All Things Back to School with Minted

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions are honest & that of My 3 Little Kittens.

Back-to-school is here! My son is now a second grader! He was very excited to get back to the classroom and to see all his friends from first grade. My daughter doesn’t start Kindergarten until next week, but she is already planning what she will wear!

One fantastic way for them to share all the back-to-school happenings is with personalized stationary and thank you notes for kids from Minted!

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I love the idea of them using their own personalized stationary to write friends and family. It encourages penmanship and fun. Plus, who doesn’t just love adorable paper? My daughter would go nuts for the Thanks, Cupcake set. My son is all about dinosaurs, so the Dino Parade set would definitely be his favourite. To make it even more special, they can write to their teachers. A thank you note from a student is always a great way to brighten a teacher’s day!

Back to School Dinosaurs

Best of all, Minted has a large selection of back-to-school must haves including their day planners/notebooks. Considering how much paper my children go through after school, giving each of them a notebook would be a fantastic way to not only express themselves, but also to keep their drawings/writings all in one place.

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With back-to-school also comes birthday parties and play dates! I would absolutely love Minted’s mommy calling cards. Their Praline Bunny cards are so functional and ideal to hand out. 

back to school mommy cardsDon’t forget to also become a fan of Minted on Facebook as well as on Twitter to keep up-to-date with specials, products, offers and more!

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Lean Green Chicken Salad

Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Program. Medifast products and the Medifast Program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.

Chicken Salad

I am so very excited to announce that I am a Medifast Blogger! I decided it was take steps to lose the excess weight from baby and get back to a healthy size I am happy with. I did my research before choosing Medifast and I couldn’t be more thrilled about my choice.

My goal is to lose at least 30 pounds. It is not only important to my health, but also to getting back myself. In the first week alone, I lost 5 pounds! To celebrate, I want to share with you my Lean Green Chicken Salad. It is my g0-to lunchtime choice and good for me.Chicken Salad Pic

You will need:

  • 6 oz. shredded chicken
  • 1 cup green leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped radishes

Combine all ingredients in a serving bowl. Serve with 2 tablespoons of reduced-calorie salad dressing and enjoy!

Official Medifast blogger badgeI will be sharing on Medifast journey each week, so look forward to more awesome to come!

Medifast has some deals for you! If you use my code, KITTEN15, you can receive $15 off an order of $150 or more. Or, use code KITTEN28 to receive 28 free meals (a $67 value!) with your purchase of $250+. Limit one per customer. The KITTEN28 code is limited to new customers only and not valid with prior purchases, Medifast Advantage, or any other promotions or discounts. Both codes expire on 12/31/2014. See website for complete details on program and discounts. Consult your physician before beginning a weight-loss program.

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Reasons to Smile

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Summer is coming to an end. As much as I will miss it, I am also so thankful for all the great things that have happened the last couple months.

It is already getting darker sooner in the evening and the cooler weather looks like it will be sticking around for the long haul. Yet, even on the rainiest days, I have so many reasons to smile.

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Reasons to Smile:

  • Family! I love my family and couldn’t be more thankful for them. My children are well and there are so many memories to come! This summer was spent enjoying family movie nights on weekdays and many park visits!
  • Pets! My cats are part of the family. They are always bringing excitement to my day and snuggles at night!
  • Children! My kids are my everything. No day would be the same without them.
  • University Graduation! My husband finally graduated from university. It was a long road with many bumps along the way, but so thankful he did it!
  • Friends! One of my very dearest friends lives 10 hours away and I was so fortunate to be able to attend her wedding in June. Getting the opportunity to spend a couple days with her was priceless to me.
  • Back-to-school! I will miss having my children home all day with me, but I am looking forward to getting some time with my youngest, as well as getting some exercise with all the walking!Reasons to Smile
     KINDER®will be live on location at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) from August 30-September 1 with a custom built interactive KINDER® Smile Booth.  A surprise moment of joy, between parents and kids will be captured though photo/video that people can share with friends and family through social channels with #kindersmiles.

Make sure to check out Kinder Canada’s Facebook page for more #kindersmiles!

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Back to School with the Nokia Lumia 635 #NokiaBTS

Disclosure: My 3 Little Kittens is participating in the Back to School Nokia Lumia Campaign and did receive product for review purposes. All opinions are honest & that of My 3 Little Kittens.

For us, it is a little over a week before back-to-school! My children have their new backpacks, clothes and school supplies all ready to go. However, they aren’t very thrilled about it. They look forward to seeing their friends and getting back to recess. Yet, they are going to miss being able to sleep in and stay up late during the week.

As a mom, back-to-school also means routine changes for me. I will be walking my son to school in the morning and walking my daughter to kindergarten in the afternoon. Plus, I pick them both up after school. My youngest enjoys riding in his stroller, so it makes the daily walking a lot easier. I always take my phone everywhere I go and lately, I have been enjoying my Nokia Lumia 635! It is going to make back-to-school so much more pleasant for me this year!

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One of my favourite features of the Nokia Lumia 635 is the screen size! With a 4.5-inch LCD screen, I can easily use my phone on the walk to school to check out school events for the day as well as the weather. I hate having to squint or having difficulty seeing the screen in the sunlight, so this couldn’t be more perfect. Plus, it is built super tough. I know this to be true because I have already dropped it a couple of times (hehe).

Nokia Lumia 635 Colour

While I realize that the colour of a phone doesn’t impact its functionality or performance, I do value the beauty of individuality. The Nokia Lumia 635 allows for a bright and glossy replaceable shell. The shells are interchangeable, so you can change your phone colour throughout the week. My phone has a green shell and it adds such character to my phone. I like to change the Live Tiles on my phone screen to compliment my phone shell colour. Who knew colour made such a difference?

My techy side also can’t get enough of all the fabulousness wrapped into this phone! The phone is loaded with Windows 8.1, which allows for a very personalized user experience. The quad-core Snapdragon processor installed means speed. I was blown away with how quickly I could do various tasks on my Nokia Lumia 635 without any problems. Internet Explorer 11 is installed as the internet browser. Internet Explorer has always been my browser of choice regardless of the device I am on, so that just added to the awesome.

Nokia Lumia 635 MixRadioAnother way to add even more speed to your phone is by activating it on the Rogers LTE network. I can send a message, download a game, listen to music and still have my phone running quickly. 

Some of the features that really make this phone ahead of the rest are Word Flow, Data Sense, Storage Sense, Microsoft Office Mobil and OneDrive. If the weather is nice after school, I let my children play for a while. I can’t tell you how many times I wished I could be productive while waiting for them. Thankfully, my Nokia Lumia 635 is going to make this a reality for me.Nokia Lumia 635

With additional features such as MixRadio, HERE Drive+, HERE Maps and Nokia Camera, the Nokia Lumia 635 makes the perfect choice for a smartphone!

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Saving Money With CAA Rewards #CAARewards

Disclosure: My 3 Little Kittens is proud to be a CAA member. This post is sponsored by CAA. All opinions are honest & that of My 3 Little Kittens.

Life can get crazy, especially with kids. It always seems like we are going somewhere, or needing to make an appointment, or just setting out on a day trip. This summer has flown by at lightning speed and in all honesty, I find it hard to believe it is almost September!

Regardless of our schedules, or how busy we get, one important constant is that we are prepared. Since almost everything we do involves driving, that means having a CAA Membership! Having said that, I am super excited to announce that I am part of the CAA Spot the Partner Campaign!

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My CAA Membership card gives me peace of mind while out on the road. Knowing that roadside assistance is just a call away is invaluable! However, what most people don’t realize is that my CAA Membership card is also a savings card! So while my family and I are enjoying the day, we are also able to save money where we shop. I honestly can’t think of any other memberships that offers that kind of awesome! Can you?

The list of CAA Partners is fantastic and even I didn’t realize how many are participating. I am able to save on lodging when we travel because there are over 200 CAA Partner options to choose from! Plus, that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are CAA Partners in shopping, dining, entertainment, health, travel, etc. I know wherever I go, I will find savings along the way.

CAA RewardsTo add to all the awesome, CAA even has a fabulous eStore with more CAA Partner savings! With fabulous savings on LEGO, The Body Shop, Sephora, Starbucks Store and Macy’s just to name a few! Plus, you can earn CAA dollars with your purchases. Could my CAA Membership card get any more fabulous? I don’t think so!

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My 3 Little Kittens will be co-hosting the #CAAChat on August 26th, so you are definitely going to want to jump in on the conversation!

When: Tuesday, August 26 2014 between 12-1 EST

Where: Twitter, using the hashtag #CAAchat

Who’s hosting: @MyChaos, @My3LilKittens and @MapleLeafMommy

Prizes: (2) $50 gift cards from Payless Shoesource, (1) $30 gift card to Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto with USB key, (1) $20 gift cards from Kernels, (1) $50 East Side Marios Gift Card, (1) Roots Wallet, (1) $50 Visa Gift Card

Make sure to check out CAA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date with all the savings!

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