droop, which we seem to get with the majority of our side snapping diapers.

Envelope covers come in two different sizes. Size 1 fits from 7-20 lbs. (approximately), and Size 2 fits 18-40 lbs (approx).

Performance and Evaluation:
We decided to test this diaper right out of the package. I was a bit nervous, as the care instructions say to prep the inserts by washing them three times on hot before use (which will remove the oils and shrink them up a tiny bit). We didn't leave it on long, but it seemed to absorb just fine. After washing the insert the first time, I tossed it in with a load of towels, washed it again, hung it up to dry, and then tested it again. I put it on my son, dressed him (I have to say that it's very trim under clothes), and we went to the mall. I was very surprised when I changed his diaper, and although the front of the insert was wet, the back part was barely even wet! After the next washing, I tried it on my son during his nap. Same result! The inserts seem to absorb quite a bit!

I also tried using the diaper as an AI2, by laying the insert on top of the microfleece layer. I was nervous that since the insert doesn't snap into the envelope cover, that it might shift or bunch up. My son crawled and played all over the place, giving the diaper a true workout, and although it was slightly bunched up in the front (where it was wet), it didn't seem to affect the function of the diaper. The envelope cover could have easily been used again, maybe with a brief air dry. However, I prefer a stay dry liner next to my son's skin, so although it worked well as an AI2, I would much rather use the diaper as a pocket style.

I'm a huge fan of the elastic at the waist of the diaper! I haven't seen this with any other diaper yet, but what a great idea! My son is a skinny little dude, and the elastic at the waist really helps to keep the diaper from gaping at the top, which translates to fewer accidental leaks. The wider wings were also another definite plus. We get wing droop with some of our other side snapping diapers, but we had none with our AppleCheeks.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this diaper :)

Interested?
AppleCheeks can be purchased directly through their website, and they're also available from many of your favorite cloth diaper retailers. You can purchase the covers, inserts, and boosters separately, or you can purchase one of their MiniTest Kits (a cover and three inserts), or one of their starter kits (3 covers, 9 inserts, 1 storage sac, 3 wipes, and a free booster).

Want to win?
AppleCheeks is offering a FOTC reader a chance to win an envelope cover and insert!

To enter, simply visit AppleCheeks look around at site, decide what size and color diaper you'd like to win, then come back here and let me know in a comment.

For additional entries:
- Follow @AppleCheeksDipe on twitter
- Follow @FamilyofCloth on twitter
- Tweet about this fabulous giveaway! Just be sure to include both @AppleCheeksDipe and @FamilyofCloth and the #clothdiapers hashtag. You may tweet once a day. Be sure to leave the permalink of the tweet.
- Be a follower of my blog through Google Friend
- Be a follower of the AppleCheeks blog
- Enter my Rockin' Green Detergent giveaway
- Vote for me as a Top Mommy Blogger:
Vote For Use @ Top Mommy Blogs

Giveaway will end 4/14 at 8 PM CST. Winner will be chosen via random.org, and will have 48 hours to respond to a notification email, or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents. FOTC received a diaper for review purposes only, and was not compensated or paid for this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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MommyMonkey said...

I would choose a chocolate cover, size 1.
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MommyMonkey said...

I follow @AppleCheeksDipe on Twitter @MSU_MOM_TO_2
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MommyMonkey said...

I follow @FamilyofCloth on Twitter @MSU_MOM_TO_2
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MommyMonkey said...

Tweeted!
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MommyMonkey said...

I follow your blog through Google Friend Connect
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MommyMonkey said...

I follow the AppleCheeks blog too!
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MommyMonkey said...

Entered your Rockin' Green Detergent giveaway.
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MommyMonkey said...

Voted for you as Top Mommy Blogger.
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Maria said...

I would choose chocolate, size 1.

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Maria said...

I follow your blog.

Dana said...

I would love a size 2 in Mrs. Robinson.
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Dana said...

I follow @AppleCheeksDipe on twitter - @basketgal123
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Dana said...

