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 "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...

Made to Matter: Handpicked by TargetTHE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Life of Dad and KIND Snacks for this promotion. Why? Because he likes to work with people that rock, and they both do.

While our family has things pretty good, one thing we tend to lack on is outdoor adventure time as a complete unit of four. Scheduling is the main issue, between my wife's career and my work (which has changed a bit to where I'm a work-at-home-dad about 80% of the time), the The Rock Daughters™' school and now summer activities. There is always something going on, and while we have a pretty great life, there's a lot of adventures that tend to take place as a unit of three - with my wife and I flip-flopping the "parent at the helm" duties. The biggest challenge of every adventure is simply getting all four of us together at once and without something that "has to be done." That's why I was thrilled to partner with Life of Dad and KIND Snacks on their #KINDMilesMatter campaign - an effort to spend some family time logging some miles on foot, with the folks at KIND donating a box of snacks per mile for an organization of our choosing. Thing is, even here my schedule jammed me up. We were supposed to log miles between June 20 and July 6, and guess what? I was traveling for work for the entire first week of that (a rarity to be gone so long in one run), but it had to be done. 

THE ROCK FATHER loves Mac & Cheese, so he would’ve written about KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner even if it wasn’t a sponsored post for Socialstars #Youknowyouloveit

As parents there are quite a few traditions that my wife and I have carried over from our own childhoods, putting a modern spin on them and sharing with our daughters. Most of those things could be considered more pop-cultural - the movies, the toys, the games but there aren’t many of are traditions that involve food. On the surface, that might seem a little odd, both of us coming from relatively large extended families, rooted in food-centric cultures of Italian and German heritage. Times have changed, as have tastes. And what we know about the things we eat - but one childhood tradition that we have carried on is just about as American as they come and continues to get better with age: KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner.

When the UPS man arrives here at Rock Father HQ each day ("Package Man," as the girls call him), I sometimes receive some... shall we say, "interesting" things. Once in awhile, said items are oddly practical, and pretty on-the-mark for my personal tastes (or lack thereof). One of the latest oddities novelties to arrive is THE GRILL SERGEANT Grilling Apron from Big Mouth Inc. Yes, I have a well-documented Camo appreciation, and I also like G.I. JOE quite a bit. Perhaps it's because I feel like "A Real American Hero" of the grill... or maybe I'm sort of amused by the weird looks that the kids next door give me when I'm wearing it, but I dig this thing.

There's always that saying about "time flying" when you have kids, and the same applies to running this website. It was two years ago this month that I first shared our love for the innovative spill-proof travel mugs and bottles produced by Chicago-based CONTIGO, and here we are again. The folks at Contigo can't stop improving, and thus comes the latest additions to their Contigo Kids line - the 14oz AUTOSEAL® Gizmo Sip Water Bottle, and the 10oz AUTOSPOUT® Flip Chill Water Bottle. Each has its own set of benefits, and the technology packed into each bottle is the same great spill-proof action that my wife and enjoy each and every day in our own bottles and mugs. To get summer started off right, the folks at Contigo have provided me with two of each of these new bottles that we're going to give all of you a chance at scoring. Two (2) lucky readers will receive a prize pack that includes one (1) AUTOSEAL Gizmo Sip and one (1) AUTOSPOUT Sip Chill. Let's rock...

THE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Life of Dad and Pop Secret for the STAR WARS™ #PopWars promotion™ #PopWars promotion, and was compensated more handsomely than a Bounty Hunter working under the orders of Jabba the Hutt for his participation. 

There are few Pop Culture phenomenons big enough to warrant their own section here on THE ROCK FATHER, but the biggest is the one you'll be hearing about from me nearly every day until (and probably after) the December 18, 2015 theatrical release of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Of course, it's STAR WARS™, and not just the films, but the entire lifestyle that surrounds it - from the toys and games, to the... well, food. This year, The Force is Strong with my friends at Pop Secret, who along with my brothers at Life of Dad have formed a Rebel Alliance to launch the #PopWars Pre-Popped Popcorn Video Contest, in which YOU can show your true mastery of The Force for a chance at over $1,000.00 in Pop Secret and STAR WARS™ prizes! It's all in celebration of the latest addition to the Pop Secret line of Pre-Popped Popcorn - "Extra Cheesy." Word at Mos Eisley is that it's Chewbacca's flavor of choice, but you won't have to pull the ears off a Gundark to get it!

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