Melissa Taylor has her bowl full of Imagination Soup.
This is why I like her blog — directly from her about page:
I blog several times a week on topics I feel are interesting to you and important to me – especially about reading and writing, book recommendations, education and learning issues, imaginative play, and products that make learning fun.
Her Twitter bio @ImaginationSoup:
mom, playful learning blogger, freelance writer, teacher, book editor, CO delegate for
@momcongress 2011, @melissawrites, literacy advocate
I've enjoyed roaming around her site and reading her blog posts.
- Gift guides — We celebrate Christmas at my house and I've been interested in a series of posts she has had about possible gift ideas. I liked this one on Creativity Gift Guide: Play, Art, Music and Nature Gifts for Kids.
- A Mom — Melissa wrote this post Me Time and a Wish for You at the end of November. As a former caregiver of my late spouse, I learned a few lessons about taking a break. This post shares a valuable lesson about "me time." And, it made me grateful that her friends did this for her.
- Books and words — This Word Collection Jars activity could be used with any number of the books. Melissa provides a list some favorite word books too.
- I enjoy looking at the tabs for reading, writing, science & math, books & toys, preschool and elementary to see what posts I've missed in the past. This link Funny Books for 8-year-old boys has several helpful suggestions.
I think there are tons of fun activities on Imagination Soup for writers, parents and grandparents. It's been helpful to me as both a mom and a writer.
I'm also thankful for Jennifer E. McFadden, who recently presented me with the Liebster Award. I'm grateful for her friendship over the last year. She is a busy writer and mom. She won NaNoWriMo this year. Her blog is Epic Tales. She has a children's book Rusty My Playful Cat and writes fantasy and science fiction novels.