Newcastle Photographer and Content Creator, Mandy Charlton, Always on a quest for adventure, often seen on buses, trains and planes. On a quest to be happier and healthier. Lives in Newcastle with her 3 cats, Iris, Maggie and Arthur. Loves good vibes, musicals and cakes. Full time professional wedding photographer in the north east of england alongside content creator on Tiktok, Instagram and Facebook

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 However, many existing designs are outdated or even infantilising, which is why Philomena's Boutique has created a revolutionary new product: an adult sippy cup that is both functional and stylish.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 

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