September 16, 2021

Disney Loungefly Bag Review with Very Neko

As you know I am a huge Disney fan (well all my family is!) and I have been admiring Disney Loungefly Bags from a distance for a while.  There is actually too many to choose from, hence the reason why I had not purchased one during my online searches for these beauties.  I mean, there is literally one for all parks and all Disney occasions. …

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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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May 31, 2021

K-Nex K Force Battle Bow Building Set and K-Nex Rad Rides *Review*

Put anything in front of me, and I love to build it!  It’s an activity I love doing with the kids and most of the time, building or creating something is calming and great for STEM and fine motor skills.  This half term, we’re prepared with two sets of K-Nex to work with!  We have been sent out the K-Nex K Force Battle Bow Building…

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May 28, 2021

Online Tutoring with Intuition Clubs *Review*

Since the first lockdown when my children missed nearly 6 months of school, I’ve been considering a tutor to offer some support to their missed learning.  Let’s face it, home schooling was tough and I am no teacher!  Whilst I did my best, working from home during this time also made it extremely difficult to really support all three of my children’s educational needs. All…

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May 21, 2021

A parent’s Guide to A-Levels

As school ends in year 12 and students begin making choices about their futures, A-Levels are an often-discussed topic between parents and children. Your child may want to take A-Levels as a start on the path towards university or they may not be certain about this but feel that A-Levels offer a good start to their working life or as a route into other forms…

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May 19, 2021

Our family visit to Conkers *Review*

On a wet and miserable May bank holiday we took a 40 minute drive to Conkers, a Midlands attraction that has been on my radar for some time now.  Despite the rain and it not being the warmest bank holiday we were still excited to see what Conkers had on offer and we love to explore and experience new adventures whatever the weather.  Let’s face…

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May 18, 2021

Our upcoming Staycations

With this year still holding restrictions and uncertainty around travel, we’ve decided to focus on family days out with a few staycations thrown into the mix.  Travel is limited for us this year due to work commitments but overnight stays are on the agenda and we have a few things booked up and ideas in the pipeline, which we’d love to share with you!  And…

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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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