The Rock Father is a 2014 Step2 Brand AmbassadorDo you love Step2? We at Rock Father HQ sure do, and with that, The Rock Father is pleased to be participating in the We Love Step2 Giveaway, hosted by fellow Step2 Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro. Together, we're giving YOU a chance to win ANY toy (up to a $150 value) from Step2.com! It's all to celebrate the annual spring release of some brand-new toys from Step2, many of which will make an appearance at the NYC Toy Fair next month. But why wait until then to see the goods? We've got your first-look right now!

For someone that doesn't have an iPad or tablet, I sure do cover a lot of App-related stuff here on The Rock Father. Why? Because so many of you are rockin' those digital devices with your little ones! If you're an iPad user and are looking for a cool last-minute Mother's Day Gift, the folks at Storypanda have a neat idea: You can make a custom digital storybook with their Apps for FREE through Sunday night. Regularly priced at $1.99 & $2.99, six of their book Apps have been marked to $0. When they hit me with the info on it tonight, they said it was "So Easy a Cat Can Do It." Check out the video below to see how Storypanda works...

Published in Books, Mags, Comics

Earlier this month, I posted a blog regarding the MATCHBOX 60th Anniversary Celebration that Mattel is currently promoting (read it here). One thing I didn't mention in that piece was that for the first time ever... MATCHBOX has issued a "chase" vehicle - a variation produced in limited numbers and randomly distributed - similar to what the MATCHBOX cousins at HOT WHEELS do with their "Treasure Hunts." While the 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition Line of MATCHBOX is said to include 24 Vehicles, there is actually a 25th - the unnumbered Routemaster Bus in Red Chrome, with special artwork.

Published in Contests and Giveaways

I always hear a lot of people griping about Kickstarter projects that never come to fruition, so it's always cool to see the final result of a project done good. Case in point - MAKE A DISCOVERY: SONGS FOR KIDS, the new children's album from MARCIE. Successfully funded via Kickstarter this past June, MAKE A DISCOVERY exceeded it's $3,000 goal, and has now been released as a 100% Free Download for all to enjoy. 

Published in Family Music

They're the self-proclaimed "originators of humorcore," and now PSYCHOSTICK is serving up a tasty FREE ALBUM DOWNLOAD through Thanksgiving. Their holiday record, THE FLESH EATING ROLLERSKATE HOLIDAY JOYRIDE can be downloaded in it's entirety from this location. The free offering comes in celebration of their forthoming Christmas Tour, which kicks off in Peoria, Illinois on the 20th. Check out the full run of dates below!

Published in Music for Grownups

As a parent running a mostly single-income household these days (my wife goes to work while I stay home with the kids), I'm constantly seeking new ways to control costs while still providing my daughters with the best of everything. One thing we discovered during our first daughter's infancy was Store Brand Baby Formula. Having compared packages between brands, it was obvious that the nutritional value was there, and in fact - they meet or exceed FDA standards at up to 50% Off the cost of national brands. With our second daughter now nearly five months old, we're using Store Brand Formula once more.

Published in Contests and Giveaways
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