Happy Garlic Day!

Posted by Maria on April 19, 2017 under Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Bath and Body, Esthetics School, Face, Feet, Hair, Hands and Nails, Home spa, Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Ingredients, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

When you think of a spa, you probably don’t think about garlic at the same time, but did you know that garlic is actually a supernatural spa ingredient?

In honour of National Garlic Day on April 19th, here’s a quick snapshot about how garlic is used in cosmetics and how it can be used in the home spa.

GARLIC (Allium sativum):

  • Home spa recipes: extracts, baths, lotions. Garlic among the roses.
  • Role in cosmetic formulation: skin conditioning, masking.
  • Baths: Add whole cloves with their peel to bathwater for antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, and to treat ACNE scars.
  • Body: Add extract to a lotion to rub Rheumatic pain and to disinfect insect bites.
  • Feet: Apply to feet to heal corns and bunyans.
  • Food: Eat for flavour and nutrition and to help with colds, flu, asthma, bronchitis, fatigue, digestive problems, high blood pressure, vericose veins, Rheumatism, and to support healthy cholesterol levels.
  • Balances: Root (1st) and Third Eye (6th) chakras plus reduces Vata (Infinity/Air), Increases Pitta (Fire), Reduces Kapha (Water/Earth).
  • Find in: Healthfood stores, grocery stores, markets, wellness centres, pharmacies, cosmetics, food products, medications/supplements, gardens.
  • Caution: Garlic’s odour may be overpowering to the people around you.

Here’s a quote that talks about the aromatherapy side of garlic:

“I could smell garlic, butter, and wine – the world’s most delicious flavor combination. It made me feel warm, like the first few sips of wine always do,”
~ Sarah Jio, The Violets of March

So as you can see, even though it’s known as the “smelly rose,” garlic is still loved by millions around the world and has been regarded as both a food and a remedy since ancient times.

Here’s a Calendar of Wellness & Health Awareness Days in 2016

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by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Here’s a calendar of Wellness and Health Awareness Days, Weeks, and Months for Canadians in 2016. Hopefully, these health promotion days will inspire you to practice self-care throughout the seasons. (For a deeper look at why self-care is so important, please read my blog post “Is Self-Care Selfish?”

On occasion, I’ve also included links to blog posts I’ve written about practicing on-going self-care that tie into these events and to my Homespunspa Mobile Spa and wellness coaching services. I’ve just realized how much writing I’ve been doing over the last few years! :)

As I’m compiling this list, I’m counting my blessings and I’m really grateful for my good health. With these special days and holidays as door openers, there are literally hundreds of ways we can all reach out to the people around us and celebrate life together.

Please visit Health Canada for active links to the websites of the health-related organizations. Also, if any of these organizations resonate strongly with you, consider volunteering, donating money, or participating in their events. As you can see, there are lots of needs to fill in this world, so help where you can (especially if you’re looking for your life’s purpose) to make the world a better place for all of us.

P.S. #1: As you read this list, you might find yourself saying, “There’s a day for that?” more than once. To answer your question, yes, yes, there is. Thank you to all of the creative and caring people out there who have worked so hard to make these dates official on local, national, and international calendars.

P.S. #2: I’d really love it if you’d share these blog posts via social media with your friends, family, co-workers, and clients. Thank you in advance.

P.S. #3: If you know of a special health- and wellness-related day, week, or month that I haven’t mentioned, please leave a comment and let us know about it and I’ll update the list.

P.S. #4: If you have a wellness blog like mine, here’s a editorial calendar with tons of ideas of what you can write about over the course of the year. You’re welcome!

