Cleaning My Closet (pt. 3)

Cleaning My Closet (pt. 3)

Hello and happy Saturday. If you hadn’t realized already, I have a tendency to accumulate things. I think it’s because I buy stuff and then keep it just in case I will ever need it, although deep down I won’t. An example of this is the fact that I used to have three jars of white glue, plus two other clear silicone ones. Don’t ask how they all got there, I have no idea.

 

I got these bags for some presents I’d gotten my best friends after a trip. I got this twenty-bag thing at the Dollar Tree, and I’d been using them here and there for different things. Will I be needing them sometime soon? I don’t think so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, this is a collection of paper I feel guilty to have, considering that some many underprivileged kids would profit from them. I gave all of them away, and as you can see, I have some blocks and packs that I didn’t even open.

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of those laptop stands to avoid my computer getting overheated. My dad got it for me because during my first year at work I had a horrible laptop that would overheat and die. Now I think my mom or my sister are using it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, all the things that cut because one pair of scissors is just not enough. Is there anything you accumulate for no apparent reason, like the glue or the scissors in my case? Let me know in the comments!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Cleaning My Teacher Closet (pt.2)

Cleaning My Teacher Closet (pt.2)

Hello and happy Saturday. Let’s just get started with all the arts and crafts supplies I found in my closet, which I’m obviously not going to take with me to the States.

What is all this stuff? I’m wondering so, too. I have two bottles of acrylic paint, to carton parrots with feathery tails, a tiny roll of tape, some sort of ruler I forgot the actual name of, and a set of plastic stencils. I hadn’t used any of that in forever.

 

 

 

 

Now, aside from the Popsicle sticks, and the tacks, these are basically my gift supplies. I used the garland kind of thing to make my students’ Christmas treats last year, and the bows for larger presents. I actually used the rope to decorate my door last Halloween.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, well, what kind of a teacher would I be if I didn’t collect erasers?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you have thick take, duct tape, masking tape, clear tape, and washi tape. I only kept a roll of masking tape and gave the rest away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d always preferred to do my own flashcards by hand as opposed to printing them, which is why I had these in stock. I’m no longer using them for anything, and I’m pretty sure someone can find them useful.

Do you collect collect cute erasers or anything of the sort? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Cleaning My Teacher Closet (pt. 1)

Cleaning My Teacher Closet (pt. 1)

Hello and happy Saturday. Before I quit my job, I decided to clean up my supply closet, which basically meant giving a ton of stuff to my teacher friends. When I say “a ton of stuff,” I mean I have enough material here for about four posts or so. If you’re into school supplies, then you’re going to love reading these and looking at my former collection. Let’s get started, shall we?

If you know me and if you’ve been around, then probably know that I adore contact paper. I used the one that looks like wood for the treasure box I made for my father a while ago, you can click here to read that post. I used the Mickey Mouse and the blue designs for covering up boxes I would use for other supplies or for my classes, and then the regular transparent contact to laminate stuff.

 

Now let’s move on to my one true love, and by that I mean all of my markers, pens, and stuff of the sort.

I think I only kept the ones in this picture. We have the Twistables from Crayola, which I love way more than regular crayons or even color pencils. I also have some markers my best friend bought me at Ikea (because apparently Ikea sells markers). They’re super pigmented and I love them for coloring. Of course, I’m keeping my Sharpies because I can’t let go of them. I think I only kept a set of color pens, which were also a wonderful gift from one of my best friends. And, of course, finally, I have my Indian ink markers, that are just the absolute bestest.

I’m letting go of my glitter pens, as well as my Ink Joys, my metallic markers, and my Crayolas. Give me a few weeks in Baltimore and this collection will go back to normal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here we have different types of markers, including my Sharpie tanks, my permanent color markers, and my graphic ones.

In the comments below, tell me which are your favorite kinds of markers or pens.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Physical Book Unhaul

Physical Book Unhaul

Hello and happy Wednesday. I have two bags full of books, which I’m planning to sell sometime soon, but before that happens, I decided it would be cool to show you which books I’m getting rid of and why. Welcome to my physical book unhaul. Let’s get started, shall we?

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J Smith

I’ve read the novels in this book twice, and I still think TVD is way better than Twilight, but this book is huge and I don’t see any reason to keep it. I mean, it’s not like I’d want to re-read it anytime soon or anything.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 

This book ignited my love for middle grade literature and I’m grateful for that. The story was good and I enjoyed it while I read it, but it needs to find a new home and give me space for more books.

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

I read this book at a time in my life when everything was messed up, and I think it helped overcome the uncertainty I was feeling at the moment. It’s a book you read for pure entertainment purposes, and it fulfilled it’s duty, but there are many other good YA books out there I have yet to discover.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

It was a cute book, and it was okay, but Rainbow Rowell has written awesome stories, and this one doesn’t even compare, so I don’t see the point in keeping it.

Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through by Ana Goldfarb 

This is a funny book and one of the first memoirs I’ve read. I enjoyed the stories, and I felt it was an easy read, but it cost me $1, so I really don’t feel attached to it, emotionally or otherwise.

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Whether you care for the show or not, you should totally read this book. It’s addictive, and it’s probably the first memoir I read. If you have the chance, get it because you won’t be able to stop reading until you’re done with it. Yes, in my opinion, it’s that good, but it’s not life-changing, and because it’s not, I think it needs a new home.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

I know the author wrote this book before Isla and Anna, and (no offense) maybe that’s the reason why I felt that Lola was sort of a fail. It’s like somebody else had written it. I say “fail” because while the other two books are absolutely fantastic, this is just okay, it’s another good-ish YA novel. I’d wanted to get rid of it for a while now but hadn’t because I felt like I shouldn’t have the incomplete collection, but now I don’t really care about that.

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers 

You know Courtney Summers is one of my queens, and you know I love me some paranormal reads, especially when there are zombies involved, so I obviously loved this book. It’s just not the kind of book I’ll reach for again and reread, so I just don’t see the point in keeping it.

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin 

It was cute and super original, and if you have the chance you should definitely read it. I just feel sort of bad to see it in my shelf and knowing I won’t reach for it again, so I’d rather give someone else the chance to enjoy it like I did.

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler 

This is, again, more of the same. It was good, I enjoyed it while I read it and liked that it had some depth to it, but I won’t be rereading it, so I don’t find it necessary in my bookshelves.

You Are Here, The Geography of You and Me, and This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith 

I put these three books in the same category because they’re from the same author, and because they represent the same to me. When I started reading YA, I was super into Jennifer E. Smith and her novels because they’re all sweet and nice and full of fluff. Nowadays, I still enjoy a healthy dose of fluff every now and then, but from new books, not books I’ve read already.

I know I pretty much said the same thing over and over again, but when I’m getting rid of books, sometimes I feel guilty and like I need to explain myself. Do you get rid of your books every once in a while? What system do you have and what do you do with those books afterwards? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Organizing My Makeup

Organizing My Makeup

Hello and happy Sunday. Every once in a while I like to take a look at my stuff and get rid of what I don’t use anymore. If it still works, I’ll give it to my sister, and if it doesn’t. I’ll just throw it away. Today I thought it’d be fun to show you what I got rid of and what I decided to give a second chance. Let’s get started, shall we?

The first two products I gave to my sister were an eye cream and then a moisturizing cream. They’re alright, I just don’t use them anymore and I don’t want to keep them with me if I know somebody else might enjoy them.

 

I “rescued” this primer, and I’d actually kept it in the wrong container, which is probably why I hadn’t used it in a while. This is one of those pore minimizing primers and I love it because it makes the texture of my skin appear to be flawless and it gives me a great base for my makeup. I’ll definitely keep using it.

 

 

 

 

Then we have a collection of stuff I found on my “face” container. I think I gave all this stuff to my sister as well, but I don’t know whether she kept everything or maybe threw something away. The first product is clear mascara, which when I started playing around with makeup five years ago must’ve been a super useful product. Now I know it does absolutely nothing. Then I have this eye primer I got for free when I bought something from Amazon (I don’t even remember what it was), and I swear I tried this thing but it felt like putting vaseline on my eyelids and who wants that?

It broke my heart a little bit to get rid of my WunderBrow because I absolutely adore that product, but I’m now going for darker eyebrows, so the shade I have it in doesn’t do it for me. I also gave my sister a contour, bronzer, and highlighter set because I have my fair share and wasn’t really reaching for this anymore.

This is the only palette that didn’t make the cut in my eye shadow container. They’re all nudes, and I have all of those shades in other palettes, so this one was really just sitting there, occupying unnecessary space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we have one of those “things I bought because a Youtuber told me to.” The shape of the wand makes applying this eyeliner very uncomfortable for me, if I’m being totally honest, and then the actual line you get to draw is thick and super dramatic, which was trendy up until 2016, but not anymore. I think this went right in my “empties” bin, so you’ll hear more about it in the future.

 

 

 

Here are some more eyeliners, only these are pencil ones. I got rid of them because I have a whole lot and I know I’m not going to use them all. Also, yes, there’s a pot of gel eyeliner because that was my thing a while ago, but now after knowing the wonders of liquid eyeliner, I’m not going back.

 

 

 

 

 

I got this mascara in a Colombian subscription box and it’s alright, you know? I still prefer my Maybellines and Cover Girls, but sometimes I’d apply this. The thing is, as it always happens with mascara, I have others, and I don’t want this, which is a perfectly fine product, to dry down on me when somebody else can benefit from it. Oh, by the way, when it says it’s waterproof, it totally means it’s waterproof.

 

 

 

 

And finally, a collection of lip glosses, tinted lip balms, lipsticks and lip creams who’ve found a better home inside my sister’s makeup bag. If I’m being completely honest, I should’ve included a lot more lippies, but they’re my ultimate obsession, and it’s very hard to let go. As soon as I think about getting rid of a lip product, I start seeing it with new eyes, and then I decide it’s my new favorite thing. It was hard enough to let go of these, though.

Now before we finish, let me know in the comments about the one product you find it harder to let go of.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Book Unhaul (Part 2)

Book Unhaul (Part 2)

GOING ON.pngHello  and happy Wednesday. As promised, I bring you part 2 of my book unhaul. I’ll be following the same format as before, so let’s get started!

 

 

Skinny Me by Charlene Carr [x]

My rating: ***

The whole concept of the story wasn’t appealing to me.

Premiere: A Love Story by Tracy Ewens [x]

My rating: ***

A very predictable NetGalley read.

The Trouble With Goodbye by Sarra Cannon [x]

My rating: ***

This super mediocre read that promised to be a lot more than it ended up being.

Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan 

My rating: ***

A spoiled girl talks about her first world problems.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin [x]

My rating: ***

I still prefer the movie to the book.

First, Last, and Always by Kim Lehman [x]

My rating: ***

NetGalley read about a fat girl who ends up dating her dorky best friend. Um, no thank you.

Like Candy by Debra Doxer 

My rating: ***

A NetGalley read that wasn’t the least bit sweet.

I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle [x

My rating: ***

Up to this day, I still can’t understand what went through my head when I decided to buy and read this book.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [x]

My rating: ****

A cute little story I’m not planning to reach for in the future.

Streetlights Like Fireworks by David Pandolfe 

My rating: ****

Pretty much the same as the previous book.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum [x]

My rating: ****

I prefer the movie version with the red slippers and no violence.

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram [x]

My rating: ****

The audiobook was entertaining, but not enough to keep in my Kindle forever.

Love Creeps by Amanda Filipacchi [x]

DNF

I can’t even begin to explain how weird and plain bad this book is.

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger [x

DNF

In my humble opinion, Andy is whiny and immature and not worth reading about.

I personally feel lighter after this bookish detox. Now, I’d like to know whether you’ve read any of the books in this list and your thoughts on them.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Book Unhaul (Part 1)

Book Unhaul (Part 1)

GOING ON (2).pngHello and happy Wednesday. Yes, you read that correctly, today’s post is going to be an unhaul, as in I’m going to talk to you about the books I’m getting rid of. I have a ton of books to unhaul, so I’m just going to share with you the rating I gave it and the reason I’m getting rid of it, or a one-sentence review of the book. Let’s get started!

Becoming Us by Amy Daws [x]

My rating: *

This book portrays and romanticizes an abusive relationship.

If I Break by Portia Moore [x]

My rating: **

The story was nothing special, super predictable.

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer [x]

My rating: **

I don’t like books about best friends betraying each other.

Forever by Judy Blume [x]

My rating: **

It was a bad book about sex…or a book about bad sex, or something like that.

Sending Jack Off to Jesus by Sara York [x]

My rating: ***

The author’s intentions were good, but not enough for me to keep this book occupying space in my Kindle.

The Boy Recession by Flynn Meany

My rating: ***

Kinda cute, but I felt like a 15-year-old reading it.

Art Criticism by Celeste Spettro [x]

My rating: ***

It was entertaining, but nothing memorable.

Remember Me by Melanie Batchelor [x]

My rating: ***

Probably my first NetGalley read. Also one of my first LGBTQ* reads. I didn’t enjoy the fact that’s written in verse.

Everything Changes by Samantha Hale [x]

My rating: ***

Another NetGalley LGBTQ+ read. Your typical coming out story.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler [x]

My rating: ***

Dear Amy Poehler, no thank you.

Every Day by David Levithan [x]

My rating: ***

This book reminds me of a very sad time in my life. It was a total disappointment and I haven’t recovered.

Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame

My rating: ***

A NetGalley read I don’t really need to have around.

Populatti by Jackie Nastri Barderwerper [x]

My rating: ***

This too is a NetGalley read I don’t need anymore.

The Big, Not So Small, Curvy Girls Dating Agency by Ava Catori [x]

My rating: ***

A fat read that really didn’t do it for me.

Addicted to Love by Kathleen Murray [x]

My rating: ***

Don’t believe the title, this book is NOT about love.

I’ll stop right there and share part 2 of the unhaul sometime in the future, alright? Which of your books have you unhauled and why?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila