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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

WWE Brings SLAM CITY to Nickelodeon's NickSports Block on Nicktoons...

WWESLAM CITY is getting bigger. WWE and Nickelodeon have announced that WWESlam City™ is coming to Nicktoons, making it's entrance tomorrow night (10/22) during the NickSports programming block from 9–11 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.  The 26-episode animated series has been featured here on THE ROCK FATHER before, and is comprised of two-minute shorts featuring WWE Superstars including John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The Miz, Rey Mysterio, Kane and Mark Henry in a new animated world. Check out a recent short featuring Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton below...

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Hot Wheels Race Rewards: Rock the Holidays with Hot Rides and Exclusives!

2014 Holiday Gift GuideTHE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Lunchbox and Mattel for this high-octane sponsored post...

It's no secret that we're big fans of HOT WHEELS here at Rock Father HQ. In fact, I've often thrown down some virtual ink about Mattel's iconic line of diecast vehicles and playsets over in the "Rides" section of site, and if you've seen my Instagram, you've seen new additions to our collection on a regular basis. Now comes HOT WHEELS RACE REWARDS exclusively at Walmart. Quite simply, you can earn cool rewards on the HOT WHEELS you're already buying for the little ones (or yourself) - rewards like the brand-new Exclusive MONSTER JAM MONSTER MUTT that you can only get through HOT WHEELS RACE REWARDS. Buy, scan and earn. HOT WHEELS 1:64 scale diecast vehicles are a perfect stocking stuffer!

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Ready to Rock the #BedTimeBattle? The Elo Pillow is a New Weapon in the Sleepytime Wars...

eloTHE ROCK FATHER™ has partnered with Life of Dad and elo™ for the #BedTimeBattle promotion.

Technology and kids. If you've been following my online ramblings long enough, you probably know that I'm hesitantly cautious whenever new tech comes along that in some way involves the little ones. I put my money on crushing the "App Toy" trend a couple years ago - those annoying items that required someone else's technology (like a quickly-outdated smartphone or tablet) to be inserted in it to run. Once the tech was obsolete, so was the toy. I was the mean Dad that bought a new crossover without screens in the back, and I absolutely despise seeing grownups instinctively shove "devices" into their kids hands like a micro-chipped pacifier (funny enough, we really didn't do actual pacifiers with our girls, either). I've actually had other people's children tug on my shirt asking to use my phone to "play a game." No. As an adult, I'm already too tethered to my gear, so I'd rather my kids not be. But, like most things, tech can be great in moderation, and there's some fine stuff out there that serves a real purpose if you're looking in the right place. Unexpected tech, like the elo™ Pillow.

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31 Days of Halloween: Life is Better in Costume - THE BATROCKFATHER Rises to Prove It...

The Rock Father is a 2014 BuyCostumes.com #OrangeTuesday Halloween Ambassador.

Some say that "Life is Better in Costume," and those who adhere to that mantra are, indeed, correct.  It's fun to play dress-up, and fostering imaginative play with my girls is something that I've spoken of often here on THE ROCK FATHER. But you don't have to be a kid to play dress-up, and the legions of cosplayers and casual fans that gear-up for comic-cons and special events year-round are a testament to that. And, so what if Halloween is still two weeks away? There's nothing that says a grown man can't hit the town dressed as Batman (just ask Ben Affleck, who's been roaming Detroit along with Henry Cavill shooting BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE), to the surprise, delight, and in some cases, confusion of those whom he may encounter. That's why this month, THE BATROCKFATHER BEGINS RISES.

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The Filmmakers behind ALADDIN and THE LITTLE MERMAID set sail with MOANA...

In late 2016, the filmmakers behind THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN and THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG will bring a new adventure to the screen with MOANA, "a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest." Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, “Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” declares Musker. “She's the kind of character we all root for."

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31 Days of Halloween - PBS KIDS' CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest 2014 (with Belinda Carlisle!)

PBS KIDS VIPGet those DVRs ready - Starting next Monday (October 27), PBS KIDS brings back CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST to kick-off an entire week of seasonally-spooky programming! The week will begin with an encore presentation of the perennial favorite from CURIOUS GEORGE (also available on DVD), followed by a new episode from DINOSAUR TRAIN (also debuting Monday), and encore presentations of themed episodes from ARTHUR, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, WILD KRATTS, THOMAS & FRIENDS and more throughout the week (check local listings). But that's not all - new episodes of CURIOUS GEORGE start on Tuesday, including one with a brand-new song performed by BELINDA CARLISLE of THE GO-GO'S.

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Holiday Gift Guide: The Guitar Pick Necklace by Isabelle Grace Jewelry

2014 Holiday Gift GuideI don't personally wear a ton of jewelry, but when I do, it has to be something special. Those rare items are elusive, so when I had a chance to check out some of what Isabelle Grace Jewelry - the creation of designer Claudia Montez - has been producing, I was surprised when I spotted something that I absolutely had to have. Handcrafted and made-to-order in Massachusetts, the Guitar Pick Necklace pairs a beautiful Fine (.999) Silver pendant with an 18" (or larger) chain, and can be completely personalized.

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An Early Look at the New Disney Short Film, FEAST

If I mention a movie called FEAST (especially during October), I'd imagine some of you might think of Jon Gulager's PROJECT GREENLIGHT horror film, right? Well, FEAST is also the title of a new animated short film from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation on PAPERMAN) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, Opening ahead of Disney's BIG HERO 6 (get tix from Fandango) on November 7, FEAST "is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share." Check out a preview below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Giveaway: Win a Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise Baby in The Rock Father's Lalalloween Extravaganza!

October has been Lalaloopsified - not just here at Rock Father HQ, but everywhere as the Lalaloopsy friends have been popping up everywhere from Nick Jr. to Netflix, in the toy aisles and beyond. In fact, Lalaloopsy is now the #1 collector brand for girls ages 2-11, and they recently announced that on November 15th they'll be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for The World's Largest Pajama Party in multiple locations (currently set at 34,000) and you can take part. My girls have caught the Lalaloopsy bug - recently getting decked-out in costumes based on Crumbs Sugar Cookie and Mittens Fluff N' Stuff from my friends at BuyCostumes (I'm one of their #OrangeTuesday Amassadors)... and they might have pulled me in, too. One of their most played-with toys these days is the Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Peanut Big Top... yes, the one that "Magically Poops" Charms. Want to win a Diaper Surprise Baby for your own little one(s)? Read on, friends, because MGA Entertainment and THE ROCK FATHER have your chance!

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Caillou at 25: The Caillou's Family Favorites Special Edition Box Set (Review)

PBS KIDS VIPAt this point it's hard to believe that just five years ago, I'd never heard of CAILLOU. It was that one day when we were still living in an apartment with newborn Addie when we happened to come across the show on Sprout - her little baby eyes immediately drawn to the little guy. Like the "Charlie Brown" of a new generation, CAILLOU would soon be revealed to be a very divisive little guy, one as equally loved as he is loathed (a very trendy bandwagon to hop), but a fantastic, and educational show based on the series of books by Chouette Publishing. When our family moved and established what would become known as Rock Father HQ, CAILLOU became an even more regular thing, watched daily on PBS KIDS (and Sprout), and then again experienced through the books, toys and puzzles. Now, in celebration of the character's 25th Anniversary, PBS Distribution and DHX Media have released a special-edition of CAILLOU'S FAMILY FAVORITES, a DVD of classic episodes paired with a double-length soft-cover companion book housed in an attractive, flip-cover box (perfect for the upcoming Holiday gift season) with a foil-embossed logo.

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Lifestyle: The #Indisposable Comforts of Fall featuring the Schick® Xtreme3® Sensitive Razor

The Rock Father shaved with the Schick® Xtreme3® Sensitive razor as part of a sponsored campaign for Socialstars #Indisposable

The right guitar pick... The right pen... A great cup of coffee... The soft and warm touch of the right flannel shirt on a crisp Fall day... Each of these things could be considered an "indisposable comfort" for me and my regular routine as "The Rock Father," a multi-tasking Dad, writer and rock & roller. Another indisposable comfort? Keeping the space between my massive goatee and my sideburns nice and baby-smooth. I've recently added the Schick® Xtreme3® Sensitive razor to my arsenal, a new tool in my fight to rock that fast-growing stubble straight from my face.

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31 Days of Halloween: Product of Hate in THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR - Official Selection of the 2014 Open Wound Horror Film Fest

There's a very slight chance that you might be having deja vu right now, as I did include the longform music video for PRODUCT OF HATE's THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR in last year's 31 Days of Halloween. Reason it's back? I directed and edited the video, and it just became an Official Selection of the 2014 Open Wound Horror Film Festival, which means that those attending the Santa Fe Comic-Con next weekend will get a chance to see it on the big screen. When we filmed this, we'd always hoped that it would become something of a "perennial favorite" for each Halloween season, and that looks to be happening. After all, it's got some fairly horrific elements, and since I do run a family site, I wouldn't recommend this one for viewing around kids or at work (unless you work somewhere really cool).

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2014 Fids & Kamily Music Awards: And the Winners Are...

For the third year in a row, the folks behind the annual Fids & Kamily Music Awards (a play on The Village Voice's long-running "Pazz & Jop") have either graciously or foolishly invited me to take a seat on the panel of judges to determine the Top 10 best albums of the year in the kids and kamily music realm. I, alongside other journalists, writers, bloggers, producers, radio personalities and folks associated with the family music scene, must listen to dozens of albums, and then figure out what's the best of the best. Each judge has to nominate and score 10 albums of their own, and a formula is then applied to choose the ranking. This year was exceptionally difficult, as there's been some really great albums (alongside some stinkers), and choosing just 10 is tricky enough without having more than 10 favorites. Today, we announce the winners of the 2014 Fids & Kamily Music Awards (the 9th Annual), as revealed this morning on the Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child radio show...

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