Author: ecochiccayman

Wake Up & Smell the Coffee Marshmallows!

Powder Monkey Gourmet Treats has whipped up a batch of new flavors for their gourmet marshmallow line. Coffee lovers, are you ready for it? Coffee infused marshmallows! Yes, the creme de la creme of marshmallows has arrived. -, (Powder Monkey) has not only created one of the most delightful marshmallows on the market, but has also created an ingenious garnish to morning coffee. Oh yes, move over hot cocoa with marshmallows on top, coffee topped up with these divine marshmallows is on a whole new level of awesome! Try the Coconut, Mint Chocolate Chip or Rose to spice up your coffee. Bonus! For those of you, like me, who has food allergies the good news is the coffee flavored marshmallows are gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free! Hip Hip Hooray! Another fun fact, these little treats are made with a rich blend of different coffees.  Curious what inspired this new flavor, “People love coffee. The flavor is complex and has many different layers to it” says, creator Lydia Ray. While coffee lovers are in marshmallow heaven, don’t think for a …

Eco-friendly Travel Must Haves

Happy Wanderlust Wednesday! If you are getting ready for your next travel adventure, and you are looking for some great eco-friendly products then this post is just for you.  Curious to find out what’s in my bag? I have 6 easy to travel with eco-friendly travel must haves. They are a selection of basic items. Truth, I am almost always overpack! I am still learning how to pack lighter.  It is safe to say, I could add more items to my bag (and this post). What’s in my bag? Eco-friendly Travel Must Haves The Bag- A reusable Paris themed bag A reusable bag is always a great investment. Plastic bags are a nightmare for the planet.  A reusable bag is wonderful to have when traveling, especially if you like to do some impromptu shopping at a local farmers market or great stores you find along the way.  I love my Paris themed bag, it is a perfect fit for traveling. H2O on the go What is lovely to see, is hydration stations in public venues …

Birthday Wishes, Give With Love, xo

On 13th October 2013, I started a birthday tradition, whereby I selected a group of charities to raise awareness and funds for.  I asked friends and family to kindly make a donation in lieu of gifts.  In my twenties, I had reached a point in my life where I no longer needed to accumulate more things.  I love presents just as much as anyone, but the truth was I didn’t need them.  I would rather friends and family give what they would have spent on a birthday present to a charity instead.  So, with that in mind, I used my blog as a platform to help raise awareness for the selected charities over the years.  This year, the theme is blue.  It is the commonality between all three charities I would like to highlight this year.  Blue is representative of the ocean, which directly correlates to both Force Blue and Grand Cayman Eco Divers: Coral Nursery Conservation Program.  Having spent nearly my entire life living on an island, I am drawn to the ocean.  I …

Turning the Tide on Plastic

It is becoming more evident that as consumers we have an addiction to plastic and it is a habit that is in desperate need of breaking. Plastic is an escalating problem globally. In particular, single-use plastics such as bottle caps, plastic bags, straws and so on are more frequently being found in our oceans or tangled around or ingested by marine life. Micro-plastics are another major component of ocean pollution. Plastic products that are not recycled end up somewhere and that could be in landfills or as debris polluting the environment, rivers, lakes, and oceans which is problematic. Somewhere along the way the ocean has become a trash can, and it was never intended or designed to be one. Our oceans serve as a home to marine life, coral reefs and ecosystems all of which depend on a healthy ocean for their survival— we depend on a healthy ocean for our survival. We view the ocean as this indestructible resource, however, even the ocean has its limits and plastic pollution disrupts the health of the …

Dive In: Coral Conservation Community Project

Grand Cayman Eco Divers have had great success over the last year with maintaining their coral nurseries and outplanting viable coral fragments onto Cayman’s reefs.  Brittany Balli and Aaron Hunt, are a husband and wife team, that are dedicated to their Coral Nursery Restoration Program and are devoted to ensuring a positive future for Cayman’s reefs.  Their commitment to coral reef conservation has lead Grand Cayman Eco Divers to work in a united effort with Sunset House and Dive Tech to ensure the success of their programs.  Grand Cayman Eco Divers were inspired by the positive results of their coral nursery program to initiate a study abroad program, inviting both international and local students to learn about their coral nursery program and coral conservation here in the Cayman Islands.  In an effort to expand on education of coral conservation and raise awareness for the coral nursery program Grand Cayman Eco Divers are inviting our local community to get involved and join the volunteer team for their coral nurseries. Inspiring a Community to become involved in …

More Than a Rocky Beach: Brilliant Brighton, England

It’s Wanderlust Wednesday and today’s feature is by guest writer Tiffany.  Check out her latest travel adventure, exploring Brighton, England.  Enjoy, xo I wasn’t expecting much more than a beach when I stepped off the train in Brighton, so I was happily surprised to find a beautiful, art-filled city full of amazing coffee and vintage shops awaiting my exploration. Brighton certainly lives up to its name–it’s full of colour! From colourful houses with colourful doors, to fun-loving street art and narrow, bannered street markets, the whole city feels like the set of a Wes Anderson film. Straight from the train to the beach — or that was the plan anyways. Its easy to get distracted in Brighton. Our first stop ended up being street art, vintage shops, and many, many colourful homes! If you have a bit of a thing for pretty, interesting, or colourful doors Brighton is the place for you; home owners take pride in their front stoops and entryways in a very artful way.     When we did make it to …