May 29, 2020

Win! A silver Jana Reinhardt Elephant Necklace worth £95

I don’t wear too much jewellery at one time, but I have my statement pieces I love to wear everyday.  I think most people can agree that owing beautiful jewellery, not matter if its one piece or several,  is a special treat.  So I am really excited to offer my readers a fabulous competition featuring a beautiful piece from the Jana Reinhardt collection. I’ve always…

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May 25, 2020

My Covid-19 lockdown silver linings

As we begin another week of lockdown here in the UK (I think we are on week 10 right?!), it only felt right to draw upon some positives from the weeks that have left us.  For many (and for me at times) these weeks have been difficult. Full of anxiety, worry and the constant missing of many family members.  But, I still have a lot…

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May 23, 2020

Family-Friendly Ideas for a Holiday in Wales

There are so many stunning places to visit across Wales, and it is well worth a visit if you are looking for a holiday that doesn’t require hopping on a plane abroad this year. You will be surprised by what can be found when you start looking a little closer to home. There are so many parts of the UK that are charming and have…

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May 21, 2020

4 Unusual Things to do in Philadelphia

If you have purchased one of the Philadelphia houses for sale and aren’t sure what to do after having explored some of the top sights like the Museum of Art, the Liberty Bell and Independence National Historical Park, or if you just want to do something more unique during a visit, you’ll have lots of options, including these.  Download an App for a Self-Guided Walking…

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May 19, 2020

Four Ideas for Keeping Your Kids Entertained on Lockdown

Lockdown rules might have been relaxed a little bit but for most people, it still means staying at home as much as possible to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID19. If you’ve got kids at home, you’ll probably be able to relate to most mums and dads across the country with bored little ones who are running out of things to do.…

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May 16, 2020

Disneyland Paris Sequoia Lodge Hotel Review

In February 2020, we visited Disneyland Paris for the fourth time.  For this trip we decided to take the Eurostar and stay onsite, at the Seqouia Lodge Hotel.  This hotel is rated as a 3 key (star) hotel and is located onsite, a short walk away from Disney Village and the Disney parks.  With a view of the lake, this hotel is themed around a…

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May 14, 2020

Exploring STEM Subjects in the Home

As a parent, you may have noticed the word STEM popping up every now and again. But what does it actually mean?  STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths; four very important subjects in terms of your child’s education. STEM subjects offer children a variety of crucial life skills that they can carry through life, from problem solving to critical thinking. What’s…

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May 11, 2020

Top Tips for Choosing a School for Your Child

There’s lots to consider when choosing a school for your child and you may feel a little overwhelmed. This is perfectly normal, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Take a step back and get yourself organised so that you feel more in control of the situation. An independent preparatory school in Surrey have put together the following tips to help you make a more…

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May 8, 2020

Out of Nowhere: 8 Unexpected Challenges You Might Face as a Young Mum

Out of Nowhere: 8 Unexpected Challenges You Might Face as a Young Mom Preparing for the birth of a first child involves an avalanche of information, which can feel overwhelming, especially for young moms. Doctors, parents, and friends will be constant sources of information on the big things, but there are many unexpected challenges a new mom might not anticipate after the birth of her…

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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 thoughts, ideas and my ups and downs on family life, sharing our family adventures and love for fashion. I’d love for it to be a community of support and advice for others too.

I chat everything from Disney, parenting hacks to the latest haul from Primark! I love going on family breaks and holidays and love to document these times of creating special memories.

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