April
26

Recap: 7th Annual Story Time Celebration!

Another Story Time Celebration has come and gone, and, as always, we are so THANKFUL to everyone (celebrities, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and guests!) that came out to support our cause and make this day a HUGE success!

We owe it ALL TO YOU!

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“This event is a SUPER BLOW OUT version of the “host your own” book-raiser. We provide books on-site from which children choose, inscribe and donate to a pre-chosen recipient. We have arts & crafts all made from recycled book pages, costumed characters from your favorite classic tales plus a celebrity story time and yummy treats!”

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It was great to see everyone gathered together at the
California Market Center and spend a few magical hours with us. We were able to donate over 3,000 books to support our summer reading program at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Los Angeles with the help of our friends at Discover Books!

We would like to take this opportunity to recap some of our favorite moments from our special event!

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This year we had amazing celebrity readers John Cho, B.J Novak, Lena Headey, Tamara MowryDave Koechner, Miranda Cosgrove, Jay Mohr, and Henry Winkler! The Story Time lounge was full of your favorite celebs like Julie Bowen, Selma Blair, Dan BucatinskyCharlie Day & Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Justin Baldoni, Busy Philipps and MANY more! Thank you to everyone that came out to support us!

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The wonderful Magic Characters brought fairytales to life! The kids were so happy to be around their favorite storybook characters and made sure to capture the magical moment. We want to thank our friends Tinkerbell, Robin Hood, Captain Hook, Waldo, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Willy Wonka, Max from ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ and Little Red Riding Hood!

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Our volunteers enjoyed a hot brunch provided by Bru’s Wiffle and our guests enjoyed delicious treats from our food sponsors Krispy Kreme, CookieGoodLA, CheeboStuft Cookie, Bakeology, RalphsCalifornia Pizza Kitchen, McConnell’s Ice Cream, 1915 Juices- Bolthouse Farms, The Albright/Cast Iron Catering, and Organic Kids LA!

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food sponsors

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Thank you to TOMS, Honest Company, Oven Mitt Cookies, Band-Aid Brand, Yoobi, Rise Up Coffee, Pair of Thieves, Pipsticks, Clare V., and Circle of Friends for filling our VIP guest room with wonderful goodies!

We also had great raffle prizes for our guests to enter to win from our wonderful sponsors, including: 5 Class Sessions with Soul Cycle, Kid’s Pizza Party with California Pizza Kitchen, A Pamper Yourself Package from Dry Bar, The Ultimate Gamer’s Weekend with Riot Games, a Weekend Retreat at Lake Arrowhead donated by MomStamp, a Deluxe Toy Basket from Quinnie & B, Two Weeks of Camp at Steve & Kate’s Camp, a Luxury One Night Stay at The Langham Huntington Pasadena, a Family Portrait Session from Halper Fine Arts, and an Ultimate Story Time Gift Basket with TONS of goodies!

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One of the highlights from our Story Time Celebration, and the most talked about, are our unique decorations found all around the event! A house, flowers, animals, and floating clouds with our recipient organizations names all made out of recycled book pages! We owe these beauties to our AMAZING design team at Dutch + Finn!

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Our crafts corner was a HUGE hit with all the kids! From decorating their own fairy tale wings to making their own Milk + Bookies bookmark, they let their creative minds run wild! A HUGE thank you to our longtime Creative Director and crafting genius, Courtney Collins from little junebugs!

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Story Time would not have been possible without all of our AMAZING sponsors and donors!

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Thank you to everyone for your continued support and for helping us make this event the BEST yet!

We hope to see you all again next year!!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Wendy Paniagua
April
20

Book-Raiser Spotlight: PSLA

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to…

Philanthropic Society Los Angeles!

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Philanthropic Society Los Angeles recently hosted a book-raiser to benefit the children they service in conjunction with the Children’s Institute!

Philanthropic Society Los Angeles brings together forward-minded, young, philanthropic men and women to raise funds and awareness for the children and families of
Children’s Institute. PSLA’s mission is to make a meaningful impact on thousands of children each year through support of community initiatives in underserved urban cities.

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Total kids involved in event:

20!

Total books raised:

60!

Donated to:

The Children’s Institute

 

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We are so thrilled to hear about the success of these #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS and can’t wait to see where their love for reading and giving takes them!

To find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, click here.

And don’t forget to purchase a Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your Book-Raiser a SUCCESS!

Read, Give, Grow!


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April
14

Go Krazy for Krispy Kreme Donuts!

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Follow @krispykreme to see more donuts and cuties like this guy!

