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May 30

7 Unique Ways to Wear Something Blue at Your Wedding

Although wearing “something blue” on your wedding day is a centuries-old tradition, it’s fun to see how modern brides incorporate the color into their look. Ancient couples often fashioned blue fabric around the edges of their wedding outfits to symbolize faithfulness, purity and loyalty, traits represented by the color blue.

While brides today rarely include prominent blue details, many choose to subtly sneak in the color. Try a pair of sapphire earrings or a baby blue manicure for a modern take on the tradition. Here are a few more ways to wear “something blue.”

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Blue Ribbons Bouquet

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May 29

Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” Repeats At No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Facebook.com/littlebigtown.

Fans are still crushing on Little Big Town, voting “Girl Crush” No. 1 on the Top 20 Country Countdown for a third week in a row!  Keith Urban with Eric Church and Miranda Lambert rounded out the Top 3, with Jana Kramer making her countdown debut with her latest video, “I Got The Boy.” Plus, host Nan Kelley sat down with Brett Eldredge to talk about his new song, “Lose My Mind,” and his upcoming new album!

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart

  1. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  2. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  3. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  4. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  5. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
  6. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”
  7. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “Wild Child”
  8. Tim McGraw – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”
  9. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That”
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May 29

Jana Kramer’s Rustic Wedding

Jana Kramer's Rustic Wedding

Jana Kramer got the boy! Kramer married NFL tight-end Michael Caussin on May 22 at a ceremony at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards in Charlottesville, Va. The ceremony took place outside, with the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as the backdrop.

Jana Kramer's Rustic Wedding

Like a lot of brides, Kramer found her wedding inspiration on Pinterest. She went with a rustic wedding that included a lilac color scheme, lots of candles, and, of course, Mason jars.

Jana Kramer's Rustic Wedding

Initially, though, Kramer wanted to skip the whole “wedding” thing. “In the beginning I honestly just wanted to go to the courthouse and do this whole Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and The City end of the movie kind of thing,” Kramer told US Weekly in a statement. “But Michael really wanted to have a wedding and once we found the venue I was all in.”

Jana Kramer's Rustic Wedding

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May 28

The HGTV Lodge is Returning to CMA Fest June 11-14

CMA Music Festival is any country music fan’s favorite time of the year. For four days straight, Nashville’s streets are flooded with devoted fans, aspiring artists and everyone who’s anyone in the country music industry. The event hosts countless live performances, meet and greets and autograph signings, but any CMA Fest regular knows that the HGTV Lodge is the hottest ticket in town.

The HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014

The HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014

The HGTV Lodge, the festival’s most intimate venue, is returning to CMA Fest June 11 – June 14 with a bigger and better lineup to give festival-goers the ultimate country fan experience. Situated in the heart of Nashville, The Lodge is a 3,500-square-foot wooden structure that hosts four days of star-studded events.

Rascal Flatts perform in the HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014

Rascal Flatts perform in the HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014

Guests can catch more than 20 live performances and attend meet and greets with some of the biggest names in country music, including Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Kip Moore. With only 300 attendees during each show, air conditioning and a mobile device charging station, The Lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the middle of the city. For admission to The Lodge, fans can register for free tickets starting May 28 at CMAFest.com.

Jana Kramer and GAC host Suzanne Alexander at CMA Fest 2014

Jana Kramer and Great American Country host Suzanne Alexander at CMA Fest 2014

Great American Country will join HGTV, its sister network, for CMA Fest 2015. Suzanne Alexander, from Great American Country’s Great American Playlist, and Nan Kelley, from Top 20 Countdown, will host the stage at The Lodge each day of the festival. For a midday pick-me-up, festival-goes can visit the Great American Country/Yoplait food truck for a tasty lunch and a free sample of Yoplait Greek 100 yogurt.

For more information about the HGTV Lodge and CMA Fest 2015, visit HGTV On the Road and follow HGTV on Instagram and Twitter for daily updates and exclusive content during the festival.

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May 25

6 Quirky Attractions in Texas

As the second largest state in our country, the great state of Texas guarantees an adventure for everyone. From giant cowboy statues and multi-genre music festivals to quirky museums and interesting roadside art, every member of the family will be able to find a favorite attraction in the Lone Star State.

Big Tex. A 55-foot figure wearing a cowboy hat and boots welcomes visitors to Dallas and the annual State Fair of Texas with the words, “Howdy folks, I’m Big Tex.” Originally constructed in 1952, this giant-sized Texan was destroyed by an electrical fire in October 2012. A new Big Tex was constructed and introduced to the public in September 2013.
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May 23

Simple, Inexpensive Wedding Table Decorations

Simple Wedding Centerpiece

Photo courtesy of SomethingWinnderful.com

With my wedding less than a month away, I’m currently in panic/excitement/what-have-I-gotten-myself-into mode. On top of dealing with conflicting emotions, I need to address last-minute details, finalize the guest list and (try torelax. So, the game plan right now is keep it simple, under-budget and functional, which is easier said than done.
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May 22

Little Big Town Gets Two Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town

Fans kept crushing on Little Big Town, giving them a second week at No. 1 with “Girl Crush” on Top 20 Country Countdown! Blake Shelton and Keith Urban with Eric Church rounded out the Top 3, with Lady Antebellum making their countdown debut with their latest video, “Long Stretch of Love.”

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May 21

A List of Every Celeb in Taylor Swift’s New Music Video

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Taylor Swift’s highly-anticipated music video for her newest single, “Bad Blood,” premiered at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Leading up to the awards show and via Instagram, Swift introduced a bevy of models, actresses and singers who would star in her fierce, futuristic video. In case you didn’t recognize or catch a glimpse of each one of Swift’s gal pals in the video, here is a list of all 17 ladies (and one Kendrick Lamar) who wielded weapons and threw punches. Continue Reading

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May 20

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Roasted Tomato Crostini

Krystal Keith's Roasted Tomato Crostini

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

These are outrageous! So much flavor, so much texture, so incredibly delicious. These little crostini are a perfect afternoon snack, appetizer for your family dinner or hors d’oeuvre at your dinner party. I am always tempted to hide these little guys for my own personal snacks and find something else to serve my guests (I would never….or would I?) These take minimal work and minimal ingredients, and they pack a powerful — and elegant — punch in each little bite.  Continue Reading

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May 19

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman Releases Cookbook

Kimberly Schlapman's Cookbook

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman is known for her voice, but she is also an incredible cook! Kimberly has hosted her own cooking show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern, on Great American Country, showcasing her favorite recipes and cooking with friends. She recently released her first cookbook, Oh Gussie!, to share not only her recipes, but also some of her favorite memories.

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“I’ve been cooking as long as I’ve been singing, which is simply as long as I can remember” she wrote in the book’s introduction. “Singing in church and sitting counterside helping my mama and grandmothers cook taught me a lot about life. Those ladies were at the door of anyone around who had a birth or a death in their family, got a promotion, lost a job, or just broke a bone – with some kind of casserole or cake in hand and with me and my little sister in tow.” Continue Reading

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