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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...

Win a family ticket to a Christmas adventure for 2-6 year olds

When winter comes it’s time for Crumble to hibernate. At least, that’s what Crumble has always been told. With the family hurrying and scurrying to make final preparations before the last leaf falls, a chance encounter sets curious Crumble on the most extraordinary...

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

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...

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...

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

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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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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