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Get Ready for #CrazyHairDay with Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair Dolls and Chances to Win Sew-Cool Prizes!

Lalaloopsy SIP (Sew Important Person)Ready for a day that will be Sew-much fun? To celebrate the launch of Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair Dolls, MGA Entertainment has declared March 6, 2015 as #CrazyHairDay, and by taking part in all the fun YOU could win some really cool prizes from Lalaloopsy (more on that in a minute)! Curious what these Crazy Hair Dolls are all about? As a 2015 Lalaloopsy SIP (Sew Important Person) Ambassador, my girls got a full set of four dolls to evaluate and style here in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house), and it became a true family affair. Below the break you can check out Scoops Waffle Cone (styled by Addie), Jewel Sparkles (styled by Finn), Cinder Slippers (styled by my wife, Jen), and Confetti Carnivale (styled by yours truly).


Giveaway - STAR WARS REBELS Action Figure + STAR WARS Hot Wheels Prize Pack!

Jedi vs. Sith. Empire vs. Rebels. Hasbro vs. Mattel. Polar opposites in some cases, fierce rivals in others. For the latter two, they're more alike than different, a pair of the most recognizable toymakers in the galaxy. While their competition is heated, for the first time in forever they're both bound by something greater than them both... a license known as STAR WARS. While Hasbro continues the lineage started with Kenner in bringing forth 3 ¾-scale STAR WARS action figures (among many other things), this past year has seen STAR WARS married to Mattel's iconic Hot Wheels line through a series of Character Cars, retailer exclusives and playsets. Bottom line: It's a great time to love STAR WARS, and as Disney and Lucasfilm ready the release of J.J. Abrams' THE FORCE AWAKENS for this December, there's some cool new toys that are slowly making their way into retailers. To have a little unofficial celebration of The Force here at Rock Father HQ, I've decided to offer-up a little something special - a Galactic Prize Pack featuring a pair of STAR WARS Hot Wheels Character Cars from Mattel, and a sought-after STAR WARS REBELS action figure from Hasbro's Saga Legends assortment. Will The Force be with YOU?


Movie Giveaway: Win PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR on Blu-ray Combo Pack! #PenguinsInsiders

I don't think anyone could've predicted how big a franchise DreamWorks Animation's MADAGASCAR would become, but with countless spin-offs and specials, the new series ALL HAIL KING JULIEN on Netflix, and the recent PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR in theaters, the animated world inhabited by these lovable animals just continues to grow. As for the PENGUINS, they're headed home on March 17th, and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up to offer readers a chance to win PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack, along with offering some cool printable coloring sheets for the kids. Read on to join the adventure!


Celebrate a New Episode of Lalaloopsy on Nick Jr. with a Peppy Pom Pom Giveaway!

THE ROCK FATHER is a Lalaloopsy SIP (Sew Important Person) Brand AmbassadorOn Monday, February 16 at 10am PST, Nick Jr. will debut an all-new episode of Lalaloopsy when "Peppyball" hits the screen! In the new episode, Peppy Pom Pom needs something big to cheer for, so she creates a new sport in Lalaloopsy Land — Peppyball! To celebrate the release, THE ROCK FATHER and MGA Entertainment are sharing a clip from the show, along with offering readers a chance to win the new Peppy Pom Poms Doll (in-stores now)! THE ROCK FATHER is one of the newest members of the Lalaloopsy SIP (Sew Important Person) Brand Ambassador program, and will be serving up some fun stuff throughout the coming year. It's Sew Cool!



Strawberry ShortcakeI've written about STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE numerous times over the years, and while you might not immediately think there would be an association between THE ROCK FATHER and these classic characters from American Greetings - there is. I grew up on them, and the unforgettable fragrance of those original toys that Kenner produced in the 1980s will forever be held within my mind. My sister and I had many adventures with the 'Shortcake crew back in the day, and now I have similar adventures with my own daughters. In 2015, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE will celebrate her 35th Anniversary, and it's getting started with the release of SNOWBERRY DAYS, a new collection of winter-themed episodes from BERRY BITTY ADVENTURES. Read on to learn more and enter to win a copy on DVD, courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment!


Five Cough & Cold Tips for Parents of Young Kids (plus a Giveaway)!

