May
31

We Love Warner Bros.!

WBTV_Logo_ColorWith summer quickly approaching, all of us here at Milk + Bookies are sad to see some of our favorite television shows wrapping up for the season. A great number of these shows are brought to us by one of our very own sponsors, Warner Bros. Television! Warner Bros. Television produces and distributes programming to major networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS, TNT, FOX, and The CW, as well as HBO, Netflix, and Hulu.

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An all-around favorite of just about everyone in the office is The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, a young-adult fantasy drama about a girl who has to choose between two vampire brothers and the chaos that ensues. Season 7 of The Vampire Diaries just ended and we CAN NOT wait for new episodes! If you’re not caught up, don’t worry, you can stream the latest five episodes on cwtv.com or binge watch up to season 6 on Netflix!

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A new Warner Bros. Television hit is Netflix’s Fuller House, a reboot of the popular 90s sitcom Full House. DJ is all grown up with kids of her own and has to readjust to life after the loss of her husband with the help of her friends and family. People of all ages love the show, from young families to millennials who grew up watching the original! If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out exclusively on Netflix now!

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All of us at Milk + Bookies would like to offer a special thanks to our partners at Warner Bros. Television for their wonderful support of our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration that took place on April 17th in DTLA!

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Check out a recap of our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration here!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Shannon Dailey
May
23

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Blanchard Memorial School

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to….

Blanchard Memorial School

 

The families and students of Blanchard Memorial School hosted a book-raiser to benefit the South Middlesex Opportunity Council. Nearly 200 parents and children gathered together to make this book-raiser a HUGE success!

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South Middlesex Opportunity Council improves the quality of life of low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families. For children, South Middlesex Opportunity Council runs a head start preschool program, as well as school age summer and vacation programs.

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Total Books Raised:

425

Number of Students Participated:

200 Parents and Students

Donated to:

The South Middlesex Opportunity Council

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Thank you for inspiring so many #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS and making a difference! We 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.

Don’t forget to purchase your Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to host a SUCCESSFUL book-raiser!

READ, GIVE, GROW!


by Alesha Dailey
May
18

Lights, Camera, Action!

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Here at Milk + Bookies, we love movies just as much as we love books (almost)! We are so proud to have had our friends at 20th Century Fox be one of our sponsors for our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration that took place on April 17th, 2016. They are always churning out crowd pleasers and amazing blockbusters like the Kung Fu Panda series, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Joy, and much more! …………………………………………………………………………………..

We are so excited to check out a few of their new releases coming soon to a theater near you!

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Comic books are books too! The X-Men series comes back to the big screen this month with X-Men: Apocalypse opening in theaters May 26th! With the most powerful of the X-Men returning to Earth after thousand of years, a new X-Men team must fight to preserve the world they know and save mankind. Rated PG-13. Click HERE to watch the trailer! ……………………………………………………………………………………

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

One of our favorite YA read’s is (finally!) coming to theaters in September: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! Tim Burton has transformed this novel into a fantastical onscreen adventure. Jacob discovers a mysterious path to a special place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. There he learns all about their powers and their enemies. He must then harness his own special powers to save his friends. Film is not yet rated. Click HERE to see the trailer!

Which one are you looking forward to seeing most?

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Check out our recap of the 7th Annual Story Time Celebration here!

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by Abigail Wordin
May
13

Hooray For Bru’s Wiffle!

brusWiffleAndMore_tShirtBreakfast is the most important meal of the day, and no one does it quite like the folks at Bru’s Wiffle. Our love for their amazing waffle creations runs deep! With so many incredible options, like the Churro Waffle topped with cinnamon ice cream, how can anyone order just one (we certainly can’t!)?

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Chocolate Waffle Party is the breakfast of champions! via bruswiffle.com

If you’re feeling especially adventurous, take a bite out of the Chocolate Waffle Party, a chocolate Belgian waffle stuffed with fresh butter cream and topped with Oreos and chocolate sauce! In addition to they’re famous waffles, Bru’s Wiffle offers a hearty selection of lunch and dinner options guaranteed to keep your hungry tummies satisfied all day!

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All of us at Milk + Bookies would like to offer a special thanks to Bru’s Wiffle for supplying an amazing breakfast for our volunteer staff at the 7th Annual Story Time Celebration!

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These volunteers love the buffet of fresh waffles, fried chicken, and mac n’ cheese!

We couldn’t have done it without all of our outstanding volunteers who came out to help, and they couldn’t have done it without Bru’s Wiffle!

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Harry Potter approved! If only house elves could make waffles like the folks at Bru’s Wiffle!

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Willy Wonka LOVES Bru’s Wiffle!

 

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Check out a recap of our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration here!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Shannon Dailey
May
11

Imagine Tea at The Langham!

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Join us for Imagine Tea at The Langham!

Sunday, June 5 and Saturday, September 18
Seatings at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM
$48 for Adults, $36 for Children 4-12*

 

Designed especially for children and featuring a remarkable touch of magic, guests are invited to enjoy a specialty tea menu with magically-decorated desserts while junior members of the Academy of Magical Arts are on hand to perform close-up magic. Young guests are invited to attend dressed as whichever character appeals to their imagination, and are encouraged to bring a new or used book to donate to Milk + Bookies!

Imagine Tea at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is a family-oriented partnership created between the hotel and the junior program of Magic Castle, benefiting local children’s non-profit organizations. Throughout 2016, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena will donate a portion of the Imagine Tea proceeds to local children’s non-profit organizations.

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Young Tea guests will have the opportunity to make their own magic during the tea, as they are invited to attend dressed as whichever character, person, or animal most appeals to their imagination. During the tea, each child will be invited to enjoy a special photobooth by A Photo Booth For You and create an imaginative craft with Little Junebugs.

Imagine Tea will take place on
Sunday, June 5 and Saturday, September 18.

To book a reservation, please call (626) 585-6218.

*Prices exclude tax and gratuity.


by Wendy Paniagua
May
4

Author Champion of the Month: Roma Khetarpal

roma headshotFounder and CEO of “Tools of Growth,” Executive Board Member of PSLA, Member of the Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation, and proud mother of 2, ROMA KHETARPAL, is our Author Champion for the month of May!

Our talented author wrote ‘The “Perfect” Parent: 5 Tools for Using Your Inner Perfection to Connect with Your Kids‘ and is the recipient of the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award, the Parents’ Choice Award, the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, and, most recently, Nautilus Silver Award Winner.

Her book helps parents establish a healthy relationship with their children. She explains how the key to a fulfilling parenting experience is to stop chasing an ideal and instead use your inner perfection to nurture a strong, communicative connection with your children—which will lead kids to be happy, think positive, and do good.

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“You have written a book that carries a powerful message and we are grateful for this opportunity to celebrate your book, ‘The “Perfect” Parent’ by making it visible as a Nautilus Silver Award Winner. We welcome you to the honored and respected group of Nautilus Award winner.”
– The Nautilus Book Awards 

We were honored to interview Roma as our Author Champion:

 

1. What inspired you to write this book?

In 2010 I was pulled in by a small group of parents to teach parenting workshops. As the parent audience grew, I realized that very few parents knew of the research behind child rearing and emotional intelligence, communication, mindfulness, and the benefits of positive psychology in raising children.

The tools I taught in the workshops blended this science with personal growth, which the parents found easy to digest, and I made two key observations: First, with the speed of life today, parents are finding it really hard to find a work-life-family balance. Many of the parents in my workshops were overwhelmed with the negative effects of their fast-paced life showing up in their relationships and their communication with their kids. I was successful in helping parents ease the burden of guilt, doubt, worry, and fear that adds turbulence to our relationship with our kids. Second, we all want to get parenting right! But there’s even more pressure in today’s competitive world as we enroll kids in several after-school activities and try to get children “prepared” for college early on! I found parents were struggling with that as well.

So my goal with this book was twofold: One, through the time-tested, science-supported tools I taught in my workshops, I aimed to educate and empower parents to be mindful and conscious, relaxed, happy parents. Two, I wanted to simplify the parental ride and amplify the enjoyment. I’ve shown that it’s possible to power up your Parental Guidance System (PGS) with Emotional Intelligence tools like “Dealing with Feeling” so that you can navigate through the ups and down of parenting.

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Parenting workshop held at St. Mary’s Montessori School

2. At Milk + Bookies, we believe all parents wants to raise their children to “be happy, think positive, and do good.” How did you come up with the idea for “Tools of Growth” and what would you like parents to take away from it?

tools of growthActually, the idea for Tools Of Growth got hold of me! In 2008 my son, a junior in high school, was going through some challenges. One evening, after dinner, he asked these big questions: What is it that makes kids trust their parents and turn to them when they are in trouble or have made a mistake? What makes them not be afraid to turn to their parents when they know they have messed up?

That night I pondered his questions, and the next morning, right after a meditation session, the answer came to me: communication. When I relayed this to my son, he said, “Then you need to come up with some ideas on how you can help parents build communication early on with their kids. I’m a teenager and I see it every day—nobody wants to talk to their parents when they are in trouble or have an issue. When I’m in trouble, even though I’m afraid of what will happen, I’m not afraid to talk about it with my parents.” That is how Tools of Growth was born. That first seed grew into the first product: parenting workshops called Happy Relaxed Parenting that taught parents the basic ingredients of communication—what I like to call the Communication Balance—to support them in raising kids to be happy, think positive, and do good for themselves and others. That then led to this book.

Communication is what builds the relationship between parents and children. Our efforts should focus on communicating mindfully and consciously, and that requires us to manage our own emotions so that we can build lasting bonds and relationships with our kids.tools of growth communicate

3. We hear you’re working on a line of children’s products! Can you tell us more about what you are working on?

Yes, of course. Parents have many tools that help them teach their children about their outside world. What about tools to help teach children about their inner world? Teaching children about their inner world is one of the primary responsibilities that parents have. Unfortunately, even as adults—and especially because we live in a technology-driven, fast-paced world—very few of us understand our own interior lives. This is what we are working on in the background—giving parents fun, kid-friendly interactive Tools Of Growth (books, games, toys)—to help them teach their children about their inner world and educate themselves at the same timeOur line of children’s products is called TOGs, toys that serve as tools of growth.

4. Society has changed throughout the years, especially when discussing parenting styles and techniques. What do you think is the biggest struggle parents face today to be the “perfect” parent, and how do you think your book can help?

There has never been more emphasis on how we should raise our children. With social media we have never been so open to publicly discussing kids’ activities, complaining about their behaviors, and seeking advice on parenting. The advantage is that parents form bonds and build communities to share and learn from each other’s experiences. But it can also make parents question themselves and their decisions. There is tremendous pressure on parents to get it all done and to do it all right. That same pressure is felt by the children, which taxes communication and the parent-child relationship.

With this book, my purpose is to put all of that agony to rest and use that energy to activate our own inner strengths—our inner perfection. What you can expect is a short, sweet, easy-to-grasp guide and some simple tools that empower you to be a mindful and conscious parent—a surefire pathway to building not just a good but a great lasting relationship with your kids. It will help you relax into the long-term role of parenting and to raise kids to be happy, think positive, and do good.

 

Get your copy of
‘The “Perfect” Parent’
here!

 

Thank you, Roma, for sharing with us your journey, your inspiring book and your words of wisdom !

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Are you an author/illustrator of a children’s book or parenting book?

Find out how you can become a Milk + Bookies Author Champion TODAY by visiting our website here!


by Wendy Paniagua
May
3

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Madeleine Gibbons-Shapiro

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to….

Madeleine
Gibbons-Shapiro!

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Madeleine Gibbons-Shapiro recently hosted a HUGELY successful Milk + Bookies Book-Raiser at her local Barnes & Noble in San Jose, CA!! She even created her own display board with Milk + Bookies facts and showed the true meaning of what makes a #FUTUREPHILANTHROPIST!

Total books raised:

422

Donated to:

Students at Washington Elementary School

 


WES“Buying books at B&N was a different way to fundraise and Maddy was so organized and friendly. It was such a great cause, so easy to buy books for Washington School and I was motivated to buy my own books and read! Way to go, Maddie!” – Dani


Madeleine was able to raise 422 books and donate them all to Washington Elementary School! Through her book-raiser, she was able to meet the librarian, principal of the school, and also spoke briefly at a parent meeting about her project!

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The students at Washington Elementary School were so thankful for all their new books and made Madeleine a special poster with personalized messages and signatures!

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“It was a great experience and very fulfilling to see how much of an impact I was making for the lovely Washington Elementary community.” – Madeleine

We are SO THRILLED to hear about the success of Madeleine, a true #FUTUREPHILANTHROPIST, and can’t wait to see where her love for reading and giving takes her next!

 

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 own Book-Raiser a SUCCESS!

READ, GIVE, GROW!


by Wendy Paniagua