HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL YOU LOVELY DADDIES! Today we are introducing you to our very fabulous guest blogger Claire. Claire is a keen blogger focusing on open and honest motherhood. Her blog is full of great tips and ideas for all of you mummies out there and is definitely worth a read, click here to head over to Claire’s blog! We stumbled across Claire’s blog and loved everything about it, it’s just so adorable and really makes for a great read! We reached out and asked Claire if she would be interested in working with us and so here it is, a special Father’s Day guest blog post! Here is Claire, Cailyn and Chris’ perfect Father’s Day! (Also check out Claire’s Instagram page @Cailynsmummy it’s truly wonderful!)
Popping Into Father’s Day Like ….. What’s Your Flavour?
Firstly let’s just give a massive shout out to all the dads out there who are absolutely amazing!
You’re all fantastic & deserve the best day ever!
Father’s Day for Daddy Chris this year was spent doing the things he loves the most. That definitely included driving his car, eating, spending time with his family & being able to enjoy the silly moments in life!
We enjoyed family time in the sun at Dalkeith Country Park, while having one of my famous picnics… (I’ve had a lot of practice & guidance as we used to have them every other weekend as kids.)
We enjoyed some favourites while talking, playing with Cailyn & laughing together.
Cailyn gave Chris his Father’s Day card that we made for him and a funny poster which she helped me make, as daddy really does eat all the popcorn…
13 bags in one day to be precise.
Chris loves us making him cards, as it’s personal and something he can keep until he’s old and grey! I think the personal touches are far lovelier than just buying a card or gift off the shelf, as it’s rare to find a card that captures your relationship with that family member or person you’re addressing. So make your own card this Father’s Day, either with pens and paper or personal photos, and I’m sure it’ll be the best card they have received to date!
After eating our sandwiches, Cailyn gave Chris his present of popcorn, which he was obviously over the moon about, but there was only one draw back… he had to share with Cailyn. You see she’s just as crazy about it as he is. It’s so amusing to watch them both sit together and just shovel in handfuls of the stuff while reaching for more and more……Hello hamster cheeks!
Who would’ve thought that Popcorn would be the one thing she would eat with her dad and only with her dad, she will never eat popcorn whilst sitting with anyone else like she does with Chris. Cailyn will cuddle up with him and just sit there until it’s all gone.
With some things, she’s definitely her father’s daughter.
They really can’t get enough of the stuff, so when Portlebay Popcorn sent over some of their delicious flavours for Chris to try it certainly put a smile on his face and Cailyn was clearly happy too as whatever he eats so does she.
You wouldn’t think that something as simple as popcorn would create such a bond, a memory, a special “thing” with someone, but they really do have that and I absolutely love watching it! Cailyn will always offers you some of their popcorn, while Chris just eats and will only think of you when there’s just the crumbs left at the bottom of the bag.
“oh did you want to try that flavour? Sorry it was too good.”
After taking Cailyn to the play park, we took a walk along the woodland path that led to a field of wild flowers, myself and Cailyn whipped our shoes off and became one with nature, just enjoying the sun.
Cailyn then took off with the her bag of popcorn and sat herself down in the flowers- the cutest thing ever, as she looked around for Chris to see if he was watching her. She has the most amazing & beautiful little ways, whilst also being such a fierce little Madame. She seems so far from being just a little 18 month old baby – she’s already one hell of a smart, talented & kind little lady who is so head strong, and we just love it!
“Enjoying favourite moments as a family really does great things for the soul”
Portlebay have an array of different, delicious flavours and I must say that Lightly Sea Salted, Chilli & Lime and Lemon Sherbet are my favourite flavours, Chris is still deciding as he loved them all & Cailyn, well she’ll eat anything too.
What’s yours? Have you tried them all before?
We will definitely be buying more packs of Portlebay Popcorn, as I for one need more Chilli & Lime in my life. It’s that good that I get cravings for it and I’m not even that big of a popcorn fan (unlike the other two!)
Whatever you’re doing this Father’s Day, I really hope it’s spent doing something amazing & making those family memories matter!
