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Mark your Calendar: DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day – April 26th!

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Spring is here! Finally! I’m sure you’re just as excited as me. I’ve been getting some spring cleaning done here and there, from cleaning out the closet to a complete sweep of the house. This year we are adding cleaning out the medicine cabinet and I am encouraging that you do the same! April 26 is the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day. My local hospital is accepting donations of expired and unwanted medications all day long. To find a location near you, please visit: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/NTBI/NTBI-PUB.pub;jsessionid=E275E0325FA1CC15ED51022A18E20979?_flowExecutionKey=_c14624693-E89E-458A-1DDB-FD57CEF6B63D_k01ACAF6A-357C-0F33-BA16-B38F46598A25 If you’re busy on the 26th, the FDA has a great list of tips for […]

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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Dining Out with Food Allergies & Intolerances

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This article is written by Paul Antico, the CEO and Founder of AllergyEats, the leading guide to finding allergy-friendly restaurants.  He is the father of five children – three of whom have food allergies.  As a mom of ONE severely allergic child, I cannot imagine what it is like to have 3.  As a passionate food allergy advocate, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), both nationally and for the New England chapter, and the National Peanut Board Food Allergy Education Advisory Council.  He is sharing with us all his tips to […]

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 One Shot Hot Shot, the Canon Rebel SL1

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I’m often asked by friends and family, as their so called camera expert (I am no expert by the way), which camera would I recommend as they venture into the world of DSLR.  I have to say, I often cringe when I’m asked.  I know friends and family are expecting photos like mine when they are asking for recommendations.  If I were to be completely honest with them, I’d tell them just owning a DSLR doesn’t make you a great photographer… but who am I to discourage a little exploring and who knows?!  They may be the next camera expert! […]

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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Battling Germ City #GermFreewithStaples

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Don’t turn your back!  Cold and Flu season is still in high gear.  In fact my house is currently under attack.  All 3 kids have conjunctivitis, colds and even one with an ear infection.  I am deep in germ warfare.  If there was a disinfectant bomb, I’d be the first to detonate.  On top of the already infectious cold, my kids have conjunctivitis.  Oddly enough, it’s easier to manage and keep my two older kids clean than the baby.  I need to wipe him down from head to toe every 5 minutes and it doesn’t help that is on the […]

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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Doctor Doctor! #OTCSafety

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You’d be surprise to know, despite being a nurse, I am always questioning when I should or need to call a doctor.  Sometimes I think that question is a LOT harder for me because I am a nurse.  I teeter on the line of being either too caution or too nonchalant about my children’s health.  My husband tends to get mad at me because of my “inconsistency” but let’s face it, when it comes to our children, we are always worried. When I encounter new families, even if they have a pediatrician selected, I always ask them to interview them […]

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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Mets Baseball is Back!! #MetsFamilyFun

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In our house, the official first day of spring isn’t March 21st. The first day of spring is the day that the Mets begin their new season at Citi Field! This year, we celebrated the return of warm weather and baseball by taking the boys to their first game of the season on Sunday, April 6th. Now, we have obviously been to Citi Field before, but this year, there are so many wonderful upgrades to the park that even my four year old son took notice! Given that we attend games with both kids, my husband and I have grown […]

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 1st Year

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Today is my sweet Lucas’ first birthday and it is filled with sadness and yet so much joy.  I am trying to savor every last second of my very last baby moments.  The smell, the smile, the babbling, the laugh, those beautiful bright eyes.  Yes these are the very last moments that I have as a baby’s mom. I often wonder how Lucas will feel when he grows up and reads all about himself in utero and birth.  I chronicled it all for posterity.  I feel a lot of guilt when it comes to Lucas, and maybe that’s not quite […]

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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Something to Sneeze About #OTCSafety

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If there is one thing my family knows too well (and wishes we didn’t) is Allergies.  We’re not just talking Marcus’ well known food allergies, but seasonal allergies that plague our entire family.  Everyone’s got allergies.  In fact, Allergies are the 3rd most common chronic disease among children! What’s almost laughable is that each member has their own set of allergies set off entirely by different triggers than the next person!  My seasonal allergies are at its worst come fall.  I still haven’t pinpointed it exactly, but when the weather changes from summer to fall, my skin starts, for 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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