Wordless Wednesday: Introducing Patience Lillian Renner!

Here’s our newest Blessing:  Patience Lillian Renner!  Look how proud her big sister, Elizabeth, is!  We’re all completely in love with our little princess.  She was born on Monday, March 15th at 8:56 pm at Matsu Midwifery in Wasilla, Alaska.  I’ll be sharing her birth story soon!

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Anytime Costumes Review and Giveaway!

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Meet the Company:

AnytimeCostumes.com is your year-round source for adult costumes, child costumes, plus-size costumes, costume accessories, theatrical make-up, masks, wigs, beards, props and holiday decorations.

AnytimeCostumes.com is a family owned and operated company. We began in 1975 as a retail party and costume store and grew to be Long Island’s leading Halloween and holiday costume supplier. In 1999, we expanded to the Internet availing our 30 years of retail costume expertise to the world. At AnytimeCostumes.com, we strive to differentiate ourselves from the other costume sites. We also ship 95% of the orders received by 2:00 pm Eastern time the same business day!

Our experienced buyers strive to provide the best in product quality and price. Our Costume Professionals consistently provide excellent customer service. All of our staff is knowledgeable of our vast product line and dedicated to making your shopping experience fun, satisfying and safe. In total, our staff has over 100 years of costume experience.

AnytimeCostumes.com is constantly adding new products to our inventory of over 5000 products. We keep our warehouse stocked to meet your costuming needs throughout the year for every holiday and occasion. At AnytimeCostumes.com, costumes are not just for Halloween. We carry a huge selection of costumes for all holidays including Mardi Gras, Easter, Renaissance Faire, St. Patrick’s Day, Purim, President’s Day, Luau, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We also carry costuming for school plays, amateur and professional theatrical productions and corporate events.


Through the Mom Trials:  There’s nothing like the joy and excitement a child feels when they can pretend and dress up to be anything their heart desires!  At Anytime Costumes, you’ll find the right costume for you child with their vast selection of costumes, dress up clothes, and costume accessoriesto make their Halloween night or dress up fun all year round!   The site is easy to navigate and the categories are set up so you can find the perfect costume easily in no time.  Their competitive prices and timely shipping coupled with their superior customer service is unbeatable to provide top grade, customer satisfaction!

It didn’t take long for my oldest daughter to choose which costume she’d like to prance around and she chose the Child Indian Princess Wildflower Costume and what a transformation it is!  This Indian Princess Costume comes with a deep brown dress with pointed bottom and fringe detail, matching poncho with fringe trim, plush boot covers, and two Indian feather hair accessories.  It’s a complete Halloween costume that won’t need any extra accessories or other props to get the full effect.  The sizing was right on and there are no irritating tags or itchy seams for a comfortable fit.  This costume is terrific for any occasion from Halloween, Thanksgiving, school and historical projects, holidays, make believe play and more!


Deal Alert:  Get FREE UPS Ground Shipping on orders over $45 with the coupon code, Sept9A, at checkout!  Free Shipping Offer ends September 17th!

Giveaway Time:  A lucky Blessings Abound Mommy reader will win an infant, toddler, child or teen costume of your choice!  All you have to do is visit Anytime Costumes and leave a comment with which costume you’d like to win!

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Winner will be chosen via Random Drawing.  Winners who I am unable to contact and who doesn’t claim their prize within 48 hours of being sent their winning email notification and me posting the winner of the prize in the winner’s section will forfeit their prize and prize will be held in a live contest following failure to claim.  Please follow directions or you will be disqualified!  This Blessing is open to bloggers and nonbloggers alike. You have from now until October 1st at 11:59 PM (Alaska time) to comment and be entered for a chance to win.  I will randomly pick one winner and announce it here on my blog shortly after October 2nd!  Blessing open to USA only!

Father’s Day Fling Day 9: Best Buy Electronics Prize Package Giveaway! #contest #giveaway

best-buy-logo-akblessingsaboundHave a dad or husband who is always on the look out for the latest electronics or technology available?  Best Buy is the one stop shop for any electronics on his wish list.  This Father’s Day, let the techie dad know you care by finding the hottest electronics and gadgets available.  Best Buy appreciates fathers and has generously contributed to this Electronics Prize Package that any electronics and tech savvy dad would love!

Meet the Company:

We make technology deliver on its promises.

It might surprise some of you that so far we haven’t mentioned consumer electronics (although, we just did) because Best Buy is associated so strongly with technology. And don’t get us wrong; we love the stuff. It’s just that we think technology should serve people, and not the other way around. You might say that we love technology, but we’re not in love with technology. Technology makes a lot of promises, and we’re here to make it live it up to those promises. For people.

Featured Father’s Day Gifts from Best Buy:


Insignia™ 7.0-Megapixel Digital Camera – (Available in Pink and Blue)

Snap clear portraits using this 7.0-megapixel digital camera with 4X digital zoom. High ISO sensitivity means even low-light pictures turn out bright and natural, and face detection technology optimizes exposure and ensures you will always be focused on the faces in your photos. Burst mode lets you take pictures quickly so you can capture the best possible image, while smile capture mode allows you to shoot automatically when your subject laughs, smiles or grins. Coupled with digital image stabilization, these features ensure vivid, detailed photos without blurring.


* 7.0-megapixel CCD captures high-resolution images up to 3062 x 2292 pixels
* 2.5″ color LCD screen for excellent visibility even in bright sunlight
* Scene modes include portrait, landscape, sunset, backlight, children, night, fireworks, snow, food building and text
* Built-in autofocus uses programmed autoexposure modes, including aperture priority and shutter priority, along with a manual mode, to ensure clear shots
* Auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent and manual white balance controls achieve natural tones under different lighting conditions
* Flash modes include auto, flash-on, flash-off, fill flash and red-eye reduction for great images no matter what the lighting
* Color modes include black-and-white, sepia, color, negative, red, green and blue
* High-quality video mode records AVI video with audio at 640 x 480 and 30 fps or at 320 x 240 and 30 fps for easy movie capture
* 16MB internal memory with support for Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity and MultiMediaCard memory cards
* PictBridge compatible so you can connect your camera to a compatible printer and print photos directly without using a PC
* Comes with 2 AA alkaline batteries, A/V and USB cables, wrist strap and owner’s manual


Rocketfish 2MP Autofocus Webcam

Add a little fun to your Web chats with this Rocketfish 2MP Autofocus Webcam that easily clips onto your notebook or LCD monitor. The intelligent face tracking technology focuses on you, while autofocus always ensures a sharp and precise image. It lets you chat using the most popular instant messenger software and includes Advanced Video FX so you can add exciting visual effects to your chatting.


* Up to 8.0-megapixel still image capture and 2.0-megapixel video capture
* Built-in microphone for videoconferencing and recording
* Works with instant messenger software including AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, and MSN Messenger
* PC and Mac compatible

Giveaway Time: A lucky Blessings Abound reader will win a Best Buy Electronics Prize Package that includes both the InsigniaTM 7.0-Megapixel Digital Camera and Rocketfish 2MP Autofocus Webcampictured above! All you have to do in order to be qualified for a chance to win is to visit Best Buy and leave a comment in the provided entry form with another product that would be perfect for your dad!

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Father’s Day Fling Day 5: Lands’ End Father’s Day Prize Package Review And Giveaway! #contest #giveaway


Meet the Company:

Lands’ End is a direct merchant of traditionally styled clothing for the family, soft luggage, and products for the home. We offer products through our catalogs, on the Internet and in our Inlet stores. Our goal is to please our customers with the highest levels of quality and service in the industry, along with an unequivocal ironclad guarantee.


Through the Mom Trials:  Your family will love this DuraCord Hammock from Lands’ End!  This durable, quality made hammock features tough Duracord fibers that dries quickly, is stain resistant, and discourages microbial growth to prevent mildew.  The fibers feel just as soft and cozy as cotton and withstands up to 1,000 hours of UV exposure, protecting the hammock from fading in the sun.  It has solid oak spreader bars that make this hammock stable so your family can get in and out of the hammock easily and the zinc-plated stainless steel hardware ensures it will be securely fastened to trees safely and prevent rusting.

The DuraCord Hammock was quick and easy to mount onto our birch trees on our property.  The hammock is wide enough to fit a couple adults and my husband and I could lay next to one another comfortably side by side.  It could also accommodate three of our kids or one adult with two kids easily without feeling like we were cramped in together.  It was hard to tell that the fibers of the hammock weren’t made from the soft goodness of cotton and has provided many hours of  relaxing, snuggle time outside on a nice Spring day.  It’s so comfy that you’ll find yourself wanting to drift off to nap in the warm, sunshine.

With Summer arriving soon, this is a perfect complement to your yard that your whole family can enjoy and has an affordable price tag of $179.50 (now on sale for $$125.65 for a short time).   Treat your dad, husband, or family to much needed downtime and look forward to lazy Summer days with Lands’ End DuraCord Hammock!

More Featured Father’s Day Gifts from Lands’ End:


Cooler Tote

Say goodbye to cumbersome, hard-sided coolers. Our waterproof Cooler Tote is insulated to keep snacks and drinks refreshingly chilled – so it’s perfect for picnic plans, sporting events and car trips. Durable canvas is coated with PEVA, a non-chlorinated vinyl, so it resists stains and cleans up in a snap. Seams are heat-sealed to prevent leaking. Zip-top closure. Spot clean. Imported.  Visit Louise at MomStart to read her Cooler Tote Review.

Painted Adirondack Chair

This Adirondack Chair is crafted in Wisconsin with painstaking details. Made of North American Maple covered with layers of water based (environmentally friendly) paint with a hardener added for years of life. Hardware is corrosion resistant. Designed with a “waterfall” front for a smooth curve behind the knees. Wide armrests hold your favorite iced drink or summer reading. Plus, the pitch of the back is deeper for greater comfort. Some assembly required. Wipe clean. Made in USA.  Visit Karen at 3 Garnets and 2 Sapphires for her Painted Adirondack Chair Review.

Deal Alert:  Dive into big Summer savings with 20-30% off their Home and Travel section!  For a limited time, any teak furniture or outdoor furniture orders over $200 will be shipped for a flat $18.95 within the continental U.S. no matter the size and weight of the order.

Giveaway Time:  A lucky Blessings Abound reader will win a Lands’ End Father’s Day Prize Package that includes the DuraCord Hammock, Painted Adirondack Chair, and Cooler Tote perfect for Summer days ahead!  All you have to do is visit Lands’ End and leave a comment in the provided entry form with one product you like best from their Home & Travel Section !

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