Planning A Peacock Themed Wedding

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Start with a Peacock Themed Save the Date: It is always thoughtful to send out Save The Dates once you have secured the date and location of your wedding. You can also use your cards to introduce your peacock wedding theme by using the brilliant colors found in nature on your cards and/or including a peacock feather design on them. Save the Dates usually take the form of 1) postcards or magnets that are mailed via the post office, or 2) e-card using one of the many free services online (to find these services, go to your favorite search tool and type in free online save the dates or free save the date e-cards).

Next are your invitations: Invitations are a great way to creatively express your wedding information to your guests. Framing your invitation in one or more of the jewel tones found on a peacock as well as including an elegant image of peacock or peacock feather will further communicate the peacock theme. Already designed peacock invitations can readily be found online or at stationery stores.

Decor: My favorite way to decorate is through the use of bold, dramatic color (royal blue, lime, emerald and olive greens, gold, brown and plum) and then use peacock feathers as accents. And elegant way to introduce color is through the use of wedding chair sashes and bows as well as using peacock colored table runners. If you are using floral centerpieces, make sure to include peacock feathers in them. You can also use peacock themed place cards and table numbers to add to the dcor. Set out pillar candles in the many colors listed above throughout the room to further create ambiance.

Dessert: Thinking of having a peacock decorated wedding cake? Simply go to www.google.com/images and type in peacock wedding cake and youll finds thousands of photos for inspiration. If cupcakes are part of your dessert buffet, consider wrapping them in peacock cupcake wrappers.

Party Favors: It is always thoughtful and generous to send your guests home with a little thank you gift something to let them know that you appreciated that they celebrated with you. Peacock Wedding Favors are readily available including, peacock shaped cookies, peacock favor boxes, peacock feather wine stoppers, and peacock feather candles.

Feeding Your Diabetic Dog

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Portion Control For all diabetic dogs, whether overweight or not, it is important to adhere to the portions recommended by your vet. Rather than letting your dog graze on a bowl full of food throughout the day, feed him smaller meals twice or three times a day. This will help keep your dogs blood sugar and insulin levels stable.
Choose Your Food Wisely Vets often prescribe special dog food for diabetic dogs, but it can be expensive. If you select another brand, be aware that many commercial dog foods are not healthy choices for diabetic dogs. Read the ingredient label carefully. Ingredients are listed in order of concentration, so the items at the top of the list are the major ingredients. Diligently avoid brands that are high in sugar (which can be listed fructose, corn syrup, dextrose or other sugar products.)
Compare Labels Diabetic dogs not only need food that is low in sugar, but it should be high in protein and low in fat. Whole grains are rich in fiber and are very helpful because they help the body metabolize sugars more slowly. Oatmeal is especially popular in dog food and easy to find. Fruits and vegetables offer fiber beneficial nutrients, as well as sugars but they are safe for diabetic dogs.
Consider Making Homemade Food It can be time consuming, but homemade food is a good alternative to giving your dog the nutrition he needs. Talk with your veterinarian

Snack Wisely Pay particular attention to snacks. In general, dogs should get their calories from meals of dog food and diabetic dogs are no exception. Diabetic dogs should not have treats frequently, and you need to choose the type of treat you give very carefully. Many are very high in sugars and fat (because sugars and fats taste good) and offer no nutritional value. Look for dog treats that taste good, but have ingredients that are safe for your diabetic dog.

Your Veterinarian is an Expert Your vet cares about your pet and wants to give you guidance. If prescription food is too expensive for your budget, ask for guidelines that can help you choose a good commercial brand. As mentioned earlier, homemade food is another alternative and your vet can make recommendations for that option, too.
In summary, what and how you feed your diabetic dog is important. So is exercise and regular, open communication with your vet. All of these are aspects are important to helping your dog live a long, happy life.

Singapore Zoo Goes African this March Holidays with Africa Hooves and Horns’ Tour

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First in Asia to offer white rhino feeding session

Singapore, March 12, 2010 – An African getaway is set to become reality as Singapore Zoo introduces Africa Hooves and Horns, a guided tour for participants to explore the world of the white rhino along -Wild Africa’. The special Behind the Scenes feature will allow participants to come up close with this magnificent species and discover more about the treatment they receive. The tour will commence on 13 March 2010.

The two-hour Africa Hooves and Horns tour will transport visitors via buggy to the Wild Africa trail where they will get to experience the first ever in Asia white rhino feeding session. In addition, visitors will learn more about other animals from the African continent such as the giraffes, lions, zebras, and cheetahs.

-The white rhinoceros is an animal which has survived millions of years. Today, it is considered a threatened species. Vigilance is needed to ensure that it does not go on the brink of extinction. We hope with the new Africa Hooves and Horn programme at Singapore Zoo, more can be gleaned on conservation through the guided tour,- said Ms Isabel Cheng, Director, Sales, Marketing and Communications, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

The guided tour, which begins at 12.45pm, will also introduce visitors to various specimens such as a rhino horn and ostrich egg.

Registration fee for adult and child (7 years and above) is at S$100 per person and registration is required one week in advance. All participants of the guided tour will walk away with exclusive tour mementos.

At the same time, those who are up for more feeding action will be delighted to know that in addition to the white rhino session, there will be token feedings with the cheetah, African hunting dog, meerkat, lions and giraffes. The enriching Wild Africa Zone feeding programme will be available every weekend from 5 to 28 March 2010. Complete with keepers’ commentaries, visitors will be able to learn more about the animals’ diets, habits and other interesting facts.

For a comprehensive list and timing of Wild Africa feeding sessions, log on to

Those interested to register for Africa Hooves and Horns can call Singapore Zoo at 62693411 or email

Celebrate Fall At Zoo Atlanta

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Visitors to Zoo Atlanta will find plenty of fun family activities going on at the zoo this fall. Guests may enjoy a family festival, special animal encounters, overnight zoo events, and Boo at the Zoo. They should be sure to stop by and check out some of the zoos newest babies that were born in late summer. There are two new golden lion tamarins, an endangered primate species native to Brazil. There is also a blue crane chick that was incubated by a peahen after its mother suddenly died. Zoo visitors can also ride the carousel and the train or try the rock climbing wall for an additional fee.

Visitors will find plenty of activities to entertain during Play the Animal Way, which is scheduled for September 29, 2012. Stations throughout the zoo will include special feedings, training demonstrations, keeper talks, and crafts. The activities will take place from 10am-4pm and are included with general admission.

Fiesta de la Familia is scheduled for October 7. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Zoo with Spanish translated keeper talks and animal encounters. Zoo visitors will also enjoy live entertainment, crafts, and a meet and greet with Dora the Explorer and Diego. All activities are included with general admission.

Family & Deluxe Nightcrawler events allow families to see what goes on at the zoo after visiting hours. Attendees spend the night at the zoo and can participate in activities such as scavenger hunts, games, private tours, and special animal encounters. Reservations are required, and an additional fee is charged. A Nightcrawler event is planned for October 20.
Boo at the Zoo is one of Atlantas favorite family Halloween festivals. Activities include a costume contest with prizes, special treats, and seasonal games and activities. Come meet the characters in Zoo Boo Town, explore the magical paths, and wind through the Hay Maze. Separate times are scheduled for three different age groups.

Visitors can enjoy lunch or snacks at the zoo. Seasonal restaurants serve hot dogs, sandwiches, and other treats. Dine in comfort in the air conditioned/heated Wild Planet Caf, which is open year round. The menu includes chicken, pizza, burgers, and salads. Zoo Atlanta is located at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE. The zoo is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 9:30am-5:30pm on Monday-Friday and 9:30am-6:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $20.99 for adults, $15.99 for seniors age 65 and older, and $15.99 for children ages 3-11. Children age 2 and under are admitted free.

A Solar Bird Bath Can Add Interest To Your Backyard

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Attracting a large variety of wild bird species to your yard is easy and cost effective with a solar bird bath, and this beautiful garden focal point won’t increase your utility bills. Its true that birds flock to open water and bird baths that harness solar energy have many advantages over electrical or traditional baths which include being easier to place than electrical ones and also having the additional benefit for your electric bill.

A bird bath is enjoyed by both you and your backyard birds, but did you know that without a source of open water like this the birds might not survive? Wintertime is hard on birds because of the limited amount of open water available to them, so the heated, solar powered bird bath can be very important to their well-being. Water will be available to the birds during the coldest months when you use a solar bird bath with a heating element.

These types of bird baths need no electricity since they receive their energy from the sun via a small solar panel. Mold and bacteria growth can be inhibited with the circulating water feature that is commonly offered. You’ll find the panel in the bowl part of the bird bath and the pump in the base or pedestal.

Solar power offers advantages over electrical power for location placement and installation ease of your bird bath. Solar powered models offer greater flexibility for placement, since no electrical cord is needed to power them. An additional benefit is its ease of moving around to different locations. This is important since you may need to move it a few times before you find a location in plain view that can also afford some protection from natural bird predators. Bird baths with the running water feature will discourage bacterial and mold growth, as well as provide other benefits over baths with still water. One big problem with the stagnant water in a traditional bird bath is that it can breed more unwanted mosquitoes. But a bath with running water will attract more birds, as well as discourage annoying mosquitoes.

Although minimal, solar bird baths do still require some maintenance. It does need to be cleaned, but you’ll find it won’t need as much work if it has running water. Algae growth can be inhibited with diligent scrubbing and the use of products with natural enzymes. You might have to remove your solar panels in the winter, and replace them periodically.

So, you see, a solar powered bird bath can be a great investment for your yard. If you keep your part of the bargain by maintaining your bird bath, then the birds will provide you with entertainment all year long.

Litter Kwitter Cat Toilet Training System

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Litter Kwitter is the original world famous cat toilet training system. You can teach your cat to use the toilet in 3-easy steps. No more messing around with cat litter, a litter maid, scoop free litter boxes or other automatic cleaning litter boxes – say goodbye to the mess, germs, smell & hassle of the litter tray… forever!

Litter Kwitter starts next to the toilet with a seat device and a red plastic disk full of litter so your cat knows what it is & where to go to use it. Then you put it on the porcelain rim of the toilet, so your cat learns to hop up. Once your cat gets the idea that the toilet is where the action is, you can move to the amber disk.

It has a hole in the middle and room for some litter around the edges so that your cat can use it but also starts to learn how to perch on the edge of the seat itself. It doesnt usually take too long to get the hang of this so then its time to use the green disk. It has a bigger hole so that your cat can balance on the seat and, know that everything will end up in the toilet.

Most cats figure it out in about 8 weeks or so, as long as you are patient and understanding. If your cat is older (above 8 years) or not litter trained, it will probably take a bit longer. They have more bad habits to un-learn.

The Litter kwitter is made from the same material as a Firefighter’s Hard Hat – it’s about as hard and stiff as plastic can get. It wont bend, flex, crack, split or move no matter how large your cat is. Its so strong that it can cope with a cat weighing up to whopping 30kg (65 lb).

Cats look different but their bodies work the same way as humans in the ‘Yum to Yuk’ process: they eat (Yum!), they get energy from digesting the food (to be able to claw the furniture & chase the balls of paper), and they deposit the waste (Yuk!). Toilets are designed to deal with the waste better than any other device in the house (and definitely better than plastic trays on the floor in the laundry room).

Still not convinced? Think about this: cats use the litter tray, bury the waste (by treading in it) then tread around your home on bench tops, beds, laps and rugs. Yuk! A toilet trained cat treads on a clean toilet seat (it is clean, I hope!), deposits their waste in the water, then treads around your home with clean paws: no more mess, no more germs, no more smells, no more hassle. Enough said.

Get Pet And Their Accessories By A Single Click Via Online Pet Shop

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If you love pets and do not have time to physically go to the pet shop and select what you are looking for, online pet shop plays vital role to provide you convenience shop for the pets. You just need a computer with an internet connection and just click keyboards and order for a pet of your choice. There is no time consuming as well as money consuming activities incurred; shipping with low cost or no cost is rendering and also the speed of delivery also good. Online shopping is one of the greatest things for the people as they have thousands of online products at their fingertips. Online pet shop for dogs provides ample varieties of Dog grooming products which you can comfortably purchase at low cost than the local one. You just urge to select the specified product, order for the shipping and get product delivered in your doors.

Animals lovers are all over the world and they are very well-expressed to get the pets and associated supplies like accessories. Internet power satisfied most of the pet affiliate products which are not within sight at affordable prices and with much of convenience. All they need is to spend some time in front of their computer and find whatever they need and like for their loving animal at an agreeable price and in a convenient manner. They just need to be a little bit attentive in selecting the right online pet shop they can rely upon. One of the biggest reasons for shopping at an online is to take benefit of how accessible it is. When you shop online, there is no issue to drive to the store, no walking around trying to find what you need, and no dealing with other people’s pets in the store and generate ease to shop via internet.

Pet Accessories are very popular all over the world as it is preferred by most of the people by its best companion. Dog lovers/ owners always look for the best accessories so that they can apply on their dogs and makes them looking good and healthy. To groom and healthy they take the options to Buy dog food online, designer clothes, Dog toy, Dog shampoo, Dog Soaps, Brush, comb and so on. To add Broadway in designer dog products and make it unassuming comfortable to shop, dog owners can choose to shop online. There are a certain number of online stores dealing with all designer products meant for your dog only. This makes shopping online a great option for people who are very busy or who have difficulty getting out of the house.

How To Raise Pygmy Goats As Pets – Important Equipment And Facilities That You Need

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Among all the different breeds of goats, pygmy goats make the best pets. However, you need to do a lot of background reading before you get one as a pet. Make sure that you have all the equipment and the facilities that you will need before you even buy your first pygmy goat.

Although they make good companions, having pygmy goats as pets is not for everyone. Taking care of them is definitely different from having a dog or a cat. They have different needs and very different personalities and you should familiarize yourself with them before you even take that first leap.

Since they are considered as livestock, you cannot expect your backyard to be enough for them. You need big grounds for them to feed and to live on. You also need to check your town’s regulations about his matters, because different places hold varying rules about this situation. When raising Pygmy goats, you should known that these animals are also fans of foliage, specifically fescue, and forbs, specifically dandelion and wild lettuce. They love blackberries and rabbit brushes as well.

A well-ventilated barn is a necessity when you learn how to raise pygmy goats as pets. You need to build one sleeping bench for every pygmy goat. You also need to ensure that the barn has a well-built roof that will protect your goats from the heat of the sun and from the rain. Build a fence around the grazing ground to keep the goats from wandering away and to keep the predators out.

Keeping goats as pets will only require hay for feeding. You can occasionally give them grains or fruit pulps as rewards. Keep them away from azaleas and rhodendons because they will poison the goats. Of course, they need fresh water all the time so make sure that the barn has a fresh supply of running water.

Goats are actually quite friendly animals. They are quite smart, too. Even if you cannot train them to do the usual fetching tricks, you may train them to go to different places on command. However, every goat has its own distinct personality so make sure that you accommodate every single one of them.

You should also know that you cannot have just one pygmy type of goat. They are social creatures and they need to be around other goats to survive. So before you raise pygmy goats as pets, make sure that you have enough space and resources to take care of them.

A Fun Filled Family Adventure At The Franklin Park Zoo

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Boston is a city that reconnects the old and the new; it is a city where the historical buildings and tales of the American Civil War live side by side with the modern art and culture, academia and vibrant nightlife. Boston is many things to many people as it is a truly multifaceted modern city. It is considered by many to be the unofficial capital of New England because it is the city which has the largest economy and the most cultural impact on the region.
In being such a vibrant, modern metropolis, the city will no doubt have many attractions for the visitors. These range from historical monuments and interesting architecture to chic restaurants, art galleries and museums. Among all of these interesting things to do in Boston, a visit to the Franklin Park Zoo is one that many families would love to experience.
The Franklin Park Zoo is one of the largest in the region at a land extent of 72 acres; it is operated by Zoo New England, which also manages another zoo in the state. It is located on the northern part of Franklin Park, which is named after the illustrious Boston-born Benjamin Franklin. This is also important as it forms the last part of the Boston Emerald Necklace – which is a network of public parks that form a semi circular green belt around the city.
At the inception of the Franklin Park Zoo in 1912, the creators envisioned it to be a zoo where the animals would be kept in open enclosures mimicking their natural habitat rather than the traditional zoo concept which restricts them in cages. Over the years, the site has had many makeovers but the core concept has always remained the same.
Today this site has many exhibits, the most popular ones being the Tropical Rainforest, the Serengeti Crossing, Kalahari Kingdom and the Outback Trail. Another popular section is the Children’s Zoo which includes farmyard animals such as ducks and horses and also two very rare Russian Amur Leopards.
Visitors can access this attraction from many Boston hotels as it is well connected via public transport. This is an interesting attraction for guests who want to explore the city while staying at a luxury hotel in Boston such as The Langham Boston.

Interesting Information About Monkey Bread

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Can you still remember how you used to love to munch on sweet and sticky bread during teatime? You probably have fond childhood memories, where you enjoyed having snacks with your friends. After playtime, a nice glass of lemonade and a delicious slice of sweet bread was always a treat. Moreover, you never minded having your hands all sticky after touching the bread. All you had to do was to lick your fingers clean.

Monkey bread has always been an all-time favourite bread of kids, since decades back. This bread has its characteristic sweetness and sticky texture. Moreover, this sugary bread has a hint of cinnamon that gives a truly enticing aroma.

Some variations of monkey bread contain raisins, which serve as embellishment for the bread. Others include chopped walnuts or pecans in the recipe, for a nutty taste and crunchy texture.Whichever way you prefer to make the bread, you will certainly love its exciting taste. This truly makes a perfect dessert or snack loaded with healthy goodness.

Here is a fabulous recipe of monkey bread that comes with a cream cheese icing. Try making this recipe that the whole family would simply adore.

Ingredients:

Brown sugar – 1 cup
Refrigerated biscuits – 4 cups
White sugar – 1/2 cup
Cinnamon powder – 2 tablespoons
Butter – 3/4 cup
Raisins – 1/2 cup
Chopped walnuts – 1/2 cup
Cream Cheese Icing
Cream cheese – 1/2 pound
Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
Confectioner’s sugar – 1 pound
Butter – 1 pound
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, lightly grease the tube pan. Next, mix the sugar and the cinnamon in a plastic container. Cut the biscuits into halves and place about six inside the container with the cinnamon mixture. Blend well.

Next, arrange the biscuit pieces in the pan, layering them neatly. Make sure that each piece has the cinnamon and sugar coating. Toss in the raisins and the chopped nuts.

Melt the butter and the sugar over low fire. After a minute, pour the sugar mixture over the biscuit pieces. Afterward, bake for half an hour. Let the bread cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Prepare the icing while baking the bread. Whisk the butter and the cream cheese. Add in the sugar while stirring continuously. Then, pour in the lemon juice and the vanilla extract. Continue whisking until the mixture turns light and smooth.

Spread the cream cheese mixture using a spatula. Put the icing on top of the baked bread. This gives the bread a nice appearance that will surely entice anyone to taste this fabulous treat. Moreover, the icing gives more sweetness to the cake; hence, this makes a perfect delectable dessert. This recipe is surely one that you should try because of the ease in preparing and cooking it. You and your family will love this fabulous monkey bread loaded with an excellent aroma, nutrients and a knockout taste.