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Craftsman CrewTHE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Sears as a paid member of the Craftsman Crew.

No matter how well the preparation has gone, the Holiday Season has not just "crept-up" on us, but has emerged swiftly and with unusual force this year. It's somewhat hard to get a grip on all the moving parts that go with a successful and stress-free season these days (14 variations on Thanksgiving, 79 versions of Xmas - you know how it is), but when it comes to gifting, I'm pretty good at picking what works, hence my annual Holiday Wish Guide. For me, this is a time for fixing up the place - but even more so, being ready for toys... specifically, always being ready to open the battery compartments on toys. Since just about everything takes batteries at this point (even things you wouldn't expect), I've encountered some tricky spots - spots where some good grip comes in handy. With the new Craftsman Extreme GRIP Lineup of tools, I'm well taken care of - and that's why I'm including them in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide. There's an Extreme GRIP tool for just about any application, and they're on-sale right now! A great gift idea, and a great asset to any toolbox - the perfect ally in the battle against rounded, stripped or just hard-to-grip fasteners.  Check out some Rock Father picks below, then enter to win a Craftsman Extreme GRIP 6-Piece Diamond Tip Screwdriver Set!

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Craftsman CrewTHE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Sears as a paid member of the Craftsman Crew. Are you #MadeToMake?

As a kid, the first tools that I ever came to know were Craftsman. Most of those were purchased from the classic Sears store in the long-gone Park Forest Plaza - a store that I have many memories of - a place that seemed larger-than-life. Of those tools, one thing that I eventually inherited was a set of screwdrivers from the late 70s/early 80s - the same ones I use here at Rock Father HQ today... the ones still sold by Craftsman all these years later, and still Made in the USA. They've been regularly-used tools for nearly four decades, and now I use them on my girls' toys. But age has instilled in me a growing urge to make things.

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This week, something unique took place at Wild About Cars Garage in Kirkland, WA - the 1st Annual DriveShop PineBlock Charity Invitational. This race, inspired by the Pinewood Derby competitions that many Boy Scouts (and former Scouts, like myself) know and love was designed to race money for charity, with each car entered gaining $50 to either Make-A-Wish Foundation, Fisher House, Feeding America or 4 Paws for Ability. Put on by DriveShop to celebrate their new name, a number of folks from the automotive industry and their journalistic/blogging counterparts were invited to take part, myself included. The Rock Daughters and I put forth a valiant effort, making a special trip to Hobby Lobby for some supplies by Revell for my first PineBlock experience in over 30 years. Unfortunately, our car was somehow lost by the USPS, and it didn't make it to the race - a disappointment (especially given how much the girls loved the car), but the folks at DriveShop assured me that my donation would still be made for the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Check out highlights from the race below...

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For years there have been a variety of products and kits out there that allow kids to customize and color their own... whatever. We've had some here (several variations of purses come to mind), and while I've seen some of the stuffed offerings in the "Arts & Crafts" sections of our frequently-visited local retail emporiums, I'd never done any with the girls until now - largely because I'd always thought of them as a "one-and-done" kind of deal. Inkoos are The Bridge Direct's long-running series of color-and-create stuffed creatures, and the selling point for me (even though ours were sent for review) is that they're machine-washable. They're touted as "Draw, Wash and Redo!" - but how well they work? That's what I was aiming to find out... with The Rock Daughters as my usual testers. Our subjects: FROZEN's Anna & Elsa, each presented as part of the Inkoos Color 'N Create collection, and the Color 'N Glow Bob the Minion (of Universal Pictures & Illumination Entertainment's forthcoming DESPICABLE ME prequel, MINIONS). 

Kiwi CrateKiwi Crate -  Kids Crafts & Activities Delivered Monthly

I'm a big fan of Kiwi Crate, and really enjoyed reviewing their Space Exploration Crate earlier this year.  Delivered to your home monthly and available by subscription, Kiwi Crate provides fun craft projects that have all materials included.

You get to spend quality time doing fun projects with your children, and don't have to run around gathering supplies. 

The folks over at Kiwi Crate (providers of rockin' crafts and activities for families) are having a contest for Holiday Crafts. It's their first "Creativity Challenge" under "The Studio by Kiwi Crate," and it's well-worth checking out for a chance at 11 prizes...

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