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Play Day: Why playing is vital + top ideas of games to play

I spent my childhood playing on our street, from riding our bikes to water fights, football and rollerskating. We would spend hours outdoors come rain or shine, only to be ushered inside when it was a mealtime. Nowadays it is not the same. Street Play seems to be...

Is Mental Health Awareness diluting the impact of Mental Illness?

We've all got mental health but not necessarily a mental illness. There's a big difference. “I am just so depressed.” “I feel anxious." Through all the brilliant work on ending the taboo around mental illness, have we now opened the flood gates to everyone using terms...

The Great Outsores: Why so many people get injured during summer

You’ll find me running around the streets of Yorkshire with my daughter in the buggy in a bid to maintain my health and fitness. I try to be proactive with my health and my family's. Always trying to cram in exercise when I can (my husband is also a chef so he batch...

Coping mechanisms of a Dyslexic… Dyslexia can’t stop me

I never thought that as a dyslexic person I would end up writing for a living. Whilst I love expressing myself creatively, the thought of journalism, for a “job” seemed out of reach for someone like me who struggles with word order and has illegible hand-writing. But...

Family, Health, Life & Reviews…

Mama Mei (aka Sophie Mei Lan) is a multi-award-winning Blogger and Vlogger specialising in Attachment Parenting,  Mental Health & Family Fitness. 

Mum-of-two Sophie can be found running with her buggy throughout Yorkshire or breastfeeding, drinking coffee and eating Vegan food. 

She is a qualified Journalist and Film-maker, having worked for local and national press as well as being dubbed “Britain’s best Bellydancer!”

Sophie has now turned her talents to blogging, vlogging, column writing, speaking and running Blog Up North Magazine and Influencer Network.

She chats mainly about Family, Health, Life, Fitness and Campaigns.  As well as doing Reviews and offering 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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Health

Feed-a-thon: Breastfeeding in public to celebrate

People from where I'm from don't Breastfeed. People like me don't Breastfeed. When I accidentally fell pregnant to a new boyfriend, we were shocked to say the least. We were young, ambitious and into fitness as we had met in my local gym (he was an altitude trainer...

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...