Why We Need To Bring Back Victory Gardens

World War I and World War II took a toll on the country’s budget and led to an increase in the cost of living. With no end in sight for the war, the government was at a tight spot, trying to find food for the marines overseas while also keeping the cost of food in the country at an affordable level.

The solution? A rallying call to all Americans to grow food in their backyards to supplement the nation’s demands. These backyard gardens came to be known as “victory gardens.”

The concept spread like wildfire as citizens heeded the call. Communities came together and put idle land to use. Vegetables were grown in lands owned by churches, schools, and factories. Individuals heeded the call in their own way, growing vegetables at their front or backyards and even in parks.

The rallying call paid off, and food prices remained affordable during the war, which was critical in maintaining the stability of the country.

A New Call for “Victory Gardens”

The wars may be over, and today, the country is self-sufficient and faces no risk of escalating food prices. However, there is a new challenge to be tackled: expensive healthy and organic foods.

Today, Americans are taking processed food more than ever before. Processed ingredients are not as healthy as their organic counterparts. When food is processed, it is exposed to different chemicals to increase its shelf life. These chemicals deplete the ingredients in the plants, meaning we do not end up with the required nutrients for every serving we eat.

The foods that we buy are taking longer to reach the shelves. Moreover, they are being grown under controlled conditions with pesticides, which means they end up having potentially dangerous minerals in our food. Some pesticides have been linked to the development of chronic diseases like cancer.

Is it time to bring the Victory Gardens back? Absolutely yes!

Grow Your Own Food

A Victory Garden, or whatever name you may wish to call it today, allows you to grow your food at home and enjoy the benefits of a fulfilling outdoors activity. Keeping a vegetable garden is an excellent way of reducing your bill and bringing your family and the community together.

You do not need a large tract of land to start gardening. Even the little 10ft x 10ft backyard or front yard enriched with compost will do.

Here are some reasons why you should start a Victory Garden this year.

  1. Reduce your food budget – Starting a Victory Garden is an excellent way of supplementing your food budget. You can drastically reduce your grocery budget when you grow food at home. Moreover, you can determine what foods to grow depending on the quantities you usually need.
  2. Get nutritional value – Homegrown fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients since they are under your control. You won’t have to worry about the plants being subjected to harsh pesticides or herbicides. Moreover, you can ensure that the plants grow organically by engaging in good ‘ol farming techniques.
  3. Engage in outdoors activity – Farming is a great outdoor activity that will keep you and the whole family busy. The activity is not physically laborious, especially if you have a small parcel of backyard garden. You will love the fresh air and bonding with your children while carrying out the gardening tasks.
  4. Reduce carbon footprint – Growing your own vegetables also helps to reduce carbon footprint. With the dangers of the high amount of carbon in the environment, you can play a small part in reducing the footprint by planting your own vegetables.

How to Start Your Victory Garden

Gardening is not as difficult as it may seem. In fact, you may already have a flower garden at home. If this is the case, how about converting it to a vegetable garden? If the garden is in the backyard, you can transform it with the vegetables that frequently feature on your menu. Onions, spinach, carrots, and tomatoes would definitely be in the list.

If you do not already have a backyard garden, the first thing to check is whether you have some space that you can use for gardening. If you are a tenant, find out from the landlord whether you are allowed to keep a garden. If you own the land, nothing should stop you from starting to dig a small portion of the backyard to be the garden.

You may have to carry out some tests to know whether the soil is good enough for growing vegetables. Ask for help from an experienced local farmer or get a soil test kit online and carry out the tests on your own.

If the soil is not suitable for growing vegetables, perhaps you can enrich it by adding compost or look into creating a container garden. After this, you should be ready to plant your first vegetables.

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The Money Making Ways That Take A Bit Of Experience

Making money is something we all have the ability to do, no matter where we are in the world or what we’re doing. Of course, we don’t always have the opportunity to find stable work that gives us a reliable and renewable income, but the fact remains the same: we all have skills we can put to good use in order to make money for us and our families.

But there are some money making methods that take a bit of experience over the rest, and these are the ones that allow us to hit the big bucks. They can be complicated to understand, and they can take a long time to learn. But once they do, there’s a good chance you’ve got a worthy side hustle on your hands! So let’s get into the details below.

Driving People Around

And getting them to pay for it, of course! This is no ferrying the kids back and forth from school on a weekly basis; this is where you can turn a good profit simply from owning a driving license and having regular access to a car. There’s a lot of chauffeur companies you can sign up with out there, so take your pick from the variety of apps on the market.

However, knowing how to drive is a skill that takes a lot of time and money to learn, and being able to renew your license every four to five years or so can be expensive and time consuming. And you have to have confidence in your driving as well, and you’re going to need to spend some time getting to know the local roads. But if you can manage all of this, the time you already spend behind the wheel can start paying you back.

No Risk Matched Betting

It’s not like you’re trying to bid on the lottery with Satta, or you’re constantly hoping a soccer match will turn out in your favor. No, instead, matched betting means you’re always going to get a result. You’re always going to earn some money, and you’re never going to lose anything apart from a few cents here and there. It’s a worthy idea to have a look into at the least.

But of course, it’s quite a confusing thing to try and understand. You’re betting on a certain income, and then you’re betting against that outcome on a bet exchange – you need to understand how to place a bet that’s going to work out, and how to lay it as well. You also need to be able to use betting websites artfully, and eventually learn how to use offers outside of the sign up promotions they often offer. You might not make much money at first, but if you do it regularly enough, you can easily start making an extra thousand dollars or so per month.

Making steady and reliable money takes a lot of time, and it’s why most of us work for a living. But you can learn!

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Hog Wild Dad Time: How To Achieve The Perfect Motorcycle Road Trip

Being a dad is one of the best jobs there is, but occasionally we all need a little alone time to rest and recharge our batteries. Of course, the way that you spend this time will depend on what you love to do, and for many of us, that means hopping on the back of our hogs and hitting the open road to explore. An activity that you can get more detail on in the post below.

Allow yourself some dad only time

Before you can hit the highway and look for adventure, you need to be able to recognize and grant yourself some ‘me time’ when it’s needed. Of course, this isn’t something that is always easy when you are a dad because you have responsibilities over and above just your own well being and happiness.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that to be the best father possible, you can really benefit from the occasional break, as long as you’re SO can look after the kids, and you have time off from work that is? In fact, if this is the case, then a few nights exploring or riding a long-desired route is something that can boost not only your mood but your resilience for when things get tough as well.  

Plan your route

The first thing you need to do when organizing a motorcycle road trip is to plan the route that you will take. The reason being that this will dictate many of the other details including the type of bike you will use when in the year you travel, and even the overnight accommodation that you pick.

 

 

Happily, there is a vast array of option when it comes to road trips in the US with route 66 running from Chicago to Santa Monica being one of the most popular. Of course the Peak to Peak Highway in Colorado, as well as the Tail of the Dragon in North Carolina and Tennessee, which you can read more about at maps.roadtrippers.com are also particularly well liked by bikers too. Mainly due to the amazing views and exciting roads to be ridden there.

Now, when we say plan your route, it means more than just working out when you start, and end point will be. In fact, you need to consider other aspects of your journey as well including the sites and attractions you will stop at to get the most of your experience as well.

Luckily, to help you work out which ones are on your route and choose a selection to see you can use sites like thrillist.com that detail many of the world- famous roadside attractions that the US has to offer.

Finally, when it comes to planning your trip don’t forget that you will need to work out where you will end up spending the night too. Of course, many bikers choose to take campaigning gear and stay at campgrounds during their trip, while others prefer to go for roadside motels instead.

Just bear in mind that you will need a warm, dry place to lay your head each night if you are to get the most of our the next day in the saddle. Therefore,  you will need to plan the legs of your trip accordingly. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a location when night falls, without the accommodation that you require.

Choose your steed

Once you have the details of your trip hashed out, it’s time to choose the bike that you will use on your adventure. Of course, there a multitude of decisions to be made here, including whether you will use a bike that you already own or one that you will buy especially for the trip, while some folks even lease motorcycles for their journey.

Now, if you choose a bike that you already own, it’s crucial that you perform a full service and check things like the oil level, the tires, and electrics before you set out.

Alternatively, if you are looking to purchase a hog on which to travel your route its can be helpful to search sites like CleanHarleys.com where you can find a used cycle that will fit your budget. Such sites can even ship your bike to your home or trip starting location with ease, making planning your road trip much less hassle.

Of course, if you hire a  motorcycle, it should be checked before you get it, but it doesn’t hurt to brush up on motorcycle maintenance and learn what to check and look out for when you are on the road either. After all, safety is crucial when you are a dad and have a family relying on you back home.

Get kitted up

Once you have your bike sorted, it’s time to make sure that you have everything you need regarding kit for your journey. Of course, this means a helmet, as well as gloves, and if you are going to be driving in colder climates, a biker jacket and trousers as well.

 

 

Happily, most bikes have space to carry a bag, so this means you can also include some essential such as puncture repair kit, a mobile phone, and power pack, as well as some basic first aid supplies like the ones detailed at ridermagazine.com  too.

Document your adventures

Finally, when it comes to your motorcycle road trip, you will want to make sure that you document your adventures and travels, as then you can share them with your family when you get home.

One way of doing this is to install a dash cam or even a GoPro on your helmet. The latter being something you can learn how to mount properly at gopro-gimbal.com. Such actions allowing you to record some of the more spectacular vistas that you come across, while also giving those at home a real insight into what road tripping is like.

Alternatively, taking plenty of pictures, or even blogging about your experience can be a great way to share your experience with loved ones including your kids. After all, if you want to encourage them to come with you on your road trips when they are older, it’s always smart to get them enthused young by showing them just how fun your adventures on the back of a hog can be!

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Sporty Gift Ideas For Active Kids

I’m sure your kids are just like mine – always full of so much energy! Sometimes it might not make sense where they have gotten all this energy from! So, I’m sure you will spend quite a lot of your time thinking of how you can keep them entertained while also trying to use up as much of that high energy as possible. Well, there is one way you could do this – you just need to get them into sports! Once they find a sport that they love, they will be constantly active and will have a way to burn off all that excess steam.

A great way for you to get your kids into sport is to gift them one or two sporty presents when it’s their birthday or Christmas. Here are some great gift ideas to give you a better idea of the things you could get for them.

Their First Golf Club Set

Lots of dads are into golf. If you are too, then you might want to encourage your child to take up this great hobby by getting them their very first set of golf clubs for their birthday. If you take a look on a site like Rock Bottom Golf to see if you can find any great deals on golf club sets. If you aren’t too sure how your child will take to this sport, you might want to start off by buying them just a putter or driver so they can try to get to grips with the basics before seeing if they want to progress.

A Goal For The Garden

Are your kids really into soccer? Quite a few are as it’s so easy to get into – all you need is a soccer ball! If your kids love kicking a ball around in the backyard, you might want to think about treating them to a goal as well. They can then take it in turns to be the goalie and a striker, and can see who can score the most goals. Goals like this come in all different sizes so I’m sure you’ll be able to find one that fits into your garden.

Their Team’s Strip

Whether your child is into basketball, baseball, or soccer, I’m sure that they will already have their favorite team. This is who they will support through thick and thin! If you know who their favorite team is, you could buy them their own official jersey or complete strip. If you want to be sure to put a smile on your child’s face, you could even get their favorite player’s name put onto the back of the jersey or t-shirt. Then they can pretend to be their hero when they are playing the sport for themselves!

Tickets For A Big Game

Another great gift idea for sporty kids could be tickets to a big sporting game or event. This could be a league final or a championship match. No matter what kind of game or match you take them to, though, I’m sure they will have the time of their lives and will really enjoy soaking up the whole atmosphere. You’ll also be able to enjoy a large hot dog or a platter of nachos with them as well. They’ll certainly love the whole big-game experience!

A Trampoline

If your kids haven’t really decided which sport is going to be theirs just yet, you can still motivate them to be active. One great way to do this is to gift them an outdoor trampoline that can go in your garden. Whenever they have any pent-up energy to burn off, they’ll be able to bounce around on the trampoline for a while. You never know, this could inspire a passion for gymnastics!

 

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Some Training Sessions

Does your child tell you that they want to be a big sportstar when they are older? They won’t be able to hit the big time if they aren’t any good at their sport, so it’s they’ll need to start practicing and training. One way to motivate them to start training is to buy them some training sessions with a coach. This will give them a chance to hone their skills and improve in their favorite sport. They might even get scouted by a pro coach and could end up on a professional team when they are older. That will certainly be a dream come true for them!

Hopefully, one of these cool ideas sounds like the perfect sporty gift for your active child!

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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