Finally I have my own YouTube channel, yay!!!! It only took about a year to get my ample bottom in gear.
Jack’s grandparents have just returned from their holiday in Florida with a case full of his favourite toys, anything from Disney Pixar Cars. The film is due out in July so there is a whole new range to purchase and my Mum, Dad and Sister were happy to buy Jack’s shopping list.
This is my first review on YouTube and I hope to be uploading lots more, along with days out, events, etc.
Please do take a look and like/subscribe/share and I’ll promise to improve my presenting voice 🙂
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.
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.
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!!!
I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. (I have received a voucher in return for writing this post).
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.
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 !!!!