Friday, April 16, 2010

Seventh Generation Review + Giveaway


Thanks to MyBlogSpark, the 4BabyAndMom team was given the opportunity to try the new Seventh Generation Disinfecting Cleaning Kit. The cleaning caddy came packed with Multi-Surface Disinfecting Spray, Wipes, Bathroom Cleaner, two rolls of recycled paper towels, and the book,The Conscious Kitchen.

Seventh Generation is a 20 year old company based out of Burlington, Vermont that is notorious for their all natural non-toxic cleaning products. They not only give back to their planet, but they give back to their community.

I hate to clean, but with two kids and a dog, I find myself cleaning almost all of the time. The choices I make reflect on my household, and recently I've been trying to take the steps to a "greener" home. Choices that are healthy and safe for my family and my pet. One of the struggles I've had is finding products that kill germs, because my kids touch everything, and tend to have their fingers or hands in their mouths often.

Seventh Generation has created a line of naturally disinfecting product recognized by the EPA using the oil from thyme, Tymol, to kill germs that lead to common colds,influenza, salmonella, H1N1, and more. They disinfect as you clean, and leave no harmful residue on any surface germs can get to.

Most "green" cleaners say they cut grease and grime just as good as the products our mother's used, but I can honestly say that I was very impressed with the quality of clean left behind. The Multi-Surface cleaner I abused all over the kitchen, and the wipes were heaven-sent. The bathroom cleaner was great on the tiles in the tub. I liked the paper towels because of the fact that they were made from 100% recycled paper, and that they were unbleached. They worked relatively well for cleaning, but weren't tough enough for my kids spills or dog accidents- which is the major use of regular paper towels in my home.

The scent is very strong in this line of products. For me, it wasn't unbearable,  but for Marissa it was completely different. It has a very strong "ben-gay" style scent, which she found very overwhelming. I used my products in moderation and spread out, so I wasn't overwhelmed, but I could definitely smell it. We both would prefer trying other scents if made available.

The book, The Conscious Kitchen by Alexandra Zissu gives great tips to be good to both the earth and your body. This book covers topics like cutting energy bills, avoiding pesticides in food, and recipes for tasty, healthy meals.

From the book & MyBlogSpark:
  • Change is Good Choosing cleaning products without indoor air pollutants like volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, is a simple and effective way to reduce your indoor air pollution. If you´re not prepared to switch everything overnight, start by swapping out the one product you use the most, and moving forward from there.
  • Think before you spray Residues from cleaning products can last on a surface for longer than we we´d like to know and travel to areas that we sometimes don´t intend them to. Don´t contaminate your food by prepping it on a surface that may contain harsh chemical residues - rinse cleaning products from food preparation surfaces carefully or use botanical disinfecting cleaners that do not require a rinse step.
  • Home is Where the Clean Is Your standard cleaners are good for removing soils and dirt from kitchen surfaces, but to tackle germs you need a cleaner that is effective against microbes like bacteria and viruses. Many cleaners contain ingredients that have antimicrobial properties such as vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, but the germ killing power of these is not necessarily guaranteed. To be sure you are killing germs, use an EPA registered disinfectant. Seventh Generation tapped into the disinfecting power of the common garden herb thyme, to provide a disinfecting cleaner that kills germs* naturally.
  • Make the Old New Again Think twice about the items that you´re using to clean and dry your kitchen equipment and dishes. Use rags (like old t-shirts and washcloths) instead of paper towels. If you aren´t prepared to kick your paper towel addiction just yet, use only recycled versions that are unbleached or haven´t been whitened with chemicals containing chlorine and see how long you can make a roll last.
  • The Writing is on the ... Sponge Be sure to read the fine print on sponges and only purchase those that do not contain antimicrobial pesticides. Remember to store sponges in a dry place and frequently clean them by popping plastic sponges wet in a microwave for two minutes or boiling sponges for three minutes in water.
  • Mom Was Right, Wash Your Hands Wash your hands with soap and water before and after prepping food, and always before eating. So much of what can be potentially harmful in a kitchen can be reduced by this simple act that doesn't require any harsh chemicals whatsoever.
*Refer to product labels for full details 

Our friends at MyBlogSpark is giving one of our lucky readers the opportunity to win a prize pack of their own!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER!


