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

Hungry Jack Racing, Family and the Opportunity to Be Your Own Jack!

Disclosure: THE ROCK FATHER™ is a paid "Be Your Own Jack" Brand Ambassador for Hungry Jack. All opinions are that of James Zahn, because he is his own Jack. 

For the past couple of years, I've had the opportunity to work with my friends from The J.M. Smucker Company on a variety of cool projects that really align with what "The Rock Father" is all about. At the core of their business, it's all about family, and that's the same core that I have right here at Rock Father HQ. One of the most iconic brands they handle is Hungry Jack, bringing families together for the most important meal of the day: breakfast. But anytime could be a Hungry Jack mealtime, and for the next year, I'll be partnering with Hungry Jack to bring you some special features and opportunities that fit right into the lifestyle of families that rock. There will be reader giveaways, new product introductions and plenty of inspiration for you to "Be Your Own Jack." To celebrate the new partnership, we had a little kick-off gathering in Michigan with all of this year's Brand Ambassadors for some high-octane NASCAR fun... and we got things rolling appropriately on race day with a pancake breakfast! What was my weekend like? Read on, friends... read on!

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First Car Moment: Important Cars, Milestones and Rockin' the Road...

The Michelin ManTHE ROCK FATHER™ has partnered with Life of Dad and Michelin for the #FirstCarMoment promotion.  He has been paid for his participation, but his memories and former mullet are priceless, and solely his own.

My lifelong love of vehicles often springs up around these parts, and it's something that I've certainly been sharing with The Rock Daughters™. My little ones' interest in all-things wheeled is what really made me start writing about the subject so often - both in terms of "grownup" rides and things more their speed - like Hot Wheels. While their time for a proper set of keys is still many years down the road, my wife and I have already been thinking of that milestone - just like my friends at Michelin. As a tire manufacturer with over 125 years on the road, they feel obligated to raise awareness and help reduce the 264,000 crashes that occur annually due to tire-related issues on cars piloted by inexperienced drivers. Do you remember your first car? I certainly remember mine...

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Hands-on with THE GRILL SERGEANT: A Camo Grilling Apron that Holds a Six Pack.

When the UPS man arrives here at Rock Father HQ each day ("Package Man," as the girls call him), I sometimes receive some... shall we say, "interesting" things. Once in awhile, said items are oddly practical, and pretty on-the-mark for my personal tastes (or lack thereof). One of the latest oddities novelties to arrive is THE GRILL SERGEANT Grilling Apron from Big Mouth Inc. Yes, I have a well-documented Camo appreciation, and I also like G.I. JOE quite a bit. Perhaps it's because I feel like "A Real American Hero" of the grill... or maybe I'm sort of amused by the weird looks that the kids next door give me when I'm wearing it, but I dig this thing.

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Test Drive: Rockin' the Road - 2015 TOYOTA SIENNA XLE

When it comes to the Minivan category, I have always been "that" guy - the "never-gonna-drive-one" sort that doesn't even consider the category when the occasion arises to purchase a new vehicle. Nearly six years and two kids into the parenting game, and we still do not own a Minivan - and in fact, it was indeed never considered during our purchasing excursions, neither my wife nor myself ever taking a test drive... until last year. My wife still has never been at the wheel of a Minivan, but I now have - numerous times, and with numerous models - but it didn't really start until I began sharing my love of cars as a regular feature on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. Thing is, my view of the "Minivan" has been drastically changed over time, previously-skewed largely by the tacky models of the 1980s (the Plymouth Voyager, the horrid-looking Pontiac Trans Sport, Chevy Astro Van, etc.), and by marketing, including some that's fairly recent. I have to admit that... I've really enjoyed some of the Minivans that I've driven over this past year, and the latest is one that had previously hit me hard on the marketing-misfire note: The Toyota Sienna, aka "The Original Swagger Wagon."

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Contigo gets Better: Kids Have a New Spill-Proof Gizmo that Parents will Love!

There's always that saying about "time flying" when you have kids, and the same applies to running this website. It was two years ago this month that I first shared our love for the innovative spill-proof travel mugs and bottles produced by Chicago-based CONTIGO, and here we are again. The folks at Contigo can't stop improving, and thus comes the latest additions to their Contigo Kids line - the 14oz AUTOSEAL® Gizmo Sip Water Bottle, and the 10oz AUTOSPOUT® Flip Chill Water Bottle. Each has its own set of benefits, and the technology packed into each bottle is the same great spill-proof action that my wife and enjoy each and every day in our own bottles and mugs. To get summer started off right, the folks at Contigo have provided me with two of each of these new bottles that we're going to give all of you a chance at scoring. Two (2) lucky readers will receive a prize pack that includes one (1) AUTOSEAL Gizmo Sip and one (1) AUTOSPOUT Sip Chill. Let's rock...

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Summer Car Care Kick-off: Win a Meguiar's Prize Pack to Get Your Ride Shined and Ready to Rock the Road...

Meguiar'sThe love of cars runs deep here at Rock Father HQ, and the summer months bring with them a lot of opportunities to enjoy some automotive fun as a family. One of the regular activities that the girls and I often enjoy is the simple act of getting our rides cleaned-up, shined-up, and ready to rock the road some more. The great feeling of a clean vehicle is something that never gets old - and the impact of a "before-and-after" is something that's always very pronounced when it comes to the oldest vehicle in our fleet, my little workhorse: the 2005 Scion xB that I ordered new back in 2004. With over 160,000 miles on it, this little car tends to be my daily driver with the girls for scooting around town, and while it's dinged, scratched and has a few rust spots, it's truly incredible how good it can look with just a little bit of TLC. For our first solid cleaning of the summer, the girls and I had some Meguiar's products in the mix, and we're going to give all of you a chance to bring home a Meguiar's Prize Pack to help get your ride looking great!

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