Country Favorites: Summer 2017

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Even though it’s technically still spring, summer music is undoubtedly here.

Some of my favorites:

  • Body Like A Back Road (Sam Hunt) Talk about one of those instant feel-good jams. Goin 15 in a 30, I ain’t in no hurry, Imma take it slow just as fast as I can.
  • Craving You (Thomas Rhett & Maren Morris) Two of the top most popular country artists collaborating. What a beautiful thing!
  • Happy People (Little Big Town) This song has the best vibe and super solid lyrics too. Personal favorite line…Happy people don’t fail; happy people just learn.
  • The Fighter (Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood) Am I the only one who has a significant urge to kick-box when I hear this song? I’m still thinking about a full out routine to go with the song…
  • For Her (Chris Lane) Maybe the most adorable song ever-check it out.
  • Greatest Love Story (LANCO) This song is the first LANCO song I ever did hear and let me tell you they just might become a favorite of mine. If you have not yet heard this song, check. it. out.
  • No Such Thing As A Broken Heart (Old Dominion) Another extremely catchy song with excellent lyrics.
  • Round Here Buzz (Eric Church) This is a JAM! I have heard really great things about Eric’s Holding My Own tour and I just just imagine him singing this one live.
  • You Broke Up With Me (Walker Hayes) One of my gym buddies caught me jammmmmmming to this tune last week in my car…I had no idea he was driving in the lane next to me… The tune/lyric combination is on point. Do yourself a favor and listen to this one.
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My Summer Country Favorites

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Summertime never lets me down in the country music world. This season a lot of good songs have been playing on the radio. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Sam Hunt, House Party. When you think about it, this is really a re-make of Shania Twain’s classic Party For Two. And I’m OK with that.
  2. Kelsea Ballerini, Dibs. I am being a little before-the-times with this one but it’s just adorable. If you’ve got a Friday night free and a shot-gun seat, well I’m just sayin I ain’t got nowhere to be.
  3. Thomas Rhett, Crash and Burn. Truly this is a sweet song but it’s the catchy beat that gets me jammin.
  4. Jake Owen, Real Life.But that waitress, she’s real rude. She’s got real problems but we do too so we tip her anyway.” JUST YES.
  5. Carrie Underwood, Smoke Break. I love Carrie and I’m just glad she’s back with new stuff on the radio.
  6. Eric Church, Like a Wrecking Ball. Does this count as a guilty pleasure? Admit it, you love it too.
  7. Florida Georgia Line, Anything Goes. Because FGL is such a summer band and this song simply does not disappoint.
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I thought this was a perfect opportunity to share this picture of Kara and I with a “taller and better looking Jason Aldean” at Country Thunder.

Saturday Night Disco Fever

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I named this blog post after my favorite nail polish color (pictured HERE), but literally this post is all about last Saturday [night]. Ryan married Justine and I had so much fun celebrating their life together, and catching up with so many college friends.

I got to town early (shout-out to my sister for road tripping with me!) and I was able to eat lunch with my good friend Kristen. I got to sit with a bunch of college friends at the wedding, and the reception was filled with more friends (special shout-out to the FAB FOUR) and great food and dancing.

I loved having such a fun Saturday, and I’m glad for all the friends I got to see. Elizabeth and I slept over at our friend Rita’s adorable apartment. I also appreciated the time I got to spend with Elizabeth and Rita, too!

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Here’s to happy and special Saturdays!

As it turns out, I never took a picture of the bride and groom! #fail. But on the bright side, I love this picture with my home-girl Hannah!

As it turns out, I never took a picture of the bride and groom! #fail. But on the bright side, I love this picture with my home-girl Hannah!

Dutch Trio || Reunited

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Maybe it was in November when we took a trip to Door County, or maybe it was sometime before that, but Kara+Katie+Sarah started using a hashtag #DutchTrio and it kind of stuck (I also talked about the #DutchTrio name in this post). Anyway, the three of us were able to spend time together a few Fridays ago and I’m still smiling about the good time we had together.

I love my besties and I am so excited for the very good times we have ahead of us. Whether we hop on a plane to take a mini-vacay or if we’re strolling down the gravel paths of the Local County Fair, I treasure every moment I have with my blonde BFFs.

So this picture! I hate to be the PHOTO CRITIC but I was disappointed by the red eye factor. But the important thing is, we are TOGETHER and HAPPY and WEARING CUTE OUTFITS, so that's gotta be worth something. XO!

So this picture!
I hate to be the PHOTO CRITIC but I was disappointed by the red eye factor. But the important thing is, we are TOGETHER and HAPPY and WEARING CUTE OUTFITS, so that’s gotta be worth something. XO!

Saturday at the Market

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One Saturday morning, I went to a local farmers’ market. I decided to take a fashion risk and be a hipster, so I wore leg warmers with my shorts and flip-flops. Of course whenever I’m going for a hipster vibe I also wear my glasses.

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Gotta love a partial selfie. Is there a separate term for that?

I didn’t buy anything at the market. After doing a once-around walk, I realized I was content just looking at all the fresh and beautiful things.

Spending time outside during summer is definitely time well spent. Even if I did come home empty handed.

Anna & Ben :: MARRIED

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Anna’s wedding was the first one I attended this summer. Anna married her high-school sweetheart Ben in May.

The wedding was elegant and sweet, like Anna herself. The care-free but wonderful Anna made for a lovely bride. I loved seeing all her classy and cutesey details come together.

Anna and Ben’s wedding had some very special elements. Anna wore a THIRD GENERATION wedding dress! They displayed pictures of Anna’s grandmother and her mom wearing the gown.

One other special factor: the reception was held in my parents’ backyard. This seemed right as my family grew up with Anna’s.

I loved celebrating the marriage of Anna and Ben, and spending time with home town people I’ve loved for a very long time.

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Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

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Summer is in full swing, which is crazy to believe since (A) I’m not a student and the significance of the calendar is no big deal, and (B) the weather has been cold for the first weeks of summer.

Anyway, one summer staple is celebrating Independence Day. I always travel Up North for the fourth of July. Many of my relatives come too. We attend the town parade (and the casino throws out decks of cards!). There’s always a bonfire and fireworks and puppy chow. There’s sangria, sunshine and lake-time and plentiful opportunity for lounging.

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So here’s to America- land of the free, home of the brave!