Meet Natural Harry….

I’m super excited to be featuring the gorgeous Harriet Birrell  from Natural Harry here today.  Harriet is one of the wellness gang down here that is taking the Bellarine and Surfcoast by storm, as we work our magic to make this the healthiest, happiest place in Australia to live! You might have seen Harriet and her gorgeous partner Fraser with their happy smiles and uber trendy vintage caravan handing out organic smoothies in Barwon Heads. She’s chatting with us today about getting upside down and she shares the recipe for one of her famous smoothies (yay!)

How did Natural Harry’s come into being?
It happened really organically (excuse the pun) I have been eating and living this way for some time and have been feeding family and friends with goodies like these. My boyfriend Fraser came up with the brilliant idea of making Natural Harry a really wonderful experience in the form of a coastal vintage caravan and that we build it ourselves. How can you resist an idea like that?

What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness means the world to me. Wellness is our birth right and something everyone should experience. Wellness is a holistic view of the body and the mind obtained through movement of the body, nourishment through food and daily relaxation of the mind (whatever that may be for you)

What’s one thing you do daily to be kind to yourself?
I dry body brush before my morning shower and I find time in the day to exercise (usually also my meditation) either swimming, yoga, walking or, once in a blue moon a run.

Your favorite 3pm ‘go to’ craving killer… 
At the moment a shoulder stand and a delicious “rawreo” (my raw version of an Oreo). In that order ;). My beautiful yogi friend taught me that, if your tired, get upside down for 5 minutes, you will feel like a new person.

Your perfect day…
Wake up with the sun
Breakie of a massive Green smoothie
Read and stretch/yoga
Natural Harry planning, making and nurturing
Swim in the ocean
Lay in the sun
Lunch of mums awesome Gispatchio
More relaxing
Surf with friends
Beautiful summer salad dinner with friends and some yummy raw deserts
Laughing and chatting

5 words you would use to describe yourself
Creative, goofy, a dreamer, a mover, shocking comedian

And your Mum…how would she describe you?!
I actually asked my mum this and was so taken with her reply… I’m blushing a bit..
Focused, thoughtful, creative, thorough, energetic. (mum is all of this and more!)

The weirdest ingredient in your pantry and what you use it for
Well, some would say my whole pantry is weird… Probably organic, raw cane sugar. This is only weird because I don’t actually eat it. I mix it with coconut oil and use it as an awesome body scrub. Yum yum!
Now here’s Harriet’s gorgeous ‘Berry Nice Day’ smoothie recipe for you to enjoy!
Handful of frozen raspberries/blackberries/blueberries or berry of choice
– 300 ml Almond milk
– 1 frozen banana
– Teaspoon acai pronounced (a – sigh -ee) High antioxidant berry buy in powdered form or fresh from your local health food store.
– Garnish with fresh berries and cacao powder or a sprig of mint

Health benefits: Healing, detoxifying, skin clearing, sustained energy.

I’m also very fortunate to have Natural Harry’s coming along to Australia’s Ultimate Yoga Event on March 1st handing out FREE organic, superfood smoothies to all of the yogi mama’s on the day! You are AWESOME Harriet! So if you want to meet Natural Harry in person and try the smoothies that are all the talk right now on The Bellarine and  in Geelong then grab your ticket now! (2 days left on Early Bird!).

If you want to follow Natural Harry then check out her website or click here to find out her location at any given time.


Your Smartphone is smart, but is it making you stupid?

Yesterday I decided to switch off my Smartphone and iPad for a self-centred, non electronic Sunday. A seemingly easy task one would think (my hubby bailed – he was supposed to join me but had already checked the weather, surf and used GPS by 9am!) One of my biggest concerns about my dependence on my Smartphone is my brain cells are withering away as I replace the need for them with my new fangled gadget. So to prove to myself that I could function without this handy little device with it’s cute pink leather case, I put myself to the test yesterday.

Here’s why it was hard:

  • It was my Mum’s birthday and I was planning dinner – should I do a BBQ or would there be a cool change? Normally I’d check my weather app (keep in mind here we don’t have any newspapers, TV news or radio on in our little sanctuary of a house!)
  • Before doing the grocery shop I needed to check the ingredients for my shopping list – but my favourite recipe books are e-books and for that I needed the iPad
  • We drove into town and I didn’t know how to get to the industrial estate – a girl with my map reading skills needs GPS!
  • As I wrote this blog I was sitting in the car waiting for my hubby to come out of a shop. I really wanted to send him a hurry message because it was 33 degrees and the kids were getting cranky!

How about you? How reliant are you on your smartphone? I can’t believe how much I’ve come to depend on it in such a short space of time – I mean only 12 months ago I didn’t even know what an app was!

There are so many benefits to using a Smartphone and i’m one their biggest fans, BUT like anything, we have to use them in moderation. As we head towards our late 30’s and early 40’s ( I can’t believe I’m saying this!) we actually have to ensure we work our brain, including the areas of memory, creativity and communication. If we want to have good cognitive functioning well into old age then it’s either use it or lose it!

Here’s what I gained from my 11 hours of abstinence (yes, I caved at 4pm):

  1. I focused on landmarks and used my memory to get around town without GPS ( no, I don’t know where the map book is, and I am even more likely to get lost when using one). This is awesome for strengthening your memory which is important if you want to avoid cognitive degeneration later in life (or even for tomorrow, so that I can remember the names of all the new kinder teachers I’ve just met…)
  2. I used my paperback recipe books (after dusting them off!) to look for recipe inspiration for the week. The kids became interested in all of the pretty pictures and we made a family session of the meal planning (Bonus: quality time with my kids and maybe they’ll eat what I serve this week because they chose it!)
  3. While waiting in the car for my hubby I wrote this blog, rather than procrastinating on Facebook and Instagram. (Bonus: I just saved an hour of work time tomorrow!)
  4. Not knowing what the weather was going to be doing for the day I struck up a conversation with my neighbour and asked them – and they knew the answer! (of course, because they checked their Smartphone app…Bonus: connecting with my community)

So try and get yourself a balance. Use your Smartphone when you have to, but if your brain could do the job perfectly well then let it!


Australia’s Ultimate Yoga Event for Mums!

It’s here! I’m so excited to announce my biggest and best ever event! I’m pairing with the stunning Nerine from Power and VInyasa Yoga to unlock the mysteries and break down the barriers of yoga that often prevent even the most confident of us Mums from stepping foot in a yoga studio!
I’ll be quizzing  Nerine  on everything you ever wanted to know about yoga (“What should I wear? Is it ok to bring my newborn? What if I’m not flexible enough? Can I go pee halfway through a pose?”).
This hilarious but informative morning will have you laughing but absolutely convinced that you can do a yoga class by the end of it!
Even if you’ve done yoga before, this event will answer all of those questions that run through your head when you should be focusing on your breath!
Your ticket includes:

  • A fun mixture of questions and sharing between Nerine, Nicole and the audience
  • A 30 minute yoga class introducing you to the basic yoga poses, techniques and breath work to have you calm and energised for the weekend ahead
  • Education on healthy breakfast choices to fuel your post yoga hunger including a superfood smoothie from the famous Natural Harry’s!
  • Loads of giveaways from our supporters including Lorna Jane, C-Coconut Water and Saskita Bonita! 
Food * Life

Nut Free Sandwich Free Lunchbox Fillers

Wow this has been quite an experience this first week at school and kinder thing (it’s been 5 or 6 years since I made my oldest son’s lunch!). Standing talking to some Mum’s yesterday I realised just how hard it is to fill a lunchbox when your children don’t eat bread and you’re not allowed egg or nuts at school. Nuts have been my ‘go to’ base for baking since my daughter’s food sensitivities began – this week I was suddenly stumped!
Putting my creative hat to work though I was able to fill the lunchboxes easily. Here’s 2 versions of nut free, egg free, sandwich free lunchboxes. I’ll bring you some more over the coming weeks as I work them out!
Ideas for lunchbox fillers!


  • Chicken & Cucumber Rice Paper Rolls (remember to pack an ice pack when using chicken)
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Watermelon
  • Plain corn chips
  • Homemade yoghurt (recipe in Sugar Free Baking)  in a Sinchies pouch


  • Refined sugar free/ egg free banana and chocolate muffins (recipe in Sugar Free Baking)
  • Pesto pastry twists (recipe in ‘Transition Your Family to Healthy Eating’ e-book that you receive for free when you sign up to The Happy Parent Project).
  • Watermelon
  • Homemade Muesli slice
I hope these give you some inspiration if you’re struggling with lunchboxes! I feel your pain!

Nicole x


Welcome beautiful Mama to The Happy Parent Project!

I’m Nicole Beardsley and this is my project.

I work with parents (mostly Mums, but sometimes Dads!) that believe in their heart of hearts that there is a better way to do this parenting biz.

Generally they’re grappling with too many balls in the air, rushing from activity to activity, struggling to do it all and wishing that they could just

slow……..all…..down. Take a deep breath….look into their children’s eyes…..stop the clock….before it all rushes past too quickly.

I was previously a clinical Occupational Therapist  teaching people how to use simple organisational strategies to achieve their goals. From neuro-rehabilitation units in New Zealand to the top spinal hospital in London I’ve supported inspiring people with debilitating injuries to care for their children whilst living in a wheelchair, to cook a family meal with only one arm and care for small children with a short term memory of less than 20 minutes.

These cases are rewarding, inspirational, news worthy and incredibly fulfilling as a practitioner, but they’re not where my true skills shine. My true passion, the people that I dream of working with and supporting, are everyday parents that fall under the radar. The hardworking Mums and Dads that are working their butts of from sun up to sun down, dreaming of a life that isn’t passing them by. Those parents that had a vision, when they first saw that second line come up on the pregnancy test, of the sort of parent that they would be. Those parents that can’t even remember what that vision was because they’re so bogged down in bills and errands and deadlines and rushing.

Unfortunately for these parents there is no ‘rehabilitation unit’ or prescription or practitioner to see where they can get help. So I’ve created one. 

On top of my Bachelor of Occupational Therapy I am also a certified Health Coach, Author, Kinder Educator and Motivational Speaker.

My coaching clinic is based in Ocean Grove, Australia and from this tranquil space I work 1:1 with clients (in person or via Skype for international clients) to support parents to:

  • Identify the sort of parent they envisioned they would be
  • Create a strategy outlining the steps they need to take to achieve this vision for their family
  • Implement the steps with my support and guidance, using my unique and tailored techniques and templates to creatively problem solve obstacles, create supportive routines and break down any barriers that are holding them back

To book a 1:1 consult please use my contact page. I do so look forward to supporting you to be a happy parent!

How you can join the happy parent project…

  • Join a natural living workshop
  • Join my coaching programme
  • Buy my recipe book
  • Read ’10 ways to get your kids to eat healthy food’
  • Buy my natural living dvd
  • Invite me to run a workshop at your organisation or kinder/school
  • Hire me as a motivational speaker at your next conference/ retreat/ organisation