Playlist to Get You to the Weekend

 

  1. “T-shirt” by Thomas Rhett
  2. “This Changes Everything” by Jim Lauderdale
  3. “The Story” by Dolly Parton
  4. “Austin” by Blake Shelton
  5. “Fight for Love” by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
  6. “Love Tattoo” by Richard Lynch
  7. “Don’t Take the Girl” by Tim McGraw
  8. “Close Your Eyes” by Parmalee
  9. “We Went” by Randy Houser
  10. “It Girl” by Petric

Blushing Belle: 10 Fun, Inexpensive, and Memorable Wedding Favor Ideas

Wedding season is upon us! So whether or not you're doing some last minute planning, or just getting started (or perhaps you just like reading wedding articles, because #same) here is a guide to make your wedding favors a wedding favorite.

What's with wedding favors?

Okay, so do remember way back in the day when your parents would throw you birthday parties when you were in like kindergarten; and they would hang out like little party gift bags at the end with some Dollar Tree pencils, balloons and candy in them? It's kind of like that. You're rewarding people for showing up to your wedding and giving you stuff. At the end of the day, that's what's going on. However, you don't have to look at it that way. Wedding favors are fun, and it's one of the many things that people can look back on as a memento from your awesome wedding!

Who gets a wedding favor?

Well, everyone gets a wedding favor that comes to the wedding. You also have to get gifts for your new spouse, the groomsmen, the bridesmaids, the in-laws, your parents, and why not treat yourself to something while you're at it? Yeah. There's a ton of gift giving when it comes to this whole wedding thing. However, the wedding favors you have more control over when it comes to spending, and what everyone gets.

What should I be spending on a wedding favor?

That depends on you and your budget. Some weddings have ditched the wedding favor entirely considering that most people consider it a bit of a waste, while other people would classify wedding favors as a staple for any good wedding. At the end of the day, the wedding favors are up to YOU.

1. Scratch-Off Cards

Whether you want to spend $1.00 or $5.00 or $15.00 on your wedding favors, scratch-off lottery tickets can be an incredibly fun wedding favor. It's simple, easy, cheap, and something that everyone can get a kick out of. 

2. Something "Punny"

There are a ton of wedding favors that exist solely for the pun that they create. Such as these super fun, cute, easy and cheap ones:
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3. Gift Cards

This wedding favor might seem a bit silly and outlandish, but it's actually pretty thoughtful. Wrap it up in a cute little "thank you" card, and give it away. You get to control how much you spend on your wedding favors, and people feel like you really want to celebrate their being there. Whether you hook everyone up with a $5 gift card to the local hotspot (like Wawa), or even a Starbucks card--your guests will get a kick out of it!

4. Something Crafty

Heard of this lil' new thing called Pinterest? Okay, in all honesty, seriously, Pinterest is an amazing place and if you're planning a wedding, I understand you probably have already been there and pinned that. Creating your own wedding favors is a fun idea that makes your favors personal. You get to determine your own budget for the wedding favors, and ultimately make something special to you and your occasion.
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5. Personalized Items

There are a ton of websites that will customize wedding favors for you--or you can easily DIY these projects. Whether you want to give away mugs, coasters, or handkerchiefs, personalize it with your new initials, your names, or whatever you want to make it personal for this lovely occasion so that everyone can remember it for the years to come.
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6. Something Sweet

More often than not, most wedding favors can be broken, lost or forgotten depending on what it may be--so why not give out something that can be consumed? Who doesn't like free snacks? Cute little desserts, or bags of candy are a lovely way to give your guests parting gifts. It's something nice they can enjoy at the hotel, on the plane home, or simply the next day to keep the party going.
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7. Favors that Double as Place Cards

Favors that double as place cards are cost effective, cute and simple!
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8. Something Seasonal

Depending on the theme of your wedding, you could choose to make your wedding favors seasonal. For the fall you can consider giving out little mini pumpkins, winter could be candy canes, spring could be little eggs with candy inside of them, and then summer could be flip-flops. Whenever you're having your wedding, think about what makes that season special to you and your soon to be spouse, and then give it back to your guests.
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9. Mixtapes

This might seem a bit dated, because who listens to dang fangled CDs anymore? But at the end of the day, people will find a way to listen to your wedding jams. Put a playlist together of songs that represent you and your special someone, your wedding, or just genuinely great jams that come from both of your hearts. Wrap it in some cute paper, and there you go. Love jams. 

