May Thankful Thursday

May Thankful Thursday

Copy of THROWBACK THURSDAY.pngHello and happy Thursday. Welcome to the special edition of Throwback Thursday in which we look through my notebook of things that make me happy and randomly select five to share with you. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

May 3rd, 2017

#648: Hanging out by the pool

I mean, do we really need a context for this one? Trips make me happy. Pools make me happy, even if I don’t get in them. If you don’t like to hang out by a pool, tell me why, please. I’m curious.

May 7th, 2017

#668: Updating my teaching folders

Here I think I was referring to the Google Drive folders I have, which are full of resources I have acquired and made through the years. I have always loved organizing things, and by this, I don’t mean just physical stuff. I love having my digital files and folders neatly organized.

May 13th, 2017 

#700: The soundtrack for a great musical

I want to say I was referring to Dear Evan Hansen, but I can’t be sure because I don’t know since when that show has been around. I personally don’t enjoy musicals as much as other people, but I love listening (and singing) to their music. I haven’t watched Dear Evan Hansen, but I came across its soundtrack and I loved it.

May 17th, 2017

#723: Watching Puss in Boots

For those of you who are new here, hello, my name is Camila and I absolutely love children’s movies. One of the topics I worked on with my former kinder boys was related to fairy tales and nursery rhymes, so as a closure, we watched Puss in Boots, and I enjoyed that movie more than all my students put together.

May 23rd, 2017

#750: Getting through with my Portuguese homework

I don’t usually struggle when it comes to learning a new language, and I found Portuguese particularly easy. This homework, though, must’ve been long and hard because finishing it made me happy.

Now it’s your turn to tell me something that has made you happy. Spread the happy thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

Kindle Haul #7

Kindle Haul #7

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

100th (2).pngHello and happy Wednesday. Apparently, I gave myself a break in November of 2018 because I didn’t buy any ebooks then. I did get seven new titles for my collection in December, and I want to tell you all about how little I spent. Let’s get started, shall we?

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell 

Good news about this book! It’s still $1.99, so if you’ve been thinking about getting it, do it now.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

This book was $1.99 when I got it, and it is now $9.64.

Wrecked by Maria Padan 

This title is now $5.69, which is obviously more than $1.99, but it’s not a terrible price.

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks 

This book is now $11.99, so I would wait for a sale. (I got it for $1.99.) If I’m not mistaken, this is a Great on Kindle book because it belongs to the self-improvement genre. This means that if you get it, you’ll get credit so that you can keep buying Great on Kindle books.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert 

Again, wait until this is on sale, unless you want to pay $12.99 for it, which let’s be honest, you don’t. You’d rather pay $1.99 like I did, right?

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

This book is currently $9.99, if you’re interested in buying it. (Interested on?) Anyway, I bought it for $1.99.

The 12 Dares of Christa by Marissa Burt

This beauty was $1.99 when I got it, and it is now $7.99. Not a terrible price, but would you pay it?

That’s it for today’s haul. I would like to know about the cheapest book you’ve ever gotten. Share some nice stories with me in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

“I’m Late for Class” Makeup Look

“I’m Late for Class” Makeup Look

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty

Hello and happy Monday. Today I bring you a very basic routine for those days when you either have about thirty seconds to do your makeup or you don’t want to do much but you also want to look like you’re alive. This really simple look was inspired by a Tanya Burr video, so you know it’s going to be quick, easy and not at all over the top. Now, the cool thing about this look is that you can build it up and add more steps if you feel like it, and trust me, you’ll look awesome. Here are the steps I followed to achieve it:

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Mascara
  6. Brown eyeliner (waterline)
  7. Bronzer
  8. Blush
  9. Lipstick

How would you build up this look? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

L’Occitane Mini Haul

L’Occitane Mini Haul

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Hello and happy Sunday. You know how my heart feels about L’Occitane, and if you don’t then you’re probably new here, in which case, hi and welcome. The fact that L’Occitane has an online shop has made my life easier but it’s also made me poorer. Take this haul, for example. I was just going to buy a shower oil for my grandma and ended up with two kits for myself.

One of those kits is the one you see in the left. It is the Reine Blanche routine. This literally means “white queen” and it is a series of products that will clarify your skin and help with discoloration. I got this kit for $10.37, and it currently isn’t sold anymore. It came with the makeup bag as well, which I think is super convenient for traveling.

Now I got another set that came with another bag. This one cost $15.87 and came with a mini aqua toner, and then some Verveine products like shower gel, shampoo, body lotion, perfume and hand lotion.

