It’s not just cricket!!

My husband John is a huge cricket fan and since we got engaged 7 years ago, he has been trying to teach me the finer rules of the game. When Mumsnet  were looking for bloggers that have an interest in cricket I jumped at the chance.

Mumsnet were asked by The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to invite bloggers along that have an interest in sport or cricket for kids to their launch of All Stars Cricket. Jack loves his sports (running and gymnastics especially) and John is keen for him to become a spin bowler for Middlesex (no pressure Jack!) so we were keen to hear all about this great new programme.

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Jack last summer

We arrived early at the launch and got to watch a group of children having a lesson, which showed all the structured activities which would form a typical session. We were also lucky enough to interview Michael Vaughan (top Yorkshire and England batsman …. and Strictly contestant!!).

All Starts Cricket is aimed at girls and boys aged 5-8 as a fun, first-time experience of cricket. Starting in May, children will be able to attend at over 1,500 centres across the country. They can learn catching, throwing, hitting a moving ball and (top of my list) teamwork while making friends. We watched the kids that had been brought along to have a go and they were definitely having lots of fun while learning new skills.

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All Stars Cricket is an 8 week course, each lasting an hour. The sessions are run by trained and accredited coaches and Mum and Dad are encouraged to take part which I really like. Jack is only 3 1/2 but my husband and I think he would be ready to attend next May. I asked Michael Vaughan if they would be flexible on age and he said they could be but they would have to be able to listen to instruction and focus.

Listen to John chatting to Michael about the initiative here:

Most courses are £40 but this can increase slightly depending on your local facility holding the course. My blog is mainly about saving parents money and informing readers of great deals. I think this is a great price for a children’s activity. I’ve been looking for something for Jack and some of them have been £9-10 per hour session. Once the children are signed up they also receive a personalised pack which includes a backpack, cricket bat, water bottle, cap and shirt with their name on so very good value for money.

I was really impressed with what the ECB have put together. It’s not just about learning movement skills, but also promoting teamwork, fun time with parents and making new friends. John and I will definitely be signing up Jack next year to attend!!!

Have a look and see where your nearest All Stars Cricket centre is!

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Family trip to Cairo

We have had friends living in Cairo for the last couple of years and before they came home this year we decided to take up their invitation to visit.

I’ve always wanted to see the pyramids, it was definitely on my list of things to do before I pop my cloggs – and I wasn’t disappointed.

We only spent 4 nights there but made the most of our time fitting in lots with the help of our friends.

On our first day we went to the Khan el-Khalili. The bazaar is streets and alley ways of anything you could want. We bought a lovely lamp, beads, a lovely leather notebook that you could have your name stamped on and more.

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The second day we went horse riding by the pyramids. I highly recommend seeing these amazing sites for the first time on horse back. We then went and did the touristy viewing up close the next day.  They are bigger than you expect up close – they really are !!!!

I touched a pyramid !!!!!

On our last morning before we returned home we went to the museum. There are too many things to see in a morning or even a day so we went straight to see the Tutankhamun death mask and lovely things that he was buried with. We then made our way back through the museum looking at all the the amazing treasures that have been found over the years.

We all had an amazing time. Jack was really well behaved and it was great staying with friends and not in a hotel. The weather was also just right, warm enough for t-shirts.

Seeing the pyramids in person was just out of this world. The only spoiler is the rubbish. Its everywhere and is disappointing to see. Also if you visit, flip flops are not recommended – the sand and dust gets everywhere !!!!

 

 

 

Best nappy and wipe deals plus Thomas Trike deal !!

 

Morning all.

I’ve not had time to blog for a couple of weeks but hope I’ve been keeping you up to date with the best deals via Facebook.

We’ve had a busy half term sharing looking after Jack, busy with work and doing DIY at home. I have Hot Wheels track, EVERYWHERE, at the moment and can’t tell you how many times I’ve stepped on a car!!

Have a great weekend.

S x

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I’ve updated the prices for nappies, wipes and formula.  Tesco have the best Pampers nappy deal and ASDA seems to be the best place to buy baby milk.

* Events *

Lidl have a Kids Thermal event on tomorrow (Sunday 30th October) with t-shirts, leggings and hoodies included.

* Mummy’s Deal of the Week *

Boots have a fab deal on the Thomas & Friends My First Trike. It is only £16 so would make a fab Christmas present. I would grab this quick at this price!!!

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Find the cheapest nappies and baby wipes this week!

We are now in the routine of Jack going to pre-school and me working two of those days. I then get to take him to nursery on Wednesday and spend the rest of week with him 🙂

I’m loving my new job and the hours. It means I have a great balance – working on my blog, spending time with Jack, housework and some me time at work!

There seem to be a few mid-season sales happening at the moment and it looks like there is more to come with half-term looming so keep an eye on my Facebook posts.

I’m off to unpack my jumpers. Enjoy your weekend.

S x

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I’ve updated the prices for nappies, wipes and formulaASDA still have the best Pampers nappy price in the supermarkets this week with the giga pack for just £10.

* Events *

On Thursday 13th October, Lidl have a Comfy & Casual offer – hoodies and joggers for Mum, Dad, the kids and babies.

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* Mummy’s Deal of the Week *

Tesco have a great sale on toys at the moment in your local store and online. Jack loves Peppa Pig at the moment and this is a fab price for the set of three, exclusive to Tesco. It’s now half price at £20!!

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