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  1. Something crazy happened last term. I went from being a Scentsy admirer to owning quite a collection! My friend Ailsa has been a consultant for a while and offered Megan a lovely owl clip buddy to review. The girls made this hilarious Harry Potter themed video. Oakley the owl is super smelly (the website says oodles of orange, the citrus can be over powering but it's really fresh) and Megan loves him. They make great alternative gifts and stocking fillers (as we found out this Christmas), RRP £16.50.

    Before I knew it I was the proud owner of 2 warmers, an array of wax, 2 car bars oh and another clip buddy (because Olive would die without a 'moo'nicorn)! I seriously am a marketeers dream! I am easily sold too!

    Joking aside what is so great about Scentsy? I've always been a candle burner I love the smells but they never last that long and you end up with wasted wax (which if your savvy you can turn into your own handmade candles) Plus Daddy Moo would buy me pretty ones I didn't want to burn. Scentsy on the other hand is a safer, flameless, wickless alternative. Use basically plug in your decorative ceramic warmers (one of ours acts like a table lamp) to warm the wax there's no burning, boiling or flames. All Christmas we melted festive cranberry, cinnamon bars which I have now replaced with fresh smelling lemongrass and coconut.

    Initially I thought the whole set up seemed expensive (a warmer is around £22 - £66) in comparison to candles but in reality you get what you pay for. Each bar costs £5.50 and you get 8 cubes inside. I'm so surprised how long the scents in each cube lasts. We have been changing our cubes every week in the living room but our bedroom warmer less often, mainly because it's on less and the room is smaller.

    I was provided with Oakley Owl in order to review however I purchased all the other products myself and love them so much I felt the need to mention them.

  2. If you are based within an hour of Basingstoke then you really MUST get your family down to Milestones Living History Museum. It really is a hidden gem. Situation in the Leisure Complex inside a hanger we really didn't know what to think from the outside. However as you enter the reception/cafe/shop area and peer over the railing to the hidden street below you can't help but gasp. We were provided with a complimentary pass for the day (which is normally around £30), we did however pay £3 so each child could have their ration book and coin DO THIS!! It's so worth it really enhances the experience for the children.

    milestones living history

    There is so much to see and do. The hangar lends itself nicely to the buildings and vehicles, the high ceilings mean it's light and airy. You don't feel cramped nor overwhelmed. I also cannot tell you how clean it feels. It's a really well maintained exhibition.

    We made our way down the two flights of stairs to the entrance to the Penny Arcade. This is also a great touch. We swiftly swapped a £1 coin for 10 big old pennies and started playing some of the old games. The children loved it. We even found an old Fortune Teller machine, who worryingly told Charlie to be wary of men with beards! Not great when a) it's nearly christmas and b) your Daddy has been known to sport a beard or two!

    penny arcade milestones

    The living aspect of the museum is amazing you just don't know who you might see in a shop or walking the streets. For a Saturday afternoon I was surprised at how few visitors there seemed to be again highlighting what a hidden gem this place is.  

    milestones pub

    There is even a pub.

    The sweet shop is an amazing touch. The lovely shop assistant let the children try a couple of sweets. She explained to the children how the sweets rations only happened once a week on a Saturday and if you didn't like them a week was a long time to wait.  The selection is really limited too. No modern sweets only traditional ones, Megan opted for pear drops. 

    Megan was in her element when she found a tent full of vintage dressing up. 

    megan milestones

    Olive took over running the fruit and veg stall. 

    fruit and veg milestones

    Daddy Moo collects vintage signs and I collect vintage bottles. My favourite bottles are the Boots medicine ones I have one in cobalt blue and one in forest green so this truck was an exciting find.  Daddy Moo had to contain himself at all the old sweet advertising enamel signs. 

    milestones truck

    Inside a camera shop I found a clown shaped camera my brother had when he was 5/6. Was slightly alarmed that our 80's toy is considered vintage! Make sure Milestones Living Museum is on your list of places to visit in 2017.