Wellness Oasis12 Months of Wellness and Health Awareness Days

In January, we have…

  • Alzheimer Awareness Month
  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Carnation, Snowdrop
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Emerald, Garnet, Rose Quartz
  • Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
  • Hot Tea Month (Tea Association of Canada) — Please see my blog post, “Less Caffeine is a Sleeper’s Dream.”
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Month
  • National Bath Safety Month (U.S.)
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Hobby Month (U.S.)
  • National Oatmeal Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Orange, Coconut & Cinnamon Cookie Recipe”
  • National Soup Month (U.S.)
  • National Train Your Dog Month (U.S.)
  • Walk Your Pet Month — Please read my blog post, “Highlights from my dog-sitting retreat to White Rock.”
  • New Year’s Day on January 1st — Please read my blog post, “Happy New Rear!”
  • Polar Bear Swim on January 1st
  • World Hypnotism Day on January 4th — Please read my blog post, “What is a Holistic Practioner?”
  • Clean Off Your Desk Day on January 11th
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th
  • National Rubber Ducky Day (U.S.) on January 13th
  • National Dress Up Your Pet Day (U.S.) on January 14th
  • SHE Day (600 Women talk business and leadership in Winnipeg, MB) on January 15th
  • Colour Days!!! Rainbow Day (let these colours inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on January 17th
  • Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day on January 17th — Please read my blog post, “Remember Your New Year’s Resolutions?”
  • National Non-Smoking Week from January 17th to January 23rd — Please see my blog post, “Is 2016 Your Year to Quit Smoking?”
  • National Popcorn Day (U.S.) on January 19th
  • Weedless Wednesday on January 20th
  • National Hugging Day on January 21st
  • National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day (U.S.) on January 22nd
  • Change a Pet’s Life Day on January 24th
  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day on January 25th
  • Family Literacy Day on January 27th — Please buy my Creating Wellness ebook on Amazon and read my blog post, “Sharing a Tip from my Creating Wellness Ebook on how to Sleep Better.”
  • International Lego Day on January 28th
  • Women’s Right to Vote in Canada 100th Anniversary on January 28th.

In February, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Primrose, Violet
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Onyx — Please read my blog post, “Cheers to the Chi Machine.”
  • Heart Health Month
  • National Cherry Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Top off your day with a cherry.”
  • Psychology Month — Please read my blog post, “How to feel a sense of wholeness within.”
  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 1st to February 7th
  • Groundhog Day on February 2nd
  • Winter Walk Day on February 3rd — Please read my blog post, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
  • World Cancer Day on February 4th
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6th
  • White Cane Week (for the blind and vision-impaired community) from February 7th to February 13th
  • Chinese New Year Day of the Red Monkey Year on February 8th
  • Family Day in BC on February 8th
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day on February 12th
  • Valentine’s Day on February 14th — Please read my blog post, “Tips for Lips.”
  • International Flirting Week from February 14th to February 20th
  • Family Day in AB, SK, ON on February 15th
  • Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show on February 15th and February 16th — Please read my blog post, “Highlights from my dog-sitting retreat to White Rock.”
  • Colour Days!!! Pink Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on February 17th
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th
  • Love your Pet Day on February 20th
  • Walking the Dog Day on February 22nd
  • Tennis Day on February 23rd
  • Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying movement) on February 24th
  • Oscar Sunday on February 28th — Please see my blog post, “SPARTY! So Glamourous!”
  • Floral Design Day on February 28th
  • National Science Day on February 28th
  • Leap Day on February 29th

In March, we have…

In April, we have…

In May, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Hawthorne, Lily of the Valley
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Agate, Beryl, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Saffier
  • Celiac Awareness Month — Please read my blog post, “How to get rid of rash under breasts.”
  • Cystic Fibrosis Month
  • Food Allergy Awareness Month — Please see my blog post, “Can’t Have your Dairy and Yogurt Too?”
  • Foot Health Awareness Month — Please read my blog post, “It’s Footbath Friday.”
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month
  • MedicAlert Month
  • Multiple Sclerosis Month
  • National Hemochromatosis Awareness Month (Iron Overload)
  • National Pet Month (U.S.)
  • National Physiotherapy Month
  • National Skin Cancer Awareness Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Mountains or Molehills?”
  • Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
  • Vision Health Month
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups from March 1st to July 31st — Please read my blog post, “Clean Up Crew Heads to Gonzales Bay Beach.”
  • Executive Coaching Day on May 1st
  • Lyme Disease Awareness Day on May 1st
  • National Hospice Palliative Care Week from May 1st to May 7th
  • National Pet Week (U.S.) from May 1st to May 7th
  • Olympic Torch Relay for the Rio 2016 Games begins in Brasilia on May 3rd — Please see my blog post, “Olympics Day 1 and Homespunspa Was There!”
  • Walk So Kids Can Talk (event for Kids Help Phone) on May 3rd
  • World Asthma Day on May 3rd
  • World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd — Please read my blog post, “Homespunspa is Featured in Spa Life Magazine.”
  • May the Fourth Be With You Day (National Star Wars Day) on May 4th
  • Melanoma Monday on May 4th — Please read my blog post, “Mountains or Molehills?”
  • National Orange Juice Day on May 4th — Please read my blog post, “Put your feet up — home spa masque recipe for your good ol’ feet.”
  • Cinco de Mayo on May 5th
  • National Day of Prayer (U.S.) on May 5th
  • Save Lives: Clean Your Hands (WHO’s global annual call to action for health workers) on May 5th — Please read my blog post, “Washing Dishes — Good Clean Fun.”
  • World Pulmonary Hypertension Day on May 5th — Please read my blog post, “Do you have Insomnia?”
  • International No Diet Day on May 6th
  • National Tourist Appreciation Day (U.S.) on May 6th
  • Space Day on May 6th
  • HerbDay on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “Sage: A Scent for the Season.”
  • Join Hands Day (dedicated to bringing a union between the older & younger generations) on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “We Love Referrals! :)
  • National Babysitters’ Day (U.S.) on May 7th
  • World Labyrinth Day on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “Find Peace of Mind As You Walk a Labyrinth.”
  • Mental Health Week from May 2nd to May 8th — Please read my blog post, “There’s no crying in baseball.”
  • Mother’s Day on May 8th — Please read my blog post, “Give the Gift of Homespunspa Mobile Spa this Mother’s Day.”
  • White Lotus Day (encouraging meditation) on May 8th
  • World Red Cross Day on May 8th
  • Naturopathic Medicine Week from May 9th to May 15th — Please read my blog post, “I’m going on a Wellness Tour.”
  • National Nursing Week from May 9th to May 16th
  • Sun Awareness Week (U.K.) from May 9th to May 16th — Please read my blog post, “Ask Maria about Aveda.”
  • International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity on May 12th
  • International Nursing Day on May 12th
  • International Hummus Day on May 13th
  • Friday the 13th on May 13th, 2016 — Please see my blog post, “Are you a Superstitious Sleeper?”
  • International Migratory Bird Day on May 14th
  • International Coaching Week (ICW) (International Coaching Federation) from May 16th to May 22nd — Please read my blog post, “How to use the Acceptance Factor to Shift Subconscious Beliefs.”
  • Colour Days!!! Turquoise/Teal Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on May 17th
  • International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th
  • World Hypertension Day on May 17th
  • International Museum Day on May 18th
  • World Autoimmune Arthritis Day on May 20th
  • National Learn to Swim Day on May 21st
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21st
  • Paramedic Services Week from May 22nd to May 28th
  • Victoria Day on May 23rd — Please read my blog post, “Victoria is the Fashion Capital of Canada.”
  • Sunscreen Day on May 27th
  • Amnesty International Day on May 28th
  • International Jazz Day on May 28th
  • National Multiple Births Awareness Day on May 28th
  • World No-Tobacco Day on May 31st
  • Bike to Work Week BC from May 30th to June 5th

