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Family – Health – Life – Travel – Days Out – Food – Reviews

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You might have noticed that the site is going through some design changes at the moment. I really hope you like what we are doing with it, there’ll be more sections added very soon. While all that gets sorted I’m continuing to keep my blogging regular, so I’d love you to have a browse around the site. If you have any ideas you think I’d like to work on please get in touch.

All About Me

Sophie Mei Lan (aka Mama Mei) is a multi-award-winning journalist, blogger, presenter, columnist, reviewer  & film-maker.

I ditched my dream job to “stay & work-at-home” with the kids. I have now turned my talents to blogging, column writing, speaking,  PR, vlogging and campaigning.

I blog mostly about parenting, health & fitness, lifestyle, food and business.  I also do lots of reviews of places to go, things to do and where to travel with the family

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Family Days Out: Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Diggerland

From flying in the air in a spinning digger to walking past tigers, giraffes and polar bears - believe it or not but we've not ventured outside of Yorkshire this week and yet what a colourful treat it has been. The only cloud has been that of my daughters' volatile...

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The perfect way to avoid Moving House!

I had the ridiculous idea of moving house in the summer holidays. Surely, I thought, it would be a fun little adventure with the kids? They could help to pack, sort through their stuff Kon Mari style (a popular declutter technique) and we could have some family time...

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Street Play: Why playing is SO important

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...

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Win an eco-friendly cleaning hamper with Seventh Generation

I never thought I'd be writing about cleaning. I always thought life was too short to spend too much time scrubbing. But now I'm the proud owner of two mess-makers aka kids - I find myself spending at least an hour a day trying to manage the chaos of spilt drinks,...

The Gruffalo: Win a family ticket to the theatre

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...

How to make Ginger Cookies: Recipe & Food Hamper giveaway

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...

Free Summer Days Out: Yorkshire Bloggers share their favourite spots

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...

The Gruffalo: Win a family ticket to the theatre

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...

Kids craft ideas: Sculptures, pebbles, finger painting, magnets, cards, birds & bottles

When I'm stuck for things to do at the weekend (whilst my husband is either working as a private chef or playing cricket/squash/football) I always end up at the Hepworth Gallery Wakefield. Now, I have to admit I have never been an 'art gallery type person' - my mum's...

Family days out this Summer: Theatre time!

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...

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Food and Drink

Simple 4-ingredient recipes for busy people #Sp

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...

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BBC Good Food Show: A fun family day out + WIN tickets

Don’t miss the ultimate Family day out as the BBC Good Food Show returns to Birmingham this June, packed with top chefs, great shopping, freebies and more foodie inspiration than ever before. Queen of baking Mary Berry joins Michelin masters Tom Kerridge and Michel...

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Health

Mad Mum: How I try to keep myself safe

I haven’t written candidly about my mental health for a little while as my head feels too chaotic to be able to write about it. Before that I had also been feeling fairly content and on my “road to recovery.” But then it has shocked me. Shortly after filming that...

National Breastfeeding Week: How important is support to breastfeed?

When I accidentally fell pregnant with my first child, I panic bought all the "pregnancy essentials," or at least what I believed to be a necessity such as dummies, bottles and formula milk. Little did I know I was totally wasting my money but I had never seen anyone...

Post-Natal Care: After Care not After Thought

There's so much focus on your pregnancy - the scans, blood tests, ante-natal classes and there's all the information on having a healthy pregnancy and planning for the birth. Then there's the "what to pack in your hospital bag" pressure... So you've got your phone...

Life

Charity Shop Finds: A shopaholic’s secret stash 

If you compliment any of my possessions, I will proudly reply with a cost and place of purchase. This is the new bragging. No longer are we gloating about spending thousands on a tiny handbag with that expensive label embellished on to it. Oh no, that is so last...

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Charity Shop Finds: A shopaholic’s secret stash 

If you compliment any of my possessions, I will proudly reply with a cost and place of purchase. This is the new bragging. No longer are we gloating about spending thousands on a tiny handbag with that expensive label embellished on to it. Oh no, that is so last...

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Travel and things to do

Flying with kids: A family travel guide 

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...

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