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
Viewers can help build this year’s DIY Network Blog Cabin from the inside out!
The Blog Cabin People’s Choice is a unique multimedia experience based on the simple idea of “You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It!” Viewers go online to vote on design features for a vacation getaway located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The 1970s-style hilltop property will then be transformed into a luxurious home for a lucky sweepstakes winner.
Help DIY Network to transform this dilapidated Idaho mountain cabin into a spectacular all-amenities retreat.
Voting is currently open, with viewers asked to pitch in to choose materials and products for the cabin’s living spaces. Help choose between an indoor fountain or waterfall, whether or not there will be theater seating, and if the cat or the dog get their own custom space.
Enter the HGTV Dream Home 2015 Sweepstakes for your chance to win a Grand Prize valued at over $2 million, including a Cape Cod-style home located on Martha’s Vineyard, luxurious furnishings from Ethan Allen, a 2015 GMC® Acadia Denali and $250,000 cash prize. Enter daily through February 17.
This year’s HGTV Dream Home offers an elegant twist on the traditional, coastal vacation house. Take a video tour of the indoor spaces and get room details and photos below.
Jennie Garth is starting over, and Great American Country is along for the ride in The Jennie Garth Project. A single mother of three, Garth has teamed up with her contractor, Scott, to strip a 1970s Hollywood Hills ranch home to the studs and build it back up to be her ultimate dream house.
The series premieres with four back-to-back episodes starting Friday, January 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Great American Country.
In the first episode, Garth kick-starts work in the living room, but a costly repair bill forces her to reevaluate plans and inspires a complete transformation. The actress continues to push the envelope throughout the renovation, and when she decides to give the front curb a major makeover, the result is a learning experience for both Garth and her contractor. Continue Reading
Tune in tonight at 10/9c for the premiere of the new adventure series, Off the Map With Shannen & Holly, as these real-life best friends travel through the Southeast., embarking on fan-voted activities along the way, from moonshining in Tennessee to a tomato fight in Kentucky.
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While you watch, Tweet LIVE with series hosts Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs using hashtag #ShannenAndHolly, and your Tweet may appear on TV during the show.
Plus, starting tonight at 8/7c, watch Great American Country for a special code word to enter the Off the Map and In the Money Sweepstakes.
The code will appear on-screen at various times before, during and after each new weekly episode, including tonight’s premiere. Then submit your entry online for a chance to win a weekly prize of $5,000. The first entry period opens January 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET and closes January 3, 2015 at 7:59 PM ET, and there will be five entry periods through January 31.
Off the Map and In the Money Sweepstakes Official Rules »
Time is running out to enter the American Outdoor Adventure Sweepstakes, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops! Great American Country is giving away a grand prize worth more than $50,000, including a dream vacation, an ATV and cash. Entries will be accepted through 5pm ET today.
Sweepstakes Ends Today! Enter Now »
The grand prize winner and three guests will get a three-night stay in a two-bedroom cabin at Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort, plus an Arctic Cat Mud Pro 700 Limited EPS ATV and a $25,000 cash prize. The prize also includes round-trip coach air transportation for the winner and three guests.
The Outdoor Adventure Sweepstakes coincides with Great American Country’s Ultimate Sportsman’s Lodge Colorado. Hosted by outdoor expert Chris Dorsey, this series follows construction of an outdoorsman’s dream home, which includes a home theatre, state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen, dog spa and much more.
Guest appearances throughout the series include Jimmy Kimmel, Jim Belushi, Tom Brokaw and Jeff Foxworthy.
Watch Ultimate Sportsman’s Lodge Colorado every Tuesday at 8/7c on Great American Country.
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Renowned outdoors expert Chris Dorsey has gathered a team of architects, contractors and craftsmen to build an outdoorsman’s paradise that includes incredible mountain vistas, a nearby trout stream and 7,000 square feet of rustic luxury in Colorado.
Follow the build in the new Ultimate Sportsman’s Lodge Colorado series, hosted by Dorsey. “As a lifelong sportsman, the outdoor lifestyle isn’t as much about what I do, as it is who I am,” he said. “This house is my dream brought to life.”
The home will include a cutting-edge home theater, a massive bar for entertaining, a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen, a canine spa that goes beyond any dog-washing station you’ve seen, a high-end wildlife art gallery and more.
Ultimate Sportsman’s Lodge Colorado
Tune in: Tuesdays at 8 pm ET
Coinciding with the new series, Great American Country is giving away a grand prize worth more than $50,000, including a dream vacation, an ATV and cash, in the American Outdoor Adventure Sweepstakes, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops. A $1,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card will also be awarded to five weekly winners. Enter Once a Day through 5pm ET on December 31, 2014.
Photo courtesy of HGTV.com/Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
Rich in history and vacation homes, Martha’s Vineyard in Dukes County, Mass., boasts breathtaking beaches and quaint old-world charm. Anyone looking for a scenic, serene getaway will enjoy the simplicity and historic character of this little Massachusetts island. Whether you visit in the next few months or next summer, below are a few must-see spots in Martha’s Vineyard.
HGTV Dream Home 2015
Head over to HGTV.com to explore this year’s HGTV Dream Home, an elegant coastal house located in Martha’s Vineyard. Browse room photos, take the interactive tour and, starting December 29 at 9:00 a.m. ET, be sure to enter for your chance to win the furnished home, a 2015 GMC® Acadia Denali and a $250,000 cash prize provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans.
Gingerbread Cottages of Oak Bluffs
Take a walk through this adorable little neighborhood, where over 300 colorful Victorian cottages for rent line the streets of Oak Bluffs Campground. Every house has whimsical, ornate architecture dating back to the mid-1800s.
Hunters, anglers and all-around outdoorspeople prepare for an epic adventure with Chris Dorsey as he and his team of architects, contractors and craftsmen build the Ultimate Sportsman’s Lodge in Colorado. In the newest original series on Great American Country, we follow Dorsey and his experienced team as they construct a 7,000 square foot lodge with mountain vistas and a trout stream located nearby. Tune in on Tuesday, November 25 at 8 p.m. ET!
The living room in the grand prize winner’s two-bedroom cabin.
Big Cedar Lodge, the expansive wilderness resort in Branson, Missouri, offers luxury dining, elegant lodging, outdoor adventure, a tranquil spa and myriad seasonal activities. Who wouldn’t want to win a three-night stay here? Luckily, Great American Country partnered with Bass Pro Shops to give you the chance to win a dreamy vacation at the premier rustic hotel of America.
Be sure to enter the American Outdoor Adventure Sweepstakes beginning Thursday, November 20 at 9 a.m. EST!