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!

#bakedwithlove


by Megan Tambio
October
10

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Recap!

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We had SO MUCH FUN at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on September 24th! A HUGE thank you to The Grove and everyone who came out for an afternoon of crafts, snacks, balloons, face painting, and – of course – story time!

Many thanks to Teak & Lace for the beautiful decorations, Magic Characters for bringing The Mad Hatter and Alice to life, Clementine for the delicious goodies, Pottery Barn Kids for supplying the tea party sets, Elizabeth and James for generously donating a portion of profits to the event, and the lovely Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) for coming out to read stories to us!


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“I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this morning, but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

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“Yes, that’s it! It’s always tea time.”

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“And what is the use of a book without pictures or conversation?”

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“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

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“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense; nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it wasn’t.”

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“I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir, because I’m not myself you see.”

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“You’re entirely bonkers. But I will tell you a secret: all the best people are.”

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“Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”

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“Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.”

See you all next time in Wonderland!

Interested in partnering with Milk + Bookies for charity events at your store, retail complex, community event, etc.?? Email us at info@milkandbookies.org to find out more info!


by Kristen Wood
September
16

Join Us For The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

Don’t be late for this very important date!

 

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Join us at The Grove on Saturday, September 24th, 2-5pm for The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! On the lawn outside Nordstrom and Pacific Theaters, we will celebrate heading back to school with celebrity story time, crafts, treats, and more.

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Be sure to purchase your tickets here! General admission is $10 per child. A $25 VIP pass includes a complimentary children’s book and t-shirt.

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READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Kristen Wood
June
3

Madewell Gives Back with Milk + Bookies

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to our friends at Madewell!

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The amazing team at Madewell put together a stellar Milk + Bookies book-raiser at their Costa Mesa / South Coast Plaza store on May 29th. They provided guests with champagne and delicious cookies from Milk Jar to enjoy and, for everyone who brought in books, they received 20% off a purchase of $125+ AND a free Madewell tote! The folks at Madewell were able to raise over 42 books which will be donated to Olive Crest, an organization focused on preventing and treating child abuse in Orange County.tumblr_m2ucafR1PO1qzdg78image001

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 42

DONATED TO: OLIVE CREST

We are so happy to have partnered with Madewell to give so many fantastic books to kids who need them most! Madewell is one special company who not only makes the BEST products, but also gives back to their community! Madewell also supports initiatives that protect the environment and responsible sourcing. To learn more about Madewell‘s social responsibility initiatives, click here!

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THANKS TEAM MADEWELL!

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To find out how to get your company/store involved with Milk + Bookies, email us at info@milkandbookies.org!

Learn more about hosting your own book-raiser by visiting our website here!

READ! GIVE! GROW!

#everydaymadewell


by Abigail Wordin
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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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
March
16

California Pizza Kitchen: Legendary Pizza!

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For over 30 years, California Pizza Kitchen, affectionately known as “CPK”, has been serving up innovative and nontraditional “California-style” pizzas, pastas, salads, and more! Founded by attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax, the chain now has over 200 locations in 32 states and 13 countries!

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As one of our favorite places to indulge in our pizza addiction, we are thrilled to announce that CPK has generously agreed to feed the hungry masses at our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration on April 17th, 2016 and we could not be more grateful!

Don’t forget to stop by a California Pizza Kitchen near you to try out the NEW items on their re-imagined menu!

 

Some of our in-office favorites:

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Sunny Side Up Bacon + Potato Pizza

Fire grilled ribeye

Fire-Grilled Ribeye

Harvest kale salad

Harvest Kale Salad

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Story Time is the BEST Time!

During our Story Time Celebrations, we at Milk + Bookies strive to instill in children the joys of reading and giving, while donating books to children in need.

Families are able to enjoy story time with their favorite celebrities, create story inspired arts + crafts, do a scavenger hunt, enjoy some milk and cookies, and so much more!
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Thank you CPK for joining us at Story Time and for making it a delicious success!

For more information about our Story Time Celebration or to purchase your tickets to this years event, visit our website TODAY!

Read, Give, Grow!

 


by Wendy Paniagua
February
23

Mr. Men / Little Miss Gap Celebration Recap!

On Saturday, February 6th, Milk+Bookies teamed up with Gap to celebrate the Mr. Men Little Miss series and the release of their new clothing line inspired by them!

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20 Gap Kids stores across 18 cities in the U.S. and Canada hosted a day of fun with a cozy reading area, photo opportunities with Mr. Gap and Little Miss Gap, a coloring station, and of course…COOKIES!

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Rachel Pitzel of Club MomMe reading at The Grove, Los Angeles

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At each location, a local mommy blogger joined the fun and hosted a reading of the Mr. Men Little Miss books. Everyone was encouraged to join in and bring books to donate! Each store collected gently used books to benefit a local Boys & Girls Club in their community!

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Chestnut St., San Francisco

Hosted by Liz Stanley of Say Yes

Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Hosted by Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam

The Grove, Los Angeles

Hosted by Rachel Pitzel of ClubMomMe

Houston Galleria, Houston

Hosted by Houston Moms Blog

Court King of Prussia, King of Prussia

Hosted by PhillyFun4Kids and Mommy Call

17th and 5th, New York

Hosted by Nicole of Lillies & León

59th and Lexington, New York

Hosted by Brianne of Strolling in the City

Garden State Plaza, Paramus

hosted by Jersey Fashionista

NorthPark Center, Dallas

Hosted by Autumn Rose Reo of Mama Challenge

Copley Place, Boston

Hosted Kristin Quinn by of Misadventures in Mommyhood

Water Tower Place, Chicago

Hosted by Alicia Marie of Making Time for Mommy

Michigan Ave, Chicago

Hosted by Alison Ray of So Chic Life

Lincoln Road, Miami

Hosted by Jennifer Berger of Wear it Well Miami

Mall at Millenia, Orlando

Hosted by Orlando Moms Blog

South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Hosted by Jenn Willey of Balancing the Chaos

Lenox Square, Atlanta

Hosted by Kecia of Southern Girl Ramblings

Toronto Eaton Center, Toronto

Hosted by Social Common

Chinook Center, Calgary

Hosted by Kait Kucy of The Archives of Cool

Tysons Center Corner, McLean

Hosted by Sarah Grosjean of Capital Moms

Hoboken and Washington Street, Hoboken

Hosted by Reesa of Momma Lew

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It’s not a celebration without cookies! YUM!

We are thrilled by the overwhelming support from the Gap, all of the wonderful mommy bloggers, and YOU!

Thank you for spreading the love of reading and giving!

Learn more about Milk+Bookies, here!

Host your own book-raiser to benefit your LOCAL community!

Read! Give! Grow!


by Marianna Yamamoto
February
19

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Activity Day Girls

This week, our book-raiser spotlight takes us to Tennessee where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ Activity Day Girls hosted a book-raiser to benefit Safe Haven Family Shelter. Led by Chantelle Duncan and Theresa Cram, this group of 11 girls had the perfect combination of books, milk, and cookies for a successful book-raiser!

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The Activity Day Girls are…

Katie Duncan, Julianna Coleman, Mallory Voyles,
Lauren Rich, Ashley Smith, Cannon Smith, Rachel Clark,
Emme Haslam, Ashlyn Edgeworth, Kate Jones,
and Isabell Williamson

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Number of Kids Participated: 12!

Total Books Raised: 99!

Donated to: Safe Haven Family Shelter!

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Safe Haven Family Shelter “empowers Middle Tennessee homeless families with children to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.” Safe Haven is one of the only shelters of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts entire homeless families and provides comprehensive services to help families achieve secure housing, stable employment, and self-sufficiency.

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YOU could be our next book-raiser spotlight! Book-raisers are a great way to create service learning opportunities for children and young adults while collecting books for your LOCAL community! There are so many fun ways to host a book-raiser, it can be anything from a class project to a birthday party. Start by ordering your Bookies Box, start planning your event, and we will help connect you to a school or organization in your area in need of books.

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

Read! Give! Grow!


by Marianna Yamamoto
January
20

Book-Raiser Spotlight: The American Clock and Watch Museum

The American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut hosted a wonderful book-raiser this past October! Several guest storytellers joined the fun…including Jay Harris from ESPN!

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Total Books Raised:

250!

Number of Kids at the Event:

40!

Donated to:

Bristol Early Childhood Alliance

 

The Bristol Early Childhood Alliance works to ensure “every single child in Bristol is healthy and ready to learn by age five, and achieves developmental and school success by age nine.” The Appetite for Reading program  has set up bookshelves across the city with free books to help to increase the access to reading material for the children in the Bristol area. The books donated by the American Clock and Watch Museum was enough to stock 10 bookshelves for the program!

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“This was wonderful! I think the storytellers had as much fun as the kids did!”

– Patti Philippon

 

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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 to host your own book-raiser and make a difference in your community, click here!

Join our #PUSH on CTZN to connect with other Hosts and for book-raiser ideas!

Don’t forget to order your Bookies Box that contains everything you need to make your book-raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Marianna Yamamoto
October
20

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Harvard Extension School

On Friday, September 18th, the staff of the Harvard Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts hosted their own Milk + Bookies book-raiser. The event was a huge success and the staff members collected hundreds of books, almost doubling their goal! Many of the donated books were hand-picked by the staff and their children. As a bonus, everyone enjoyed ice cream and cookie sandwiches from The Cookie Monstah food truck…YUM!

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TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 379!

TOTAL STAFF INVOLVED: 150!

DONATED TO: Cradles to Crayons!

Cradles to Crayons provides children 12 years or younger, living in low-income or homeless situations, “with essential items they need to thrive…[They] supply these items, free of charge, by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.” What a wonderful organization to donate books to!

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“We hope some of the children who get these books will develop the same love of reading and learning that we have. [The book-raiser was perfect for] our mission to extend Harvard education to anyone with the intellectual drive and curiosity to master the academic rigor of our courses.”

– Amie Evans, Executive Assistant to the Dean at Harvard University

 

Find out how you can host your own book-raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, here.

And don’t forget to order your Bookies Box full of the goodies you will need to make your book-raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Marianna Yamamoto