Fandom of the Month Unboxing (1/3)

 

Hello and happy Sunday. We all know I’m a sucker for both makeup and subscription boxes, but what I probably haven’t told you is that I’m also obsessed with jewelry, even more so if it’s fandom jewelry.

That’s actually one of the reasons why I wanted to try Fandom of the Month in the first place, and I think the name is self-explanatory. Another reason why I was interested was the price point, and I mean, if $13 a month for a box filled with jewelry goodies is not an amazing deal for you, I seriously don’t know what is.

I paid for a three-month subscription a long time ago, but only recently got my first box. I’m not sure what month it was for, but I know the theme was Merlin.

Let’s start with the non-jewelry items, okay? First I got a magnet, which I think is super cute, so it’s now next to my Eva Perón magnet on my board at home. I believe everything came inside a pretty little bag, which now holds some mini-pens I was given last year on Love and Friendship Day (which is the Colombian equivalent of Saint Valentine’s, if you were wondering).

Now, for the accessories, let me start with the ones I haven’t worn yet, that is, the earrings. I really like the red and gold, and I think I could totally pull them off during the holidays for parties. They are a little bit too big for my taste, considering that my ears are filled with piercings, so I guess when I wear them, I’ll have to wear smaller pieces so that everything looks nice and not too crammed. They’re a bit heavy as well, but that’s because of their size.

I’ve already worn and absolutely swear by the other items. I love the quote on the bracelet, which goes “None of us can choose our destiny and none of us can escape it.” I know the theme is Merlin, but doesn’t that quote have a Game of Thrones kinda vibe to it? It also has a dragon charm, which obviously reminded me of Daenerys, so that’s obviously a plus. I have wide wrists, but the bracelet fit perfectly.

The sword-in-the-stone necklace is just beautiful and super classy. I layered it with a shorter gold necklace and it looked amazing. I’m really picky with necklaces, but this one is just how I like them, long so I don’t feel like I’m choking, and big enough but not incredibly flashy or chunky.

Finally we have the ring, which I’d seen over at Instagram. It is probably the most extra item I know, and for that reason I adore it. I mean, it’s an actual 3-D castle, it doesn’t get any better than that. It is big, but it’s not the biggest ring I own. There was a time when I decided I’d collect chunky rings, and let me tell you, this isn’t chunky at all, at least for me. It is big enough, though, to wear it by itself, or maybe with smaller rings on your other fingers, which is how I wear it.

I’m obsessed with jewelry and fandom boxes, so if you know of any you think I should try, let me know in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

DYI Book and Supplies Tray

Hello and happy Saturday. Recently I was helping out a colleague with something and she told me something along the lines of “I don’t know how you do it, I’m not crafty at all.” She’s a second-grade teacher and I honestly can’t, for the life of me, understand how an elementary school teacher can admit they’re not crafty. If you’re not born with it, experience is a great teacher. I became super crafty because I literally had to make every poster, bulletin board, and sometimes even worksheet with my own two hands.

I know, though, that not everyone likes to cut, paste, and color. I know that not every teacher has a box full of markers, pens, and colors in storage. And I know that there are easy ways to do things for your classroom that look super elaborate. This is why today I’m showing you how to turn a cardboard box into a book or supplies tray using only tape.

I’m not exaggerating; I only used two types of duct tape and spent about ten minutes or less on this DIY project. You see, I believe things arrive at your doorstep the precise moment you need them, and so when I got my September Book Case Club I decided the box was perfect to make a book tray for one of my pre-k classrooms.

First, I cut the lid off to get the tray-like shape. I put thick duct tape from the Dollar Tree on each side. It has that deep blue design because I followed the blue theme from the inside. Those letters go perfectly with the book vibe of the box. I then put solid blue duct tape on the tops and bases of each side, and that’s literally it.

This little project was intended to show you that you don’t need to spend a ton of money, time, or effort to have nice things in your classroom. You don’t need to be the craftiest to add cool details your students will appreciate.

If you know of any other easy DIY project for decorating a classroom, tell me about it in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

July Book Case Club

 

Hello and happy Wednesday. I know that not all of us have a ton of money to spend in books or in subscription boxes, and even if we did have that money, but we still want to get the good stuff. This is why I’m always looking for new subscription boxes that are not expensive, and I obviously try some of them as well.

A few months ago, I came across Book Case Club and I thought it was fantastic for several reasons. Firstly, it costs $10, which means it’s probably the cheapest book subscription box out there. But that’s not all because I was pleasantly surprised to find I got sent two books instead of one. That’s right, every month, for the price of ten dollars, you will get sent two books: a paperback and a hardcover.

Have you noticed that I’ve called this a book box instead of a bookish box? Book Case Club if you want a subscription box only for the books. Boxes with tons of goodies, like OwlCrate, are always fun, don’t get me wrong, but they’re not for everybody, and I think in that way Book Case Club provides an alternative so that you can get cool books without getting the goodies (and paying for them).

For the month of July I got were Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom and Lies I Told by Michelle Zink. I’d heard about both books before and had them in my personal wish list, so it’s great that I now own them.

Now that you know about Book Case Club, would you be interested on trying it? Why or why not?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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