Hi, I’m Emma, one of those ‘creative people’ now living in Devon… I spend my days blogging about Devon, photographing anything and everything, creating gifts, giving social media advice and trying to get to the beach with my Cyprus rescue dog, Lola and husband Mike! I quit the corporate world 18 months ago and never looked back! Based just outside Salcombe, I love nothing more than a windy beach walk or a day on the water, always camera in hand, trying to get that perfect Insta shot! You can find my insta page here: @emmathedevongirl
How I Ended up in Devon
My family moved to Devon from The Cotswolds in 2010. I stayed in the Cotswolds with my now husband and focused on working my way up the corporate ladder, until I started craving open seas and a more creative life. I packed my bags and quit my job in 2016 and off to Devon I went. After spending my summers at our Devon holiday home as a teenager, it really felt like I was heading back to Devon for a big holiday, the only difference this time, I still haven’t left! Time goes so fast down here, one minute you have a road completely to yourself in the middle of a frosty winter and the next you are picking the smallest lanes to try and avoid the tourists in summer! I have never worked harder, or been happier in my life!
Living a Devon life is something people talk about, even dream about. More and more people want to quit the rat-race in favour of a more simple life in the country, I am so lucky to be able to do this in my 20’s. I want to share this experience with the world, show everyone how wonderful Devon is, get them to come here on holiday or even get them to catch the bug and move here!
My Favourite spots in Devon
South Milton Sands is my go-to beach in the winter, but its just too busy nowadays in the summer, I often head to some of the other nearby beaches, such as Bigbury, North Sands or Bantham to mix it up a little!
South Milton Sands
Salcombe is one of my favourites places to wonder around – if you can get a parking space! It, again, gets pretty busy over the summer holidays, but there is so much to do and there really is something for everyone. I like to take the ferry over to the other side of the estuary and walk across the coast path to Gara Rock.
Another spot that I like is Noss Mayo. I recently visit this charming place, it was so pretty and the food in The Ship Inn (a very nice pub) was pretty tasty!
I’m a true Devon cream tea girl – cream then a little jam on top! I also live for the sausage rolls at The Bake House in Salcombe and their salted caramel brownies! I am a great fan of finding new Devon based products, such as Portlebay Popcorn!
Have little sneak peak at my blog to find out even more about Devon, maybe you’ll discover a new place to go and explore? www.devongirl.co.uk
Our Portlebay team is a small and passionate group of individuals that adore popcorn and all things to do with the beach, outdoors and anything that will make us giggle! This is certainly accurate for our most jolly team member, Bob, our mighty mascot!
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting this cheeky chap, then say ‘hello’ to Bob the seagull! Along with his knobbly knees and beak full of popcorn, you may notice his very stylish American themed sailor hat. This quirky little addition represents the dawn of Portlebay Popcorn, when our wonderful Chief Pop-Meisters went on a great adventure to America and found their inspiration to start hand-popping delicious popcorn in Sunny little Devon.
Bob’s Fact File:
Birthday: 12th March
Birth place: Born and bred in Sunny Cove, East Portlemouth
Height: Average seagull size
Favourite Colour: Navy blue and even better if it’s striped!
Favourite Activities: Bobbing on the sea waves, sneaking popcorn from The Poppery and chasing all the gulls!
Favourite Popcorn Flavour: Lightly Sea Salted
Most Annoying Habit: Distracting and playing tricks on the Portlebay team (ALL THE TIME!)
Look out for Bob on our social media channels, he can be quite a cheeky bird but does love all the attention he can get!
Our small Portlebay team are proud of our all natural popcorn that we hand pop ourselves. Our range has been carefully crafted to reduce any allergens, to cater for those that are vegetarian and vegan, and to offer a healthier snack alternative to crisps and other popular snacks. Along our quest to create tasty treats, we also endeavour to be conscious and thoughtful with our actions, in order to conserve and safeguard our beautiful home and those that inhabit it. For these reasons palm oil is a big no no and we strongly dislike the stuff!
What is Palm Oil?
Palm oil is type of vegetable oil, that is traded globally and is present in many of the products we see on the supermarket shelves. The oil is derived from the palm fruit, which grows on the African Oil Palm Tree. Today palm oil is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. Currently, the majority of palm oil is produced and exported from Indonesia and Malaysia. As noted by the activist group of Say No To Palm Oil, the demand for the oil has very rapidly increased in recent decades, as it has been made widely available, is inexspensive (due to small production costs) and is a diverse product with regards to its uses. The group also highlighted, that the oil is found in a huge amount of household products including baked goods, confectionery, shampoo, cosmetics, cleaning products, washing detergents and toothpaste, leaving the average Western citizen consuming more than 10kg of palm oil annually.
What are the issues with palm oil?
A great proportion of palm oil development occurs at the expense of the environments in which the palm oil is sourced. As identified by the WWF, palm oil plantations have a number of environmental impacts including:
large scale forest conversion
soil and water pollution
The most significant issue of these is the large scale forest conversion. In Indonesia and Malaysia there is a direct relationship between the growth of palm oil plantations and deforestation. In 2007 the United Nations Environment Programme published a report which professes that oil palm plantations are the leading cause of rainforest devastation in the two countries. The extensive forest devastation of palm oil plantations is resulting in calamitous effects for a large number of plant and animal species.
Palm Oil Investigations, a non profit organisation which focuses on educating and raising awareness about the hazards of palm oil, passionately talk about the species which are edging towards extinction, as a result of the habitat destruction that is taking place during the production of palm oil.
Both the Bornean and Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered due to palm oil plantations. Orangutans create nests to sleep in during the night, and reside in smaller nests during the day time. In order to survive orangutans need trees and forestry, however the higher the demand for palm oil the less forestry there is for the orangutan.
The Bornean orangutan is a Borneo native, which today is a protected specie, with specific ares of Borneo specially protected, however it has become apparent that a large majority of these orangutans currently
are living outside of these protected areas. The distribution of the Bornean organutan is extremely patchy throughout the island, with fewer than an estimated 60,000 left in the wild. This figure is significantly declining, with the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in Borneo, as the lack of forestry leaves the orangutans vulnerable to poachers. The demolition of forestry is forcing the orangutan populations to shrink and making the creatures more prone to genetic drift and inbreeding.
The Sumatran Orangutan are being threatened by both illegal and legal logging, the conversion of forest land to agricultural land and palm oil plantations. Sumatran orangutans are currently forecasted to be one of the first Great Apes to become extinct, with there being less than 6,000 remaining in the wild.
The Sumatran elephant is native to the Indonesia island of Sumatra and are smaller than African elephants. These elephants are being threaten by habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation, and poaching. Subsequently, there less than 2,500 Sumatran elephants remaining in the wild. In the last 25 years 69% of potential elephant habitat has been lost, leaving much of the remaining forest in limited sections which are too small for elephant populations to live in.
Due to habitat loss and a lack of food, elephants are frequently being poisoned as they are forced to stray into plantations and villages which have strategies to prevent elephants impeding on the areas. This conflict between humans and elephants is becoming more frequent as habitats are cleared for palm oil, putting the Sumatran elephants at even more risk.
Sumatran tigers are the smallest of all tigers and have more of beard and mane than most. The Sumatran tiger resides in the forest of the Sumatran Island where they are fighting for survival.
Currently there are approximately 300 Sumatran tigers existing in the wild. With the acceleration of deforestation for palm oil and poaching, the tigers could in time be extinct. The deforestation is not only depriving the tigers of a habitat but also of food. With both poaching and deforestation showing no sign of slowing the tigers are increasingly at threat. Other Animals
There are even more animals which are being threatened by the palm oil plantations, including:
Sunda Clouded Leopard
Crested Black Macaque
None of these creatures should be disregarded and certainly not pushed to extinction as a consequent of our own actions.
Survival, a global group devoted to fighting for tribal people’s rights, passionately notes that many indigenous tribes are under great threat from palm oil plantations. One woman from the Penan tribe (a group of hunter-gathers) from Malaysia told Survival, ‘The forest is my roof and my shelter and the forest is also where I can find food to eat. But when the oil palm comes in, everything will be gone.’
Although palm oil plantations frequently promote bringing development to rural areas and providing employment for some locals, the impact of the plantations have also had devastating effects on locals living around the affected areas.
As the plantations are destroying the rainforest, the local people are having no other choice but to work for and depend on the income from the plantations. These working conditions are of a poor standard and many of the workers do not earn enough to support their families. Furthering this, child labour has also become an issue in some areas, with children suffering from heat exhaustion and gaining injuries from climbing thorny oil palms.
Although it has been evident that indigenous people have in some cases benefited from the palm oil industry in Indonesia, these situations are particularly rare. Palm oil has on frequent occasions had a long lasting negative effects, which has subsequently altered the lifestyle of many. More often than not indigenous people have become subject to cruel and greedy palm oil labour, with little choice in the matter.
Is palm oil bad for your health too?
A Common Ingredient
As mentioned by the organisation Live Strong, which provides expert information on all topics that contribute towards a healthy lifestyle, palm oil is less expensive than many other oils and can be utilised to extend the shelf life of processed foods, as a result of this it is often found in our supermarkets and often a substance that we consume.
The organisation further this stating that palm oil in an oxidised state can be a danger to our physiological and biochemical functions. Manufacturers of processed goods do often oxidise palm oil found in these products for culinary reasons, which consequently means a great deal of the palm oil consumed by shoppers is in this oxidised state. The threats of oxidized palm oil include organotoxicity of the heart, kidney, liver and lungs and reproductive toxicity. Not nice.
