60-Second Sweat

One of Self Magazine’s 50 Hottest Trainers, Patrick Striet’s new book specializes in High-Intensity Interval Training and Metabolic Resistance Training. His meticulously designed program allows his clients to shed the pounds and build the muscle in no time flat. His new book 60-SECOND SWEAT will show readers how they can put his training and philosophies to work at home (or in the gym) by following the safe and effective program which is packed with exercises that are all done in a minute or less.

From helicopter parenting to free-range parenting and everything in between, it’s no secret the parenting landscape is forever shifting. With so much conflicting information as to what works and what doesn’t, it’s easy for parents to lose sight of how to be an effective leader in their family. The pressure to remain politically correct adds even more confusion to the mix: spanking, once a common practice parents swore by, just became illegal in France, making it the 52nd country to ban the corporal punishment at home.    

In-Charge Parenting

From helicopter parenting to free-range parenting and everything in between, it’s no secret the parenting landscape is forever shifting. With so much conflicting information as to what works and what doesn’t, it’s easy for parents to lose sight of how to be an effective leader in their family. The pressure to remain politically correct adds even more confusion to the mix: spanking, once a common practice parents swore by, just became illegal in France, making it the 52nd country to ban the corporal punishment at home. 

So what are parents to do? How can they cut through the noise to determine the most effective way to raise well-adjusted, intelligent children?

Enter: Child advocate, educator and psychological therapist Domenick J. Maglio, PhD., who answers these questions and more with his latest book, In-Charge Parenting: In a P.C. Nation. Dr. Maglio utilizes his over 45-year career working with kids, as well as his own experience raising four successful children and eleven grandchildren, to share with parents everywhere the most impactful ways to instill critical moral values in their kids.

A sometimes controversial, yet powerful guide to successful parenting, In-Charge Parenting provides sound advice on how parents can take back their power and raise thoughtful global citizens. Topics and themes explored in In-Charge Parenting include:

  • How being a parent is a sacred duty that requires them to teach the child to survive without them and be productive members of society.
  • That parents who let their child dictate to them gives the child a distorted vision of reality. It is a parent’s obligation to be in charge and treat their child accordingly.
  • The importance of giving a child clear, definitive consequences for positive or negative behavior and why it is essential for moral value lessons.
  •  A discussion on whether we need to bring back now politically incorrect parenting methods such as moderate spanking.
  • And much more!

Dream Big

There is a new trend emerging in the world of play: Geocaching. Geocaching is known as the world’s largest treasure hunt. See this video here to learn more about geocaching.

Kat Kronenberg, children’s book author of Dream Big, is getting in on the fun! She is giving away 1,400 trackables to geocachers in the USA who will place them in geocaches for others to find! Finders can share photos of “Big Smiles” with a trackable on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for a chance to win $1,000 and autographed 1st Editions of Dream Big. 

Dream Big is an illustrated book for all ages written by Kat Kronenberg. This whimsical and beautiful story teaches us a powerful secret that the animals have passed down for generations on how to find the hidden treasure in your own heart. Dream Big demonstrates that together we can all be inspired to identify and pursue our dreams, no matter how big or impossible they may seem.

Geocachers are invited to join the Dream Big movement and play in the geocaching game using the hashtags #GeocachersDreamBIG. From February to October 2017, three photos that best capture smiley geocaching adventures will be selected each month to win an autographed 1st Edition of Dream Big.

To learn more about this unique and fun adventure and the grand prize, read here.

Retirement Done Right and Wi$e Up Women

Americans are living longer than ever, which means retirement could last 20 to 30 years for some people – maybe even longer.

That’s great for those who remain in reasonably good health and retire with plenty of financial stability. But lengthy life spans also increase the odds that many seniors will deplete their savings, face debilitating health problems and need to turn to their children for financial help or caregiving. That’s a far cry from the kind of retirement they dreamt of over the years.

“I’ve done focus groups where one of the chief concerns that comes up is people don’t want to become a burden on their kids,” says Jeannette Bajalia, a retirement-income planner, president of Woman’s Worth® ( and author of Retirement Done Right and Wi$e Up Women.

It’s really too late to do much, though, when you’re 80 and your life starts unraveling. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead to get your finances and health in the best shape possible, she says. Among some of the points worth thinking about:

• Unanticipated health care costs. It’s estimated that the average married couple will need to pay up to $250,000 in out-of-pocket expenses for healthcare during their retirement, beyond what Medicare and most Medicare Supplements will pay. “We’re beginning to see a lot of cost shifting out of both Medicare programs and private health plans, which means more out-of-pocket healthcare costs,” Bajalia says. “It’s entirely possible that the savings you thought would allow you to travel or to at least pay all the bills could be gobbled up by medical expenses. As you plan for retirement, you should make it a priority to discuss this concern with your adviser so the two of you can look at what options you might have to try to keep that from happening.”
• Long-term care planning. When it comes to aging, consider the possibility you might have to receive home healthcare or live in a nursing home or an assisted-living facility. The costs of such care can be daunting. For example, studies have shown that home healthcare can cost $50,000 or more per year, and nursing home care can run as high as 90,000 per year. “You don’t want your kids to have to pay for that,” Bajalia says. There are ways to prepare, such as buying a long-term care insurance policy or checking with a financial professional to help you develop a strategy for protecting your assets from nursing-home claims, she says.
• Self-care. Not every financial professional may do this, but Bajalia says she believes it’s important to integrate health education and a lot of self-care into a retirement plan. Spending money on preventive health routines to take care of yourself now can help you avoid significant health problems that lead to even costlier expenses later on, she says.  Research is now telling us that longevity is over 70 percent lifestyle.

