November 26, 2022

Review: Nativity! The Musical at Birmingham Rep

This week we attended the Press night of Nativity! at Birmingham Rep.  The Nativity! films have been a huge hit in our house for the past few years, with my own children introducing me to the funny festive films that fill us with joy! With us beginning the festivities already, I had high hopes for this musical to make us all feel in the mood…

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November 20, 2022

Mum’s Christmas Gift Guide

I have a lot of lovely women in my life; my amazing Mom, sisters, extended family and close friends, all who I love buying gifts for.  Some of those are super easy to buy for, however I completely understand what it feels like to hit a brick wall when it comes to searching for the right gift for your Mum or Mum figure in your…

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November 5, 2022

Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide that kids will love!

No matter what time of the year you start shopping for Christmas gifts, it can feel tricky when you have multiple children to buy for.  As I have three children I thought it was be great to draw up a Christmas gift guide to help any readers who may be finding it a struggle in the lead up to Christmas! My children are currently aged…

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October 11, 2022

7 Iconic Beaches to add to your travel bucket list

*This is a collaborative post* You’ve likely seen them in photos on travel sites and brochures. You may have even spotted them in movies or heard about them in songs. Such beaches have become iconic. And it’s often for good reason – these beaches aren’t just beautiful, they’re breathtaking. Just which beaches are we talking about? Read on below to find out.  Santa Monica Beach,…

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September 26, 2022

6 Creative Gifts for Your Dad to Get Him Excited for his Birthday

So, you asked your dad what he wanted for his birthday and he said “nothing,” didn’t he? Unfortunately, that seems to be the universal answer for dads, which is exactly what makes it so difficult to shop for them. On the bright side, dads aren’t particularly picky so you could get them a simple and heartfelt gift like a birthday card or a photo frame,…

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September 24, 2022

Downtown Restaurant Review Disneyland Paris

Downtown Restaurant is a buffet restaurant located in Hotel Art of Marvel in Disneyland Paris.  Newly opened last year (2021)  The Marvel Hotel is the most recently renovated hotel at Disneyland Paris and with it came Downtown Restaurant!  We were super excited to get a reservation on our latest trip as it was and still is a tricky place to secure a table. (reminder that…

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September 22, 2022

When To Plan And When To Be Spontaneous When Travelling

*This is a collaborative post* There are times during travels when you need to make plans, and there are times when it’s more rewarding to be spontaneous. In order for your travels to go well, you ideally want to get the right balance of both. This post explains how to do that.  Some things have to be planned  When travelling abroad, there are some things…

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4 Ideas To Do Something Different On Your Next Holiday

*This is a collaborative post* Everyone experiences a travel slump at some point. It feels like you always go to the same places. You’ve seen it all before and it isn’t as you once remembered. The spark is extinguished, and you feel worn out from your travels. This isn’t a sign for you to hang up the suitcase for good, though. Instead, it’s the opportunity…

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Tips for Having a Safe Campervan Trip

A campervan trip is a truly exciting adventure. These types of holidays can be one of a kind. Still, every ambitious voyage must be carefully planned for. Those on a campervan expedition can often feel more vulnerable and exposed on the road as well. There are fewer third parties involved, which means if things go wrong, there’s nobody to blame other than oneself! That said,…

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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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