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

Review: DISNEY ON ICE presents PRINCESSES and HEROES (United Center)

Over the past two years, my girls have been pretty lucky in that we've seen Disney On Ice four times. Each time the folks at Feld Entertainment bring the tour back through Chicago, it's a different show, and we've seen ROCKIN' EVER AFTER, 100 YEARS OF MAGIC, LET'S CELEBRATE! and now, PRINCESSES & HEROES. While LET'S CELEBRATE! is still holding it's ground as my favorite (the seasonality of it just hits my sweet spot), PRINCESSES & HEROES may well be the most traditional of the bunch in terms of Disney lore, really capturing the imaginations of the younger crowd by bringing to life some familiar scenes from the likes of ALADDIN, SNOW WHITE, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE PRINCESS & THE FROG, SLEEPING BEAUTY, TANGLED and CINDERELLA in a big show. And it is a BIG show.

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Preview - DORA & FRIENDS: INTO THE CITY! gets a new iOS App for Preschoolers...

nickdoraappThe folks over at Nickelodeon have just launched a new DORA & FRIENDS Preschool App on iOS based on their new series, DORA & FRIENDS: INTO THE CITY. In this new adventure, kids can choose from ten locations from the series, including the Arco Iris Cafe, the magical cave and the beach; dozens of props like cameras, microphones and blankets; and several Latin-influenced musical tracks from the series to help bring the scene of their own creation to life. Users also can create up to four customized friends and select different hairstyles, facial features, outfits and even names, as well as record their own voices which can be incorporated into the story. Check out a trailer below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Toyography: Best Photobomb Ever? Harry Potter shows appreciation for STAR WARS' C-3PO & R2-D2

Strange things can happen when you're just minding your own business and trying to do a little "toyography" - hoping to create some stylish pictures of my children's toys. Last night, while the girls and I were playing downstairs, I decided to attempt a couple of cool-looking shots involving a couple of figures from Hasbro's STAR WARS collection - namely C-3PO and R2-D2. What happened next is that one of our dogs - the one named Harry Potter (my wife is a big J.K. Rowling fan) - decided it was time to drop himself right into the shot, rolling into frame (seen above) and standing to attention (seen below). He either ruined the shot, or made it better. Perhaps these really ARE the Droids he was looking for... or perhaps The Force was strong with him? Take a look, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Review - DOC McSTUFFINS: SCHOOL OF MEDICINE (DVD)

In searching my own website, I was a little surprised to find that I've only mentioned DOC McSTUFFINS in 28 articles. While that might seem like a lot, I thought it would've been more, and if you follow me on social media (which I sure hope you do), you'd know why: I've spoken of Doc a lot. Out of the top five shows that my girls enjoy, there is perhaps no other that's been so all-encompassing. They've seen it on television, DVD, and on-demand... they have an ever-expanding collection of Doc McStuffins toys... and each of my daughters (ages 2 and 5) have multiple pieces of Doc clothing. It's a transmedia home-run, and one I don't mind at all. To think that it took this long for a breakthrough show like this to happen - one that not only features a "Doctor" at the forefront, but a female... and one of color - it's hard to imagine, particularly given how big a phenomenon it's become. With DOC McSTUFFINS: SCHOOL OF MEDICINE out on DVD this week, it's only appropriate that I'm throwing down some more virtual ink about the show...

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PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE is Flying Home on Blu-ray and DVD...

On November 4, Disney's PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE is flying home on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD & On-Demand. The much-anticipated title is bound to be a big one in terms of kid-requests this holiday season, and my affiliate friends at Disney Store have just launched pre-orders for the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack in which fans can get a free set of four exclusive 10"x14" lithographs, each stamped with the Disney Seal in Gold Foil. Check out the specs and a 6-minute extended scene from the DisneyToon Studios release below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER!

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Review: SoCozy Salon-Quality Hair Care Products for Kids #SoCozyBTS

I'd like to think that when it comes to those "dad stereotypes" that are out there, I tend to not fit the bill. There is one, however, that I will fully admit to being a part of: I am a purveyor of "Dad Hair." I'm also not proud of that fact, yet my own hair has often been unruly over the years. I've had it gloriously long - did the 90s shoulder-length thing for awhile, and currently have it short and a little bit rockin'. I also once sported a dreaded mullet back in 1993. That's another fact that I'm not proud of, but I assure you it was a very fashionable, and somewhat enviable style in Iowa back then. Now, with two daughters, I often find myself serving as their stylist, and the results have thus far been mixed. With Back-to-School in full-effect, I've added some new tools to my arsenal with an assortment of SoCozy salon-quality hair care products for kids, several of which were sent to Rock Father HQ for me to put to the test... complete with COZY'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO GIRLS' HAIR.

