Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bobux i-Walk Shoes Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}



I've been learning that baby feet grow really fast. By the time I get all happy that a pair of shoes finally fits our daughter perfectly after she's been wearing them for a month, seems like two weeks later they are too small. I can hardly keep up! Since I am pretty picky about the shoes she wears and I like things that are healthy for developing feet and aren't toxic, it is a challenge to say the least. In my quest for the best baby shoes I've stumbled on Bobux and I am loving everything about them. They were kind enough to send us a pair of pink i-Walk Mary Janes for review.
Quality & Value: I've seen my share of cheap shoes, the ones that only last one season. Not so with these! Ours are new, but I know families whose babies all go through the same pair of Bobux shoes and they still look great. They have a ton of life and will give you unexpectedly long mileage. The i-Walk shoes are priced at $47.95, honestly a bit more than I would want to pay for baby shoes, but I consider it a worthwhile investment for the health of your baby's feet and perhaps not just one baby. I'll give you a tip though, in their specials section you can get shoes for as low as $12.99 for Bobux Originals, $17.99 for i-Walk Junior, and $25 for i-Walk shoes. The Bobux original shoes are made by hand in New Zealand! Those are great for small babies, but they also have toddler sizes that are great to wear as slippers at home. The i-Walk and i-Walk Junior are made in Indonesia.
How is this green: Out of all baby shoes these are among the greenest. The leather used to make Bobux shoes is of the highest quality standards and it is not tanned utilizing heavy metals. So if you see your baby gnawing on the shoes - don't worry, they aren't toxic. Now if you see your baby chewing the shoes you got him at the local department store, you should worry. The biodegradable leather has been developed to higher safety standards than that of the United States, the ones in Europe and Germany in particular. I also love the natural rubber sole, a much better alternative to anything synthetic. Hey, most teething toys you would buy at a chain baby store are more toxic than these shoes! Not that I'm suggesting you use them as a teether!







Fit & Design: Our shoes are a couple of sizes too big right now (see photo above), so she'll be wearing them in the fall and probably at home in the winter. What I love is how they are really designed for baby feet - not just a miniature version of adult shoes. There is room for chubby toes, the velcro strap goes all the way around so it will not open easily on an active toddler, and the soles are appropriately flexible for developing feet. Likewise, the original Bobux and the i-Walk Junior have even softer soles for beginner walkers. All the styles they have are absolutely adorable! You're sure to get compliments and questions about where you bought them. If you have problems with socks staying on baby feet, you should also check out the Bobux Baby Socks on their website.





Company: Bobux was launched in New Zealand in 1991by Chris and Colleen Bennett. The original soft soled leather Bobux shoes were designed for their oldest daughter Chloe who was nine months old at the time. Word spread fast as other mothers wanted a similar kind of shoe for their babies. I love companies that are started by parents with the invention of something for their babies that they could not find on the market.

One Eco-Babyz reader will win a pair of Bobux shoes of their choice!

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

MANDATORY ENTRY: Go to the Bobux website and tell us which pair of shoes and in what size you would choose if you win AND what is the closest Bobux retailer to you.


ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (each one in a separate comment, not valid unless mandatory entry above is complete; each is one entry unless otherwise noted):


2. Buy something at Bobux (10 entries)
3. Like Bobux on Facebook
4. Follow Eco-Babyz on Lunch
5. Follow @EcoBlogz on Twitter
6. Follow @bobux on Twitter
7. Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post, mention @EcoBlogz and @bobux (leave permalink to tweet in your comment)
8. Subscribe to Eco-Babyz by email (2 entries)
9. Follow Eco-Babyz on Google Friend Connect
10. Vote for Eco-Babyz on Top Mommy Blogs, click here to vote (3 entries)


Contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, June 9th 2010. The winner will be selected using Random.org on Thursday, June 10th and notified by email (make sure I have a way to get in touch with you, provide your email in the comment if it is not in your Blogger profile). Open to 18+ US residents! Thank you!

Disclaimer:
I did not receive payment in any form for this review.
I did receive a sample of the product or service for testing and review purposes. This will in no way sway my opinion of the product or service. The review is in my own words and is my own opinion. Your results and opinion may differ.

145 comments:

  1. I like bobux on fb. amy bolda pugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  2. I like the Bobux Lt. Pink Lady Jane in a size small. closest retailer is cruzin kidz. amypugmire@live.com

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  3. I follow u on twitter. 1amypugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  4. I follow your blog. amypugmire@live.com

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  5. email subscriber. 2. amypugmire@live.com

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  6. email subscriber. amypugmire@live.com

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  7. I follow bobux on twitter. 1amypugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  8. tweeted. amypugmire@live.com
    http://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/14843883038

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  9. Hello. These shoes are adorable. I just love them.
    If I were to win I would love to win the( Xlarge5 7/8 Inches21-27 mo. )
    Boys Turtle TURG
    Bobux Dark Green w/Turtle shoes. I see many lovely styles like the Aqua and navy trains are so cute too.

    choochoo1717@hotmail.com

    Visit me at http://mommiesandbeyond.blogspot.com/


    Closest retailer is Plum Market-Ann Arbor, Michigan

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  10. The closest retail location to me is Whole Foods in Madison, NJ.

    I would choose the caterpillar shoes in a size small.

    jteneback at hotmail dot com

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  11. Follow @bobux on Twitter

    I m following via craftsexaminer

    choochoo1717@hotmail.com

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  12. I follow your blog.

    jteneback at hotmail dot com

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  13. I voted, entry #3.

    jteneback at hotmail dot com

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  14. I voted, entry #2.

    jteneback at hotmail dot com

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  15. I voted, entry #1.

    jteneback at hotmail dot com

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  16. Hi. . Liked Bobux on Facebook via shanna brooks

    choochoo1717@hotmail.com

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  17. Subscribe to Eco-Babyz by email (2 entries) 2/2 entries via shanna brooks.

    choochoo1717@hotmail.com

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  18. I already Subscribe to Eco-Babyz by email (2 entries) 1/2 entries

    choochoo1717@hotmail.com

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  19. following EcoBlogz on Twitter via craftsexaminer.

    choochoo1717@hotmail.com

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  20. followed you on Google friend connect
    choochoo1717@hotmail.com

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  21. Tweeted via craftsexaminer
    An Awesome baby shoes giveaway from Bobux http://www.eco-babyz.com/2010/05/bobux-i-walk-shoes-review-giveaway.html @EcoBlogz and @bobux

    choochoo1717@hotmail.com

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  22. The I-Walk Sneaker in Grey is so cute! I'd love it in a size 4.

    The closest retailer is 12 miles away at Annie's Attic in Seattle!

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  23. Following @ecoblogz on twitter (@kimmming)

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  24. subscribed via email entry 2

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  25. I'm subscribed by email entry 1

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  26. I love the Bobux Purple Hearts in size 4

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  27. i like the girls Bobux Rose/Raspberry Sport shoe in small
    nearest retailer- Hobbledehoy Toys
    103 Main Street
    BELFAST, ME 04915 USA
    207-338-0308
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  28. love these:

    Bobux Choc./Blue Sport shoe

    and there are ZERO =( retailers within 30 miles of me

    autumn398 @ yahoo.com

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  29. I like the Bobux Brown Dog shoes. So cute! Nothing showed up as a close retailer for the shoes.

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  30. I love the Bobux purple hearts.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  31. I love the Bobux Pearl White Lady Jane, I don't live close to any of the retailers I assume because nothing showed up as being close.

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  32. ahhhhhhh i lovveee their shoes!!! omgosh! IW-SB - I-Walk Sneaker - Beige is the one size 8... my son doesn't walk yet so I am trying to get bigger size for him but i am clueless on what size so i just get the biggest one lol hope i win!!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. the closet retailer is 20.4 miles away yaayyyyyyyy Lollipop Cottage

    605 Market Street #150
    KISSIMMEE, FL 34747 USA
    321-939-4130

    ok I also liked Bobux on FB, and voted for you!! no tweeter

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  34. I'd get the Bobux Choc./Blue Sport shoe in Medium. The closest retailer to me is:
    Mint Baby
    1121-9 Uptown Park Blvd.
    HOUSTON, TX 77056 USA

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  35. I would like the IW-MJN - I-Walk Mary Jane Navy in size 5.5. My closest retailer is: Whole Foods 1101 S. Canal Street
    CHICAGO, IL 60607 USA
    312-435-4600

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  36. I'd choose the Bobux Navy with Bee, small. How cute!

