The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island book Giveaway! (Movie coming May 8th)

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Shout! Factory. Darlin’ Deals is not responsible for product shipment, quality, or use. I was not persuaded to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, informational content was provided by Shout! Factory.

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the beloved collection of Boxcar Children books, Fathom Events, Shout! Kids, and Legacy Classics partnered together to make an all new animated feature film THE BOXCAR CHILDREN – SURPRISE ISLAND which hits theaters nationwide for a special one-day event on May 8th! My son loves this series and I am so excited to take him to see this animated version in theatres 😀

This movie will feature the voice talents of Golden Globe®-winning actor Martin Sheen (The West Wing) as James Alden, Oscar®-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as Dr. Moore, Dane DeHaan (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) as the mysterious Joe, Joey King (Independence Day: Resurgence) as Jesse Alden, Carter Sand (Frozen) as Benny Alden, Gil Birmingham (Twilight) as Lonan Browning, Griffin Gluck (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life) as Henry Alden, Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Rebels) as Capt. Daniel and Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave) as Violet.

If you’d like a chance to WIN a collection of 3 books from the entertaining Boxcar Children series, be sure to enter the contest per the rules stated below.

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Shout! Factory has generously offered to give 1 lucky Darlin’ Deals fan a three book set from the Boxcar Children. The titles are Guide to AdventureGertrude Chandler Warner and The Boxcar Children and the novel Surprise Island, on which the film is based! To enter for a chance to win just leave a comment on the blog website telling me what kind of adventures you enjoy with or without your children (example – hiking, camping, white water rafting, skiing, mountain biking, etc.) Contest ends Monday, May 7th, 2018. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Darlin’ Deals Facebook page: www.facebook.com/darlindeals

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Shout! Factory. Darlin’ Deals is not responsible for product shipment, quality, or use. Please ensure that your child is the appropriate age for this book series before giving the book to your child to read. 

Be sure to purchase your tickets for this exciting adventurous film, starting on Friday May 6th. This animated movie will be available at 700 theatres across the Nation.

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Divatress Wigs: Be A Diva!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and I was compensated. I was not persuaded to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise noted. Images are courtesy of Divatress website.

Isn’t it amazing how young girls from all walks of life have at least one thing in common – most young girls spend their early years wishing they were a real life princess. Whether or not that dream passes after the years of childhood imagination transforms into realistic thoughts, women still desire to be thought of as beautiful. We trade our plastic tiaras for makeup and our dress-up clothes for purses and high heels. One of the highlights of femininity is a woman’s hair. We love to dye it, cut it, and style it often.

However, not all ladies have hair that is the most manageable. Some have to combat frizz or fine straight hair that won’t hold a curl. Personally, I struggle with frizz and extremely thick hair that prevents me from styling it due to its weight.

Instead of fighting the hairbrush and curling iron everyday some women choose to wear wigs because they solve all the bad hair day problems by looking flawless every time you put it on. What a relief!

If you’re in the market for new tresses, why not check out the gorgeous line available through Divatress wigs!

Divatress gets it name from a combination of the word Diva (which all us gals are in some way 😉 ) and tress meaning hair. So head on over to check out some amazing diva hair available in a variety of lengths, colors, styles, and even synthetic or human hair. Their website has tons of helpful tips on how to style the wigs, detailed care instructions, and even offers accessories for their line of wigs.

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My Little Pony: The Movie release party!

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Disclaimer: I received an invite to the My Little Pony: The Movie digital release party in exchange for my honest experience posting. I was not persuaded to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise noted. All images are property of Darlin’ Deals with the exceptions of the movie box cover which is property of LionsGate and the My Little Pony franchise and the CakeMix logo which belongs to Duff’s CakeMix.

If having kids has taught me nothing else, its that each generation of children are inherently unique in their trends and fads. I have had a difficult time coming to terms with a lot of the main stream children’s shows and toys, I just don’t really get into them. That being said I have a confession to make.. over the years I have gently persuaded my kids to watch shows from my childhood so that I could enjoy watching the programs with them. Some of my favorites are Curious George which my son and I have watched many a cuddly evening before bed and My Little Pony which has become a staple in my daughter’s cartoon rotation.

Having a daughter that shares in my love of all things colorful and feminine has been so much fun! I am always looking for exciting places to take my Preschool aged little gal. So when I was recently invited to the My Little Pony: The Movie digital release party hosted at Duff’s Cake & Cupcake Decorating Studio in Pasadena (165 South De Lacey Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105) I decided to make it a Mommy & Me afternoon and brought her along with me. The  release party was full of My Little Pony-esque activities such as hair styling with rainbow colored hair extensions, custom cupcake decorating with colored fondant and toppings in every color imaginable, and a photo booth complete with My Little Pony face masks and Pony ears. 


 

 

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While the kids were making cupcakes the bloggers had the opportunity to attend a roundtable discussion with Tara Strong, the talented actress who is responsible for voicing Twilight Sparkle. Tara even stuck around long enough to sign posters and mingle with her fans.

It was such a lovely well-coordinated event, my daughter and I had a fabulous time!

My Little Pony: The Movie  will be released just in time for the holidays, coming on December 19th to Digital format, and the DVD + Blu-Ray version will be available January 9th.

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Cars.com Car Seat Safety Ratings!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was not persuaded to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise noted. Images are courtesy of Cars.com website.

Searching for a new car can be a tedious task. Whether you are in the market for a car, truck, or van there are so many variables to consider. There’s vehicle cost, fuel economy, seating capability, extended warranties and the list goes on. Of course if you have young children you also want to consider how the vehicle’s seating will accommodate a car seat.

Its important to know which cars have the best car seat options. Luckily, this part of the car buying process has been handled by Certified Child Safety Passenger Technicians that conduct car seat installations tests on a variety of cars that are on the market and rate them? As you can see from the image below there are individual ratings given to the different types of seat attachments. Since each directional installation is rated you can decide which car would be the best for the age/stage of your child depending if they are rear facing or forward facing and even more specifically if the car seat is a click style infant seat or a latch attaching seat.

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This will take the stress out of deciding which car best suits your family based on the stage that your child(ren) are in.

Cars.com has a wonderful section on their website that includes specific cars and their ratings based on car seat safety. If you’re in the market for a new car, check this out first!

Now all you have to worry about is what color car you’ll chose 😉

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Darlin’ Deals Review ~ Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary DVD!

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advanced copy of Mickey Mouse Merry & Scary  on DVD in exchange for my honest review. I was not persuaded to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise noted.

Just in time for the Holiday season Disney has released a 2 part Halloween & Christmas movie – Mickey Mouse Merry & Scary available today on DVD. This Holiday Collection includes; The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular and Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special. Also included are 5 Bonus Shorts with a Halloween theme.

The total runtime for this set is just 43 minutes so its sure to keep the attention of your little ones. One of the unique attributes of this movie is the fact that although it is a new release it features the old fashioned style Disney characters! All the beloved pals are drawn in their original format.

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Both of my children loved this movie, which is rare due to the fact that my son is almost 8 years old and my daughter is 3, usually there is a lot of bickering about the type of movie or shows that they watch together. I heard them laughing throughout the entire movie and they even managed to sit still for the entire thing!

 

Mickey Mouse Merry & Scary would make a great Halloween gift to get in the holiday spirit or you could buy it for a stocking stuffer and watch it on Christmas day after the kiddos have opened all their gifts :)

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Brick Fest Live ~ Exclusive Promo Code

Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience in exchange for my honest review. I was not persuaded to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise noted.

Having children that are 5 years apart in age and opposite genders makes it tough to find family events that appeal to both my son and daughter. We are frequently going places that “are for babies” to appease my youngest or my daughter is forced to sit on the sidelines as her older brother gets to take part in activities aimed at elementary aged children. However, when it comes to LEGO based events both of my children are able to take part due to the age appropriate style of LEGO products. That being said we have quickly become a LEGO family and even bought season passes to LEGOLAND although its 3 hours away from our home. Every year I want to take my children to Brick Fest, but I haven’t had the opportunity to go until this year. Coming up in just a few weeks The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience will be coming to a city near me – Pasadena on August 26-27th.

The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities built to inspire, educate, and entertain.

Date and Time Info:
Sat, Aug 26, 2017, 9:00 AM –
Sun, Aug 27, 2017, 6:00 PM

Location:

Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91101

Darlin’ Deals Readers can Save $3 off tickets with promo code- USFGTHREE

Enjoy an amazing LEGO world where you can marvel at giant creations and even build some of your own.

The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience provides a venue for LEGO lovers of all sizes to celebrate, build new creations, and see some truly mind-blowing LEGO sculptures to help set the imagination free.

Attractions Include:

The Brick Show Experience: Meet popular YouTube LEGO show hosts from The Brick Show and be featured on in an upcoming video.

Brick Fest Derby: Build and race your custom built LEGO derby car down one of our 35-foot long timed tracks!

Collaborative Building Activities: Contribute to large-scale mystery floor mosaic.

Inspiration Stations: Add to existing LEGO cities and make them your own by building custom creations.

Video Game Arena: Have a favorite LEGO video game? Come challenge your family or make new friends in the Brick Fest Gaming Arena playing your favorite LEGO title head to head.

Mini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire! Take your game to the next level on the Brick-Links.

Brick Fest Theater Trivia & Entertainment: Participate in LEGO trivia all while taking a break from what will be an overwhelming amount of awesome!

Mosaics: Using a colorful variety of LEGO bricks, build a piece of art to proudly display for other attendees.

Shopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom LEGO sets and merchandise from one of the many merchants in attendance.

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Darlin’ Deals Review ~ Disney Minnie’s Happy Helpers on DVD!

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advanced copy of Minnie’s Happy Helpers on DVD in exchange for my honest review. I was not persuaded to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise noted.

Summertime means children are repeatedly telling their parents, “I’m bored.” Well right around the 5 millionth time I heard that phrase uttered in my home I was offered the Disney Junior movie, Minnie’s Happy Helpers, to review and I was thrilled to have a movie to entertain the kiddos so that I could have a few moments of peace and quiet (or 66 minutes to be exact).

My youngest just turned 3 years old and she is enamored with all things Disney so needless to say this new movie made her day! My daughter loved the episode about ‘babysitting’ an egg 😉 This new DVD contains 7 full length episodes and will release for purchase to the public on July 25th, 2017.

Minnie Handy Helper

Episodes included:

Egg-Xasperating!

Happy Hula Helpers!

Tea Time Trouble!

Happy Birthday Helpers!

Bed, Breakfast and Bungled!

Gone Fishin’!

Bonus Episode: Teed Off!

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Roomba 700 series for $279!

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I recently bought one of those amazing Roomba robotic vacuums and since I know how expensive they can be I thought I would share the details on how I saved a ton of money on mine. I have already used mine and let me just tell you it is THE BEST THING that I have purchased in years! I do recommend getting a 700 or 800 series since they have upgraded technology and come with the virtual wall barriers and extra filters too.

So here’s how I got my Roomba for $279 (retail $599!) online.

Follow these detailed steps:

  • Start off your purchase on eBates {www.ebates.com/r/DARLIN680} Its a cash back site that I’ve used for 2 years and earned over $1000 just by shopping online!
    You will earn $21 cash back on this purchase.
  • On eBates search KOHLS and then click on ‘Shop Now’ to purchase from them
  • On KOHLS website search Roomba 761 which is currently on sale for $479.99 (reg. $599)
  • Use promo code DECSAVE25 to get 25% off your purchase at checkout
  • You should also earn $60 in KOHLS cash

Final total should be $360 + tax, but you will also earn $60 KOHLS cash to spend however you want in store or online AND you will get $21 cash back from eBates!

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Darlin’ Deals Review ~ Finding Dory on Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital HD!

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advanced copy of Finding Dory Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack in exchange for my honest review. I was not persuaded to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise noted.

If you fell in love with with the small-finned little clown fish Nemo and his loveable (and very forgetful) pal Dory back in 2003 when Finding Nemo hit theatres, be prepared to reignite your emotions for another deep sea adventure in Finding Dory.

The whole crew is back together for another journey through the ocean in the highly anticipated sequel. This movie still follows a plot line of looking for lost fish, but this time its Dory’s parents that must be found. With tons of tear jerking flashbacks of adorable baby Dory’s childhood and hilarious misadventures through the local Aquarium, with all new sea pals such as Hank the Septopus, you’ll cry and laugh throughout this film. My favorite scenes took place at the Aquarium with laugh out loud moments at every turn. This movie is sure to be a crowd pleaser and all ages can enjoy it! My 2 year old loved the scenes with ‘tiny Dory’, my 7 year old belly-achingly laughed at the funny seals that helped Nemo, Marlon, and Dory outside the Aquarium, and we all rooted for Dory to be reunited with her parents!

You can purchase Finding Dory Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack currently priced at  just $15! *Amazon pricing can change at anytime.

HIDDEN GEMS found in this movie: 

NOSTALGIC WHEELS – The truck that is featured late in the movie features a logo from the 1986 short “Luxo, Jr.” produced by Pixar and directed by John Lasseter. The short’s success helped launch the studio, and the image of the desk lamp appears in Pixar’s iconic logo today. 

  • The license plate on the truck sports A113, which is reminiscent of the CalArts classroom for first-year graphic design and character animation where many of the artists and animators at Pixar began to build their craft. 
  • Sets Art Director Don Shank’s name can be seen in the truck’s grill.

TAG IT – The tags donned by the lazy sea lions snoozing outside the Marine Life Institute together bear the iconic A113. While Rudder’s tag reads A1, Fluke’s says 13.

FIELD TRIP – Riley from 2015’s “Inside Out” appears in a group of kids touring the Marine Life Institute. She is clearly featured in a frame with Dory.

 MAP IT – The registration number for the zodiac boat that picks up Dory in the bay outside the Marine Life Institute is PA1200, which represents Pixar’s address: 1200 Park Avenue.

Darlin’ Deals Review ~ Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass!

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advanced copy of Alice Through the Looking Glass on Blu-Ray & DVD combo pack in exchange for my honest review. I was not persuaded to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise noted.

This month I had the pleasure of watching the delightfully-mad movie Alice Through the Looking Glass before its release date. Having not watched this film when it was in theatres I was overjoyed at this opportunity.

For those who grew up with Disney’s animated version of Alice as a staple in their video collection, you may remember the a simple girl who was always daydreaming. The Alice of the modern tale is a little bit more of a tomboy and far more adventurous, but a daydreamer nevertheless. In this sequel to 2010’s rendition of Alice in Wonderland, you’ll find that Alice Through the Looking Glass has all the characters (and same actors!) that you fell in love with.

This fairytale not only whisks you away to a colorful and cuckoo Wonderland, or Underland as the native residents refer to it, but you are also taken on a delightful journey through time. As the storyline unfolds you learn that Alice must save the Hatter from going completely mad by traveling through time to prevent the death of his family, the Hightopps.

My personal favorite scenes took place in the realm of Time that Alice ventures into. The quirky and imaginative twist on what or should I say who ‘Time’ is really made for an enjoyable plotline. I’m sure you will enjoy this element to the film as well! One particular thing that I feel this movie lacked was character building. It felt as though the viewers were expected to remember the characters from the previous film and there was no additional depth added to the history of any characters, other than the Hatter.

Alice Through the Looking Glass is currently available on Blu-Ray & DVD which includes a Digital Copy as well.

Here’s a fun clip of the creation of the Hatter’s costume from the movie: