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 ūüėČ

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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

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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 ūüėČ This new DVD contains 7 full length episodes and will release for purchase to the public on July 25th, 2017.

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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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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 ‚Äď The truck that is featured late in the movie features a logo from the 1986 short ‚ÄúLuxo, Jr.‚ÄĚ produced by Pixar and directed by John Lasseter. The short‚Äôs success helped launch the studio, and the image of the desk lamp appears in Pixar‚Äôs 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‚Äôs name can be seen in the truck‚Äôs grill.

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

FIELD TRIP ‚Äď Riley from 2015‚Äôs ‚ÄúInside Out‚ÄĚ appears in a group of kids touring the Marine Life Institute. She is clearly featured in a frame with Dory.

¬†MAP IT ‚Äď The registration number for the zodiac boat that picks up Dory in the bay outside the Marine Life Institute is PA1200, which represents Pixar‚Äôs 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:

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

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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 www.mambaby.com.

About MAM ‚Äď 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 www.mambaby.com.

 

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

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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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Darlin’ Deals Review ~ Clean Router! {Internet Protection}

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary Clean Router 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.

Being a parent is the hardest job I’ve ever had. Yes,¬†I called it a job. Of course its a blessing to raise children, but unlike most positions in the work force parenthood doesn’t come with an Employee Manual. You¬†get a lot of hands on experience once you become a Mother or Father. Most of what¬†parents learn about how to raise a child¬†is through trial and error…¬†lots and lots of error ūüėČ There are some things that are perfectly safe to learn through the trial and error process when it comes to raising children.¬†Such as¬†the process of figuring out what foods those tiny humans¬†like by watching them throw all the peas on the floor.

However, there are some parenting mistakes that you don’t get a second chance with. One of those things¬†is protecting their innocence. Things that are seen can¬†never be unseen.¬†So now that my kids are growing out of the throwing peas off the ledge of the highchair stage and moving into the realm of technological entertainment I have begun to research ways to ensure my children are protected from the multitude of inappropriate content that the internet seems to shove in our face daily.

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In my search I came across a nifty invention called the Clean Router. Just like a generic router it hooks up to any PC or laptop.¬†¬†The feature that sets it apart from a typical router is the software loaded on it that can be customized to block specific types of websites! In addition to blocking sites it also has personalized options that will include a Daily Email Report showing the previous day’s internet usage history.

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Clean Router was simple to install. Although I can’t take the credit for hooking it up –¬†I leave all things technology based up to my husband for fear that I will completely ruin the computer with something as simple as plugging in the charger cord ūüėČ My husband showed me that as soon as he connected it to the laptop it prompted him to follow the easy 5-step set up process (as seen in image above).

I highly recommend purchasing this product if you have children, teens, or young adults in your home. Even though us mommas love to tease that we have eyes in the back of our heads and can see everything, we all know that our ability to watch every move our child makes is limited. So why risk the split second it takes for a child to sneak away and type a few words that they heard from the older kids on the playground into a search engine and forever remember an image of something intended for adult viewing only.

You can purchase Clean Router on their website and be sure to visit their Facebook page for more info on what this amazing product can do.

Darlin’ Deals Review ~ StoneFire Grill Lunch Specials Menu!

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Disclaimer: I was invited to a complimentary Media Tasting at Stonefire Grill for their new Lunch Specials menu in exchange for a review and was compensated with a gift card. I was not persuaded to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you have been following my blog for a long period of time you are probably familiar with 2 things about me personally; first I love being a stay at home Mom and secondly I love food! However, it is rare for me to have an opportunity to¬†enjoy delicious food while I spend time with my precious children. So when I was invited to attend yet another wonderful Stonefire Grill Media Tasting Event and found out that it was during lunch hour I thought I would have to¬†decline the invitation¬†as I would not have someone to watch my daughter during the day. To my pleasant surprise StoneFire’s¬†Event Coordinators welcomed the idea of bringing my daughter along. Now I know this review has yet to touch on the tasty food, but for any Moms out there I thought I would start out by letting you all know what a family friendly establishment StoneFire Grill is!

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The event was hosted at the West Hills restaurant in the sunny enclosed patio seating area which provided beautiful views of the rose bushes and tons of natural lighting perfect for a lunchtime meal. There was ample seating and the semi-outdoor feel provided comfortable setting for a family with small children (like mine).

The Lunch Specials Menu is the latest addition to StoneFire Grill’s ‘Freshly Prepared. Simply Delicious.’ food selection. The Lunch Specials Menu features many of their most beloved dishes paired with an individual¬†side item such as their mouth-watering breadsticks, garlic mashed potatoes, and side salads. Here’s where the Lunch¬†Specials at StoneFire Grill¬†are set apart from the usual Lunch Menus at other restaurants – portion size! As is the norm with StoneFire Grill their portion sizes are beyond generous and the lunch entrees are no exception. Every time I have eaten at StoneFire I leave feeling¬†satisfied from a great meal, without that weighed down over-stuffed feeling you get from Burger Joints, plus I have a To-Go box in hand with leftovers to enjoy for dinner!

A few of my favorites from the Lunch Specials Menu were the Sandwich + Side and the Petite Salad + Breadstick with the salad options being BBQ Chopped, South of the Border, or Golden State Kale. Being a BBQ lover I chose the BBQ Chicken Wrap from the Sandwich options and the BBQ Tri-Tip Chopped Salad for the Petite Salad selection.

My husband enjoyed the Petite Pesto + Breadstick as well as the 9″ Pizza + Side Salad. Both were super tasty re-heated later that evening for our dinner too! Oh and did I mention these fresh and tasty lunch entrees are all just $7?! With large portion sizes and a price that won’t break the bank StoneFire really hit the mark on a delicious alternative to the usual burger & fry lunches that most people gravitate towards when they¬†want to eat out on a budget.

If you’re not completely stuffed after enjoying your lunch entr√©e you will definitely want to try StoneFire’s Incredible Carrot Cake or even take home a dessert such as the Famous Fudge Brownies to enjoy later!

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So the next time you’re on a lunch break or even taking the kids out for an afternoon meal¬†remember your local Stonefire Grill restaurant has a wide variety of options for even your pickiest eater!

Darlin’ Deals Review ~ Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-Ray & DVD!

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advanced copy of  Star Wars: The Force Awakens 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.

Now I realize this might make me automatically ousted from joining any Star Wars fan groups, but I have to start this review by saying I have never seen the original Star Wars films in their entirety. The reason I stated this little secret of mine is for those of you out there wondering if its worth watching the latest installment in the epic saga even though you are not completely familiar with all the characters and back story; my answer to you is YES, watch this one! Of course it would be helpful to really understand who’s who by knowing the origin of certain characters (such as well-known members of the Dark Side like Darth Vader) and a little info on other main characters from the original movies from the 70’s in order to fully appreciate this latest ‘episode’, but the action and intense storyline will have you hooked no matter what your knowledge of Star Wars is prior to watching.

The cinematic journey of Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduces a few new characters to the Star Wars clan such as Kylo Ren from the Dark Side (this character is why you should know a bit about Darth Vader), Finn (a Stormtrooper who has a change of heart) and a new Droid Robot named BB-8.

Throughout the film there are fight scenes, plot twists, and intense character building that will have you on the edge of your seat no matter if you’re a fan of the Dark Side or if you root for the good guys on the Light Side. My husband and 6 year old son were completely glued to the movie the entire 136 minute runtime! Be aware unlike the majority of the Star Wars movies¬†this one¬†does¬†come with a PG-13 rating. This is only the 2nd film in the saga to receive this rating, the other was Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. This stronger rating¬†it is due to¬†sci-fi action violence sequences, as was also¬†the¬†reason for the PG-13 rating¬†of 2005’s¬†Revenge of the Sith. As a fairly protective mother I didn’t find any dialogue or visuals to be inappropriate in the film.

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The Force Awakens is available on Blu-Ray and DVD format as well as a Digital download code in the combo pack. In addition this combo pack has tons of Special Features never released before.


Special Features

Secrets Of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey — For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this full-length documentary|The Story Awakens: The Table Read — Cast members, familiar and new, reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script|Building BB-8 — See how J.J. Abrams and team brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Wars universe|Crafting Creatures — Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life|Blueprint Of A Battle: The Snow Fight — Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren|John Williams: The Seventh Symphony — The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens|ILM: The Visual Magic Of The Force — An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects|Plus — Deleted Scenes

Darlin’ Deals Review ~ The Good Dinosaur on Blu-Ray + DVD!

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advanced copy of  the The Good Dinosaur 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.

If your little one has a fascination with Dinos you’ll want to check out one of Disney’s newest films to arrive on Blu-Ray & DVD, The Good Dinosaur. This heartwarming tale features a dinosaur named Arlo and his unlikely pal – a human boy named Spot. Yep, this story takes on the often¬†pondered idea of what life would be like if dinosaurs never became extinct. Would they become man’s new best friend? Disney sure seems to think so!

This movie will have you laughing, cheering,¬†and as is typical with most of Disney’s tales you will need a box of tissues too. You are sure to fall in love with the bond between caveboy Spot¬†and his Apatosaurus friend Arlo. This sweet movie is great for all ages and appeals to both boys & girls whether they are dinosaur fanatics or not ūüėČ

With a runtime of just 94 minutes its the perfect length to keep (most) kids’ attention. There are also some great bonus features too!

Special Features

Theatrical Short: “Sanjay’s Super Team”|The Filmmakers’ Journey: Director Peter Sohn And Team Share Their Experience Of Making The Movie|Hide And Seek: Watch A Short Animated Promotional Clip|True Lies About Dinosaurs: Learn What Separates The Movie’s Dinosaurs From Real Ones|Recyclosaurus: The Crew Competes To Create The Best Dinosaur Ever… From Discarded Items!|Every Part Of The Dinosaur: Explore The Movie’s Special Animation Challenges|Following The T-Rex Trail: Meet The Family Who Inspired The T-Rex Ranchers|Deleted Scenes With Intros: View Scenes Developed For Previous Versions Of The Movie|And More!

You can purchase this movie on DVD, Blu-Ray, or the Combo Pack.