Review: Otterbox Case for iPhone 5

Otterbox iPhone 5 Case

I’ve had an iPhone 4 for quite awhile and even though I’ve been coveting a new iPhone 5, there was nothing wrong with my old phone so I’ve been trying to be patient about getting a new one. Since the day I got my 4 I’ve had it in an Otterbox Defender case which has protected it very well over the last couple years, so when I got the opportunity to review a new Otterbox case I figured that was the perfect excuse to get a new phone. That makes tons of sense right?

A new iPhone 5 starts at $199, when you sign a new contract, and I found out that I could get $160 from Gazelle for my old iPhone 4 so that made the decision to get a new phone very easy for me. The great part is, that my old Otterbox case kept the phone in nearly pristine condition so I was able to trade it in for a decent amount of money.

Otterbox iPhone 5 Case

Although I really liked my old pink Otterbox case, and am very pleased with how well it protected my phone, I didn’t like that the outer part of the case was very flexible and began to stretch a little over time from repeatedly opening and closing the covers over the charger and ear bud areas. The new cases are made from a different type of plastic that isn’t nearly as flexible so I believe that they’ve corrected that little issue.

My girls helped me pick out my new case and I’m very happy with this two tone purple and violet one that they selected. You can find Otterbox cases in most major retail outlets, but the thing I like best about their website is that you can build your own case by mixing and matching any of the available inner and outer cover colors to match your own unique style.

Frankly, I wouldn’t use anything less than an Otterbox Defender case on my precious new phone. The case has three layers of protection with a scratch resistant face and is intended to help protect your phone from moisture intrusion and impact damage. I’m so happy with all my Otterbox products that I also just bought a case for hubby’s mini iPad and I’m very happy to recommend their products to others.

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.


High Tech Fun With Cypher Kids Cards

Cypher Kids Cards

My two seven year old daughters were thrilled to have a “girl’s day out” with mommy earlier this week, we went to lunch, ran some errands and stopped by Target to do some shopping. Each of my quads got a $5 Target gift card from a friend for their birthday last month so the girls were ecstatic to stop by the dollar aisle and buy a few things with their own money, but they were even more excited when they got to help me pick out some Cypher Kids Club Interactive Cards!

Cypher Kids Cards

The Cypher Kids Augmented Reality Cards come with an app that can be used with an iPod Touch (4th gen or newer), iPhone 4 (or newer), and iPad2 (or newer) and they’re available in three varieties – Wild Animal Adventures, Letters and Numbers. My girls picked out the Wild Animal Adventure cards and I knew that their brothers would love to play with them as well.

Cypher Kids Cards

They couldn’t wait to check out the cards and even started asking me to download the app before we left the store. I asked them to please be patient since the boys hadn’t come with us on our day out, I thought it would just be nice to wait and let them help open the package so we could all learn how to use the cards together.

Cypher Kids Cards

The kids are always begging to play with my phone but it’s nearly attached to my hand so I hate to let it go, but it makes them happy and keeps them entertained so we compromise. But I really don’t want them to mess with ‘my’ apps or spend ‘my’ Smurfberries so I’m very happy for them to have their own apps and games to play with. There are 18 different wild animal cards including a lion, dolphin, giraffe, polar bear, elephant, monkey and many more!

Cypher Kids Cards

The kids all selected a couple of cards each and got busy learning how to use the app. It was super simple, just click explore, select your animal and point the camera at the card. They got the hang of it very quickly and loved watching their selected animal pop up on the screen in 3D and move around while the app was also telling the kids fun facts and making animal noises. We’ve been having lots of fun learning about animals and their habitats, and taking screen shots of them in action. You can let the kids get in the picture with their animal or take them outside in the yard like we did with this parrot. We all give the Cypher Kids Cards two thumbs up and I think they’d make a great gift this holiday season! They’re available at select Target stores and you can also check out Cypher Entertainment on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure – I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Cypher Kids Club #CBias #SocialFabric #CypherKidsClub


iPhone iPod or iPad Cable and Charger Set $5 Shipped!

Here’s a hot deal on a USB AC Home Wall and Car Charger plus Data Cable for iPod, iPhone and iPad for only $4.99 with free shipping!  This set regularly retails for $19.99 so the sale price is a whopping 75% off, a fabulous price for a spare set.

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iPad May-nia Giveaway, Win a New iPad

Welcome to the iPAD May-nia Giveaway! We are giving away the latest iPad to one lucky winner! Bay Area Mommy has partnered with BeeSavy and some awesome bloggers to bring you this exciting giveaway for the most-coveted tablet out in the market!

BeeSavy is your digital personal shopping assistant that pays YOU for serving you! BeeSavy scours the internet to make sure you get the lowest prices on the products you want at the stores YOU love. The best part? BeeSavy gives you cashback on your purchases! Sweet! Check out their site to learn more!

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6 Pk iPad iPhone or iPod Cables Just $5 Shipped!

Here's a hot deal on a 6 Pack of iPad, iPhone and iPod Data Sync Cables for just $5 with free shipping! Six of these cables regularly retails for $59.99 so this deal is a whopping 92% off. Now you can have extra cables for work, home and on the road or anywhere else you might need one.

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February Frenzy iPad 2 Giveaway

Welcome to the February Frenzy iPad 2 & Cash giveaway!

Bay Area Mommy and Swagbucks has teamed up with 60 wonderful bloggers to give you a chance to win the following prizes!

1st prize: 16g Wifi iPad2 with smartcover (1 winner; US/CAN)
2nd prize: $50 cash (3 winners; WorldWide)

Mandatory entries include liking all Facebook pages and signing up for Swagbucks. Optional entries, including Twitter follows, will appear once you’re done with the 2 mandatory entries. Bloggers also get additional entries for signing up for the Swagbucks Blogger Program. Remember, the more entries you “send”, the more chances of winning! is the online rewards community that works, rewarding people for all of the things they’re already doing online – search, games, watching videos, shopping, surveys and more! The Swag Bucks earned by users have helped purchase everything from diapers to video games – it’s easy, it’s rewarding, and it’s 100% free!

Giveaway is open for entries from February 1, 12AM EST until February 21, 11:59PM EST.

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Listen to Your iPhone or iPod on Car Radio for $13!

I saw this and thought it was the neatest thing!  This Belkin FM Transmitter TuneCast Auto LIVE Music + Car Charger lets you listen to the music on your iPhone, iPod or iPad through the radio in your car and it charges your device at the same time.  I’m really good at putting music and podcasts on my phone, but not very good at listening to it later.  On the other hand I always have the radio on in the car and I figure this would give me a way to quit complaining that every time I get in the car the same song is on.  It regularly retails for $59.99, but you can grab a great deal on this refurbished model for only $12.50 plus free shipping!

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Coupon Cabin 25 Crazy Days of Giveawayz – Over $13,000 Worth of Prizes

Welcome to CouponCabin’s 25 Crazy Dayz of Giveawayz! This multi-blog event is hosted by Simply Stacie, Makobi Scribe, and Sassy Mama in LA and is sponsored by CouponCabin. This is the biggest event the blogosphere has seen with over 400 giveaways each at $25 value or more plus a huge giveaway with some major prizes like a MacBook Air, iPad2 & Visa Gift Cards. You can find all the giveaways from the participating blogs by visiting the host blogs, Simply Stacie, Makobi Scribe, and Sassy Mama in LA. Each host blog will feature a different set of giveaways for you to enter!

No matter what type of coupon you’re looking for, you’ll find it and over 100,000 others at, a leading destination for coupon codes, printable coupons, deals and more. Now with a new and improved grocery coupons section and the largest selection of coupon codes that are guaranteed to work, CouponCabin is the best place to start your search for savings. This holiday season, CouponCabin is dedicated to making holiday savings as easy as pie by bringing you the best deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can also download our CouponDetector and we’ll let you know when the site you’re shopping has coupons and deals available.  Never pay full price again with help from!

CouponCabin is giving away the following fabulous prizes:

  • Grand Prize: MacBook Air (11-inch, 128GB; ARV $1,199)
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  • 4th Runner Up: $300 Visa Gift Card
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Please visit Simply Stacie, Makobi Scribe and Sassy Mama in LA to enter the giveaway and make sure to say Shopper Strategy referred you! You can enter on all three sites or just one- it’s up to you! If you enter all three giveaways that just means more chances for you to win.

My giveaway sponsors are the wonderful people at Red Envelope and Coupon Clutch!  You could win a $100 Red Envelope gift certificate to spend on unique, personalized gift items, or one of two $25 Coupon Clutch gift certificates so that you can organize all of your coupons in style!

Click ‘more’ below to view the giveaway entry form!

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Fall Festival Coupon Clutch Giveaway Winner!

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The Fall Giveaway Festival was a huge success and I’m happy to announce that the winner of the $30 gift certificate is Beth Willis who said she’d like to have the “Blue Floral and Denim” Coupon Clutch!  The winner of the Ipad2 from RetailMeNot is… Krysta Banco!!!  Thanks so much to all who entered – stay tuned for several more great giveaways that are coming right up!


Custom iPhone iPod & iPad Skins from $9

Get a custom skin for your iPhone, iPod, iPad, cellphone, tablet, reader or game console made from genuine 3M stickers!  The current hot sale prices start at $8.99 plus free shipping for all smartphones and iPod skins, and just $13.99 plus free shipping for game consoles and tablet computers.  Use promo code SKNS899 through August 23rd to grab this deal.


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