The leaves have fallen off the trees, the air is becoming sharp and cold, and sleigh bells can be heard at just about every department store...it's December.
If you live anywhere near New England like we do, you can't pretend to be surprised as the cold bite of winter creeps in on us. You can almost smell that bitter chill right before it freezes your nostrils shut. December's not all bad, though! Of course we have the holidays during this month; not only a time for presents and comfort food, but a time to be surrounded by family. And if that's not your thing... there's always peppermint hot cocoa to look forward to ... YUM!
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule or something else, Fleuresh wishes you nothing but warmth and love this December
Not sure what to gift that special someone around the holiday season? We've got you covered! Treat them to a festive, luxurious experience that'll leave them feeling jolly and bright
(RECOVERY PEDI) $100
BEST ENJOYED: Dripping with holiday spirit
THE MOOD: Kisses upon kisses of mint-chocolate goodness
EXPERIENCE: Deck your heels in holiday delight! This delicious pedicure begins with a thick Butter Brulee Soak. Next, feet and legs are smoothed and exfoliated with fine grain sweet cream salt scrub, making dry winter skin soft to the touch. Then, you’ll be painted in a hot chocolate mask that’s loaded with nourishing vitamins and CoQ10 – a powerful antioxidant. A final massage with a minty shea butter leaves toes feeling fresh and invigorated. After a primp and polish, you’ll jingle all the way home!
(BODY TREATMENT) $150 for Steam, Scrub and 50min massage
BEST ENJOYED: Soaking in spicy delight
THE MOOD: Savor the quiet winter moment
EXPERIENCE: Gift yourself with a hiatus from the holiday hustle. Tired skin drinks in a creamy, soothing Butter Brulee whole milk wrap, followed by a honey-scented sea salt scrubdown guaranteed to make arms, legs and décolletage feel anew. An invigorating massage leaves your winter parched skin feeling silky, hydrated and years younger. You’ll be humming spa-la-la-la all the way home!
A gift certificate for a spa day makes a thoughtful gift for a loved one that will actually get used! You can come in and purchase them in our Manchester location, or here right from home!
December Spotlight Product!
With the hustle and bustle that comes with this time of year, a lot of us get far too caught up in our worries and anxieties. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is extremely common because of the shortened amount of exposure to sunlight and even from feeling exhausted from extroversion... in other words feeling overwhelmed by talking to your family or your in-laws too often during this time of year!
Here are some great tips for slowing down this Holiday Season and taking the time to enjoy the festivities
1. Maximize your exposure to sunlight :
Keep the blinds in your home and workplace open to let that natural sunlight pour into your space.
Do a little gardening work and keep the plant life around the windows trimmed as to not keep the sunlight from shining through.
Set your alarm a little earlier so you can enjoy that first cup of coffee in the sunlight... what an amazing way to start the day!
If you truly don't have access to windows or natural sunlight, invest in Sunlight Simulating Light Box. These nifty little inventions can range from about $25-100 and can be placed right on your desk!
2. Engage in activities that you enjoy!:
Don't use up all of your vacation days in the summertime... take one of those days for your mental health in the winter time to do whatever is going to brighten your day!
3. Practice Healthy Habits!:
Get some sleep! This may not be a problem for some because it gets dark so early, but make sure you're not laying awake at night going over your entire Christmas list. Turn your phone off, turn the TV off and get some well deserved rest
Drink plenty of water! It's so hard to pass up on the nice hot beverages when it's freezing outside, but don't let your water intake suffer because of it. Drink a glass of water for every cup of coffee you have
Eat well and exercise regularly! If you're not already getting all of your steps in, maybe it's a great time to start! Get your blood pumping and warm up your body... especially with all of that comfort food available at holiday get togethers.
Try this recipe out for your upcoming holiday party!
Preheat oven to 100C / 210F and line three baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Drain the liquid from the can of chickpeas into a large clean bowl. You can keep the chickpeas for another recipe. Just add them to a container with some clean water and keep for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Using an electric or stand mixer, whisk the liquid on a high speed until it forms soft peaks.
At the stage, start slowly adding the icing sugar. Keep whisking until it reaches stiff peak stage (the mixture stands upright on the whisk).
Mix the vanilla and peppermint in at the last minute.
Meanwhile, open out your icing bag and carefully use the red dye and a teaspoon or a clean paint brush to paint red lines onto the inside of the icing bag. Starting from the bottom, stopping about 1/3 way from the top.
Transfer the mixture to the icing bag and start piping your meringue shapes. Squeeze the meringue near the surface of the baking sheet and then pull up to peaks.
Add the trays to the oven and bake for two hours. My oven tends to run a little hot so I used a wooden spoon to prop the oven door open slightly. If you have this problem too, you may need to do the same.
After two hours, turn the oven off and let them remain in the oven for another hour to cool.
They should be crunchy on the outside and soft and mallow-y on the inside.
It's important to keep them in an air-tight tin as they will start to soften if left out too long.