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!
This 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."
Known for their limited-time offerings of just 24 hours a pop, once in awhile a shirt comes back by popular demand, and that's just what happened with "Another Brick in the Wall," a design mashing the iconic multi-colored bricks of LEGO with the title of the 1979 album and 1982 film by PINK FLOYD.
THE ROCK FATHER is a paid 2014 BuyCostumes Halloween Brand Ambassador
And like that, Labor Day is finally behind us and #OrangeTuesday has arrived! What is Orange Tuesday, you ask? It's the new Black Friday - the official start to the Halloween Season, and that day is today. It's true, I'm an unapologetic fan of Fall and Halloween (I was an October baby), and my little ones are turning out to be as well (that picture up top is Addie at just 14 months back in 2010). In fact, as far as I'm concerned, Halloween is the #1 Holiday of the year with Christmas it's only A-list partner (my wife said I couldn't mark the boxes with Easter & Valentine's stuff as "B-List Holiday Decor"). 2014 is particularly special, as the folks at BuyCostumes have invited me to join their crew for the next ten weeks - bringing you more frightfully-good seasonal content than ever before, with spook-tacular goodies from BuyCostumes peppered on top of my already fang-tastic treats for the year. Yeah, I'm a bit punny - but it's Orange Tuesday, so let's celebrate with a jump on the Halloween Shopping Season. Are you ready?
When I last checked-in from our Back-to-School shopping adventure at Gurnee Mills, there was one store left that I wanted to hit - one that's been a staple of my seasonal fashion coverage for kids for over a year now, RUUM American Kid's Wear. What's become crystal clear over the past year is that we have one very fickle young fashionista in five-year-old Addie, who will quickly accept or reject an outfit or item (even ones that Daddy and Mommy really like), but 2-year-old Finley is a little more easy-going, at least for now. With new Fall collections (including Modern Rocker, Woodland and Back to School) in-stores and online at RUUM.com, the folks at RUUM invited us into their store to grab a few more outfits for the girls, and with $100 in Gift Cards and some additional cash from The Rock Father, here's what went down...
I don't post a ton of deals here on THE ROCK FATHER, but once in awhile something comes along that I have to share. Now through August 31st, the crew over at Crayola Store are offering 50% Off Sitewide. That means you can stock up on some of the best supplies available (provided you have your school's shopping list already), and while I know a lot of folks are doing a sorta Back-to-School pushback this year, worry not - those are the same people that break out the stock articles about "stores setting up Christmas too early" every year. It's not a new thing. I need to shop soon, myself. I'll have a kindergartener this year, and that's still an incredible thing to me.
I'm always intrigued by, and in some cases bummed that a lot of the new baby products weren't around when I could actually use them for my own girls. Even in the jumps between the release of our first daughter in 2009 and the sequel in 2012, there was so much cool stuff that didn't exist just three years prior, and here I sit with my youngest now two, and it's really set-in that my days of having a "baby" in my life are over. But, for those of you that are just entering your parenting adventure (or perhaps starting a new chapter in it), goumikids is a new player on the scene - a Portland-based company founded by two Moms (Lili Yeo and Linsey Ebuen), longtime friends on a mission to improve the lives of not only those around them - but Global residents as well.
We're just days away from the official start of summer, and that means that Camp Season is about to hit full-swing. For us, Addie just started Theatre Camp today (Broadway Beginners... and here I said I wouldn't do the "acting" thing with her), and I know a lot of parents with little ones about to embark on some big adventures in the weeks ahead.
For those of you gearing up for Camp, my friends at RUUM American Kid's Wear have sent over a list of their Top Five Camp Essentials, and since that's one of our favorite stores, I'm sharing them here with all of you!