Wowza! What a month filled with friends, food, and fun fall favorites I think you will love! This October was filled with so much and I can’t wait to share it all with you! I know I mentioned friends, food, and fun but I also had the opportunity to try some new products that I am dying to share with you.
You know how seriously I take testing products and placing my name behind them before recommending them to you. These items that I am about to share with you, there is no doubt in my mind that you will LOVE these! I can’t get enough of them and can’t stop sharing about them.
I love hearing from you and getting honest feedback on the items I recommend. So please feel free to comment on a blog post or send me an email or private message. I always appreciate hearing from my family, friends, and loyal followers so please don’t hesitate to reach out. Now, let us get to the list of fall favorites so you too can enjoy them!
As the weather changes, I find myself going inside and wanting to snuggle up by a warm crackling fire. I want to be surrounded by inviting, cinnamon, spice, and everything nice, aromas. There is something about the fall and winter that just makes me think of mulling spices brewing on the stove. Primally Pure has always done an incredible job creating fall favorites & I have to admit they did it again!
As we move indoors with the cooling temps it is so important for us to be aware of what we are burning and breathing inside the walls of our homes. A lot of the time the “seasonal scents” and traditional fragrances that we look forward to enjoying this time of year (hello, cinnamon sticks, pumpkin spice, pine, eggnog, etc) come in the form of artificial fragrances and hormone-disrupting chemicals that can wreak havoc on our health. These fragrances and harmful chemicals can do a number on your mental health, and physical health as well as the health of your home and family.
Places you are most likely to find these artificial fragrances and harmful chemicals.
- Conventional Soaps
- Air Fresheners
- Laundry Detergents
- Cleaning Supplies
I have been loving Primally Pure products for years but this year they came out with two new home collections and I am seriously obsessed with them! The smell is to die for and it just fills your home with the most wonderful, subtle smell. I’ve had so many people comment on the enticing scent when they walk into my home. I love having essential oils that I know not only lift my mood but also benefit my health and wellness. I feel more productive and in a better mood when I have my home collections defusing.
You can use code: SPROUTINGVITALITY at checkout for an added discount!
I love the look and esthetic of the Vitruvi Diffuser, they come in all colors and work seamlessly and so quietly.
I have to admit I had NEVER tried a pre-workout before trying KONO. I was never ok with the ingredients that went into them so I just wasn’t interested in ingesting them. KONO on the other hand really has stepped up the game and has created a product I’m willing to stand behind. Here is a graph showing you the differences in the pre-workout ingredients and why KONO made the cut for me.
I’ve been using KONO pre-workout for a couple of months now but felt it was time to share it with you! I have tested it on an empty stomach, and a full stomach, in the morning and in the afternoon, and had no issues. Finding myself with more energy to get my workouts done and more concentration when tackling a task.
No caffeine jitters like I have with coffee and no sleep issues at night. I honestly think everyone could benefit from incorporating KONO into their day. I have more endurance during a workout class, I find myself checking off more on my to-do lists and having a better outlook on things on the days that I take it.
Now, I’m not saying KONO pre-workout is the end all be all, going to change your whole life, but I am saying that I have seen a huge difference in myself and my work ethic since incorporating it.
Grab yourself some KONO pre-workout and see what it does for you!
Ok, so you might be scratching your head and saying to yourself, “McKenzie, this isn’t your normal content.” And, I would agree with you but over the last two years, the amount of travel I have been doing has skyrocketed. Now, that it is a part of my job as a food and travel blogger, it was necessary to find a credit card that would give back.
I was able to do a TON of research and found a lot of credit card point people who highly recommended the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, With the amount of traveling we do, it all made sense & I couldn’t wait to have my spending be working for me.
Earn 5x total points on flights when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually.
Earn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually.
3x points on other travel worldwide after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually.
Earn 10x total points on Chase Dining purchases with Ultimate Rewards®
Earn 3x points on other dining at restaurants, including eligible delivery services, takeout, and dining out.
Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
I didn’t just start using this credit card in October, but it was this month that it finally hit me! I was able to sit down and calculate all the miles, savings, credits, etc that we have been racking up. And let me emphasize, I was seated when I saw these numbers! I was in disbelief at just how much we had saved. We were able to book for FREE using the points rewarded from everyday shopping and errands.
50% more redemption value
Get 50% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel.
Complimentary Airport Lounge Access
Rest and revive before your flight at one of the 1,300+ VIP lounges in over 500 cities worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select.
Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® or NEXUS Fee Credit
Receive one statement credit of up to $100 every four years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card.
I’m happy to answer any questions or concerns you have about the card. I know that opening a credit card is not a simple task or something that should be done mindlessly. I personally have loved the Chase Sapphire Reserve card and highly recommend it to anyone.
This is not sponsored at all. Just a travel credit card I use & love. Here is a refer-a-friend link if you’d like to check it out for yourself!
#4 Simple & Clean Makeup Routine
I have been working on a super simple and very clean makeup routine I believe I finally have it. I’ve slowly used up and finally let go of makeup that I just no longer use or want to be using. It is scary to hear just how many chemicals and hormone disruptors on average a woman places on her body. It is something that I can’t unhear once I’ve heard the data, so I have been intentionally cleaning up the products I use and place on my body.
I am happy to report these are the ones that I have been using and enjoying!
- This super serum skin tint with an added bonus of SPF 40
- Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Gloss in (berry mauve/ linger)
- Fullest Volumizing Mascara
If you have been around for a while you know that I lived in Florence, Italy for a culinary program. During that time in Florence, I was able to go olive oil tasting. These tastings allowed me to be able to truly understand what makes a great olive oil. There is a quality to it that you can’t find anywhere else. I long for the taste and flavors of true Italian olive oil and I finally found some! Di Marco Extra Virgin Olive Oil blew me away with the quality and taste of their olive oil. It is so smooth and delicate in flavor. Making it hard to not want to pour this oil on everything.
Home Matters Most
“For more than 5 generations, the Di Marco family has lived in Western Sicily. Nurturing our olive trees in the basin of Rocca Busambra, the tallest mountain on the island and home to Sicily’s magnificent nature reserve. The combination of warm air, vegetation, and wind patterns. Including sporadic cold fronts drifting down the mountains creates a microclimate found nowhere else in the world; a microclimate perfect for growing olives. Perfect for extra virgin olive oil. It’s no surprise that Western Sicily is widely recognized as the best olive oil producing region in the world.”
Zero Waste Agriculture
“DiMarco Olio production is a combination of organic, Zero Waste Agriculture process and old-world artisan craft. Our dedication and passion for this place come through in our natural water reclamation irrigation techniques and our co-opting of olive pulp to feed local livestock.”
Family Values & Quality Control
“More than a century ago, Andrea DiMarco began producing the freshest extra virgin olive oil in Western Sicily. Now his great-grandson, Pino DiMarco continues the traditional farming operation. Of course, when we say operation, we really mean a collection of cousins and neighbors dedicated to the standard of quality we all know Andrea would embrace.”
This is a great gift for any food lover in your family or friend group. A present that they can continue to enjoy for many meals into the New Year!
Grab a bottle of Di Marco Extra Virgin Olive Oil HERE
I was able to collaborate with Di Marco Olio and create a reel showcasing three ways to use this oil. Be sure to check it out HERE.
#6 Updating & Upgrading Home Decor!
I have been finding myself wanting to change my style a bit, both with clothing and interior decorating. There is something about fall that makes you want to clean and clear out. It is knowing that you will be spending a lot more time indoors, so you better enjoy your space! These favorites have been slowly making their way into our home and I am loving them! Decorating my home is something I really enjoy and I try and take my time, being super selective about what I include.
I found this lovely piece to place in my entryway! I wanted something slim and stylish and this fit the bill. It is the perfect place to store car keys or anything needed right before running out the door. It also is the perfect length and width for picture frames and decor.
The Halsey Console is perfect for large or small spaces great for the entryway or behind the couch.. It boasts a slim cubby to stash mail, keys, gloves, or whatever else you want to keep handy. Constructed of Solid Mango Wood and hand-crafted Steel Frame. Color: Natural/Black.
I had been looking for the perfect lights for our living room and finally found these! They are super sleek and exactly what I was wanting. Something that looks stylish in the corner and brings light to the room.
Give your home the modern look you love by adding this Oak Wood Tripod Floor Lamp from Threshold to any room. Featuring three stylishly tapered legs, this modern floor lamp is crafted from a combination of metal and wood that ties together any space with chic style. Pair with other modern furniture or let it shine on its own for a striking accent.
I absolutely love a great gallery wall! Having a space to fill with all our memories and adventures! I had this exact wall frame set in white and then we painted our home interior white and I had to make the swap to black. I love how easy this set is with the hanging kit included.
Turn an empty wall into a contemporary gallery space to showcase your most adorned moments with our 9 Piece Square Photo Frame Wall Gallery Kit. This kit includes nine modern black wood wall frames for an all-in-one design solution for any room in your home. Arrange your favorite memories with nine 12×12 frames matted to 8×8. We’ve also taken the hassle out of hanging frames with our patented Wall-Grabber hardware and Easy-to-Hang wall templates with multiple decorating ideas for a quick and painless installation and creative inspiration.
#7 Fall Season = Boot Season
Oh my goodness! Where do I even begin with Nisolo. I stumbled upon this company last fall and I have been obsessed ever since! They are everything I love all bundled into one incredible business doing good in the world. Here are a couple of things that really stood out to me.
- The products we wear should not only look good but should enhance the lives of the people who made them, give back more to the planet than they take away, and make our lives a little more enjoyable. This is why we design great-looking products that are comfortable, functional, and always made responsibly.
- Intentionally designed.
- Ethically made.
- Fairly priced.
- Certified B Corp
- Climate Neutral Certified
- 100% Living Wages
- 0% Net Carbon
My Personal Favorites
- Some of the comfiest, best boots you can wear!
- Easiest flats, seriously like slippers!
- Great sneaker options and quality socks!
- Swoon-worthy bags, hard to just pick one!
#8 Activewear that you will want to wear ALL the time!
Are you ready for this? I am going to warn you that once you buy one thing from this brand, you become obsessed & will want to buy everything.
Ok, now that we got that out of the way, I will let you in on the secret of the comfiest, dreamiest, activewear you want on your body!
Vuori. I said it! Vuori has changed the game in our house! Yep, my husband is included in the obsession. They made incredible items for everyone to enjoy, and if you haven’t tried them, here is your sign!
I don’t have a code for you or affiliate link but I do have a Refer-A-Friend 20% off your first $150 purchase! This is an awesome way to save on your first purchases or maybe Christmas presents for others! Hey, no judgment here! I shop for myself All The Time.
That’s a wrap, my friend!
8 Fall favorites I think you will love and can’t wait to hear if you do! So be sure to let me know if you like seeing these lists and want more of them. I love sharing items that I try and am happy to create specific lists just for you. So, it is up to you to let me know what you are wanting to see more of on Sprouting-Vitality. You girl isn’t a mind reader so I will be watching for our reply!