20 Benefits for Special Needs (Kids) & Parents/Caregivers Social MeetUp Groups

10 Benefits for Special Needs (Kids) Social MeetUp Groups (monthly events) include the following:

– Developing positive friendships
– Building confidence
– Listening skills
– Communicating verbally & nonverbally with peers
– Problem-solving
– Negotiating
– Sharing, taking turns, flexibility
– Dealing with rejection
– Handling confrontation and
– Greetings

10 Benefits for Parents/Caregivers Social MeetUp Groups (monthly night outs and cafe chats) include the following:

– Friendly chats
– Building support communities
– Sharing stories
– Answering parent/caregiver questions
– Problem-solving
– Creating lasting healthy connections
– Discussing select topics
– Peer-to-peer understanding
– Learning family strenthening tactics and
– Relationship building (social & emotional)

No matter if you’re a kid or a parent, we’ve got something for everyone. Come on out and join #OurStarsIncSocial.

Upcoming Events can be found at our MeetUp link

Our Stars Inc.Special Needs Socialization and Playgoup

Menifee, CA
30 Members

Looking for FUN, Interactive Activities for your child to do that allows them be with their peers in a community environment? Come and join us! This group offers an accepting …

Next Meetup

Get Air Trampoline Park

Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017, 3:00 PM
1 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

If you share pictures from the event online, please remember to tag them #OurStarsIncSocial

It’s community, it’s peers, it’s fun in the sun!

Posted in Activities, Announcement, MeetUp Tagged with: , , , , ,

#OurStarsIncSocial Special Needs MeetUp Dates for Kids AND Parents

Come on out and join the Our Stars Inc Special Needs Socialization & Playgroup!

Upcoming Events can be found at our MeetUp link

Our Stars Inc.Special Needs Socialization and Playgoup

Menifee, CA
30 Members

Looking for FUN, Interactive Activities for your child to do that allows them be with their peers in a community environment? Come and join us! This group offers an accepting …

Next Meetup

Get Air Trampoline Park

Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017, 3:00 PM
1 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

If you share pictures from the event online, please remember to tag them #OurStarsIncSocial

It’s community, it’s peers, it’s fun in the sun!

Posted in Activities, Announcement, MeetUp Tagged with: , , ,

Free Autism Medical Ids & Wandering Support Services (Limited Time)

MedicAlert Autism is currently (for a limited time) offering, free autism medical Ids and wandering support services.

50% of individuals with autism will wander or elope. For children with autism who wander and are under the age of ten, 42% of outcomes will result in tragedy.

At the link you’ll find information on the importance of autism medical Ids, wandering support service importance, what to do when your loved one goes missing, MedicAlert Found success stories, partnership with law enforcement and how to order autism materials. If you’re interested, please check it out currently enrollment is free.

We have also added this information to our Resources tab here at OurStarsInc.org

If you’ve found this post helpful, check out our Tips on Autism Safety and Law Enforcement

Sign up for our infrequent, yet helpful email updates

Posted in Resources Tagged with: , , , ,

Happy Mother’s Day 2017!

To all the moms, here’s a special #MothersDay message from @OurStarsInc https://goo.gl/mwDfMf

Posted in Holidays Tagged with: , ,

6 Time & Money Saving Tips For Busy Parents

I’m a busy mom of three and I’m on a super tight schedule, as most parents are these days. I need to save as much time and money as I possibly can while navigating the world of parenthood in the 21st century. Below, I have compiled a quick list of tips that I’ve been using for the past few years to cut down on time and cash.

1) Set a Budget and Try to Stick to It

Ah, a budget. Don’t skip over this advice. Having the amount of money you need to use each month/spending period can help you to save. Try using an Excel spreadsheet, a Planner, a Notebook or an App. Knowing what you spend monthly can cut down on unnecessary spending and those nasty late fees.

2) Set Up Automatic Bill Pay and/or Bill Pay Reminders

Tick Tock, time to pay your Electric Bill. You didn’t forget did you? There are tons of free Bill Pay Apps out there to help keep up with reminders of when bills are do. You’ll also have the ability to sync your credit card accounts, bank accounts, utilities, the list goes on. I have tried quite a few of them, two of my favorite apps are Mint and Every Dollar. I also use the Happy Planner-Budget Planner, which I love most of all, but find one that works for you.

Try this Spring/Summer Planner.

3) Have Your Groceries Delivered

The grocery store is sometimes crowded, exhausting, and high-priced. Enter delivery service! Where I live, there are only a few options for grocery delivery. I have tried Vons/Albertsons and Amazon Fresh, a hand full of times. I have to say, I like Vons/Albertsons most of all. Vons/Albertsons has deals on delivery and free items when you purchase a certain amount. Amazon Fresh requires that you are a prime member and pay an additional fee of $14.99 a month in along with the prime membership fee (not the most ideal if you’re on a budget). Though, I do like the reusable bags Amazon Fresh have for you to keep. The unattended drop times allows delivery without someone being home which is a lot more flexibility in times.

Both delivery services allows you to try them for free. Having my groceries delivered has helped with saving me time, money and energy. Grocery shopping online helps me to cut down on a lot of unnecessary impulse buying. Goodbye candy bars. So, in the end, the fee for membership or delivery is so worth it in the long run. Here is a link to use: Try Amazon Prime Free Trial

Do you Shop at Ralphs Grocery Stores?

4) Use 1-hour Pick-up

Stop by, hop out, go in, pick-up, head home. Stores like Target, Lowes, Walmart, Staples, Office Depot, JcPenney, and many more, use 1-hour pick up. This method can be quick at times and ordering items ahead guarantees what you’re looking for will be there, instead of walking around the store searching which is tedious.

5) Make Lunches for the Next Day While You’re Making Dinner

While dinner is cooking, instead of resting my feet, I, as quickly as I can, prepare my kids lunches for the following day. This can eliminate double clean up. I also, try to have non-fridge lunch items packed in baggies and put in lunch bags ready to go.

6) Start Planning Your Week on Sunday

There’s no wondering what to wear. Have a full weeks’ worth of clothes picked out. Write out a simple meal plan of the meals including snacks for the week. I promise you, your week will run a lot smoother. This also helps when you are deciding the grocery list.

We’ve Got Volunteer Positions Available!

Hopefully, these tips are helpful to you. I use or have used all of these tips myself, but try them for yourself.

Looking for those Apps I mentioned? Try Google Play Store or Apple Store.

Posted in Blogging, Tips Tagged with: , , , , , , ,