February 2019 Kindle Haul

February 2019 Kindle Haul

100th.pngHello and happy Wednesday. I’m a hoarder, okay? There’s no other way to put it. I also love spending money, but I love saving it even more, hence the insane amount of books I have acquired over the past few months. Today’s post features four titles I recently bought. Let’s get started, shall we?

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 

I got this beauty for $1.99, but what else is new? You can get it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited, which I highly suggest, or for $6.99.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab 

I’ve heard so much about this author, that when I saw this book was $1.99, I knew I had to get it. It is now $7.99 if you’re interested in buying it.

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West 

This book is currently $9.99. I got it for $1.99, so I would suggest that you turn on notifications so that you know when the price drops again.

The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu

I paid the usual $1.99 for this middle-grade novel, but you can get it for free with Kindle Unlimited. If you don’t have KU, you can buy this book for $6.99.

What are the newest titles in your collection? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Fancy-Ass Snacks

Fancy-Ass Snacks

Hello and happy Tuesday. Let’s talk about food, babies, because it’s no secret that I love to eat and I love snacks. The ones I’m hauling today are from this super fancy store I always walk by on my way home from therapy. This is the kind of stuff that you’d get at a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, but I’m only just saying that because I’ve never gone to either. Let’s get started, shall we?

First we have peanut butter pop corn, which I got because of the novelty, but I ended up liking. It’s one of those healthy snacks that really have no calories and will leave you hungry within ten minutes of eating, but they were nice. This particular brand is Colombian, but I’m sure that in the U.S there are many brands already releasing products like this. One pack of this pop corn costs a little under 60 cents, so that’s pretty awesome if you ask me.

Then we have white cheddar cheese pop corn, which is nothing new but it’s the ultimate snack for me. To be honest, I’d never seen white cheddar pop corn in Colombia, but I’d tried it in the States and was obviously excited to see this Colombian brand producing it. The price is just under 60 cents as well.

Another snack that I love from the States are sweet potato fries, so I didn’t think twice about getting sweet potato chips. Let me tell you, I wasn’t thrilled. I mean, I guess what I like about sweet potato fries is adding lots of salt and mayo to them, not really eating, well, sweet potatoes. Who would’ve known? That bag cost a little over $1.50, but we’re not going to talk about it.

I got a nut cookie for the road, which is why you see an empty bag in the bottom row. I like nut cookies and oatmeal cookies, but because this was vegan and basically had no real ingredients it was super dry. I wouldn’t have minded had I been able to drink a glass of almond milk with it or something, but I was walking in the street, so that was not possible. This cookie cost $1.35.

Finally I got a vegan brownie. Yes, I know, it was a vegan brownie, and I should’ve known what to expect based on previous experiences. That being said, it could’ve been worse. I mean, I did eat it all. I paid for it a little under $2, which I do regret because it was an expensive brownie.

Which of these snacks would you be more curious to try? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

Shining, Shimmering Splendid

Shining, Shimmering Splendid


Hello and happy Monday. I know that today’s look probably seems like nothing special, but I’m telling you, it’s soft and glowy and beautiful. Now, the day I did this look, I forgot to take a picture of the products I used, but I remember the steps I followed, which you can see below:

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Copper (start at the inner corner and blend across the lid)
  7. Liquid highlighter (inner corner)
  8. Faux black eyeliner (tightline)
  9. Mascara
  10. Contour
  11. Stick blush
  12. Liquid highlighter
  13. Glitter liquid lipstick
  14. Dewy setting spray

Do you prefer to have an all matte look or an all shimmer one? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila


Double Loop Pony Tail

Double Loop Pony Tail

Hello and happy Sunday. I’ve been talking a lot about my hair, so let’s just do another post about it. This is a hairstyle I did last week, and it turned out okay, so I want to share it with you. You’ll need a comb or a brush, two hairbands, and a small hair loop. If you have a lot of hair, maybe you’ll need one small and one big hair loop.

The first thing you’re going to do is take a small portion of hair at the top of your hair and secure it with a hair band in a half-up ‘do. I did mine up high and could do more loops after that.

Anyway, once you have that first piece of hair secured, you’ll use the hair loop. You can buy it on Amazon. I suggest using a small loop for this.

Then you’ll take your hair and do a low ponytail with it. And you’re going to loop it. I was able to use the small loop for this, but you might want to use the big one.

And that’s it. This is a simple and cute hairdo that will stay in place throughout the day. In the comments below tell me how you like to style your hair.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

How I Keep Students Engaged: MUN

How I Keep Students Engaged: MUN

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Hello and happy Saturday. If you don’t know what MUN stands for, where have you been hiding all these years? MUN stands for Model of the United Nations and is basically a foolproof activity when you’re teaching teenagers.

When I was at school, MUN was this big thing where you had to dress up and prepare for months, and most of the people who attended ended up studying law or economics or you know, boring adult stuff. As an academic activity, MUN has everything, especially if you’re an English or a Social Studies teacher, and you don’t need a massive event; you can adapt it to your classroom in whichever way you like.

I used MUN to work with tenth graders on the subject of globalization, so what I did is I looked through all the material there is and picked the topic: “Education as a tool to prevent violent extremism.” The idea with this topic is that students would 1. Interpret the topic according the country they represented, and 2. Understand the role of globalization when talking about education and extremism. Students had the chance to ask questions related to the topic, but like I said, the idea was for them to redirect it however they saw fit. Of course, for this they had already selected their country, and the good thing is that even if you have a numerous class, each students can get a country assigned.

Time was an issue for me, so we only had time to write and read opening speeches. I gave my students guidelines, and I even found a sample speech they could use as a base for what they had to write. Like I explained in a previous post, I did give them a one-minute limit and once it was met, I would cut them off, saying “thank you, delegate.”

Now, I personally believe that you can carry out a MUN for a whole term and that you will be able to accomplish many goals through it. I have to be honest and admit that I really wasn’t focusing on the content of my students’ speeches, but rather on the use of formal language when writing, and their fluency, pronunciation and overall performance when reading the speech. That being said, this was a two-week activity. We didn’t get to carry out debates or do working papers, although I would’ve loved it and they kept asking me when that would happen.

If you’re a new teacher or you want to incorporate new classroom management strategies, MUN will also be super helpful because you have points, and motions, as well as rules of conduct within the model that you can apply to your classroom. For example, if a student (delegate) is talking with out your (the chair’s) permission, that gives them a warning. After three warnings, delegates are usually required to leave the session, but you can’t do that when you’re in class, so instead you can say that each time a student gets three strikes, you’ll lower their grade or whichever consequence you decide.

In my experience, following the MUN procedures was more useful in terms of classroom management than when we were carrying out “regular” lessons. My students used their name plates to participate and to vote, which gives them a sense of empowerment that they usually don’t get. It’s like they can decide what’s going to happen next in the agenda.

Have you done MUN in your classroom? How did you adapt it? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Fancy-Ass Snacks #2

Fancy-Ass Snacks #2


Hello and happy Friday. This is the last time I’ll stop by that super expensive store and buy overpriced snacks, I promise.

Today’s is a mini haul inspired by a craving I had. You see, I once had a sample for kale chips and they were actually good, so I decided to go back to the store another day and buy them. The box you see there is 40 grams of lemon flavored kale chips and cost $4.29. It’s honestly not the cheapest snack, and though I kind of enjoyed it, I haven’t had more than one serving, so to me it wasn’t worth it. At least I can truly say I tried kale chips and they’re not for me, right?

I also got two bags of pita bites. The yellow ones are cheese flavored and the red ones are cinnamon flavored. I liked the salty ones better. I think the flavor of the sweet ones was too strong and I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon in large concentrations. I also think they were too dry, so I’d maybe have a glass of water or something in close proximity. Each of these bags is $1, which might not seem too much, but I think that it’s kind of expensive for a snack.

Have you tried any of these snacks? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila

July Thankful Thursday

July Thankful Thursday


Hello and happy Thursday. I hope you’re having a great day, and if you’re in need of a bit of encouragement, here are five things that made me happy during the month of July so that you get happy as well. Let’s get started, shall we?

July 3rd, 2017

#954: Watching an underhyped movie

If you know me, then you know that I will pick reading a book any day over watching a movie. That being said, compared to other people, you can say I watch my fair share of movies, and there’s something about indie films that speaks to me. I love underhyped stuff because I don’t feel pressured to like something, which happens when a book or movie is super mainstream.

July 9th, 2017

#983: Watching Degrassi season 4

I recommend the most recent version of Degrassi to everybody especially if you’re in the mood for binge-watching a show. The episodes are super short and they require you to use absolutely zero brain cells, which is something that every teacher in July appreciates.

July 15th, 2017 

#1012: Having a cute, young Portuguese teacher

She was indeed cute and young, but that was about it. She was super strict and her classes dragged on forever. Also, she was from the south of Brazil, so she “corrected” us so that we would copy her accent, even though our pronunciation was okay, only softer than hers. The following level, I switched from having classes on Saturdays to taking them at night, so at least my experience with her was helpful in that way.

July 20th, 2017

#1040: Considering an alternative for the coming school year

I think I was referring to my professional life. I had talked to a family friend who owns a preschool center, and she asked me to go do some trial classes for her. In the end, it turned out that she didn’t have any vacancies for me, and I was happy to continue at the school where I was employed.

July 26th, 2017

#1069: Ditching Zumba and working instead

Back in the day, I was an avid Zumba-goer and when I was on vacation I wouldn’t miss a day. I can think of two reasons why I ditched Zumba that day. Either 1) I had a trial class for the possible job opportunity I told you about in the previous paragraph or 2) I was feeling super inspired and decided to work at home, either lesson planning or developing resources or something.

Summertime madness is almost over, and I would really like to know about the things that have made you happy throughout this month. Share the happiness in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila