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Black Pound Day: 6 businesses I’m recommending this November…

BLACK POUND DAY: NOVEMBER 7

This year seems to be flying by… I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone! Honestly, it’s all been a blur – most days seem to blend into each other and I can’t make out whether it’s the start of the week or the end of the week.

Black Pound Day has grown tremendously strength by strength each month and I’m so happy to see that more and more people are spending their money consciously and doing more to support small businesses, especially local black-owned businesses.

Black Pound Day: October 3

Unfortunately, I never made it to posting my 5 recommended businesses for October and I feel so bad for it, especially as it was also UK’s Black History Month. I’m posting last month’s round-up for this month PLUS an extra upcoming business that’s created by kids for you to feast on. Yes, children – you’re never too early to start a business! 

Beauty & Home: Neriyas

If 2020 has got you stuck in a rut, feeling a little down or mentally and physically exhausted, uplift your spirits and mental wellbeing by spending a little more self-care time on yourself. This is something that Neriyas promote highly; Neriyas is a natural beauty and homecare brand centered on helping you improve your self-care. The candles look beautiful and would be the perfect addition to the home – think of it as an early Christmas treat! Neriyas facial oil cleanser is becoming a new favourite for many natural skincare junkies. You can also get 10% off your purchases when you sign up on the website.

Check out how beautiful the products are on IG: @neriyasldn

Health & Wellness: Black Kids Do Yoga

Sonjoria Sydnor is the founder of Sydnorville Books and creator of @BlackKidsDoYoga. She recently launched her first book, Our Family’s Doing Yoga. It’s available for international shipping (she’s US based) which means you can enjoy the book wherever you are. The book is a fantastic read and the perfect introduction to yoga for the whole family.

If you have been following me for a little while, you’ll know that I love yoga and trained to be a Kids & Family Yoga Teacher a couple years ago. Yoga is a fantastic health benefit, not only for the body, but for the mind also… and it works just as well on children. 

Yoga has so many benefits for both adults and children. In children, it can help to calm their busy little bodies and minds, help improve concentration and focus, and encourage them to be more confident with their bodies and self-awareness. It can also be a great way to keep them active, engaged and creative.

Keep up with Sonjoria on instagram at @blackkidsdoyoga and @sydnorvillebooks.

Books/Education: How To Raise A Kind Child In A Prejudiced World by Uju Asika

Black Lives Matter was one of the pinnacle moments of 2020. The BLM movement is nothing new (it’s has been around since 2013), but once again, has shook the world again light of George Floyd’s murder. People all around the world are trying to unlearn any unconscious racial bias, learn how to properly form allyship and making the world a more inclusive place, not just for black people but for all people of colour. This fantastic book by fellow family lifestyle blogger, Uju Asika who blogs at Babes About Town (check her out!) has written a book on how to raise children in a kind and inclusive way. You can purchase the book here.

Follow Uju on Instagram: @babesabouttown

Hair & Beauty: MelaninMade Black Castor Oil

Jamaican black castor oil is one of the most popular ingredients in all good haircare and beauty products. The first time I discovered black castor oil was in Shea Moisture’s popular Jamaican Black Castor Oil haircare and Tropical Isle’s oil however pure black castor oil works even betterMelaninMade has harnessed the powerful properties of this oil and bottled it in the most natural way possible (she grows her own castor bush on her organic farm back home in Jamaica!) for us to receive all of its magical goodness. Pure and unrefined, MelaninMade’s Jamaican black castor oil is excellent for improving hair and scalp conditions, fading scars, stretch marks, and a range of skin conditions.

See before and after photos on Instagram: @melaninmade.co.uk

Lifestyle: Bubble of London

Owned by two friends from France, the duo have brought to us a whole new level of lifestyle luxury. Ever wanted to have your own hot tub but didn’t want to commit to buying one? Well, now you can! Bubble of London are a hot tub hiring company; completely mess-free, the guys come and set up/dismantle everything for you so you can just sit back and enjoy the bubbles. Bubble of London also offer hiring packages including balloons, shisha pipes, screen projectors and disco lights for all of your home entertainment needs.

Full info, prices and packages on Instagram: @bubbleoflondon

NEW! RISING STAR: Tinie Treats

TINIE TREATS is a new and upcoming postal dessert box business, created by three little bakers. The business is L2 Food Hygiene certified and is currently in its testing stage so keep an eye out for their debut launch on instagram. The concept is that you select your freshly baked treats, which will be packed and sent out to you via UK post. Follow their progress on Instagram and if you’re looking to invest in this small ventures, they are open to proposals. 

More info on IG: @tinietreats

2020 Calendar Dates

Here’s a list of all the upcoming Black Pound Day dates until the end of the year. No more guessing of when it is, just save the image to your phone or desktop and you’re good to go.

Black Pound Day September 2020
Black Pound Day Dates

For a full list of black businesses, visit: https://blackpoundday.uk/

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Black Pound Day: 5 businesses I’m recommending this month…

BLACK POUND DAY: SEPTEMBER 5

That’s another month gone already! Last Black Pound Day: August I listed five wonderful businesses where you could put your money to good use. This month, I’ve got another five lined up for you. Same again, each of the businesses are from a different category but check out Black Pound Day’s official website for a comprehensive list of black-owned businesses local to you.

Food: Dinah’s Desserts

Need a birthday cake? Dinah’s Desserts is my go-to baker and cake designer. Her culinary background and skills stem from working in Michelin star restaurants and it really shows in her attention to detail. I always splash out on a cake for the kids’ birthdays because they always look the best and are made to perfection. Here are two of my favourite designs – the dinosaur and the unicorn…

Food: Eat of Eden

Finding a vegan food spot a few years ago would’ve been a difficult task but with the rise of free-from foods, vegan eateries are now popping up all over London which is fantastic news. Eat of Eden offers deliciously tasty vegan platters (small, medium and large), vegan patties, burgers, natural juices and sea moss juices. Healthy. Hearty. Wholesome. Just pure delicious. There’s a few of them dotted around London so you’re bound to find one near to you. I went to the Brixton one but there’s one coming soon to Lewisham, South London. 

Eat of Eden also taking part in the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme from Mon-Wed.

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Eat of Eden platter / Photo Credit: Happy Cow

Arts & Education: Black History Activity Books

Finding resources that support important black figures has always been hard for me because I never really knew where to look. But since the rise of the BLM movement, I am finding it a little easier now to find culturally diverse reading and learning resources. These Black History Activity Books are amazing. They offer a wide range of fun activities for children from colouring in to spot the difference, and there’s also lots of interesting facts to learn too. We chose Malcom X, Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey. There’s so many to choose from (I think up to 50!) so do check them out. They’d also make great birthday or Christmas gifts.

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Family Lifestyle & Travelthe kids with their new activity books

Home: Savour Candles

When I first saw these candles, I knew they had to be amazing. They’re made from 100% soy wax, are non-toxic and because it’s completely made of soy, you won’t experience that horrible soot and smell after putting the candle out. Soy candles are also known to burn at least 25% longer than their paraffin counterparts. The white glass jar is so pretty and would look amazing in any room. Savour Candles also don’t stop at candles either – they also offer wax melts, melt posts, reed diffusers. If you’re not sure which fragrance to go for, you can order free scent sticks to help you choose one (or a few!) more easily.

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Photo Credit: Savour Candles

Business: I AM? ME! non-profit CIC

I Am? Me! is a new female-owned BME social-enterprise that has been set up to provide inclusive black and minority ethnic resources for parents, teachers, educators and child carers. The company is completely new and is relying on fundraising to help them grow and expand their outreach. Their Go Fund Me page has so far raised a good amount but still need a lot more help. If you are in a position to donate please do, but if not then you can still help by sharing their page with others or on social media.

2020 Calendar Dates

Here’s a list of all the upcoming Black Pound Day dates until the end of the year. No more guessing of when it is, just save the image to your phone or desktop and you’re good to go.

Black Pound Day September 2020
Black Pound Day Dates

https://blackpoundday.uk/

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Black Pound Day: 5 black-owned businesses to buy from this month

Black Pound Day: Aug 1st

If you’ve not heard of it then just type the hashtag into Google or any social media platform and you’ll find an array of things. Black Pound Day was set up to encourage people to discover, buy from and support black-owned businesses on one day a month. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from doing it everyday or regularly – it’s completely up to you.

Find out more: what is Black Pound Day?

Following the wake from the BLM movement, the energy seems to have died down a little but I am positive that more and more people are doing their bit to help out. The first Black Pound Day was held on 27 June and will be every first Saturday of the month going forward. The next one is 1 August which is this just around the corner!

I will be creating a series for Black Pound Day as there are so many great black-owned businesses out there and they’re all waiting to be discovered and supported so here’s my list of five businesses that I’m sharing with you this month…

5 black-owned businesses to support & buy from:

Food: P’s Place

P’s Place is a family-run business in South-East London. If you’re a big fan of seafood and never tried a seafood boil… you are missing out! P’s Place offers seafood boil bags, seafood platters and chicken platters. With a range of sides to accompany your main, you’re almost spoilt for choice. Daddy P and I are a BIG fan of the seafood boil bag – it’s delicious, so well seasoned and the boil bag is big enough for two to share. The kids LOVE the creamy pasta and plantain bites. We’re having a birthday party for Little Man and they’ll be catering the day for us – there’s going to be some serious food-scoffing happening that day!

With platters starting from £10.00, if you’re able to collect from South East London, I’d highly recommend giving them a try! Follow them on Instagram @_psplace for food updates, orders and enquiries.

Food: Neema Food

Neema Food makes authentic African chilli pastes from their family recipes from DR Congo. Daddy P is from Republic of Congo so it would be interesting to see whether the two dividing countries fair up. I love heat and spice but unfortunately I’m a bit of a wimp but I can see they have a sweet green chilli paste which offers a medium heat. It’s vegan too!

There’s also a mini taster set of three different pastes for only £6.00! That’s going into my basket this weekend. Not sure what to do with your pastes? There’s even recipes on their website for some cooking inspiration to get you going in the kitchen. Amazing!

Beauty: Naturally Perfect

I have to thank my friend and fellow blogger, NahdzAdventures for introducing me to Naturally Perfect because that’s exactly what they are! Little Miss Ams suffers from eczema and I have been really lazy with keeping her skin moisturised and combined with the summer humid weather, it’s caused her skin to flare up. I have been using just  shea butter but it wasn’t enough so I decided to give Naturally Perfect Sheena’s Gold – The Remedy a go. I know how great shea butter and lavender can be for treating skin conditions like eczema but it seems that Naturally Perfect’s combination of essential oils and natural rich butters are just magical.

Little Miss’ eczema looked much better within a week and with after continuous use, her flare-ups are gone. The butter smells so good, everyone in the house uses it and it really lasts! If the jar is a bit costly, you can purchase the butter in a tube bag which halves the cost – it’s saves so much money and you can even use ClearPay to help you pay in installments. My next treat will be the Sweet Summer edition!

Hair: Bouclème

I really love the Bouclème and can’t get enough of their products. There’s another black-owned brand that I like called AfroCenchix (I was lucky enough to meet one of the co-founders once!) but they’re slightly out of my budget and Bouclème also offers a brilliant range.

Bouclème is a British brand (yay!), completely natural (double yay!) and completely ethical in their approach (triple yay!). The products are available from Look Fantastic however as it’s for Black Pound Day, I’d advising buying straight from the brand’s website. For new customers, you can get 10% off your first order by subscribing to their newsletter. Our fave Bouclème products are the curl cream and curl defining gel – if you’re not sure, they sell travel-sized products and travel sets too so you can try them without splashing out.

Gifts: Cherish Me

I am in LOVE with Cherish Me products! It all started off with me looking for a gift for Little Miss and I wanted something that she can keep and cherish as she grows older. I looked at affirmation cards and came across the ones from Cherish Me and they were so adorable! The little illustrations are super sweet and the cards are a perfect size for small hands.

The collection is available only on Etsy and they also sell cool tshirts, prints, cards and more. These NYKS empowerment cards are super sweet and would make great gifts or keepsakes for young girls.

Want to have a look at other businesses to buy from?

No problem! Simply head over to the Black Pound Day official website and use their search toolbar – there’s so many businesses on there to take your pick from.

Let’s talk FOOD: An interview with Mister Paste

Last month I wrote a review on two Mister Paste’s curry pastes that I tried out and boy were they tasty. This month I’m launching my new series “Let’s Talk…” which is all about interviewing small businesses to help support them, raise awareness for their business, and learning more about them.

To kickstart my series, we’re discussing about food so what better way that to interview the founder of Mister Paste, Ian…

1. Tell us a little bit more about yourself

“Spend most of the my working life in computing but then owned a Singaporean restaurant in the city for 4 years and following that ran a frozen yoghurt booth, creating my own flavours, inside a deli.”

2. Why did you decide to start up Mister Paste?

“When strapped for time, i used to use bottled sauces but I got fed up with the gloopy sauces and not being able to really tailor the taste to my liking. Knowing that they already pasteurised (i.e. cooked) and full of preservatives to be able to sit in a warehouse or on a shelf for up to 1.5 years, I started thinking about a way to get raw and preservative free sauces to the time strapped cook at home to really give that “made at home” taste. I also got fed up not knowing just how spicy a sauce would be and thought it would be good to be able to control that at cooking time. I then happened upon vacuum sealing at home and saw this as my route to getting raw clean food to the market. I could then make the paste, vacuum seal it for freshness and then also package sachets of added ingredients like chilli so you can control the heat to your level.”

3. How authentic are your pastes in terms of taste?

“As with all recipes, they are particular to the recipe writer and close as
 possible to the authentic taste. If you search out a recipe on the internet you will find tens of “authentic” recipes for the same dish that are all different.”

4. Where do you get your inspiration from for your paste recipes?

“I looked at what are the most known dishes ordered in restaurants and used them for the basis of my initial range of curry pastes. As for the sauces, I’ve not seen them in any restaurants so they are ones I have found and Developed the recipe for my own taste and hope that many will also share my taste. I’m lucky that i have friends who are Thai and Indian who were willing to taste test and comment my recipes.”

5. What’s your favourite paste (from your range) and why?

“It’s hard to choose a favourite curry but if i would like eat beef, I’d choose rendang and for chicken I’d pick vindaloo. For the sauces, I’d choose the spicy,sweet and sour mango which is due to be launched soon.”

Bonus Question: Do you have any other plans for Mister Paste in the future?

“Future plans at the moment are a) to get more people to visit and buy from www.misterpaste.co.uk  and b) to add more recipes and also add some snacks like prawn crackers with a home made sweet chilli sauce.”

A part of my new ‘Let’s Talk’ interview series