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Wednesday Wanderings – 12/31 – final for ’08

Posted by shelburns on 31st December 2008

This will be the last Wednesday Wanderings post for the year.  I have enjoyed this new addition to my blog.  Still wish I knew how to make a button – anyone that will volunteer or help me out?  I found a picture I like, but don’t know how to do the “button” thing.

There are tons of ’08 wrap-ups around the blogosphere as well as New Year’s wishes.  Both of which I’ve done; the wish just won’t post until tomorrow.  Here is what I found over at Papertigers.  I really liked the short and sweet post.


I found a new blog this week – Life Starring Ellie and Eve.  Great giveaways happen here, including this one for Eric Carle books.  2 winners will get all of the books listed.  Giveaway ends Jan. 10. 

Consumer Queen.com is new to me this week also.  In one of her posts, she gives you 7 ways to save and has a great giveaway to go along with it.  Here are the 7 ways to save:

Sign up for Fanatics to print $5 in Savings coupons                   Purchase the January “All You” magazine for $1.50 Savings (Magazine contains $50 in manufacturer’s coupons)Purchase the Fast Fixin’ Breakfast items and send in the Try Me Free for up to $5 in savings.Cut out the UPC’s from the products and collect 10 to earn a free product coupon. = $7.99 SavingsUse the coupon inside the box of Fast Fixin’ Breakfast items for a $1 savings.Use the Coupon in the Breakfast Burrito box for a Savings of $1.50

Use the Coupon in the Fast Classics Country Fried Steak for $2 off any 2 Fast Fixin’ Breakfast Items= $2 Savings

Here is the giveaway!  15 families will win a year’s supply of breakfast from Fast Fixin’ & Fast Classics.  This one will end on Jan. 15th with many ways to earn extra entries.

If you read my blog frequently, you know that I love Parent Reviewers.  They are wrapping up their Mega Giveaways with some great ones!  Who wouldn’t love a SNAP! digital camera?  Want to see Altar Boyz?  Readers available near the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania area or readers traveling to NYC would be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

A Peek At My Bookshelf is putting her blog through some changes for the new year, and she wants to do a You Pick It! book giveaway once a month, but she won’t unless we help her get to 50,000 by tonight.  Read the post here.

Don’t Forget

The Cybils short lists are due out tomorrow.  There are many bloggers who have been busily reading tons of books to whittle down each category.  Thank you for all your hard work; can’t wait to see the list!


I will be participating in many challenges in the upcoming year.  I am trying to refrain from overloading myself with too many, but here is one that I may have to add to my list.  Check out The Ban on Spending Challenge!

That is all I have for today, unless you have something for me to add.  Let me know in the comments about what you’ve “wandered” on as you blog hopped this week.

Until next week…

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Wednesday Wanderings – Christmas Eve – 12/24

Posted by shelburns on 24th December 2008

My blog posting has slowed down due to the holidays, but I didn’t want to leave out the Wednesday Wanderings post.  This post is filled with all kinds of holiday goodies.  Enjoy!!

Christmas Greetings from the Blogosphere

Holiday wishes are all over the blogosphere as bloggers are slowing down with posts to spend quality time with family and friends.  Here are some wishes I’ve found:  Happy Holidays from Picture Book of the Day, Merry Christmas from Bookroomreview’s Weblog, Merry Christmas from Florinda at the 3 R’s, Christmas Cards from J. Kaye’s Book Blog, and Yes, Virginia!  There is a Santa Claus – Christmas Eve Traditions from Lesa at Lesa’s Book Critiques.

Holiday Goodies

Need a dish to take to a family gathering?  Bermudaonion has posted a Vegetable Casserole today.  What about some holiday treats?  Holly at Brimstone Soup has Orange Vanilla Caramels, Masala Chai, and Olivia’s Sugar Cookies.

Do you have a cookie maker in your life?  Check out the book that Franki over at A Year of Reading just bought.

Get a Santa coloring page for the kiddos to work on while you cook, finish wrapping, or just to pass the time until Santa comes, from Elizabeth at Dulemba.com.


Still need some last minute gifts?  Books are great!  Head over to Books for the Holidays and look at all the suggestions.  You could also “give” a gift in someone’s name, like Melissa at Readergirlz suggests.


I did find some giveaways still going on during the holidays.  Head over to Parent Reviewers.  They are giving away a Brain Quest Workbook and they have opened up applications for to join the Parent Reviewer’s Team

Over at 3 P’s in a Pod, they are having a Lucky Mom giveaway

You could win a copy of the Golden Treasury of Children’s Literature from Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves.

Win a StrollAway from 5 Minutes for Giveaways.

I hope that each and every one of you has a very Merry Christmas!  Until next week…

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Wednesday Wanderings – 12/17

Posted by shelburns on 16th December 2008

I have lots of good things to tell you about this week!  I’m posting this early because of the deadlines on a few of the contests.

First things first…are you a member of Bookblogs?  If not, you need to get over there and check out all the groups that you can be a part of.  Yesterday, two groups were started that I want to highlight.  Natasha, of Maw Books Blog, started a group called Blogging Tips - “A place to share blogging tips, techniques, technical “stuff”, creating an audience, share frustrations and successes, what works and what doesn’t!”  Wendi, of Wendi’s Book Corner, started Book Bloggers Stumble Up!! - “Help drive traffic to your site by learning about StumbleUpon and how we can use it to help each other!”  Both of these groups would benefit new as well as experienced bloggers.

Speaking of Maw Books Blog, she has a great giveaway right now.  Read her post about the Christmas Mouse and see how you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate.  Hurry as she is announcing the winner TOMORROW!!!

Bookshipper is giving away any book of your choice of $20 or less from either Amazon.com or Chapters.ca because she has had 10,000 visitors to her blog…WOOHOO!!!

Over at Sharon Loves Books and Cats, you can win a copy of The Forest of Hands & Teeth.  Contest ends 12/18

Brimful Curiosities is always having giveaways, but the one that has my attention right now is the Smartshopper.  Have you seen this thing?  I am so into it!  Make sure you check it out and get entered.  You have until 12/31 on this one.  You can check out her other giveaways in the sidebar.  She also does a list of Kid’s Book Giveaways every Monday and Friday.

I came across 2 new blogs this past week.  Both of these are great and are hosting giveaways that I’m sure you’ll want to check out.

The first is Write by Faith - Ramblings, Musings, and a Whole Lot About Books.  Right now she has 3 books and an ornament giveaway going on.  Hurry because these end 12/19.

Next, I happened on Allison’s Attic of Books.  Over at Allison’s Attic, you could win a copy of Perfect on Paper.  This one ends 12/21.

Finally, I’ve saved the biggest one for last!  Run, don’t walk over to Reviewer X!  It is Girl Week and you are in for AWESOME treats – guest blogs, reviews, interviews and contests.  You don’t want to miss this!

This just in…OMG!  Have you seen the contest over at The Story Siren?  It’s an amazing giveaway to say Thank You to all of the readers.  BTW, her blog is 1 year old!!!

That’s all for this week’s Wanderings.  As always, if you have something you’ve “wandered” on or want me to add, please leave it in the comments.  Until next week…


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Wednesday Wanderings – 12/10

Posted by shelburns on 10th December 2008

I apologize for these being so late today.  It has been a hard week here.  We had writing benchmarks yesterday for 3, 4, 5, so I was with a small group all day.  Last night, had to make cake balls and spicy crackers for our Pig Out day today.  Then today, had a reading training after school, in the SNOW.  Yes, it is snowing in Houston, TX!  Can you believe it?  For those of you up north, it’s no big deal, but for us, BIG DEAL!  I am even going to write plans for a sub tomorrow in case I can’t get in.   I live 30 miles north of Houston and my school, so things out here are usually worse.  Plus, I have to go over alot of bridges and overpasses, so I’m leery of the ice.  If it gets too bad, they may call school, but it has to be REAL bad for our superintendent to do that.

Anyway, I didn’t want to go without Wednesday Wanderings, so I’m giving it to you short and sweet tonight.  I would like to say, that if you are having a giveaway or a special post on your blog that you’d like me to highlight one week on Wednesday Wanderings, please email me.  My email addy is in the sidebar.  I would love to hear from you and add your giveaways and posts so that others will see them. 

Brimful Curiosites is having 4 giveaways right now.  Here is what she’s giving away:  IttyBitty Bookworm, ends 12/15, WordWorld Toy and DVD ends 12/15, Cole Family Christmas Book ends 12/15, and Toot & Puddle: I’ll Be Home for Christmas children’s book, ends 12/16.

Books Ahoy is giving away Snow Valley Heroes: A Christmas Tale, children’s chapter book.

If you love 5 Minutes for Mom, you have to check out their new site: 5 Minutes for Giveaways.  Right now they have 2 DVD copies of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN 3-disc collector’s edition.

Novel Menagerie has a giveaway right now.  You can win a 4 pack of Jane Porter’s books, but you have to enter by 10 PM, PST tonight.  On another site, she is also giving away one of her BookCharmers.  If you haven’t seen them; you have to check them out!  Enter by tomorrow over at Thursday Thoughts by telling her whether you are a cat person or a dog person.

Until next week…



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Wednesday Wanderings 12/3 – ‘Tis the Season

Posted by shelburns on 3rd December 2008

‘Tis the season everywhere, for giving.  I have noticed alot more giveaways around the blogosphere this week and alot of Christmas spirit! 

There has also been some sadness and I want to start off with that.  If you haven’t heard, Dewey from The Hidden Side of a Leaf, passed away last week.  There has been so much discussion on this topic since we heard the news.  I myself have had a heavy heart and I had only known Dewey since right before the last Read-a-Thon.  Natasha, from Maw Books Blog started a discussion over at Book Blogs so that we, bloggers, can discuss, share memories, grieve, etc.  Thank you Natasha, from giving us all a place to gather.

What else is happening aroung the blogosphere?

Over at Booking Mama, great things are happening!  There is a new reviewer, Booking Daughter.  Check out her first review here.  She also has copies of Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual to give away.  You can enter until 12/8.

I got an email yesterday from The Lil’ Peanut Patch.  They are having 12 Days of Christmas at the Patch.  There is a new giveaway every day from Dec. 1 – 12. 

Have you found Books for the Holidays blog?  The goal is to promote the buying and giving of books as gifts this holiday season.  There are great posts on there with gift ideas.  You can even comment with questions and the contributing bloggers will do their best to try and help you find the perfect book for someone on your list.

Scribbit is hosting a week of giveaways this week.  Each day’s giveaway will last until Sun. Dec 7th and winners will be chosen on the 8th.  There are some great giveaways!

Another 12 Days of Christmas is happening over at Kidbits.  These giveaways run almost all month, and although you won’t have them in time for Christmas, they will be drawing the winners on the 25th. 

If you are a readergirlz follower, then you may already know this, but they have started a new blog; readertotz, in an effort to recognize the infant-toddler book as a vital addition to children’s literature.

The long lost blogger is back at And Another Book Read.  Read this post to find out how you can enter to win an ARC of Paper Towns.  Oh, and I’m mentioned in the post…I won a book!

Finally, for today, Brimful Curiosities has 3 hardcover copies of a children’s book: The Moon Shines Down (12/8) to give away.  She also has a Land’s End giveaway (12/8) and an Itty Bitty Bookworm curriculum giveaway (12/15).

I hope that you have found yourself easing back into this week after the holidays.  May you continue to enjoy a great week and have fun with all your wanderings.  Until next week…

As always, I will continue to update this post throughout the day when I find other items of interest.  If you’d like to add something, please leave it in the comments.  I love to hear from you!

