Empties #9

Empties #9

Hello and happy Sunday. This edition of Empties will be dedicated to skin care stuff because apparently I ran out of it all at the same time. Let’s get started, shall we?

In the makeup removing realm, we have the cleansing wipes from Primark. If you go to Europe, make sure to stock up on these babies.

Now, for face cleansers, I have the Derma-E Anti Wrinkle Scrub, which lasted me a long time because you’re not supposed to use it every day, and the Pore-Fectly Clear Charcoal Face Wash from Good Things, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

After showering, I moisturize, so I have my L’Occitane Moisture Prep Essence, and the white jar is an almond moisturizer that I hauled after my first trip to Baltimore. I also have a tinted SPF from COTZ, which I’d like to try more of because I think it can be a nice alternative for no-makeup days.

Finally, I’m saying goodbye to my L’Oreal Revitalift Youth Filler (?) Night Cream. I don’t know if that’s the actual name, but do your research and get it because this thing is amazing. You literally feel like you’re getting fillers overnight and you wake up with healthy, plump skin. It’s amazing.

As always, in the comments I’d like you to tell me whether you tried any of these products and what your thoughts were.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

What We Watched in Class

What We Watched in Class

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Hello and happy Saturday. Are you the kind of teacher who likes including movies when you’re planning a unit? If you’re not, then maybe reading this post will change your mind. Either way, these recommendations might be helpful for you at some point. What I’m going to do is list the movies and documentaries I watched with my high school students and tell you how I used them in class. All of them can be found on Netflix. Let’s get started, shall we?

Living On One Dollar

I think documentaries like this one are a great opportunity to start discussions in your classroom, so I did come up with a series of questions for my students to answer. I graded speaking through this activity. Obviously, if you have more time, or if you’re discussing social or economic issues, this is a great documentary.

The Lorax

With ninth grade we were working on social and environmental issues, and I wasn’t sure what they’d think or say about me playing The Lorax to them. Well, they loved it. I have always taught English as a Second Language, which means that my students are not all fluent in English and they still have a hard time when movies don’t have subtitles, so I feel that this was challenging enough for them, but they could still understand most of what was being said. I think that through this movie my students were able to apply the vocabulary we had already worked on while making comparisons with the real world. After watching the movie, they developed a guide that I adapted from different activities I saw on Pinterest. If your students are younger, I’m sure there’s a lot you can find that is ready to download.

Live and Let Live

I did sort of push my vegetarian agenda into my students and I’m not sorry. No, but honestly, I feel like the impact on the environment that comes from eating animals is rarely mentioned and I wanted to include it in our Social and Environmental Issues unit. For this activity they had to take notes throughout the documentary and then complete a chart with information of each of the people interviewed. I wanted them to write who the person was, what they did, why they’d become a vegan and what their thoughts on veganism were.

Health for Sale

For tenth grade our topics were Hobbies, Health, and Wellness or something like that. The documentary Health for Sale was actually suggested by another teacher who was in charge of planning for tenth grade. I watched the documentary beforehand and came up with some comprehension questions. Then, while my students watched I asked them to take notes and to pick five questions from the list of around thirty that I’d proposed and answer them. I have to check this product and see if it’s ready for TpT, and as soon as it is, I’ll let you know.

The Magic Pill 

This documentary was proposed by me for tenth grade, and more that talking about a specific kind of diet, I wanted my students to see how what you eat can affect your brain and your health so much, but also how some disorders like those from the autistic spectrum can be “treated” using natural methods. I wanted to work on listening skills because after the Health for Sale activity I realized that my students were lacking comprehension, so I wanted to take a step back. The idea with this was for my students to watch the documentary and answer a series of brief questions as they watched, so it was more like a guided note-taking activity. I will put this activity on TpT, but I don’t have a definitive date yet, so be patient on that one.


Which movies/documentaries would you play or have you played in class? Let me know in the comments.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila



NetGalley Reads: Fall in One Day

NetGalley Reads: Fall in One Day


Hello and happy Friday. If you read last week’s post, then you know that I have a pretty long TBR list to tackle, which means that there are many ARCs I have to read. Now, usually I can read a book in a week or less, but there are some that are such a pain that it takes me way more than that. An example of this is Fall in One Day by Craig Terlson. A digital copy was provided to me for reading and reviewing purposes, so I’d like to thank both NetGalley and the author for it.

I read this novel between May 12th and June 11th, 2019 and gave it two stars. There are several reasons that explain both the rating and the time it took me to read it. On one hand, I had a hard time figuring out the generalities of the story. I didn’t understand whether it would be all told in the past or if we were getting flashbacks and flash-forwards. The perspective thing was also tough; I didn’t know who the narrator was and what their role in the story was until I was already advanced in my reading.

Basically, this is the story of a teenager who gets kidnapped by his father, who hallucinates, whether it is because of drugs or schizophrenia, it is unclear. We get the perspective of his best friend, a teenager who is set to understand the mystery of the disappearance and find the missing kid. It was not an easy read, and it wasn’t a fast read either. I know these stories must have an appreciative audience, but I wasn’t it.

One of the reasons why I was so confused at the beginning of the story was the title. It might be that English is not my first language, but when I read “Fall in One Day,” I thought we were getting insta-love. There is nothing romance-related in this novel, so keep that in mind if you plan to read this book. Since the narrator, who is also the main character, is a teenager, he talks like one, but I don’t know if the grammar mistakes he makes are intentional or if the author really writes that way. All I know is that it was annoying. There are scenes about suicide attempts and suicide, so be mindful of that. There is also domestic violence, so if you are sensitive to those, I would not recommend this book.

Do you know of any mystery/ detective young adult novels that I might enjoy? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

June 2019 Thankful Thursday

June 2019 Thankful Thursday



Hello and happy Thursday. Do we all know what day is today? It’s Thankful Thursday, which means I’ll look back into my notebook of things that make me happy and randomly pick five memories from June to share with you. Let’s get started, shall we?


June 2nd, 2017

#800: Ditching all my to-do’s and reading instead

We have all been there, right? I mean, some of us read, some others watch all seasons of The Office in one sitting. Procrastinating makes us happy, especially if we are doing something we really love, like reading a good book.

June 7th, 2017

#824: Attempting a burpee and (almost) succeeding

2017 was my healthy year. I started going to a nutritionist and she suggested HIIT to me. HIIT stands for “high-intensity interval training, ” and burpees are a big part of the whole thing. Well, I avoided them because I couldn’t possibly even think of jumping and planking and all that in one move. I guess I tried, though, and was happy that I almost made it.

June 11th, 2017

#842: Fixing my marker collection

Hello, my name is Camila and I am not a hoarder, I’m a collector. Because of my teaching, I have managed to collect various supplies, including markers, pens, crayons, and basically, anything you can think of that serves the purpose of adding color to paper. I organize said collection every once in a while and it makes me so happy when I do it, I feel like I have brand new stuff all over again.

June 15th, 2017

#864: Making huge donations on behalf of my father

My dad is the best man on earth, and I’m not just saying it because he’s my dad. You can ask around, and everyone will agree with me. For father’s day 2017, he asked us to donate money to a charity on his behalf, and that would be his gift. Seriously, he’s a saint.

June 21st, 2017

#895: Rehearsals going well

Every school has a closing ceremony of sorts at the end of the year. It is a stressful time for children and teachers alike, so when rehearsals go well, the teachers can relax just a tiny bit, and even call it a happy moment.

What has made you happy this month? Tell me all about it in the comments.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

How I Pick My Reads

How I Pick My Reads

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I’m going to show you my process to choose what book to read next, and how I manage my TBR lists. Let’s get started, shall we?

I start by drawing a title from my TBR Jar, although I will be honest and say that at times I end up taking different papers until I get a title that really catches my eye.

I then go through my TBR list and highlight the title of the book.

Then I do the same in digital TBR.

And that’s pretty much it. I would love to be one of those people who just look at their bookshelf and pick a title, but I have too many books to read, both physical and digital, so I prefer to have a system. This has also stopped me from going on full-on reading slump mode because as soon as I finish a book, I select the next one.

Do you have a system for selecting the books you’re going to read or do you just pick any title you want? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Berry Love

Berry Love

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Hello and happy Monday. Don’t you have days in which you plan a whole look and then as you start working on it you realize you did something completely different, but still end up loving the results? Well, today I was planning on doing a very pink look, with shimmery baby pink eyes and cute and flirty nude lips. I ended up doing a berry/plum look. To achieve this look I followed the steps below:

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Powder
  6. Plum (outer corner)
  7. Dark purple (second third of the eye)
  8. Shimmery pink (inner corner)
  9. Blend pink and purple
  10. Plum and dark purple (lower lash line)
  11. Copper (waterline)
  12. Mascara
  13. Contour
  14. Red blush
  15. Matte lip crayon
  16. Baby pink lip gloss

Have you ever tried to go for a look and ended up something completely different that you loved? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Empties #8

Empties #8

Hello and happy Sunday. It’s been a while since I dug through my garbage and told you about the stuff I’d used, which means I have so many products that I will divide them into two separate posts. Today’s post is about the random items, so basically there isn’t one category in particular but rather several small ones. Let’s get started, shall we?

I have three eye makeup products, so I’ll begin with them. One is the Ciaté London Fierce Fleeks black liquid eyeliner. I really liked it, and I used it until it started drying out and getting difficult to work with. At the moment I don’t own any liquid eyeliner, and I won’t be buying one any time soon. I have another liquid eyeliner pen, but this has no brand. I believe it came in a package my aunt sent me a while ago and she probably bought it at Marshall’s or a store like that. This is less opaque and less black than the Ciaté one. Finally, in the eye makeup category, we have the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. I loved how long and full it made my lashes look, and I wore it until it started to dry out.

Now for hair I used up two products. I had the Shea Moisture Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Treatment, which I bought at Marshall’s and I absolutely adored and would buy again the next time I go to the states. and the Andalou Naturals Argan Oil and Shea Styling Cream, which smells like orange candy and is great for wavy or curly hair.

I used up all of my Rimmel London lip balm, which my dad bought for me at a Dollar Tree. It was good, and didn’t have any tint or strong fragrance to it. I’ll stock up on these next time I visit a Dollar Tree.

In the fragrance territory, we have the Pink Fresh & Clean body mist, which has been my love for a long time. I got two of these for $10, so I still have my fix. I also used my CyZone Love Bomb perfume, which I got because it was cheap and smelled nice for everyday use.

Finally, we have two empty jars of Sugar Bear Hair vitamins. You know how I feel about them. Even now, months after taking them again, I feel amazed at how much they helped my hair grow strong and healthy. I don’t feel like I need them right now, but I would definitely consider them in the future and I 100% recommend them.

That’s it for this edition of empties. Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila