Researching Personal Care Products

EWG imageDid you know there is a website that you can go to where you can research the toxicity of your personal care products?

Check out  They have over 79,000 products listed and they rate them from 0 – 10 based on the toxicity of the products’  ingredients.

I love this website and use it to research the products I am currently using, as well as look up new products that are less toxic.

Enjoy it!


– Michelle

Tips for Older Children

With older children, 3 and up, you can discuss how important sleep is with them.  Tell them how much more fun they will have the next day after they get a good night sleep.  You can also tell them if you get a good nights sleep, you will be happier the next day and have more energy to play with them.

Tell them that the body fixes itself at night and does some growing which is why it is so important for them to go to bed at a reasonable hour and sleep until the morning.

I usually recommend a clock that changes color in the morning if your child cannot tell time.  Here is my favorite clock (and the one my 5 & 7 year olds use): 

Here are are some other Kid’s Alarm Clocks.

Sticker Charts can also work well with older children.

Get your children involved in making bedtime restful too.  Sit down with them and see what they would like to see at bedtime and decide what you can do to remove power struggles.  Is it hard to get your child to brush their teeth?  See if you can do it earlier in the routine.

How much sleep does your child need?

A 3 year old needs around 10.5 hours of sleep at night and a 1.5 hour nap

A 4 year old needs 11.5 hours of sleep at night, and some still take naps.

A 5 year old needs 11 hours of sleep at night.

6, 7, and 8 year olds need between 10 1/4 to 10 3/4 of sleep at night.

A 9 year old needs 10 hours of sleep at night. 

Also, check out this website for fun coloring pages to help your children learn the importance of sleep:


Thanks for reading!

By Michelle Winters

That Dreaded Second Wind

Ever wonder why your child gets a second wind when they miss their bedtime? If your child missed their sleep window (the natural time when they are ready
for bed) instead of producing calming melatonin, their bodies’ produce the stress hormone cortisol. This causes your child to have trouble falling and staying asleep. To avoid this – Make sure your child goes to sleep at around the same time everyday. Watch the clock and their sleepy cues to be sure their bedtime is when it should be.

Column on The DC Ladies

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– Michelle

New Green Column

I am starting to write a twice monthly column on The DC Ladies website,

My first column should be published this week.  I am very excited to be writing with such a great group of ladies!

Check them out 🙂


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