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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mommy Goes Back to School with Speck!

**This post was sponsored by Speck and contains links to their products and media outlets. The products being reviewed were provided to me by Speck free of cost. All opinions are 100% my own and I do not review products that I don't believe in or use myself.**

No, I'm not taking classes, but working in the education world it means I "go back to school" too. The truth is, August and September are rough on my sanity, my time....and my electronics. I am constantly on the go, in and out of meetings and trainings, and putting a lot of miles on my MacBook and cell phone. Let's put it this way, there were a few days in there where I got over 100 phone calls (dropping my phone at least four times while trying to answer it) and killed my Mac book air battery at least twice a day, getting coffee on it (while closed) at least once. How do they survive my abuse?

While at Blogger Bash back in July, I chatted with the reps from Speck and learned a lot about their products. Haven't heard of Speck? They make tough cases for your electronic devices in super fun prints and colors that actually protect your stuff from life!

So, teachers, students, administrators - let's celebrate back to school and having to haul our crap to and from work/class with a giveaway from Speck!

If you have ever owned a MacBook you that they are, investment. It comes with a pretty tough case, but no one likes dings, dents, and scratches on their $1K+ anything. When given the option, I chose this gorgeous pink (of course) SeeThru case from Speck's website. Aside from having several beautiful colors to choose from, Speck has cases for all current MacBook models and several tablets (including iPad). Made from durable polycarbonate plastic, these cases mean business...while still looking pretty!

Party in the front, y'all. 

As with any case, it's a good idea to remove it now and then to clean out any debris that naturally would get between the product and case while you're on the go. With some other cases I've tried, this can be a huge chore; prying off multiple layers and trying to snap things off and on without breaking it. At no point did I feel like this case was going to break as I put it on and took it off. In under 30 seconds, I lined up the two case pieces and snapped them on. It's also sturdy, sitting on four rubber feet which keep it from tipping when you open it when one hand.

Please note, the Little Mermaid is a sticker on my computer, NOT part of the case!

I have gotten a ton of compliments about this case; the vibrant color, how sleek it looks, etc. This case (the color is called Raspberry) is to die for - it's so bright and beautiful. It's a bit hard to photograph because it's so shiny, but trust me on this one.

My laptop goes everywhere with me. To and from work, on trips, and is often within reach of the kids. While no case smaller than a life raft will protect from catastrophic damage, this case is exactly what I need to protect it from the bumps, drips, scrapes, and scuffs of every day life without adding weight and bulk or making it ugly.

I bought a MacBook Air for a reason and don't want to weigh it down with a heavy rubber and plastic monstrosity.

My favorite things about this case...
  • Fantastic colors to choose from. 
  • Chances are, they have a case for your technology and needs.
  • Super nice customer service.
  • Protects my computer from everyday abuse without adding weight or bulk.
  • Easy to use and easy to clean.

The other case I had the privilege of reviewing is the Speck CandyShell Case for the Samsung Galaxy SIII. I know, I know, the SIII isn't exactly a new piece of technology, but don't worry, there are a huge variety of cases available from ones that hold credit cards and money to ones that actually amplify your music

The thing I like most about this phone case is that it has the benefits of the dual layer rubber/plastic combo for shock protection, but it's one piece. No pulling the two layers apart and getting them to realign juuuuust right. Pop it on, pop it off. I'll never go back to the-brand-who-will-not-be-named.

Now this phone, I've dropped it. Like, a lot. Between the kids and my own butter fingers, I've had my share of mini-panic attacks as my phone has bounced to the ground and cartwheeled across the parking lot. This case can take it. Plus, just like the MacBook case, it provides serious protection without being heavy or bulky. Phones are made to fit in your hand a certain way and unless you're on a construction site or driving a tank, adding a huge, bulky case does you no favors.

Speck cases are available at a variety of stores making them easy to shop for both online and in person. You can find cases for your tech at Target, Best Buy, Apple, Verizon, T Mobile, Telus, Rogers, REI, and many more!

Want to win a Speck case of your choice? If you can choose between them that is...
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  1. Woe those are such fun colors!!!!

  2. Love the black shining galaxy 5 case.

  3. Pretty colors! I am eyeing something for my phone I think!

  4. I love the MacBook case! I already have a blue one, but could totally use a new one!

  5. I love the white/fuschia galaxy s4 case :)