Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Making A Return!

ADashOfBecks here!

I'm sorry its been a while guys, I really am. I've had a lot going on the last few months because I'm now in year 11 at school and I have LOADS of work to do. I've pretty much just been revising solidly for the last 3 months or so due to mock exams, coursework and improving my grades to the best they can be, to try and get an apprenticeship or get into college! I will be trying as hard as I can to get back to my normal blogging self and trying to upload weekly. However, here comes the bad news :( I might only be able to upload one post a week and it will most likely be on a Saturday. If its not up, just follow my twitter (@ADashOfBecks) and turn on my tweet notifications to be notified every time I tweet the link to a new post!
I hope you all can forgive me for the inconvenience of school (boooooo!) and enjoy the return of my blog!

I thought to kick it of the "relaunch" of my blog, as it is nearly Christmas (yayy!) I could share my favourite Christmas Cookie recipe! 
This recipe is from the BBC Good Food website and it is how to bake Sparkling chocolate orange Christmas cookies! (My alternative to the Sparkling vanilla Christmas Cookies) If you are a child you may want parental supervision!

140g of icing sugar, sieved
2tsp of squeezed orange juice
100g cocoa butter (add more or less depending on how chocolatey you want it!)
75g of melted chocolate (optional)
1 egg yolk
250g of butter (cut into small cubes)
375g of plain flour, sieved
2tsp water (optional if the mixture/dough is too thick)
To decorate
200g of icing sugar, sieved
edible food colouring (optional)
edible gold and silver balls (optional)
Chocolate, white, dark, milk (optional) 

How to make!
  1. Tip your icing sugar, squeezed orange juice, egg yolk, melted chocolate and butter into a mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon or electric whisk or mixer until the mixture is well combined.
  2. Add the flower and cocoa powder and mix all of the ingredients together until a firm dough is formed (add optional water at this point if the dough is too thick.)
  3. Shape the dough into 2 flat disks and wrap in cling film. Chill them for 20-30 minutes. whilst pre-heating the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas and line two baking trays with non stick baking paper.
  4. Roll the dough out on a lightly flowered surface with a lightly flowered rolling pin to about the thickness of 2 £1 coins (around 1cm) and cut out Christmassy shapes. Place them on the baking trays.
  5. bake for 10/12 minutes until lightly golden.
  6. Dance while you are waiting for the cookies to cook! *Dancing* *Dancing*
  7. Remove the cookies from the oven and place them onto a wire cooling rack or something similar.
  8. Whilst you are waiting for the cookies to cool, mix the icing sugar with a few drops of cool water to make it thick, but still runny icing and add edible food colouring if you wish. 
  9. Once the biscuits have cooled, add icing and decorations (gold and silver balls and chocolate)
  10. When the icing has dried, the eating commences!
There you have it! Sparkling Christmas Chocolate Orange Cookies, I hope you enjoyed this recipe and have tried it out yourselves, it is personally one of my favourites! If you do attempt it be sure to tag me in your pictures on Twitter (@ADashOfBecks) and Instagram (@ADashOfBecks, I am going to make an account right now!) with the hashtag #ChristmasBakingWithBecks I'd love to see your attempts!

I hope you enjoyed this post, it is something different, if you did be sure to leave a comment and a follow and ill be sure to reply and follow as many of you back as I can!
New blog post due Saturday!

Much Love,

Sunday, 26 July 2015

17 Random Questions Tag!

ADashOfBecks here!

As you will know if you have read my last blog post, then you would have seen that I said I had my blog post planned and it was due to go up around now... Well... I'm so sorry guys but the blog post I was due to do about baking was supposed to include pictures including the steps to bake something, but my mom took my phone off me because of something that happened at school so I wasn't able to access the photos to make the blog post :(.
So, I read a comment I got on my last blog post, annnnddd someone said that they like tags because they feel like you can get to know people through them more. So that is what I'm going to do today. And hopefully I can do the baking blog post in about 2 weeks time, However, I will do a post this week, maybe mid-week-ish. 

Right so time for the tag, I am going to be doing the 17 random questions tag! 
So here it goes..

