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If your little ones have been watching LITTLE CHARMERS on Nick Jr., there's a solid chance that you already know that the overwhelming message is one of friendship. In Charmville, Hazel, Posie and Lavender are three Charmers-in-training that teach kids the merits of teamwork and friendship as they work to use their newfound magical powers to cast "charms." Things don't always go as planned, and that's part of the charm - just like real kids sometimes learn by trial and error. Just in-time for the gifting season, Spin Master has released a new assortment of Little Charmers toys that are featured picks in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine.

When it comes to Disney•Pixar's TOY STORY franchise, one of the smartest things they've done is keep the adventures fresh with spin-off TOY STORY TOONS and TV Specials. These stand-alone adventures have been perfect for introducing new characters and keeping Buzz, Woody and all of their friends current in the minds of what is now a couple generations - two decades past the 1995 debut of the first TOY STORY feature film. While they've all been big hits here, none has hit the mark more than TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT - a 22-minute short film that premiered on ABC ahead of Christmas 2014. Released now on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT is a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine as a perfect stocking stuffer for TOY STORY-loving kids and grownups alike... especially ones that grew up in the 1980s (like me) and are raising kids right now.

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THE ROCK FATHER is participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hasbro. He received product samples for this feature, and a promotional item as a participation thank you.

The Force is Strong in my family. I have it... my wife has it... our daughters have it. Do you have that power, too? With the December 18th release of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS fast-approaching in the heart of the Holiday Season, there's an impressive fleet of new toys and games from Hasbro hitting the streets - many of which I've been covering here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine since they began rolling out on "Force Friday" back in September. Family Game Night is certainly an important tradition for many, and The Force can be with it in a trio of new games that have landed firmly here in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide - the STAR WARS LOOPIN' CHEWIE GAME, CATCH PHRASE: STAR WARS Edition, and the BOP IT! STAR WARS R2-D2 Edition!

Early-on in the season I gave you a preview of something that was at that point headed my way - a Crab Pot Christmas Tree by Fisherman Creations. We're usually early decorators here at Rock Father HQ, and with the unpredictable nature of the cold weather here in Northern Illinois, it might be sunny skies and green grass today with sub-freezing temperatures and snow close behind. Knowing that, I've started dabbling with the outdoor stuff, and one of our new additions for 2015 is a 3' Crab Pot Christmas Tree that was sent here for review. Made in the USA (though the lights are imported) in North Carolina, they're green PVC coated crab pot mesh (we're talking material made for salt water), so they're built to stand the elements. The trees fold flat for easy storage, and stake into the ground to fight the wind. Check ours out...

When my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide recently launched here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, one of the first things featured on the site were the fantastic toys, books and games based on what has thus-far been 2015's biggest movie. Now, JURASSIC WORLD has come home for the holidays on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, and the folks at Universal Studios Home Entertainment and I are giving readers a chance to win the film on Blu-ray Combo Pack - the ultimate stocking stuffer for Dino-enthusiasts...

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Movies are the perfect stocking stuffer, and when it comes to movies for grownups, one of 2015's biggest is TRAINWRECK. Amy Schumer & Bill Hader star in this Judd Apatow comedy, and now the film is coming home for the holidays on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and Universal Studios Home Entertainment are giving readers a chance to win a copy on Blu-ray Combo Pack, and this would certainly make the perfect gift for yourself or someone you know!

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