Books That Should Have Trigger Warnings

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Hello and happy Wednesday. I feel that I’ve read my fair share of problematic books, and that although I’ve talked about them separately, I needed to make a post that at least gathers my most recent problematic reads.

Now, when I’m saying “problematic”, I’m referring to the fact that I think these books need huge trigger warnings, and that if you could be triggered by some of the issues I mentioned, then you should probably not read these books because in my opinion, the issues are not handled in a smart, professional way. Again, this is 100% my opinion, so I can be wrong, or you can feel differently about what I say here, I’d just like to help readers that might be more sensitive towards a certain type of content. Let’s get started, shall we?

Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame  [x]

This book is all sorts of problematic if you ask me, but specifically talking about trigger warnings it has two: child abuse in the form of domestic violence and eating disorders. The former is mentioned but there are no scenes depicting it or describing it in any way, while the latter is clearly portrayed through some stereotypical behaviors by the main character. However, there is no clear mention of the main character being diagnosed with an eating disorder or being treated for one.

The Harder I Fall by Jessica Gibson 

There should be a huge trigger warning on this book related to child abuse in the form of domestic violence. There are scenes that clearly depict domestic violence. Our main character also follows certain behaviors related to eating disorders, although she hasn’t been diagnosed or treated.

Let Love In by Melissa Collins 

Huge trigger warning for suicide in this novel.

In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers

I will write a proper review on this book as soon as I’m done writing this post. The trigger warnings for this book are for suicidal thoughts, and an actual suicide, as well as a diagnosed eating disorders. The novel is very graphic when describing the symptoms of the eating disorder, as well as the thoughts the character has, and the suicide scene.

I know there are many more books that should include trigger warnings, so if you know of one, please add to the list by sharing the title in the comment section.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Adore Me Haul + Review

Hello and happy Sunday. A few days ago I was packing for a trip, and I noticed that out of all my clothing items and sets, three were from Adore Me , and I wasn’t even taking all of the stuff I own from that brand. I got introduced to Adore Me by Danielle Rae and you know me, if a YouTuber tries it, then I have to try it.

Adore Me is an online store that sells everything from swimwear to PJs to lingerie, and let me tell you, everything is great quality. You can become a VIP member, and what that means is that you get to buy an item or a set each month, and you qualify for awesome deals, and free products. You don’t need to be a VIP member, but I highly suggest you become one.

In today’s post I’ll show you my Adore Me stuff,  I’ll share my thoughts, and will link each item to the store’s page in case you want to get it. This is not going to be a try-on haul because it’s too much work, but you can check out my Instagram  where I’ve posted pictures of items in this post. Let’s get started, shall we?

YARA

I’m a bit sad that my first purchase on Adore Me was kind of a fail because I had super high expectations. Now, it was my fault that this first order was a fail, and I’ll explain you why. I’m usually an M when it comes to tops, and this particular one fits alright, but I feel that it could look better on me if it were a Large. The big problem, though, are the bottoms. I ordered them in Large, which is my size, but I wanted them high waisted and I have no idea why I ordered hipster bottoms. All in all, despite that the pattern is pretty and the two pieces fit, I don’t feel comfortable wearing them, so I think I will be giving them away or selling them.

ZAYDA

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This is what I look for in a bikini. I love how the bottoms fit me, and I love the shape of the top. The straps can be removed from the top, but because of its shape, it still gives a ton of support. I like to feel that my boobs are under control, even if I’m on vacation and I should be relaxing, saggy boobs are not my thing.

 

KIMONA

One thing I love about this is that I actually got it for free, so I got the Zayda and this one for the price of one set. The shape of the bottoms is the same as the Zayda ones, which we already know I loved and they work for me. I know high-waisted bottoms can look like they were made for a grandma, but once you put them on, they look gorgeous. Now, for the top. I feel like it’s one of those styles you either full-on love or full-on hate. It’s a halter top, and it’s got a zipper in the middle, which actually works. The back is gorgeous, and it’s perfect if you want a tan, because let’s face it, you’re not going to get a tan on your chest area with this top. It’s not the most comfortable thing in the world, but maybe if you want to swim in a two-piece, this can be a good option.