1. How did you come up with the name of your blog?

Well, when I decided after a lot of persuasion to start my blog, me and one of my best friends (Dope, who I mentioned in my first blog post if you are an avid follower of my blog) started brainstorming ideas for a name, and I came up with ADashOfBecks because I have been inspired by Sprinkle of Glitter to make my blog and I wanted a name that was similar, and so, ADashOfBecks was born.

2. If I could change my name to anything what would it be and why?

I thought for a while about this question, I really do not know? Maybe Daisy-mae, Ella-mae, Ellie-mae or something like that, I think 'mae' at the end of the name is really pretty and I just like the names a lot.

3. If you could go back in time and give your younger self advice, what would it be?

Easy, work hard at school, don't get involved with bitchy (excuse my language) girls, and don't get into trouble, because if you work hard you will get far in life as you are a clever girl! Just don't mix with the wrong people and get in trouble because it will be bad for you in the long run!

4. How old were you when you first learnt to blow a bubble gum bubble?

15 hahaha, I can just about do it as my dad taught me how to about a month ago, haha.

5. What did you want to be when you were little, and do you still want to be it?

I wanted to be a doctor, In A&E/ The ER, at a children's hospital for as long as I can remember, but I got a bad grade in Year 9 at the end of year in science which meant I couldn't do triple science as a GCSE in Year 10 and 11, which I needed to do to be a doctor :(, Else yes, that would still be my dream.

6. MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION haha, What do you order at starbucks?

Chocolate Cream Frappuccino... Every single time, it will be a Chocolate Cream Frappuccino.

7. What's the hardest you've ever laughed?


Probably when I was playing on the Akinator game, where it guesses your character, and my mom was thinking of her boyfriend and I was reading the questions to her and one question came up asking 'Does the character your thinking of enjoy rough, aggressive sex?'. I honestly have never laughed at anything so much in my life, My eyes were streaming with tears, and because I was laughing that much, i hadn't even read the question to my mom, so she didn't know what it said and as I was laughing that much, she started laughing loads too, and she started laughing even harder when I read the question to her. Hahahaha, funny times.

8. If you could play any instrument what would it be and why?

Well, some useless information, I can actually play the flute, the ocarina, and sort of the piano. But if I could play any other instrument it would probably be the Guitar or the Ukulele, they just seem fun to play, as I have tried a Ukulele before. Or the drums, because I like hitting stuff and you can hit a drum hahaha.

9. What's your favorite thing to do when you're upset?

Probably Get into my pajamas, eat Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream, watch walking on sunshine and chill, or.. just cry in the dark...

10. What's your favorite film? 

Either Walking on Sunshine, Pitch Perfect or Divergent.

11. What's one food you couldn't live without?

Chicken, defo chicken, I love it too much, in fact i ate it today.. <3

12. What's your favorite desert?

Either chocolate Ice cream sunday, chocolate fudge cake or Cookie dough ice cream, Ben and Jerry's.

13. Favorite pizza topping?


14. Would you rather have the superpower to read minds, or the super power to be invisible and why?

I would rather have the super power to be invisible for 3 reasons..
1. You could listen to conversations people are having about you because they wouldn't see you were there.
2. You could play pranks on people,
3. If you played pranks on someone they would probably be thinking "What.. Who's that? What's happening? AHHHHHH" so you wouldn't need to read their mind as there's a fair chance that's what they would be thinking.

15. What did you do for your last birthday?

OOOOHHHHH! I could never forget this! I went to an Aston Villa football match with my mom, and I got to meet Christian Benteke, Brad Guzan, and Jores Okore at the end of the match, AHHHHH. Then I went to my Nan's to see my dad and his side of the family and got the best batman birthday cake EVER!

16. If you could have one personal "Selfish" wish, what would it be and why?

Probably be a billionaire, so I could buy myself cool stuff, but also so I could give some to my family and to charities, so it wouldn't be very "selfish".

17.  What is your/would be your biggest fear as a driver?

That someone will pull out of a side road as I was coming up/down the road and they were supposed to wait for me to go first. It just scares me. I will always fear that when I start to drive.
Please enjoy my A-MA-ZING diagram I drew to show what I mean.

If the red car pulled out on the blue car even though it was supposed to wait for the blue car to go past, but he crashed into him.

So there you have it, that was the 17 random questions tag! I tag anyone who reads this post and wants to do it! Don't forget to link me in your blog post to say you got it from me if you choose to do it :P.
As I said, a new post will be up mid-week-ish. If you enjoyed this post be sure to comment, I'll try my best to reply and follow me if you want to!

Much Love,

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


ADashOfBecks here!

Right, sorry its been a while guys! I've been extremely busy with school, and holidays, and I really have had no time what-so-ever to view my blog, let alone make a blog post! I'm so sorry guys! 
Over the next few weeks I'm going to be moving house, but you will still get blog posts I promise I'll be more active, but you won't get say, one post every single day! Sorry!

So, Today I've just been thinking what kind of posts would you like to see me do? More tags maybe? beauty posts? Just some nice chatty posts like this one? I really have no idea what you all want to see, so maybe leave me a comment suggesting some posts I could do in the future? It would be a great help! I've planned my next post already, which is something to do with baking, which I hope you will all enjoy, its just a quick simple recipe with some pictures! So I hope you like it! It will be going up in the next week or so!

Aside from all of that, I hope you are all okay, maybe leave a comment saying how you are and a little about yourselves, maybe what you enjoy doing, so I can learn a little about my followers, and I do reply to all of my comments, so get commenting!

Right, That's all for now, just a little update I thought that I'd do as I haven't blogged for a month, but I'm sorry it couldn't be longer guys, its just that I'm quite busy packing!
Don't forget to check out my other blog posts, follow me (Only if you want to) and leave a comment suggesting new post ideas and a bit about you! I look forward to reading them and replying! 

Much Love,

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Get to know me tag!

ADashOfBecks here!

Today I am going to do the 'Get to know me tag!' I saw it on the internet and decided it would be a fun blog post to do! So without any further ado, here it goes!

1. Name? Rebecca
2. Nicknames? Becks
3. Birthday? I'll just say the year as I want to be anonymous... 2000
4. Place of Birth? England
5. Occupation? Still at school

6. Hair colour? Brown
7. Hair length? Super long
8. Eye Colour? Blue
9. Best Feature? Eyes
10. Braces? Nope!
11. Piercings? I used to have my ears pierced... Does that count?
12. Tattoos? No but I want one when I'm old enough!
13. Righty or Lefty? Depends.. Right for writing and football, but left for things like opening stuff.

14. Best Friend? A Girl I met in reception/kindergarten (First year of school)...
15. Award? Karate awards probably?
16. Sport? Ballet and Tap-Dancing (cringe)
17. Real Holiday? America 2003
18. Concert? X-Factor tour 2007

19. Film? I have a few, either Pitch Perfect, Divergent, Wild Child or Walking on Sunshine
20. TV Show? Coronation Street (British Soap)
21. Colour? Blue, Lime green or Hot pink
22. Song? Jessie J - Flashlight
23. Restaurant? That's a hard one.. probably... I actually don't know..
24. Store? JD, Primark or River Island
25. Book? Girl Online - Zoe Sugg
26. Magazine? 110% Gaming
27. Shoes? Air Max, Air Force or Huaraches


28. Feeling? Relaxed
29. Single or Taken? Single :D
30. Eating? Nothing :(
31. Listening to? Never Be - 5 Seconds of Summer
32. Thinking about? This questions answer, haha.
33. Watching? Nothing.
34. Wearing? Some rather fetching Flip Flops, Black jeans, and an illuminous Junior Soccer Factory T-shirt (bearing in mind im not going out wearing this, haha)

35. Want Children? Yessss, 2, a boy and a girl..
36. Want to be Married? Yepp
37. Careers in Mind? Professional Blogger and Youtuber (Yikesss) or a Lifegaurd
38. Where do you want to Live? America or Brighton.
39. God? I believe in something.. Not God as such.. But something...
40. Miricles? Yep, no doubt about it.
41. Love at First sight? Yeah
42. Ghosts? Yeah definatley.
43. Aliens? Well, I believe there is life on another planet.
44. Soul Mates? If you treat each other well, then yeah, why not?
45. Heaven? Couldn't even answer that, no clue.
46. Hell? Same answer as heaven.
47. Kissing on the first date? If you've known each other and been friends for a while, yes. If you've just met then no.
48. Yourself? Woah.. Grab your snorkle mask and diving gear! This has just got deeeeeep...  I believe that if I try my hardest doing what I love then I can succeed, So yes, but if I don't try then, no.

