February 2019 Page Count

February 2019 Page Count

 

Add a heading.jpgHello and happy Wednesday. Welcome to the blogging equivalent of a reading wrap-up. Basically, after I finish reading a book, I will write down the number of pages and then at the end of the month, I’ll add them all up. This wasn’t my original idea, Sam and I thought about it because we wanted to see who read more, and since the books he reads are significantly bigger than mine, counting the pages was the only fair approach. Sam is no longer around, but I still want to challenge myself, so you will see these new posts, which I hope you enjoy. 

From January 16th to February 16th, 2019, I read 937 pages, distributed like this:

What did you read the first two months of 2019? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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What I Eat in a Day

What I Eat in a Day

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Relax, everybody. I’m neither a nutritionist nor a fit expert. I am a person whose diet consist basically of carbs and I’m not here to teach anybody what to eat. I’m doing this post because one day I was talking to someone and they told me that they had a sandwich every day for lunch, and I realized that I’m used to eating like a queen because the schools I’ve worked at provide me with delicious food, but many people aren’t that lucky. What I’m sharing today is what I normally eat in a weekday. Let’s get started, shall we?

BREAKFAST

I have breakfast as I’m getting dressed, and I’m super lucky because my mom is the one who makes it for me. As I said before, my diet is basically carbs, so that’s what I start my day with. A standard breakfast food for me is grilled cheese. I don’t like hot beverages in the morning because I’m in a rush so I don’t have the time or patience to wait for them to cool down enough for me to drink, so I usually drink either almond milk or juice.

SNACK 

Yes, I’m lucky enough to have a mid-morning snack. Yesterday we were given cake, some days we get bread, and we always get baked goods of the sort. I don’t drink anything with my snack, but I’m constantly drinking water throughout the day.

LUNCH 

A Colombian lunch, and specifically a Colombian school lunch will for sure get you full and ready to teach the last two hours of class. I usually have one or two carbs, so for example today I had potatoes and rice. The protein for me is vegetarian. One day I was given falafel, and I usually had beans or lentils. Of course, a balanced meal requires salad, and fruit, and because I’m a child I always get dessert. With that, I drink juice.

SNACK

I have my afternoon snack at home, which consists of chips, a mini cake, and juice.

DINNER

I eat for dinner what I would for breakfast, but I obviously go for something different to what I ate in the morning.

Do your meals of the day look anything like mine? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

Day-to-Night Glam

Day-to-Night Glam

Hello and happy Monday. I had originally labeled today’s look “Soft Daytime Glam” and then I realized that nobody aside from me would really call dark colors soft, and for someone who likes very natural looks, the name would be misleading. I have been wearing darker colors more during the day, and I think the more I do, the more confident and playful I’ve been getting with the looks I tried. I wore this look yesterday for a family event that was in the afternoon, so I needed it to be both day and night appropriate, which can be tricky. I think this look would be great if you need to do your makeup and go about your day in the morning but you have an event later and don’t have time to change your entire face. These are the steps I followed to achieve it:

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Shimmery black (start in the inner corner and blend across the lid)
  7. Matte brown (crease and lower lash line)
  8. Copper (inner corner)
  9. Black eyeliner (waterline)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Blush
  13. Nude lipstick
  14. Matte setting spray

What do you think is the one feature for a killer night makeup look? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Monday!
Love, Miss Camila

Cleaning My Hair Care Bin

Cleaning My Hair Care Bin

Hello and happy Sunday. I feel like I don’t discuss hair care much in this blog, and the reason is that I don’t really have a structured hair-care regime that I follow. I literally wash my hair only on the weekends, and I use shampoo, sometimes conditioner, and then another product that I most likely got in a subscription box. Today, though, I’ll show you what’s inside my hair care bin. Let’s get started, shall we?

First, we have the tools. I have a straightening iron I bought at TJ Maxx forever ago, two thingies for when I go for creative-ish dos, a comb, a dry hair brush, and a Tangle Teezer.

 

This is what I live by: all sorts of hair ties, scrunchies, and other hair things I don’t know the English name of. If you do, please let me know in the comments. I only let my hair down when it’s drying after I’ve washed it, and even after it’s dry, I’ll probably pull it up in a ponytail or something. I feel that hair is an important part of your look and because my job requires me to wear somewhat formal clothes, I prefer my hair to be up because it looks more stylish and classy.

 

 

 

Finally, we have those products I told you I use after washing my hair. And I have to be honest, I’d sort of neglected them, which led me to have all these opened and unfinished bottles of stuff. To solve this problem, I numbered them from one to six, one being the bottle with the least amount of product and six the one with the most. I’ve been working on finishing them by using them not only after washing my hair, but also on days when my hair is not that dirty. I am currently working on product number three, which is the argan oil.

 

What products can we find in your hair care bin? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

How I Use My Apple Watch in Class

How I Use My Apple Watch in Class

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Hello and happy Wednesday. This post is going to be really short and sweet, but if you’re a teacher and you’re thinking about buying an Apple Watch, I will make sure that when this post is over you’re convinced.

When I worked in my first school, I imposed a very strict no-phone rule on myself that I kept whenever I was in class. I was able to follow this rule about 95% of the time, and I really didn’t feel the need to use my phone because I was working, you know? I had to stay focused.

Now in this other school, where the conditions were different because I was teaching high school and I really didn’t have any more content to teach for a while, so yes, I was guilty for a moment there of using my phone in the classroom.

After I got some money saved and was a little bit more stable, I decided I’d buy an Apple Watch, mainly to avoid the temptation of taking my phone into the classroom and also because it’s a new toy and I like new toys. The main use I give my Apple Watch is the timer one, and I think that’s something teachers from all subjects and grade levels can take advantage of.

I decided to start timing my students in a more consistent way and I felt that my classes were more organized each time. I give them the instructions for an assignment and tell them how much time I’ll destine to it. Sometimes they tell me even before they start working that they feel they might need more time, so we negotiate a bit, but still we don’t have those dead moments in which nobody is doing anything. I also feel that giving them the chance to estimate how much they take makes them be more organized and proactive. They can start viewing tasks in terms of complexity and duration, which will help us prioritize when doing independent work.

When working with tenth grade, they had to write and read a one-minute speech. I would literally cut them off when that minute passed and wouldn’t let them continue. That was challenging and stressful and got me a few “No, Miss,” but it was a fun task and I could see the satisfaction when the students finished within that minute.

On the other hand, my ninth graders had to do a fifteen minute presentation, and one of the items I was assessing was the use of time. If the presentation lasted way less than the fifteen minutes they were given, their grade would be affected. This task helped my students structure a presentation in which fluency, pronunciation and pace were very important. They had to be mindful on how they organized the information they were going to share, and the end result were very cohesive and “professional” presentations.

Now, are you sold? What do you use your Apple Watch for? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Online Dating Pet Peeves

Online Dating Pet Peeves

 

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Hello and happy Friday. It’s kind of odd that I’m writing this because just yesterday I deleted my Bumble, Tinder, and OKCupid accounts. Yes, I deleted them as in my profile no longer exists in any of those apps. I might or might not be explaining that in another post, but that would be months from now, so don’t hold your breath on that one. Anyway, now that I’ve said goodbye to those apps, I want to share some of my pet peeves when it comes to the world of online dating. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. “Just Ask”

I’ve said this before. I first look at pictures and if I’m interested I go for the profile. I always look at the profile, even if I’m just skimming through it. Obviously with Bumble and Tinder, the bio thing is different. On Tinder you’re supposed to write something very short but that grabs people’s attention and with Bumble you know get the chance to sort of complement your profile by answering questions, so basically they make the bio for you. If you signed up for OKCupid though and you’re not willing to at least put two coherent sentences together about who you are and what you’re looking for, boy bye.

2. Texts. Gets Reply. Doesn’t Text Back

So I’ve done experiments in which I reply to the most outrageous first messages and nine times out of ten the guy won’t keep the conversation going. Honestly in those cases I feel like they weren’t really prepared for a response, so they genuinely don’t know what to say next. The guys who say “hey” and expect an essay in return are just delusional. E-Harmony has a nice feature to avoid this to happen. You can pick from a set of questions to ask your match, which is a nice ice-breaker and a cool conversation starter. Also, if you feel like the conversation is dying, you can revive it with a question. But even if you don’t have E-Harmony, I think it would be cool to think of stuff to ask the other person, even if it can be a little random.

3. “What Are You Looking For?”

This is unacceptable in pretty much all online dating apps and I’ll tell you why. Bumble has a feature where you can actually select from a series of options whether you’re looking for something casual, marriage, or just friends. There is a “not sure” option, in which case I guess it would be fine if someone asked something along the lines of “hey, I saw that you’re not sure what you’re looking for, want to elaborate on that one?” or something of the sort. OKCupid and other more “serious” apps also straight up ask what you’re looking for and if you ask that question, chances are you didn’t read my profile. Now on Tinder it’s common that people are explicit in their bio about what they are and aren’t looking for. I personally didn’t include that information and still found that question annoying. I think that kind of question is not really a curious one, like you want to know we’re a good much. I feel that you’re rather looking for a way to tell me you don’t care what I want, you just want sex. You think I’m exaggerating? Okay, chances are you’re a man and you ask this question. Whenever I was asked this, I’d say I wanted a rich husband, and all men would reply with something sexual. Not nice, my friend. Better specify it in your bio and save us a little time.

4. “Hey!”

If we’ve been talking for a while now, or you said you were going to be MIA for a while and now you’re back, then text me hey. If we’re strangers and you want to know whether we are compatible, please come up with something a little more creative. I don’t think I can remember any good conversation that started with hey. In my opinion, just try harder or don’t try at all.

5. Did You Even Read My Profile?

That’s not in quotations because this is not something I’ve been told but rather something I constantly think. Whenever “conservative” men would swipe right on me, men who explicitly said they “didn’t want any feminists” or fat girls, I would gag. How hard is it to just look at someone’s profile? Seriously dude. You’re wasting both of our times. We are not compatible and you could have known that already.

What’s one of your online dating pet peeves? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila

Empties #10: The Good Bag

Empties #10: The Good Bag

Hello and happy Thursday. It’s been a long while since the last time I did an “empties” post even though the most recent edition was published fairly recently. Today I want to focus on brands, more than products, that I will continue to be supporting. For a while now I’ve started to be more conscious of my purchases and that means buying from brands that are female owned and that have cruelty-free products. Some are also indie or family-owned, which is cool because it’s nice to see small businesses thrive. Without further ado, here’s the list of good brands: 

Are there any brands that you know of that should make it to the list? Or some that I’ve listed that shouldn’t be here? Share your knowledge with me in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila