My Favorite Things

by Jennifer on August 16, 2013

in My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things is a series of blog posts highlighting things that I’m in love with right now. I hope you like them too!

August Favorite Things collage

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth: So, I finally jumped on the Divergent bandwagon. I’ve actually had the book since January, but didn’t read it until last week. I’m not sure why. My husband actually read it first and enjoyed it very much, so that was probably the deciding factor. It is a great book (soon to be a movie). I’m on the second book now!

2. Cloth Diapers. I had been interested in cloth diapering our little lady for a while, but was a bit scared of the commitiment. Will it be too hard? Will the washing be too much to handle? But, the monetary savings won out (I calculated it several times!), and we got our diaper stash a couple days ago. And, in a totally creepy way, I’m in LOVE with them. They are so stinkin’ cute! Let’s just hope they work for their intended purpose!

3. Zoku Classic Pop Mold. Zoku makes all kinds of cool pop molds, including quick pop makers that can make yummy popsicles in less than 10 minutes! But, I just wanted a regular mold and figured that I couldn’t go wrong with Zoku…and I was right! I have a super yummy popsicle recipe coming up (it may involve Biscoff…) and these worked perfectly!

4. VitaFusion Prenatal Gummy Vitamins. When I first found out I was pregnant, I started taking a monstrous prenatal horse pill. I mean, these suckers were huge! But, it was for the baby, and I figured I would get used to it. But then, I started to have digestive issues. Like, super annoying/horrible ones. Turns out, my prenatal horse pills had way more iron than my body could handle and it was wreaking havoc on my digestive system! Now, some women need the extra iron during pregnancy, but I’m not one of them (according to my blood tests, which have always been great). So, I started taking these gummy vitamins on the recommendation of my doctor and they have been fabulous! SO easy to take. Best of all? No iron = no tummy troubles!

5. Fall. I’m well aware that it is not fall yet – the 90 degree heat reminds me of the fact every day! But, I’m SO looking forward to it! I need to be able to go outside without my make-up sweating off. I want to wear a sweater. I want to see the leaves change. I want it all! Hurry up, fall, I need you!

6. City of Bones Movie. GAH. So excited for this one! The City of Bones movie comes out next week and I can’t wait! I’m worried that they might screw it up, but I’m very curious to see how it will all come together…cinematically! I might even have some treats coming next week in honor of the premiere…stay tuned!

What are you loving right now?

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1 Kayle (The Cooking Actress) August 16, 2013 at 10:42 am

I wanna read those books/see that movie too!

and omg…girl…I know what you’re saying. I once took vitamins with iron and it was one of the most…unpleasant….experiences ever. Ugh


2 Jennifer August 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

Oh man, I was miserable! Thankfully, after switching, no problems at all 🙂


3 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl August 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

Biscoff popsicles.. Biscoff something.. oh my, I cannot wait!!


4 Jennifer August 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Thanks, Pamela! It won’t disappoint, I promise! 🙂


5 Carrie's Creations August 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I read Divergent last year and it wasn’t until I finished the 2nd book that I found out the 3rd doesn’t come out this this year. I was so pissed! Haha… I think I am going to re-read them to refresh my brain before the 3rd comes out.

Have you read the Matched series? It’s also very good!
I haven’t read City of Bones. I think I will add it to my to-read list!


6 Jennifer August 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Oh, I’ve done that too! I powdered through a couple series only to learn that the last book wouldn’t be out anytime soon! (like the Mara Dyer books, and the last book of The Mortal Instruments series). I’ve heard Matched is good – it is on my list! 🙂


7 The Bearfoot Baker August 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Those iron pill are the worst! I had the same problem.

Good luck with the cloth diapers. I hope it goes well.


8 Jennifer August 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Thanks, Lisa! I’ve been researching like crazy, so I think it’ll be fine – I’m so excited to start using them! I’m counting the days until November! 🙂


9 Wendy August 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Jennifer, babies are extremely exciting, nothing at all about diapers ( of any variety) could be called exciting. 🙂 🙂


10 Jennifer August 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Haha – I’m sure I will feel that way in a couple months, Wendy! 😉


11 Debbie W August 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

My 21-yr-old daughter & I loved “Divergent” too. It’ll be interesting to see how the movie turns out. (Still need to read the 3rd book.)

