September 28, 2020

Buying that Perfect Christmas Gift at Wicked Uncle

Yes, I’ve mentioned the C word already – Christmas feels literally around the corner with the way 2020 has gone.  And with that in mind, I am planning ahead this year, with my organisational head on and the Christmas lists for the children complete (although no doubt they will be added to as the weeks go by!)  Online shopping is my thing when it comes…

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September 27, 2020

The Benefits of Extra-Curricular Activities for Children

As a parent, saying you want the best for your child is probably an understatement to how you actually feel. But what does wanting the best actually mean? Generally speaking, it’s about ensuring they are happy, healthy and well-adjusted. There are so many things you can do to help your child succeed in life, both academically and personally, one of which being encouraging them to…

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September 25, 2020

Top Tips for Helping Your Child Learn and New Language

  Teaching your child a second language from an early age will not only help when they learn languages at school, but research suggests that multilingual children also have enhanced creativity and critical thinking skills. Furthermore, knowing a second language can improve your child’s future career prospects. If you’d like to know how you can help your child to learn a new language, here is…

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September 23, 2020

How Does Changing Schools Affect Your Child’s Education?

Changing schools can be a very unsettling and stressful experience. This move can affect your child both emotionally and academically, so the transition will need to be handled very carefully by parents. To help parents prepare for changing schools, here is some great advice from an independent school in Hertfordshire… Whether you are changing schools because you are moving house or because your child is…

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September 18, 2020

REVIEW of Inventions Character Dining Disneyland Paris

There are a few character dining restaurants in Disneyland Paris but if you want something pretty spectacular, then Inventions is the place to be.  Inventions is a premium Character Dining restaurant located in Disneyland Hotel.  Situated on the second floor, the restaurant is opposite Cafe Fantasia, a Disney bar to grab a luxury sandwich, snacks or a glass of champagne.  What’s so great about this…

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September 7, 2020

Mini Pro Golf Park in Kidderminster * Review *

Are you a fan of Crazy Golf?  Do you love a great family day out but unsure where to go?  Mini Pro Golf Park located in Woverley Kidderminster is a lovely mini golf course just a short drive away from Habberley Trail (another fabulous family day out!) Mini Pro Golf Park is just one of Kidderminster’s great days out that is perfect for the kids…

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August 24, 2020

12 snacks you must eat at Walt Disney World

The Disney Blues are hitting me hard!  Not only because it’s been nearly 12 months since we visited last September 2019, but because I feel it will be a fair while until we get to visit Walt Disney World again due to the current climate!  Until then, we will keep using our creative ways to save for a Disney holiday ideas to stock up the…

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August 6, 2020

Why Now is the best time to become National Trust Members

We became National Trust members last month and I felt like it was important to share why we love it so much, and why now is the best time to become members!  After what has felt like a rollercoaster of a few months being in lockdown and having so many restrictions placed on where we can visit (with great intentions to keeping us safe of…

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August 4, 2020

Dinosaur themed Restaurant Jurassic Grill Review

I am always on the hunt for fun and quirky restaurants to take the kids too.  I love a great themed restaurant thats suitable for all the family; the likes of The Rainforest Cafe being a popular one for us in this household when we visit Disneyland Paris.  So it was with great delight that I found out about Jurassic Grill, an exciting roar-some family…

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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.

I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.

Life is about creating memories, and here we are sharing them with you




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