Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Gatecrasher by Sophie Kinsella

The Gatecrasher 
by Sophie Kinsella aka Madeleine Wickham

Fleur Daxeny is beautiful, unscrupulous and has a large wardrobe of black designer suits. With the help of the Times announcements page she gatecrashes the funerals and memorial services of the wealthy, preying on rich, vulnerable men. She charms her way into their lives and onto platinum credit cards, takes what she can and moves swiftly on.

When Richard Favour, a dull but wealthy businessman meets Fleur at his wife's memorial service, he's bowled over. Gradually Fleur works her spell on Richard's reserved and stilted family - transforming their lives while she moves in on their wealth. She finds herself lingering longer than she meant to, becoming involved in the family - but as Fleur rifles though Richard's files, it becomes clear that she is not the only one after his money. 

My View 

I really enjoyed this book. What's great about it is that it is easy to read. I didn't like Fleur that much in the book but towards the end i did - it's a fast moving plot, with only 347 pages, so a quick easy read.


Mrs P

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Theo Paphitis Enter the Dragon

Theo Paphitis 
Enter the Dragon

Theo Paphitis' story is a remarkable one. A Cypriot immigrant, he battled with dyslexia, worked as a tea boy at Lloyd's brokers and had a first insight into retail by selling watches in London's West End. At 23 he founded his first company, but it was in 1995 that he took his biggest risk: taking control of the loss-making stationers Rymans. Taking over enterprises is why he was a natural choice for the BBC hit show Dragons Den. 

My View
I love Dragons Den and the cast of Dragons Den, that's why i got this book. I really enjoyed some parts of the book like when he was growing up and the retail side of the book. I didn't so much enjoy when he took over Millwall Football Club and maybe it would have been better if it had more about his life and the new business that he's going into. Other then that it was a good read. 


Mrs P

Sunday, 22 April 2012

My time in woolworts.

 This is my old store in Manford Way, Chigwell. I loved my time at Woolies - it was a good place to work until the end and we had a crap team - the old team was always the best. Giving a shout out to all the people I enjoyed working with: Ewan, Hayley, Kerry, Dave, Gareth, Andy, Jodie, Hall, Shuf, Paul.d, Paul.k, Paul.e, Maddy, Sandra, Jackie, Hazel, Laurence, George & Dan... sorry if i have forgotten anyone.

From left to right...
John, me, Dan, Gareth, Mr P, Jodie, Hall

I started working for Woolies when i was 16, as i got the job from when I did work experience at school. When i was 16 I had the job waiting for me and started working on Sunday on the till or just filling the shelves. Then it was Sat & Sun doing the same thing, and when i finished college I worked during the week. I went from a sales assistant to an STL, then training AM, before i fell pregnant and the company went bust. It was a sad time with it going as it holds so many memories for me. 

I still meet up with a few of the Woolies lot, down the pub for drinks and see what we're all up to. Dave works in a primary school now, Hayley works in an office up London, Jodie in an office as well, Kerry - not 100% sure what he does (but some sort of security thing) - and me a housemummy. Our lives have all gone different ways but we still remain mates. 

Best things that happened in Woolies: 

  • It's where i met Mr P and now we have our little Woolies baby 
  • Kerry met Hayley and have been going out for a few years 
  • Made some good mates 
  • Never forget the night fill (it was a lot of fun) 
  • And i enjoyed myself
  • My nephew set up 'Save Woolworths' for us on facebook, that became well known online and in the papers. 


Mrs P 

Happy 1st Birthday.

Happy 1st Birthday to my blog 

It's been a year since i started this blog and i have loved it. Putting my goals and hopes on here has helped me along the road to achieving them. 

 I am glad i have done this. I started to do it when i was at home with Little Miss P. I was bored and didn't really know what i wanted out of life, not knowing really who i was anymore. So this blog has helped me find myself again and find a new love for the things I forgot, like reading and working towards my life goals. 

So a Big Happy Birthday and thank you, 

Love Mrs P

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Mr P

This is Mr P, my hubby, my Rock

I would be lost without him and i hope he would be a little lost without me too. We met when we worked together in Woolies, when i was 16 and Mr P was 21. We were both seeing other people at the time then ended it with our partners and got together.

Now we have been married for 3 years with our little girl. I'm not saying that our marriage is the best and that we get along all the time - we have our ups and down like everyone else, we just work through it and the three of us work as a little team to make sure we're all happy.

Facts about Mr P

Born 21st September (Virgo)

He has Green eyes with a hint of Grey

Blonde hair

Mr P works for a card company in their head office as Retail Support Manager. He enjoys his job most of time!

He has 2 older sisters, one with six kids and the other one with two kids

He is a part time musician but originally wanted to do it full time if the sums added up

Can be a perfectionist

Doesn't like being told he's wrong 

Mrs P

Monday, 9 April 2012

March 2012

March 2012

The List
  • Woohoo the loo is done - it has cost a small fortune tho
  • Sold some more on ebay. Now i have made £39.54
  • Have bought a web address for the business and just have to buy some hosting pages now
  • Have 84 followers on my blog now - thanks everyone :-) 

Not on the list
  • It's been Joshua, my father-in-law & my step brother's birthdays
  • Went to two friends' houses for a meal, thank your Mrs H Brown & Mr M Brown and Mr A McKay & Mrs L McKay-to-be
  • Mr P has won a brass band contest in Stevenage... well done guys
  • Little Miss P had a swimming photo shoot and she loved it (this cost a small fortune too) 
Mrs P

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

2012 updated list

2012 - The Plan
This year i have written down what i need to do to get where we want, so here it is
Black still need to do, Red in progressBlue means done.

  • Mr P to get a job in head office
  • Start sorting out the loft
  • Start up redpesto
  • Get a Sunday or Saturday job
  • Get the loo done
  • Front garden sorted
  • One day a month to sit down and work on our plan
  • Then every two weeks when things get going
  • Get 100 people on my blog (so far i have 85)

Making money

  • Mr P to do more gigs
  •  up ebay again make £100 on it in 2012 (so far i have made £39.54)
  • Make £50 from a carboot sale
  • Start to make a bit of money from my blog


  • Save £30,000 for buy-to-let (that's going to take a lot longer then one year)
  • Put £500 into my Disneyland savings account (Put away about £100)
  • £2,000 in to our savings (reach £10,000 and then don't touch it - use it as a nest egg that wouldn't be used for a few years yet)
  • Pay £500 off family loan (so far payed of £160 hoping to be done by July )


  • Do a tea party where all money goes to a charity
  • Bungee jump
  • Want to make £200 for charity
The List