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Martha’s Table Brings Healthy Food to Food Deserts

Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 7:28 pm
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Fruit & Vegetable PlatterPeople who want to eat healthy foods may find that incredibly difficult to do if they live in a food desert. Martha’s Table believes that access to fresh, healthy food is essential for supporting stronger children, families, and community. Martha’s Table has created healthy eating initiatives to help families make healthy choices.

The USDA defines food deserts as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods. Food deserts are often found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers.

Martha’s Table began in 1979 as a result of the partnership between Dr. Veronica Maz and Father Horace McKenna, who wanted to create a safe place for children to eat and read after school. Martha’s Table has expanded their services, in response to the needs of the community, since then. Martha’s Table is located in Washington, D.C.

Martha’s Table provides Healthy Markets. They are pop-up grocery stores where children, their families, and neighbors can shop at no cost for fresh, healthy produce and healthy pantry supplies. At least 40% of the food available at each market is composed of produce such as sweet potatoes, cabbage, and kale. Non-perishable staples range from peanut butter to whole-wheat pasta and beans.

Martha’s Markets program began in 2011 as a result of a partnership with the Target Foundation’s Meals for Minds program. Martha’s Markets are currently run in 7 elementary schools, two community centers, and at Martha’s Table, where the market is open to students and families in the Martha’s Table Healthy Start and Healthy Connections programs.

At the pop-up Martha’s Markets, families select from fresh, seasonal produce and healthy pantry staples at no cost every month. The markets also include chef-led culinary demonstrations designed to spread the joy of healthy eating.

Joyful Food Markets started in 2016 in partnership with the Capital Area Food bank. The purpose of the Joyful Food Markets is to increase access to and encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables east of the Anacostia River. Joyful Food Markets are run exclusively in elementary schools. You can find a list of those elementary schools on the Martha’s Table website.

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How to Avoid Fake Coupons on Social Media

Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Woman with laptop.People who love using coupons are often searching for the very best deal. If they aren’t careful, this can lead them to clicking on links for coupons that look real but turn out to be fake. Here are some tips to help you avoid fake coupons on social media.

Don’t Click the Link
Not sure if a coupon is real or fake? Don’t click the link that accompanies that coupon on social media. That link could take you to a website that puts malware onto your computer.

That link could be to a survey that asks you to put in all of you personal information. People fill out the survey because they think they will end up with a fantastic coupon when they finish it. What happens instead is the person is tricked into giving out their email address, home address, phone number, and more to an unscrupulous company. The coupon, if it appears, will be a fake one.

Check With the Manufacturer
The first thing you should do if you see a coupon that looks too good to be true is to check with the manufacturer. Find the real Facebook page, or Twitter account, for the manufacturer and see if the coupon appears there. You have to be very careful about this on social media because deceitful people can, and do, create accounts designed to trick people into thinking it is the real manufacturer’s account. Some go so far as to steal the company’s logo and put it on their fake account.

The best thing to do, when you are questioning a coupon you saw on social media, is to leave the social media website and seek out the manufacturer’s website. Look for the part of their website that has coupons. The real manufacturer won’t post fake coupons. If the coupon you were seeking isn’t on the real manufacturer’s website – it means it was a fake coupon.

It is very important that you check to see if the coupon is fake before you share it on social media. Many people share things without investigating them first. Don’t help the scammers spread their fake coupon to more people.

Check the Local News
In general, the local news outlets are better at picking up stories about fake coupons than are the big, nationwide, news sources. Tune in to your local nightly news on TV. Check the website of your local news channel. They might have information about the fake coupon you found on social media. Share the news story that warns people away from the fake coupon on your social media account.

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The Best Things to Buy in December

Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Calendar pageDecember is an extremely busy month when it comes to shopping. People are spending money on gifts for loved ones, wrapping paper, and food and beverages for parties – in addition to their usual grocery purchases. Fortunately, there are some things you should buy in December when you can get them at the lowest price of the year.

Calendars and Boxed Cards
The timeframe between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day is the best time to buy a calendar for the upcoming year. Stores will want to get rid of their stock of calendars as quickly as possible after Christmas is over. The more days of the new year go by – the harder it will be for them to sell a calendar. You can expect to find great deals on calendars.

Boxed cards go on sale at the same time that calendars do. Buy some after Christmas for a very low price. Use those boxed cards next year. You won’t get stuck buying cards at full price next December.

Plastic Storage Bins for Ornaments
All those ornaments that have been carefully placed on your Christmas tree will need to be stored away after you take down the tree. The best way to protect those ornaments, and to keep them dust free, is with a specialized plastic storage bin for ornaments. It will have dozens of small compartments – one for each ornament.

Some departments stores will already have the storage bins on sale. Others will put those organizational bins on sale shortly before Christmas. If you need extra storage, buy the bins now. You won’t find them at any other time of the year.

Parents will probably be buying lots of toys for their children as gifts. You can save money on those toys if you wait to buy them in the middle of December. That’s when many stores (especially the ones that do not typically carry toys) will put them on sale.

Do your kids have birthdays in January or February? What about your nephews or nieces? The mid-December toy sale is a great time to purchase a birthday gift for kids who will have a birthday in the next few months. Buy toys now for a low price – and you can avoid having to buy them later for a higher price.

Warm Weather Items
Thinking about putting a pool in your backyard next summer? December is a good time to negotiate the cost of it with a company that installs pools. They aren’t getting a lot of business right now, and that typically means they will be willing to negotiate on the price. You can also get a good deal on last year’s models of bicycles and golf equipment.