I follow @FamilyofCloth on twitter - @basketgal123
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Dana said...

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Dana said...

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Dana said...

Voted for you topmommyblogs.com
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Dana said...

I follow Apple Cheeks blog.
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Darla said...

I would choose a tomato size 2

Darla said...

I follow Applecheeks blog.

Darla said...

I follow your blog through Google Friend dkitzweb @ gmail . com

Darla said...

I entered the Rockin Green giveaway too

simplymerry said...

i would like a cherry tomato in size 2
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simplymerry said...

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simplymerry said...

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simplymerry said...

follow your blog
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simplymerry said...

follow AppleCheeks blog
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simplymerry said...

entered your Rockin Green giveaway
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simplymerry said...

voted
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shannon b said...

We are big applecheeks fans at our house! I would choose a chocolate cover in size 2.
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shannon b said...

I follow @AppleCheeksDipe on twitter as tinwomen.

shannon b said...

I follow @FamilyofCloth on twitter as tinwomen.

shannon b said...

I am a google friend - shan b

shannon b said...

I am a follower of the AppleCheeks blog - shan b

shannon b said...

I entered the Rockin' Green Detergent giveaway!

shannon b said...

I voted for you as a Top Mommy Blogger!

shannon b said...

tweet http://twitter.com/tinwomen/status/11010340809

Tyler & Stephanie said...

I would choose the Limited Edition Chocolate in a size 2.

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Tyler & Stephanie said...

I follow your blog!

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Attila & Tamara said...

I'd love a Mrs. Robinson in size 2

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Attila & Tamara said...

I follow @AppleCheeksDipe on twitter!

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Attila & Tamara said...

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Attila & Tamara said...

I follow your blog via Google Friend Connect!

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Attila & Tamara said...

I follow the AppleCheeks blog!

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Attila & Tamara said...

I entered Rockin' Green giveaway!

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Attila & Tamara said...

I voted for you on TopMommyBlogs!

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MommyMonkey said...

Tweet!
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Dana said...

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djw209 said...

Hi! I'd love to win the coriander diaper in size 1. I like that they have 2 sizes, so you don't have to guess which size to buy for your baby. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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djw209 said...

I follow AppleCheeksDipe on twitter. My twitter ID is djw209

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djw209 said...

I follow familyofcloth on twitter. My twitter ID is djw209

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djw209 said...

I am a follower of this awesome blog through Google Friends

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djw209 said...

I follow ApplleCheeks blog :-)

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Katy said...

I would choose the APPLECHEEKS™ - CHOCOLATE, LIMITED EDITION in size 2.

Katy said...

Following AppleCheeks on Twitter

Katy said...

Following FOTC on Twitter!

Katy said...

I follow FOTC with Google Friend

simplymerry said...

tweet:
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The Jacobsen Family! said...

I'd love the chocolate in size 1 (or raspberry, but I wont know for sure until the contest ends...). =)
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The Jacobsen Family! said...

Following Applecheeks on twitter @JacobsenFamily

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Following you on twitter @JacobsenFamily

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Follower

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Following Applecheeks blog too

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Entered the Rockin green giveaway

The Jacobsen Family! said...

http://twitter.com/JacobsenFamily/status/11054126019
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caedmen said...

I would choose cherry tomato in size 1. I think apple cheeks might finally convince Daddy that cloth is the way to go!

caedmen said...

I entered your rockin green contest!

caedmen said...

I follow apple cheeks on Twitter

Mama Zapatista said...

I like the applecheeks sailor blue size 2.
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Mama Zapatista said...

I follow applecheeks on twitter.
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Mama Zapatista said...

I follow FOTC on twitter.
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Mama Zapatista said...

I follow the applecheeks blog.
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Mama Zapatista said...

I follow via GFC.
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Mama Zapatista said...

I entered the rockin green soap giveaway.
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shannon b said...

tweet http://twitter.com/tinwomen/status/11067195885

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

I'd like to win a chocolate in size 2 !

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

I follow your blog using Google Friend Connect

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

I Subscribe to your blog via reader

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

I Follow @FamilyofCloth on twitter (@missy_wpg)

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

Your button is on my blog near the bottom http://misfitmomma.blogspot.com/

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

Voted for you as a Top Mommy Blog

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/11073463874

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

I Follow @AppleCheeksDipe on twitter

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

I a follow the AppleCheeks blog

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

I Entered your Rockin' Green Detergent giveaway

fancygrlnancy said...

I would like the chocolate in size 1
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fancygrlnancy said...

follow applecheeksdipe on twitter
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fancygrlnancy said...

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fancygrlnancy said...

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fancygrlnancy said...

follow
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fancygrlnancy said...

follow apple cheeks blog
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Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/11092209328

Dana said...

daily tweet!
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Jessica said...

I like the AppleCheeks™ - CHOCOLATE, Limited edition in size 2

Jessica said...

I follow AppleCheeksDipe on Twitter

Jessica said...

I follow Family of Cloth on Twitter

Jessica said...

I follow in GFC

MommyMonkey said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/MSU_MOM_TO_2/status/11118486794
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fancygrlnancy said...

tweet
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shannon b said...

tweet http://twitter.com/tinwomen/status/11119747937

Ida Mae said...

I like the envelope cover in chocolate with an insert.

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Ida Mae said...

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Ida Mae said...

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Ida Mae said...

I follow Apple Cheeks Blog

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The Jacobsen Family! said...

http://twitter.com/JacobsenFamily/status/11131594255
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Dana said...

http://twitter.com/basketgal123/status/11146799922
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fancygrlnancy said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/fancygrlnancy/status/11152071892
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MommyMonkey said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/MSU_MOM_TO_2/status/11156751942
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Katie said...

Chocolate size 2 :)
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Katie said...

I follow AC on Twitter!
@graciekate

Katie said...

I follow you on Twitter!
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Katie said...

I'm following your blog :)

Katie said...

I follow AC's blog!

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/11162983810

simplymerry said...

tweet:
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simplymerry said...

tweet:
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shannon b said...

tweet http://twitter.com/tinwomen/status/11174265745

simplymerry said...

tweet:
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MommyMonkey said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/MSU_MOM_TO_2/status/11204555358
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fancygrlnancy said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/fancygrlnancy/status/11207442445
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Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/11215772335

Dana said...

http://twitter.com/basketgal123/status/11217832117
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shannon b said...

tweet http://twitter.com/tinwomen/status/11224050828

MommyMonkey said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MSU_MOM_TO_2/status/11245649226
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Ida Mae said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/treeswillbend/status/11245532019

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Dana said...

http://twitter.com/basketgal123/status/11251435286
danajewers6352 at msn dot com

Allison said...

I would choose the St. Lucia color, size 2.
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helenlam said...

I like the Lemon Zest color in a size 2

helenlam said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/helenlamby/statuses/11261192995

helenlam said...

Entered the Rockin' Green giveaway

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/11271846225

fancygrlnancy said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/fancygrlnancy/status/11280997573
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simplymerry said...

http://twitter.com/simplymerrier/status/11285634305
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simplymerry said...

http://twitter.com/simplymerrier/status/11288107334
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MommyMonkey said...

tweet!
http://twitter.com/MSU_MOM_TO_2/status/11304357618
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Dana said...

http://twitter.com/basketgal123/status/11309043084
danajewers6352 at msn dot com

Dana said...

I entered the Rockin Green giveaway.
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Ida Mae said...

daily tweeting

http://twitter.com/treeswillbend/status/11310492614

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YogaMama said...

I'd choose Raspberry Sorbet.

Anonymous said...

I would like a size 2 cherry tomato.

Laura C

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Anonymous said...

I would like a size 2 cherry tomato.

Laura C

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Anonymous said...

Following AppleCheeks on Twitter (a2editor).

Laura C

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Anonymous said...

Following you on Twitter (a2editor).

Laura C

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Anonymous said...

