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Honest Mum: We meet Vicki Psarias in Real Life Reads

Honest Mum Vicki Psarias is multi-award winning blogger, vlogger and filmmaker. Her lifestyle and parenting site Honest Mum is one of the biggest blogs, worldwide.   In our Real Life Reads series - we chat to the inspirational influencer...    Where do you live &...

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...

Why mental illness stops me reading + book review

When I'm in the depths of depression I struggle to be in the moment, I zone out and, day-to-day activities like reading become impossible. It seems such a simple thing but I can't concentrate on any one thing when I'm poorly. At the moment I'm in another dark wave but...

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

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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Father’s Day: What gifts do Dads really want?

I have a whopping 7 Dads to cater for this Father's Day - and all year round - so I have got to grips with gift ideas and I hope to help (me and) you to think of ideas that don't involve socks and ties! Phew! Something for every Dad... #Sp We want to shine a spotlight...

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Health

Young People and Mental Health: A Dad’s View

My Dad Steve Slack works with a number of youngsters with mentally ill health and he has also helped to bring me up (and those of you who read my blogs know I have a plethora of mental health problems). Here are my Dad's thoughts on mental health today: A despairing...

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...

Competitions

How to make Ginger Cookies: Recipe & Food Hamper giveaway

Create your own cookies and turn up the heat with your own level of gingerness! Plus you can win a food and drink hamper from Opies (just scroll to the bottom of this post). Ingredients: 350g self raising flour Pinch of salt 200g golden caster sugar 1 tbsp ground...

Win a food & cocktail hamper perfect for Summer

Gherkins to put on your burgers, sliced lemons for your cocktails and black cherries with kirsch for your dessert... We've been loving this hamper which also contains super tasty and spicy chilli sauce - if it's good enough for Jamie Oliver, it's good enough for us!...

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...

Food and Drink

MasterChef recipe: Frittatas for the whole family 

MasterChef star Chris Hale aka my husband shares his secrets to make quick, healthy and tasty food for the whole family... Mini frittatas: Most of us have fallen off the New Year health-kick bandwagon by now. So, I thought the perfect anecdote would be a delicious...

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Life

Entertainment

Blowing out the candles on birthday party politics: The rules

Invites: If you want to invite one person  to a birthday party from a group/club/class/clique, you must invite the entire group/club/class, no exceptions, so nobody is left out. Birthday Cake: It should be bigger than the cake at the last party you went to. The...

Filming a TV Advert: What it was like on set and in the spotlight

I used to work as a broadcast journalist and freelance TV researcher, so I've certainly dipped my toe into TV production. And I've also appeared in front of the camera presenting, even dancing and whatever else I've got myself involved with. Whether that be reporting...

Reviews

Babe The Sheep Pig live on stage

Remember Babe The Sheep Pig? Well now you've got the chance to see Babe and his friends live. Adapted from Dick King-Smith’s much-loved children’s novel which inspired the Oscar-winning 1995 film, Babe, The Sheep-Pig will be brought to life on stage in a new...

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Travel and things to do

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