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Wednesday, February 11 2015 20:48

Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy - The Adventure Continues...

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Big Kid AcademyWhen I last wrote about our adventures in Potty Training, I may have mistakenly felt that we were nearing the end of the line. Four months later, and I got the call to work on another sponsored campaign with Pull-Ups®, sharing a few more words about how it's all going. Bottom line, Little Finley is doing good, but it still feels like we're really, really close to being done. Following along as a full-fledged member of the Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy, we've got tools to help with progress and rewards, while Finn can take things at her own pace. She's soooo close, and she really makes us proud when she "holds it" and stays dry through the night or through a long car ride. While there's dozens of different Potty Training methods out there, using Pull-Ups® training pants from the start can help kids build confidence and independence - they're not a diaper, but more like Big Kid undies (almost). If you're ready to give Pull-Ups® a try, I've even got a Big Kid Deal for you to spread a little savings - Rock Father style!

As I know all too well, cough and cold season is upon us, and having two little girls (one of which frequents a germ-infested battleground called "kindergarten"), I've seen my fair share of runny noses and germy hands. Since you're reading THE ROCK FATHER, there's a pretty good chance that you're a parent, too, and as such I'm sharing Five Cough & Cold Tips for Parents, courtesy of my friends at Boogie Wipes and Kandoo. Even better? We've all teamed-up to give YOU a chance at winning a "Cough & Cold Comfort Basket" that includes a "Freddy the Frog" Humidifier from Crane, a Boogie Wipes & Kandoo Care Package and a $50 Amazon Gift Card. So... are you ready to rock?

If you're like me, chances are you've had some of these on-hand and put to good use with your little ones. That's why I'm excited to be teaming up with Boogie Wipes and Kandoo to spread the word about two of their great products - and to offer you a chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card! Whether you're looking to fill stockings or just want to stock up for cold and flu season, these two products will have your kids begging to blow their noses and wash their hands - and they're on Rollback at Walmart now!

#MovemberOn November 1, I started my second Movember journey - committing myself to growing a mustache... or moustache, in support of Movember and their mission to raise funds and awareness to combat men's health issues including cancers and mental health (the cause I've chosen to support). This year, to raise awareness for my personal campaign, my friends at by Panasonic Neutrogena  have provided a fantastic Shaving Essentials kit for all of you to have a chance to win, but there's something a little disappointing: I'm 20 days into this and have ZERO donations. By this time last year, I already had a few hundred dollars in, and I wasn't even holding a giveaway to raise awareness. 631 entries since my original post on November 1, and it's time for an update - to let all of you see the ridiculous 'stache that I'm growing not only for the amusement of the public at large, but also to raise funds for this great cause. How have Panasonic & Neutrogena helped me keep this looking top-notch? Take a look... and yes, you still have a chance to win that sweet shaving kit!

If you're looking for a unique way to train kids not only when to go to bed - but when to wake up, then the Kid'Sleep Moon may be worth a look. Together with hosts Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro, THE ROCK FATHER is taking part in a fantastic giveaway sponsored by Claessens'Kids, in which you could win a $160 prize pack filled with tools to help kids learn "nighttime self regulation," a great thing in making sure that the entire family get's a good night's sleep. Check out the details and enter for your chance to win below.

#MovemberUPDATE: This promotion continues here!

For the second year in a row, I've committed myself to growing a mustache... or moustache, in support of Movember and their mission to raise funds and awareness to combat men's health issues including cancers and mental health (the cause I've chosen to support). My wife says that I "grow amusing facial hair," so that adds to the fun as I do my best to cultivate a fantastic 'stache by month's end, using the immortal Burt Reynolds (SMOKEY & THE BANDIT), Tom Selleck (MAGNUM P.I.) and David Hasselhoff (as the evil Garthe Knight from KNIGHT RIDER) as my inspiration - my "poster boys," if you will, in my journey. I break the rules a little bit right off the top, not starting "clean shaven," but working around my goatee to add a complimentary 'stache into the mix, and this year my Movember journey is powered by Panasonic & Neutrogena as they work to keep me looking good, while serving up a rockin' giveaway to help draw attention to and raise awareness for my personal Movember campaign. What could you win? Check this out...

The Rock Father shaved with the Schick® Xtreme3® Sensitive razor as part of a sponsored campaign for Socialstars #Indisposable

The right guitar pick... The right pen... A great cup of coffee... The soft and warm touch of the right flannel shirt on a crisp Fall day... Each of these things could be considered an "indisposable comfort" for me and my regular routine as "The Rock Father," a multi-tasking Dad, writer and rock & roller. Another indisposable comfort? Keeping the space between my massive goatee and my sideburns nice and baby-smooth. I've recently added the Schick® Xtreme3® Sensitive razor to my arsenal, a new tool in my fight to rock that fast-growing stubble straight from my face.

“THE ROCK FATHER is participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pull-Ups. He has received compensation for participating.”

Funny enough, it was just shy of three years ago when I first mentioned Huggies Pull-Ups here on THE ROCK FATHER, worked into a (hopefully) humorous post about being "The Rock Father," and how any job I was doing became equated not with money, but with how many boxes of Pull-Ups I could buy. 32 months, and over 2,800 articles later (seriously), we're potty training again, and that means that Pull-Ups are a fixture here once more.  Potty Training isn't fun, but there's ways to make it easier...

Just a short time ago, I dealt with one of modern parenting's endless challenges: How, and where to safely hang the baby monitor? We faced that challenge twice, and both times it was the same - cautiously working to make sure the wires weren't going to get grabbed by our priceless little girls as they slept in their cribs below. Another Dad, Iowa-based inventor Gerald Beranek, also faced the challenge, but he did something about it: He created the Vusee Universal Baby Monitor Shelf. For the past few months, Gerald and his wife have been selling their patent-pending #MadeInTheUSA design direct through his website, and now they've teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER to get three (3) lucky readers hooked-up with a Vusee of their own to help keep a safe eye on their own little ones!

Dr. CocoaThis post is brought to you by Dr. Cocoa for Children...

With Addie off to kindergarten this Fall, we're in that whole new world of social interaction. Much like the Pre-K days that have now since passed, it's an experience of meeting new people, making new friends... and coming home with all kinds of wacky germs, bugs, and viruses - that usually end up infecting this guy typing instead of the kids! But, in case those evildoing microbes do happen to strike, my wife and I are always prepared, with a cabinet full of tools ready to fight the good fight. Some new additions to the arsenal come courtesy of DR. COCOA FOR CHILDREN, who sent us their full line of FDA-approved chocolate-flavored cold relievers a few weeks back, though fortunately, I haven't had to use them just yet.

I'd like to think that when it comes to those "dad stereotypes" that are out there, I tend to not fit the bill. There is one, however, that I will fully admit to being a part of: I am a purveyor of "Dad Hair." I'm also not proud of that fact, yet my own hair has often been unruly over the years. I've had it gloriously long - did the 90s shoulder-length thing for awhile, and currently have it short and a little bit rockin'. I also once sported a dreaded mullet back in 1993. That's another fact that I'm not proud of, but I assure you it was a very fashionable, and somewhat enviable style in Iowa back then. Now, with two daughters, I often find myself serving as their stylist, and the results have thus far been mixed. With Back-to-School in full-effect, I've added some new tools to my arsenal with an assortment of SoCozy salon-quality hair care products for kids, several of which were sent to Rock Father HQ for me to put to the test... complete with COZY'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO GIRLS' HAIR.

I'm still impressed at how far baby products come in such a short period of time. Five years and two kids into this whole "parenting" thing, and the new products out now often trump what my wife and I had for our girls just a few years ago, and one example is the 4moms mamaRoo - an infant seat that blows away typical "bouncers" or "swings" by emulating the motions of real parents - Moms and Dads like YOU. Now, PishPoshBaby has teamed-up with my friends Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro to get one lucky reader hooked-up with a 4moms mamaRoo of their own - and they've invited THE ROCK FATHER to take part in spreading the word on this great opportunity to win a fantastic prize for your little "new release."

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