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  37. Following Ecoblogz on Twitter @getalonghome

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  38. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Getalonghome/status/15199249520

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  39. Voted on Top Mommy Blogs.

    3

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  40. Voted on Top Mommy Blogs.

    2

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  41. I follow via Friend Connect.

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  42. I like the Bobux Milk/Flower/Stem in small.

    SamneneD@aol.com

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  43. I'd choose the Bobux Slink Skin Natural in size small. There are no retailers near me within the search radius. asthenight at gmail dot com

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  44. IW-MJCH - I-Walk Mary Jane Chocolate in 5.5 and I can buy them... nowhere within easy driving distance!!!

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  45. Bobux Chocolate Monkey in a size small.

    Perfectly Posh Boutique
    in Kent WA

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  46. http://twitter.com/miriama59/status/15292073837

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  47. I would pick the Bobux Black Sandal in size medium.

    The closest retailer to me is Bailey Boys and they are 28.3 miles away.

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  48. Following @bobux on Twitter- TheWAHM
    designbytara@gmail.com

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  49. Following @EcoBlogz on Twitter - TheWAHM
    designbytara@gmail.com

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  50. Subscribed to Eco-Babyz by email
    designbytara@gmail.com

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  51. Subscribed to Eco-Babyz by email
    designbytara@gmail.com

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  52. Voted for Eco-Babyz on Top Mommy Blogs #3
    designbytara@gmail.com

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  53. Voted for Eco-Babyz on Top Mommy Blogs #2
    designbytara@gmail.com

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  54. Voted for Eco-Babyz on Top Mommy Blogs
    designbytara@gmail.com

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  55. Following on google friends- Tara V

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  56. Would love the pink monkey size 2 for my friends baby. I had a pair for my daughter that was handed down from her older cousin, and then passed on to her younger cousin... very hard wearing!!! :)

    bevwhip at yahoo dot com

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  57. I follow on Google Friend Connect
    alice.lapray (at) gmail dot com

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  58. I would get the iwalk boot rose two-tone in size 7. There is not a retailer close to me, but I can order online.
    alice.lapray (at) gmail dot com

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  59. The I-Walk Sneaker in Grey. I'd get size 3.
    no retailers within 30 miles. :( Would order online.

    raeviola at hotmail dot com

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  60. I would choose the Bobux White/Navy Sport shoe in size small! The closest retailer to me is Sweet Feet in Monroe, CT!
    leenburke@yahoo.com

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  61. I Like Bobux on Facebook (Eileen B)
    leenburke@yahoo.com

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  62. I Follow @EcoBlogz on Twitter @Leenburke
    leenburke@yahoo.com

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  63. I Subscribe to Eco-Babyz by email
    leenburke@yahoo.com

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  64. I Follow @bobux on Twitter @Leenburke
    leenburke@yahoo.com

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  65. I voted for you on top mommy blogs (entry 3)
    leenburke@yahoo.com

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  66. I voted for you on top mommy blogs (entry 2)
    leenburke@yahoo.com

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  67. I voted for you on top mommy blogs (entry 1)
    leenburke@yahoo.com

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  68. I Follow Eco-Babyz on Google Friend Connect
    leenburke@yahoo.com

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  69. I subscribe to ecobabyz by email (entry 2)
    leenburke@yahoo.com

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  70. My favorite shoes are the I-Walk White/Ice Pink Sandal in Sz. 7.
    Bobux shoes are available for purchase 12.7 miles from my home.

    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  71. I am following EcoBlogz via Twitter as jlsc123.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  72. I am following via GFC.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  73. I am subscribed via email as jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com #2.

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  74. I am subscribed via email as jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com.