Here at Milk + Bookies, we go nuts for donuts! Especially Krispy Kreme Donuts! Since 1937, Krispy Kreme has been serving up their piping hot, fresh donuts. With over 1,000 stores worldwide, it’s easy to find these delicious treats.

There are so many new delicious flavors just in time for spring. The limited edition Cookie Jar inspired donuts are sure to put a spring in your step!

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One place you’ll find them for sure is at our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration!! We are so excited to have yummy donuts to enjoy as we read, craft, and give at our event April 17th!

As a long time sponsor and supporter of Milk +Bookies, we can always count on Krispy Kreme to satisfy our sweet tooth!

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To purchase tickets for our Story Time Event, click here! We hope you join us for donuts and stories and so much more!!


by Abigail Wordin
April
11

Say “Cheese” For Flipbooth!

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Let’s admit it. We all LOVE photo booths, right!? Recall those fun memories of hanging out with your besties at the mall taking pictures, trying to convince your parents to come pick you up an hour later than usual on a Friday night, to no avail. Now, thanks to Flipbooth, you can relive that same sense of fun while making new memories! Flipbooth makes a jazzy addition to any wedding, party, or event that you and your guests won’t get enough of!

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Lovely little flip books via @flipbooth on Instagram

Flipbooth offers multiple formatting options, including classic photo booth strips, animated GIFs, and of course, flip books! You can directly share your creations on your favorite social media sites using the social media station and your digital negatives will also be accessible on Flipbooth’s website for you to download at your convenience. All of the booths use the highest quality DSLR cameras and professional studio lights so your photos will always be en pointe!

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Open-air booths let you be yourself! via @flipbooth on Instagram

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Quirky photo props via @flipbooth on Instagram

Using the booth is as easy as one, two, three! Simply step in front of the camera, pose for a six second video, wait for your flipbook to print, and voilà! Flipbooth’s photo booths are open-air, which means you don’t have to climb into a tiny box with a bunch of your friends. Let’s just say it allows maximum “voguing” potential! Better yet, a variety of stylish props are included for your event!

They can be set up anywhere with your choice of a complementary white, black, silver, or gold backdrop. You can also provide your own backdrop or Flipbooth can create a custom design just for your event!

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Nothing says “party” like a sparkly backdrop! via @flipbooth on Instagram

Flipbooth is a proud partner of Milk + Bookies and we are beyond excited to showcase their photo booths at our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration on April 17th in DTLA!

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For more information on our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration and to purchase your tickets, click here! We hope to see you there!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Shannon Dailey
April
6

Story Time Sponsor Spotlight: The Albright and Cast Iron Catering

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Summer is just around the corner and what better way to spend it than by heading to the beach and enjoying some delicious seafood at The Albright!


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Owned and operated by Yunnie Kim Morena, The Albright, located on the Santa Monica Pier, is a proud sponsor of Milk + Bookies and will generously be providing our guests with delicious food for our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration on April 17th through their new company, Cast Iron Boutique Catering!

With plenty of options to choose from, seafood lovers will definitely rejoice!


Here are a few of our favorite offerings from The Albright:

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Delicious Sea Food Platter

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Shrimp Po Boy with a yummy cookie on the side!

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Staying FRESH with shrimp and veggies!

The Albright is located at:
258 Santa Monica Pier., Santa Monica, California 90401


 

For more information on our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration and to purchase your tickets, click here! We hope to see you there!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Wendy Paniagua
April
1

Yoobi: One for You, One for Me

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Yoobi is all about colorful, fun school supplies and our favorite thing GIVING! At Yoobi, their motto is “one for you, one for me”, which means that every time you make a purchase, Yoobi reciprocates by donating school supplies to in-need classrooms here in the United States!

Yoobi wants to make sure that all kids have access to school supplies, just like we here at Milk + Bookies want all kids to have access to books. So far they have donated school supplies to 1 MILLION KIDS and counting!! Together we can give kids the education they deserve!

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Yoobi packsYoobi was kind enough to donate hundreds of great craft supplies and prizes for our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration!! We can’t wait to get creative…Here are some fun and easy activities from Yoobi’s instagram to get you inspired for April 17th!

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Follow @yoobi on instagram for more awesome crafts!

Colors galore! Yoobi has all the coloring supplies you need to make your coloring pages come to life! Download these and other awesome coloring pages here!

 

 

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Follow @yoobi on instagram for more craft ideas!

Give your favorite jeans a new look! Yoobi‘s stamp brush paint set adds just the right amount of color! Get a set of your own here!

 

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Tickets are still available for our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration! To purchase tickets, click HERE!

We hope to see you all there on April 17th!!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!

 


by Abigail Wordin