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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Win a McDonald’s McGold Card!

For years, rumors of the coveted McGold Card awarding free McDonald’s for life have circulated. They say it’s a symbol of McDonald’s superstar status, and that only the top VIPs can get their hands on one. It’s an untouchable luxury that’s been enshrouded in mystery for decades. Until now.

To celebrate the rollout of Mobile Order and Pay and putting more choice and control in the customers’ hands, McDonald’s is giving mobile customers the chance to win the ultimate in VIP status: the Mobile McGold Card, awarding them free McDonald’s for life.

HOW CUSTOMERS ENTER TO WIN:

Place a mobile order through the McDonald’s App starting today until August 24th! Customers can get one entry per day during that period. No minimum purchase required.

The winner will receive McDonald’s food for Life, equating to up to two meals per week for fifty (50) years, awarded as a $1,000 credit on winner’s McDonald’s App account and $35,400 cash, plus $15,600 to offset taxes on the prize, awarded as a check for $51,000. Winner will also receive a custom gold-plated “McGold Card” phone case.

That’s it! Just order through the app!

So go ahead and download it today on iTunes and Google Play!

WHEN IT IS ALL HAPPENING:

· Sweepstakes begins 8/10
· Sweepstakes runs from 8/10-8/24

The winner will be drawn at random, and notified within two days. See official rules at McDonalds.com/MobileMcGoldCard for more details.

What would you do with free McDonald’s for life? What would you order first? I know I would be ordering a tasty fresh all beef Quarter Pounder!

So how about it? Gonna give it a shot? Grab some lunch today using the mobile app and you’re automatically entered for the McGold Card. I would love it if one of my readers won. So what are you waiting for, order today!!

This post is sponsored by McDonald’s and St. Louis Dad.

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Military Discounts from Restaurants

To honor the services that retirees, veterans, and active military members have done for the entire nation, most restaurants, retailers, and organizations are offering discounts on products and services to the troops.

In this guide, you are going to learn more about the available military discounts that retailers, restaurants, and institutions are offering members of the National Guard, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, Navy, and Army.

The following are some of the best hotels that offer military discounts throughout the United States. 

99 Restaurant & Pub |

99 Restaurants & Pub offers a discount of 10 percent for all active, retired and veterans every day of the year. You only need to present your military ID to get served, multi-state including NH, CT, MA, RI, ME, NY, VT.

Applebee’s

Veterans, retirees, reserves and active members are given free entry on veterans’ day as long as they have a military ID. There are also other extra-military discounts and offers throughout the year at various locations.

Arby’s

To get discount at Arby’s you need to present your military ID. However, the discount offers vary from one location to another.

Ben & Jerry’s

The hotel offers a discount of up to 25 percent to reserves, active duty, dependents and retirees. You need to have a military ID when visiting these locations.

Bennigan’s

Veterans and active members of the military get up to 10 percent of the total amount spent at various Bennigan’s locations when they present their military ID.

Buffalo Wild Wings

The discount rates here range from between 10 to 15 percent for members of the military with a valid ID at various outlets. Also, discounts vary from one location to another.

Burger King

Military members such as retirees, reserves, active duty, and veterans get 10 percent discount at various participating locations, as long as they have a valid military ID.

Chevys Fresh Mex

All the members of the military get 20 percent discount for any purchase they make at all the locations. To get the discount, you must either have a valid military ID or be in a uniform.

Paul Martin’s American Grill

The restaurant offers free entry to retirees, inactive, and active duty on memorial day weekend. However, you need to show your military ID.

PDQ

This restaurant offers 50 percent off for every purchase on every first Monday of the month. You need to show proof of military service by providing and ID or be in uniform.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Various participating locations will give you a 10 percent off a long as you have a military ID.

Shoney’s

All the men and women who have either worked in the forces, EMT units, fire departments, and police get a 15 percent discount. One must show military ID or be in uniform to enjoy the benefits.

Texas de Brazil

Retirees and active duty get up to 20 percent discount at participating locations. Discounts vary from one place to another.

Chick Fil- A

Chick Fil A offers 10 percent discount to members of the army that have military IDs, at various locations.

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen gives a discount of between 10 to 50 percent for all the military members as long as they have a military ID. Alternatively, you will get a discount if you provide proof of service at various locations.

Del Taco

Veteran and active duty with a military ID can enjoy discounts of up to 50 percent.

Denny’s

On veterans’ day, all retirees, active duties and veterans are allowed to eat free pancakes from 6am to 2pm. You need to provide a proof of military service or military ID. There is an extra 10 percent at various locations all year round.

Famous Dave’s

All retirees, reserves and active duty get a 10 percent discount when they present their military ID.

Fuddruckers

When you buy food here, you get anywhere between 10 and 15 percent discount, as long as you have your military ID or are uniform. Discounts vary from one location to another.

Golden Corral

The restaurant offers free dinner to veterans, retirees, National Guard, active duty and reserves. Discounts range from 10 to 20 percent but varies on location. You must have a military ID.

IHOP

At IHOP, you get 20 percent discount for every meal that you purchase. However, you need to present your military ID, and rates vary by location.

Lone Star Steakhouse

All military personnel such as active duty, Coast Guard, National Guards, retirees and veterans get a 15 percent off. Police and firefighters get to enjoy this offer too. However, you need to present a valid ID. Discounts vary by location.

Panda Express

Panda offers up to 10 percent discount for active members of the military with ID in various locations. Discount rates tend to differ from one place to another.

 

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3 Dietary Suggestions for Controlling Your Child’s Weight

With an obesity epidemic rocking the developed nations of the world, and with children being less physically active now than ever before in history, there are some good reasons for any responsible parent to feel concerned about the health of their children in the contemporary cultural climate.

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As obesity — particularly among children — is correlated with various undesirable health issues, not to mention the psychological and lifestyle impacts that are part and parcel of being overweight, it’s very important to take a proactive hand in keeping your kids’ weight within a healthy range.

But if extreme crash dieting and over-training in the gym for the sake of weight loss are bad for adults (and they absolutely are) they have the ability to ruin the health and development of children completely.

Instead of resorting to such drastic measures, the key is to abide by sensible dietary principles that are associated with maintaining a healthy weight.

Here are some simple dietary recommendations for keeping your child at a healthy weight.

Eliminate any processed foods

The gurus and proponents of the myriad different leading diet trends don’t agree on much, but they do all pretty much agree on this one point, along with scientific health researchers:

Processed foods are bad for you.

Whether it’s the amount of processed sugar found in certain foods, or the form that sugar takes (high fructose corn syrup, in particular, is known to be particularly harmful and correlated with obesity), or the presence of trans fats, or potentially inflammatory vegetable oils, or any number of other additives — the more processed a food has been, the less you should be giving it to your children.

Processed food doesn’t just mean takeaway pizza and fizzy drinks, either. It also means store-bought fruit juice, bread bought in a plastic bag instead of from a baker (have a look at the ingredients lists on most of these, you’ll be shocked), and anything which you haven’t prepared at home.

Serve up plenty of fibre

Various research has found correlations between higher fibre intake and reduced risk of obesity, while other research has found evidence that a high fibre diet is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, as well as potential increases in satiety.

High fibre foods include traditional whole grains, but also fibrous vegetables such as leeks. Just be sure your child isn’t getting their fibre from highly-processed, sugary breakfast cereals.

High fibre diets have also been associated with healthier gut bacteria, which is a great benefit in and of itself.

Include probiotic foods

Probiotic foods are those foods which increase the amount and variety and “good bacteria” occupying your gut.

A healthy gut microbiome has been associated with a reduced risk of obesity, with experiments on twins showing that gut microbiome could be the factor causing one twin to gain fat, while the other remained lean, on the same diet.

A healthy gut microbiome is also associated with better health and mood overall.

Probiotic foods are, as a rule, fermented foods. Kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, blue cheese. If your child can’t stomach these, a high-powered probiotic supplement can work wonders too.

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

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