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
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
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
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
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!

 

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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