July 2019 Japan Candy Box

July 2019 Japan Candy Box

Hello and happy Sunday. I’m excited to write this post because as of today, my Japan Candy Box subscription has ended, but I’m already subscribed to a new service and I think you’ll enjoy reading about it, especially if you live in Colombia. Today we’re going to talk about the snacks I got in my July 2019 box. The theme for that month was Ice Cream & Sunshine!

Tohato Bino Bold & Hard Salted Edamame Snacks 

Give me all the edamame snacks. I don’t know why, but I love them all. My first impression is always “wow, this tastes weird,” but then I end up eating the whole bag and maybe even considering buying more bags afterwards.

Mini Chocochip Mint Cookies 

I like that combination, so I enjoyed eating these cookies. I know many people don’t like the taste of mint and chocolate together, but I do. I suggest you try them; they’re not the mint chocolate chip Milano cookies, but they’re alright.

Picola Creamy Coconut Milk Wafers

You probably don’t know this about me, but I love these things. We call them “pirulines” or “barquillos” in Colombia and they’re the best thing ever. The coconut flavor is A+. I’ve complained before that some vanilla or cream-flavored stuff I’ve gotten in my boxes tastes like butter, but this doesn’t. It’s soft, it’s nice, it’s sweet without being overwhelming…I’m a fan.

Calbee Cheese Bit Corn Snack

I had totally forgotten that this box contained some of my favorite snacks. Give me cheese flavored corn chips any day. These were so good, I would’ve traded other items in my box to get another bag of these. I think I even rebought them or considered doing it.

Crunky Soh Vanilla Ice Cream Chocolate

This is what I’m talking about when I say some flavors taste like pure butter. I don’t understand these chocolate bars and it seems like I got one every month. I don’t like the texture, I don’t like the flavor or the feeling it got in the back of my mouth. Honestly, I would prefer to get a box full of savory snacks than one with chocolate.

Strawberry Soft Ice Cream Marshmallow 

This is the kind of candy you can find at a kid’s party because it looks cute. It was nice, the marshmallow was actually coated with sugar, but it’s a tiny little thing, and not very memorable. Cute, yes, but that’s pretty much it.

Fizzy Grape Ramune Ball 

This one is pretty much the same as the next candy, so I’ll be brief. It’s like taking a grape-flavored Alka-Seltzer. I don’t like it.

Morinaga Grape Ramune Bottle Candy 

Like I said, these are grape-flavored fizzy candies. They have the consistency of chalk and leave a weird feeling in the mouth. Hard pass.

Yaokin Colorful Baby’s Marshmallows 

These are my kind of marshmallows, the tiny ones that have different colors and flavors. Japanese marshmallows are kind of hit or miss for me, but these were definitely a hit.

Tohato Anpanman Potato Snack 

I’ll say what I’ve said before: give me all the potato chips. Give me only corn and potato chips if you want to. I haven’t tried a chip I don’t like. I would buy these for myself.

Which of these snacks would you like to try and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Series Saturday: My Paper Heart

Series Saturday: My Paper Heart

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Hello and happy Saturday. I really enjoy working on this post series because I’m reminded not only of books I loved but also of those I really didn’t. When you have such a long TBR list, it’s good to know what to steer clear of. Sadly for Magan Vernon, her book series My Paper Heart is one I won’t be finishing.

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My Paper Heart (Book #1)

I listened to this on audiobook between October 6th and October 27th, 2018 and gave it two stars, but I’m pretty sure that nowadays I’d give it two. This book follows the typical trope of a young woman from the city who is sent to the countryside and falls in love with the town’s bad boy. I literally told you the entire plot of this novel, there’s absolutely no need for you to read it, in my opinion. I think this kind of story works for readers who are looking for something formulaic, predictable, and mindless to read. It would be a good option if you needed to reach your reading goal because I don’t think this would take you more than a couple of days and just about the same number of brain cells, but you’ll be exactly the same person before, during and after reading this.

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On Paper Wings (Book #2)

A Paper Trail (Book #3)

These Paper Walls (Book #4) 

What kind of book do you like to read when you’re in a time crunch? What’s a trope that gets you reading? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

2019 Kawaii Haul

2019 Kawaii Haul

Hello and happy Friday. If you’ve been around here for a while, then you’ll know that I love everything kawaii and that I am subscribed to Kawaii Box. No, this isn’t sponsored, but can you imagine? Anyway, I love Kawaii Box because of the cute stuff I get every month and because I don’t have to pay extra for shipping. This is also true for Kawaii Shop, which is where I bought the items I’m hauling today. I’ll just list the items and the prices so that you can check them out if you want. Let’s get started, shall we?

Which of these items are you most likely to get and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy shopping!

