Christmas might be over, but there's still one last piece of the Holiday puzzle that I'd been waiting to post here on the site - one that bridges the year-long gap between Christmases. This year, WWE Studios and Fox Home Entertainment partnered for SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER (covered previously), a new Holiday Movie starring WWE Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, WWE Diva Paige and AnnaLynne McCord (DALLAS, NIP/TUCK). Beneath the "holiday hijinks" was an underlying message of doing good, and what it truly means to be "Santa's Little Helper." There's five "Sugarplum Virtues" from the film that completely apply to parenting small children, and making sure that they maintain their spot on "The 'Nice' List" all year 'round!
After more than two decades of saving the world from all manner of evildoer or fantastic beast, Saban's POWER RANGERS are closing out 2015 on a high note, and will enter 2016 with the promise of new adventures and tidbits about the all-new live-action movie that will arrive in 2017. Over the years, the POWER RANGERS have been known for embracing the holidays, with special episodes based around Halloween and Christmas, and appearances at events like Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which again this year featured the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS' Red Ranger working his way through the streets of New York as a massive balloon. With Christmas just two weeks away, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine's 2015 Holiday Wish Guide is presenting to you some ideas for how to enjoy A Very POWER RANGERS Christmas & A DINO CHARGE'd New Year!
For the past two years, I've had the privilege of working with The Step2 Company, first as a "Test Driver" in 2013, and later a full-fledged Brand Ambassador in 2014. I've had some great adventures as part of the Step2 team, and it's gone well beyond just playing with toys and talking about cool products. The folks at The Step2 Company are a very kind and giving bunch, many of which are parents themselves, and after visiting their HQ in Streetsboro, Ohio this past summer, I saw first-hand the pride that they take in their toys - most of which are Made in the USA. Going above and beyond, Step2 has been there for me on other projects, like when I needed a great raffle prize for the annual Fall Fest at Addie's school this past October, they stepped-up with a fantastic Studio Art Desk. For our final project together for 2014, all of the Step2 Brand Ambassadors have been "Playing it Forward," each spreading a little cheer to the recipient of their choice, and again, I've chosen Addie's school. After consulting with her Principal (who took feedback from the faculty), it was determined that the Pre-K/Kindergarten play area was in need of a new playhouse. Rock Father Santa was back in-action, delivering a Neat & Tidy Cottage II last week - my little Elf Finley along for the ride as we made our delivery on the way to Addie's Kindergarten Christmas party...
When Christmas Day arrives, it's always been sort of a tradition to have one "big gift" hiding under the tree - perhaps "big" in size, but definitely big in fun. One recommendation I'm throwing out there in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide is something that hits on both of those notes and was a surprise even to us - a fantastic playset from Playmobil, the City Life Furnished Shopping Mall. This 535 piece set is massive - a two-level mall with everything kids need to stock and staff a couple of clothing and accessory stores for their Playmobil figures, a sporting goods store, a bridal boutique and even a food court-style ice cream shop. The attention to detail here is impressive, and the play value is huge, with our Playmobil Mall quickly becoming a part of the daily play routine here at Rock Father HQ with many different figures from well beyond the Playmobil realm shopping this location. Yes, I even spotted Holographic Obi-wan Kenobi looking for a handbag last week.
What would happen to Christmas if there was a simple change in something we've come to expect? If Santa's suit were to no longer be red, in theory things would still be ok... or would they? One possible result to what would happen is presented in SANTA'S ZANY, WACKY, JUST NOT RIGHT NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, a new book from authors DK Simoneau & David Radman, with illustrations by Brad Cornelius. Released just in-time for Christmas 2014, AC Publications Group and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up for a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway to get one (1) lucky reader hooked-up with a copy of the hardcover book to share with their family this year.