The Holiday Upgrades You Need Right Now

That holiday countdown is on and I am absolutely still shopping for the people in my life. When I was younger I was so proud to finish shopping and wrapping before December even started but as I have gotten older, I’ve realized that life gets busy. For those of you out there still shopping I thought I’d share some upgrades that you could use in your life this year. Because as Mama Ru says, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”

Maybe it’s the fact that in 2023 I will simultaneously be turning 40 and the blog is turning 10 years old – I’m a big fan of making sure things like that line up in life – but I’m all about self-improvement and upgrades. Physically, mentally, and emotionally I am stepping it up and the items and brands in my life are a reflection of that.

First up, a new Fitbit. For years I’ve shared that Fitbit is the wearable device for me in light of many competitors, and this year is no different!

The latest devices include

  • Inspire 3 is a fun, easy-to-use tracker that helps you stay on top of your health with 10 days of battery life. It’s a great entry-level device with a rich color display that can track important metrics at our most accessible price point.
  • Versa 4 is a fitness-focused smartwatch that offers over 40 exercise modes, real-time stats, built-in GPS and Active Zone Minutes, plus Premium features like Daily Readiness to help you reach your activity goals.
  • Sense 2 is our most advanced health-focused smartwatch, with our new Body Response sensor, the first on-wrist continuous EDA (cEDA) sensor for all-day stress management, heart health tools including our ECG app and PPG algorithm (both FDA cleared and CE marked), and more.

Head to and check out their latest pricing and deals just in time for the holidays.

Skincare is more important than ever and Philips has us covered with smooth skin for every occasion – from holiday parties to beach getaways! Introducing the Philips S9000 – Philips’ most advanced shaver to date and part of its new generation of shavers with revolutionary SkinIQ technology for an ultimate shave.   

Whether you’re headed on a beach vacation or just spending time with the family, taking care of your skin is made easy with the new S9000 shaver.  

It goes without saying that I’m obsessed with Google and our new Google Pixel devices – having got a Pixel 7 Pro for myself and a Pixel 7 for Julio.

As reported in Forbes “The rear photos show that the distinctive and unique camera bar will be retained on the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, with the main difference that the bar will switch from all-glass to metallic. Two cameras for the Pixel 7 and three for the Pixel 7 Pro are clearly visible in the images Google has shared. Beyond those images, rumors suggest that the new phones could have a flat display on the Pixel 7, but a gently curved one on the Pixel 7 Pro. Under-display fingerprint sensors are expected on both, while the screen refresh rates will be as now, that is, 90Hz on the regular, and 120Hz on the Pro.”

Check out my blog post all about it here

I’ve been jealous of Julio’s Microsoft Surface Pro for ages and with the Surface Pro 8 now available I think it’s time for me to seriously consider the upgrade. With BIG plans coming for the blog in 2023 as it turns 10, I need a laptop device that can keep up with me as I travel the world and share the excitement I’ve been building for you all in the last few weeks.

“Unlock more possibilities than ever with the Pro designed for a Pro like you. The first Surface Pro built on the Intel® Evo™ platform on select configurations†† and designed to light up the best of Windows 11, Surface Pro 8 combines the power of a laptop with the flexibility of a tablet, and every angle in between, with the iconic Kickstand and detachable Keyboard* with built-in Slim Pen storage and charging.^ Do great things with a larger 13” touchscreen, faster connections with Thunderbolt™ 4 ports, and extra speed when you need it.”

Visit the Microsoft Canada website here.

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Photos: Daniel Reyes Cocka and all participating brands and partners

Don’t forget to be kind & laugh a little more this year

Daniel Reyes Cocka xo

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