Mandy Charlton - Photographer, Writer, Blogger

Photographer of Families, Small People and Delightful Places. Travel and Lifestyle Writer and Blogger. Lives in Newcastle, Loves the North, Often Accompanied By A Beagle Named Holly Bobbins

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Say Goodbye to Boring Gin Garnishes with Philomena's Boutique's Unique and Delicious Home-Dried Options


A pouch of Philomena's Boutique's dried blood orange garnish, perfect for adding a burst of flavor to your gin and cocktail drinks

Are you tired of the same old boring gin and cocktail garnishes? Look no further than Philomena's Boutique for the most delicious and unique gin garnishes on the market. These garnishes, hand-picked and dried to perfection, are not only beautiful to look at but are also packed with flavour and will elevate your gin and cocktail game to the next level.

At Philomena's Boutique, only the freshest and highest quality ingredients are used to create their gin garnishes. From juniper berries to citrus peel, each garnish is carefully chosen and paired with specific gin and cocktail recipes to bring out the best in both the drink and the garnish.

But these garnishes aren't just for gin, they can be used in a variety of different drinks, from classic gin and tonics to more complex cocktails. They are perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any drink and are a must-have for any home bar.

Not only do these garnishes taste great, but they also look great. Packaged in beautiful, reusable sustainable paper pouches, they make the perfect gift for any gin lover. And let's face it, they're a sustainable alternative to traditional garnishes. So, why not treat yourself or a loved one to a pouch of Philomena's Boutique's delicious gin garnishes today?

Find them on their website at https://philomenasboutique.com/products/philomenas-home-dried-gin-garnishes?variant=42282824466607 and elevate your gin and cocktail game today!

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Friday, January 27, 2023

Capturing Your Love Story: How Mandy Charlton Photography, Newcastle's Top Wedding Photographer, Will Make Your Big Day Unforgettable



Finding the perfect wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you'll make when planning your big day. You want someone who can capture all the special moments and emotions of your wedding in a way that truly reflects your unique love story. If you're getting married in Newcastle or the surrounding area, Mandy Charlton Photography is the perfect choice for you.

As a Newcastle-based wedding photographer, I have a deep understanding of the north of England and all the best spots for capturing stunning wedding photography. I'm also an expert at putting her clients at ease, so you'll feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera, even if you're not used to having your photo taken.


My approach to wedding photography is all about capturing the real you. I want to tell your story in a way that's genuine, authentic, and full of fun and personality. My images are relaxed, natural and candid, capturing the love and laughter of your special day.

When you book Mandy Charlton Photography, you'll get more than just a photographer. I will work closely with you to understand your vision for your wedding and help you create a photography plan that fits your needs. I'll take the time to get to know you and your partner, so I can understand your personalities and what makes you unique as a couple.


I am also a pro at capturing all the little details of your wedding that you might not even think about. From the flowers in your hair to the table settings at your reception, I'll make sure to document every aspect of your day in a way that's both beautiful and meaningful, from the bridal prep right through to the first dance I will be there to capture it all, ensuring you have a beautiful collection of memories to treasure forever.

My fun personality shines through in my work, making me the perfect choice for brides who want a relaxed, friendly, and professional photographer. If you're looking for a Newcastle-based wedding photographer who can capture all the magic and romance of your special day, look no further than Mandy Charlton Photography.


So, if you're planning your wedding and looking for a talented, friendly and experienced wedding photographer in Newcastle or the surrounding area, be sure to check out Mandy Charlton Photography. My relaxed and fun approach, beautiful images and attention to detail, I will help you create memories that you'll treasure forever.


Don't hesitate to get in touch with me through my website, mandycharltonphotography.com and let me know your wedding date and photography needs and let me tell the story of your day.

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Best Wax Melt Company? Teddy Eva Scents, a review (ad-gifted products)

a box of wax melts from UK wax melt company teddy eva scents, who are based in wales



Are you tired of boring wax melts that just don't pack a punch? Look no further than Teddy Eva Scents, a Welsh-based wax melt business run by the dynamic husband and wife team Ross and Rachel (no, not that Ross and Rachel, the Welsh Ross and Rachel). These two have taken the wax melt game to a whole new level with their unique scents and designs that'll knock your socks off and leave your house smelling like a dream.

But don't just take our word for it, Ross and Rachel have a way of selling their products that will make you laugh and smile. Their cheeky TikTok videos are a breath of fresh air and it's no surprise that they're succeeding in the way that they are. I found Teddy Eva Scents on Tiktok not long after I started using the app and I first bought from them a couple of Christmases ago when I ordered their advent calendar which, by the way, was an absolute joy!!

So, do they have the products to back up the cheeky sales technique? Absolutely! And the best part is, they have something for everyone. From subscription boxes to Teddy Clams, wax melt brittle in sustainable packaging, and even an "Adult" section with fragrances like "Cockstellation" and "Gush Fluid", you'll find something that tickles your fancy. And let's not forget their budget-friendly "Baby Jesus Powder" Teddy Pots, a range of smaller pots of wax melts at just £1.20 each.

But the real joy of ordering from this family-run wax melt business is the extras they send. Just because they like to gift people, they'll send you extra little treats, like sweets and chocolates, to make your day a little brighter. Plus, with the special 10% discount code MANDY10, there's no reason not to give them a try. With so many scents to choose from and new ones being developed all the time, you'll be coming back for more. And don't forget about their monthly subscription boxes for just £17.99, offering amazing value for money, you'll get loads of melts and themed treats to look forward to each month.

So, go ahead and give Teddy Eva Scents a try, and let us know what you think.

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Sunday, January 22, 2023

50 Things to Do Before You're 50: A Bucket List for Milestone Birthdays


50 Things to Do Before You're 50: A Bucket List for Milestone Birthdays, mandy charlton, photographer
Me, with Elio the Alpaca at Barnacre Alpaca's 


As I sit here, just 10 days away from hitting the big 4-9, I can't help but think about all the things I want to tick off before I reach the milestone of 50. So, I've made a list of 50 things I want to achieve. The thing is, you'll see from the list that there's quite a lot of travel and also I'd have to achieve something pretty much every week for the next year so instead I'm giving myself until the dawn of my 51st birthday. So that's 2 years and 10 days' time. Some of these things are big, and some are small, but they're all things that I'm excited to make happen.

  1. Play the Timpani - I've always been fascinated by the timpani and I want to learn how to bash those drums like a pro.

  2. See Derren Brown live - I've been a fan of Derren Brown for years and I want to see one of his mind-blowing shows live.

  3. Learn the art of mixology - I love a good cocktail and I want to learn how to shake and stir like a pro.

  4. Make a concerted effort to find a boyfriend - I've been single for a while now and I'm ready to find that special someone.

  5. Climb a mountain - I've always wanted to climb a mountain and I want to make it happen before I'm 50.

  6. Make sushi - I love sushi and I want to learn how to roll my own.

  7. Sing for my friends - I've always been a bit shy when it comes to singing, but I want to belt out some tunes for my friends and see their reactions.

  8. Go on a puffin expedition - I've always wanted to see puffins in the wild and I want to make it happen before I'm 50.

  9. Have crumble from Humble Crumble - I've heard so much about Humble Crumble's crumble and I want to try it for myself. I follow them on Instagram and it looks insane.

  10. Astrophotography - I've always been fascinated by the stars and I want to try my hand at capturing them in all their glory.

  11. See the northern lights - I've always wanted to see the northern lights and I want to make it happen before I'm 50.

  12. Hot air balloon - I've always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride and I want to make it happen before I'm 50.

  13. See 10 musicals live - I love musicals and I want to see at least 10 of them live before I'm 50.

  14. Go to a music festival - I want to experience the energy of a music festival and make some great memories, I've been twice to the Hardwick festival but only for a few hours, I'd like to do one where it's for all weekend.

  15. Visit Disney - I've always wanted to visit Disney and I want to make it happen before I'm 50.

  16. magic mushrooms - I want to try magic mushrooms and see what kind of experience they provide, I did some crazy things in my twenties (as you should) but this would be more of a spiritual life-affirming experience.

  17. Tasting menu somewhere - I want to try a tasting menu somewhere and see what kind of flavours I can experience.

  18. Organise a karaoke musicals party - I want to organise a karaoke musicals party and see how well it goes.

  19. Hold my own film festival (80’s themed) - I want to hold my own film festival and make it 80's themed.

  20. Go on an exciting holiday - I want to go on an exciting holiday and make some great memories, I'm not entirely sure where yet but I've never been on a long-haul flight so I guess that would be a part of it.

  21. Complete NC500 - I've always wanted to complete the NC500 and I want to make it happen before I'm 50.

  22. Revisit the isle of Skye - I've been to the Isle of Skye before and I want to revisit it before I'm 50.

  23. Go island hopping - I want to explore some of the beautiful islands around the UK and make some great memories.

  24. Finish decorating my home - I've been working on decorating my home for a while now and I want to finally finish it before I'm 50.

  25. Throw a Moulin rouge-themed party - I want to throw a Moulin rouge-themed party and see how well it goes.

  26. Go to the Moulin Rouge - I've always wanted to visit the Moulin Rouge and I want to make it happen before I'm 50.

  27. Have a spa day - I want to have a spa day and relax and unwind, I've never had a spa day!

  28. Go in a hot tub - I want to experience the luxury of going in a hot tub, again, I've never been in a hot tub that I can remember.

  29. Throw a dinner party with all 3 courses - I want to throw a dinner party and serve all 3 courses.

  30. Watch the sunrise - I want to wake up early and watch the sunrise.

  31. Watch the sunset - I want to stay up late and watch the sunset.

  32. Reach 100k followers on TikTok - I want to reach 100k followers on TikTok.

  33. Visit TikTok HQ - I want to visit the TikTok HQ, I've been to Facebook so TikTok seems like the next destination.

  34. Take Abigail and Looby away for a girl's weekend that doesn’t end in disaster (definitely not to York) - I want to take Abigail and Looby away for a girl's weekend and make sure it doesn't end in disaster.

  35. Explore more of Poland - I want to explore more of Poland and see what it has to offer.

  36. Go to a big Christmas market - I want to go to a big Christmas market and experience the festive atmosphere.

  37. Visit London at Christmas - I want to visit London at Christmas and see the city all lit up.

  38. Go on at least 15 big walks/hikes - I want to go on at least 15 big walks or hikes.

  39. Go out for a bougie afternoon tea - I want to go out for a bougie afternoon tea and experience luxury.

  40. Have champagne at the top of Hadrian’s Tower - I want to have champagne at the top of Hadrian's Tower and see the views.

  41. See Deacon Blue live - I want to see Deacon Blue live and sing along to my favourite songs.

  42. Visit Greece - I want to visit Greece and experience the culture.

  43. Visit Switzerland/Austria and sing “The Sound of Music” whilst gambolling down a hill - I want to visit Switzerland or Austria and sing "The Sound of Music" whilst gambolling down a hill.

  44. Cuddle a lamb - I want to cuddle a lamb, it's self-explanatory, cuddling lambs shouldn't just be for children. I have cuddled a sheep before but never a lamb.

  45. Have a wild night out and survive! - I want to have a wild night out and survive.

  46. Go speed dating - I want to go speed dating and see if I can find someone special.

  47. Go in a cable car - I want to go in a cable car and see the views. I blooming love a cable car ride.

  48. Revisit Wales - I want to revisit Wales and explore more of the parts I've not been to.

  49. Holiday in the Highlands - I want to holiday in the Highlands and experience the natural beauty of Scotland, it won't be the first time I've holidayed there but it's my favourite place and deserves to be revisited.

  50. Visit the island of Shetland, I've wanted to go to Shetland ever since I went to John O'Groats and realised there was more of the UK another 253 miles off the coast of Scotland. If you'd like to follow along to see if I achieve my goals, I'll be filming as many of the experiences as I can for my TikTok channel so why not come and follow along to see how many things I can achieve before the bells ring to bring in my 51st birthday.
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Tuesday, January 03, 2023

5 Fun things to do in Amsterdam


5 fun things to do in Amsterdam, Mandy Charlton, Photographer, writer, blogger


Ready for a city break that has something for everyone? Look no further than Amsterdam! This stunning city is full of culture, history, and so many things to see and do. And with the Go Amsterdam pass, you can save money on top attractions and make the most of your trip. Here are five fun things to do in Amsterdam with the Go Amsterdam pass:

  1. Take in the stunning canal system on a leisurely boat ride. The waterways of Amsterdam were originally built in the 17th century to transport goods and people around the city, but today they're the perfect setting for a relaxing boat ride. There are plenty of companies offering canal cruises, so you can sit back, relax, and take in the sights and sounds of Amsterdam. Keep an eye out for the iconic houseboats – they're a common sight along the canals and make for some great photo opportunities.

  2. Visit world-renowned museums like the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. If you're in the mood for a bit of culture, Amsterdam has no shortage of museums to visit. The Rijksmuseum is a must-see for art lovers, with a collection that includes works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. The Van Gogh Museum is another popular choice, featuring the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings in the world. And with the Go Amsterdam pass, you can save money on admission to both of these top attractions. If they're not your thing, you can visit the museum of cats and yes, they do have cats who live there.

  3. Explore Amsterdam's vibrant nightlife. Whether you're looking for a wild night out or a more low-key evening, Amsterdam has something for everyone. The Red Light District is a well-known (and controversial) destination, but there are plenty of other areas of the city to explore if you're looking for a more laid-back evening. The Jordaan neighbourhood is a popular spot for bar-hopping, with a wide range of pubs and breweries to choose from. Or, you could check out one of Amsterdam's many live music venues or comedy clubs.

  4. Bond with your kids through activities like biking and guided tours. Amsterdam is the perfect destination for some quality family bonding time. There are so many activities to do together, like exploring the city on foot or by bike (Amsterdam is super bike-friendly, by the way, with well-marked bike lanes and plenty of rental shops). Or, you could consider taking a guided tour to learn more about the city's history and culture. This is a great opportunity to spend some quality time together and make new memories.

  5. Enjoy family-friendly activities like the NEMO Science Museum and Vondelpark. Amsterdam is also a very family-friendly destination, with plenty of kid-friendly activities to keep little ones entertained. The NEMO Science Museum and Artis Zoo are both popular choices, but if you're in the mood for something a bit more laid-back, you could take a stroll through the beautiful Vondelpark or have a picnic on the grass. And if the weather isn't cooperating, the Amsterdam Dungeon is a great indoor activity that's sure to be a hit with the whole family.

As you can see, Amsterdam has something for everyone. So why not start planning your holiday or mini-break today with the help of the Go Amsterdam pass? With so many things to see and do, you won't be disappointed. I can't wait for my next trip to Amsterdam, the only thing I have to think about is whether to go by ferry from North Shields with DFDS or whether to fly into Schipol with KLM, either way, I'm already excited.

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