If you like YA books, one I recommend is “Starters” by Lissa Price. So many of the YA series are trilogies, while this one is a rare duology. The 2nd book “Enders” will be out Jan 7, 2014. I had heard an interview with the author and it was interesting how she came up with the premise. All because she was in line, I think at Costco, waiting to get a flu shot.


12 Jennifer August 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Huh, I’ve never heard of “Starters” – I’m totally intrigued! I’ll definitely check it out 🙂


13 Stacey August 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Divergent = awesome! Can’t wait for the 3rd book! 🙂

I hope you will review the cloth diapers once you start using them for a bit. I’m curious to know how well they do when I have a baby.

OMG, I am dying to see City of Bones!!!! I cannot wait! I think it’s going to be awesome. Woo hoo, looking forward to seeing what kind of treats you came up with! 🙂


14 Jennifer August 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Hi Stacey! I didn’t think about doing a cloth diaper review, but I’d be happy to share my experiences, for sure! I know that I read tons of blogger reviews and it helped me considerably 🙂

I hope the movie is awesome too! Stay tuned for COB treats all next week 🙂


15 Toni August 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

4 out of 6…
Books – Loved em!
Vitmins – I thought I would die before I started taking the gummy ones!
Fall – I’m melting over here.
and CoB – The book was just ehh for me, and everyone knows that the book is usually better than the movie, so I’m still a bit undecided. You’ll have to let us know what you think.


16 Jennifer August 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I’ll definitely let you know about the movie, Toni! I think that I enjoyed the book more than some others I know (a friend of mine read it and didn’t enjoy it as much). But, I know lots of people enjoyed The Infernal Devices books more than The Mortal Instruments (same “world,” different time period, different characters). So, you might want to try it and see if you like it more than The Mortal Instruments 🙂


17 Toni August 16, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I actually read those first and liked them so much more that I didn’t continue the Mortal Instruments Series past book 1. I may just have a weakness for historical settings though. 😉


18 Jennifer August 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Haha – I hear you! My husband has only read The Infernal Devices and liked them quite a bit…he hasn’t expressed any interest in the Mortal Instruments 😉


19 Laura Dembowski August 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Good luck with the cloth diapers. I know some people who tried and then gave up, but hopefully you can make it work. I am obsessed with gummy vitamins. I take calcium/vitamin D and omega 3 ones, and often wish they were candy.


20 Jennifer August 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Gummy vitamins are the best 🙂


21 Monet August 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Ah! We cloth diaper Lucy and we LOVE it. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. It is so worth it. And I fell in love with those same gummy vitamins too. So good! Thank you for sharing!


22 Jennifer August 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Oh, awesome, I may absolutely take you up on that, Monet – I don’t know anyone else who cloth diapers, so it will be great to have someone to talk to who knows what they are doing! 🙂


23 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Oooh, what a great ‘loving it’ post, Jennifer. You have me intrigued with your upcoming projects (Biscoff and boney good things to come) and cracking up over your attachment to those cloth diapers. Yes…those iron supplements can wreak havoc with your innards! Ugh. Glad you found some prenatal supplements that work for a healthy you and baby. Yes…bring on fall! My fave time of year. I can feel it coming…soon. Have a great summer weekend, girl! xo


24 Jennifer August 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

Thank you, Stacy! I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend 🙂


25 Natasha @ The Cake Merchant August 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm

I just got the Zoku Classic Pop Maker and I love it! Looking forward to the Biscoff recipe.


26 Jennifer August 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

Thanks, Natasha! 🙂


27 Zainab @ Blahnik Baker August 16, 2013 at 11:00 pm

I’ve been meaning to get pop molds for a while and I should commit to the Zoku ones.


28 Jennifer August 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

They have been awesome for me, Zainab!


29 Sarah | The Sugar Hit August 17, 2013 at 4:23 am

I am so into popsicles at the moment! I didnt realise Zoku made regular molds too.


30 Jennifer August 17, 2013 at 9:58 am

I didn’t either, Sarah! Not until I started searching myself 🙂 I’d heard so many fabulous things from other bloggers about the quick pop maker, I figured that the regular molds wouldn’t disappoint!