“I know it’s important to older people that they be able to remain independent as long as possible and not have to turn to their children to help,” Bajalia says. “They just need to remember that careful planning is the route to accomplishing that.”

And one of the planning tools would be to help fund long term care insurance for your aging parents to keep assets in their estates, she says, so long term care is not simply for yourself but for your aging parents. 

Jeannette Bajalia, author of Retirement Done Right and Wi$e Up Women, is president and principal advisor of Petros Estate & Retirement Planning, where she has designed and implemented innovate estate-planning solutions for clients and their families. She also is founder and president of Woman’s Worth® (, which specializes in the unique needs facing women as they plan for their retirement.

Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads: Pregnancy, Privacy, and Early Parenthood in the Digital Age?

In this compelling new book, attorney Frederick Lane offers tips and advice for expecting parents about how best to avoid the perils and dangers of the Internet and digital devices.  Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads: Pregnancy, Privacy, and Early Parenthood in the Digital Age is filled with useful information and guidance that will help ensure the safety and protect of children against the perils of technology. 

Frederick Lane is an author, attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of cybersafety, digital misconduct, personal privacy, and other topics at the intersection of law, technology, and society. He has written nine books, including most recently Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads (Mathom Press 2016). He lives in New York City. For more information, visit

The Healthy Workplace

In her new book, The Healthy Workplace (published by AMACOM Books), Leigh Stringer offers an innovative approach to how people can effectively stay on track for success. Her book utilizes real life and real time research and studies to prove that it pays to invest in people’s well-being.  Leigh Stringer reveals how to: create a healthier, more energizing environment; reduce stress to enhance concentration.

She explains how to inspire movement at work, use choice architecture to encourage beneficial behaviors; support better sleep; heighten productivity without adding hours to the workday. The book is filled with strategies and tips for immediate improvement and guidelines for building a long-term plan. The Healthy Workplace is designed to help boost both employee well-being and the bottom line.

Leigh Stringer, LEED AP, is a workplace strategy expert and researcher. Her work has been covered by national media, including CNN, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Good Morning America. She works for EYP, an architecture, engineering and building technology firm. 

She is the author of the bestselling book, The Green Workplace: Sustainable Strategies that Benefit Employees, the Environment and the Bottom Line (Palgrave MacMillan) and The Healthy Workplace:  How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees—and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line (AMACOM).

Leigh has a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters of Architecture and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Leigh lives with her husband and two daughters in Washington, DC.

For more information, visit

Heal Your Frozen Shoulder

Don’t let frozen shoulder stop you from feeling better than ever this year.

Introducing “Heal Your Frozen Shoulder,” a new fitness book that features more than 200 step-by-step photos that detail how to stretch, strengthen and massage your injured shoulder.

Shoulder dysfunction is no small problem, more than 20 percent of the adult population has or will suffer from frozen shoulder.

With this book, author Dr. Karl Knopf presents a complete program to get your shoulder back to its best possible condition, including effective movements, progressive stretches, gentle strengthening techniques and long-term lifestyle adjustments. “Heal Your Frozen Shoulder” equips you with the knowledge you need for full shoulder recovery.

Take control of your frozen shoulder today!

808 Conversation Starters for Couples

What can you and your partner talk about when you can’t think of anything new to talk about? Why not break away from the same old reliable—but boring!—subjects. Packed with 808 clever and lighthearted conversation starters, this book guarantees you will always have an exciting new topic to explore. 808 Conversation Starters for Couples is the perfect antidote for tired, shallow communication.

The book features questions, quizzes, and activities in an endless list of areas from childhood memories, school stories, old friends, family histories, politics, sports, literature, films, and much, much more. It guarantees you and your significant other will get closer through casual and meaningful conversations.

Galentine’s Day 

What’s Galentine’s Day? Only the best day of the year! Every February 13th, women leave their significant others at home and spend the day admiring each other. It’s all about ladies celebrating ladies. Perfect for best friends, mothers, coworkers, and more, these cards offer women the chance to show how much they appreciate and love every woman in their life.

Each beautiful card has a black-and-white line drawing set on a matte cardstock—ready for you to tear out, color, and share. Along with whimsical designs, they include playful messages like, “You’re the chicken to my waffle;” quirky compliments such as, “You are a brave, radiant unicorn;” and inspiring notes like, “You’re crushing it!” Coined by popular TV character Leslie Knope of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day has become a widespread holiday for celebrating the women in your life on February 13th—or any day of the year.