Additionally, I got some free samples, which I think I gave to my mom. I got another hand lotion, two different serums and a sample for the Terre de Lumiére perfume, which is absolutely delicious.

What’s your favorite L’Occitane product and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

My Happy/Sad Faces Activity

My Happy/Sad Faces Activity

Hello and happy Saturday. I’m in that weird mood in which I basically want to share all about my new job, and I swear there’s a post coming up specifically about how I got it and how I’ve felt about it.

Today I want to talk to you about an activity I did on my first day, which wasn’t the first day of class. My students had had a different teacher for almost the entire school year, but she quit and I came along to replace her. I feel that this is a very difficult position to be in, especially when teaching high school, which is what I came to teach because students will compare you to the person who was before you, they will want things done a certain way, but they will also take the opportunity to try and change the things they don’t.

Because I was literally thrown into class without having done any planning, I decided we should do, for that first class, a sort of introductory activity. I needed to learn my students’ names, of course, but I also wanted to know how things had worked before. I specifically wanted to know the things they did and liked, or the things they wished we could do in class, as well as those things they didn’t like.

I gave each student a piece of paper and told them two draw a happy face and a sad face, and told them what I just explained about what I wanted to know. Now, and I think this is something important that all teachers need to know: I didn’t make any promises I didn’t know I could keep. I couldn’t tell them we would be done using the reading platform because that was something that belonged to the curriculum and I couldn’t just remove it.

What the activity gave them, however, was a possibility to let me know about their learning styles, about the objectives and expectations they had regarding English class, as well as the things they didn’t really like about it. That activity helped me shape my classes in a way that was more comfortable for my students, and that could explore that variety of styles.

In the comments below tell me one thing you liked and one thing you didn’t from one of your classes in high school.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Kindle Haul #6

Kindle Haul #6

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Yes, this is another post about me getting super cheap ebooks on Kindle, and yes, I am amazed too at the amount of books I acquired. Today I have seven titles, which I all got for $1.99. Let’s get started, shall we?

Freefall by Mindi Scott

I got this book in October, 2018. It is now $8.54, if you wish to purchase it.

The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie 

Although you can no longer get this book for $1.99, you can either borrow it if you have Kindle Unlimited, which means you’ll be getting it for free, or you can buy it for $5.99.

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess 

I got this book in October, 2018. You can buy it now for $9.99.

The Child by Fiona Barton 

This book is currently $12.99, so I would suggest that you turn on notifications on it for you to know when it’s going to be discounted.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig 

Same as the previous book, I’d wait until it’s on sale to buy it because it is now $11.99.

The Iceberg: A Memoir by Marioun Coutts 

If you’d like to buy this book, it is $9.99. There was a time when I’d pay that for a book, not anymore.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

This cutie is $9.99 as well, so go get it if you’re really desperate to read it. If you’re not, follow my previous advice and turn on notifications so you know when it’s super cheap. Then you can get it.

I want to know about the books you’ve recently bought. Where did you get them from? Were they super cheap or did you splurge on them? Tell me all about them in the comments below.

Happy reading!
Love, Miss Camila

The Most Extra Makeup Look

The Most Extra Makeup Look

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty

Hello and happy Monday. Today I bring you a look with all the colors, a look that some people might not think appropriate for any social scene and that I wore to go to the movies last Sunday. It is no doubt one of the most extra looks I’ve done, and I hope you enjoy it. These are the steps I followed to achieve it:

  1. Primer
  2. Stick contour
  3. Concealer
  4. Foundation
  5. Powder
  6. Eyebrows
  7. Matte orange (crease)
  8. Pink (eyelid)
  9. Magenta (outer corner)
  10. Yellow (inner corner)
  11. Black eyeliner (tightline)
  12. Yellow (inner half of the lower lash line)
  13. Green (outer half of the lower lash line)
  14. Magenta (reverse smokey eye)
  15. Mascara
  16. Contour
  17. Pink blush
  18. Pink highlighter
  19. Fuchsia lipstick
  20. Fuchsia lipgloss
  21. Dewy finish setting spray

Where would you wear this look to? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

NYX Mini Haul + Review

NYX Mini Haul + Review

 

Hello and happy Sunday. Today’s post will be short and sweet, but I just wanted to share with you two products I got from NYX that I’ve been loving and that you might too. Also, I did buy these myself for a change, meaning that no, I didn’t get them in a subscription box or anything. Let’s get started, shall we?

NYX Professional Makeup Hydra Touch Primer 

I was running out of primer, so I bought this one mainly because it’s affordable. This product reminds me of aftershave when it comes to texture and scent, but especially because it does leave that tacky makeup-ready feel on the face that I particularly like in my primer. I got it for $8.39, but I’m sure that if you live in the States and have an Ulta nearby you can manage to get a discount for it.

