Our Christmas- The Portlebay Team’s Traditions (Part 2)

 15 days till Christmasssssss! If you aren’t already in the spirit of Christmas then we hope part 2 of our Christmas traditions and tales will get you feeling festive!

Today we are starting off by questioning Millie from Marketing!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? This year my family are going to be reluctantly leaving our wood burner and walking to our favourite beach. The more daring of us are planning on a Christmas swim in the sea, which I am very excited about and I really do hope it becomes a tradition!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? When I was still fairly small, I remember one Christmas huddling around a window with my family and being amazed to see snow on Christmas day, it was magical!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? The stuffing and pigs in blankets, however, if the gravy isn’t up to standard it would be disastrous! None of that thin, watery rubbish!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real!!! There’s no fun in a fake one.

Favourite Christmas film? The Grinch!

Favourite Christmas song? Michael Bublé and Shania Twain- White Christmas

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Super organised! I just love Christmas shopping!

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? An angel

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Next up to reveal all about their Christmas is Ian, our Head operations elf!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Every year we visit both pubs in our village for a drink! 

What is your favourite part of a Christmas Dinner? Roast potatoes cooked in goose fat!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Walking to the beach with all the family!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Fake, fibre optic tree

Favourite Christmas film? White Christmas

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Last minute

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Star

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Now it’s Faye’s (our pixie who knows all about numbers and stuff) turn to face the Christmas music

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Family cooked breakfast every boxing day- without fail!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? A Treasure hunt around the house. Dad hid a clue in a cracker and it began from there, a few hours later (yes it was a long hunt!) the final prize was my first mobile phone!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? Pigs in blankets

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Christmas shopping in the cold and watching the children’s nativity

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Fake

Favourite Christmas film? Miracle on 34th Street

Favourite Christmas song? Jingle Bell Rock- Bibby Helms

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last-minute shopper? Super organised

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Star

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And lastly we have mother and son duo Malgorzata and Michal, two of our popcorn flavour smiths!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Yes family and food!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? All of it!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Christmas walk with family

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real

Favourite Christmas film? A Christmas Carol

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Star!

 

We All Love The Devon Coast

Yesterday we introduced our neighbours The Devon Fudge Company (you can read all about it in our previous post!) and today we would like to introduce The Devon Beach Company! A charming business based a little further down the road than our fudgey neighbours. Gordie and Marilu brought The Devon Beach Company to life in 2015. Although the company was initially proposed as an online business, during the summer months Gordie and Marilu decided to open the first Devon Beach Company shop in Churchstow, Devon!

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Gordie and Marilu and their family

The wonderful Devon Beach Company products are inspired by the gorgeous surroundings of the South Hams and allow all to introduce some of the beautiful coast into our hearts and homes, no matter where we live! All their products are influenced by the serenity and beauty of the local landscape, sea and sky. Deep blues, natural textures and subtle finishes all chosen to create chic coastal living where ever you call home.

Whether designed in-house or sourced from around the world, their range has award winning, eco-friendly and truly functional features. From comfy cushions and bean bags to  kitchen couture and luscious lighting, all naturally influenced, to help bring a relaxed coastal mood to your home.

We also adore their luxurious beach range including their bestselling hooded ponchos, Turkish towels and sand free mat which will make any trip to the beach feel like a breeze!

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The gorgeous hooded ponchos

The Devon Beach Company are also able to take bespoke soft furnishing orders for your home, rental property or boat.

We have one beautiful apron designed by The Devon Beach company to be won, along with a box of our popcorn! Just pop over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the directions! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

Meet the Meco Tote

It’s Day 5 of our advent competition and today we are introducing Catherine and Emma, two Berkshire based mums, and the masterminds behind Meco! These two lovely ladies together created the perfect handbag, which is not only super practical but also very gorgeous too! This fabulous creation is called a Meco tote.

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The gorgeous Catherine and Emma

The Meco tote is a new concept in handbag simplicity. Made from silicone, each one of the six sumptuous colours looks fabulous carried by the hand or over the shoulder, and contrasts perfectly with the understated handles. It also has a hidden magnetic clasp which is an essential security feature. The tote measures 36 centimetres high x 30 centimetres wide x 11 centimetres deep, (excluding handles), making it the perfect size for every day use!

 

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The Meco Bag

This enchanting tote wears unbelievably well; you can throw mud at it, pour coffee on it or even colour it in with felt tips and it will wipe clean with a little soap and water! It doesn’t scratch, fade or stretch and is harder wearing than leather. What a dream come true!

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The Sea tote

Oh wait, there’s even more glorious news! The bag is 100% vegan and cruelty free,  and the silicone used to create the tote is a natural, sand based material which is recyclable. The PU handles are also less harmful to the environment and more durable than PVC – AMAZING!

We are in love. To be in with a chance of winning a Meco tote, pop over to one of our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the competition directions! BEST OF LUCK! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

Tickled Pink by teapigs

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

  1. 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.
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Nick & Lou
  1. 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.

 

  1. Their teas come in tea “temples” so you can drink loose tea without the fuss! They’re fully biodegradable and contain no plastic.

 

  1. 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!

 

 

 

 

 

Our Christmas- The Portlebay Team’s Traditions (Part 1)

As it’s 1st December we have officially entered Christmas month (bring on the food and winter activities) and our office is brimming with excitement! With this Christmas buzz in the air we have been sharing some of our most cherished Christmas memories and favourite festive activities, and thought it would be even merrier if we were to share them with you!

First up telling her festive tales is the lovely Lucy from Marketing!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? My family have a very embarrassing tradition of bell ringing. One Christmas we had musical crackers, where everyone gets a different bell, and then someone conducts the group using a little music book. Now, wherever we are at Christmas the bells always make an appearance!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? Eating Quality Street chocolates at my grandparents’ house, whilst watch “The Sound of Music” with all my cousin. I would always run out the room when it got to the kissing bit!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? Roast potatoes!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Wrapping up presents whilst watching a Christmas film, sipping mulled (or any) wine.

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real fo sho

Favourite Christmas film? Love Actually or Home Alone 2!

Favourite Christmas song? Michael Bublé- Christmas (Baby please come home)

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Midway between! But this year I am hoping to make everyone’s Christmas presents

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Unfortunately, I have one of those pretentious ‘twig trees’ so nothing! (Still looks awesome though!)

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Next to be subject to the intense Christmas questioning is one of our Chief Pop-Miesters, Jonty!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Every year on Christmas Eve I read the book “The Night Before Christmas” to my daughter. Even though she rather grown up now we still do it every year!

What do you normally have for Christmas Dinner? We barbeque a delicious rib of beef!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Opening stockings!!

How will you be spending Christmas this year? At home with lots of family

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real! What a question!!

Favourite Christmas film? The Great Escape, of course

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Last minute

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? A star made by my son Archie

Round up round up next we have Steve our warehouse wizard!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? I try to avoid all human contact until at least 6pm.

 What do you normally have for Christmas Dinner? Depends entirely on whether Dominoes Pizza will deliver on Christmas day.

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? Whatever is for dessert!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Imaginary one

Favourite Christmas film? It’s a Wonderful Life or Die Hard or maybe Santa Claws

Favourite Christmas song? Fairytale of New York

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last-minute shopper? Some I’ll buy a month in advance, others from the petrol station on Christmas day

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? On my imaginary tree, there is an imaginary blue whale eating a hot dog!

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Lastly for today, we have the Christmas stories of Fiona our technical-ly wonderful popcorn sprite!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Too many to list- but I love putting out the stockings in front of the fire!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? My old baby singer sewing machine, which i had once when I was in Vermont, USA and it snowed too!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? The stuffing! But also the crackers and the flames on the pudding!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? It has to be charades!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real- Of course! I just love the smell!

Favourite Christmas film? The Snowman

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Star- homemade one- the same every year!

A small insight into four of our popcorn-enthusiast’s Christmas! Fear not we have more to come, so keep your eyes peeled!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNOUCING: The Portlebay Christmas Advent Competition!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

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!

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Take a peak at all the companies involved in our Christmas competitions

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!

How to Beat Those Winter Blues

Although winter is the fun and festive period of Christmas (EEK), yummy food, cosy nights and delicious hot chocolates, winter can make us all a bit down and miss those wild summer adventures! So, we have some handy tips to keep you (and us!) as chirpy and cheerful as possible!

Keep active

Although it’s super tempting to snuggle up and indulge in those tasty treats, getting out and about, and running around (walking works too!) has proven to raise spirits and keep us happy, happy, happy! Not only does staying active reduce stress, anxiety and depression, it also helps us with weight loss too- woo!

Here are a few fun ideas to get you moving:

  • Get walking and enjoy the crisp winter season
  • Convince your friends to get involved and do some fitness classes together- get competitive
  • Jump into the swing of Christmas and take to the skating rink- Ice Ice Baby
  • Remember that everything counts- run up those stairs, walk to the shops, have dance and a jiggle while the kettle is boiling
  • Get your family involved and go on a mini adventure- Castles, beaches, National Parks
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Getting involved in a fitness class at our local Super Tramp!

Make sure you spend time your friends and family

The winter is typically a time that you spend with your nearest and dearest, they know how to make you smile and will brighten your day! Socialising has a super positive effect on mental health, so get chatting over a good ole cuppa!

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Take up a new hobby

Taking up a new hobby can be a great way to keep you busy! If you choose something creative you could even busy yourself with making your friends and family Christmas goodies- cards, decorations, cookies, wreaths, there’s so much to make!

If you aren’t the creative type perhaps look to get involved with a sport. Team sports are great and there lots of sports that aren’t only for the summer periods!

Eat Happy Foods

Before the times of flicking a switch to heat up our homes and the wonderful technology we have today, keeping warm was far more difficult. As we have evolved and can keep cosy all through the chilly season, we must not forget that it is super important to maintain a healthy balanced diet. Along with our wonderful Christmas treats, we also need our good old greens! A healthy diet will help prevent that winter gloominess taking over!

Here are some foods that aren’t just healthy but have also been proven to make us happier (YES PLEASE):

  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Quinoa
  • Dark Chocolate- (HOORAY)
  • Green tea
  • Apples
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Coffee
  • Oranges
  • Eggs

Checkout our blog post from September for a super healthy banana oat pancake recipe, to inspire your healthy (but still yummy) lifestyle!

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Our scrumptious banana oat pancakes! 

Let’s not let the grizzly winter get the best of us this year and make the most of what those cold and winter days do bring! Happy winter from us all at Portlebay Popcorn!