Once if planned and executed properly, going for a jungle safari is one of the most exhilarating experience one can have in life. Unlike the planned touring trips, you are not able to predict what you are going to experience next inside the deep jungle, which is the most exciting part of it.
However, in order to enjoy this experience of the true nature to its peak, travelers need to be extremely cautious and sensitive to the surroundings and also should practice a high level of patience and self-discipline.
Wildlife in India
India in an amazing country when it comes to opportunities for exploring the wild. Huge diversity of wildlife, variations in climate, and the complex topography of the sub-continent make India an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts from across the globe.
There are 10 primary bio-geographical zones in India, which is further divided into 23 biotic provinces. Not all of these destinations are open for public, but there are many interesting jungle safari options at various parts of India.
There are more than 400 species of mammals and about 1300 bird species of birds found in India. This is the only country where Asiatic Lions are seen and it is also home to about 65% of total global population of tigers. India is also home to 5 distinct species of wild cattle, 11 wild goats, and 15 other primates.
Jungle safari in India
A jungle safari is considered as a sojourn to the amazing wild life and there are many packages offered by different wild life sanctuaries in India for this.
Jeep Safari Majority of the packages like Tadoba Resort jungle safari offer customized jeep rides through the jungle tracks inside the park. The major advantage of jeep rides is that one can cover a large area in shortest possible time, which maximizes the chances of confronting with wildlife.
Elephant Safari This is another best option to consider which ensures a much closer and personal experience with nature, but limited to certain habitats only. The advantage of traveling on elephants is that that the other wildlife accepts elephants as animals itself and come closer. There is also no noise or air pollution in case of elephant safaris as like a jeep safari.
Trekking Trekking at wild is highly discouraged to public and it is rightly so. An average tourist will not be able to survive wild trekking. However, there are specific trekking packages for wildlife experts who got special training to escape danger as to climbing trees, self defense, hiding techniques etc.
Water based safaris These are offered at certain parks with large water bodies inside the jungle region. This can be quite an enjoyable experience if booked at the right time of the year. It is also the most relaxing and comfortable way of doing a safari. For bird watchers and animal scientists, this is one of the best ways to get closer to certain habitats.
One must be well prepared to enjoy maximum excitement and thrill of a safari. A pair of good binoculars and a professional camera are essentials to carry. A good field guide is also a must, and one should also follow the instructions given by the trip administrators strictly to have an enjoyable and safe jungle safari.
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The holiday season is full swing. Hanukkah begins Saturday, Christmas Day is Sunday, and Kwanzaa starts next Monday. Purchasing gifts for your loved ones. Decorating your house with holiday cheer. When I think about the winter holidays, the first thing that comes to mind is homemade cookies. There is something about Christmas and cookies that brings a smile to my face. From icebox cookies to sugar cookies, from snickerdoodles to chocolate chip cookies; I haven’t met too many cookies that I don’t like. But who makes homemade cookies anymore? With all the other things that are going, who has the time? Well if there was a simple, but delicious cookie to make; would you make it?
Let me suggest the Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies.
The Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies
The Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies have been one of my wife’s favorite cookies since she was a itty bitty little girl. Her mother found the recipe in a cookbook that their church, St.Jacobi Lutheran Church, published more than thirty years ago. A God fearing church lady named, Marjorie Wetzel submitted the recipe. Wondering about Mrs. Wetzel, I searched and quickly found her obituary. I learned that this amazing woman of faith who was very active passed away just last year at the age of 94. Her husband passed away this year in February at the age of of 97. When I showed my wife their photos from the obituaries, she recognized them and remembered them from the church. I feel a connection with this couple because we share a love for this peanut butter cookies and our faith in God. Here is her recipe.
Original Recipe from Mrs. Wetzel
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together and drop by 1/2 teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven.
The recipe did not include how long to bake the cookies. For the first batch, we tested twelve minutes. That was too long because the bottom was too brown for our liking. For the next batch, we tried eight minutes and it was perfect. We didn’t have any vanilla in our cabinet, so we substituted honey and it worked wonderfully. We used brown eggs from a farmer that my mother buys from. Since we tweaked the recipe a bit, here are our modifications.
Updated Recipe from JT
1 cup peanut butter
1 large brown egg
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon honey
maple sugar to sprinkle on top of the cookies before putting in the oven
Mix all of the ingredients together. Roll about 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture into ball and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten the cookie with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern in the cookie. Place a pinch of maple sugar on the top of cookie. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 to 9 minutes. Allow to cool about for ten minutes before removing from the pan. Yields about two dozen cookies and ingredients can be doubled if more cookies are needed. We recommend that you use the old-fashioned peanut butter and not the natural kind that separates. Since it has a different texture, we don’t think the finished cookie would be to our liking.
Fresh from the Oven
The cookies are called Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies. And these cookies will definitely surprise you, for a couple of reasons. One, the recipe cannot be any simpler. There are only four ingredients. They mix together quickly and are easy to put together. You should have all of the ingredients in your pantry. Two, the cookies take only eight minutes to bake in the oven. You can easily make four dozen in about one hour or less. Three, the cookies taste amazing. They are soft and creamy; and are packed with a peanut butter flavor that will explode in your mouth. Your taste buds will thank you.
Whether it is for a family gathering, or a cookie exchange at work; these Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies will be the hit of the party. Give them a try and I know it will be hard for you to stop eating them. If you make them, let us know what you think.
Christmas is right around the corner. It’s countdown time.
Are you still pondering what to get that mother-in-law and father-in-law who has everything? Do you not know what to get your niece who is in college?
Well let JTwisdom and Jay, with the help of Verizon Wireless, find the perfect gift. You do not need to know anyone’s ring or shoe size.
Do they like to listen to music? Do they want to feel like they are the only person in the room while they are listening to music?
My top gift selection of the season is the Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones. I have to get myself a pair. They are that good. You have to experience the superb sound quality and the comfort to believe it.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones
The Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones are perfect for listening to your favorite tunes or inspirational messages. The range of the wireless connection was great. You could go from one room to the other without any sound interruption.
Superior noise-cancelling technology for better audio, enhanced sound blocking
Connect easily to wireless devices via Bluetooth® and NFC pairing
Up to 20 hours of wireless listening per charge
*Disclaimer:The Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones were out of stock on Verizon’s website when I demoed them. Hopefully they will be in stock soon. You could check to see if the headphones are available in a Verizon store near you.
My second top gift selection is the Pixel, the Google phone teamed with the Daydream View.
The Pixel is the first phone created by Google and is causing quite a stir in the tech community and for good reasons.
To name a few:
Slick Design and comes in Quite Black, Very Silver or Really Blue
Storage 32GB or 128GB capacity. This phone has smart storage so you will never have a message that says your storage is full. Once you set it up you Smart storage it will let Pixel know when you need to free up space for extra storage.
Google Assistant -Ask to a question or tell it to do things for you. Reminds me of Siri that you would use on your iPhone.
The photo images taken with the phone are very clear and video quality is nice.
Charge phone for 15 minutes and it gives 7 hours of battery life only if it’s plugged into the wall outlet.
Setup for Daydream view
Pixel, Phone By Google
Daydream view VR
Which is a higher technology marvel and makes the View finder of yesterday really look like a child’s toy.
Hubby really enjoyed the Daydream View which is a headset and remote controller by Google that takes you virtually into museum art galleries, go swimming with the dolphins, jump from a helicopter, learn how to surf a wave, and visit the Taj Majal, and go 360 degree journeys around the world. Jumping from the helicopter was a doozy. You really have to make sure you sit down at all times you are using this device. You can even play a few games, the collections are growing and you can watch Youtube videos or movies.
I don’t know if its my head, wearing glasses or what, but when I would first put on the headset it felt fine. However after a few minutes I would feel the viewer sliding down the front of my face. I would hold the front of the viewer to be able to see clearly through it. Once I took the viewer off and adjusted it again I was okay. I could only play for 45 minutes because the headset would get heavy on me and the phone would get hot, and battery would go from fully charged to 40 percent. I needed to stop and let it cool down and recharge it.
If you do not have a Daydream ready-phone, it will not work with the Viewer. If you don’t have the Pixel, Phone by Google, please see the full list of compatible phones here. *Daydream-ready phones are built for VR with high-resolution displays, ultra-smooth graphics and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking.
The Boise QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones, Pixel, Phone by Google, and the Daydream View VR would be wonderful gifts for the techy person on your list for gift giving this Christmas or however you celebrate the holidays this season.
Verizon Wireless provided us with these items to demo and write a review. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are our own.
There is a reason why many people always look at the coins a cashier hands them when they make change. There are certain rare coins that are worth a fortune. While it isn’t probable, you will receive a million-dollar coin at the check-out, knowing some of the rarest coins and their value could be beneficial when you go to estate or yard sales or are cleaning out a grandparents’ home.
Coin collecting is one of the oldest hobbies on record. Besides, collecting coins can be rewardable. Not only do many coins gain value, but if you decide that collecting is not for you after trying it, you will likely get all of your investment back, a rare occurrence when it comes to most investments.
Image courtesy of <http://www.infinitycoins.net>
Most of the highest-rated coins are from the 1800s up to around 1920. Values decrease dramatically after that time. There are basically three reasons a coin is highly valuable:
The number of coins in existence. A low number of known coins will make any coin more valuable.
The content of the coin. The type of metal used for the coin, whether it’s gold, silver or copper, make it more costly. Most coins today don’t contain the same amount of such metals.
Historical value of the coin. Some coins are expensive because of who owned them or how they are recovered.
There are some coins worth millions while some are worth several thousand. Below is a list of some of the most collectible coins in the world.
The 1849 Double Eagle By far, this is the most valuable coin known as it is valued at $20 million. It has the trifecta of valuable attributes as it is made of gold at the beginning of the California gold rush and is incredibly rare. The value has jumped in recent years because it was valued at $15 million just two years ago.
Saint Gaudens Coins These coins garner a lot of cash depending upon the mint year. The 1907 Saint Gaudens is valued at $8.5 million and is so rare that the best are located at the Smithsonian Museum. This book is an interest for collectors by its own. Here the 1927 D Saint Gaudens Double Eagle is valued at $1.2 million while the 1933 Double Eagle is valued at $7.59 million.
The 1933 Double Eagle The 1933 Double Eagle is highly distinguished because 1933 was the last year of production. This coin was never circulated and all were melted because the government discontinued the gold standard in 1933. Other Saint Gaudens coins also hold value. The 1921 St. Gaudens Double East is valued at $130,000. There is a 1930 version that also holds good value at $120,000.
1794 Silver Dollar This coin, the first silver dollar produced by the U.S. Mint, is different from later coins in that the hair of the head flows, earning it the nickname of the “Flowing Hair Dollar.” Worth 7.85 million, this coin is one of the most rare and one of the most expensive in a private collector’s hands. It also has a national historical aspect to it, making it a special coin to own. Don’t miss a chance to deep into revolutionary world of 17th-18th centuries coinage.
1822 Half Eagle This $6 million coin has a bit of mystery because of the 17,796 coins minted, there remains only three left. Two of those are in the Smithsonian Museum, leaving the world to speculate where the third coin remains. These coins were released in $5 denominations, are gold and feature a Liberty head of the front and a flying eagle on the back.
Liberty Coins Much like the Saint Gaudens coins, there are several in this series that are worth a fortune. Topping the list is the 1913 Liberty Head, valued at $4.5 million. This was a 5-cent coin and has the distinction of being produced without approval from the U.S. Mint.
The 1913 coin was the first to bust the million-dollar cost ceiling when one sold in 1996 for $1.485 million. The 1870 Liberty Seated dollar is valued at $1.9 million and the 1881 Liberty Head Double Eagle coin is valued at $180,000. Some of the less rare coins are the 1873 CC Liberty Seated quarter, worth $90,000 and the 1887 Liberty Head Double Eagle, valued at $89,000.
No, you may not have a million-dollar coin in your purse, but there could be a chance you may have some of the less rare coins in an old coin collection book or box in the attic. It doesn’t hurt to check because you could find your own treasure, stowed away, waiting to be discovered!
This contribution post was made by Infinity Coins, specializing in bullion, jewelry and other collectibles. Infinity Coins has become the Pinedale coin dealers and Driggs coin dealers that locals have come to trust.
I am getting deep today, under your skin, to get to the heart of your emotions, to release the beautiful person you are inside.
I know that I am not the typical person someone would see in the fashion magazines. However, I felt I don’t measure up because I am not a size double-zero. I canceled many of my magazine subscriptions because it was too much clutter and most of them looked the same and had identical ads. Yes, it use to intimidate me to see someone who is thin and tall and when I look in the mirror, I am somewhat tall with hips. Shakira says, “Hips don’t lie!” And my hips are staring right back at me. It seemed like a joke for me to be doing a fashion blog because who would take me seriously when it came to fashion.
Well we have to be comfortable in our own skin. Comparison is a deadly weapon that will do nothing but bring you and others around you down.
Body Image was a battle for me. Even though I worked out hard and ate healthy, I never was stick thin. Well, you know what! I finally had to finally realize that it is not about being stick then its about being healthy.
Should I loose 10, no 20, no 30 pounds? What’s good enough? It’s never good enough!
Have any of you felt like that?
Stop it! I immediately we have to cast those imaginations down and thank the Lord for who He is in me (in us) and what he has done for us.
I can only speak for myself. If I truly dictated my life on what other people thought I should do, I would not be where I am today.
I came across the Comparison Trap app on my phone. It’s was a jewel that I found.
I listened to the videos by Andy Stanley and saw a devotional was available by Sandra Stanley was available on Amazon.com for $12.52 and on Christianbooks.com for $10.99. There is also DVD study for women for $15.00. I purchased the devotional and its wealth of information for each of the 28 days.
Take a look at the Land of ER teaching by Andy Stanley.
“There’s no win in comparison.” Andy Stanley
If you have ever dealt with comparison anytime in your life these videos and the devotional will be an asset to you. No matter if it’s a weight, your marriage, your kids, whatever it is no one wins in comparison.
Today I want to help you learn about the differences between modern jewelry and vintage jewelry. It many be easy for everyone to know the difference. The two styles can dictate your appearance and presence, because they really add a lot to the wardrobe.
Modern jewelry is what you see most days when you see women adorned in jewelry in public. This category of jewelry usually has a sharp, eye-catching style, and looks good with a professional outfit or paired with a sleek dress for a date night. There is no strict definition of modern jewelry, it’s a subjective term that matches a particular movement or style. With online retailers popping up like Etsy, it’s easier than ever to find modern jewelry that matches your style, because there’s such a wide range of options thanks to the Internet.
image courtesy of www.invaluable.com
Vintage jewelry, on the other hand, is a broad category covering styles you may be familiar with like a pearl necklace or a diamond wedding ring. These are the age-old styles that look great at a formal event like a wedding, work party, or if you’re going out with an older crowd. Good vintage jewelry can be harder to find. Oftentimes, it’s handed down by friends, family or a significant other’s family. Many women receive some of their grandmother’s jewelry when she passes for example. There are also retailers, but they can be harder to find. Invaluable is one vintage jewelry retailer that seems to have a great selection.
image courtesy of www.invaluable.com
So I want to pose the question to my readers: what type of jewelry do you prefer? Do you own any jewelry? What’s the best way to find vintage jewelry in your opinion?
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.
There are actually people out right now in lines at their favorite store to get that great deal on their favorite item they have been wanting to get their mom, dad, sibling or best friend. JTwisdom, the hubby and pups are staying in and enjoying the evening putting up the tree while listening to some Christmas holiday jazz.
Well, you don’t have to run that race if you are shopping online for yourself or someone you care about. I have dresses galore for summer so I was eyeing some deals for the fall and winter season. Black Friday Sales 2016 at Dresswe have their whole site up to 90 percent off. And free shipping on orders over $100.
This dress speaks fall to me. I can see this dress with tights and my Clavin Klein block heel platform heels.
Vogue Color Block Lace Patchwork dress Image Dresswe
This maxi dress below would transition from work to a night out on the town with the hubby.
Chic Short Sleeve Print Floor-Length Maxi Dress Image Dresswe
This is an up close picture of the lace and the red geometric pattern.
Today we celebrate Thanksgiving, a day to reflect and be thankful for what God is doing in our lives.
But today, we also celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the greatest civil rights leaders in American history. Her name is Frankie Muse Freeman and she lives right here in Saint Louis, Missouri. Last month, my wife and I attended a birthday bash for Ms. Freeman. The guest list included Missouri Governor Nixon, Saint Louis City Mayor Francis Slay, Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and about one thousand guests. It was an honor to be have been invited and to witness such a historic event.
Frankie Muse Freeman – Photo courtesy of Missouri History Museum
But you may be wondering,
Who is Frankie Muse Freeman? What was her role in the Civil Rights Movement? Why do I need to care? I am so glad you asked.
Born in segregated Virginia in 1916 to William and Maude Muse, Ms. Freeman attended college at Hampton Institute (now University) and Howard University. After graduating with her law degree in 1947, she and her husband moved to his hometown of Saint Louis, where she sought employment at several law firms. When she did not hear back from any of the firms, Ms. Freeman decided that she would start her own law practice, working on divorce and criminal cases. Soon after, she then turned her focus to work as legal counsel for the NAACP, fighting racial injustice in Saint Louis. In 1949, Ms. Freeman fought the Saint Louis Board of Education for equal opportunities for the black students attending Hadley Vocational Technical School. In the video below, we hear in Frankie’s own words, the importance of this case.
In another important case, Ms. Freeman challenged the Saint Louis Housing Authority in 1954 that allowed legal racial discrimination in the city’s public housing. That court case ended the legalized discrimination,and later Freeman worked as a staff attorney for the St. Louis Land Clearance and Housing Authorities. She began as an associate general counsel and later became the general counsel of the St. Louis Housing Authority. She served in these positions from 1956 to 1970.
President Lyndon Johnson nominated Ms. Freeman to be in a position on the United States Commission on Civil Rights in 1964. In the video below, Ms. Freeman recounts meeting Johnson and what it meant to be the first black woman on the Commission, a position she held until 1979. Frankie also served on the Community Services Administration during Jimmy Carter’s administration, and later on the Citizen’s Commission on Civil Rights.
Ms. Freeman’s life has been an inspiration to me and many people in various walks of life.
She graduated from law school at a time when it was difficult and almost impossible for black women to go to college.
She started her own law practice when no law firm would hire her.
She worked with several United States Presidential Commissions to end racial discrimination and improve the country.
Happy Birthday Ms. Freeman!
Thank you for all the work you have done to make this country better for all the people who live here. We wouldn’t have come this far without you.
Thanking my Lord and Savior for everlasting life. Thankful for being surrounded by my hubby and my family.
“I thank you from my heart, and I will never stop singing your praises, my Lord and my God.” Ps. 30:12 (CEV)
Thanksgiving Day is a time to reflect back on what I am thankful for. Thank God each and everyday for health, family, abundance of prosperity, and much more.
What about creating a list?
It’s so good to sit down and make a list. When you make of list of what you are thankful for, you can always go back to it for encouragement and even add more to it.
Thanksgiving is about the food, right?
No, it’s not just about the food. A lot is going on in America and the World right now, and we have so much on our prayer agendas to put before the Lord. I was searching for more information about the protest over the Dakota pipeline, and adding that on my prayer list. Praying for the Indian nation.
With today being Thanksgiving and thinking about the origins of the holiday, I remembered back to what I was taught in history class about the Pilgrims and the Indians. I didn’t know it was the Wampanoags nation, nor did I know much about these encounters. It is a shame that the history books then did not more provide the students with the full story. As a child I would read about that first thanksgiving and would watch cartoons during the holiday that depicted peace and unity.
However, I was not taught that the peace agreement between the Wampanoag nation and the Pilgrims did not last very long. On the Manataka American Indian Council website I read, “The Real Story of Thanksgiving,” the relationship between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag nation turned from peace to hatred. There was once peace but it didn’t even last 50 years. the The Pilgrims looked at the Wampanoag nation as teachers who taught them how to sustain the land they came to on the Mayflower, In contrast shortly after the peace agreement the relationship deteriorated in a downward spiral.
As a person of color researching her ancestry, I am disheartened because the story of Thanksgiving is not an entirely happy as some may have thought. Most of the time we only read one side of the story, but it is important that we take the time to read and study the whole story from all viewpoints.
I recently watched an American Experience (PBS) documentary about the Puritans. I don’t want to spoil it for you and give you all the highlights.However, I found it very interesting and thought-provoking. It made me want to learn more. The documentary is an hour and fifty four minutes so grab a cup of tea and let me know what you think afterwards.
Knowledge is power. Thanksgiving is not just another day.
A resource I plan to read:
“Invasion of American” by Francis Jennings on Amazon.com
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving and remember that if you are not with your loved ones or friends remember that Jesus loves you and you are special to Him and to us here at
It has been a little brisk outside the last couple of days. With temperatures hovering in the 40s and 50s, the weather has turned considerably cooler than last week, but it feels great. Fall and Winter are my favorite time of the year. Can’t wait for that first snow of the season. I spent some time in my backyard with my hubby and my doggies, enjoying the cool breeze and bundled up in quilted corduroy jacket.
When outside, I wanted to capture the last of my summer flowers before they fell victim to the frost.
A closeup of the marigolds
The miniature roses.
Do you think I captures these photographs with the latest DSLR on the market?
No, I actually snapped these photos with the LG V20 smartphone, available exclusively at Verizon Wireless.The petals look like you could touch them. The colors are rich and vibrant and appear to be jumping on the screen. I recently had the opportunity to try the phone, courtesy of Verizon Wireless. The picture above of the rose in my backyard looks like a professional image. The rose has been brought to the forefront with the background slightly blurred for intensity. I didn’t blur the background the camera on the LG V20 did it on its on. Amazing!
The smartphone retails on Verizon’s website for $672.00 and features
Steady record 2.0. No video shakiness.
Enjoy crisp, full sound with amazing detail. Hi-Fi Quad DAC playback reduces noise by up to 50 percent and lets you hear audio just the way you recorded it.
Wide angle capabilities to have more sharper shots to capture all of the scenic views and include more friends.
Record studio-quality audio on the go. Three sensitive AOP microphones capture higher quality sound with a wider dynamic frequency range. Record with lossless audio formats supported by professional camcorders. The Studio Mode allows for mixing vocals over recorded or instrumental music.
My hubby and I are not the only ones who enjoy being outside when the weather turns cooler. Vinny, our trip-collie, enjoys running through the yard and playing with his stick. The video below, captured with the LG V20 Smartphone, shows my hubby playing with Vinny.
The excellent image and sound quality rivals that of any DSLR camera or HD camcorder that I have used. Vinny’s bark is clear and you can hear the stick hitting the concrete far off in the distance.
One the same day we were out enjoying the coolness, the Super Moon rose over the Earth. My hubby and I wanted to see how well the camera would do. It is hard for even the hi-tech cameras to capture quality images at night and especially the moon.
The photo below is pretty good, the LG V20 actually captured the glow around the moon.
If having a quality camera and video recorder is a top priority when selecting a new smartphone; then you need to consider purchasing the LG V20 from Verizon Wireless. The image and video quality exceeded our expectations. Most people think you would need to carry with you the clunky DSLR camera or weighty camcorder to get these high quality results. Instead, it is all within reach of your smartphone. Your all-in-one media package is now complete with the LG V20 smartphone.
FTC Disclaimer: Bubbling With Elegance And Grace received the LG V20 Smartphone from Verizon Wireless in order to write this review. We received no monetary compensation for this review and all opinions are our own. After the demo time period was over, the smartphone was returned back to Verizon Wireless.