“Coco” Inspired Door Decoration

“Coco” Inspired Door Decoration

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Hello and happy Saturday. Halloween is one of the holidays I like the most because I feel like I can be super crafty and creative inside and outside the classroom. I never considered myself super artsy before becoming a teacher, but I felt to develop those crafty skills was necessary to teach younger kids. Now, that being said, I think we currently live in an awesome time in which there are things like Pinterest and directed drawing videos, so if we’re resourceful we can do wonderful things even if we’re not naturally artsy.

My door is a collage of ideas I took from the internet based on the movie Coco. We went with that theme at school, so I decided to incorporate it at home as well. My objective was to use as many of the supplies I had at home as possible, to really take advantage of those, thus helping out the environment and saving money. That’s why I used small black cardboard sheets instead of a big one.

For the frames I just looked at the basic shape of a sugar skull online and free-drew a bunch of them using four different colors. The vine thingies were inspired by the actual movie banner, but I decided to keep them white because of the colorful flowers I added. When I was brainstorming on ideas for the decor, I knew I was going to put flowers in the background. You see, I have two dogs that hate children, so for a few years now what we’ve done was decorate my door and tape pieces of candy on it so that the kids can take them without us having to open the door. The candy went in the center of each flower.

As for the guitar, the maracas, and the hat, I watched directed drawing videos and drew them over brown cardboard to give them that wooden/ old time-y effect. I used mostly orange and green, also for effect and to make them seem more authentic looking.

I already have a very cool idea for next year, but I want you to try to guess in the comments. Hint: it’s going to be spooky.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Edelweiss Reads: Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend

Edelweiss Reads: Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend

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Hello and happy Friday. I probably told you a while ago that I wanted to improve my reviewing game, so today I’ll share my thoughts on a DRC I was provided via Edelweiss. Let’s get started, shall we?

I read Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway between August 9th and August 11th, 2019 and gave it two stars. In a few words, I can describe this as a short read but one that is neither memorable nor entertaining. On the plus side, you won’t use too many brain cells while reading this.

According to the first page, this is based on a true story, which I find hard to believe and I think it’s probably a way to hook readers. In that case, the hook worked because it took me three days to read this whole novel, didn’t it? The format also made it a quick read because the story is constructed solely on text messages, emails, and diary entries. That’s something I’m really into, but I honestly felt that I was missing context while reading this book. I consider the texts and the messages as nice inserts that would complement a story, but not as the story in and of itself.

I should’ve known better when requesting this book because I don’t like stories about mothers and daughters in general. It makes me uncomfortable to read about a daughter whose best friend is her mom, and it infuriates me when children don’t treat their parents well. Yes, it was a mistake on my part, clearly, since the title indicated that indeed we would have an exploration of a mother-daughter relationship, and, to make matters worse, there were romantic relationships involved.

As I kept reading, I couldn’t figure out the “point” of the book. Again, I wasn’t (and still am not) sure that this was actually based on true events, so I didn’t quite understand whether the “transcripts” from the mother’s journal were legit or not.¬†Additionally, there were “jokes” related to child molestation, which I never condone and which obviously factored in the two-star rating I gave the book.

This definitely wasn’t the book for me. It wasn’t really harmful or anything (aside from the “jokes” that were completely unnecessary), but I don’t think it was really worth my time. Do you think that you might like this book? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Oh My John Green

Oh My John Green

100th (1).pngHello and happy Wednesday. Today I’m reviewing a game-changer. Honestly, if you haven’t read An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, you should, now. This post can wait. I read this book between March 10th and March 14th, 2019 and I wish I would have read it when I was way younger. I could have used some words of wisdom. I gave it a five-star rating, but I have the feeling you already knew that.

I’ll keep this review short and sweet and I’ll let you decide what you think of this novel on your own. Personally, I just adore books that are divided into shorter sections, not necessarily chapters, but you know, smaller parts. To me, that’s what keeps me wanting to read more, especially if the narration goes back and forth in time like in this book.

There are footnotes throughout this novel and I find them absolutely hilarious. I understand why some people will find them annoying, but keep in mind that this is John Green we’re talking about, and he won’t make anything annoying or boring. If you really hate them, you could skip them, but you’d be missing out.

One thing that I love about all the John Green books I’ve read, including Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which he wrote in collaboration with David Levithan, is that his main characters are always huge nerds.¬† I haven’t read all of John Green’s novels, and I know that the two books I have yet to read might not have a super nerdy main character, but still. I also love that there’s a road trip because you know that’s one of the things that draw me to books.

Wow, so much for “short and sweet.” In the comments below I’d like you to tell me what is your favorite John Green book and why. If you don’t like me, also tell me why is that.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

How to Rock Blue Eyeliner

How to Rock Blue Eyeliner

Hello and happy Monday. One of my absolute favorite shades of eyeliner is blue, more precisely dark blue. I think it gives the eyes this intensity and vibrancy that make an otherwise plain look come to life while keeping it classy and office-appropriate. These are the steps I followed for the look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Bronze (eyelid base)
  7. Champagne (center of the lid)
  8. Dark brown (outer corner)
  9. Blue eyeliner (lower lash line)
  10. Mascara
  11. Contour
  12. Blush
  13. Highlight
  14. Liquid lipstick
  15. Dewy setting spray

What is your favorite type of eyeliner? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Organizing My Beauty Shelves

Organizing My Beauty Shelves

Hello and happy Sunday. Lately, I’ve been in the mood for organizing stuff but especially getting rid of things that either I no longer use or are super old. I did this with my beauty/skincare shelves and I’ve even sort of developed a system to avoid hoarding.

You might have noticed that now some of my makeup products have numbers written in them. This is because I divided them by category and numbered them so that every time I get rid of one, I move on to the next. This way I ensure that I’m using up everything and throwing it away as soon as I’m done.

Most of this stuff is gone by now because I’ve used it up. This is also a good way for me to rediscover products that I’d forgotten about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a part of my shelves that I don’t usually show because, to be honest, it’s kind of embarrassing. All these cases and bags were filled with stuff, and I went over each of them to throw away what I didn’t need, or relocate things. I ended up not needing one of the bags altogether.

 

 

 

 

 

This is simply disgusting. It was the makeup bag I took for trips, but as you can see, all the makeup looks old and a bit disgusting. I threw it all away and I will be reconfiguring my travel makeup bag with stuff I get from Ipsy. Stay tuned because there might be a haul coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used to have two nail care bags and one big thing for face masks, which I don’t even apply that often. I relocated the brush and the masks to what formerly was my makeup bag, which made more sense since it’s not a lot of stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I threw away many nail polishes that were dry or that I hadn’t used in a long time. I will do an unhaul on them soon so that you can see that process in detail. The stuff related to nail care is now in a bag inside the nail polish case, so everything is kept together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s my new reasonably-sized face maks bag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the contents of my travel bag. I don’t know if you can see, but there are empty jars of product I am just carrying back and forth. Also, who needs four razors? Honestly.

I looked through all this stuff and ultimately came up with a separate bag of toiletries I will be taking to my dad’s house for when I stay over.

 

 

 

 

 

This was like that closet grandmas have where they keep everything they can’t find a place for. I have tissues, wet wipes, sunscreen, lotion, shaving gel, you name it, it’s probably there.

I looked through all of this and decided that the lotions could have a place outside and that I would use them up as daily use products. The tissues, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes were relocated to a bag, where they’ll be more useful. The other stuff remains in a case of its own, where it’s going to be easier for me to find it when I need it.

What is your organization system for beauty and skin care products? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Treats/ Thank-You Cards for Students

Treats/ Thank-You Cards for Students

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Hello and happy Saturday. Yes, I literally took a screenshot from Instagram because I forgot to take a regular picture of this. Awkward, I know. What I mean by “this” is a bunch of treats I gave to my students with thank-you cards, which I gave them because they helped me with a presentation for a project fair at school.

Now, I’m sharing this post because I want to open the discussion in terms of things some teachers do that others don’t, and especially those extra details that many consider unnecessary. Did I have to buy cookies for my students and give them a card that said “here’s a treat for being so sweet”? Definitely not. Actually one of my co-teachers told me that her students sort of complained to her because I’d given my kids candy and she hadn’t. That got me thinking hard on some things I do that are pretty much second nature to me at this point, but that some teachers don’t even consider.

I came from teaching little kids, and if you had taught anything from pre-k to third grade, you know that it’s just inevitable to shower your students with nice things. I don’t mean I used to give candy to my babies every single day, but it just came easy for me to think of treats, rewards, prizes, or whatever you’d like to call them.

Because when I started teaching high school I was so overwhelmed both professionally and emotionally, I felt like I stopped putting effort into some aspects of my teaching, and that it wasn’t fair to my students the fact that I wasn’t giving them my 100%. And yes, to me giving it my all means cute decor, it means fun activities that have us all engaged, and it means that something extra.

The cookies were very cheap and making the cards took me under ten minutes, so it wasn’t like I spent a lot of time and effort in the making. And I personally love giving presents. I enjoy looking at people’s faces when I give them something, especially when they’re not expecting it. I am going to keep doing this because it makes me genuinely happy and because I feel it’s a part of who I am as a teacher.

I will try to avoid giving food rewards to my students in the future, but that’s just a personal position and a weird teacher goal I want to achieve. If you see in the thumbnail, I asked my followers whether they liked rewarding students, and I want to ask the same to you. In the comments below, let me know what kinds of rewards you use, if your answer was “yes.”

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

NetGalley Reads: Under the Dusty Moon

NetGalley Reads: Under the Dusty Moon

 

Hello and happy Friday. Today I tripled my moving goal according to my Apple Watch, and it shows because I am very close to falling asleep as I type. And yes, I’ve already taken a nap on the bus because being a teacher is tough, especially on a Friday. It was also very tough to read Under the Dusty Moon by Suzanne Sutherland, which was provided to me in exchange for a review, so I’d like to thank NetGalley, the author, and the publisher. Let’s get started, shall we?

I read this book between August 3rd and August 8th, 2019 and gave it one star. It’s one of those books that misled me at first and made me think it was a middle grade when it totally wasn’t. Maybe it was the cutesy cover or the title, which to me suggested like a camping adventure among friends or something, or maybe it was the completely juvenile tone the main character had. Anyway, don’t get confused, this is a YA novel and there are mentions of sex and drug consumption. I’m not against the former, but the latter was unnecessary.

Pretty early into the novel, we are introduced to the main character’s mom, who used to be in a famous Canadian band years ago and is now a solo artist. You’d think, like I did, that the novel will revolve around the main character’s relationship with her mom (if I keep saying “the main character” is because I can’t remember her name), but it’s just one of those slice-of-life type of novels in which we just follow a character around for a while. In this novel, we suffer through her issues with her mom, the lamest romantic relationship in the history of trashy YA, and her adventures as an amateur videogame developer. I’m making it sound way cooler than it is.

I think the author had many chances to salvage this story, and she just ignored them. We’ve all read this story before because it’s full of tropes, and on top of that, it’s poorly written. There was no originality whatsoever, no wow factor, and that made the novel pretty boring. The main character, for example, was written to be relatable because, of course, all teenage girls have issues with their moms, but to me, she was pretty much the opposite. She was overly whiny and, honestly, most of the times she hated on her mom for absolutely no reason. We need more healthy relationships portrayed in YA, not the opposite.

The reason why I gave this one star and not two was a “joke” about child abuse made after the mom pokes her daughter or something. No, just don’t. Additionally, there is a comment about how one of the characters’ house is in a nicer neighborhood because the main character lives in a place where there are immigrants. The child abuse “joke” was plain stupid, but the comment about a neighborhood not being “one of the good ones” because immigrants lived there is simply unacceptable.

Do you know of any novels, YA or middle grade, that portray healthy relationships between parents and children? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila