Bumble Bee Themed First Birthday Party

Planning on throwing a bumble bee themed party for your little honey? Here’s a whole load of inspiration 🐝

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Back in January, I threw Leo his very first birthday party with all our friends and family. It was a bumble bee themed day filled with cute decorations, so I thought I’d share them all with you incase you wanted to throw a similar party!

I had no idea about the way I’d feel about Leo turning one, but when I was setting this party up the evening before, I Cried! I cried buckets! It’s so sad to see your baby grow up but at the same time you’re so proud of them. It really is just a rollercoaster of emotions!

“The days are long, but the years are so short”

I found the inspiration for this on Pinterest and I thought it would be a great way to keep any children at the party entertained! The table was filled with card, stickers, pencils, crayons and party bags with sweets and toys.

I got the chalkboard from Poundland along with all the stickers and colouring equipment!

Big shout out to all these amazing girls for being the best aunties to my little boy and loving him with all their hearts.

Also, to all our family that made the day so special and one to remember forever. We put out a memory book for everyone to write something in for him to look at when he’s older. I love doing things like that so he knows he’s always been loved since day one!

  • Decorations: all Amazon
  • Cake: Cake Me a Wish
  • Leo’s outfit: River Island
  • My outfit: Pretty Little Thing SHOP
  • Bee Rocker: Gift SHOP
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How To Care For Your Dyed Blonde Hair | My Top Tips

Stay Classy – Not Brassy

So, I’ve been on the journey to getting my hair blonde for over a year now, it’s hard work! I lost a lot of my hair after giving birth to Leo, (post partum hair loss is a bitch) and so I’ve been trying to build up my colour gradually, all while trying to maintain and repair my hair so it’s in a good condition again. The problem with pregnancy is that it gives you the most amazing and thick luxurious hair and you love it but then, baby comes out and so does all your gorgeous new hair!

My first step always is trying to look after its condition, while growing back what I lost and then trying to go lighter at the same time.

How to Help Repair Hair Loss – While Getting Healthier Locks

My hairline started receding at the front where I’d lost some of my hair. The back section underneath my hair was also very snapped and damaged.

  • Regular Trims: I went about three years without getting my hair cut because I was under the impression that it would grow better if I didn’t cut it but boy was I wrong! Getting it trimmed every 8-12 weeks definitely stops it snapping and breaking, leaving it healthier and stronger. (It’s growing quicker too!)
  • Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo – not the cheapest shampoo on the market I will admit. It works wonders though, really, since using it I barley get any breakages in my hair and next to nothing falls out during brushing or washing. Whereas before, there would be clumps coming out during both those times.
  • Aussie Damage Control Conditioner – finding a conditioner that works for you is great for keeping your hair in great condition. I find this one really is the best for keeping my hair shiny, healthy and strong.
  • Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment – for hair that never grows past a certain length. I feel like this has also really helped my hair grow! I use this once a week!

Keep it Classy Not Brassy!

To stop the blonde in my hair turning yellow or brassy, I use a silver shampoo. I’ve tried so many of these and I find that the only one that works for me is the Touch Of Silver Shampoo. This retails for about £3, so it’s actually one of the cheapest toning shampoos on the market and it really does work! Other ones, I feel just cling to the lightest sections of your hair and turn them white!

  • Touch of Silver Shampoo
  • Toner – whenever I go to the hairdressers I often get a silvery coloured toner on to cancel out my brassy shades.
  • A good hair dresser – I use Black Door Hairdressing and honestly I can not recommend them enough to you! Bobbi, who does my hair, always knows exactly what I want and she always does an amazing job. Here’s my slightly embarrassing before and after – from my first time seeing her, she transformed my hair!

I feel like lightening dark hair is a gradual process and if you want to maintain a good quality with your hair, you need to go lighter gradually. Every time I go to the hairdressers I just ask to go a step lighter and to bring the colour higher. Eventually, it will be all blonde. It may take a lot longer than you want it too, but your hair will thank you for it!

This is how blonde my hair is currently. You can follow my ‘going blonde’ journey on my Instagram stories and the highlight “HAIR”.

Instagram: @beccalhargate

Thanks for reading!!!

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  • Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo – SHOP
  • Aussie Damage Control – SHOP
  • Lee Stafford Growth Treatment – SHOP
  • Touch of Silver – SHOP
  • Black Door Hairdressing – LINK

The Best Books To Read To Your One Year Old

If you read one book to your child each day, they will have read 1,825 books by their fifth birthday.

One of my favourite parts of my day is reading to my little boy. It’s such a great time to bond and spend time together at the end of a busy day.

I read a quote online not so long ago that said “if you read just one book to your child each day, they will have read 1,825 books by their fifth birthday”

I love that!

The Gruffalo

A classic, this is Leo’s favourite book! He loves anything Julia Donaldson for the rhyme and the fun throughout!

A Gruffalo? What’s a Gruffalo?

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

This is a lovely short story about friendship and the importance of helping out others when they need it most.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I remember having this read to me when I was a little girl so I love now reading this to Leo.

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Where the Wild Things are

Leo LOVES the photos in this one, it’s been around for so long but never loses its spark to keep children interested.

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The Lorax

Leo loves this because of the rhyming, but I love it because of the amazingly beautiful story each world tells about saving the planet one step at a time, and the consequences if we don’t. I feel that’s very important in this day and age. The story demonstrates how one person can be responsible for the condition of this earth and so we all must take care of it in every way we can.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

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Guess How Much I Love You

We adore this book, it’s a great one before bed so that your little one knows just how loved they are and they can go to sleep feeling secure and confident.

Then he lay down, close by and whispered with a smile, ‘I love you right up to the moon … and BACK’

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ANYTHING Peppa Pig

I have a Peppa Pig obsessed little boy so he loves peppa pig books! We have 27 Peppa Pig books so far … and counting.

The Very Funny Frog

This is a pop up book and I feel like these type of books always have an ability to make children smile! Although, he does like to rip out the pages!

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Hope you enjoyed this post!

All my love,

Becca x

The Blue Blood Palette By Jeffree Star Cosmetics | Review

What’s the tea on the coveted Blue Blood Palette? Read and find out 😇

Hello angels welcome back to my blog! Today I have another Jeffree Star Cosmetics review and I’m so excited! These are my favourite posts to write.

This 18 pan eyeshadow palette is presented in what can only be described as a coffin shaped blue box. It has a variety of cool toned mattes, shimmers and pressed pigments there to suit every look. This is for sure a blue, icier sister of the iconic Blood Sugar palette, which we all know and adore.

This palette looks very scary because all of the colours are pretty bold and out there, but remember that there’s no harm in trying new things – it’s just make up and after all, it washes off if you don’t like it!

So when I first started wearing make up at age 10, I would always, wear blue eyeshadow even when I was just going out to play with my friends, that was just my go to. So the Blue Blood has really brought that back and made me want to try blues again. (But with better blending)

You don’t see many palettes like this out there, which is why I have always adored Jeffree Star Cosmetics. There’s so much copy-catting in the beauty industry with more warmed toned eyeshadow palettes that you could even dream of. These palettes always take it to the next level which I love. It really pushes you to try new things out of your comfort zone!

The Shades

Cullian – an icy white/champagne shimmer that is fabulous for an inner corner or under brow highlight.

Mintea – probably one of my favourites because of how unique the shade is! I’ve never seen this anywhere else before.

Crystal Flesh – a bronze shimmer shadow, great for a natural, every day vibe.

I’m cold – another one of my favourites! I really love the pastel mattes in this one.

Untouchable – a beautiful matte baby pink.

Priceless – if you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you’ll know how much I adore orange eyeshadow – this is a great one!

Power – a light grey, similar to some of the grey in the Alien palette but I think it also fits this colour story really well too. You don’t see a lot of matte greys anymore – so they’re always welcome with me!

Blue Blood – the shade that lent its name from the palette. I love this matte shade as I feel it really sums up the whole vibe of the palette.

Deceased – another really pretty shimmer. Mermaid vibes?

Ice Tray – a very icy (duh) blue shimmer.

Blue Monday – OK, the pigmentation on this one is insaaaane! This is a purpley blue shade, that normally doesn’t work very well with other brands, but this is iconic.

Flourishing – first of all, the shade name is fabulous, second, this is another really unique shade which I want to play around with more – if I can think of looks for it to go with!

Wealthy – this makes a great shade to set your eye primer or concealer with.

Celebrity Skin – we all know and love the lipstick with this name, the shadow is just as good! So pretty! This makes a great transition shade for pretty much any eye look.

Entitled – another mermaid type shade! This shimmer is a stunning hybrid of green and blue.

Ocean Ice – ok, I LOVE this shade but I must say this, because it’s a pressed pigment and not an actual shimmer shadow, it gets EVERYWHERE. If you’re going to use this shade, I definitely recommend using your finger and not a brush and also doing your eye make up before your face make up!

Cremated – an ashy matte that’s a great match with the purple and deep blue tones.

Undertaker – the darkest shade in the palette – and a beautiful matte.

Final Thoughts

I would definitely recommend getting this palette if you’re looking for something a bit different to add to your collection. The shade range is second to none and you will adore the formula, if you liked blood sugar and the alien palette. Let me know if you pick this up – and what you think of it!

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Blue Blood Palette – HERE