Upcoming July Events Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - June 24th, 2016

The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas is in an ideal location for active living. There are so many things going on in and around Craig Ranch! Here are just a few of the great July events happening near Craig Ranch.

Frisco Freedom Fest

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Date: Monday, July 4th

Location: Simpson Plaza at City Hall and Toyota Stadium – Frisco

Time: 4:00 PM – End of Fireworks (start at 10:00 PM)

Celebrate Independence Day in Frisco at the Frisco Freedom Fest. With live music, fantastic food and one of the largest fireworks finales in all of North Texas, this is one 4th of July celebration you won’t want to miss!

Red, White and Boom

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Date: Monday, July 4th

Location: Historic Downtown McKinney and McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch

Time: 10:00 AM – End of Fireworks (start at 9:45)

For a 4th of July celebration close to home, the Red, White and Boom Parade is the perfect way to kick start Independence Day! The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney will be hosting the second part of the great McKinney event at the McKinney Soccer Complex.

Family Swim Night/Luau

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Date: Thursday, July 7th

Location: Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center – Plano

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost: $5.00 per person

Sure to be a fun-filled night with swimming, burgers and ice cream, Family Swim Night Luau in Plano will be a splashing good time! The cost of admission also covers the cost of the food, so come hungry and ready to have a great time.

Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk

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Date: Thursday, July 14th

Location: Downtown Plano

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Cost: $10 per person

Another great event for active living, the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk is a great way for people to walk around their favorite shops and sample selected wines. There will also be live music and curated art exhibitions!

There are always so many things happening near Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. To find out more about McKinney events or our master-planned community, visit the Craig Ranch website today.

Tips for Hosting a 4th of July Cookout

by crblog - June 16th, 2016

With good food, great company and fireworks, the Fourth of July is one of the biggest celebrations of the year filled with fun! Here are a few tips for hosting a 4th of July cookout in the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

Bandana Banner

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String up red, white and blue bandanas and then hang them between two trees. It’s very simple! All you need to do is fold the bandana in half and then tie each end to the string.

Flag Goody Bags

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Using a Hershey’s Cookies N’ Cream chocolate bar, Twizzlers and blue M&Ms, you can create easy and tasty goody bags for your guests that look like American Flags!

Independence Punch

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Keep guests hydrated with this layered, patriotic punch! All you need is cranberry juice, blue Gatorade and 7-UP. Here are the instructions to make Independence Punch at your cookout.

Red, White and Blue Soda Bar

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There’s nothing quite like a scoop of cold ice cream on a hot, summer day. Use red, blue and clear sodas to make tasty, Fourth of July ice cream floats. If guests don’t want the soda, put out red, white and blue sprinkles or serve with blueberries and strawberries for a healthy alternative.

Chalkboard Cups

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Instead of writing guest names on plastic cups with a permanent marker, paint some mason jars red, white and blue! Then use chalkboard paint on a portion of the jar where guests can write their names.

Fire-Free Sparklers

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For the young children you don’t want running around with a lit sparkler, let them join in on the Independence Day festivities by letting them use flameless sparklers! You can let the children make them as a craft, or you can make the fire-free sparklers yourself.

The modern home designs and open floor plans of the homes in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX makes our master-planned community perfect for hosting a 4th of July cookout! To learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, visit our website today and take a look at the available homes.

Tips and Tricks for Your Summer Camping Trip

by crblog - June 3rd, 2016

There’s nothing like a summer camping trip with the family, and the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX wants to share a few tips and tricks to make your summer camping trip an even better experience!

Tic Tac Box as a Miniature Tackle Box

There’s no need to carry an entire tackle box if you only need a couple of hooks and bobbers. Keep them stored in an empty tic tac box that you can easily carry in your pocket or backpack.

Use Sage to Keep Away Bugs

Camping is a lot of fun, but dealing with the bugs and mosquitoes are not. By adding sage to your campfire, you’ll be able to ward off those pests and enjoy the warm glow of the fire underneath the stars.

Last-Minute Camping Spoon

If you forget to pack a spoon with you, but you have a knife and a plastic bottle, then you can make a spoon! Here are the instructions to make your own plastic bottle spoon.

Altoids Emergency Kit

While you should always have a first aid kit whenever you go camping, it’s also smart to have a miniature one that you can easily fit in your pocket. Putting things like adhesive bandages, a few sheets of toilet paper, a pocket knife and a lighter into an Altoids container can come in handy in a tight spot.

Corn Chip Kindling

Always pack a little bag of corn chips like Fritos or Doritos, not for eating but for kindling. If you go camping soon after it has rained, it can be difficult to start a fire. However, corn chips will light easily and make it easier to start that toasty campfire.

Toilet Paper in a CD Spindle

Keep your toilet paper dry by storing it in a CD spindle. Now, if you’re trying to conserve space, you can take the tube out of the toilet paper roll, then flatten it and store it in a plastic bag.

Camping can be a lot of fun, and now it can be a bit easier with these tips and tricks. If you live an active lifestyle and are looking for a place to call home, the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is perfect for you. Visit the Craig Ranch website today and take a look at the community amenities.

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7 Recipes for a Healthy Memorial Day

by crblog - May 27th, 2016

Memorial Day is a special time of year when people come together to celebrate and remember the lives of those who have fallen in battle protecting this great country. It’s also a very common day for cookouts! If you’re looking to host your own cookout, the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has a few recipes for a healthy Memorial Day cookout.

Grilled Rosemary-Salmon Skewers

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Using the rosemary branches as skewers will help to give these grilled rosemary-salmon skewers a subtle, smoky flavor that party guests are sure to love.

Smoky Chicken

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Give your Memorial Day cookout an extra kick with this smoky chicken. The mix of paprika, cumin and lemon juice will give it that perfectly seasoned, summery flavor!

Carolina Pulled Pork

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This recipe takes a little bit of time, so you’ll want to start it the day before, but it’s worth the time. The crisp outer meat and the succulent interior meat will mix nicely and make this Carolina pulled pork a huge hit!

Country Potato Salad

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Potato salad is always a must for any picnic or cookout. With the subtle flavor of smoked ham, don’t be surprised if this country potato salad is the first dish eaten!

Deviled Eggs

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Just like the potato salad, deviled eggs are always a crowd favorite at picnics and cookouts. This recipe for deviled eggs has a healthy twist!

Grilled Jamaican Jerked Drumsticks

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Memorial Day may be an American holiday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix in some other cultures. Make your own grilled Jamaican jerked drumsticks!

Backyard Coleslaw

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Forget about the heavy, creamy dressing usually used in coleslaw. This backyard coleslaw uses a refreshing, light vinaigrette.

With open floor plans, the homes in the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX are perfect for active living. Throw your Memorial Day celebration there and enjoy the time with your friends and family! Visit the Craig Ranch website to learn more about our new homes in McKinney, Texas.

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.