Guidelines for a Healthy Family

by crblog - May 20th, 2016

Being healthy is a family affair. It’s much easier for the whole family to eat right and be active than it is for just one member to do it alone. The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is rich with great amenities for active living. However, more goes into being healthy than just being active. Here are a few guidelines for a healthy family.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

The number one key to staying healthy is maintaining a proper diet. This is usually a process and can take time to get it tuned just right for your family. Start by encouraging your family to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Serve your children child-size portions. If they’re still hungry, they’ll ask for more.

Eat Smart

Try to plan out your meals and snacks for the whole week. Also, make sure to diversify the type of foods your family eats. Teach your kids about eating healthy by getting them involved in meal planning and preparation. Use this time as a learning experience for everyone in your family.

Get Moving

The final piece of the getting healthy puzzle is to get moving! When coupled with a well-balanced diet, active living can improve your whole family’s overall wellbeing. With amenities like Cooper Fitness and Michael Johnson Performance, it’s easy for residents to stay active and get moving at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

Bonus: Tips to Save Money

Good nutrition doesn’t have to mean expensive grocery bills. Here are a few money saving tips for the grocery store.

  • Plan your meals for the coming week
  • Never shop when you’re hungry
  • Stock up on sale items you know you’ll use
  • Buy off-brand items (They’ll be cheaper, but just as healthy)

Getting healthy isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but it’s completely worth it! The master-planned community of Craig Ranch is designed for active families. Visit our website and see why Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is ideal for active living.

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Upcoming June Events in Allen, TX

by crblog - May 12th, 2016

Whether it’s in Allen, Frisco, Plano or other cities near McKinney, TX, there’s always something fun happening near Craig Ranch in McKinney, and this coming month is no exception! Take a look at some of the great Allen, TX events happening this June.

Art Extravaganza

When: Friday – Sunday, June 10 – 12

Where: Joe Farmer Recreation Center, Allen

What time: Each day 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Art lovers unite! This fun, weekend-long event displays artwork free to the public. It’s free to enter and is open to artists 5 – 18 years old. Click here for more information and to download the registration form.

Water Fight

When: Friday, June 17

Where: Allen Public Library

What time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Who doesn’t love a fun water gun and water balloon fight? Stay cool and beat the Texas heat with a spectacular water battle. This fun Allen, TX event is for ages 12 – 18.

Step Up to Health Festival

When: Monday, June 20

Where: Joe Farmer Recreation Center, Allen

What time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

There are a lot of different health and wellness programs offered in Allen, and this festival is meant to show off all of those programs. Bring your whole family to enjoy a variety of activities, including vendor booths, crafts, demos and more!

Market Street Allen USA Celebration

When: Saturday, June 25

Where: Celebration Park, Allen

What time: 4:00 pm

Of all the Allen, TX events this June, Market Street Allen USA Celebration is definitely one of the biggest! There’s a star-studded lineup of musical artists, spread out on two different stages and the event will end with one of the biggest fireworks shows in North Texas. Here’s more information on Market Street Allen USA!

If you and your family are looking for family-fun events in cities near McKinney, TX, be sure to check out all these Allen, TX events. If you want to know more about the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, visit our website and take a look at the new homes available.

How to Stay Healthy During the Summer

by crblog - May 6th, 2016

Summer is a fun time of the year, especially for those with who have an active lifestyle. However, it can also be the time of year where it’s tempting to splurge on piña coladas and lay by the pool rather than keeping up an active and healthy lifestyle. There is nothing wrong with splurging on those things, but it is helpful to add a few extra habits throughout the summer to balance it out. Here are 6 easy ways to have a healthy summer at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX!

  1. Eat More Berries
    Adding berries, such as blueberries and raspberries, provide a lot of antioxidants and fiber that help with aging, damaged tissues, and keeps cholesterol low. They’re easy to add to a smoothie or yogurt, or you can just eat them as a snack!
  2. Garden
    Gardening has proven to reduce stress and gives people a chance to catch their breath by getting dirty and having their hands into something grounded. Focusing on something tedious, like gardening, can easily change stress levels during the summer.
  3. Outside Fun
    While the kids are out of school, take advantage of the weather and the kid’s new free time for some family bonding outside! Some ideas include taking a nature walk, playing tag, making a scavenger hunt, rollerblading, and cycling in the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.
  4. Wear Sunglasses
    This tip contributes to eye health, which can be significantly damaged in the summer alone. Try keeping a pair of sunglasses everywhere during the summer so there’s never a moment to forget to wear them!
  5. Take a Vacation
    Whether it’s an extravagant weeklong trip or a short weekend getaway, summer is the perfect time to take your vacation days. Vacations benefit you by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and stress. A three in one!
  6. Get Zzz’s
    Keeping the same sleeping schedule instead of staying up late and sleeping in late will help you feel on track during the long summer days. Having a steady sleeping schedule reduces stress and boosts energy levels to maintain active adult living at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

Along with these healthy tips, the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX makes healthy living easy by offering many different options for active adult living. Take a look at the available homes in Craig Ranch and make the move to our master-planned community today!

3 Reasons the School District Matters When Buying a Home

by crblog - April 29th, 2016

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX puts a high value on education. The new homes for sale in the master-planned community of Craig Ranch feeds mostly into Frisco ISD, a nationally-acclaimed school district. It’s no surprise that the school district should be factored into the home buying decision.

However, some people may wonder if the school district really matters. That’s why today, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is sharing 3 reasons the school district matters when buying a home.

1. Cost of Education

One of the major benefits to living in a good school district is that residents don’t have to spend thousands of dollars a month on private school tuition for students to receive a good education. Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX feeds into the nationally-acclaimed public school system of Frisco ISD, which means students can get a quality public education. However, if residents prefer students attend a private educational facility, Craig Ranch is also close to excellent private schools!

2. Home’s Value

The upfront cost of buying a home in a high-quality school district may be slightly higher, but in the long run, it’s worth it. While homes in good school districts generally cost more, they also hold their value longer. The good school actually helps to protect the home from the real estate market’s ups and downs.

3. Quality of Education

Similar to the first benefit listed, there’s no doubt that a better school district will have a better quality of education. For example, Frisco ISD, which is what the majority of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX feeds into, offers amazing educational opportunities for all students. They have special programs that allow students to learn and grow skills that will benefit their future education and eventual career. Take a look at some more of the benefits of attending Frisco ISD.

These are just 3 of the many reasons why the school district matters when buying a home. The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has new homes for sale that are located in Frisco ISD and Allen ISD. For more information about education in Craig Ranch, visit the community website!

Upcoming May Events Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - April 21st, 2016

May is almost here and with it come great events near the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. Here are just a few to look forward to!

Allen Arts Festival

Where: Watters Creek – Allen

When: May 13-15

Every year, artists from all over the country come to Allen, TX to show off their artwork. This is the 7th year for the Allen Arts Festival, and there will be 95 artists showing their unique pieces. The categories of artwork are:

  • Clay/Ceramics
  • Drawing/Pastels
  • Fiber
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Metal
  • Mixed media
  • Painting (acrylic/oil/other)
  • Painting (watercolor)
  • Photography
  • Printmaking/Graphics
  • Sculpture
  • Wood

There will also be food and live music. All activities, parking and admission for the Allen Arts Festival is free.

Toyota Texas Fest

Where: Toyota Stadium – Frisco

When: May 20-22

The Toyota Texas Fest is an all out good time. The live music and great food make attending this event near our master-planned community a must! Fun for the whole family, there will also be a Kids Zone and a variety of games and activities at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Outdoor Adventures area.

There will also be some big names in country music there. Friday, Big & Rich will perform. Lee Brice will perform on Saturday, and Kip Moore will go on Sunday. Here’s the ticket information.

Bike the Bricks

Where: Downtown McKinney

When: May 27

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Of all the McKinney events, Bike the Bricks has to be one of the most athletic. This year they’re expecting that 500 cyclists will participate in an effort to grab a piece of more than $25,000 in prize money. If you’re not a cyclist, you can still come out and enjoy the day in Historic Downtown McKinney!

The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas gives residents plenty of fun things to do within the community. However, if you’re looking for another way to enjoy a warm May weekend, then start with these great events. Visit the Craig Ranch website today and see our available homes.

Benefits of Attending Frisco ISD

by crblog - April 14th, 2016

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Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX puts a high focus on education. That’s why most of the master-planned community is a part of the nationally-acclaimed Frisco ISD. Here are just a few of the benefits of attending Frisco ISD.

