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What Do I Do With These 1099’s? NEC? MISC? K? Letters Mean What?

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What Do I Do With These 1099’s? NEC? MISC? K? Letters Mean What?

You received your W-2 and some bank interest. Thinking you have all your forms you go to the tax professional and have your taxes filed. Then, the day after your tax return is sent to the IRS a form 1099 with the letters “NEC”, “MISC”, “K”, or some other letter appears in your mailbox. What do you do? Is there anything you need to do? Should you have been expecting the form? Is the form correct? As these questions pass through your mind you think back to 2021 and finally figure out what could have generated the 1099. But, what do you do now? Having a tax professional, not just a tax preparer or a “tax expert”, working with you could have prevented this unexpected surprise. Learn how to deal with these now and how to prevent such surprises in the future.

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What Did I Learn From the 2022 Tax Season? Know What for 2022?

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Each tax season has its own unique challenges. In 2022 working the 2021 tax year, I encountered several first time experiences after 20+ years of tax preparation. There were many provisions that only applied to the 2021 tax year. How I kept it all straight is truly a miracle. As I spoke to new clients and to returning clients, I come to understand how challenging the past couple years has been for them. As observations of the 2021 tax year are shared, I will be providing reminders of how the planning for 2022 is important as the rules have changed with many 2021 tax rules gone for good. As always the recommendation to work with a tax professional not just a tax preparer will be stressed to help you the taxpayer to always pay only the necessary tax.

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Movie Review: Prehistoric Planet * Breathtaking And Majestic With A Musical Score By Hans Zimmer And Rich Narration By Sir David Attenborough

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Movie Review: Prehistoric Planet * Breathtaking And Majestic With A Musical Score By Hans Zimmer And Rich Narration By Sir David Attenborough

Experience the wonders of our world like never before in this epic docuseries from Jon Favreau and the producers of Planet Earth. Prehistoric Planet combines award-winning wildlife filmmaking, the latest paleontology learnings and state-of-the-art technology to unveil the spectacular habitats and inhabitants of ancient Earth for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. The series is produced by the world-renowned team at BBC Studios Natural History Unit with support from the photorealistic visual effects of MPC (The Lion King, The Jungle Book) applied to concept art created by Jellyfish Pictures (The Book of Boba Fett, Spirit: Untamed). Prehistoric Planet presents little-known and surprising facts of dinosaur life set against the backdrop of the environments of Cretaceous times, including coasts, deserts, freshwater, ice worlds and forests. Travel back 66 million years to when majestic dinosaurs and extraordinary creatures roamed the lands, seas and skies.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Madeleine H. comments, “I love this series!  The scenery in the docu-series Prehistoric Planet is breathtaking and majestic with a musical score composed by Hans Zimmer to match.  The rich narration by Sir David Attenborough tells the stories about dinosaur life based on the latest discoveries from paleontologists.” See her full review and talent interviews below.  

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Madeleine H. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

I love this series!  The scenery in the docu-series Prehistoric Planet is breathtaking and majestic with a musical score composed by Hans Zimmer to match.  The rich narration by Sir David Attenborough tells the stories about dinosaur life based on the latest discoveries from paleontologists.

One could say Prehistoric Planet is “natural history meets wildlife adventure meets stunning visual effects” in a story about the inhabitants of our planet 66 million years ago.  The wildlife adventure takes place over five episodes featuring five regions of our planet in prehistoric times. You get to see dinosaurs living in their natural habitats, tending to their young, finding food and water and fighting for survival.  You will learn about these ancient relatives of creatures that exist today and how they interacted with each other and their stunning environments: coasts, deserts, freshwater, ice worlds and forests. You will discover your “new” favorite dinosaur each episode as they come to life with expression and emotion in a way you have never seen them do.

Producer Jon Favreau brings to Prehistoric Planet his talent for visual effects from such films as The Lion King and The Jungle Book, together with pioneering stories about the natural world from Mike Gunton, a producer at BBC Natural History, along with the talents of adventure and wildlife filmmaker Tim Walker.  It’s an immersive series that draws you in with its beautiful scenery and life-like dinosaurs, giving you a view of how they lived on Earth.  I had to remind myself that the dinosaurs are animated. 

With each episode we learn so many fascinating facts about dinosaurs, grow to love new ones and not like the behaviors of others.  Just like wildlife, there are prey and predators.  Yet each is majestic in its own way.  As with many wildlife natural history films there are scenes of aggression and violence that may be difficult for some audiences.

I give Prehistoric Planet series 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults.  Prehistoric Planet debuts globally on Apple TV+ from Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27, 2022 with a new episode each day.

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Movie Review: The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib * The Latest Installment In The Boss Baby Franchise That Entertains Both Kids And Parents

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Movie Review: The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib * The Latest Installment In The Boss Baby Franchise That Entertains Both Kids And Parents

Theodore Templeton is framed for embezzlement and forced to revert back to his old Boss Baby self and crash with his brother Tim and his two nieces, brainy big kid Tabitha and fellow Baby Corp employee Tina. Together, Boss Baby and Tina co-lead a new Field Team fighting to increase Baby Love while keeping a new group of arch-nemeses – The Uncuddleables – from destroying Baby Corp itself.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Katherine S. comments, “Boss Baby: Back in the Crib is a great show for the whole family. This new animated series is the next installment in the Boss Baby franchise and is super entertaining for kids while still staying relatable to parents.” See her full review and interviews below.

The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib

By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib is a great show for the whole family. This new animated series is the next installment in the Boss Baby franchise and is super entertaining for kids while still staying relatable to parents.

When Theodore Templeton (JP Karliak) gets framed for embezzlement by his employees, he is forced to turn into his baby self and hide with his brother, Timothy (Max Mittelman) to escape from the FBI. While staying at his brother’s house, he rejoins Baby Corp. and goes on many secret missions and exciting adventures with former characters and a whole new crew.

Since this show is based on The Boss Baby, Boss Baby: Back in Business, and Boss Baby 2: Family Business, I would recommend watching them in advance as the series references characters and storylines from these movies and show, but it is not necessary. And even though there are several different storylines in the Boss Baby franchise, this series still stays fresh and unique. Although it’s not for my age range, it’s is the perfect show for young children and their parents to enjoy. The strongest performances of the show come from JP Karliak, Mary Faber and Ariana Greenblatt. JP Karliak as Boss Baby is so funny and excellently mimics Alec Baldwin, who voiced Boss Baby originally. Mary Faber voices Tina, and she brings such a happy and sweet mood to the scenes she is in. Ariana Greenblatt in the role of Tabitha has the perfect proportions of clever, smart and caring that a big sister would have. My favorite character is NannyCam No Filter CEO Baby, voiced by Nicole Byer because she is so hilarious and brings a wonderful personality to the long line of Baby Corp CEOs.

The message of The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib to fight for what you believe is right. This show also has great themes of teamwork and friendship, and how everyone deserves love.

I give The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 11, plus adults. It comes out on Netflix May 19, 2022.

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Movie Review: Downton Abbey: A New Era * Brings Our Favorite Characters Together Under Interesting Circumstances

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Movie Review:  Downton Abbey: A New Era * Brings Our Favorite Characters Together Under Interesting Circumstances

From award-winning creator Julian Fellowes comes the motion picture event Downton Abbey: A New Era. The much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Heather S., comments, “It’s so incredible to return to the Downton Abbey era and the Crawley family. Each one is out of their comfort zone in this new movie, which is absolutely hilarious. It’s beautiful to see how much the characters have changed since the first time we met them in 2010. This movie focuses on relationships and characters that we haven’t seen that often.” See her full review below.

Downton Abbey: A New Era

By Heather S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

The Crawley family returns once more! Downton Abbey: A New Era brings all our favorite characters together again in interesting circumstances. Fans will love what’s in store in this new film. 

Downton Abbey: A New Era focuses on the secret past of the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith). She comes into possession of a property in the South of France. Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) and his family head to France to investigate why the villa was given to his mother. Meanwhile back at Downton, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) hosts a crew of filmmakers and actors who use the estate as a set for their new film. 

It’s so incredible to return to the Downton Abbey era and the Crawley family. Each one is out of their comfort zone in this new movie, which is absolutely hilarious. Lady Mary becomes a voice actress temporarily and seeing Robert hate the film crew for taking over his property is as funny as possible. The Crawleys have seen the times change and preparing for cinema to take over is amazing. It makes audiences realize how this generation saw life change so rapidly. Tom Branson (Allen Leech) is happily married and some new couples flourish in the film too. It’s beautiful to see how much the characters have changed since the first time we met them in 2010. This movie focuses on relationships and characters that we haven’t seen that often. It’s refreshing to watch the pure relationship Daisy (Sophia McShera) and Andrew (Michael Fox) have and I loved watching fan-favorite Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) chase her love. The wardrobe is as spectacular as ever, even adding some Victorian pieces for the film being made at Downton. The comedy is brilliant and cunning, reminding us why we love Violet as much as we do.

There are many messages to take away here. Lady Mary learns to embrace the new era of filmmaking and life as she gets out of her comfort zone and realizes that it’s okay to try new things. Lord Grantham learns that, even though being Earl and having property is a big part of his life, it is not everything. He realizes how important his family is to him.

I give Downton Abbey: A New Era 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 plus adults. It releases in theaters May 20, 2022

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Making Money from Private Number Plates

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If you are looking for ideas in which to invest then you should consider investing in private number plates for vehicles in the UK.

Private number plates have become increasingly popular since the early 1990’s. Celebrities along with the wealthy and famous have helped to increase their popularity in combination with their affordability driven by the DVLA prefix style numbers. The craze for personalized number plates is ever increasing and you can make money from their increasing popularity.

What Determines the Value of a Number Plate? 

# Name related number plates are the most popular and the most sought after, closely followed by people’s name initials. In choosing a private number plate as an investment you need to identify the most popular names and the most popular initials for people. It is not widely known but the most popular initials are JB in the United Kingdom.

# Dateless number plates are the most prestigious and sought after by people with the largest sums of money available to invest. The very early combinations from 1904 are rapidly increasing in value and there are several examples of single letter, single digit combinations demanding £millions at auction.

# The history of a number plate adds value to the number, particularly if the number plate has been owned by someone rich or famous or if the number has been assigned to a famous vehicle with iconic meaning to the public. You need to research the history of a number plate to see if there is history that increases its value.

# The shorter the number the more valuable the number plate. Less is more when it comes to private number plates and the more distinctive the number is due to its shortness the more money it will attract from investors.

# The number of permutations available is an indicator of the supply volumes. In essence there are only two registration plates with the number 1 when it comes to a dateless number plate with either two or three letters, whereas other random numbers are more readily available. The lower the supply volume for a specific format then the higher the value.

# The degree to which a number plate represents someone’s name and the accuracy of the number plate to the name is a factor that increases the value. As an example DAV 1D is worth more than DAV 11D as the combination of number and letters is an exact match with the spelling of the name DAVID.

How to Maximize Your Return

# In selling your private number plate you need to ensure you know its true value in the market place. In order to do this you need to have the number plate valued by a trusted and reputable broker with an appropriate level of experience in valuing number plates.

# When selling your number plate you need to safeguard against losing entitlement to the registration without receiving the money from the buyer. In order to ensure you are not exposed to this risk you need to familiarize yourself with the DVLA Cherished Transfer Regulations or you need to employ the services of a reputable broker.

# Marketing you number plate will be key to ensuring you maximize your return at sale and you need to consider all of the options available and the pros and cons of each method.

#* You can market with a recognized and trusted broker

#* You can market through online portals such as eBay or Facebook

#* You can advertise in the National Press or Local Press

# You may need to be flexible with your pricing as the cherished number plate market is a market where offers are made below the asking price and being flexible when considering offers can be crucial in making a return at the right time. If you leave the number plate on the market for too long it can reduce the value.

Tips 

* Have your Number Plate Valued by a Reputable Broker with Experience

* Know and Understand the risks of Selling the Number Plate yourself

* Market your Number Plate where you know the Price you will achieve will be Higher

* Be Flexible with your Price and avoid Marketing the Number Plate for too Long

Warnings

* Do not transfer the number plate to the buyers vehicle or provide the V778 retention document to the Buyer before you have received payment from the Buyer

* Do not share the details of the V778 retention document or the V5C registration certificate for the vehicle with anyone other than a recognized and reputable number plate broker.

Talking About Making Money with AJ Dukette, Voiceover Expert

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Talking About Making Money with AJ Dukette, Voiceover Expert

Phoenix, AZ: Tuesday, May 17, 2022: In this show, host Magnus Carter is joined by AJ Dukette a voice over expert and we will be “talking” about making money.  We are going to talk about a variety of topics in his field. 

In this episode, Magnus will be talking to AJ about talking. We are going to take a deep dive in this action that we take for granted every day of our lives. Don’t miss this show because this is a show that everyone can benefit from. Tune in to find out more… Listen here live or on-demand 24×7 here: Talking About Making Money Tuesday, May 17, 2022 (voiceamerica.com)

“We are excited that Magnus Carter, host of Making Money for YOU, on VoiceAmerica’s Business Channel, will be bringing this important topic to light with his expert guest, AJ Dukette, who will fit right in with the Network since he is a seasoned voiceover artist and narrator,” – says Senior Executive Producer of the show, Tacy Trump.

If you have any questions about the show or would like to advertise your products or services, please contact Tacy Trump at tacy.trump@voiceamerica.com .

About  AJ Dukette:

AJ Dukette is an American Voice Actor, best known for his work in voiceover genres such as commercial, audiobook narration, e-learning, and phone systems. Throughout his 20-year career, he’s been the voice of hundreds of projects, with clients such as Marvel Entertainment, Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Boston Celtics, and many more.

AJ has narrated several audiobooks, including the first two books in the “Making Money For You” series – “Mutual Fund Investing on a Budget for Beginners” and “Decrypting Cryptocurrency.”

AJ also spent 20 years in the radio broadcasting industry. He has served as a morning show host, music director, and program director at some of the most well-known radio stations in northern New England.

AJ works out of his professional home studio in Portland, Maine. When not in the studio, he enjoys playing guitar, running, hiking, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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Tuesday at 1 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

Do you think investing is only for the wealthy? Or you just don’t have enough to start investing? I am here to tell you that is not the case. Making More Money for You show is a show focused on preparing you to start on the right path for a better tomorrow. To get you started on the right path you need to find out where you are now. Then from there we can start. And that comes with knowledge. The knowledge is going to untangle myths, remove misconceptions and take the jargon out of the equation. The bottom line is that everyone deserves the opportunity to have access to the knowledge to make their own choices when it comes to where their money goes. Tune in to find out how this show is going to change your life. https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/136700/talking-about-making-money

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“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.” George Bernard Shaw


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Cynthia Brian- HappyA big part of our mission at Be the Star You Are!® is to help our volunteers and all those we connect with to realize their greatness. I am a firm believer that we can achieve anything when we are willing to work hard, be dedicated to learning, find a support person, go into action, and believe in ourselves and all the possibilities. Each of us will fail many times on our path towards living our destiny. Failure is fertilizer. It grows a new garden. No one has ever been created with your exact combination of gifts, talents, strengths, and dreams. Each of us is unique and that is our most treasured value. There is no reason to mimic another. Be yourself, your unapologetically authentic self!

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“All things seem possible in May”
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May is a month when the opportunities for random acts of kindness expand. Our walks in the park give us a chance to acknowledge everyone we pass by. With the return of many events, we see possibilities to volunteer for new causes or those we may have forgotten about.

Your simple message of appreciation might be what a stranger remembers about this month of May.

Karen Kitchel who penned two chapters in the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, is the Kindness Coordinator volunteer with BTSYA. She serves meals to the homeless and is a volunteer teacher, writer, job coach, and mentor. www.scatteringkindness.com


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The free Virtual Wonders Magic Show with Irish magician, Simon Ryan, was a huge success. Simon’s magic was astounding and everyone was mesmerized. It was an interactive activity for all ages and a definite crowd pleaser. We are looking forward to having Simon do a return performance in late fall. Stay tuned for the info as you will want to gather your friends and participate.

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“Joining BTSYA was one of the greatest decisions I made. In the past year, I have learned important life skills, gotten the opportunity to share my voice, and met so many amazing new people..” Diya

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Movie Review: They Call Me Magic * Helps Us Appreciate The Sacrifices And Challenges Magic Experienced To Be The Legend He Is Today

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Movie Review: They Call Me Magic * Helps Us Appreciate The Sacrifices And Challenges Magic Experienced To Be The Legend He Is Today

Takes an illuminating, holistic look into the life and career of one of the world’s most iconic figures, Earvin “Magic” Johnson. This docuseries explores the remarkable accomplishments and global impact of Johnson’s life, both on and off the court. From his humble beginnings in Lansing, Michigan to becoming a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, he changed the conversation around HIV and transcended into a community activist and successful entrepreneur. Featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with Magic, his family, powerhouses from business and politics, and those in his inner circle, the series will offer an unprecedented look at one of the biggest cultural icons of our era.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ethan P. comments, “I like They Call Me Magic because it is a four-episode docuseries about the life and career of Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the five time NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. The audience can appreciate Magic’s humbleness, sacrifices and challenges he went through in order to be the Legend he is today.” See his full review below.

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Ethan P., KIDS FIRST!, Film Critic, Age 13

I like They Call Me Magic because it is a four-episode docuseries about the life and career of Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the five time NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. The audience can appreciate Magic’s humbleness, sacrifices and challenges he went through in order to be the Legend he is today.

They Call Me Magic is about the beginning of Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s career as a basketball player, his journey from playing in high school, college, becoming an NBA All Star player, and a successful businessman and advocate for the minority communities. The audience will learn where his nickname Magic came from. What type of obstacles Magic had to go through to have the successful life he has today. He experienced racism, rivalry, jealousy, three engagements gone wrong with his actual wife, Cookie Johnson, he has the HIV virus and had to deal with the acceptance of his son, EJ Johnson, being homosexual and the repercussion that comes with it.

This Apple TV+ docuseries was directed by Rick Famuyiwa with editor Dirk Westervelt and cinematographer Rachel Morrison. The audience will enjoy listening to special guests narrating some of Magic Johnson’s highlight moments in his life. We get to see former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton expressing their admiration for Magic. Former basketball players like Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talking about their personal experiences with Magic, inside and outside the basketball court. Jimmy Kimmel, Arsenio Hall, Samuel O’Jackson and Snoop Dog are also some of the celebrities expressing their admiration and narrating Magic’s influence in his community and globally. Today, Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a successful businessman, an advocate for HIV/AIDS patients and for the minority community. He owns several sports teams as well.

The moral of this docuseries is that things always happen for a reason and to never give up when situations in life get hard. Magic never thought that having the HIV virus will turn his life for good by educating the world about this illness. He shared his experience with the virus and taught the world that AIDS is not necessary a gay illness. Anyone can be contaminated by this virus.

I’d give They Call Me Magic 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, with adult’s supervision due to foul language. They Call Me Magic is available now on Apple TV+. 

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Movie Review: Snoopy Presents: To Mom (And Dad), With Love * Funny, Heartwarming Animated Film About How Not Every Family Is The Same

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Movie Review: Snoopy Presents: To Mom (And Dad), With Love * Funny, Heartwarming Animated Film About How Not Every Family Is The Same

This short film tells the story of Peppermint Patty. All the other kids are excited to celebrate the special day, Mother’s Day. But Peppermint Patty never had a mother, so she decides to celebrate her father instead since he does mother things.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Samantha P. comments, “To Mom (and Dad), with Love is a funny and heartwarming animated film about different types of families and how not every family is the same. This 40-minute story featuring the much-loved Peanuts gang appeals to all ages  — old and new fans alike – and will pull you in with its bright colors and sweet storyline.” See her full review below.

Snoops Presents: To Mom (And Dad), With Love
By Samantha P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

To Mom (and Dad), with Love is a funny and heartwarming animated film about different types of families and how not every family is the same. This 40-minute story featuring the much-loved Peanuts gang appeals to all ages  — old and new fans alike – and will pull you in with its bright colors and sweet storyline. The film has an original point of view on Mother’s Day because the main protagonist, Peppermint Patty, doesn’t have a mom, though the reason isn’t specified. Audiences can only tell that she has a dad, who is very special to her.

The story of To Mom (and Dad), with Love jumps from character to character as each does something original for Mother’s Day. The main character, Peppermint Patty (voiced by Lexi Perri), has to find her own way to celebrate a holiday that has always been hard for her. By the end, Patty figures out how to celebrate her own unique family. This film shows almost every character celebrating Mother’s Day. Lucy (Isabella Leo) tries to make an art project; Charlie Brown (Tyler Nathan) and his sister, Sally (Hattie Kragten), experiment with a lot of ideas; and other characters, including Snoopy (Terry Mcgurrin) and Woodstock (Rob Tinkler) do something creative and unique for their families, too!

To Mom (and Dad), with Love has a theme of embracing differences and being yourself, as well as celebrating moms (and dads) and caretakers in whatever form they take.

I give To Mom (and Dad), with Love 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 14, plus adults. It releases on Apple TV May 6, 2022, just ahead of Mother’s Day! 

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