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It’s Mae Polzine! I started this blog back in 2015 to be a place where I could be creative and share things that I love. So, I post a variety of things. I stream a variety of things (gaming, body paint, art, etc.) on Twitch multiple times a week, with stream highlights and all VODs posted on my YouTube Channel. And I’m daily in my Discord chatting with pack members, this is also where you’ll get updates from me on when things are happening around the interwebs. Lastly, I offer Twitch emotes and sub badges over on my shop page, along with other things.

Off to Door County

Hello everybody! I am off for my week long vacation in Door County. We’re going to be staying in Sturgeon Bay, WI at a cabin on Lake Michigan. It’s approximately a six hour road trip from my city to that city. But I am not alone on this adventure,  my mom and sister are coming along for all the fun. I haven’t had a real vacation in years,  so this is long time coming. Some of the things I’m looking forward to are: Art in the park. Where you get to create as much art as you want and anything you want. Motorized scooter ride around Annie’s island in Lake Michigan which is six miles off the tip of the peninsula for Door County. Music concerts at night in the park. No idea who is performing though. Laying on the beach soaking up the sun. And probably going to get insanely burnt. Bonfires outside our cabin. I’m sure we’re doing other things as well but those are the key things I’m looking forward to. Have any of you ever been there? If so, what do you suggest I try to do or go while I’m there for the next week? – Mae Polzine


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Ovation Hair Therapy

Just a note before we begin: I was debating on putting this in my reviews blog to be quite honest. But I decided any and all beauty reviews deserved a blog of their own. Mostly just because you can’t talk about beauty without reviewing it. This product I heard about for at least three months straight while I was driving to and from work and school on the radio. And it peeked my interest. Mainly because I’ve been dying my hair almost every three or four months since the time I was 15. So I’ve roughly had my hair dyed 32 times from either a salon or a box I got at Walmart or Target. Add on straightening and curling my hair, and you get the picture. My hair was fried. I had to cut large amounts off every time I went it just to get rid of all the split ends. And when I decided to stop fighting the beach waves, I started losing a bunch either when combing or washing my hair. To put it plainly, it was bad. So after leaving the main college scene, I was looking for something to fix this. Anything so I could get back to the long, healthy hair I once upon a time had. After months of hearing about it on the radio, I decided to give it a try myself. So I went onto their website, and found they had the same three bottles but four different cell therapy systems. Each one is for different type of hair. Balance Cell Therapy System Normal hair type Dry Color Treated Mix of Fine and Dry Moisture Cell Therapy System Curly hair type Coarse hair type Damaged Processed Natural curl Volume Cell Therapy System Fine hair type Thin Oily hair type Legacy Cell Therapy…

My First 5k – The Color Run

When they advertise that this race was the happiest 5K, you have high expectations and wonder if they’re actually telling the truth. Especially when it’s on a Sunday morning and you were up late the previous night at a concert. My sister and I agreed we would run our first 5K race together. And let me tell you, it was amazing. The race was held at the state fairgrounds in Minnesota. We arrived an hour before our start time because we didn’t pick up our registration packet early, but it honestly took that long to get on the bus and check in then change into what we were going to wear during the race. Last minute I decided I was going to film us going through each of the stations, so I didn’t have my normal camera that was good for action footage so I ended up having to film with my cell phone that I was also using for tracking my progress. This lead to my phone crashing on me several times or not capturing footage at all of us at the second (orange) station. Below I put together what I did manage to capture. Overall, they were not lying. The Color Run was an absolute blast and I’m so glad I did it with my sister. Because shortly after the yellow station, I twisted my ankle so I couldn’t run as fast as I wanted to anymore. My sister stuck by my side and we crossed every station running with smiles on our faces. Planning on running again next year as I loved this experience. – Mae Polzine

Things I learned in college…

Like most people, I went to school to learn about a specific program but walked away learning more things than just that from dealing with roommates to time management to leadership in clubs and organizations I was in. These were mostly through a lot of poor decisions and anxiety that I learned these things. I also had to learn how to study as I never had to when I was in high school. You might have been the A student then, but in a place of A students you learn that you don’t know everything and some things you just need help figuring out. Dealing With Roommates Roommates are not always easy to get along with especially if you are complete opposites in everything you do. But hat doesn’t mean you can’t manage to share the space you have been provided with. The main thing you have to do is agree on some ground rules. Some that I found were most helpful are: Agree on noise level when someone is working on homework, projects, or studying for exams. This way you don’t get as frustrated. And if someone is going to be using the room for friends or doesn’t want to be disturbed, agree early on to communicate this to the other so it’s not “oh they kicked me out, again.” This way you can plan to head over to one of your own friends or head to the library for some solidarity studying. Communicate from the beginning honestly what type of person you are. Such as what are your habits. Do you need a snooze alarm to go off ten times before you wake up? Do you need some time in silence after you wake up for people to talk to you? Are you messy or clean? Sooner you…

Bipolar Disorder – What is it and Personal Experience

What is bipolar disorder? Before I tell my personal experience with the disorder, I feel I need to explain what the mental disorder is. Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional on this subject matter. I only have personal experience with the disorder and want to share it. If you feel any of these things relate to you, please consult a professional. Also known as manic depression, is a common thing many people in the United States deal with daily. How many to be exact? 3 Million cases per year according to Mayo Clinic. This mental disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings where individuals experience depression and mania. Cycles between the two can be a few times every year to several in weeks. There are a few different types of Bipolar Disorder. They are not varying degrees of severity but separate diagnoses. Below are the criteria for each type of Bipolar Disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is written by the American Psychiatric Association: Bipolar Disorder Type I Had at least 1 manic episode. May have been preceded or followed by a period of hypomanic or major depressive episodes. May have caused significant impairment to daily life and might have required hospitalization or break from reality. Bipolar Disorder Type II Had at least 1 major depressive episode lasting at least 2 weeks and at least 1 hypomanic episode lasting at least 4 days. Never had a manic episode. Doesn’t require hospitalization or break from reality. Cyclothymic Disorder Had 2 years of periods of hypomania (less severe than a hypomanic episode) and depressive symptoms (less severe than a major depressive episode) Symptoms last for at least 2 months during these periods. Here’s another way of looking at it through a graph. Now what’s the difference?…