Love, Miss Camila

Rainbow Bookshelf Tour: White

Rainbow Bookshelf Tour: White

Hello and happy Thursday. It is not surprising that I have this amount of white books since I think this is also a popular choice for spines. It is also not a surprise that three of the books I’ll share with you are in Spanish because there are Latin American publishing houses that have the same white design for all their books. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

Do you own any books that were published in a different country than the one you’re from? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Desktop Tour

Desktop Tour

 

Hello and happy Tuesday. I don’t know why I’d been wanting to do this, but the day has come and the post is here. This is my desktop tour. I’m currently spending a lot more time here than usual, so I need it to be a space where I can feel comfortable for hours.

In the background, we can see the glass board my dad gave me when I graduated from school or university or something…I don’t really remember. It’s dirty, which means I’ll probably clean it as soon as I finish this post. Here is where I’ll make a list breaking down my to-do’s and I’ll erase them as I go. It is also a nice tool for taking notes or just writing stuff down. I think if I didn’t have this board, this desk would probably be filled with note pads all over.

On the left corner, I have my calendar. Here is where I write my “big” tasks, such as working on my online courses or on TpT. Space is very reduced so I try to be concise. Here is where I write any appointments or other social engagements I might have, or just anything I need to do on that day that I might be prone to forget. I have a special green pen for this calendar.

Then there’s my Magical Monthly Reading Planner, which in reality is my blogging planner. I’ve already dedicated an entire post to it, but it is what keeps my blogging/ TpT life organized. I highlight each task and item both from my calendar and my planner so that I know they’ve been accomplished.

Next to my computer is a sweet tea tumbler from Cracker Barrel that I made into a pen holder. It seems to be overflowing with a random assortment of pens and pencils, but in reality, I’ve gone through a selection process and I’m constantly throwing old supplies away. I like to have different colors for my blogging planner. I think it makes everything happier.

My computer is my baby and the center of the show. I use one of those tray thingies with a cushioned bottom that you’re supposed to use when working with your computer while in bed, just so that it can be propped higher on the desk and I can be more comfortable. I have a mouse attached because I feel weird using the laptop one.

On the other side of the computer, I have a little health and beauty station. I have a cup with paper clips that I’ve never needed to use, a bottle of anti-bacterial spray and lip balm because I need to refresh every once in a while. Then, on the right corner, I have a jewelry box that I turned into a supply organizer. It has three drawers: the first one with flair pens, the second one with whiteboard markers, and the third one with highlighters and a board eraser. On top of the box, there are two post-its I need to have within my line of vision at all times.

What is your desk like? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

What I’m Doing Instead of Finishing the HP Series

What I’m Doing Instead of Finishing the HP Series

#BookReviewBlogChallengeHello and happy Wednesday. Let me start by saying that trans women are women and whoever denies a person’s gender identity is a piece of shit. That makes the author of the H*rry P*tter series a piece of shit, which is why I will not be supporting her in any way, shape, or form. Here’s what I’m doing instead.

  • Thankfully, I didn’t have a lot of merch, only a book that was super expensive and that I didn’t even open and a sweater that I got at Primark for like 2 Euro and that will not be missed. I’m donating both.
  • I deleted all the books from this author that I owned from my Kindle and my Goodreads. I also deleted the ones I had read by her from Goodreads.
  • I contacted a foundation in Colombia, where I’m from, that protects the lives of trans people. I am waiting for them to give me info on how to donate to them.

I am clearly not going to talk about this author or her books in this blog anymore and I hope you understand the reasons why, but if you don’t, it’s fine, I’m sure that you can find other people who still talk about her and celebrate her. I think protecting the lives and validating the identities of people who have been historically oppressed is more important, so that’s what I choose to do.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Splendies #4 Haul

Splendies #4 Haul

Hello and happy Sunday. Let’s talk about panties today because I think one can’t have too many. I don’t know if you know this but I’m subscribed to Splendies, which means every month I get three panties sent to me. I get the variety pack, so I get granny panties, bikini ones, and a thong, which I think it’s amazing because as much as I love thongs, I don’t always want to be wearing them.

The granny panties in this pack are the blue ones with stripes. They’re a bit low-rise, which I don’t really like because I prefer to have up to my bellybutton covered, but since I wear these around the house with lounge wear, I don’t have a big problem with how everything looks.

The flower ones are the bikini panties and I love everything about them. The print is cute and flirty and the fabric is amazing. It’s stretchy and silky (not sure exactly what type of fabric it is) and I really like how it feels on my skin.

The thong is cute but I don’t like the material because it has no give. I also don’t like how it feels on my skin. For a thong, I think the cotton is too heavy in this. Thankfully I have other options I can reach for instead of this, which I wear only seldom.

