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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.
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
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...read more
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
I'll admit it - we are all slightly addicted to "screen time" in this house. Whether it be justified as "work" or just "chilling" - we have the tech-bug big time! And for a little while the bedtime story was replaced by watching YouTube for Kids. Positive Screen-time...read more
Do kids need competition to thrive? Or are we putting too much pressure on our youngsters? My eldest daughter Jasmine recently had her first sports day so I had been giving her lots of pep talks about how we just can't wait to watch her on her school field having fun...read more
Food and Drink
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...read more
I've joined up with a team of brilliant bloggers to share some of our favourite food ideas for the family (See all the icons at the bottom)... So let's kick off with mine! My Kids breakfast recipe: Scrambled egg sunshine... As a young child I always looked forward to...read more
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...
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...
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...
I am very lucky to have been brought up in two very liberal households. It was only when starting school that I realised that not everyone was as open as me. I became subject to racist and homophobic abuse (I am mixed race and my Dad is Gay). But I have always been...read more
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...read more
Being a stay-at-home-working-mum, fitness fanatic and wife of a chef means our household is always busy. I find myself being a reactive person these days rather than organised, which doesn't feel good. I tend to shop daily for healthy food to feed the family but...read more
Invites: If you want to invite one person to a birthday party from a group/club/class/clique, you must invite the entire group/club/class, no exceptions, so nobody is left out. Birthday Cake: It should be bigger than the cake at the last party you went to. The...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