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An Officer and a Gentleman at Leeds Grand Theatre: Review

The Review by Panni Loh (Mama Mei's Mama!)  From the outset there was an excited buzz in the air as audience assembled to experience the iconic An Officer and a Gentleman made famous by Richard Gere. Audio visuals of anything from Reagan to McDonalds fries fast...

Hello Anxiety – you’re back with a vengeance

"I'm so anxious" is bounded around as a colloquial phrase for what some people actually mean is: "Work' is a bit stressful" or "something is worrying me." It's not a competition, far from it, but I do struggle with the dilution and over-use of mental illness terms for...

Theatre and mental health: My escape from drama

On stage I can be whoever I want to be, that's why I have always loved acting. It is an escape from real-life where you get to express your deepest emotions but with the safety net of embodying another person. But my days of youth theatre weren't just an escape for me...

Eating Disorder Project: Big news and join us for the journey!

I’ve signed a book contract!  But rather than create something under a veil of secrecy and merely tease you with an Amazon pre-order link, I want you to join me and be part of the process. We have 10 months to write a book - a project about eating disorders (ED) and...

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

How to beat the blues & boost your wellbeing

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...

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

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...

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...

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

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

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

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