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

Boxcar Movie

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.

Box Car Books

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:

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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My Little Pony: The Movie release party!

MLP Movie cover

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. 



My Little Pony CakeMLP Candy

MLP GirlsMLP Photo Booth

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.

FTC Disclosure Car Seat Safety Ratings!

Cars Check

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 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.

Cars car seat rating

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

Mickey Movie

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.

Mickey Scary

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


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.

MY READERS SAVE! Save $3 off tickets with promo code USFGTHREE

Info and tickets

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Darlin’ Deals Giveaway ~ MAM Gift Set & ergoCocoon Swaddle to Sleep Bag!


Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by MAM. 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 unless otherwise noted all safety information and suggestions were provided by MAM.

September is Baby Safety Month and during this month MAM wants to get information out to parents to increase consumer awareness about the safe selection and use of baby products.

Safe sleep practices is one of the most important ways a parent can protect their little one. Remembering to keep all loose blanketing, pillows, and toys out of baby’s crib is vital in keeping your baby safe while sleeping. Another important tip MAM reminds parents of is to always put baby on their back while sleeping and ensure that baby doesn’t get too hot while sleeping. To reduce the risk of baby overheating be sure to dress baby appropriately for the temperature in the room and use breathable materials like cotton.

You can find more tips at

About MAM – standard setting baby products 

MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and in five continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets visit


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Twitter: @MAMBABY


~~~ Now on to the Giveaway! ~~~

MAM has generously offered to give 1 lucky Darlin’ Deals fan a $30 MAM Gift Set and an ergoPouchCocoon Swaddle to Sleep Bag!

Enter for a chance to WIN on the Rafflecopter form below. ALL entries will be verified.

Here’s some info on the ergoCocoon Sleep Bag:

ergoCocoon Swaddle to Sleep Bag

The ergoCocoon ‘no origami’ baby swaddle to sleep bags are designed to be both easy to use and difficult to escape from.  The simple zip up design will keep baby snug and securely swaddled without the need for complicated wrapping. The ergoCocoon is made from skin-friendly, organic cotton outer layer and breathable organic cotton filling, never synthetic. The entire range has also been acknowledged as ‘hip-healthy’ by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute for our ergonomically designed bell shaped bottom, which provides extra leg room for healthy hips.  For those bubs that like a little more freedom or are ready to transition out of a swaddle, the ergoCocoon has patented snaps in the armholes that can be used to convert from a swaddle to a sleeping bag.  Tog rated for warmth, there is an ergoPouch swaddle to suit every season.  New season prints available now! From RRP$24.95



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MAM Baby product $30 Gift Set Giveaway!


Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by MAM and 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 unless otherwise noted.

Every baby has their own preferences, starting right from birth. My son was a pacifier baby and my daughter was a thumb sucker. Of course I didn’t realize my daughter would be a thumb sucker until she was 5 months old. So that meant trying many, many, MANY varieties of pacis before she decided to show us that the whole time she would have just preferred her thumb. During this trial and error pacifier phase I came across a brand called MAM.

Surprisingly MAM pacifiers and teethers were the only thing that would soothe my daughter during the months before she figured out how to self-soothe with her own thumb. So it quickly became the only feeding brand used in our house. My daughter loves their bottles for the nipple design and I love their bottles for their unique sterilizing design that allows you to take apart the bottle and microwave it for 3 minutes with water in the base to provide a steam-action cleansing (genius!).

~~~ Now on to the Giveaway! ~~~

MAM USA has generously offered to give 1 lucky Darlin’ Deals fan a $30 MAM Gift Set!

Enter for a chance to WIN on the Rafflecopter form below. ALL entries will be verified.
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Darlin’ Deals Review & Giveaway: Sleeping Baby’s Flying Squirrel PJ!

Flying Squirrel Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary Sleeping Baby Flying Squirrel PJ in exchange for my honest review. I was not persuaded to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own except for factual information about product.

Sleep is a vital part of life. Rest gives your body a sense of rejuvenation. Then why is it that during one of the most exhausting times in an adult’s life, parenthood, there seems to be such a shortage of slumber? I have been blessed with 2 beautiful, healthy children; however both of them hate sleep. I tried everything during the early months to get them to fall asleep and most importantly STAY ASLEEP!

With my first-born I used swaddles and pacifiers. With that combination I was only able to successfully get him to fall asleep, but as soon as the paci fell out of his mouth Mommy was being called via screams and cries every 45 minutes throughout the night. Then of course came the dreaded age where they start rolling over and swaddles are no longer safe.

Needless to say when Baby #2 arrived and she also had a strong dislike for catching Z’s I was beyond frustrated. To make matters worse she didn’t like swaddles OR pacifiers (ahhhhh!). Luckily I happened upon a company called Sleeping Baby with a unique line of bedtime wear for little ones. Among their innovative products is a life-saving sleep sack style outfit called the Zipadee-Zip. The Zippy, as its commonly called, is created for babies ages 3-24 months old and is safe for babies that have begun rolling over due to its ‘wing-span’ design that provides excess room for baby to move around. The hands and feet are kept secured inside this cozy sack to provide a womb-like feel. Zipadee Zip

However, due to my daughter’s thumb-sucking preference I was looking for something that would allow for her to be contained in a sleeping sack style PJ with the freedom to have access to her precious soothing thumb.

Thumb Mimis

Imagine my excitement when I discovered that this awesome company had created something that covered all my daughter’s needs with a PJ called the Flying Squirrel! This adorable jammy is designed for children ages 12 months – 5 years old. It is a blanket style pajama that has optional hand and foot coverings to keep your little one snug and comforted without the need for loose blankets. With the wonderful option of being able to leave 1 hand free while wearing the Flying Squirrel I knew I had found a replacement for the generic sleep sacks that my 19 month old was quickly outgrowing.

Flying Squireel Info

Be sure to check out Sleeping Baby’s website to view all the wonderful products (such as the Zippy OneZ: a snap-less outfit that features a zipper instead of buttons for smoother & easier diaper changes) and all the adorable prints for this one-of-a-kind sleep line.


~~~ Now on to the Giveaway! ~~~

Sleeping Baby has generously offered to give 1 lucky Darlin’ Deals fan a Zippadee-Zip OR Flying Squirrel PJ (winner can choose product type)!

Enter for a chance to WIN on the Rafflecopter form below. ALL entries will be verified.
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Darlin’ Deals Review ~ The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave DVD!

Land Before Time

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advanced copy of The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave 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.

As a child one of the most memorable movies for me was the original The Land Before Time film that released in 1988 when I was just 5 years old. I remember grinning ear-to-ear as I watched Littlefoot and all his dino pals (Cera, Spiky, Ducky, and Petrie) go on the adventure of a lifetime. Now 28 years later I had the privilege of receiving an advanced copy of the latest movie, The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave.

This newest film features the voice talents of Damon Wayans and Reba McIntire and even includes a new song performed by Reba! This movie is sure to excite both young and old. Whether you are just introducing your children to this prehistoric cartoon movie series or if you are familiar with all of the 13 previous movies in this fun dino-saga to date, this movie will delight the whole family. As the adventure unfolds you will laugh, sing, and cheer as Littlefoot realizes he will get to see his father Bron who will be returning from the Great Valley.

To get you Darlins excited about the release exclusively available at Walmart, here is a clip from Journey of the Brave.

Info about the release of the latest adventure in The Land Before Time series:

Today, The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave from Universal 1440 Entertainment stomps onto Digital HD and exclusively on DVD at Walmart (February 2nd)! Inspired by the 1988 classic feature film, five best friends set out on a courageous rescue filled with new friends and learn valuable life lessons along the way! New to the hugely popular franchise is the Queen of Country Music, Reba McEntire as one of the newest characters “Etta” and the Critics’ Choice TV Award Nominee Damon Wayans Jr. voices the other fresh new character “Wild Arms.” Here’s a clip of the parent dinos worrying for their kin. 

Be sure to pick up a copy available now on DVD exclusively at Walmart.

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Darlin’ Deals Review ~ Snow White and the Seven Dwarves {Blu-Ray + DVD}

Snow White

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advanced copy of Snow White and The Seven Dwarves on Blu-Ray & 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.

As a child I would frequently enjoy imaginary play that involved me being one of the Disney Princesses. One of my favorites was Snow White, not only for her simple beauty and love of nature but I also thought it would be really fun to have 7 little friends that would sing and play with me :)

Every few years Disney releases a re-mastered version of their classic tales. On February 2nd Snow White and the Seven Dwarves will be released from the Disney vault! To make this upcoming film release even more exciting it will be available for the first time on Digital HD too. This combo pack also includes never before seen special features:

In Walt’s Words — For The First Time Ever, Hear Walt Himself Talk About SNOW WHITE|Iconography — Explore How This Film Influences Pop Culture, Art And Fashion|@DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess — Modern-Day|Disney Artists Discuss The Design Of SNOW WHITE And How It Influenced The Look Of Some Of Your Favorite Disney Characters|The Fairest Facts Of Them All — Disney Channel Star Sofia Carson Reveals Seven Intriguing Facts About Snow White|Alternate Sequence — Never-Before-Seen Storyboard Sequence Where The Prince Meets Snow White|And Much More!

One of my favorite parts of the movie is when Snow White finally meets all the Dwarves and they quickly become the best of friends. Another scene is the well-known song the Dwarves sing as they head off to work the Mines ..”Hi Ho, Hi Ho its off to work we go” became lyrics that I loved from childhood through my adult years as I would sing that in my head on my way to work occasionally 😉 Whether you enjoy the silly antics of Dopey or if you prefer the more serious personality of Grumpy (many adults can relate to that little guy’s demeanor before they have a cup of coffee) this movie is sure to be enjoyed by the whole family!

No childhood is complete without the joy and enchantment that Disney tales unfold. You can pre-order your copy of this beloved movie now, and you’ll receive the DVD + Blu-Ray + Digital Copy combo pack when it officially releases on February 2nd.