Chicago Toy & Game Week is next week, and as all roads point to the annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair, taking place November 19 & 20 at Navy Pier. ChiTAG has become a family tradition in which the kids can go hands-on with some of the hottest toys of the holiday season as toy & game makers put on a show at the largest non-hobby Toy & Game Fair that welcomes the public into the fold. As one of the 2016 Play Influencers, I'm pleased to announce a pre-ChiTAG twitter party on Wednesday, November 9, 2016! Brought to you by #ChiTAG (@ChiTAGWeek) and #30SecondMom (@30SecondMom), I'll be co-hosting (@TheRockFather) along with the Toy Queen, Keri Wilmot (@ToyQueen) and Alison Ray (@SoChicLife).
It should come as no surprise that I'm a big supporter of music and arts programs in our schools, and music education overall. For those with children in band or thinking about getting started in band, Music & Arts is the largest retailer of Band and Orchestra Instruments in the U.S., and this Wednesday they're kicking off the Back-to-School music season with a special #MusicArtsBTS Twitter Party hosted by The Network (@TheNetworkNiche) and Co-Hosted by yours truly (@TheRockFather) along with @Optimistic_Mama, @EileenCCampos & @PragmaticMom. RSVP on our facebook event for a chance to win musical instruments or gift cards to Music & Arts!
I am an unapologetic burger aficionado. Yes, I will eat a turkey burger, but what I really need is beef - a real burger, cooked properly with a little pink in the middle. You could say that when I approach a good burger that I'm "all-in" (just like how I raise the girls) and that's exactly what my friends at Applebee's have tapped into with their new collection of All-In Burgers - four varieties of proper burgers with flavors hand-smashed and seared-in, much like you'd do at home. They're hand-made with fresh ground beef - none of that pre-packed, frozen nonsense. The other night, I took the family out for dinner and dug into the Triple Bacon All-In Burger, served-up with some BBQ-spiced fries and a Diet Pepsi. Wanna see my #BurgerSelfie? How would you like to talk burgers for a chance at prizes and glory?
Doing anything this Friday, May 9 at lunchtime? THE ROCK FATHER will be Co-Hosting the Starbucks #LatteRomeo Twitter Party, along with Life of Dad, Daddy Mojo, Dad or Alive and the NYC Dads Group. The action gets started at 1pm ET (or noon Rock Father HQ time), and we've got Visa Gift Cards to dish out, just in time for Mother's Day as we give you the scoop on Starbucks VIA Latte! Be sure to follow all of us, and tag #LatteRomeo and #StarbucksVIA to take part! Additionally, you can enter the #LatteRomeo Mother's Day Video Contest for more chances to win!
Here's a Rock Father fact that most people don't know: In 1987, while in Fifth Grade, I became an award-winning author... a "Young Author," to be exact. After penning a short story called THE LITTLE CHAMP (which I'd later come to find out was a very technically-inaccurate portrayal of a race horse), I got to represent my school at the Illinois Reading Council's Annual Young Authors' Conference at Illinois State University. Fast-forward about 27 years, and I'm a parent, and through my relationship with PBS KIDS, am helping to spread the word about getting other kids writing for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. TONIGHT (March 18, 2014), I will be co-hosting the #PBSKIDSWrite Twitter Party, and I'd love it if you could join!