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A Very Merry Gift Certificate Bundle: $15 for $180 in Gift Certificates

Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 4:27 pm
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Want to save money on your Christmas gifts this year? Our Very Merry Gift Certificate Bundle costs just $15 for $180 in gift certificates to great online stores.

Avoid this busy stores this holiday season and shop online! Best of all, we have a great way for you to save on all your online purchases!

One of our favorite companies has put together a holiday bundle.  It’s called A Very Merry Gift Certificate Bundle and here’s how it works…

For just $15 you get $180 in store credits from 12 online businesses that align with a simple, natural lifestyle.

With your bundle, you’ll be able to purchase well-made, meaningful and clutter-free gifts like:

    • ethically-sourced coffees from around the world
    • photo products including wall decor, canvas wraps, prints and albums
    • classy custom-made bags, totes and camera straps
    • eco-friendly reusable glass drinking straws
    • healing tallow skin balms and lip love
    • inspirational hand-lettered art prints
    • Kombucha bottles, supplies, and brewing kits

Gift certificates include the following stores:

The more you use, the more you save, all the way up to $165 free shopping dollars, so you can spend less while gifting well this Christmas.

The only catch? It’s available for just 7 short days, so you need to grab yours quick (and then, get shopping)! Last day to get yours is Monday, December 5th.

Don’t wait! Get your’s now and save up to $165 shopping online this year!



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Thanksgiving Dinner for Guests with Food Restrictions

Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Will you be making Thanksgiving dinner this year? Here is some advice about how to make your Thanksgiving dinner safe for loved ones with diet restrictions.Thanksgiving dinner is often celebrated with family and close friends. Some of your loved ones might have food restrictions that prevent them from fully enjoying dinner. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make Thanksgiving dinner safe for all of your guests.

Thanksgiving Ideas for People with Food Restrictions

Tofurky is a vegan alternative to turkey. It contains no meat, dairy, eggs, or other animal products. There is a Tofurky gravy that is suitable for vegans. Tofurky is not safe for people who have celiac disease or a gluten allergy or intolerance. It also isn’t safe for people with an allergy to soy.

Some turkeys are not gluten free. That may sound strange, at first. Check the package to see if the turkey has been brined. The ones that are brined are injected with a solution designed to keep them moist. That solution often includes gluten. Brined turkeys are not safe for people who have celiac disease, a gluten intolerance, or a gluten allergy.

Most Butterball turkeys are gluten free. The Butterball Stuffed Turkey is not gluten-free. Some Butterball products are packaged with gravy packets. Those gravy packets are gluten free, too. The gravy contains rice flour instead of wheat flour and the modified food starch is corn based.

It is possible to make your own stuffing by using bread that is allergy friendly. Udi’s makes a gluten free white sandwich bread that does not contain wheat, gluten, dairy, or soy. It does contain eggs, though, which makes it unsuitable for people who have egg allergies or who are vegan.

Schar makes an Artesian Baker White Bread that is gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. It does contain soy, which makes it unsuitable for people with soy allergies. It also contains honey, which might not be good for people with bee or pollen allergies. Some vegans do not eat honey.

While you are making Thanksgiving dinner, it is very important that you keep all of the packages. Doing so allows guests who have food allergies or dietary restrictions to know, for certain, what exactly is in the food they are being served. This enables them to know what is safe to eat.

Keep in mind that some foods might have ingredients that are allergy-free for a specific guest – but unsafe for another guest. The food packages are important for another reason. Some foods are allergy-free but made on equipment that is shared with products that contain allergens. That could make a person who has celiac disease or a nut allergy very sick.

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Kids Can Learn Couponing Skills

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 5:43 pm
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Fifth graders at a school in Texas are involved in an Extreme Couponing Project.  You can teach your kids the skills involved with efficient couponing.People who start using coupons for the very first time have a lot to learn. They may be unaware of the importance of using math to figure out the best deal. Couponing requires some planning and a keen awareness of your budget. One school is teaching students how to do couponing.

Teaching Kids About Couponing

Fifth grade students at the Nichols Intermediate School, in Jacksonville, Texas, are in the middle of their Extreme Couponing Project. The project involves learning how to do extreme couponing and it combines several skills that fifth graders are required to learn.

The project started with math, reading, writing, and social studies skills. The project focused on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that fifth graders are required to learn. In other words, the extreme couponing project teaches students how to efficiently use coupons and, at the same time, makes them learn skills that they are required to know.

On the couponing side of the project, the students are learning about text features, budgets, persuasive techniques, how to balance a budget when expenses exceed the income and more. These are the necessary skills that adults who want to become an extreme couponer, or who are new to couponing and unsure of what to do, need to learn.

Even better, the couponing project includes a way to give back to their community. The project will benefit The Mission, The Crisis Center, Hope, and First Methodist Food Bank in Jacksonville, Texas. Students contacted those organizations and asked them what items they were most in need of. The majority of items that are needed are food items.

The charities also informed the students that there was a need for clothing and non-food items. To solve this problem, the students came up with the idea of having a Clothing and Food Drive to acquire the non-food items that the charities needed. Students made signs about the Drive, posted the signs around the school, sorted items, boxed items, and labeled them for delivery.

Parents who use coupons can teach their children the necessary skills that are required to be an efficient and effective couponer. It isn’t a topic that is taught at most elementary schools, middle schools, or high schools. Kids who are in fifth grade can learn to extreme coupon. Those skills will prepare them for when they are adults and need to stay within a budget. Your kids might be inspired to use their couponing skills to help those who are in need.

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20 Thanksgiving Books for Kids $5 or Less

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 12:39 pm
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Surprise the kids with any of these 20 great Thanksgiving-themed books. They'd be perfect for reading as a family after Thanksgiving dinner!

Thanksgiving is going to be here soon! Surprise the kids with some great Thanksgiving-themed books. They’d make great additions to their library or would be perfect for reading as a family after Thanksgiving dinner! Thanks to for help with this list!

Being Thankful (Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter) – $2.76

Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks – $3.25

T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story – $3.43

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks – $3.55

Surprise the kids with any of these 20 great Thanksgiving-themed books. They'd be perfect for reading as a family after Thanksgiving dinner!

Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House #27) – $3.66

10 Fat Turkeys – $3.77

The Night Before Thanksgiving – $3.77

The Story of the Pilgrims – $3.99Surprise the kids with any of these 20 great Thanksgiving-themed books. They'd be perfect for reading as a family after Thanksgiving dinner!

The First Thanksgiving (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3) – $3.99

The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book – $4.13

Corduroy’s Thanksgiving – $4.24

Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet – $4.45

. . . If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 – $4.57

The Best Thanksgiving Ever! – $4.67

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey! – $4.89

My Thanksgiving Prayer – $4.94

Little Critter: Just a Special Thanksgiving – $4.99

Biscuit is Thankful – $4.99

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings – $4.99

A Plump And Perky Turkey – $5.00

See more Thanksgiving Books for Kids HERE.

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Black Friday Sales – 2016

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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The Black Friday Sales ads are starting to be released.  Here is a quick look at what to expect from some retailers.Are you ready for the Black Friday sales? Some retailers have revealed what their biggest deals will be. Others have already started with smaller sales that lead up to Black Friday. Whether you plan on starting your shopping on Thanksgiving Day or beginning it the day after, it helps to know what your favorite stores will be offering. has started its Countdown to Black Friday Deals. They are offering Deals of the Day, Top Lightning Deals, and Amazon Device Deals right now. The Deals of the Day have a countdown clock on each of them to let you know when that sale will end. Scroll down on to see additional items that are being sold at a discount. Amazon will be releasing special offers every day up until November 25, 2016.

Walmart’s Black Friday ad is available now on its website. Type in your zip code to find the sales that are specific to the Walmart stores in your area. Walmart has Early Online Black Friday Deals accessible on its website now. There is a wide variety of items on sale. Each one is marked to let you know if it the item is offered with free shipping or if it available for free store pickup.

In addition, Walmart is offering Online Specials that are described as “prep for the holidays with huge savings”. As with the Early Online Black Friday Deals, each item is marked to show if it includes free shipping or free store pickup.

Target has released its Black Friday ad on its website. You will be shown the Black Friday preview ad that corresponds to where you live. There are a lot of TVs that will be on sale and plenty of electronics (among other items).

Target is going to start its Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day at 6:00 p.m. It will remain open until 11:00 p.m. on Black Friday. The Target Preview ad shows the items that they are offering as Doorbusters. These items are offered while quantities last.

Best Buy
Best Buy has its Black Friday ad available on its website. The store will open its doors on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. As you might expect, their Black Friday sale includes lots of TVs and electronics. In addition, Best Buy is having a Black Friday Appliance Sale that offers up to 40% off of major appliances. This is helpful for those who need a new stove, refrigerator, or washing machine and dryer.

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Over 250+ Freebies & Discounts for Veteran’s Day

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at 1:48 pm
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Say "THANK YOU" to all service men and women who have served our country with some incredible freebies and discounts too!

Friday November 11, 2016 is Veteran’s Day. It’s a day to say “THANK YOU” to all service men and women who have served our country. It’s a great day to take advantage of some incredible freebies and discounts too! Have a great day! A big thanks to for sharing this list with us!

Veterans Day Freebies

Unless otherwise noted, these freebies are for active military and veterans.

Veterans Day Deals

  1. Abrazo Community Hospitals, Az –  free meals to veterans 11/11
  2. Acapulco Restaurant & Cantina – free one complimentary item from a special Veterans Day menu for military. 11/11 11 am – 10 pm.
  3. Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs – free lunch or dinner for military -11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 11/11
  4. Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago – free lunch or dinner for military- 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 11/11
  5. Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City – free lunch for military -11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. 11/11
  6. Ameristar Casino Resort Black Hawk – free lunch or dinner for military- 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 11/11
  7. Ameristar Casino Resort St. Charles –  free lunch or dinner for military -11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 11/11
  8. Ameristar Vicksburg – free lunch or dinner for military- 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM. 11/11
  9. Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza – free small order of Meatballs with Ricotta Cheese for military 11/11
  10. Applebees  Free entree on 11/11 for veterans and active duty.
  11. Arby’s – Arby’s franchises owned by United States Beef Corporation, are offering a free Roast Beef Classic Sandwich.  This offer is good only at U.S. Beef’s 330 Arby’s restaurants in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois (Greater St. Louis area), Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming.
  12. Arooga’s – free meal (from special menu) for veterans and active duty on 11/11. Locations in PA, CT & RI
  13. Back Yard Burgers – free classic Back Yard Classic burger for military 11/11
  14. Bakers Square –  Free breakfast on Veterans Day for Veterans and active military
  15. Bandana’s BBQ –  Free meal up to a $10 value
  16. Bar Louie – free lunch or dinner for military/veterans on  11/11.
  17. Becks Prime – free burger
  18. Belterra Casino Resort –  free lunch or dinner for military- 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 11/11
  19. Belterra Park Gaming – free lunch or dinner for military -11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 11/11
  20. Ben’s Soft Pretzel – free Jumbo soft Pretzel for veterans. 11/11
  21. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse –  free pizza or lunch special for military  11/11
  22. Billy Sims Barbecue – free pulled pork, a regular side and a collector’s cup
  23. Black Angus  – all veterans and active duty personnel will receive a free Top Sirloin Steak Dinner, with home-style mashed potatoes,fresh broccoli with garlic butter and sweet molasses bread
  24. Bob Evans – free meal on Veterans Day, Bob Evans is also offering a 10 percent discount to all veterans and active duty military from November 12 through December 31, 2016, for dine-in and carryout purchases.
  25. Bonanza Steakhouse – Free buffet from 4pm – close
  26. Boomtown Bossier – Breakfast or lunch for military – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 11/11
  27. Boomtown New Orleans – Breakfast or lunch for military -7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 11/11
  28. Bonefish Grill – free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizers to veterans and military members 11/11
  29. Boston Market – Free Brownie or Cookie with any purchase for all veterans, service members and their families. 11/11
  30. Brann’s Sizzling Steaks & Sports Grille –  Free 6 oz. Sizzling Sirloin with 2 sides
  31. Bricktown Brewery –  free meal (up to $14). Veterans will also receive a $10 gift certificate for their next visit
  32. Bricktown Tap House & Kitchen –  free meal (up to $14) . Veterans will also receive a $10 gift certificate for their next visit
  33. Bruegger’s Bagels – free small drip coffee for active duty and veterans 11/11
  34. Bubba’s 33 – Veterans and active members of the military get a free lunch on 11/11
  35. Buehler‘s – free breakfast for veterans on 11/11. 7 am – 11 am.
  36. Buffalo’s Cafe – All veterans and active duty military eat free on 11/11.
  37. Buffalo Wing Factory – free 10 wings or bites for military from 11 am to 10 pm.
  38. Burntwood Tavern – Free lunch or dinner for all active duty military and veterans.
  39. Burro Loco – free entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family. 11/11
  40. Calhoun’s Restaurant –  Free meal for military 11/11
  41. California Dreaming – free entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family. 11/11
  42. California Pizza Kitchen – For veterans get a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu when you dine-in.
  43. Carlos Bakery – free large cannoli for military 11/11
  44. Carolina Roadhouse – free entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family. 11/11
  45. Carrabba’s  – free appetizer for military on 11/7 -11/13
  46. Carrows Restaurants – Free slice of pie  11/11
  47. Cattle Company Steakhouse – free top sirloin steak dinner for miltary 11/11
  48. Cattlemens – Complimentary Small Sirloin Steak Dinner
  49. Centraarchy – veterans and active duty military service members with a FREE entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family.
  50. Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse –  Veterans and active-duty military eat lunch for free on Veterans Day from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  51. Cheeseburger in Paradise – free All American Burger and Fries for military/veterans on 11/11.
  52. Chelos Hometown Bar & Grille – free meal for veterans
  53. Chevys Fresh Mex – complimentary menu item to all active and retired military personnel. Special Veterans Day menu includes fajitas, burritos, tacos and more
  54. Chicken Salad Chick  – active duty and veterans will receive a meal valued at $9 to $10
  55. Chickie & Pete’s – free order of World Famous Crabfries plus 10% off every day for military.
  56. Chili’s – free meal from Veterans Day menu for  military active duty and veterans
  57. Chipotle – Buy One Get One Free from 3pm-close for veterans 11/11
  58. Chompies – Military discount all year
  59. Chop House –  free entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family. 11/11
  60. Chuck E Cheese –  Free individual pizza for miltary. 11/11
  61. City Barbeque – Free Sandwich Platter 11/11 for military
  62. Claim Jumper – free meal for veterans on Monday, 11/14
  63. Coco’s Bakery Restaurant – Free slice of pie 11/11
  64. Coffee Beanery – Free tall cup of fresh brewed coffee 11/11
  65. Cotton Patch Cafe – free  full size chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken for veterans and active duty 11/11
  66. Country Buffet – free buffet and drink for military 11/11
  67. Country Cookin –  free meals for Veterans November 15.
  68. Cowboy Chicken – free lunch special for veterans
  69. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store –  Free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert.
  70. Craftworks – free appetizer for military 11/11
  71. Crooked Pint Ale House – free meal for miltary  11/11
  72. Denny’s – Free build your own Grand Slam from 5am – noon on 11/11 for military/veterans.
  73. Dickeys Barbecue Pit – free meal  for military
  74. Dinosaur BBQ – free beer for military 11/11
  75. Don Pablo’s – Free appetizer.
  76. Eat n Park – free stack of 3 pancakes for military
  77. El Torito – active and retired military  free one complimentary item from a special Veterans Day
  78. Fair Winds Brewing Company – one free beer for veterans and active duty military (legal age)
  79. Famous Dave’s – free meal for veterans. 11/11
  80. Farmer Boys – free Big Cheeseburger for military 11/11
  81. FATZ Cafe – Free World Famous Calabash Chicken meal
  82. Fazoli’s – Free build-your-own pasta bowl for active-duty military personnel and veterans
  83. Figaro’s Pizza – free medium 1-topping pizza for military 11/11
  84. 54th Street Grill & Bar – Military/Veterans free meal up to $12 on 11/11. Located in Kansas City, MO, St. Louis and San Antonio, TX
  85. Fire & Ice – free meal for military veterans. 11/11
  86. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill –  free lunch or dinner entrée
  87. Fogo de Chao – active duty and veterans receive 50% off total bill excluding alcohol beverages and also 3 guets will receive 10% off their bill.
  88. Friendly’s – free breakfast, lunch or dinner on 11/11 for military/veterans.
  89. Frisch’s Big Boy – free slice of pie and ice cream for military 11/11
  90. Furr’s Fresh Buffet – free buffet for veterans 11/11
  91. Glory Days Grill – Free appetizer or a regular order of traditional or boneless wings.
  92. Golden Corral –  Monday,  November 14, 2016- 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Veterans, current active duty service members — including members of the National Guard and Reserves — get free buffet and beverage.
  93. Gordon Biersch – free appetizer for military/veterans on 11/11.
  94. Granite City Food & Brewery – free lunch and coke for military 11/11
  95. Green Mill Restaurant and Bar –  Free menu item for lunch or dinner
  96. Gulfstream Café – free entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family. 11/11
  97. Handels Homemade Ice Cream – free single cone or dish to veterans or active military 11/11
  98. Harriets Inn – free meal for miltary 11/11
  99. Hickory Tavern –  active duty and veterans receive 50% off total bill excluding alcohol beverages and also receive certificate for 20% off on next visit.
  100. Hometown Buffet – free buffet and drink for military 11/11
  101. Honey Dew Donuts – free medium coffee for military 11/11
  102. Hooters –  FREE Entree for Veterans and active military.
  103. Hoss’s Steak and Sea House – Free meal from select menu for military
  104. Hurricane Grill & Wings –  Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu.
  105. Hy-Vee – Free breakfast items.  Valid during regular breakfast hours.
  106. IHOP – military Active Duty and veterans will receive  free Red, White and Blue pancakes. At some locations, the Red, White and Blue pancakes will be featured as part of a free combo plate including eggs, bacon and hashed browns.
  107. IKEA Cafe – free entrée for veterans 11/8 thru 11/11
  108. Ivar’s – free entree for lunch or dinner for active duty and veterans 11/11
  109. J. Christophers – free meal for active duty and veterans
  110. JJ Red Hots – free meal and beverage for military 11/11
  111. Joey D’s Oak Room – free entree for military and 25% off entree to their accompanied family. 11/11
  112. Johnny Carino’s  –  Free meal at locations in Kentucky and Indiana
  113. K&W Cafeterias – Free entree from 4 p.m. until close.
  114.  Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill – Free order of boneless wings
  115. Krispy Kreme – free doughnut and small coffee
  116. Krystal Burger –  Free sausage biscuit for veterans 11/11
  117. LaMar’s Donuts – Free donut and 12 oz. coffee between 5 am – 3 pm
  118. Little Caesars Pizza –  Veterans and active military get a free $5 HOT-N-READY® Lunch Combo at participating stores nationwide from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  119. Logan’s Roadhouse – free entree from special menu for military 11/11
  120. LongHorn Steakhouse – free appetizers and dessert + 10% off check
  121. Lowe’s – Lowe’s usual military discount of 10% off all merchandise is open to Veterans, Active Duty Military & their families. Every Day of the year.
  122. M Resort Free Buffet – free buffet Prime Rib Brunch from 11am-2pm and Seafood dinner from 2:30-8:30
    for military and veterans 11/11
  123. Margaritaville Resort Casino, LA – free lunch buffet aat World Tour Buffet 11:30 am to 3 pm. 11/11
  124. Max & Erma’s – free 1/2 Cheeseburger, Endless Seasoned Fries, and a fountain drink on Veterans Day.
  125. McDonalds – check with your local McDonalds for specials for military
  126. McCormick & Schmick’s – Veterans Day Special is on Sunday, November 6. Military gets a choice of 10 complimentary lunch or dinner entrées from the special Veterans Day menu.  Reservations strongly encouraged.
  127. McGrath Fish House – Veterans and active military free meal from special Veterans Day menu. 11/11
  128. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt –  Free six ounce frozen yogurt any time of day.  11/11.
  129. Mimi’s Cafe – free entrée from a special all-day ‘Veterans Day’ menu  11/11
  130. Mission BBQ – Free sandwich and cake (while it lasts).
  131. MOD Pizza –  Free individual, artisan-style MOD size pizza or hand-tossed salad.
  132. Native Grill & Wing – any menu item up to $11.99 for free all day. 11/11
  133. New York Prime – free entree for military and 25% off entree to their accompanied family. 11/11
  134. Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub –   free lunch from our 9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 Menu with the purchase of any entrée.  11 am – 4 pm.
  135. Noahs Bagels – free bagel and schmear for military who are a member of email/Schmear club
  136. O’Charley’s  – veterans and active duty service members a free meal at any location on November 11th. Additionally, O’Charley’s offers a 10 percent military discount all year long.
  137. Old Chicago Pizza & Tap Room – free appetizer for military 11/11
  138. Old Country Buffet – free buffet and drink for military all day 11/11
  139. Olive Garden  –  Free meal for Veterans and active duty military.
  140. On the Border – Free combo meal for veterans on 11/11
  141. Orlando Brewing, FL – free beer for veterans 11/11
  142. Outback Steakhouse  – Free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage  for all active and retired military members
    To show continued support for our troops beyond Veterans Day, Outback is also offering all Military Mates, including active or retired military members and their families, 15% off their check  for rest of 2016.
  143. Panera Bread – free coffee and bagel for military 11/11
  144. Papa John’s Pizza – contact your local Papa John’s for information
  145. Perkins –  free Magnificent Seven for military on 11/11
  146. Pete’s Coffee & Tea – active military and veterans get free small coffe or tea 11/11.
  147. Pizza Factory – free lunch for veterans. 11/11
  148. Pizza Schmizza – Complimentary slice of pizza for military 11/11 between 1 pm – 4 pm
  149. Ponderosa Steakhouse  – Free buffet from 4pm – close. Beverage not included. Check your local Ponderosa for participation.
  150. Primanti Brothers – free sandwich 11/11 – 4 pm to close for miltary at participating restaurants.
  151. Red, Hot & Blue – Wednesday, November 9; Thursday, November 10; and Friday, November 11, 2016 a free entrée with the purchase of two drinks and a second entrée of equal or greater value
  152. Red Lobster  – appetizer or dessert for military  11/11
  153. Red Robin – Free burger and fries for  Veterans and active duty service members 11/11
  154. Rib Crib –  free meal from RibCrib’s Menu of Honor that includes a choice of two meats and two sides, including their slow-smoked meats and award-winning St. Louis spare ribs
  155. River City Casino & Hotel – Lunch or dinner for military –  11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM. 11/11
  156. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – free appetizer  for military/veterans on 11/11.
  157. Rock & Brews – Complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side choice of natural fries, house potato salad, pasta salad or coleslaw throughout the day.
  158. Roosters Wings – free $10 Rooster Buck for military
  159. Rosebud Restaurants – half off second entree purchase for lunch with purchase for military
  160. Ruby Tuesday – Free appetizer or dessert for veterans on Veterans Day.
  161. Ryans – free buffet and drink for military
  162. Sagebrush Steakhouse – Free entree for active, inactive and retired military personnel
  163. Saltys – White Chocolate Mousse Cake and a $20 gift certificate for a return visit for military. 11/11
  164. Sam’s Club – Veterans and active duty military get a free $15 gift card when you enroll or renew you Sam’s Club card.
  165. Schmizza Pub & Grub – complimentary slice of pizza, upon request, between 1 and 4 p.m for military 11/11
  166. Sheetz Convenience Stores  –  free 6 inch turkey sub, regular size fountain drink and a carwash at all locations 11/11 for military
  167. Shoney’s  – free All American Burger for military
  168. Sizzler – Free lunch and beverage on Veterans Day until 4 p.m. for Veterans and active duty
  169. Sticky Fingers Smokehouse – free pulled pork sandwich with baked beans and cole slaw all day for veterans
  170. Spaghetti Warehouse – EVERYONE can get a BOGO free meal with coupon.  Coupon for this will be on their website Nov 4.
  171. Starbucks –  free tall (12 fl oz) hot brewed coffee.
  172. Stir Crazy – free chicken or steak fresh market bar for veterans 11/11
  173. St. Clair Winery & Bistro, NM – free meal from special menu for veterans 11/11
  174. Sweet Frog – free 12 oz frozen yogurt for military 11/11
  175. Sweet Peas Public House – free meal for miltary 11/11
  176. Tahoe Joe’s – free 6 oz. Joe’s Steak all day for military 11/11
  177. Tap House Grill – Veterans eat free.  Dine in only.
  178. Texas Corral  Grill & Saloon – free meal for military veterans. 11/11.
  179. Texas Roadhouse  – Free lunch for Veterans and active military, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Veterans Day
  180. Texas Steakhouse & Saloon –  Free entree up to $20.  11 am – 10 pm.  11/11 for military
  181. TGI Friday’s – Free lunch for Veterans and active military, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Veterans Day
  182. The Greene Turtle – Free menu item from a select menu during dine-in purchases. 11/11
  183. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino – Lunch for military -11:00 AM to 2:30 PM. 11/11
  184. The Tavern at Phipps – free entree for military and 25% off entree to their accompanied family. 11/11
  185. 38 State Brewing Company – one free beer for military 11/11 – 11/30
  186. Tijuana Flats – free entree for Veterans and active military 11/11
  187. Tim Hortons – free donut for military/veterans 11/11.
  188. TooJays – free entree for a special menu for military 11/11
  189. Travel Centers of America – military veterans who are CDL holders will receive a free meal with beverage 11/11
  190. Tubby’s Steak n Cheese – small grilled steak and cheese or small famous sub between 1 pm to 5 pm on 11/11 for veterans. Carry out only.
  191. Tucano’s Brazilian Grill – free Churrasco with purchase for military. 11/10 – 11/12
  192. Twin Peaks – Free menu item from Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Menu.
  193. Uncle Maddios Pizza –  free 9-inch, three-topping pizza  for Veterans and active-duty members  11/11
  194. Uno Pizza: Buy one entree or individual pizza, and veterans get another entree or individual pizza free.
  195. Village Inn –  complimentary breakfast for all for active duty and veterans 11/11
  196. WayBack Burgers – military get a free Wayback cheeseburger when you buy burger and drink. 11/11
  197. White Castle Hamburgers –  free breakfast combo or Castle combo meal  on 11/11
  198. Wienerschnitzel –  Free Chili Cheese Dog and small Pepsi for Veterans and active military.
  199. Wing House Bar & Grill – free order of boneless wings for military. 11/11
  200. World of Beer – Free select draught beer or $5 off check
  201. Yard House – complimentary appetizer. Dine in only.
  202. Zoe’s Kitchens – free meal for veterans. 11/11


Free Admission

Check YOUR local historical centers, museums, National Parks, Amusements Parks & Zoos to see if they have a special!

  1. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, IL – free admission for veterans 11/11
  2. Akron Zoo – free admission for veterans 11/5 thru 11/11
  3. Alabama Museum of Natural History, Tuscaloosa, AL  –  Free admission for veterans and their families 11/11
  4. Anheuser-Busch Parks – Active Duty Service Members free admission  and up to 3 dependents to any of their parks once a year.
  5. Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA) –  Free admission 11/11
  6. Battleship New Jersey – military and veterans receive free admission 11/11
  7. Bed and Breakfasts  – Free hotel stay for veterans and active duty.
  8. B&B for Vets – free one night stay for veterans on Veterans Day
  9. B&O Museum, MD – free admission for veterans 11/12-11/13
  10. Birmingham Zoo – free admission for military/veterans and their dependents 11/11
  11. Castillo de San Marcos, FL – free admission to the fort for military 11/11. 8:45 am – 5 pm.
  12. Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL – free admission for miltary and their families. 10 am thru 5 pm. 11/11
  13. Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, AR – free admission for military and their families. 11/11
  14. Colonial Williamsburg –  one complimentary admission ticket per year (and as many as three direct dependents).  Retired military and Veterans qualify for 50% discount on Single-day tickets or on Annual Passes for up to five direct dependents.
  15. Des Moines Botanical Center  –  Free admission 11/11/16
  16. Discovery Place, Inc. Museum – free admission for veterans and active duty military 11/11
  17. Flying Heritage Collection, WA – free admission for veterans 11/11
  18. Franklin Park Zoo, MA – free admission for veterans 10 am – 3:30 pm on 11/11
  19. Georgia Aquarium – free admission for active duty and veterans 11/11 and 11/12
  20. Gorgas House Museum, AL – free admission for military and their families on 11/11
  21. Harley Davidson Museum – free admission for all active Military, Veterans and their families 11/11 – 11/13
  22. Historic Jamestowne  –  Free Admission 11/11
  23. Killington – All Active Duty, Retired and Honorably Discharged members of the U.S. Military who visit Killington will receive a complimentary lift ticket plus being eligible for Killington/Pico Express Card.
  24. Knott’s Berry Farm – Active, Retired or Veteran U.S. Military Personnel may receive free admission for themselves and 1 guest (maximum of 2 complimentary admissions will be issued.) Show your Military I.D. card at a Knott’s Berry Farm ticket booth 11/1 – 11/18
  25. LegoLand Florida – free admission for military (ends 11/27)
  26. Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, IL – free admission and tower tours 11/11
  27. Liberty Aviation Museum – free admission veterans and active duty military. 10 am – 5 pm on 11/11
  28. Lowry Park Zoo, FL – free admission for military plus one guest. 11/11
  29. Lyon Air Museum, Santa Ana, CA – free admission for active duty, retired and veterans. 11/11
  30. Main Event Entertainment – veterans  bowl free 11/11. Open to 3 pm.
  31. Marcus Theaters – free movie admission for military “Honor Flight” 11/11
  32. Michigan Science Center, MI – free general admission 11/11
  33. Mildred Westervelt Warner Tranportation Museum, AL – free admission for military and their families 11/11
  34. Moundville Archaeological Park, AL – free admission for veterans and their families 11/11
  35. Mount Vernon – Free admission for military/veterans on 11/11.
  36. Mystic Aquarium, CT – free entry for active duty military and veterans 11/6 thru 11/13
  37. National Corvette Museum, KY – free admission for military and their immediate family the entire month of November
  38. National Parks –   Free Entrance for everyone 11/11
  39. Natural Museum of History, Utah – free admission for military and one guest on 11/11
  40. New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogorda, NM – free admission for military and family 11/11
  41. Newport Aquarium – free admission for military 11/5 – 11/13.
  42. Newseum, Washington DC – free admission for military and one guest during 11/11 thru 11/13
  43. New York Historical Society, New York, New York – free admission
  44.  9/11 Memorial and Museum – free admission for veterans for 5 Day Salute to Service events and programs on  11/7 – 11/11.
  45. Norwalk Historical Society Museum, CT – free admission for miltary during times of 12 pm to 4 pm. 11/11
  46. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium – free admission for military. 11/11
  47. Owls Head Transportation Museum, LA – free admission for veterans 11/11
  48. Patriots Point Museum, Mt Pleant, SC – free admission for military. 11/11
  49. Pembroke Pines – Free event 11/11
  50. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – free admission to military currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military. Immediate family members will receive half-off general admission. 11/11 thru 11/13
  51. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, OH – free admission for military for the Annual Veterans Day Salute, Saturday, November 05, 2016. Free admission for the entire month of November for military.
  52. Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC – active military and veterans free admission 11/11
  53. Roger Williams Park Zoo (RI) – free admission for veterans and members of our armed forces. Half price admission up to three guests.
  54. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Ca – free admission for military for live music, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display, and honor guard, and remarks by Vice Admiral Fred Midgette. 11/11.
  55. Seaworld Parks and Entertainment – free one day admission for active duty or retired veterans
  56. Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, KS – free admission for military veterans and their immediate family between the hours of 10 am – 5 pm. 11/11
  57. Stone Zoo, MA – free admission for veterans 10:30 am to 3 pm  on 11/11
  58. Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, IA – free admission and free coffee for veterans 11/11
  59. Sunset Zoo (KS) – free admission for military
  60. The Billy Graham Library – free admission for  vets for the Veterans Day Breakfast and Tour (register)
  61. The Durham Museum, NE – free admission for veterans and family 11/11-11/13
  62. The National WW1 Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, MO – free admission for military and 1/2 price admission for general public during 11/11 thru 11/13
  63. The Queen Mary – free admission for active military and veterans. 11/11. Discount for family members on Veterans Day.
  64. Thomas Jefferson Monticello – free admission for veterans and active duty military 11/11 – 11/13
  65. USACE – free day use fees on 11/11 for miltary and their families at USACE recreation all facilities.(US Army Corp of Engineers)
  66. USS Midway Museum – free admission for veterans on 11/11
  67. Veteran Ticket Foundation –  VetTixers request tickets to events that interest them, then pay a small delivery fee to receive their free tickets.
  68. Waterman’s Museum – free admission for military and their immediate family 11/11  between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
  69. Woodland Park Zoo (WA) – free admission to all active, retired, and veteran U.S. military personnel and their spouses
  70. Woodrow Wilson  Presidental Library and Museum – free admission for active military and veterans and families 11/11
  71. World of Coco Cola (GA) – All Active duty, Reserves and Retired members of the Armed Forces receive free admission 11/11
  72. World of Little League Museum, PA – free admission (all Year) for military  and a free LLB World Series pin during month of November
  73. Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, GA – free admission active duty, veterans, reserve and retired military. $4 off general admission for 4 guests. 11/11

Free Services

  1. American Family Care – free flu shots for military 11/11
  2. Brides Across America – free wedding dresses for military brides
  3. Brown Bear Car Wash – free car wash for military 11/11 8 am – 6 pm.
  4. Car Wash – Free car wash at locations across the country for veterans and service personnel, listed on Grace for Vets.
  5. Delta Sonic – free car wash and oil changes for military/veterans on 11/11.
  6. DENTAL – Free Dental Care in select areas. Free Dental Care
  7. Fantastic Sams –  Free haircut on Nov. 11. for active-duty military personnel and veterans
  8. Frank’s Barbershop, Knoxville, TN –   free haircuts on Veterans Day for all veterans and active service members. 11/11  between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
  9. Great Clips – free haircut for active duty, inactive, and retired military members with purchase.
  10. Hair Cuttery – free hair cut  11/11
  11. Meineke – free oil change for Veterans on 11/11
  12. Ryerson & Associates, DMD , Shoals, AL – Free dental work for Veterans on Veterans Day 11.11.16. No appointment necessary, first come, first serve
  13. Shammy Shine Car Wash – free car wash for veterans between 8 am and 5 pm 11/11
  14. Sport Clips – free haircut for military 11/11
  15.  Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, KS – free haircut for military veterans. 11/11
  16. UFC Gym – miltary and their families can use UFC gym free of charge on 11/11 thru 11/13
  17. USO – Special Discounts & Promotions – Year Round


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4 Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at 12:54 am
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When times are tough, it is natural to want to find ways to feel better. Here are a few healthy ways to reduce stress.Everyone has experienced times when their life was very stressful. The source of that stress can vary. It can be difficult to know how to cope. Fortunately, there are some healthy ways to reduce stress. The best part about the healthy ways to reduce stress is that you can do them without feeling guilty about causing yourself any harm.

Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress

Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. The Mayo Clinic says that studies have shown that yoga may reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga can also enhance your overall mood and sense of well-being.

Check to see if there are yoga classes being offered where you live. People take yoga classes at their gyms. There might be a place that is dedicated to teaching yoga. If all else fails, you can try following along with a YouTube video about yoga.

Take a Bath
Parents might remember when their baby was small and a nice, warm, bath helped him or her calm down and become relaxed. Baths can have that affect on adults, too. Hot baths can soothe muscle aches, which can be very helpful for people who have been physically tense for a long time due to stress.

Baths are the ultimate “me time”. Soaking in warm water makes most people feel good. Some people like to add scented bath products in order to enhance their feeling of relaxation and self-care.

According to Psychology Today, acupuncture works to reduce stress and depression. In short, an acupuncturist inserts fine needles into certain acupuncture points in order to remove the roadblocks that stop energy, or “qi”, from flowing through the body.

People who receive acupuncture lie on a comfortable table. After the needles are in place, the lights are lowered and calm music is played. Some people use aromatherapy along with acupuncture. The person is left to relax for a certain period of time. Many feel “blissed out” and very relaxed after receiving acupuncture.

Take a Nap
There are a lot of people who are sleep deprived. The person might work too many hours or work far away and have to get up early for a long commute. Parents of young children are often sleep deprived. Some people lose sleep due to stress and anxiety.

Take a 20 minute nap in the afternoon. That nap might provide you with more rest than an extra 20 minutes of sleep in the morning. People naturally feel more tired in the afternoon, which makes it the perfect time for napping. Sleep lets your body, and your mind, recharge.

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