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Wednesday Wanderings – 11/26

Posted by shelburns on 26th November 2008

What is going on around the blogosphere?  That is what I try to let you know on Wednesdays.  It’s the middle of the week and the time we start looking forward to Friday, and at times it’s the day we start slowing down in our momentum.  So, I try to give you a boost with giveaways, new blogs I’ve found, etc. 

First this week is a new blog I found during the Comment Challenge: Melissa Walker: The Blog.  Every Wednesday on her blog she does Win-it Wednesday.  Well this week, because of Thanksgiving, she is extending last week’s giveaway of How to be Popular by Meg Cabot.

Over at Lesa’s Book Critiques, she has a post about Giving Thanks.  Today it is about her book related world and tomorrow she will talk about her family and books.  What are you thankful for this year?

My Friend Amy has some Thanksgiving fun going on at her blog today.  Even though she is out of town for the holidays, her posts continue.  Head over and figure out: What Part of Thanksgiving are You?  Amy is mashed potatoes.

Do you participate in Wordless Wednesday?  Many around the blogosphere do.  Check out the picture over at A Novel Menagerie.

I have been loving all the great gift ideas over at Bookroomreview’s Weblog.  Not only are there gift ideas, but giveaways as well.  If you haven’t been entering, you need to get over there and get it done!  Today there is a Gadget Gift Guide and Giveaway.

EDITED TO ADD:  Just found these two great giveaways.  Hurry and enter because they end soon!  I’m Dreaming of a Red Christmas – holiday blog makeover and 4 blog designs for 2009 and 12 Days of Christmas giveaways – lots of prizes!

THIS JUST IN:  5 Minutes for Mom is giving away a Sleep Number Bed!  Contest is open until Dec. 19th.

That’s all I have for this week.  I hope that each and every one of you has a blessed Thanksgiving full of fun, food, and family!  I am so thankful for all of you who visit Write for a Reader.  I have made many new friends since I’ve started this blog and I’m thankful for those friendships even though I’ve not met you personally.  Anyone who can create buttons?  I am in need of one for this weekly post. 

If you would like to let readers know about other happenings that you have or have found as you “wander” around the blogosphere, please leave it in the comments.


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Wednesday Wanderings – 11/19

Posted by shelburns on 19th November 2008

Happy Humpday!  That’s the message I got from my Secret Pal when I walked into my office this morning.   It’s so nice to get treats, especially when they are unexpected!  Along with the message were 4 colored pens and some cute notecards.

Wednesday Wanderings this week will be sparse as I am trying to catch up from being at a writing training all day yesterday.  I have happened on some things that I want to share with you. 

Bloggy Giveaways has something new everyday that you can enter to win, but I wanted to let you know about a giveaway at her other blog:  Blogging Basics 101.  She is giving away an Epson Artisan 800 Printer.

Found a new blog – Brain Burps by author, Katie Davis.   She has started something new called Freebie Fridays.  Go check it out!

Do you know about the Picnic Basket?  It’s a blog for teachers, librarians, and other gluttons of good books.  You can request review copies of children’s books to use and review.  Thanks to Deborah from Jacket Flap for giving me the link.

Have you seen Becky’s new reading challenge?  It is called the Centuries Reading Challenge.  I’m in; are you?

One last thing:  Bookroomreviews Weblog is hosting Holiday Gift Guide 2008.  Everyday there is a new item reviewed that might make the perfect gift for someone on your list.  Also, there are giveaways!  Today’s is Connection Bracelets.

I am so excited about everything that is going on right now around the blogoshpere – freebies, gift ideas, new books, and lots of comments on each others’ blogs.  Join in the fun and spread a little love this holiday season.  Until next week…

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Wednesday Wanderings – 11/12 Holiday Time

Posted by shelburns on 12th November 2008

You can really get into the holiday spirit just by jumping around the blogosphere!  There are so many blogs doing holiday “things” that it is just fun to be a part of it all.  Check out some of the activities going on, join in the swaps, enter the giveaways, and get in the holiday spirit!

Over at My Friend Amy, we have been challenged to buy books for the holidays.  Who on your list would like a good read?  I’ve already found some for people on my list!  Click here to join in!

Were you aware that there is a comment challenge going on?  Those of us in the Kidlitosphere are trying to comment on at least 5 other blogs a day.  We are doing this for 21 days in order to create a habit.  Do you comment or just lurk?  Why not add to the conversation the blogger is having?  Go on; it’s fun!  Thank you to Mother Reader and Lee Wind for putting this together.

There are bloggy swaps going on!  What are bloggy swaps, you say?  Have you heard of Secret Santa?  Well, we are doing that, blog style.  Head over to Things Mean a Lot or The Hidden Side of a Leaf and see what it’s all about! 

I’ve also found lots of holiday giveaways at these sites.  Be sure to check them out!

5 Minutes for Mom

Parent Reviewers

3 P’s Mama Says

Have fun!  What else is out there that you want people to know about for the holidays?  Leave it in the comments.


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Wednesday Wanderings – Giveaways

Posted by shelburns on 5th November 2008

OK…I am still in need of a button for this weekly post…anybody out there who is wonderful at making buttons?  Wednesday Wanderings is something I do weekly to tell my readers about what I’ve seen that is happening at other blogs.  It can be anything that grabs my attention that I want to share with you.

Today’s post is just about giveaways.  Don’t we all love to get FREE stuff?  I know I do.  I just got the mail and received a copy of The Space Between Before and After that I won.  What a great day! 

 This week you can sign up to win lots of books during the Book Giveaway Carnival hosted by Bookroomreviews Weblog.

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Wednesday Wanderings – 10/29

Posted by shelburns on 29th October 2008

What’s happening in the blog world?  Who’s hosting giveaways?  Wednesday Wanderings is my way to let you know what’s going on with some of my favorite blogs and some that I just happened upon this week.  Anybody out there that could make me a cute button? I would forever be grateful!

Here’s what I’ve found this week.

Book Chatter and Other Stuff is giving away Tethered.  The contest ends Oct. 30, so hurry!

Have you checked out the Bloggy Giveaways?  They are having their Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival.  There are links to hundreds of giveaways going on this week.  See what you can find!

Over at Book Critiques, there are 2 giveaways.  One for The Healing Choice (11/1) and one for Lost and Found (11/3).  Which one would you choose? 

Have you been to BookingMama this week?  She has 3 new giveaways going on; WOW!  The first one is In the Land of Invisible Women, 2 copies ending 11/7.  Second, Hollywood Crows, up to 5 copies ending 11/9.  Just posted this morning is Life After Genius, 1 copy ending 11/11. 

Want to read Testimony?  Head over to Bookroomreviews Weblog and enter to win a copy.  She also has a $10 gift card to Build-a-Bear and Bethesda Sunscreen SoapCover Image

Dog Ear Diary is giving away a hardbound copy of Millions.  This ends on 11/4, so get your name in the random drawing by leaving a comment on the blog.

The Heretic Queen has been a popular giveaway this month.  Have you read it yet?  If not, Medieval Bookworm has a hardcover copy to give away.  This one ends on 11/7 so you still have some time to get your name in the drawing.

I love My Friend Amy.  She is always doing great things over there.  There are 4 copies of How to Be a Wicked Woman to be given away…great title for Halloween, huh?  Also just in time for Halloween…are you a vampire lover, read vampire books, or know vampire lore?  Share what you know tomorrow for Vampire Day on Amy’s blog.  

One more thing…I mentioned earlier this week, but don’t forget that next week is the Book Giveaway Carnival.  There will be book giveaways all over the blogosphere…including here!

If you have a giveaway you’d like me to post, or something exciting going on at your blog, please let me know so that I can add it here.  Until next week…


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