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 !!!!

 

 

 

Easter Baby Offers & Deals Special!

Hi everyone,

We arrived home Friday from our holiday.  We had a fab time but I must say it’s nice to sleep in your own bed. We had a bump on the M5, a new back end needed on the car and a new car seat for Jack. Went to the walk-in centre to get checked over and all Jack was interested in was his ham sandwich 🙂

I’ve had a quick look around and thought I would highlight some nice offers.

Tesco

  • We bought a 6 pack of Johnson’s Baby Extra Sensitive Wipes for £4 which is the best deal at the moment.
  • Jack had terrible nappy rash while away, Bepanthen is great and the 100g is reduced to £4.99 from £6.99. It’s also £5 in ASDA, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.
  • Tommee Tippee dummies are £3 from £4.79.
  • Tommee Tippee weaning bowls and cutlery up to 1/2 price.
  • Tommee Tippee Microwave Sterliser is only £10.49 – we loved ours.

ASDA

  • Hipp 4 pack fruit pots are just £1.
  • Hipp tray meals are on rollback to £1.37 from £1.71.
  • We use Nelsons Teetha gel and granules and they are on rollback to £3.64 and £3.74.
  • Persil Small & Mighty Non-Bio laundry liquid 40 wash is 1/2 price on rollback to £4.97.

Sainsbury’s

  • We bought Jack a Colgate Kids toothbrush today. Colgate brushes and toothpaste have 50p off, all now £1.
  • Avent dummies are now 2 for £6, individually they are £5 each so a great deal.
  • Yeo Valley Organic Little Yeos, buy any 2 for £2.50 (£1.75 each individually).

Morrisons

  • Johnson’s Baby wash, bath and lotions are 1/2 price.
  • Still one of Jack’s favourite, Heinz Biscotti are 2 for £1.50.
  • Huggies Pull-Ups are £3.50 from £5.18.

Boots

  • Save 1/3 on Humphrey’s Corner bath, shampoo and lotions.
  • Buy 1 get 2nd 1/2 price on Mini Club clothing.
  • Save £20 on selected Chicco Polly highchairs.
  • Heinz tray meals are 2 for £2.

Lidl
You may still find items in Fun for Kids event that started 2nd April. Games and crafty stuff are included.

Date for the diary, ASDA’s baby event starts 18th April so you may want to put off some purchases until then.

I hope you’ve all started eating your Easter eggs. Enjoy time with your family and catch-up next week.

Sam x

From pram to trike!!

Jack’s Grandma and Grandpa bought him a trike for his birthday. Finally the sun is out and off we’ve been.  Just a couple of short trips so far to get him used to it and he seems to have enjoyed it, now holding the handle bars and realising he can steer it!

Jack on trike

ELC are offering 20% off Smart Trikes.

The Entertainer currently has money off some of their trikes, saving up to £20.

Mothercare have a few deals, up to £26 on one of the more expensive trikes.

Argos also have some money off on a handful of trikes.

Smyths Toys have a good selection of trikes at various prices, some have money off too. We bought our Fisher Price one from here and had a good service.

Jack has never liked sitting in a pram too long so hopefully he’ll be a happier chappy in this when not walking!

Baby Events Update

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Friday.  My step-boys arrive tonight for the weekend. Jack adores them and I will be very much demoted to the bottom of the cuddle pile! Might even get a lie-in if I’m lucky :).

Argos and Babies R Us currently have events running. For a summary and link to their website, check out my events page.

Aldi started selling some children’s craft sets and Disney bedding in their Special Buys event yesterday but I’m sure you can still find stock in their stores. On Thursday 12th March they are selling a blow-up travel bed for 3-8 year olds for £19.99.

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Sainsbury’s currently have great deals on Avent bottles, teats and dummies. Coloured bottles are £11 each or 2 for £10! ASDA still have some great deals too on wipes, nappies and food.

Enjoy your weekend, hope the sun shines for you !

Sam x