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Super Bowl weekend upon us and football fans could not be more excited. Keep your fans fueled up during the big game with these recipes for mouthwatering dips, sliders and more.

Nacho- Stuffed Potato Skins- Trade in chips for restaurant-style potato skins topped with the good stuff; guac, sour cream, scallions, cheese, bacon and more.

Beer- Glazed Brats Wursts- Grab a lager from the pack to flavor bratwursts. Add dijon mustard and honey, and grill them for a perfect portable treat. Sub a hot dog bun for freshly- grilled baguette.

Grilled Parmesan Pesto Chicken Wings- Your guests may not agree on what what team to root for but they will agree on this healthy version of wings. Give this traditional game- watching snack a twist with some

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By: Jennifer Lyons 

Buying new construction seems simple, right? Just pick out the floor plan you want, choose the perfect lot, and watch it go up. No sellers to deal with, no unexpected repairs that come up during inspection, no drawn-out negotiations. Right?

Not so fast. In any real estate transaction, it’s important to have a professional on your side, even if the process seems straightforward.

“Having your own agent provides a sense of security,” says Seattle-area homeowner Kristy Weaver, who has bought two new construction homes from two different builders. “It gives you some peace of mind, knowing that someone is looking out for your best interest.”

Peace of mind is just one benefit of having an experienced agent along for the ride.

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You don’t need a lot of square footage to fit a bar into your plans. Take a little inspiration from these small bars for space-savvy ideas for incorporating a cocktail station into your home.

Family Friendly- Nestled in the corner of a large kitchen designed for a large family, this small wet bar was planned to serve the needs of the entire clan. It is ready to hold all the fixings for adult beverages, but instead of wine storage they incorporated a fridge space for water, kid’s drinks and beverages.

Shelf Life- Just because space is tight doesn’t mean you have to forgo the bar area. This convenient bar space, tucked into spare shelves beneath a staircase, is a perfect example. Get creative with your space, save a little bit of room on an

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Find inspiration with small designer bathrooms that combine DIY fixes, bold paint colors and pretty decorating details.

Kick Up the Color- As this small space demonstrates, sometimes bold color is all you need to make a big statement. Although this space receives no natural light, the bold kelly green walls give it fresh personality. The ultra-white floor counterbalances the green’s intensity.

Make Built-In Storage Part of the Design- Maximize the storage space in your small bathroom with a custom floor-to-ceiling built-in storing bath-time necessities! 

Give an Illusion with Glass- Glass shower enclosures give the illusion of space in small bathroom by allowing you to see from one end of the room to the other. 

Add Floating

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Now that the kiddos are home for the holiday break, it is time to keep them busy with some holiday projects. Build their anticipation for Christmas day with these fun projects ideas for crafters big or small. 

Make a Plate for Santa- Everyone knows Santa loves cookies! Ensure he’s in top mood when stuffing your stockings by crafting a customized plate to serve Santa’s favorite midnight snack.

Colorful Yarn and Button Trees- Great as a centerpieces, decoration on a mantel or even a gift, these yarn-covered trees will add a colorful pop to any room.

Make a Sweet Tray- Put a new spin on classic holiday candy with a starlight mint serving tray. To create it, lay peppermints side-by-side on a cookie sheet and place the pan in a warm oven

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By: Laura Haverty (Zillow) 

Look out for these pitfalls before you take the leap into purchasing a home.

 

Everton Allen, now 28, graduated from college and was living with his parents while working as a graphic designer for the Miami Dolphins when he decided he wanted to start his own company and buy his own home.

“I’d saved for a down payment over several years,” he says. “But I was worried it wouldn’t be enough, and that not having a traditional salary would affect my ability to qualify.”

Such misgivings are common — prevalent, even.

Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group conducted a survey to gauge consumers’ understanding of mortgage qualification criteria. About 40 percent of consumers responded “don’t know” when asked

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Thanksgiving feast is right around the corner, set a bountiful fall table with these new twists on the traditional favorites.

Sage-Roasted Turkey with Crunchy Maple Crust- Fresh sage and pure maple syrup give this Thanksgiving staple a savory and sweet flavor that’s a cut above the rest. Guest with love this tasty turkey so much, you can forget about post thanksgiving leftovers.

Cornbread Stuffing With Dried Fruit and Pecans- Dried apricots, apples, cranberries and golden raisins combine with toasted pecans and fresh herbs to create a sweet, savory and crunchy cornbread stuffing. 

Sourdough Stuffing With Parmesan and Leeks - This is a delicious break from the norm. Made with fresh leeks, onions, butter, olive oil and Parmesan cheese-

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From spooky treats to savory appetizers, surprise your favorite ghouls and ghosties with these Halloween snack recipes that are sure to hit the spot!

Swampy Guacamole- Sweets are always a great treat to bring, but your party guests need something a bit more substantial to munch on as well. This Halloween styled chips and dip is the perfect answer to a creative snack.

Sweet-and-Salty Snack Mix- Combine pretzels, white chocolate- covered popcorn and M&M's for a crunchable snack your Halloween guests will love. Get creative by adding a free printable to a cut-down brown paper lunch bag for the full Halloween feel.

Mummy Cupcakes- Surprise your Halloween guests with these easy to make spooky cupcakes. Frosted with vanilla frosting and

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Shoes are only the best investment someone can make, so whether you’re looking for a creative way to display your footwear or simply trying to maximize your storage space, these functional organization tricks show provide plenty of inspiration. 

Shoe Cabinet – If you have the extra wall space, invest in a small cabinet for the ultimate shoe storage. You can leave the doors closed to present a clean and understated look, or keep the doors open to show off your favorite pairs. The top of the cabinet can be used utilized for decorations that match your home. 

Shelf Life- Instead of hiding your beautiful shoes behind closet doors, display them on shelves around your room. Make sure to keep the shoe style consistent on each shelf and space them

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Pumpkins are not just for Halloween! Don't stop at simply placing a pumpkin on your front porch this season. Take it a step further and use the fall staple to give your home a seasonal update as well! 

Stack Mimi Pumpkins- Display stacked mini pumpkins under glass domes to bring in a fall-feel to your cozy living room. This gives your room a pop of fall color and brings in a seasonal spirit into your home.

Cover your Mantel- Not every pumpkin is Halloween orange. Celebrate autumn by investing in some white pumpkins to pair with the decorations on your mantel. 

Pumpkin Candle Holders- Get creative with this DIY project of creating a pumpkin candleholder. Light up your pumpkins with delicate candles that will illuminate any room in your

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