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March 10, 2017 09:35 AM PST

Prom Season Starts Here!

Celebrate National Promposal Day with
Rising Teen Digital Media Stars Summer McKeen & Dylan Jordan Who Share Their Top 3 Ideas for
Creative Prom Proposals.

Men’s Wearhouse, the go-to destination for Prom and formalwear expertise, has officially established March 11 as National Promposal Day. A day where high school students across the country can celebrate their creativity by sharing their unique and often elaborate proposals to ask each other to prom.

Teenage social media stars and couple Summer McKeen & Dylan Jordan join Ric to discuss:

*Elaborate Prom Proposals: Highlighting a few of the most creative invites.
*How to get Your Nerve Up: Tips for Asking your High School Crush to the Prom
*This Year’s Trends in Prom Fashion

Men’s Wearhouse has collaborated with Snapchat to create a custom filter that will be geo-fenced to high schools across the United States and Canada. Exclusively available on March 11th, this filter will give students another opportunity to celebrate the day and ask the all-important question “Will you go to prom with me?” Students who participate in National Promposal Day are encouraged to share their epic promposal experiences throughout social media by using the hashtag #NationalPromposalDay.

Summer McKeen is a YouTube vlogger best known for her lifestyle, beauty and fashion content. Summer has collaborated with well known brands and grown an audience of 800,000+ fans worldwide since beginning her self-made content at age 14. She is based in Oregon.

Charismatic Dylan Jordan is poised to take the entertainment industry by surprise. The aspiring actor has close to a million social media followers on platforms like Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Men's Wearhouse is the largest specialty retailer of men's apparel and rental product in the U.S. with more than 850 stores nationwide.
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March 07, 2017 12:40 PM PST

Head in the Game: The Mental Engineering of the World's Greatest Athletes by Brandon Sneed

The next frontier of sports training doesn't rest with the body, but with the mind.
For years, common wisdom has held that athletic performance is rooted in genetics and peak physical enhancement of the body. But journalist Brandon Sneed has another idea: that mental engineering -- training the cognitive process of the brain -- presents yet a new level of sports performance, and that athletes, despite already being at the top of the genetic pool, can actually become better.

This is a watershed idea -- the conscious alteration of our brains can have drastic effects, so much so that elite athletes around the world are already seeing incredible results: stars like Steph Curry, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Russell Wilson, and dozens others are experimenting with this concept. They are hooking their brains to computers and using other cutting-edge technology that seems like stuff out of sci-fi movies to get at the root of their respective performance. What they are finding helps them is eye-opening, powerful, and, in their words, "life-changing."

In Head in the Game, Sneed takes on a mesmerizing tour of what seems to be a new frontier in performance enhancement, from neuroscience labs at Duke, to the Super Bowl, to the mountains of Patagonia, to the Taj Mahal of virtual reality, to the jungles of Peru, and beyond. Anchoring all of this is a dynamic cast of characters, from the director of human performance at Red Bull, to the former Nike higher-up who left to start his own cognitive engineering company, to the drug addict who built sensory deprivation chambers in a fit of near-madness only to find them in high demand by the world's best athletes, to paradigm-shattering neuroscientists who have created technology that allows athletes to look at their brains using a headset and a smartphone, and many more.

March 07, 2017 08:03 AM PST

The Mothers of the Country's Most
Elite Young Basketball Players
Speak Out in Lifetime's New Series
Bringing Up Ballers Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT, 9pm CT on Lifetime

Ric Speaks with Chicago-Based Entrepreneur, Celebrity Hair Stylist and Bringing Up Ballers Star,
Peytyn Willborn

In Lifetime's new docu-series Bringing Up Ballers, five Chicago-area female entrepreneurs -- whose kids are some of the country’s most elite young basketball players -- do whatever it takes to ensure that their businesses succeed and their boys are on track to make it to the NBA. With millions of dollars on the line by becoming an NBA player, these feisty moms are determined to balance their family lives, their businesses and make sure their sons' hoop dreams come true.

Peytyn Willborn is a former celebrity hair stylist (for TV shows & films such as The Mo'Nique Show, My Wife and Kids, Roll Bounce, Barbershop and The Princess Diaries), and an entrepreneur who's owned successful businesses for nearly two decades, including Chicago's only black-owned Italian restaurant. Peytyn also started the Future Mogul Campaign and visits inner city high schools to speak to students about entrepreneurship and assisting them with their entrepreneurial endeavors. Now that her son George is about to graduate high school, Peytyn is helping him navigate college offers from all over the country and providing guidance for his professional sports career.

March 03, 2017 08:24 AM PST


This book is about my life as a child in the 1950's. From my childhood to my teenage years. I'm not proud of my childhood but it is very important to me to let everyone know what I went through as a child. It gives me some relief to know that someone else knows how I felt during that time and a lot of people can relate to this. I want this to be continuing story of my life after I started to work until the present. People don't know what fear is until they live through and make it. I know that the things that happened to me doesn't change anything but at least it will give me a chance to let the world know what it is like and the struggle that you should go through to get to where you are now.This book is about my life as a child in the 1950's. From my childhood to my teenage years. I'm not proud of my childhood but it is very important to me to let everyone know what I went through as a child. It gives me some relief to know that someone else knows how I felt during that time and a lot of people can relate to this. I want this to be continuing story of my life after I started to work until the present. People don't know what fear is until they live through and make it. I know that the things that happened to me doesn't change anything but at least it will give me a chance to let the world know what it is like and the struggle that you should go through to get to where you are now.

March 03, 2017 08:21 AM PST

Dr. LeslieBeth (LB) Wish is a nationally recognized licensed clinical psychotherapist honored for her pioneering work in love, career, happiness, and success.