Follower.

Laura C

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Anonymous said...

Follower.

Laura C

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Anonymous said...

I entered your Rockin' Green giveaway.

Laura C

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Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/11328566965

shannon b said...

tweet http://twitter.com/tinwomen/status/11341920480

Leigh said...

I would love a chocolate colored one in size 2!

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Leigh said...

following apple cheeks on twitter!

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fancygrlnancy said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/fancygrlnancy/status/11346257841
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simplymerry said...

http://twitter.com/simplymerrier/status/11350177412
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The Jacobsen Family! said...

http://twitter.com/JacobsenFamily/status/11352950005
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MommyMonkey said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/MSU_MOM_TO_2/status/11364831851
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Ida Mae said...

daily tweet
http://twitter.com/treeswillbend/status/11366474408

ida_mai at hotmail dot com
http://www.treeswillbend.com

Dana said...

http://twitter.com/basketgal123/status/11380461994
danajewers6352 at msn dot com

Meredith said...

I would choose a Size 2 in Periwinkle! I love the beautiful colors that the Applecheeks come in, they are so great for the spring and summer when diapers are on display!

Meredith said...

I follow @AplleCheeksDipe on twitter (mmiller0912)

Meredith said...

I am a blog follower of yours!

helenlam said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/helenlamby/statuses/11389558263

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/11389357506

simplymerry said...

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fancygrlnancy said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/fancygrlnancy/status/11394124817
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shannon b said...

tweet http://twitter.com/tinwomen/status/11397923730

MommyMonkey said...

tweet!
http://twitter.com/MSU_MOM_TO_2/status/11421490079
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Adele said...

I would love a raspberry sorbet size 2 if I win!

Jen said...

Eucalyptus Size One - love it!

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Jen said...

I follow Apple Cheeks on Twitter (@prgaftrmiscar)

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Jen said...

I follow Family of Cloth on Twitter (@prgaftrmiscar)

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Jen said...

I publicly follow your blog.



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Jen said...

I entered your Rockin' Green giveaway.

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Jen said...

I follow the Apple Cheeks blog.

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Dana said...

http://twitter.com/basketgal123/status/11443682887
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Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/11446052341

simplymerry said...

http://twitter.com/simplymerrier/status/11458792534
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Rebecca O said...

I would choose the Cherry Tomato color in a Size 1. Thanks for the chance! bekki1820cb at gmail

Rebecca O said...

Following @AppleCheeksDipe on twitter: @bekki1820cb

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Rebecca O said...

Following @FamilyofCloth on twitter: @bekki1820cb
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Rebecca O said...

GFC follower. bekki1820cb at gmail

Rebecca O said...

Follower of the Apple Cheeks blog. bekki1820cb at gmail

MommyMonkey said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/MSU_MOM_TO_2/status/11479956387
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UnrealBaby said...

I'd love size 1 in Coriander if I won!!!

UnrealBaby said...

I follow you on Twitter (@ProjectGreenMom & @UnrealBaby

UnrealBaby said...

I now follow AppleCheeks on twitter (@ProjectGreenMom)

UnrealBaby said...

Tweeted the giveaway!

UnrealBaby said...

sorry, forgot link
http://twitter.com/ProjectGreenMom/status/11487976771

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/11501614248

Stef said...

You can never go wrong with bright red! Size 2 please. :)

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Stef said...

I'm a twitter follower of FOTC!

sbriesh at gmail dot com

Stef said...

I'm an Apple Cheeks follower on Twitter!

sbriesh at gmail dot com

Stef said...

I'm a blog follower too!

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simplymerry said...

http://twitter.com/simplymerrier/status/11512710658
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Ida Mae said...

daily tweeting
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MommyMonkey said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MSU_MOM_TO_2/status/11542959929
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Dana said...

http://twitter.com/basketgal123/status/11554758070
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Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/11552299633

simplymerry said...

http://twitter.com/simplymerrier/status/11558875623
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Dana said...

http://twitter.com/basketgal123/status/11594446618
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