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Party Bags and Supplies

Planning a children’s party has to be one of the most stressful thing you have to do as a parent. Ever since CeCe was born, the task of coming up with new and exciting ways to celebrate her birthday has been daunting. If you are a regular reader, then you’d already know that for her 6th birthday in March, we celebrated by having a Pizza Making Party at Pizza Express. This was such a fun and cost effective way to celebrate ( bonus was that I didn’t have to clean up after. )

Shortly before her birthday, I was approached by Party Bags and Supplies to see if I’d be interested in writing about their ready made party packs. The timing couldn’t have been better so of course I said yes. Unfortunately, due some miscommunications, I didn’t receive it in time for her birthday party so we used it for my niece’s birthday in May instead.

Party Bags and Supplies

I initially picked the Disney Frozen Party Pack, but after having to watch Frozen over and over again, I picked out the Tutu Much Fun party pack instead. In hindsight, I am glad I did. The Tutu Much Fun Party bag was perfect for an eight year old. It arrived in a box and contained 1 Tablecloth, 8 cups and plates with 16 napkins for setting the scene. Along with this came 8 pre-filled party packs with 2 hair elastics with ballerina shoes, 1 ballerina charm bracelet, 1 wand, a pack of rainbow drops and some star tattoos.

I was impressed by the quality of the products inside the pre-packed party pack. The bracelet did not look cheap like something that would leave your wrist looking green. The hair elastics were so beautiful and didn’t stretch out. I’ve been using it on Amelia’s hair when they are in pigtails. The only criticism I have for the pre-packed party bag was the rainbow drops. I thought they were unnecessary and didn’t match the ballerina theme the bag had going on. Also, the packs were rather small. To get it filled to the brim, you’d have to buy other things like crisps and sweets. For my niece birthday, we just included the content in a much larger party pack.

 Party Bags and Supplies

To my surprise, the paper plates and cups were very sturdy unlike those cheap ones that fall apart. The napkins were akin to kitchen towel. Thick enough to soak up spilt drink or hold slices of cakes.

In the first instance, browsing the Party bags and Supplies website was a bit confusing. I wasn’t sure where to visit to find exactly what I was after but then i used the search bar and all was well with the world again.

I wish when purchasing the packs, you got to select the number of bags you wanted rather than a default 8. The reason being for CeCe’s birthday, I invited 10 kids, you I would have had to buy 2 packs in order to accommodate the remain two.

For more information, or to see the range of party bag available, please visit http://www.partybagsandsupplies.co.uk

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Summer Fayre

The end of the school year is almost upon us. ( 9 Days to go ) Yes I am counting. With this comes the endless activities organised by the school. Sports days, last minute school trips and even a summer fayre in included for us.

Yesterday, seeing as CeCe attends a faith school which is linked to our parish, we headed to their annual  summer fayre for a fun filled family day. Though the day didn’t start off as we’d hope ( Ugh rain! ), it turned out to be an absolutely fun day. A much needed one might I add. There was lots of food, sweets and great company involved. You can even spot my sister in law in one of the images!

Leather Peplum Top

Summer Fayre

As a young parent, I am often judged by the other parents at CeCe’s school. Without talking to me they’ve already made presumptions. Due to this, I tend to just keep to myself and talk only when I absolutely have to. The summer fayre was a good way to network with these people and show them that their presumptions were actually incorrect.

I tried to dress as casual as possible but Sundays  are my yummy mummy days. As I write, I’ve come to realise that I am decked out in Zara. The Leather Peplum Top, Light Indigo Body Curve Jeggings ( Similar ), Colour Block Heels and Reversible Bag (Similar ) are all from Zara. Its an addiction.

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The Salisbury Arms

What do you do on the hottest day of the year? Go to a pub for lunch of course! Yesterday, temperatures in London peaked as high as 36C making it the hottest day in a decade. I was invited down to The Salisbury Arms a while back and thought yesterday would be the perfect day to attend.

The Salisbury Arms is a newly refurbished pub on Hopper Road, in the suburbs of north London and literally a 1 minute walk from Winchmore Hill station. They are open 12pm – 11pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 11pm on Saturdays and 10am-10:30pm on Sundays. The pub boasts a courtyard and front garden ideal for hot summer days.

The Salisbury Arms The Salisbury Arms  Menu

The Salisbury Arms Menu The Salisbury Arms

I have always seen Enfield as this really far place especially from my neck of the woods but getting to Winchmore Hill from Woolwich Arsenal was incredibly easy. I got the South Eastern to London Bridge, then the Northern Line to Moorgate where I then boarded the Great Northern to Winchmore Hill. My overall journey time was about 1 hour 20 minutes.

I visited with my friend who travelled from East London. She too found the journey there easy. She got a bus to Islington & Highbury Station where she hopped on the Great Northern to Winchmore Hill Rail Station. We arrived literally minutes after the  pub opened at 12pm. I ordered a glass of Pimms ( #pimmsoclock ) and she opted for a coke. Both were served chilled, perfect for the sweltering heat.

The Salisbury Arms The Salisbury Arms Restaurant DSC_1604 The Salisbury Arms Pub

When it came down to what to eat, there we so many possible choices From your traditional pub food to platters to share. Before my visit, I peaked at the menu on the website where I noticed that they served one of my favourite food ever. Sweet Potato Fries! So I already knew I wanted some. I initially want to order the Chargrilled Chicken Burger with avocado and pulled pork as my toppings, but when my friend chose this, I changed my order to Southern-fried chicken with fries, summer slaw and house dip.

To my disappointment, I was later informed that they’d ran out of Southern-friend chicken, so once again I changed my order. This time I played it safe by going for fish and chips. On the menu this meal was described as ” sustainably caught hake in a cider batter with puree pea, tartar and chip shop chips.  The fish was just how I like it. Dry and crispy on the outside but moist on the inside. A spritz of lemon and it was a party in my mouth. I wasn’t keen on the pea puree though. It was more mushy than puree and I didn’t like how dry it was.

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Being the greedy pig that I am, I also ordered a side of Mac and Cheese. It was meant for Amelia and my friend’s daughter to eat but they chose to eat from our plates instead. The mac and cheese was out of this world. Everything was just right. It was served in a small ramekin but somehow the portion was perfect. The top was not overly dry, and the middle was nice and creamy.

I was amazed at the quality of the food served. I always expect pub food to be of mediocre quality but what I ate at The Salisbury Arms was far from mediocre. Everything was impeccably made and definitely of high quality.

If you are a local, in the north London area or surrounding, I would definitely recommend a visit to The Salisbury Arms. The staff were cheerful, the venue was spacious, prices were pocket friendly and there was a car park. I was besotted with the decor. Long cushioned sofas, like the one we sat on makes dining with friends a comfortable a experience. There were tables for two next to a grand fireplace for chilly date nights.

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As a mother, finding a family friendly restaurant is like finding money in your handbag that you forgot you had. At the Salisbury Arms, the tables were wide, there was space to keep pushchairs next to the table or any extra baggage. We sat the an airy area of the pub called the Oak room

The only thing I wasn’t pleased with about my visit was the length of time it took to get served. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a friendly female staff who took our drink order and then gave us a food menu. We placed our food order and our meal arrived between 15-20 minutes. However, after this it took a while before someone came back. I’d say this is down to two factors. One it is a pub and traditionally you are meant to go to the bar for service. Secondly, the time of the day we went. They had literally just opened and possibly not every member of staff was around.

For more information and booking enquires, please visit their website.

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Heatwave

Recently on Joy to The World, I noticed that I am always talking about the weather. The last three or four OOTD posts I’v written all start off with me talking about the weather. I guess this is what happens when you live in the UK and are not always guaranteed sunshine.

Sticking to the topic of weather, apparently we are due a heat wave this week in the UK. Temperatures are set to be 35c on Wednesday. I am not sure how to feel about this but it does make me very joyful!

Heatwave Outfit

Heatwave

My weekend was unimaginably busy. For reasons I can’t quite fathom, I decided to spring clean my room and install a new PAX wardrobe system from Ikea. I am now a flatpack queen! Aside from this, we also attended the launch event for Netflix’s new series Dragons | Race to the Edge. Judging from the first two episode, its going to be a great series!

Anyway enough waffling from me. This week’s outfit is perfect for the impending heatwave. I am wearing a Racerback Dress and Raffia Hat from H&M, Black Heels and Bag  from Primark and of course my Daniel Wellington Watch!

Heatwave

Heatwave

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Nollywood on Netflix

It’s no secret that the world is obsessed with Netflix. This is understandable due to their endless offering which either helps kill boredom or encourages procrastination. ( It’s the latter in my case). I was  pleasantly  surprised when one evening, my sister-in-law called me to share the news that Nollywood movies were now available on Netflix!

For those reading and thinking what is Nollywood? Well, Nollywood is the name given to the Nigerian film industry. It is the second largest movie industry in the world and is worth $3 billion. They have movies that will make you laugh ( sometimes for the wrong reasons), make you cry and some that will even educate you.

I’m not normally a fan of Nollywood movies because, although I love watching movies, I despise the way the Nollywood industry is constantly churning out movies, because ultimately it stumps on quality. That being said, the selection of movies available on Netflix is of such a high calibre that I have found myself watching an endless stream of them.

Nollywood on Netflix

I started off watching Lagos Cougars which although in terms of story line made absolutely no sense at the end, I was impressed by the quality of the characters and the actors who played them, the locations and cinematography. This encouraged me to watch some more and before I knew it I was completely hooked.

Here are 5 Nigerian movies available on Netflix now. If you would like to search for other movies, just search nollywood on Netflix.

  1. Lagos Cougars | Three corporate women in their forties embark on the adventure of their lives in a quest to find love or to explore their wildest fantasies.
  2. Ties That Bind | Three women with one thing is common ( the loss of a child ) journey together towards redemption while renovating a clinic.
  3. October 1st | A nation poised for independence, a serial killer poised to strike again. Is there a connection between the two?
  4. Knocking on Heaven’s Door | The seemingly perfect marriage between Moses and gospel singer Debbie starts showing visible cracks as a dark secret from Moses’ past surfaces
  5. Flower Girl | When a young florist who’s long dreamed wedding of her wedding day gets dumped by her boyfriend, she sets out to win him back with the help of a handsome actor.