Friday, August 7, 2009

Carolina Pad - Review (Giveaway Closed)

I never had a cute notebook like this when I was in school! (This one even has an elastic band that wraps around to hold it closed.) Since I use notebooks every day, I was excited to see the new designs from Carolina Pad. I'm even more excited to be able to review them and give away a set to one of you.

I found out that Carolina Pad started designing fashionable school and office supplies in 2000 (long after I was out of school!):

In 2000, Carolina Pad helped transform the stationery industry. How? By introducing fashion school and office products! In the 1980s and 1990s, Carolina Pad, like many other paper product manufacturers, faced the twin challenges of declining profit margins and stiff competition from overseas. When Clay Presley joined the company as president in 2000, he quickly realized that business as usual was not an option. Carolina Pad needed to set a new course. So the company shifted its focus from manufacturing products to designing them. Carolina Pad was the first company to add fashion to school and office products. Clay, who bought majority interest in the company in 2003, also expanded operations internationally, opening offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

I had an opportunity, courtesy of Carolina Pad, to try several products. I'd like to tell you about my favorites.

This ring binder is in the Hot Chocolate collection, as is the spiral notebook I showed at the top of this post. It's not only cute, but seems durable. I open and close the rings fairly often; these seem strong and the two halves of the rings stay aligned.

My son picked up this book as soon as we opened the box. He likes the unique Sasquatch design.


The Ideal Book, in the Pattern Play collection, has 120 sheets of lined paper, separated into three sections with plastic tabbed dividers. My favorite features, though, are the durable plastic cover and pockets. One of the pockets (in the second photo above) closes like an envelope, so small items won't slide out.

Four of these tab dividers--from the Whimsical Flower collection--are patterned on one side (three with different-colored stripes, one with a coordinating pink floral design) and lined for note-taking on the reverse. The fifth divider is a double-sided pocket with a coordinating yellow floral print. These would jazz up any notebook, but of course they go especially well with the matching binder.

These Simply Chic file folders are so pretty! The outsides are black and white (four of each design shown), and the insides are polka-dotted. No boring manila folders here! The outside of each folder is coated for durability, too.

Finally, I haven't used this two-pocket folder yet, but I wanted to show it because it looks perfect for tweens and teens. It's from the brand-new Chit Chat collection.

I like these Carolina Pad products not only because they're attractive and fun to use, but because they seem like high-quality products that will last.

Buy it: Carolina Pad products are available at many retailers, or you can order from their Web store. Through August 22, use promotion code BTS2009 to receive a 15% discount on your total order. Orders of $30 or more (after discount) are eligible for free shipping, too.

Win it: Carolina Pad would like to give either the Kendall Kollection or the Sasquatch Collection to one lucky blog reader. This is what they look like:

Kendall Kollection


Sasquatch collection

Here's how to enter:

This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to justicecw, who won the Carolina Pad Kendall Kollection!

Just leave me a comment to let me know Carolina Pad collection most appeals to you. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you. Limit 1 entry by this method. This must be done in order to qualify for extra entries.

Here's how you can earn additional entries (please leave one comment per entry):

  • Follow Carolina Pad on Twitter. (1 entry)
  • Become a fan of Carolina Pad on Facebook. (1 entry)
  • Join the Carolina Pad Consumer Insights Panel. (1 entry)
  • Enter a giveaway at another Back to School Bash participating blog. (1 entry per blog)
  • Subscribe to my feed in a feed reader or by email. Leave an extra comment to let me know you've done this. If you already subscribe, leave a comment to let me know. (1 entry)
  • Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post. Leave a comment with a link to your blog post. (1 entry)

More details: Open to residents of USA, age 18 or older. Giveaway ends on 8/17/09 at noon (Eastern time). Winner will be chosen by the random number generator at Random.org. Winner will be contacted by email and must claim the prize within 72 hours, or another winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited.


173 comments :

  1. I really like the Kendall Kollection!! How pretty!!

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  2. I'm subscribed by email! :)

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  3. The Hot Chocolate is my absolute favorite! I have some and they are GREAT!

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  4. My favorite is the Eye Candy

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  5. email subscriber

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  6. I love the Hot Chocolate Collection!

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  7. I'm a subscriber!

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  8. I like the sasquatch collection. Thanks.

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  9. I love the Sasquatch one - I just saw these in the store recently and think they are great!

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  10. Follow Carolina Pad on Twitter.
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  11. a fan of Carolina Pad on Facebook.
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  12. Joined the Carolina Pad Consumer Insights Panel.
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  13. I think the Sasquatch collection is fabulous!
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  14. I really like the Kendall collection and the Hot Chocolate Collection.

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  15. I signed up for the Carolina Pad insights panel.

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  16. I entered Kiddie's corner's Carolina Pad giveaway.

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  17. I entered Pour Some Sugars's fragrancenet giveaway.

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  18. I ADORE Carolina Pad! The Whimsical Flower Collection is by far my favorite. By far. =D I'd so love to win!

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  19. Following carolina pad on Twitter: petuniasays

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  20. Subscribed by email!

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  21. I like the Sasquatch collection the best. The colors are very soothing.

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  22. I also entered the My four Monkeys back to school giveaway.

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  23. subscribed by email!

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  24. I like the Kendall collection, I think my DD6 would too!

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  25. Blogged!
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  26. Following Carolina Pad on Twitter.

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  27. Fan of Carolina Pad on Facebook.

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  28. Joined the Carolina Pad Consumer Insights Panel.

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  29. Such a tough decision...there are so many choices! I believe my favorite is the Graphic in Nature collection.
    Thanks!
    Aimee
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  30. I am following Carolina Pad on Twitter (username Nelsby).
    Thanks!
    Aimee
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  31. I am a Facebook fan of Carolina Pad.
    Thanks!
    Aimee
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  32. I joined the Carolina Pad Consumer Insights Panel.
    Thanks!
    Aimee
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  33. I subscribe to your blog feed via email.
    Thanks!
    Aimee
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  34. I entered the Carolina Pad giveaway at Kiddies Corner Deals.
    Thanks!
    Aimee
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  35. I entered the Coach wallet giveaway at The Divine Miss Mommy.
    Thanks!
    Aimee
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  36. Entered Carolina Pad giveaway at Mission Mommy.
    Thanks!
    Aimee
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  37. Entered Carolina Pad giveaway at My Four Monkeys.
    Thanks!
    Aimee
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  38. Entered Beauty Recycled giveaway at Pour Some Sugar on Me.
    Thanks!
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  39. Entered Coach wallet giveaway at This Side of Eternity.
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  40. I love the Hot Chocolate collection. Thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  41. Following Carolina Pad on twitter - my username is justicecw. thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  42. I joined the Consumer insights panel. thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  43. I am a subscriber. thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  44. I entered the Gymboree giveaway at Mission Mommy. thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  45. I entered the Squiggle giveaway at My Four Monkeys. thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  46. I entered the Sharpie giveaway at This Side of Eternity. justicecw@hotmail.com

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  47. I entered the FreckleBox giveaway at Pour Some Sugar on Me. justicecw@hotmail.com

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  48. I entered the Coach wallet giveaway at Divine Miss Mommy. justicecw@hotmail.com

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  49. I entered the Built giveaway at Kiddies Corner Deals. justicecw@hotmail.com

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  50. I signed up for the Consumer Insights Panel

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  51. I entered the See Kai Run giveaway at Mission Mommy

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  52. I entered the Kidscoats.com giveaway at Bored Mommy

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  53. I entered the Vincent Shoes giveaway at kiddies Corner Deals

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  54. I really like the Kendall Kollection. Vibrant wake-up colors.
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  55. I subscribe via email.
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    Marj M.

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  56. I like the Graphic in Nature collection from their website!

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  57. I love the sasquatch collection! Great giveaway.

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  58. I love the Sasquatch collection - what an odd name!

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  59. I signed up for the Carolina Pad Consumer Insight Panel.

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  60. I am a fan of Carolina Pad on facebook.

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  61. I follow Carolina Pad via twitter @Radar626.

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  62. I subscribe via email at jokersjunk@yahoo.com

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  63. I entered the Sharpie giveaway at This Side of Eternity.

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  64. I entered the Sharpie Giveaway at The Divine Miss Mommy.

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  65. I entered the Sharpie giveaway at My Household Junk.

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  66. I entered the Sharpie giveaway at Four Monkeys

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  67. I entered the See Kai Run giveaway at 5 Little Monkeys.

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  68. I entered the See Kai Run giveaway at Mission Mommy.

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  69. Prints Charming!

    contact me at:
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  70. *Delete my last comment please!*

    I love the eye candy design!! nickelpicklemom@gmail.com

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  71. I entered the Sharpie giveaway at Kiddies Corner Deals.

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  72. I entered the Sharpie giveaway at Pour Some Sugar on Me.

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  73. I entered the Kiddies Corner Deals giveaway for the Tatutina hand-painted crayon caddy.

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  74. I like the Hot Chocolate collection
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  75. I am a fan of Carolina Pad on Facebook
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  76. I have joined the Carolina Pad Consumer Insights Panel.
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  77. I entered the Carolina Pad giveaway on My Four Monkeys
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  78. I am a subscriber to your blog by email.
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  79. My favorite is the Hot Chocolate collection! I love the colors!

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  80. Follow Carolina Pad on Twitter-jellibeenz1978

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  81. Facebook fan Carolina Pad- kristy H

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  82. Joined Consumer Insight panel

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  83. Email subscriber
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  84. Entered Pour Some Sugar on Me's Frecklebox giveaway

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  85. Entered Mission Mommy Vat 19 giveaway

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  86. Entered My Four Monkeys Sharpie giveaway

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  87. I really love the Whimsical Flower collection...so whimsy :)

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  88. love the prints charming collection

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  89. follow Carolina Pad on twitter

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  90. Entered another giveaway @ my four monkeys

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  91. I most like the Prints Charming collection. Thanks.
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  92. I follow Carolina Pad on Twitter, partymix25
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  93. email subscriber
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  94. joined the Carolina Pad Consumer Insights Panel

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  95. I love the Hot Chocolate the best.

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  96. I follow them on twitter - andthencrafts

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  97. The Kendall Kollection is my favorite! As a teacher, I always need extras for kids!

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  98. I subscribe to your blog feed via my Bloglines account!

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  99. I joined the Insight Panel!

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  100. Sasquatch collection wins my vote.

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  101. the hot chocolate collection looks great!
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  102. I follow them on twitter (dreamer08)

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  103. Love the Prints Charming collection!

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  104. Google reader subscriber!

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  105. Entered the Carolina Pad giveaway at 5 Little Monkeys!

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  106. I love hot chocolate (apsychmommy at gmail dot com)

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  107. I also entered the Carolina Pad giveaway at 5 Little Monkeys

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  108. Just subscribed to you via google reader

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  109. Of the two you're giving away, I like the Kendall kollection better. However, Hot Chocolate is my favorite collection out of all of them. :)

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  110. I follow Carolina Pad on Twitter. (my twitter name is HSBSuzanne.)

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  111. I joined Carolina Pad's Consumer Insights Panel.

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  112. I entered two Back to School Bash giveaways at Kiddies Corner Deals.

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  113. I entered at least one Back to School Bash giveaway at Pour Some Sugar on Me.

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  114. I entered at least one Back to School Bash giveaway at This Side of Eternity.

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  115. I entered at least one Back to School Bash giveaway at Mission Mommy.

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  116. I entered at least one Back to School Bash giveaway at My Four Monkeys.

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  117. I entered at least one Back to School Bash giveaway at 5 Little Monkeys.

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  118. I entered at least one Back to School Bash giveaway at Pickles and Lollipops.

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  119. I entered at least one Back to School Bash giveaway at One Bored Mommy.

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  120. I'm a subscriber.

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  121. I like the Kendall Collection!

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  122. I like Kendall.

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  123. The Kendall Collection is really pretty!

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  124. I entered a back to school giveaway at 5 little monkeys

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  125. My favorite is the Prints Charming collection.

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  126. I love the Kendall Collection. My poor daughter is a Junior in High School and has never had cute note pads, only the cheapest at Target. I would love to surprise her.

    Thanks for the contest and I'll RT it on Twitter.

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  127. I really like the Hot Chocolate Collection.

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  128. Follow Carolina Pad on Twitter

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  129. I'm a fan of Carolina Pad on facebook

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  130. I join the Carolina Pad Consumer Insights Panel.

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  131. I love the Whimsical Flower Collection

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  132. email subsriber

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  133. signed up for the Consumer Insight Panel

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  134. i entered the sharpie giveaway at My HouseholdJunk

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  135. The Kendall Collection is really nice. I also really like the Pattern Play.

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  136. My favorite is the EyeCandy collection. It's so fun!
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  137. I liked the Sasquatch collection. Thanks.
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  138. following carolina pad on twitter

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  139. joined the carolina pad consumer insight panel

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  140. subscribed to your blog with email

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  141. Check out my sidebar -- I have posted about your giveaway. www.changingreflection.blogspot.com

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  142. I also entered at least one other giveaway from the links provided above.

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  143. Sasquatch collection would be my choice. Nice to have something appropriate for boys that isn't just a solid color.

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  144. I became a fan of Carolina Pad on Facebook.

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  145. I have joined the Carolina Insights Panel

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  146. I like Whimsy Flower collection.

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  147. I follow carolinapad on Twitter - Janetfaye

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  148. Carolina Pad Facebook Fan - Janet Fri

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  149. I joined the Carolina Pad Consumer Insights Panel.

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  150. Email subscribed.

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  151. I entered the Shorts giveaway from My 4 Monkeys

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  152. I entered the Out of the Box giveaway at Kiddies Corner Deals.

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  153. I entered the Sharpie giveaway @ This side of Eternity


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