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

Star Wars

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.

Star Wars boys

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!

Good Dinosaur

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 😉

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.

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Robots 4 U

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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.

OneZ

~~~ 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)!

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Darlin’ Deals Review ~ The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar DVD!

Lion Guard

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advanced copy of  the Lion Guard: Return of the Roar 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.

One of my favorite things about Disney movies is how they transcend the age barrier and appeal to audiences both young and old. As a child I enjoyed the delightful movie The Lion King with its award-winning songs and loveable animal cast. To continue the tale of Simba and his pal Nala (who is now his Lion mate) Disney introduces The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar.

This new movie introduces Kion, who is the second-born cub of Simba and Nala. Kion takes on the role of leader of “The Lion Guard,” which in short is a group of animals whose job is to preserve the Pride Lands. There are many great lessons about responsibility along the way and of course lots of fun-filled laughable scenes.

With a much shorter runtime than most Disney films (just 44 minutes) the Lion Guard will keep your child’s attention from start to finish! My 6 year old son enjoyed the movie, but he prefers longer storylines at this age so he was slightly disappointed when it was over in less than an hour. However if you have a child under age 5 that loves Disney shows and movies The Lion Guard is the perfect length to keep your little one entertained.

You can pre-order your copy of this new movie now, and you’ll receive the DVD when it officially releases on February 23rd.

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.

Darlin’ Deals Review ~ Perfectly Posh pampering products!

Posh 1

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary Perfectly Posh sample kit 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. Darlin’ Deals is not responsible for product quality or issues nor any dispute over sales and usage.

Being a woman requires a lot of work! Between makeup, hair products, and clothing women have a full-plate when it comes to the details we put into our everyday appearance. Although it can be tedious at times it is also a lot of fun to experiment with different products and styles. Something we often forget is that many of the products we put on our body can be harmful due to the dyes and chemicals in them. Generally I try to stick to natural products as often as I can; so when my health conscious friend, Tamaira, asked if I would like to try a product line called Perfectly Posh I was intrigued to find out more.

One of the best things I learned about Perfectly Posh products is that everything is priced under $25! Affordable products made with natural ingredients is almost unheard of. This definitely makes Posh a win-win for the frugal folks looking for high-quality pampering products.

Upon receiving the sample collection I read the catalogue which first listed the ingredients found in Perfectly Posh products. Reading the list of ingredients almost whisked my mind away to thoughts of walking through a garden on a warm spring day. A few of the natural ingredients found in the products are: Fresh Lavendar, Fragrant Rosemary, Sunny Citrus, and Velvety Meadowfoam.

Now that I knew what was in the products it was time for my personal smell test before using them as I am rather sensitive to specific scents. Among the variety of samples I received I was pleased to discover that the scents were all light and floral. I absolutely LOVED the scent of the HONEY honey! healing body cream and the smooth consistency of the product was amazing. Another product that I was thrilled with was the Complexion Perfection Exfoliating Face Wash. It contained small exfoliating beads that left my skin smooth and radiant after using. It also has a hint of peppermint which could work as a soothing scent before bedtime or even an invigorating smell to help wake you up when used for a morning face wash. The only product that had a slight perfume fragrance to it was the Shameless Flirt. Solely based on personal scent preference I did not care for that one.

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If you are interested in purchasing Perfectly Posh products and do not have a Consultant that you work with already, Tamaira would be happy to assist you! Her contact information can be found below.

Tamaira Kaster, Perfectly Posh Consultant

www.perfectlyposh.com/blissfullyposh

Blissfullyposh@gmail.com

Darlin’ Deals Giveaway ~ Dawn of the Croods Family Activity Kit!

Croods

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary Dawn of the Croods Family Activity Kit 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 were a fan of the prehistoric hit movie, The Croods, you will grunt with excitement to know that the cave dwelling family is back with a prequel to the movie. The prequel will unfold as a Netflix Original series called Dawn of the Croods, set to release on Decemeber 24th.

This would be a great show to watch with the kiddos while they are on Winter Break! The new series Dawn of the Croods is sure to reduce the number of times you hear the typical vacation phrase that kids love to use, “I’m bored.” Now they’ll have a fun new cartoon series to watch and best of all its enjoyable for the whole family!

Dawn of the Croods synopsis:

The world’s first family is back and funnier than ever in this all-new original family sitcom! Eep, Grug, Thunk, Ugga, Sandy and Gran are taking the prehistoric Croodacious era by storm as they deal with modern-day problems for the first time ever in history. School, slumber parties and elections are some of the hilarious wonders of modern life The Croods are discovering!

 

Here’s a trailer to get you excited for the upcoming release of this Netflix original series!

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

DreamWorks has generously offered to give 1 Lucky Darlin’ Deals fan a Dawn of the Croods Family Activity Kit!

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 The Dawn of the Croods Family Activity Kit includes:

  • “Dawn of the Croods” ornament in the shape of a bone of course! 
  • A Croods Family Vehicle decal to customize how your family lives up to the Croods
  • Set of 4 washable finger paint and rolled parchment to create your very own wrapping paper like the Croods did back in the day. This is a fun sensory activity and your family will love their finished masterpiece. I’m looking forward to doing this with my kiddos after Christmas (I’m putting the finger painting kit in a stocking)
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Darlin’ Deals Giveaway~ Disney’s Inside Out {Digital Copy}

Inside Out

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advanced copy of Inside Out 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. The digital copy giveaway is courtesy of Disney and Darlin’ Deals assumes no responsibility for use or delivery of the giveaway product.

I was so thrilled to receive an advanced copy of the highly acclaimed Disney movie, Inside Out , especially because I did not have a chance to take my son to see it when it was released in theatres. Check out my review of Inside Out here.

Inside Out is available on Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack . I highly recommend this movie to people of all ages!

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

Disney has generously offered to give 1 Lucky Darlin’ Deals fan a Digital Copy of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out!

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