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Premiere Issue of total 180! Magazine to Reveal the 10 Best Cities in the U.S. for Stay-At-Home Moms


Rocklin, CA (August 2, 2005) Girlfriend Media Group announced today that total 180!, the first magazine for the professional woman turned stay-at-home mom, will reveal the 10 best cities in the U.S. to live as a Chief Household Officer (CHO). Written exclusively for total 180!’s premiere issue by Peter Sander, famed author of Cities Ranked and Rated, this unique Top 10 list focuses on what CHOs desire most in a city: affordable housing, high-quality schools, low crime rates, recreation, and shopping.

“The decision to leave the corporate world to become a full-time CHO is a life-changing event,” said J.T. Long, editor-in chief for total 180!. “Many times, making the choice to cut the household income in half to raise a family means finding a more affordable community in which to live,” she added. “Even if families aren’t planning on moving, they will be curious to know how their cities measure up.”

Readers who want more information about the upcoming “10 Best Cities” list, as well as other stories featured in the premiere issue, such as “Mach 3 With My Hair on Fire!”, “Martha Doesn’t Live Here”, and “The Sex Scorecard”, can visit the total 180! web site,

About total 180! Magazine:
Premiering in November 2005, total 180! will be the only magazine to target the more than 6 million* women who have left their full-time careers to raise their children (*according to the 2003 census). total 180! will cover the former career women’s new stay-at-home mom roles, identity shifts, relationships, financial situations, and mental and emotional needs — all in a reality-based voice and style unlike any other women’s magazine.

total 180! is about more than just shifting from career to motherhood; it’s also a total shift from the way magazines are written and marketed. Women want to feel accepted as they are, laugh with each other, and know they’re not alone. total 180! will be the only magazine to finally speak with women instead of to them.

Women can visit total 180!’s web site,, to immediately sign-up for the subscription-only publication, which will be printed quarterly for an annual subscription price of $15.95.

About Peter Sander:
Peter Sander is currently working on his 13th book: The 100 Best Places to Raise Your Family, for the best-selling Frommer’s Cities Ranked & Rated series, to release in Spring 2006. As a professional author, researcher, and consultant in business, personal finance, and reference geography, he has written twelve books including Cities Ranked & Rated: More Than 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada, Value Investing for Dummies, The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Living on a Budget, Everything Personal Finance, and Niche and Grow Rich. National media appearances include NBC’s Today, CNBC, Fox News, CNNfn, and numerous radio and print media interviews. He has an MBA in Logistics Management from Indiana University, a B.A. in Urban Affairs and Administration from Miami University of Ohio and has completed professional training as a Certified Financial Planner (CFPTM).

About Girlfriend Media Group:
total 180!’s founders, Debbie Klett, Kristie Zamboanga, Andrea Bandle, and Sheri Heuer conceived the idea for total 180! over coffee in November, 2004. The foursome, all former career women turned stay-at-home moms, met while working part-time for a local magazine. After generating excitement from everyone—friends, family, neighbors and industry professionals—they decided to form Girlfriend Media Group and publish total 180! themselves.



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