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Feb 8

7 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Projects

Valentine's Day Hearts for Chandelier

Valentine’s Day is Saturday but there is still plenty of time to make the perfect gift for your loved one and add a few festive touches around the house. Here are 7 DIY Valentine’s Day projects you can give as gifts or keep for yourself! 

Paper Hearts Chandelier. This fun project can be presented as a gift or used for décor. Hang it over the kitchen table to welcome the kids to a valentine-themed breakfast. Instructions »

String Heart Art. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to create a string art heart for your valentine or décor. The heart can be swapped out for the shape of your choice, like the outline of your state, which is a popular string art trend.

DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts, Cards and Gifts »

Takeout Treat Box. Whether you’re giving baked goods or jewelry, this fun heart-and-arrow twist on a Chinese takeout box is a great way to “wrap” your valentine. If your child needs a valentine “mailbox” for school, this container can also do double duty. Step-by-step »

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Feb 6

Blake Shelton Takes Over No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton

There is a new No. 1 on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe take the top spot with “Lonely Tonight,” knocking Carrie Underwood’s “Something In The Water” to No. 2 after a multi-week run in the top spot. New videos from Billy Currington, Kid Rock, and Chase Bryant also made their countdown debuts this week.

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. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  3. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  4. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  5. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  6. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  7. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  8. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  9. Jake Owen – “What We Ain’t Got”
  10. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down” Continue Reading

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Feb 5

Antique Furniture: Real or Fake?

Antique Buffet Cabinet

How can you tell if a piece of furniture is an authentic antique?

A weekend spent antiquing or visiting flea markets for a furniture bargain can be a lot of fun, but before you go, know what to look for to determine if you are paying for an antique or a really good knockoff. Lara Spencer,  host of Flea Market Flip, went to Mark DeVito, furniture guru extraordinaire, for tips on how to spot the real thing.

Watch: Is It Real or Fake? »

“Magic Mark,” as Lara calls him, advises antique hunters to determine whether the item was made by hand or machine. “Prior to 1870, everything was made by hand and that’s the real definition of an antique,” DeVito said, “things made before electricity.”
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Feb 1

New Season of Flea Market Flip Premieres Feb. 8

Flea Market Flip Contestants with Lara Spencer

Flea Market Flip host Lara Spencer

Lara Spencer is back for an all-new season of Flea Market Flip on Great American Country. Each episode challenges two teams to find, fix and flip flea market leftovers into gems. Both teams are allotted $500 to spend on “flip list” projects and pieces that they must then restore to make a profit. The team earning the most profit from their upcycled items wins $5,000. The new season premieres February 8 at 8/7c (Full Schedule).

Lara’s Repurposing Tricks »

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Jan 30

Carrie Underwood Stays At No. 1 on Top 20

Nan Kelley Cohosts Top 20 Countdown with Barry Williams
Host Nan Kelley was joined by a special cohost for this week’s episode of Top 20 Country Countdown. Former child star Barry Williams helped her count down this week’s chart while discussing his new show, A Very Barry Branson. Premiering Thursday, February 5 at 9/8c on Great American Country, this new weekly series features Williams, perhaps best known as “Greg” from The Brady Bunch, as he launches a 1970s musical variety show in Branson, Missouri.

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On the countdown, Carrie Underwood kept her No. 1 streak alive with “Something In The Water, followed by Tim McGraw and Chris Young. Kenny Chesney made his countdown debut with “Til It’s Gone,” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze” returned to the chart.

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Jan 29

6 MVP-Worthy Super Bowl Party Recipes

Krystal Keith

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

Millions of people across the country will have their televisions tuned to the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday night to cheer on the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks, to watch the commercials or to see Katy Perry’s sure to be over-the-top halftime performance.

One of the best parts of watching the Super Bowl is the party food and drink. Here are six recipes that will help you be the food MVP of Super Bowl Sunday.

Mini Corn Dogs. As the pre-game crowd starts to gather, set out a few appetizers to tide them over to kickoff. LBT‘s Kimberly Schlapman’s Mini Corn Dogs with Cilantro Dip recipe yields 20 crowd-pleasing dogs-on-a-stick.