The National Association of Social Workers has named her on their list of the Fifty who has Contributed to the Profession. She is the subject of biographical entry in many Marquis’Who’s Who publications.

Her latest self-help, research-based books are Smart Relationships and The Love Adventures of Almost Smart Cookie.

Her surprising findings inspired her to co-write her next book about intuition--one of the cornerstones of happiness and success. Your story about listening--or not listening--to your intuition could be featured in this next book! Go to her website www.lovevictory.com and click at the top on Intuition Stories.

March 03, 2017 08:14 AM PST

Julia Schopick is a best-selling author of the book, HONEST MEDICINE: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life-Threatening Diseases. She is a seasoned radio talk show guest who has appeared on over 100 shows and is often invited back. Through her writings and her blog, HonestMedicine.com, Julia’s goal is to empower patients to make the best health choices for themselves and their loved ones by teaching them about little-known but promising treatments their doctors may not know about. Julia’s writings on health and medical topics have been featured in American Medical News (AMA), Alternative & Complementary Therapies, the British Medical Journal and the Chicago Sun-Times. You may reach her via email at Julia@HonestMedicine.com.

March 02, 2017 09:42 AM PST

Sleep Awareness Week is Coming Up!

Daylight Saving Time Sleep Tips With
Dr. Michael Breus, “The Sleep Doctor”

For Many of Us, Spring Forward = Lost Sleep.
Learn How to Better Adjust to the Time Change
And Develop Better Sleep Habits Overall.

We’re about to enter Sleep Awareness Week (March 6-13) and prepare to “spring forward” with Daylight Saving Time on March 12. Yet statistics show that Americans aren’t getting enough sleep.

A recent survey by Wakefield Research for Princess Cruises found nearly three-quarters of Americans take at least one day off a year just to sleep, while 40% take five or more days off per year (a full work week) just to catch up on shut-eye. And half of all Americans think they would be happier if they could get more sleep. So, what’s holding them back?

Sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus discusses with Ric how Americans can develop a better relationship with sleep, starting with tips on how to adjust to Daylight Savings Time and offer up solutions to help people find the path to, and perks of, a good night’s rest.

The first step to achieving better sleep is to find the right bed. Dr. Breus partnered with Princess Cruises to develop the Princess Luxury Bed, which integrates the latest thinking in the science and design of sleep. These new beds will be rolled out to every stateroom across the Princess fleet through 2018, and are also available for consumers to bring into their own homes through its online retail store.

Michael Breus is the best-selling author of two sleep books and served as the official sleep representative of WebMD. He regularly appears on Dr. Oz and is a sought-after expert to discuss sleep issues. He discusses America’s sleep deficit and the benefits and how-to’s of a good night’s sleep at home… and on vacation.
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March 02, 2017 09:37 AM PST

Spring Fashion Forecast:

Polyvore Senior Fashion Editor Amy Wicks Reveals Upcoming Trends to Jumpstart the Season

Plus Tips on How to Style These Looks From Your Own Wardrobe

There's no better way to kick off spring than with a new wardrobe. This year, colorful patterned jeans and mirrored sunglasses are on every fashionista's spring wish list. Polyvore Senior Fashion Editor Amy Wicks joins Ric to reveal the trending styles for spring on Polyvore, one of the world's largest online fashion communities. As resident fashion editor, Amy curates and surfaces the top trends on a daily basis. Polyvore is a one stop online shop offering top fashion, beauty and home items along with styling advice from a global community.
Trending this season:

Top Accessory Trends for Spring:

*High-neck and nude swimwear
*Embroidered and floral shoes
*Mirrored sunglasses
* Velvet sneakers and backpacks

Top Clothing Trends for Spring:

*Colorful, embellished and patterned jeans
*Off-the-shoulder everything
*Bell sleeve dresses and blouses
*Lace-up pants, leggings and jeans

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February 28, 2017 07:55 AM PST

The Emmy® Nominated Outstanding Children's Series Annedroids Returns to Amazon for Season Four Available on Amazon Prime Video starting March 3rd

With a Whopping 10 Emmy® Nominations, Annedroids Tied Sesame Street for the most Nominations in 2016

Ric Speaks with Creator JJ Johnson About the Hit Live Action Adventure Series that Teaches Children About Science & Technology

Created by Emmy®-nominated writer/producer JJ Johnson (Dino Dan), Annedroids is a live-action adventure series about a young female genius, her human friends, android assistants and the amazing scientific discoveries they make while undertaking the biggest experiment of them all: growing up. Aimed at children aged four through seven, Annedroids -- which tied Sesame Street for the most Emmy® Nominations in 2016 (10) -- returns to Amazon Prime Video for its fourth season on March 3. The new season explores the concept of a “modern day family,” which isn’t necessarily defined by blood relation, but rather the people that are closest to you.
To learn more about Annedroids, visit:

February 24, 2017 08:11 AM PST


Five episodes, a million year-old romance, past lives, space battles, intrigue, Lemuria, Atlantis, inter-dimensional scientific and spiritual principles of life, today's false religious beliefs and other secrets exposed in detail. This series is a must-read by every truth seeker.

​​30 years in the making, "Legacy" is a novel, set in the future, of mankind’s previous sojourns through this and countless other worlds, as experienced by the author. It describes one man's incredible journey through several lifetimes as far back as a million years, his blunders and triumphs, and the many worlds and places where these experiences took place.

The Legacy episodes also highlight advanced scientific and spiritual concepts written in lyrical, romantic prose. Most of all, Legacy is a powerful love story deeply rooted in this man's unquenchable, desperate search through the vastness of space and time for his one; his soul mate.

Read and experience incomparable truth, learn how beings live on other worlds, what they believe in, and most of all ... see evidence supporting such claims.​
www.rgaetan.com www.unarius.com

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