Journey to Healthy Living: 7 Month Update

Laser Hair Removal.pngHello and happy Sunday. Remember that last time I did an update I told you I was going to be super strict with my eating and workouts? Well, I was, and it totally paid off because on the most recent appointment with my nutritionist, I found out I’d lost two kilograms (which is about four pounds, so kind of like two pounds a week).

What that means is that I’m closer to the weight goal my nutritionist set for me, and that I’m at the lowest weight I’ve been since the beginning of this journey. It means I’m super close to have a “normal” BMI as opposed to one of an overweight person. You can’t imagine how happy and motivated that makes me feel right now.

I accomplished this by eating every two hours and trying my best not to cheat, and also taking my fat-reducing pills twice a day. Of course, exercise was key. I alternated between Zumba and Pilates, and I also threw in a weekly session of HIIT at home.

The only thing that surprised me was the fact that I lost muscle mass, and that translates into me having to do more toning exercises to get that mass back. My nutritionist prescribed some new pills I have to start taking as soon as the current ones are over so that I keep losing fat on my lower abdomen (I kid you not, I have to wear a belt with all of my pants, and I have to keep pulling my leggings up all the time). She also modified my diet in terms of my mid-morning and mid-afternoon meals.

As for my target weight, it remains the same. I’m doing HIIT twice a week and struggling to go to Zumba on Sundays but it’s hard for me to find the strength and willpower to go. My fitness resolution is to get back on track and fall in love with Zumba again, or find an alternative to it. In the comments below, tell me one of your fitness goals.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

My YouTube Teacher Queens

My Teaching Resolution.pngHello and happy Saturday. I am personally obsessed with YouTube and I can spend a great deal of my free time watching videos. I’m subscribed to makeup, fashion, and lifestyle channels, as well as bookish channels, and up until recently I’ve been adding to my subscription list some teaching channels. Today I want to share with you who my three YouTube teacher queens are and why I love them so much. Let’s get started, shall we?

Christina  from Teach Like a Girl 

I originally started following Christina on Instagram and I think she is amazing. She’s one of those people who actually reply to DM’s or comments she’s tagged in, and I think her personality is super fresh. I subscribed to her channel as soon as she announced she had one and I try to watch her videos as they are published. Christina doesn’t have just one type of post, or even a series of posts, and that’s what I like about her. She just does videos about her life as a teacher, she talks about different experiences she’s had and the plans she has for the future. You can get teaching advice from some of her videos, but her channel is more about her life in general than it is a series of “how-to” teacher videos, you know?

Vera from The Tutu Teacher 

I started following The Tutu Teacher on Instagram the longest time ago. I mean, she literally was one of the first teachers I followed, even before I had my teaching IG and blog. Vera’s channel is pretty new; or at least her latest content is because I believe she uploaded videos in the past but then stopped, so now she’s back in a regular basis. I relate to her a ton because she’s a Kindergarten teacher and I am too, so I feel that in terms of advice, her channel is the one I get the most out, professionally. So far, she’s done tags, which I always love because they inspire me to answer the questions myself, advice posts, hauls, and vlogs, so a little bit of everything, all focused on a teacher’s life.

Michelle from Pocketful of Primary 

Out of my three queens, Michelle is the last I followed and subscribed to. She’s an absolute sweetie on Instagram, replying to DM’s and tags, and that just says a lot about who she is as a person. My favorite videos from her are those long-ass vlogs she posts because I can actually watch them while I’m getting stuff ready for school, organizing stuff, or just doing a mindless activity. Aside from vlogs, she has hauls, advice videos, lookbooks, and q&a’s.

I’m always on the lookout for cool channels to subscribe to, so if you know any teacher-related channel, please let me know in the comments.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

If You Want an Addictive Read

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I bring you a book review that has nothing to do with sports or athletics. No, this book that was kindly sent to me by NetGalley and Emma Cline, the author for reviewing purposes, is about a cult, and trust me when I tell you, you won’t be able to put it down until you’re done with it. 

The first thing I noticed about The Girls is that the author’s style is absolutely flawless, and I think is one of the things that made this book so addictive. The author grabs your attention in such a way that you just keep reading, wanting to know more.

I’m all for first impressions when it comes to books, people, and makeup products, and with this book what you get is a very promising prologue, that already throws hints as to what the story is going to be about and has readers hooked from the start.

Although the book revolves around a series of events that took place when the main character was fourteen years old, it is not a YA novel. This is one hundred percent adult, and you can definitely tell by the complexity of the writing style. And even though I was super into the book, it took me a while to get used to it.

Evie, our main character, is in many ways a typical fourteen-year-old, and at first I thought that’s why she felt so attracted to Suzanne, and older girl who is a part of the cult. I changed my mind as I kept on reading that Evie is indeed attracted to girls and has always been.

There’s a bit that I understand was a part of the novel that couldn’t be omitted, and this is the whole sexual content, especially the scenes regarding Evie and Russell, the cult leader, and Mitch, one of his friends because they are both grown men and Evie is a minor.

All in all I liked this story and appreciated the fact that it’s different from what I usually read both in genre and plot-wise, but I was expecting more at the end, I feel that so much anticipation was built and then it fell flat, which is why I ultimately didn’t give it a five-star rating. Still, it’s a read I’d recommend and Emma Cline is an author I’d want to read in the future.

Thanks again to NetGalley and Emma Cline for this ARC. Now I’d like you to tell me about a book you read that’s different from what you’re used to.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

August Ipsy Glam Bag Haul + Review

Hello and happy Sunday. I have five goodies from my August Ipsy Glam Bag I want to share with you. Let’s get started, shall we?

Aurora Pro Cover Up Concealer in Balmy Beige 

I’m now into concealers that match my skin tone as opposed to those that are lighter, so I was really happy with this shade. The texture is nice, but I felt like the concealer dried down way too quickly and once I tried to blend it into my under eye it just vanished. It was literally like I hadn’t put any product on, and I don’t mean it in the “wow, this product is magic” kind of way.

The Balm Voyage Vol. 2 in Kuwakaribisha 

I’m currently obsessed with halo eyes, so this shade is perfect to give that pop of color and shine to the center of my eyelid. It is pigmented and has this sort of creamy texture I love in eye shadows because it makes it super easy to work with. I’ll be honest, I kind of was hoping to get Willkommen, which is the brown shade, but I’m just as happy now with the one I got.

Glamour Dolls Romantic Rose Blending Brush 

This is the second blending brush from Glamour Dolls I’ve gotten in my Ipsy bags and I absolutely love it. The size and shape are perfect for blending, and I love the softness of the bristles. In my opinion, one can never have too many Glamour Dolls blending brushes.

Juara SkinCare Rice Facial Cleanser 

This is exactly what I look for in a face cleanser: something that leaves my face feeling soft and actually clean, and that doesn’t have an overpowering scent. The formula of this cleanser is amazing for everyday. I don’t know what I’ll do when I run out of this, but I guess we’ll see in my next Empties edition.

Seraphine Botanicals Liquid Coal Waterproof Liquid Liner 

Ipsy is my #1 liquid eyeliner supplier, and I really appreciate getting these sent somewhat frequently because you know eyeliner only lasts like six months before it starts drying out and not working properly. This eyeliner survived the first day of school without smudging, transfering or flaking, so I guess it now will be my go-to everyday liquid liner.

Out of all the products I mentioned, which one have you tried or would you like to try and why? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

DIY “Magic Words” for Bulletin Boards

Hello and happy Saturday. The other day I was getting ready for school and decided to organize some of my stuff.

You see, I have this box where I keep all the flash cards and other resources I’ve created throughout the years, including some “magic words” I’d probably kept to decorate a bulletin board someday.

I decided to take those words to school to place in my Pre-K boards. Of course, I needed more words because I had two classrooms to decorate, and I thought it would be a good idea to write this post and share with you how I’m using them. Let’s get started, shall we?

I got the words from Doodle Art Alley  and selected my favorite. I printed them in a smaller scale because they are the size of a whole page, then colored them using markers, glued them to cardboard, laminated them and then cut the outlines.

Personally, I love these “magic words” because I feel they can go in a bulletin board that you can just add to throughout the year. The words are very powerful and I think they can generate a discussion in the classroom, especially if you’re working with older kids.

The fact that they’re laminated will allow you to keep them and use them over the years, and you can also have each of your students color one word and it’ll be cooperative work.

What “magic word” would you add to our board and why? Let me know in the comments!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Sweet, Sweet, Sweet

Hello and happy Wednesday. Would you like to read about a book you will devour in three days or less? Okay because lately (and by lately I mean the past three years) that’s been my kind of book to read and review. I’m proud to say that over the course of a long weekend I lost my Sarah Ockler virginity, and man was it totally worth it! I read Bittersweet, a book that sat on my shelf for literal years and that I took on a trip.

I’m sorry in advance because I know this review is going to be shorter than what I’ve been posting lately, but I didn’t take my notebook with me, so I took my notes using my phone, but we all know that’s not the same as pen-and-paper. I still hope it’s good enough and that you get something from it. Let’s get started, shall we?

For those of you who’ve followed the latest reviews I’ve posted, you know there’s been a trend when it comes to the main characters and their occupation. Maggie from Coming Up for Air was a swimmer, Charlie from The Flip Side was a gymnast, even Becca from that other crappy novel I reviewed last week was a dancer, and guess what? Hudson, the main character of Bittersweet used to be an ice skater. I swear I had no idea until I started reading the book that she was, but oh well, maybe it’s life telling me I should’ve been an athlete instead of a teacher.

So Hudson used to be an ice skater but after she quit, she got into baking, and I adore books about baking. Like, no joke I had to stand up every half an hour to eat a cookie because Hudson’s recipes just made my mouth water constantly.

This book, however, is not all nice and fluffy, I mean, there’s nothing wrong with nice and fluffy, but I really appreciate stories that have some depth in them. From the beginning and all throughout Bittersweet, we learn about Hudson’s parents and their dynamics, and we get to see how Hudson’s relationship with them changes after they get divorce. As a child of divorced parents, I love it when an author captures what is really like to just live with one parent, you know? Because the truth is, it’s not always the “I-hate-my-father-he-is-the-worst/ mom-and-I-are-absolute-best-friends” situation, and I feel that Bittersweet portrays a very genuine, believable situation.

There’s something that bothered me, and I think is the reason why I didn’t give this book five stars, and is the fact that everything sort of happens at the same time for Hudson. Like, one day she’s living her normal life as the cupcake girl at her mom’s diner and the next day she gets invited to a skating competition, and meets this boy, and is suddenly needed more than ever at the diner. It was way too much at the same time, and that’s not believable, at least to me it wasn’t.

The whole thing with the boys in Hudson’s life also made me change my mind repeatedly. First she meets Josh and about fifteen seconds after meeting him she’s already admitting that she has a crush on him. Okay, well, I was like that in high school too, so I don’t know why it bothered me. Then we have this love triangle, though more than triangle it was like a hexagon at some point, and I just want that drama to be over because for me it’s overdone and cliché.

All in all, though, it was the fastest, easiest read, and I definitely want to read other books by Sarah Ockler. Have you read this author? If so, what’s your favorite book of hers and why?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

I’m Selling My Clothes Online

Hello and happy Sunday. Yes, you read correctly, in today’s post I’m going to tell you why and how I sell clothes I own but no longer use online. Let’s get started, shall we?

Now, after finding out about ThredUp via Natasha from Tashapolis, I got really into buying second-hand clothes online. The main reason why I love this is that the clothes are great quality, there’s a wide variety of amazing brands, and the prices are very low. That means that it’s actually cheaper for me to buy stuff online and have it shipped to Colombia than physically buying clothes.

Now, ThredUp is great and it has an option for you to send your clothes and sell them in their platform. The problem is that I don’t live in the States so I can’t really ship my clothes because that would be too expensive for me. Fortunately, I recently found out that there’s this website in Colombia that provides the same service as ThredUp, and it’s called El Baúl. You can have them pick up the clothes you want to sell, and if there are items that for some reason cannot be sold, they are donated to charity organizations.

 

Recently, my mom, my sister and I looked through our closets and ended up with a bunch of clothes we want to get rid of for various reasons. That’s the pile you see in the top picture.

 

 

 

My task was to take each item of clothing, fold it, and put it into bags. At El Baúl you print a file with the information for the mail company to know where to send your clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the bags full of clothes, which went either to the online store or to charity organizations.

I’m going to keep using El Baúl while I live in Colombia to sell clothes I don’t wear anymore, or don’t intend to wear for some reason. I’m thinking that next year, before I move to the States, there are going to be many clothes added to my store because I can’t take my whole closet with me. Once I move to the States, I’ll use ThredUp, both for buying and selling clothes.

 

 

Do you buy or sell second-hand clothes online? What platform do you use? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

On Bad Teachers

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Hello and happy Saturday. As much as I love the movie “Bad Teacher,” you know, the one with Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel, I never thought I’d encounter a real life Bad Teacher on my first year working at a school.

Now, the bad teacher I know is not at all like Cameron Diaz’s character in the movie, but I’m sure that if you read some of their defining traits as a bad teacher, you’ll reach the conclusion that you too know a bad teacher (or have the misfortune of working with one).

Let me tell you the story of E, yes, the same E who is a teacher bully. They are a bad teacher, which I think is what causes them to be systematically mean with their co-workers. Then again, I’m no psychologist, I’m a teacher trying to do my best with my kids. Here’s a list of things I’ve noticed E does, which in my opinion make them a bad teacher.

1. They’re always sitting down 

I’ll be the first one to admit that teaching is a physically exhausting job, and that sometimes we have to take advantage of those minutes we get to sit down and rest our aching feet and back. I sometimes sit while in class, when my students are working on centers or doing some independent work I will then correct, but I’m not ALWAYS sitting down. Bad teachers don’t even stand up when giving instructions, they spend entire lessons by their desk, as if their butt were glued to the chair.

2. They don’t make classes fun

Even if you’re working with adults, you should try to include a fun activity in your classes. Play a song (or sing it yourself), do a three-minute dance break in the middle of class, especially if you see that your students are falling asleep. Bring a ball to class and play a game as a warm-up activity. Unless you’re a bad teacher, then I’m sure your students will be sitting down during the entire lesson, not uttering a word or even mustering a sound. That’s probably because they fell asleep out of boredom.

3. All their classes are the same

Consistency is very important for teachers and students alright, and establishing a routine is in my opinion one of the keys to successful classes, but that doesn’t mean you have to do exactly the same each and every lesson. Whenever I pass by E’s class I see the students sitting down with their notebooks or student books open, completing exercises. And what’s worse, I can’t differentiate when they’re working on science, math or Spanish because they do the exact same things in every subject.

4. They don’t establish connections with students throughout the year

I noticed this whenever I had to cover for E and students didn’t ask where they were or why they were absent. Students didn’t miss E, and they were just fine with them being replaced by another teacher, even if just for a day. E was courteous with parents and students, but there wasn’t really a bond between them.

5. They don’t really focus on academics

We are teachers and as such we are bound to talk about our students. Yes, I know that as teachers we become friends and hence talk about other subjects as well, but man, every time E talk to me it was to bicker about other teachers, some of whom were never even at school anymore. Sometimes they even talked about parents and kids. E was the first one to throw shade on somebody but was always quiet when an academic discussion was going on, like any advances in education, any possible adaptations in the way things were done didn’t really matter to them. Like they don’t really care about improving because they don’t care about being good teachers in the first place.

Now help me and the rest of the world identify bad teachers to get rid of them. What is another characteristic of a bad teacher I didn’t mention in this post? Let me know in the comments!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Ugh. Make It Stop

Hello and happy Wednesday. Sometimes I get books just because they’re cheap or free, and sometimes I regret getting these books because they’re absolutely horrible. Take The Harder I Fall by Jessica Gibson, for example, more specifically the audiobook version. Now, if you ever come across this book, run in the other direction, do literally anything and everything, but don’t read it. You’re welcome in advance. 

I had problems with this book from the very start, and that’s because Becca, the main character is this super shy girl who’s been through a lot and just wants to have a normal college experience, and that sounds a lot like This Is Falling by Ginger Scott, a book I absolutely adore by an author who’s one of my queens. The thing is, the beginning of the book reminded me so much of This Is Falling (even the name!) that it was impossible for me not to compare both.

Then we have Levi, who Becca meets on her first night (just like in This Is Falling), and they instantly fall in love with each other. Okay, that’s cute for books like Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, but is annoying in literally any other situation.

I had a super hard time adapting to the way the author managed the time in this story, like I felt that whole scenes were chopped off and left unfinished, and then some other scenes were superimposed, and the fact that I was listening rather than reading made it very confusing to me. Now, about the narration of the book I have to complain, just like Becca does, throughout the entire story, because the narrator sounds bored out of her mind. It’s like she lost a bet or is covering for someone but doesn’t really want to be there. She’s not good at changing her voice for different characters either, and that was another point of confusion and annoyance for me.

If you know me, you know that something I don’t like about books is when some sensitive issues are not well handled. There’s a trigger warning for this book regarding domestic violence, and the topic is thrown out there but it’s not handled in a way that as readers we understand that there was serious research on the topic, you know? I feel it was just something the author thought about to make her story more interesting, and that can be really hurtful to some readers.

For someone who’s already been through university, I think it’s key that authors really differentiate and capture university life versus high school life. I think it’s important because being in university means the way you socialize changes, and what I felt in this story is that the characters and the way they interact are totally immature. When Levi and Becca got together, I could only think about how pathetic it was, and how childish. I’m sorry, but that’s not how college people act. Then there was the whole Thanksgiving bit, in which Levi stays at school with Becca and that was basically just taken out of Anna and the French Kiss, or so I felt.

I had many problems with Levi because I think his character was conveniently written as Prince Charming, and was used almost as a wild card. He was, for example, conveniently rich, and we all know that money solves about every problem on earth, so thank you, dear Jessica, for that, you made the plot all the more interesting by making Levi and his family millionaires. But, oh, wait, Levi’s not perfect. No, he actually was a drug dealer or something while he was at school, and at some point he engages in this sort of discussion with Becca about who’s got it worse in life. Can you please not?

Levi also reminds me a lot of a guy I used to talk to on OK Cupid. You see how I said “used to”, as in past tense? That’s because the guy, like Levi, said “I love you” within two seconds of being in some sort of a relationship. Levi actually went a little further and confessed to Becca that he’d loved her from the moment he first saw her. Please, stop. I’m begging you. I’m cringing so hard everything hurts.

There was one thing that could’ve saved Levi for me and it’s the fact that he is a Jew, or so I thought. Then he had this huge Christmas (I repeat Christ-mass) celebration and I genuinely lost my patience with this book for real because how can an author be so careless as to imply a character is a Jew (you know, with the Jewish names and the family history) and then have them throw a massive Christmas party?

There were problems I had with the audiobook itself, like the lousy narration I already mentioned a few paragraphs above. But there were also technical problems, like the fact that a whole chapter was played twice. I thought maybe it’d been my mistake, like I had accidentally hit rewind or something, until a few chapters later this happened again with smaller fractions.

Becca was a super annoying character, but I think I hated her the most during those months after breaking up with Levi because she was moping around, and while that happened he got a girlfriend when supposedly they’d broken up because she didn’t love him back. I mean, talk about a story that makes absolutely no sense.

I honestly thought about putting this book on my DNF pile for 2017, but I need to finish it because of my Goodreads challenge and because I’m dying to give it a one-star rating but I need to be done with it first.

Now you tell me about a crappy read you’ve come across this year.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Empties #2

Hello and happy Sunday. Once again it’s time for me to share my empties, my thoughts of them, and whether or not I’ll be repurchasing them. Let’s get started, shall we?

Love of Pink by Lacoste 

This is what I used to wear whenever I went out to party during my senior year of high school. Needless to say, this thing was old. I love this with the passion of one thousand burning suns, and I think it has to do with the fact that it brings back a lot of memories, but the fragrance itself was wonderful. This is the kind of perfume you’d like to wear when you want people to notice you’ve arrived somewhere, like “oh, shit, it smells like her,” and I loved being asked what I was wearing. I’d buy this again any day, but I’m pretty sure it’s no longer available, and though I’ve smelled Touch of Pink, I don’t think it’s nearly as good as Love of Pink.

Hello Kitty Body Mist in Soft and Sweet 

I love splashes and body mist for my everyday life, which I said in my Things That Smell Nice post. This Hello Kitty mist had more of a vanilla kind of scent, which is usually too sweet for me, but was okay in small doses. I also used it before going to Zumba so that nobody noticed I hadn’t showered, and it was nice. I love trying out new fragrances within my range of tastes, so I wouldn’t buy this particular product again, especially because I got it at Sanborns in Mexico, and it’s no longer in existence.

Dollar Tree Makeup Removing Wipes

These were part of a present from my dad, and if you want to check out everything that he got me you can click here. These were bought at the Dollar Tree, and I think that’s something that has to be considering while writing this review because I can’t expect them to compare to the same product from prestigious brands. With that in mind, I’d say they did the job, although yes, I had to make an extra effort, especially on my lips and eyes. Of course I’d buy them again, they’re $1! I’d use them, though, on days when I’m not really wearing that much makeup.

Schmidt’s Naturals Bergamot + Lime Deodorant 

I’ve already dedicated a whole post to this deodorant, so I’ll keep my review short and sweet. This thing smells fantastic, it is perfect if your armpits are sensitive or tend to get dry, and it really works. I plan on using it as my regular deodorant once I move to the US so that shipping costs won’t be as high.

Princess by Vera Wang 

If the Lacoste perfume reminded me of my senior year in high school, this one brings back all the memories from my first semesters in universities, when I discovered flirty dresses, wore chunky rings and fancy scarves and pashminas. This scent is exactly that: flirty, fancy, but also playful, and strong in a way that’s not overpowering. I’d buy it again, but I want to see if I fall in love with a new scent first. Maybe when I’m rich and famous I’ll get it.

L’Oreal BB Cream in Medium

This was way too liquid and not at all my shade because it had a yellow undertone, so I ended up looking darker than I really am. I’m not sure if they keep selling it, this was actually a present from my grandmother who tried it and didn’t like it. Definitely not buying it again.

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara 

This was my first mascara love and it’ll always occupy an important space in my makeup heart. Is it the best mascara I’ve tried? No. Is it the most extreme mascara? Nope. Are there better drugstore mascaras out there? Totally. I’d buy it again, of course I would. I used this babe until it dried out, and I was kind of sad because it had become my go-to everyday mascara, but since I put it in my empties bin I’ve dealt just fine with the other mascaras I’ve got. If you’re a beginner, though, this thing is game-changing.

Maybelline Sensational Mascara 

Speaking about mascaras that in my opinion are better than the Falsies one, we have the Maybelline Sensational mascara. The wand is an improved version of the Falsies one, so you’ll actually get more length, volume and lash separation than with the Falsies, so basically you get a more false-lash effect with the Sensational mascara. Will I buy it again? Hell, I don’t know why I haven’t already.

Be Fine Exfoliating Cleanser 

This thing is the queen of face cleansers. I swear it’s basically sugar and almond oil and it’s oh so good. This is incredibly soft in the skin, but it works better than any of those chemical-filled heavy duty face washes out there. I got a sample from Ipsy and cherished it until the tube was empty, and I want to buy it again, but it’s super expensive for me and I’m not sure if it ships to Colombia, so for now it’s in my “things I’ll buy when I live in the States” list.

So, those were my empties. Click here to check out my first empties post, and let me know in the comments whether you’ve tried any of these products or if you’d like to try them out and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila