Director Jewels: AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers Review + Micro Terry Bundle Giveaway {Cuckoo for Cloth Hop}

Saturday, June 7, 2014

AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers Review + Micro Terry Bundle Giveaway {Cuckoo for Cloth Hop}

Disclosure: I received no compensation for posting this review. Prize will be provided by AppleCheeks. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Welcome to the Cuckoo for Cloth giveaway hop! Cloth diapers are ridiculously cute, remarkably reusable and can really help you save money. This hop exists so that you can enter to win great prizes and learn about some of the brands that those of us in the cloth diaper world just can't stop talking about! Your hosts, Zephyr Hill Blog and Irresistibly Green - and all the participating bloggers and retailers, wish you the best of luck with these giveaways - plus a successful cloth diapering experience!

After you enter my (super duper amazing) giveaway, make sure you check out the linky below and enter to win the Grand Prize - which is valued at over $175 and includes a ton of cloth diapering products! The full list is below, so keep reading!


Let's talk about cloth diapering.

I first mentioned the subject here on my blog back when Addie was around six months old. I was looking for more ways to save money and had some friends say that cloth was reducing their diaper budget significantly. I had never thought I was cut out for washing poop out of diapers on a daily basis, but with lots of encouragement and some super cute diapers out there to choose from, I finally said....okay. We'll try it.

There's a long story to my cloth journey (that I'll save for another time), but after a lot of trial and error, leaks, and elastic marks on Addie's chubby thighs, we finally found the perfect fit for our family: AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers.

Oh my goodness! The squishy baby legs!

When I figured out that AppleCheeks were my one true diaper love, I still had two kids in full-time cloth. I'm not going to kid around and act like it wasn't a ton of laundry - but it was so worth it! Since about October of last year, we have only used AppleCheeks diapers in our house and I can say with absolute certainty I'll never go back to disposables.


Whether you're brand new to the cloth world or just not familiar with AppleCheeks, I want to share some of the reasons that we love them.




  • An outer layer of breathable, waterproof polyurethane laminated polyester (PUL), sewn to a butter soft microfleece inner layer, so that only the softest of soft touches your baby’s delicate skin.
  • Snug, durable elastic at both the waist and legs for a gentle and secure fit.
  • Two rows of easy-to-adjust snaps, allowing for a proper fit at the legs and the waist.
  • A beautiful range of truly spectacular colours to appeal to a wide range of esthetic.
  • A handy envelope opening, wide enough for daddy’s hands, which allows for the option of placing the absorbent inner between the fleece and the waterproof outer layer if so desired.
  • A more generous and longer lasting fit than other similar styles on the market. Size 1 fits from 7 – 20lbs, and Size 2 fits from 18 – 40lbs. All weight ranges are approximate.
  • The ultimate cloth diapering solution!
  • AppleCheeks covers feature a unique envelope design, similar to a pocket diaper, but with NO NEED TO UNSTUFF. The absorbent inserts come right out in the wash!
  • - See more at: http://applecheeks.com/our-products/2-size-envelope-cover/#sthash.zpwtBvys.dpuf



  • An outer layer of breathable, waterproof polyurethane laminated polyester (PUL), sewn to a butter soft microfleece inner layer, so that only the softest of soft touches your baby’s delicate skin.
  • Snug, durable elastic at both the waist and legs for a gentle and secure fit.
  • Two rows of easy-to-adjust snaps, allowing for a proper fit at the legs and the waist.
  • A beautiful range of truly spectacular colours to appeal to a wide range of esthetic.
  • A handy envelope opening, wide enough for daddy’s hands, which allows for the option of placing the absorbent inner between the fleece and the waterproof outer layer if so desired.
  • A more generous and longer lasting fit than other similar styles on the market. Size 1 fits from 7 – 20lbs, and Size 2 fits from 18 – 40lbs. All weight ranges are approximate.
  • The ultimate cloth diapering solution!
  • AppleCheeks covers feature a unique envelope design, similar to a pocket diaper, but with NO NEED TO UNSTUFF. The absorbent inserts come right out in the wash!
  • - See more at: http://applecheeks.com/our-products/2-size-envelope-cover/#sthash.zpwtBvys.dpuf

    5 Reasons I Love AppleCheeks!

    1. They Fit. AppleCheeks is a two-size system, which means a couple of different things: there are no ugly rise snaps to contend with, and you are able to get a great fit on your baby always - from newborn to potty training. I haven't actually tested out that newborn part yet, but next time around, you can be sure I'll have a big stash on hand.

