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Well, it's official. Addie is signed up for her "fours and fives" Pre-K for Fall. I just got it all taken care of this past week, and now our first Back-to-School season is officially official, and we're getting ready to rock. Last year was "twos and threes" preschool, and while we kept her going through summer in "Duckie Day Camp" (same place, same teachers, largely same class), Back-to-School shopping should be an exciting part of the Fall ritual - one my wife and I both enjoyed as kids. A new stop for us this year was Gordmans, relatively new to our area, but known for their savings of up to 60% off the competition's ticketed pricing. Read on for our experience, The Rock Father's "unexpected" connection to Gordmans, and your chance to WIN a $1000 VISA Gift Card and a $100 Gordmans Gift Card to help with your Back-to-School Shopping!

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Keeping kids' teeth healthy is something that I've been worried about since day one as a parent. Even though my little ones have their "baby teeth," regular dentist visits for check-up and cleaning have already become a part of our regular routine. As they get older, it's time to start thinking about those sugary treats, and with those - the bad things they can help bring... things like cavities. To help combat that, the folks at Wrigley have introduced Orbit for Kids - new, sugarfree chewing gum that helps protect teeth, and has been awarded the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance for it's oral care benefits. With Back-to-School upon us, Wrigley and The Rock Father are going to get one lucky parent hooked up with a rockin' Orbit for Kids oral care prize pack and lunch tote to start the school year off right!

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This is the first year that we've done a real "Back-to-School" here at Rock Father HQ. Sure, Addie just turned four, but she's in "Pre-K" - coming out of "twos and threes" Preschool and getting into the "fours and fives." I registered her yesterday and paid the first month (this stuff is getting expensive), and we did some Back-to-School shopping. As I'm re-experiencing the school world again through my daughter, I can't help but think back to my own school days... and some of the mishaps and misadventures that took place. Including the preventable Mix-Up.

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Not long ago, I walked into Walmart and found my attention immediately grabbed by a colorful display that reached out to me and said, "Come here, Dear Consumer! Come, Rock Father! Explore my explosion of color!" Now, it didn't actually have a voice, but I'm anthropomorphizing it anyway, if only because it got me into trouble when I came home. This display, prominently-featured at the front of the Back-to-School department, was touting a new line of "Colors for Every Occasion" by CRAYOLA, and damn if I didn't let the "Collect Them All! (While Supplies Last)" tagline grab the crayon-loving kid in me. But it's for my children.

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It's Back to School season, and if you're like us, you're noticing that your little ones are starting to be... less little. If you're at the point where your kids are starting to outgrow their crib or toddler bed, a "Big Kid Bed" might be the answer. My friends at Step2 have just come out with a new twin-sized bed, and to celebrate the launch, they're giving away a LOFT & STORAGE TWIN BED (in the winner's choice of Girl's or Boy's) to one lucky reader (a $299.99 value). As a Step2 Test Drive Blogger, I dig a lot of Step2 products, and while we don't have this one here at Rock Father HQ, I (along with several other sites) am helping to get the word out... and get you some entries!

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Last week, I got my Back-to-School coverage started here on The Rock Father with a dual-batch of Lunch Box Goodness (here and here). While we've already touched on style and edibles, one area that can often be a:) No fun; and b:) Wasteful, is napkins. Even though some paper napkins can be recycled, we all know that most kids are going to toss those right into the trash and onto the landfill they will go. Making things both fun and environmentally friendly, Funkins are reusable cloth napkins for kids. But they're not only "napkins," we use them as placemats, too. All the time.

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