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Real Life Reads meets Shoes by Shaherazad – the “Shoe.E.O”

Shoe Empowerment Officer Shaherazad Umbreen set up Shoes by Shaherazad - a business to empower women by doing good deeds (whilst wearing good heels!)   Real Life Reads spotted this stunning business at the Christmas in July event (yes, we've been singing Jingle Bells...

#MeToo: Why I have not participated in the movement

I can't count the number of times I have felt an urge to unearth my "secrets" over the past few weeks. I have even begun to write a number of posts about them. Each time I see a #MeToo story (where survivors of sexual harassment and assault share their story), I...

Win a family ticket to a Christmas adventure for 2-6 year olds

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...

My breastfeeding journey: from clueless to tandem nursing

I never ever thought I’d breastfeed, let alone breastfeed in public, on TV and now in the national press. But as the story goes, you never know what’s around the corner! When I fell pregnant with a guy I’d just met (luckily, my now husband) I was somewhat shocked....

About me

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! 

Family

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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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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Health

My mental health made me give up my dream job

I wear my heart on my sleeve and I am pretty open about EVERYTHING but I've not really said much about this. The reason I gave up my dream job. You may have read or watched me talking about my career as a journalist... I started out as a bright young bellydancer and...

Creatively crazy: A life lesson I live by

“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...

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...

Competitions

Win a family ticket to a Christmas adventure for 2-6 year olds

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...

Family car wash time + WIN a car cleaning set

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

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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Life

Creatively crazy: A life lesson I live by

“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...

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Real Life Reads + WIN tickets: Attachment Parenting UK

"About five years ago I remember thinking that my life was pretty easy and maybe I hadn't lived through enough pain... "A year on... and I'd nursed my eldest daughter through open heart surgery, got divorced, moved house and discovered there was a way back from the...

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Entertainment

Phill Jupitus: Getting cosy with the comedian

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...

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...

Reviews

Jewellery that tells a story by Azendi 

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...

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Hippychick’s Hipseat: Review and Giveaway!  

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...

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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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