ALEA

This robe makes all my extra, Khloé Kardashian wannabe dreams come true. I wear it inside the house, I wear it when I’m on a trip and my PJs are tiny and I don’t want to flash my whole family, and lately I wore it to go to the pool and I was totally living for it. It comes in just one size, which is XL, so it’s perfect for me because I’m big and tall and I like my robes loose.

 

 

 

 

CHAYA

Just give me this set in every color available. I’m obsessed with this and I wish I could wear it every single day. When I wear this, I wish I could be a Real Housewife and just walk around doing nothing and looking fabulous. The top is cropped, but the pants are high-rise, so the belly area is actually not showing, because that is something that personally concerns me. There are different styles for the top, but the colors vary.

 

 

SARA

I’m currently all about bodysuits, but if I had to choose only one to wear for the rest of my life, it’d be this. Sara is the perfect combination of mesh and lace and absolute sexiness while still being classy. I’ve worn it with pants and with skirts, and I think it looks great. It is completely seethrough, so if you have a problem with showing some skin, I’d wear black shapewear underneath. I’ve done that and it still looks A+.

Had you heard about Adore Me? What are your thoughts on it and on the pieces I showed you? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Updated Multi-Class Weekly Planner

TpT Cover Design.jpgHello and happy Saturday. I think I’ve told you before that I teach different subjects in different grades, which means I need to be super organized with my planning so that I don’t go crazy.

I am a planner, both in my personal and in my professional life, and that means that before each week starts, I have to write down what I’m doing each day. In my post on how I keep organized, and then in my update, you can see that I tried a format for weekly lesson planning, which I complemented with color-coding so that I could easily find each class and know what I had to do.

The system worked for me for a few months, but I wasn’t in love with the design of the planner. You see, the full pages only held two or three days each, so I had to constantly flip through pages, which is annoying, and I felt that there was a lot of extra space I was wasting because there were eight slots per column, but I was only using five.

I felt like I could work better with a simpler template, and that’s when I decided that instead of looking through the perfect planner on Pinterest to print and download, I could come up with my own. Basically, I needed a chart with the days of the week on the top row, and the names of each of my classes on the left-side column. I still color-code because that way it’s even easier for me to spot a class and see what I have to do.

I fill out my planner by hand, and it serves two purposes for me: one, if I look at each column, I can see my full day of classes; and two, if I see each row, I’m looking at a week’s worth of lessons for each of my classes. I find that filling this planner is way easier, and I’m also saving paper because I’m using one sheet at a time as opposed to one.

You can get this template for free by clicking here. If you use it, let me know how you liked it. Remember that I’m always creating new resources and putting them in my TpT store, so be sure to check it out.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Physical Book Haul

Hello and happy Wednesday. I feel like I haven’t done a physical book haul in the longest time, and that’s because I hadn’t actually bought any physical books in English for a while. Of course, that was until I got totally crazy and bought seven books online form this local store I love. In today’s post I’ll share the titles, and tell you why I bought each. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

This is the third book of the Dorothy Must Die series, and although I don’t plan to read it right away because I still haven’t read The Wicked Will Rise, I just thought it was a good opportunity to get it and add it to my TBR list.

Wicked from Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard 

Same as Yellow Brick War; I just have all the books from the PLL series in my wish list, so as soon as I see one, I buy it, either in physical or digital format.

Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton 

This book wasn’t even in my wish list, but I saw it and knew I had to buy it. I’m not only going to review it in here, I’m also planning on developing a book study to put in my TPT store. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s up so that you can check it out.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 

I must’ve added this book to my wish list a very long time ago for the sole reason that Gillian Flynn is the writer and though I haven’t read anything by her, I want to because I’ve heard many great things. I think this is the kind of book that will leave me having no faith in humanity, and I’m so ready for it.

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick 

Fun fact: Becca Fitzpatrick came to Colombia about five years ago for a book fair. I had absolutely no idea who she was at the moment and only until recently I realized that she was the author of Dangerous Lies. I want to read this book because I’ve hear, read, and seen people talk about it nonstop and I want to join in on the party.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 

Technically I read this book both in English and Spanish for school, but we all know that reading a book for school is not the same as reading it for pleasure. I want to re-discover this world and I also want to do a novel study to put up in my store.

Matilda by Roald Dahl 

I know my sixth-grade English teacher had the best intentions when she selected Matilda for reading and studying, but I don’t remember any of the book, my only memories are from the movie. I’ll be doing a novel study for this book as well, and will be making this bundle of four Roald Dahl books so that you can get them all for a lower price.

Now, tell me, what’s the last physical book you’ve bought and what motivated you to buy it?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

November Ipsy Glam Bag Haul + Review

Hello and happy Sunday. I’m the kind of person who loves taking trips on odd dates, even if it’s not vacation time or whatever, and I love that not-quite-vacation vibe. I believe the products of my Ipsy Glam Bag for the month of November are meant for precisely that vibe. I can even see all of these products used in one look. Let’s get started, shall we?

Bang Beauty Lip Gloss in Spice

This is a thick, opaque, nude lipgloss I’m living for. It’s got this coral undertone I love because it gives some edge to your typical nude-lip look. Personally, I think nude lips are here to stay, but this shade gives you the possibility to be a tiny bit bold. The formulation is super rich, and because it’s a gloss it’s not going to dry down on your lips.

Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Bitten & Bronzed Matte Bronzer

First, A+ for packaging because I absolutely adore animal print, felines, and rainbows. When I first saw this bronzer I was a bit scared because it looks like it’s got a gray undertone, and that usually means that my face will end up looking like I just played with mud and let it dry on my skin. That doesn’t happen with this bronzer. I actually applied it before I went on a trip to the beach and it gave me this nice, natural, sun-kissed look we all want to get without actually exposing our faces to sunlight. I appreciate the fact that it’s matte because if you’re going on holiday somewhere hot, you don’t want to look all shiny.

SOROCI Morning Calming Cream

I needed a face cream for my morning routine because I’m running out of the one I currently use. It has a super soft scent, which you know I appreciate when it comes to skincare because I don’t want to feel like I put perfume right on my face, but I also don’t want to apply something that smells like pure chemicals. It is a lightweight cream, which absorbs super quickly but leaves the skin feeling all nice and healthy. I like the presentation because it comes in a jar, so that means I’ll be able to use and scrape off every last bit.

Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush in Feisty

When I found out I was going to get this blush, I thought it was too dark and was kind of disappointed because I’d already gotten the bronzer and imagined they’d be pretty similar. I was wrong, thankfully, and I’m actually very happy about the product I received. If the Bang Beauty lip gloss were a blush, it’d be this one. It is the perfect matte, neutral blush, which means it’s foolproof. I love that it’s matte because, again, it goes with the vacation, warm weather vibe I’m going for.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics HD Perfecting Powder

I was in desperate need of a white powder because the ones I have are either yellow or have a bronze tint to them. This is super thin, almost like a loose powder, but I didn’t see any fallout. It really does live up to its name because let me tell you, my undereye area looks flawless.

I am very pleased with my glam bag and I’m forever in love with Ipsy. I’d like you to tell me which product is a must for you when you go on vacation, whether it’s makeup or skincare.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

Useful Links for Teachers and Parents

TpT Cover Design (1)Hello and happy Saturday. Every week, I send a homework to my pre-K and Kindergarten parents. This is an online homework that often involves videos, fun websites, and interactive games, so I’m always in the lookout for cool new channels and pages. Since the previous school year, I’ve been collecting links and I’ve been adding them to this cheat sheet of mine, which is always growing thanks to the modifications I make.

Now, I’m passionate about technology and the wonders of Internet, but I know not all teachers and not all parents are like that, so I decided to share this cheat sheet with you, you just need to click here to access it from my TPT store.

There are many cool things, in my opinion, about this resource. Number one, you can actually click the links from the PDF and go directly to the various sites listed. Number two, this is a free resource, a little treat for you. And finally, number three, whenever I update it, you’ll be able to download the newest version at no cost. Pretty cool, huh?

I made this cheat sheet thinking about the students I’m currently working with, so it can work for kids in pre-k through first grade. If you have any suggestions of links or categories I should include in this resource to make it even better, please let me know in the comments.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

A Cute Little Thing

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today’s review will be super short because it’s actually from the shortest little book. I’m talking about the audiobook version of Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan. This book is actually a prequel to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, which is a lovely novel in itself and I’ve read nothing like it.

This is the kind of audiobook you can finish in one sitting while coloring mandalas, passing your notes or doing other mindless activities. It is really short and it will have you hooked within the first two minutes.

Narrators for me are super important, and this narrator is amazing. His voice was soothing but not to the point where I was getting sleepy listening to it, you know? I constantly felt like I was a child and somebody was reading to me the most fantastic story.

And of course I need to talk about Robin Sloan’s writing style because it’s super captivating. I loved the fact that one whole chapter was told in the second person, as if the author were talking specifically to Ajax Penumbra, the main character of the story.

I totally adored this story, and it was great to know about Mr. Penumbra before he became the owner of his 24-Hour-Bookstore. It was an amazing read and I would totally recommend it.

Have you read any of the Mr. Penumbra books? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

October Glam Bag Haul +Review

 

Hello and happy Sunday. It’s time for another Ipsy unboxing, which is always super fun for me because I love getting new makeup and beauty products every month. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tarte Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara 

Tarte is definitely a high-end brand that is well-known in the makeup and beauty community. For this reason, I basically assumed I would get a good mascara, I just didn’t know how good it would be. The wand looks pretty standard. It’s not super thick, but the bristles are kind of soft, not plastic. It is straight, which tells me this mascara is intended to give length. Now, what you get is long, full, almost fake-looking lashes, which is what I love in a mascara. I wouldn’t buy it, just because it’s expensive and I don’t expect it to last more than a few months.

Hey Honey Trick or Treat Active Propolis Cream Concealer 

I talked about this in depth last week, so check out that post. Basically, this will make your concealer dreams come true. I love its texture and its coverage. I just wish it were less expensive so that I could actually buy it. Hey Honey is a brand I discovered thanks to Ipsy and I love it.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion 

As with Tarte, Urban Decay is a well-known brand, so it is sort of a given that its products will work. The texture of this eyeliner pencil is great for basically everything: waterline, tightline, top lash line, and whatever else you want to use it for. I wore it for work one day, and it passed the test, so I’m telling you, if this resisted a day in the life of a preschool teacher, it will stay in place while you go party. It’s stupidly expensive for a pencil eyeliner, so I’ll just enjoy the sample I got.

Doucce Freematic Highlighter in Solstice 

This is pretty similar to an Urban Decay highlighter I previously got in an Ipsy bag, but this shade has a pink undertone, which I love because I’m all about the rose gold look. I really like this highlighter, and I like having more shades to choose from and play with whenever there’s a special occasion. Doucce is another brand I discovered through Ipsy and I think it’s great quality.

Cute Balms Lip Balm in Vanilla 

This cute little macaroon is now in one of my drawers at work because I’m one of those people who always needs to have lip balm in hand. The scent is fantastic and I love feeling my lips hydrated when I apply it.

That’s it for today’s haul, but I’d like you to tell me whether you know of any subscription service that is comparable to Ipsy because I’m always looking for new things to try.

Happy Sunday and happy last day of the year!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

 

DIY Movement Dice

Hello and happy Saturday. I like to re-purpose just about anything for my classes, and whenever I have the time and the energy, I like to get crafty. In today’s post I’m going to show you how I turned an old baby formula box into a dice for my science class with Kindergarten. Let’s get started, shall we?

The first thing I did was assemble the box. You’ll notice the bottom is a little bumpy and that’s because I didn’t really know how the tabs fit, but I fixed that later on with lots of tape.

 

I used this dice for an activity on types of movement, to complement the work on a booklet by Little Lifelong Learners, so I searched for pictures of the objects shown in the worksheet. At first, I was sort of lazy so I printed the pictures on a colored paper so I didn’t have to color them myself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what I both love and hate the most of making this dice: the covering up. I began by cutting colored papers in half and gluing them to each of the faces of the box. The paper didn’t cover the whole face, but that’s okay because I then put decorated duct tape as a frame. The center, or rather, the part where the color paper is visible, is where the pictures go.

 

 

 

To make sure my dice was super sturdy and boy-resistant, I covered the edges with colored tape. This also created a nice frame.

 

 

 

 

I then glued the pictures to each face of the cube and added commands, according to what the worksheet indicated for each object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, yes, I couldn’t resist and had to color the pictures. For extra protection, I covered each with thick tape, but contact paper also works.

 

What other activities can you think of involving a giant dice or a cube? Let me know in the comments and I might try them out!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

24 Facts About Me

Mila Writes.pngHello and happy Friday. The year is almost over, which means that soon we’ll go back to the regular blogging schedule. In that holiday spirit we’re in, I thought about giving you a little present. Given that I’ve been 24 years old for a while, I wanted to share with you twenty-four facts about me. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. My name is Camila

You may know that already judging by the name of this blog. It’s spelled with one “L” and most English speakers mispronounce it.

2. I am Colombian and American 

I was born in Arlington, Virgina, in the U.S because my parents were living and working there at the moment. They, however, are Colombian, which makes me Colombian as well. In other words, I’m American born and Colombian raised.

3. I am a teacher

This is something else that seems obvious to some people, given that on Wednesdays I blog about teaching, but it’s something not everyone knows about me. I am a school teacher and have been for the past year and a half. I teach English as a second language, and would like to work with students who have emotional and behavioral disorders sometime in the future.

4. I speak Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese

Spanish is my first language, but English is a close second. I’ve spoken English since I was four years old. I learned French while I was at school, and my main motivation at first was the fact that my best friend was taking classes. It then came in handy when I started my major and saved me a lot of time. I’ve recently started taking Portuguese classes and I find the language very easy to learn.

5. I’m tattooed and pierced

I’m at a point in which I should start saying I’m “heavily” tattooed. I love ink and I love piercings, though I can’t stand looking at needles. Right now I have nine tattoos and seven piercings, but I think that number will increase by the time this post gets published.

6. I am a vegetarian 

I’ve been a vegetarian for almost nine years now, and it’s been an interesting journey. Up until recently, I’ve been more conscious of eating healthily because, believe it or not, you can be a vegetarian and still have lousy eating habits. I eat things that have eggs, but I can’t eat eggs on their own or foods that have eggs as their main ingredient. I drink and eat dairy products, but I don’t drink animal milk itself; instead, I drink almond milk.

7. I love G-d and G-d loves me

I do not ascribe to any religion, although I am a Jew descendant and feel the closest to this faith system. I pray every day and read the psalms occasionally, and G-d is the most important aspect of my life, which is why I love Him and I know He loves me too.

8. I’m a lover of all things makeup and have attended various courses

I decided to take my love for makeup to a more professional level in 2016, after having played with it for three years, watching tutorials on YouTube and going blindly into this world. I have attended workshops for self-makeup,  I took a course on professional makeup, for which I got a certificate, as well as a master class on skin and eyes. I don’t think I’d like to become a full-time professional artist, but I enjoy playing with it and learning new things.

9. I am a proud booknerd

I’m the friend and family member who gets asked for book recommendations, which shouldn’t come off as a surprise, given that I blog about books on Wednesdays. The last thing I do at night and the first thing I do every morning is read. Also, I’m always open to suggestions and recommendations, and my TBR list grows longer by the minute.

10. I have a YouTube channel

Now, this is not self-promo because I actually haven’t used my channel in a while. I tried it for a few weeks, and uploaded some get-ready-with-me kind of videos. I do plan on using it more, and talking in my videos, to sort of use the channel as a complement to this blog, but that might happen in the future. If you have any ideas of videos you’d like to see me uploading, let me know.

11. My favorite color is pink 

Pink is my aesthetic for pretty much everything. That doesn’t apply to clothes or makeup, obviously, but I have my share of pink clothes and makeup as well. I’m drawn to this color, and if given the choice, I’ll pick it.

12. I’m a straightedge

I wrote a post on this a while ago. Basically, I try not to anything that might alter the chemical composition in my brain, if that makes any sense. That means I don’t do drugs (obviously), or drink alcohol, but I also go as far as to not drink coffee because I believe it creates a dependence. I also don’t take any medicine unless it’s been prescribed by a doctor because I believe that the body is able to heal itself in many cases, and taking medicines for small stuff like a headache might cause dependence as well.

13. I’m obsessed with Hello Kitty

Again, it’s like my love towards the color pink. I have a lot of Hello Kitty stuff, and I’m drawn to her. I have a Hello Kitty Pinterest board and I’m always on the lookout for more things from her to own.

14. I love dancing

Dancing is my life, and it used to be my workout of preference given that I was super into Zumba. Nowadays, I kind of have to gather the strength and willpower to get up, get ready and go to class, but once I’m in there, I am the happiest person there is. I’m not the best dancer by any means, but I enjoy it a whole lot.

15. Online shopping is my life

I love shopping in general, but online shopping is my favorite activity. I can browse for hours at home, I don’t need to carry heavy bags, and most of the time, I get items that fit me perfectly without having to try them on before buying them. It’s a plus if the stores actually ship to Colombia.

16. I’m a Scorpio

My birthday is on November 4th, so keep it in your calendar for next year. I believe in astrology and I believe in the influence of planets over our mood. It’d be selfish to think it’s only us who can control how we feel or act. I have a super strong character, and may come off as bad-tempered to some people. I’m very transparent with my feelings and often make decisions on how I feel about someone based on first impressions.

17. My favorite physical feature is my hair

My hair is like my baby. I love playing and experimenting with it, but I also love taking care of it. I’ve had it in a variety of lengths and colors, but it’s always been healthy, which is the most important thing for me.

18. My favorite subjects to teach are Math and Science

I fell in love with teaching Math when I was a private tutor. I love creating resources for Math and finding fun ways to make the different topics understandable and meaningful for my students. I currently teach Science as well as English, and it’s also super fun. I love researching the topics and coming up with creative ways to teach them to my students.

19. Subscription boxes make my life happy

If you’ve been here for a while, you already know I’m obsessed with subscription boxes. Subscription boxes are like online shopping taken to the next level, because you’re literally getting a bunch of surprise stuff, and who doesn’t love surprises? Personally, I think subscription boxes are the best invention ever and I love getting them.

20. I’ve openly used various online dating sites for years

It’s no secret that I’ve been subscribed to online dating services, sometimes more seriously than others. I think it’s a cool way to meet people, or just have some fun, and I’d say don’t ditch it til you try it.

21. I’m a proud Slytherin 

Any questions? I’m also a Targaryen, if you’re into Game of Thrones.

22. I have two dogs, but cats are my true love

Dobby and Nala are my babies. I love them so much, I got them tattooed on my shoulder so that they’re always with me, but I’m a cat person and once I move out, I want to get a cat. I adore cats and their personality, and though I’m allergic to them, I always want to be around them.

23. I’ve never had a boyfriend

This shouldn’t come off as a huge revelation, and if it is, then maybe you should read more of my posts to get to know me better. I would like to be in a relationship, but it’s not a priority in my life, and I enjoy being single. I don’t feel like anything is missing from my life right now, and if the right guy comes along, then great. I love flirting and having crushes, but for many reasons that hasn’t evolved into a relationship yet.

24. I’m 24 years old and living my best life

I always say that if I were to die today, I’d die happily and feeling accomplished. I love my job, I love spending time with my friends and family, I travel as much as I can and I always try to treat myself to nice things. I’m living the best version of my life, the best life I can possibly be living, and I think everyone should.

Those were the 24 facts about me I wanted to share. Feel free to share something about you in the comments below.

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila