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!
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
There’s a lot of benefits to doing what I do, and the warmer months are where that largely becomes apparent. While the Rock & Roll Handbook clearly states that one should never wake up prior to noon, that’s doesn’t exactly work here, despite being “The Rock Father.” With my wife out the door at 6:30am and two little girls to get rolling for school, I’m up early - but working from home means that sometimes I can move “dinner” up a few hours, or just make something special for lunch. Grilled sausage at noon on a weekday, paired with KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese? That can happen.
THE ROCK FATHER™ has partnered with Life of Dad and STOUFFER’S® as a paid Ambassador for the #FitKitchen promotion. As always, opinions are that of James Zahn, though sometimes influenced by his kids.
THE "WINGMAN": Over the years, that term has meant many things to many people, often conjuring images of action - "Top Gun" fighter pilots flanked by other members of their squadron, heading into battle... or sometimes it's that same level of back-up while vying for the attraction of another - like the silly friend in a romantic comedy. Here in Illinois (especially this close to Chicago), it's a totally different life movie, and sometimes a good Wingman is simply an "associate" - something I can assure you that I know nothing about. No matter what the specifics, being a Wingman means being there for support, and right now I have a new Wingman here in my kitchen at Rock Father HQ - STOUFFER’S® Fit Kitchen Meals. Now, if you've been following me on Instagram (and if you're not, it would be a lot cooler if you did), you've probably seen one of the #AtTheGym selfies I've been posting late at night over the past 18 months. I've been on a mission to get into better shape, and eating better is a big part of that. That's where STOUFFER’S® Fit Kitchen steps-up to assist...
THE ROCK FATHER writes about Star Wars a lot. He also loves Mac & Cheese, so he would’ve written about KRAFT Mac & Cheese Star Wars Boxed Shapes dinner even if it wasn’t a sponsored post for Socialstars #Youknowyouloveit
The Force is strong in this household, but if you’re reading this, then you already know that. Growing up as a child of the 1980s, Star Wars was everywhere, and it’s interesting to see how in 2015 it’s everywhere once more. In fact, we might be living in the best time ever to be a Star Wars fan, and as we’re raising a new generation right now, it’s cool to see that goodness from a galaxy far, far away making it’s way into other aspects of our daily lives… like the dinner table. Like Star Wars, KRAFT Mac & Cheese Dinner has been a regular part of my existence for as long as I can remember… and I imagine that our girls will one day hold it in the same regard.
Returned, these #CerealWars have. General Mills has once again teamed-up with Disney/Lucasfilm to bring STAR WARS fans and cereal enthusiasts some galactic goodness in the form of six classic STAR WARS posters, reproduced in miniature and packed inside specially-marked boxes of select General Mills cereals, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Cookie Crisp and Reese’s Puffs. Fans will recognize the posters as the Original Trilogy "Special Edition" prints from 1997, which were an artistic match for the later Prequel Trilogy. Available now while supplies last, this is just a taste of what's to come, as an all-new STAR WARS CEREAL has just been announced - one that "will stick around and evolve as each additional STAR WARS movie is released." To celebrate, General Mills and THE ROCK FATHER are giving readers a chance to win a prize pack that will include two randomly-chosen boxes of cereal, and an additional STAR WARS mini-poster. Will The Force Be With You?
THE ROCK FATHER is participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dairy Queen. He has been compensated for his participation.
I remember when Dairy Queen first introduced the Blizzard back in 1985. Yes, it was the year of BACK TO THE FUTURE and THE BREAKFAST CLUB, G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO finally became a regular series, and on a more "rock" note, it was the year that the infamous Senate hearing from the PMRC brought Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider to testify alongside John Denver and Frank Zappa. In the three decades since, much has changed, but the DQ Blizzard prevails and has become a family tradition here at Rock Father HQ, enjoyed with our daughters just as my wife and I enjoyed them with our parents as children. Now, to celebrate 30 years of tasty Blizzard greatness and the 75th "Fanniversary" of DQ as a whole, Dairy Queen is inviting everyone to #GetUpsideDown this month for an Oreo Blizzard, which will be served upside down or your next one is free (at participating locations).
The 28th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards will be broadcast on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT, and this year, Capri Sun Roarin' Waters is on-board as the Official Drink Sponsor. Here at Rock Father HQ, the girls and I have already been prepping for the show, and the first thing we did was get our votes in. As you might've already gathered from reading my site (and if you're reading these words now, I assume you've read others), when it comes to Nickelodeon, there are four words that reign supreme for The Rock Daughters (Addie and Finn): TEENAGE. MUTANT. NINJA. TURTLES.
I've been known to say that the "Keurig is one of the greatest inventions of the past twenty years," but as recent history has been showing us, it's more about the single-serve K-Cup itself, and less about the machine and brand. As a regular coffee drinker (something that runs in the family - my Great Grandfather was a professional coffee taster), and one often on-the-go, the convenience of the K-Cup was what held the most appeal, and in that, our machine was glorious. My wife and I loved our Keurig enough that we gave them as gifts, but for our own machine, its days were numbered. At almost the same time that our new iCoffee Opus arrived here for review from Remington Designs, our Keurig was shot - it's demise coming after leaking for several months. My wife was not pleased, and was hesitant to pitch it, even though we had a new single-cup brewer here at HQ. The looming question being - could this relatively-unknown brewer take on the ones from the dominating Green Mountain Coffee Empire?
This past weekend, Valentine's Day got an early start with a very special PEANUTS-themed party featuring SNOOPY and his sister BELLE. Co-hosted by "the Little Red-Haired Girl" herself—aka Francesca Capaldi (DOG WITH A BLOG), the 10-year-old actress who plays the character in this Fall's THE PEANUTS MOVIE - the party took place at the Park Hyatt in Carlsbad, California, where Capaldi and friends tried on the latest Snoopy and his Sister Belle fashions from Target, danced to DJ-provided tunes, and decorated cupcakes with decorations from Cakes.com. Of course, they also enjoyed watching the classic Peanuts special, BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN, set to air on ABC alongside A CHARLIE BROWN VALENTINE on February 13th at 8pmEST/7pmCT. While my girls and I weren't able to make the party in-person (2,000 miles would've been a long drive), Pastry Chef Franck Riffaud of the Park Hyatt Aviara was kind enough to share his recipe for chocolate cake (or cupcakes) so that we could play along at home... and so YOU can as well! As a PEANUTS BRAND Ambassador, I'm helping to spread some Valentine's Day love with The Ultimate Snoopy & Belle Valentine's Prize Pack. One (1) lucky winner will score a fantastic "party in a box," while everyone can enjoy some delicious cake as we did here today!
Recipes: Disney and Smucker's Team-Up for Some Delicious Treats based on FROZEN, THE LION KING, CARS and More...Written by James Zahn
Two of my favorite companies have just teamed-up to share some cute recipes based on some kid-favorite franchises. Disney and The J.M. Smucker Company have just launched a new "Sidekick" section of Disney Family loaded with Crafts, Activities, and Recipes... and a chance to win a Disney Parks Vacation Package. Recipes include food art (made with Smucker's Uncrustables) based on Tow Mater from Disney•Pixar CARS•Pixar CARS, Olaf from FROZEN, Simba from THE LION KING, and of course, Mickey Mouse himself. Ready to try your hand at some Pinterest-worthy edible goodness for the kids?
One of the highlights of our Great American Road Trip last summer was a stop at Hershey's Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. A unique place where families can "Explore the Many Wonders of Chocolate," the folks at Hershey's are launching some winter wellness activities this month, featuring Zumba classes, food demonstrations from Highmark Blue Shield and other family fun activities. Check out the full details below, and be sure to visit their official site to plan your visit.