This post was sponsored by NEW! Tide purclean as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central
Laundry is such a double-edged sword... you have to do the laundry, but what does laundry ever do for you? Okay, trick question - because when your laundry looks good, you can look good... but what about the environment? With families like ours becoming more and more conscious about doing right by the world around us, we're always on the lookout for new products that not only make a kinder footprint, but those that actually work - ones that get the job done. NEW! Tide purclean is the first bio-based detergent with the cleaning power of Tide (and as many of you know, I've written about Tide in the past). So what's great about it? I'll tell ya...
THE ROCK FATHER Magazine has partnered with Hello Products to bring you this friendly feature.
When it comes to oral care and brushing teeth, it’s one of those things that you typically don’t think much about - I certainly never used to. In my pre-Rock Father days, I brushed, but I admittedly did a terrible job and taking care of my teeth the way that I should’ve, and I paid for it when I got back on my dental game and needed some fixes. Being more “friendly” to my own teeth came about by becoming a parent, and caring so much for our little girls, that the desire to make sure they each have a healthy smile turned the tables back on dad (since mom was already ahead of the game). Without knowing it, we were early adopters to Hello Products, having used their “Naturally Friendly” toothpastes back when they still came in their funky-shaped little “designer” bottles. Things have changed for Hello Products over the past few years, but now they’re hitting the scene (and our bathrooms) with products that aren’t just friendly for me and you, but also for the red, white & blue - Made in the USA.
It was a month or so ago that I published an article that was declared to be only "for legendary men." When you're dealing with Old Spice and Product King® Bob Giovanni, there's a certain level of excellence that has to be maintained - a legendary level... if only because we have to represent Legendary Protection for Legendary Men! Now, with Father's Day fast-approaching, we've all decided that it's time to serve-up a giveaway for Legendary Men, or someone who loves them. If you're curious, then I've done my job... and now it's time to give you a chance to win something you can't even buy... a Legendary Toolkit for some of the hardest-working men out there, loaded with items from the Old Spice Hardest Working Collection. Ready to rock?
What makes a man "legendary?" According to some, achieving legendary status is by accomplishing feats that are "remarkable enough to be famous, or very well-known" (thanks, dictionary). The Aquabats! once sang that "The Legend is True" (but the legend was you), while The Bloodhound Gang came closer to my reality with their song "Legend in My Spare Time." Countless others have found themselves simply a legend in their own mind, their accomplishments small in actuality, bloated to legendary status only to themselves. Old Spice knows what legendary means, and they've managed to find and declare a select group of men as being truly legendary. In the eyes of Old Spice, and Product King® Bob Giovanni, your old pal, THE ROCK FATHER is legendary. I have the trophy to prove it. Yes, a trophy, and displayed on fine base of simulated wood that's permeated with the scent of new Sweat Defense Lasting Legend Extra Strong Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant - a blast of fresh citrus balanced with a cool peppery spiciness. I'm saying that my "pits" smell of citrus-y, peppery goodness. Legendary!
As I write this, it’s the height of “Award Season” in the entertainment world, and having worked in that realm before, I can’t avoid thinking about how the season might equate to life at home, as a parent. Surely there could be trophies dished-out for just about everything, from “Best Daily Performance of a Theme Song from an Animated Motion Picture that You’ve Heard 4,000 times,” to “Best Original Song About a Wrestler” (our three-year-old wrote one), to “Best Bedtime Stall Tactic,” “Best Dramatic Performance at a Kitchen Table (Breakfast or Dinner),” and even “Best Performance by a Stainmaker.” Ah yes, that later category is a real wild card… one in which the race to even become a nominee is a battle fought valiantly with an arsenal of colorful armaments.
If you're looking for a unique gift that also makes a great stocking stuffer this Holiday season, it's no secret that jewelry can often fit that bill... for kids, too! Even better is when you can put a handmade spin on some pop culture icons for a design that's both familiar and different. Mama Beads & Baby Baubles is a small business based in Pennsylvania, producing handmade Bubblegum Bracelets and Necklaces, with custom designs featuring semi-precious and glass beads available as well. Owner Amy Martin spotted The Rock Daughters' fashion sense a few months back and sent us a few of her creations. We liked them so much that I'm including them as an official pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!
Gwen Stefani has been pretty busy lately. I recently caught THE VOICE judge fronting NO DOUBT for a fantastic set at Chicago's RIOT FEST, where she made her love of our local pizza very clear - stating that she "had some sent home" (hopefully Blake Shelton got to share). Of her many endeavors, her Harajuku Lovers collection of fashion and fragrances has been a successful one, and we really loved her Harajuku Mini line of kids fashion when it was a Target exclusive a few years back. Now, Harajuku Lovers is coming to PetCo as a line of colorful fashions and accessories for dogs.
Back in 1965, the American Aerosol Company launched Crazy Foam to "make bathtime fun for kids and easy for parents." The concept was simple, with shaving cream-style soap packed into a can that featured artwork from a variety of licensed characters. DC Comics and MARVEL were in the mix, and there were others like Popeye, The Smurfs, and more. By the 90s, there were even editions based of characters from The Simpsons, and then the brand went on hiatus. I vaguely remembered these from the late 70s/early 80s, so when I was pitched some samples for a Crazy Foam rebirth, I jumped on it. Thing is, after having these in-hand, my parental instincts kicked in and made two things very clear - Crazy Foam is creepy, and I'm not comfortable letting my girls use it based on the ingredients and propellants contained within.
October 5, 2015 is World Teacher's Day, and to celebrate, Life is Good met with teachers and asked them "what makes you connect with a child?" The responses from these real-life educators are featured in the video below, which is part of an initiative to help #GROWtheGood. Have a memory about a special teacher - or can you share this video? For every use of the #GROWtheGood hashtag, Life is Good will provide one dollar of support to help kids in need. Check it out...
THE ROCK FATHER is sharing #TheIndisposables in his life as part of a Schick® Xtreme3® sponsored series for Socialstars. Horns up! \m/ \m/
Years ago, especially before we had kids, I definitely had a short fuse at times. These days, things are different, and as my friend Geno recently told me, a more accurate depiction would be that I have "a very long fuse attached to a very big bomb" - so it's important to stay calm, cool and collected under extreme circumstances. For better or worse, I've been in some challenging circumstances over the years, and learning to keep cool is a fine art that I have yet to fully master - but I'm getting better. A lot of it comes down to the appearance of being calm, cool and collected - even though there's something brewing beneath the surface. This is especially helpful when dealing with something that I do daily... children, and all the things and people that go with them.
This past Friday marked the 22nd anniversary Saban’s POWER RANGERS franchise, and to celebrate WeLoveFine launched its second Power Rangers t-shirt design contest. Have design chops? Then it's time for you to POWER UP your skills for a shot at some big prizes, and the chance to have your design turned into a piece of official Power Rangers merchandise! Prizes up for grabs include cool Power Rangers collectibles and cash (up to $1500).
THE ROCK FATHER has participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Reebok. He received a gift card as well as a promotional item as a thank you.
It's official: This week is "Back-to-School" here at Rock Father HQ... for Addie. While she'll be starting First Grade, little sister won't start Preschool for another week - our district starting at the later end of things from what we've seen. In wrapping-up our Back-to-School shopping, the final piece of the puzzle is an important one - fresh gym shoes for both girls. With the Reebok Kids Twistform shoes on-sale* at Finish Line, The Rock Daughters and I made a special trip to check 'em out and get properly-sized to start the school year off right!