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Review: American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson

 

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I can’t believe it’s been over 20+ years since Nicole Brown Simpson, former wife of football great O.J. Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. I still remember the infamous car chase being plastered all over the news. I also remember how this case was a major discussion at water coolers and among friends. Did he do it? Did O.J. Simpson brutally murder Nicole and Ron? Will the jury find him guilty – or innocent.

Personally, I always thought he was guilty. He literally got away with murder. I just felt like all the evidence pointed to him.

This is a case that will always be talked about. No one really knows what happened that faithful night of June 12, 1994. The only people who know the true identity of the killer are Nicole and Rob. Neither of them are able to speak up and tell the rest of the world.

I found it interesting that there was plans to do a series based on the events of that night. The series was entitled American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

The series had a very impressive celebrity cast including Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, Sarah Paulson and David Schwimmer.

The series focused on the events of that day up to O.J.’s time in court. It gave viewers a different perspective than what we saw on television or read in the newspapers.

With a phenomenal cast, The People vs. O.J. Simpson is a critically acclaimed account of the explosive and utterly captivating O.J. Simpson murder trial. Told  from the perspective of the lawyers, it explores the chaotic dealings behind closed doors and how prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness and shocking courtroom twists led to one of the most earth-shattering verdicts of all time.

Based on the best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, this must-see TV event shows you the trial that riveted the world as you’ve never seen it before.

Nominated for 22 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Limited Series, this groundbreaking television event is Executive Produced by Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, D.V. DeVincentis and Brad Falchuk.

I did catch a few episodes when it aired on television but I missed most of them. Thankfully the series is now available for home viewing. The entire series is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

I was sent the series to review. I’m glad I had the opportunity to catch up on the episodes that I missed when it was airing on television.

I think they did a fantastic job casting this series, with the exception of Cuba Gooding Jr. Don’t get me wrong – he did a magnificent job, it’s just that I see Cuba Gooding Jr. in more comedic roles. I had a hard time seeing him as O.J. Simpson. I kept wanting to watch Snow Dogs or Radio every time I saw him. I had a hard time seeing him (Cuba) as a killer.

David Schwimmer was the perfect choice to play Robert Kardashian. WOW! The resemblance was uncanny!

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John Travolta was also a great choice for Robert Shapiro, but it was difficult to see how “hard” and “harsh” looking Travolta was for this role. He’s certainly a far cry from Danny Zucco (Grease) or Tony Manero (Saturday Night Live).

It’s truly a phenomenal cast. It made if feel like you were right there with them as things were unfolding in the case back in 94′ – 95′.

Watching this series I learned a lot more about the case than I remember reading about or hearing on the nightly news. Even with the new facts in the case, I still believe that O.J. Simpson was responsible for the deaths of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. If only there were security cameras there to capture what really happened and to put this case to rest once and for all.

There are some bonus features;

  • Past Imperfect: The Trial of the Century
  • Facts of the Case: An Interactive Timeline – I do recommend this one if you have a chance to watch it. It’s very interesting.

Look for American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson where ever movies are sold.

Did you watch the series? If so, what did you think about it? I’d love to hear other’s perspective on the series. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection Review & Giveaway (ends 9/30/16)

 

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Are you a fan of Little House on the Prairie? I have been a fan for as long as the show has been on television. I used to watch it faithfully with my sister when we were younger. I enjoyed it up until the Ingalls family moved away and a new family took over their home. From that point on I lost interest in the series. Even now I really don’t care about Little House on the Prairie: A New Beginning. I never connected with the newer characters.

Little House on the Prairie is mostly known for it’s series, but occasionally they did air special movies featuring the characters from the series.

A newly released DVD includes other Little House on the Prairie movies. The new DVD (also available on Digital HD) is entitled Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection. 

Celebrate the series that stole America’s heart when Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD September 13 from Lionsgate. Say farewell to this legendary western drama with three movie adventures: Look Back to Yesterday, Bless All the Dear Children, and The Last Farewell. These restored and remastered movies will be available individually on Digital HD and the Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

The story of the Ingalls family concludes with these three heartwarming movies—newly restored and remastered for optimal sound and picture quality. Rediscover the timeless adventure of “Little House on the Prairie” as Albert displays courage in the face of a serious illness; Laura and Almanzo race to find their missing baby daughter; and the community of Walnut Grove unites to defend its town in these inspiring and exciting moments that fans will treasure.

This movie collection has a run time of about five hours.

I am familiar with the movie Bless All the Dear Children when Laura and Almanzo’s daughter, Rose, gets kidnapped. I knew right away what that one was about because I recognized the title. The other two I didn’t. In all fairness I don’t remember most of the titles/episodes, only a handful. Bless All the Dear Children is one of the ones I remember.

I have never seen Look Back to Yesterday until now. I don’t know how after all these years I missed that episode! It’s a very sad one so you bet have the tissues handy when you watch it.

I believe Look Back to Yesterday is the final episode of the series. That is the one where the people of Walnut Grove do something very drastic when a land developer buys out all of their land.

This is a good assortment of Little House on the Prairie movies. If you are a fan you’ll want to add this DVD to your Little House on the Prairie collection.

Look for Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection where ever DVDs are sold.

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I have a copy of this DVD to give to a lucky reader. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 30, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

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*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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You’ll be glad you had “this time together” with Carol Burnett Show (giveaway ends 9/23/16)

 

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I have to admit, I watched a lot of television when I was younger.

Saturday mornings were always the best. I’d grab my favorite cereal – Freakies (does anyone remember that cereal?) – a bowl and a spoon and race downstairs to the playroom to set myself up for a morning filled with awesome cartoons.

Oh the good old days…

I was also big on watching shows that normally adults would watch more so than children. Shows like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, F-Troop, Bonanza, Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres. I also enjoyed variety shows like Sonny & Cher and Donny & Marie. 

My most favorite variety show, hands down, has to be The Carol Burnett Show. Her show would have me laughing so hard that I would cry.

Some of the jokes were geared more towards grown-ups, but I understood most of them. I especially LOVED IT when the actors would start laughing uncontrollably during the skits. Since the show was done live there was no way to edit them out. Honestly, it’s those unexpected moments where the actors totally lost it that were the most hysterical.

If you were a fan of The Carol Burnett Show you must pick up the newest DVD release – The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes Ultimate Collection. It’s a must have for any fan of the show.

The Lost Episodes Ultimate Collection features 22 DVDs. That’s right – 22!

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The DVDs feature 45 episodes that were hand-picked by Carol Burnett herself to be featured in this extraordinary collection. There is also 20 hours of bonus material. I believe there is over 60+ hours of awesome entertainment to had with this amazing collection.

Many episodes featured in this collection has not been seen in over 40 years – not since they originally aired on television.

I used to watch the show all the time and I have never seen these episodes before. The series started in 1967, and I was born a year later. It wasn’t until I was about 7 or 8 year old (give or take) that I started to watch the shows. Back then I don’t believe they did re-runs. It was great to see episodes I have never seen before.

The Carol Burnett Show always featured celebrity guests including Lucielle Ball, Joan Rivers, Mel Torme, Bing Cosby, Steve Lawrence and Jonathan Winters, to name a few (trust me – there are dozens of other famous people who appeared on the show). Younger readers might not recognize some of those names, but you’ll enjoy the shows they appeared in.

The Carol Burnett Show is a variety show that features skits, singing, dancing and a stand up routine. It doesn’t matter if you are 20 or 200 – this show has something that will not only entertain you but also make you laugh. This is timeless humor. It’s just as funny today as it was back when the show first aired in 1967.

It’s fun to see how fashion and hair styles have changed over the years.

I received this set to review, but it will take me a while to get through all 60+ hours of material. This has been a great “filler” to watch at night instead of repeat after repeat until the new seasons start up again. I’m sure we’ll continue to keep watching it. Even my hard to impress teenagers laughed a few times watching this.

I haven’t even got to the bonus features yet. I have been too busy watching the episodes.

Bonus material includes:

  • Seven featurettes, including: “On the Spot: Carol’s Q&A,” “Fabulous Firsts,” “The Making of a Mackie,” “The Golden Age of the Variety Show,” “Messages to Carol” “Expecting the Unexpected” and “The Song and Dance”
  • 20+ exclusive new interviews with stars of yesteryear and today, with Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Pat Boone, Steve Carell, Vikki Carr, Carol Channing, Kristin Chenoweth, Tina Fey, Bill Hader, Shirley Jones, Queen Latifah, Gloria Loring, Burt Reynolds, Don Rickles, Lesley Ann Warren and more!
  • A backstage tour of CBS Studio 33 where the show was originally taped
  • Never-Before-Seen Bloopers & Outtakes
  • Rare TV specials: Once Upon a Mattress starring Carol, Ken Berry and Bernadette Peters and Carol +2 featuring Lucille Ball and Zero Mostel

Wow! That is a lot of great material.

The DVDs come in five different “sets” for a total of 22 DVDs. In addition you’ll also receive a special collectible “Guest Book.” The book is about 40 pages long and features a lot of photos, notes from Carol herself, production notes, behind the scenes photos and a special section featuring celebrity autographs. This is a great book. I enjoyed reading through it.

I like that everything fits nicely in a special box. The whole collection could tuck neatly under your bed or in a closet. Or you can added the DVD sets to your current collection and re-purpose the box. It’s up to you.

The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes Ultimate Collection would make a great gift for the Carol Burnett fan. It’s also a great way to introduce your family to this timeless and ageless comedy/entertainment show.

Look for The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes Ultimate Collection where ever DVDs are sold.

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I have a copy of this amazing collection (nearly a $200 value!) to give to a lucky reader. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 23, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

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Kimberly

*I received a free copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season now available

 

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Anyone who knows me personally knows how much I LOVE the AMC’s The Walking Dead. I have been a huge fan since day one. I have NEVER missed an episode – ever. And I’ve seen each episode numerous times. Every time they do marathons of the series my husband and I usually always watch them.

My desk has several TWD figurines/toys on it. I even have Daryl’s “ear necklace” hanging up in my car (real fans will know what I’m talking about), “Lucille” on our television stand and Michonne’s Katana in my bedroom closet (a gift for my hubby).

With each passing season The Walking Dead gets more and more intense and complex.

With season six it’s not the “walkers” the group has to fear – it’s other humans.

Admittedly I started watching the series to see all the zombies, but now that we have invited these characters into our living room week after week we are more interested in the people – more so than the zombies.

Season six probably has the most talked about season cliffhanger than any other season of the series. The season ended months ago and people are STILL talking about it and their theories about who Negan killed with his barb wired covered bat he named “Lucille.”

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I made this “Lucille” for my husband for Christmas.

Personally I’m hoping its NOT a man character. I’d be OK with Eugene, Abraham, Aaron and/or Rosita. Please DON’T let it be Daryl, Glenn, Maggie, Shasha, Michonne or Carl. We know it’s not Rick since he’s the central character in the series.

I have seen every episode of the season, but I wanted a copy of the series for the bonus features. I have seasons 1-5 already in our collection and I always find that the bonus features are well worth owning the season on Blu-ray/DVD. Season Six is no exception.

I won’t give away the story lines of Season Six in case some readers missed a few episodes. I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I will say that this season is VERY intense and you have to see very episode.

The Blu-ray set for Season Six has many “must see” bonus features.

First and foremost there is a lot of audio commentary. If you read any of my Blu-ray/DVD reviews you’ll know that I am NOT a fan of audio commentary. I skip over those types of bonus features. However I make allowances for the audio commentary with The Walking Dead Blu-rays/DVDs because I really want to know every tiny detail about what goes on behind the scenes.

Season Six has audio commentary from Writer & Executive Producer Scott Gimple, Executive Producer/Special Effects Make Up Artist Greg Nicotero and cast members including Norma Redus (Daryl), Lennie James (Morgan), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Josh McDermitt (Eugene), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Melissa McBride (Carol), Steven Yeun (Glenn), and Alanna Masterson (Tara). A lot of the commetary is about specific episodes.

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Daryl’s Ear “Necklace” that hangs in my car.

I love that this collection features little nuggets of the making of the episodes, giving viewers a fantastic behind the scenes look at each episode. This is one of my favorite features. It gives me more of an appreciation for what goes on to bring this incredible series to the screen week after week.

The memoriam featurette highlights some of the characters that were killed off this season.

I also really liked the feature entitled Negan: Someone to Fear. Oh my goodness!!! He’s really going to be a strong force to contend with. I cannot fathom how our beloved group of survivors are going to get out from under Negan without him killing off more group members.

The Face of Death: Iconic Walkers of the Season is another interesting bonus feature. It shows how the walking dead have changed (appearances) this season. How they produce the make-up and prosthetics to make the dead look so realistic is so cool!

There are a few other features, including deleted scenes.

If you pick up a copy of Season Six you really should set aside an evening just to view the bonus features. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. They are well worth every minute of them.

Season Six is not a season to miss. Plus now is a great time to catch up on anything you missed before the new season starts October 23, 2016.

Look for The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season where ever Blu-rays/DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of the series? Who is your favorite character? What did you think of Season Six?

Most importantly… who do you think Negan kills?

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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#ChesapeakeShores on Sunday’s at 9pm EST/8c on the Hallmark Channel + Summer Nights Giveaway (giveaway ends 8/31/16)

 

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Tune in to ChesapeakeShores on Sunday’s at 9pm EST/8c on the Hallmark Channel 

I consider myself a “country bumpkin” (a term my mom always loved to use).

I grew up in upstate New York. Sadly, when people from other states here that you grew up in New York they almost automatically picture New York City. New York City is just a small area of the state. Most of New York state is rural/country. It’s only in big cities do you find tall buildings.

I prefer the country over city living. I could never imagine myself living in a big city. Big cities are fun to visit, but I couldn’t stand living in one day after day. I would much rather live where deer and cows roam freely in my backyard – not taxi cabs and city buses.

I currently live in the suburbs of New York City. There are no tall buildings around here, but there are a lot of cabs, buses and a dense population compared to where I lived upstate.

Growing up I would spend my days going on adventures in the woods behind my house, making mud pies, capturing tadpoles and digging for buried treasure.

My kids grew up where we live now. They hate getting dirty and are afraid of ladybugs and flies. For that reason I refer to them as “city kids.” They just don’t have the country kid mentality. Sigh…

I also prefer the more laid back lifestyle of country living. I’m not one for the hustle and bustle of the big city.

My husband could make A LOT more money working in New York City, but the commute is not worth it. We know plenty of people who will commute long hours to get into (and out of) New York City – leaving very early in the morning and coming home very late at night. What kind of life is that? When do you see your kids? My husband prefers to have dinner with the entire family every night. He would rather be able to spend more time with the family than make a ton of money. Maybe when the kids are grown and on their own he’ll think differently, but for now he wants to spend as much time with them as he can.

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Have you had the opportunity to check out the new series on the Hallmark Channel called Chesapeake Shores? It airs on Sundays at 9:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 (CST).

Chesapeake Shores is about a family living in a small town called Chesapeake Shores. The main character is Abbey (Meghan Ory). Abbey works in New York City. She is a fierce business woman who is able to juggle the demands of her job and caring for her two daughters.

One day Abbey receives a phone call from her sister Jess asking her for some help with an Inn she just purchased and plans on turning into a Bed & Breakfast. She needs Abbey to come back to the town she grew up in, Chesapeake Shores, to help her out.

Returning to her home town becomes a challenge for her because she has to face her fractured family and because she bumps into her ex-boyfriend, Trace (Jesse Metcalfe).

What will transpire on her visit back to her hometown? How long will she stay before returning to the city? What was her reasons for leaving in the first place, and can Chesapeake Shores re-capture her heart? To find out you need to turn into Chesapeake Shores this Sunday.

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The series also stars Treat Williams and Diane Ladd.

Chesapeake Shores is based on the novels by New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods.

If you would like to learn more about this series, check out videos and learn more about the characters, visit HallmarkChannel.com/ChesapeakeShores.

Hallmark Channels has some interesting original movies airing as part of their “Summer Nights” campaign including movies like Summer Villa, For Love and Honor, My Summer Prince and Managing Manhattan. Don’t forget to check out the Kitten Summer Games too!

For more information about these and other Hallmark Channel movies and series visit HallmarkChannel.com. They can also be found on social media. Also, check out the hashtag #SummerNights.

Don’t forget to tune into Chesapeake Shores – airing on Sunday nights at 9:00 (EST) / 8:00 (CST). Check out what others are saying with the hashtag #ChesapeakeShores. 

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The Hallmark Channel would like to give a lucky reader a delightful giveaway in honor of their new series, Chesapeake Shores. The price package includes:

  • $25 Visa Gift Card
  • Hallmark Channel Beach Umbrella
  • Hallmark Channel Summer at the Shores Beach Tote
  • Hallmark Channel Chesapeake Shores Towel

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 31, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me if you prefer country living or life in the big city AND if you plan on tuning in to Chesapeake Shores?

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Head back to school with Netflix

 

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I know the mere sound of the words make most children cringe – but it’s almost back to school time. In fact, some students will be going back to school in the next couple of weeks. As for my kids, they don’t start back until after Labor Day, so they still have a few more weeks left.

Most kids are clinging to the last remaining days of summer vacation. To help put them (and you!) in the back to school frame of mind, here are some school related movies that can be found on Netflix that you might enjoy.

High School Musical

I know some people think this movie is kind of cheesy – but you can’t deny that it’s not entertaining with some great song and dance numbers. Granted, most kids will not be singing and dancing their way into the first day of school, but maybe it will help to “lesson the pain” of returning to school. LOL!

High School Musical 2 is also available for streaming on Netflix.

Clueless

This comedy is a classic. This is NOT your typical high school. It’s filled with rich, preppy, some what goofy kids whose day is totally ruined if they break a nail.

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16 Candles

This is another classic. I think many of us can relate to crushing on the popular boy (or girl) at school and dreaming of that one magical moment where you can be together.

Mean Girls

Sadly, bullying and mean girls (and guys) is a harsh reality in school. This movie takes a more lighthearted approach to the subject matter.

The Magic School Bus

This is a series of shows meant for the younger crowd. They make education and learning FUN! I wish this was around when I was little. I love this series. Even grown ups can learn from it.

The Magic School Bus is a great way to get your kids back into the learning mindset.

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School for Little Vampires

This is a fun series children will enjoy. Not only can it get them back into the school mindset, it’s also a fun way to get into the mood for Halloween too.

Casper’s Scare School

Same as above – a fun way to start thinking about school and Halloween.

Leap Frog Let’s Go to School

This is a great educational series for little ones. They have episodes about numbers, letters and more. It’s a really cute series.

If your child wants to cling to the last remnants of summer they might enjoy Bunk’d and Camp Rock (and Camp Rock 2).

Adults might enjoy a little reminiscing of their own with Wet Hot American Summer (camp/end of summer) and 13 Going on 30 (for those of us who wish we could go back in time – and for kids who want to rush adulthood).

These are just a few examples of movies and series to help get your child back in the school frame of mind. As adults, we need to do that too. I’m NOT looking forward to everyone getting up early and fighting for time in the bathroom (we only have one bathroom). Ugh!

The good thing is that I work in the school district, so when the kids are out of school, so am I.

Anyway…

Netflix Beat Bugs

On a side note, Netflix has a new series that your family might be interested in – especially if you are fan of the Beatles (the band – no the insect – LOL). The show is called Beat Bugs.

Family movie night. Car-ride duets. Weekend dance fests. The best moments happen when the family comes together — and much of that happens over music and entertainment. It’s why 40% of families say they routinely watch all sorts of shows together. It’s also why you grow nostalgic for the music your parents loved and eventually want to pass it down to your kids as well.

With the new Netflix original series Beat Bugs, inspired by the music of the Beatles, your next family sing-along can be “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Thanks to five charming and energetic bug-like creatures (Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz and Walter), families have the opportunity to come together over kid-friendly storylines and the best damn music ever made — recorded by today’s top artists, including Jennifer Hudson, P!nk, Sia and Eddie Vedder.

The show is really cute and I LOVE that it’s bringing the classic music from the iconic Beatles to a whole new generation. It’s worth checking out.

How do YOU get your child prepared for going back to school? What do YOU do to get yourself prepared for the upcoming school year?

Do you have any favorite school related movies or series that you enjoy? Comment and let me know. I always love to hear from readers.

To learn more about Netflix visit Netflix.com. The brand can also be found on social media.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a free membership with my partnership with Netflix. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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