21 Jul

Genuine Charlotte Child Photography | Top 12 Moments of Joy

Top 12 Moments of Joy

“Make a joyful noise”

Earlier this week on the blog, I shared my Top 10 Sibling Hugs from previous client family portrait sessions.  Today, I want to help kick start your weekend with great big smiles and joy, therefore in today’s post I’m sharing my Top 12 Moments of Joy! These open mouth smiles from the youngsters are genuine moments from my portrait sessions and have always brought sunshine to my days.

Can you almost hear the happy squeals of joy and giggles from these little ones? My goal for a family portrait session is always to make it as fun as possible while capturing some of the best images my clients will have for years to come.  I can only hope that these adorable little faces represent the true experience of what it means to work with Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography for a family portrait session!

I wish that your upcoming weekend will be filled with moments containing this much joy and happiness.  If only we could find a way to bottle up the joy of childhood and share it with everyone.

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29 Jan

Marvin, North Carolina Family Photographer | Little Boy Blue

Marvin, North Carolina Family Photographer | Little Boy Blue

It’s family portrait sessions like this one that make my heart simply melt right from the start.  I met this family before we even arrived in Marvin, North Carolina and with our common New Jersey backgrounds, we were instant friends.  But those little boys with their blonde curls and adorable cheeks, just melted my heart every time I saw them.  When I arrived at the home to begin photographing the family, Mom apologized that the boys weren’t dressed yet, but I begged her to wait just a few more minutes before putting on their button-down shirts.  Standing in the doorway with their jeans, gel in their hair and the white t-shirts, I had to get started right away.  Just a few quick photographs and I let Mom finish getting them ready.

First we stayed right at the home finding perfect light on the lawn, and I loved the laughter as the boys sat together in the grass!  Next, we headed to their country club and then to the park to get photos in front of the barn!  I just love being a family photographer in North Carolina because the locations and settings are awesome!  The nearby park has a barn!

The ending of this session was just as good as the start with gorgeous light, an adorable family, and those curls and cute cheeks!  The photograph of the boys in front of the barn was just the perfect image for above Mom’s fireplace in her home.  Can it get any sweeter than this?

Enjoy!

 

Family Portrait Photographer, Carolyn Ann Ryan, creates adorable portraits

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16 Oct

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Beauty Multiplied

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Beauty Multiplied

I really have a special place in my heart for families that have four girls.  While I also love families with 1, 2, 3, 5 or more girls, there is just something about the magic number 4.  Maybe, it’s because my only sister has four beautiful daughters and my nieces are some of the most awesome kids I know.  There is something so amazing about their sisterhood and friendships – words can’t even describe it.  It is so evident in the way they support each other in everything they do.  And well, my sister is the equivalent of a superhero in my eyes.  I absolutely have no idea how she does all that she does, and in the midst of what could be chaos for some, has created an incredibly loving and crazily fun home and family.

And so, I have a crazy amount of respect and love for parents with four daughters, and I have so much spending time with their families and seeing the family dynamics.  This family was no exception, and I saw the same crazily awesome feeling of sisterhood existing in this four beautiful girls, and it was such a pleasure to spend an afternoon with them.  But I think all in the family would agree, that the littlest munchkin absolutely STOLE.THE.SHOW!  We just couldn’t stop giggling at the amazing and sometimes hilarious expressions she provided.  It became evident that she just didn’t love sitting in the grass, especially as she would hold her legs up in the air while Dad was trying to sit her down.  And then, she just kept us smiling throughout the day.  These images not only gave us beautiful photographs for wall portraits and holiday cards, but we were also able to create the most perfect Thank You card for the littlest first birthday party!

I hope these make you smile today!

Family Photographer in Charlotte NC photographs four daughters Charlotte NC Family Portrait Photographer creates beautiful portraits in the summer Charlotte NC Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan photographs one year old during family portrait session

23 Jan

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer – Best of 2014 Portraits Contest

Best of 2014 Portraits Contest is now open.

It’s that time of year again, and we are so proud to host the Best of 2014 Portraits Contest.  So much happened in 2014, including the Grand Opening of our very first portrait studio in Westfield, and I am so honored and blessed to have worked with such incredible clients!

