June 11, 2018

Arty Splats Toddler class – Having fun making mess

When we think of our babies and toddlers, what do we think of?  We think of mess!!  The two go hand in hand I say but not always in the most positive sense!  Well now they can as Arty Splats is the place to be when it comes to letting our kids get messy (with no tidying up from us Mamas and Dads – hurray!)…

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June 7, 2018

London Zoo Family Review and Top Tips

During our 2 night stay last month, we visited the wonderful London Zoo on our final day – Bank Holiday Monday.  The sun was shining and we were excited to have a more peaceful day after two days of hustle and bustle in the city centre checking out the sights.  Having been to London Zoo about 10 years ago pre children, I was looking forward…

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June 3, 2018

A void I’ll never fill – missing my nephew J

I was dubious about writing this post…its personal and I am not sure what the point of this post is.  To release?  To share my experience with others?  To find comfort?  To help others?  To gain support?  I don’t honestly know.  But I am finding my fingers are to the keyboard and the words are following. I hate to say this.  I hate that I…

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May 30, 2018

My Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018

Father’s Day is now less than a month away!  Therefore, it is now time to start thinking about what you will be treating your real life superhero, whether it be your Dad, Step Dad, your children’s’ Dad, Grandad or Uncle. There are many ways in which to show them how much they are loved and on Sunday 17th June 2018 you can do just that.…

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May 28, 2018

Bodega Cantina – Family Dining Review

Bodega Cantina in Sutton Coldfield opened its doors in March 2018.  If you love South American food, a great atmosphere and a fun vibe, then this place is definitely one to consider, even with the kids! Dining out with the children is by no means an easy feat.  It sometimes can be more stressful than its worth!  But it can help if you chose the…

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May 24, 2018

The Original London Bus Tour – review

I think the best way to get around our capital is to take a hop on hop off London bus tour.  This way, you get to discover London comfortably, safety, see the sights and learn some history about this amazing city! What is Original London Bus Tour  The Original London bus tour ticks all the boxes.  Firstly, you can choose from a 24 hour, 48…

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May 23, 2018

Messy Me Splash Mat review – stylish products made for mess

If you have messy children (who doesn’t!) then Messy Me is the place to go.  I was lucky enough to be sent out an item of my choice to review and honestly, I was spoilt for choice.  With an extremely messy 14 month old Baby K (mostly involving food that goes EVERYWHERE) and an untidy 4-year-old W (mostly involving glitter and trodden play doh into…

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May 18, 2018

How to spruce up your kitchen

We can often want or need to make changes to certain rooms in the house.  But we all know having total transformations or make overs comes at a cost!  More recently, I’ve made some small changes around our home and I’ve really noticed a difference in the feel and layout of certain rooms. Below I’ve come up with tips on ways in which to give…

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May 16, 2018

Shrek’s Adventure, London – My Review

One of the children’s favourite films at the moment is Shrek.  And we all know, what the kids love soon becomes what you love.  They love the humour, Princess Fiona and especially Donkey – me too!  So when we were invited along to review Shrek’s Adventure in London, we were all super excited!  We were off to London for a fun packed weekend and this…

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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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