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One of my mantras is “Do not judge; be inspired.” Philly's Phinest Profiles Jen Groover -The Ever Evolving Entrepreneur

Judgment is part of human nature. But instead, it makes more sense to stop and be mindful of the way something works or is built and ask,  “Why is it this way? Does it have to be?”

Mindfulness comes when you just observe things in the moment.  It’s an awesomely powerful tool.  I try to practice mindfulness everyday—stepping out of flow of what I’m doing for a brief time and just being in the moment, appreciating what’s going on around me.  When you can do that, you can see in a new way.  Mindfulness creates fertile ground for inspiration.  You become inspired to change things.

How many products, companies, and industries have started because someone had the audacity to say, “Can’t we do this differently?”  

When you are inspired everything becomes possible and passion radiates. That is a beautiful state of mind to be in. If you are not inspired, but stuck in harsh judgment, you are shutting off possibilities around you.  

The next time you are about to “judge” something, catch yourself and say, “What can I learn from this?”  Committing to becoming more mindful can be the habit that changes your life…and your bank account.

Top media mogul and business expert, Jen Groover, has been tagged by Success Magazine as a "One-Woman Brand" and “Creativity and Innovation Guru”, a leading "Serial Entrepreneur" by Entrepreneur Magazine and has drawn comparisons to Walt Disney and Benjamin Franklin.   Jen Groover's name has quickly become synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship and evolution. She has gone from guest-hosting spots on QVC to inking deals with some of the industry’s biggest heavyweights and most recently making history with the honor of ringing the bell on the NYSE with the first group of all women to ring the bell, representing women’s leadership and economic independence.

Jen is a top business and lifestyle contributor and content creator for major networks such as ABC, CBS, CNBC, NBC, Fox News, Fox Business News and The CW. Jen also contributes editorial pieces to several prominent business magazines and online resources including The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, HealthyStyleNY, Healthy Girl, and Pathways Magazine. Her products, brand and work have been featured in hundreds of media outlets including  O! The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, People, US Weekly, Success and Entrepreneur to name a few. She is also a successful author and highly-sought after motivational speaker and respected thought leader of our time.

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One of the top headlines today in the political world is Rick Santorum's sudden surge in Iowa. With the Iowa Caucus next week, it seemed like a 2-horse race between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Now, according to many news outlets, former PA Governor and right wing zealot Rick Santorum is placing third in Iowa, according to a CNN/Time poll.

Whooptee-friggin-doo! He's third place in polls for the Iowa caucus. Just think about how ridiculous this sounds. This is like bragging about how your kid finished in a practice race in gym class. In the end it means jack squat.

Santorum has zero chance of being elected president in this country, let alone winning the GOP nomination. His family values crap only goes so far. When it comes to taking on real issues, which matter - like the economy or foreign policy he is clueless.

If you want someone to run your church then he's your guy, but he's about the last person you would ever want running your country. We had to suffer with Rick Santorum as a Senator in Pennsylvania for six years when he did absolutely nothing except preach his family values BS. That means a hill of beans when it comes to taking on global problems.

Before long, Santorum will fade and we can focus on the election between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. There is only one real qualified Republican candidate in the entire field; Mitt Romney.

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Bring in the New Year with the 18th Annual Hair O’ The Dog- Philadelphia’s Swankiest Black Tie Affair!

Date: Saturday, January, 14th 2012 from 9pm-1:30am (with after parties too!)

Location: The Westin Philadelphia at Liberty Place

General Admission: $95/VIP $165/ Bottle Service $750 per four

All Tickets include Top Shelf open bar and Gourmet hors d' oeuvres

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Philadelphia, PA (December 20, 2011) – Philadelphia-based sports apparel retailer Mitchell & Ness has issued a line of limited-edition apparel in honor of the National Hockey League’s 2012 Winter Classic events hosted at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia.

The Mitchell & Ness Winter Classic 2012 line features vintage-inspired cotton tees ($35) and hooded zip-front fleece sweatshirts ($90) for men and women. In addition, the line consists of an exclusive collection of player tees ($35) bearing the names and numbers of iconic players from the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, the two teams competing in this year’s Classic.

Highlighted players include Flyers legends such as Eric Lindros, Bobby Clarke and Ron Hextall, as well as Rangers greats including Rod Gilbert, Brian Leetch and Ron Duguay. Mitchell & Ness is the only sports apparel brand producing Winter Classic vintage player t-shirts. All items in Mitchell & Ness’ Winter Classic line feature the official 2012 Winter Classic emblem.

“With Mitchell & Ness’ headquarters located in Philadelphia and the Winter Classic taking place here this year, we knew we had to create something special to commemorate the event,” says Mitchell & Ness President Sean McKinney. “Our apparel celebrates the best players and greatest moments in sports history and we’re sure the 2012 Winter Classic will be an experience to remember.”

Mitchell & Ness 2012 Winter Classic apparel is available at the Mitchell & Ness Flagship Store, Mitchell & Ness Alley Store at Citizen’s Bank Park, the NHL Store, Dick’s Sporting Goods and online at www.mitchellandness.com and www.shop.nhl.com. Select Mitchell & Ness Winter Classic apparel is currently available at the Mitchell & Ness Flagship (1201 Chestnut Street) with the full line available by December 20th. Mitchell & Ness Winter Classic gear will be sold at Citizens Bank Park beginning December 26th and will launch in the Alley Store on December 31st during the NHL Legends Game.

About Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co.

Founded as a golf and tennis company in 1904, Mitchell & Ness Sporting Goods provided on-field uniforms to the Philadelphia Eagles, Athletics and Phillies as early as 1933. The Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co. was created in the 1980’s with the idea to resurrect authentic jerseys significant to sports history. As the pioneer in this field, Mitchell & Ness is known worldwide for its authentic classic jerseys. The company holds exclusive licenses from the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and NCAA to produce premium vintage inspired apparel. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, Mitchell & Ness has been “Defining Authentic” for more than 100 years. The Mitchell & Ness Flagship is located in Center City Philadelphia at 1201 Chestnut Street. For more information about Mitchell & Ness, visit www.mitchellandness.com. “Like” us on Facebook: Mitchell & Ness. Follow us on Twitter: @mitchell_ness.


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Santa's journey around the globe on Christmas Eve 2011 has brought him to the United States. As of 11:00 P.M. he has made landfall in the United States -  landing at Cape Canaveral, Florida. 

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Millions of children and parents can track Santa's movements through the NORAD Santa Tracker with a little help from our friends in the U.S. Military. 

You can also track Santa's whereabouts with Google Earth by downloading the plugin through the Santa NORAD site.

He spends 4 minutes at each location and will make the rounds throughout the United States very quickly.

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Santa's journey around the globe is underway this Christmas Eve 2011. Millions of children and parents can track Santa's movements through the NORAD Santa Tracker with a little help from our friends in the U.S. Government. 

santa tracker 2011

You can also track Santa's whereabouts with Google Earth by downloading the plugin through the Santa NORAD site.

Just where is Santa right now as Christmas is just under 11 hours away (eastern standard time)?

As of 1:25 PM EST he's in Badulla, Sri Lanka and set to arrive in Bangalore, India in a minute.

He spends 4 minutes at each location and has plenty of ground to cover yet. He has to make the trek around Africa, Europe, and South America. It will be sometime this evening when Santa arrives in the United States, so try to be patient folks!

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I was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other day and she was asking me about my dating life and the most recent prospects.  I confirmed my reasons for dismissing some of the suitors and after each diatribe of reasons, I ended each conclusion with “bottom line is that my gut was just saying it’s not right.”  She noticed that I had said this the last time we were having this discussion, and in that instance as well I chalked up the end of that relationship as “my gut.”Quantum Leap photo: thewrap.com

My friend just pointed this out to me as a coincidence, but I went home really wondering about that.  How many other times had I done this?  How many other occasions had I credited my gut with these decisions?  And with that, a new clarity came over me.  And to quote John Cusack, I realized “my guts have sh*t for brains.”   

They were allowing me to take a cowardly way out of something that obviously feared me in some manner one way or another.  Who knows what I was afraid of in those situations?  Intimacy?  Hep C? Explaining to someone my love of the TV show Quantum Leap, and fearing their reaction to my honesty?  

 I don’t know, and who cares.  The point is your gut does speak to you, and it’s usually in those “after school moments.”  These are situations where you just KNOW right from wrong.  In those instances,  I do believe your gut steps up and punches out that twang of clarity to get you out of those situations. But is it possible we’ve been disguising our fears in this more heroic gut-factor suit just to alleviate ourselves from admitting “I’m scared”?

There’s never really been a better moment for change than a new year. And with some timely approaching, I want to take this challenge on myself andHeather Locklear photo: articles.nydailynews.com start recognizing what an actual “gut” reaction is. Because to be quite honest, I think I’ve forgotten what it feels like.  I want to figure out, for me, how I can decipher between my gut saying “haul ass and get out of there” and my past hurts or fears dictating that decision.  I used to think your gut reactions were rare and came from a place you never really knew you had.

Here’s a way to describe it better; my guts, in my mind, were always the “special guest star” in my decision making.  They appeared on special episodes and were credited specially, and then they were gone.  What I MADE my guts become in my life was the Heather Locklear  guest appearance in Melrose Place, where she was in EVERY stinking episode for something like 12 seasons, but she STILL was billed as a “special guest star.”

I encourage you too to go back to recognizing your own innate check as what it was meant to be, and stop allowing it to shoulder the blame for any fears you may have.  This New Year may just awaken to fates which have been trying to hunt you down, but just couldn’t break your walls.  Don’t let your guts be a metaphorical “c*ck-block” in your life and take a chance on different.


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Christmas 2011 is just 3 days away, but it's not too late to go out there and buy a Prime Rib at your local Genaurdi's or Giant.

In fact, if you live in the Norristown, Audubon, or Royersford area, Genaurdi's has prime rib roasts on sale for $5.49 per pound! So, you can score a $40 roast for just $25!

Now, for those of you who don't know how to cook prime rib, it can be a daunting challenge, but fear not. The internet is your best friend and what I have here are a list of reputable sites to guide you in the right direction.

Standard Prime Rib Recipe

Prime Rib Recipes from Food Network

Garlic Prime Rib Recipe

Just remember the rule of thumb is to roast the standing rib roast with the ribs down (fatty side up) - using them as a rack. Also, preheat your oven to 450 to 500 degrees before placing the roast in. And, roast it at 15-17 minutes per pound if you want it medium rare.

Best of luck for you prime rib lovers! And, Merry Christmas!

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Spoiler alert: If you haven't seen it, and don't want to know, don't bother reading this post!

For all the religion induced in this season of Dexter, holy shit is the only way to describe the way this season ended- literally in the last seconds with a bang. For audiences who were waiting for suspense, the episode again lacked that edge of your seat thrill. But the last few seconds came close to, if not equal to, the jaw dropping impact of Rita in the bathtub of blood at the end of season 4!Dexter photo: aceshowbiz.com

The show followed the usual (what's starting to be routine and systematic), with Dexter getting away with murder or whatever it might be and nobody asking him the tough questions!

He managed to make it home from the middle of the ocean because a boat of immigrants found him and helped him. He killed a man in front of them who was trying to rob them and then they all swim to shore. Dexter returns home without a wallet or phone. He gets some rest and then Jamie reminds him that the Noah's Ark pageant is later in the day!

Dexter gets to work, hears from Deb that there's another homicide to get to, and when he arrives, he realizes that Travis killed the victims. He turns and looks in the living room where he finds a mural with his own face as the central figure, 'The Beast.' He quickly pounds in that spot the wall so the detectives won't see the clue. As he's analyzing the blood splatter, Deb is acting weird with him. Obviously, the audience can see she isn't sure about her new found feelings for her brother, and she quickly excuses herself for Miami Metro.

At HQ, she asks Dexter to sweep the church where Gellar was found one more time. He tells her he'll get there soon but he has to get to Harrison's pageant first. Meanwhile, the detectives are analyzing the clues for the eclipse and end of the world. They realize Miami is mountain-less, but Travis will likely be on top of a skyscraper for the eclipse. After they figure out he has to make a sacrifice before the eclipse is over, Deb meets with LaGuerta and asks to deploy patrols on all buildings. LaGuerta agrees and they have a heart to heart, where the writers make it clear that the Jekyll and Hyde emotions of LaGuerta are on-again, and that there is a much reason to love her as to hate her!

Dexter gets to the Ark, and when Travis realizes the detective have already overtaken the home where he was hiding, he looks in Dexter's wallet and figures he'll go to that location. He almost runs into Jamie and Harrison, but they get out for the pageant in time. When Travis realizes that Dexter has a son and sees a flyer for the pageant, he heads to Harrison' s nursery school himself.

Once the animals are off the Ark (including Dexter and Harrison who were draped in lion garb), Dexter turns and realizes Harrison is missing. He knows what that means and searches for Travis. Eventually they are on the top of an eco-friendly skyscraper in Miami, where Travis is about to sacrifice Harrison. Dexter begs him to let Harrison go. Travis insists he'll do so if Dexter injects himself with his needles. Dexter injects himself, pretends to be passed out, and then gets back to business keeping Travis out cold in his trunk!

In the end, Dexter wraps Travis in the traditional kill plastics and gets ready to kill him inside the church. He disputes Travis' theories about God's plans and tells Travis he is a 'father, son and serial killer.' Dexter draws the knife and tells Travis maybe this (meaning Dexter killing Travis) is God's plan and the way Travis' world ends. Suddenly, Deb walks in. Not only does she overhear the conversation, but she also sees Dexter KILL Travis!

