October 18, 2021

Cake Decorating Ideas for Halloween

There is nothing we love more than Halloween. It’s the perfect combination of tricks, treats and all the sweets. Plus there is no better time to show off your baking skills; forget the costume competition, it’s all about the cake decoration!    Personally we believe you can’t go wrong with a bright orange pumpkin cake made by your expert hand and tasting great. However, if…

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Tips on preparing for your new baby

*This is a collaborative post* Expecting a baby can be a daunting prospect. Whether this is your first or not, it is still going to have a huge effect on your life. Your priorities are going to change. Your focus will be on the new-born. Navigating a growing family has its challenges, but you will get through it. It is important that you work together…

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October 15, 2021

How to be safe when travelling to a foreign country

*This is a collaborative post* The safety of the world is always in question. People are constantly reading about bombings, shootings, and kidnappings. It can be challenging to travel to foreign countries when you don’t know what to expect.  Luckily, there are ways to be safe when traveling. Below are some tips on how to stay safe while you’re traveling abroad so that unforeseen events…

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October 4, 2021

AmazingCo Family Mystery Picnic Review

A few weeks ago we decided on a day out with a difference!  If you follow my blog you know that we love a great family day out, from simple visits to the local park to theme parks far and wide (did you know we love Disney!?)  I hadn’t even heard of a mystery picnic before but after doing some research on the internet and…

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September 29, 2021

*Win* a Kids Stationery and Learning bundle from Office Stationary

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of getting prepared and getting into a new routine with three new school years starting!  One way in which I like to get prepared is to ensure we have the relevant learning materials at home, to support the kids in their learning journey.  I was kindly invited to check out Office Stationery  for items that would keep…

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September 18, 2021

September wear for 2021

Well this September has been misleading hasn’t it.  I have fully expected to go into autumnal mode for the new season but with the warm air, humidity and sun shining for most of September, I feel that we have had an extended summer.  With that in mind, I wanted to show you my clothing favourites that have continued to remain in my wardrobe. The first…

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August 20, 2021

How Valuable are ‘The Arts’ For my Child’s Development?

In considering the arts, we first have to decide what is meant by the term. Broadly speaking, the term encompasses all that involves the expression or application of creative skills and the use of the imagination. Usually, the arts refer to the following – Painting Literature Sculpture Music Film Performance Architecture Performance covers many related fields such as comedy, mime, dance etc. Whilst the term…

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July 28, 2021

New Kangaroo Beach Series on Nick Jr

With all the kids at home now the Summer holidays are upon us, we of course watch TV to have some down time.  The launch of the new series around surf safety called Kangaroo Beach began on Nick Jr this week, with the first episode going live on Monday 26th July 2021. The kids love getting stuck into a TV series so when I told…

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June 11, 2021

Comfortable loungewear to travel in

Summer is approaching and we have already been in for a treat this last week or two with warm sunshine and longer evenings.  If you follow my blog, you know I’m a sucker for a tracksuit, in particular jumpers and joggers.  Whilst I do love jeans, gone are the days where I’ll be lounging around at home in a pair.  And with summer holidays approaching…

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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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