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
28

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Heath’s 6th Birthday!

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to

Heath!

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For his sixth birthday, Heath hosted his second Milk + Bookies Book-Raiser, where he and all of his ninja friends helped raise 25 books for the Elizabeth House!

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Since 1993, the Elizabeth House has provided shelter, hope, and support for homeless pregnant women and their children in Pasadena by supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic needs. Through classes on parenting, health, financial management, emotional health, and job skills training, the team at the Elizabeth House works tirelessly to build a better future for these women and their children!

CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 13

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 25

DONATED TO: Elizabeth House

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Great work Heath! We know the children at the Elizabeth House will love the books you gave them! 

We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like Heath and can’t wait to see where their love of reading and giving takes them!

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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 your Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your Book-Raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


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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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!

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by Abigail Wordin
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!

 

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by Shannon 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
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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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
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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
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