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Shopping with joy! + Newest Amazon Fav.

Welcome!

It is finally February! I hope this month brings us all the patience we need. This month I decided to mention my latest buys from Amazon! As many of you know, most of the items in my classroom have been purchased through Amazon. However, I’ve decided this post will include home and personal care items!

-My fun educational tools from Amazon will be going live next week. 🙂

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1. If you are like me, you will definitely love this magnetic key holder! I always struggle finding my keys! It is super easy to use and it holds AirPods too! Click here, to shop.

 

 

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2. My goal for 2020 is to drink more water! I’ve own so many different water bottles, but nothing tops this one! Its is so sturdy, handy, and low-key cute! So far I’ve dropped it twice, and it has not leaked a bit! Plus, it has a straw. Check out the wrist strap! Available in so many different colors! Click here, to shop.

 

 

Screen Shot 2020-02-06 at 11.03.46 PM3. This tool has been so essential lately! When I traveled to Mexico, I accidentally left it home! It is perfect if you travel and like to avoid overweight fees! I’ve attached this picture from Amazon. As I mentioned before, I misplaced it. Click here, if you want to see the other colors.

 

 

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4. Hate lint on your clothes? I’ve own one of these for about seven years now! It is super easy to use and clean! To see it in action, scroll all the way to the bottom! To get your very own, click here. 

 

 

 

 

5. This next item is one that I have had for a while now. This baby here has helped me with my anxiety and depression. It refreshens my mind and takes my worries away, even if it is just for a quick minute. I also use the minute timer at school. Click here, to check it out! 3F887218-F7A4-4D12-84A9-9FD2E40E4B30

 

 

 

 

Click here for my newest obsession.

I was rushing trying to get “instagram worthy” pictures of my items, but I decided to just post the ones I already have:
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Disclaimer: All of my opinions and recommendations are honest with good intent. Purchasing through these links will NOT affect your check out process in any way, but it will support my blog.

Thank you for your unconditional support.

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

 

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Note from a friend.

Hi, everyone!

How are you? How are you feeling?

I wanted to get on here and do a quick catch up.

We all know how difficult the last week before break gets. This previous week was one of the most challenging weeks by far. Lately, I’ve been feeling dizzy, tired, and lightheaded. I thought I was catching a cold or maybe it was stress. It all started to get more complicated around Tuesday and Wednesday. I knew something was wrong when different people from my team were dropping by or checking on me because they realized I wasn’t being myself. However, it wasn’t until Friday that I decided it was time to reach out to my doctor and also to my family and friends (including my school family.) This weekend was the perfect time to reflect on everything. I’m currently working two jobs and assumed that I was getting burnt out. I also thought it could be my anxiety or seasonal depression. Turns out, I was completely wrong. I need to make my physical, mental, and spiritual health a priority. Since last Friday, my body has been sending me signs that I have completely ignored. I am not ready to talk about my current situation, but when I feel ready I will share the journey with you.

Note to a Friend:

With this said, I urge you to listen to your body. You are your most sincere friend and your health should always come first. Listen to your gut. You may have heard this about a thousand times, but your intuition is always right. If you are feeling tired, drowsy, or anything other than your usual self reach out to a professional. You are NOT alone.

 

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My Life : Race against time..

Hi, everyone!

Welcome back!

Before you start to read this please be aware this journaling entry is very personal and it is extremely a very sensitive topic for me. Lately I have been questioning all my previous and current life changing decisions and the motives behind them and it all finally clicked.

As I am revising my 5 year plan, I’ve noticed so many events have taken place. Events that I honestly did not plan, events I had no idea would happen, and events that were expected. Back when I was in HS my 5 year plan consisted of personal growth and it has been a wild rollercoaster! As I reflect on my college years, I realize that I always felt pressured to graduate on time and finish everything in a timely manner.

After speaking to my parents and some soul searching, I realized when and where it all started. The year I lost my grandma. I lost my grandma when I was about to turn 12. As soon as I found out I canceled my birthday party. You know it is not easy to deal with the death of a loved one. But losing a grandparent is indescribable. Realizing you will not see them or speak to them or hear their voice is the most painful part of it all. Going back to Mexico and not having her around to talk to, hug, or sit with has been the worst pain in the world. Since that year I felt completely guilty. Guilty, because I felt like I ran out of time to make her proud. She did not get a chance to see me grow as an individual. She did not get a chance to see the amazing daughter (my mom) she raised be the World’s Best Mother. Ever since that I year I realized my life was a race against time. A race against time to reach my goals and make my family proud. I know that ironically death is a part of life, but I am not okay with it at all.

With this said, I realized I have always and still continue to speed up my journey. Most of the time I forget to relax and enjoy the little moments in life, even the little chaos life throws at me. The fact that it has been almost a year since I graduated college makes my realize how fast life moves and we have no control over time. “El tiempo no perdona.”

