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.

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!

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).

Half Term Half Price

I can’t believe half term is here already. Check out some of the deals happening this half term and save yourself some pennies.

BHS – 25% off all kids stuff online – TODAY ONLY (Saturday 13th Feb)

Argos have a fab up to 1/2 price sale on selected toys.

Early Learning Centre have selected toys at half price. They also have 20% off outdoor brands which includes Little Tikes Cosy Coupes and slides. Selected art and creativity also has 20% off.


Mothercare also have the ELC deals along with 20% off Mothercare branded nursery furniture and bedding and up to 50% off selected car seats.

JoJo Maman Bébé have free delivery,  20% off maternity nightwear and 20% off baby sleepsuits until 23rd Feb.

Matalan have started their up to half price sale in store and online. They also have a selection of kids fancy dress costumes reduced to £10.


Debenhams have up to 20% off selected toys, up to 20% off selected schoolwear including shoes and up to 1/2 price on selected kidswear.

Kiddicare have lots of deals on including up to 20% off character car seats.

Peacocks have 20% off kids clothing and shoes online with just 99p delivery.

La Redoute have 25% off everything with the code 25OFF until 4th March.

The Entertainer Toy Shop have lots of toys on offer, some for more than 50%.

Toys R Us have lots of half term deals, including this BMX spin bike, half price at £79.9.


Aldi vs Lidl : Thursday 11th February

Both Aldi and Lidl have items in their specialbuy days on Thursday. Lidl have a handful of items on sale and Aldi have quite a few so check out what’s on offer below.


This Girl’s Dress-up Storage (fabric wardrobe) is only £14.99 and would look great in any little girls room. The boy’s is equally as fab in this lovely blue with a rocket on the front.

For the dress-up wardrobe you can buy dress-up costumes which include Goldilocks, Army Boy, Ladybird Dress, Red Riding Hood and Pirate Boy for £3.99 each.

Other items include:

  • Slippers, £2.99
  • Packs of socks, £2.99
  • Face Paint Sets, £3.99
  • Character drinks bottles and cups with straw, £2.99
  • Sticker books including Frozen, Paw Patrol, Avengers, Disney Characters and Micky Mouse, £1.99
  • Books including Horrid Henry, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Roald Dahl stories from 99p
  • Educational books for slightly older kids on Reading & Writing, Spelling, Adding & Subtracting, Multiplying & Dividing, Handwriting and Phonics, £1.49 each
  • Memory Games, £2.49
  • Flash cards on First Words, Times Tables, ABC and Counting, £2.49
  • Wellies, £4.99
  • Walkie Talkies in Frozen, Star Wars, Avengers and Princess, £5.99



Lidl have just a handful of items available in their Kids Corner this week which include:

  • Two Play-Doh sets – Flip’n Frost Cookies or Ice Cream Sundae Cart, £7.99 each
  • 3-in-1 Play Book – Pirate Ship, Space Ship or Princess Carriage, £6.99
  • Mini remote control cars, £6.99
  • Blox Building Blocks, £2.99 or 2 for £5
  • Kids in-ear headphones with child-friendly limited volume, £3.99

They also have a Learn & Discover event on Monday 15th February which includes Kids’ Fascinating Facts Books and Atlas and Wooden Learning Puzzles.

Aldi Baby & Toddler Event Review

The Aldi Baby & Toddler Special Buy event has started today and I popped to my local store to see what was on offer and make a little video (if I’d known hubby had wanted me to talk I would have done my hair and put some make-up on – sorry!!).


There are packs of bowls, plates and spoons for weaning at 99p a pack. Calpol is £2.29 and Nurofen for Children is £2.99. Teething toys are £2.99. Bath toys are £2.89 each. Bright coloured pop-up/sipper cups are from £1.79. Muslins are £2.99 for a 3 pack – loved the grey robot ones shown. The Hauck wooden high chair for £39.99 looks fab.


The Hauck Sport Buggy is such a bargain at £22.99 and looks easy to fold, especially if you don’t have room in your boot for a pushchair that folds the traditional long way. The Hauck baby gate is £14.99.


I bought the box of 12 packs of Mamia baby wipes and some nappy sacks. I love the wipes, especially as they have a lid and the nappy sacks are larger and thicker than the pound store ones.

And for the toddlers, my local store was selling boys and girls balance bikes, reduced to £29.99.


I hope you all grab some bargains today, would be great to here what you bought.