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!

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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!

 

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by Shannon Dailey
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!!

 

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by Wendy Paniagua
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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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!

 

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by Shannon Dailey
March
29

Spring into Freshness with Bolthouse Farms!

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Spring has finally arrived and what better way to shake off those winter blues than indulging in flavorful, fresh, organic goodness from Bolthouse Farms! With a wide variety of juices, smoothies, salad dressings, and more, everyone is sure to find just what they’re looking for to satisfy their need for yumminess!!

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Classic Ranch Yogurt Dressing with fresh fruits and veggies via @bolthousefarms on Instagram

Bolthouse Farms’ roots go all the way back to 1915, when the Bolthouse family was among the leading vegetable suppliers to major companies such as Campbell’s and Gerber. Today, they offer simple, clean, and delicious products that are free of preservatives, artificial flavors, and high fructose corn syrup, as well as gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options.

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The newest addition to Bolthouse Farms’ selection of tasty treats is their 1915 cold-pressed, organic, non-GMO juices!

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Colorful Romaine, Carrot, Beet, Pineapple, and Blueberry juices via @bolthousefarms on Instagram

Love fruit flavors all day, every day? Strawberry is right up your alley, mixed with coconut water, pear, lemon, and apple. Prefer green juice?

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Ultra nutritious and delicious Romaine juice via @bolthousefarms on Instagram

Open up a bottle of Romaine, combined with apple, cucumber, spinach, kale, and lemon; it’s delectable and good for you! All 1915 juices are jam-packed with nutrients to fuel you throughout the day!

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Bolthouse Farms is a proud long-time partner and sponsor of Milk + Bookies, providing nutritious goodies at our events and supporting our day-to-day operations. We are thrilled to be serving up some 1915 juices at our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration on April 17th in DTLA!

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These ladies are loving their 1915 Carrot juice at the Bike for Bookies event with SoulCycle!

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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!

 

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by Shannon Dailey
March
25

Make Your Easter Holiday Delicious with Ralphs!

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Here at Milk + Bookies, we love the low prices and specials that Ralphs has to offer! They provide digital coupons, community updates and even simple recipes to try at home!

With Easter right around the corner, we are currently obsessing over their Easter Recipes E-Book! To help make your holiday a delicious success, here are a few of our favorite recipes, we can’t wait to try:

Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Bacon & Potato Pancakes with Fresh Fennel & Citrus Slaw

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Smoked Salmon Benedict with Pickled Onions

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Prime Rib with Roasted Garlic & Horseradish Cream Sauce

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Naked Carrot Cake

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For you DIY-ers out there:

Flowers in a Crate

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Exterior photo of Ralphs Trabuco & Alicia store in Mission Viejo.

Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 204 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores.

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Ralphs always provides its customers with fresh produce and great deals! They are committed to helping communities grow and prosper.

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milk bookiesWe would like to give a BIG shout out to Ralphs for being such a HUGE supporter of Milk + Bookies and for providing various items for our Story Time Celebrations over the years! We are thrilled to have Ralphs back again to sponsor this year’s 7th Annual Story Time Celebration!

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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!

 

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by Wendy Paniagua
March
22

We All Scream for McConnell’s Ice Cream!

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A gravity defying cone! via @mcconnellsicecreams on Instagram

Here at Milk + Bookies we are screaming for our favorite ice cream, McConnell’s! Their unique flavors, like Eureka Lemon and Marionberries and Sea Salt Cream & Cookies, along with their local, quality ingredients make McConnell’s so special and so DELICIOUS!

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With scoop shops in Santa Barbara, Downtown LA and their new location in Studio City, as well as ice cream available in grocery stores throughout Southern California and the entire West Coast, it’s easy to “scoop with gusto” and enjoy a sundae or a simple scoop of McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams!

 

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McConnell’s Ice Cream has been a supporter and sponsor of Milk + Bookies pretty much from the start. They know how important it is to give back to the community and we are so excited to have them on our team! We are ecstatic to be featuring some of their yummy ice cream flavors at this year’s 7th Annual Story Time Celebration being held on April 17th at the California Market Center in DTLA! It will be a family fun day full of stories, crafts, and of course ice cream!

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For more information about our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!!

We hope you will join us!


by Abigail Wordin
March
18

Discover Books and the Power of Giving

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All of us here at Milk + Bookies are bursting with excitement for our upcoming 7th Annual Story Time Celebration!! As you have probably guessed, one of the most important parts of the Story Time Celebration is, you got it, books! We’re talking lots and lots of books… so many that you could build a castle out of them…literally!!

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Stacks of books from Discover Books in the Story Time Celebration donation room

We would love to offer a BIG thanks to our partner Discover Books for supplying the thousands of titles that comprise our donation room at the Story Time Celebration! Here, kids can handpick books to inscribe with warm messages and donate to children in need.

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This little guy loves donating!

Discover Books was founded on the idea that a good book should never be thrown away. They set out to redistribute, resell, and recycle used books, ensuring that they either make their way into grateful communities nationwide or are repurposed into new goods, and do not end up in landfills.

In addition to contributing to the Story Time Celebration, Discover Books also supplements our school-to-school book drive program, Leaders + Readers, year-round, helping us provide books to thousands of kids in schools and organizations throughout Los Angeles!

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Leaders + Readers program assistant and volunteer coordinator, Sonia, hanging out at the Discover Books warehouse

Discover Books believes in the magic of an amazing story and in promoting children’s literacy across the nation, values shared by everyone at Milk + Bookies. Here’s to some awesome teamwork!!

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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!

 

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by Shannon Dailey