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9.20.2010

{newborn nest giveaway!!!}

so as photographers, i think we all know that the best way to photograph newborns in to put them on a bean bag covered by a blanket. sounds easy enough, right?? and isn't a bean bag a bean bag. i mean, really....is there any difference between one you pick up at walmart versus these fancy ones made for newborn photography?
i will be the first to admit that i was a skeptic. i have used my cheapo shopko beanbag for the last year or so. i thought it was just fine. okay...so there were times i was yelling at it in my head during a session because it was too small or too narrow or it just wasn't doing what i needed it to do at that moment....but i figured that was just how it was.

well, then i saw mindy was putting out a new product called the newborn nest. interesting. it looked great, but was it really necessary. i mean, my shopko one was totally rocking it....or so i thought.



curiosity got me and a few weeks later my newborn nest arrived at my door. i opened it up. it felt good. it seemed sturdy...but still hard to tell. so, i headed to walmart, picked up some bags of bean bag fill and started stuffing away. as i filled it up, i have to say i was quite impressed. man, was this thing huge!! i set it next to my shopko bag and it was laughable! okay, but did bigger mean better? hmmm....was it going to work when i have to go to someones tiny apartment? would it be too big? that was my first concern....

then, i used it for a session. wow!! the difference was quite amazing. i had soooo much room to place the newborn how i wanted. i had room to move her around. i could put her in positions i never could before because she would have fallen off on my old bean bag. it was a world of difference.







i was still concerned about the size. my first session with it was in a rather big house with lots of room. well, my next session was a great test. i had a newborn session...with twins...in a small room. perfect! can i just say....GO AND BUY A NEWBORN NEST...now. yes. now.
i love, love, love it!!! i was able to have so much room for the twins. i could even set one to the side while photographing the other. and the small space? it totally fit. was not a problem at all!!





it's durable (wipes clean easily after baby pees and poos....trust me! haha), well made, cozy and comfortable and gives you so much room that your photos will have endless possibilities.


the opening is closed by heavy duty velcro. i admit i was concerned about that too. my last one had a double zipper. i was certain that the velcro would come undone or would leak fill as i was moving, pushing, shoving the bag, but it didn't at all. it's bullet proof velcro! haha!



and now the best part?!?!
mindy is giving away one of these amazing newborn nests to one of our readers!!! how excited are you?!

here's how to enter to win:
-visit mindy's newborn nest shop and check it out. come back and leave a comment saying what color you like and why you would love a newborn nest.

-for a bonus entry, visit the newborn nest facebook page, become a fan, leave some love and then come back here and let us know you now follow on facebook.

good luck to you all!!!!!
contest will end thursday 9/23 at noon.

965 comments:

  1. I've been trying to figure out what to do for my nephew's newborn shoot (he's due in Oct!) and this would be PERFECT in ivory. What an awesome giveaway!

    repeatbyheart{at}gmail{dot}com

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  2. Oh Ivory! So beautiful! I NEED one of these!!

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  3. Newest 'liker' of Newborn Nest on Facebook. : )

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  5. Wow, this looks fabulous. I like the ivory, its so milky. What a great price point as well.

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  6. I love, love, love the newborn nest...I don't have one (YET!) but I have seen so many wonderful newborn photos with it and have heard so many wonderful things about it that I am in love with it :D

    I am a fan of of the Newborn Nest facebook page already. I would get one in brown.

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  7. I would love an ivory one - SO tired of my bean bag - it's too small! : )

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  8. Loving the ivory. Definitely was already a fan on facebook. Does that count??

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  9. Fan on Facebook!

    JennW
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  10. Fan on Facebook!

    JennW
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  11. Been wanting one of these for quite some time now....would love to have the faux leather in brown!!
    Great giveaway!!

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  12. Fan on FB and left some love on their page :)

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  13. I would love an ivory newborn nest. I currently use a boppy or a bean bag with newborns and I always feel the boppy is too firm while the bean bag is too cushy. That is why I'd like to win the newborn nest.

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  14. These are beautiful! I love the chocolatey-brown colour of the faux leather one!

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  15. Love the brown one! When it's not being used for newborn sessions I would probably sit on it to watch tv! :)

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  16. Became a fan on facebook!

