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When Krystle Gray’s daughter Summer turned three weeks old, she decided to go back to school. She enrolled in college to pursue a bachelor’s degree in child development. Her own child inspired her major. Becoming a mother, in her words, was an overwhelming experience. But she strived to balance going to school, starting a business, having a family and caring for an infant born with a heart condition called SVT. Since staying organized is so essential to her success, I asked Krystal to review the Playtex™ SmartStand Universal Lid Organizer and the Playtex SmartSpace® Drying Rack.
Not long ago, I hosted an award-winning television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, I’m back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. Sometimes I reflect on my island life and smile. I miss the white sandy beaches, the crystal clear sea and the laid back living. I didn’t wake up before the sun came up, unless I decided to go sailing or snorkeling. And I stayed up past midnight, most nights of the week. I rarely got home sick, since most of my American friends visited my bungalow on the beach, including my best friend since second grade. A lot has changed since her visit. I became a teacher and a communications director. And I later earner my highest career title–I became a mother. Two and half years later, my bestie is now navigating her first pregnancy. So, I sailed into Carter’s, to shop for her little mate and found these cute catches at the Baby and Kid Up to 50% Off Sale.
Can you count on one hand how many times you complained about changing a dirty diaper? I can’t–don’t have enough fingers. In the beginning, it was quite an adjustment as a first time mom. I couldn’t fathom how a human so small could release a package so big. Yes, we called her bowel movements “packages.” Sounds sweet. And it’s more appropriate to say package in public than poop, which still causes my nephews to burst out in uncontrollable laughter and loud ewws. After all, I had a designer diaper bag and planned to make motherhood look sophisticated and stylish!
Back in November, I joined a movement of moms and dads and took the Little Remedies® Say Yes to Less Pledge. Some people pledged to say yes to less sugar, less distractions, less waste and less negativity in their lives. I vowed to say yes to less stress and less spending and more imaginative play. I know, it’s a mouthful! At the time, I worried whether or not I would have enough money to put enough gifts under the Christmas tree. I stressed over the messes being made by my daughter–she could wreck a room faster than I could grab a broom. I also agonized about my health and a pending surgery. My forehead wrinkled, and my hair grayed. All the while, my little girl skipped merrily along without a worry in the world. Her positive attitude motivated me to follow through on my pledge. I set a budget and bought only what I could afford. I cleaned our house one room at a time. I took my vitamins and followed my doctor’s orders. And instead of sitting in the house, fearing the future, we celebrated the present and headed to the children’s museum, where she taught me three important lesson.