A glass of chilled grapefruit juice, especially in summer, helps boost levels of vitamin C in your body, which makes them the most nutritious fruit among st various citrus fruits. Grapefruits are packed with the benefits derived from various nutrients and vitamins, including potassium and lycopene.

Grapefruit can be part of a healthy weight loss diet because it’s nutritious, not because of any mysterious fat-burning properties. … A half grapefruit or a glass of grapefruit juice before meals may help fill you up, so you’ll eat fewer calories at meals and potentially lose weight.

Grapefruit is also a good source of fiber, including the soluble fiber that removes cholesterol during digestion. By preventing cholesterol from entering your bloodstream, soluble fiber helps lower the risk of age-related conditions like cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.

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Tips to Save Time & Money at Disney World – Part 2

Tips to Save Time & Money

at Disney World – Part 2

Talk About Photos with the Kids

If you have little ones that are not always excited to pose for a photo, speak with them before the trip about using photopass photographers and posing at Disney World for family photos.  A willing and responsive group of kids is the key to snagging family photos on the go in any of the parks.  If you are a season pass holder, you are allowed to download pictures from Photopass for free for 30 days.  Being a season pass holder, I have taken advantage of this many times.

Hit High Traffic Rides First

If you enter the park at rope drop, dash straight to a high traffic ride that your family wants to ride to walk on fairly quickly.  If you are at Magic Kingdom and are headed to Frontierland, either Splash Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean is a good rope drop ride choice.  In the other direction, Space Mountain or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are good ideas to ride.

Be Willing to Split Up

Sure, a family vacation means you want the family to experience attractions together.  However, in the interest of time you may want to consider dividing and conquering to ensure those in your party get to do their must do’s.  Also, many times the single ride lines go much faster.  Again, your family may have to split up.


At Magic Kingdom – Consider Watching Parades from Frontierland

The evening parade runs from Main Street U.S.A toward Frontlierland.  Generally, Frontierland tends to be less crowded with guests watching the parade.  Enjoy attractions longer in the evening and still see the parade by arriving to watch the parade in Frontierland.

Share Meals

Dining at Disney does not mean that everyone in your group has to order an entrée.  Many Disney eateries offer portion sizes large enough to share.  Feel free to divide food between your group if you feel it better fits your appetite.


Bring Your Own Snacks

Save money by avoiding purchasing snacks and food in the parks.  Disney allows guests to bring in food, water and snacks.  Bring in your own snacks and sandwiches in an insulated bag to avoid purchasing meals in the park.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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Tips to Save you Time and Money on a Disney World Vacation – Part 1

Tips to Save you Time and Money on a Disney World Vacation – Part 1

Saving time and being prepared are key factors in making sure you you have a magical time at Disney.   Budgeting is important — have an idea how approximately what you plan to spend each day at the parks.  Most restaurants have menus and prices posted on line. Plan with your family what park you will go to each day  — that will save both time and dollars. Planning which attractions your family will visit helps save time and creates less stress. Here are a few other great tips for saving your time and money at Magic Kingdom Park in Disney World.

Bags or No Bags

Skipping the bag check line completely by going bagless during your park day is a great way to save time at the park entrance and as you load onto each ride during the day.  If you cannot go bagless, bringing a small bag with only a few compartments is a good idea.  Have all the compartments unzipped and ready to be checked upon entrance to the park.


Bring Your Own Stroller/Scooter

If you decide to bring your own stroller or scooter to The Magic Kingdom you will eliminate the time it takes to rent one at the park gate. Sure, the rental process is pretty quick and seamless, but going straight into the park without the need to wait in a line is a perk of bringing your own.  Plus you will save money not having to rent a stroller or scooter.

Plan Before the Day

Speak to your family/group about the park plan before entering the park to cut down on dead time discussing what is next attraction visit when you arrive at the park.  This will ensure that you can head straight to your first attraction after rope drop.

Reserve Fast Passes Before the Trip

If you complete all your fast passes during the park day you will be eligible to reserve additional Fast passes on the MyDisneyExperience app.  Take the opportunity to snag those additional fast passes if you are able to.  Otherwise, try to do all your preliminary fastpass booking prior to your trip, to cut down on dead time in the park spent searching for fast passes and discussing the choices with the group.  Again, pre-planning is the key.

Starbucks Coffee Order

Pool cash and make one Starbucks order on Main Street U.S.A. to avoid sticking around to wait for multiple orders.  Better yet, get coffee at your resort before the park day so you can be caffeinated and ready to go at rope drop without the need to juggle a coffee in line for rides. If you are staying at a WDW Resort, purchase a refillable cup for coffee or fountain drinks at the resort.  Although guests cannot refill the cups at the parks, this will save money for coffee and sodas.  On my last trip to Disney, I purchased the refillable mug — the savings on coffee and sodas more than paid for the mug.  Plus you have a Disney souvenir cup to use at home.


If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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Valerian (Valeriana officinalisCaprifoliaceae) is a perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer and can reach a height of 1.5 metres (5 ft). Valerian flower extracts were used as a perfume in the 16th century.

Native to Europe and parts of Asia, valerian has been introduced into North America. The flowers are frequently visited by many fly species, especially hoverflies of the genus Eristalis.[1] It is consumed as food by the larvae of some Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) species including the grey pug.

Other names used for this plant include garden valerian (to distinguish it from other Valeriana species), garden heliotrope (although not related to Heliotropium), setwall and all-heal (which is also used for plants in the genus Stachys). Red valerian, often grown in gardens, is also sometimes referred to as “valerian”, but is a different species (Centranthus ruber) from the same family and not very closely related.

Crude extract of valerian root is sold as a dietary supplement in the form of capsules. Valerian root may have sedative and anxiolytic effects.

The amino acid valine is named after this plant.

Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Hippocrates described its properties, and Galen later prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia. In medieval Sweden, it was sometimes placed in the wedding clothes of the groom to ward off the “envy” of the elves.[2] In the 16th century, the Anabaptist reformer Pilgram Marpeck prescribed valerian tea for a sick woman.[3]

John Gerard‘s Herball states that his contemporaries found Valerian “excellent for those burdened and for such as be troubled with croup and other like convulsions, and also for those that are bruised with falls.” He says that the dried root was valued as a medicine by the poor in the north of England and the south of Scotland, so that “no broth or pottage or physicall meats be worth anything if Setewale [Valerian] be not there.”[4]

The seventeenth century astrological botanist Nicholas Culpeper thought the plant was “under the influence of Mercury, and therefore hath a warming faculty.” He recommended both herb and root, and said that “the root boiled with liquorice, raisons and aniseed is good for those troubled with cough. Also, it is of special value against the plague, the decoction thereof being drunk and the root smelled. The green herb being bruised and applied to the head taketh away pain and pricking thereof.


Pre-Trip Planning Tips for Disney World – Part 2

Pre-Trip Planning Tips for Disney World – Part 2

Get Crafty

As you prepare for Disney World, it’s fun to bring everyone together with some DIY projects. Lots of families will wear homemade matching shirts to Disney by using iron transfers or tie dye. When your Magic Bands arrive, consider decorating them with each person’s favorite character. Even if you’re not super crafty, you can still have fun with a FB countdown  or by making paper chains with your children or grandchildren. On my recent trip to Disney, I saw several families with DIY Disney shirts.  Cool idea!!



Unless you plan to eat all your meals and snacks in restaurants, you’ll need to have some groceries in your room to feed your group. If you’ve got a car you can always make a grocery run nearby Disney World, but why waste precious vacation time in a supermarket? Order your groceries before you leave to ease your mind and save your sanity. Research the options on grocery delivery services.  There are several in the Orlando area.  Pack some snack items in your carry on luggage.  Bring an empty backpack in your luggage and bring snacks and water to the parks.

Get in the Zone

Athletes often have a routine to psych themselves up for competition. Think of Disney World as the Super Bowl of vacations. Have a Disney movie marathon before leaving. Create a Disney playlist or Pandora station. Start collecting quarters and pennies for the pressed penny machines.  That will save time and effort looking for change once there! My daughter still has her pressed penny collection from several years of Disney vacations.  Take regular walks—in your park shoes to get in shape and used to lots of walking.  Do not wear brand new (not broken in) shoes to the parks!

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Pack Like a Pro

As you pack for your Disney vacation, remember that you’ll need to pack the travel basics (clothes, shoes, swimsuits, toiletries) AND you’ll need to prep a park bag (sunscreen, water bottles, wet wipes, Magic Bands, lightweight plastic rain suits). My family usually brings an empty backpack that we take turns carrying.  Develop a Packing List for Disney.  There is a list on  It includes space for you to customize the list for your own family’s specific needs.


BONUS TIP: Consider planning and booking your next Disney trip with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner you can trust. They’ll help you get the best Walt Disney World deal, share expert advice and their services are totally FREE!  Research, research, research!!!  Also, if you go to Disney at least once a year, think about becoming a Disney Vacation Club Member.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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Pre-Trip Planning Tips for Disney World – Part 1

Pre-Trip Planning Tips for Disney World – Part 1

Planning a Disney vacation can be stressful! The decisions to be made and the vast many choices is enough to make your head spin. Fear not — a well-planned Disney trip can be accomplished by taking a deep breath and focusing on the following tips.

Book Early

Yes, it is possible to do a “last minute” trip to Disney World. But if you don’t want your choices to be limited, book your vacation as early as you possibly can. For large groups who want rooms next to each other, this tip is especially important. Booking rooms early helps you “cross off” a major item from your to-do list, gives you a home-base from which to plan your itinerary, and gives you ample time if you opt to make payments. But don’t forget to continue watching for deals and specials after you book — if your reservation qualifies for a discount, call Disney and they will honor it.

Seven Dwarfs

Research Early

Once your room is reserved, it’s time to start planning everything else. First, do your research on: which parks you’ll visit, what days you’ll visit each park (remember to look up Extra Magic Hours), and how you’ll get from your hotel to the parks (look up transportation routes). Next you’ll want to research: where you’d like to eat on each day and which rides/experiences are on your must-do list. Print a map of each park and highlight points of interest.

Reserve Early

If you’re staying on Disney property, one of the major perks is that you get first dibs on dining and Fast Pass reservations. Don’t let that privilege go to waste! Check out this five step process to make the most of your reservation window for dining reservations. For Fast Passes, the best way to choose your reservations is to cross-reference your must-do list with the wait times shown on the My Disney Experience app. (For example, the Teacups may be on your must-do list, but wait times are usually on the short side. Don’t get a Fast Pass for this one.) Try to get your Fast Passes for early in the day so you have the ability to reserve more inside the park, and remember that you can always make changes if your plans are altered.

The key word to the above tips is EARLY.  Planning and reserving early will relieve a lot of your stress so you can have a magical vacation!  My family and I have planned and booked early and later and it is always much easier and less stress when research and planning is done early.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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Honduras FOOD

Hondurans usually have a large, hearty breakfast. It typically consists of fried eggs (whole or scrambled), refried beans, Honduran salty sour cream (mantequilla), hard olancho cheese, avocado, sweet fried plantains, and tortillas. It is common for most households to first prepare tortillas, a staple for nearly every dish, which are used throughout the rest of the day.

Other breakfast favorites include carne asada (roasted meat) and Honduran spicy sausages (chorizo). A good breakfast will be accompanied with hot, dark—in this case Honduran-grown—coffee. Honduran coffee is renowned for its delicate qualities, being grown on the slopes of the Honduran mountains over rich soils of volcanic origin. A specific brand famous for its flavour comes from the Honduran region of Marcala, others being the Copán coffee and the one grown in Ocotepeque.[citation needed]

Street vendors often sell breakfast baleadas made of flour tortillas, toppings such as eggs, meat, and even pickled onions, and small tamales made of sweet yellow corn dough, called tamalitos de elote, eaten with sour cream; fresh horchata and posole is also common.

The baleada is one of the most common street foods in Honduras. The basic style is made of a flour tortilla which is folded and filled with refried beans, quesillo or cheese and sour cream. Many people add roasted meat, avocado, plantains or scrambled eggs as well. There are Honduran Fast-food chains that serve different kinds of Baleadas. Rice and beans is a popular side dish in the Honduran Caribbean coast. The dish is typically cooked in coconut milk with cilantro and spices.Information from From Wikipedia

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History of Presidents’ Day

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Presidents’ Day is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732.  It can occur between February 15 through February 21.

The day is also now widely known as Presidents’ Day and is often an occasion to honor the incumbent president and all persons who have served as president, not just George Washington.

The day is a state holiday in most states, with official names including Washington’s BirthdayPresidents’ DayPresident’s Day, and Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday. Depending upon the specific law, the state holiday might officially celebrate Washington alone, Washington and Abraham Lincoln (whose birthday is February 12), or some other combination of U.S. presidents (such as Washington and the third president Thomas Jefferson, who was born in April).

The first attempt to create a Presidents Day occurred in 1951 when the “President’s Day National Committee” was formed by Harold Stonebridge Fischerof Compton, California, who became its National Executive Director for the next two decades. The purpose was not to honor any particular president but to honor the office of the presidency. It was first thought that March 4, the original inauguration day, should be deemed Presidents Day, but the bill recognizing March 4 stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee (which had authority over federal holidays). The committee felt that, given its proximity to Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays, three holidays so close together would be unduly burdensome. But meanwhile the governors of a majority of the states issued proclamations declaring March 4 Presidents’ Day in their respective jurisdictions.

An early draft of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act would have renamed the holiday “Presidents’ Day” to honor the birthdays of both Washington and Lincoln, which would explain why the chosen date falls between the two, but this proposal failed in committee, and the bill was voted on and signed into law on June 28, 1968, keeping the name “Washington’s Birthday”.

By the mid-1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term “Presidents’ Day” began its public appearance.

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New Stars Wars Resort coming to Disney World


New Stars Wars Resort coming to Disney World

Disney Star Wars Land

Disney has released a few more tidbits on the upcoming new Star Wars-inspired resort coming to Walt Disney World.

This first-of-its-kind resort will combine luxury with complete immersion into an authentic Star Wars story. Guests’ journey through space will start when everyone departs together for a multiday Stars Wars adventure by boarding a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during a voyage through the galaxy.

At the resort, guests immediately become active citizens of the galaxy and can dress up in the proper attire. Every resort window will also have a view into space. The opportunity for immersion at this resort will also stand out among all Disney resorts around the globe, as it will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a total Star Wars experience.

More information as soon as Disney releases more news.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color.

It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.

Recently, science has started to back up what the Indians have known for a long time… it really does contain compounds with medicinal properties (1).

These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high… it’s around 3%, by weight (2).

Most of the studies on this herb are using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself, with dosages usually exceeding 1 gram per day. It would be very difficult to reach these levels just using the turmeric spice in your foods.

Therefore, if you want to experience the full effects, then you need to take an extract that contains significant amounts of curcumin.

Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine… a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000% (3).

I personally prefer to swallow a few whole peppercorns along with my curcumin supplement, in order to enhance absorption.

Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal.

Curcumin is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound

Turmeric Dramatically Increases The Antioxidant Capacity of The Body

Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind aging and many diseases.

It involves free radicals, highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons.

Free radicals tend to react with important organic substances, such as fatty acids, proteins or DNA.

The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial, is that they protect our bodies from free radicals.

Curcumin happens to be a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure (1516).

But curcumin also boosts the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes (171819).

In that way, curcumin delivers a one-two punch against free radicals. It blocks them directly, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant mechanisms.