NYX Professional Makeup HD Studio Photogenic Concealer in Fair

I think this can be a dupe for the Smashbox concealer I recently talked about in an unboxing, and I think this concealer matches my skin tone very well. I would say, though, that this has a yellow undertone and I would prefer a pink one, so that’s something to take into account if plan on repurchasing this. It cost $3.27, which is a stupidly good price for a concealer in my opinion.

In the comments below tell me about your favorite NYX product.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Equity Sticks

Equity Sticks

 

Hello and happy Saturday. Yes, today I bring you an actual teaching-related post. Crazy, huh? Even crazier is the fact that I actually used this technique I’m going to show you with my students. And it worked!

I’m talking about using equity sticks for class participation. What I used for this were popsicle sticks, a cup, and markers.

Stay tuned for a post in which I explain you all about this new job of mine, but meanwhile I’ll tell you that I started working when the school year was already underway, so I didn’t have much time to do any get to know me activities or stuff that teachers usually do at the beginning of the year. However, I think giving each student their own stick to label is an awesome idea for those activities at the beginning. I did this with high school students, so it took about five minutes.

I had four different grades, so I assigned a color to each class not to get confused, and I kept the sticks tied with a rubber band and inside the same cup. In each class, I’d take off the rubber band, put only the sticks belonging to the group I was with inside the cup with the colored tip facing down, and I’d take one stick each time I asked a question so that the student whose name I’d called would give me an answer. After this, I’d turn the stick so that the colored part was facing up.

Using this technique made participation mandatory, but in a fun way. I dread those times when a teacher asks for volunteers and no one raises their hands. In an odd way, using equity sticks made students want to participate more, even if I wasn’t calling them, so I think it’s also a good way to break the ice and get students involved in the class. Some of my students even asked me whether they could draw someone’s name out of the cup.

This is really nothing fancy or expensive, but it was a nice addition to my classes, which obviously became part of the routine. My classes didn’t have those awkward moments of silence after a question because whoever got called was expected to answer.

In the comments below let me know about the participation techniques you use in the classroom.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

NetGalley Reads: My Life as a Bench

NetGalley Reads: My Life as a Bench

 

Hello and happy Friday. As you probably have noticed, I am in the process of reading all the ARCs I requested years ago and sort of forgot about. Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on My Life As a Bench by Jaq Hazell. I want to thank NetGalley and the author for providing me this book to read and review. Let’s get started, shall we?

I read this novel between April 29th and May 4th, 2019 and rated it two stars. I’ll go ahead and say this: I think the concept was interesting but the execution was very poor. When it comes to my thoughts on the books I read, I usually can anticipate early on whether I’m going to like them or hate them, but My Life As a Bench was one of those exceptions in which I thought I would really enjoy what I read, and as I progressed, I realized this wasn’t going to be the case.

I say the concept was interesting because it was about this teenager who dies and wakes up as a bench, which is the memorial her family has ordered for her. Now, there are a few books I’ve already read in which the main character is dead but is still present in the land of the living, like Elsewhere from Gabrielle Zevin and The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter by Kate Winter. We also have the stories in which the main character isn’t dead but they’re basically in limbo and must decide if they want to live or die, such as If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. What I’m trying to say is that the idea has been executed before, but this novel offered us something original, the fact that the main character is not just a bodyless soul but an actual bench that doesn’t move or feel.

The chapters are short, and even as I progressed and became less excited about the story, I felt that need to read one more page, one more chapter, to just keep going. The flashbacks and flashforwards were other factors that had me expecting a lot from this novel, but that at the same time magnified the disappointment. Sadly, the author did not distribute the chapters in a way that made sense to me. There was a point in which every chapter was set in the past, so I felt that the construction of the story was not balanced.

Ren, our main character, has a boyfriend that I really didn’t like in the slightest and that I am actually going to talk about in depth when I list my disenchantments, so stay tuned for that one. I did not connect with any of the characters, and it’s not that they weren’t likable, which happens, but the story was not well constructed. We were being told about stuff that happened but didn’t really get to picture it. The romance did absolutely nothing to me, and I honestly could have done without it.

Another thing that really bothered me was a fatphobic joke that was thrown into the story like it was nothing. No, not on my watch. There was also an ableist joke, and again, I’m not going to take that. They were absolutely unnecessary and did nothing to the plot whatsoever, but they did negatively affect my rating.

Have you read any book about a dead character who, for some reason is still in our world? Let me know about it in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila