August 24, 2018

20 free activities to do at home with the kids

So, whilst there is only a matter of a week or two before the summer holidays are over, I am sure many of us have exceeded all the local activities on offer in our local area.  Days out can be expensive (and I am sure our purses feel lighter!), you’ve seen every film at the cinema and you’ve even visited Macdonald’s more times that you…

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August 22, 2018

Review: Ouch pouch – the ultimate first aid kit for kids

Here at The Willow Tree, we love trying out new products.  Products that are inventive, unique and helpful to us parents.  Getting the opportunity to review the Ouch Pouch came at a perfect time.  We were just about to go on holiday to Ibiza for two weeks, and as any parent knows, having a first aid kit is a must when going on holiday.  Actually,…

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August 20, 2018

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show with Mickey and Friends!

  Whilst our experience of Buffalo Bill’s was two years ago, I really wanted to share our experience of it here over on The Willow Tree.  I love writing about what I am passionate about, and I am certainly passionate about Disney!  But recently, I have heard a few Disney rumours that, whilst it is great news that Disney Village is soon to get revamp,…

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August 18, 2018

Review: Octopus Learning subscription box

Last month, we were very kindly sent an Octopus Learning subscription box to trial out!  This could not have come at a better time!  The 6 weeks holidays loomed ahead (eeeek!) and whilst we have been on holiday, I am always wracking my brain to think of activities to do at home.  It can be tricky to think of ideas, especially that are cheap, fun…

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August 10, 2018

Guest Post – 10 hacks for cooking with kids

I am delighted to provide a guest post written by the Neil Welsh, all about cooking with our children! If you fancy some tips, read on! Cooking for a family kind of creeps up on us… very, very slowly. One minute kids are demand feeding and then before we know it we find ourselves negotiating with a three year old about how many peas they…

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August 4, 2018


When I was a child, I always remember enjoying my Gran’s Cherry pie.  It was deliciously sweet and sharp, sugary and with a crumbly buttery pastry.  Now, I sometimes grab one from the local bakery for a treat.  I am no mean baker, so I have never attempted to bake a cherry pie.  But Britmums have set the challenge of how we as a family…

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August 2, 2018

5 quick bedroom makeovers for kids

Let’s face it. There always seems to be a room in the house that needs a makeover.  Whether it’s the kitchen that needs a new look, the sofa is a little tired looking, or one of the children’s bedrooms needs a makeover, the house is a work in progress.  Our latest bedroom to spruce up was for Baby K, being our youngest.  Have a read…

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July 31, 2018

Surviving the Airport with the Kids

Woo – we are in Ibiza!  This is our first trip as a family of 5 travelling abroad via an airport.  So, with that in mind, I knew that I had to be super prepared for not only our holiday, but our time at the airport too.  We are lucky enough to live a very short distance from an Airport.  So for us, we really…

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July 26, 2018

Buckt – Activity subscription box in June

We had an amazing and adventurous time reviewing our Buckt activity box in the month of May.  So I had high hopes for June’s activities!  And I really wasn’t disappointed.  I am really challenging myself at the moment and am enjoying trying new things and visiting places I may have not visited before.  So I was excited to see what June had to offer.  As…

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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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