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Giveaway: The Step2 2-in-1 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor!

The Rock Father is a 2014 Step2 Brand AmbassadorWhen I recently paid a visit to The Step2 Company's HQ out in Ohio, one of the highlights of the trip was checking out the new Step2 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 SVT Raptor. Since then, my girls now have one to call their own (more on that soon), but the response on social media has been so overwhelmingly positive, Step2 has teamed-up with my fellow Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy (check out her review of the Raptor) and Viva Veltoro to get a giveaway going, and now THE ROCK FATHER is in on that action! We're getting one lucky reader (or, their kids) ready to roll in one of the coolest rides you'll ever see!

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Preview & Discussion - NOVA: VACCINES -- CALLING THE SHOTS #vaccinesNOVA

PBSTonight (Sept 10) at 9pm/8c on PBS, NOVA: VACCINES—CALLING THE SHOTS will air, an important documentary that focuses on one of the hot topics facing parents today: to vaccinate or not? My wife and I are 100% in favor of keeping our girls up-to-date on their vaccinations, though we have spread out some of them over a few visits due to the sheer amount needed. As a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), I was given an advance look at the new NOVA documentary, and my stance is unchanged, but perhaps even more solidified. Parents - especially new parents - need to be informed, and in the modern era - years after mumps, whooping cough, measles and other infectious diseases have been eradicated, it's alarming to see them starting to make a return. Check out a preview of this new film below...

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Review - CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (Blu-ray)

When CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER hit theaters earlier this year, the film found itself in the enviable - if not unusual spot of being a comic-based film to be met with near-unanimous audience and critical acclaim. A sequel that still feels fresh despite being the ninth chapter in the ever-expanding MARVEL Cinematic Universe (MCU), Captain America sure is different than the 'Cap I grew up with.

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Review: THE GOLDBERGS - The Complete First Season DVD

"This is how I remember the 80s - there were no parenting blogs or peanut allergies, just a whole lotta crazy."

That's the opening narration from THE GOLDBERGS, Patton Oswalt providing the off-camera voice of the adult Adam Goldberg, the youngest of the three kids at the center of ABC's breakout hit from last year. While kids of the 60s eventually had THE WONDER YEARS, and those a decade later getting THAT 70's SHOW, it's only fitting that kids like myself - the ones who grew up in "1980-something" - finally get a series that properly captures our decade. While there have been a few who've tried and failed, THE GOLDBERGS (out this week in a Complete First Season DVD set) is undoubtedly the best we've ever seen.

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Rides: Watch - The new JAGUAR XE unveiled via live webcast #FeelXE

Updated: The full webcast can now be viewed below.

I know that there's at least a few car enthusiast readers out there that will dig this, so I apologize for the short notice. TODAY (September 8, 2014) at 1:30pm Rock Father HQ time (that's Central Time), the all-new JAGUAR XE will be unveiled at a secret location somewhere in London along the Thames. The whole thing will be webcast LIVE via this link.  Here's more on what to expect, direct from the Jaguar crew...

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The #FallFixUp of Rock Father HQ: Slashing. Trashing. Packing. Refreshing.

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Rubbermaid. All opinions are that of James Zahn aka THE ROCK FATHER. #weavemade #FallFixUp  http://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH

Having not lived anywhere but the Midwest on any year-round kind of basis, I can't be certain but tend to think that Fall fix-up and Spring clean-up are two things that have a parallel relationship only for those who live in regions that go through a proper four-season cycle. In the Fall you get the place all cleaned-up before winter, and then after the snow melts, you've got a whole load of surprises to clean-up in the Spring. But I love it. It's a chance to refresh things, and I'm ahead in the game this season.

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DoSomething.org Teams with WWE & The Creative Coalition’s Be a STAR Anti-Bullying Initiative

The Rock Father is a WWE Brand AmbassadorMy friends at WWE have a new ally in their effort to SmackDown bullying...

DoSomething.org has teamed up with WWE and The Creative Coalition's Be a STAR (Show Tolerance and Respect) Anti-Bullying Initiative for The Bully Text: Superstar Edition, a campaign that uses an SMS text message game to get young people to take action around bullying.

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