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Apr 25

Beautiful, Budget-Friendly Wedding Dresses

Shopping for a wedding dress on a budget is hard — like really, really hard. It requires creativity, compromise and serious searching both online and in stores. However, it is possible to find a dress that matches your style, price point and vision. When dress shopping, try not to feel defeated. Chances are, you won’t have a “Say Yes to the Dress” moment. I didn’t.

What’s most important is finding a dress that fits you and your budget. Then, once you find your dress, stop looking! Feel confident in your purchase, and rock it on your wedding day.

To prove that beautiful, stylish dresses exist (and to inspire skeptical brides-to-be), I found cheap alternatives that mimic pricier styles. Now, go forth and shop!

Runway: Houghton Bride

Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

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Apr 24

Blake Takes Over No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton - Sangria

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It was a battle between husband and wife for the top spot on Top 20 Country Countdown, but Blake Shelton came away the winner with his new video, “Sangria,” taking over the top spot, knocking Miranda Lambert down to No. 2 with “Little Red Wagon” after two weeks at No. 1. Little Big Town and Kip Moore also made their countdown debuts with their latest videos.

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  2. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  3. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  4. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  5. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You”
  6. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  7. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”
  8. Maddie & Tae – “Fly”
  9. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That”
  10. Billy Currington – “Don’t It” Continue Reading

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Apr 21

Budget Wedding: 6 Ways to Save Money

Wedding Flowers on a Budget
For many engaged couples, wedding planning kicks into high gear this time of year. And while it’s fun choosing menu items, a cake and flower arrangements, it’s also stressful and exhausting, especially for anyone working with a tight budget. Since I’m in the midst of planning a wedding myself, I’d like to share some tips on how to save money and keep your sanity during the process.

Morning and non-Saturday weddings are very budget-friendly.
Want to save money before you even make the guest list? Choose an early start time on a weekday or Sunday. Most weddings start late Saturday afternoon or evening, with guests eating and drinking well into the night. A morning wedding requires less food, less (if any) alcohol and (probably) less dancing. Venues also offer cheaper rental rates on weekdays and Sundays. Continue Reading

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Apr 20

Miranda and Luke Win Big at ACM Awards

50th Annual ACM Awards

Everything is bigger in Texas, so the Academy of Country Music headed to the Lone Star State to celebrate the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The evening kicked off with Keith Urban and Eric Church taking the stage to perform Church’s “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” and the pair’s current duet, “Raise ‘Em Up.” Continue Reading

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Apr 17

Spring Festivals in Bloom

Knoxville Dogwood Festival

Photo courtesy of CelebrateKnoxville.com.

Spring should be officially titled the “season of festivals” due to the number of outdoor events that take place during its three-month stretch. The days last longer; people stay out later; music plays louder; the drinks taste better. Yes, spring has sprung in all its glory. Most of us look for excuses to get outside, eat good food and saunter with no agenda. Festivals lend themselves to this leisurely lifestyle quite well.

And while it seems like music festivals get all the attention this time of year, cities are also putting their region’s seasonal blooms on display with parades, contests and street fairs. Below are just a few of the festivals that celebrate the best of spring’s flora.
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Apr 17

Miranda Has Two Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

MIranda Lambert - Little Red Wagon Video

Miranda pairs up with her favorite canine costar in “Little Red Wagon.” An avid dog lover, she is the founder of MuttNation Foundation to end animal cruelty, and href=”http://blog.gactv.com/?p=61397″>Redemption Ranch, a no-kill shelter in her home state of Oklahoma.

Miranda Lambert makes it two weeks at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Little Red Wagon,” but she had some serious competition! Carrie Underwood remained at No. 2 with “Little Toy Guns,” while Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, made it to the list with “Sangria,” coming in at No. 3. Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr also debuted new videos on this week’s countdown.

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  3. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  4. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You”
  5. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”
  6. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  7. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That”
  8. Maddie & Tae – “Fly”
  9. Luke Bryan – “Spring Breakdown”
  10. Eric Paslay – “She Don’t Love You” Continue Reading

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Apr 17

Spring Travel: 7 Savory Festivals

Music festivals aren’t the only noteworthy events to add to your travel itinerary this spring. All across the U.S., you can find celebrations that highlight local cuisine and will satisfy any foodie’s palate. From fresh strawberries in Virginia Beach to buttery biscuits in Knoxville, Tenn., we’ve rounded up the best (and most outrageous) spring food festivals to add to your road-trip bucket list.

International Biscuit Festival

Crawfish Music Festival
Biloxi, Mississippi
April 16-19, April 23-26
Spanning two weekends, this event brings nearly 40,000 guests to the Magnolia State to enjoy live music and a whole lot of crawfish — or mudbugs, as locals would call them. If you can, try to make it for the festival’s second weekend to watch the Crawfish Cook-Off and taste all of the delicious creations.
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Apr 16

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Italian Breakfast Pasta

Italian Breakfast Pasta Recipe

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

Who doesn’t love a fancy brunch? This dish is one of my favorites. OK, I say that about a lot of my dishes…so, I guess I have a lot of favorites…but this one ranks pretty high on the list. I love to serve this to overnight guests because it is always so unexpected.

The rich, flavorful yolk creates the perfect sauce for the fettuccini, and the spinach, pancetta and roasted peppers are the perfect complement to the dish. This is the ultimate comfort food brunch, so I highly recommend you host one and serve this dish. You and your guests will definitely not be disappointed. Continue Reading

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Apr 10

Miranda Lambert Takes Over at No. 1 on Top 20

MIranda Lambert - Little Red Wagon Video

Miranda pairs up with her favorite canine costar in “Little Red Wagon.” An avid dog lover, she is the founder of MuttNation Foundation to end animal cruelty, and Redemption Ranch, a no-kill shelter in her home state of Oklahoma.

Miranda Lambert drove her little red wagon to No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown! She took over the top spot from Carrie Underwood this week with her new video, “Little Red Wagon,” bumping  Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns” to No. 2. Chris Young rounded out the Top 3 with “Lonely Eyes” and Keith Urban and Eric Church’s “Raise ‘Em Up” debuted on the countdown, coming in at No. 20.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart

  1. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  3. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  4. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”
  5. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You”
  6. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started”
  7. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  8. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That”
  9. Maddie & Tae – “Fly”
  10. Luke Bryan – “Spring Breakdown” Continue Reading

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Apr 9

What Is Your Celebrity Music Festival Style?

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off this weekend, marking the beginning of festival season. Celebrities like Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, Katy Perry and Alessandra Ambrosio flock to Indio, Calif., for a weekend (or two) of musical performances, pool parties and to show off their enviable festival style.

If you’re headed to Coachella this weekend or the next, chances are you’ve researched music festival fashion quite a bit. So, to make your searching easier, we broke down festival style into five categories. Just choose the celebrity whose style most speaks to you, and, voila! You found your Coachella outfit inspiration.

Bohemian

Music Festival Fashion: Bohemian

Photo courtesy of Popsugar.

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