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Win Pass the Pigs Original Game and Party Game for Christmas

You'll be able to Pass the Pigs this Christmas, if you're lucky enough to be one of our winners. You’ll be snorting with laughter if you play with these piggy games.  The original party animals, Pass the Pigs, use hilarious pigs for dice. Will you roll a sider or...

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...

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! 


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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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...


Win an eco-friendly cleaning hamper with Seventh Generation

I never thought I'd be writing about cleaning. I always thought life was too short to spend too much time scrubbing. But now I'm the proud owner of two mess-makers aka kids - I find myself spending at least an hour a day trying to manage the chaos of spilt drinks,...

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...

Food and Drink


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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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...


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