I’d like to say thank you to last year’s amazing clients and showcase my favorite images from 2014!  But we just couldn’t choose our top favorites and we need your help!  It was hard enough to select just ONE image from these sessions. Sometimes, it’s the sweet adorable face that we can’t resist, or maybe it’s the one that makes us laugh, or maybe it’s the image that tugs at our heart!  Which one will you choose?

The Top 3 Images with the most votes will WIN PRIZES, including:

  • First Place: 16×20 canvas print (valued at $445)
  • Second Place: 11×14 mounted print (valued at $175)
  • Third Place: DVD Music Video Slideshow ($175)

Voting begins today on Friday, January 23, 2015 and will close on Friday, February 6th at 11:59 pm.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, February 9th. You will only be able to vote ONE time.  Anyone caught tampering with or violating the rules will be immediately disqualified.

 Use the radio buttons at the bottom of the page to enter and submit your vote to the contest. 

Additionally, since we would like to share the fun and gifts of the contest with everyone, if anyone books a WINTER STUDIO PORTRAIT SESSION while the contest is running, they will receive a $100 print credit towards their print order!  Call us at 908-232-2336 to discuss your session options and book your session for a February or March Winter Studio Portrait Session.

 

Best of 2014 Portraits

1. Communion Day Giggles

001

2. Happiness

002

3. You Can’t Give a Hug, Without Getting A Hug

003

 

4. First Steps

004

 

5. Daddy’s Little Girl to Have and Hold

006

6.Little Minion

005

7. Brothers

008

8. Soulful

062

 

9. Sunshine Day

009

10. Love

010

11. Sunshine and Smiles

011

12. Cutie Pie

012

13. College Bound

013

14. Sisters

014

15. Summer Days

015

16. Hugs for Mom and Dad

016

17. Thumb Wrestling Champion

017

18. Saturday in the Park

018

19. Sweet Dreams

019

20. Communion Day

020

 

21. Brotherly Love

021

22. Whenever I See Your Smiling Face

022

23. True Companion

023

24. Two of a Kind

024

25. Best Friends

064

 

26. Together

025

27. We’re in This Together

026

28. Belly Laughs

027

29. Just Married

028

30. Mom Makes Everything Better

029

31. Sweetness and Love

030

32. Puppy Love

031

33. Family

032

34. Joy

033

35. Pure

034

36. Laughter

035

37. Christmas Puppy

036

38. Day at the Beach

037

39. Her Little Loves

038

40. Princess

039

41. Be My Valentine

040

42. Through the Years

41

43. Double the Love

042

44. Giggles

043

45. Group Hugs

044

46. Three of a Kind

045

47. Soft and Cuddly

046

48. Kissy Face

047

49. Christmas Jams in Christmas Jammies

061

 

50. So Happy Together

048

51. Cuddles

063

52. Inseparable

049

53. Generations

050

54. Pretty in Pink

051

55. Three Plus One

052

56. Sparkling Smiles

053

57. All Together

054

58. Little Boy Blue

055

59. Best Days

056

60. Beauty

057

61. Summer Breeze

058

62. Walk in the Park

059

63. Lullaby

060

 


Rules and Eligibility
Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident. Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography employees and their immediate family members are not eligible. Immediate family includes only spouses, parents and children. Contest entrants include all Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography clients that completed sessions and orders in 2014.  Voting begins today on Friday, January 23, 2015 and will close on Friday, February 6th at 11:59 pm.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, February 9th. You will only be able to vote ONE time.  Anyone caught tampering with or violating the rules will be immediately disqualified.

 

13 Dec

Charlotte Photographer shares The BEST Christmas gift idea ever for your wife!

Charlotte Photographer shares The BEST Christmas gift idea ever for your wife!

Dads & Husbands of all generations,

When it comes to Christmas shopping for your wife:

  1. Are you still trying to think of that amazing gift for your wife for Christmas?
  2. Do you want to give her a gift that will surprise and delight her?
  3. Do you want a gift that will show her what an amazing woman and mother she is for your family?
  4. Do you want something that will make her smile nearly everyday for the entire year and many years to follow?

