Christmas Family Walk at Ruislip Lido

This year, we aim to do more of these – family walks, that is. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the UK and most of them are perfect for walks.

As with most new years, we tend to try and get healthy with healthy eating and exercise. This year, we are determined to keep up with it and the best way to do it is to go on walks at the weekend. It’s also perfect for getting the children outdoors and off their devices not to mention getting up close and personal with nature.

On the 26th, we headed off to the Ruislip Lido. It was a cool, crisp morning. The sun was up and the lake looked beautiful.

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What We’re Watching – Week #1 – 2Jan2017

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to What We’re Watching – the linky that talks about everything we’re watching on telly or on the big screen.

Link up your posts with your favourite series or your favourite film. Or even one that you may not have liked that much. It would be great to hear about new post you’ve written but old posts will do nicely too.

 

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Disney’s Moana – A Review

We missed the premiere of this one, sadly. But I’m glad we got to watch it over the Christmas season with the children.

Moana is a lovely film for all the family to enjoy.

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The story –

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped, and no one knows why… Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people.

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What we thought –

This is a feel good movie. It is inspiring and heartfelt.

The sunny Polynesian island is just what we need to see in the midst of the UK winter.

Moana is a rebel who frequently hears the ocean beckoning and she wants to explore as her ancestors did years ago. As her people face difficulties, she knows it is she who has to embark on a journey to find Maui and get him to replace what he took from the ocean. Maui, she finds, is an arrogant demigod but he is not as confident as he looks without his fish hook.

As they join hands to go on an amazing adventure to save her island and people, the film erupts into a magical and yet very down to earth story.

There is no love interest in this movie and the ‘princess’ is not in a long gown. Yet, Moana promises to hold a place in the Disney princess line up with her inspiring character.

There are bits that may be a bit scary for little ones – the crab and the lava villain but my 5-year-old was enthralled from the word go.

What I loved most was the reference to Polynesian culture that was so refreshing in a Disney film. And yes, there are songs that you can sing along to as well.

Peace of Mind with the Spotter GPS Tracker

I am always extremely careful when going out with the children especially while on holiday. It just take the blink of an eye to have a child get lost.

I remember the time Ethan wandered off to look at something and we lost him for about 3 minutes. It felt like a lifetime.

Luckily there are things that will ensure that this never happens. Like the Spotter.

The Spotter is a user friendly GPs tracker that makes it easy for people to track something or someone. It is small and looks like a car fob and can easily be put into a pocket or a backpack (when on a day trip).

The spotter is easily tracked through a Spotter app that can be downloaded for free on the App Store or Google Play.

The great thing about this tracker is the SOS button which when pressed sends a message to the app or the online account and you can CALL the spotter. You can actually talk to the person which is great for when children get lost or if they are away from home and don’t have access to a phone.

The only downside is that since the Spotter is manufactured in the Netherlands, it is a European call. You have to ensure that you call through Skype to cut costs.

When we used the Spotter, I found it to be a good receiver and I could track progress quite easily. The app updates every minute. And what is best is that the tracker is accurate.

Communication when I called was also quite clear and we could hear each other well.

I think this is also a great product and peace of mind with aged parents or people suffering from Alzheimer’s.

The Spotter includes a charger and it charges quite quickly – in about 2 – 3 hours it is fully charged.

The Spotter works throughout Europe at no extra charge which is great for when you are on holiday. Also, you get the first month free. You then, have to upgrade to extend the service but can choose from 1, 6 or 12 month options. It is priced at £4.99 a month.

The Spotter is priced at about £65 which is pretty reasonable for this sort of gadget. It works well and is well worth it for peace of mind.