How are you spending your July? What kind of clothes are you wearing? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

July 2019 Kawaii Box

July 2019 Kawaii Box

Hello and happy Saturday. If this is the first post you read by me then, hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Camila and I’m a teacher and a lover of all things cute and sparkly. This means that a big percentage of the stuff I get in my Kawaii Box now goes automatically to my classroom. Let’s get started, shall we?

Korean DIY Kawaii Bracelet Set

I have a huge box in my bedroom closet where I keep all things crafty, including bracelet sets. I think they’re cute and I was recently talking to a teacher friend of mine about setting up craft stations for the kids to strengthen their fine motor skills, so I think this will come in handy.

Hello Kitty Mermaid Plushie

If you’re new, then you probably don’t know that in my classroom I have a box full of stuffed toys, plushies and squishies that my students can play with when they are done with a written assignment. This cutie is in that box with her other stuffed friends.

Happy Nikukyu Polar Bear Paw Gummies

As cute as these were, I didn’t really like them. There’s something weird about eating mint-flavored gummies. The texture was also kind of odd. It’s a no for me.

Kawaii Box Aiko Headphone Case

This is part of the market I hold every month for my students to exchange the points they have earned in class.

Kawaii Candy Wrapper Hair Clip

I’ve already said this in previous unboxings, but I don’t like the hair clips I get in the Kawaii Box. I think they could work for young children with very fine hair, but they don’t do anything to me. I think they are in my class market.

Korean DIY Kawaii Cupcake Set

This was cute and had it been bigger I would’ve used it in my class, but since it’s pretty much made for one person, I took it to my classroom as part of the reward market. I warned you, many of the items I get end up there.

Tiny Party Sparky Stickers

I am not sure whether I kept these or left them for my market. Either way, I hope they are being enjoyed.

Happy Day Pill Organizer

I love these organizers for keeping beads or those mini stickers used for nail decoration. I have several of these already, which are full of crafty stuff. I think they’re super practical for teachers.

Icy Pastel Popsicle Pen 

As much as I love quirky pens, I have my fair share already, so I passed on this and it is now part of my reward market.

Which of these items do you find the most useful or practical? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

NetGalley Reads: The Lives of Edie Pritchard

NetGalley Reads: The Lives of Edie Pritchard

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Hello and happy Friday. Today has been one of those seemingly hectic days that in reality have been super unproductive. Wow, this mood is oddly fitting since I’ll tell you about my latest DNF. Look, I don’t know if it’s a me-problem or if I’m getting sent books I don’t like or what, but lately I haven’t been having the best of luck when it comes to blog tours. Regardless, I’d like to thank NetGalley, the author and Algonquin for this opportunity.

I started this book on July 16th, 2020 and DNF’ed it July 18th. True, I wasn’t very patient, but I felt a slump coming and I wasn’t going to have one. From what I could figure out, this novel is divided into three parts, and each one is titled Edie plus a different last name. At first I thought this meant that each part was about a different Edie but no, I guess it’s the same woman at various stages of her life.

Call me whatever you want, but I found it unsettling that a man wrote a book in which there was a female main character, and yet it was not told in first person and really, the men had more prevalence than her. It’s like she was used as an excuse, although I wouldn’t know what for since I didn’t read much of it. Ultimately I DNF’ed this book because I found it boring and didn’t want to make a huge effort with my reading.

Tell me about cool books to read. I need your recommendations.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Don’t Read Thirteen Reasons Why, Read This Instead

Don’t Read Thirteen Reasons Why, Read This Instead

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Hello and happy Friday. One of the most problematic books out there, which has been adapted to a Netflix show is 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It is, in my opinion, an invitation for vulnerable readers and viewers to consider suicide as an option and it just worries me what it can do to people, especially teenagers who come across this content.

I’m not saying that we should not read about suicide, I am saying that this theme was not handled with the care that something so problematic should. If someone has recommended this book to you, or you don’t know whether you should read it, I’m here to bring you not one but two alternatives that deal with the topic of suicide in a smarter way. Needless to say, if you feel that this is a very sensitive theme for you, do not read these books.

On one hand, we have My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I’ve deemed this book a “must read” because I think it sends a very strong message when it comes to truly seeing, appreciating and loving the world around us, even when struggling with mental illness. It has romance, but it is especially heavy on friendship and the importance of having a tight bond with someone, which is something that 13 Reasons Why lacked.

On the other hand, there’s Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. There is a suicide attempt in this book, but we get to explore and try to understand, if this is even possible, what led to this person taking such an extreme decision. Again, there is a discussion related to what life is worth and what makes it so valuable. It is way more than just the story of someone who has decided to die, and that is what makes it so powerful.

Did you read/ watch 13 Reasons Why? What are your thoughts about it? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila