News And Notes

Author Archive

Jun 18

6 Summer Boredom Busters

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.

Summer Across America Sweepstakes »

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

ShareThis

Posted at 9:07 pm | Permalink
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

Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 5:29 pm | Permalink
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.

Porland's Voodoo Doughnut Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 9:42 pm | Permalink
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

ShareThis

Posted at 6:45 pm | Permalink
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

Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 4:42 pm | Permalink
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

ShareThis

Posted at 3:15 pm | Permalink
Jun 8

6 Places To See The Real Mississippi

Mississippi isn’t just a tricky state to spell, it’s Elvis’ birthplace and a state full of history, blues and a laid-back attitude. From the King of Rock and Roll to award-winning authors, blues clubs and museums, the Magnolia State has a lot to offer. Here are some of our must-stop locations.

Mississippi "A Cast of Blues" Dorothy Moore

Blues musician Dorothy Moore

“A Cast of Blues” Lifecasts
Made from damp gauze and plaster, exact replicas of the faces of blues musicians are on display in Ewing Hall at Delta State University, located in Cleveland, Miss. The ”Cast of Blues” collection was created by blind artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson and features 55 three-dimensional faces.

Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 12:01 am | Permalink
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.

Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 10:00 pm | Permalink
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”
  10. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That” Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 6:30 pm | Permalink
May 29

Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” Repeats At No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Facebook.com/littlebigtown.

Fans are still crushing on Little Big Town, voting “Girl Crush” No. 1 on the Top 20 Country Countdown for a third week in a row!  Keith Urban with Eric Church and Miranda Lambert rounded out the Top 3, with Jana Kramer making her countdown debut with her latest video, “I Got The Boy.” Plus, host Nan Kelley sat down with Brett Eldredge to talk about his new song, “Lose My Mind,” and his upcoming new album!

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

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones »

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. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  2. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  3. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  4. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  5. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
  6. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”
  7. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “Wild Child”
  8. Tim McGraw – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”
  9. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That”
  10. Tyler Farr – “A Guy Walks Into a Bar” Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 6:30 pm | Permalink