We have some favorite websites, that I thought some may not know about. Here is the BEST doll site for girls of all colors. http://www.sleepysoft.com/ It can be really hard to find a baby doll for little ones with skin color other than white. It can be very frustrating at the lack of choices available. I think it is really important when you have little children to show them an array of babies-- even if you have not adopted. But esp let them have one special baby that looks like them.I have seen it work wonders for Moriah. Hers is the "Bailey" hispanic dolly. It was her best Christmas present ever, and her special lovey. They have a WIDE variety of types of babies too, soft lovey styles for tiny ones, and then all the way up to collectibles, with affordable play ones in the middle. They have Asian babies that are SO beautiful. Take a look, you will love this family- run website!
http://www.visionforum.com/ is a great one. We ordered most of our Christmas stuff there. They have "Beautiful Girlhood" and "Boyhood adventure" plus "Grandpas classic toys" It is awesome. Helps give the boys REAL active things to do. We ordered the zipline for Elijah this year, and Isaiah got a rubberband gun. You will loove this one too if you are looking for stuff to keep your active boys entertained without video games. lol Or to remind your girls God made them feminine and that it's awesome! ALL the girly stuff made my girls swoon and squeal.
http://www.lillianvernon.com/ All around great stuff at great prices.
http://www.lakeside.com/ another like that.
http://www.rodandstaffbooks.com/ GREAT homeschool curriculum. We have loved the Spanish, the Math, the Science. . . we are REALLY liking the service and the prices. :-) With a big family and more on the way, you have to think of those prices and be smart.
http://www.sonlight.com/ best book lists and REAL books ever! I love them. The kids are soaking them up. We just use the history books, and the readers and read alouds, and that gets expensive, but it is worth it to surround us with great literature. I have three avid readers and my 5 yo is working through his phonics and GETTING IT!! I think he will be reading this year too. So reading good books and getting them excited about it is worth that once a year price.
http://www.mfwbooks.com/ I love the two Language books here. Primary language lessons and Intermediate Language lessons. Riley is still in the Primary one. It lasts three years. He is in the final part of that one.
http://www.hwtears.com/ the most wonderful handwriting program for all types of learners!! Awesome. It took the frustration and tears (of me AND my kids lol) away. It is easy to teach, easy to learn and WORKS.(oh, and affordable!)
http://www.artisticpursuits.com/ art we love. 42.00 for the book but it will last us a while. We do art once a week.
http://www.orientaltrading.com/ they have an active kids catalogue with toys and stuff, then also a hobbies one w ith scrapbooking stuff. Few people know they sell other stuff than the usual party supplies or VBS type activities and crafts. They sell furniture, teaching supplies, art supplies at the BEST prices. Check them out with a cup of coffee in hand, you could be there a while. oh, they have metal buckets that we use for color coding bathroom supplies. Each kid has their own bucket/color and we fill them occasionally with travel sz deoderant, toothpaste, body spray, toothbrush, comb and hair gel. It keeps everyones stuff separated and organized. one of our favorite purchases has been our giant pocket calendar. Ok -- you all have a great day