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Jun 19

Father’s Day French Toast Strata

Father's Day French Toast Strata

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

Dad’s big day is this Sunday, and while gifts are always appreciated, a home-cooked meal would be the thing my daddy would appreciate the most!  Make Dad a great breakfast or brunch, sit down, and share a meal and some good conversation.
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Jun 18

6 Summer Boredom Busters

Summer is here and the kids are out of school. While the break from homework is surely welcomed, kids may find themselves bored after a couple of weeks without seeing their friends on a daily basis. Here are six creative ways for you and your family to beat the summertime blues.

Hang A Tire Swing. Does this bring back childhood memories? This “throwback” outdoor activity will be the hit of the neighborhood, and adults might even want to take a turn! Get instructions from DIY Network »

Lemonade Stand. Let the kids be summertime entrepreneurs. Follow these instructions on how to build a stand, and then let the kids try their hand at the homemade lemonade business. Besides beating boredom, the kids will be working on their math skills while making sales.

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Homemade Ice Cream. As Mother Nature turns up the heat, cool off with Great American Country star Kimberly Schlapman’s recipe for homemade waffle cones and ice cream. You may never buy ice cream at the grocery store again after you sample her Simply Southern Salted-Caramel Ice Cream » Continue Reading


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Jun 17

5 Easy DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21, and if you are still in the market for a gift for Dad, look no further. We have you covered! Whether your dad is a grill master or a suit-and-tie kind of guy, here are five easy DIY Father’s Day gifts he is guaranteed to love.

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Jun 14

Affordable, DIY Bridesmaid Gifts

Between buying their dress, attending the bachelorette party and bridal shower, and providing overall emotional support, my bridesmaids have done a lot for me. I can’t imagine going through the wedding planning process without them. The least I can do is give them a small gift expressing my love and appreciation. Today, I’m sharing a few bridesmaid gift ideas that perfectly convey sentiments of friendship, gratitude and affection.

Bridesmaid Gift: Glitter-Dipped Spoons

Photo courtesy of Made+Remade.

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Jun 13

5 Quirky, Cool Places To Visit In Oregon

Did you know Oregon is the only state with an official nut? The state proudly calls the hazelnut its own, but it also offers everything from breathtaking scenery and quirky artist hangouts to the world’s smallest park and largest new and used bookstore. Here are five reasons to plan a trip to Oregon this summer.

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Jun 12

“Girl Crush” Goes Five Weeks At No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town

It’s five weeks at No. 1 for Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” on the Top 20 Country Countdown! The song topped the countdown again this week, with Blake Shelton and Keith Urban with Eric Church, rounding out the Top 3. Plus, new videos from Brad Paisley and Chris Young made their countdown debuts, and Billy Currington stopped by to chat about his new music. Continue Reading


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Jun 11

5 of Nashville’s Best Food Trucks

If you don’t have time to stop at one of our favorite restaurants when you’re in Nashville, head for one of the local food trucks. Parked in and around Music City and featuring a variety of fare, they make eating on the go a piece of cake (or a cone of ice cream?). Here are our Top 5 picks.

The Grilled Cheeserie Food Truck

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Jun 10

It’s National Iced Tea Day!

Teavana Pineapple Berry Blue Iced TeaPhoto courtesy of Starbucks

Southerners and iced-tea-lovers, today is your lucky day. Not only is June 10th National Iced Tea Day, but the entire month of June celebrates this refreshing summer drink. You couldn’t ask for a better excuse to brew a batch of your favorite tea.

In honor of the holiday, Teavana is giving out free 16-ounce cups of their Pineapple Berry Blue iced tea. The blend combines citrus, berry and floral flavors to make for a sweet, invigorating tea that’s perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up or al fresco luncheon.

Or take the DIY approach and make your own version of the Pineapple Berry Blue iced tea with Kimberly Schlapman‘s recipe for Blueberry Half and Half. Trying to cut down your sugar intake? The Little Big Town singer also has a great recipe for Skinny Southern Sweet Tea. Both drinks pair well with lazy summer afternoons spent on the porch swing.



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Jun 9

Barnwood Builders Marathon on June 11

Catch up on all of your favorite barn transformations during Great American Country’s Barnwood Builders marathon on Thursday, June 11 starting at 5/4. In celebration of the show’s return, we rounded up the best, most beautiful barns-turned-homes. Take a look!

Idaho Barn HomeThis sprawling Idaho home was once a run-down barn.
Hard to believe now, isn’t it?
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Jun 9

5 Backyard Party Ideas

Patriotic Panna Cotta Shooters

Patriotic Panna Cotta Shooters

Now that it’s June and only a few weeks from the official start of summer, it’s time to kick off backyard barbecues and cookouts. Whether you are celebrating a graduation, the Fourth of July, a birthday or throwing a party ‘just because’, here are 5 fun ideas to spruce up your summer soiree. Continue Reading


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