Savvy Savings for the State Fair of Texas


The countdown to the State Fair of Texas has begun! For those planning to go, below are great money-saving opportunities you can take advantage of from Sept. 29 – Oct. 22. Just think of all the extra mouth-watering treats you can indulge in after your savings!


Advance Tickets

Buying in advance (and printing yourself) will save you a couple of bucks on general admission. You can also purchase tickets through the DART GoPass app, which will save you $2 on every ticket, any day and allows you to access them right from your phone. Lastly, add tickets to your Kroger shopping list: $16.50 for general admission.


Big Tex Insider

Sign up to become a Big Tex Insider and get the latest ticket discounts delivered right to your inbox as they’re announced. Insiders also receive first access to pre-sales, information on every show and attraction at the 2017 State Fair of Texas, discounted merchandise from the Big Tex store, and a happy birthday message from Big Tex on your birthday!


Coca-Cola $7 Thursdays

Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product on any Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 5, 12 and 19) and enter the Fair for only $7.


Dr Pepper $6 Tuesdays

Don’t throw away those empty Dr Pepper cans! Bring one in on any Tuesday during the Fair (Oct. 3, 10 and 17) and pay only $6 for general admission.


Dr Pepper Half Price After 5 p.m.

Bring an empty Dr Pepper can after 5 p.m. each day and admission is half price!


Free Attractions

Listen to the various free concerts scattered throughout the grounds, catch one (or more) of the daily shows, visit the auto show, and always stay for the Starlight Parade. Sticking to these attractions will keep a few extra bucks in your pocket. For a complete schedule of events, click here.


First Responders Day

All active and retired public law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency services agencies will receive free admission to the fair when they present a valid badge or ID card, plus up to three admission tickets for their family, on October 13.


Group Tickets

For groups of 20 or more, the Fair has a deal for you. The Fair can get your group through the gates for as low as $12/person, saving you 33 percent overall.


106.1 KISS-FM Fridays

Visit the radio station’s website on Fridays to download a coupon for $5 off general admission.  You can’t get this deal at the gate, so remember to download and print before you go.


Military Appreciation Day

On opening day, all active military, retired military, and veterans receive free admission when they present valid documentation of military service at the gate. For information on how to obtain your Military ID Card before you visit the fair, click here.



When you’re done eating those tasty nuggets, be sure to grab the coupons from your tray liner or to-go bag. They’ll save you $5 on general admission or half the price of a kid’s admission on any day.


North Texas Food Bank Wednesdays

Bring in four cans of food for donation on any Wednesday during the Fair (Oct. 4, 11 and 18) and enter the Fair for only $4.


Opening Day

Bring a sealed 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water or any other Coca-Cola product to the gate on opening day (Sept. 29) and snag half-price tickets. Donated products benefit the North Texas Food Bank.


School Tickets

Chances are your kid(s) will be given a free Fair ticket from whichever North Texas school they attend. Take the opportunity to treat them. Or, save them for another day.


Season Passes

Who doesn’t go to the Fair multiple times? For around $40, the season pass will grant you access every single day and includes 100 food/ride tickets. Also, all season passes come with a free bag of Fair goodies. Season passes can also be purchased at Kroger for $34.95.


Senior Thursdays

Senior citizens (60 years and better) receive free admission every Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 5, 12 and 19).


Thrifty Thursdays

Thrifty Thursdays are back! Special food pricing is available every Thursday during the Fair. Featured items include corny dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and more. Download the Thrifty Thursday map here.


For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit


New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening

New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening


On September 21, Ebby Halliday Realtors hosted a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at its new Allen office, located at 955 State Highway 121, Suite 130, in Allen.


New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening


“Ebby Halliday Realtors has served the residential real estate needs of Collin County since 1971 and has had an Allen office since 2005,” says Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert, who was instrumental in selecting the site and the building of the new office. “We’re proud to open this new, larger office and expand our capacity to serve Allen and the surrounding area as it continues to experience substantial growth.”


New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening


The new 10,500-square-foot stand-alone building, designed by architect Michael Twichell, whose work includes The Shops at Legacy in Plano and the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, replaces the company’s former Allen office. Near the intersection of State Highway 121 and U.S. Highway 75, Ebby’s new office offers a highly visible location and the latest in technology. The “one-stop residential real estate shop” also offers title, mortgage and insurance services.


New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening


“The location of our new office is phenomenal,” says Diane Hausler, who has served as sales manager of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Allen Office since 2010. “It is ideally situated near the thriving StarCreek development and offers easy access to the entire 121 Corridor.”


New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening


Hausler says Ebby’s new Allen Office offers area residents and those who may be considering calling Allen and the surrounding area their new home an opportunity to be a part of something special. The office, which serves all of the 121 Corridor, will accommodate approximately 100 agents.


New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening


“Our new office is a gathering place where people can learn about the area, all it has to offer and why we love Allen so much,” Hausler says. “We’re invested in the 121 Corridor and look forward to serving area residents – and those just arriving here – for many years to come.”