As I know all too well, cough and cold season is upon us, and having two little girls (one of which frequents a germ-infested battleground called "kindergarten"), I've seen my fair share of runny noses and germy hands. Since you're reading THE ROCK FATHER, there's a pretty good chance that you're a parent, too, and as such I'm sharing Five Cough & Cold Tips for Parents, courtesy of my friends at Boogie Wipes and Kandoo. Even better? We've all teamed-up to give YOU a chance at winning a "Cough & Cold Comfort Basket" that includes a "Freddy the Frog" Humidifier from Crane, a Boogie Wipes & Kandoo Care Package and a $50 Amazon Gift Card. So... are you ready to rock?


Snoopy & Belle Valentine's Day Giveaway: A Great Cake Recipe and a Chance at Adorable Prizes!

THE ROCK FATHER is a PEANUTS Brand AmbassadorThis past weekend, Valentine's Day got an early start with a very special PEANUTS-themed party featuring SNOOPY and his sister BELLE. Co-hosted by "the Little Red-Haired Girl" herself—aka Francesca Capaldi (DOG WITH A BLOG), the 10-year-old actress who plays the character in this Fall's THE PEANUTS MOVIE - the party took place at the Park Hyatt in Carlsbad, California, where Capaldi and friends tried on the latest Snoopy and his Sister Belle fashions from Target, danced to DJ-provided tunes, and decorated cupcakes with decorations from Cakes.com. Of course, they also enjoyed watching the classic Peanuts special, BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN, set to air on ABC alongside A CHARLIE BROWN VALENTINE on February 13th at 8pmEST/7pmCT. While my girls and I weren't able to make the party in-person (2,000 miles would've been a long drive), Pastry Chef Franck Riffaud of the Park Hyatt Aviara was kind enough to share his recipe for chocolate cake (or cupcakes) so that we could play along at home... and so YOU can as well! As a PEANUTS BRAND Ambassador, I'm helping to spread some Valentine's Day love with The Ultimate Snoopy & Belle Valentine's Prize Pack. One (1) lucky winner will score a fantastic "party in a box," while everyone can enjoy some delicious cake as we did here today!


Rides: Keep Your High Mileage Vehicle Rockin' The Road with Pennzoil & Your Walmart Auto Center #DropShopAndOil

THE ROCK FATHER has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for this post. Opinions and experiences are that of James Zahn . #DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias

Rockin' The Road with Pennzoil and the Walmart Auto Care Center

While I get to drive and feature a lot of sweet new rides here on THE ROCK FATHER, a big part of our day-to-day is taking care of the ones that we own. My wife and I have a pair of "daily drivers" here at HQ, and the oldest is the one most-often featured when I talk about car care - my rapidly-aging 2005 Scion Xb. While I've come very close to replacing it over these past few years, I do have some sentimental attachment to it, having ordered it brand-new back in 2004 with a bunch of options and add-ons. I've had many adventures in that little car - over 150,000 miles worth - and that places it firmly in the category of being a "high mileage vehicle." One of the most simple things to help keep that car on the road for a few more years is by keeping the oil changed, and the folks at Pennzoil have a "High Mileage Vehicle" version of their conventional motor oil that's specifically designed to help clean out sludge that lesser oils leave behind, while helping to reduce leaks and oil consumption in worn or higher mileage engines. Better yet, I can get my oil changed at the Walmart Auto Center, maximizing my time by getting some shopping done at the same time.



Grab your little Chuggineers! CHUGGINGTON: TURBO CHARGED CHUGGER is coming to DVD on February 10, 2015 and THE ROCK FATHER and Anchor Bay Entertainment are giving readers a chance to win! Featuring six turbo-charged episodes, plus a special free custom activity book with colorful stickers from Bendon Publishing, the latest traintastic CHUGGINGTON DVD is just the ticket for Valentine’s Day fun for preschoolers from coast to coast! Currently airing it's fourth season on Disney Junior, Ludorum's CHUGGINGTON helps reinforce social readiness skills for preschoolers, and has become a Global hit with families.


Movie Giveaway: Win THE BEST OF ME (Tears of Joy Edition) on Blu-ray Combo Pack! #BestOfMeInsiders

Nicholas Sparks knows how to grab those heartstrings and violently rip them pull on them in just the right way to evoke an emotional response from his audience. Whether it be from his original novels or their cinematic adaptations, Sparks' work is roughly 99% effective in producing tears, and that's why it's so appropriate that THE BEST OF ME is being issued in a special "Tears of Joy Edition" just in-time for Valentine's Day.

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