Step2As a 2013 Step2 Test Drive Blogger, I have the opportunity to try out some new toys right here at Rock Father HQ in our super-state-of-the-art testing facility. In this case, that means "family room," as we have a foot of snow on the ground and our yard looks more like Hoth from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK than an inviting play area. Our first assignment arrived here a couple weeks ago, and now it's time to reveal the details on a sweet new ride - and give YOU the opportunity to score one for your little one(s) while helping tiny hearts in the process.

giftoflove2X's and O's. With Valentine's Day fast approaching, there will be many of those seen floating around in the weeks ahead, but as a Dad with two daughters, X's and O's are a part of daily life. X's and O's represent kisses and hugs, and together those symbolize a gift of love. That said, it's quite fitting that gDiapers' new gift of love gPants (available today) are emblazoned with X's and O's all around. Launched to benefit Hands to Hearts International, these new, limited-edition gPants are far more than just a part of an "adorable eco-friendly diaper" line, but a symbol that "Hugs and Kisses can Save a Village."

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While I've already shared my thoughts on the terrible tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, last month, there hasn't been a day that's gone by without thinking about it. While outsiders like myself were cetainly impacted by the events of December 14, 2012, the community that experienced it first-hand faces a liftime of healing, with support needed in areas that haven't even begun to surface. With that in mind, the Sandy Hook School Support Fund was established jointly by United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank to support the Newtown community following the Sandy Hook School tragedy. Now, my friends at FiXT (a leading label and retailer of EDM and rock music) have partnered with Groupees.com and over 50 artists to benefit the fund through sales of TO NEWTOWN WITH LOVE, a massive bundle of digital music with 100% of donations going to the fund.

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Laurie McIntosh, aka Story Laurie has been busy this past month producing a new compilation dedicated to raising funds for Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Efforts. Slated for release on December 22 via Bandcamp (with iTunes to follow), NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR: FAMILY MUSIC FOR SANDY RELIEF will feature tracks from Pete Seeger and The Rivertown Kids with Dar Williams & David Bernz; Dan Zanes; Tom Chapin; Guy Davis; Gustafer Yellowgold; Dog on Fleas; Uncle Rock; Story Laurie; Kim & Reggie Harris; Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke; Grenadilla; Ratboy, Jr.; Dan Einbender; Professor Louie & The Crowmatix; Magpie; and The Saints of Swing.

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THE POP UPS are responsible for one of our favorite family-friendly albums of 2012 with their awesome RADIO JUNGLE (review here). Now, being based in New York, the duo caught the effects of Hurricane Sandy (or Superstorm Sandy, whatever you want to call it) first-hand. As such, they've now released a new single and video called "40 Things to Do in a Blackout," and they're donated 100% of proceeds to the relief efforts. While it's not on iTunes just yet (it will be shortly), you can snag it on Bandcamp or Amazon for just a buck. Catch the video below...

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Long Island natives TAKING BACK SUNDAY and AEG Live have announced a pair of concerts dedicated to helping those residents devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Full details from the official announcement are as follows...
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