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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...

Visiting Cannon Hall Farm + The rise of the SUPER FARMS!

A visit to the farm as a kid would involve petting some animals, feeling some sheep wool and a picnic inside a cold shed-like building. But nowadays some farms are pretty barn good... They involve epic adventure playgrounds, dinosaur displays, animal racing and huge...

Yoga tips for beginners

I never thought I'd be a yoga convert as I'm noisy and giggle a lot. But yes, like many I have been converted to the graceful movements, the breathing techniques and I love the wide array of yoga styles there are to try. A lot of people are nervous when starting a new...

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.

Family

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...

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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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Health

Not even my kids could stop me from harming myself

I was originally going to call this post: "My kids have given me a reason to live," but sadly mental health isn't that simple.  Some of my darkest moments were in fact when I was pregnant with my second child with a toddler running around, a successful media...

Maternal Mental Health Week: My Depression, Anxiety and Psychosis

From post-partum Psychosis to post-natal depression and antenatal anxiety, you name it I've probably had it.  And a survey suggests that a staggering 81% of women have experienced at least one episode of a mental health problem during or after their pregnancy. Low...

Eating Disorders at Easter: How to care for someone suffering 

I've not mentioned my eating disorder for a while because thankfully it has taken a bit of a backseat in my life (with a whole lot of will power and therapy).  But it is still lurking which made me think of the challenges faced by those with a variety of eating...

Competitions

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...

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...

Food and Drink

Life

Entertainment

Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning film LA STRADA live on stage 

A theatre show for the adults this time... and I'd love to know what film you'd like to see at the theatre?  One of the true masterpieces of modern cinema, Federico Fellini’s 1957 Oscar-winning film, La Strada (The Road), will be brought to life on stage in a...

Win tickets to see David Walliams' childrens book on stage

Children's book The First Hippo on the Moon written by one of Britain's most popular writers and comic actors, David Walliams, is taking to the stage this Spring. As a children's author David is one of the most popular writers for children today, selling over 11...

Theatre Review: Romeo and Juliet is a lesson for us all

You might not associate Shakespeare with the present day but your mind is about to be changed with the latest production of Romeo and Juliet. I'll admit that it's the first time I've understood every exchange in the tragedy even after studying A-Level drama. And...

Reviews

Travel and things to do

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