IG Chooses My Makeup: the Winners

IG Chooses My Makeup: the Winners

Hello and happy Monday. Welcome to another episode of my “IG Chooses My Makeup” series. The results are in, so today I’m sharing them with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think about these picks? Was any of your choices a winner? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Splendies #1 Haul

Splendies #1 Haul

Hello and happy Sunday. Today I’m starting a new series in which I show you my underwear. No, but really, I got a one-year subscription to Splendies and I want to share my joy with you. Because of shipping and handling and all that stuff, I don’t really know what month I’m getting if that makes any sense, so I’ll just keep track of the haul number for you. The panties have themes for every month, which can make it easier to decipher, but I’m not going to sit down and guess. You can do it, though, if you want to.

For anyone who doesn’t know what Splendies is, you’re probably super confused right now. Let me explain. Splendies is a  subscription service that sends you three panties for $14.99 a month. Yes, every month you pay $14.99 (or less, if you get the three, six, or twelve-month subscription) and you get three panties. Do the math, it’s cheaper than Victoria’s Secret, and quite honestly, better quality.

There is a straight-size and plus-size version of Splendies. We all know that I’m on the fatter side, but I’m a size M in panties (please don’t send me underwear, I was telling you this only for reference). The straight-size goes from S to XL and the plus-size goes from 1X to 4X. Just to clarify, Volupties, which is the plus-size service is $16.99 every month.

Once you get your size figured out, you can decide the type of underwear you want to get. You have the surprise variety package, the no thongs one, and then one that has all thongs. This is for Splendies. With Volupties you can choose between surprise variety and no thongs. Now, I’m a lover of thongs, but I need a break every now and then from them, so I selected the surprise variety package.

If you look at my thumbnail you can see that the styles of all three panties are very different. Each month I get a thong, which I like because it’s a flirty piece, but it’s not all lace or straight-up lingerie, bikini-type panties, which I love for every day since I’m a teacher and sometimes I don’t really care about having sexy underwear, and a what I call granny panties. The granny panties are still super cute, don’t get me wrong, but they’re full coverage and they’re perfect for when you’re on your period or when you don’t plan to leave the house.

What kind of panties are your favorite to wear? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Playing “Would You Rather?” in Class

Playing “Would You Rather?” in Class

Hello and happy Saturday. You know how teachers sometimes are requested to plan a mini-lesson for job interviews? Well, the idea I’m going to share with you was for one of those situations. It was for a middle school position and the first of many schools that called me, so it’s no surprise that I didn’t end up working there. I did like my lesson plan a lot, so I’m not letting it go to waste.

“Would you rather…?” is a game in which the players are given two choices and they must present sound arguments to support their pick. The cool thing about this game is that you can make it as simple or as complex as you want, and of course, as I always say, you can make the necessary adaptations to fit your class’s needs.

I didn’t know the students I was going to try this with (spoiler alert: when the interview day came, we didn’t even execute the lesson), so I stuck to very generic topics and to focus on having students work on speaking. I googled “would you rather questions for middle school,” I clicked the first link I found and I got my options from there. I needed two things for this lesson: flashcards and markers.  You can even have the options in your phone or computer and either project them on the board or write them down, or you can just read them and have your students listen.

The way I had thought this idea was to give each student a different set of cards, so everyone had a different question. Students get time to think about their choice and the arguments to support it, and here’s where I say you can make it as simple or as complex as you want because if you’re working on debate skills, you can have your students come up with three arguments in favor of their choice and one counterargument. You can have them write their reasoning or simply have them think and then speak.

After that, taking turns, students will present their question, the options, their choice, and the reasons behind it. Again, there can be a space after each intervention for rebuttals. If you’re working with younger kids, you can present the questions yourself and have them raise hands when the option of their choice is mentioned, then you’ll select one student from each “team” to talk. The idea is pretty simple, but that’s what allows you to make changes.

I will always be a fan of activities like this, which take me a few minutes, some paper and a marker to come up with. Are you the same way? What’s your favorite type of activity to do in the classroom? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

NetGalley Reads: Postcards for a Songbird

NetGalley Reads: Postcards for a Songbird

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Hello and happy Friday. This will be my last NetGalley review of January because I have to start focusing on February and trying to plan how everything’s going to go considering my vacation is over. Today I want to talk to you about a book I fell in love with almost immediately and an author that I certainly want to read more of in the future. I’m talking about Postcards for a Songbird by Rebekah Crane. This book was sent to me via NetGalley for reading and reviewing purposes, so as always, I’d like to thank them, the publisher and the author for the opportunity.

I read this book between December 23rd and December 25th, 2019 and gave it four stars. I’ll spoil this review a bit and say I’d totally planned on giving it five stars, but there was one detail towards the end that made me change my rating. It was silly, but not silly enough for me to let go of.

This is the story of Wren, whose mom left when she was a baby and whose sister and best friend Lizzie, just recently left as well. At the beginning of the book, we see that Wren is clearly overcome by absence, and her dad is so worried about her that he thinks it would be best for her to go live with her aunt in another city. The whole deal about the sibling who left gave me Where Things Come Back vibes at first, but as I keep thinking about it, it’s more like Paper Hearts by Ali Novak, since Lizzie left the house voluntarily and, as we discover, starts sending Wren postcards, hence the title of the story.

Wren’s dad is a police officer who works nights, so we don’t see those characters interacting much. We can see the effort he makes to have her kid live a “normal” life despite everything that’s happened to them. I really liked him as a character and I thought that we could witness a bit of development in his relationship with Wren. The plot twist I didn’t appreciate has to do with him and I honestly think his whole character was ruined by it.

The story takes place during the summer, and what we read about is Wren inadvertently taking her life back and in a way moving on from the burden of her mom and her sister. She starts realizing that there is a world outside of the bubble she and Lizzie used to live in, and that leads her to meet an amazing group of people. Besides that, she starts texting her next-door neighbor, a boy who cannot leave the house because he’s super sick and afraid of everything. Don’t worry, they don’t fall in love, although there is some romance.

One of the characters is physically abused by her father, so trigger warning for that. Overall, this is an emotionally charged story, and though we see growth and there are happy moments, it might not be the best choice for someone suffering from depression. To me, this book did what Jandy Nelson failed to do with I’ll Give You the Sun, which I didn’t really like.

Do you like books about siblings? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

January 2020 Thankful Thursday: Week 4

January 2020 Thankful Thursday: Week 4

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Hello and happy Thursday. You know when you’re re-watching a show and something bad is about to happen and you’re like mentally telling the characters “ugh, here we go,” but they don’t listen because technically they haven’t gone through that? Well, that’s what it’s like to look back on some of the happy thoughts I wrote down in 2018. Like, I totally get why I was happy at the moment but that’s because I had no clue what was to come after that. So I guess here’s to happiness that might turn into something else later.

January 23rd, 2018: Being invited to online interviews makes me excited and happy. 

Now, this isn’t the online interview that got me into the program I attended that summer. This was if I’m not mistaken, an interview for a private school in DC, just in case the original plan didn’t work, you know? It was one of those formats in which you get a prompt and have a minute or so to record yourself answering. That’s sort of stressful but not as much as actual Skype interviews, which I despise. Since then I’ve done a few phone interviews and in fact, I got my actual job through one. The first time I visited the school was to sign my contract. If that isn’t proof that technology has evolved to benefit us, I don’t know what is.

Have you had any job interviews that were held online? How did they go? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

NetGalley Reads: Tweet Cute

NetGalley Reads: Tweet Cute

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Hello and happy Wednesday. I can tell someone out there is taking me more seriously as a book reviewer because I actually got asked to review today’s book. Not just that, but it’s part of a blog tour or something like that.  As always, I’d like to thank NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for this opportunity. By the way, if you’re a regular here, this book does not fit the theme of titles I’m reading for January; I simply decided the post the review today because the book was released yesterday.

I read Tweet Cute by Emma Lord between November 11th and November 17th, 2019 and gave it three stars. Let me tell you, I was honestly kind of scared to read this because it was so hyped I really wanted to genuinely like it. Based on my rating alone you can draw your own conclusions, but I’d like you to keep reading so that I can explain where the rating came from.

Most of the young adult books I currently read are backlisted titles, so when I read them I consider the fact that they were published years ago. Tweet Cute, though, is a 2020 release, so it is a current take into young adult romance. My expectations, of course, were high, since I think readers have become more critical throughout the years and expect their books to portray healthy romances, realistic characters, and to subvert tropes that are straight-up wrong. What I found, however, was a cookie-cutter story, at least at the beginning.

I’m going to say this now so that it doesn’t lead to confusion or eye rolls on your part: I know this is a re-telling of You’ve Got Mail, but I haven’t watched the movie (gasp) and I believe that, as an original piece of literature, it should stand on its own, so the comparison to the movie is unnecessary to me. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’ll proceed to explain why I thought it was cookie-cutter.

You know a story is going to be predictable when the love interest is introduced in the first few pages of the story. In the case of this novel, our quirky main character with a silly nickname mentions her nemesis on page two, which led me to believe that this would be an enemies-to-lovers kind of story. Now, I must be fair to the novel and say it sort of was but it sort of wasn’t. Yes, there was rivalry, but the characters weren’t really enemies, more like the guy used to tease the girl and she got annoyed, but then they become friends.

This review is probably all over the place but so was the novel, so I feel like I must go back and forth when sharing my thoughts. The story is told from the perspective of Pepper, the female main character, and Jack, the male main character. Like I said, Jack sort of teases Pepper at school and she can’t stand him, but that’s at the very beginning of the book. On top of that, both Jack and Pepper’s families have food businesses: Jack’s family owns a deli that’s pretty much a staple in their neighborhood, and Pepper’s family owns a fast-food chain. Pepper is often in charge of the restaurant’s Twitter account, and she’s also into blogging. Judging by this information, and the title alone, we know that there’s going to be an online romance.

Although in theory, I like elements that are present in this novel, like the dual perspectives or the potential online romance, I felt that the chapters were too long, the perspectives weren’t really alternated in a way that made sense, and the romance was just one more plot device from a list of random events and situations presented by the author. It was just too much for a book that was supposed to be cute and lighthearted.

There was also a potential love triangle, which again, was introduced very early on. In a way, I feel like the author just handed the reader a bunch of drama that was going to be developed and resolved throughout the story, instead of introducing it as the plot progressed. We got all these things: Pepper’s grades, a Twitter feud between Pepper and Jack’s families, something about the swim team, Pepper and Jack’s online relationship and the fact that they didn’t know they were corresponding with each other…it wasn’t overwhelming but it was all over the place.

One thing that I noticed and despised was the fact that whenever a same-sex couple was mentioned, the only thing they were doing was making out. Even the people talking about them said that the only thing they did was making out. Ethan, Jack’s brother, had a boyfriend, and all the conversations regarding Ethan went like this: “Where’s Ethan?” “I don’t know, probably sucking face with his boyfriend.” It was okay the first time, but I noticed a pattern and I think it completely defeated the purpose of making this a diverse book.

I liked Jack way more than I liked Pepper, and I’ll acknowledge that as a me-problem. However, I think both characters were unrealistically portrayed when it came to their pop culture references. I found it odd, for example, that Jack talked about High School Musical, not because he’s a guy, but because that’s a movie that was relevant to people from my generation, people who are at least eight years older than Jack and Pepper.

When you get past all the initial drama that is thrown at you,  the story actually becomes enjoyable. I totally rooted for both characters and I think their relationship involved from kind of enemies to friends to a couple. I must say, though, that it takes so long for them to be “something else” that at times I thought I would’ve been just as happy if they ended up as friends or maybe the story ended with the possibility of more.

Overall, I’d make this story 100 pages shorter. I think there was too much drama added towards the end when everything seems to be resolved. This story made the same mistake as Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, in which the characters are completely unaware that they are talking to each other online. I found this even harder to believe in Tweet Cute since they’re actually getting closer in real life. I feel like that’s an indication that they don’t really know each other if they can’t even deduce from the texts they’ve been exchanging that they are talking to the other person. I don’t know. I just feel that I’d know who my man is even if he had a lame username. 

The whole miscommunication drama towards the end was absolutely unnecessary. I was finally enjoying my reading experience and all the conflicts were being resolved nicely, and then that happened. I could’ve totally done without it.

Do you have any cute online romance recommendations for me? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

IG Picks My Makeup: The Candidates

IG Picks My Makeup: The Candidates

Hello and happy Monday. Since I’m currently on vacation, I decided to do something fun and ambitious with my makeup. This time, it involved Instagram, and more specifically, the friends and family that follow me. I consider myself lucky because I know that many people who follow me are really interested in what I do with makeup, and this wasn’t the exception. I basically followed the “IG chooses my…” trend which was on full swing a few months ago. For each step of my regular makeup process, I selected two products and then made polls for the people who follow me (it feels so weird to say “my followers” when I’m talking about friends and family) to vote.

Here are the candidates:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next week I’ll let you know who the winners were. In the meantime, tell me which of these options you’d pick and why.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila