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

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Empowering Independence: The Rise of Adult Sippy Cups for Those with Disabilities and Mobility Issues

See the person, not the disability - Mandy Charlton holding an adult sippy cup that promotes independence and dignity

As we get older or experience certain disabilities, it can become difficult to perform basic tasks that we once took for granted. Drinking from a cup is one such task, and for those with limited hand mobility or who suffer from conditions like dementia or brain injuries, a sippy cup for adults and children with extra needs can provide a much-needed solution. However, many existing designs are outdated or even infantilising, which is why Philomena's Boutique has created a revolutionary new product: an adult sippy cup that is both functional and stylish.

Philomena's Boutique is a small business that has been operating for nearly three years. Recently, I (Mandy Charlton) created a custom sippy cup for a customer whose mother had suffered a stroke. This cup was intended to bring joy and ease to her daily life, but it also highlighted a larger issue: the lack of suitable options available for adults who need sippy cups.

After researching the market, Philomena's Boutique discovered that the existing designs were not only subpar in terms of functionality, but they also carried a negative stigma due to their infantile appearance. This led to the creation of a new product that is both sleek and practical. Made from double-walled stainless steel, these cups are not only durable and long-lasting, but they also keep drinks at the perfect temperature. Additionally, the cups can be customised with any design, pattern, or photograph, making them a unique and personalized gift for anyone who needs them.

But it's not just about aesthetics – the cups also serve a practical purpose. For those with limited hand mobility or tremors, spillage can be a major issue. The adult sippy cup is spill-proof, allowing the user to drink without fear of making a mess. It also promotes independence and dignity, empowering those who may feel ashamed or embarrassed by their condition.

It's clear that there is a need for this product, and Philomena's Boutique is on a mission to get it to the people who need it most. This may involve reaching out to carers or healthcare professionals who can recommend the cup to their patients or clients. It may also involve writing a press release or using other marketing tactics to spread the word.

The adult sippy cup is a game-changer for those with mobility issues, disabilities, or conditions like dementia. It provides a practical solution to a common problem, while also promoting dignity and independence. As we age, it's important to find products that can help us maintain our quality of life, and Philomena's Boutique has created a product that does just that.

If you're interested in purchasing an adult sippy cup or recommending one to someone you know, you can visit Philomena's Boutique's website. With a variety of customisation options and a commitment to quality, this small business is changing the game for adaptive drinking aids. Whether you're looking for a gift for a loved one or you need a cup for yourself, the adult sippy cup is a must-have item for anyone who values practicality and style.


Wednesday, March 08, 2023

Mother's Day Gift Guide, Gifts for the Insta-Mum

Mother's Day is right around the corner and you're probably scratching your head wondering what to get for your modern Insta-mum.  Living in the Instagram generation, we know so much more now about aesthetics, we have worked hard to have beautiful homes, (although mine is still a work in progress).  Without further ado here's my Mother's Day gift guide for the modern Insta-mum.

Mother's Day Gift Guide, Gifts for the Insta-Mum, Mandy Charlton, Photographer, Writer, Blogger

I think we can all agree that cake is never a bad thing and I for one truly enjoyed this box containing a luxury chocolate truffle cake selection by post from the Original Cake Company, and of course, the best thing is that they're just so instagrammable too!

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2023, Gifts for the Insta-Mum, Mandy Charlton, photographer, writer, blogger

My daughters both know that they can buy me candles anytime, I absolutely adore a good candle and this peony and rhubarb candle from the Copenhagen Candle Company is truly the most wonderful and evocative scent which reminds me of the best time of year in late spring.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2023, Gifts for the Insta-Mum, Mandy Charlton, photographer, writer, blogger

This Edifier portable speaker is perfect for lazy days outside in the garden but it's also waterproof so no worrying about having it next to the pool or taking it to the beach, it also stays charged for 9 hours making it perfect for impromptu adventures in the campervan.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2023, Gifts for the Insta-Mum, Mandy Charlton, photographer, writer, blogger

An Indian spice tin from Spice Kitchen is perfect for the mum who loves to cook, it's also run by a mother and son team giving the Mother's Day vibe a whole new meaning.  I love cooking and experimenting with flavours and I can't wait to create something amazing with this.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2023, Gifts for the Insta-Mum, Mandy Charlton, photographer, writer, blogger

Blog favourites Red Letter Days came through once again with their vouchers for an extensive range of experiences and travel adventures, look out for my future adventure spending a luxury night away somewhere in the UK, whenever I see these wonderful red envelopes I get excited by the possibilities.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2023, Gifts for the Insta-Mum, Mandy Charlton, photographer, writer, blogger

The wonderful people at Arran have once again pulled it out of the bag for this Mother's Day, my favourite scent "After the Rain" is now available as luxury bath salts and as ever, all of the fragrances are inspired by the scents of Scotland.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2023, Gifts for the Insta-Mum, Mandy Charlton, photographer, writer, blogger

Since this personal iPhone charger arrived from iWalk arrived a few weeks ago I've had time to review it and I can tell you that it charged my iPhone twice from one charge.  I also like that goes into the bottom of the phone rather than making the back bulkier, it's small, compact and perfect for travel

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2023, Gifts for the Insta-Mum, Mandy Charlton, photographer, writer, blogger

Cranes Cider sent this gorgeous cider gift pack and it's the perfect gift, the promise of being able to enjoy a glass of the best-flavoured cider as the sun sets over your garden on the long spring evenings, I can already feel myself rocking gently in my egg chair planning my next adventure whilst sipping on a cold glass of raspberry and pomegranate cider.

Thanks to all of the wonderful companies who got involved with this year's Mother's Day Gift Guide, it would be impossible without all of their contributions and I hope that you can use this gift guide for some inspiration of what to buy for your Insta-Mum this Mother's Day.


Monday, March 06, 2023

What do you get for the Mum who has everything?

Gifts for Mother's Day, Very, Mandy Charlton Photographer, Writer, Blogger

What do you get for the mum who has everything?  That's a question my daughters have been asking for years when it comes to Mother's Day.

You see, I'm in my forties, I am a woman of independent means and if I see something I want, I buy it but there are a few things that I love that I'm more hesitant about so when Very got in touch to see if they could help I couldn't refuse.

Very asked me to choose some of my favourite items and it didn't take me long to come up with some treats I might not otherwise buy.

Gifts for the mum who has everyhing, Very, Mandy Charlton Photographer, Writer Blogger

Now although I love to be a little bit sparkly and colourful one thing is non-negotiable and that is if you can throw a party and still wear slippers that's a party I want to be present at, I love slippers and Ugg slippers are even better, they're like wearing comfy clouds on your toes, I think I chose a great outfit, the green patterned dress, the co-ordinated gorgeous handbag and of course, a bottle of something sparkly which came in a wonderful Mother's Day hamper, all from Very.

Mother's Day gifts for the mum who has everything from Very

Ugg slippers really are the best and of course, I went for sparkly ones, I can tell you that not only do they keep my feet warm, they also hug my toes, I would never have bought them myself so if you've got a mum like me, you know exactly what she's going to love!!

Mother's Day Gifts for the hard to buy for

I actually chose two different hampers, one with the pink fizz in and one which was a wine-tasting hamper, I will always love hampers, they're a gift which has lots of little gifts inside, there's something truly magical about them and that's why I love them and thanks to Very, they have an amazing selection of hampers that you can spoil your mum with too!!

Mother's Day gifts for the mum who has everything

It really doesn't matter if you're the mum of daughters, the mum of cats (thanks Maggie for the photo) or the Mother of Dragons I cannot recommend Very highly enough, usually I hate buying dresses I haven't been able to try on but this green patterned one was only £30 and it fit me perfectly, you can be sure I'll be wearing this (with my slippers) on Mother's Day this year.

This is a sponsored post in association with Very 


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 and elevate your gin and cocktail game today!


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, and let me know your wedding date and photography needs and let me tell the story of your day.


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.


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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