OwlCrate for Days!

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I bring you not one but three OwlCrate unboxings. Yes, that’s what happens when you live in Colombia. You get three months worth of OwlCrates over the course of two weeks. Get something to eat, maybe a tall glass of water too because this post is massive. Let’s see all the goodies, shall we?

Let’s begin with the box for the month of May, themed “Comic Explosion.” Now, I was honestly kind of skeptical because I’m not really a fan of comic books or anything comic-related, I’m just getting into Marvel shows and movies. The twist OwlCrate gave to the whole comics theme was fantastic, and I think it made the box enjoyable for everyone.

Let’s begin with the Loki Pop! Funko because I mean, isn’t it adorable? I took this one to school because this year I’m trying something new behavior management-wise with my older boys. I’ll write a post on my whole behavior management system soon (I promise).

Then there’s the cutest Wonder Woman candle from Dio Candle Company. My mom lit it until there was nothing because she was in love with the tropical scent.

I thought I wasn’t going to like the next item, which is a bag of coffee candy from Kafe Candy, and I ended up basically eating every piece. Sorry not sorry.

The gorgeous art print drawn by Francesca Zappia, who is also the author of Eliza and Her Monsters, OwlCrate’s book for May, is now decorating my Portuguese notebook, and I smile every time I see it. The book itself was on my wish list, and I love it when I get books I’d been meaning to buy because I feel like I’m saving money, so good job in that front OwlCrate. Keep it up!

There’s also a sneak peek of Afar, which is a graphic novel from Leila del Duca and Kit Seaton. I’ll do a proper review on it as soon as I finish reading it.

Finally, we have the cute multi-colored pen from Ooly, and that’s something else I have at school and use every day because it’s just so practical.

Okay, let’s close our eyes, count to ten and continue with the June OwlCrate, themed “Make It Out Alive.”

This month I got two books: The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson and New World

Rising by Jennifer Wilson. Now, I think both books are dystopian, which I am excited about because I feel like I haven’t read a dystopian novel in the longest while.

Between both books we have a patch created exclusively for OwlCrate by Laserbrain Patch Co. This patch is inspired on The Giver by Lois Lowry, which I have yet to read, and is now in my “rewards box” at school because I think it’s very cute and one of my students might enjoy having it at home.

There are some stickers that came with The Sandcastle Empire, and those are now in my stickers book. The magnet from LittleInklingsDesign is now on my whiteboard in my bedroom because I think the quote is very powerful and I like to keep it somewhere visible. The bookmark from Hey Atlas Creative has found its home among its fellow bookmark friends in my collection.

The remaining items, which are a thingy to cover your eyes (I don’t know its name in English, and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t even have one in Spanish) and a bath bomb from Fizzy Fairy Apothecary are going to my best friend because I use neither.

Let’s all take a sip of water and move on to July’s box, themed “Wanderlust”. I literally

 

used the bag the day after I got it. I love bags like that one and I think they’re super useful. It is now my designated Zumba bag.

Then there’s a mirror designed by Miss Phi, and it now travels with me in my backpack because a pocket mirror is a must for me.

I got a Pop! Funko keychain of Newt Scamander, and I adore it so much, it’s part of my keychain collection that goes everywhere with me.

This is the second time I get a bag tag in a subscription box and I think that’s genius because I wouldn’t buy myself one. The one I got in July’s OwlCrate is from Mudpuppy and it’s so darn cute.

There’s this art print with a quote that everybody knows because of Looking For Alaska. I’d seen it around but I haven’t read the book or know the original author of it, but still I fell in love with the print itself by Shailey Ann Design. It is now in my cork board surrounded by two of my favorite poems.

This box also contains an item by Ooly, which is this tiny notebook with lined paper, perfect to carry around.

The map and the card come with July’s book, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I’d wanted to get this book since I first started hearing everyone talk about it, and as soon as I found out what the theme was, I knew I was getting it. The map is going to my best friend as well because she’s actually traveled to Europe. I put a post-it on “man” and changed it to “gentlelady.”

And we’re done! In the comments tell me out of all the items I got, which was your favorite and why? This will be my last OwlCrate unboxing in a while because I’ve gone back to money-saving mode, but I have a ton of reviews and fun posts to you.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Netflix Talk: Prison Break Season 4 (pt. 1)

NETFLIX TALK-.pngHello and happy Tuesday. Let’s continue talking about shows that have cons as main characters, shall we?

I’m obviously talking about Prison Break, which is a show I used to love when it first came out. Of course, you all know that because I already watched and reviewed season 3, so now I’m going to talk about the first half of season 4. I divided this review because I don’t want this post to be super long and boring, but I want to be able to really discuss some items, so I need depth.

Okay, let me set the scene for you in season 4. This review is obviously going to have a ton of spoilers, so if you haven’t watched the previous season, stop reading. This season, unlike 1 and 3, isn’t set in prison, and unlike season 2, doesn’t feature our characters as fugitives.

Sara also becomes an active character again, which is a fact I loved about this season, but as far as the first half of the season goes, Sofia and L.J. are not mentioned or shown, only in a couple of scenes during the first episode and that’s it. That’s always annoying to me, when a character just disappears from a show, especially when they used to be very important.

And now that we’re talking about secondary characters, I was super glad to find that they have a lot more participation in this season than in previous ones. They don’t just follow Michael’s orders but they are able to actually make decisions and execute them, which is something we didn’t really see before, and like I said when I reviewed season 3, it’s nice to see that Michael isn’t the only smart person in the show.

Regarding Michael, I like that he has a back story regarding his health and I like that this is included in the show because it makes the plot more interesting, and it makes everything all the more intriguing. I say this because something that happened to me particularly in this season is that I got a bit bored to see that everything worked out for Michael and the others, like in terms of the plans they had, their timing was always perfect and it was annoying that everything was great for them. It was unrealistic, to be honest, to see that they had all the necessary tools to accomplish each “mission”, and the fact that the season was so long made it worse.

All in all, I really enjoyed the first half of this season because there were moments in which I laughed out loud, alone in my room, and moments in which all I wanted to do was sit down and cry, and if you’ve followed the show from the start you probably understand why I felt this way. I loved the way the characters became close to each other and I loved how the way they were portrayed changed throughout the show, and there are characters I used to despise and ended up crying for.

As soon as I watch the other half of this season, I’ll write a review for you. In the meantime, tell me about a show you’ve followed for years and the reasons why you love it.

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

Netflix Talk: OITNB Season 5

NETFLIX TALK-.pngHello and happy Monday. Being on vacation means binge watching my favorite shows on Netflix, and one of the shows I love and cherish is Orange is the New Black. The main reason I love it is Alex Vause because, well, that woman is absolutely amazing. I’ve obviously grown to love the story and the characters.

Season 5 is all about a riot going on in Litchfield Penitentiary after C.O Bailey killed Pussey. I honestly thought the riot thing would go on for one, two episodes tops, not the whole freaking season, but once I understood it was actually sort of a real-time thing, I enjoyed it more.

This season doesn’t have as many sexy bits as other seasons do, which was disappointing for me, if I’m being completely honest. I mean, when I say I love Alex, I mean it; I don’t want to see her just sitting around or following Piper everywhere.

The story focused more on the riot itself and the reasons behind it, and it uncovers many issues the inmates encounter due to poor or nonexistent medical assistance, degrading jobs instead of education programs, to name a couple. It continues with the format of showing the life of some characters before they were in prison, which I love, especially because the casting is absolutely spot on.

Now, I laughed a ton, as always with this show, but I think this is the season in which I’ve cried the most, and I mean, through the final episode alone I cried like five times. It is certainly not the best season, but it is a season worth watching, in my opinion.

Do you like Orange is the New Black? If so, who’s your favorite character and why?

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Empties #3

Hello and happy Sunday. It’s been a while since the last time I wrote a post on my empties [x] [x], but it was totally necessary to write one now. Let’s get started, shall we?

This first category is the fragrance one. I’ve been in a mission to finish my old stuff to be able to use new products I’ve bought, and I think that shows, judging by the amount of empty bottles.

Hello Kitty Wild & Wicked Body Mist

I’d had this for so long, I’m glad it’s finally over. This is the perfect combination of sweet, fruity, flowery and citrus. I love it and if I find it again in the future, I think I’d consider buying it, but I’m pretty sure it’s no longer available.

So Pink by Gap Body Mist

So Pink is my trademark scent. Since I was 15, I’ve always had a body mist, a perfume or a lotion with this scent. Currently, I have a bottle of perfume and hand cream, so I’m not on a rush to buy the body mist again, though I’m pretty sure I will once I travel to the States. If you like citrus, then you’ll love So Pink.

