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I can distinctly recall a time when I was a little kid - distracted by some cool new action figures in the lower-level toy department at Wieboldts - and when I approached my "Mom" - a lady turned around and revealed herself not to be my Mom, but a lady with similar hair and a similar jacket. I was terrified - and while I wasn't truly "lost" (my Mom was an aisle or two over), I could've been because I wasn't staying with my grownup like I should've been. Now, as a parent myself, I'm even more terrified of being separated from my girls - especially since they have a habit of just taking off. For peace of mind, there's a product out called SafetyTat, and with summer here and plenty of adventures taking place, I received a few samples that I was eager to try out.

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We have a "two-car" garage here at Rock Father HQ, but it's been awhile since it's actually seen a car - a real car - inside it. My Dad might've pegged it best when he deemed it "the warehouse" on a visit last year, a nickname that I've since adopted since the garage has been used for anything but keeping vehicles safe these past few years... rather, becoming a place for storage, toys and projects... with my tools and such shoddily tossed-in with no real organization. I did tackle the Christmas decorations back in January (something I'd written about), but with Spring here, it became really apparent that I absolutely have to get that garage whipped into shape. For my kids, it probably looks like the warehouse in INDIANA JONES. To me? A mess.

Sometimes new experiences come from unexpected places, and one of those recently occurred when one of my Facebook friends introduced me to Scentsy Fragrances. I really didn't know much about Scentsy aside from seeing occasional stickers or ads for it, but I was willing to give it a shot here at Rock Father HQ in hopes of bringing some interesting fragrances into my office and home.

As a work-at-home Dad with two girls, two dogs, and limited time, I'm always working to keep things clean. In fact, you could say I'm a little OCD about it, and I'm vacuuming pretty often. That said, when the folks at Eureka asked if I'd be willing to take their new Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS Vacuum for a spin, I took them up on the offer - especially when they told me that independent testing shows that it "cleans carpets better that the Dyson DC41." You see, I have a Dyson... so I was interested in seeing how it stacks up against the competition.

So here's the deal: People ask me all the time, "The Rock Father, why do you rock so hard how do you look so great all the time?" Yes, they address me with "The" before "Rock Father," much like you'd always address THE AQUABATS as "The" Aquabats. But nevermind that, because I'm being silly here... people never ask me that, because I look completely disheveled more often than not these days, but I'm working on it. I'm a work-at-home Dad, and while this website and my adventures in media are a big part of my life, the biggest part of my life is raising my two daughters, Adalyn and Finley. With all the time I spend with them (as I type this, we're actually in-between Parent-Tot Playtime at the Park District and Gymnastics this afternoon), sometimes I forget to take care of myself.

And now it's time to take a break from our regularly-scheduled entertainment coverage to discuss something of great importance to me: keeping the house clean. I work from home, and it's always a challenge to keep Rock Father HQ looking it's best, and to assist, the folks at Eureka recently sent me one of their new Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS Vacuums (available Exclusively at Walmart) to test out. While the official results from my state-of-the-art product testing facility are forthcoming, THE ROCK FATHER and Eureka are teaming up to give YOU a chance to bring some of that #EurekaPower home. Not one, but TWO lucky readers will received one of these new machines. Let's rock.

At the beginning of February, the folks at Panasonic USA reached out to THE ROCK FATHER to give their new Panasonic Arc 3 Wet/Dry Shaver (available now from my affiliate, Target) a spin. You could call it a bit of a "Scruffy Dude Challenge," and actually, that's exactly what we'll call it! There's one area of my chin that never gets a shave - my ZZ Top portion, if you will (for a price, I may cut it) - but the rest of my baby-like face often needs some attention. While I might go into more detail on my personal Arc 3 (sounds like something IRON MAN would use) experience in a future post, Panasonic has offered up another Arc 3 Wet/Dry Shaver (a $130 value) that one of YOU can win. But we'd like to see your #ScruffyDude...

My wife watches KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS. I don't like the show... but I do like Kanye West. It makes me feel very conflicted at times, and that said, I feel weird that I'm sharing Kardashian news here on THE ROCK FATHER... but it fits. Beginning March 15, Babies 'R' Us will be the exclusive retailer for KARDASHIAN KIDS, a new line of clothing for girls up to 24 months with items ranging in price from $15-$30. My first reaction is that it seems weird to limit a line called "kids" to just girls - and to further limit it by only going birth-24 months, but some of the samples look cute, so who knows? Perhaps it will expand as the real-life Kardashian Kids get older. Personally, I really like the outfit worn by the girl below right...

Last month, the folks at LAICA had one of their new Stream 3000 Series Water Pitchers delivered to Rock Father HQ. Now, I'm always on the lookout for cool new items to feature here on THE ROCK FATHER, products that will enhance your lifestyle (and mine), and this Italian-made water filtration system certainly fits the bill. Rather than completely strip your tap water of even essential minerals, LAICA has devised a system that preserves the balance of calcium and magnesium. It's brand-new to North America, and we're getting one lucky reader hooked up with a pitcher and a year's supply of Bi-flux MineralBalance Filters. 

For all of my friends in Chicagoland... If you're looking for some unique fun with your family this weekend, take a look at JUMP AMERICA in Gurnee, Illinois. Located not far from Rock Father HQ up in Lake County, JUMP AMERICA is the premiere Trampoline Park that offers Family Fun Night every Saturday from 6-8pm. Family Fun Night includes 2 hours of jumping for 4 jumpers plus one 18" pizza (cheese, pepperoni, or sausage), and 4 beverages all for $45. Check out the video below to learn what JUMP AMERICA is all about...

I haven't mentioned it here on the site before, but while certain "other" lines of hair care products for men seem to get all of the press, last August, the folks at AUSSIE had a bunch of their AUSSIE MEN products sent to Rock Father HQ, and I've been using them ever since. I've used the shampoo and conditioner, the gel (which I love), and the texturizing wax (which smells great). I haven't seen much in terms of advertising for it, but I dig the Aussie Men stuff that I've been using. That said, some news just hit my inbox about another new product line, but it's an offshoot of AUSSIE KIDS that features Nickelodeon's DORA THE EXPLORER. This is actually the first-ever licensed product offering from the folks at Aussie. Details below...

When people find out that I'm an at-home Dad, there's often an image that comes to mind that is not quite accurate, and is largely fueled by the "TV depiction" of stay-at-home and work-at-home Dads: A group of four or five guys standing around a park with outward-facing babies dangling from their chests. If this happens anywhere, I have not witnessed it, nor been a part of such a gathering in the past 4+ years of my career as a parent. When I have seen babies worn by other parents (and sometimes myself), the big question has always been "which way is the right way - inward or outward." It's been the subject of vigorous debate among parents, but the folks at Boba Family just might have the answer, and that answer is inward.

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