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The Art Life brought to you by Blick Art Room Aid Project

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Much to the chagrin of my parents, I was innately an artist from birth. I was always creating things from simple drawings to hand-making Christmas cards before scrapbook making was even a word. At every turn I was told to focus on the fundamentals, and art was dying even back in my days. I recalled my most favorite art teacher, Mr Potter, always struggling to fight for his talented students who were told… even gym was more important than Art Class. I saw how he fought to get supplies for us when first on the budget cut block was always […]

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

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Bedrest My Way

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When my doctor told me that I needed to go out on bed rest, my whole world collapsed around me. Not that I wasn’t already aware that this was inevitable, but I was so proud of how far a long I had come in this pregnancy without having to go out. With Little Miss A, I was out just shy of 12 weeks. With my little man, around 15 weeks it was declared that I settle down for the long haul. In both previous pregnancies, it was a lot easier of a decision, if even at all a decision. I […]

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Bringing out the inner animator with the Disney Creativity Studio

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 Just in time when the kidlets were getting a little stir crazy this LOOOOONG winter break, we opened a magical package revealing the new Disney Creativity Studio.  The kids were so excited.  What is it?  Can I open it?  What does it do?  Whose is it?  It’s mine!  No, it’s mine!  Mickey is for boys and Minnie is for girls, it’s mine!  There’s a princess on it too!  And then daddy snatched it up.  He mouthed silently, “LIFESAVER!”  After a week of being cooped up, Little Miss A was begging to go to work with daddy and well daddy, always busy, […]

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

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And Away We Go Couponing!

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So this week began my very first foray into the world of couponing. Taking cues from my dear friend Vera Sweeney of Lady and the Blog and I’m Not Obsessed fame, I set out to save some major $$$. When Vera said you actually have to invest a little in couponing, I don’t think she meant by spending money at Staples on a fancy binder, dividers and pockets. Alas I couldn’t help myself. I got a lovely Pink binder with pretty dividers and invested in those baseball card sheets and coupon sheets. Now that I was set, I hopped on […]

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

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REVIEW: Annie the Musical

Clarke Thorell, Anthony Warlow, Merwin Foard, Lilla Crawford, Sunny, Katie Finneran, Brynn O?Malley and Cast Opening night of the Broadway musical ?Annie? at the Palace Theatre ? Curtain Call. New York City, USA ? 08.11.12

Who doesn’t get a little nostalgic when you hear the name Annie, a story set in 1933 about an eleven-year-old orphan named Annie.  The minute I saw the first advertisement for Annie, I was humming, “Hard Knock Life”. Even if you’re not familiar with the story line, you know many of the tunes made famous by Annie like “Tomorrow” and “I Don’t Need Anything But You”  I was so excited to see the revival of Annie, sharing this heartfelt, lovable story with a new generation. This was my daughter’s first introduction to a Broadway production and it was the most […]

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

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Here’s to a Happy Healthier Holiday with the American Cancer Society!

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It’s hard to find a family that has been untouched by cancer at some point in their lives.  This year it hit close to home when my mother was diagnosed with Uterine cancer.  While our family has known its share of cancer, having it be my mother made it extra personal.  Everyone in our family took a hard look at re-evaluating our carefree lifestyle choices.  It’s really not that hard to make simple steps for a healthier lifestyle and step towards a cancer-free life.  As part of the American Cancer Society’s Healthier Holiday Table campaign, I’ve adapted one of my favorite […]

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Boys

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[box]MONEY MONEY MONEY! This post contains affiliate links to my favorite online shopping destination, Amazon.com.  If you haven’t already, sign up for EBATES.COM and get cash back for shopping at thousands of online destinations you already are shopping at.  It’s the only way to shop.  I am always kicking myself if I forget to go through Ebates.com before checking out.  You can even get up to 4% back on purchases made at Amazon.com.[/box] Hard to believe Christmas is only 4 weeks away! Where did time go? It’s been a little crazy here on the East Coast and many of us […]

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

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Thanksgiving

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Yesterday I really wanted to write a post about Thanksgiving. All the things that I should be so thankful for. My beautiful children, my husband, my most fortunate life that I have the opportunity to live and so often feel like I don’t deserve.  I keep hearing the Sandy stories and my heart just hurts for them.  So what am I thankful for?  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am so thankful for so many things. I’m so lucky, so very lucky and then other times, I’m just not.  But today, I just cry. I don’t even know why […]

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

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