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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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!
This sprawling Idaho home was once a run-down barn.
Hard to believe now, isn’t it?
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