“Mama, what is it?” Chloe asked me as I told her I had something new for us to play with.
“It’s a surprise,” I told her as I took the canister from the shelf.
I placed them on the table, beautiful natural colors, all in a row and asked her to choose one. She picked pink, as is often the case these days.
I unscrewed the lid, pulled off a piece, and handed it to her. I took a piece for myself and started rolling it into a ball.
“What is it?” she repeated.
“Playdough,” I told her. Really though, it’s eco-dough, a perfect solution for a mama who remembers Playdough always smelling a little funny. I never knew exactly what it was made of, and until recently, I had little reason to care.
I was visiting my aunt and uncle in Cleveland Ohio at least 15 years ago, when my cousin was young. I remember being amazed as we spent time in the kitchen and I watched Playdough being made. It fascinated me to see it come out of a pot, colored by food coloring, instead of from a container, colored by who-knows-what.
When Chloe was younger, I thought in the future that, yes, we will make Playdough together too. As life with a young child, my own business, and everything else that comes up played out, the time never seemed to appear. That’s why I was so excited when I discovered eco-dough.
This is an example of how I find balance between wanting to do it all and knowing that I can’t possibly.
When I find products that let me find more joy with Chloe while reducing stress, overwhelm, and feelings of “I must,” I welcome them into my home with open arms – when they meet my standards.
Using blueberries, carrots, spinach, and in the case of the pink, to color the dough, I knew exactly what was in the eco-dough just by reading the label on the container. No proprietary information blocking my confidence that this was a safe product for my child. Just pure, safe fun!
We made snowmen, flowers, challah, rings and all sorts of fun creations. It was the perfect way to spend a rainy and overcast day. She was upset when it was time to put it away, but what can I say – lunch and naptime were calling.
I look forward to exploring more colors with Chloe (and ecokids paint, but that’s a mess for another day). Will we make our own in the kitchen? Maybe we will one day. For now, I’m confident that I can keep the joy coming with a little more ease.
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Where can you find a little more balance and ease in your life today?
Peace, Love, and Wellness,