Quantcast
tagline2016wide

With Summer officially at its mid-way mark, that also signals that planning for what's ahead has reached full-steam here at Rock Father HQ. Seasonal opportunities for the rest of 2015 include the annual 31 Days of Halloween, 25 Days of Xmas, and the premium event - the 2015 Holiday Wish Guide! As always, we'd like to make sure that everyone has a chance to submit before things become last-minute and coverage opportunities get missed. Here's what's coming up...

Wednesday, December 24 2014 11:07

Playing it Forward for the Holidays as a Step2 Santa...

Written by

Step2 Brand AmbassadorFor 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...

With Christmas just days away, I didn't think I'd be launching anymore Holiday Wish Guide Giveaways. But, this little movie just landed on my desk and will be viewed here tomorrow, and along with it comes an opportunity to share a copy with one of you. From Cowgirl Up Entertainment and Lionsgate comes ANGELS SING, a new holiday film with a really cool cast including Harry Connick Jr., NASHVILLE's Connie Britton, 1/2 of THE HIGHWAYMEN with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson checking-in, and Lyle Lovett in the mix. Check out the trailer and synopsis below, then enter for your chance to win the film on DVD...

Out of all the adventures that I've had this year (and there have been many), one of my favorites was the trip I took to the Vancouver set of JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 back in March. When word came down that Twentieth Century Fox and WWE Studios were doing a follow-up to The Greatest Holiday Film of All-Time (the 1996 classic JINGLE ALL THE WAY), I was in. Little did I know that I'd have a chance to actually spend some time on-set with Larry the Cable Guy, WWE Superstar Santino Marella and Director Alex Zamm. With the film now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD ahead of it's World Television Premiere on the USA Network this Sunday as part of WWE Week, I'm sharing a few more stories from the set (read Part I of my set coverage here) along with some photos of some Jingle-themed activities we did at a family Christmas party last weekend. Ready to Jingle?

 This #EurekaPower Holiday Adventure has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. THE ROCK FATHER is well-versed in mess-making and evidence removal.

Electrolux Realtree Xtra Camo Vac

'Tis the Season to be Messy...

When the tree goes up here at Rock Father HQ each November, I take it as a glowing signal that the season of finding tree needles has begun. That season lasts the next eleven months, of course, and said needles seemingly appear out of nowhere, sometimes immediately after clean-up has taken place, and in odd locations at random intervals. The mix of the artificial (we have two trees up and some garland on the rails) and the natural (wreath on the front door, evergreen around the porch) can be a tricky task to handle, and it's all thrown into a time when additional messes from the culinary and crafting adventures are also on the rise. Thankfully, this year I've been able to add a new tool to my mess-eliminating arsenal with my new Electrolux Ergorapido Limited Edition Realtree Xtra Camo, Cordless 2-in-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum. Yes, it's a Camo-covered vacuum, so it falls into that "Camo fetish" that I've mentioned in at least nine different articles on this very site, but I digress.

There's been some late entries into the new Holiday music playlist for 2014 (see some top picks here), and one of the freshest tracks comes from the ever-busy MISTA COOKIE JAR & THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS. "Got the Spirit" is the third in their "song-a-month" series, and one that spreads a little seasonal cheer for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more. Stream it below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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.

With Christmas just two weeks ahead, I'm still hearing from lot of parents that are looking for the right tablet for their little ones. Me being "technologically cautious" and fairly limiting in tech for my own kids, I evaluate a lot of items as they come, and this year has brought some great tablets into an increasingly competitive landscape. Competition is good, and one of the late entries into the race is the ClickN KIDS Tablet 2 by CNK Digital. This 7" Android Tablet is powered by Intel, and what's really intriguing is that it's the first tablet of it's kind to offer DPI (Dual Purpose Interface) technology, allowing kids and grownups alike to use and enjoy the same device under very different conditions. The folks at CNK and I have teamed-up for a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway in which one lucky reader will receive one of these in blue (they're available for purchase in six colors, on Rollback at Walmart right now for just $69.99). The two caveats are that I can't get this to you in time for Christmas, so we're gonna keep this one running through winter break, and while I did receive one for review I just received it and have not had a chance to do a thorough review, so I cannot yet comment based on personal experience with it. That said, are you ready to learn more and enter?

Thursday, December 11 2014 16:37

Watch: JOE PERRY of AEROSMITH - "Run Run Rudolph"

Written by

This season, AEROSMITH guitarist JOE PERRY is cranking out the Holiday jams with the release of JOE PERRY'S MERRY CHRISTMAS, a four-song EP featuring rocked-up versions of “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” and “Run Run Rudolph" (featuring JOHNNY DEPP on rhythm guitar). Earlier today, Billboard debuted the video for Perry's cover of the latter song, a fresh take on Chuck Berry's classic. See it below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

For the past few years, I've been noting that Holiday music new releases have been getting smaller in number. While this year has seen a little uptick, things still aren't where they used to be, and on the non-Christmas side of the holiday season, new music is practically non-existent. Stepping in with a new Hanukkah offering this year is LISA LOEB, who along with RENEE STAHL has delivered a little bit of "Light." Listen below...

With just a few weeks left until Christmas, the window of time to search for that perfect gift is getting smaller and smaller. For those that have a gamer to buy for, there's some great options that I've featured here on the site over the past year - big hits like Disney Infinity 2.0 and CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE. But those are just the tip of the iceberg, and when it comes to gaming, your local GameStop store has a ton of great deals and new releases for every member of the family, from "big" gifts like a new XBOX One or Playstation 4, to stocking stuffers like the latest figures from Skylanders Trap Team. Now, GameStop and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up to highlight some great picks from the GameStop Holiday Hub in this Gaming Special Edition entry into my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide!

Holiday 2014If you have a Whole Foods Market nearby, you may have noticed something new available over the past couple of weeks - a full line of products from PBS KIDS. This holiday season, PBS KIDS & Whole Foods are collaborating on a new collection of toys and products designed to give back to both children and our planet. From wooden toys made in Vermont by Maple Landmark Woodcraft, to Green Toys vehicles made from recycled plastics and organic cotton t-shirts (for kids and grownups), there's a lot to choose from - including over 40 plush animals from Aurora. As part of my gig as a member of the PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) Team, my girls have a few of these here (a plush sloth, a Little Scoot wooden race car and airplane), and I'm showcasing the entire line as part of my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide. Act fast though, these item are only available in Whole Foods Market locations (selection will vary) and at PBSKIDS.org (where many have already sold-out).

Page 7 of 22

Does this Rock or Not? Share Your Comments Below!