Multiple Campuses

Frisco ISD has nearly 70 campuses, all of which are held to the same standard of excellence. With this many campuses, students can easily attend a school that is close to Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. This also means that the class sizes are kept at a manageable level so that each child can get the amount of attention they deserve.

High Graduation Rate

The schools in Frisco ISD also have a high graduation rate of 98.8 percent. More than 75 percent of seniors take college entrance classes and exams, not to mention that 90 percent of students continue their education after graduation.

Wide Variety of Electives

While a student’s core classes teach them the basics of English, math, science and history, it’s the electives that help to give them skills in things that interest them. Frisco ISD students can choose from elective courses like:

  • Broadcast journalism
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Animal science
  • 3d animation
  • Pharmacology
  • Sports marketing
  • Video game design
  • Art history

Special Programs

Along with the plethora of electives, Frisco ISD also has special programs such as Gifted and Talented, which is a program for younger students who may be accelerated learners. They also provide programs designed to help those with Dyslexia. The district’s Career and Technical Education Center offers more than 30 programs for high school students to explore their future.

Frisco ISD truly gives each student the opportunity to grow and achieve their own unique goals, whether it’s academic or otherwise. These are only a handful of the many benefits of attending Frisco ISD. And it is for these reasons and more that the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is proud to be a part of this school district. For more information about education in Craig Ranch, including information on Allen ISD where a small portion of Craig Ranch students attend, visit the community website today.

How Frisco and Allen ISD Prepare Students for Their Future

by crblog - April 7th, 2016

The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX cares about education. That’s why most Craig Ranch students attend the nationally acclaimed Frisco ISD, and parts of Craig Ranch also attend the outstanding Allen ISD.

Both of these school districts offer Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs to help high school students be more prepared for whatever they’ll do after graduating. Here is a brief overview of what each of the districts’ CTE programs offers.

Frisco ISD

The Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center is a state-of-the-art facility with real-world learning spaces and equipment. High school students take introductory classes at their home campus and then take advanced courses at the CTE Center.

The award-winning center offers more than 30 programs of study including:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Health Science
  • Marketing
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • PLTW (Project Lead The Way)

The Frisco ISD CTE Center also has several student organizations such as Business Professionals of America, DECA, FFA, HOSA, Mock Trail and Texas Association of Future Educators.

Allen ISD

In August of 2011, AHS opened the Career and Technical Education Center featuring “Blu’ Community Bistro” a student-managed restaurant open to the public, “Eagle Edge” a student-managed retail store with student designed items and multiple new Mac labs.

The Programs of Study offered by the AHS CTE are:

  • Ag Science
  • Communication and Media Arts Science
  • Business Science
  • Health Science
  • Human Services Science
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX cares about education. That’s why the master-planned community sits among the region’s most respected educational institutions. Visit the Craig Ranch website to see the available homes and make your move today!

Upcoming Events in McKinney, Texas

by crblog - April 1st, 2016

McKinney, ranked the #1 Place to Live by Money Magazine in 2014, is full of exciting events each month that you can attend with your family and friends!

Now that the weather is warming up outside, it’s time to take a look at all of the events happening this April.

Here are the events to keep an eye one if you want something to do with the family near Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas:

Neighborhood Night Out at the Movies

It’s a movie party in McKinney, and everyone is invited! Throughout the month of April, McKinney is hosting a neighborhood night at the movies, where three different parks will play host. The movie schedule and locations are as follows:

Friday, April 1st, 7:30 PM @ Falcon Creek Park – Inside Out
Friday, April 15th, 7:30 PM @ Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex Phase 2 – Shaun the Sheep Movie
Friday, April 29th, 7:30 PM @ Sonntag Park – Minions

Don’t forget to bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and snacks! It’s sure to be a great time for the whole family under the big Texas night sky.

Arts in Bloom

When: April 9th
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney
What time: 11 AM – 8 PM

Art is in the air in McKinney, Texas! If you’re into art or spending a beautiful day outdoors, this is the event for you! Admission is free, and this all-day event is the perfect opportunity to get out to Downtown McKinney to do some shopping and exploring! There will be art, music, food and much, much more!

