Bowled over at Namco Norwich

Last Saturday we headed off to Namco Funscape Bowling in Norwich for a morning of fun with Arthur and his buddies.

I’ve never taken him bowling before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but we had an absolutely blast. It’s a slightly strange sensation leaving the bright morning light and heading into the world of ten pin bowling, complete with two pennies machines and plenty of good natured noise!


There were nine of us in total and once we’d donned our blue and red bowling shoes – we were ready for action! The place was full of families and young children and it was easy to see why. They loved it, there were loads of bowling stands so the children could roll their own balls and watching his ball knock over several pins absolutely thrilled Arthur!


While we were all very civilised there was still a thread of competition between the adults!  It worked for all ages and we found one game and two lanes was plenty to keep four-year-olds happy for a couple of hours, any longer and I think we’d have been chasing them round and losing their interest.


The staff were friendly and quick to help when the children randomly hit buttons and stopped the game. They explained everything clearly to us newbies and in general there was a laid back (if rather noisy!) feel to the place. There’s a cafe for drinks and food and a bar which I suspect gets well used in the evenings.

I’d definitely go back – it’s a great way to speand a couple of hours, especially if you have a rainy saturday morning. It was a great mix of families, serious bowling teams and groups
Of adults all having fun. I’ll also be back for a bowling evening with the adults – there are a few scores still to settle!


Time for a spring clean

It’s that time of year. I’ve wandered around the house making a mental note of all the jobs that need doing.

I’ve handed the list to Jonathan and assured him I’ll be ‘project managing’ each room! The kitchen is first in line because quite frankly we’ve done nothing since we moved in. There are two large windows but neither has curtains or a blind.

There’s something studenty about windows without curtains or blinds, so along with removing the hideous fan light it’s top of the list. I like the idea of closing the blinds at night and shutting out the world, at the moment it feels a little like I’ve left our home wide open for anyone to peer inside – a little too exposed.

I feel a bit invigorated that we’ve started to get to grips with the kitchen – it will be on a budget but it’s amazing what a few splashes of colour and a fresh coat of paint can make.

VELUX was one of my first stops, they’ve got a fantastic range of blinds and I’m a bit spoilt for choice. I want something bright and colourful but it needs to stand the test of time.I’ve ordered some samples so I can spend ages standing at the window holding up colours while Jonathan quickly loses patience!

I also managed to pick up a new VELUX blind for the loft room – something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. The loft room will eventually be Arthur’s bedroom so, along with the kitchen it’s been bottom of the list. But it was so easy to choose a blind ( I just needed a plain blue one) that I went with it.

Im on a mission and this Spring I’ll be painting walls, putting up blinds and putting those finishing touches to my home that have been in the back burner for too long.

Life is better with cake


In those foggy days after Arthur was born it was cake that got me through. Then when I started meeting new mummy friends we spent a huge amount of time going for coffee and cake and bonding over leaking boobs and cradle cap.

So when we were asked to review some Mr Kipling goodies it was, as you can imagine, a very difficult decision. I loved the Vienesse Whirls, all buttery and crumbly with a jammy creamy middle. Arthur was taken with the fondant fancies and was very keen to eat all three colours at once! Jonathan revealed a lifelong love of glacé cherries and devoured the cherry bake wells – all in all they went down very well.

We took them on adventures in the woods and enjoyed them during quiet time on the sofa.Opening the packets brought back some wonderful childhood memories, a teatime treat and the flood of euphoria when I saw a Mr Kipling packet in my lunchbox – I wasn’t allowed many cakes!

Mr Kiplings are a firm family favourite and this latest taste test really did seal the deal – life is definitely better with cake!

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Save The Children – Den Day!

DEN1What better way to support Save The Children than to build a den!

Save the Children has launched their Den Day. Pick a date between 29th May and 6 June, and let your imagination run wild – indoor, outdoor, in trees or under tables, get building to make a difference. Arthur is always keen to build a den – a particular favourite is under the table with my duvet and pillows!
Den Day is designed to highlight and raise awareness for children around the world who don’t have a safe place to sleep. Imagine your child unable to go to bed someone where safe every night – frightened, alone and without the safety of ‘home’ we all take for granted.
Just register your family here for a free kit packed with ideas n how to plan your magical experience. DEN2