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Jul 1

6 Best Fourth of July Destinations

Fourth of July in Nashville – Photo courtesy of Travel Channel

Fourth of July celebrations are one of my favorite parts of the summer. The birth of our nation goes hand in hand with family time, hours spent on a lake, barbecues, camping trips and spectacular fireworks shows. With Independence Day falling on a Saturday this year, it’s the perfect time to take a long weekend and explore the patriotic traditions in a different part of the country. We’ve rounded up some of America’s best destinations for the Fourth of July to help you plan your holiday road trip.

Nashville, Tennessee
The country music capital of the world is any music lover’s dream July Fourth destination. This free celebration in the heart of Music City includes performances by Martina McBride and the Nashville Symphony, and provides guests with a host of family-friendly activities. And, most importantly, Nashville’s fireworks display promises to be the largest in the country this year. Be sure to check out our Nashville travel guide if this sounds like your kind of Independence Day.

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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 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 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 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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Jun 6

6 Restaurants to Visit During CMA Music Festival

If you’re heading to Nashville for this year’s CMA Music Festival, be sure to stop by Great American Country in the HGTV Lodge from June 11-14 for free performances and meet-and-greets featuring Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Kip Moore. And in between all that good country music, quash your hunger at some of our favorite Nashville eateries.

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Jun 5

“Girl Crush” Goes Four Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town

Make that four weeks at No. 1 for Little Big Town on the Top 20 Country Countdown! The band’s “Girl Crush” topped the countdown again this week with Blake Shelton, Keith Urban with Eric Church, and Miranda Lambert rounding out the Top 3. Plus, Brantley Gilbert returned to the countdown with “One Hell of an Amen.”

Try today’s featured recipe from
“One Pan Nan” and tell her what you think:

Pineapple-Basil Infused Water »

Cast your votes and then 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. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  3. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  4. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
  5. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”
  6. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  7. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “Wild Child”
  8. Tyler Farr – “A Guy Walks Into a Bar”
  9. Tim McGraw – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”
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Jun 3

Pineapple-Basil Infused Water

My One Pan Nan recipe today is from a two-fold inspiration. I recently got a little package in the mail from one Carrie Underwood. She has a new workout clothing line called CALIA, and thanks to her, I’m the coolest-looking jogger on my road in these cute floral capris and matching headband!

Nan Kelley's Pineapple Basil Infused Water Recipe

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley

She also sent a very clever infuser water bottle. Great idea…. Water on the go, and tasty water, to boot. So, it got me thinking — CMA Music Fest is right around the corner, with tens of thousands of folks in this city, and it’s going to be hot. You country music fans will need to stay hydrated, and NOT just from adult libations. Continue Reading


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