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Friday, December 04 2015 11:01

It's Time to Spread a Little KINDness...

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THE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Life of Dad and KIND Snacks for this promotion...

In a time when a lot of what we hear can be less than kind, it's time to spread some kindness and start recognizing the KIND acts that take place millions of times a day. With the Holiday Season upon us, there's more folks out and about, and that makes it easier to spot some acts of kindness out there "in the wild." It can be a simple gesture like holding a door or helping someone when they fall... or a bigger act like volunteering at a local shelter, or doing something bigger like a toy drive (as we did here at Rock Father HQ).  There's a lot of people out there that are #kindawesome, and my friends at KIND Snacks want to help spread kindness by recognizing kind acts. Being KIND has been part of their mission since day one, and on World Kindness Day this year, they unveiled some shareable #kindawesome cards to recognize and share. I have some of those cards... but you can share kindness, too!

This post was sponsored by Klondike as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. THE ROCK FATHER received complimentary products to facilitate this story.

'Tis the season to be scary, and this is the weekend when most neighborhoods will be overrun with all manner of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, witches, warlocks and just about every pop culture character you can imagine - all having come to life and ready to walk the streets! They're looking for treats, of course, creeping up to each house with a simple threat question: Trick or Treat? Are they asking you for one or the other... or are they providing you with a warning that they will bring the "trick" if you don't bring the "treat?" No matter what the interpretation, it's an undeniable fact that with Klondike, there are no tricks - just delicious treats that make every gathering just a little bit better! Klondike offers 12 varieties of classic chocolatey coated and ice cream loaded stickless bars, which are available nationwide - meaning there's a treat for all the boils and ghouls!

I do love seafood, and when it comes to going out for such a dish, there's only one place that comes to mind: Red Lobster. I think many will agree with me that one of the best times to visit Red Lobster is during their "Endless Shrimp" promotion, and that's happening right now, for a limited time. This time around, there's five fantastic shrimp dishes to choose from, and they're being joined by two new Craft Cocktails that pair perfectly for a deliciously-grownup treat. In fact, I tried both during my birthday dinner last night!

Saturday, October 24 2015 09:24

The Force Awakens... in the Produce Section

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The Power of The Force is everywhere. In fact, The Force Awakens in surprising places everyday, the latest of which is the produce section of your local retailer. Disney Consumer Products (DCP) just dropped the curtain on healthy STAR WARS branded fruit and veggie offerings to celebrate the addition of Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company’s Healthy Living Commitment. Just in time for the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, families can enjoy Star Wars-themed bagged apples by Sage, citrus fruit by Dayka Hackett, carrots by Kern Ridge and grapes with Yoda-themed packaging by Four Star, which all meet nutritional guidelines put in place by The Walt Disney Company.

This Monster Cereals adventure has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are that of The Rock Father (James Zahn), who writes about Monster Cereals every year, regardless of whether he gets paid to or not! #SpooktacularSnacks #CollectiveBias #Ad
General Mills Monster Cereals

When it comes to deliciously-demonic munchies and sinfully-sweet snacks, there's no better time of year than Fall to get my supernatural groove on. I'm a huge fan of General Mills' Monster Cereals - so much that I've written about them every Halloween for nearly a decade, with at least six posts appearing right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. When Count Chocula®, Boo Berry® and Franken Berry® emerge from their Crypt, it's cause for celebration - a true throwback to my own childhood growing up in the late 70s/early 80s! The difference is that now I'm enjoying them with a family of my own, and my love of these cereals goes beyond breakfast. They can be used as fun snacks, and sometimes it's totally acceptable to play with your food... or just the box it came in.

Kylo RenWhen the September 4th #ForceFriday onslaught of new product tie-ins to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrived, the offerings went far beyond the realm of the usual toys and games. For nearly four decades, the STAR WARS name has been emblazoned upon countless items in practically every category one can think of, and in recent years, housewares has been a big one. In our kitchen here at Rock Father HQ you can find THE STAR WARS COOKBOOK: WOOKIEE COOKIES AND OTHER GALACTIC RECIPES, an R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set, C-3PO mugs, and even small cups for the kids. With a new movie comes the opportunity for some new styles, and the folks at Tervis are delivering just that with a new collection of their signature Hot/Cold Tumblers, each bearing imagery from THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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.

#BrightMind

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...

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