As I type these words, we're in the middle of the biggest snow of the season here in Northern Illinois - another 6" having fallen overnight. Prior to the proper winter season, the last thing we finished outside was the construction of a massive new deck here at Rock Father HQ... but we finished in November, no time to enjoy it last season. Now, looking ahead to warmer temperatures for 2018, it's window-shopping season, and the folks at Char-Broil have just launched a new collection that's caught my eye - a new outdoor modular kitchen, available at Lowes. Outdoor kitchens have been a growing trend these past few years, but they've also been cost-prohibitive for a lot of families. Now, Char-Broil has brought the concept into reach for a much wider audience. Available now, the Modular Outdoor Kitchen includes the 5-Burner TRU-Infrared™ Gas Grill, the Outdoor Stove Top, Refrigerator, and more. Check out a preview...

By now it should be no secret that I do love the Lexus brand, most recently piloting the GX460 here at Rock Father HQ.  The "F" performance brand has been a big part of that (I love the F Sport models), and since 2008, Lexus has made it a goal that "each vehicle with an "F" badge would set new standards for Lexus performance and help redefine the brand for a new generation of customers." Now comes word that the next chapter will begin in The Windy City, with the introduction of the 2018 Lexus GS F and 2018 RC F 10th anniversary special editions that will be displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

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The Rock Father with his dog Harry

Before they opened a new store that's conveniently less than five minutes from Rock Father™ HQ, one thing that I really admired about Meijer was their pet department. In a lot of ways, it always felt more like a pet store than a pet department. Visiting Meijer at least once a week (and sometimes more), we're always in there purchasing food to feed our family, and that includes food for our dog as well. If it's been awhile since you've taken a good look at what you're feeding your pets, now is the perfect time to do it - and that means taking a real look at the total package from ingredients to price. Does your pet food contain real meat? Are you overpaying for what you're getting, or settling for lower-quality food to save on price? With Meijer (check out mPerks savings!) and Purina®, you can feed your dogs like family! 

It might be cold outside right now, but before we know it, spring will be here and the kids will be ready to rock the neighborhood once more. For little ones ages 18 months-5, The Simplay3 Company has something new this year - a fresh spin on the classic push/foot-to-floor vehicle. The My Buddy and Me SUV transforms from child's push car to kid's ride-on with patented 180° floor rotation. The best part is that this ride is designed for two children, solving a problem we had when our girls were smaller - no more fighting to get in since it's designed for two to ride! As we look forward to warmer temperatures, the folks at Simplay3 have teamed-up with The Rock Father™ to give you a chance to win a My Buddy and Me SUV for your kids!

A few weeks back, my wife and I took The Rock Daughters to their first big train show. They loved it, and that was expected... after all, we have a several trains here at Rock Father HQ, one of which is from Bachmann Trains. I'm always interested in seeing what they're up to, and this year Bachmann Trains is introducing five new ready-to-run electric train sets in the two most popular scales at Toy Fair 2018 in New York. Today we've got early details on all five sets, along with photos of two of them!

This Sunday, the Super Bowl or "Big Game" (for companies not paying the license fee) is taking place, and for football non-fans like myself, the most important part isn't the game - it's the commercials. Of course, they tend to make their way online early these days, and that's the case with the latest offering from the folks at Kia, who've brought a true rock icon into the mix. To celebrate the launch of their long-awaited Kia Stinger GT (I really need to get behind the wheel of one), Aerosmith's Steven Tyler hits the track as the notes of "Dream On" begin to play in reverse as he de-ages in the spirit of the vehicle's tagline: Fueled by Youth. Meanwhile,  two-time Formula One and Indianapolis 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi looks on approvingly as Tyler rediscovers his 25-year-old self. Check this out...

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