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There's so many wonderful things about being a parent, but for me one of the highlights is being able to look upon our daughters as they explore their own creative endeavors. Imagination is a powerful thing, and as a grownup storyteller there's always a burning desire to return to a simpler time - a time during childhood where it seemed that anything could be possible, and the simple act of putting a pen to paper could bring forth colorful new creations, new worlds and new adventures. Of course that is still possible, the difference being that now I prefer using my words to do those things, putting the duties of artwork in more capable hands when the professional need arises. But creating art is a soothing thing with so many benefits, whether you're drawing or coloring the experience can be magical. 

The annual Batman Day may take place on September 15th each year, but on September 19, the City of Walla Walla, Washington will once again honor a man whose portrayal of the Caped Crusader has been loved by generations. The Second Annual Adam West Day will find Walla Walla paying tribute to the life of its favorite son — known the world over as Batman and later the voice of Mayor Adam West on the show The Family Guy — in a way that only West’s hometown can.

From ghost stories to haunted houses, many of us enjoy the thrill of the supernatural—especially in the fall. We share scary tales to invoke feelings of fright at the unknown, but the most unnerving thing about these stories is they are often based on true events and real locations. Several historic places in Montana are known for their own spooky legends and tales of paranormal activity. As you step back in time and discover the past, you might find some of these ghost stories are more than just fiction.

When I stopped by the local Meijer on Force Friday II earlier this month, I noticed some new STAR WARS-themed BIC Pens hanging alongside the Hasbro action figures in one spot. Turns out that they're part of a whole new BIC stationery product range featuring the famous characters from the STAR WARS Saga. Today comes news on the full assortment, which you can check out below...

This post was sponsored by NEW! Tide purclean as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central

Laundry is such a double-edged sword... you have to do the laundry, but what does laundry ever do for you? Okay, trick question - because when your laundry looks good, you can look good... but what about the environment? With families like ours becoming more and more conscious about doing right by the world around us, we're always on the lookout for new products that not only make a kinder footprint, but those that actually work - ones that get the job done. NEW! Tide purclean is the first bio-based detergent with the cleaning power of Tide (and as many of you know, I've written about Tide in the past). So what's great about it? I'll tell ya...

THE ROCK FATHER Magazine has partnered with Hello Products to bring you this friendly feature.

When it comes to oral care and brushing teeth, it’s one of those things that you typically don’t think much about - I certainly never used to. In my pre-Rock Father days, I brushed, but I admittedly did a terrible job and taking care of my teeth the way that I should’ve, and I paid for it when I got back on my dental game and needed some fixes. Being more “friendly” to my own teeth came about by becoming a parent, and caring so much for our little girls, that the desire to make sure they each have a healthy smile turned the tables back on dad (since mom was already ahead of the game). Without knowing it, we were early adopters to Hello Products, having used their “Naturally Friendly” toothpastes back when they still came in their funky-shaped little “designer” bottles. Things have changed for Hello Products over the past few years, but now they’re hitting the scene (and our bathrooms) with products that aren’t just friendly for me and you, but also for the red, white & blue - Made in the USA.

Wednesday, June 01 2016 07:38

The Father's Day Giveaway for Legendary Men...

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THE ROCK FATHER has partnered with the Legendary Life of Dad and Old Spice for this promotion.

It was a month or so ago that I published an article that was declared to be only "for legendary men." When you're dealing with Old Spice and Product King® Bob Giovanni, there's a certain level of excellence that has to be maintained - a legendary level... if only because we have to represent Legendary Protection for Legendary Men! Now, with Father's Day fast-approaching, we've all decided that it's time to serve-up a giveaway for Legendary Men, or someone who loves them. If you're curious, then I've done my job... and now it's time to give you a chance to win something you can't even buy... a Legendary Toolkit for some of the hardest-working men out there, loaded with items from the Old Spice Hardest Working Collection. Ready to rock?

THE ROCK FATHER has partnered with the Legendary Life of Dad and Old Spice for this promotion.

What makes a man "legendary?" According to some, achieving legendary status is by accomplishing feats that are "remarkable enough to be famous, or very well-known" (thanks, dictionary). The Aquabats! once sang that "The Legend is True" (but the legend was you), while The Bloodhound Gang came closer to my reality with their song "Legend in My Spare Time." Countless others have found themselves simply a legend in their own mind, their accomplishments small in actuality, bloated to legendary status only to themselves. Old Spice knows what legendary means, and they've managed to find and declare a select group of men as being truly legendary. In the eyes of Old Spice, and Product King® Bob Giovanni, your old pal, THE ROCK FATHER is legendary. I have the trophy to prove it. Yes, a trophy, and displayed on fine base of simulated wood that's permeated with the scent of new Sweat Defense Lasting Legend Extra Strong Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant - a blast of fresh citrus balanced with a cool peppery spiciness. I'm saying that my "pits" smell of citrus-y, peppery goodness. Legendary!

Friday, February 26 2016 14:08

THE ROCK DAUGHTERS: Award-Winning Stainmakers

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THE ROCK FATHER Magazine has partnered with Tide and Life of Dad to celebrate the #Stainmaker in your life.

As I write this, it’s the height of “Award Season” in the entertainment world, and having worked in that realm before, I can’t avoid thinking about how the season might equate to life at home, as a parent. Surely there could be trophies dished-out for just about everything, from “Best Daily Performance of a Theme Song from an Animated Motion Picture that You’ve Heard 4,000 times,” to “Best Original Song About a Wrestler” (our three-year-old wrote one), to “Best Bedtime Stall Tactic,” “Best Dramatic Performance at a Kitchen Table (Breakfast or Dinner),” and even “Best Performance by a Stainmaker.” Ah yes, that later category is a real wild card… one in which the race to even become a nominee is a battle fought valiantly with an arsenal of colorful armaments.

If you're looking for a unique gift that also makes a great stocking stuffer this Holiday season, it's no secret that jewelry can often fit that bill... for kids, too! Even better is when you can put a handmade spin on some pop culture icons for a design that's both familiar and different. Mama Beads & Baby Baubles is a small business based in Pennsylvania, producing handmade Bubblegum Bracelets and Necklaces, with custom designs featuring semi-precious and glass beads available as well. Owner Amy Martin spotted The Rock Daughters' fashion sense a few months back and sent us a few of her creations. We liked them so much that I'm including them as an official pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

Gwen Stefani has been pretty busy lately. I recently caught THE VOICE judge fronting NO DOUBT for a fantastic set at Chicago's RIOT FEST, where she made her love of our local pizza very clear - stating that she "had some sent home" (hopefully Blake Shelton got to share). Of her many endeavors, her Harajuku Lovers collection of fashion and fragrances has been a successful one, and we really loved her Harajuku Mini line of kids fashion when it was a Target exclusive a few years back. Now, Harajuku Lovers is coming to PetCo as a line of colorful fashions and accessories for dogs.

Back in 1965, the American Aerosol Company launched Crazy Foam to "make bathtime fun for kids and easy for parents." The concept was simple, with shaving cream-style soap packed into a can that featured artwork from a variety of licensed characters. DC Comics and MARVEL were in the mix, and there were others like Popeye, The Smurfs, and more. By the 90s, there were even editions based of characters from The Simpsons, and then the brand went on hiatus. I vaguely remembered these from the late 70s/early 80s, so when I was pitched some samples for a Crazy Foam rebirth, I jumped on it. Thing is, after having these in-hand, my parental instincts kicked in and made two things very clear - Crazy Foam is creepy, and I'm not comfortable letting my girls use it based on the ingredients and propellants contained within.

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