Erica Kannall, a registered dietitian and certified health/fitness specialist, emphasised that palm oil is notably high in saturated fat. Diets which are high in this saturated fat can contribute to high levels of cholesterol and also a build up of plaque in the arteries. If the consumption of saturated fat is continued for a long duration it could lead to a heart attack or stroke. The NHS recommend that the average man should not eat any more than 30g of saturated fat per day and no more than 20g of saturated fat per day for the average woman. One tablespoon of palm oil contains 7g of saturated fat. This means, a person consuming products containing palm oil could easily reach their recommended limit, without even considering products with no palm oil but still high in saturated fat.
What do we use instead of Palm Oil then?
During the process of hand popping our delicious popcorn we use rapeseed oil instead of palm oil. Our rapeseed oil is both grown and produced in the UK and so doesn’t travel far before arriving at our little Poppery! At all stages of the rapeseed oil creation process no people or animals are threatened or harmed.
Rapeseed oil is also low in saturated fat and so is far less likely to cause a build up of plaque in the arteries. Not only is rapeseed oil
low in saturated fat but, as stated by BBC Good Food, it has been acknowledge for having a range of health and nutritional benefits. This includes the oil containing omega 3, 6 and 9, which helps to reduce cholesterol and also maintain healthy joints, brain and heart functions.
We believe that our popcorn should be created with the best natural ingredients, that can be enjoyed and consumed without contributing to any health issues. We also aim to be conscious and thoughtful with our decisions throughout the popcorn process, as we live in a beautiful world, with many beautiful creatures which we would hate to harm or deprive in any way.
You may have noticed on our feeds some rather lovely animations from a talented designer, Jemma Leigh Conway! For anyone who’s missed them, pop over to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for a gander.
Jemma is a 23 year old designer of cards and accessories, and is even looking to move into homeware, too! She graduated from Birmingham City University in 2016 with a BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree, where she unveiled her graduate collection at Graduate Fashion Week 2016 and Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show 2017. Wowee!
She’s worked as a Bag and Accessories Designer & Pattern Cutter since graduating, for a small family run business just outside of a lovely little town called Frome in Somerset, where they actively celebrate and promote all the local skilled independent designers, makers and businesses.
She started designing her own greetings cards (with my kitten Timmy being my inspiration) before expanding into last year’s Valentines themed cards, where it really took off! From there, she’s played around with punderful puns on her cards with beautiful hand drawn animations to match.
All her dazzling products, including cards she designed with Portlebay Popcorn in mind, can be found on her website, or at local markets that are announced on her social media pages!
It’s December 1st, which means that it’s Day 1 of our Christmas Advent Competition! EXCITING! Our first wonderful partner is Atlantic Surf Company. We love that they are from Devon, just like us, and we love all their clothing too!
Atlantic Surf Company makes cool, funky, eco conscious clothing in deepest Devon. They hand screen print their surf inspired clothing and have created a fresh new look and style which we just can’t get enough of!
Atlantic Surf Company have also teamed up with The Wave Project, a charity that changes the lives of young people through the magic of surfing! The Wave Project began in 2010, when the local NHS Trust in Cornwall funded The Wave Project to run a six-week pilot scheme, to examine the benefits of surfing on the emotional health of young people working with professional services. The pilot project used a psychological evaluation to assess whether six weeks of surfing helped the group, who were referred by a range of services such as CAMHS, social services and mental health charities.
The results of the pilot showed that going surfing once a week helped people feel more confident, improved their outlook and gave them a sense of fun. Encouraged by the results, The Wave Project was established as a not for profit company. Atlantic Surf Company give 10% of all profits to this charity to keep this amazing project running!
For a chance to win so cool clothing that also does some good in the world, enter our competition on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, launching at 5pm tonight!
If you haven’t heard already, this Christmas we are running our biggest competition to date: 24 days of wonderful competitions, with 31 prizes to be won! Each day we are working with a different company, offering very exciting prizes (which of course all include a box of Portlebay Popcorn!).
It’s now Day 2 of our marvellous advent competition, and we have teamed up with the very, very cool team at Jubël!
Jubël? What’s Jubël do I hear you say? Jubël means ‘a feeling of joy’. Although this doesn’t tell us exactly what the Jubël product is, you can’t deny that it’s already sounding exciting!
Jubël was born in the Alps at an après ski bar, when co-founders Tom and Jesse discovered a popular beer tradition, known locally as a “demi-pèche”. This alternative take on a shandy blends the syrupy sweetness of peach, with the refreshing taste of a classic beer, warming you from your ski socks to your fetching bobble hat! Finding nothing like it back home, they decided to bring peach to the people, and so quit their jobs to launch the beer, brand and business in Cornwall.
Jubël bridges the gap between bland beers and super sweet ciders as a natural peach lager and at 4% ABV it is refreshing, easy-drinking and perfectly balanced. Jubël launched in May 2017, and is now available in 250+ pubs and bars across the South West, from Bristol to Lands End!
Don’t forget to enter our Portlebay Advent Competition! Just head over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) to be in with a chance to win some very exciting goodies! GOOD LUCK! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight!).
Who are our first partners for the advent competition do we hear you say? The answer is TEAPIGS, and we are tickled pink about it! If you don’t know of teapigs and haven’t already guessed , they create wonderful tea!
Five Things Worth knowing about teapigs…
Their co-founders, Nick and Lou, set up teapigs in 2006 with a mission to get the nation drinking real tea. They’re not married (shock horror), just great friends.
Louise is a trained tea taster (and has been sourcing and slurping tea for over 15 years). She’ll only choose the very best quality whole leaf teas, whole herbs, berries, flowers and spices for their blends – real tea, not the dusty stuff you’ll find in regular tea bags.
Their teas come in tea “temples” so you can drink loose tea without the fuss! They’re fully biodegradable and contain no plastic.
They’re committed to giving back to the communities that bring this amazing tea. They make a donation to the Point Foundation in Rwanda with every pack of everyday brew they sell (it’s sourced from Rwanda!). The donations improve the lives of vulnerable people in the area. Discover more at www.teapigs.co.uk
If you would like to be in with a chance of winning some of this fabulous tea and a box of our Portlebay Popcorn, then pop over to our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and follow the instructions! (This competition commences at 5pm!) Good Luck!
As we say farewell to November and turn the pages of our calendars to December, there is only one thing on all our minds! IT’SSS CHRISTMASSSSSSS! Let the countdown begin!
This excitement is certainly no exception for us all in the Portlebay Poppery (our Christmas tree will be up and dressed as soon as the clock strikes midnight and December commences) and as it is truly our favourite time of year, we have decided to host the biggest, the best and the most brilliant competition we have ever had! The Portlebay Christmas Advent Competition- 24 days of competitions, 31 prizes to be won and 26 partnered companies! Give us a hell yeah!
Everything you need to know
The competitions will commence on the 1st December and continue until 24th December
To enter any of our competitions you will need to visit our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and follow the post instructions
Each competition will be launched at 5pm UK time (Sorry to anyone outside of the UK, the competitions are only for UK entrants)
Each prize will consist of a box of popcorn and another prize provided by our partnered companies – EEK!
That’s all we can spill for now, we hope you are excited (WE ARE!) and don’t forget to enter all the competitions!
Recently popcorn has seen great criticism in the news, as the number of popcorn-related dental issues have doubled over the past three years, according to The Telegraph, and many other broadsheets and tabloids. Supposedly, popcorn has surpassed other more known dental offenders such as hard boiled sweets and toffee, as a result of the rise in popcorn consumption. Our team here at Portlebay Popcorn were surprised when this story hit the news, as we are very proud to say we have NEVER received a legitimate complaint that our popcorn has caused any dental issues!
How have we lessen the number of kernels in our popcorn packets?
In the Poppery, our popcorn experiences many different stages on it’s journey, before it even reaches the packet you see on the shelf. There are two machines that each piece of popcorn will encounter on it’s travels, that reduce the number of kernels in each popcorn batch: the sifter, and a unique Portlebay system that filters our popcorn through weight measurements.
Once the popcorn kernels have been popped in our kettles (not your average kettle that you use to make a cup of tea!) the batch is then taken away on a conveyor belt to the sifter. The sifter filters out all the up-popped kernels (traditionally called Old Maids!), like a giant rotating sieve! After the sifter, the popcorn is then tossed through a seasoning drum to add the flavour. The last step to remove the kernels is a very clever system which is unique to Portlebay. This system measures the weight of each item and will remove anything that is heavier than a popped kernel – an un-popped kernel or sugar lump! Through this process we have been able to limit the number of kernels to that are in our bags industry leading levels, and lessen the likelihood of any dental issues!
Our team at Portlebay are very proud that we have never received a legitimate dental complaint and we will continue to work as hard as we can to keep our popcorn yummy, natural and dental damage free!