Maple Holistics Shampoo

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Maple Holistics

Maple Holistics Winter Blend

Hi pals, are you finishing off your leftovers?

If you’re a resident reader, I’m sure you’ve noticed my love-hate relationship with Florida’s weather. From violent storms to moody season transitions, you can forget about the holidays when it just doesn’t feel like it, right? Heck, I know someone who moved up north to get those bloggable changing autumn tree leaves.

This is part of the reason why I made my choice when Maple Holistics reached out to me with a collaboration. Maple Holistics is a New Jersey company that aims to provide natural and holistic solutions to personal care. They offer items like bath salts, shampoo and conditioner, scrubs, serums and more that are all natural, sulfate-free, and aren’t tested on animals!

Maple Holistics Winter Blend ShampooI chose their Winter Blend Shampoo & Conditioner set because its formula has 5 different mints: spearmint, bergamot, peppermint, wild mint, and eucalyptus mint. The theme and scent should be perfect for inspiring your end-of-the-year activities if your climate is also not cooperating. Additionally, the conditioner has many essential oils and amino acids including jojoba and argan.

I was also interested in trying a peppermint shampoo as I’ve heard it’s helps stimulate hair growth. Maple Holistics says that the blend should soothe your scalp, clear dandruff and hydrate hair.

While the winter set certainly smells like mint– those little round green and white candies!– it’s harder to tell about any other benefits. It has washed away dandruff but hasn’t eliminated the problem (I’ve been using it a little longer than 2 weeks). I don’t think my hair’s particularly dry, so it’s harder to tell if it’s been moisturized or not. It has washed away all the product used for recent parties in case there’s concern about the strength of natural shampoos.


Perhaps I need to finish the bottles, but I really wanted to share this blend in time in case you were interested! However, I haven’t really noticed any change in my hair. They may also just not be what my hair needs, but I do highly appreciate Maple Holistics’s commitments! Not only do they have the natural aspects I’ve mentioned but even their bottles are recyclable and BPA free. I would definitely consider them in the future. 

If you’re in the market for natural personal care, check them out! Maple Holistics even offers a free samples program, so you can try them for yourself!

Have you heard of Maple Holistics? What products are you eyeing?
I was sent these products free of charge for review purposes.

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Offset Holiday Costs with SurveySavvy

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Hello buds, are you celebrating a holiday this week?

I’m not a big Thanksgiving person, but it does seem to be getting more festive as people are putting up wreaths and lights, so I’ll try to keep this post short and sweet. Whether you’re eating turkey tomorrow, celebrating something soon, or supporting Native American Heritage Month, it may very well require the green stuff. No, not a needle-y tree or spearmint; I’m talking about money. If you’re looking for some extra dough this holiday season, consider survey site SurveySavvy.

SurveySavvy is probably among one of the panels I’ve used with the least amount of bells and whistles. They have surveys and that’s pretty much it. And they don’t e-mail nearly as much as other sites. It could very well depend on your demographics (age, gender, race, income, etc), but according to my e-mail records, they sent me notices about 15 times a month or less.

Invitations do tend to say how much they’re worth (mine were usually $1- $5), but keep in mind that you may not qualify for every one. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that they keep track of your history so that you can see how many surveys you’ve taken, didn’t qualify for, and how much you earned like on other sites like Opinion Outpost. I doubt that they don’t reward you appropriately, but it just seems more transparent.

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I’m not 100% sure, but I don’t think that SurveySavvy’s surveys were particularly “fun.” Some panels ask about tv shows, but I believe their questions were more about your household appliances. Additionally, they do have a referral and other programs where you can download tracking software on your connected devices for larger amounts of money. Their site says they do accept people across the world. They pay by check.

To be honest, I will probably delete my account after this season. I’ve so many things going on, the questions aren’t particularly relevant to me, so it just ends up taking up time that I don’t feel is worth it. However, if you are looking for a just-a-once-in-a-while hobby, this may be more suited for you.

P.S.- Support the Tsleil Waututh tribe for updates on the Kinder Morgan pipeline!

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Liebster Award

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Hello readers, how are you?

Today I’m answering questions posed to me by The Crunchy Writer via a Liebster Award. If you’ve been considering going vegan or are otherwise interested in recipes or products, check them out!

The Crunchy Writer’s Questions…

1. What is your blog about, and why did you choose your topic?
I blog about fashion, beauty, media, and my own life for many reasons: to learn about my own likes, what works for me, to provide unique analysis and practise writing, and share information.

2. What is your favorite post ever? That you wrote!
I like my Where to Invade Next review because I feel like it’s the most professional I’ve written. But I also like finding and supporting creatives and communities like in Shop Latinx and Hurricane Irma.  

3.Favorite type(s) of music?
Hard to say. Anything that doesn’t make me sleepy!

4. What’s your all-time favorite snack?
Tortilla chips and a dip 💕

5. Where would you say you spend most of your time hanging out?
Does my house count? It costs money to hang anywhere else 😓

6. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging to try to act more braggadociously which would hopefully translate into real life so that I wouldn’t have to act and just be more confident.

7. What show are you currently watching, and do you recommend it?
I’ve been giving post-Daily Show-show The Opposition a trial. There have been pieces that knock it out of the park, other aspects that are a miss. I also love the genealogy show Finding Your Roots. It’s a great history program.

8. If you own pets, what are their names? If you don’t own pets, why not?
We have 1 cat named Charlie! 😺

9. Any goals for 2018?
Girlllll, it’s too early to be asking about next year lol…

10. If you could undo one thing this year, just one thing, what would it be?
It isn’t, like, one specific event, but I just wish that I knew how to stand up for myself better. I see people get in online arguments all day, so anger is kind of my default reaction. I totally understand how people can be so from seeing the same horrible stances repeatedly but kind of feel like hostility would just make shit-positioners even more defensive. 

11. What’s your Instagram/Twitter/FB?

11 Facts About Moi

1. I love sea life.
2. I think grasshoppers are gross.
3. I’m a little jealous of people that got to be a little older and know their grandparents.
4. I like a faint smell of rubbing alcohol or bleach… it means a thing is clean, right? 😅
5. In Creative Writing class, I got called “avant-garde.”
6. I’m really bad at actually spending money. I always convince myself that I don’t need it.
7. I really hate when people act like their experience is that of everyone else’s.
8. Also unnecessary cruelty. I feel like society is so cruel, so people just uncritically perpetuate it to be ~cool~ or momentarily interesting themselves.
9. I love learning but am a slow (non-fiction) reader.
10. I say that I love coffee, but I honestly just make my own cheap iced coffee.
11. Excess makes me anxious. Too many people, too much loudness. Perhaps even that there’s too much sugar in restaurant coffee makes me uncomfortable.


1. Asra Says
2. The Star Attraction
3. Seersucker Optional
4. Truly Zipporah
6. Bom dia luna
7. Immobulife
8. Pretty Peach Reviews
9. Lost In The Diaspora
10. Crystalsandcurls
11. Tigritsa Beauty

My Questions

1. How did you start your blog?
2. What changes have you made?
3. How do you handle stress?
4. Do you have any idols?
5. If you do, how do you promo your blog?
6. Do you celebrate any November/December holidays?
7. If so, what do you do?
8. Can you cook?
9. If you watch tv, what are you watching?
10. What do you like/dislike about blogging?
11. What’s your favorite platform?

Thanks for reading! ❤

Mars Unboxes

September 2017 Target Beauty Box

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Hi readers, one of the survey sites I use redid their system, and everyone had to cash out their points. I traded some for Target gift cards thinking that I could save them for the holidays but couldn’t resist trying a Target Beauty Box.

I’ve gotten to it late because of my Las Vegas trip, so I’ve also tried just making an unboxing video. Apparently YouTube doesn’t have annotations anymore, so I can’t make one that says boxes are usually $7 (for some reason I thought they were on sale). And you don’t have to buy a subscription.

I don’t know if they usually make separate boxes, but the September box on their website is different from mine, so I’ll list its contents and some of what Target’s card says.

St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub: classic item. I did need exfoliating.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Body Lotion: cocoa butter with vitamin E.
Curls Blueberry Leave In Conditioner: boost healthy hair growth & keratin production!
ChapStick Hydration in Blood Orange: to moisturize, renew & transform lips.
Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Creme: lasting moisture for the moist dry & damaged.
Pretty Animalz by Look Beauty Panda Calming Facials Sheet Mask:
intense hydration calms skin with aromatic lavender.
Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Argan Milk Shampoo + Blowout Creme:
Argan oil, shea butter & almond milk cleanse, tame frizz and improve shine.

I’m pretty excited to try most of these items. I’ve never actually used a leave-in conditioner before, the panda mask is cute, and the shampoo has marshmallow root! I can be skeptical about the worth of samples, but I think you get your money’s worth with the mask and ChapStick not to mention free shipping.

If I were more into sub boxes, I think I’d actually subscribe to Target’s. I love the variety of products and brands and the affordability and value. I’m just terrible at using things that aren’t already in my routine. If you can use them up, like those factors, and have Target available, check out this month’s box. It features a snail mask worth $6!

Thanks for reading!