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The second-to-last episode of Dexter’s sixth season is chock full of special effects, but still lacking that edge-of-your seat, heart pounding suspense that kept fans coming back the first few seasons!  Dexter Photo: Randy Tepper: Showtime

‘Talk to the Hand’ started with the Miami Metro team on the yacht, where Dexter’s ‘anonymous tip’ led authorities, who examine Holly hanging from the anchor and a body inside the vessel, which they figure out is ‘Doomsday’ Adams. While the team searches for clues, Deb tells Dexter about Matthews and the dead call girl. In response, Dexter tells her to be open-minded about this.

Later, Deb had dinner with Matthews and realizes that she’ll drop the case and help his record stay clean. As usual however, this backfires, and LaGuerata ‘slips,’ forcing Matthews into an early retirement. In the process, she becomes Deb’s boss, again!  As they continue investigating and discussing ‘wormwood,’ they realize Angel is missing and could be in danger.  

They realize Quinn and Angel are not together, and as Quinn is heading to the yacht, Deb calls and tells him to head to Dorsey’s house and look for Angel. Before Quinn gets to Dorsey’s place, Travis has already sent Holly to Miami Metro HQ with Angel’s badge and asked that she get herself up to homicide and find Lt. Morgan…assumingly, he’ll get Dexter’s sister for revenge (since Travis killed his own sister and is blaming Dexter). Then Travis decides to punish Angel!  Quinn enters the house to see Travis jump out of a window and Batista (Angel) handcuffed to a bed with a ring of fire surrounding him! Quinn saves Angel, but the Doomsday Killer (DDK) again gets away!  

Back at HQ (though the team is out on the yacht), Beth gets through security without incident and heads up to homicide. She asks to see Deb and says that she has info on wormwood. An officer tells her Deb is in the field, but Beth insists she will wait.  

As the team piles back into the building, Deb learns that Homeland Security is joining the case. The chemicals on the boat may mean this is a ‘terrorist’ acting out and they need to investigate further. While Dexter is researching Dorsey, he recognizes an online photo of Dorsey’s wife as a woman on the homicide floor! As he looks up to confirm this, he sees the woman heading down the hall with Deb and he starts running towards them. Just as Deb leads Beth into an investigation room, Dexter pulls Deb back and shuts the door. He saved the day! Beth had already started releasing the toxic fumes and he and Deb have the whole floor evacuated in minutes.

Outside, Dexter is examined by a paramedic who recommends he get to the ER since he’s been exposed to the toxins. He says he’ll be fine, yet during the rest of the show he experiences dizziness, nose bleeds and nausea. But being the smart serial killer he is, his first priority is getting Harrison out of dodge, so he sends Harrison to the Ritz Carlton with Jamie for a day and uses the ‘ailment’ as his excuse!

Travis sees the news coverage that Beth was the only fatality of his planned Wormwood event and he starts painting his next move on a wall. As he’s working out the details, he gets a video text from Dexter with Dexter’s boat ‘Slice of Life’ in the background. Dexter is hoping Travis comes looking for him at the marina since he has Harrison in safe place. He gets Gellar’s hand, constructs a ‘reverse ddk’ plan for Travis to see, and lets detectives learn that Travis may be acting alone now!  

Speaking of hands, Louis the intern takes the ice-truck killer hand, draws reflexology or life lines on the palms, and then sealed it in a box addressed to Dexter. Is this a twist for next season, or something that will come up in the season finale?!

As homeland security releases the case back to Deb, she yells at Batista and Quinn to get their sh*t together while they are on her watch. A stronger ‘managerial’ Deb (through her therapy sessions) which revealed in this episode that she may have a thing for her ‘brother’ Dexter, since he is the ‘man in her life’ and they are not ‘blood’ siblings! (EWWW!!) She has a more-than- disturbing dream about them kissing, leaving audience members a little grossed out!


Dexter is hiding on the boat docked next to his, where he cites that the owners use it once or twice a year, so he’s setting up his kill room for Travis. As he stakes out his own boat, his nose starts bleeding, leaving at least a drop on his neighbors vessel, and gets a dizzy spell as Travis spots him. They start to wrestle, and when Dexter gets ready to jam the needle in Travis, he loses the fight and Travis jabs him instead!!!   

Dexter blacks out, and the next scene is Travis driving away on Dexter’s boat. Meanwhile, Dexter winds up on a rescue mini-vessel in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by flames and tied down! Dexter frees himself in a miracle of miracles and swims under the fire to get free!  

With one last episode until September, the hour is sure to be jam-packed!

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Dexter airs Sunday nights at 9pm on Showtime, and if you’re too busy watching Sunday Night Football to tune in, there is an encore presentation Monday nights at 9pm.

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Dexter Photo: Randy Tepper: Showtime


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