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Reflecting Back While Moving Forward : Celebrating the 2nd Birthday of Our Second Child.

The path on which we grew into a family of four was not the easiest of journeys to be on. For starters, I was ready for a second child much sooner than my husband was and while we were both thrilled at the sight of that positive pregnancy test I think the fact that it happened right away threw us both for a loop. We had compromised on a minimal 2.5 year age difference between our first child and second child but considering that it didn’t happen right away the first time, we agreed we’d begin trying when our eldest turned two.  Just […]

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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Why Thank You Verizon! #LifeOnFiOS #ConnectionDay

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It’s no secret, I am a Verizon Gal!  I only work with the best, and Verizon just keeps getting better and better!  This Thanksgiving, as a way of saying ‘thank you’, to customers and non-customers alike – Verizon Wireless has declared Nov. 26 “Connection Day.”  I am soooooo excited about Connection Day! They have teamed up with leading content providers to deliver exciting digital treats that any wireless customer can enjoy. Just a sampling of some of their amazing treats include:  Verizon FiOS: Special mobile access to popular movies and TV shows from November 26 to December 1, compliments of […]

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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Your Life After 25 #PeeHappens

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November is National Bladder Health Awareness Month, although it’s a taboo topic for many we wanted to shed some light on how bladder sensitivity. To celebrate, we’re hosting a #PeeHappens Twitter Party on November 20th at 4pm Est Sponsored by Always Discreet. We’re also giving our lucky readers a chance to enter our #PeeHappens giveaway below. The Party is open to all Ladies in US and Canada but we’re definitely hoping to get a great turnout from women 35 and older! With 40 million American women over the age of 40 who are affected by a sensitive bladder, it’s 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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RECIPE: Berry Marscapone Bruschetta #SpuntinoWestbury

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One of my new favorite restaurants is Spuntino’s Wine & Tapas Bar in Westbury.  If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter, you know I am there ALL the time. I was super sad on a recent visit to know that they had taken down the Strawberry Marscapone Bruschetta off the menu.  Off course, it’s a seasonal item but that was one of my favorites!  I was obsessed with it. Luckily I was able to easily recreate the recipe, and although it wasn’t 100% the same, it comes close and will definitely hold me over until next summer. Your […]

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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Sports, the Ultimate Classroom

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Guest Writer and Momma-to-be, Latasha Pamphile got to attend a fabulous Mom’s Football Clinic at the NY Giants Quest Diagnostics Training Center at MetLife Sports Complex. Sponsored by the NY Giants and Bounty Paper Towels,  thanks to Suzanne Chan, who knew what a DIE-HARD New York Giants fan I am, I got a chance to meet and speak with Stevie Brown, Safety of the NY Giants (!!!!) and his mom, Karla Brown. It was such an amazing experience!  I never thought about it, but sports is the ultimate classroom. It’s so much more than book smarts, but gives kids the tools to […]

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The Ultimate #GameChanger from @Britax

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Why is it that we often feel like we need an Ivy League degree in engineering to figure out buying and installing car seats for our kids? It seems as though we never really know if the seat is secure enough, or whether or not the seat is installed properly. We can never easily figure out where the seat belts go, or if the LATCH system is providing the proper amount of security. Most importantly, many first time parents don’t even know if they even have a LATCH system and/or does the car accommodate this? There are so many choices […]

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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RUN DIARY: Training Right #VZWBuzz

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One of my goals has always been to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Not only is it a HALF MARATHON but it’s one where I get to dress up and wear a crown! I mean seriously, how fun is that!?! While it was always one of my goals, I feel like I am finally working on it. Ever since my participation in the #MiracleMarathon I have been on a roll! I started out with running 1 mile a day for 27 days and it was pretty awesome! Towards the end I even started throwing in 2 mile days here […]

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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Slowing down the Electronic Noise

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This year I am making a conscious effort to cut down the electronic noise in my house.  What is electronic noise? All those devices you can’t seem to live without – cellphone, iPad, Kindle, DS, Wii, Xbox, computer.  I know, SHOCKING for this social media mom who is never far from her phone and computer, who is always on Facebook, instagram and twitter. Why you ask?  I started noticing my children were very hyper.  If there weren’t hyper, it was a problem… for them.  They needed constant stimulation.  They craved it.  Always wanting the TV turned on, wondering if the iPad […]

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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