Books make the BEST gifts.  Probably more for me at the time of opening (let’s face it – it’s not a toy they can rip open immediately – so the kids don’t get overly excited)!  However, the kids do enjoy reading new books and are so engaged during the first reading.  This year at Christmas, Layla received Press Here, an extremely interactive, colorful and FUN read.  What was different about this present is amongst all of the toys – she kept coming back to this book to sit down and read.

Written by artist/author Herve TulletPress Here, engages little readers right away on the first page.  “Ready?” it asks, on a page with one single yellow dot.  The kids couldn’t wait to turn the page to find out what was next.  What they discover is if they press the dots, magical and fun things happen.  New dots appear, and not just yellow dots but red and blue too.  And if they shake the book side to side?  Well it just gets crazy!


Press Here is a gem, not only does it incorporate math and art concepts, but it’s also FUN for both parents and kids to experience.  I find myself getting really goofy when I am reading this book to the kids and there are lots of giggles.  In a time when children are so obsessed with gadgets and iPads, Press Here does an amazing job of showing how much fun you can have with paint colors and your imagination.


I’m excited to check out other books by Herve Tullet, including Mix it Up! and Let’s Play!.  Want to see Press Here in action, then be sure to check out this video trailer.

Happy 3rd Birthday to My Little Layla!

Wild Child. Sweetheart.  Princess. Miss Independent. Drama Queen.

There is absolutely NO way my little baby turns 3 today!  Where has the time gone?  No longer a baby, but rather a beautiful little girl.  One who knows how to work me with those big blue eyes.  Especially lately with her newest phrase, “Mommy I have something to tell you…I love you”.  This is the same child that within minutes however, could be throwing her toys and screaming “I don’t want you!”.  I hear 3 is the new 2 and I believe it!

What is she into these days?  Obviously Tinkerbell and her fairy friends by the looks of her cake.  Having an older brother she really loves her ninja turtles, and knows all of them by color and name.  She also enjoys saving the day playing superheroes with her brother, who prefers to go by Batman.  Ariel and Cinderella currently rank highest amongst the Disney Princesses, and her daily hairstyling session revolves around which princess she chooses to be for the day! 

We celebrated her birthday this past weekend with pizza, cake, and of course a tantrum or two!  Overall it was a success and she was spoiled with gifts by her many grandparents.  My favorite gifts are always the books…here are a couple she opened at her party:

The Ducking Gets a Cookie!?  by Mo Willems

Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes  by Eric Litwin

Both excellent books in different ways.  Mo Willems will of course have you laughing with The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?, an interactive read perfect for holding a toddler’s attention.  (Layla right now likes to tumble around her room and jump on her bed while I read to her).  This one did get her to sit down next to us for a few minutes!  And they seem to enjoy singing along with the “kool kat” in Pete the Cat, as he strolls around town in his new white shoes.  Not white for long though as he steps in piles of colorful objects- but nothing will get him down…because “it’s all good”.

Happy Birthday Sweet Layla Girl!  We love you and are looking forward to what this year will bring!