This giveaway is open to residents of the US. This giveaway will end on April 25, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be chosen using Random.org, and all winner information will be posted on our WINNERS PAGE and on this post. Any unclaimed prizes will be redrawn accordingly and at the discretion of 4BabyAndMom. Disclosure: I received this product to review at no cost from MyBlogSpark and Seventh Generations to review and share my own opinions on. I received no monetary compensation for this review, and any opinions expressed are 100% my own. Your experience with this product and company may differ.

174 comments:

Niurka April 16, 2010  

10% of their profits go to non-profit community, environmental, health, and responsible business organizations working for positive change.

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Frugal Tumbleweed Acres April 17, 2010  

I would like to try the Disinfecting Multi-Purpose Cleaner, it is needed with COPD and a low immune system.
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I follow you on GFC as frugal tumbleweed acres.
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I'm an email subscriber.
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Kim April 17, 2010  

I have used their multi purpose spray before - loved it!

Kim April 17, 2010  

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traci smith April 17, 2010  

i would like to try the multi purpose cleaner , i know i would use that one for sure!

traci smith April 17, 2010  

i am a fan of seventh generation and a fan of yours on facebook, traci smith

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i am a email subscriber

rainmommy April 17, 2010  

i would like to try the disinfectint spray. it says it uses bitonicals. this sounds cool
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rainmommy April 17, 2010  

i am both your facebook fan
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betsy April 17, 2010  

We use there Lavendar Eucalaptus laundry soap and we love it.


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traci smith April 18, 2010  

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Amanda April 18, 2010  

I want to try their feminine care products--I haven't seen them before!
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Amanda April 18, 2010  

I follow you with Google!
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Amanda April 18, 2010  

I follow you and Seventh Generation on twitter! (sweetmuskrat)
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I tweeted here!
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amanda April 18, 2010  

I love their dish detergent!
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i follow you and seventh generation on twitter
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traci smith April 19, 2010  

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Jaime April 20, 2010  

would love to try the Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
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Jaime April 20, 2010  

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Jaime April 20, 2010  

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tree April 20, 2010  

i use the dish liquid (free and clear) regularly. i also love the all purpose cleaner! i would love to try the carpet spot and stain remover, i haven't seen that locally. i love Seventh Gen products. thanks for the chance!

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tree April 20, 2010  

i'm a FAN of Seventh Generation on FACEBOOK and 4BabyAndMom.
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i follow Seventh Generation and 4BabyAndMom on Twitter.

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Tweeted!!

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i follow your blog via google friend connect!

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i'm an email subscriber!

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i left a comment on the Winner's page.

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i shared this on myspace using the share button on this post!
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Amy April 20, 2010  

I currently use thier baby wipes and would have to say the pretty good
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Amy April 20, 2010  

fan both on facebook
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traci smith April 20, 2010  

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sodahoney April 20, 2010  

i would like to try Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner

Bebemiqui April 20, 2010  

I love their Shower Cleaner, but I've run out and haven't been able to find a store that carries it yet.
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coriwestphal April 20, 2010  

I'd like to try their 100% recycled paper towels! Then maybe I wouldn't feel so wasteful!

coriwestphal April 20, 2010  

I'm a FB fan of both: Cori Eckstrom Westphal

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I follow both on Twitter @coriwestphal

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I'm a Google Friend: Cori Westphal

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I'm an email subscriber, coriwestphal at msn dot com.

Laura April 21, 2010  

I would like to try their all purpose cleaner, since all-purpose cleaners are something I use regularly!

Laura April 21, 2010  

I am a fan on facebook!

Laura April 21, 2010  

I am a follower on twitter

Laura April 21, 2010  

I "follow" you "publicly" ;)

Laura April 21, 2010  

I am subscribed via email!

Laura April 21, 2010  

I have commented on posts that are not giveaways (most recent one about your boat trip!)

Laura April 21, 2010  

I have entered the Little Tikes giveaway too!

traci smith April 21, 2010  

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Tweeted!

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Jennifer April 21, 2010  

The disinfecting multi-purpose cleaner sounds great! I would love to try any of their products though!

Jennifer April 21, 2010  

I subscribe via email!

Tamara B. April 21, 2010  

I would love to try their Disinfecting Wipes and their Bathroom Cleaner.
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Tamara B. April 21, 2010  

I am a fAN of Seventh Generation on FACEBOOK and 4BabyAndMom
(Tamara Bennington)
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Tamara B. April 21, 2010  

I am a subscriber by email.
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I entered your Lttle Tykes Giveaway.
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Katie April 21, 2010  

I've used the Lavender Floral and Mint Dish Liquid and I think it's great!
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I entered your Little Tikes giveaway.
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tree April 22, 2010  

Tweet!

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Owen's Mom April 22, 2010  

I would love to try their Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner. It would be nice to have a safer/greener alternative.
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Owen's Mom April 22, 2010  

Tweet!
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I entered your Little Tikes Giveaway
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I follow with Google friends Connect
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I subscribe via email
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I follow Seventh Generation & you on twitter (notimeMom)
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slb3334 April 22, 2010  

I'd like to try the natural fabric softener sheets.

traci smith April 22, 2010  

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tweet!!

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Anonymous,  April 23, 2010  

THEY DONATE 10 PERCENT OF THEIR PROFITS TO CHARITY

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Nicole C. April 23, 2010  

I would like to try the Natural Fabric Softener Sheets.

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Nicole C. April 23, 2010  

I follow on gfc.

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kmorghan April 23, 2010  

I learned that they test their products against the most popular mainstream products and make sure they perform at least as well, if not better.

terri142 April 23, 2010  

I would love to try the White Flower & Bergamot Citrus Natural 2X Concentrated Laundry Liquid!

terri142 April 23, 2010  

I am a facebook fan of you and Seventh Generation!

terri142 April 23, 2010  

I follow you and Seventh Generation on twitter.(terri142)

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tweet!

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I am now following you with google friend connect.

Stephanie April 23, 2010  

we use their diapers and wipes and LOVE them!
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April,  April 23, 2010  

I'd like to try their all purpose cleaner.

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idahomom April 23, 2010  

I like the all purpose cleaner

idahomom April 23, 2010  

Following both on facebook

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idahomom7 is following both on twitter

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melsywsou April 23, 2010  

The laundry detergent

Hotsnotty2 April 23, 2010  

I would love to get the Disinfecting Wipes, thanks!

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Owen's Mom April 23, 2010  

Tweet!
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Happi Shopr April 23, 2010  

I would like to try the Disinfecting Multi-Purpose Cleaner. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

jsc123 April 23, 2010  

I would love to try the Green Mandarin and Leaf Shower Cleaner.
Thank you so much for the chance to win.

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jsc123 April 23, 2010  

I am a fan of Seventh Generation and 4Babyand mom via Facebook as Jill Myrick.

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jsc123 April 23, 2010  

I am following Seventh Generation and 4BabyandMom via Twitter as jlsc123.

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I am following via Google Friends Connect.

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jsc123 April 23, 2010  

I am subscribed via email as jweezie43[at]aol[dot]com

Ms. Autumn April 23, 2010  

i'm currently using the all purpose cleaner

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momznite April 23, 2010  

Green Mandarin & Leaf Shower Cleaner is the product I would most like to try.

tree April 24, 2010  

Tweet!

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Christy April 24, 2010  

I'd like to try the Natural Fabric Softener

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Christy April 24, 2010  

I'm a google follower

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Christy April 24, 2010  

I'm an email subscriber

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Owen's Mom April 24, 2010  

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/notimeMom/status/12770653858
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Nikki April 24, 2010  

I would love to try their concentrated baby laundry liquid.

Deborah Wellenstein April 24, 2010  

I'd really like to try their Disinfecting Wipes. Thanks!

Charlene April 24, 2010  

I'd like to try the natural powdered laundry detergent

Charlene April 24, 2010  

Follower on GFC, thanks!

Joannie,  April 24, 2010  

I Really need the disinfectant bathroom cleaner!!
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sksweeps April 24, 2010  

I'd like to try the Free & Clear Automatic Dishwasher Powder - that's one of the ones that I'm having the hardest time finding a good green product to replace.

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Amanda April 24, 2010  

I'm interested in trying their feminine products - I had no idea they made them!

Amanda April 24, 2010  

I follow you on google friends!

Amanda April 24, 2010  

I commented on your planet earth download post!

Amanda April 24, 2010  

I entered your little tykes giveaway!

traci smith April 25, 2010  

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checkers April 25, 2010  

Multi purpose cleaner

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Tweet!

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rainmommy April 25, 2010  

i enter the little tykes giveaway
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amyd April 25, 2010  

would like to use the carpet spot cleaner!

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amyd April 25, 2010  

follow both on fb
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follow both on twitter
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Sher April 25, 2010  

I have never tried Seventh Generation products, but I would love to try the disinfecting wipes.

Julie April 25, 2010  

Free & Clear Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner is what I would like to try

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Julie April 25, 2010  

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Julie April 25, 2010  

follow both of you on FB as Julie L

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thompmalice April 25, 2010  

I want to try the Carpet Spot & Stain Remover.

Katie R.,  April 25, 2010  

We have three dogs so I would love to try the Carpet Spot & Stain Remover.

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helenlam April 25, 2010  

I've used the diapers and would like to try the baby wipes

helenlam April 25, 2010  

tweeted!
http://twitter.com/helenlamby/status/12841656947

Victoria April 25, 2010  

I currently use the disinfecting multi purpose cleaner and love it! It smells so good! Would love to try the rest of their line!

vschilke at gmail dot com

Victoria April 25, 2010  

I'm a fan of Seventh generation on twitter

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Victoria April 25, 2010  

I'm a public GFC follower

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Vanessa April 25, 2010  

I'd really like to try the diapers!

jewelsntreasures (at) yahoo (dot) com

Owen's Mom April 25, 2010  

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/notimeMom/status/12843875016
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Holly B April 25, 2010  

I'd like to try their Natural 2X Concentrated Laundry Liquid Laundry Detergent!

Nancy April 25, 2010  

I'd like to try their new line of Botanical Disinfectants that kill 99.99% of germs naturally and are also effective against the Influenza A virus!

Nancy
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Nancy April 25, 2010  

I follow you via Google Friend: allibrary.

Nancy
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Nancy April 25, 2010  

I am an e-mail subscriber.

Nancy
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chazvgo April 25, 2010  

Id love to try the Disinfecting Multi-Purpose Cleaner :)

kathy pease April 25, 2010  

id love to try the Tub & Tile Cleaner — Emerald Cypress & Fir

kathy pease April 25, 2010  

fan of both on facebook Kathy L Pease

kathy pease April 25, 2010  

following both on twitter klp1965

kathy pease April 25, 2010  

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Google Friend klp1965

Taminar April 25, 2010  

I'd love to try all the products in the Free and Clear line, but particularly the laundry liquid. My husband can't be around anything scented.

mean green mom April 25, 2010  

I would love to try the dish washer detergent- its so hard to find a brand that is green and dosnt leave my dishes spotty.
Thanks
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Susan April 25, 2010  

I would like to try the Seventh Generation Dishwashing Gel

susan56bft at gmail dot com

Susan April 26, 2010  

Seventh Generation Fand on Facebook

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Susan April 26, 2010  

4 Baby And Mom email subscriber

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Trina April 26, 2010  

I use the all purpose cleaner, the dish soap and the toilet bowl cleaner, all which I love.
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tina reynolds April 26, 2010  

I would love to try the diapers and training pants thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds April 26, 2010  

i follow thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds April 26, 2010  

i subscribe by email

Trina April 26, 2010  

I entered teh Cozy Coupe by Little Tikes giveaway.
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lilyk April 26, 2010  

I learned that the company is located in Burlington, Vermont.

lilyk April 26, 2010  

I Become a fan of Seventh Generation and 4BabyAndMom on Facebook.

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I subscribed by email.

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