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The Gratitude Tag: What are you grateful for?

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...

Stocking filler £20 shopping challenge at B&M Stores

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’...

Elf on the Shelf gets sectioned on a Psychiatric Ward

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...

Where to go in Wakefield, West Yorkshire?

Mama Mei's guide to... ** insert  cities here**... My first stop, is my home city (where I live now) Wakefield, West Yorkshire!  I moved to the city 6 years ago when I became pregnant to a Wakefield Chef.  So I still feel very much an enthusiastic tourist. I have also...

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

Should School Sports Days be competitive?

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...

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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...

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Mumbler: The birth of the hyper-local parenting community

When a mum-of-two started a Facebook group to meet other parents, she never imagined that it would turn into a business. Sally Haslewood was tasked with the stress of moving house when she was pregnant with her second child. In a bid to settle and make friends she...

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Health

Going Vegan with my Eating Disorder

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...

Elf on the Shelf gets sectioned on a Psychiatric Ward

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...

Competitions

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...

Diggerland: Win a family ticket to visit the theme park

My girls are now digger fans! Before visiting Diggerland they'd never really shown an interests in JCBs or any vehicles really. But our trip to Diggerland changed all that! From skillful digger challenges to being spun around in the air by Spin Dizzy, the theme park...

Food and Drink

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

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

Reviews

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