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  75. I am following Bobux via Twitter as jlsc123.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  76. I'd pick: IW-SB - I-Walk Sneaker - Beige size 6.5. Closest retailer is 18.6 miles.
    janel_marie at yahoo dot com

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  77. bobux twitter
    amomstake
    janel_marie at yahoo dot com

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  78. twitter you!
    amomstake
    janel_marie at yahoo dot com

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  79. bobux fb
    a mom's take
    janel_marie at yahoo dot com

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  80. I would choose the FIP - Bobux Ice Pink Flower in Size small
    There are no retailers within a 30 mile radius of my house. But my Mom could go to the Perfectly Posh Boutique near her!
    erobison09@gmail.com

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  81. I like Bobux on FB
    erobison09@gmail.com

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  82. I follow Eco-Babyz on Twitter @erobison09
    erobison09@gmail.com

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  83. I follow Bobux on Twitter @erobison09
    erobison09@gmail.com

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  84. I follow on google friend
    erobison09@gmail.com

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  85. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/erobison09/status/15756094329
    erobison09@gmail.com

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  86. I like the Navy Sportshoe in a size large. The closest retailer to me is Cruzin Kidz in Woodinville, WA
    couponsiwant(at)verizon(dot)net

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  87. tweet
    http://twitter.com/couponsiwant/status/15760389226
    couponsiwant(at)verizon(dot)net

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  88. I voted on top mommy blogs #3
    couponsiwant(at)verizon(dot)net

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  89. I voted on top mommy blogs #2
    couponsiwant(at)verizon(dot)net

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  90. I voted on top mommy blogs #1
    couponsiwant(at)verizon(dot)net

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  91. PCH - Bobux Classic Chocolate in XL
    THere is no retailer within 30 mins of where i live.

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  92. I like bobux-international on Facebook

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  93. I tweeted this giveaway
    http://twitter.com/Brebysmommie/status/15763689559

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  94. I voted for you via Tom Mommy Blogs (3)

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  95. I voted for you via Tom Mommy Blogs (2)

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  96. I voted for you via Tom Mommy Blogs (1)

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  97. I would choose the PABP - Bobux Pink Pull-apart Boot in a size small.

    The nearest to me is the Women's Exchange of Reading, PA

    Jordan B

    oneadem@gmail.com

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  98. My choice would be the CATLT - Toddler Lilac Kitten in size 3X

    We have 10 retailers within driving distance. My choice would be Segal's For Children in Beaverton, Oregon that is only 6.2 miles from home.

    noggysnotes at yahoo dot com

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  99. Follow Eco-Babyz on Google Friend Connect

    noggysnotes at yahoo dot com

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  100. I'd like the I-Walks in black in a size 6.5. The closest retailer is Bullfrogs and Butterflies here in 26003.

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  101. I'd pick the Silver Flower in size small. Closest retailer is a store called Boing Boing.

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  102. I follow you on twitter (I'm @prizealert)

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  103. Here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/prizealert/status/15790489148

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  104. I follow Bobux on twitter (I'm @prizealert)

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  105. I-Walk Sportshoe White/Navy size 4 - closest to me is Persnickty toys

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  106. Bonux Chocolate/pink flower in size small
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

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  107. i subscribe via email
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

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  108. I'd like LJP - Bobux Lt. Pink Lady Jane in a large, and there are no retailers near me!

    jewelsntreasures (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  109. I like the purple hearts shoes in size L. Bradshaw's Children's Shoes
    is 3 miles from me.

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  110. i like the silver flower in size small

    the nearest retailer is

    Kids Pointe


    3507 Maclay Blvd.
    TALLAHASSEE, FL 32312 USA
    850-894-2479

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  111. I would choose the LJB - Bobux Black Lady Jane in medium. The closest retail location to me is Frameworks in MO.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  112. I'm following you on Twitter user lisalmg.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  113. I'm following Eco-Babyz on Lunch user Garner5.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  114. I would choose the Toddler Lilac Kitten in size 4X
    My closest Bobux retailer is:
    Eat.Play.Grow.
    4228 Atlantic Ave.
    LONG BEACH, CA 90807 USA

    ReggieM1961 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  115. I'm following Bobux on Twitter user lisalmg.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  116. I "Like" Bobux International on Facebook
    (Facebook name: Reggie Mann)

    ReggieM1961 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  117. I like Bobux on Facebook user Lisa G.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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