10. "Build Your Own" Wedding Favor

Make your guests work for it a little! Also, this sense of personalization and "control" makes the gift that much more unique. These "Build Your Own" wedding favors can range from candy to little knick knacks to mini build-a-bear stations. You can do whatever you want and it becomes a little activity for people to engage in during the reception. So have your guests fill up a cute little gift bag or box with sweets, toys, bubbles, or whatever you wish to fit your own style.
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At the end of the day, the most important part of your wedding is that you and your special someone remember it forever. Pinterest is an amazing place teeming with even more ideas. Good luck. Happy wedding season!

 

Snack Like a Southerner: Cranberry Orange Pecan Granola

Cranberry Orange Pecan Granola by Amy's Healthy Baking

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"Ingredients:
1 ½ c old-fashioned oats (or gluten-free)
1 ½ c rice krispies cereal
¼ c orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
½ tbsp oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 egg white, lightly beaten
3 tbsp dried cranberries
2 tbsp chopped pecans

 

Step One:
Preheat the oven to 350°F, and lightly coat a 9” square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Step Two:
In a large bowl, combine the oats and rice krispies cereal.

Step Three:
In a separate bowl, whisk together the orange juice, orange zest, oil, maple syrup, and egg white. Pour over the cereal, and stir with a spatula until evenly coated.

Step Four:
Spread into the prepared pan, and bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, or until golden and crunchy.

Step Five:
Cool for 5 minutes in the pan before breaking up any large clumps with your fingers. Cool to room temperature; then toss in the dried cranberries and pecans. Store in an airtight container.

**Make sure you stir every 15 minutes! If you wait longer, the granola closest to the edges of the pan will brown too quickly and may acquire a burnt taste. You can also stir every 10 minutes after the first 15 minutes in the oven.

For a vegan version, replace the egg white with an additional 2 tablespoons of orange juice."

Playlist To Get You To The Weekend

1. “Chillin’ It“ by Cole Swindell

2. “Dirt On My Boots” by Jon Pardi

3. “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” by Kip Moore

4. “Star Of The Show” by Thomas Rhett

5. “Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood

6. “All Alright“ by Lindsay Eli

7. “Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do” by Chad Brownlee

8. “Song For Another Time“ by Old Dominion

9. “Just Sayin’” by James Barker Band

10. “Today” by Brad Paisley

Snack Like a Southerner: Pecan Cobbler

Pecan Cobbler by callmepmc.

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Ingredients:
-6tbsp butter (no substitutions)
-1 cup pecans
-1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
-1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
-2/3 cup milk (more if needed)
-1tsp vanilla
-1 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
-1 1/2 cup hot water
    Step One:
    "Preheat oven to 350 degrees."
    Step Two:
    Add butter to a 9x13 inch cake pan or casserole dish and melt in the oven."
    Step Three:
    "Once butter is melted, sprinkle the pecans over butter.
    In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, milk and vanilla. Stir to combine, but don't over-mix."
    Step Four:
    "Pour batter over butter and pecans, do not mix.
    Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over batter, do not stir.
    Carefully pour the hot water over the mixture; do not stir."
    Step Five:
    "Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown."

      Playlist to Get You to the Weekend

       

      1. “Streets of Bakersfield” by Dwight Yoakam
      2. “I Never Cared for You” by Alison Krauss
      3. “Black” by Dierks Bentley
      4. “California Callin’” by Bill Wence
      5. “Livin’ The Dream” by Drake White
      6. “Rodeo” by MacKenzie Porter
      7. “Crash and Burn” by Thomas Rhett
      8. “Move” by Luke Bryan
      9. “Rattlesnake” by Dolly Shine
      10. “Cherry Bomb” by River Town Saints

      The Ultimate Country Concert Survival Guide

      Concerts are major events that are good to be prepared for as much as possible. Considering that country concerts and festivals are a lot of tailgating, hanging out and then jamming out, there are plenty of items that you can consider bringing for the ultimate concert experience! 

      BONUS SURVIVAL TIP:

      The bag you chooses matters! What do you want to bring? How much do you want to bring? Are you going to be carrying it the whole time? Do you need to keep stuff cold? Do you need to keep stuff secure? These are all excellent considerations when it comes to selecting your bag. Also, make sure that you have extra room in your bag for merch that you purchase at the actual event.
      Want something cute, efficient and easy to wear? Consider a Redneck Couture knapsack!

      What You're Packing:

      1. Portable charger

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      (Your phone is going to die. This is an inevitable possibility. You're going to be texting, posting, tweeting, instagramming, taking photos and videos, jamming out to music before the concert and perhaps getting in a round or five of Candy Crush (do kids still play that?). It's an excellent idea to pack a portable charger or two for you and your friends to use in order to make sure that your phone is alive when you need it!)

      2. Sunscreen

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      3. Water!

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      (It's going to be hot, there's going to be drinking, dancing and good times to be had--STAY HYDRATED.)

      4. Little snacks

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      (Whether you're packing bonus snacks or drinks, make sure that you have something to keep you full. Food at a concert is VERY expensive, and is a hit or miss when it comes to quality. So the best decision is to bring your own concessions!)

      5. Extra clothing item

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      (pack a little jacket, an extra tshirt, etc. You never know what kind of messes you may find yourself in or if you or your pals will get cold.)

      6. Sharpies

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      (for impromptu autograph sessions or giving that handsome stranger your phone number)

      7. Blanket or something to sit on

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      (an old quilt, a table cloth, folding chairs, pillows, etc.)

      8. An extra pair of shoes.

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      (If you're new to boots but want to look your country chic best, you might want to bring a pair of sneakers along with you to change into if you feel uncomfortable after a while.)

      9. Something to pull your hair up with.

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      (hair ties, clips, head bands, bandanas, etc.)

      10. Make up wipes.

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      (These not only work for the post sweaty mascara smears, but they are universal cleaners for any kind of mess.)

      11. Cash.

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      If you can avoid bringing your credit card, you'll be less likely to be totally screwed if you lose your wallet at a show if it just has cash in it. Make sure to bring only enough cash that you're comfortable with spending ($50.00 if you're planning on buying merch and perhaps an $8.00 soda). Keep your phone and wallet as close to you as possible. Perhaps even investing in a fanny pack would be a good idea.

      12. Bug repellent.

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      13. Lighter.

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      14. Sunglasses.

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      (Head over to Dollar Tree and load up with at least 3 pairs of shades. You'll be able to share them with your friends that definitely forgot theirs, but at the same time if you lose a pair, not only do you have a backup, but it's not devastating to have lost a pair of $1.00 sunglasses.)

      15. Plastic bags.

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      (they don't take up a lot of space and you can squish them together. However, after you open a drink, wrap it in a plastic bag before you put it back in your bag in case of spillage. Plus, there's always a use for a plastic bag. (Hold merch, throw out trash, etc.) 

      What You're Wearing: 

      It's officially summer time. Summer time brings many things: sunshine to bask in from 6am to 9pm, hot weather, bikinis, beach days, adventures, cool sweet tea, and of course country music! Here are some country music concert outfit suggestions and ideas to keep you cool, comfortable and country.
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      1. Band or artist merch.

