CMA Fest 2015

A few weeks ago, I was luck enough to attend my second CMA Fest. My girlfriend Whitney has been going for years.. I mean like 8 years…and she finally got me on the bandwagon. A long weekend full of girlfriends, drinks, food, and country music, whats not to love?!

The festival lasts throughout the week but the top acts do not start until Thursday night. I worked most of the day Thursday then met up with my brother who was kind enough to drive me to Nashville so that I wouldn’t have to drive home on Sunday night.

ThursI got to Nashville just in time to grab a quick dinner and make it to LP Field. We met up with Stacey and Toni who we met last year and have stayed in contact with throughout the year. Thank goodness for social media! They ended up getting tickets 2 rows behind us this year.

IMG_1595Thursday it was HOT! What a bad night for me to wear a maxi. Pretty sure every inch of my body was covered in sweat.

IMG_1597friOn Friday, our day started off with Ms. Martha Stewart aka Whit, cutting my tshirt into a tank. Also note she made her own shirt with her vinyl machine. She is so crafty!

Around lunch we headed downtown and toured around the Fan Fair area where we got a lot of free samples, saw the Budweiser Clydesdales, and caught a interview session with members of the Grand Ole Opry including Josh Turner and Kristian Bush (guy from Sugarland).

IMG_1599IMG_1600Before the concert, we met up with Stacey and Toni for drinks and food at Baileys. Anything we could find to do inside was a bonus because the temps were in the lower 90’s!



Of course, no trip to downtown is complete without walking past our wedding venue. It’s just as beautiful as I remembered!



What is a trip to CMA Fest without visiting the Fireball booth?! Saturday morning consisted of putting on fake tattoos like we were teenagers or perhaps toddlers. In either case, it was fun.




We met up with Stephanie, a friend from high school, and bar hopped most of the day. Again, trust me when I say we were just trying to find someplace cool 😉


That evening, it was Luke Bryan night which is what most of the women at the festival came for. Ha! He was the ending act and played 4 songs.. Only 4 dang songs. Are you kidding me?! The crowd was not happy to say the least. No worries though, Whit pulled out her phone and played a little “Country Girl Shake it for Me” while we all danced through the row. Our neighbors either hated us or loved us. I don’t think there was any in-between.


Sunday was hands down my favorite day. Not only did we get to see Eric Church, but it was just an overall laid back day. I think the weather was a little cooler too which could have had a huge impact.


Once we got downtown, Whit headed to tour the Luke Bryan exhibit while I walked around trying to exercise off some of the junk food I had been eating… that was until I got hot and decided it was time to cool off with these ladies.




Sunday night was so much fun! The seating is assigned for the night concerts which means you become close to those around you. There was a family sitting behind us and we learned on Saturday that the mothers birthday was Sunday. We celebrated with them and when Darrius sang “Wagon Wheel” it was so fitting. I wish I knew her name but all we called her was “Mama”.



Whit and I both became friends with her daughter on FB so hopefully we will see them again next year! If you ever get the chance to attend the festival do yourself a favor and go!


Until next year CMA Fest!


Friday Favorites


Its Friday which means its time to share my weekly favorites with Narci, Erika, and Andrea. IMG_1317

Last Saturday, I spent the night in Nashville with these girls. We ate good, drank good, and sang our hearts out with the band at Tin Roof.

PicMonkey Collage

Last month I received this Julie nail polish in my Ipsy bag. I have used it all month and really like it. It goes on smooth and has great lasting power. The color I received is called “Damsel”


The thing I am most excited about this week is my girlfriend Jo finds out the sex of baby #2 today! She currently has a 10 month old little boy so we are all anxious to see if he will be a big brother to a little brother or little sister!

Happy Friday! I hope all of you moms get spoiled on Sunday!!


Birthday Weekend in Nashville



Even though my birthday was on Wednesday last week, Angela, Whitney and I decided to take our yearly spring trip to Nashville to celebrate.

Before the fun could begin on Saturday, Chris and I had an appointment in the shoals to get our taxes done Friday night. We had dinner at City Hardware and met up with some friends for a drink at a new bar in town called Wildwood Tavern.


Saturday, Whitney and I packed up and got on the road around 9:30ish. There is a restaurant outside of Columbia called Marcy Jo’s that we have been wanting to try for a while so we decided to stop in for breakfast.


Look at the size of our cinnamon roll!!! I think I gained 10lbs just by eating breakfast but it was so worth it. The setting is a quaint little farmhouse that they have turned into a restaurant. There are maybe 25 tables inside and a long table in the back that is community type seating. This is where we sat and had breakfast with a very friendly couple.

After the cinnamon roll, we each got the half order of biscuits and gravy. It was well worth the stop. I cant wait to take Chris up there sometime.

We stopped in Cool Springs to shop and walk off some of our breakfast while we were waiting on check-in at our hotel. Since Nashville was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day last weekend, hotel rates downtown were through the roof. We ended up staying close to the airport at the Residence Inn. Since it was just 3 of us, we stayed in the studio room which still gave us plenty of space.

We got ready and headed downtown to Demonbreun Street around 6ish to meet up with Angela’s friend Cara. When we pulled up, all we could see was a wave of green. If you know me well, then you will already know that I was dressed in all black. As you can imagine, I stuck out like a sore thumb. Thankfully, someone felt pity for me and gave me some green beads to wear.


The street party was full of beer, kilts, and bagpipe music. So much fun! I think we will definitely go back to celebrate next year. That gives me 365 days to add a piece of green to my wardrobe… Or I can just buy a hat like this 😉



Friday Favorites


Tuesday ABC aired Country’s Night to Rock which was a special that highlighted some of the performances from CMA Fest. I was so luck to get to witness all of the acts in person. If you ever get the chance, GO!!! So much fun!

tattooYes, we did walk around with a temporary tattoo to match Miranda’s.


Enjoyed so many artists, of course EC was my favorite! It rained Saturday night but that didn’t stop us! We also met Stacey and Toni who were so much fun!


June 5th, Miranda Lambert opened her store, Pink Pistol, for a temporary time in Nashville. During CMA fest the line to get in was ridiculous so Whitney and I took an impromptu trip on July 26, the day before the store closed. Of course, we had to buy the famous “Thelma & Louise” shirts!


I may have gotten a little carried away with my purchases. Oh well, the PINK PISTOL shirt is super comfy!


While we were in town, we checked out the Nashville Farmers Market where we split this delicious pizza from Bella Nashville. The ingredients were so fresh! I definitely recommend checking them out!


Tuesday night I broke out my Thelma shirt while reliving CMA fest. All I was missing was my sidekick Louise!


Linking up with Erica, Andrea, and Narci.