United Colors of Benetton Body Mist in Energizing Pitanga

This was a gift from my dad, who knows I love things that smell nice. As the name says, it gives you that energizing vibe and sets you in this perky, productive mood. For a while, I wore it to go work out. It is flowery but super fresh, not sweet at all. I think I might get this scent or another one of this line sometime in the future.

Fancy Girl by Jessica Simpson

This was also a gift because I’m spoiled and the people who love me know I love perfume. I used to wear this perfume when there was a special occasion at work, so it wasn’t like this super fancy event, but I had to step up my game a little bit. It is sweet, but classy, you know? It really smells like nothing I’d owned before because it is just a classier than my usual everyday products, but it’s still a scent for young women.

Now let’s move on to the skincare stuff.

Haiko Natural Moisturizing Cream 

I used this every day until I ran out. I didn’t know this brand before I got this cream in a Colombian subscription box, but now I’ve tried my fair share of products and would totally recommend it. This particular cream has the lightest texture and absorbs super quickly. It also has SPF, which is always a plus.

Puretem Purevera Emulsion

For a while, I decided to go for a more “natural” look, so I used this product as a primer. The texture is light and super absorbing, and it leaves my skin feeling moisturized and makeup-ready. It doesn’t have a scent.

L’Oreal Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Cream

This is by far my favorite face wash ever. It has the softest, nicest scent, and it’s true to it’s name because it feels super soft on the skin. Whenever I used it, I felt like I was getting a cleaner, healthier, smoother face. It is currently in my wish list, but I have other products, so I’m in no hurry to repurchase this.

Let’s talk about foundations, babies.

L.A Colors Liquid Makeup in Natural 

This was also a gift from my dad. He bought it in the Dollar Tree, which is an important detail to take into account when trying and reviewing a product. It’s good enough, but then again, it is a $1 foundation, so it’s not going to give you full coverage. Would I buy it myself? Absolutely! It’s $1!

Maybelline Super Natural 

I’m not sure if this is sold in the U.S, but it’s a great everyday foundation. It leaves my skin with a smooth, poreless texture and it has decent coverage. I think I might buy it again, although I’m currently trying another foundation.

And finally, we have two items I couldn’t place in other categories.

Haiko Natural Slimming Gel 

This was great and I enjoyed it while it lasted. Of course, a slimming gel by itself is not going to get anybody slimmer, but I feel like the daily massages did help in toning and firming my skin. I don’t have any plans for repurchasing this product any time soon, especially because it’s a bit pricey.

Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner in Brownish Black 

First of all, the brownish black eyeliner is actually brown, so keep that in mind when buying it. I used it when I was going for a brown or pink smokey eye because it wasn’t as harsh as as a black eyeliner. The tip of the wand is very easy to work with, and it does help you be precise. It dries super quickly and stays on your eyes throughout the day, so with this eyeliner you don’t need to worry about smudges or transferring. It I’d buy it again, I just need to be done with the other eyeliners I have.

So, these were my empties. Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products I mentioned or if you’d like to try it and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

My Teacher Planner (An Update)

 

Hello and happy Saturday. A few months ago I wrote a post on the teacher planner I’d use for the new school year. Now, in that post I talked about where I got it and all those details, so if you want to know more, click here. In this post I’ll be talking about how I’ve been actually using the planner throughout the school year. Let’s get started, shall we?

What we first see here is my yearly planning. I made it based on last year, but as you can see, it now has some notes I wrote in pencil, and post-its. I add them whenever I want to modify something from the “original” plan, so that at the end of the year I can have an updated, more complete yearly plan.

I’m in charge of uploading a more detailed planning of my classes with Pre-K and Transition every two weeks, and that’s when the yearly plan comes in super handy. For Kindergarten, however, there’s another teacher in charge, so while she uploads the planning, I write my ideas for the classes in a lined paper, to then complement with what she uploaded.

 

 

 

 

 

This is my weekly planner, and probably the most important part of everything I’m showing you. I color-code it so that it’s easier for me to know what I have to do with each grade. Here I only write keywords or the general idea of my lesson. On the “notes” section, I add any ideas that come to mind, lessons that I had to postpone or homework that needs to be sent.

 

 

 

 

Finally, right before the school year started, I added these monthly planners, which you can find at Playdough to Plato as part of the free pack where I got the other forms. I use this for two things: one, in colors I add important events happening each day (maybe a visit to the library, a meeting with a parent, or a special theme day). Because I can see the full month, it’s easy for me to use that information when I’m doing my two-week planning. Now, the other thing I use it for, is to document what I did in each class at the end of the day. I do this so that I can add that information to the yearly planning and make my life a little easier each year.

Do you use a planner for work? If so, how do you use it?

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

 

My Book of Happy Thoughts

Hello and happy Friday. Last Christmas I gave my sister a makeup bag filled with all the essentials, and she was so grateful she gave me a ton of stuff. One of the things she gave me was this cute notebook, in which every day since December 24th, 2016 I write five things that make me happy. Today I’ll be sharing with you ten things, which I’ve selected thanks to a random number generator. I highly suggest you start your own little book of happy thoughts, because it gets you to put things into perspective and always have at least five reasons every day to be happy and thankful. Let’s get started!

#588 Remembering my school years.

#93 Cake for snack, fries for lunch.

#460 Sporting a skirt for the first time in a while.

#288 Tiny animal-shaped chocolate.

#685 Being able to do new exercises.

#521 Waking up to the sound of the sea.

#74 Crazy colored makeup.

#182 Speaking in French.

#40 Showering past noon.

#64 Tight clothes that make me look slimmer.

Those are ten things that make me happy. Now, tell me, what’s something that makes you happy?

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila

Kawaii Box Unboxing + Review

Hello and happy Thursday. As a lover of all things pretty, I’d like to introduce you to Kawaii Box, a monthly subscription box that for $19.80 delivers you the cutest things you’ve ever seen. I’m talking about stickers, stationery, candy and other goodies you’ll love. Did I mention international shipping is free? Well, now you know.

I was subscribed last year, then cancelled my subscription and re-subscribed again earlier this year. Today I want to share with you what I got in my March box (which I actually received in May) so that you have an idea of the goodies included in the box and evaluate whether it’s worth it to you or not. 

The card that comes with the box says there were eleven items included, so I’ll least each and briefly review it. Let’s get started!

1. Bunny Purse 

I’m a preschool teacher, so I love all things fluffy and fuzzy. This is perfect for the loose change I keep in the backpack I take to school, and the size is great because I can find it easily among all the stuff I keep.

2. Carrot Erasers

Yeah, so, among everything I collect, I have my own box full of erasers shaped as macaroons, chocolate bars, and now I have carrot erasers! I might not use them for what they’re intended, but I’ll keep them around for sure.

3. Puffy Stickers

These went straight to my stickers box. I adore stickers and these ones are just so pretty to look at. Honestly, I feel like all my preschool-teacher dreams are being fulfilled with the goodies in this box.

4. Temporary Tattoos

At first I thought they were stickers and I just wanted to have somewhere to place them and look at them forever, then when I read the card I thought of putting a little crown on my ring finger just because I thought that would look so cute. I decided, though, that I’ll wait until I’m on vacation because I don’t want students asking me questions about my body art. For now they are in, you guessed it, my temporary tattoos box.

5. Sticky Notes

I have sticky notes shaped like arrows, telephones, stars, hearts, and even sleeping cats, but I didn’t have a pad of sticky notes shaped like a panda’s head with its mouth wide open. I probably won’t use them to answer any notes from parents in them, though because I have to make them believe I’m a serious, responsible adult.

6. Chocolate Cookies

I wanted to save these for when my sister came home, but that resolution lasted for about ten seconds. These cookies were absolutely amazing and I want to have more of these. Like, is there any chance that I can get the supersized version?

7. Bag Tag

This is one of those things I didn’t know were a thing until I got one. I want to travel now more than ever so that I can attach this to my suitcase and be like “yep, that’s mine, the one with the macaroons bag tag.”

8. Magnetic Bookmarks

You should know by now that I love collecting stuff, and among that stuff are of course bookmarks. My favorite, though, are the short magnetic ones because they literally can’t go anywhere as opposed to large paper ones that can sometimes fall off, but they don’t leave marks in the pages like some clip bookmarks do. These ones are a bit flimsy but I think it’s because of the material they were made from. I haven’t used them yet but as soon as I pick up a physical book.

9. Acrylic Pins

Can we start getting a couple of pins in each box? Because honestly, these were so pretty and bright that I want to star collecting them. They are now on the bag I take to Portuguese classes because I want my classmates to see how cool I am.

10. Candy Gel Pen 

This might be a teacher thing, but gel pens are my absolute favorite thing. I love how pigmented the ink is and how they glide on the page. Plus, this one has a cute ball thingy in the tip that looks like those accessories you can tie to zippers. I will leave mine on the cap of my pen because I think it looks nice that way.

11. Candy DIY Kit

Here’s a confession: I ate all the candy and didn’t create any shape like the box instructed. I also bit the carton stick because I thought it too was a piece of candy. The actual edible goodies tasted like the best years of my childhood. I felt like I was eating edible play dough and loved every second of it.

So, as you can see, for less than $20 I got eleven items I absolutely loved. You can click here and check out the Kawaii Box page and maybe think about giving it a try.

Let me know about your favorite subscription box for cute stuff!

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

Book Case Club August Unboxing

 

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I’m bringing you my second unboxing of Book Case Club, which to me is the perfect subscription box for people who want to discover new books at a great price.

I was surprised when I opened my August Book Case Club box and discovered not one but two hardcovers. Hardcovers are more expensive than paperbacks, and yet I got these two for $10, which is the monthly price for BCC.

Now the reason why I love book subscription boxes is that I’m given the chance to discover new books, books that I probably wouldn’t buy for myself but that are just waiting to be read, you know?

In August I got Triple Moon, which is the first book in the Summer on East End series by Melissa de la Cruz. Now, I’ve heard a ton about this author but haven’t read any books from her, so I’m very excited to get my first one and find out why so many people like her.

The second book I got is Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley. I had seen this book a ton at one of my local bookstores and had toyed with the idea of buying it. I’m honestly glad I didn’t buy it then and there because now I have it, thanks to Book Case Club, and in comparison it’s as if I didn’t have to pay anything for it. This sounds like a badass book and I can’t wait to read it.

Have you heard about or read this books? If so, tell me what you think about them!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Netflix Talk: Jessica Jones

NETFLIX TALK- (1).pngHello and happy Tuesday. You know what the title means, so let’s just get on with it, shall we? I started watching Jessica Jones because I love Krysten Ritter and also I was curious to watch a show about a super hero or a super human or whatever Jessica Jones is. And though the show is darker and gloomier than what I’m used to watching, I became obsessed with it. The fact that when I watched it there was only one season on Netflix helped me get through the whole show. You know, I’m still waiting for Shonda Rhimes to put her act together and release new Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder episodes, or you know, to tell Netflix people that here in Colombia we’re dying for a new season in case there is one.

I loved this show because Jessica Jones is an absolute badass who’d do anything for the people she cares about. I loved it because it gives us the story about a strong woman who’s trying to save people, but who drinks a bit (a lot) too much, and who has a messy life. I love this because women are forced to be perfect and have everything sorted out in their lives, when in reality no one really does, and showing that a person with super powers can still have a messy life is a relief.

I enjoyed season 1 and would definitely watch a season 2 if it were to exist. For now, Luke Cage, the spinoff series is on my list and I will for sure watch and enjoy every second of it because ugh, Luke Cage is just gorgeous.

Now tell me, what show about super heroes or super humans should I watch next?

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

Netflix Talk: Prison Break Season 3

NETFLIX TALK-.pngHello and happy Monday. Now that it’s December Blogging Madness, I can go back to posting about stuff I watch on Netflix (yay!). Today I want to share with you my thoughts on season 3 of Prison Break. I could talk for hours about seasons 1 and 2, but I’d need a separate post for that, so let me know in the comments if you’d like me to write about them.

The reason why I’m talking exclusively about this season is that I recently started watching it, although by the time you read this post there’s a huge chance that it’d already been taken off Netflix along with other shows like How I Met Your Mother. I was a loyal viewer of Prison Break when it first aired, and by then there was no Netflix, so I stayed up late every week to watch each new episode. I watched season 1 about three times and then I watched season 2, but when it ended I sort of lost interest in the show.

Now, ten years after season 3 aired, I decided to watch it, you know, give it another chance, and man, I think that was one of the best tv-show-related decisions I’ve made. Season 3 has as much action as the previous season, and Michael is still super smart, only now we get to see Lincoln in a more active role, and he proves to be able to sort things out without depending solely on his brother.

By looking into this season, I realized this probably was one of the first shows that wasn’t focused in the “good guys” and that was filled with action, but then again, it had some depth. I feel that in small doses, you know, one or two episodes at a time, this show and this season particularly can be thoroughly enjoyed by someone like me, who gets easily bored and disenchanted.

I have yet to finish this season and watch season 4, and when I do, be sure to check out this blog to see my review. In the meantime, what Netflix show are you obsessed with and why?

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila