Friday, October 1, 2010

Jenelle with TNT: TrashN2Tees Giveaway

I first "met" Jenelle through this blog. She contacted me because she was excited to show off her products. She knew that I would love her ideas and concepts and what she has built for herself. And you know what? I do!

What does she make? She creates clothing and other misc items using upcycled materials. But what does Upcycled mean you ask? Let's find out what my favorite Urban Dictionary has to say:

The process of converting an industrial nutrient (material) into something of similar or greater value in its second life.

Or in simpler terms:

using ordinary objects to make something extraordinary - which is exactly what she does!

She only uses reclaimed materials out of tees, sheets, blankets, towels, dresses, pants, curtains or any other fabric that catches her eye. She has even cut up a pair of shoes! She finds items at thrift stores, yard sales, ebay, some of her friends even donate their old stuff.




She makes appliqued tees for anyone from itty bitty babies to big burley men. She makes lounge pants, skirts, tee totes, reusable grocery bags, produce bags, and she recently made herself a hobo bag. And from all from the scraps that are left over when she's done hacking up tees, she make fuselets (bracelets) and those can be custom ordered in any colors (lets say Hawkeye colors or the Cubs or whatever!). She can also made some for Halloween with spiders!!


As I was checking out her new online store - http://www.trashn2tees.com/ - I knew I wanted to get P'Diddy a Halloween shirt to wear for the month of October. Jenelle was awesome enough to send one to me...look at how cute it is...

That werewolf is made from the inside material of a sweatshirt. It's fuzzy and soft!


All of her designs are original hand cut and no two will ever be the same! Jenelle says "I have alot of fun upcycling. I love that there are no rules or boundaries. It doesn’t have to look perfect or even make sense. Whatever it looks like, it’s better than it would've looked in the landfill" ~ totally agree!

Thinking about something custom? Go ahead and ask for it - I did! She is going to make me a Knight/Dragon shirt for O'Bear. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

I wanted to ask Jenelle some questions ~ you'll see what a fun silly mama she is!

Tell me about yourself and your family

Hi! I'm Jenelle. Though these days I am most frequently referred to as Mommy, I used to hold such titles as President, Waitress, Preschool Teacher, College Student, Mud Bog Racer, and I even donned a big furry cat suit in high school as Suzy Stateliner- the school mascot! Between crushing cars with Monster Jam trucks, judging silly dance contests, and those other less fun household chores... I hack up clothes that have been thrown away, I also love sports, nature, and long walks on the beach. (and I have no time for any of them) We call Kentucky home sweet home, but I am still a Jersey Girl at heart. Imagine horses, cattle, tall trees, front porch rocking chairs and strangers who always wave- that's my town. I live here with my hunky soul mate, Nick, who is a washed up BMX rider and genius metal fabricator. Together we have two charming and mischievous little boys (Sam 4, Tristen 17m) , who will always be my greatest creations.
How did you get started doing this?

Have you seen boys clothes lately? I think that clothes should be a reflection of your personality. Year after year I would hunt down original and cool clothes for Sam leaving no stone unearthed. Sure I would find some awesome stuff from time to time with price tags more than my monthly electric bill! So one night I decided to cut out a monster truck and attach it to a shirt. (This is called appliqueing- though I didn't know it at the time) I used some old clothes that were laying around the house- stained onesie, thermal, and a pair of boxers (unworn I promise)! No template, no stencil just me and my pair of hair stylist snippers. A friend saw the picture I posted on my facebook page and suggested that I make custom shirts for other people. So I did. TNT emerged from my thriftiness and desire for awesome clothing- and I continue to hold true to that. More importantly, I am given the opportunity to share with others the benefits of recycling/repurposing/reusing to make sure we leave a clean, safe world for the future.

What items do you want to do in the future

Great question! With upcycling the possibilities are endless. I have a long list of things that I can't wait to try but there aren't enough hours in the day. I hope to get some more items out there for adults- Yoga pants are #1 on my list as well as a couple appliqued tees. Skull caps, purses, dresses, raglans are just a few other ideas I have floating around.

My items arrived in an upcycled bag, ribbon & this cute beach card on recycled cardboard - does she know me or what!

Are you a Crunchy Mama?

I'd say I'm pretty crispy! I am a cloth diapering, sometimes still co-sleeping, retired baby wearing mama who breastfed for a total of 32 months. I support my local organic farmers. I am very passionate about environmental issues and I do a little recycling from time to time (in case you haven't noticed)

Isn't she great?
Another great item that I want to give a HUGE shout-out about is Produce Bags! I got a pink one!


Pretty soon she'll be implementing a Trash into Cash program where others can send in clothing and things to be upcycled for TNT shop credit.  Cool!

Ok, who wants to WIN $15.50 store credit* to TNT: TrashN2Tees?! You can pick out WHATEVER you want and use your credit!!! You'll have soooo much fun!

Mandatory One Entry: Jenelle's products are at:
Her Picasa Album of her work...HERE
Her website... http://www.trashn2tees.com/ (you can Sign the Wall for extra entry!)
Her Etsy shop...www.etsy.com/shop/tntees (heart for extra entry!)
Tell us what item catches your eye the most
AND
Be a BeachBum Follower!!

Extra Entries:

Tell me 2 things you learned in this post about Jenelle or what she does! How easy is that!

Like TNT on Facebook ~ post that @Crunchy Beach Mama sent you and tell her what design you would like to see her make.

Visit TNT's Website and Sign the Wall

Heart TNT on Etsy

Purchase any item ~ 5 entries!

Like CBM on Facebook (use my new easy plug-in on sidebar!)

Network with CBM on Twitter, Emails, RSS Feeds ~ links above (one each)

Tweet and/or FB Status about giveaway (one entry daily) ~ "#Win an #Etsy Upcycled Kids T-Shirt & more $15.50 GC from TNT:TrashN2Tees #Giveaway #Green @crunchybchmama http://tiny.cc/k369m"

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TAKE NOTE - TNT will also be giving away a $25 GC for the Mama & Ruby Halloween Event (check it out from my banner on left sidebar)

I have a lot of exciting Features & Giveaways coming this month so be sure to stay up to date with me ~ Facebook is a great way to do that so you don't miss out!! :)


*store credit must be used by Nov. 18th, 2010.

TNT sent me a shirt & produce bag to review for this giveaway but I was not compensated in any way for the post. This giveaway will end on Oct. 15, 2010 at 10:00pm ET. Winner will be drawn via random.org. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and they will have 48 hours to reply before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to anyone in the world and you must be 18 years of age or older.

146 crunchy comments:

JKMommy said...

Liked TN2T FB wall

JKMommy said...

http://twitter.com/ayearwithmomdad/status/26085364675

JKMommy said...

Like you on FB

JKMommy said...

Follow you on Twitter

JKMommy said...

Heart on FB

JKMommy said...

Visited her shop and I liked the wooley werewolf! :) so cute!
and I am a GFC follower

JKMommy said...

signed the wall on her website! :) Love her creative "skillz"

JKMommy said...

I got your button!
http://www.ayearwithmomanddad.com

✿Heαther✿ said...

My favorite is the Monster truck shirt! My 5 year old LOVES monster trucks!
mommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

✿Heαther✿ said...

I learned that Jenelle has two boys and in the future she wants to make yoga pants!
mommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

✿Heαther✿ said...

I heart her on etsy! mommys3lilbirds
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✿Heαther✿ said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/hell_0kitty/status/26175336184
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impchild said...

i love the monster shirts

impchild said...

hearted on etsy

impchild said...

posted to the wall

✿Heαther S✿ said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/hell_0kitty/status/26303890448
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Life with the Lebedas said...

I like the pink shirt with the bird.

Jennifer @ Life with the Lebedas
jennifer.lebeda@yahoo.com


BTW, I'm following you back now :D

Life with the Lebedas said...

She turns trash into treasure and makes appliqued teeds.

jennifer.lebeda@yahoo.com

Life with the Lebedas said...

left message on her fb

jennifer.lebeda@yahoo.com

Life with the Lebedas said...

liked cbm on fb

Meredith said...

I love the girly owl t-shirt. What a great idea this is!

mamipdx said...

i gfc follow you- and i like the day of the dead shirt.
thanks!
shenais
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mamipdx said...

i like tnt on FB and commented (wren nelson)
thanks!
shen
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mamipdx said...

i signed tnt's wall on the website.
thanks!
shenais
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mamipdx said...

i hearted on etsy (maestramami)
thanks!
shenais
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mamipdx said...

i like you on FB (wren nelson)
thanks!
shen
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mamipdx said...

i tweeted (@mamipdx)
thanks!
shenais
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mamipdx said...

i posted on my FB wall (wren nelson)
thanks!
shen
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mamipdx said...

i subscribe with google reader.
thanks!
shenais
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jcsjcs said...

I follow with GFC. My username is jcsjcs. My favorite item is the Monster Truck applique tshirt.

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Kim@Chubby Cheeks Thinks said...

I'm a follower! :)

I love the Girly Owl Shirt!!! It's so cute!
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Kim@Chubby Cheeks Thinks said...

Like her on fb and let her know you sent me!
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Kim@Chubby Cheeks Thinks said...

like you on fb
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Kim@Chubby Cheeks Thinks said...

follow you on twitter@chubbycheeks143
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Kim@Chubby Cheeks Thinks said...

Tweeted!
http://twitter.com/ChubbyCheeks143/status/26358127246
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flowerchild said...

i really like the Wooly Werewolf shirt
google follower
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flowerchild said...

i Heart TNT on Etsy

flowerchild23
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flowerchild said...

i Like CBM on Facebook
angela m
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flowerchild said...

i follow you on twitter
(@flower_child_23)
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flowerchild said...

tweet
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Lindsey Galvez said...

I definitely like the Produce bag!
I'm a Beach Bum!
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Lindsey Galvez said...

I hearted her Etsy shop!
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Lindsey Galvez said...

I like you on FB!
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Lindsey Galvez said...

I'm following you on Twitter.
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Lindsey Galvez said...

I get your emails!
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annaleighmcclelland said...

I wrote on TnT's wall.
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annaleighmcclelland said...

i <2 TNT on etsy!
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annaleighmcclelland said...

I liked TNT on FB!
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annaleighmcclelland said...

I dig the girly owl tee. My Ruby loves owls!
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annaleighmcclelland said...

Today in school I relearned what applique was ;-) And that I can't spell it ;-) And that Upcycling is a great idea!
annaleighmcclelland@yahoo.com

✿Heαther S✿ said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/hell_0kitty/status/26392564739
mommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

T @ The Happy Clipper said...

gfc follower
Love this
Custom Monster Truck Appliqued Shirt Recycled
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T @ The Happy Clipper said...

Jenelle hacks up clothes that have been thrown away. She loves sports.
huffychic@gmail.com

✿Heαther S✿ said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/hell_0kitty/status/26492847621
mommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

kiddo said...

I'm a follower and I checked out her Picasa gallery. I love the orange monster tee.

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kiddo said...

I signed the wall on her website (Suzanne).

kiddomsg at gmail dot com

kiddo said...

I heart her on Etsy (houseofplush).

kiddomsg at gmail dot ocm

kiddo said...

Like TNT on FB (Suzanne Gregg).

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kiddo said...

Like CBM on FB (Suzanne Gregg).

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kiddo said...

Follow CBM on Twitter @kiddo47.

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kiddo said...

tweeted.

http://twitter.com/kiddo47/status/26535638750

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Annalisa said...

I'm here from ten talents! New follower and I love the recycled tee reusable produce bags!

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Angie said...

I am a beach bum and I love that striped shirt with the red skull:)

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deanna said...

GFC
fave: tie & suspenders tshirt
deannalw47 @ hotmail.com
xoxoxo

deanna said...

hearted etsy shop
deannalw47 @ hotmail.com
xoxoxo

deanna said...

signed the wall
deannalw47 @ hotmail.com
xoxoxo

deanna said...

#1 she was her school mascot
#2 she wants to design yoga pants
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xoxoxo

deanna said...

RSS subscribed
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xoxoxo

✿Heαther S✿ said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/hell_0kitty/status/26585689880
mommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

3 Giggly Monsters said...

I am a follower and I love the moster truck shirt.
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3 Giggly Monsters said...

I learned that she used to be a preschool teacher and a mud bog racer.
megankayden@yahoo.com

3 Giggly Monsters said...

I hearted TNT on etsy.
megankayden@yahoo.com

3 Giggly Monsters said...

I like you on fb.
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karasceviour said...

I like the Hogwarts superhero personalized shirt. I follow you via GFC. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

karasceviour said...

I learned that she lives in Kentucky and she has 2 boys.karasceviour at hotmail dot com

karasceviour said...

I subscribe to you via email. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

✿Heαther S✿ said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/hell_0kitty/status/26762528866
mommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

JKMommy said...

http://twitter.com/ayearwithmomdad/status/26770903622
here's another tweet on this! :)

✿Heαther S✿ said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/hell_0kitty/status/26890593556
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Jen and Andy said...

I follow your blog. I love the shirt with the bird on a tree branch.

Jen and Andy said...

She lives in Kentucky, and she will soon let you send in your trash for cash!

Jen and Andy said...

I like TNT on facebook

Jen and Andy said...

I heart TNT on Etsy

Jen and Andy said...

I like CBM on facebook

Jen and Andy said...

I follow you on twitter @JenLee3838

Jen and Andy said...

I subscribe via RSS

✿Heαther S✿ said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/hell_0kitty/status/26988577877
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✿Heαther S✿ said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/hell_0kitty/status/27086264501
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Jolee said...

Love #9 on picasa. So cute. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

Jolee said...

I learned that the state of boys' clothes prompted her to do this. I sure get that! :-) joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

Jolee said...

Hearted TNT on Etsy. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

K. Geller said...

I signed the wall.

K. Geller said...

I follow your blog.

trisha too said...

blog following you, and along the lines of the produce bag, that hot pink head wrap is pretty cool.
:)
trishatoo at hotmail dot com
:)

trisha too said...

etsy hearted TNT--trishatoo
trishatoo at hotmail dot com
:)

trisha too said...

She uses upcycled materials, which I love, and has worn a fuzzy cat suit, which I think is hilarious!

trishatoo at hotmail dot com
:)

trisha too said...

Wrote on TNT's wall, too!
trishatoo at hotmail dot com
:)

✿Heαther S✿ said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/hell_0kitty/status/27177059117
mommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

im a follower and i love the shirts with the ties on them! that is such a cute idea! my son would love so adorable in one of those!
mommya2026@gmail.com

Amanda said...

i love that she started all of this form just making a shirt for her son! I love creative things like that! And man how cool is it that she drove monster jam trucks!

Amanda said...

i visited her site and signed her wall
(amanda w)

mommya2026@gmail.com

Amanda said...

i <3 her shop on etsy!
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Amanda said...

i like you on facebook
(amanda weiglein)

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Shairbearg said...

My 2 yr old would freak out over the hamburger shirt! Seriously all day I would hear: Hamburger Mommy Hamburger!!
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Shairbearg said...

I learned that she is starting a new program where you can send in your items you want her to upcycle for a store credit! which is very cool!
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KaeliH said...

i love her music tree hoodie!
follow on GFC
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KaeliH said...

signed the wall at trashn2tees
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KaeliH said...

hearted trashn2tees on etsy
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KaeliH said...

like trashn2tees on FB kaeli hines
told them u sent me & told her i'd like to see a tiger or lion design
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KaeliH said...

like you on FB kaeli hines
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KaeliH said...

button at my blog
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KaeliH said...

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Shairbearg said...

like her on FB and commented
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Shairbearg said...

hearted her on etsy - theknitwitbyshair
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✿Heαther S✿ said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/hell_0kitty/status/27269116297
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MommyTrenches said...

I love this monster t - http://picasaweb.google.com/Samommy1221/TrashN2Tees?authkey=Gv1sRgCKXk39mk6dqKrAE#5516922643272028146
And I follow your blog!
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MommyTrenches said...

I love that she takes old clothes and turns them into new, fun clothing for boys!
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MommyTrenches said...

I like TNT on FB and told her you sent me! (April P)
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MommyTrenches said...

I signed the wall!
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MommyTrenches said...

I like CBM on FB! April P
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MommyTrenches said...

I follow your blog on Network Blogs!
April P
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MommyTrenches said...

I follow you on Twitter.
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MommyTrenches said...

Tweet
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impossiblyalice said...

I love the monster shirts!

impossiblyalice said...

I posted a comment on her site 27. Sheryl | October 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm

impossiblyalice said...

I hearted her etsy shop - ImpossiblyAlice

impossiblyalice said...

I am a beach bum follower (under my google impossibly alice account)

impossiblyalice said...

She started making these awesome shirts because she couldn't find anything in her style for her son that was affordable.

Each shirt she makes is one of a kind because she doesn't use stencils or anything - just cut and applique!

impossiblyalice said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/ImpossiblyAlice/status/27362177756

impossiblyalice said...

I follow you on twitter @ImpossiblyAlice

MommyTrenches said...

Daily Tweet
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Pattie F. said...

I love the Music Tree Hoodie! I follow you on GFC (xmaswoman). Thanks!

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✿Heαther S✿ said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/hell_0kitty/status/27469225467
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Rajee said...

I liked the wooley werewolf! :) so cute!
and I am a GFC followe

rajee@momsfocusonline.com

Rajee said...

like u on fb

purango said...

I like the Custom Colors TNT Fuselets Recycled Tee Bracelets. I follow. garrettsambo@aol.com

Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

I love the Rock N Roll Skull Baby Lap Tee! Cuuuute!!!!

And I am a follower!!

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Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

I hearted TNT!

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Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

I liked TNT on FB as Eco Frugal and left a message that you sent me.

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Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

I liked you on FB as Eco Frugal!

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Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

I follow you on Twitter as EFandFrugal

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Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

I subscribe via email!

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Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

Tweet!
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JKMommy said...

Email subscriber! yay for an extra entry! :)

JKMommy said...

RSS feed subscriber! :)