    Size 1 fits from 7-20lbs and Size 2 fits from 18-40lbs - approximately. When I started using cloth, Addie already fit into Size 2, since she had the biggest baby thighs ever. The double row of snaps lets you get a perfect fit both at baby's waist and legs to ensure there is no leakage.




  • An outer layer of breathable, waterproof polyurethane laminated polyester (PUL), sewn to a butter soft microfleece inner layer, so that only the softest of soft touches your baby’s delicate skin.
  • Snug, durable elastic at both the waist and legs for a gentle and secure fit.
  • Two rows of easy-to-adjust snaps, allowing for a proper fit at the legs and the waist.
  • A beautiful range of truly spectacular colours to appeal to a wide range of esthetic.
  • A handy envelope opening, wide enough for daddy’s hands, which allows for the option of placing the absorbent inner between the fleece and the waterproof outer layer if so desired.
  • A more generous and longer lasting fit than other similar styles on the market. Size 1 fits from 7 – 20lbs, and Size 2 fits from 18 – 40lbs. All weight ranges are approximate.
  • The ultimate cloth diapering solution!
  • AppleCheeks covers feature a unique envelope design, similar to a pocket diaper, but with NO NEED TO UNSTUFF. The absorbent inserts come right out in the wash!
  • - See more at: http://applecheeks.com/our-products/2-size-envelope-cover/#sthash.zpwtBvys.dpuf



  • An outer layer of breathable, waterproof polyurethane laminated polyester (PUL), sewn to a butter soft microfleece inner layer, so that only the softest of soft touches your baby’s delicate skin.
  • Snug, durable elastic at both the waist and legs for a gentle and secure fit.
  • Two rows of easy-to-adjust snaps, allowing for a proper fit at the legs and the waist.
  • A beautiful range of truly spectacular colours to appeal to a wide range of esthetic.
  • A handy envelope opening, wide enough for daddy’s hands, which allows for the option of placing the absorbent inner between the fleece and the waterproof outer layer if so desired.
  • A more generous and longer lasting fit than other similar styles on the market. Size 1 fits from 7 – 20lbs, and Size 2 fits from 18 – 40lbs. All weight ranges are approximate.
  • The ultimate cloth diapering solution!
  • AppleCheeks covers feature a unique envelope design, similar to a pocket diaper, but with NO NEED TO UNSTUFF. The absorbent inserts come right out in the wash!
  • - See more at: http://applecheeks.com/our-products/2-size-envelope-cover/#sthash.zpwtBvys.dpuf

    2. They Have Great Design. These diapers are created with an outer layer of breathable, waterproof polyurethane laminated polyester (PUL), sewn to a super soft microfleece inner layer that touches baby's skin. Addie was having constant breakouts and rashes from the disposables we used before switching to AppleCheeks, so this was a huge relief to me! The outer PUL is so soft - it is not scratchy or glossy like some other brands we tried. I love the matte finish.

    The diapers themselves are a cover, so you can choose how to use them (more on that later), but you have lots of options for absorbancy. Choose from AppleCheeks 2-ply bamboo insert (what we use for daytime), 3-play bamboo insert (what we use for nighttime) or the more economically friendly micro terry insert. There are also bamboo boosters which can be uesd overnight, on long car trips, or for heavy wetters. There's a way to make AppleCheeks work for you!

    Plus - they create the amazing "fluffy bum" look without adding an extra size or two to the baby's diaper area. Addie has never needed different sized clothing to compensate for her AppleCheeks-attired bum.


    3. They Are Ridiculously Beautiful. In addition to their fabulous design, AppleCheeks owners Amy and Ilana have taken great pains to make these (in my somewhat humble opinion) the most beautiful diapers on the market! There is a vast rainbow to choose from at any time, and colors are always coming and going in limited releases and from special retailers. Keeping up with AppleCheeks is a full time, super fun hobby.

    And then there are the RUFFLES. They just deserve their own paragraph. Because they are so, so, so amazingly adorable. Tell me you aren't smiling when you see the photos of these ruffly diapers on my kids. I mean, really.

    Size 1 Stash....for future babies!

    4. They Are Super Easy to Wash. I tried a lot of pocket diaper brands, and the thing that totally grossed me out was having to un-stuff the inserts before washing them. Who wants to reach their hand into a soiled diaper and pull out a stinky insert - over and over and over again? With my AppleCheeks, I just throw the whole lot of dirty diapers in the wash and the inserts agitate right out. No nastiness needed.
    Did I mention they have the cutest swim diapers, too?
    SO much cuter than disposables!

    5. They Work. This is the most important part, right? Of course it is! You can use your AppleCheeks in two different ways: as a pocket diaper or an all-in-two. We typically use the pocket method and it's great. The only time I have leaks is if I have forgotten to change Addie or the snaps aren't tight enough. The pocket opening is large enough to allow for the extra absorbent layers in the case of heavy wetters - or nighttime wear.

    Both of my kids still sleep in AppleCheeks overnight, and we love them! Cloth diapering makes me feel better about how we use our resources and I'm especially excited to know that we'll be able to use our diapers again for the next baby! The savings really add up.

    Addie wants you to know that Size 1 diapers are excellent for toys to wear.

    AppleCheeks offers a full lineup of products for your cloth diapering needs, and once you understand how cloth works, this system just makes sense.

    Wearing "Love Happens" at her last pediatrician appointment.

    There's also a fantastic online community of moms who love AppleCheeks just as much as I do. There are several groups I frequent to chat about the AppleCheeks love with those mamas. If you follow me on Instagram, this will come as no great surprise - but sometimes, while participating in these online communities, I am prompted to do some very interesting things with my diapers.

    Like send them on an expedition into my deep freezer.

    My diapers are quite brave.

    Oh, and wear them. Sometimes I do that, too.

    Fashionista? Free spirit? You choose.

    AppleCheeks, you rock. If you're a cloth diapering mama (or even just considering the idea), please give my favorite brand a try! I'm sure you'll fall in love with them, too. Follow along with AppleCheeks on social media - they have awesome interaction on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram - plus their reveal videos on YouTube are beyond hilarious.

    Have you tried AppleCheeks on your baby? What did you think?!

    Giveaway

    One Director Jewels reader will win a micro terry bundle from AppleCheeks! This bundle includes an AppleCheeks cover of winner's choice of color/size (regular line up colors). This giveaway will end on June 17 at 11:59pm CST.  This giveaway is open to US and Canadian readers only.

    To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below (you may need Javascript enabled to see the form and it may take a moment to load)! Once you complete the first entry, the other options will open up so that you can complete them as well.  All of the "extra entries" are optional - you can do just one, or as many as you want! Winners will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Good luck!


    Once you have finished entering my giveaway, hop on over and enter all of the other fantastic giveaways, too! And don't forget to enter to win the Grand Prize - it's valued at over $175 and includes 3 Incredibum Bamboo AI2 diapers, 3 Diaper Safari pocket diapers, Grandma El's rash cream, a Wolbybug wet bag, a set of 3 Planet Wise snack bags, EcoSprout diaper liners, an EcoSprout Coconut Stick, and a pair of (gender-neutral) bumGenius BabyLegs!








    Disclosure: I received no compensation for posting this review. Prize will be provided by AppleCheeks and Director Jewels is not responsible for prize fulfillment. All opinions expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Giveaway Policy and my Disclosure Policy.

