Due to personal reasons and a growing photography business, Lolidots is not longer blogging, running giveaways or doing product reviews. There are tons of other great giveaway blogs out there though! Thanks to my fans for 2 years of awesome support and a lot of fun!

You can find my photography and photography blog (that I try hard to keep up with) at brosgrafix.com and facebook.com/brosgrafix



Trading Phrases Wall Decals

April 29, 2011
One of my absolute favorite ways to completely change the look of a room, add something special to the decor or just add a flourish to an event or favorite item is using vinyl decals. There are a lot of places out there to get vinyl decals and I've recently found a fantastic site with great designs and affordable prices.

Trading Phrases carries over 3000 vinyl decal designs. There are just so very many to choose from. They offer designs in 64 colors and even have great outdoor options. Their decal designs come in tons of different sizes and are also customizable so you can get them as large as you'd like. Browsed the numerous designs and can't decide? Their customer service is friendly and always there to help. Need something you don't see? They can also create custom designs!

Using vinyl decals for decorating is such a great option. I love the decals I have in my home and how they change the spaces in which I've placed them. The best part is that, while they look like I painstakingly painted them on, they actually took me minutes to apply and when I decide to change the look, they are all easily removed. The reasons for choosing vinyl decals for your decorating needs are numerous and when choosing a vinyl decal, I highly recommend Trading Phrases.

I'll be renovating our master bedroom soon and the first thing that will go on the freshly painted walls will be the Photo Branch wall decal from Trading Phrases. I love this idea instead of hanging actual picture frames. In my home, most of my decor centers around the millions of pictures you'll find hanging from the walls and this decal is just so unique; I absolutely adore it. It's customizable as far as the length and sizes of frames and you can get it in so many of the amazing color options that Trading Phrases offers.

Whether you need a focal point for a room, something to adorn the walls of a new nursery, a dance floor centerpiece or any other of the myriad of decor options you can get with vinyl decals, Trading Phrases is absolutely a fantastic choice!

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You can browse the thousands of designs and get exactly what you want and need from the Trading Phrases online shopping site.

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One reader will win a $25 gift certificate to Trading Phrases!

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ends 5/14

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Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure DVD/BluRay Combo

April 28, 2011
The diva drama-queen character from High School Musical is back in her all-new full-length feature film, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure! HSM fans will adore this film and those who've never witnessed all the glory of High School Musical will still fall head over heels for Sharpay and her adventure.

The new movie finds Sharpay Evans, played by Ashley Tisdale, pursuing her dreams in the Big Apple. The movie has all the glitz and glamour that could only come with Sharpay's character and kids will love it. Following Sharpay after high school graduation as she pursues her dream of performing on Broadway, the film show kids how to chase their dreams and believe in themselves. Filled with music and sparkle, this new movie from Disney is absolutely fantastic.

My children are a little young to have gotten into the whole High School Musical craze but, they both absolutely enjoyed Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. It's highly entertaining and speaks to kids of many ages. I definitely recommend it for a family movie night, whether you've got toddlers or tweens.

The awesome DVD/BluRay Combo pack is loaded with bonus features like the hilarious blooper reel and an exclusive look back at the evolution of the character from High School Musical. This set makes a great gift for your favorite tween!

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You can get Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure on DVD, BluRay, the 3 disc set or the clutch purse gift set in retail stores nationwide and online from Disney.go.com or places like Amazon.com.

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One reader will win their own copy of Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure!

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ends 5/5

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Captain Planet and the Planeteers - Season One DVD

April 27, 2011
There are a lot of cartoons that I watched as a child that I love introducing to my kids. Some are silly and pointless and then there are others that, while entertaining, teach strong lessons that I feel my kids and all kids should learn. Captain Planet was always one of those cartoons that taught valuable lessons. It's funny because the eco-friendly message is so strong these days but, this cartoon began making it's impact over 20 years ago.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers is about an environmentally conscious superhero and his gang of teens that help thwart the eco-villains who are out to destroy the world. Every episode teaches messages of being conscious of our environment and the things that we do that hurt it. The lessons that were valid in the early 90s hit even more close to home these days. I love that my kids are getting these lessons in such an entertaining way.

For kids like mine, that adore superheroes, Captain Planet is just another exciting character that they get to follow on his adventures. My 6 year old son obviously loves the series but, I was surprised at how much my 3 year old daughter immediately fell in love with the show and the characters. I love that the Planeteers represent both genders and give my daughter someone to identify with.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers boasts an all-star that includes the voices of stars like Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen, Sting and more, as well as plot lines that have the group facing problems like garbage dumping, rainforest destruction, pollution and more. Every episode ends with Captain Planet's special tagline, "The Power Is Yours" and includes a short instruction of how we can all be a part of the solution.

I love everything about Captain Planet. I loved the show as a child and love it now for my children. In today's day and age of silly cartoons with no real message, I highly recommend the entertaining episodes of Captain Planet and the Planeteers!

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You can get Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season One DVD in it's eco-friendly packaging from retail stores nationwide and places online like amazon.com.

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One reader will win a copy of Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season One!

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ends 5/12

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Gustafer Yellowgold's Infinity Sock

April 27, 2011
Funny name? Absolutely. One you and your kids will remember? Definitely!

Get ready for your home to be invaded by a new character your kids will love and music you'll all rock out to.

Gustafer Yellowgold is a character created by the wildly talented Morgan Taylor. The music is reminiscent of some of the best of 70s rock while being fantastically geared towards kids. It's a groovy blend of tunes that parents will love being paired with lyrics kids will go crazy for. Add in the animation that will captivate the entire audience and you've got a dvd that will become a daily go-to show in your house.

After only seeing the most recent release, Gustafer Yellowgold's Infinity Sock, this household is geared up to experience all things Yellowgold. The award-winning Gustafer Yellowgold DVD/CD sets include Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wide Wild World, Gustafer Yellowgold’s ‘Have You Never Been Yellow?’ and Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Fever. I have no doubt that each will be just as amazing as this most recent release.

I definitely recommend Gustafer Yellowgold's Infinity Sock and all the other DVD/CD sets to any family that enjoys some rockin' and rollin' as a group. I could go on and on about how very cool the music and videos are but, in all actuality, I suppose that the New York Times said it best when they labeled Gustafer Yellowgold as "A cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss." Really, that says it all and describes it to a tee. So, for you groovy parents with kids who crave the silliness of the great Seuss, I urge you to check out all the music from Gustafer Yellowgold.

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You can get the complete DVD/CD sets from Gustafer Yellowgold from the online shopping site. While you're there, be sure and check out all the fun extras on the website!

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One reader will win their own copy of the DVD/CD set Gustafer Yellowgold's Infinity Sock!

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ends 5/11

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Packit Personal Cooler Bag

April 26, 2011
Whether you're packing a school lunch, for a road trip, a picnic, an afternoon at the lake or anything else that requires cold drinks or food, I've found the ultimate solution for you all. PackIt reusable cooler bags are a mom-invented, eco-friendly alternative to using ice or toxic gel packs to keep food and drinks cold on the go.

PackIt bags are incredibly easy to use. Simply store them in the freezer until you're ready to use them. Unfold the bag and fill it with your items. There's no need for ice packs because the gel liner inside the PackIt keeps it all cool. The gel liner inside each PackIt is eco-friendly, PVC and lead free, non-toxic and reusable.

PackIt cooler bags come in tons of great colors so that you can show off your personal style while on the go. PackIt offers fantastic wine bags in addition to their personal coolers as well.

There's no need to worry about melting ice or sweating ice packs when you use a PackIt. The eco-gel liner keeps food colder than traditional methods and keeps it colder for longer periods of time. While there are so very many uses for a PackIt, they are absolutely ideal for times when you'll be out in the heat and sun. Take a PackIt with you to the lake or beach or even to the backyard and keep your drinks and snacks perfectly cool.

With PackIt's revolutionary design, you can actually place a room temperature item in the bag and it will cool down! For families like ours, that really comes in handy. I know that there are times we hit the grocery store on our way out of town for a day trip. I like to buy juice pouches for the kids but, they are always room temperature. Throwing some into our PackIt means that in no time, the kids have something cold to drink.

I definitely recommend PackIt bags to anyone gearing up to have some fun in the sun this summer. They are stylish, they work wonderfully and they are absolutely a must have if you're looking to keep anything chilled efficiently.

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You can get the PackIt personal cooler bag and the other great items from their online shopping site.

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One reader will win their own PackIt Personal Cooler Bag!

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ends 5/10

Mandatory to Enter: Visit PackIt and tell me which color you'd like to win.

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KidSwitch - Must Have Toddler Product

April 22, 2011
Independence is something that toddlers tend to crave. As my kids became toddlers, there were a lot of little things I did in order to help them become more independent and feel like they were able to do things on their own. It doesn't just help them. It also helps a busy mom to free up a few more minutes in her day. One task that I know many moms will recognize as something they do repeatedly during the day for their toddler is turning on and off lights. In our home, it's the bathroom light that I'm always having to run and turn on or off for my daughter. Until now! Luckily, we now have a KidSwitch!

KidSwitch is a light switch extender that glows in the dark and makes it simple for even young toddlers to turn lights on and off all by themselves.

Before KidSwitch, anytime my daughter needed to use the bathroom, one of us taller family members would have to run in there and turn the light on for her. Often, the light wouldn't get turned back off. With KidSwitch, not only do lights get turned off when leaving a room but, you also don't have to worry about what can happen when a child tries to climb on things to reach the light switch themselves. KidSwitch is safe, easy and essential in any household with small children.

The KidSwitch is incredibly easy to install and works on a multitude of different types of light switches. Installation on a standard toggle switch merely requires a screwdriver and took me less than five minutes to complete. If you have decora switches, no worries, the KidSwitch works on those as well and installation requires no tools at all. Once installed, the glow-in-the-dark moon serves as the child's way of turning the light on and off. Simply push the moon up to turn the light on and pull the moon down to turn the light off. My daughter loves it! I love that the KidSwitch helps her while not being a hassle for those of us who can reach the switch. The light is still easily turned on and off by the original toggle switch or the moon.

This Dad-invented product is absolutely a necessity and easily falls at the top of my list of "must haves" for parents. I wish we'd had a KidSwitch when my son was a toddler and have realized the need for a KidSwitch in several more rooms. Giving my daughter the ability to be more independent has been wonderful.

See the commercial HERE.

KidSwitch is a product that I would recommend to every single parent and expecting parent that I know. They are also great for grandparent homes and daycares as well! Plus, they are incredibly affordable, especially considering all they'll save you on your energy bill now that the lights will actually get turned off!

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You can get a KidSwitch from their online shopping site!

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One lucky reader will win a KidSwitch!

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ends 5/8

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