New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening

For more information on Ebby’s Allen Office and its sales associates, as well as homes for sale in the Allen area, call 214-509-0808 or visit

New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening

New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening

New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening

New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening


New Allen Office Celebrates Grand Opening



How to Make the Most of Your Mudroom

By: Shane Inman
Mudrooms help us transition from our adventures in the great outdoors to the comforts inside our homes. But when packed with clever built-ins, space-maximizing storage and nifty organizers, a mudroom can also become a high-functioning, double-duty space that can accommodate anything from folding laundry to making crafts.

Don’t believe me? Check out these fantastic mudrooms and my space-saving mudroom organization tips to see how you can make the entry to your home attractive, functional and clutter free.


Office space. Transform your mudroom into a double-function space with a built-in desk and file storage. One wall is all you need if you plan it right. The cubbies and hooks help keep outdoor gear and clutter separated from the desk area.


Helpful hooks. Turn an awkward or a dead space into something you’ll actually use. A row of simple hooks around the perimeter and a few well-placed wire baskets have turned this once-empty nook into a valuable drop zone near the home’s entry.

Neat and clean. Not all of us like to have our jackets and coats on display. These floor-to-ceiling cabinet doors keep clutter out of sight and add an architectural statement.
Laundry time. If you have a spacious mudroom at the back of your house, take advantage of all that room. Consider including a laundry section to make life a little easier. A washer, dryer and small sink mean you can throw dirty clothes right into the wash as soon as you get home.
Pet station. If you share your home with furry friends, your mudroom is the perfect place for a doggie stop. This pet-friendly mudroom’s special space for cleaning pets means the owners will never see a muddy paw print in their house again. A sophisticated palette of durable materials makes it feel sleek, despite its practical purpose.


Seasonal storage. Mudrooms can be the perfect place in which to store outdoor sports gear for all four seasons, with the right organizational techniques. This ski-loving family came up with a great solution to keep their winter gear under control: Cubbies for gloves and hats up top, spots for boots below the bench and custom ski racks keep everything neat and tidy.

Personalized. Clever and colorful solutions help bring this mudroom to life. Let your little ones choose a favorite color to make their special space in your mudroom more fun. Color-coordinated baskets add a little personality to an all-white space with minimal cost and effort.


Get crafty. If you have the room, incorporate a workstation into your mudroom. Wrap a gift, help your child with a school project or prepare a package for the mail on your way out the door. Having everything in one spot will make multitasking much easier.

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VIP Wall of Honor Celebrates Extraordinary Contributions

VIP Wall of Honor Celebrates Extraordinary Contributions of Associates


The Corporate Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors is now home to the recently revealed VIP Wall of Honor.


“This special wall of Associate photos honors agents who have consistently made our annual Companywide Honor Roll in excess of 25 years,” says Betty Misko, executive vice president and director of sales offices. “It is impossible to overstate what a significant achievement this milestone represents.”


The below Associates are the inaugural members of Ebby’s VIP Wall of Honor. The date next to their name indicates the year they reached 25 years on the Honor Roll:


Marsha Cummings, 2010


Martha Morguloff, 2010


Danna Morguloff-Hayden, 2013


Cindy O’Gorman, 2013


Kay Cheek, 2015


Kay Weeks, 2015


Each of us at Ebby Halliday Realtors is extraordinarily proud to work with such distinguished Associates. Thank you for your service to Ebby Halliday Realtors and our valued clients.



Fresh Listing Friday: Fabulous in Frisco


Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a beautifully updated home in Frisco’s sought-after Phillips Creek Ranch community. 8118 Sylvan Dale Road is situated on a corner lot and offers hardwood flooring, an exercise room, a game room with a wet bar, a spacious garage, and a wall of windows overlooking the magnificent backyard. Take a virtual tour below to see all the exceptional amenities throughout.


Need-to-know Details:
• Priced at $625,000
• 3,526 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
• Island kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops
• Master suite with quartz countertops, a separate shower, a garden tub and a walk-in closet
• A backyard with a pool, spa, gazebo and an outdoor kitchen


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To view this listing, contact Cary McCoy at 214-621-5491 or

6 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend

If you’re looking for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re not, these properties are all open to visitors this weekend and may serve as the perfect inspiration for your next home search.

5003HorseshoeTrail5003 Horseshoe Trail | Dallas – Bluffview | $1,849,999
2812 Lovers Lane | University Park | $1,249,000
Torrey Pines
1634 Torrey Pines Lane | Frisco – Stonebriar | $1,225,000
5439 Castlewood Road | Dallas – Russwood Acres | $1,174,999
305 Chestnut Bend | Colleyville | $810,000
4433 N Hall Street | Dallas – Perry Heights | $779,000

To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit


190 – Richardson Office Sponsors Color Fun Run

Istanbul, Turkey - May 17, 2015: People gather and have fun in Kurucesme Arena after Color Up Run, Istanbul

Ebby Halliday’s 190 – Richardson Office is proud to be a sponsor of the Second-Annual Habitat for Humanity Color Fun Run/Walk, taking place on Saturday, September 30, at Firewheel Golf Park in Garland.


The event will raise funds for new-construction projects in Garland, Rowlett and Sachse and promises fun for the whole family.


Catch the fever and come out for a short 1.5-mile fun run (walk, skip, jog, or stroll) as colored powder thrown into the air covers you from head to toe. Don’t worry — the bright, eco-friendly colors are made from food-grade cornstarch with FDA approved colors and wash off skin.


Post-race, join the after-party celebration and enjoy food trucks, raffles, and other fun activities, as well as a performance by Ken Savage and the Best Kept Secret.


Families and children are encouraged to sign up, and strollers are welcome. Children 5 and under are free with an accompanying paid adult.


All proceeds benefit Garland Area Habitat for Humanity. For more information and to register, click here.


20 Must-Have Spices for any Kitchen (+ Spice Blends)

Various spices still-life.
Any food can be amplified with the right spices. Spices can transform a bland dish into something bursting with flavor, or transport your palate throughout the world by re-creating flavors of different global cuisines. If you’re tight on space, hoping to simplify, or are stocking your kitchen from scratch, these are 20 spices you may want to have in your kitchen.
These spices are the foundation for a variety of popular spice blends you may find in grocery stores. You can save room in your spice cabinet and a few pennies along the way by creating your own blends at home. Experiment with different ratios to find the perfect potency for your taste buds.
20 Must-Have Spices
1. Allspice
2. Bay leaves
3. Chili powder
4. Cinnamon
5. Crushed black pepper
6. Crushed red pepper
7. Cumin
8. Dried basil
9. Dried oregano
10. Dried rosemary
11. Dried thyme
12. Garlic powder
13. Ground clove
14. Ground ginger
15. Ground marjoram
16. Ground nutmeg
17. Onion powder
18. Paprika
19. Sage
20. Salt
variety of spices, garlic flakes, rosemary flakes, bay leaves, coriander seeds, rosemary flakes, chili flakes and salt

Make Your Own Spice Blends
BBQ seasoning:
*½ cup brown sugar
*½ cup paprika
*1 tablespoon ground black pepper
*1 tablespoon salt
*1 tablespoon chili powder
*1 tablespoon garlic powder
*1 tablespoon onion powder
Cajun seasoning:
*2 ½ teaspoons paprika
*1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
*¼ teaspoons cayenne pepper
*¼ teaspoons pepper
*¼ teaspoons oregano
*¾ teaspoons thyme
Chili seasoning:
*1 tablespoon chili powder
*1 teaspoon ground cumin
*1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
*1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
*1/2 teaspoon onion powder
*1 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
*1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
Italian seasoning:
*1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
*1 teaspoon dried marjoram
*1 teaspoon dried thyme
*1/2 teaspoon dried basil
*1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
*1/2 teaspoon dried sage
jamaican caribbean jerk chicken on baking paper shot from overhead
Jerk seasoning:
*1 tablespoon garlic powder
*2 to 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
*2 teaspoons onion powder
*2 teaspoons dried thyme
*2 teaspoons dried parsley
*2 teaspoons sugar
*2 teaspoons salt
*1 teaspoon paprika
*1 teaspoon ground allspice
*½ teaspoon black pepper
*½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
*½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
*½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Poultry seasoning:
*2 teaspoons ground sage
*1 ½ teaspoons thyme
*1 teaspoon ground marjoram
*3/4 teaspoon ground rosemary
*1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
*1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
Pumpkin Pie Spice:
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
*1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Taco seasoning:
*6 teaspoons chili powder
*4 ½ teaspoons cumin
*3 teaspoons onion powder
*2 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
*5 teaspoons paprika
*¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
*¼ teaspoon oregano
Seasoned salt:
*2 tablespoons salt
*2 teaspoons sugar
*1/2 teaspoon paprika
*1/4 teaspoon onion powder
*1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
*1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

Fresh Listing Friday: Home Within A Home


Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is the perfect home for hosting guests due to its unique “home within a home” layout. Situated in Trophy Club, 2833 Macquarie Street offers Lennar’s Next Gen layout, specifically designed for multi-generational living. Additional amenities include stacked windows, hardwood flooring, a study, white cabinetry and three garages. Take a virtual tour below to see all the exceptional details throughout.
Need-to-know Details:
• Priced at $605,000
• 3,862 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3.2 baths
• Traditional island kitchen with built-in cabinetry, natural stone backsplash, and a breakfast bar
• The ‘home within a home’ offers a private kitchenette, a living area with a bath, and access to a separate one-car garage
• A backyard with a covered patio overlooking a heavily wooded area
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To view this listing, contact Susan Mayer at 817-233-4917 or

5 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend

If you’re looking for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re not, these properties are all open to visitors this weekend and may serve as the perfect inspiration for your next home search.

4430 Taos Road
4430 Taos Road | Dallas – Bluffview Estates | $3,229,000
10010 Lennox Lane | Dallas | $2,999,000
1204 Wyndham Hill Lane | Southlake | $1,650,000
4634 Ridgeside Drive | Dallas – Hyde Park Estates | $1,535,000
8433 Meadowbrook Drive | Fort Worth | $1,399,000


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit