The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ November

For Today

It has been a long day. I haven't got much done a part from a small amount of home school and running around sorting the children out. I did manage a lovely long shower this evening however which is always a welcome now it's got much colder up here!

Looking out my window

It's very dark, a few street lights on outside and it's quiet. Often I still see people walking up the alleyway by our home but I guess with this weather they're choosing to stay in.. 

I am thinking

About an awful lot of things. Happy things and things that worry me, but which shouldn't worry me at all. Also about meals for the week, I'm always thinking of food!

I am thankful

For the lovely doctor we saw today, who was cheery and friendly and told me how well I helped Mr K. She even asked if I was a nurse! I've never had any training to be a carer, I do it purely out of love and believe it's why God made me the way I am. I am also thankful to Him for all the good he has brought towards the end of this awful year. 

One of my favourite things


Some photos from my day out with my Dad. He and my Mum visited us last weekend and we got to be tourists in my home town. 

I am creating

Letters. I love to letter write and it sort of got forgotten about as I had other things to prioritise.

I am wearing

My pyjamas. Fleece bottoms and a jumper so I can stay snug all night long!

I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to

I'm reading a Doctor Who book on and off, some trashy magazines and some blogs. I am catching up on Eastenders and The Apprentice and listening to old songs from my youth as well as my album of Christian music that I love. 

I am hoping

For a good close to 2019 so we can focus on good for 2020.

I am learning

That I need to accept who I am but find a balance. I have to believe I have power and can be resilient but I need to work hard to do these things when I am such an empath because without the balance I am nothing but a people pleaser which is honestly no fun at all.

In my kitchen

It actually smells of burned cake! Midge thought she'd bake a cake but she forgot about it. Happens more than we care to admit! I'm hoping tomorrow it'll smell more like apple crumble!

In the school room

Writing letters to Father Christmas and learning about the science of fireworks in home school.

In my garden 

It's getting very muddy out there. I need more covers to put my beds to..well, bed over the winter. I have pumpkins to donate to the pigs and tomatoes still growing despite this awful autumn weather!

Post Script

It's been a while since I blogged. My blog turned 8 in September and I have hardly touched it this year. I plan to ease myself in gently and find a new focus for my corner of the web. 

Shared Quote

"Just because someone carries it well, doesn't mean it isn't heavy."

A moment from my day

English requires all the concentration!

Closing Notes

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Book Review ~ The Alphabet For Life by Fran Norris

I was recently contacted to review a rather lovely pictuere book called The Alphabet For Life by Fran Norris. I chose to share the story with my youngest, A, who I thought might enjoy it. My daughter  Midge also picked it up on several occasions and found it a lovely read, learning some new words and enjoying the beautiful illustrations. 

What did we think?

In the end all of my kids had a good look through The Alphabet of Life. I enjoyed the words and illustrations, the colours and fun fonts really stood out for James and A. 

Midge found it an easy read but enjoyed learning from the book, it appeals to her rather sensitive nature which didn't surprise me! 

All the children have given the book a 5 out of 5!

About the author

Fran Norris is a mother of two living in Devon. Like most parents, her daily life largely involves coming up with creative approaches to making the good-for-you stuff enjoyable and appealing to children. She believes that education should nurture our natural curiosity and empower each individual to reach their fullest potential.

 Inspired by the playful way children approach any task, from brushing their teeth to eating toast, Fran is convinced that fun should be at the core of all learning. As a former scientist, Fran approaches life as a wonderful experiment and loves to question everything. Her children provide a never-ending source of mystery and challenges to be solved. Creating THE ALPHABET OF LIFE reconnected Fran with her love of drawing and painting, encouraging her to work as an illustrator now.

Join the blog tour! Please do check out the reviews of The Alphabet of Life on the following blogs:

The Alphabet of Life by Fran Norris is available from Amazon in Kindle format for just under £3.00 and paperback for £10.00 and also on Goodreads

National Geographic Practical STEM Kit Review!


As part of our Bandai Ambassadors role we have had yet more fun with another new set of STEM kits by National Geographic. This is our final review with Bandai and we have loved our National Geographic sets.

This time our wonderful Midge jumped at the chance to review the Ultimate Play Sand Kit. This retails at £11.99 on Amazon.

Midge and Will love anything like this and have already added the sand to their Christmas lists so they  can have even more to play with!

Review: National Geographic Mini Dig Kits


Today I wanted to show you our latest review of National Geographic's STEM kits. The boys were thrilled to get a mini dig kit this time from Bandai and Will in particular wanted to dive right in with his mini dig kit. I think they're liking their Ambassador role!

Review: National Geographic Build Your Own Volcano!


We have another fun National Geographic STEM kit to share with you! In June, as part of our Bandai Ambassador role, we were gifted a volcano kit to try out. We had fun reviewing our crystals so we're excited to try this kit next.

The kit has everything you need to build your own volcano. You will be making a plaster mix for your volcano so make sure you do this somewhere that's easy to clean up!

Review! Zuru Bunch O Balloons Summer Fun PLUS GIVEAWAY!


We have had some super hot weather this week and to say the children were excited to get a Zuru Bunch O Balloons with water soaker delivery in the same week would be an understatement! 

We have been sent a Zuru Bunch O Balloons water filler/soaker which comes with a set of water balloons plus 3 extra packs and a cool towel (which to save arguments I have placed dibs on!)

After a bit of nagging I've finally got around to letting the kids unleash the balloons and soaker in the back garden. 

Review ~ STEM Fun with Sea Monkeys and Blue Crystal Growing

We have been sent these products to review, all thoughts, images and opinions are our own!


We've been selected to be Bandai Ambassors here at the Cupcake Kitney house and have really enjoyed experimenting with some of their products. 

First we tried out the The Original Sea Monkey Ocean Zoo kit (Age 4+). We are looking at a mix of topics in science and one of them is environments and eco systems. This is a fun, easy and simple way to explore this topic.