My Morning Routine

Laser Hair Removal.png Hello and happy Sunday. I’m pretty sure I’ve done posts like this in which I share my daily skin care or makeup routines, but I decided, given that we’re on holiday, that I’m going to share with you everything I do from the moment I wake up to when I leave my house and walk to the bus stop to go for work. I’m going to share my everyday routine rather than my vacation one because the former is more realistic.

I wake up at around 5 am, and I do it by myself, I don’t use alarm clocks or my phone’s alarm to wake up, and immediately after I take my B Complex vitamin. You can click here to check out the post where I talk about my vitamins and why I take them. I then read until 5:30, which is when I get up and go take a shower.

Now, I only wash my hair twice a week, I don’t know if I talked about it in my hair update, but yes, I basically wait until my hair is absolutely disgusting to wash it. This means that on weekdays I don’t wash my hair. I do wash my face every single day, even if I haven’t been wearing makeup. I personally feel awake when I wash my face.

After my shower, I apply a moisturizer. I’m currently using my Haiko Natural moisturizing lotion and I love it because it has SPF. I’m also applying the Haiko Natural eye contour gel and that stuff has been fantastic for the dark circles under my eyes. After that, I get dressed and have breakfast, and while I do that I listen to an audiobook. I’m currently listening to The Harder I Fall by Jessica Gibson and I have a nice little rant coming up soon. I’m never fully dressed if I’m not wearing a bit of body mist of perfume, and you know I have quite a selection of things that smell nice for this section of my routine.

Once I’m dressed, I brush my teeth and my hair and then I accessorize and apply makeup. My makeup consist of a primer, that is usually sunscreen, foundation, bronzer, mascara and lipstick or lip gloss. Blush and eye shadow are optional, and I wear them depending on the time I have and the mood I’m in.

If I have time, I read a bit before leaving. I’m currently reading The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson and A.L Sonnichsen and I’m putting together a review for you. At 6:40 am I leave my house, but not before saying goodbye to my mom, my sister, and my dogs, and then off I go to school.

Now, you tell me, what is your everyday routine like? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

School Year in Review

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Hello and happy Saturday. Even though I got a full month of vacation, of which I’m enjoying my last couple of weeks, I’m already thinking about this school year that’s about to start, and I’m thinking about it in relation to everything I did last year. There were things that worked and that I’m going to keep doing, there were things that could’ve worked better with some adjustment, and there are things that definitely didn’t work and I’m not going to try again. Today I’m bringing you my year in review. Let’s get started!

One thing that definitely didn’t work for me was taking my kids outside and have class out there. I’m still working on my classroom management skills, and I was just beginning to work with preschool students when I first took them outside, so maybe if I do it again this year it’ll be better, but I don’t want to take another chance just yet. My kids are well-behaved, but one time when we went outside a boy started running, fell down and scraped his knee. This other time a boy started crying for no reason, and then in another class the boys were just uncontrollable. There are teachers who enjoy having class outside, but it’s personally a stressful situation for me, so unless it’s absolutely necessary, we won’t be doing class outside this year.

I started using sticker charts with my older boys and at first it was very useful and exciting. Some boys even got a diploma at the end of the first semester. The thing is, it was hard for me to maintain the whole sticker-chart system (I had 35 first-graders), and during the second half of the year I just stopped using the charts. The boys sort of stopped caring about them, and so it was something that worked, but that needs improvement. This year I’m going to have them glue their sticker charts to their notebooks (or their desks) as opposed to their folders, so that they’re in a more accessible place both for them and myself. I will have a more established reward system based on the amount of stickers they have, and see if it works for me and for the kids.

Something that definitely, 100% worked was Go Noodle. I used Go Noodle at the end of classes, and we even did full dance parties using this site. I sent an invite to parents and many used Go Noodle at home. My boys are all ELLs (English Language Learners), so being in contact with songs and games in English while they dance and move their body is very helpful, not only to their language learning process, but also to their development in general. I do want to add a bit more of structure to Go Noodle, in the way that I want to integrate its content to my classes in a more systematic, less random way.

Looking back, what is something that worked and something that didn’t this school year?

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Dear Companies

Mila Writes (1).pngHello and happy Friday, and if you don’t know who I am, hello, my name is Camila and I’d like to review your stuff.

Okay, let me explain because that sounded kind of odd, didn’t it? I have three main passions in life: books, makeup, and teaching, and I’m blessed because I can afford to treat myself to stuff related to my passions.

For a while, though, I’ve noticed that bloggers and social media influencers get stuff sent to their homes or P.O boxes for free in exchange of reviews. Now, I know that in order to get this you must have a ton of followers and also it’d be cool if you lived in the U.S or, you know, a country other than Colombia. My blog is still a little baby and my follower count is slowly growing, and, well, I currently live in Colombia and will stay here till next year.

I understand why those two are factors that weigh when a company is choosing reps or affiliates or however you might call them, but I’d also like to say that I don’t want or need money in exchange for referrals or reviews; I work as a teacher and earn more than enough doing so. What I would love is to try new makeup and beauty stuff, to help people discover their new favorite read, and to maybe get some stickers to add to my collections.

Okay, this isn’t going as professional as I’d thought, but this is my everything blog after all, and as a teacher I tend to be all over the place. I’m honest, though, and I review from the bottom of my heart.

My email is camilariasb@hotmail.com and I check it multiple times a day, every day. I have an address in Colombia and a P.O box in the States, and am willing to assume shipping costs if that is necessary. If you’re an author, belong to a publishing company, or any other sort of company and want me to review your stuff, write to me, you’ll make my day! You can check out my Book Review Policy by clicking here.

Also, if you’re one of my readers and you know how I can get stuff for reviewing purposes, please let me know and I’ll love you forever.

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila

Mila Writes

Mila Writes.pngHello and happy Thursday. Here’s something you probably didn’t know about me: I write. I wouldn’t say I’m a writer or an author, but I do write stuff and publish it on Wattpad.

Wattpad is a website that works exactly for what I just wrote: people write and publish their stuff there. You have a profile, which you can customize and you write stories, which you can update by adding parts, and as people read them, they can also comment and like them, and add them to lists.

There are several known authors that have started their careers on Wattpad and because of their success in that webpage their books have become known. Examples of these authors are Ali Novak and Anna Todd to name a couple. I decided to join Wattpad because my goal when writing has been obviously to express myself but also to get other people to read my stories, so Wattpad became the easiest option, really. I mean, it is free, you can write and edit on the go, and it is a community.

I’ve had an account since late September of 2015 and since then have published eight stories, three of which are finished. I love Wattpad because I don’t feel pressured to meet deadlines or to have a complete book so that I can publish it, you know? I can just go ahead and write a bit, and then get started with another story and go back and forth. Knowing that there are many other people that read and write and publish is also great because it makes the whole writing process friendlier and less lonely.

If you want to check out my stories, click here. I would very much appreciate if you read one, some or all of them, and I would be super grateful if you gave me feedback. If you have any stories you’d recommend, please message me because I’m always in the lookout for nice reads, especially if it is Larry Stylinson fanfic (yeah, I said it).

Do you write or have a creative hobby that you like? Tell me about it!

Happy Thursday,

Love, Miss Camila

April (Yes, April) OwlCrate Unboxing

Hello and happy Wednesday. This is what happens when you plan your posts ahead and your mail always arrives late. You get an April OwlCrate unboxing in May, but your post is actually scheduled for late July. I still got the goodies, right? So, everything’s great. Let’s talk about each of them, shall we?

The first thing I see is an OwlCrate exclusive sneak peek of Umberland by Wendy Spinale. Now, I love sneak peeks and extended excerpts because I plan to do kind of a series where I read them and tell you whether I’m interested on reading the real deal or not. Umberland is the second book in the Everland series and from what I read is a retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, which I live and die for. I’m currently into retellings, so this should be interesting.

Then we have an art print with a quote from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass. Now, the print is super cute and I love the quote, and I know people are obsessed with the series this book belongs to, but I have no interest in reading it at the moment. Still, the print is now decorating the inside of my Portuguese notebook so that I’ll see it at least once a week.

I got a headband from Storiarts and it’s cute and all but 1) I don’t like Jane Austen books, so the writing in the band was a bit irrelevant to me and 2) that’s not something I wear, like ever, especially because my head is rather small. I kept it and will maybe use it when I move to the U.S and it’s winter because it covers my ears.

I also got Anna and the French Kiss inspired tea from The Tea Spot and I can’t wait to try it! Last time I got tea in an OwlCrate box it was absolutely fantastic, and so I’m super excited for this one. I drink tea on a daily basis, so this item was perfect for me. Update: I tried the tea. It’s good, nothing out of this world, but alright. You can definitely feel the chocolaty taste, but it’s a tiny bit bitter for me. I love my tea sweet as can be. 

 

Okay, now I gave away the next two goodies. I gave my sister the Park & Eleanor vanilla-scented candle by Novelly Yours because I don’t light candles and I don’t like the vanilla fragrance. She loved it though, so thanks. The key chain with the quote from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, made by Bookworm Boutique, reminds me a whole lot of my best friend, so obviously, she’s going to get it. I personally do this with things I either don’t like or know someone else will enjoy: I give them away and keep the things I truly love.

Now, let’s talk about the book. I don’t know for how long has The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli been in my wish list and I’m absolutely ecstatic to have gotten it in my April OwlCrate. This is the first book I’ve gotten in an OwlCrate that was actually in my wish list, and my expectations are super high. Now, with the book I got the signed plate, a sticker, and a letter by the author. I usually throw the letters away without reading them (sorry not sorry) but I read this one and I’m glad I did because I thought it was the sweetest and it made me cry a bit.

Finally, I got the OwlCrate pin, April’s card, and a sneak peek to May’s box, which has Comic Explosion for theme. I haven’t gotten mine yet, but I’ll post about it as soon as I do.

Now tell me, which has been your favorite OwlCrate box and why?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Ps: Here are my February + March unboxings, in case you want to check them out.

Netflix Talk: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

NETFLIX TALK- (3).pngHello and happy Tuesday. Here are two facts about me you probably didn’t know: 1. I love documentaries, and 2. I’m super into house and electronic music. You didn’t see that coming, did you? For those two reasons I decided to watch I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, a documentary about Steve Aoki, who’s one of the best DJs in the world.

THE GOOD

To each their own; what I think was the good part of this documentary might have been the bad for someone else, but I really adored the mood of I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. It’s obviously charged with Steve Aoki’s music, which isn’t particularly what you’d pick for an afternoon of relaxation. If you’re into this sort of music, this documentary will get you pumped, and it made me look for Steve Aoki’s tour dates and promise myself that I’ll go to one of his shows in the future. The fact that other amazing DJs such as Afrojack gave interviews and talked about Steve Aoki made the documentary even better. All in all, I loved finding out about this DJ’s life story and I got more into his music.

THE BAD

I couldn’t just sit down and watch the whole thing at once. Even if love electronic and house music and even though I listen to it regularly, it was just too much for me to watch it in a sitting, so I actually had to go through five or six sessions. It’s not really a bad thing for me, but if you don’t like heavy stuff, maybe you should give this movie a little more thought or consider doing what I did.

What is a Netflix documentary you’d recommend? Let me know!

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

Netflix Talk: Love

NETFLIX TALK- (2).pngHello and happy Monday. Let’s talk about Love, the Netflix equivalent of a New Adult book, shall we?

THE GOOD

Here I’m exclusively talking about season 1 of Love, you’ll see why I say this. The plot, though very simple to follow, is original, kinda like those things you watch or read and start thinking “why hadn’t anybody else done this before?” It’s got this indie/ Woody Allen vibe to it that has you obsessed with the show. The episodes aren’t short but the seasons are, so trust me when I tell you that you can be done with this show in a weekend.

THE BAD

Honestly, I think the writers of this show made a mistake by releasing a second season. To me season 2 as a whole is the bad. I mean, nothing new happened in this season; it was more like some issues had been left unresolved in season 1, but there wasn’t a resolution, just like the same crap over and over again. And what’s worse, is that it ended in a way that gave me no clues whatsoever as to the possibility of there being another season or just this second one being the final one…ugh.

Has this happened to you with a show? Tell me about it!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Laser Hair Removal Session 2 (pt. 1)

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Hello and happy Sunday. It’s been the longest while since the last time I talked to you about my laser hair removal treatment. I divided my first session into parts 1 and 2, and this time I’m also having two appointments, so in this first post I’m going to talk about my second session of laser hair removal on my armpits and lower abdomen.

As I told you in a previous post, I’ve been having issues with my armpits because they’re now super dry and sensitive. I still had laser done on them, and I didn’t stop and think about my skin being too sensitive until the treatment was underway. As I’ve told you before, what you feel is heat. It increases its intensity with time, so the longer your skin is exposed to it, the more heat you’re going to feel, if that makes any sense. I’d previously experienced no pain whatsoever and hoped that my second session would be just as pain-free. It wasn’t. My right armpit actually hurt, to the point where I almost told the lady who was working on me to stop. Yes, I almost had to take a break. Then we moved on to the left armpit and that didn’t hurt as much, surprisingly.

Then the lady worked on my lower abdomen. What I mean by lower abdomen is the area below the bellybutton down to where the pubes begin. Basically the FUPA, and yes, it’s a problematic area for me because I’ve always been fat there, no matter what I do, and, yes, I also have some hairs there I want to get rid of. I know there are hairy people that go about life showing off their hair with pride, but I’m not one of them.

The lower abdomen didn’t hurt at all. I felt the heat, of course, but it wasn’t as bad as the armpits and it was a really short process. That is something I really appreciate, the fact that sessions have been super short, even when work is done on larger areas.

I didn’t get any irritations or rashes or anything weird that day or the day after. I did put on the lotion I got after my first session, and that always helps soothe the skin even if there are no visible effects of the laser, especially after almost four months of no treatment.

Now tell me, what is a cosmetic treatment you’ve undergone or have been undergoing and what has your experience been with it?

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

“Moana” Teacher Review and Movie Study

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Hello and happy Saturday. I recently watched Moana because apparently I’d been living under a rock and had missed out on that wonderful production by Disney. Of course, I watched it with teacher eyes, which means I constantly thought about ways to incorporate this movie into my classes, or rather ways to plan a lesson that revolves around Moana. I think this movie is relevant in many aspects, which makes it perfect of teachers of any grade to work with.

As a preschool teacher, I immediately thought of how cool it would be to work on a whole science unit that revolves around Moana. The way it presents nature and the sea as this characters that are always there, and the way it shows the damage humans have done to them is so clear that I think it can get little kids to reflect about our environment and come up with ideas to save it. Obviously the movie is a whole metaphor, but it’s a great one.

Now, I love the cultural aspect of this movie because it shows us that there are people who think and live different than us, and that Greek or Latin myths are just two examples of the way in which people thought about their origins. I’m already thinking how cool it would be to do a project on the whole Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures, or to encourage children to explore different groups of people, based on their mythology. I think one of the conclusions they’d reach is that we are not that different from one another, even if we have different lifestyles and belief systems.

Finally, for older students, I would work on female empowerment. I would encourage students to analyze the movie and look for examples where Moana was empowered and them some others that are a portrayal of sexism. I would have them think and write about how they think the story would’ve gone had the main character been a man, and just have them reflect on the importance of movies for young children portraying strong women as main characters, as opposed to princesses who became worthy by marrying a prince they’d just met.

I’m obviously writing all these ideas in the hopes of making them a reality one day, or inspiring someone to do so. I also made this movie study that’s on my TpT store and you can check out by clicking here. I don’t want to make any promises, but I’ll try to make more movie and book studies and have them in my store.

What other movies should I make worksheets or activity sets for? Let me know!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Netflix Talk: Super Girl

NETFLIX TALK- (1).pngHello and happy Friday. Are you ready for another episode of Netflix Talk? Me too! This time I’ll be talking about Super Girl, so make yourself comfortable and let’s get started.

THE GOOD

One word comes to mind when I think about Super Girl and it is “empowering”. I mean, we have this superheroine who is actually sent to the human world to save her cousin, who happens to be Superman, and stuff goes wrong and she ends up spending half of her life trying to live as a normal human. The empowering part is that both during her human and superheroine lives or whatever she doesn’t need a man. She is Super Girl and she is a heroine on her own, you know? She’s nobody’s sidekick and she lets everybody know that even if she’s Superman’s cousin, she’s not going to use that to her advantage. We also have Cat Grant, who is badass even though she doesn’t have super powers (honestly she doesn’t need them). That, along with the plot that is really original and the funny jokes made is what drew me to this show.

THE BAD

Okay, I’m no expert and I’m not a professional T.V show reviewer, I just like to share my thoughts about stuff with you guys, so don’t roll your eyes when you read the comment I’m going to make, okay? Here’s the deal: this is an action show alright, but sometimes the action scenes were just too much, like I would open a new tab and check something else while Kara/ Super Girl fought an alien because that exhausted me. Also the effects were kind of old-school, and I don’t know if was on purpose or what, but again, once I noticed, I became painfully aware and couldn’t think about something other than “man, this looks amateur.”

What other superhero/ superheroine show would you recommend? Let me know!

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila