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I Spy… the Gifts for Growing Minds Catalog

With school in full swing, it’s busy! The kids social calendars are quickly filling with play dates, birthday parties and right around the corner the holidays. If it hasn’t already, the Gifts for Growing Minds catalog will being hitting your mailbox soon and you’re going to be so excited! As a parent I always strive to give thoughtful gifts. I want the gifts my children give to be something both the parent and the child will love and appreciate. Lakeshore Learning makes it a no brainer! We’ve always loved perusing a Lakeshore Learning Catalog as a family. Unlike other catalogs, […]

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 Hands On with your iPad and the OSMO Genius Kit

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If there’s one thing my kids are addicted to it’s their iPad much to the chagrin of their parents. Everyone is worried about too much screen time and not enough of hands-on learning. The  award-winning OSMO iPad Gaming System was a game changer.  It changes the way children interact with their iPad by opening it up to hands-on play and we are absolutely obsessed at our house.  It is so loved, I actually have to hide OSMO as soon as we are done with “supervised” playing, lest we lose some of those valuable pieces that makes OSMO well… OSMO. The games are […]

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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How Playtime Can Help Avoid the Summer Learning Slump with Lakeshore Learning

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Ahhh, summer break. Time to get outdoors and go swimming at the local pool. For our family summer is all about weekend getaways, baseball games and have a blast at camp. My kids will say that summer is a time to have tons of fun. While I wholeheartedly agree that school is out and it’s time to relax, I don’t necessarily believe in the saying “no more pencils, no more books.”  As a matter of fact, I often try to incorporate lots of education fun in our summer activities so that my boys are constantly learning, even while having their summer fun. […]

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Summer Learning Challenge with Lakeshore Learning!

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For some homes, like ours, summer is already under way.  It has only been a week and already my kids are going bat crazy.  While they are definitely not looking for a school like environment — Its summer break Mom!!! — that doesn’t mean mom and dad can’t slip in a little fun learning here and there. We love Lakeshore Learning products for this very reason.  My children love getting new toys! Really, who doesn’t? And who is telling them that they’re learning toys? NOT ME! In all honesty though, when we go to our local Lakeshore Learning store, my […]

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 Out To See High Strung! #HighStrung

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It’s a movie about passion, excitement, endurance and motivation. The characters reek of talent, drive, and commitment. All of this and more is what you will see when you check out High Strung, in theaters this weekend. The film tells a story about a young dancer named Ruby who comes to New York to live her dream of being a classically-trained dancer at a prestigious school. She eventually crosses paths with a young, British violinist named Johnnie who’s musical talents are recognized only in the tunnels of the NY subways.  The two artists, who come from two entirely different worlds, […]

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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My Big Fat Greek Experience – #PutSomeWindexOnIt

It’s not every day that you get to sit face to face with the lead actors of one of the most relatable movies for moms in 2016. Just last week, that is exactly what Mom Confessionals got to do. Thanks to the wonderful women of @TheMOMS , in conjunction with @Windex and @Instax Fuji Film, I was presented with an exclusive opportunity to preview the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 AND meet two of the loveliest actresses in Hollywood, Nia Vardalos and relative newcomer Elena Kampouris. This is a movie not to be missed this year! My Big Fat […]

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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Catch Up with Emmet and Friends in the All New LEGO Movie – 4D A New Adventure

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A little snow wasn’t going to stop my little man and his best girl from catching up with Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny at the uber fun LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Westchester. What have they been up to since their blockbuster movie where everything was left AWESOME!? The sequel to the movie won’t hit theaters until 2018 and that’s LONG while away. I won’t spoil the fun, but The LEGO Movie – 4D A New Adventure has made its official debut and is showing at a LEGOLAND Discovery Center near you. Playing several times throughout the day, you don’t want […]

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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Educational Gaming With @LeapFrogOfficial #LeapTV #LeapFrogMomSquad

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I’ve been reluctant to introduce gaming systems to my kids for the longest time.  Sure they can navigate my smart phone better than me at this point, and even my three-year-old knows how to swipe into whatever app he is interested in playing, but my husband and I really try to limit TV time with our children and video gaming through the TV seemed to be a mind-numbing activity that I was hoping to keep far away from our household. When my five-year-old heard (through the ‘kindergarten grape vine’) about something called #LeapTV, it was all he could talk about. […]

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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