Then look no further, I have the answer for you.
What does a mother love more than anything – more than jewelry, vacations, food or even more than coffee?  The answer – her family! So give her the gift of family by giving her a gift certificate for a family portrait session so that together we can create absolutely beautiful images of your family spending time together.

Still not convinced?
I know what you might be thinking.  Are you envisioning a torturous family session where you are desperately trying to get your kids to smile? Why would you sign up for that? But that’s where I come in and make that part of the process as painless as possible. With years of experience, I have the secrets to successful and painless family portrait sessions, and we’ll discuss everything to help you and your wife prepare for the day during our pre-session consultation call.  When you arrive at the session, the goal is simply to have fun while spending time with the ones you love the most.

What comes with your gift certificate?

  • a beautifully wrapped gift certificate all ready to present on Christmas morning
  • a $100 print credit to use towards your print order (special offer valid now through December 23rd)
  • on the day after Christmas, your wife will receive an email with our online booking calendar to select her session date
  • your session fee will be booked with the 2013 session rate (session fees will be going up in 2014)

How do I get one and finish my Christmas shopping TODAY?
Call me at 908-889-5416 and you enjoy the rest of season stress free!

Charlotte Photographers shares the BEST Christmas Gift Idea ever from Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography

07 Jun

North Carolina Family Photographer | Walking in the Rain {The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia – Cranford, NJ}

North Carolina Family Photographer | Walking in the Rain {The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia – Cranford, NJ}

About a month or so ago, I received a Facebook message from a friend letting me know that The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia was looking for a photographer to photograph their event.  Now, I specialize in family portrait sessions, and not event photography, so I initially wasn’t inclined to reach out.  Plus, I already had a session booked that weekend, and so this would mean more time away from my family.  My promise to my children is that while I do work most weekends, I will only book one session per weekend, so the other day is for them.

But then I remembered the reason my friend was involved with the Preeclampsia Foundation.  Sadly, she had Preeclampsia during her first pregnancy years ago, and she nearly lost her own life, and she did lose her little baby girl. Remembering her email that explained what happened to her that horrible day when she was about 8 months along in an uncomplicated pregnancy, broke my heart all over again.  And while she now has 3 adorable boys, her heart will never forget her baby girl.  And so I reached out to the Foundation, and I agreed to be their photographer for the day, because it was just something I had to do.

It turned out to be an incredibly inspiring day, and I met a ton of wonderful people, who smiled despite the torrential rain, and who cried together as we listened to the stories from the speakers.  I learned more about the symptoms of Preeclampsia, which every pregnant woman should know, and I learned about the life of Lauren Bloomstein, a sweet woman who lost her life to Preeclampsia after delivering her beautiful baby girl.  I now want to be more involved with this organization, and I hope to be available and invited back for future walks.  And I continue to pray for the families that have been impacted by Preeclampsia, and I hope to help spread awareness to help save lives.

I created this slideshow with my favorite images from the day and shared it with the race organizers.  I invite you to take a couple of minutes to watch, and also ask that you learn more about Preeclampsia and its symptoms from the Preeclampsia Foundation.

The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia – Cranford has raised nearly $50,000 for this cause and I know they were hoping to raised another $500 to reach that $50,000 goal.  If this slideshow and the stories inspire you, and you would like to donate, you can do so by clicking here.  Thank you for your time.

PS – One of my favorite parts of the day was meeting a mother who told her little girl that they weren’t just walking in the rain that day – they were going “puddle jumping” instead.  She turned the rain into rainbows for her daughter and everyone else that got to chuckle while watching that sweet girl have a blast jumping in every puddle she found.  And yes, you can find the adorable “puddle jumper” in the slideshow.

Hope she brings a smile to you on this rainy day.

 

22 Feb

North Carolina Child and Family Photographer | Favorite Fridays – Trendy Ties

North Carolina Child and Family Photographer | Favorite Fridays – Trendy Ties

As a North Carolina child and family photographer, I often find adorable, little online stores for clothing for children, as well as cute props and accessories!  My latest find is this adorable online store, Trendy Ties!

As you might imagine, they make adorable ties and bowties for our favorite little men! But now they also make cute little skirts for our favorite little ladies, as well as matching hair ties!  I just received my order today of a sweet tie for my son in the Spring Blue Gingham with a matching skirt and hair tie for my daughter for Easter.  I cannot wait to photograph my children in their coordinating set, and will definitely share photos when I do!

These sets will also be adorable for your children for your Spring Family Portrait Sessions, so I recommend checking out their site and placing your order soon, as these are custom made.

For today’s Favorite Friday, I wanted to introduce my clients, fans and friends to Trendy Ties, as well as let you know that I have a special coupon code that I can share with clients.  So, if you are a current or past Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography client, and would like to place an order with Trendy Ties, then please email me at carolyn@carolynannryan.com for your special coupon code.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

North Carolina Child and Family Photographer shares trendy ties web site

 

 

17 Aug

Plainfield, NJ | Favorite Fridays – An American Girl Tea Party at The Queen’s Acre Mansion

I recently had the opportunity to attend and photograph an American Girl Tea Party at the Queen’s Acre Mansion.  The Queen’s Acre Mansion specializes in princess and little girl tea parties in their beautiful ballroom.

My daughter was invited to attend a friend’s party and bring her own American Girl Doll.  Not only were the 7 year old little girls treated to their own tea party complete with  finger sandwiches, super yummy cinnamon rolls and pink lemonade served in tea cups, but the American Girl Dolls had their own table set up with full decor (provided by the Mom of the sweet birthday girl).

When we arrived, the girls were set up at a table for doll hair appointments, and each little girl was having fun styling their doll’s hair in special ways. Next, everyone enjoyed their delicious and elegant tea party lunch in the ballroom.

After lunch, the girls gathered around a table to create their own unique jeweled bracelets.  All of the parents in attendance were amazed at the instructor’s ability to capture the undivided attention of 20 plus 7 year old girls and keep them sitting and quiet for more than twenty minutes while each girl created her own unique design with the little jewels and beads.  It was so adorable and sweet to watch as they each chose their own colors and designs.

After jewelry making ended, the multi-tiered cupcake tree was lit for our birthday girl to make her special birthday wishes, and all the girls marveled at the huge cupcake atop the tree!  And our birthday girl made sure I took a photograph of her with her big cupcake before she enjoyed her treat.  Thanks so much for inviting my little girl to attend this party!  She had an amazing time!

About the Princess Ballroom at the Queen’s Acre Mansion: Party Packages may include dress-up outfits and accessories for all guests, beverage and specialty cupcakes served with real china, special visiting princess characters, take-home craft and games.  Additional food may be provided by parents.  Call for details and pricing 908-922-9995.

Childhood photographer based in Fanwood, NJ

15 Jun

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Happy Father’s Day!

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.”  ~Author Unknown

For all of you amazing Dads out there, I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with lots of hugs and sweet moments with your children!  Enjoy your day!

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Happy Father's Day!

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan celebrates Father's Day!

 

 

 

18 May

Scotch Plains, NJ | Favorite Fridays – Irish Dancing {Marie Moore School of Irish Dance}

When my oldest daughter turned 4, we enrolled her in her first dance class. Like many other four year old girls, she began learning ballet and tap.  Every Saturday morning, we would rush to get out of the house early, and she would spend 45 minutes in her dance class.  But I never saw her “practice” her new dance moves at home or rehearse the routines for her recital between classes.  And by the second year, she was seeming less interested in attending dance. I sometimes felt disappointed and wondered if we should continue to enroll her in dance.

Until my sister suggested switching my daughter to Irish Dance.  My two oldest nieces had already been attending classes at the Marie Moore School of Irish Dance in Scotch Plains, and loved their classes.  They were always eager to show us their latest jig or reel, even if we were in public restaurants, shopping malls, or local playgrounds. They would dance just about anywhere. My sister later admitted that she would see them practicing their dances while playing in the outfield in the middle of their softball games.

So, last year, I started my daughter in Marie Moore’s Summer Dance Camp program.  The one full week of morning classes was a fantastic introduction to dance, and a wonderful opportunity for me to see if she was going to enjoy the classes without paying for an entire year.  After just one week, my daughter couldn’t keep her feet still.  She was dancing around our home, our backyard, at daycare, in the supermarket – almost everywhere we went.  She had a smile on her face and she loved to dance. And I love seeing her happy with her new accomplishments and showing us what she has learned.

I was convinced.  We happily signed up for a full year in September. She learned a couple of different dances, and in March we entered her into her very first Feis (Irish Dance Competition).  It was incredible. She had the opportunity to see her cousins dance along with all the experienced dancers, but she also had a chance to compete in her own group.  And she won first place!!!  It was so exciting for all of us.  When they called her number for her medal, my entire family was cheering for her – her little brother, my husband, mom, sister, brother-in-law and nieces were all there to see it!!!  We were so proud of her and she was so proud of herself.

She’s my little Irish Dancer.

It’s so wonderful to be part of the family at the Marie Moore School of Irish Dance. My daughter loves the classes, and I love knowing that she is enjoying herself and that the money for the classes is well spent.

So this week’s Favorite Friday’s blog post is for The Marie Moore School of Irish Dance.

Additionally, they have so graciously offered to provide a free trial dance class for any child that might be considering enrolling.  If you want your child to learn the art of “Riverdance”, then definitely consider the traditional Irish dance classes offered by Marie Moore School of Irish Dance in Scotch Plains and Pennington, NJ.  You can visit their web site or call (908) 322-9099.

www.mariemoore-irishdance.com

19 Mar

Waxhaw, NC Children’s Photographer | I Am Baby

Waxhaw, NC Children’s Photographer | I Am Baby

What an amazing weekend in NJ!  We had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day that included a visit with some wonderful friends and their sweet little boys. Our kids had a great time and they were all so cute, I couldn’t put the camera down. At one point, my little guy was chatting with his “Aunt” Jen about being friends and said, “No, we’re not friends, we’re just family.” I think he melted her heart.

While running around the yard, I couldn’t stop photographing these gorgeous blue eyes from this one year old little man. And once the day was over, I couldn’t wait to create the slideshow below!

02 Mar

Charlotte, North Carolina – Mom Reviews – LeapPad and Mr. Pencil

Charlotte, North Carolina – Mom Reviews – LeapPad and Mr. Pencil

Today’s Favorite Friday share is about a product that hopefully everyone can find now since it’s long after Christmas. Like many other parents, I searched for weeks to get LeapPads for my children for Christmas. I wanted to get one for my 6 year old daughter, and therefore we made a decision to purchase one for my son who was just over 2 1/2 years old at Christmas.  The decision to buy one for the little guy was primarily to avoid fights and disputes over having a single LeapPad with two children.

Luckily, they came in two different colors and I happily was able to find both in time for the Christmas.  It was no surprise that the children loved this present, and that they have enjoyed many hours playing with their LeapPads. I love the educational aspect of the games, but the best benefit has just started to emerge.

While I thought the LeapPad and games would be too advanced for my little guy, he quickly picked up pace on learning how to use various games and apps and how to use a stylus.  He plays with the pet, but he really enjoyed the Mr. Pencil game that came as part of the bundled we purchased. Mr. Pencil teaches children to write their letters prompting them to “draw a line from here to here” and will ask them to repeat the step until they get it complete, and then will move on to another part of writing that letter.  The little guy actually struggled with this quite a bit in the early weeks and we often had to help him draw the simple straight lines with the stylus.

But just two months later, and he can write every letter of the alphabet by himself on the LeapPad and isn’t happy until he has completed an entire exercise of upper and lowercase letters along with numbers.  It’s quite impressive and he LOVES doing it. He still isn’t 3 years old yet, and I’m curious to see how this letter writing will translate on paper, but it’s definitely a great headstart.

Just want to say thanks to LeapFrog and the LeapPad game developers for creating a toy that encourages learning and skills that children need.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

03 Feb

Charlotte, North Carolina Family Photographer | Favorite Fridays – Displaying Photographs in Your Home

Charlotte, North Carolina Family Photographer | Favorite Fridays – Displaying Photographs in Your Home

Today’s Favorite Friday blog share is about one of my favorite things to do – helping my clients decide how to display their new family photographs in their home.  While I love photographing families and capturing wonderful moments and memories for my clients, I also absolutely love when my clients choose to display the images from those sessions in their home.

Did you know that displaying family photographs in your home can help improve a child’s self-confidence by giving them a sense of belonging?  Being a mother, that is almost reason enough for me.  But I also believe that adding family photographs to your walls adds a natural warmth to your home, and also just makes you smile more from glancing at the sweetness of the moments we captured that day.  Who couldn’t use a few extra smiles each day?

But I often find that my clients are not sure how to display these images in their home, and have difficulty deciding what to order on their own.  That is why I meet with all of my clients just a few weeks after their session for an ordering consultation, and I bring customized ideas for the best ways to display the images from their sessions on their walls.

Here are just a few examples of the beautiful gallery-wrapped canvas cluster ideas I have prepared for my clients.  There are many more options and layouts, and I would love a chance to work with your family to add happiness and warmth to your walls and home.

Charlotte, North Carolina Family Photographer demonstrates ways to display family photographs in your home

 

 

19 Nov

Favorite Friday – Laurie Berkner Band

“F-A-M-I-L-Y, F-A-M-I-L-Y, F-A-M-I-L-Y, FAMILY.”

“My Family” is one of my children’s favorite Laurie Berkner Band songs.  But that is just one of many, many favorite songs.  I find that half of my iTunes Playlists for my children include songs by The Laurie Berkner Band, and so today Laurie Berkner and her adorable music is my Favorite Friday pick for kids.

We were first exposed to The Laurie Berkner Band a few years ago when my oldest started watching Jack’s Big Music Show on Nick Jr.  Laurie would make guest appearances in many of the episodes and we loved those songs including “Under a Shady Tree”, “Let’s Samba” and more.  So, we purchased a few of the CDs through iTunes, and it became a family music staple at home and in the car.  I have to admit, there are still many days that we will listen to Laurie in the car on the way to school and then I’ll run errands after dropping the kids off, and I caught myself still listening to and singing Laurie Berkner songs in the car.

Laurie Berkner was even my daughter’s very first concert.  A couple of years ago she performed at Lincoln Center in NYC and we brought Shannon to see the show around age 3.  It was absolutely adorable – lots of little children dancing in the aisles and all of the parents joined in to sing the songs too.  If your children enjoy her music and she is performing in your area, I highly recommend bringing them to the show.  Her 2012 touring schedule is available on their web site.

You can learn more about The Laurie Berkner Band at their web site Two Tomatoes and you just might find yourself singing Laurie’s “Victor Vito” as you serve a spaghetti dinner or “Goodnight” as you get your kids ready for bed.  It’s children’s music that parents can enjoy, too.

Have a great weekend.

 

12 Nov

Favorite Fridays – Hallmark’s Jingle All The Way

I’ve always been a Hallmark fan. Maybe it’s because I spent two years working in a Hallmark store during my high school years.  I’ve always loved the cards, the holiday ornaments, and the commercials have been known to make me teary-eyed at times.

And now, as the holidays approach, I wanted to share one of my favorite items from last year’s Christmas season – Jingle the Husky Pup and his interactive story book, introduced by Hallmark.

You may have seen the commercials, as you read the story, the stuffed animal pup will bark and respond to different lines in the book.  You sometimes have to read them a bit louder, but the responses are quite cute.  But it was the story, Jingle All the Way, that captured my heart last year.  The images are beautiful and the story is very sweet, and again, Hallmark knows how to bring a tear to my eye and make my heart smile.  I loved reading this book to my kids, and they loved hearing Jingle respond.  My little guy especially loved carrying Jingle around the house last year and giving him big hugs.  We all loved Jingle.

I’m looking forward to purchasing the next story in the series for this year, Jingle’s Snow Day.  One of the ladies in my local Hallmark noted that our current Jingle stuffed animal will respond to lines in this new book. And I just saw on the Hallmark web site that they have an animated TV show coming up soon on November 25th to the Hallmark Channel.  I’m looking forward to sharing that with my kids.

If you have little ones, consider this as an early present to bring in the holiday season.  Hopefully Jingle will bring a few smiles to your home.

*None of my Favorite Friday posts are sponsored or advertised.  These are honest favorite items from a Mom with two kids.