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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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This Holiday Wish Guide™ Deal Alert presented in collaboration with Universal Studios Home Entertainment #TeamJurassic

The Jurassic World 5-Movie Collection is the Amazon Deal of the Day for November 27, 2018! Get it for just $27.99 (reg. $54.97) on Blu-ray + Digital while supplies last! It's a perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer!

Celebrate one of the biggest movie franchises of all time with the Jurassic World 5-Movie Collection! From Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park), Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), and J. A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), dinosaurs once again roam the Earth in an amazing theme park on a remote island. The action-packed adventures find man up against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival. Featuring visually stunning imagery and groundbreaking filmmaking, these epic films are sheer moviemaking magic which were 65 million years in the making. Welcome to Jurassic World.

This post was sponsored by Amazon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

When I last wrote about starting our "smart home" with Amazon Devices, I was pretty excited to have the Echo Plus as our central hub and was just starting to experiment with things like smart lighting. This, of course, is just a tiny, tiny silver of what can be done with the power of Alexa. In just a short time, our home has become more efficient and entertaining. I've fallen in love with Alexa to the point where I've begun to expand our smart home - having since purchased an Echo Dot, smart plugs and additional lighting. As I mentioned when we got the Echo Plus, our girls were also becoming enamored with it as well - using it in unexpected ways, like helping out with spelling, checking the weather and even calling upon Alexa to serve-up some jokes. Now they've got their own devices as we've just added an Echo Dot Kids Edition and a Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet to the mix. There's a lot to love with these, and parents (especially those concerned with screen time) should take note of just how good the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is.

It's been nearly twenty years since Esther Novis, a mother of five and a former Harvard-trained biologist, started The Young Scientists Club as a summer science camp for her then 5-year-old son. And, for more than a decade The Young Scientists Club has been developing science kits and games featuring The Magic School Bus under license from Scholastic, based on the bestselling book series written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen. With the world of STEM-infused learning and play becoming more and more popular in recent years, The Magic School Bus has also become a big hit on Netflix - reimagined as The Magic School Bus Rides Again with Fiona Frizzle taking over at the wheel to inspire a new generation of kids. Now, just in-time for the holiday season, The Young Scientists Club has unleashed a collection of a dozen new and updated Magic School Bus Science Kits that are Holiday Wish Guide™ Picks - perfect for gifting to scientists ages 5-12.

Imaginative play is something that I'm big on here at Rock Father HQ, but like many households - space is at a premium. It's also little secret that cardboard boxes often hold the keys to countless hours of open-ended play, and that's where Sharingland comes in with their innovative new line of award-winning premium playhouses - a 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™ Pick!. Think of it as "the cardboard box 2.0" - sustainable, pop-up cardboard playhouses with vibrant graphics that are printed inside and out. Better yet, these come with a variety of accessories and wearables across themes like Space Odyssey, Epic Castle, Grand Palace, Windmill Farm and Ancestral Teepee! Check out the video below for more on the story of how Sharingland came to life, and to see these fantastic, foldable playhouses in-action!

Black Friday is behind us, and that means we're rolling full-steam ahead into Cyber Monday and Cyber Week! To celebrate, The Rock Father™ and Friends are co-hosting the #GameStopCyberMonday Twitter Party - Powered by PowerA!

As the holiday gifting is on everyone's mind, those looking for something new and exciting for little ones ages 18 months-5 years should check out this fresh spin on the classic push/foot-to-floor vehicle. The Simplay3 My Buddy and Me SUV transforms from child's push car to kid's ride-on with patented 180° floor rotation. The best part is that this ride is designed for two children, solving a problem we once had when our girls were smaller - no more fighting to get in since it's designed for two to ride! A 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™ Pick, the My Buddy and Me SUV is available in red or blue, and makes a perfect WOW gift for little ones that are ready to rock the road (the sidewalk). Simplay3 Black Friday Cyber Weekend Sale: Use Code GIFT10 for 10% Off + Free Shipping at Simplay3.com through 11/26/2018

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