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The Preschoolers Holiday Gift Guide

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LeapFrog Number Lovin’ Oven [ $19.99 ]- This oven, while for a suggest age of 2+, was a hit with all my kids.  I love that it brought them all together playing peacefully for a change.  Ava and Marcus set the scene of a bakery and they took turns serving their baby brother and teaching him now to count as well as do a little bit of fractions. LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Gaming System [ $129.00 $59.00 ] – a great option for your busy children, this toy keeps your kids moving while learning about important subjects like math, reading and following directions. A […]

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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The School Kid Holiday Gift Guide

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VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX* [ $64.99 $57.99 ] – For the longest time Marcus has been begging and begging for a “steps” watch just like his sister (who has one for a school project) and he went nuts when he got the Kidizoom DX.  Not only does it count “steps”, it also has over 50 different clock faces, games, camera and video recorder, calculator, and much much more, making it way cooler than some simple “steps” watch! LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum Kids Learning Tablet [ $129.99 $98.99 ] – What I call the junior to the new LeapFrog LeapPad Epic, this 7″ hi-res […]

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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The Cool Kids Holiday Gift Guide

Swagway X1 Hands-free Smart Board [ $499.99 $418.00 ]  – Hoverboards are all the rage now but there are so many to choose from and ranging in price from $200 – $1200.  This seems to be the one that is priced right and quality at the same time.  This one tops my nephews wish list and has me thinking I might be wanting a spin on this too! LeapFrog Epic 7″ Android Kids Tablet 16GB* [ $149.99 $128.00 ] is the perfect transitional tablet.  With all the form and functions that you love from the other Leapfrog LeapPads, this pads grown […]

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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Aquaphor Introduces Diaper Rash Cream and More!

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As a nurse, who washes her hands multiple times a day, I have tried many brands of many moisturizers in attempt to keep my hands from becoming cracked and dry. Time and time again, I find that one brand has proven to be the most reliable for helping me keep my hands smooth. That brand is Aquaphor. Having recently celebrated 90 years of success, there is little doubt that Aquaphor has proven to provide their customers with products that work. When I was informed that they are now catering to the littlest of consumers, I was more than willing to […]

About Ellie Beatus

After spending the bulk of my childhood in New Jersey, I've had the privilege of living in many different places all over the world. I have experienced many incredible things in my life, but none as amazing as when I become a mom. I may work as a full time registered nurse, but I am also a full time mother. I believe that there is nothing more important in the world than my family, and I cherish every moment spent with them. I hope to be able enrich my children's lives by sharing in wonderful experiences, teaching them life lessons, and nurturing them as they grow and help to make the world a better place for all of us. (Ellie currently resides in Long island, NY with her two young sons and husband)

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The Boomers Keep On Booming! #AgingWell

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This generation of Grandparents are awe inspiring.  Gone are the days of sitting at home baking and gardening.  My children’s grandparents are some of the most active grandparents I know.  Before my mother in law had cancer she was a vibrant and social grandmother.  She wasn’t one to sit around and wait to babysit my kids. We were often finding ourselves working around her busy social schedule of trips, mah jong games and dancing. This generation of seniors are “Boomers”! They don’t want anything slowing them down.  They are vibrant and energetic, matching my kid’s energy and enthusiasm for life […]

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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Get Ready To Celebrate Because Boo at the Zoo is Back! @BronxZoo

Fall is officially in gear, which means it’s time for some of our favorite things – pumpkin-flavored treats, apple picking, and of course, Halloween! It’s never too early to start planning the perfect spooky costume, or tricky outing. At the top of our list is the Bronx Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo. Starting October 3rd, our favorite event is back every weekend in October! Boo at the Zoo is THE destination for family friendly fun for Halloween. To help get ready for the festivities, I chatted with my five-year-old about some very serious subjects: animals. (Click to watch video here). Spoiler alert: […]

About Ellie Beatus

After spending the bulk of my childhood in New Jersey, I've had the privilege of living in many different places all over the world. I have experienced many incredible things in my life, but none as amazing as when I become a mom. I may work as a full time registered nurse, but I am also a full time mother. I believe that there is nothing more important in the world than my family, and I cherish every moment spent with them. I hope to be able enrich my children's lives by sharing in wonderful experiences, teaching them life lessons, and nurturing them as they grow and help to make the world a better place for all of us. (Ellie currently resides in Long island, NY with her two young sons and husband)

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‘Delayed’ Anaphalaxis: It’s Not Always Like TV

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Anaphylaxis is a severe, life threatening reaction to an allergen.  It can happen seconds, minutes with full reaction HOURS later (2-28 hours). If left untreated, it can lead to unconsciousness or even death. Yesterday, my son Marcus had an anaphylactic reaction almost immediately after eating his lunch at school, but it was easily dismissed as an upset stomach.  Fast forward 5 hours after ingestion of an unknown allergen, he could barely breath.  Marcus has a myriad of allergies including the top 8 food allergies aka “The BIG 8” – Egg, Milk, Wheat, Soy, Shellfish, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, and Sesame.  With Marcus’ extensive allergy […]

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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Share Your Memories with @RealTimes (GIVEAWAY: Win $100 Visa giftcard!)

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A recent survey held by RealNetworks reveals Moms’ attitudes and habits regarding digital photography.  The results of this survey are quite fascinating.  The survey polled parents of kids under 18 who take pictures of their family on their smartphones.  This is what they found: 62% of moms said the worst thing about losing their smartphones would be to lose all of their family photos 40% of moms never like the way they look in family photo 25% of moms would rather have nude photos leaked than lose all of their family photos 76% of moms wish that the had the time […]

About Ellie Beatus

After spending the bulk of my childhood in New Jersey, I've had the privilege of living in many different places all over the world. I have experienced many incredible things in my life, but none as amazing as when I become a mom. I may work as a full time registered nurse, but I am also a full time mother. I believe that there is nothing more important in the world than my family, and I cherish every moment spent with them. I hope to be able enrich my children's lives by sharing in wonderful experiences, teaching them life lessons, and nurturing them as they grow and help to make the world a better place for all of us. (Ellie currently resides in Long island, NY with her two young sons and husband)

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