31 The Partiologist August 17, 2013 at 8:41 am

We purchased the Zoku drinky thingy and it’s been so much fun, I would imagine the popsicle would be 6x fun! Love your favorites!


32 Jennifer August 17, 2013 at 9:58 am

Drinky thingy? I’ve never heard of it! Off to Amazon to check it out 🙂


33 The Partiologist August 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

OH Jennifer, that’s what I call it, I don’t know what it’s real name is!! LOL It’s a cup where you fill with a drink and it turns it into a slush! I got it at Williams Sonoma!


34 Jennifer August 17, 2013 at 10:56 am

Oh, cool, that sounds awesome! 🙂 Frozen/slushy drinks have been my saving grace this summer!


35 susie August 17, 2013 at 9:14 am

I finished Divergent at about 4:30 am, this morning. So much on my mind after dropping my baby off at college/volleyball preseason that I needed to get my mind somewhere else (she’s a junior, so it’s me, not her!!!) . I really enjoyed book one, and book 2 is downloaded and waiting for me to say good bye to my son who leaves for his last semester of college today….my empty nest will be the perfect place to get through the next one! Really enjoying it!


36 Jennifer August 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

So glad you like it, Susie! 🙂


37 Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen August 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

I love the Divergent series- I cant wait for the third one and the movie, even though they won’t be out for a while. Good luck with cloth diapers! I don’t think I could ever do that… I hate diapers and everything that comes with them. I can’t wait for fall fashion but I”m not a fan of the weather. But I am excited for my roommate’s and my near weekly Starbucks trips for pumpkin spice lattes!


38 Jennifer August 20, 2013 at 8:39 am

Oh yes, pumpkin spice lattes! 🙂


39 Mike @ Semi Sweet August 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I’m so behind on my young adult popular fiction. I really wanted to read City of Bones before the movie came out, but I procrastinated. I think you’ve motivated me to get to reading again!


40 Jennifer August 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I hope you love it! 🙂


41 Wendy August 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I love reading books in a series. That way when you get attached to a character, you don’t have to say good-bye right away. But waiting for the next installment stinks! I am always glad when I am last on the bandwagon and several in a series are already in print! I will add Divergent to my reading list. Gummy vitamins are the best! I hate taking pills and giant horse pill just don’t work with me. If it can’t be chewed or mixed into a drink, I don’t take it! (much to my dr’s frustration). Glad you found something that works for you. There are enough woes to pregnancy, vitamins shouldn’t cause additional ones! Can’t wait for the biscoff pops!!


42 Jennifer August 20, 2013 at 8:39 am

Thanks, Wendy!


43 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I looooved Divergent and Insurgent! I can’t wait for Book #3!


44 Jennifer August 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I’m still working through Insurgent! 🙂


45 Reeni August 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I am loving Breaking Bad! I’m on the second season. I have Divergent on my Kindle but keep stalling. I know I’ll love it once I get started. . .


46 Jennifer August 20, 2013 at 8:39 am

I kept stalling too! I don’t know why – it was great 🙂


47 Elena August 24, 2013 at 5:38 am


I am a frequent reader of your blog, love the different style of treats you do…
But to the point – Cloth diapers. I used them for both my babies and it was great, easy and eco friendly. (I am pretty sure it also helps later with potty training, but that’s a well kept secret). I also used them for all nights from day 1 at home.
Yet it is a choice little more time consumming, but really worth it!
Enjoy the baby’s arrival,


48 Jennifer August 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Thanks so much for your experience with cloth diapers, Elena! We are committed, but it is so reassuring to hear from others that they have worked for! 🙂


49 Sue {munchkin munchies} August 27, 2013 at 4:25 am

So you’re having a girl!?! How did I miss that announcement? Or did I already know and my age is showing, haha! Very exciting, Jennfer:) BTW, My daughter LOVES using cloth diapers. They have such darling fabrics too!


50 Jennifer August 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

Yup, it’s a girl! I’ve had THREE ultrasounds that have confirmed it (16 weeks, 20 weeks, 24 weeks). I announced it at the end of my gender sweetstakes 🙂 My husband would have been happy with either, but he is SO excited for a girl! He has already expressed his worries about her DATING and such. I’m like, “Let’s get through potty training (and the birth!) before we start worrying about that!” 😉


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