Top 5 Country Songs About Football »

Guacamole. Chips and dips are a sports party staple so put Krystal Keith’s Guacamole from Cabo San Lucas alongside the salsa and spinach dip. With salt, pepper and only three other ingredients, this guacamole is quick and easy to make.

Zac Brown’s Chili. Campfire Filet Tip Chili from Zac Brown and friends calls for beef tenderloin, pork and bison, making it the perfect chili for the meat lovers in the group. Serve it with cornbread or corn chips, and top it off with sour cream and cheese, just in time for kickoff.
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Jan 26

Glamping at Paws Up Is All About the Butlers

The Resort at Paws Up Luxury Tent

Photo courtesy of Paws Up.

Roughing it on a family camping trip may not be for everyone, but a “glamping” trip to The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, may just change the mind of even the most resistant camper. At Paws Up, it isn’t just about the basic camping needs of water, fire and shelter, it’s about the butlers. That’s right – butlers.

Watch: Tour The Resort at Paws Up »

At Paws Up, campers have butlers at their beck and call to pour wine, deliver dinner, prep the fire and even lay out the s’mores. Opened in 2005 on 30,000 acres in scenic Montana, Paws Up incorporates all the elements of “real” camping, but turns up the luxury element to unparalleled levels.

Your Guide To Glamping »

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Jan 23

Carrie Underwood Keeps No. 1 Streak Alive on Top 20

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood remained at No. 1with “Something In The Water” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton with Ashley Monroe rounded out the Top 3. Katie Armiger had the lone countdown debut this week, coming in at No. 19 with her latest, “One Night Between Friends.”

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. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  3. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  4. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  7. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  8. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  9. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
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Jan 23

8 Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

It may be winter, but Spring Break is right around the corner.

While this unofficial “holiday” is usually celebrated in mid-March for southern states and colleges, it falls closer to Easter in the North and Midwest. Either way, as college kids flock to Florida beaches, there are plenty of other destinations for the family-friendly crowd.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space and Rocket Center – Alabama
Head to Huntsville for an out-of-this-world experience. Home to the Apollo 16 Command Module, Pathfinder, and a National Historic Landmark Saturn V Moon Rocket, the center has accommodated nearly 16 million visitors since it opened in 1971.

The Grand Canyon – Arizona
Although it’s not the largest canyon in the world, the Grand Canyon is more than a mile deep and two miles long, with spectacular scenery and a variety of activities. Hiking and mule trails, rafting trips and helicopter rides, informative visitor centers and ranger programs make this National Park a prime vacation spot for families.

Great American Camping »

The Mark Twain House & Museum – Connecticut
Located in Hartford and home to author Samuel Clemens from 1874 to 1891, this was where the author composed some of his most famous works, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Prince and The Pauper. Tour the house and visit the museum for insight on Twain and his fascinating career.

Sun Valley – Idaho
At first glance, Idaho may not seem like the ultimate Spring Break destination, but the resort city of Sun Valley offers year-round outdoor recreation like cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, golfing, mountain biking, river rafting and hiking. The city is also host to special events and festivals throughout the year.

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Jan 19

Historic East Coast Boardwalks

Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey

The East Coast is home to the amusement park. As cities rapidly grew in the late 1800s, people flocked to the Atlantic to beat the summer heat. Boardwalks were built to keep tourists from tracking sand into hotels, and before long, those boardwalks were booming with food, entertainment and, eventually, amusement rides.

In All-American Amusement Parks, host JD Scott explores three of the most famous East Coast boardwalks and gets the lowdown from park fanatics on their favorite rides and food. 

First up is Atlantic City, the original and most famous two-mile boardwalk along the East Coast. It features  the 1,000-foot-long amusement park, Steel Pier, which includes carousels, a slingshot ride, a midway lined with games, and its own bar and grill.

Video: Stroll the Boardwalks »

South of Atlantic City, Morey’s Piers, in Wildwood, N.J., started as a 25 cent waterslide but has spread across three individual piers. During the off-season, the town is home to just 5,000 residents, but during the summer, that number grows to a quarter million thanks to its famous boardwalk. Morey’s also offers thrill rides and a Ferris wheel “Breakfast in the Sky,” featuring culinary delights served on china and white linens.
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