DD & The Studebakers 50s Rock-N-Roll Concert

When: April 16th
Where: McKinney Performing Arts Center
What time: 7 PM

Were you alive in the 1950s? If the answer is yes, then get ready to re-live one of the greatest eras in American history! If not, get ready to experience what it was like in America in the 50s! Wear your bobby socks, ponytails, greasy hair and t-shirts. DD and The Studebakers will perform all of the classics from Chuck Berry to Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis to Brenda Lee!

Classics on The Square Car Show

When: April 30
Where: 111 Tennessee St.
What time: 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM

It’s that time again! Classic car lovers rejoice as the Morning Maniacs will take over downtown McKinney once again. Classic cars and trucks in the morning are a perfect match with breakfast and shopping in Downtown McKinney!

It’s looking like it’s going to be another fun month full of McKinney events!

You don’t always have to leave the master-planned community of Craig Ranch to find something to do, but if you do, downtown is a great place to start! Visit our website to see what available homes we have and make the move today!

3 Fun Sports to Keep You Fit

by crblog - March 29th, 2016

The older you get, the more difficult it can be to keep up with the young ones in certain sports. Whether it’s basketball, soccer, or roller hockey, active adult communities such as Craig Ranch are full of kids who enjoy being active outdoors.

But there are other sports where age is less of a factor and still a great workout.

Here are three sports to take part in if you want to be active but also want to take it easy on the knees and back.

Swimming

You’re never too old to hop in the pool for a few laps. Not only is it a great way to get the blood flowing, but it’s also an excellent way to escape the Texas heat! Swimming can help reduce inflammation and pain associated with joint problems like arthritis. Since you are virtually weightless in the pool, swimming doesn’t cause any heavy strain on your joints like other sports might. Swimming is also a great way for the entire family to enjoy themselves while breaking a figurative sweat.

Tennis

Tennis is a sport that can be picked up at any age. Not only is it fun, but it is also a good workout for your entire body. As people age, they generally gravitate toward playing doubles for both the social aspect and to lessen the wear and tear on the bodies. It’s recommended you play only 90-120 minutes three days a week and mix up your routine with singles, doubles, and hitting off of a machine.

Golf

Golf may be frustrating, but like other sports, it’s all about improvement. Golf keeps the body moving, which is important as you age. Another plus, you don’t have to play against anyone else if you don’t want. So, you can play at your own pace. On the other hand, golf can be a very social sport when you play in a group.

Staying active is the key to longevity. Fortunately, the master-planned community of Craig Ranch offers many different options for active adult living. Take a look at the available homes in Craig Ranch and make the move to our master-planned community today!

Benefits of Playing on a TPC Golf Course vs. a Standard Private Course

by crblog - March 17th, 2016

When you become a member at TPC Craig Ranch, you become a member of the TPC Network. This gives you access to not only some of the best golf courses in America like TPC Scottsdale and TPC Sawgrass, but also TPC courses around the world.

Your “TPC Passport” ensures you’ll receive the same preferential treatment and exclusive amenities normally reserved for PGA TOUR professionals when you visit any of the TPC Network golf courses. What’s not to love about that?

When it comes to active adult living, there’s nothing better than hitting the links with friends or business associates, especially on a beautiful spring day in Texas!

Here are some of the other amenities you can expect with your TPC Craig Ranch Membership:

  • Complimentary greens fees & practice facility access
  • Priority starting time reservations in advance at TPC Craig Ranch
  • Participation in club-sponsored Member events (Member-Member-Member, Guest Days, Member-Guest, Instructional Clinics, TPC National Interclub Championship, etc.)
  • Membership privileges extended to Member’s spouse and dependent children (includes full-time students living at home up to age 25)
  • Enrollment in TPC Passport, your private member concierge to the TPC Network and Partner Properties
  • Access to play and entertain guests at TPC Craig Ranch, TPC Network facilities & Partner Properties
  • Complimentary utilization of banquet space and meeting rooms for family gatherings, special occasions and business meetings
  • Freedom from Capital Assessments
  • Transferability*

There is something for everyone in your family at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX!

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to get serious about your golf game. Find out more about a TPC Craig Ranch Membership and experience all of the benefits that come along with it.

They say the most important shot in golf is the next one and you’re up! Visit our website today to find your dream home and make the move to Craig Ranch.