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).

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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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Ramada Canada Two Night Stay Giveaway

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With kids, going on a road trip takes on a whole new meaning. For us, it is a great way to spend time together because you get to enjoy the scenery and talk. My kids are still young enough that they love our time together, even in the car.

One absolutely fabulous road trip idea, since we are in Canada, is the Trans-Canada Highway! It is the world’s longest national highway and spans between Victoria, BC and St. John’s, Newfoundland. While I haven’t personally had the pleasure of driving it, I hope to one day. I consider it to be the must-drive for anyone looking to enjoy Canada at its very best! 

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As with any trip, it is important to plan your hotel stays along your route. For the Trans-Canada Highway route, Ramada has you covered! With more than 75 Ramada hotel locations throughout Canada, you really can’t go wrong. The following six Ramada hotels are perfect choices along the route as well!

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I was blown away by the fabulous décor in their hotels, especially in Lethbridge. My MIL visits often, so the next time she needs a room, I know where I will be sending her! Right now at select Ramada hotels, you can get 20% off the best available rate when you  book three consecutive nights in a row http://bit.ly/Ramada20Off. Ramada

Their rooms are spacious, which makes them ideal for family trips or just a weekend getaway with the spouse! They offer a children stay free policy, which every parent can appreciate. With free Wi-Fi and a free continental breakfast, I am totally sold on booking Ramada for my next trip!

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Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

I love my donut pan. I have had it for a couple years now and it is fabulous. I can’t believe it took me this long to start making my own donuts. Don’t get me wrong. I love Tim Horton’s donuts. However, my homemade Cinnamon Sugar Donuts are just as yummy, if not better!

You can read all about my original Baked Cake Donuts Recipe, which gives you the recipe as well as showing the pan I use. My kids absolutely love cinnamon and sugar, so it was only natural for me to change up the cake donuts just a bit!

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

 

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts Recipe

You will need:

  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar, plus additional for adding to cinnamon mix
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, eggs and butter. Beat until just combined. Fill each doughnut cup approx. 2/3 full.

Bake 7-9 minutes or until the top of the doughnuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 4-5 minutes before removing. Finish doughnut by dipping quick in melted butter and coating with cinnamon/sugar mixture! Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Donuts 2I never have buttermilk or cake flour on hand, so I substitute the cake flour with all-purpose flour, but use 2 tablespoons less than the recipe calls for. I use 1 tablespoon of white vinegar mixed with about a cup of milk to substitute for the buttermilk!

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How to Get Rid of Pet Smells in Your Home

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I love my cats. My days are definitely a whole lot brighter because of them. However, I was recently introduced to the term “noseblind” and in all honesty, I have no doubt I am.

Definition: The gradual acclimation to the smells of one’s home, car, or belongings, in which the affected does not notice them (even though their guests do).

How to Get Rid of Pet Smells in your Home

As much as I love my cats, I know that the smells associated aren’t always pleasant. Thankfully, I have some fabulous tips on how to get rid of the pet smells in your home and get back to loving kitty again!

Vacuum regularly. This may seem like a no-brainer, but vacuuming at least once a day, especially in a pet household, helps eliminate a buildup of dander and hair.

Baking soda! The resourcefulness of baking soda is almost endless. You can use it to freshen your carpet by simply sprinkling it on, leave for roughly 15 minutes and then vacuum up. To eliminate odours in the litter box, mix it in with your cat’s existing litter and/or sit an opened box in the same room!

Eliminate clutter. When things begin to accumulate, so do smells. Make sure to keep your home picked up and maintain your pet’s bedding, food/water area, etc.  

Use Febreze! The beauty of Febreze is that it eliminates odour instead of masking them. There are several different options from spray to oil warmers to choose from. I like to spray the furniture, carpet and areas my pet frequents to keep it smelling its best. How to Get Rid of Pet Smells in Your Home Febreze

We all can find ourselves noseblind, but these tips will help your home smell its very best, even with pets!

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