There you go! That was the Get to know me tag! Sorry about the short/indirect kind of answers for some of the qustions.. Its just I'm trying to stay as anonymous as possible at the moment :).
Sorry if any of my answers offended any of you guys, its just my opinions and I honestly don't mean too!
I Tag anybody who has read this and hasn't/wants to do it!
Good luck guys!
Much Love,

Friday, 12 June 2015

The Charlie Charlie Challenge...

ADashOfBecks here!

I'm going to talk about something a little different today, the 'Charlie Charlie Challenge' most of you probably know what the Charlie Charlie Challenge is, but if you don't, it is when you get a piece of paper and split it into 4 sections and write 'yes' on the top right and bottom left and 'no' on the top left and bottom right, then across the lines you drew to split the page into segments you place one pencil on the horizontal line and one other pencil balanced on top of the horizontal one pointing vertically, then you ask 'Charlie Charlie are you here?' and the balanced pencil is supposed to turn to 'yes' if he is there.
You may be wondering who 'Charlie' is, and the answer is that he is supposedly a Mexican demon, or a child with red eyes who was killed. After you have finished asking him questions, you have to ask him 'Charlie Charlie can I/We leave?' if the pencil turns to no, you have to keep playing until he finally agrees, but if he says yes you may leave. If you don't ask him this and just leave the rumour is that he haunts you forever.

My Experience

 Me and a group of my friends (10 or 11 of us in total) tried this challenge out at school on our break time, we did it outside, under a shelter but it was not windy and we were all shielding the board/paper anyway. To begin we classically asked 'Charlie Charlie are you here?'... No reply. So we tried multiple times... nothing. In the end we were all joking about and I said 'Charlie Charlie are you a dickhead?' (sorry for the language) and to our surprise it turned to yes! Some people got scared and some were laughing until someone owned up to blowing the pencil. We continued to trial it and asked it again 'Charlie Charlie are you here?' This time it actually turned to yes and nobody could have blown it as we made sure that no one could have. We all freaked out a little, but gave in and continued asking him different questions, most of which got no replies, he only answered to me when I spoke... Eventually we all gave up and asked if we could go, numerous times it didn't work but eventually it turned to yes, so we snapped the pencils and ripped up the paper.

All of what I just said, was 100% true, however there is a logical explanation for the whole thing!


You have to balance a pencil on top of another pencil, and this isn't how pencils should naturally be so gravity forces it to move! The pencils have to be so finely balanced on top of each other that even the slightest little breath or unbalanced surface will push it around! It's as simple as that! Once you think into it it isn't scary at all!
And as for things happening if you don't say goodbye, it is just your imagination, if you think hard enough about something you can trick yourself into thinking things are happening or something is true, but its your eyes and mind playing tricks on you! Don't worry!

That's all I have for today! It would really help me if you suggested some fun blog posts to do in the comments as I don't know what you guys would like? It'd be super helpful!
Anyway! Thanks for reading this post, if you liked it don't forget to let me know in the comments and if you're not already, follow me! It really, really helps!

Much Love,

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Little Weekend Away!

ADashOfBecks here!

Today, I thought I'd do a little blog post about what I have been up to, as it has been half term last week in England, so most school kids have had a week off and went back to school yesterday! 
Anyway, During last week I didn't do very much. I went to a party, and was with my Nan for the rest of the week. Apart from on Friday..
On Friday my Sister, her Boyfriend, her Boyfriend's Mum and her Boyfriend's Sister Went on a little road trip! I got picked up at 3:00 PM and we went on our way to Bristol to do a little bit of shopping (I have no pictures from Bristol unfortunately) at Cribbs Causeway, a huge shopping centre, or mall if you are American. There are quite a wide range of shops, and I highly recommend going down to do some shopping if you live near there or are passing!
After this, we took another little travel to Weston-Super-Mare, which, if you are unsure, is a little seaside town just down from Bristol. It isn't very 'happening' as you might say, but it is a nice day out to go and get some fish and chips and sit on the pier or at the sea front if it is sunny, and maybe have a paddle in the sea!

After we'd been to Weston we headed to our Hotel that we were stopping in, and on the way there, we got a little, sneaky peek of the destination we were heading to the next day... STONEHENGE!  

We stopped in a lovely little hotel/bed and breakfast, called "Fairlawn House" Located in Amesbury. Which gave you access to free parking, free WIFI and Breakfast was included in the morning! It was the most popular little hotel in the area, with Stonehenge being a 5 minute drive away! I deeply recommend it if you are planning on stopping down there.

As I said, on the Saturday, we went to Stonehenge at 11:00 AM, It was absolutely amazing! Even though you were not aloud to touch the stones as such, you got a very eerie and spiritual feeling when you are there, as if it has its own powers surrounding it. When you get there they either lend you a strange telephone like thing to listen to an audio tour on or you can download the audio tour on your phone's app store as we did, all of the information on the audio tour is fascinating and you can learn quite a lot from it, I believe that even if you are not really into old Castles, ruins and stuff like this, it will be a nice trip out as I think the spiritual nature of it warms to everybody.
Here are some pictures from Stonehenge.

Then, Finally after Stonehenge, we took a trip to Bath, It is a very old, cultural town, as it has been around for centuries, since the Roman times. The buildings and Scenery are so special and beautiful, it is just a truly astonishing place!

In Bath, we went to the Roman Baths Museum, where we got an audio tour (not accessible from app stores) around the Roman Baths, all of the water used was natural and from the fresh water Spring, which is actually the only Thermal Spring in the UK! I'm not going to give too much away about it as you may want to pay a visit soon! I definitely recommend it! It is a great day out and is beautiful!

And, that is the end of my Road Trip! I hope you enjoyed my little review and guidance to visit, all of the places that I have been. They are truly worth the travel and are not too expensive in price. None of this has been sponsored I just thought I'd recommend some places to you guys!

Also a big thank you to all of the support I have been getting! Hope you enjoyed this blog post!
That's all for now!

Much Love,

Friday, 22 May 2015


ADashOfBecks here!

So, I know that a lot of people are doing exams at the moment/have exams coming up or have just completed some exams, whether that be in school, college or university. I'm in year 10 at school, and I completed my English Literature paper 1 GCSE on Monday, and I completed my English Literature paper 2 GCSE today, I also have a Maths Statistics GCSE exam on the 16th of June. The one main thing that I have learnt through these exams is the amount of stress that you go through, and I have only started my GCSE examinations this year, so I can only imagine the stress that College and University students go through!
Anyway, today's blog post is going to be about the top 13 ways to deal with exam stress! I'm sorry if this isn't relevant to you, but I know that a lot of people around the world are sitting examinations at the moment, if you are not... then please feel free to skip this post, and come to it when you have examinations in the future! 
without any further ado... here are the top 13 ways to deal with exam stress!

1. Be Prepared!

Make sure that you know what you have supposed to have learnt, and that you have practised or revised for you exams. Make sure you know what to include in your exams and what you get the marks for especially if you have to write essays, and they check on your spelling, punctuation and grammar, you can find this out from past mark schemes on the exam board's website. 

2. Make a Plan!

You can make a revision schedule so that you know when you have to revise and what you have to revise, this is a key thing in being able to deal with exam stress, because you have an organised system that you can follow, with equal revision slots for each exam/subject. Another way to do this, is to break down tasks or subjects that you find to hard or overwhelming and breaking them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Perhaps you need to spend more time one one subject, than you do another? Vary the timetable with time spent on different subjects so you don't get too bored of one subject and stop taking notice.

3. Know When and Where you Work Best.

Maybe you work better in a particular place? At a particular time? Work when you are most alert, maybe you prefer to work at night time than during the day? Or in the morning? - Choose which ever time is suitable for you! Everybody has different revision styles, some people prefer to sit in a nice tidy space with a nice neat table, you may prefer to sit under your blankets with your laptop or a book, where ever you feel the calmest is the best place to deal with exam stress.

4. Take a Break!

Humans can only concentrate properly for about 40-45 minutes at one time, if you try any longer you will tend to just forget what you have tried to cram in. You don't need to revise like mad! As long as you know you have tried your best, that's all that matters really, you don't want to be giving yourself a headache revising like mad to cram all information in the day before your exam. Its suggested you take between 10 and 20 minutes between every 45 minutes revising, just to relax, forget about your exams for a short time, and have a bit of "you-time".

5. Eat Well.

Make sure you keep your blood sugar levels steady so that your energy doesn't go down during the day, and you can sleep well at night is a vital way of dealing with exam stress. Try to avoid a lot of processed, sugary foods like biscuits, breakfast cereal, chocolate and sweets. Lean protein like chicken, fish or eggs, plenty of vegetables and carbohydrates that release their energy slowly like wholegrain bread, rice and pasta will keep energy levels steady. Pulses like chickpeas and lentils are great for vegetarians or others since they both contain protein and slow-release carbohydrates.
If you are so nervous before an exam that you can't eat then you don't have to force yourself too, your body will catch up, just make sure you stay hydrated.

6. Drink Well.

Staying hydrated with lots of water, low-calorie sodas, or herbal teas are key to staying awake and alert. Juices and sugary drinks can make you hyper and mess up your level of energy. Drinks that contain a lot of caffeine for example, caffeinated tea or coffee perk you up, but stick to about 4-5 cups a day. And if you feel hyper or have trouble sleeping drink your last cup around late afternoon. Cola, energy and sports drinks contain a lot of sugar and caffeine.

7. Get Exercise!

This, is probably, one of the best ways of dealing with exam stress! Any thing from going on a walk to swimming to playing football, helps to reduce physical tension that can lead to aches and pains, and releases natural endorphins, which are basically feel good brain chemicals. Have friends join in if you can't get motivated.

8. Avoid Stimulants.

Just like caffeine, lots of cigarettes, alcohol or drugs can give you the impression that you are somehow dealing with exam stress. However, they can leave you craving more and, in excess, will either slow or bring you down, or over stimulate you.

9. Sleep Well.

It is understandable to toss and turn the night before and exam and our bodies can cope without sleep for a day or so. Worrying about not being able to sleep, makes you even more stressed, so there are many things you can do so that you can sleep.
Having a nice hot bath, and being in a place just dedicated to sleeping, without a TV on or being on your phone, tablet or computer, will help you switch off. If you still can't go to sleep, do something repetitive such as counting or a jigsaw can help you to sleep, as you will get bored.
If you do not end up sleeping at all as you really, really can't, don't be too worried, as adrenaline will make you get through you exams at the end of the day!

10. Relaxation

If you are feeling really anxious, then go to a quite room and take a deep breath, count to 10 and breath out, and keep repeating until you feel a bit less anxious. Another thing that can really help if you can't get to a calm space, is thinking about your calmest place and pretending you are there, this can ease you.

11. Talk about it with Someone!

Almost everyone feels stressed about exams, even if its only a little bit - so you're not alone. Expressing your worries to a family member, friend or teacher will help release them from your system, therefore making you feel like a weight has been lifted.

12. Reward Yourself.

Get treats involved with your timetable-Then get them when you feel you are sticking to your timetable. Plan something exciting to do at the end of your examinations.

13. Keep it in Perspective!

If you feel you have really messed up in your exam/s, there is nothing you can do until you get the results. Worrying about it will not help - and may reduce your chances of doing well in other exams you are taking as you are worrying about ones in the past. Think about what you could do about a disappointing result -  this will help you feel in control.
Yes, its great to do well in exams. But whether you are suffering GCSE stress, A-Level stress or taking University exams, remember that exams are not the only things that will help you succeed in life. Employers will be equally as interested in other things, such as attitude, work-rate or ability to get on with others.

There we go, there are my top 13 tips on how to deal with exam stress! Take all of these points into consideration and just do the best that you can do! As long as you know you tried your best, that's the most that you can do! Good luck in all of your exams guys!!

All of the exam stress aside, I am not going to be uploading next week as I am ill at the moment but I promised 2 blog posts this week, so I chose to do this one, and also I have a week off of school next week and I am going out with my family so I am not going to be home much. Sorry Guys!! I promise 3 posts the week after next, or a mid-week post next week if I do happen to have time! So sorry guys! 

Much Love,