Step2 2013 Test Drive BloggerWith the Holiday season fast-approaching, it's time to start looking ahead to some of the cool toys that are starting to hit retail for Fall. Sure, some Scrooges may resist the "creep" of the season, but reality shows us that a lot of families are starting their Holiday shopping earlier, and that means that some are starting to consider things right now. Play kitchens have long-been one of the "bigger" items that kids tend to dig, and this year, my friends at Step2 are rolling out several new models, one of which arrived here for evaluation in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (in this case, our family room). The Step2 Lil' Chef's Gourmet Kitchen is being sold as a Toys "R" Us Exclusive this season, available in both gender-neutral and pink color schemes. My girls have had theirs for a month, so it's time to share some thoughts...

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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Father's Day is a special day for me, not because we "need" a holiday to celebrate being a Dad (I do that every day), but because of the significance that this weekend will forever hold for us personally here at Rock Father HQ. It was two years ago today that I flipped the switch on this website and posted my first entry as THE ROCK FATHER. While this site celebrates it's 2nd Anniversary, this weekend also marks my 4th Father's Day as a Dad, and more importantly, the 1st Birthday of my youngest daughter, who turned one yesterday. Yep, she rocks so hard that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had to copy us and pop out their little one on June 15 as well.

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Kids love trains. This is a fact I get to see in action on a daily basis, as over 50 trains pass by Rock Father HQ during each 24-hour period. Yes, there's a high-traffic set of tracks that runs right along our neighborhood, and with each passing train comes a familiar and comforting rumble. For awhile, my oldest would tell us that her "Silly Uncle" was on each passenger train - a side-effect of dropping him off at the train station once. At the local park, kids wave as the massive trains whiz by. In fact, as I'm getting to this sentence right here, another freighter is passing by and the coffee on my desk is vibrating like Jack Lemmon's in THE CHINA SYNDROME. For those that love trains, this Saturday (May 11, 2013) is NATIONAL TRAIN DAY, the sixth annual holiday that celebrates all the good that trains provide.

As a 2013 Step2 Test Drive Blogger, we periodically get to check out some new toys from Step2 here at The Rock Father's state-of-art Toy Testing Facility. Usually, that's the family room or kitchen, but in the case of the Step2 Fun & Sun Climber and Sandbox - that should mean our yard. Unfortunately, Spring 2013 hasn't really been very "spring-y" here in Northern Illinois. In fact, as I type this post, it's pouring rain outside with the threat of it changing back over to snow... on April 11... even though it was 72 yesterday. With two little ones here in the house, there was no way to keep this thing under wraps, so for the past month, the Fun & Sun Climber and Sandbox has been set-up in our family room. Addie and Finley love it.

Step2My friends over at Step2 (The Rock Father is a 2013 Step2 Test Drive Blogger) have launched a "Virtual Easter Egg Hunt" on their website, where through Tuesday - anyone that finds a "Golden Egg" on a product page will save 10% off that item. Hit the Step2 site to get shopping, and don't forget that there's still time for you to get a chance to score a new, 2013 Step2 Easy Turn Coupe from The Rock Father - and you can help Saving tiny Hearts Society in the process! Click here for details.

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