Author: Carrie Burrows

Lemon, Lime, Cucumber Water…it does a body good

I drink a lot of water. If you’ve been following me for any length of time you already know that and you know I love flavoring my water. I do it in many ways but my favorite was is with fresh fruit. Simple plain fresh fruit. Sometimes it’s berries, other times melon but my standard fall back it lemon.

This weekend I added a little something extra, not the first time I’ve made this one but it reminded my how good it is and it has become my new goto summer drink. Lemon, lime and cucumber.

It tastes freakin’ awesome and the health benefits??? Second to a natural none! But let me break it all down for you.

Lemon Water

Lemon is nature’s bleach. It cleans and disinfects you from the inside out…it’s like using Purell on your hands and we all know to a germaphobe how goods that is. Try it from the inside out. While drinking Purell may kill you, lemon water will clean you.

  • Lemons are acidic by nature so they help to keep the all important pH levels of your body in check.
  • Lemons can help the body stave off (not cure) cancer.
  • You know that magic vitamin we call C?  Lemons are loaded with it which goes a long way to help protect you against other people’s problems like colds and the flu.
  • Decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Vitamin C in lemons helps to neutralize free radicals linked to aging and most types of disease. Drinking of lemon juice mixed with water and honey brings glow to the skin.
  • A few drops of lemon juice in hot water help to clear the digestive system and purify liver as well. Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink first thing in the morning.

Cucumber Water

  • Cucumbers contain silica which aids in keeping connective tissue healthy. This can help reduce sore joints and reduce the risk of tears and strains which can kill any workout.
  • Ever notice skin care and spas always show pictures of people with cucumber on their eyes? Cucumber rocks the skin tone! Even better than putting them on your skin, put it under your skin by drinking it. Skin doesn’t form on the outside of your body…it forms from within so why not build it better from the start?

Lime Water

  • Limes contain calcium and folate which are a bonus for younger women looking to procreate and for women who are moving in the post-menopausal part of life.
  • Limes, like lemons also aid in the cancer combat targeting the colon, stomach and blood. Some studies suggest that the magic juice of a lime stays active longer in your blood.
  • Add lime juice to your green tea for a killer taste and health punch.

Now take each individual part of the benefits of a lemon, a lime and a cucumber and add them all together and you have a great drink that is not only refreshing and tastes great but it is one super freakin’ good health drink.

Bonus

Not everyone is into drinking infused water that allows the fruit or vegetables to get in the end of the straw or into their glass. The solution…a water bottle that keeps the water and fruit/veg separate.

My husband was at a conference last week and the good people at Oracle were offering freshness at their booth and he brought this one home for me.Water bottle flavour infuser

Here’s how it works: Slice up your favourite addsDSCN0585

Place the cut up pieces in the detachable container

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Top with water

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There are lots of different styles out there…find one that you like and get it. I really love mine.

Here is a search for them to help you start.

Princess Half Marathon Weekend Preview

Registration for runDisney’s Princess Half Marathon weekened opens today for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members. Registration for everyone else opens at noon on July 15.

If you read my blog or follow me on social media you know my love for runDisney runs deep (ha, see what I did there) 

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runDisney events are all inclusive. You can run, walk, run with your kids. There’s no pressure, no judging, just a whole lot of FUN! I love knowing that I will be seeing friends that I don’t often get to see when we all get together at runDinsey events. That makes the magic, well, more magical.

I love having a deadline and goal to train for. If you are going to set a goal and put the training in, being able to see your favourite characters along the way just makes it more special! 

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Why am I writing this post? I want YOU, yes YOU to run with me.

I know you might be thinking “running is not my idea of fun” This is what I can promise you, you will have fun and the experience of a lifetime…that’s a promise. I know, the thought of a half marathon or a 10k is scary, but you need to look at it as a challenge. You don’t have to run all the way. You will stop to see your favourite characters and I will be there with you, to make sure you cross that finish line and get your bling! 

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Worried about training or getting into running shape? You have a ton of time to train and if you need some help or support, let me know. I will make sure you’re on the “right path” (get it…running inuendo…jokes for days I have!) I will make sure you are eating the right food, I will keep you motivated and accountable.

Why would you not want to run? You will meet incredible people, create magical memories, like stopping and getting the Starbucks Barista’s to take a pic with you mid run!

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If you have questions…ask away carrieburrows1@gmail.com – Im here to help, that’s what I love to do; it’s my passion. I would love to join you and together we can run like princesses. The more the merrier! Here are a few pics from the last Princess Half Marathon Weekend. 

Fit For A Princess Expo – another big part of the weekend #shoes 

 

 

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Royal Family 5k – wth @grandmaryb @bamagirlruns – ummm Grand Mary is 60 years old and she runs…NO EXCUSES people! 

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Running through Epcot of course, I’m stopping in Canada! 

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Who doesn’t love this guy?!  I’m goofy for Goofy

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There is just somethin’ about Mary, that makes seeing her on your run just extra special #SeenOnMyRun

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Oh yes…getting my praise on during the run (It was Sunday morning) !! Gospel Choir- check! Just when you think you are tired, you hear these voices and it fires you up to keep going!!

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Post run with a few of my favourite princesses – I love these girls!! @susanpazera @bamagirlruns - look at us all matchy match! Go visit their blogs www.bamagirlruns.com & www.momonthemap.com

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One of my favourite Disney Dads – fellow Disney Parks Mom’s Panelist @Marclorenzo #DisneyMP

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A little photobomb action by me with Disney Social Media royalty @leannej

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Pre race pic with more Disney Sports royalty – @Dfry - he gave us our 5am pep talk

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So nice to chat with @samhowzit pre race – such a swell guy! 

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Sweat, laughs, magical moments and at the end it was worth it for the bling! 

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Run with me. I promise you will have the time of your life!! 

 

Is Diagon Alley safe?

I wonder if JK Rowling could have ever dreamed that her books about a little boy who we all watched grow in to a young man would have ever become as big as it has.Harry Potter YoungHarry Potter Old

Rowling brought Harry Potter to life in her writings on then big screen took it from there.  Is there anyone who hasn’t seen the movies or read the books? They have spawned a brand bigger than the world of wizardry itself.

How big? How about billions of dollars in merchandise, licensing and an incredible investment by Universal to create attraction rides in their Orlando them park which today sees the official opening of it’s latest addition, Diagon Alley.

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Yes, that magical shopping district from the movies has come to life in Florida and from all the media reports, it is something amazing that the creative minds at Universal along with the cast and creator of the boy who defeated the “one who’s name we must not speak”, have put together.

With three children who have grown up with the Harry, Ron, Hermione and Hogwarts, I’ve been watching with interest to see how it would look. I know that I will be making the trek to the park someday (soon) and from everything I have seen in news reports and from Universal themselves, it is nothing short of spectacular!

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A dragon that breathes fire, goblins, dark magic, potions, spells…is this place safe? The only way to find out is to summon up your courage and go check it our for yourself!

My Travel Tuesday Tip? If you are heading to Orlando make sure you add The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to your travel plans.

Do you plan on putting a trip to Universal Orlando on your must do list?

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Friday Fav’s

This week has flown by!  I’m lucky girl. I was able to celebrate Canada Day (remotely) on Tuesday and today is Independence Day, July 4th in the US so more celebrations to come!

I had a great response from last week’s Friday Fav’s so I thought I would share again what I am loving this week.

First up, coconut oil…yes coconut oil. I have been using coconut oil for years in my protein shakes or to cook with. Now, coconut oil has taken on the job of a few things in my house, thanks to Pinterest. (If you are on Pinterest, let me know! )

It is hands down, the BEST and cheapest makeup remover. It is the only product that has ever taken off all of my waterproof mascara. It also conditions your eyelashes to help them grow #doublewin

What else do I use coconut oil for…let me list how it has been used in Casa de Burrows this week:

  • soothe bug bites on the kiddos
  • facial & body moisturizer
  • post shower: I put it in the twins hair to help soften and condition it from all of the chlorine.  It works just like very expensive Moroccan oil but at a fraction of the cost.
  • sunburn soother, just like Aloe.

I picked up my big tub of coconut oil at Costco (no surprise there)

 

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Next up is a product I never thought I would buy but I did thanks again to the magic of the Internet.

I saw one too many video’s of people burning their hair off so I thought a little protection might help. I rarely flat iron my hair because it is pin straight. The humidity does poof up my hair or if I wash my hair at night and go to bed  with wet hair my hair is a mess and it takes a ton of work to get it to look normal, so I’ll use the flat iron to save me time in those instances.

I use my hair dryer everyday and have never really thought about the heat of the hair dryer being damaging. I picked up L’Oreal Heat Protection Spray ($4.99-Walmart) I figured it couldn’t hurt and with fingers crossed protect my hair from heat damage.

Happy to report that IT WORKS! It claims to protect your hair from heat damage, calms frizz, seals in shine, and blocks humidity – AND IT DOES! It totally works. I was completely skeptical but it really works!!

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Lastly, is my Friday Fav recipe…a healthy recipe that I could eat everyday.

Frittata.

I keep it super simple, I mix eggs (usually 6 or so) a healthy splash of almond milk and add in chopped veggies. If you have leftovers from the last few days consider putting them in as well. I like to spice mine up a little (garlic, pepper, italian seasoning and a little cayenne pepper)

- bake at 350 for 15-20 min

In the morning, I warm it up for a quick breakfast or have it at lunch paired with salad–easy peasy!

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Transparency Disclaimer: I purchased all of these products and I have not been asked to write this. I’m sharing my favourites because they actually are a few of my favourite things and I love to share healthy food, snack and product choices that I like.  BUT if any companies or brands want to sponsor me, you can always connect with me  :) .