Thursday, 18 May 2017

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

If you have read any of Nicholas Sparks' books you will know that you'll probably end up crying at the end of them. And it turns out that his films are no different.
Save Haven is about a young woman called Katie who appears in a small town called Southport. Her sudden arrival raises questions about her path and she is very determined to avoid answering them. This is until she starts a relationship with a widowed store owner called Alex who is kindhearted and has two young children. Katie has another close bond with the neighbour called Jo (woman). Katie slowly begins to let her guard down on this close-knit community and becomes very attracted to Alex and his family. But her past catches her up and she has to decide whether to run or stay and fight her past. She chooses to stay. Even if it means putting her own life at risk and the ones that she's fallen in love with.

I absolutely love this film, I've never watched a Nicholas Sparks film before but from now on I am going to watch all of them and yes I did cry towards the end. I don't want to give it away just in case you haven't seen this film but if you need a good cry or are you just need to get your sadness out you need to watch these films. Don't think I've ever read a Nicholas Sparks book but I know most of my family have. I am glad that Katie does get her happy ending but at the end I wasn't expecting that where the storyline actually went but it was a great storyline. I need to actually find out if Stockport is a real place in South Carolina because it looks beautiful there. And one of the main characters Alex is not bad to watch on telly either, he's kind of good looking so that always helps watching a film. Alex's children in this film are an absolutely brilliant actor and actress and I think I will go far. 

Love
Mrs P

Monday, 8 May 2017

Family Holiday Isle of Wight

Over the Easter holiday we went away for a week to the Isle of Wight, to a lovely bit just off East Cowes. It overlooked the sea and had a lovely bit of beach. We stayed in a place called Coastal Retreat, they are Self catering lodges including a washing machine, full kitchen, towels and all the utensils you could need. Some of them even had a Private Hot Tub, which our one did and we made a lot of use out of it. We used it every day, sometimes three times a day.

They also have a lovely restaurant in the sister place Woodside Retreat, just a 2 min walk from the Coastal Retreat through the woods. The restaurant is lovely and the staff are so friendly. I would 100% recommend them.

But we didn't just stay in the Lodge we went to see what the Isle of Wight has to offer. It is a very small island but a very cute one as well. We did a little thing each day and only done a few full day things. One of the full day things was going to see the Needles, it was great and we went on a speed boat!! The beach was lovely and they also have a few rides that you can go on like the tea cups and other small rides. We also went to a place called Blackgang Chine. I have to say it wasn't a great place, so next time we will not be going there... the only thing that was good was that it has a dinosaur park where you walk around and that was good but still not worth the price in my mind. Little Miss P has done a little YouTube video about it so I will leave it below for you.

Love
Mrs P

Thursday, 4 May 2017

April Lookover

9th April - We have just got back from a lovely time away in the Isle of Wight. It was just the three of us and we stayed at a place called Woodside Coastal Retreat, that over looks the sea and the best bit is it has a hot tub that we can use whenever we want. One night we were in it very late and I loved that. Not sure why I just did and I will be doing a blog post about the place where we stayed.
The holiday itself was lovely,we spent lot of time just chilling out in the lodge and a few trips out at the beach and things like that. It was a great holiday.

13th April -  Little Miss P is still off school and Mr P has gone back to work but he is back off on Friday until Tuesday as it's Easter so that means a long weekend. The only plan I think we have is to go and see some family.

18th April - It's now about 9.30pm and I am sitting in bed about to watch Lucifer. I love this show at the moment. Over the weekend we went to see both our families and that means we got lots of Easter Eggs. Also each time we got some lovely weather that meant we could spend a lot time outside in the gardens. But from tonight the weather will be going back to being cold again just in time for Little Miss P to go back to school.

27th April - It's been a while and not much has happened really. But the other day Little Miss P got her dancing exam result and she has passed, but not just passed she got Commended and she was so happy with that. Bless her, that makes me a proud mummy. She's worked very hard over the month with dancing and music.

30th April - Little Miss P spent the night at Nanny's house last night, just her and Nanny I think she likes it like that as it's nice and chilled out. I also went to see Little Rosie who is getting so big now. Little Miss P has a little treat today, she had a little photo shoot in her dancing wear I think she liked it but she hasn't said much about it. I hope everyone had a lovely April and let's see what May will bring.

Love
Mrs P

Thursday, 27 April 2017

TV of the Moment


Line Of Duty
This is a BBC programme that we got into last year, it's about some detectives in unit AC-12 who look into corrupt units or other detectives in the police force and work out if they need to be sacked etc, that's the best way to explain it. But it's that type of programme that keeps you guessing if she really is and who killed that person and how it will all fit together. I am usually very good at this type of show and get the right person but this one I still don't 100% know.

Lucifer
This is a show on Amazon Prime and we have just started watching it. As per what it's called it's about the Devil who has taken a long holiday to LA. The main man is called Lucifer Morningstar (the Devil) who is unhappy in Hell, so he then runs a nightclub in Los Angeles called "Lux", with the assistance of his demonic ally Mazikeen. Lucifer becomes involved with the LAPD when he begins to assist Detective Chloe Decker in crime cases. He becomes fascinated with Decker when she appears to be immune to his powers. This is so funny and the humour is great, really my sort of style. I can't wait to be watching more of this with the hubby.

Monday, 24 April 2017

The Rest of March


24th March - One more week until Little Miss P is off school for two and a half weeks. Yes I can't wait, we are planning to have lots of fun, I don't know what to do with Little Miss P yet but I am planning it to be full of fun and hoping to do lots of things in the garden if the weather is nice. eBay has started going well again as I have the fabric in now, and I'm now hoping that Mr P will be bringing me some more when he gets home (that reminds me, I need to text him).

27th March - Just got in from work and so far it's been a good day, I had an appraisal at work and that went fine, lasted all of 10 mins. On eBay I sold a few things over the weekend and my little family are doing great. Can't wait until Summer's off school for two and half weeks over Easter. I plan to do lots of baking with her and playing in the garden if the weather lets us.

Not too sure where the rest of March went, but I hope you all enjoyed it.

Love
Mrs P

Thursday, 20 April 2017

March

 1st March - Where has the time gone, I have to say I'm not in entirely sure where February went, it, kind of just flew bye. This month has lots going on, not for me but for Little Miss P and Mr P. Just like every other month really. But this month Mr P has a show that he's MDing for and Little Miss P has two exams, her singing and dancing exams. I am not sure how this month will go but I hope it's fun.

6th March - The weekend went by so quickly. On Saturday morning Little Miss P had a birthday party to go to, it was her best friend's and they went to Kids Space, there were about 8 kids from her school that went and that evening we went to our friend's house for dinner and a few drinks. It was lovely to see them and have a catch up. On Sunday Little Miss P, my Mum and I went to go and see my Nanna and have dinner at her house, it was lovely and I also saw my Cousin and her Boyfriend. Nannna makes a lovely roast Dinner. And now for today, well not much has happened other then the normal.

20th March - Well let's start with eBay, it's going great. I have sold so much over the last few days and I have loved it. I have sold lots of different things but mainly fabric and a few pairs of socks, which I find a little bit weird. Work is OK it's just work and I do get money to put towards our Disney Trip that I hope to book for next year. Little Miss P is doing well and she seems to be doing really well at most things at the moment, which is great. Let's see what the 2nd half of March will bring, with eBay and Little Miss P and her exams.

Love
Mrs P

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Meet Rosie


Meet my new little niece Rosie Maria Flack born 18/02/2017 at 1.40pm, weight 6lb and 14oz. She is a little cutie with a little bit of dark brown hair, and a squishy nose. I love the fact that I can give her back when she starts crying, even though her cries are not much at the moment just a little whimper. Her big sister Isabelle is so proud of her and is always wanting to kiss her. Isabelle is only two years old and at the moment I think she thinks she's a doll and a novelty. I'm sure she will soon grow out of that.

I think she really looks like her Dad as she has all her Dad's features, but I wonder if she will still look like her Dad in a few years' time.  As she was three weeks early she doesn't really fit in any of her clothes at the moment as they all too big for her. But I am guessing it will not take too long before she fits into them.

Not much else to say about her at the moment as she is so small and new.

Love
Mrs P

Monday, 13 March 2017

The Rest of February

 25th February - Happy Birthday Mummy, yep it's my Mum's birthday and we spent the weekend with her. On her birthday we went to my sister's house in Braintree and went to a garden centre near her that has a little play area and we had a cream tea. It was a nice place and Little Miss P and Little Hill had a great time playing together as they don't normally get time on their own together (Master Hill was at football with his Grandad).

26th February - We went to my Mum's house for a bit of lunch for the afternoon. My sister was down and my sister popped in with her brand new baby Rosie. We all had a lovely little hug with her,  and Little Miss P had the best hug with her even having a little sleep with her in the sofa while having a hug. It was so cute and yes I got a photo of it. I hope my Mum had an OK birthday, it wasn't much but next year I hope we do something better for her.

The thing that I didn't mention was that my sister had a little baby girl on the 18/2/2017. There will be more of a blog post coming up on this in the next few days (when I get to writing it that is). She is very cute and I love getting my hugs from her. Overall February has been OK, not much to really say about it.

Love
Mrs P

Monday, 20 February 2017

February Lookover

 3rd of February - Not the best start to the month but I can't really go into it, something annoyed me and it's made me look at some things in a different way to what I used to. As I explained to my daughter I am the zebra and not the lion.
Everything else is going great though, my eBay was good last month where I made £91 profit without doing that much work on it. I would love to make about £300 on it, but that will take a lot more work. I will work on it a bit at time.

9th of February - Well I have to say it has got better. eBay is on a bit of a go slow but I think that's because I don't have much fabric at the moment, Hopefully that will change in March when more comes in. Work is OK, not much to say about that really other than it's really cold out there at the moment. We have even had a bit of snow which is a little nice but it's just falling and not settling although it may do tonight. If it does a lot school might just be cancelled tomorrow. If it does then the holiday can start early hehe. I am a little behind on my blog post and my YouTube, I just hope I will get back to it soon.


13th of February - Today has been the first day of Little Miss P's week off school and we have had a lazy day. We have been doing a few things but only things that needed doing around the house like the washing and cleaning out the bathroom cupboard because that was absolutely disgusting. I've also had to pop to the postbox to post an eBay parcel and Little Miss P went on her skateboard and she loved it. Also I made a chocolate chip and vanilla cake that goes lovely with a cup of tea. Tomorrow we are going to Bounce Extreme or Jump Extreme in Barking and it's the first time I am going and can't wait. I'm not sure who's more excited, me or Little Miss P.

The rest of this month will be in another blog post.

Love
Mrs P

Monday, 13 February 2017

New Shoes

I get through lots of shoes and boots. I think that's because I work on my feet and maybe my feet are just very toxic, which everyone's are, it is just that I go through lots of shoes.

I get all my shoes from Primark so that's probably why I get through them as they are not as well made as some could be.  All three of these shoes are from that place Primark, The first pair are these bad boys they have very thick soles and are really comfortable, keeping my feet very warm standing in the playground all lunch time. I can even wear thick socks with them and for me that's important on these very cold days. They are also very easy to wipe clean when I have been on the mud.

Now onto my Trainers, I really want to go for more walks and maybe for a little jog if I pluck up the courage to go and do that on my own or with other people. The thing about these Trainers is the bottom of them they are a really funny material. I am not sure what it's called but it has Memory Foam in it. I love the grey colour of them with the bright green inside. I just hope they last.

These I had to get as they remind of a set of shoes I have and I love the glitter on them, I will wear these more in the spring as I don't really want to mess them up.  I may have to get myself another pair just I case I do,  These shoes were £10 and they seemed to only have a few more in stock, When we went in Primark it looked like they were getting a lot of new stock out as well,

Love
Mrs P



Thursday, 2 February 2017

January Lookover

It's the start of 2017 and it has got very cold.

 It is only 6th January today and so far so good, I've had two days at work and although I was feeling I didn't really fancy going back it was okay really, other than getting freezing cold feet. Mr P is still off work so it's a bit random him being home and me having to go out to work. We brought in the New Year at home watching a TV programme in bed and Little Miss P fell asleep by 11:00, but we were out the night before in a lovely hotel room. It was very late and so I called it my New Year... I just had it a day early.

9th January - We went to Woodford panto like we have been doing for the past five years and this year was Beauty and the Beast. Little Miss P loved it more this year due to some of the girls in it being from her dance school and she loved watching them. As I do every year I will be doing a review on it (if I haven't done so already). Also I went back to my mum's house and had a lovely roast dinner.

14th January - Not much else has been going on other than going back to work/school, dancing and just back to normal. We have had some snow the other but it was all ice in the morning and couldn't make any snowmen but due to the ice I did get to get Little Miss P from school a tiny bit early. eBay is going well so far and I have sold something every week so far so I really hope that will keep going.

19th - Last night we booked Little Miss P's first music exam, it's her singing prep test. It's not really an exam it is just putting them in an exam situation and see how they cope so that they know what to expect when they do their first Grade One exam. I think she's a little bit nervous but excited at the same time.

It's now the last day of January and it's be fun. Work has been very cold and I have had to wrap up warm, but the last few days wow, I felt like crying because my face was so cold. I can't wait to see what February will bring.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Love my Blog


I love my little blog. I have been doing it for the past seven years and I love it, I do it as a hobby and I will always love doing it as my hobby. I love just being able to sit down and get my thoughts on paper. 


Also there are some very random blog posts that I have done in the past. I love being able to look back on the past seven years and see what I've got up to in a certain month. 

I really want to do some more crafty posts, Disney posts, maybe some posts about what I buy from Etsy and clothing. Can't really do posts about my work as I work in a school and it will be about the kids and I can't do that.

I really enjoy writing film reviews and TV show reviews so I will be doing more of them as well. I would love to be able to make more money from it, so I will slowly be trying to do that throughout the year. And if I get to do that I will be of course doing Blog posts about it to keep everyone up-to-date with how it's working out.

Love
Mrs P


Monday, 23 January 2017

Under the Dome



A few months ago we got Amazon Prime and we wanted to start watching a TV series in the evenings just to chillout to. There are so many to pick from but we chose Under the Dome and I have to say it's a little bit of a mess that TV show. Don't get me wrong I actually really enjoy, it but you have to think about what's going on in it.

So far this is what I have learnt. The town called Chesters Mill has magically got a dome appear around it and they are all stuck inside. Every time they touch it they get a slight electric shock; they have tried punching it, throwing things at it, anything to get out, but nothing is working. It starts to go into each character a bit more throughout the series and of course some of the characters die, most of the time it's kind of a gruesome way. There are a few main characters and I would say Barbie is the main one with Julia, Big Jim, Norrie, Joe and Junior. It's mainly around them. I don't want to say too much as I don't want to give anything away.

So the time has come for aliens, yes aliens. I have to say I didn't think it would be an alien type of program but it is, so if you're into the alien thing it's definitely a watch for you. It is based all on an egg that produces pink falling stars and the world ending so they think that The Dome is there to protect them. But it isn't all it seems.

Not really saying much more as I've given away some of the plots already but I still have a few episodes to watch so I still don't know how it ends. I just hope Norrie, Joe and Julia survive until the end because they are my favourite characters.

Love
Mrs P

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Woodford Pantomime


We go to the Woodford Panto every year (well for the last five years we have anyway). It's not too far away from us and it's run just by a little drama group, but every year it is fantastic. This year they did Beauty and the Beast which is a Disney film that I absolutely love. Because it is a Panto they do change it in places so it's not exactly like the film and obviously don't have the film music in it due to copyright issues. But they did do it justice. I think it helps that this year Little Miss P's friends from her dance school were in it and they were all fantastic. They were mainly the dancers and background singers. I hope they will do it in next year because they did do great in it and it's lovely to see Little Miss P's face watching her friends in excitement.

Of course the rest of the cast were fantastic too, including my sister's friend that she works with, who is also in the play. He has been in the play for the last five years and maybe longer. This year he played one of the main characters called Felix, a pink poodle. I have to say he played the character very well and he was very funny mainly getting all the laughs. Little Miss P got to go up on stage again and she loved it, she got to go up with Master Hill (her cousin). Not to sure about next year, she might be too old to go up.

Of course I will be going again next year with Little Miss P and the rest of my family.

Love
Mrs P

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Film Review - We're the Millers


This film is based on a veteran pot dealer that creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S from Mexico. It starts off with David (played by Jason Sudeikis) asking to get some weed from Mexico, but to do this he has to create a family to get through the border of Mexico and then back into the U.S without being detected. So he gets Rose (Jennifer Aniston) to play the Mum, Casey (Emma Roberts) and Kenny (Will Poulter) to play their children. They are a very mixed bunch.

This film is very funny and has a lots of comical moments. They all seem to work well together and you can see that comes across in the film. You don't have to concentrate on this film that much as you can just go back to it and still know what's going on.

I like the actress Jennifer Aniston so that made me enjoy the film more I think, as she did play Rose very well.

I would I watch this film again and I'm pretty sure I would still enjoy it.

Love
Mrs P

Monday, 9 January 2017

Hilton for the Night


Over the last three years we have been going away for one night over Christmas or New Year, and they are all lovely Hilton hotels, normally in one of the suites and 2016 was no different. We went to stay in the Hilton in Syon Park London as it was the closest one to the show we were seeing, Cinderella at Chiswick House.

But first let me talk about the hotel room. This hotel room was massive, I don't think I've been in a hotel room this big before, you walk in and walk into the front room or as we called it Little Miss P's room as it had her put up bed in there. It had a massive TV, a sofa and a coffee table with plenty of room all around them. Then you go into the other room which was the bedroom, it had a massive bed in it with the TV coming out of a cabinet at the end of it. I have this on my Wish List now. But if I did have that I don't think I'll ever get out of bed. Both of the bedrooms led out to a balcony. Even though it was cold we still went out there and had a hot drink. Now for the bathroom. This was the room at that amazed me. The bath was so big that you could actually lie down in it and you could fill it up lots. Also there was a TV in the bathroom so you could sit on the toilet or sit in the bath and watch telly. That is a little crazy. Don't get me wrong I loved it. Also we had a double shower where it had a waterfall shower. I didn't actually get to use the shower as it was one night and I really wanted to use the bath.

That night we also got room service as we couldn't be asked to go downstairs to the restaurant so we got into our pyjamas and had food delivered to us on the table to our room. And that was heaven. Yes it did cost a small fortune but we only do it once a year, the big room and food delivered to us it's our little treats saying well done for having a good year.

Cinderella in Chiswick House was actually really good, it wasn't a panto it was just a show they put on and it had a magician character in it that did some tricks. It was funny and it was magical in Little Miss P's eyes. I would definitely go again. Little Miss P also got her face painted and a balloon, we got a lovely little lunch as well with a hotdog each and I got a glass of Prosecco to drink while watching it.

Let's see if 2017 is good to us, to enable us to do something like this again. 

Love
Mrs P


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Bye 2016, Hello 2017


2016 was a year full of fun and everything happened that was meant to happen. It was a year of staying the same with a bit of a travelling adventure to it. If you haven't seen my yearly round up go and check it out here, I am sad to see 2016 go but excited to see what 2017 will bring for my family and me.

The only thing we have panned for 2017 is to keep saving money for a raining day just in case anything happens, and to find some ways to invest some money. But other then that, we have nothing planned.

I hope that 2017 brings happiness for my family and we keep learning from life. Also I hope I stick  to my little list that I made for 2017 and that you can see here. The main thing I would really like to do is pay more off the mortgage then we need to just try and get it down and pay it off quicker.

That is it for 2017 for now, I will keep you updated.

Love
Mrs P

Monday, 2 January 2017

2017 Plan

2017 - 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, Blue in progress.

  • Other 
  • Carry on doing a blog post every week and also carry on doing YouTube once a week
  • Carry on at my little job as a Midday Play Leader
  • Work on my little online shop that I have wanted to do for ages

Making Money

  • Carry on doing eBay with things I find around the house and at car boot sales 
  • Do some Matched Betting

Saving

  • Save for another Disney World trip. My plan is to save £4000 for this.
  • Try and pay off more of our mortgage, as much as we can

The List
Get to 200 on my blog by 2018 (at the moment at 129)
Get 200 on by YouTube (at the moment at 99)

Not much on the list this year but I am going to keep it small and work hard at it.

Love
Mrs P