8 Ways to Celebrate Summer!

The smell of fresh cut grass lingering in the air, summer blooms sprinkling the landscape with bright, beautiful colours, bees and butterflies bustling around keeping busy and Pimm’s O’clock now a daily necessity- oh it must be summer! HOORAY!

After many months of wind, rain, doom and gloom, us folk in the UK just can’t help but rejoice at the first sight of sunshine. We can finally escape the winter hibernation and take up residence at one of the many glorious beaches we are so lucky to have. As Summer is a big deal, we believe that it should celebrated and welcomed in a truly joyful manner. So, here are eight ways to celebrate the sunny season and make the most of the sunshine!

1. Be a Beach Babe

Go on a mini adventure and seek out a new beach that you’ve never visited before. Explore some caves, play in the waves, build a sandcastle! In Devon, our gorgeous home, there are soooo many hidden beaches to discover and no single beach is the same!

2. Make The Most of Those Summer Events

There are always loads of events organised for summer, so why not make the most of them?! Some events you can keep an eye out for:

  • Festivals- music, art, cultural, sports, entertainment, craft
  • Flower Shows
  • Outdoor Cinema
  • Food and Drink Fairs
  • Farmers Markets
  • National Trust

3. Make Some Summer Sangria

What better way to celebrate summer than making Sangria. Grab that red wine, it’s time to revel in the sunshine!

4. Just Relax…

Take some time to genuinely enjoy the summer. Read a book, watch the sunset, take a stroll in a picturesque location. Often at home we forget to press pause on our hustling and bustling lives and don’t take time to just chill out- be it long or short have a stay-cation!

5. Organise a Summer Shindig

Get your friends and family together and make the most of those long summer evenings. We’re talking bbq, salads, drinks and games!

6. Spend Time as a Family

It can be hard to find time and to find an activity to suit everyone in the family, but there is no better season than summer to get the family together. Here are a few ideas for the whole family to get involved with:

  • Go for a bike ride
  • Play mini golf
  • Build a sandcastle or an entire sand village
  • Go camping- even if it’s just in the garden!
  • Go to a pick your own farm
  • Make a butterfly garden
  • Visit the coast and explore a costal walks with a pub lunch!
  • Go for a picnic
  • Visit a National Park
  • Simply eat dinner together outside

7. Try Something New!

It’s summer, try something new! Surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, roller blading, anything! You may try a new activity and just love it!

8. Put Down the Technology

We are all busy bees and keeping up with our daily tasks is made 100% easier with the help of technology. Sometimes though, it’s nice to just enjoy the people and environment around us. Here are some more traditional forms of entertainment that can be even more fun than our normal digital pastimes:

  • Board games
  • Star gazing
  • Flying a kite
  • Charades
  • Frisbee
  • Cricket
  • Card games
  • Build a bonfire to cosy around

We hope you have an amazing summer with many wonderful adventures and memories!

 

Ideas For National Picnic Week!

This week is the perfect excuse to pack all your favourite snacks and treats, and head to the perfect picturesque location! Gather the girls, the fam, your very best-est friends-it’s National Picnic Week!

Have a read below for all your National Picnic Week needs and inspiration!

Where to go?

Find a pretty spot that you can spend the day…

  • The beach
  • A park
  • By a river or lake
  • A national park venue
  • Under a beautiful tree
  • A spectacular garden- even if it’s your own!
  • Take a slightly different spin on National Picnic Week and host an evening dinner picnic party!

What To Pack? (That you may forget!)

  • A good blanket! – If you only have a normal blanket, line it with a simple shower curtain to make it waterproof!
  • Cushions- keep comfortable!
  • A  portable speaker
  • Napkins and hand wipes
  • Suncream
  • Re-use a jar for salad dressings
  • A bag to collect any rubbish
  • A bottle opener
  • A cutting knife

Picnic Activities

  • A ball- tennis ball, beach ball, any kind of ball! You could even pack some rackets or bats too
  • Playing cards
  • Swimming costume and towel- in case you pitch up next to some enticing water
  • A good book
  • A frisbee
  • If you can, bring a bike along and explore the area!
  • A map of your chosen picnic destination, to help guide a new adventure!

We hope you have the most amazing picnic, with the most scrumptious treats and wonderful company! Happy national Picnic Week!

Father’s Day With Claire, Cailyn & Chris!

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?

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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.)

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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!

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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.

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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.”

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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”

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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!

Keep it Magical!!

Cailyn’s Mummy x

Introducing Our Newest Team Member… Roddy!

We are super excited that our team is growing and that we are gaining some new friendly faces at The Poppery! Today we are introducing Roddy, the most recent popcorn fanatic to board the Portlebay ship! Here are a few fun facts about him…

– The name’s Aureliano Rodrigues Val Cupertino, but you can call him Roddy

– Roddy’s Portlebay role is Production Manager, aka The Grand Popping Maestro!

– He is a Manchester United fan and big time fan of Jose Mourinho

– His favourite Portlebay Popcorn Flavour is Sweet & Salty

– Roddy can speak four languages! Portuguese, English, French & Spanish-ohh la la

– His favourite food is pizza!

– Romance is his top choice of film genre

– When he lived in São Tomé and Príncipe (the two-island nation, floating in the Gulf of Guinea) Roddy played professional football! He was only 16 when he joined the professional team!

 

It’s a Postbox Party with Portlebay

Christmas is a time of year we all can’t help but love, as it prompts December to consist of glitter, presents and freshly baked goods! As well as a time for family, Christmas is also the perfect excuse to PARTY! If you are looking to spice up your usual celebrations, it’s time you met Postbox Party!

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A Postbox Party Advent Box

Postbox Party is a little team of party lovers who offer celebratory products, stocking everything from room and table decorations to photo props, games, personalised extras and even complete party boxes. Whatever your event, planning, sourcing and hosting a party is as easy as opening a box and letting the fun begin!

To be in with a chance of having a Postbox Party parcel delivered to your door and a box of our Portlebay Popcorn, make sure you head on over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the instructions! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

 

 

As Sweet as Sweet Cecily’s

The very wonderful Sweet Cecily’s have kindly partnered with us for Day 16 of The Portlebay Advent Competition! If you haven’t yet heard of this lovely brand then we do urge that you have a little peak at their website here! For a chance to win this competition, head over to one of our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and silly follow the instructions!

Some more about Sweet Cecily’s…

Sweet Cecily’s is a pioneering natural skincare company specialising in the personal touch. Their unique formulas and flavours have been largely generated by suggestions made in forums on social media sites.

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The Sweet Cecily’s Prize!

The project is part of an existing family run business which researches and manufactures herbal medicines, this experience in the field has helped brother and sister duo Cecily and Hugo to develop a truly natural and handmade range of skincare products.

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The Sweet Cecily’s Team

The concept has been built in a truly collaborative way with their customers and it is hoped that by doing this, Sweet Cecilys’ can become an exciting and interactive brand shared and guided by the people involved.

They believe in using only the best natural ingredients and as such, all products are free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, Harmful Preservatives and SLS!

Don’t forget to enter The Portlebay Advent Competition and GOOD LUCK to you all!

The Delicious Buttermilk

Cranberry & Orange, Mince Pie, Irish Cream and Gingerbread! Can you guess what these are the flavours of? The answer is scrumptious Buttermilk Fudge that we are giving away to the winner of Day 10 of The Portlebay Christmas Advent Calendar!  DELICIOUS!

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Buttermilk Fudge

About Buttermilk

Buttermilk is a family business born and bred in Cornwall, now run by David and Tracy Goad (and their sons Henry and Reggie). Their love and enthusiasm for everything sweet has been guiding their Cornish confectionery since 1964 when the first Buttermilk shop opened in Padstow. Back then all their fudge was made by hand above the shop! They’ve come a long way since then, and today are recognised as Great Taste Producers. Despite recent growth, the expert chefs still use the same traditional methods, stirring quality ingredients over open flames – there just a few more copper pans involved now!

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Part of The Fudge Making Process

 

The fudge range includes over 70 flavours, along with a variety of chocolate clusters, brittles and honeycomb. Wherever possible all ingredients are locally sourced and made with a whole lot of love!

If you would like a chance to win some of the this fabulous fudge along with a box of our Portlebay Popcorn then head on over to our social media page (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the instructions! (The competition launches at 5pm tonight!). GOOD LCUK EVERYONE!