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Jul 6

DIY Wedding Photo Booth

When you hear “DIY wedding,” your first thought is either A) “UGH, never! That’s why wedding planners exist,” or B) “Let’s get started! I’m all about crafting.” Whichever camp you fall into, a DIY photo booth project is one that every type of bride can handle. With all of the apps and selfie sticks available, there is really no need to rent a photo booth. Plus, making your own photo booth saves you money, earns you bragging rights and adds a personal touch to your wedding. With the help of my bridesmaids and close friends, I managed to create my dream photo booth.

For those still doubting me, I’m going to walk you through the process, step-by-step.

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Jul 6

6 of Nashville’s Best Honky Tonks

They don’t call Nashville ‘Music City’ for nothing! Not only is it home to the infamous ‘Music Row,’ a street of recording studios and record labels where some of the best music ever recorded was made and produced, it is also home to some of the best venues to hear live music. Here are six of the best honky tonks and juke joints in Music City.

The Bluebird Cafe. Blink and you might miss The Bluebird Cafe. It is located in an old strip mall, but don’t let that fool you. The listening room is steeped in country music history and is a favorite of songwriters. Vince Gill cut his teeth on its intimate stage and a then-unknown Garth Brooks first heard “The Dance” there in the ‘80s. The Bluebird still offers live music seven days a week — and you never know who might drop in to play a few songs.

Legend’s Corner. Located just steps away from the front door of the Nashville Convention Center, Legend’s Corner may be your first stop on a tour of Lower Broadway’s honky tonks. The venue’s interior is decorated with hundreds of classic country album covers and memorabilia. Keep your eyes open for a familiar face — Vince Gill and Bill Anderson drop by from time to time.

Robert’s Western World. Jake Owen has been known to say that some of the best singers in the world perform at Robert’s Western World. A boot store by day and honky tonk by night, visitors will find a healthy mix of tourists and locals, enjoying some of the best rockabilly around. It also happens to be a hotspot for star sightings! Continue Reading

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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.

Photo courtesy of HGTV.com

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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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