Avoid Group Therapy Switch to Cortana Personal Assistant | Nokia Lumia 635 Smartphone

Avoid Group Therapy Switch to Cortana Personal Assistant

Promotional item received. All opinions are my own.


If I had the money, I would totally hire a personal assistant. Being a work at home mom I not only have to organize home life, but also keep on top of things for the blog as well.

Unfortunately a human assistant is out of the question. But I have recently been offered the chance to try out Cortana… the personal assistant that comes housed in the new Windows Phones.

When I visited the Microsoft Headquarters earlier this year, our group was given a demonstration of Cortana. Everyone… and I mean everyone, was in awe.

What I saw Cortana do, blew Siri out of the water.

I wanted Cortana.


Now that I’ve had the chance to experience Cortana for myself, I am beginning to wonder how I kept organize before!

Cortana is so easy to use. Just talk like a normal conversation.

I use Cortana for reminders. As a stay at home mom I often lose track of time and sometimes what day it is. With two children in extra curricular activities I have to keep schedules straight so everyone is where they are supposed to be… and on time.


I simply told Cortana… “Remind me that Emma has dance tonight at 6:00” .  She then shows me what she heard and asks me to verify it.


Once I verify, Cortana then shows me my reminders for the afternoon. At 6:00pm she will remind me about dance.

I use Cortana for other reminders as well. I’ve told her to remind me the next time I’m at Target to pick up toothpaste. She will ask me which Target and then file it away. Using location services she knows where I am and when I’m at Target, she gives me a gentle reminder.

Amazing, right?

Cortana can also web search for you. Ask her questions and she’ll bring up relevant links and/or pictures.

Did you know that Cortana can also give you reminders based on people? Tell her something like “Remind me to tell my wife Happy Anniversary” … the next time you talk, email or text with her Cortana will remind you.

Having reminders based on physical location and based on the person whom you’re emailing, texting or calling…. yep, blows Siri out of the water.

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ONE OurKidsMom reader is going to win a Nokia Lumia 635 for AT&T or T-Mobile (winner’s choice) with Cortana!



This giveaway ended at 11:59 PM EST on November 7, 2014.


  1. Lisa Brown says

    I learned: The phone is the only one with Live Apps, which bring the information you want, right to your start screen.

  2. Lisa Brown says

    I liked, in the video, the members say, Siri says: “I’m sorry, I don’t understand.”

  3. Tammy S says

    I love that you can sync your Outlook Calendar without having to connect to our computer. Our family runs all our schedules through Outlook. This would make my life so much easier. Plus I love the live tiles. So cool!

  4. Adrienne gordon says

    i like cortana

  5. Ruth Griffeth says

    I am so excited that Cortana is finally here! And what is even more exciting, is I can get it with my carrier, with no contract!

  6. Ruth Griffeth says

    Oh my I love Blaine!!! he just puts it exactly as I see Siri!

  7. Amanda Sakovitz says

    i like how it helps you keep appointments

  8. Thomas Murphy says

    I like Cortana

  9. Nicole Huckins says

    Love cortana! Need it in my life!

  10. Nicole Huckins says

    Loved Blaine! 🙂

  11. Scott Martin says

    I like Cortana on the new phones.

  12. Michelle Weaver says

    I like that the phone helps you keep track of all my appointments.

  13. Jennifer Rote says

    I like that OneDrive is built in, so you can take your stuff virtually wherever you go.

  14. theresa J says

    I would love a replacement for Suri

  15. Mary Happymommy says

    I learned it’s the only phone with live apps.

  16. Mary Happymommy says

    I like Blaine.

  17. Katherine says

    I like how it check appointments and current traffic

  18. Birdiebee says

    I learned you have more options with a Window phone.

  19. Jessamine D. says

    I love that it checks current traffic! 🙂

  20. AwayGirl100 says

    as an iphone user i am actually looking forward to switching and using Cortana! so many options and i love that it will check appointments against current traffic!

  21. Kelly D says

    I like that Cortana would helps me keep appointments by checking my calendar

  22. Tara Liebing says

    I want the Lumia 635 with Windows Phone 8.1 and Cortana, I could really use this phone for work. I like that it is like a personal assistant. I forget things all the time but with this phone I’d have easy access to my schedule.

  23. Colleen Boudreau says

    I learned that it’s the only phone with Live Apps.

  24. steve weber says

    i like how it helps you keep your calendar aligned.

  25. Pamela Gurganus says

    I like that with Cortana, you get your very own personal assistant.

  26. Pamela Gurganus says

    My favorite character from the Group Therapy video is Blaine.

  27. Sue Barney says

    I Love that Cortana will will give you important reminders!

  28. Tina W says

    Their commercials are amusing, but I’m not sure how much I love things being customized on what I’ve done before. I prefer to think I’m a little unpredictable….

  29. Elle says

    I like that Cortana will help with appointments and reminders.

  30. nicole says

    love that it is also available for htc, as i have friends that wont give theirs up

  31. AmySD says

    Windows Phone has Live Tiles, which bring personalized information right to your Start screen.

  32. AmySD says

    I like Blain the best.

  33. I love the tiles concept. So intuitive!

  34. Margaret Smith says

    I learned that Cortana really gets to know you and your interests and works like a personal assistant.

  35. I like all of the apps available for this phone! And having Cortana as a personal assistant would be amazing.

  36. Tracy Pryor says

    I like that it has an action center. I would love to be able to see all of my notifications at once.

  37. D Schmidt says

    Visited the site and I really like that Cortana learns your preferences and provides useful recommendations.

  38. jennifer says

    I love how everything on the main screen is customizable and everything is easy to see!

  39. heather eg kaufman says

    I like the Nokia Lumia 1520

  40. I like that the Windows Phone allows you to take photos in low light!

  41. My favorite line from the Group Therapy video was “She doesn’t understand a f*cking thing about me!”

  42. Lisa Kubin says

    I really want an alternative to droid or iphone. Both have proprietary issues that I am growing tired of. Plus I want a nice sized screen that is easier to read!

  43. Ann Fantom says

    I learned that Cortana learns your interests to provide more useful recommendations that does Apple’s Siri

  44. nickie says

    I like Cortana

  45. I have a windows phone now and LOVE it. It is so simple and easy to use. I like that the apps are all right there and you can change them as needed easily.

  46. latanya says

    I like that you’ll get your very own personal assistant

  47. Melissa M says

    I like the live apps.

  48. Angela Y says

    I like that Cortana helps you keep appointments by checking your calendar and current traffic..

  49. harolde says

    Unlike Siri, Cortana gets to know you and looks out for you!!

  50. I learned that Cortana is more personalized than Siri.

  51. Alona Y says

    I’d learned that there’s a battery saver feature that lets you turn off the non-essentials and save more battery life!

  52. Alona Y says

    Blaine made me laugh – I don’t know if that’s how you spell that name.

  53. Holly Thomas says

    I like the size of the phone.

  54. Holly Thomas says

    Blaine is my favorite.

  55. Erica Best says

    i love Cortana can remind u of your to do list

  56. Brynn says

    I love that they have a “personal assistant” named Cortona. She seems to work better than Suri haha

  57. Seyma Shabbir says

    The phone is great and cortana is a great assistant!

  58. Tari Lawson says

    I like the Nokia Lumia 1020.

  59. Kitty Iecvan says

    I like that Cortana helps you keep appointments by checking your calendar and current traffic.

  60. Geoff K says

    I really love that Cortana can take into account your interests in making recommendations for you – that’s pretty impressive!

  61. melissa t says

    Cotana is the personal assistant that I have always wanted. I could finally get organized with Cortana.

  62. Jessica M. says

    “Now with the Lumia 635 or new HTC One® (M8) for Windows®, you’ll get your very own personal assistant. Cortana helps you keep appointments”…I checked out the site, and oh wow I could use this to keep my appointments,and that sounds great! Thanks!

  63. Jessica M. says

    My favorite line is this: “Cortana does that, she grows with you..” That’s a pretty cool video! And, I liked all the characters!

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  66. Leigh Anne Borders says

    Cortana is a great thing! Excited to have that!

  67. Leigh Anne Borders says

    Blaine seems interesting!

  68. I learned that Cortana personalizes for me according to the choices and selections I have previously made.

  69. Rust says

    Another phone I would like is the HTC One (M8) for Windows.

  70. Rust says

    “Hoodan noodles!” Who doesn’t understand that! LOL ….SIRI: Sorry, I don’t understand you. ….I’ve heard that a thousand times.

  71. Heather NC says

    I learned Cortana helps you keep appointments”… I could use this to keep my appointments and it’s a very SMARTPHONE as it learns as you go and is great on battery saving.

  72. Heather NC says

    My favorite character from the Group Therapy video is Blaine.

  73. Allie says

    I like the camera

  74. Lee Black says

    I love Cortana. I would love to be able to speak my questions and get answers without having to type or search with the phone.

  75. Cheryl B. says

    I like that Cortana acts like my own personal assistant..I could use one.

  76. Seyma Shabbir says

    I love when she says it responds “I don’t understand”. LOL

  77. heather s says

    Cortana is cool

  78. Debra Hall says

    i like the BURST MODE for photos

  79. Daraya says

    I would love the HTC One (M8) for Windows phone! 🙂

  80. Kristen says

    I like that it can give directions out loud while I’m driving.

  81. Brenda Cushman says

    I like the Live Apps also the reminder of important dates.It would be great to have the Cortana.

  82. Caroline Wampler says

    I love the Cortana feature!

  83. Caroline Wampler says

    Blaine is my fav! Hilarious

  84. Tabathia B says

    I really like the calendar and the reminders provided by cortana

  85. Candice says

    I love that it can track all your important things, and remind you.

  86. Candice says

    I like Blaine the most.

  87. courtney b says

    I think the tile concept is super cool! absolutey love it!

  88. rochelle johnson says

    Windows Phone is the only phone with Xbox built-in.

  89. Lilia Kharabora says

    I learned that with Lumia 635 or new HTC One® (M8) for Windows®, you’ll get your very own personal assistant. Cortana. 🙂 Awesome!

  90. Cynthia R says

    I like how Cortani is more personalized for each user.

  91. Mary Cloud says

    I like all the fun colors the Lumina phones come in – I’d love to have a yellow one
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  92. Lindsey Garrison says

    I like the word flow keyboard and of course Cortana!

  93. jeanette sheets says
  94. shaunie says

    Love how it alerts you of traffic (to leave early if lots of traffic)

  95. shaunie says

    When the guy interjects and say that he wants to end his relationship too.

  96. Meena R says

    I learned that Cortana adapts to you based on your likes and actually recommends things. That’s pretty amazing!

  97. Meena R says

    I liked the group therapy leader and how she was trying to organize the session, while everyone was getting upset.

  98. Natalie Lyons says

    I like how Cortana gets to know your interests

  99. kim says

    I like that cortana actually gets to know your interests your likes and wants that is pretty cool

  100. Denise S says

    I like the feature that helps you keep track of appointments.

  101. Tammy S says

    I like Blaine. He made me laugh.

  102. Unlike Siri, Cortana learns my preferences to help me more. Nice!

  103. Jessica H. says

    I learned that you can stream music for free with MixRadio and that the battery can play music for a maximum of 40 hours! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  104. Jessica H. says

    I love how at the end of the video Lina goes: “I’m sorry, I don’t understand.”

  105. soha molina says

    I learned: Cortana is your personal assistant on your Windows Phone. She’s there to help make things easier for you and keep you up to date on the things that matter to you.

  106. soha molina says

    I like Jake.

  107. Colleen Boudreau says

    My favorite character is Blaine.

  108. Rosanne says

    I like the Nokia Lumia 1520 because it is super sensitive and because of the HD

  109. Rosanne says

    Blaine is one of my favorite characters

  110. Ty says

    I like that she can check traffic as well as remind you of appointments.

  111. Carol says

    I like Cortana

  112. Megan Parsons says

    I like the Nokia Lumia 1520

  113. Sandy Cain says

    I love how Cortana can judge what’s really important to let through, during a quiet time. Siri can’t do it!

  114. Sandy Cain says

    LOL! I love the moderator: “I’m here to HELP you with your relationships, not end them.” Pulled right out of real life!

  115. Virginia Rowell says

    I learned you can edit your photos and share them instantly.

  116. Janice Cooper says

    I love the organizational tools especially the reminders. I could use that feature.

  117. Janice Cooper says

    I like Blaine 🙂

  118. Randi C. says

    I learned that Cortana is like having your very own assistant; and I would love to be more organized!

  119. Randi C. says

    I like the line, an occasional suggestion would be nice!

  120. Nicole C. says

    I like the Samsung ATIV SE.

  121. christine j says

    I love the Cortana!

  122. Sarah Matos says

    I learned that Cortana is personalized to you and your interests

  123. Sarah Matos says

    I like Blaine.

  124. Kortney Lah says

    I definitely think it is cool that they have live apps!

  125. Kortney Lah says

    Definitely thinking of Blaine!

  126. Amanda Kinder says

    I really like that it has up to 128 GB of storage. That will come in handy!

  127. Michelle Washburn says

    I have a Lumia, I absolutely love it! The camera is amazing and you have a friend in Cortana 🙂

  128. Michelle Washburn says

    Blaine was very entertaining!

  129. Courtnie says

    I learned that Cortana has traffic alerts.

  130. danielle Marie says

    i learned cortana would really keep me organized. no more forgetting my work schedule!

  131. Allison Downes says

    I like that the cortana provides useful recommendations.

    Thanks for the chance to win

  132. Sacha Schroeder says

    I like that Cortana can be customized to your liking and that it seems more fun that Suri!!! This phone looks amazing!

  133. Sacha Schroeder says

    Blain is my favorite character!

  134. Melissa S says

    Cortana sounds like a great feature.

  135. Margilyne W says

    I like that it can check your appointments and the traffic, so you know if you need more time to arrive.

  136. janna johnson says

    I like that it reminds you of appointments

  137. sara haaf says

    I really want a windows phone and cortana sounds amazing, i love it remembers things.

  138. Michelle H. says

    I like the Nokia Lumia 1520 phone.

  139. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    I Like That Cortana Is Like A Personal Assistant!

  140. robin mcdowell says

    I need cortana with all my doctor appts.

  141. Danielle says

    i like how it helps you keep appointments

  142. Teresa Thompson says

    I learned it is the world’s most personal smartphone.

  143. Jen F says

    I would love this phone. It has a ton of great features. Something neat that I learned is that Windows Phones have Xbox on them…how neat!

  144. jillian demarco says

    the app are amazing!! I can have my pandora… netflix. facebook. it would totally organize my life.

  145. melissaandkeith miller says

    Cortana learns your preferences and provides useful recommendations.

  146. Brittney House says

    I like all the live apps.

  147. Erica B. says

    I love that I can basically have a personal assistant to remember my appointments.

  148. Jill Myrick says

    I learned that Cortana is available on both the Nokia Lumina and the HTC One (M8).


  149. Jill Myrick says

    My favorite character from the video is Blaine and his oodon noodles.


  150. Sonya says

    I love the idea of Cortana!

  151. amy rouse says

    Cortana helps you keep appointments by checking your calendar and current traffic!!!!

  152. David says

    I would love to win this beautiful device for my wife. Having Cortana “hands free” would be a real blessing for her with all she does around the house, as she is a stay-at-home Mom, and is currently homeschooling our kids through the Florida Virtual School. If anyone needs it and truly deserves it, she absolutely does … she is amazing!!!!

  153. David says

    Near the end of the video when the girl with the glasses (talking about Cortana), Lena, says “I’m sorry I do not understand.”

  154. Susan Smith says

    I like how Cortana checks appointments and current traffic.

  155. Susan Smith says

    Blaine is funny and entertaining.

  156. jules m. says

    i really want that yellow Nokia Lumia 1320
    love the 6-inch HD display.

  157. Richard Hicks says

    I learned that Cortana lets importan calls and texts through that Siri can not do

  158. Karen Drake says

    I want the Nokia Lumia ICON phone.

  159. Richard Hicks says

    I like Lena when she says I am sorry I do not understand.

  160. Stephanie Galbraith says

    I like the HTC One (M8) for Windows.

  161. Tammy Farrar says

    it makes me laugh siri says she cant understand

  162. Carolyn Daley says

    I learned that Cortana is very different than Siri. Cortana learns about your interests and gives you recommendations based on your activity.

  163. ET Pruitt says

    I learned that Cortana has traffic alerts.

  164. Trish Dowling says

    i lvoe cortana!!!

  165. Marilyn Nawara says

    It’s amazing…. with this phone you get a personal assistant that helps you keep appointments by checking your calendar and current traffic.

  166. Lilia Kharabora says

    Udon noodles! Udon Noodles! Ha ha ha.
    Creative video 😉

  167. Leslie Davis says

    You can rearrange your Start screen Tiles and adjust their size ,

  168. Ellie Wright says

    I like that it alerts you to traffic conditions.

  169. This phone looks great- I had no idea it comes with your own pesronal assistant – that’s fun! haha

  170. Shirley Hicks says

    I like cortana

  171. Tammie Venne says

    I like that it tracks things you like to better be able to help or suggest

  172. I learned it’s the only phone with live apps.

  173. I love the line about : Wait, a minute, how do YOU know so much about Cortana 😀

  174. tina reynolds says

    I like Cortana keeps track of appointments and reminds you even gives you traffic dates maybe I wouldnt be so late anymore 😉

  175. Denise W says

    I found Cortana to be right up my alley!

  176. nannypanpan says

    I learned cortana will provide useful suggestions to you based on what you like

  177. Lisa L says

    I learned that in one swipe, you can see notifications like email, texts, and social media updates.

  178. Amanda Sakovitz says

    i like Blaine

  179. Kathleen says

    I love Cortana! I need this!

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  180. Beverly Metcalf says

    Cortana sounds good. Thanks for having this contest!

  181. Vikki Billings says

    I love that you can edit your pictures on the phone.

  182. Sand says

    I learned that most apps are free or free to try, and they’re all certified.

  183. trixx says

    I learned that the Windows Phone is the only phone with Xbox built-in

  184. carla sharp ball says

    I have fallen in love with the Nokia Lumia 635 the live tiles on the Home screen are just so fantastic and make finding all your apps a breeze, the colors on this phone are brilliant!! and windows 8.1 oh my who would want any other phone but this one? Now have you checked out the battery life..? well you need to 12h talk time, up to 58h music and a whooping 648h on just stand by..Oh my I am so in hopes I win this fabulous phone as It would just make me one happy momma ..Thats If I can keep my tweens from taking it..LOL Thanks for the chance at winning such an amazing phone.

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