Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Back To School: Yubo Review & Giveaway!

Boy do I have something fun to post about today! A yubo review & giveaway! I'm so pleased that one of my readers will get to enjoy this unique lunchbox system for free! 

We've been using our yubo for a few weeks now.  It's one of my favourites to pack, and I think it's Pickle's all-time favourite to take lunch in. He wants to take it every day, but sometimes he has to share with his little kindergartner sister, Sprout :)  Here's a fun yubo lunch I packed for her:


Sprout has PB & chocolate PB sandwich spirals (a fun way to fit a sandwich in a small space  click here for my sandwich spirals tutorial), plus carrot blossoms, pluots, kiwi, yogurt, & raspberry applesauce. 

Yes, 2 runny things! No, I'm not at all concerned about them spilling and making a mess in the lunchbox - the inner containers are definitely tried and true leakproof :) In fact, when Pickle took this Snoopy lunch (below) he dropped it while running across the schoolyard - on the pavement - and everything in his lunch, including the yogurt, remained intact! 

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Now, back to telling you about the yubo!

The yubo lunchbox is made up of the lunchbox frame, handle, outer walls (or lid and bottom if you prefer), and 2 faceplates. The handle can be attached anywhere along the outer frame. The faceplates can be changed, and yubo has many to choose from, including holiday designs - you can even get them personalized with names and/or photographs! 


The yubo Deluxe comes with it's own custom ice pack, a large square & 2 small round containers. They're just the right size for a yogurt :) Some yogurt cups are a perfect fit too (see below). You can also purchase additional yubo containers & accessories, like the medium-sized ones in Sprout's lunch (top) and the drink holder attached to the frame of Pickle's yubo (above).


The inner containers are easy for my kidlets to open & close, and they don't leak! And even if they don't put the lids back on when they pack up from lunch, and yogurt ends up all over the inside of the lunchbox, it's all right - it comes apart easily for cleaning - but not too easily - it can survive typical kid roughness. I can tell Pickle's takes some abuse judging by how dirty it is when he gets home, but that's okay - the whole thing goes in the dishwasher! 

Our yubo lunchbox is in demand! 

You might remember in my Back to School post, I mentioned that there was more to the story of our hectic morning? Well, it might have appeared as if we had 2 yubos, when in fact,  we only have 1... There was a bit of a battle over that yubo :) I had packed an adorable apple bento in it, for Sprout:


Now, the yubo is Pickle's favourite - but I hadn't meant for it to belong to any one person, I thought the sproutlets could share it, so when it came in the mail and Pickle asked "Is that a new lunchbox for me?",  I said "Yep, it's for everybody!"...  I thought he understood ...

I was mistaken though ... when Pickle saw Sprout's apple-themed First day of school lunch packed in his new favourite lunchbox, he was quite upset. Remember, he's autistic, and doesn't switch gears as quickly as some kids, and he was stuck on taking that yubo for his first day. So, since Sprout only had a half day for her first day of Kindergarten and didn't really need to take a lunchbox, I took her lunch out and repacked it for him.


Luckily, I'd bought some extra inner containers, so it was a quick fix :) And clearly I was going to need to buy another yubo!

But guess what? The folks at yubo are so awesome, they offered to squelch the squabbling for me by sending me a 2nd yubo with one of their new Hallowe'en faceplate design and I'll have a coupon code to offer those who entered the giveaway a special discount on those! Eek! So you'll be seeing Hallowe'en yubo lunches very soon, and then get another chance to win one of your own. And if you just can't wait, go and check them out on the yubo website, or Follow them on Facebook to get all the updates.
Things I Love
  • Containers don't leak.
  • Lunchbox and containers are easy for kids to open & close.
  • So easy to clean - love that the whole thing is washable, and in the dishwasher too! 
  • Versatility - I love being able to arrange the inner containers different ways, with different sizes, yet all fitting together.
  • Changeable faceplates & overall look make it fun & unique.
  • Ice pack perfectly sized for container.
  • Availability of additional inner containers means I can pack portions ahead of time for faster mornings.
Things I Don't Love, but can live with :) [updated 1 year later]
  • Drink holder attaches with velcro, which may wear out... or not :)
    [1 year & many washings later, still holding strong]
  • Multiple small containers & lids means more things to open & close & try not to lose. [we've not lost any yet!]
  • Slightly bulky, especially when drink holder added. Kids don't seem to mind though! [carried vertically it feels much less bulky] It does fit in their backpacks though.
Overall, I love the design of the yubo! It's eco-friendly, practical, and fun.

Yubo is Sproutlet Approved!

And now, the Giveaway! The folks at yubo have generously offered to give one lucky reader a personalized Deluxe Yubo lunchbox of their choice! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure: I was provided with a Deluxe Yubo lunchbox to review. No other compensation was given.  All opinions, descriptions,  and images are my own, with the exception of the Yubo logo.

116 comments:

  1. Love the blog! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. I love all the cute designs on the lunchboxes. I know it would definitely be something that my daughter would enjoy taking to school and opening up! Not to mention all the good food she'd be able to take!
    Janice

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  3. I would be super excited to win a Yubo because I don't have one and I always love new toys!

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  4. That looks SO cool. I've never seen these boxes before. Way cool. I'm also curious about "chocolate peanut butter"

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  5. I love the Halloween owl... And the cupcakes :) this is such a cute lunchbox... I NEED one ;)

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  6. My favorite faceplate is the robot personalized one. I just think it is not too young looking and not too old either. I am sure my son would love love love it, as well as the opportunity to have his name on it!

    Your blog is fab and I am really excited about this lunchbox.

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  7. I love the Halloween ones! These are so neat!!

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  8. My daughter definitely needs more options than the ONE box we have for her lunches. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I like the ABC plate, because it's pretty gender natural and I'm already thinking of when my girl starts school... in 2 years. LOL

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  10. OOOH! I've always been curious about the Yubo... I'm grounded from buying anymore lunchboxes until further notice...and then Yubo will be my next purchase!

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  11. I like the dinosaur faceplates...my daughter would lovve it.

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  12. Missy A loves the Fairy Princess Faceplate. Hope I could win one for her.

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  13. I also love the dinosaur faceplates.

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  14. I am torn between the purple butterflies, the sunny garden or the tri photo flowers. Their designs are soooo much nicer than the PlanetBox magnets!

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  15. I'm torn between the purple butterflies and the halloween fairies faceplate sets... my daughter would love either one.

    I really hope I win... this box is small enough to hold her lunch now and for a good long time :D

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  16. Hard to choose. I like the monsters and the robots. Thanks for the chance.

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  17. Anonymous9/25/2012

    Susana V

    my daughter would love the pink lunch box with the fairy princess

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  18. All the faceplates are super cute! I like Monster and Robot AND Dino, And Halloween Fairies... sigh. If I had to pick, I guess Monsters and Robots!

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  19. like the halloween ones
    gkuroda at gmail dot com

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  20. I would love to have the Lovebirds lunch box for my daughter!

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  21. My son just walked in while I was looking at the faceplates and said, "I want one of those... with the robots! Cool!" So that's our pick :)

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  22. I love a lot of those faceplates! I would have to choose the purple butterfly faceplate!

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  23. This is so cool! I like how there are many different inner containers. :D

    I like the dinosaurs or the robots... hard to decide. XD

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  24. Love love love YUBO!!! I love the ALL NEW! Fruit Stand Faceplate Set - Personalized :)

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  25. Love the Hallween fairy faceplate!

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  26. I love the personalizable Christmas faceplates!

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  27. I think the Dinosaurs are my favorite! I don't think I've ever seen such an inviting group of dinosaurs before!

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  28. Anonymous9/25/2012

    I love the pirate one! Arrrrrrrr!

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  29. The cupcakes one is my fave:)

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  30. Love the custom photo faceplate!

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  31. Bridget9/25/2012

    I like the personalized pirate or the sports one!

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  32. Anonymous9/25/2012

    I love the Halloween Owl faceplate.....super cute!

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  33. Looks like a great lunch box! And so many great designs to choose from!

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  34. I would love to win the cupcake lunch box, super cute!

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  35. I love the Halloween ones and the butterfly. So cute!

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  36. The black cat.

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  37. Non-Personalized, the Fairy Princess would be perfect for my daughter.
    Personalized, the Butterfly would be great for her.
    THANKS!

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  38. Um I like them all but the monkey one is my favotite.

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  39. I have boy/girl twins so I think my lil' girl would like the Pink Princess and my lil' guy would like the train faceplate. Thanks for the chance to win ;)

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  40. Wanted one of thee lunch boxes for some time.

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  41. Anonymous9/25/2012

    I like the construction face plate.

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  42. My favorite is fruit stand, but I'm pretty sure my daughter's favorite would be peace...she loves rainbows! :)

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  43. Anonymous9/25/2012

    I love the cats meow one, but who knows what my little one will like!

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  44. My favorite is the purple butterfly faceplate. Purple is the awareness color for peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain, and butterflies are a symbol of hope and change. :)

    sarah_mae_ at hotmail dot com

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  45. The lunch box looks cute.

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  46. All the interchangeable containers that can be packed ahead of time would have me hooked! Thanks for the chance to win one!

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  47. I am so in love with your blog! I have just recently started making Bento type lunches for my family and they love it! I thought of starting a blog, but opted out due to time management. lol! I did however start a page on facebook to document my lunches. It's still under construction, but I'd love for you to check it out. Search Tiny Princess Bentos. :) Thanks so much for all of your inspiration!

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  48. Would love to win!

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  49. The small containers inside the larger containers are my kind of "double baggie!" i always have everything wrapped in something else lol

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  50. Anonymous9/25/2012

    Jungle fun! Good for either of my kids and fun!

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  51. Love the Butterfly plate! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  52. Cupcakes! Wait, there's a butterfly one? How did I miss that...?

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  53. Ooooo I like the purple butterfly too... and the garden flowers...

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  54. I love the halloween ones! They are so cute and fun!

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  55. I like the Monogrammed Big Dots Faceplate Set, I have to have it!

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  56. Anonymous9/26/2012

    I like the butterfly's, and flowers and cupcakes... To hard to choose!!

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  57. Yubo lunch box looks good! I cant find it locally here and I hope that i able to win one! Btw, i love your bentos, all looks so tidy and neat! Thank you so much for hosting the giveaway!

    my email is egliw@yahoo.com

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  58. I like the Frankstein Halloween set. I'm a total sucker for holiday themed anything! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. My favorite faceplates are definitely the Halloween ones. I love the one with frankenstein and the halloween tree. :)

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  60. I love the Flowers/Tri photo faceplate! Super cute!!

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  61. I like the jungle fun faceplate. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  62. Anonymous9/26/2012

    I love the cupcakes!

    Holly
    sugababy_boo@msn.com

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  63. I love the little monster faceplate! Perfect for my little monster.

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  64. I'm big on food propaganda. I like the veggies faceplate!

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  65. Happy Dinos! So cute....

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  66. I love the holiday faceplate set...one for every holiday! Also the cupcakes are adorable...okay, really, who can pick just one?

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  67. My little guy would love the Dinosaurs Faceplate

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  68. Anonymous9/26/2012

    My favourite faceplate is the Pink Princess. My daughter is a princess junkie!

    Hooi-Imm
    hooimm@yahoo.com

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  69. My favorite one would hands down be the Little Monsters one. It would work for everybody if they had to share one Yubo. Although I know my daughter would love the pink princess one ;)

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  70. Anonymous9/26/2012

    Adorable!

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  71. Paige A9/26/2012

    Loving the Pirate Face Plate ARGHHHHH! :-)
    paige agidius at gmail

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  72. I would chose the Pirate face plate. Thanks!

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  73. deb m (sdnmarinucci@juno.com)9/26/2012

    Love the cupcakes!

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  74. I love the cupcakes! Too cute.

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  75. http://www.getyubo.com/all-new-halloween-owl-faceplate-set-personalized/

    I love this one, but it's probably because I love Owls. :)

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  76. This is a pretty cool lunch system!

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  77. My grandson loves the pirate one... He says "pleasssssseeee Grandma get it for me". Hope to be the lucky one!

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  78. I luv the big polka dot one! Hard to choose:)

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  79. Wow ... so many to choose from, but I think my favorites are the two dinosaur designs for my dinosaur loving girl.

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  80. I can't pick 1! lol Logan is 5 and he loves taking his lunch! There are some great fun ideas above! I think he'd love the monsters,space or the robots best! Too cool!

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  81. Absolutely LOVE the Halloween Fairies!! Super Cute!!

    ~Colleen
    rescueweims@gmail.com

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  82. I love the Orange Lunchbox with the Under Construction Faceplate

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  83. The Little Monsters is ADORABLE!! And it would do double duty as a cute Halloween face plate :)

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  84. Laura Shepherd9/28/2012

    I love the new fruitstand face plate but my daughter would love the Purple Butterflies face plate!

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  85. Anonymous9/28/2012

    Love this! Organization is one of my favorite hobbies, lol. But really, my husband gives me a hard time about my containers....can't seem to help myself. courtg at unm dot edu

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  86. Deanna9/28/2012

    Love the Halloween motifs but are all cute!

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  87. My favorite is the Peace Faceplate Set. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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  88. I like the Under Construction faceplate
    hungrymonkey09 at gmail dot com

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  89. I love their personalized boxes! Been wanting to give them a try, so it's a perfect opportunity!

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  90. Anonymous9/29/2012

    I think the cupcake faceplate is cute, but since my daughter's favorite color is purple, she would probably prefer the purple butterflies.

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  91. Would love to have a Yubo for my kiddos' lunches!!

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  92. My 3 year old is all about the princesses right now so our favorite is the Yubo fairy princess faceplate!

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  93. Would love the Little Monsters for my son. I would like personal Photo ones.

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  94. My daughter will LOVE this ~ she likes all the separate containers and I love the ideas of how to make lunch special!!

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  95. I love the ABC faceplate but I know my 5 year old would love the pink princess one. Thanks!

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  96. amanda m.10/01/2012

    Favorite faceplate is the monsters.

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  97. I think my son would like the robots best :)

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  98. Anonymous10/01/2012

    There are so many great designs! Not sure which one I would pick if I won... There is enough variety for all 3 of my kids personality to shine through :)

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  99. While looking at these the kiddo came in to peek at what I was doing..."MOM! I NEEED the Monster one, I'd soooo gobble what ever you made me for lunch if I had a lunchbox like that!" Well, there ya go...Monsters it is! lol

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  100. These are so adorable! It's hard to choose but the Happy Dino's and Under Construction are super cute. Thanks for the chance!

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  101. Molly Heaney10/01/2012

    I love the cupcake pattern!

    molly.heaney.usmc@gmail.com

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  102. As a nutritionist I gotta love the fruit stand faceplate!
    These lunchboxes are so cool, I know my son would love one!
    Ana

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  103. Taia would FLIP for the Fairy Princess faceplate!

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  104. My favorite faceplate is the personalized love birds one.

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  105. This is really cute! I've seen a few other pictures but this is pretty thorough! I love that you can put the handle on different ways so that it's always right side up!

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    1. Oops! forgot to mention my favorite faceplates! I was so enamored by the handle! I love all of the Halloween ones but for regular use the "Little Monsters" wins out for sure!

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  106. I like the skull & crossbones for my son. He is 10 so this would be perfect!

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  107. These are so adorable! I LOVE the cupcake faceplate!!

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  108. I can't decide if robots or space would be a bigger hit with my son!

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  109. The fairy one is so cute! Big D LOVES fairies!

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  110. Anonymous10/02/2012

    Love the Halloween Fairies!

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  111. I like the Sport's Team faceplate. I think my son would enjoy it.

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  112. I like the Butterflies and my daughter probably loves the I love Dogs one..

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  113. The construction face plate is so cute!

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