36 Birthday Favorites, and a Prize!

Hey, Friends! It’s that time again – this week is my birthday, and it’s tradition around here to share everything I’m loving right now, and the things that have made this last year enjoyable/delicious/successful/positive in any way.:)

For the past two years, I’ve made this a month long thing, which ended up feeling very…long..to me. It kept me from blogging about other things I enjoy writing about, so we’re going to do it a bit differently this year. I’ll do a week of favorites, and we’ll still end with a prize – every time you comment and share your favorites with me, your name will get entered in a draw, and I’ll announce the winner next Monday.

The prize: I’ll share my birthday money with you, and buy you something on my list of favorites! The last two years, it’s been a book, because that is my most favorite thing to get, but we’ll see what I’m in the mood for this year.;)

So, let’s get started!

We’re going with an “Entertainment” theme today! Here are my first five favorites:

1) Movie

As I’ve explained before, I don’t watch a ton of movies. Once our girlies are in bed, it feels kind of late to start a movie, so Ben and I prefer watching an episode from a favorite TV show instead, but I really do love a good movie. The story-teller in me still craves this form of entertainment – and it is such a relief to watch something that doesn’t leave you in suspense at the end! TV shows are the worst for that!

So although I didn’t watch a lot of movies this year, I would have to say that “Saving Mr. Banks” was the best one I saw. I didn’t have very high expectations for it – how can you make a movie about making a movie??! What is the point?

Saving Mr. Bankssource

Oh, there is so much of a point! That movie is just beautiful. Humongous lump in my throat for most of it. The author’s life story is beautifully and painfully portrayed, and the connections between her real life, and the writing of Mary Poppins ensure I will never view that old movie in the same way again. Loved it.

2) TV Show

We’ve still stayed true to our old favorite, “Once Upon a Time”, although Ben did get very, very frustrated with the writing during this third season! He felt it was much weaker than it has been in the past, and yet we still keep coming back for more!:)

Once Upon a Timesource

But we definitely also enjoyed the Canadian version of “Amazing Race” last summer, and are eagerly anticipating the beginning of the new season tomorrow night! But who could ever replace Jet and Dave??!

3) Book


This is an easy choice – Switch on Your Brain was life-changing. Seriously. I wrote about the book in this post, and I have gone through three different 21 day brain detox cycles since first reading the book, just starting my fourth round. I cannot believe how this book works. I have battled some intense, deep-rooted issues in my thought habits, and absolutely love how the steps described in this book have brought me freedom.

Because it is most effective to only work on one negative thought/issue at a time, and each cycle takes three weeks, it is a bit time consuming, but completely worth it. Painful situations from the past that I thought I would carry with me for the rest of life have finally been brought to a place of peace.

I could just go to a counselor, and have someone walk me through it, but from my counseling experience in the past, I learned that I still needed to do the hard work myself – I needed the discipline to change my thoughts, and nobody could do that for me but me. I think it would still be super beneficial to go for counseling, and a book doesn’t replace that, but for this season of my life, exciting things are happening from the changes I am making with the help of this book.

4) Fun Song

Love this one! Tragically, Anika informed me she doesn’t like it anymore. We must have played it too many times!

5) Serious Song

This one was a bit harder to choose! I had two songs that carried me through December – I must have listened to both of them every single morning for a month straight. I shared the other one in this blog post, so I’ll share the second one today:

And now it’s your turn! I want to hear your favorites! Any awesome books, movies, or music I need to know about?

16 thoughts on “36 Birthday Favorites, and a Prize!

  1. I loved Grace Unplugged (movie) for my books it would have to be the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers my favorite song right now is We Believe by the newsboys and my favorite tv show is Once Upon a Time too!!!

    • Oh, I love the Mark of the Lion series! It’s been awhile since I read that one – I think it’s time for a re-read! And “Grace Unplugged” is on Netflix right now! I’m totally going to watch it! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  3. Happy Birthday Week Kendra! I always look forwards to reading your families favorite things πŸ™‚
    I would love to read the book you mentioned as your favorite!
    I have recently rediscovered a movie that I love! I was bored one night while Trev was out and I watched it and preceded to watch it almost every day that week πŸ˜›
    It’s Pride and Prejudice. The one with Kiera Knightly. Oh how I love that story πŸ™‚ If you’d ever like to watch it and would like some company, I’m always game!

    • Oh, Pride and Prejudice is always a good one! I would love to watch it with you! Maybe for one of the girls’ sleepovers, I’ll just stay the evening, and go home late!:)

  4. Oh, this is so fun!! My favourite book right is Birthing the Miraculous by Heidi Baker, favourite TV show is Topchef, and favourite music is You make me brave by Bethel Music….love that whole album and speaks to such a specific place of stepping out in faith! My mom raves about that Caroline Leaf book….isn’t she coming to Winnipeg to do a seminar soon?? Blessings from Fiji!!

    • Okay, I just listened to the song – it’s a good one! But now I’m curious – what makes you love it? Is it a general, or is there something awesome that God has spoken to you through it? You don’t have to answer that – I just love how songs are often attached to certain moments or experiences, and it seems like this song would be a good one for that!!

      • Oh, I love that song, too! I have it on my YouTube play list and just listened to it again this morning while doing paperwork. Jay’s second cousin sings it so there is a little bit of a personal connection for me because I kinda know her. The words are so great, too! When God is for us, who can be against us! That alone should make us brave in our faith journey!

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  8. Oh man…picking favorites can be so hard! Let’s see…favorite song/CD right now is Rend Collective “The Art of Celebration” CD. My favorite song on there would be hard to narrow down…maybe My Lighthouse. Such great tunes! I’m so happy I discovered them this year.

    Book? I honestly would have to say that the entire Love Comes Softly series will probably always be my favorite book series. But something current from this past year or so? I haven’t done a lot of reading lately (which I regret), so my options to choose from will be fairly limited…I would have to say the Divergent series…or the first book anyway.

    TV show…I always look forward to So You Think You Can Dance every summer. While I don’t enjoy all of the suggestive dances (and therefore don’t allow my girls to watch it with me), the more contemporary dances where they really tell an emotional story, make me tear up every time. I love how creatively people can express themselves through dance.

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