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Jamaican Bucket List

International, ROAM By January 22, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment
Jamaican Bucket List
Travelers looking for a memorable vacation should look to the Jamaica Tourist Board’s intriguing  Jamaican bucket list. Inclusive of both well-known and under-the-radar experiences, accomplishing this list will generate wonderful memories with friends and family for years to come.
“From biking in the majestic Blue Mountains, to swimming with charismatic dolphins, visitors are just getting started with experiencing all that Jamaica’s diverse and exciting tourism product has to offer,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Jamaica is always open to accommodating singles, couples and families looking for unforgettable vacations of a lifetime. In addition to the highlighted activities, Jamaica has truly unique hotels and resorts worthy of a trip to our island.”
  1. Swim with the Dolphins – Travelers of all ages can befriend a dolphin at Jamaica’s Dolphin Cove. The Dolphin Encounter will give visitors an introduction to dolphins in shallow waters, while the Ultimate Swim will allow visitors to swim with two trained dolphins. Visitors can also enjoy live reggae music, bottomed boat tours, and shark and stingray excursions in the cove.
  2. Bike in the Blue Mountains– Jamaica’s Blue Mountains are home to a lush, cool environment. Biking is the best way to experience the mountains, and possibly get a glimpse of life on a coffee farm, where some of the most delicious coffee in the world is grown.
  3. Be one with 007 – Ian Fleming made his home in Jamaica where he wrote the very first of the famous James Bond novels.  Guests can stay in GoldenEye Resort’s villa where Fleming found his inspiration for the famously smooth spy character.  To truly summon the spirit of 007, visitors are encouraged to stake out the spots where some of the main Bond movies were filmed.
  4. Swim in the Luminous Lagoon – Also called Glistening Waters, this phenomenon is a must-see. Microorganisms thrive in the waters where salt and fresh water combine, and emit a bluish glow. Visitors can jump into these waters off of the coast of Falmouth at night, and experience an otherworldly marvel.
  5. Go Caving – In Jamaica, there are plenty of ways to accomplish a caving adventure.  Cockpit Country’s Windsor Caves are best suited for the spelunking type of traveler, with helmets, flashlights and ropes. In the most extreme of subterranean tours, one can be underground for four hours in pure darkness, with only a large group of bats for company. To experience caves at a leisurely pace, or with the family, Green Grotto in Discovery Bay is the best bet.  These caves are a prominent natural attraction, known for the algae-covered green walls and a sparkling lake in the innermost cavern. There is one more way to go “caving” in Jamaica, but it may not be the most traditional – The Caves Resort in Negril. To stay in pure luxury at The Caves may not be anywhere close to spelunking, but the cliff-side accommodations and cozy in-cave dining definitely counts for a check off the bucket list.
  6. Meet the First Female Master Rum Blender – The Appleton Estate is home to Jamaica’s oldest sugar factory and rum distillery and is where some of the best Caribbean rum is made.  Visitors can take a tour and sample rum blended by Joy Spence, the industry’s first female Master Blender.
  7. Find the Nicest Jerk – The best and most delicious jerk chicken, pork, and seafood is found in Jamaica.  Boston Bay in Port Antonio is the birthplace of jerk, the flavor that sets tongues on fire with the iconic pimento and scotch bonnet pepper seasoning combination.  The Boston Bay Jerk Centre is where one can sample the best jerk on the eastern end of the island. On the west end, visitors can try Murphy’s West End Restaurant.  Murphy provides tours of his property, showing diners the exotic fruit trees.
  8. Shiver Your Timbers in Port Royal – In the 1600s, visitors would have been prey to infamous pirates in Port Royal, known at that time as “The Wickedest City on Earth.” However, a major earthquake sunk most of the city of Port Royal deep into the Caribbean Sea. The underwater city that resulted is a pending UNESCO World Heritage Site and the many shipwrecks make the area an incredible scuba diving location for those who gain permission.
  9. Connect with Bob Marley – No bucket list is complete in Jamaica without a little reggae.  Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, located on the site of the legendary musician’s former home.  Visitors can experience that as well as a tour of the Jamaican Music Museum, a visit to the Rockers International record store and a hands-on experience at the Dynamic Sounds studio. Here, guests can embrace their inner Marley and even make their own vinyl record.
  10. Go Bamboo River Rafting: The Martha Brae River provides the ultimate opportunity for relaxation. Two people can sit pretty on a bamboo raft while they glide along, catching all the sights at the edges of the tropical river banks.

So, what are you waiting for? If you want to enjoy some of these activities and add/cross them off your bucket list, its time to book your trip to Jamaica. To plan your Bucket List trip, and to add even more adventures, go to



How to Rock Your Winter Coat

GEAR, style By November 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Rock that Coat Coquitlam

UrbanMommies had the pleasure of taking part in one of the smartest, inspired fashion events of the season.  Coquitlam Centre set up an area divided into four sections.  Stylist Catherine Dunwoody pulled coats for each of the mall’s stores and categorized them.  After filling out a quick questionnaire we were directed to a section of coats that fit our style personality: Uptown Girl, Jane Bond, Urban Casual and Provocateur.  Despite being pegged as an uptown girl (are you shocked?!) I wandered the racks and found no less than 5 coats I needed.  Catherine Dunwoody pulled bags, hats and glasses in order to style us, and as we are sharing her tips below on how to rock your winter coat.  Not only did the exercise help me discover new styles, but stores that I haven’t visited in years blew me away with fabrics, designs and reasonable price points.  Well played, Coquitlam Centre.

4 Tips & Trends to Help you “Rock That Coat” 

By Catherine Dunwoody, Style Expert at Coquitlam Centre

Uptown Girl

She rocks the trench coat, inspired by British labels like Burberry – where classics are considered ultra-chic – not ultra-conservative.

  • Trend towards the traditional – a khaki or navy trench in a cotton poplin must have all the correct bells and whistles. The buckled belt – cinched at the waist in a tight knot (style note: never actually use the buckle, always tie it, leaving buckle hanging), plus epaulets on the shoulders, contrasting tortoise buttons, and storm flaps.
  • London-chic accessories are the way to go here. A gorgeous, quality, croco handbag, a classic felt beret, a soft plaid or dotted scarf, pearls, blouses, and tartan trousers. Cuppa tea? Of course, darling.
  • Jacob and Hudson’s Bay carry this well-heeled, lady-like look.

Rock that CoatUrban Casual

She’s more of a short-jacket over long-coat, kinda girl.

  • Motocross and motorcycle jackets are the hot trend in casual jackets. The stylish girl rocks that same jacket with Saturday’s jeans, and her at-work pencil skirt. Pleather, or faux-leather is the fabric of choice here. Inexpensive, low-maintenance, and perfect for our rainy westcoast climate. Colours this fall include putty, greige, plum, claret, and navy blue.
  • Accessories can re-work this jacket in a heartbeat. Make it eclectic by mixing up soft, sheer floral scarves, and feminine jewelry with punk studded bags, belts, and boots. Or keep it classic with a structured handbag, comfy flats, skinny pants with stretch for running all those errands, and a print scarf.
  • Find this look at Suzy Shier, Cleo, Reitmans, and Alia N Tan Jay


What IS she wearing under that trench coat?

  • Wear the classic trench coat unbuttoned ‘just’ enough to be, you guessed it, provocative. Military-inspired details make it down to business, but your ownstyling makes it sexy. Choose a coat in a classic trench poplin or canvas, but also look for a soft wool for chillier weather. Details like brass buttons and leather sleeves add interest – and give it a bit of edge.
  • Accessorize with a fedora pulled low, oversized spy-shades, a clutch and sky-high pumps.
  • Ricki’s, H&M and Mantique have the Provocateur-look, in spades.

Jane Bond

She’s the modern-day Bond-girl. Rocking a super-sleek coat and ready to hop on her motorbike to chase down bad-guys, you don’t want to mess with Jane.

  • Not the trench this time – but a functional coat a girl can really move in, with lots of edgy details. Tough, citified, often in black, with unexpected asymmetric zippers, silver or brass snaps, and patches of leather. Micro-fibre with some stretch is the ideal fabric, as is melton wool or leather. ¾ length works well in these coats, especially paired with skinny jeans or sleek stretch python print pants. Cue the slow-mo of helmet removal, headshake, and walking away from that massive explosion.
  • Trends in accessories with this look follow suit, with the tough-girl vibe. Nothing fussy or femme – just functional. Think crossover handbags for hands-free movement. Low boots with studs and high heels.
  • Jane Bond looks can be found at Le Chateau, RW & Co, Guess, and Jack and Jill

Why Human Milk is so Special

baby, EAT By December 22, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

The most common reason mothers probably choose to breastfeed is the knowledge that human milk is the superior infant food. It contains live cells, like those in blood. Some components of human milk also enhance the effects of others, so the ingredients of human milk work together.  Here is Why Human Milk is so Special.