Fourth Of July Party Inspiration

With the Fourth of July only a few days away, we know everyone is busy with party planning, so we figured it was only fitting to share our favorite patriotic party inspiration!


Finding the perfect outfit for the 4th of July is always fun and can be somewhat tricky! Depending on your budget, buying clothing specific to one day isn’t always practical, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make some DIY outfits for your family.

Onesie: This quick and easy onesie will be the perfect outfit for your child’s first 4th of July! Just grab fabric paint, a piece of cardboard for inside the shirt, a small brush and get started! Make sure you have your camera ready to document this fun activity with your loved ones!

4th of July Onesie


Everyone loves a good Tie Dye Shirt:  Tie Dye shirts are something fun and simple to do (they can be a bit messy, but totally worth it!)! You’ll want to set up your tie-dye station outside to keep from getting any dye on your carpets, furniture, etc.


4th Of July Tie-Dye Shirt


Fun and Easy 4th of July Snacks!

Flag Fruit:  Looking for a healthy and fun way to celebrate USA? This easy flag fruit dessert doesn’t take any time at all to make! Just grab cherries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and white chocolate covered pretzels and all you have to do is arrange it on a platter!

4th of July Dessert


Want more chocolate?  Bake a chocolate cake and add white icing to the top of it. Then pick up a few bags of the red white and blue M&M’s and place them in the shape of a flag! This simple project just takes a little bit of patience!

Flag Cake


Dress up your Home

As your friends and family come up to the front door, welcome them with a patriotic door hanger as well as some candle lights with American Flags on them.

Patriotic Wreath:  Go to your local craft store to pick up the letter of your family’s last name – then create this adorable “wreath” to proudly display on your front door.   This fun activity will really dress up the front of your home, while providing a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July. Plus – you can use this again for Veterans Day, Memorial Day, etc!


4th of July Wreath


Mason Jar Candles:  Don’t know what to do with your left over mason jars or pickle jars laying around your home? With some American Flag stickers and some small candles, you can create an inviting porch display!

4th of July Decorations

Painted Lawn Stars:  If you’re going to have a backyard BBQ – why not decorate the yard with some USA pride? Grab some red, white and blue spray paint, a large piece of cardboard and scissors, and your backyard is minutes from Patriotic pride!

Painted Lawn Stars

We’d love to hear how your getting ready for the 4th of July. Feel free to share any great ideas / suggestions you have for party inspritation.

We hope you have a safe holiday weekend!

Awesome Landscaping Improvements for Summer

Is there anything better than a long summer day? Make the most of the sunshine and warm weather by upgrading your landscaping to make your home your favorite spot to hang out this summer. Fire up the grill, cut up some watermelon, and cool off with a frozen drink in your own personal outdoor oasis. Whether you decide to invite some friends over or curl up with a good book, just don’t forget your sunscreen! Here are some simple suggestions on how to upgrade your landscaping to make the most out of this summer.

Choose Plants that Thrive in Your Area to Create Lush Greenery

Your lawn may be in great shape, but how can you add to it this summer to really maximize your green space? If you are interested in a vegetable garden, Urban Farmer has a calendar that offers helpful suggestions for what to plant throughout the summer. Beans, beets, carrots, corn, herbs, melons, and peas all thrive in direct sunlight and warm weather. Summer is also a great time to plant perennials. They are on sale at most nurseries and with little attention (regularly prune dead leaves and flowers) will bloom well into the Fall. If your aim is to keep fresh flowers in your home try blanketflower, coreopsis, salvia, or bee balm (attracts hummingbirds). I also like to plant lavender, citronella, basil, and lemongrass as they are great at repelling pesky mosquitoes and no-see-ums.

Add a Natural Element to Your Walkways

Abandon the concrete slab for a more natural look. Consider creating a simple walking path through your garden or yard using mulch or gravel. Build a walkway with natural stone or small stepping stones that allow grass to come through adding a burst of color and a fun design. You may also want to build a charming garden arbor using repurposed wood–a great way to grow climbing plants that will also add some much needed shade on especially hot days. To make your own garden arbor, follow the instructions in this tutorial.

Outdoor Lighting

Make Game-Night Big!

Lawn games have come a long way from croquet and badminton. Giant DIY versions of Jenga, Twister, and Scrabble allow you to enjoy your favorite classic games with a larger group outdoors. Buzzfeed has a list of 27 DIY backyard games that will keep you and your family entertained all summer.

Incorporate a Water Feature

Whether or not you have a pool, you still may want to think about incorporating a water feature. Fountains and pondless waterfalls can add value to your home, while also drowning out the noise of street traffic and neighbors. The sound of a water feature can also help you unwind, while providing a welcoming space for bird, butterflies, and frogs to visit.

Install Lighting that Highlights Your Landscaping

Quality outdoor lighting is important to your home’s security. It makes your home look occupied and lived-in, even when you are on vacation or out for the evening, and it eliminates dark spaces that are attractive to would-be burglars looking for easy access to your home. Beyond that, outdoor lighting highlights your landscaping and means that backyard barbeques can continue well into the night. Tiki torches or mason jar lanterns can also add a festive element while repelling bugs.

Create Space to Linger

With all of the great plants, lighting, and games that you’re adding to your outdoor space, don’t forget to create a spot where you can relax and soak it all in. All you need is a comfortable chair and a flat surface for the newspaper, a book, and your morning cup of coffee. Simple pleasures have never felt so guilty!

Outdoor Relaxation Space


**Guest Blogger: Bryn Huntpalmer is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas where she currently works as an Editor for Modernize.

M/I Homes Design Center Experience

When you choose to build a new home and start a new chapter of your life with M/I Homes, we dedicate ourselves to helping you create your dream home. To do that as best we can, we have Design Centers all across the country to help you put all of the pieces together. In order … Continue reading

3 Trends with M/I Homes

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Building with M/I Homes in the Austin area last summer, with my husband, was such a fun experience. I fell in love with all of the upgrades that came with the home, the floor plans, and all the available options to choose from.  Three trends with MI/ Homes that had me at first glance were the open kitchen floorplans, large windows, and tray ceilings.  I have to admit that these three added trends make for the perfect home.

Open Kitchens

Who doesn’t want an open kitchen for easy entertaining with family and friends?  Having a space that is functional and open for guest to congregate, allows for a nice flow when entertaining a crowd.  Being able to set the flow from kitchen to living room, to back porch,  when inviting guest over to watch a football game, or for a holiday dinner, makes for easy entertaining.

Open Layout Kitchen


Large Windows

Large windows in your living room definitely give a light and airy feel. Letting in all that natural light on a daily basis, can set the mood for the day. I love having the light flow into my home. When letting that natural light into your space through large windows, you can easily get the feeling of bringing the outdoors in. That’s exactly what it feels like in my home (photo below of my living room).

Nycia's Home


Tray Ceilings

Tray ceilings are always a nice accent to a master bedroom.  A tray ceiling adds height and architectural interest to a room, and makes for the perfect place to add a creative color accent and lighting in your space. The one in this MI/Home model in Sweetwater is perfectly styled with beautiful lighting

Master Bedroom with Tray Ceiling
Go visit M/I Homes of Austin and take a peek at some of their beautiful floors plans.

What are a few home trends that you are loving right now?


**Nycia Emerson is the founder and editor of She Inspires. She is also owner/wedding planner and designer at Inspired Events and Designs. She loves to inspire everyone around her and any chance she gets to  get creative brings her so much joy. She believes that living what you love and loving what you do, makes life much more peaceful.  She also believes that “Inspiration comes from the things that lift our spirits and allows us to love fully.”

M/I Homes of Dallas / Fort Worth Joins Plano Chamber of Commerce

It’s official! M/I Homes of Dallas / Fort Worth has joined the Plano Chamber of Commerce, with the flagship community Creeks of Timber Brook in east Plano.  We were honored to have many distinguished community leaders and business owners join us at the official ribbon cutting ceremony held at the model on May 12.  As anticipated, the feedback was inspiring as visitors toured the model for the first time.  Common remarks echoed through the home touting how different M/I Homes looks compared to other models in North Texas, and how the space seems to expand around every corner.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Plano Chamber of Commerce as we continue to build out this exceptional community, with 4 new floor plans and new home sites being released.  We will also be joining the Chamber for their 25thannual Golf Tournament at Pecan Hollow Golf Course.

Contact us to learn more about our gorgeous Creeks of Timber Brook Community.


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