Exciting News!

Written by: Helen

Nature of the Witch

I have some exciting news I would like to share with you. Since my last post I’ve had a book published! And it may have absolutely nothing to do with health and fitness but that won’t stop me telling you all about it 🙂

I’ve enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember so it really is a dream come true to see it in print and hold a book that I’ve written in my hand.

It is called ‘Nature of the Witch’ and is the first part of a trilogy so watch this space as there should be more to follow.  It is set in my favourite place, Cornwall, and has a bit of magic and witchcraft, a bit of good verses evil, a bit of dealing with grief and a bit of romance.

It is available in kindle and paperback.  The link to buy it is below (it’s coming up to Christmas and who doesn’t like losing themselves in a book? #ShamelessPlug).  And the Amazon description is also below.

If you do read it then please leave me a review at Amazon which helps to spread the word and feel free to get in touch with your thoughts, I’d love to hear what you think.

Thanks for reading 🙂



Many years ago, magic prevailed in Britain. It was a time when chosen women followed a path forged by Mother Nature herself; a time of witchcraft, of the brotherhood of the Gwithiaz and of the terrifying Creatures.

This has all passed from memory a long time ago. But now, magic has returned. Kiera is the first witch the world has seen in centuries, while Jack must learn the ways of the Gwithiaz. They must not only master their crafts, but also overcome their differences and work together if they are to survive the dark enemy that lurks in the shadows.

In the rugged Cornish landscape where it first began, the two face the dreaded Kasadow: an ancient evil that has awakened and is ready to destroy them, and their magic, once and for all.

Barleycup Review

Written by: Helen


I love hot drinks.  Since having children I am especially particular about a morning coffee to help wake me up and get me going in the morning.  When I was pregnant with my second child I continued with the coffee but switched to decaf. I hadn’t then heard of Barleycup but I sure wish I had!

Now that I’m not pregnant I don’t mind having some caffeine but I still feel uneasy if I think I’m overdoing it.  Barleycup is a natural, caffeine-free alternative to your cup of Jo (out of interest does anyone know where that slang comes from? Who is Jo?).


What is Barleycup?

Barleycup is an instant cereal drink made from natural ingredients.  As I mentioned it is caffeine-free and is also gluten free and low in calories.  It is made from roasted barley, rye and chicory.  There is also a Barleycup with dandelion.


What does it taste like?

I’ll avoid beating round the bush and get to the most important question and the short answer is – delicious! I was sceptical as to whether I would actually be able to enjoy it in place of a cup of coffee (particularly my morning cuppa).  I wasn’t sure I would feel like I was getting my coffee fix.  However, I’m pleased to say that I enjoy it and drink it quite happily.  I found it very similar in taste to coffee, more so the more I drank it.  It can be drunk with or without milk.  Or if you’re looking for even more ways to use it then the Barleycup website has some other recipe ideas.  I’ve included a couple that I like the look of below.  Just click the titles to be taken to the page.


Morning Energy with Goji Berries


Energising Porridge


So, have you tried Barleycup?  Does it sound like something you would like?  Let me know your thoughts.  Thanks for reading.


I was sent Barleycup to try for free.  However, any opinions are my own and are honest.


5 Amazing Things that Happen when you Sleep

Written by: Helen

alone, bed, bedroom


I think about sleep a lot theses days.  That can happen when you have children.  It’s a favourite topic between mums, particularly new mums who are frantically trying to get their body to adjust to a lack of it.  And one thing you certainly learn is to utilise the time that you do have to catch up on your zzzz’s – squeeze every last minute out of ‘snooze’ on your alarm clock until it forces you up, get to bed at a decent time etc.

If you are struggling with sleep (and it’s not a ‘child’ related issue) I have written a post with some tips about how to get a good night.  I also mentioned briefly why it is important.  You can read that post here.

Caffeine and energy drinks are all well and good at keeping us going throughout the day when we’ve had a heavy night.  But they can’t make up for the benefits to our mind and body when we sleep.

I recently heard of Casper, the global sleep brand with an expertise in mattresses and they have created this handy infograph which has some pretty amazing facts about just how important it can be, particularly to our fitness.  Reaction time can be reduced by 300% from a single all-nighter??! Wow, that shows just what an impact poor sleep can have on our lives.  Under the infograph I’ve included 5 more reasons why you should be working on getting into a decent sleep pattern.




1)Boosts metabolism and helps with a healthy weight

Research has shown (and my own experience finds this to be true) that when we feel tired we are also more likely to feel hungry.  Sleep affects certain hormones and these hormones just happen to be the hormones that drive our appetite.


2)Better memory

Your body may be sleeping but your mind is not.  It is believed that a process called ‘consolidation’ occurs whilst we are in the land of nod.  It is basically our memories being strengthened.  This means that while we snore our memories are being organised and when we wake from a good night’s sleep we will be able to remember and process information better.


3)Improved immune support

Whilst sleeping your body helps you to fight infections.  Research has shown that people who have had a poor night are more likely to catch a cold when exposed to the cold virus than those who had slept well.


Short Red Hair Woman Blowing Her Nose


4)Helps with depression and anxiety

Sleep impacts depression and studies show that a lack of it can contribute to feelings of depression.  Decent sleep aids our mental health and makes us more emotionally stable.


5)It’s good for your heart

Lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack.  A decent sleep pattern is good for our blood pressure and cardiovascular system.


So has this post inspired you to put your nightcap on? Did you find the infograph interesting? Let me know your thoughts.  And if, like me, you’d love a good night’s sleep but sometimes your children have other ideas then I feel your pain but just know that it won’t last forever!  Thanks for reading