February
21

Redecorate Your Life with H.D. Buttercup

Decorating can be tough. Entire professions and shows on HGTV can attest to this…

Want to make it a little easier? Check out H.D. Buttercup – our friends, partners, and HOST of our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration!

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What sets H.D. Buttercup apart is its dedication to curating unique, top-quality pieces for each of its locations.

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We are so beyond thrilled (and LUCKY!) that their Culver City location will be playing host to our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration taking place on February 26th, 2017. During Story Time, our guests will receive 10% off ALL items in-store. But wait – there’s more! H.D. Buttercup has also generously provide a super special raffle prize that can be won at the event. Enter and you’ll have a shot at a $1,000 H.D. Buttercup gift card AND a one-on-one design consultation with their VP of Design and Retail, Skye Westcott, who will lend her keen eye for style and years of experience to make your design dreams come true!!

Check out some of their amazing interior designs below and get inspired!

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“At H.D. Buttercup, we see the home as a reflection of self,” their website reads. “Our in-house team of design consultants are on hand to carefully curate this journey.”

Get your tickets to Story Time by visiting, conta.cc/2dj2KrK TODAY!!!

#STC8 #SupportLiteracy

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Megan Tambio
February
15

Enjoy the Flavors of Cast Iron Catering

America – land of the free, home of the brave, country of the foodies! Our friends over at Cast Iron Catering  know the importance of authentic, local flavor, which is why we’re so thrilled they’re sponsoring and catering our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration!

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Cast Iron Catering prides itself on variety – whether it be taste in food or type of event.

“Our mission is to provide a truly tailored experience for each client from black tie events, clam bakes, backyard barbecues or a romantic dinner for two, ” their mission statement says.

The result? Organic, locally- sourced food that’ll make your mouth water. Feast your eyes:

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To find out more about Cast Iron Catering, visit their website HERE!

And, don’t forget to purchase your tickets to our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration on February 26th, 2017 at HD Buttercup in Culver City where you can get a taste of the amazing-ness that is Cast Iron Catering plus enjoy celebrity story time, arts & crafts, games, & more! Fun for the whole family!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Megan Tambio
February
8

Mrs. Thinster’s is a Cookie Dream!

We here at Milk + Bookies value snack time almost as much as we do reading! You can probably already guess what our favorite snack is (hint: it rhymes with ‘Bookies’). That’s why we are thrilled to introduce our newest partner and sponsor for our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration: Mrs. Thinster’s!

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You’ve probably seen our fabulous baking friend popping up more and more at your local grocery store. That’s because Mrs. Thinster’s cookies are more than just delicious – they’re unique! Thin and extra crispy, Mrs. Thinster’s combines the awesomeness of cookies and your favorite bag of chips.

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Mrs. Thinster’s comes in 10 tasty flavors that offers something for the purists and rebels alike including classic Chocolate Chip and decadent Coconut Fudge. Better yet – all of Mrs. Thinster’s products are Non- GMO, nut allergen-free, and made with simple ingredients – aka “nothing you can’t pronounce”.

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Our ultimate cookie crush is also socially conscious. With their “Share a Cookie, Share a Smile” campaign, Mrs. Thinster’s helps donate their products to those in need- from schools, to the homeless, to our troops overseas.  Mrs. Thinster’s website proudly declares:

“We believe that the simples of joys can be found in food. After all, it is food that brings people together at the table.”

 

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Get your Mrs. Thinster’s cookies at our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration taking place on February 26th, 2017 at HD Buttercup in Culver City from 11am-2pm! Tickets on sale here!

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by Megan Tambio
February
2

Get Creative & Crafty with Ann Wiliams Group

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Here at Milk + Bookies, we’re all about enhancing children’s imaginations. We do it through the love of a good book and inspiring kids to read, but Ann Williams Group has taken a more hands-on approach: crafts!

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Ann Williams makes creative, colorful crafting packages for the young and young at heart. It is no secret that we LOVE a good craft project, which is why we are so thrilled that they are partnering with us for our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration by providing these amazing Craft-tastic Book Necklace Kits to be won at our Scavenger Hunt!

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Create your own book necklace!

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If that’s not cool enough, Ann Williams is also giving a special deal on their monthly craft subscription boxes exclusively for Milk + Bookies supporters!!

Use the code MILKBOOKIES at check out and you can get you first box for just $8!

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Ann Williams‘ founder, Sheila Wright, is a “life- long maker” who truly believes in the creative outlet crafting can provide. “When kids craft, they develop problem solving skills. They become much better thinkers. And they acquire confidence. Above all, through making, they realize they can do anything they set their mind to.”

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Don’t miss your chance to get crafty with us and Ann Williams at our Story Time Celebration taking place on February 26th, 2017 at HD Buttercup – Culver City from 11am to 2pm.

 

Get your tickets TODAY!!


by Megan Tambio
January
26

One Book Can Change A Life

Check out our BRAND NEW video made by our friends at UrLife Media!!

Created by Jack Giarraputo and Ryan Hegenberger, UrLife‘s Hollywood editors transform your footage into amazing movie trailer style videos for you to share! They are here to preserve your best memories and make something special for you to share with your friends & families!

To support Milk + Bookies continuing mission to end childhood illiteracy, please make your tax-deductible donation here.

Every $1 you donate equals 1 book that CAN CHANGE A LIFE!!


by Alesha Dailey
January
25

Taste the Future with Ripple Foods – It’s Delicious!

If you’ve been to a grocery store in the last several years, you know that when it comes to milk, there’s a TON of options. However, you may or may not have heard of the latest (and potentially greatest) option to hit shelves – pea milk…yes, milk made from peas.

Our friends and partners for our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration at Ripple Foods have worked tirelessly to bring together the best of all the milk worlds – nutrition, eco- friendliness, and, most importantly, taste – into one amazing product! Does pea milk sound a little pea-culiar?

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Consider: Ripple takes 93% less water to produce than dairy milk and 85% less than almond milk. Made from the nutrient rich pea protein, it has 8 grams of protein and is high in calcium and vitamin D.

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Ripple‘s milk comes in 4 delicious flavors to choose from: Original, Vanilla, Chocolate (our personal favorite), and Original Unsweetened.

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Founded by Neil Renninger and Adam Lowry (who also created environmentally-minded cleaning supply company Method), Ripple has succeeded in developing a milk that everyone can enjoy. Marching proudly to the beat of its own drummer, Ripple is nut, gluten, & lactose free and is 100% vegan!

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Screen Shot 2017-01-24 at 2.13.55 PMYou can even use Ripple as a milk substitute, whether you’re having a simple cup of coffee or a decadent desert!

Ripple is available at many grocery stores AND will be featured at our Milk + Cookies Bar at our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration taking place on Feb. 26, 2017 from 11am-2pm at HD Buttercup in Culver City!

Tickets are still available, so get yours TODAY: conta.cc/2dj2KrK!!!

To find out more about the event, visit our Story Time page here.


by Megan Tambio
January
17

Champion #TheMagicofStorytelling with M+B & Disney!

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M+B Intern, Abigail, dreaming of a Seuss-tacular world!

As you all probably know, our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration is just around the corner, which gives us here at Milk+Bookies a chance to partner with some of the most inspiring brands in the world to advocate for reading and literacy everywhere. This year, we are so excited to again be partnering with Disney/ABC Television Group for their #MagicOfStorytelling campaign!

Now through March 31st, share a “shelfie” – a selfie with your favorite book or in front of a bookshelf – using the hashtag #MagicOfStorytelling and Disney will donate a book to a child in need!

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M+B Intern, Shannon, feeling the #MagicofStorytelling with Harry Potter!

Follow along as your favorite celebs share their #shelfies too!

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The #MagicOfStorytelling campaign celebrates all the ways that a love for reading benefits a child’s life. So join in the fun AND help us make a difference- show us your #shelfie!

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by Megan Tambio
December
13

Story Time Celebration Tickets NOW AVAILABLE!

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YOU are invited to the 8th Annual Story Time Celebration!

 

When: Sunday, February 26th, 2017, 11am-2pm

Where: HD Buttercup – Culver City

3225 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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Join us for a day of family fun featuring celebrity readers, story-inspired arts & crafts, books to donate, a scavenger hunt, the chance to meet your favorite literary characters, a giant bookstore, yummy snacks and, naturally…milk & cookies! Come and celebrate your love of reading and philanthropy with your friends and family.

We hope you can join us!

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SPECIAL PRESALE PRICING AVAILABLE ONLY UNTIL JANUARY 1st!*

$75 per ticket (children 24 months and younger are free)

*(after January 1st tickets will be $100 each excluding children under 24 months)

To purchase your tickets or a sponsorship package, please visit: conta.cc/2dj2KrK.

 

Check out previous Story Time Celebrations by watching our videos HERE!

Any questions? Please email us at info@milkandbookies.org or contact our Event Coordinator, Traci Hoffberg, at Traci@tracihoffbergevents.com.

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by Alesha Dailey
November
29

A Message from Our Founder…

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In keeping with our democracy, America has been loudly voicing our differences. In doing so, our children have recently been exposed to language and behaviors which we hope they will find unacceptable. Many of us have expressed our fears and listened to our children’s confusion. Please remember to hold close your values and the values that you know, as humans and humanitarians, to be due north on your moral compass. Inclusion, empathy and compassion are the ideals by which most families live and raise their children. Now, more than ever, we must “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”.

For the students with whom we work, most especially the recipients, there is a great need for support, and, now, perhaps an even greater need for equality in education and empowerment by service.

The future is always uncertain, and feels more so today, but we will never lose the ability to positively effect another person’s life by being kind. Together we will continue to fight inequalities and we WILL create a better world.

With my warmest wishes for a brighter tomorrow,

Meredith

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Donate HERE to help support our programs and continuing efforts to increase childhood literacy and inspire a generation of givers!


by Alesha Dailey
November
2

#ShopForACause with India Hicks

Looking for unique fashion finds? In need of new home decor for the holidays? We have some good news for you!

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Milk + Bookies is proud to be partnering with India Hicks for a Holiday Pop-Up Shop taking place on November 13th and being hosted by our friend Tricia Converse! Simply RSVP by emailing triciaconverse@sbcglobal.net and come enjoy a fun filled night of shopping and socializing. PLUS, 20% of the proceeds will go to Milk + Bookies!!

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Can’t make it? Shop online at

www.indiahicks.com/event/milk-bookies/shopping

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India Hicks shares their brand with remarkable women as a foundation for them to become entrepreneurs, in their own time, and on their own terms. These women are their Ambassadors and together they are building something extraordinary. These exclusive collections of well-crafted gifts, beauty and accessories are sold through networks of entrepreneurial women, creating a more meaningful shopping experience.

Check out some of their amazing products below:
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We hope to see you there!


by Megan Tambio