      There's a more than decent possibility that your Blake Shelton tshirt or Carrie Underwood tank top cost you more than you'd like to admit--so why not wear it proud!? The nostalgia value gets attached to the totem and it's an article of clothing that you can wear and remember the epic time that you had.
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      2. Layers.

      As mentioned previously, it's always good to pack an extra clothing item for yourself or your concert pal. A concert starts with the tailgate party in the parking lot at noon--when it's HOT, HOT, HOT and then it just gets hotter throughout the day. For most of the concert you might find yourself in a tank top and some shorts; however, what happens once the sun goes down? Be sure to have something to warm up with just in case (a cardigan, hoodie, extra shirt, sweat pants to go over your shorts, etc.)
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      3. BOOTS!

      They're made for walkin', stompin', dancin' and more. (Don't forget to doll them up a bit with some hot Boot Bling.)
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      4. Hats.

      It's going to be sunny. Don't forget your cowboy or cowgirl hat, baseball cap, snap back, or floppy hat at home.

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      5. Denim.

      Wether you're rockin' cut off denim Daisy Dukes, jeans, or a denim vest, you can't forgo this country staple.
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      6. Plaid.

      Another fancy redneck must, don't forget to dawn your plaid button ups. Comfy to keep cool and warm!

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      7. Something patriotic.

      Support the good ol' USA with some red, white and blue.

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      Have a blast this summer!

      Snack Like a Southerner: Slow Cooker Cherry Dump Cake

      Slow Cooker Cherry Dump Cake by cincyshopper.

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      Ingredients:
      -1 box Yellow Cake Mix

      -42 oz Cherry Pie Filling (2 cans)
      -1/2 cup melted butter

      Step One:
      "Combine melted butter and cake mix in a bowl. Mix until well distributed."

      Step Two:
      "Grease slow cooker. Spread contents of both cans of cherries on bottom of slow cooker.

      Step Three:
      "Crumble batter mixture over top of cherries. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours."

      Playlist To Get You To The Weekend

      1. “Take That Shot“ by Shari Rowe

      2. “My Kinda Party“ by Jason Aldean

      3. “Mixtape” by Jessica Mack

      4. “Save a Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” by Big & Rich

      5. “Think  A Little Less“ by Michael Ray

      6. “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)“ by Luke Bryan

      7. “Pontoon“ by Little Big Town

      8. “Livin’ The Dream” by Drake White

      9. “Every Week’s Got A Friday“ by High Valley

      10. “Dirty Laundry” by Carrie Underwood

      Snack Like a Southerner: Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

      Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu by skinnytaste.

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      Ingredients:
      -4 thin boneless, skinless cutlets, 4 oz each
      -1/2tsp kosher salt
      -1/4 cup all purpose flour*
      -1/2tsp butter
      -1 1/2tsp olive oil
      -2/3 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
      -1tbsp fresh lemon juice
      -1/2tbsp Dijon mustard
      -4 thin slices low sodium deli ham, I use Boar’s Head (3 oz total)
      -4 slices light Swiss Cheese such as Alpine Lace (3 oz total)
      chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

      Step One:
      "Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Place the flour in a shallow dish. Lightly dredge the chicken with flour on both sides, shaking off the excess reserving the flour."

      Step Two:
      "Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Melt the butter and add 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and half of the chicken. Cook 2 minutes on each side, until slightly golden, then transfer to a dish. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and remaining chicken and cook 2 minutes on each side. Set aside on a dish with the other pieces of chicken."

       

      Step Three:
      "Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the chicken broth mixture. Whisk scraping up any bits stuck to the pan then simmer 2 minutes to reduce slightly. Return the chicken to the skillet, top each piece with a slice of ham and a slice of swiss, cover the skillet and simmer medium-low for 3 to 4 minutes until the cheese melts."

      Step Four:
      "To serve use a spatula and transfer the chicken to each dish, spoon the remaining sauce over each piece."


      Read more at http://www.skinnytaste.com/skillet-chicken-cordon-bleu/#SdP91Tr7CEDz6BVL.99