When I moved from Vancouver to Montreal, I knew it would be hard. My entire family (and it’s a big one) lives in BC, and we are exceptionally close. Beyond just my parents and my brother, I routinely saw my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents at least twice a month as an adult, and definitely once a week when I was growing up.
The hardest part about living on the opposite side of the country is having my son grow up without my family near by. But the funny thing is, I don’t think he feels this distance. We’ve been lucky so far, thanks to lots of points saved up and my parents’ help, to visit them in person multiple times in his short two years on this planet. But besides the visits, thanks to technology, we see each other almost every day.
Ah, the days when he didn’t insist on holding the device himself, sticking it up his shirt or throwing it across the room… In any case, his Popo (my mom), Pop Pops (my dad), Uncle Sean and Auntie K K are always nearby. He often says to me: “Popo, home?” “K K, home?”
If you read my previous review of the TimeWyse Locket App, you’ll know that it’s an app that allows parents to record their children’s precious memories all in one place. But what I didn’t tell you (I was saving it for this post) was that you can also link your Locket App account to The Locket Frame, designed by NixPlay.
What is The Locket Frame?
It is, quite simply, magic! Especially to someone like my Nana, who wanted to open up the digital picture frame we bought her to straighten out a couple of the pictures we had forgotten to rotate on the memory card.
With the Locket App installed on your phone (download it here), up to ten family members and friends can own a Locket Frame associated with your account, and see all the photos you save to the app every day! Whether they’re down the street or on the other side of the globe, as long as they have WiFi, they can have a glimpse into your little one’s life every time they walk into their living room. The frame has a motion sensor, and will turn itself on, showing your relatives the latest glamour shots from lunch or the cute pose at the park.
My Mom received her frame to try, and within minutes, she was seeing all the great shots of Cub I’ve taken and uploaded to the Life Locket App. She cannot get enough of her grandson’s cuteness, so I can’t wait to surprise her with new pictures! Although she’s fairly technologically inclined, many grandparents and great-grandparents don’t use Facebook and Instagram, so they miss out on all the moments you share on social media. As long as they have an internet connection, there’s not too much other set up: they might just need help linking the frame to your Locket account so that your pictures start streaming through! We gave my Nana a digital picture frame a couple years ago, but in order to update it we have to take the digital memory card home, refill it, and bring it back. My Mom says the image resolution on her new Locket Frame is far superior to that of the digital picture frames she’s seen before. The Locket App saves high-quality images for a reason!
Disclosure: I am part of the Timewyse Locket blogger program with Mom Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.