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My Secret Teaching/Learning During Quarantine Tool + Angelman Syndrome

Hi! I know it’s been a while but a lot has happened since the last time I blogged! I hope everyone is safe and doing well. I pray that you and your loved ones are well.

Before I start, I wanted to mention a special company that is so dear to my heart, Educational Insights! 

If you know me, you know I brag about them 24/7. I honestly love this company and everything they stand for. My kiddos and I love using their tools in our classroom! A while back, before the COVID-19, my kiddos and I received a gift! Not a regular gift, a cool educational gift!

IMG_4452 (I keep all our Hot Dot Pens and cards in this container for my kiddos to place back and that way we can keep it organized.) I also had 2-3 kiddos trying to take them home.

My kiddos enjoyed working with our Pete the Cat and Ollie! They loved our sets! Since the day the started to use them, I could see their confidence building up! If they made an “oopsie” they would look at it again and when they got it right they cheered! You can also find out what other items I use from Educational Insights and how I incorporate them in our learning environment by clicking this other post here. 

However, since we are under “digital learning” or “working/learning from home” not all my kiddos were able to take a Hot Dots pen home with them. Instead, we are able to pull up resources provided on their website! 

In addition, they provide all types of learning resources for all KIDDOS! Including kiddos in the early stages of learning! I recently purchased the Playfoam, and let me tell you, it is wonderful for therapy!

Many of you may not know, but my younger sister has Angelman Syndrome. She is currently 16 years old but due to her development delay I would say she is still in the early learning stages. Since we are learning from home, she is not able to receive her services for her safety and her therapists. So now more than ever, my mom and I are responsible for providing those sensory and learning opportunities for her. This Playfoam is perfect! The texture is amazing! Crystal really enjoys it! Plus, its mess free! That’s right! We don’t have to worry about cleaning up any mess! We recently replaced her old sensory box with one filled with Playfoam and a couple of different objects.

As soon as I get a chance I’ll upload a picture here! You can also find Educational Insights on Amazon! If you are interested in purchasing from their website they always have promo codes! As of today, they have a 30% off site wide (excluding sale items) with the code LEARN.

Check them out! Also, if you would like me to do a blog post about #Angelman Syndrome let me know! I’m more than happy to let you all in a special place in my life!

Also, this blog is not sponsored. All recommendations are legit!

Thank you for your unconditional support.

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

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Teacher Tired:​ A level of tiredness I did not know existed! + FREE SUPPLIES

Welcome back!

If you are new, Hi!

I am so excited! I just realized I gained a couple of new friends on here!

Update: I lost track of what week this is (Week 3) for me! As many of you may know, I spent the first week of school working with my kiddos in K. With this said, I am now working with my regular first through fifth-grade kiddos and will start serving my K kiddos next week!

Feeling: I’ve been having a difficult time adjusting to my BTS schedule. I wake up at          5:25 am every morning and usually get home around 5:00 pm. As you can tell my sleeping schedule is all over the place! I’ve been spending most of my time doing my LP and looking up research-based interventions for my kiddos. I believe I discovered a new level to tiredness I had no idea existed!

Personal Life: Although my work schedule is currently a little intense at the moment, I am so blessed to be surrounded by my friends!  Seeing them and catching up with them is seriously the best therapy!

Current Goals: I am currently trying to stop drinking Coca-cola but it seems harder than I thought it would be! I also want to make more “teacher” friends! I even started my very own teacher Instagram!  So add me on there it is: _teachingwithjoy

Current Coping Strategies: Avoiding Caffeine, journaling, yoga (my version of it lol )

Side Note: I’ve been obsessing over succulents plants (Echeveria elegans) but I am afraid I will not care for them properly, any advice?

FREE SUPPLIES*: I tried to post the video through here but the file was too large. Find out how you can gain access to hundreds of FREE stationery + educational supplies here: https://youtu.be/hwWesuXt0vc

Make sure to share the website with all your teacher friends!

 

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Teacher-Proof Makeup / What’s in my makeup bag @ school / Whyyy ? !

Hi guys!

Welcome back! Today I decided to share what’s in the mini makeup collection I keep in my desk! To be honest I don’t wear make up every day. I’m usually at school for approximately ten hours! So let’s dive into it!

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*Disclaimer: The products I use are not the ones I would normally wear on the weekends. I enjoy full coverage on the weekends. 🙂 [With the exception of my eyebrow products.. lol)

Let’s start with the primer! I love this primer! The scent doesn’t bother me at all! I received this primer as a gift! (Yes! Lucky me!) I like this one because it doesn’t clog my pores. Remember: I’m at school for a very very long time!IMG_4120

Next, foundation! I’m currently using the makeup forever powder foundation. I’m not completely crazy about it but it’s a light coverage that I can build up if I need to. It’s also the best one I’ve found so far (powder formula) so until I find something better…

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Right after, I enjoy using my Fenty concealer to hide my dark circles around my eyes. Yup, that’s right! I’m a very tired teacher (: Since I have not gotten enough sleep, I tend to get dark circles around my eyes. I love using my Fenty one because it is light weightless coverage and it does not crease as much as others tend to.

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After, bronzer and setting! I always go crazy with the bronzer but for school, I like to keep it light due to the lighting in the building. I am currently using this one by Kat Von D. I also like to set my powder with the OG (Laura Mercier setting powder) to help it stay longer.

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Then, eyebrows! If you know me you know I don’t like my eyebrows and that’s something I’ve been working on since day uno! My fav eyebrow products are the pomade in the shade ebony! My guilty pleasure is that I have three! One for school, one at home, and one in my car! 😂 I also love the Anastasia clear brow gel. I enjoy “cleaning up” my eyebrows with my Nars concealer. This concealer is one of my favorites! I’ve also added the Laura Geller cream concealer to prime my eyelids. (I carry a couple of these repeated items because they are my favorite and my go-to.)

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Later, eyeshadows! This was the hardest part to narrow down to just one! This one is by Natasha Denona! ( Yes, this is the only product I can afford off that brand lol!) I picked this one because it’s travel-friendly and it has three neutral shades that I can wear for an everyday look and for curriculum night or late after school function (such as Spirit night) I can easily add the other shades and turn it around to a Smokey/ bolder look.

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Next, eyelashes! That’s right! My favorite eyelash curler is this one by Shiseido! This is my OG! In addition, I also had to narrow down my mascara choices! I was stuck between the waterproof mascara by TooFaced and this one by LANCÔME. I ended up going with this one so I wouldn’t miss my TooFaced one at home LOL!

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Finally, I end up my look with a thin line of eyeliner and lip gloss! I like to carry my Fenty lipgloss since it is travel size friendly! I don’t have to worry about it being too bulky. (Plus, I love the applicator!)

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BTW: Brushes! Here are my favorite brushes/tools ever!

IMG_4126Above (From top to bottom): Mini Beauty Blender (not a brush) Not only do I love how the size makes it so travel-friendly, but I love how it helps me blend in my concealer a lot smoother.  Next, the Sephora Pro Mini is my all-time fav! This travel-friendly brush was my VIB Rouge gift from Sephora! I love how it blends my foundation! Although it’s small, it gets the job done. In addition, my fav. Real Techniques “contour brush”  (came in a set of three) is the real OG. I’ve repurchased the brush (to replace this one on the photo) an insane number of times but although they are the same brand (just a slightly lighter shade, since it was part of their first release) it doesn’t work the same for me personally. SO, I’ve been keeping this one longer than I think I should.

My top 3 ALL-TIME MUST OWN BRUSHES from Mac/Sephora are only these three:

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(Top to bottom) The Mac 248: My go-to! Perfect size to help me clean my eyebrow up and also apply my concealer around my eyelids. It also often helps me clean up around my lipliner when I overline. Next down is the PRO Small shadow brush #15 by Sephora (part of their rose gold collection) I am so amazed by how smooth it applies my eyeshadow and the size is friendly to use around my lower lash line! Last but certainly not least is my PRO Crease #10 by Sephora! I was lucky enough to purchase three before the discontinued it (I’m guessing since I haven’t been able to find it anywhere)! It is literally my ride or die, my one and only, the only one I need for a smooth touch!

 

Fun fact: I tried to record this a couple of times but I accidentally deleted the footage!

Hope yall enjoy this snippet! ^_^

*If you made it to the end, you’re awesome sauce! Thank you all for joining me!

Ttyl! Bye!