So what’s next? Instead of running full speed I plan to walk the race by the ones I love  and enjoy the time and view.

I hope you all have a blessed day!

Thank you for journaling with me! Until next time.

 

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Finding “THE” balance between my career and my personal life.

Where can I begin?

Welcome BACK!

If you are new, hi!

To be honest I don’t even know where to start. Finding a healthy balance between my career and my personal life has not been easy at all. My main goal by December is to have it worked out to a point that I don’t feel guilty for spending less time with my amores.

Why change? I personally am in a place where I love my career. I honestly love what I do. However, I feel the need to start setting boundaries between both to prevent me from “burning out” and start on building a stronger life I’ll be proud of. I realized that I’ve distanced myself from my extended family. I’m in a very long healing pathway right now.

Things that I’ve changed so far:

  1. I’ve been trying to leave my classroom at a decent time. With meetings taking up most of my afternoons, I’m trying my best to leave as soon as I possibly can to spend the rest of the afternoon at home. (Even if that means working on school work at home.)
  2. Stopped comparing my life to others. It’s super easy to get sidetracked by what others are doing. For example, watching someone else balance their life so easily. I constantly remind myself that everyone has a different story and priorities. My life is a little complex but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have two amazing teachers I admire and aspire to be like. Their priorities are in order and they do an extraordinary job teaching!
  3. Learning to say, “No.” I hate not being able to help others at times but I’ve learned that my time is valuable and there are going to be times when I have to pick myself over others. Nothing personal, it’s impossible to make everyone happy.
  4. Having an agenda. That’s right! I’ve invested in a small calendar, I have it color-coded with important dates connected with my career and personal events. I’ve also merged it with the calendar on my cellphone.
  5. Confirming appointments! Time is very valuable, so I’ve been confirming plans with my family members/ friends 24 hours in advance.
  6. Being open to evolving. Evolving is not something that happens overnight and it’s an ongoing process. It can also look very messy before it gets better so I’m learning to be even more patient.

That’s all I have, for now, thank you!

Thank you for joining me on my new journey as an educator. I can’t wait to continue to grow! Don’t forget to be kind and love one another. & always lead by example!

✐ 𝙼 𝚒 𝚜 𝚜  𝙻  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?

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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!

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Things I wish I would have UNDERSTOOD When I was YOUNGER… Dear Me,

Welcome back!

If it’s your first time here, hi! 

Today I will be doing a little reflection on my younger adult years. Things I wish I would have understood. Funny thinking about it. I was thinking of things I wish I would of known, but then I realized I already knew I just did not understand at that time.

  • Love yourself. Always put yourself first no matter what everyone may think. When you love yourself life gets better. You shouldn’t allow people to make you feel guilty for putting yourself first.
  • Don’t allow people to have access to you when it is convenient for them. Allowing people to pick and choose when they want to talk to you is a huge no-no. Most people tend to treat you how you allow them to treat you, and they get a little too comfortable too quickly. I wish I would have understood that being around me and my energy is a privilege.
  • Just because someone is in your life it does not mean that person is rooting for you. I often got confused assuming everyone in my life was rooting for me. I tend to always see the good in people. I have trained myself to always see the positive side to things in life. I wish I would have understood what my parents meant when they would tell me not everyone is your friend. Just because people are friendly does not make them a friend.
  • Everyone you meet is in your life for a reason or a season. Part of human nature is building relationships with other people. However, the longevity of any relationship is not up to us. Some people will be in our life for a short period of time and that is OKAY! We must make peace with it and move on. Life is too short to be bitter or try to fix every single friendships/ relationships/connection.
  • Protecting your energy. Be picky when it comes to picking out “your crew” they should reflect your energy. The risk of having a “good heart” = we feel that we must “heal” or “fix” people. In addition, accept people for who they are and not what they can be. Read that again.
  • Be who you want to be not who others want you to be. Who cares what others think?! Be your truest form! DO NOT let anyone discourage you or make you feel as if your ideas/goals are too small.
  • Lastly, follow your instinct!

 

If you made it all the way to the end, I love you!

Thank you for journaling with me! Until next time.

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Orientation Update! Wooot Wooot!

Welcome back! How are yall? I hope everything is going absolutely wonderful! So this week was pretty much a week full of PD! PD is the abbreviation for Professional Development. I can’t wait to share with yall how my week looked. Stick around!

Food:  The county that I work for SPOILED us! They completely fed us! From breakfast to lunch! They even had desserts every day! If you know me, you know I am a foodie! I love food!

Monday: I was so anxious! I arrived there at 7 and signed in. They served us breakfast and I had the opportunity to meet with different educators (mainly elementary & middle). I was completely excited when I saw not one, not two, but THREE teachers that were formerly in a different district where I completed my internship and student teaching!  I also met up with a new colleague. (She was my buddy for the whole week, so grateful to have her in my life!)

Tuesday: I had dairy! So you know my day was going downhill towards the end. Yet, I was so excited! We received a ton of PD! My brain was fried! The orientation took place in a building where I used to attend back in HS so it was such an extraordinary experience as I walked around the halls and sat in the classrooms I used to back in HS. I spent most of my lunchtime reminiscing about everything including better choices I could have made. I also had the opportunity to connect with a couple of new HS teachers and counselors! Towards the end, I found my Tieks’ sister! Yessss! You read it right! I rarely bump into people that actually like my shoes. Can you imagine how excited I was as she approached me! Felt like that was a sign!

Wednesday: I reunited with a spokesperson (that had previously walked into my class last year for observation) and I was so excited that she remembered my kids, my lesson, and me! I was so flattered! Again, the food was AWESOME! We also received tons of PD! By the end of the day, I felt even more excited to fix up my classroom and redo the “comfort corner” with bright colors. I also learned about the 60bmp, I plan to incorporate it in my class! I also ordered TONS of books on amazon to assist me in this journey.

Thursday: Half Here Half There! Referring to half-day orientation and half-day back at our school! Of course, I am not completely new to the school but it was so exciting to see how everything will be scheduled by the very beginning! I had a delicious smoked turkey classic meal! I also officially checked out the teacher laptop that I’ll be using in school. I continued to drop a couple of boxes of folders and paper in my classroom.

Friday: My official first day of Pre-planning for the 2019-2020 school year! It started with Waffle House and ended in tears! Jajaja *Cries in Spanish* I’m so excited for Open house!  Pre-planning is very busy! I made a larger mess in my classroom and have to go back tomorrow (Saturday) to clean up! I also need to change the food for my hummingbirds. Oh yeah! You did not see that coming, huh. It’s true! We have a bird feeder outside my classroom. It is always surrounded by hummingbirds!  I can never get them in a picture but they are always there.

Next: If you’ve stuck around for this long, seriously THANK YOU! 

My next journaling session might be a little bit different. I’m thinking about doing an overall reflection.

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Starting from scratch! (Sort of)

Welcome back!

It has been an extremely short yet wonderful Summer! I haven’t been blogging as much since I am trying my best to spend as much time with my sister as I can.

Feelings & what is coming up? I am so anxious! I will officially start my “New Teacher” orientation TOMORROW! My stomach feels so funny! I am unsure what to expect or what to wear! Jajaja *laughs in Spanish*  I am trying my very best to go with an open mind and without setting any expectations.

Classroom progress:  I was lucky enough to start setting up my classroom earlier last week! I only have a couple of things I have to order from AMAZON but hopefully, I can get them cheaper during PRIME DAYS.

Any tips? Earlier this week I realized that I am borderline a hoarder. I am having a difficult time organizing and decluttering my classroom. My biggest fear is that I may throw important papers away. What should I do?

Makeup: Any suggestions for a long-lasting powder foundation? Please let me know! My skin is definitely combination, and I need something that will not turn me into a greasy mess after a couple of hours.

** I know a couple of my very closest friends are struggling to create a profile on here, any suggestions**  Shoutout to Ken! (Show this to Kirsten! I miss seeing her on Instagram.)

Thank you to the ones that have sent me very sweet messages. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you!

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My First Year Teaching = Mid Year Teaching

Hey friends! Thank you for following me on my newest journey!

There is so much going on, I don’t even know where to begin!

Let’s catch up! As many of you may know, I graduated last December. I decided to take some time off (three weeks off) to grieve and heal. I started teaching the last week of January! As you can imagine I was so excited yet nervous at the same time. I knew most of my colleagues already since exactly a year ago I completed my internship there.

Let’s talk about mental health! Since it’s my first year teaching you can imagine at the beginning I felt very overwhelmed. However, I started to realize that it is OKAY to ask for help, it is OKAY to not know it ALL yet. IT IS OKAY! With this said, starting a new occupation can be a little stressful. I started to miss all my friends from college. I started missing my second-grade kiddos, and my CT from December. I was so used to my old routine that it completely pushed me off the edge.

Meeting new people! Finding a place where you feel loved and welcome is amazing! I absolutely love my new family! I have an amazing mentor teacher and an excellent team that supports me and are available whenever I need them.

Expanding my horizons! I feel very fortunate to have the privilege to work along with a very diverse team. I’ve heard so many horror stories from other teachers about their first year teaching that made me so afraid to open up to my new peers, but I’ve realized that it is all love. Also, respect works both ways.

Kids, Kiddos, Sweethearts, Sweeties, Friends, Babies!  I am currently having the best time of my life working with my kiddos! Working with children helps me realize that everything we know has been taught. I’ve also realized how important it is to practice what we preach! Our children are ALWAYS watching! We must lead by example! I already miss my kiddos!