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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.

Monday, October 05 2015 00:05

It's World Teacher's Day, so let's GROWtheGood...

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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!

Kohl'sThis Back-to-School Adventure with Disney's DESCENDANTS is brought to you by Kohl's -

Millions of families entered the world of Disney's DESCENDANTS this summer, marking one of the biggest debuts in history for a Disney Channel original movie. Having covered the film extensively here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, it's pretty exciting to see The Rock Daughters™ becoming fully-immersed in the world of Auradon Prep - and with a new fashion assortment released as part of the Disney D-Signed Collection at Kohl's, it all leads us perfectly into Back-to-School

Friday, August 07 2015 00:34

Five Back-to-School Essentials... for Dad!

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THE ROCK FATHER is sharing #TheIndisposables in his life as part of a Schick® Xtreme3® sponsored series for Socialstars. Horns up! \m/ \m/

Every time I sit down to pen one of these Back-to-School posts, I still find myself tripping over the fact that we're going to have a first grader and a pre-preschooler this year. We start late compared to some (end of the month), so there's still a little bit of ramp-up time, but I'm getting things in order. My toolkit of essentials is robust, but I'm throwing down five of my top picks right here on the site - from fuel for the day to grooming, rock to play. Check this out...

PEANUTS Brand AmbassadorWith Back-to-School Season in full-effect, there's a lot of choices out there in terms of Pop Culture Styling, and this year Hanna Andersson has a full line of Backpacks and Lunch Bags featuring some of our favorite characters. The Hannah & Friends Collection features FROZEN, STAR WARS and showcased here, PEANUTS. For the latter, as a Brand Ambassador for Snoopy and the Peanuts gang, the folks at Hanna Andersson sent one of their new backpacks for my oldest daughter (though my youngest is now eyeing the STAR WARS "Silhouettes" backpack for herself) in the Charlie Brown & Friends Design (also available: Snoopy & Woodstock). While Charles M. Schulz' iconic creations are already a big deal here at Rock Father HQ, you can be sure that they'll be a big deal when 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios release THE PEANUTS MOVIE into theaters on November 6th. Get ahead of the game now!

Tee FuryIf you're heading Back-to-School and wish to rep some pop culture flavor, the crew over at TeeFury may have just the uniform that you require. Available through August 30, 2015, the TeeFury Back-to-School Collection boasts t-shirts inspired by THE SIMPSONS, HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, H.P. LOVECRAFT, PACIFIC RIM, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, DRAGONBALL Z, and even WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (but that's not all). Here's a few Rock Father picks from the 18 available designs...

Sunday, August 02 2015 20:14

Photos: Mickey Mouse x Vans US Open of Surfing

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I love a lot of different shoes, by VANS are hands-down my favorite brand, period. Add into the mix their collaborative efforts with bands (SLAYER, METALLICA, KISS, IRON MAIDEN, etc.) and brands (STAR WARS, DISNEY) and it's stuff-I-love overload. Coming off the heat of their VANS x STAR WARS Collection (a line that I have a couple different pairs of), VANS x Disney brings forth some new shoes for the whole family, and they're loaded with characters that generations have known and loved - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Minnie, Pluto and more. There's accessories, too (I almost just bought some Donald socks), and to celebrate the release, Mickey himself just made an appearance at the Vans US Open of Surfing. Check out some photos by Mitch Tomlinson below...

THE ROCK FATHER is sharing #TheIndisposables in his life as part of a Schick® Xtreme3® sponsored series for Socialstars. Horns up! \m/ \m/

Ah, the summer months... a time for adventure, excitement, and of course, The Indisposables - those essential items that just help to make things better. For 2015, I'm highlighting just five new indisposable essentials that can be considered to be certified "Rock Father-approved" picks. If you're a regular reader, there's actually a good chance that these have already crossed your browser in a more subtle form as they've already become a part of our daily routine, and hopefully they'll soon be a part of yours as well!

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