Longfield GardensAs the old saying goes, "good things come to those who wait." Sometimes, it's like a movie - where STAR WARS (good) opens the door for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (great). The sequel trumps the earlier entry, and right now we're experiencing a similar phenomena here at Rock Father HQ in that I'm typing these virtual words to appear on your computer screen as the sequel to an entry that was posted over six months ago. Or was that entry a prequel to this post? Regardless, when it comes to gardening, patience is key - and when gardening with kids, a big payoff can make a huge impact in showing them that yes, we've grown something. Last Fall, Addie and I planted 200 bulbs that our friends at Longfield Gardens sent over, and today I can show you the end result!

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Step2With the warmer weather slowly taking hold here at Rock Father HQ, we've been spending more time outside, and hopefully all of you have been, too. One of the biggest, actually, THE BIGGEST, new Spring toy hat we've had the opportunity to check out is the Step2 Alpine Ridge Climber & Slide, which I featured here on the site earlier this month. Now comes your chance to win one - the perfect new climber and slide for the little one(s) in your life. Together with fellow Step2 Brand Ambassador, Thrifty Nifty Mommy (read her review) THE ROCK FATHER is giving you a shot at backyard glory, with a Toys "R" Us Exclusive Alpine Ridge Climber & Slide, graciously provided by Step2.

Step2Of all the things that the late Spring arrival here in Illinois has brought with it, one of the highlights has been the coming of new toys. We've all been infected with a bad case of Cabin Fever this year, and that's only been made worse by the fact that we've had certain things here in "the warehouse" at Rock Father HQ that we've been unable to use right away, thanks to snow. The BIG example? The Step2 Alpine Ridge Climber & Slide, a brand-new offering for 2014 that's being sold Exclusively at Toys "R" Us Stores. As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, my family gets to try out many of the coolest new toys that Step2 has to offer, and this one was at the top of the girls' list. With the snow finally gone, our Alpine Ridge is set-up and ready to rock.

The Rock Father is a 2014 Step2 AmbassadorAh yes, Spring is FINALLY here (officially, anyway), and it's that time of year when the college sports world is truly overcome by madness. To celebrate, my friends at Step2 are giving away some of their all-new basketball hoop sets to three lucky readers! Winners will be able to have their choice of the Shootin' Hoops Pro Basketball Set, Shootin' Hoops Junior Basketball Set, or the Floor to Door Basketball. Being a 2014 Step2 Brand Ambassador, we've had the Shootin' Hoops Pro here at Rock Father HQ for a few months now, and you know what? My little girls are some serious ballers. Just take a look at the video below and see for yourself...

Step2As my friends at Step2 continue ramping up for the release of their new spring toys (get a sneak-preview, and enter to win some here), the time has come to clear out some space in their Ohio warehouse (most of their products are Made in the USA!) for all the new goodies. That said, Step2 has a big sale running through the end of tomorrow (1/29) with great Buy More, Save More Deals. Additionally, some pretty popular items have now been put on clearance. All the deals are linked below, and in addition to being a Step2 affiliate, The Rock Father is also a 2014 Step2 Brand Ambassador.

The Rock Father is a 2014 Step2 Brand AmbassadorDo you love Step2? We at Rock Father HQ sure do, and with that, The Rock Father is pleased to be participating in the We Love Step2 Giveaway, hosted by fellow Step2 Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro. Together, we're giving YOU a chance to win ANY toy (up to a $150 value) from Step2.com! It's all to celebrate the annual spring release of some brand-new toys from Step2, many of which will make an appearance at the NYC Toy Fair next month. But why wait until then to see the goods? We've got your first-look right now!

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