Review: Castor Oil and It's Benefits

Several months back, a friend of mine raved about using castor oil to improve the length and strength of her lashes. I haven't been cursed with terrible stubby eyelashes, but I've also not been blessed with gorgeous voluminous ones either. I don't like to wear a lot of makeup, but when I don't wear mascara and/or curl my lashes, I end up looking tired and disheveled (although I'm sure this is more in my head than I think). I commented on how amazing her lashes looked and asked what mascara she uses (assuming this was the solution), and that's when she recommended I try castor oil. I put it on my "to get" list and made a mental note to give it a try.

Flash forward a few months, and after reviewing Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, I was contacted again to consider providing another review of any product of my choice. This was my chance! I suggested a post about castor oil for eyelash growth, and was sent a bottle of the oil to try for myself. And boy, am I glad I did.

Setting Goals for the New Year: Better You Edition

Happy New Years Eve! We've made it to the end of 2017 and are about to ring in 2018! There is still time to come up with some goals for the upcoming year. Read on for 10 more resolutions you can make for a better you!

10 New Years Resolutions for a Better You

1. Create a budget. The new year is the perfect time for goals like this. Sit down, take a good look at your finances, and start creating your budget. This is a big task, so make sure you break down the steps needed to make it manageable by using SMART goals!

Setting Goals for the New Year: Teacher Edition

Can you believe 2017 is already coming to an end? Personally, I can't wait until this year is over. In preparation for all the good that can only come from a new year, let's talk about goal setting for your classroom!

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1. Take more consistent data

Setting Goals for the New Year: Fitness Edition

So it's no secret that I take fitness and health very seriously. I play soccer competitively all year round, weight lift regularly, and write fitness plans for my friends and family. I find so much value in keeping my body and mind healthy and love re-evaluating and making new fitness goals. Want some inspiration? Read on to develop your own for the New Year.

1. Get a gym membership and go

Awesome Gift Idea: Photowall Review!

I was approached by Jennifer a few weeks ago regarding the awesome company, Photowall. She wanted to provide me with a complimentary wall mural or canvas print in exchange for an honest review and to get the name out there. I have to say, this may be my favorite collaboration ever! I am so excited at the chance to share my experience with all of you! Read on to learn about how you can save using a special discount code to get your very own design! 

The catalog of images available to be turned into a wall mural or canvas print is vast to say the least! I wanted to use an image they already had in their library (to get the full experience) so I really took my time to look through their images to find the perfect one. I found a few different images I loved, but my husband and I ultimately agreed on an image that really reflected our lives.

Setting Goals for the New Year: Nutrition Edition

In preparation for the upcoming New Year, I've written a few different posts devoted to different types of New Year's goals. This one is all about nutrition and healthy eating!

1. Drink more water

Work and Ethics: How to Decline Gifts Without Being a Jerk

This time of year can be an ethical challenge for many professionals. It's fairly typical to exchange gifts with co-workers around the holidays, and even so with students in your classrooms. It's not uncommon to be gifted a nice hand-made frame, or a gift card to the local coffee shop from a devoted and caring family. However, that is not an option for behavioral professionals, whether you do home services, work in a school, or run your own clinic.

As a BCBA, I have to deal with the ethical dilemma of holiday gifts. Per our BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code, "Behavior analysts do not accept any gifts from or give any gifts to clients because this constitutes a multiple relationship" (1.06). This guideline is meant to prevent dual relationships. Because of our job in human services, and the very nature of our "helping" profession, many families want to show their appreciation of you by providing a token of gratitude. Often, these gifts are just that, tokens of appreciation and respect, and may not cause any issues. However, sometimes the exchanging of gifts can complicate the boundaries of the professional relationship you've established, thus the Board takes a hard stance on gifts in general. 

So, that's all well and good. But how do you deal with the inevitable situation when a parent, or worse, a child, hands you a gift. Are you supposed to shout "NO! ETHICS!", smash the gift on the ground, and run out of the house screaming? No. But here are some real things you can do to help with this very real issue, especially during the holiday season:

1. Employ some antecedent strategies

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