Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nature Comes Alive with Insect Lore + Giveaway!!


For my daughter's 5th birthday, she received a butterfly kit from Insect Lore. Once we got the painted lady caterpillars, my kids were glued to the fully enclosed (LOL!!) habitat watching the caterpillars' every move. They were a little confused when they turned into chrysalises and then just amazed as the butterflies emerged:)

For this review, Insect Lore let us bring home some more cool creatures:) This last kit we've tried was the Praying Mantis Pagoda!! With the adorable and totally enclosed habitat, we received a live egg case!! Each kit also comes with instructions... which was so nice since I had NO clue how many were going to emerged or what they looked like, or what to feed them!! I was soo glad Insect Lore also sent us the Life Cycle Stages figures (I highly recommended these especially with younger children or with an unfamiliar insect!!!)

Here's my house when they emerged...


We learned soo much by the experience!!! I didn't even know the cycle of mantises, what their egg case looked like or even what types of food they eat! What we were the most surprised about was how friendly they were when we released the hundreds that emerged!!!

Experience Science… that’s the goal of Insect Lore! They offer tons of kits, games and other interactive activities that help teach and let kids experience SCIENCE !! By being hands-on and letting kids see the plants and animals (and insects) grow and change, kids get to see things that are normally done in nature “out of sight”.

They have tons of cool kits and games that I would love to bring into my home!! Ones I have my eyes on are the carnivorous plants kit and My First Chemistry Kit (sounds perfect for our 1st chemistry lessons next year)!


GET YOUR OWN!! You can find all sorts of ways to experience science and all kinds of insects to watch grow at Insect Lore. Their prices are great!! Many kits (habitat and creatures)like the butterflies, mantises, and ladybugs are $20! And those great little life cycle figures are $5.99!! Great gifts!!

WIN YOUR OWN!! The amazing folks at Insect Lore are giving SIMPLE readers a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.... seriously guys that's like 2 kits and some cool figures!!!

To enter, visit Insect Lore and tell us what you'd like to get if you won!!


Additional Entries: (comment once for each)
This giveaway ends Oct 9th. Make sure you leave a way to contact us in your comments:)

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*Review Disclaimer: We were given the praying mantis pagoda and life cycle figures for the review process. All opinions are ours because we have loved Insect Lore products!

169 comments:

  1. I think we would like the praying mantis pagoda .

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  2. This is so awesome. not sure if I did this all the right way. I liked Simple on FB and then became a friend of Insect Lore and tweeted your URL on twitter.
    And now I'm leaving a comment here :)
    I think we'd like the praying mantis pagoda as well.

    I'm so totally going to order some stuff for my son, since he's learning about this stuff in school!

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  3. My daughter and I ordered the caterpillar/butterfly kit this past summer - it was an awesome experience for us both!
    I would love to try the praying manis' next!
    joeleeda at hotmail dot com

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  4. I would want the Butterfly Pavilion or the butterfly bungalow. Oh the lady bug land looks cool too.

    mommainflipflops AT gmail.com

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  5. I didn't realize I could post more than one comment, by doing more of the tasks! Cool. Here I am :)

    my email is stef@jastef.net

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  6. I could spent a million dollars on this site for my Nathan!! I think I would have to have the "Frog Bog" Or the mantis kit... if I HAD to pick, other wise give me one of each!

    Contact me- Krista-- kwitzalynn@comcast.net

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  7. I think we would choose Ladybug Land and the Butterfly Garden. My daughter is going to have her 4th bday at the local butterfly pavilion so that would be the best gift for her.

    dschoeniger at hotmail dot com

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  8. I would get the caterpillar to butterfly puppet/toy. Augie LOVES The Very Hungry Caterpillar and this would be a great way to keep sharing the story.

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  9. Eco-Aquarium since my daughter really wants a frog

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  10. Wow...who knew bugs could be so cool. I could go crazy on that site for my little girl. I would get "ladybug land". Very cool post, thanks!

    michelle_shea@verizon.net

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  11. So many fun things. I like the beetle barn and the butterfly garden.

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  12. I would get the hissing cockroaches if I thought my hubby would let me :-) My son always LOVES them when we see them at the zoo. I think that would kind of creep people out though. I think we'd get the lady bugs or the praying mantis'. So many cool things, I'm going to have to remember this for Christmas!

    jnieset@yahoo.com

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  13. I think I would order the lady bug and praying mantis habitats. I think both my boys and my toddler would love them.

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  14. How cool!!! I love Praying Mantis and it would be cool to learn more about them so I think I'd pick one of those kits! The butterfly kit would be cool to tho!

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  15. I might get the Eco-Aquarium.

    winit6 at hotmail dot com

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  16. Sent a FB request to Insect Lore on Facebook
    winit6 at hotmail dot com

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  17. I Like SIMPLE on Facebook
    winit6 at hotmail dot com

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  18. Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/mnsteph/status/25612462754

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  19. My daughter would love the Big Bug Magnifying Jar with Live Ladybug Larvae.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  20. My son would love the Frog Bog! @sethandshannon1 sethandshannon1 at yahoo dot com

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  21. Liked on Insect Lore on Facebook and said I was from Simple @sethandshannon1 sethandshannon1@yahoo.com

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  22. I liked Simple on Facebook @sethandshannon1 sethandshannon1@yahoo.com

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  23. Tweeted http://twitter.com/sethandshannon1/status/25619785640

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  24. How fun! We would get the Root Vuiw Farm and the caterpillar to butterfly puppet.
    gray_andrea@hotmail.com

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  25. my nephews would love the anthill with coupon for live ants
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  26. I'd probably choose the Strange Plants Biodome Kit and the Praying Mantis Pagoda

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  27. I'm not sure what I would end up choosing....there's soooo much my little guy would LOVE!!! He loves to learn about all kinds of bugs and animals.

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  28. i would get the Frog Hatchery Kit With Certificate.mavans@gmail.com

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  29. We want an ant hill! topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. I'd like to get a few eyewitness dvds

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  31. I would take the Butterfly Garden (so cool) and the Praying Mantis Pagoda (equally cool).

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  32. We love Insect Lore. We've got the Beetle Barn, Ant Hill, and Butterfly Cage. This time I think we'd either go for the frogs or the praying mantis.

    sgechter@hotmail.com

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  33. Liked Insect Lore on FB!

    sgechter@hotmail.com

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  34. I would choose the Eco-Aquarium.

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I would LOVE to try the butterfly garden!!!! My kids would get a real kick out of it and I would feel good about such a fun educational opportunity.

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  36. Praying mantis and butterfly. We raised tadpoles we found at the creek, but finding insects to raise is harder!
    wendyw329 at aol.com

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  37. I was so glad that my grandkids enjoyed the Butterfly Kit and would recommend it for all the grandmas out there to buy for their grandkids as educational fun!!

    What I didn't know was that Insect Lore also has a Worm Nursery. As a fisherman, gardener and houseparent at a Boys Home, that is something that I could really use. I would love for the boys to establish a worm farm to supply us with bait so wouldn't have to go and buy them at $4.00 a dozen when we go fishing. Plus they might even be able to set up a little business on their own and possibly sell them to others.

    Thanks Insct Lore for givig children the tools they need to have a "yearning for learning" and for letting SIMPLE reveiw it.

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  38. I'm sure my son would love to get the Beetle Barn!
    mommastaci33 at yahoo dot com

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  39. I like Simple on FB. Thanks!
    mommastaci33 at yahoo dot com

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  40. I liked Simple on FACEBOOK

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  41. I would get the Butterfly Pavilion® Shipped with Live Caterpillars

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  42. We would have the catterpillars delivered again for our treehouse along with the praying mantis pagoda.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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  43. My son really wants the Carnivorous Creations! i like the Giant butterfly lifecycle floor puzzle and the reversible butterfly puppet! Thanks for the chance!

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

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  44. i like Insect lore on facebook! tree tiemeyer

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

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  45. i like Simple on facebook! tree tiemeyer

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

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  46. tweet!
    http://twitter.com/patchouligirl91/status/25777149106

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

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  47. i'd love to check out the live beetle kit! survivingateacherssalary@gmail.com

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  48. follow insect lore on FB!!
    survivingateacherssalary@gmail.com

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  49. LIKE you on FB!
    survivingateacherssalary@gmail.com

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  50. I love the ladybug tabletop magnifier, and it would be fun to have the ladybug ladybug activity guide to go with it.
    My son loves floor puzzles right now though, so I might have to make an extra investment in the bugs floor puzzle. :)

    mjbc07 at yahoo dot com

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  51. I'd like to get my children the praying mantis pagoda but I'd like the butterflies again also. I've purchased them before and they are just amazing to watch.

    nelliesweeps@gmail.com

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  52. http://www.shop-insectlore.com/Frogs+Aquatic+Life/Eco-Aquarium.axd

    We would looove this one!!!

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  53. http://www.facebook.com/pages/SIMPLE-Reviews/66464944308?v=wall&story_fbid=437407929308&ref=mf
    Like Insect Lore.

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  54. I like Insect Lore on FB

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  55. we have done both the butterflies and the ladybugs from this site for the past 2 years and we'd love to get the frog bog- love insect lore

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  56. This is hard, I think I would go with the earth worm habitat, and the preying mantis, we caught a mantis and it was molting hubs thought it would be a good idea to place him outside for a bit, well he forgot about him and our mantis ended up getting fried. DD and I was pretty sad.

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  57. I like them on fb and posted on their wall Jammie M

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  58. I like you on facebook Jammie M

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  59. I just ordered us caterpillars does that count? This came with our butterfly kit, so paying for the shipping


    Amount $5.00 USD
    Merchant ILP*INSECT LORE, 800-548-3284, CA
    Please note that the name of merchant may be different once the transaction is complete.

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  60. I just ordered us caterpillars does that count? This came with our butterfly kit, so paying for the shipping


    Amount $5.00 USD
    Merchant ILP*INSECT LORE, 800-548-3284, CA
    Please note that the name of merchant may be different once the transaction is complete.

    #2

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  61. I would get the Butterfly Pavilion
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

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  62. I like Simple on facebook (Jessica Miller)
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

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  63. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/jjak2003/statuses/25834019462
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

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  64. I would love to get the Earthworm Nursery Shipped ASAP w/ Live Earthworms.

    Sounds like so much fun!

    jas8929 at gmail dot com

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  65. Leopard Frog Puppet
    snugles4433@hotmail.com
    shelby brigham

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  66. I have the butterfly pagoda. What a beautiful experience! I'd enjoy the Mantis Pagoda very mush, too!

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  67. I like simple on Facebook

    Miranda Lewis Ward

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  68. The Easy Hatch Fish Hatchery would be cool!
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  69. I like Simple on Facebook
    Danetta Young
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  70. The Praying Mantis Pagoda looks awesome. kick554@hotmail.com

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  71. i would like the earth worm nature and the ladybug kit- cute stuff
    tcogbill at live dot com

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  72. My son would love the frog bog

    timmiedeluca@comcast.net

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  73. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    sent friend request to insect lore and told them you sent me

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  74. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    like you on FB-Laura DeLuca

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  75. I would choose the Easy Hatch Fish Hatchery.

    xxbowietipxx@gmail.com

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  76. We would totally do the butterflies! We have done them in the past and never tire of the process.

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  77. Beetle Barn Shipped ASAP w/ 40 - 50 Live Mealworms.

    That may sound awful, but we have a bearded dragon who loves eating both mealworms and beetles. Our 10 year-old and our 3 year-old twins love bugs but they also love feeding the lizard the mealworms and watching him hunt the beetles! lol

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  78. I think my daughter would like the Butterfly Bungalow or the Ladybug Land.
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  79. I like Simple on FB- Nicole Krebs Balogh.
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  80. tweet
    http://twitter.com/maybaby522/status/26418654483
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  81. I would buy the fiddler crab kit for my nephew!

    serafinac (at) gmail (dot) com

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  82. I'd get the Carnivorous Creations and Ladybug Land. I think that would qualify me as the coolest aunt. :)
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  83. I tweeted. Thank you! http://twitter.com/Aerated/status/26461946237
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  84. My daughter would want the butterfly kit!

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  85. I tweeted the giveaway. :o)

    Dana
    Cabaline16@hotmail.com

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  86. I also friended Insect Lore on Facebook!

    Dana
    Cabaline16@hotmail.com

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  87. I would love to get my kids the tadpoles and butterflies! They would love watching them grow and change.

    Dana
    Cabaline16@hotmail.com

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  88. Would love to get the Live Butterfly Culture: 3-5 Live Butterfly Larvae

    trippyjanet at hotmail dot com

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  89. Frog Hatchery Kit looks cool
    polsen11atcomcastdotnet

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  90. The Bugs Activity Kit and The Carnivorous Plants sound really neat.
    bookloon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. I would like to get the Earthworm Nursery with Coupon for Live Earthworms.
    Thanks
    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  92. Liked Simple on Facebook
    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  93. Liked Insect Lore on Facebook and commented you sent me
    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  94. I would purchase the Quantum Big Screen Viewer for my son.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  95. I am a fan of Insect Lore via Facebook as Jill Myrick and have left a comment that you sent me.

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  96. I am a fan of Simple via Facebook as Jill Myrick.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  97. I would get the Eco-Aquarium, thanks!

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  98. Bella Butterfly Hopscotch, I would get this for my little girl.

    purehrt555(At)yahoo(Dot)com

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  99. I would get the eco-aquarium. Thanks for the chance!
    blondie_31971(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  100. I think the Ladybug Land with Coupon for Live Ladybug Larvae looks really neat! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  101. Oh gosh, we LOVE Insect Lore! We own the butterfly garden and the ladybug land, so I'd order the live caterpillars and ladybug larvae for those. I'd also get the Praying Mantis Pagoda!

    ignoramoose at gmail dot com

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  102. I adore "Ladybug" land and am hoping to have a bunch of them in my newly started garden! queens they are!
    Corinne
    ckurzmann@yahoo.com

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  103. I like Simple on facebook/.
    Corinne
    ckurzmann@yahoo.com

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  104. I love the Eco-Aquarium. Contact info on my blog, thanks!

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  105. I would either get the Eco-aquarium or the Lady Bug Land.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  106. I would get the Eco-Aquarium. I absolutely love frogs.

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  107. The Praying Mantis Pagoda w/ Coupon for Live Egg Case looks awesome!

    strycker@slu.edu

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  108. I like Simple on FB.

    lreickhoff@yahoo.com

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  109. We'd like the praying mantis pagoda!

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  110. I'd love to get the Eco-Aquarium for my granddaughters.

    Ellen
    eering99@hotmail.com

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  111. My boys would love the Eco-Aquarium.

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  112. I would get the butterfly pagoda for my daughter if I won.

    kerrie@mayansfamily.com

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  113. I would get the Butterfly Pavilion and Anthill if I won!
    LuckyTJG@cs.com

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  114. I checked out Insect Lore and if I won I would get their Carnivorous Creations, awesome!

    justine417@comcast.net

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  115. I like Insect Lore on facebook and I told them you sent me :D

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000007159475&v=wall&story_fbid=166304546713116&ref=mf

    justine pierson
    justine417@comcast.net

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  116. I like Simple on facebook

    justine pierson
    justine417@comcast.net

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  117. I tweeted

    http://twitter.com/#!/ShesAnAngel417/status/26826831831

    justine417@comcast.net

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  118. Eco-Aquarium. I saw this one the other day in the store and really wanted it. I'm so glad they carry it!

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  119. Liz and Tristan would enjoy the Butterfly Garden® w/ Coupon for Live Caterpillars.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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  120. We would like the easy hatch fish hatchery.

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  121. like them on FB
    FB ID april yedinak

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  122. like you on FB
    FB Id april yedinak

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  123. My daughters want the Eco-Aquarium. We have the Butterfly Garden and they love it. I would order the butterfly larvae as well.

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  124. Like Insect Lore on Facebook (told them SIMPLE sent me in my friend request) Tiffany Hearn

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  125. Like SIMPLE on Facebook Tiffany Hearn

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  126. http://twitter.com/klp1965/status/26858318923

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  127. i would get the Butterfly Bungalow with Live Caterpillars. my daughter and brother love bugs.

    talishasturms@yahoo.com

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  128. i liked insect lore on fb. my fb name is talisha s and told them simple sent me.

    talishasturms@yahoo.com

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  129. i liked simple reviews on fb. my fb name is talisha s

    talishasturms@yahoo.com

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  130. I would get the easy hatch fish hatchery. My 1st grade students would love watching fish grow!

    pandahugger(at)gmail(dot)com

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  131. liked you on facebook - kelley l with cat avatar

    pandahugger(at)gmail(dot)com

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  132. I want the Butterfly Pavilion® Shipped with Live Caterpillars. Thanks for the contest.

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  133. I would love to get my daughter the Easy Hatch Fish Hatchery

    summer.tidmore at yahoo dot com

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  134. I requested to be Insect Lores friend.

    summer.tidmore at yahoo dot com

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  135. I like SIMPLE Reviews on facebook.


    summer.tidmore at yahoo dot com

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  136. I tweeted.
    http://twitter.com/summer2mommy/status/26875040304

    summer.tidmore at yahoo dot com

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  137. I like the Frog Bog. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  138. Would we totally get the FROG habitat! How cool!!

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  139. I liked Simple Mom Review on Facebook

    emkqueen@gmail.com

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  140. I liked Insect-Lore on Facebook

    emkqueen@gmail.com

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  141. I would like to get the Eco-Aquarium. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  142. If we won we'd get:
    Butterfly Pavilion® Shipped with Live Caterpillars $30
    Easy Hatch Fish Hatchery $20

    Thank so much
    emkqueen@gmail.com

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  143. I would get the "Painted Live Butterfly" book and the A Bee C Buzz Game. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  144. I would like to get their Ladybug Land Shipped with Live Ladybug Larvae

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  145. liked them fb and left comment

    rich hicks
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  146. tweet

    http://twitter.com/Ardy22/status/26901423022
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  147. I would get the earth worm nursery for my son. Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  148. Tweeted at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/26901619776
    justicecw@hotmail.com

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  149. Butterfly Garden® Shipped with Live Caterpillars

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