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  17. I'd love the ivory. I've been eyeing these for a long time, and would love to be able to use one!

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  18. I would LOVE the cream colored newborn nest...it's a huge step from my ugly red dorky bean bag!

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  19. I love the ivory one! What a great idea and the ideas for poses are endless!

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  20. I would love this! I'm just venturing into newborn photography and have struggled with positioning. I would love to try this on my own baby born in November! :) Either color would be fine with me!!! :)
    aubreycarpenterphotography(at)hotmail.com
    Thanks!!!

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  21. I'm a newborn nest fan on facebook :)

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  22. I've been eyeing the ivory one for awhile now! I would LOVE to have a newborn nest! Newborns are my absolute favorite to photograph and I hope to someday be only photographing newborns. I need a newborn nest!

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  23. I'm already a fan on FB!

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  24. I'd love the brown one! I think I'd get the ivory too dirty! haha

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  25. IVORY! These look great. I am starting out and was just about to order a bean bag b/c I have a newborn shoot coming up at the end of September and it would be great to use!!!

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  26. I like the newborn nest on facebook!

    Mel.Badziong

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  27. brandi hurd9/20/2010

    I would absolutely love love love one of these in ivory! I want one because of the versatility of being able to use it in so so many ways!

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  28. I would love a newborn nest, in brown! It would be great to use when my new baby arrives in December!

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  29. i love the ivory! I am in desperate need of a bigger bean bag! my target one just isn't cutting it!

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  30. I like the newborn nest on facebook!!

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  31. I love the white one. I really think this would be perfect for me, since it's leather and I have cats in my house that I store all of my on-location equipment & sometimes the cat hair gets on the fabrics. Eeew.

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  32. i would LOVE an Ivory one. I have the old stand by basic beanbag and it really isnt big enough! Im going to have to get a second one, which seems outlandish.

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  33. I would love an ivory one! :)

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  34. I am also a fan of the newborn nest!

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  35. I just became a fan and left some facebook love!

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  36. I would love ivory!

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  37. Ivory is definitely my favorite color! I'm just like you were, trying to use the tiny beanbag! lol. I would LOVE to be able to have more room and versatility!

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  38. The ivory is PERFECT and it won't show through any blankets/backdrops! Ooh I want one bad!

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  39. I'm already a FB fan of newborn nest and I left them a little message http://www.facebook.com/newbornnest#!/newbornnest?v=wall&story_fbid=156229971061738&ref=mf

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  40. I want one of these so badly! I need a new bean bag! This looks just perfect!

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  41. Fan on FB! Love Love LOVE!!!

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  42. I am a fan of Newborn Nest on FB! = )

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  43. I've had my eye on the ivory one for a while, just haven't bit the bullet yet :)

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  44. I'm totally in love with the Ivory. We're in the middle of an office remodel right now, and I was absolutely JUST looking for one of these.

    Beanbags just don't work quite the same way!

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  45. Brandi Hurd9/20/2010

    New Fan on FB!!!

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  46. Loooove the ivory! Love how flat and sturdy it is!

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  47. I've been a NBN fan on Facebook for a while, I kind of stalk them waiting for the day I'm ready to buy ;)

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  48. I would love an ivory nest. Either would be great however!

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  50. I liked the newborn nest on FB!

    P.S. I forgot to mention above that I would love the ivory colour!

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  51. This would be so much better than a bean bag!! What an awesome idea :)

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  52. Ivory!!! I have heard fabulous things about these! It would be wonderful to replace my tired old bean bag with it!

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  53. I would love the Ivory! I have nothing to photography babies on right now so this would be perfect!

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  54. I like the ivory... and I NEED one of these! I just did a newborn shoot yesterday, trying to use a bed. Yes, I'm sure you can imagine. ;)

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  55. I'd LOVE a brown one! I have a huge cloth bean bag now, but I'd love just being able to wipe this one off if there was an "accident" on it!

    deedra@deedrapikephotography.com

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  56. Definitely a fan of the Newborn Nest! It has been on my to-buy list for awhile now, and now that I have a studio, I could keep the NN in the studio and tote my Target bag in my Civic to clients' houses. I would totally get the ivory too because you could use it uncovered as well.

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  57. Became a fan on FB

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  58. I am a fan on Facebook!

    deedra@deedrapikephotography.com

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  59. I think these are brilliant! I would LOVE the ivory one, the color is soft and sweet just like newborns. So much better than a pillow or big bean bag. Well done.

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  60. I'm a fan on FB (Katrina Grace Sevin) and left some love.

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  61. Left some <3 on their FB page :)

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  62. Would love one in the ivory! Great idea!

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  63. I actually like both colors - but if I had to choose...I guess the brown.

    I like the size and the "puck"-ness of it, compared to regular beanbags.

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  64. I LOVE the ivory newborn nest! It would be a perfect accessory to my business....thank you for the great giveaway!

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  65. FB "liker" - left some "love".

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  66. The Ivory one is beautiful and versatile! I would love a newborn nest because although I do primarily outdoor shoots, I know that in reality I won't be able to do newborns outside (espeically in Canadian winters!) so having something like this would really help with shooting indoors! I can also see it being a fun accessory for a kids or pets session.

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  67. Became a fan on FB! Great way to follow all the up to dates! :)

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  68. Kelly Pitzlin9/20/2010

    I LOVE, not just like it! But, since FB doesn't have a LOVE feature, I liked it :) Also left the love. LOVE it!

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  69. Became a fan on FB!

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  70. Think I'd choose the darker brown one. Looks wonderful!

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  71. these are so great! I LOVE the ivory one. would be so great with lighter fabrics that aren't super opaque. left some FB love as well. such an awesome giveaway!

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  72. What a fabulous product. And the price seems very affordable compared to similar products. DEFINITELY want to WIN!!

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  73. Also became a fan of her fb page and left some love.

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  74. Ivory would be PERFECT!!

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  75. I love the Ivory! What a great giveaway... I could definitely use one of these for all my upcoming baby sessions!

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  76. I love the ivory color!

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  77. I also became a fan on FB and left a comment :)

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  78. I love this, looks like a better alternative to the bean bag! The brown faux leather is pretty nice, too!
    Just joined them on Facebook, too!

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  79. Already a fan on fb- but left some love :)

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  80. I have been wanting an ivory newborn nest! I am pretty new to newborn photography, however for the longest time I was planning on just buying a bean bag--that is until I found the newborn nest! I think it would be great to start off with already having the perfect product to pose my newborns (no plain old bean bag needed!) : ) Thank you Mindy for designing such a great product!

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  81. Oh yes, and I am a fan on facebook!

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  82. Jenna Stubbs9/20/2010

    I would love the ivory. I don't have anything as of now so this would be great to start with

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  83. I love the brown! I would use it for all the newborn shoots I have coming up!

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  84. I am already a fan of Newborn Nest on FB :)

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  85. I heart the ivory one!! I can absolutely see why this would make a session easier than using a tiny walmart bean bag, which is what I have now...

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  86. Totally now a fan on FB!!

    I like the brown. And I'm tired of using couch pillows, rolled up towels and receiving blankets for the babies!! So I need one badly!!

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  87. I love the ivory! I would love to have one of these because I don't even have a bean bag to do newborns on! So, why not start out with THE BEST!?!

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  88. I am also already a fan of their FB page, but I did go and post a comment. Thanks!

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  89. Love the ivory one!! What a wonderful idea!

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  90. Ivory it would be perfect for the twins I am going to do this will be safer than the bean bag

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  91. Newborn nest is now a page favorite of Lazy Daisy Design Photography!

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  92. WOW! What an amazing find!! I've been using a cheap-o bean bag for my newborn photo sessions and it's time to UPGRADE!! I'd love to win, of course, but if not, I will definitely start saving my penny's for one of these!!!

    Reach me by email at lindsayraeadams@gmail.com

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  93. I would love to have one of these because currently I have used everything from a bed to towels, to bunting, to nursing pillows and wedges. And trying to keep a happy, positive attitude the whole time! What a great product! Ivory would be beautiful!

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  94. I love the brown one!

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  95. I'm a FB fan! So cool!

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  96. I'm a fan on Facebook!

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  97. I love the ivory. Would love to get some cute newborns on there to photograph! Would sure beat a bean bag or boppy!!

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  98. love this! think i'd have to go with brown

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  99. Ooh, I'd like an ivory one. Forgot to mention that in my last comment.

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  100. and i'm a fb fan, too!

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  101. I became a fan on FB!

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  102. i am a liker on facebook :)

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  103. Love the Ivory. What a great product! Fanned the page too! Thanks for the heads up!

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  104. i would love the newborn nest in ivory!

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  105. I like the ivory one!!! I'd love to have one because the pillows off my bed just aren't cuttin it anymore! :)

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  106. I'm a fan I so need this

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  107. I just became a fan, and I like it in Ivory! So cool. This is a brand new thing to me. lee1201@msn.com

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  108. Liked her page on facebook!

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  109. I would LOVE a brown newborn nest- I currently use a beanbag (I stole it from my son, shhhhhh!) but it's too squishy! the poor babies disappear in it! lol

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  110. Ivory is my fav!! I have just started shooting newborns and this would be a great tool to use!

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  112. I love the Brown!! Very nice!!

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  113. Oh OH! I totally need one of these, I just got rid of my old beanbag :) I'd love the ivory one - pretty!

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  114. I have wanted one of these for.EVER! I'd love the brown leather one ♥

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  115. I love the faux leather one. I currently just use a couch cushion or something for newborns so this would be a HUGE help.

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  116. I am now a fan of Newborn Next on Facebook.

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  117. I am a fan on facebook too!

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  118. Ivory is perfection! The Newborn Nest will be a must as I start my own photography venture =)

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  119. *Liked* and left some love :)

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  120. I already was a fan on facebook. Left some more love there :)

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  121. Ooooohh I've been wanting one of these for a while now!! Love, love love the ivory! :o) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  122. I've been looking for something to photograph newborns on and this would be perfect! I love the ivory one!!

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  123. This just might be the best invention I have come across for photographing babies! I am a fan on facebook and an ivory newborn nest would make my day!

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  124. Became a fan of Newborn Nest on facebook and left a comment on their page!

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  125. I'm a fan on FB! (for some odd reason I wasn't already).

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  126. Looks like a super great product!! I have been stumped on finding the best way to shoot the newborns. This looks perfect! I would love one in ivory.

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  127. Jessica Hogan9/20/2010

    I am just starting my photography business and would love the Ivory one. This was would be first item I would have to get my business started :) Please email me at jessica.hogan28@gmail.com if I am the winner :)

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  128. I would love to win the ivory newborn nest. I also have an old beanbag from target that I use that is just too saggy and not big enough. The nest would be perfect! LOVE!!

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  129. Love both, but I think the ivory would be nice to have.

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  130. love the ivory! perfect for my newborn shoots!! thanks

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  131. Vinyl Faux Leather! That would be the greatest!

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  132. I am a "liker" on FaceBook and a "leaver" of love on the Newborn Nest page!!! PICK ME PRETTY PLEASE!!

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  133. I am now a fan on Facebook! :)

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  134. i would most definitely have to say ivory since i have a lot of lighter colored blankets. love these, they look wonderfully amazing!

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  135. I am already a fan on facebook - but I left a new comment!

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  136. I love the Ivory because it is so versatile!
    I would love to have one because I am having a baby TOMORROW and will be taking TONS of pictures...this will make it so much easier! :)

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  137. became a fan on facebook and left some love :)

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  138. Oh I SO need this! Ivory would be great but I would honestly take ANY color. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  139. oooh I would be so happy to win an Ivory one! I absolutely love doing newborn photography, and this would be a huge asset for me, the babies, and my business!!

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  140. I love brown newborn nest!
    I just started in photography of newborns and I
    think Newborn nest is a must!!:-)

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  141. I really don't think I care about color--you sold me on this product! I was simply looking for a beanbag, and now you have upped the bar. Thank you!

    Christine

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  142. Oh, I love this!! Just photographed my first newborn last weekend, and this would've been great! I would prefer the ivory one, as it would come in very handy in March, when my second little bundle arrives. :)

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  143. And I just went on and "liked" the facebook page now!

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  144. became a fan of facebook and left a message for them :)

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  145. I "liked" her on facebook too!

    Christine

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  146. Became a "liker" on facebook! Love Love Love it!
    cm.photography@hotmail.com

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  147. I already was a fan,and just left new coment :-)

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  148. i would love to win this in the Brown Color :)

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  149. i love the ivory newborn nest! i have had my photog business up and going for a while now and would love to get rid of my old bean bag and upgrade!

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  150. I like them both but Im thinking ivory :)

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  151. I would love an ivory one.....because I don't have one and the couch cushion doesn't quite cut it!!

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  152. i'm a facebook fan and left some love on your wall :)

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  153. fan on facebook and left some love

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  154. Oh, these are perfect! I love the Ivory!

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  155. so a FB fan....follow her all the time!!!

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  156. I became a fan and would love the Brown one!

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  157. Been a fan for some time on Fb! Left some extra love :) <3 can't wait for the winner to be announced!! (hope it's me!!!!)

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  158. I would love to have one of these! I think I would get the ivory! I am SO done with dragging around boppy pillows, bean bag chairs, baskets, etc... What a fantastic product!

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  159. I'm always excited to see what The Maternal Lens has in store for us daily! Already daydreaming about all the use I'd get out of this product! I'm drooling over the Ivory color!!

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  160. Ooooh, I'd LOVE the ivory one, how perfect are these!

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  161. I would like an ivory one because my 2 beanbag chairs that I have to use aren't doing the job anymore. It's time for something new.

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  162. I love love love this!!!!! I was just getting ready to purchase a beanbag for this purpose but not now! I love them both but I guess the ivory would be the best choice.

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  163. Kayla Stover Photography9/20/2010

    I would LOVE an Ivory one. I've started shooting more and more newborns and I NEED a newborn nest!

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  164. I love the mocha color. I love the velcro idea. So easy! I am a fan

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  165. Already a fan on Facebook but leaving love now <3 :)

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  166. I NEED (must have) the Ivory one. Why?? Because I have a newborn shoot in October and my puny bean bag isn't cutting it! Pick ME to win! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!

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  167. I would love one! I have a small beanbag that is beginning to be a bit overused. Would love the Newborn Nest to replace it. I've heard such wonderful things about it! Pick me! I want Ivory!

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  168. I've been a fan (liker) on FB for a long time!!!

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  169. And I showed some love on the wall

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  170. I'm a fan on facebook! I love the Ivory color!!!

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  171. I would be thrilled to have either one of the Newborn Nest colors. So much better than a beanbag for the PERFECT newborn shots.

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  172. I would love a ivory newborn nest, and I want one because they look to be sturdy and the posing must be so much easier!

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  173. Already a fan of the Newborn Nest on Facebook. I would love to have one of these!!!!!!

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  174. I love the brown one! I could use it as another piece of furniture in my living room! :-) So cute! Nice Job Mindy!

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  175. I love shooting newborns - what a perfect prop! I'd love the Ivory!

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  176. Just became a fan of Newborn Nest on FB!

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  177. I now follow on FB and left NN some love!

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  178. I would love the ivory.

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  179. I am already a fan of the NBN on FB.

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  180. Thanks for the giveaway.I love the brown one.I would love to win this for my friend that is expecting so we can get some killer shots of her newborn when he/she is born.
    twils2001@yahoo.com

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  181. Ooooh I would LURRRVE a brown Newborn Nest!!
    I've been on maternity leave, but now taking bookings again... how perfect it would be to have this for my newborn shoots !!

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  182. I would love to have one! I've been using my beanbag too...=)

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  183. I'm a facebook fan!

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  184. I've been eyeballing the Newborn Nest for sometime. I love the shape! While I love both colors, I think I like the ivory a bit more. :)

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  185. Definitely a fan on the Newborn Nest FB Page <3

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  186. I'd love an ivory one! I have a home made one right now, works great but isn't easily washable so I have to layer it with blankets, which just isn't ideal!

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  187. I <3 the ivory nest! I have several friends having babies and would love to use this with them!

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  188. I'm a fan on FB :D

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  189. I love the ivory one. So gorgeous..so perfect!

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  190. I follow on facebook.
    twils2001@yahoo.com

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