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THE ROCK FATHER has been compensated for this #BrightMind adventure by #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. All opinions and experiences are that of James Zahn, his family and his dogs.

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A couple of weeks back, I gave you a look at our first days of making the switch to Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind Dog Food for our "Senior" (still feels weird to say that) dogs. While we've switched both of our dogs to Bright Mind (available at PetSmart) I've been focusing on Harry, and if the food could live up to its promise of visible changes in his behavior "within 30 days." Since the glucose metabolism in a dog's brain is said to begin changing around age seven, and that the change can have effects on memory, learning, awareness and decision making  - I was skeptical about the inclusion of "enhanced botanical oils" being "shown to promote alertness and mental sharpness" in older dogs. After all, Harry is 13-ish.

THE ROCK FATHER has been compensated for this #BrightMind adventure by #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. All opinions and experiences are that of James Zahn, his family and his dogs.

Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind Dog Food at PetSmart

While you might already know the human side of our family, here at Rock Father HQ there's also a few pets. There's Lula, of course, the fish named for the whale on DOC McSTUFFINS, and then there's the two dogs - Harry and Rocky. My wife named both of them, and while I don't think there's any definitive reason why "Rocky" is Rocky, Harry's full name is Harry Potter, based on some Wizarding books that I've never read (my wife is a fan). It's weird to think of our dogs as "Senior Dogs," but at 13 & 14-ish, that's what they are. In fact, dogs are considered to be "Senior" at age seven! The experts at Purina Pro Plan say that the glucose metabolism in a dog's brain begins to change around age seven, and that change can have effects on memory, learning, awareness and decision making. With the release of their new Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind dog foods, they're including enhanced botanical oils that have been shown to promote alertness and mental sharpness in dogs 7+ "with visible results within 30 days." That was intriguing enough for me to take Harry to PetSmart (his favorite store) to start the switch for him and his older "brother."

Cross Country Cafe has a huge selection of Keurig Kcup coffee at rock bottom prices!THE ROCK FATHER is a Cross Country Cafe Brand Ambassador, throwing down words on Coffee and Rock.

With all the words I've put out there about STAR WARS over the past few months, it occurred to me that even in the kitchen I often lean toward The Dark Side. Bold, that is. With the exception of a specialty drink here and there (Hello, Pumpkin Spice Latte!), I prefer my coffee to be unadulterated by creams and sweeteners. I like it pure. I like it black. My friends at Cross Country Cafe - the best source for ordering Keurig K-cups and Nespresso compatible pod coffee for less - sent over five new boxes of K-Cups to check out, and today I'm sharing my thoughts on each. They're all from The Dark Side...

Tuesday, September 01 2015 11:06

Fall Fun is Coming to HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD...

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Last year, we had a sweet adventure at HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD in Pennsylvania. If we lived closer, we'd certainly be back for this - their latest round of seasonal fun, which just so happens to be for my favorite season of all: Fall. Hershey's Chocolate World is launching a full assortment of festive activities for Fall and Halloween, and the details just rolled into Rock Father HQ. Check 'em out below...

THE ROCK FATHER™ is a "Be Your Own Jack" Brand Ambassador for Hungry Jack. All opinions are that of James Zahn, because he is his own Jack. 

Back in June, I shared with you my experience with Hungry Jack Racing, fueling-up with a great breakfast before the JTG Daugherty Racing Team took to the track. Back at home, it's always worth remembering that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - a chance to fuel-up for whatever adventures that the morning might bring. Here at Rock Father HQ, one new element of our breakfast routine just so happens to be a fresh spin on The Rock Daughters' favorite thing to eat in the morning: Pancakes. My friends at Hungry Jack have just released their all-new Complete Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix with 10 Grams of Protein! A complete mix (just add water!) - in addition to being packed with protein, it also has six vitamins + iron, and is a great source of calcium. I feel a Pancake-ism coming on...

 "It’s time to pour a beverage! It’s time to make some snacks! It's time to read some stories with THE ROCK FATHER tonight!"

This Fall, THE MUPPETS are back with an all-new series on ABC, one that's geared toward grownups - folks like myself, that grew up with Jim Henson's wonderful characters. Since there's a solid chance that grownups might be enjoying a grownup beverage as well, the folks at Diamond Select Toys are helping get those drinks "Muppified" with the release of four new pint glasses, each shipped in a colorful logo box. Kids of the 70s and 80s rejoice! There's THE MUPPET SHOW, PIGS IN SPACE, MUPPET LABS, and my personal favorite... DR. TEETH AND THE ELECTRIC MAYHEM!Entertainment Earth has them all up for pre-order right now...

Lalaloopsy SIP (Sew Important Person) Brand AmbassadorThe world of Lalaloopsy just keeps getting bigger, and this month my friends at MGA Entertainment are making things even sweeter with the launch of LALALOOPSY KITCHEN, an all-new original series. With new episodes premiering on YouTube every other Wednesday, kids can learn how to make some real food using the Lalaloopsy Baking Oven. What? You don't have an oven yet? Well, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine (a Lalaloopsy SIP - "Sew Important Person" - Brand Ambassador) is gonna get one lucky reader set-up with an Lalaloopsy Baking Oven, but act fast - entries will only be open for one week!

Sunday, August 16 2015 22:01

Hello, I'm the real Colonel Sanders...

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"Howdy, folks! It's me, the real Colonel Sanders!" That's the message delivered tonight when commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken inexplicably replaced former SNL star Darrell Hammond with former SNL star Norm Macdonald as Colonel Harland Sanders. Why? Who knows, but Macdonald was a better Burt Reynolds than Hammond was a Sean Connery (take that, Trebeck!), so I'm cool with it. No press release or advertising dollars arrived here at Rock Father HQ for this, so we'll just chalk it up to a little "earned media" for KFC on this one. You know what? I know a thing or two about plugging fast food on network television, so I think I should just declare myself as "the REAL Colonel Sanders." They say you "can't just put some guy in a wig and white suit and call him the Colonel," but I disagree.

Monday, August 10 2015 13:21

It's Snoopy's Birthday, Charlie Brown!

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PEANUTS WorldwideBefore the word "Snoop" went hand-in-hand with the D-O Double-G, there was simply Snoopy - a loveable beagle created by Charles M. Schulz way back in 1950. While we knew the first year that the dog hit the scene, it wasn't until the late 1960s that we knew that Snoopy's birthday was actually August 10th. While he'd be 65 years old in human years, Snoopy turns 273 today (according to the Dog Years Converter) and he looks absolutely fabulous as we look forward to the release of THE PEANUTS MOVIE from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios on November 6th. With celebrations taking place around the 'net, here's a few of the best...

This week, Nashville rocker JASMINE CAIN unleashed her latest album, WHITE NOISE.  Produced by Lincoln Parish (CAGE THE ELEPHANT) and featuring special guests including guitarists Jeff LaBar (CINDERELLA), Gerry Finn (KILLER DWARFS) & Charlie Parra - the album also has an appearance by Ralph Saenz (aka Michael Starr from STEEL PANTHER) on the closing number, "Fall to Rise." While a new album and a tour rolling into the biker Mecca of Sturgis, SD is a pretty great way to end a week, the added bonus that arrived here at Rock Father HQ alongside the CD was a bag of Jasmine Cain's Coffin Coffee - and that was a highlight for me. Two things I love are coffee and rock, and Jasmine Cain sent me both. Along with The Rock Daughters (Addie in particular), I decided to do my first-ever video review of a coffee for Rock Father TV.

If I was writing for certain other sites, the headline for this article would've been "You Won't Believe What Happened When These Men Smoked a Twinkie!" or "These Guys Lit a Pine Cone on Fire... What Happened Next will Surprise You!" Would either of those make the hook here any less... odd? Probably not, but the fact remains that you can smoke a Twinkie, and Chef Paul Shoemaker and Jimmy Wong just did it for the new Kitchen Lab video series from Bon Appetit. Check this out...

Thursday, July 09 2015 08:41

Get Ready to Rock with Pringles® Summer Jam!

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Pringles SummerJam 300x128When you're into playing music, everything around you has the potential to be used for sonic purposes. While I've always been a guitarist first, I've been known to have percussionist aspirations, going as far as to put a five-piece drum set in our garage - something that The Rock Daughters™ and their friends really enjoy dabbling with. When the crew over at Pringles® asked me to offer up some thoughts about how I'd do a jam (like their Pringles® Summer Jam® Summer Jam!) I agreed, but at Rock Father HQ, there's music being played every day already. I just can't say it's always good, but I'll strap a few Pringles® cans to the drum set to see what I can do...

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