How to Keep Your New Years Resolution

Everyone loves to make a resolution- they make us feel productive and improving! The only problem is keeping them can get a little tricky… Whether it is laziness, uncontrollable urges or just forgetfullness, life gets in the way. So here are a couple quick tips for a better you. Here’s to 2018!

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1.  Be Very Specific With Your Goals

Having a vauge resolution like “lose weight” seems impossible! Try to simplify and scrutinize the goal, like “drink more water” or “excercise during the commericials” or “no more hot cheetos”. By zoning in on a problem area, the goal seems much more doable and not such a daunting challenge.

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2. Don’t Just Create a Goal! Help Yourself!

You’ve got to give yourself a way to get where you want to be, like a map. Give yourself time and a path to your dreams. Be nice to yourself!

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3. Get Encouragment from Others!

Telling others about your goals will help you stick to them! It may also encourage others to stick to theirs! Band together with friends and family to improve.

 

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The Best Holiday Chrsitmas Episodes of Your Favorite TV Shows

Holiday Episodes are the best, we can all agree to that. But we onyl get them once a year per show! That is why I have compiled MY personal favorite Christmas/Holiday Episodes of all the Classic TV shows and the new ones. Enjoy!

1. Friends- “The One With the Holiday Armadillo”

In this hilarious Episode, Ross, a new father, wants desperately to give his son a meeting to Santa Claus for Christmas, the only problem, all the costumes are sold out. That is where the Classic and timeless joke of the Holiday Armadillo comes in.

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2. The Office- “Christmas Party”

Okay, the office is my all time favorite, so literally any Christmas  episode is my favorite, but this one holds a special place in my heart. In this cringe inducing episode, Michael battles with secret santa and decides to turn it into a game of white elephant. This episode is quite early in the shows history, and therefore the interactions with Jim and Pam and quite simply adorable and the Dwight and Angela gift exchange is just as cute.

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3. New Girl- “LAXmas”

In this hilarious story much like “Love Actually”, stories intertwine, yet all take place in an airport. With a perfect cameo from Billy Eichner, we all love this heartwarming but still gut wrenching holiday episode.

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4. Bob’s Burgers- “The Last Gingerbread House on the Left”

This one was hard to choose from, all of the Bob’s Burgers christmas episodes are pure gold, but I am a sucker fro Mr. Fischoeder and his insanely weird personality and habits. Not to mention, Linda singing. Yeah, that’s enough said.

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An Inside Look at Club 33

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Located Inside New Orlean’s square, Club 33 is the most exclusive Disney related place ever. Not only is it the onyl place to get alcohol in Disneyland, but it costs a fortune to get in!

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The annual fee costs between 12,500 to 30,000! But look at how pretty it all looks! Do you think it’s worth it?

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This is one of two bars in Club 33, and it’s meant to look like it was hand carved1

Should We Bring Back These Vintage Christmas Traditions?

We often revel about the fantasy of the past, but was it all it’s cracked up to be, especially during the holiday season? Let’s find out together.

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1.) Popcorn on Christmas Trees

This is just all around disgusting. It really is! Such a waste! Of popcorn and of time! And then what do you to after? Eat it? Throw it away? It makes no sense!

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2.) Train Sets Protecting The Tree

I love this one, it is so classic, so perfect. What’s better than having a train run around a tree to protect the goodies inside the presents? Nothing! Some added bonuses, it makes the tree look HUGE and it is a reminder of how many presents to buy, because you cant go outside the circle the train has made!

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3.)Adorable Vintage Christmas Cards

These are just also so perfect. Very classy and cutesy, and genuine. They mostly have women on them, being super sassy in their giant poodle skirts, what’s not to love? The colors are vibrant and there’s always a cat or two!

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4.) Tinsel. Everywhere

This one is a nightmare, I can imagine, these cheap little tinsel frilly things that both cats and dogs love to eat and then throw up, and you find stuff in your hair when taking a shower, they’re everywhere! Nothing says “tacky” more like a bunch of tinsel on a beautiful tree!

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The New Trend At Disneyland

Step aside, rose gold — this is a job for old-school Minnie Mouse.

After Disney fans went wild for the parks’ sparkly pink Minnie ear headbands this August, it seemed impossible that anything else would come close to going instantly viral. Through the end of summer, Halloween, and with Christmas on the horizon, there have been plenty new items worthy of accessorizing with, but none have resonated with theme park fans like Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s brand new vintage-inspired Minnie ears.

The sparkly headbands, which just hit stores last week, are much more than just a trend — they’re a little piece of fashion history. The new pastel ear headbands are inspired by the Minnie Mouse of yesteryear, referencing her appearance in color animations in the mid-1930s and early 1940s.

The sequined blue polka dot ears match her original skirt design — which would later be swapped out for the classic red we know today — while the little wire daisy is a style Minnie would regularly sport poking out from atop her favorite red hat.

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The ears are available at shops throughout Disneyland and Walt Disney World for $24.99, and if you see them, move quickly — if it’s anything like we witnessed this summer, these vintage Minnie ears will soon be flying off store shelves.

This throwback Minnie souvenir is just the latest in a run of fan-favorite merchandise coming out of the Disney parks. Guests waited in hour-long lines to snag a popcorn bucket in the shape of Oogie Boogie from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” back in September, and last month’s Pluto popcorn bucket, which features the pup in an ugly Christmas sweater and Santa cap, has been eagerly snapped up by fans on both coasts.

Updates on all things Disney “Star Wars Land”

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Star Wars Land is set to open in 2019, and is being worked on right now.

Back in July, a 50 foot scale model of the land was unveiled at the D23 expo in California. “This is the most ambitious land we’ve built to date,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Co. Parks and Resorts, who introduced the model.

At Disneyland, the “Star Wars” land will be the largest themed expansion in the park’s history and take up 14 acres on the northern edge. Disney officials describe the new land as on a planet “somewhere on the Outer Rim – on the edge of the Unknown Regions.” The Official Name of the park is ‘Galaxy’s Edge’

Galaxy’s Edge is being built to the north of Fronteirland, where Big Thunder Ranch and backstage areas were located. Work began on the land in Spril of 2106 and it was announced that last August.

A family disney vlogger Family, FreshBaked, has been doing a series viedotaping the progress of the land, well, as much progess as they can find. They go on top of buildings and look through holes in walls to try to get a good view of this exciting development, and who can blame them? Needless to say, everyone is excited for the most magical and relevant land we have seen in years.

 

CHEAPEST Food At Disneyland! (2017)

Breakfast:

Jamba Juice – We love starting our day with oatmeal and a smoothie from Jamba Juice in Downtown Disney. It’s affordable, healthy and delicious!

Churros – These crispy, sugar/cinnamon treats are found in carts throughout the parks, are under $5 a piece, and actually make a great, quick breakfast!

Jazz Kitchen Express – Most of the sit down restaurants in Downtown Disney have a cheaper, quick-service option located next door. You can get a family sized bag of 10 fresh beignets for $10. They come in a paper bag that you can shake to coat in powdered sugar – they’re a hit with my kids!


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Whitewater Café – This convenient quick service location is located inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and allows you to purchase some groceries (at affordable prices) and is a great quick breakfast option while you’re standing in line for early entry into Disney California Adventure Park.

Snacks: (We are seriously disappointed if we don’t get to eat all of our favorite treats while visiting the Disneyland Resort.)

Ghiradelli’s Fountain – We were thrilled when this opened in Disney California Adventure Park. This now allows us to experience our favorite San Francisco treat right after riding our favorite attraction, Radiator Springs Racers. Each person gets a free square of chocolate and then we share a sundae or two!

 

 

Boudin Bakery – We also love to get a free sample of the famous sourdough bread at The Bakery Tour. Sometimes we’ll share a breadbowl or sandwich at the nearby Pacific Wharf Cafe.

Dole Factory – There’s nothing as refreshing as a Dole Whip. This tasty treat is found right outside of the Tiki Room at Disneyland Park. You can even bring your Dole Whip into the Tiki Room.

Cozy Cone Motel – We love all the food in Cars Land, especially the Chili “Cone” Queso and the Flavored Popcorn. Each cone offers a different treat, so be sure you’re in line at the right cone!

Corn on the Cob – This can be found at numerous food carts. It is delicious and a healthier alternative to the above mentioned treats and is simply delicious.

Turkey Legs – It’s hard to imagine a trip to Disneyland without a turkey leg from a food cart. The giant turkey legs are a little messy, but fun to eat and a great source of protein.


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Lunch/Dinner:

Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port – This Tomorrowland location serves large portions of yummy Italian food. Our family will share a pasta dish and each get our own breadstick. It’s a great way to share and each feel full.

Earl of Sandwich – This is our new favorite place to eat lunch and dinner. We typically eat there 2-3 times a trip. It’s conveniently located outside the Disneyland Hotel in Downtown Disney and is a great lunch to bring back while you’re swimming at the pool. Also, it’s about the cost of eating at Subway back home and the sandwiches are unique and memorable. You can even order a Turkey Dinner (Holiday Turkey Sandwich) on a sandwich and surprisingly, it’s delicious.

Tortilla Jo’s Taqueria – This is another Downtown Disney express location that is super tasty and about half of the price of the sit down restaurant, Tortilla Jo’s. We love their nachos, tacos and burritos.

Bengal Barbecue – Speaking of a good source of protein, Bengal Barbacue, located nearby the Indiana Jones Adventure in Adventureland, serves tasty meat skewers for about $4. They also have large breadsticks and fresh fruit – a perfect lunch.


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Flo’s V8 Cafe – This 1950 style diner is located in the heart of Cars Land. They serve home cooked meals in large portions. Plus, it’s just fun to hang out in Cars Land!

Napa Rose – This is one of the best restaurants in Southern California located inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. To save money here, my husband and I typically eat in the lounge off the appetizer and dessert menu. It gives you a great taste of the cuisine, but allows you to not overspend. We typically will do that at Carthay Circle Restaurant also. Their lounge downstairs is beautiful, relaxing and has a delicious menu.

Disneyland New “After Dark” Hours

 

After just announcing that Disneyland will be cancelling all of their marathons fort he next year or so, us Disney fans finally get some good news, a Vintage inspired disney event! Just after the Disneyland dapper day, too! This time though, everything will be Vintage, not just the people, but now Disney itself will be transformed into another time!

Disneyland After Dark kicks off January 18 with its first after-hours event – Throwback Nite!

“Step back in time to the ‘50s and ‘60s for a taste of the classic after-dark experience at Disneyland. Come dressed in your best to enjoy the Happiest Place on Earth under a million twinkling lights, swinging to the tune of the bands and enjoying your favorite rides in the cool moonlight ‘till the clock strikes 1 a.m.!” – Erin Glover of the Disneyland Resort

There will be also live music, dancing and special photo and event locations throughout the park that will take visitors back in time. To make the night extra special, guests will have unlimited digital downloads that are included with event admission. Not to mention an enitrely different Fireworks show!

Tickets will be on sale to the general public on December 7th and available to annual passholders on November 30th, so be ready to pull your wallets out, becasue this’ll be an event you won’t want to miss, starting at $95, this event starts at 8pm, but guests will be permitted to enter the park at 6pm.

Disney has made it VERY clear that this is not the only after dark event there will be, so it defeintly has peopel speculating what the next event could be… We know it has to be after January 18th, and will probably be announced two months in advance…

Needless to say, we are excited for this. Finally we have a Dapper Day that is promoted by Disney! This is especially exciting to see that Disney is listening to the fanbase and almost trusting us a little more, which was confusing during the age of disneybounding and restricitons of all types.

 

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

 

An Amazing Culinary Adventure

Taste your way around the world with an endless selection of cuisine and beverages at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! Pack your appetite for a mouthwatering tour of international flavors and domestic delicacies!

Discover the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, a delicious array of cuisines and cooking techniques from chefs worldwide. This foodie paradise has delicious dishes, fine wine, craft beer, spirits and other beverages sure to satisfy every palate—from over 35 individual marketplaces/booths.

General Event Details

  • Marketplaces are open daily from August 31 to November 13, 2017.
  • Epcot admission is required.
  • Marketplace food and beverage samples require a separate purchase.
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older.
  • Availability for some marketplace offerings may be limited.
  • Marketplaces subject to closure at any time.
  • All menu items are subject to change without notice.

This event is just one of the many reasons you’ll fall in love with Walt Disney World this Autumn!!

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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!

(Information from Disney.com)

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the extremely fun, Halloween-themed party that is held at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World during the Fall every year.  The party is a special ticketed event that requires a special ticket purchase in order to attend.  There aren’t as many tickets sold to the event as what is usually sold for daily admission into the park, so that guests are able to enjoy the benefit of shorter lines and less guests to contend with in the park for shows, viewing locations, etc.  Halloween Night is the most popular night to attend the event, and Disney has confirmed that the party for the night of Halloween is now completely sold out.  No more tickets will be sold and only guests with tickets will be able to attend the event on Halloween Night!!

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Guests that attend the event are able to enter the Magic Kingdom starting at 4PM.  The party officially starts at 7PM and runs through 12AM.  There are special character meet and greets, stage shows, a parade, fireworks show and unlimited trick-or-treating around the park in special areas.  Guests are able to wear costumes (as long as they adhere to Disney’s costume rules) and the park is decked out for the occasion.  If all of this wasn’t enough, many of the rides and attractions at the park are also open for guests to enjoy!

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If you are visiting Walt Disney World and have your eye on any of the other Not So Scary Halloween Party dates, then you will want to buy your tickets soon.  Other nights in October are sure to start selling out now that Halloween Night is officially off the market.  Who has or will attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?  It has been one of my favorite events!

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!

(Partially taken from DisDining.com)