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FolgersTHE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Folgers for the #RemixYourCoffee promotion.

It was just over a year ago that I first paid a visit to Orrville, Ohio to spend some time at the Corporate Headquarters of The J.M. Smucker Company. There I had a chance to visit and explore the Folgers coffee lab, an experience that led to an entry about some uncanny connections to my family history, specifically my Great Grandfather, who spent much of his life as a coffee taster. I love coffee - many different kinds of coffee (a habit I've spoken of frequently here on the site), and one of my favorites is the Folgers Black Silk - a bold, but super-smooth variety. While I often drink it black, the Folgers crew recently launched their first-ever collection of "coffee enhancers" with the release of Folgers Flavors. These small, squirtable bottles let you add a splash of flavor to your favorite brew, as little or as much as you'd like, in Mocha, Caramel, Vanilla or Hazelnut flavors.

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2014 Holiday Gift GuideTHE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Lunchbox and Mattel for this high-octane sponsored post...

It's no secret that we're big fans of HOT WHEELS here at Rock Father HQ. In fact, I've often thrown down some virtual ink about Mattel's iconic line of diecast vehicles and playsets over in the "Rides" section of site, and if you've seen my Instagram, you've seen new additions to our collection on a regular basis. Now comes HOT WHEELS RACE REWARDS exclusively at Walmart. Quite simply, you can earn cool rewards on the HOT WHEELS you're already buying for the little ones (or yourself) - rewards like the brand-new Exclusive MONSTER JAM MONSTER MUTT that you can only get through HOT WHEELS RACE REWARDS. Buy, scan and earn. HOT WHEELS 1:64 scale diecast vehicles are a perfect stocking stuffer!

eloTHE ROCK FATHER™ has partnered with Life of Dad and elo™ for the #BedTimeBattle promotion.

Technology and kids. If you've been following my online ramblings long enough, you probably know that I'm hesitantly cautious whenever new tech comes along that in some way involves the little ones. I put my money on crushing the "App Toy" trend a couple years ago - those annoying items that required someone else's technology (like a quickly-outdated smartphone or tablet) to be inserted in it to run. Once the tech was obsolete, so was the toy. I was the mean Dad that bought a new crossover without screens in the back, and I absolutely despise seeing grownups instinctively shove "devices" into their kids hands like a micro-chipped pacifier (funny enough, we really didn't do actual pacifiers with our girls, either). I've actually had other people's children tug on my shirt asking to use my phone to "play a game." No. As an adult, I'm already too tethered to my gear, so I'd rather my kids not be. But, like most things, tech can be great in moderation, and there's some fine stuff out there that serves a real purpose if you're looking in the right place. Unexpected tech, like the elo™ Pillow.

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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.

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“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...

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This #DisneyBeauties post has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are that of James Zahn, aka "The Rock Father."
Royal Adventures

When Lorde sang that "we'll never be Royals," it was immediately clear that she's not yet a parent. If she were, then she'd fully realize that it's not only possible, but incredibly likely to become Royals on a fairly frequent basis - a transformation that can occur several times a week, or during some phases - every, single day. You see, my wife and I are raising a pair of daughters - each of which occasionally displays traits that reflect the true spirit of a Disney Princess. The kindness of Snow White... the heroic spark for adventure of Merida... the grace of Sleeping Beauty... the wonder of Sofia the First, the attitude of Princess Leia (hey, she's Disney now!) and even, the cleaning skill of Cinderella. Yes, that, too. It's not just one thing that represents a Princess in The Kingdom of Rock Fatheria™, but a lot of elements that come together for a series of regular Royal Adventures.

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