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Earlier this summer, I was supposed to take the family out for a week in a 2013 KIA Soul. For some reason that didn't happen, and it might be due to the fact that the 2014 KIA Soul is almost here. During the MTV VMAs the other night, a new commercial made it's debut that features the newly-enhanced vehicle getting redesigned while the KIA Hamsters engage in an 80s-style personal makeover... all set to the new LADY GAGA single, "Applause" (from her forthcoming album, ARTPOP). I've got that new commercial for you right here on The Rock Father, so pay attention: KIA and I are giving YOU a chance to score a $25 iTunes Gift Card!

Tuesday, August 27 2013 23:03

Review: MEGA BLOKS First Builders - Firetruck Finn

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Little Finley is just 14-months-old as of this writing, and like her big sister, she's already displaying a serious affection for all-things wheeled. I officially have two little ones that love their cars and trucks, and as such, both girls were pretty excited when the folks from MEGA BLOKS sent over Firetruck Finn, a new addition to their First Builders line.  Aimed at ages 1-5, Firetruck Finn is a sizable, durable fire truck, that comes complete with fourteen building blocks and a Block Buddies Firefighter. How did it fare in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house and neighborhood)? Let's find out...

It should be absolutely no surprise to anyone at this point that Coffee is an essential ingredient of my day here at Rock Father HQ. With that in mind, the folks at Life of Dad and Starbucks asked me to show off a Starbucks VIA Moment on Instagram (Hey! I'm new there, give me a follow!), and that's what I did. Roughly 10 seconds of life as a Work-at-Home Dad with a mischievous 4-year-old slapping the camera away, and an angry 14-month-old crying and screaming at me. Yes, that's just one example of a Starbucks VIA Moment (along with rockin' into the wee hours) when a quick cup of coffee is required. Watch mine below, then share yours for a chance to win some fantastic prizes!

Every Fall since 2008, I have written about my love for the General Mills Monster Cereals. No matter where those words have been penned, I have always included one, simple request for General Mills... a request that I included last September, right here on The Rock Father: Bring back the "Retro" Boxes.  I'm a Monster Cereal fiend... so much so that I still have a dwindling private stash from last year, and when I tweeted about that stash while munching some BOO-BERRY back on August 5, this happened... 

Now this is cool. I've featured some other wooden cars here on The Rock Father in the past, but MO-TO: Modern Vintage Toy Cars by Candylab Toys are really appealing for a lot of reasons. Currently running as a Kickstarter* to launch the line into production, MO-TO are heirloom-quality wood toys "inspired by mid-century American design and car culture."  Created by Vlad and Florin, collectively known as Candylab, MO-TO is ready to begin production following a couple of years worth of design, safety testing, and packaging. Check out their full story and pitch video below...

Saturday, August 17 2013 12:29

Gardening with Kids: Mountain Dew Sunflowers...

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We do a lot of fun little projects here at Rock Father HQ, and most of you know that if it involves gardening, it's usually one of my favorites. This year, I decided to do something we've never attempted before... growing "baby" sunflowers in classic, glass pop bottles. Now, I could've easily called this project "Soda Pop Sunflowers" or "Pop Bottle Sunflowers," but I'm giving it a brand-name: "Mountain Dew Sunflowers." No, this post is not sponsored or endorsed by PepsiCo (the makers of Mountain Dew), but I'm a Dew loyalist - specifically that tasty Diet Mountain Dew that I drink a lot of. But it was regular Mountain Dew that I found in glass 4-packs, and those became our planters. Here's the story of our two-month journey...

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