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How To: HOT COCOA BAR

HAPPY CHRISTMAS MONTH!!!!

So obnoxious right? I tell people I love Christmas more than my own birthday… and I LOVE my birthday. K so for all you grinches out there {kidding}, I thought I would kick this month off with a little decor post to get everyone in the festive spirit. 

And what’s more festive than a Hot Cocoa Bar? WITH BAILEYS. So have a drink, embrace the Christmas spirit and let’s get this bar rollin’. 

 

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SO CUTE RIGHT?!

I’m obsessed with rose gold this season. My house is allll about glam Christmas with a hint of rose gold. I absolutely love it. Which is why I created a glam Hot Cocoa Bar for you lovelies.

+ WITTY NAPKINS >> mine say “Dear Santa Please Define “Nice””. Homesense has a TON actually. 

+ XMAS DECOR >> LOVING the Canadian Tire marquee sign or maybe a sparkly christmas tree, even a couple candles or ornaments in a pretty glass jar.

+ MUGS >> LOVE the super trendy rose gold moscow mule mugs.

+ A LITTLE TREAT >> Chocolate, wafers, candy canes, whatever you want!

+ FANCY JAR + MINI MARSHMALLOWS >> NEED mini marshmallows for a hot cocoa bar!!

+ BAILEYS >> OBVIOULSY. Mine has a fur shawl on hahaha you can pick those up at Homesense or a local liquor store might have them too.

+ KEURIG OR HOT COCOA MIX >> I love the look and ease of a keurig and hot cocoa pods but if you don’t have one I’d put hot cocoa in a cute jar and label it. 

+ TRENDY CART OR COUNTER >> If you don’t have a bar cart just clear the end of your counter space for a a hot cocoa set up!! Also, a nook area works too.

 

 

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CYBER MONDAY SCORE: ECOBEE 3 AKA Why YOU Need One

Finaaalllllyyyyy

I’ve been wanting to try out a smart Wifi thermostat for awhile now. THANK YOU CYBER MONDAY. Amazon.ca had this one on for a steal of a deal and we finally took the plunge. All of these home automation/smart tech products are SO tempting am I right?!

But is it worth the buzz?? ha.. 

YES, YES IT IS WORTH THE BUZZ.

 

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I’m going through everything today; from installation to set up to actually using the ecobee 3

So I was actually between the ecobee 3 and Nest for a long time. Cyber Monday DID help me make that decision but so did the ecobee 3 reviews..

star star star star star 2020 Amazon Reviews, 4.5 out of 5 stars

On Amazon.com, both the ecobee 3 and Nest had similar reviews which are both stellar. 

Now that we know WHY ecobee, let’s get installing.

 

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Installation

I’M NOT GOING TO LIE HERE, it was more of a process than I thought it would be. It wasn’t too hard per se, but don’t think you’re going to pop it on the wall and everything magically works. It involves knowing your way around your electrical box, furnace, cables/wires and the TOTAL TIME: about 45 mins to an hour.

If you know this going in, you’re FINE.

 

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Ecobee actually has the most amazing installation guide. Just download their app and it guides you step-by-step through a VIDEO tutorial. Included are super easy quiz questions to help the guide determine your furnace system and which set up steps you require, based on your answers. 

Plus, the feeling of pride having installed a frickin THERMOSTAT sans electrician is pretty nice. 

 

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Set Up

EASY AND FUN. Yes, fun. Weird hey? I absolutely LOVE tech. I really love home. Tech for the home? FUN. The system is super user friendly and like hella smart. I’m talkin’ not your average bee. 

All you do is plug in your desired temperatures into the 3 comfort settings; Away, Home & Sleep. Then in the schedule tab, adjust your sleep, wakeup and away from home time frames. That’s it.

I also integrated the ecobee into my Apple HomeKit, since it’s compatible, so now Siri can go ahead and adjust the temperatue when I ask her to. If you have Philips Hue lights or other home automation products these can work with ecobee for creating ‘Scenes’. That’s a whole other blog post which I’d be more than happy to chat about. HOWEVER, I’ve been using the ecobee app mostly. 

Lastly, my favorite, you can even schedule your vacations in the app so it automatically starts ‘Away’ mode during those times. 

 

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Use

I’m addicted. 

I’ve been using it all the time. The ecobee 3 came with a room sensor that I put in my bedroom upstairs. The ecobee is downstairs on the main floor. The app recognizes the sensor as Lil Bee {um CUTE!} and tells you what temperate the bedroom is and what temperate the main floor is. At night I’ve set the ecobee to adjust the temp based on Lil Bee while I’m sleeping, and during the day it’s set to adjust based on the main ecobee.

 

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The more you use it the smarter it gets. It learns your preferences and with the room sensors the ecobee 3 creates a geofence, which means when you leave that ‘fence’ it will automatically switch to ‘Away’. When you return home and back into the ‘fence’ it will switch to ‘Home’. Hello energy savings. Plus if you’re at the office and about to head home you can always turn up the thermostat right on your phone so it’s nice and toasty upon your arrival. I’m thinking… if you had a CABIN and on the way to the cabin could turn on the heat from your phone during the chilly Canadian winter months… Okay great, now I need a cabin.

 

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Prices

Keep looking on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com. Put it on your Boxing Day list if you want a bargain. Also, for my Canadian readers, keep an eye on Red Flag Deals.ca. Lastly, check out BestBuy.ca and Home Depot for $299. I paid $249 on Amazon.ca during Cyber Monday.

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Alright now, what am I missing? Questions, comments, ANYTHING, type it below!! Let’s chat.  

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Gift Guide for THE MEN.

Hey loves

Well, that was some weekend hey? I LOVE a good deal. Definitely picked up a few goodies for Christmas presents and maybe a couple things for myself. Win win!

Now, speaking of Christmas presents, I have SUCH a hard time shopping for the boys in my life. I feel like with girls, I know EXACTLY what I would want and love sharing my new favs as gifts with them. With the boys…. I’m not quite sure how much my brother would love a sparkly gold Felony Case or fab marble cheese plate. 

WHICH IS WHY I’ve thought loooong and hard about today’s post. Gift Guide for The Men. I’ve even done a super casual field study {AKA I asked boys what they want for Christmas}.

Holy guacamole, I actually put together an AMAZING GIFT GUIDE FOR THE MEN.

Check it out suga.

 

Gift Guide for THE MEN.

 

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+ TOM FORD NOIR EXTREME >> LOVE THIS COLOGNE. K I actually have a funny story about this one. I bought it thinking it was womens….. THATS HOW MUCH I LIKED IT. Omg my life.

+ DARN TOUGH SOCKS >> Lifetime warranty. If he busts a hole in them just mail them back and they send him a new pair.

+ MULTI POCKET TOOL

+ TRENDY SHAVING SUPPLIES >> YYC, check out Kent of Inglewood.

+ SICK KICKS

+ SONOS PLAY:1 + PLAYBAR >> About $200, which is a steal for a Sonos. It enters him into the world of Sonos. Haven’t heard about Sonos? Get out of that cave you’ve been hiding in. It’s revolutionary. His guy friends will be trĂ©s jealous. Also, if he gets TWO Sonos Plays he can pair them into stereo mode and with the addition of the play bar he can create surround sound for his tv. There are $250, $380 or $650 versions and Sonos.com is giving $30 off the PLAY:1 or $50 off PLAY:3 & PLAY:5 until end of December!!!! 

+ WHISKEY STONES

+ DAPPER COAT >> LOVE this one from ASOS by Heart & Dagger. If he’s not into the fur collar that’s okay but it’s so trendy. 

+ TRENDY BOMBER >> This one is from ASOS. 

+ URBAN OUTFITTER SWEATS >> The comfiest + stylish for men.

 

Alright loves. If I think of anything else, or if ANY OF YOU MEN WANT TO COMMENT AND TELL ME WHAT I’M MISSING, I will most definitely do another post before the panic present shopping marathon.

 

Drea's Gift Guide for Men has a ton of fab ideas! Click To Tweet

 

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CYBER MONDAY DEALS 2016 {More like CYBER WKEND}

Hey you!! The party is STILL going ALLLLLL weekend & Monday long with these cyber weekend deals.

Let’s keep this shopping ball rolling and save that hard earned cash!

 

 

+ Red Flag Deals: I talked about this site last post and they now have announced Cyber Monday deals for Canada.

+ Amazon.ca: Cyber Monday deals begin Nov. 26!!!!!

+ Aritzia: 50% OFF INSTORE AND ONLINE!!! Select winter/fall products for FIVE DAYS. PLUS FREE SHIPPING WITH PURCHASE OVER $150. Update: NEW MARKDOWNS!

 

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+ ASOS: USE CODE GOGOGO for an extra 20% off everything all weekend long. I’m so obsessed with their sales. GET SHOPPING.

+ Baublebar: Up to 35% off purchases!!  Save 25% off 1 item with code SAVE25 or 35% off  2+ items with code SAVE35 today!  Hurry, because these codes will only be available until Tuesday, 11/29.

+ Old Navy: BIGGEST CYBER WEEKEND EVER. Pretty much 40% off almost everything.

+ Staples: Sign up at THIS LINK for an email when they announce their deals AND $10 off.

+ Starbucks: Nov. 27 at NOON through Nov. 28, ONLINE SHOPPERS get 25% off select items site-wide and free standard shipping on orders of $60 or more. No code required

+ Sugarfina: Okayyyyy Cyber Monday Deal >> Spend $75 and Receive Cheers 3pc Bento Box Free with code: HOLIDAYCHEERS ! Valid 11/28.

+ Tarte cosmetics: Okay SO save 25% off sitewide (no exclusions) with code WKND at checkout. Offer ends November 27th. THEN shop special Cyber Monday offers: $5 blotting papers, $10 select mascaras, $15 lip paints, $20 blushes, $25 foundation, $30 maracuja oil + neck cream + save 25% off everything else with code MONDAY at checkout. Offer ends November 28th.

+ Wayfair: Save up to 70% off. No code required. HUGE BLOWOUT!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I’m also going to be updating this post REGULARLY throughout the weekend.

 

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UPDATES

+ WestJet: EVERYONE MUST GO SALE. Tons of new destinations for cyber monday.

+ Air Canada: 15% off flights world wide and 50% off vacation packages today only.

+ Nordstrom: CYBER MONDAY SALE HAS STARTED. Extra 20% off select sale items now!!!

+ Koral Activewear: I love love love this brand they have edgy workout gear. Offer: CYBER MONDAY SALE up to 40% off!!!!

+ Best Buy: CYBER MONDAY ON NOW! Crazy low prices on TONS of items. Cyber Monday sale starts on Nov. 27 (11:59 p.m. ET) online but the same deals will be in stores. The in-store sale will last until each store closes on Nov. 30 but the online sale will continue until all the reduced-price items are gone. 

+ Kylie Jenner: FREE SHIPPING IS EXTENDED on all Holiday bundles. FREE STOCKING with >$100 US while supplies last. FREE matching gloss with Lip Kit {Candy K, Koko K, Posie K, Exposed} FREE SHIPPING on orders over $40 for Domestic and $60 for International. CYBER MONDAY SPECIAL: An additional 20% off SITEWIDE STARTS 12AM EST FOR 24 HOURS ONLY {Calgary lovelies, that’s 10PM Sunday night for us}.

+ The Bay: Where my Canadians at?! OKAY so I’m not even going to type out all the sales the Bay has announced for this WEEKEND. Just please click HERE. Basically up to 70% off like SO MUCH.

+ Forever 21: Their black friday sale continues, 250+ more style at 70% OFF AND use code: CYBER21 for an additional 21% off! 

+ Bath and Body Works: Just announced TWO DAYS OF HUGE SAVINGS! PLUS 10 soaps for $35 and 5 soaps for $25; the perfect christmas blanket for $25 with ANY $30 purchase {blanket is valued at $70!!!}; $13.50 ALL 3 WICK CANDLES; $6.50 each on Signature body care; $4 each of Wallflowers fragrance refills. USE CODE: CYBERWOAH for an additional 25% off your purchase!!!

+ REN Skincare: Their daily hydrating must haves, the Relax & Replenish Set, for one day only at $49 {a $169 VALUE}. It is also the final day of their Black Friday Spend More Save More Promotion. When customers spend: $75 they get $15 off, $120 they get $30 off and $160 they get $48 off. Both promos end Monday November 28, 2016 at Midnight EST. I absolutely LOVE their FLASH HYDRO-BOOST.

+ SEPHORA: Cyber Monday EXCLUSIVE! Today only: Spring ahead with next season’s hottest launches PLUS Choose 1 of 4 Very Merry Deluxe Sample Bags with any $25 purchase. Use code: VERYMERRY.

+ DAVIDsTEA: LAST DAY OF FREE SHIPPING!! Also spend $75 and use CODE: CYBER for a FREE 12 tea sampler kit!

+ Revolve: NEW markdowns to 75% off. ADDITIONAL 20% OFF WITH CODE: CYBER20.

+ Simons: STILL HAPPENING >> 50% off select items in store and online.

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