There are times when all of us feel blue, especially at this time of year. So as I’m somebody who can get down quite easily, I’ve decided to take action so that I’m in control of my mental health as much as possible. I’ve been pushing myself to stay active even when I...
The first time I tried to go Vegan, I was banned for doing so and, rightly so. I was an in-patient on an eating disorder unit. In order to be “allowed” a dietary requirement, you had to get it signed off by family and health professionals. Luckily, I had proof that I...
I used to love writing my Christmas gift list, opening presents and relishing in lots of luxurious items. But whilst I’ve enjoyed being treated this year, my strongest feeling has been “gratitude” for having so many people around me, a home and food to eat. It’s not...
You’re never too old for a Christmas stocking! I absolutely love the tradition of opening stockings on Christmas morning and even more so, now that I have my own kids (although I do still love my own stocking **hint hint**). So to make filling my two daughters’...
Sophie Mei Lan (aka Mama Mei) is a multi-award-winning blogger and vlogger specialising in mental health and attachment parenting (breastfeeding).
She ditched her dream job as an international journalist to “stay & work-at-home” with the kids. She has now turned her talents to freelancing, column writing, speaking, PR and, film-making.
Sophie is also a business magazine editor and bellydancer (teacher and performer).
She chats mainly about parenting, health & fitness, lifestyle, food and business. As well as doing lots of reviews of places to go, things to do and where to travel with the family. And she loves competitions!
As a child we would ride our bikes, play tag and football across our street. As long as we went in for mealtimes – we could play most of the day, every day. But nowadays, it is increasingly difficult for kids to play out – a mixture of safety issues, excessive screen...read more
I couldn’t wait for my precious imperfect kids to finish school and nursery for the summer holidays – how wonderful that we get six whole weeks together, I thought? But within the first week I was already tearing my hair out. The house is a mess, our plans have gone...read more
From the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to the Royal Armouries and beautiful parks – there are a plethora of summer days out for all of the family in Yorkshire. We love going for walks around Newmillerdam in Wakefield where my husband loves to teach the kids how to forage...read more
I am far too chaotic at the moment to have the responsibility of my own Elf on the Shelf but if you follow any elf's journey, it has to be this one. As you know I've been on a Psychiatric ward - and this elf (whilst he's not based on any one person's story) gives a...
You'll be able to Pass the Pigs this Christmas, if you're lucky enough to be one of our winners. You’ll be snorting with laughter if you play with these piggy games. The original party animals, Pass the Pigs, use hilarious pigs for dice. Will you roll a sider or...
When winter comes it’s time for Crumble to hibernate. At least, that’s what Crumble has always been told. With the family hurrying and scurrying to make final preparations before the last leaf falls, a chance encounter sets curious Crumble on the most extraordinary...
We do not wash our car enough! I use Sunday as my deep clean day where I focus on the house but the car... well it gets left to rot (out of sight out of mind and all that!) Until you ferry around passengers, then you suddenly see what state your kids have left the car...
Food and Drink
Create your own cookies and turn up the heat with your own level of gingerness! Plus you can win a food and drink hamper from Opies (just scroll to the bottom of this post). Ingredients: 350g self raising flour Pinch of salt 200g golden caster sugar 1 tbsp ground...read more
Sat around the dinner table, all at the same height, the family would thrash out their daily stresses, their good news and their challenges. Their support for one another would run through all the food that was being shared. This family, was my adopted Italian family,...read more
We challenged you to come up with your simple 4-Ingredient recipes which are sure to suit a busy lifestyle. And you didn't disappoint, you had our mouths-watering and in need of a Krombacher beer (competition sponsors), of course. Here are some of the fabulous entries...read more
Honest Mum Vicki Psarias is multi-award winning blogger, vlogger and filmmaker. Her lifestyle and parenting site Honest Mum is one of the biggest blogs, worldwide. In our Real Life Reads series - we chat to the inspirational influencer... Where do you live &...read more
I've managed to get these Yorkshire hips around the country to a few blogging and vlogging festivals now. The thought of "networking" has always petrified me and made me cringe. Even more so when it comes to schmoozing with "online influencers" (calling yourself that...read more
“There was never a genius without a tincture of madness…” If Aristotle said it, then it must be true. It's something I've lived by anyway as it helps me to accept my high times when my creativity is going wild and I have all these life changing ideas as well as the...read more
Sat on the stage drinking a cup of tea and playing records, with his back to the audience- it was like we were entering Phill Jupitus' own lounge as we took our seats in the auditorium of Leeds Grand Theatre. Stand-up comedian, poet, improviser and TV stalwart, Mr...
A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood... and has ended up in Leeds at the West Yorkshire Playhouse (well, they do have a good family area there). Celebrate the start of the Summer Holidays in theatrical style! Join Mouse (played by Whitby, North Yorkshire...
From getting lost and loosing my daughter (accidentally, I promise!) in a corn maze to splashing in colourful water making mud pies... just another few days making memories this summer holidays. At the weekend we visited the UK's largest pumpkin patch aka Farmer...read more
It is said that couples who kiss under the "Heart of Yorkshire" stained glass window at York Minster will stay together forever. Let's face it we could all do with a bit of romance in our lives. I'm married and still searching for that bit of romance! But rather than...read more
You'd think that my 15 years spent as a Bellydancer would have prepared me for having kids. But whilst my core is still strong, I do however struggle carrying the kids with the strain it puts on my back and posture. And no professional dancer wants a bad...read more
Travel and things to do
The moment you walk out of the airport, it hits you. The humid heat engulfs every inch of your body, the smell makes your stomach rumble and there's a whirring noise in the background. Welcome to South East Asia... A part of the world I have been travelling to since...read more
We've just endured 20 hours of travelling with the kids, plus internal flights on top, so here's what we've learned: (It's worth it, promise!) 1. Before booking check the airline and airport for their child policies and offers. Some airport lounges have soft play...read more
I remember being stood in some hotel toilets when a woman came up to me and said: "Hello, you don't know me, but I'm your Aunty." I was 6-years-old, it was my first trip to Malaysia and, I was a Bridesmaid at my cousin's wedding. It was also the first time I'd met...read more