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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 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.

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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

Must-Have Wedding Day Photos

Wedding Photography: Bridal Portrait

Photo by ArchetypeStudioInc.com courtesy of Twitter.com/kelly_clarkson.

Now two weeks out from my wedding day, everything is finally falling into place. We finalized the guest list, perfected the program and got the marriage license (important!). I also recently met with my photographer to discuss a wedding day shot list. Photos, in my opinion, are the most important part of the day. Chances are, the reception and ceremony will fly by, leaving me wondering if any of it happened at all, which is why great photos are so crucial — to remind me that no, my wedding wasn’t a dream.

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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”
  10. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That” Continue Reading

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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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May 31

The Best Family-Friendly Campgrounds

Family Camping Trips

Memorial Day unofficially kicked off summer and left most of us longing for more long weekends and lazy days. With the official start of summer fast approaching, it’s time to think about vacation plans, if you haven’t already. Tropical destinations are always popular vacation spots, but camping can be as much of an escape as a beach trip, providing the perfect opportunity to get the whole family outdoors to explore and enjoy nature. Consider some of these top 10 family-friendly campsites for your next summer adventure.
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May 30

7 Unique Ways to Wear Something Blue at Your Wedding

Although wearing “something blue” on your wedding day is a centuries-old tradition, it’s fun to see how modern brides incorporate the color into their look. Ancient couples often fashioned blue fabric around the edges of their wedding outfits to symbolize faithfulness, purity and loyalty, traits represented by the color blue.

While brides today rarely include prominent blue details, many choose to subtly sneak in the color. Try a pair of sapphire earrings or a baby blue manicure for a modern take on the tradition. Here are a few more ways to wear “something blue.”

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Blue Ribbons Bouquet

Photo courtesy of HGTV Gardens

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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

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May 29

Jana Kramer’s Rustic Wedding

Jana Kramer's Rustic Wedding

Jana Kramer got the boy! Kramer married NFL tight-end Michael Caussin on May 22 at a ceremony at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards in Charlottesville, Va. The ceremony took place outside, with the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as the backdrop.

Jana Kramer's Rustic Wedding

Like a lot of brides, Kramer found her wedding inspiration on Pinterest. She went with a rustic wedding that included a lilac color scheme, lots of candles, and, of course, Mason jars.

Jana Kramer's Rustic Wedding

Initially, though, Kramer wanted to skip the whole “wedding” thing. “In the beginning I honestly just wanted to go to the courthouse and do this whole Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and The City end of the movie kind of thing,” Kramer told US Weekly in a statement. “But Michael really wanted to have a wedding and once we found the venue I was all in.”

Jana Kramer's Rustic Wedding

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