    237 comments:

    1. AppleCheeks is one of our favorite cloth brands. I would love the Lemon Zest.

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    2. Raspberry Sorbet! It's always been one of my favorites.

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    3. I would choose Raspberry Sorbet.

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    4. I'll probably choose winging it.

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    5. I'd love to add another Applecheeks to my growing collection. I love the picture of the Applecheeks on the dolls!

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    6. Love the AppleCheeks - APPLETINI

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    7. I've never tried Applecheeks, but they look adorable! I love the Riptide color!

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      1. Oops! Just realized I was confused on the color! But I think my Christmas baby would look adorable in joy!

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    8. I like the pink about it cover!

      -Hannah Avery
      hannahavery85@yahoo.com

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    9. Probably Orange You Glad, or Winging It

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    10. I like the Joy! because there are two colors inside and outside

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    11. I've been wanting to add Cherry Tomato to the stash for awhile.

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    12. Orange You Glad? would look adorable on my little guy.

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    13. Orange You Glad? would look adorable on my little guy.

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    14. It's too bad Riptide isn't on the site!

      My top choices are more than one colour: Pink About It, Winging It, Love Happens, or Joy.

      If those aren't eligible, then I would pick Forget-Me-Not.

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    15. Cherry Tomato has always been a favorite!

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    16. I love the Love Happens print! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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    17. If joy was still around I'd go with it, otherwise I like orange you glad :)

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    18. I'd pick the new RipTide in either size or Raspberry Sorbet in a 2. I don't have those yet!

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    19. I would choose St Lucia! It's so pretty!

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    20. Love applecheeks! Steel me or lake echo or any color really, it is hard to pick one!

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    21. I love the Appletini - awesome!! abrennan09@hotmail.com

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    22. I love raspberry sorbet! That would be my choice of cover!

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    23. I don't know, Riptide is pretty sweet. I love that gender-neutral turquoise!

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    24. Jacqueline AndersonJune 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      St Lucia

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    25. I'd like to get the Cherry Tomato color.
      Rafflecopter Name: Jay Dee

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    26. I think I'd get the ST-LUCIA. I think. :)

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    27. I would pick Lake Echo if I were to win!

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    28. i would choose Raspberry Sorbet :)

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    29. I would choose forget me not

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    30. I would choose appletini. :) I love green.

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    31. I like the Cherry Tomato color.

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    32. I don't care if its not Christmas I want Joy.

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    33. I love the new rip tide, but also the St. Lucia! Hard pick!

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    34. Riptide, riptide, riptide! I totally need the new color!

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    35. I'd choose Winging it, or rip tide if it's available!

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    36. Love Applecheeks! I'd love to get a Love Happens :)

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    37. I love Appletini! I've been wanting to try one of these!

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    38. Winging It or Orange You Glad?

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    39. I would choose rip tide

      -Rachel N

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    40. There are so many nice covers! I like wingin it and st lucia.

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    41. I like the wingin' it. St.Lucia is also gorgeous

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    42. I'm in love with Love Happens!

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    43. I would love one in cherry tomato!

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    44. I would choose the AppleCheeks in the Appletini color.

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    45. Raspberry sorbet! I've been eyeing that one forever but can't justify buying any new diapers

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    46. I would love the new one, Riptide!

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    47. I'd probably choose appletini as its a unique color that I don't have in the stash yet!

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    48. I would love a Lake Echo or Appletini AppleCheeks diapers.

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    49. I would choose the St-Lucia

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    50. I would choose the Joy! -Heather Johnson

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    51. Michelle HarasewiczJune 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      I would choose Pink About It

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    52. I love all the unique names the colours have, my fav is Appletini

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    53. I would choose the Joy or cherry tomato cover.

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    54. I would choose Joy. Such a nice rich colour.

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    55. I would choose Raspberry Sorbet or Joy!

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    56. Either Winging It or Love Happens!

      mnmjen@hotmail.com

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    57. I would pick either the Cherry Tomato or Winging It!

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    58. I have not been able to financially try the Applecheeks yet. I have really wanted to win one to try on my boys. I would love to have the new RipTide color!

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    59. If I could have any diaper it would be delicious, but of current prints I would choose rip tide.

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    60. I would get Lake Echo or Cherry Tomato.

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    61. I'd pick Riptide or St. Lucia.

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    62. jessica chan: Raspberry Sorbet

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    63. I would love wither Cherry Tomato or Appletini! It would be a tough choice!

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    64. definitely the love happens print!

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    65. love happens
      Aimee P.

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    66. Gabrielle DennisonJune 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Lemon Zest or Love Happens. Can't decide I love them all.

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    67. I'd choose cherry tomato. I love the one Applecheeks I was given, I totally wish I could afford to make them my whole stash

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    68. I think I would pick Lake Echo

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    69. i love riptide!!! such a pretty color

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    70. I would choose Forget me not.

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    71. wah. i love appletini, raspberry sorbert and winging it. :o

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    72. I would choose love happens

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    73. AppleCheeks - ST-LUCIA

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    74. I would choose the apple print, not sure of the name. They are all so cute I would love to add to my stash! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    75. I would choose the lake echo color.

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    76. I'm not sure if I posted yesterday but I like Love Happens.

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    77. St Lucia and Appletini are my favorites.

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    78. Definitely Cherry Tomato! We love red in our household :)

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    79. I think I would choose St. Lucia.

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    80. I have to agree with most, St. Lucia!

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    81. I really like Joy! It's Christmasish, BUT also summer ish because looks like watermelon. Win win!

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    82. Love happens, or Appletini, or pink about it... or orange you glad, or raspberry sorbet.... I love them all
      -Patricia B-

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    83. Orange you glad!!! I have yet to get a true orange diaper.

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    84. I would choose the Love Happens diaper cover, it is adorable! I would love to try these!

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    85. I like Winging It.

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    86. I'd pick Appletini.

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    87. Love happens or pink about it

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    88. I've never used these diapers, but is love to give them a try! I like St. Lucia.

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    89. Definitely Raspberry Sorbet!

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    90. I love winging it! I am a fan of patterns over solids.

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    91. I think Pink about it would be the one for me.

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    92. I wish they still had purple rain!! I like the storm color, though love happens is my favorite print!

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    93. I have almost all the applecheeks colors. I do not have the new rip tide color yet!

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    94. I love Pink About It or Riptide!

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    95. St. Lucia or Love Happens

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    96. I like Steel Me, Orange You Glad, and St. Lucia.
      Kari barone

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    97. I love AC! My husband has his own ac daddy stash that I try and save for him since we only have a few. I would like Love happens since we don't have that one or any prints.

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    98. The new riptide looks so cute!

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    99. I would choose Cherry Tomato!

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    100. I would select Love Happens!

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    101. My favorite AC right now is the new RipTide! The color is gorgeous but I have yet to get my hands on one!

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    102. I really like the Winging It, and the Lake Echo, and the Cherry Tomato...... :-)
      me_juliet AT hotmail DOT com

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    103. I would love to have the Riptide colour! so pretty!

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    104. I would choose the RipTide color.

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    105. I like the Cherry tomato color!

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    106. I love Orange you Glad, RipTide or Love Happens! How do you choose when they are all SOOO cute!?

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    108. I would choose the Wingin It print bundle!!
      jbang0331 at yahoo dot com

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    109. I've heard so many great things about Apple Cheeks, I would love to try them out! :) My favorite of all the basic colors would have to be appletini.

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    110. Love Happens, Appletini, or Pink about it! I don't have any Applecheeks dipes yet, but I love those colors!!

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    111. I've never heard of AppleCheeks... thanks for the review!! I can see our little man in the Lemon Zest.

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    112. Riptide! I have one applecheeks and love it!

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    113. lake echo- i don't have a plain black diaper :)

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    114. St. Lucia is my favorite solid color......winging it is my favorite print.

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