If you happen to take a peek at the selection in your local retailer's aisle of toy cars, there just might be a holiday surprise hidden within the mainline Hot Wheels (the ones that are priced around $1). One sub-collection this year is the 2017 Holiday Racers - a series of five cars, four of which have been revealed. There's Halloween (Poppa Wheelie), Christmas (16 Angels), New Year's (Poppa Wheelie) and the one that I'm sharing since it's Valentine's Day: Rodger Dodger. This classic Hot Wheels ride was originally issued back in 1974 and has been done in many variations since, but for 2017 it's presented in candy apple red with gold accents to celebrate Cupid's favorite day.

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PBS KIDS VIPIt's going to be a pretty sweet day in the neighborhood when an all-new Valentine's Day episode of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD debuts on PBS KIDS this Monday, February 9th (check local listings for times). "It's Love Day" and "Daniel's Love Day Surprise" are the two adventures in the new episode, both of which will help reinforce Fred Rogers' "enduring messages of love and acceptance." Check out a preview below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Nicholas Sparks knows how to grab those heartstrings and violently rip them pull on them in just the right way to evoke an emotional response from his audience. Whether it be from his original novels or their cinematic adaptations, Sparks' work is roughly 99% effective in producing tears, and that's why it's so appropriate that THE BEST OF ME is being issued in a special "Tears of Joy Edition" just in-time for Valentine's Day.

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The Rock Father is a Wild Ophelia Blogger Posse MemberWhen I first came across Chicago-based Wild Ophelia's all-natural chocolates last summer, I was intrigued by the vast array of unique flavors that had been crafted by artisans across the country. Now, as a member of their "Blogger Posse," I occasionally get to try out some new flavors and assortments, most recently their new Valentine's Day varieties: Tart Cherry Caramel Milk Chocolate Bites and New England Style Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Bites. These little hedgehog-shaped chocolates are so good, I couldn't keep that to myself (and I didn't, my daughter gobbled some up)... so YOU are getting a chance to win a box.

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It's 2am on Valentine's Day and I stayed up so I could share the Midnight (West Coast) premiere of "Lover Not a Fighter," the fourth video from MISTA COOKIE JAR & THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS' second album, ULTRAMAGNETIC UNIVERSAL LOVE REVOLUTION. This 1970s-style throwback to the SOUL TRAIN-era features AVA FLAVA and is a Valentine's jam for the whole family. Check out the groovalistic funkiness on The Rock Father below...

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Since it's officially Valentine's Day (we had Addie's party at school yesterday), here's a pair of seasonal songs perfect for sharing with your little ones. Below the jump you can check out videos for GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD's "Keep it Simple Sweetheart" (from the excellent YEAR IN THE DAY) and DidiPop's "Happy Valentine's Day to You" (available on iTunes). Also, stay tuned to The Rock Father as word on the street is that Mista Cookie Jar will be unleashing something special later today! 

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