In June, we have…

In July, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Delphinium, Larkspur, Water Lily
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Carnelian, Ruby
  • National Blueberry Month (U.S.)
  • Personal Health Month — Please see my blog post, “Stay Cool as a Cucumber this Summer.”
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups from March 1st to July 31st — Please read my blog post, “Clean Up Crew Heads to Gonzales Bay Beach.”
  • Canada Day on July 1st — Please read my blog post, “My Pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada (2014)”
  • Independence Day (U.S.) on July 4th
  • International Kissing Day on July 6th
  • World Chocolate Day on July 7th
  • World Population Day on July 11th
  • National Nude Day on July 14th
  • Colour Days!!! Blue Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on July 17th
  • Cousins Day on July 24th
  • International Self-Care Day (ISF) on July 24th — Please read my blog post, “Is Self-Care Selfish?”
  • Parents Day on July 24th
  • Aunt and Uncle Day on July 26th
  • World Hepatitis Day on July 28th
  • Color Me Rad 5K Run (Vancouver) on July 30th
  • International Day of Friendship on July 30th — Please see my blog post, “Checklist for a Successful Spa Party.”

In August, we have…

In September, we have…

In October, we have…

In November, we have…

In December, we have…

Dry Shampoo Recipe for Camping

Posted by Maria on June 3, 2015 under Aromatherapy, Dear Homespunspa, Green Living, Hair, Home spa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Ingredients, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Recipes, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Canadians love to go camping in the summertime, (although some of us would prefer “glamping” but that’s a post for another time. :) )

To kick off the camping season, I thought I’d share a dry shampoo recipe that you can take with you on your camping trips anywhere across this beautiful country of ours.

Dry shampoos are good to use in the great outdoors because:

  • dry shampoo recipe from Homespunspa.the powder is lightweight and easy to pack;
  • the natural ingredients will not harm the environment;
  • homemade dry shampoo recipes don’t contain industrial chemicals like commercially-made shampoos;
  • homemade dry shampoo recipes aren’t over-packaged;
  • the powder does not generate extra garbage;
  • the recipes work for men, women and kids;
  • will cleanse greasy or oily hair without stripping the hair;
  • there’s no water required.

Dry shampoos are not just good for camping and of course, you can always use your dry shampoo at home anytime of year. I keep some on hand in case I need to go out and look presentable but don’t have time to take a shower and wash and dry my hair. And sometimes, if I’m planning to workout later in the day and don’t want to take two showers in a day, I’ll apply some dry shampoo in the morning to refresh my hair. Dry shampoo is a great alternative to wearing hats or pony tails.

Dry Shampoo Recipe by Maria Koropecky

Ingredients:

  • 1 TB Bentonite Clay — a natural clay that absorbs oils and is good for skin and hair.
  • 1 tsp cornstarch — this absorbant powder lends a silky feel to home spa recipes.
  • 1 tsp baking soda — soothes itchy skin and clears blemishes.
  • 1 tsp orrisroot powder — has a slight violet aroma and is used to fix other scents in the recipe.
  • 1/4 tsp myrrh gum powder — is good for dry skin and the exotic aroma warms the senses.

optional ingredients:

  • You can substitute myrrh essential oil for the myrrh gum powder or not use either.
  • If you have dark hair, you can add 1 TB unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • If you have auburn hair, you can add 1 tsp of cinnamon.
  • If you have grey or white hair, you can use white China clay instead of Bentonite clay.

Method:

Measure and combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and store in a sterilized jar like a salt shaker. You can also put the recipe in a plastic, ziplock, baggy while camping. The shelf life is indefinite as most, if not all of these ingredients, contain some natural preservative properties.

Manner:

This can get a little messy so it’s best to do this outside. I don’t recommend applying this clay powder over a sink because eventually it will clog your drains.

If you’re keeping your dry shampoo in a salt shaker, bend at the waist and simply shake some powder on your head near the roots. Let it sit for a minute and then brush it out.

If you’re keeping your dry shampoo in another container, scoop some out with a spoon, bend at the waist, sprinkle over your head, wait a minute or two, and then brush everything out.

Apply more dry shampoo as needed and brush your hair thoroughly. Once you notice a difference and feel your hair is clean, remove any excess powder that may have landed on your neck and shoulders during application.

Voila! Your hair is clean and you’re good to go. I hope you enjoy the myrrh and orrisroot fragrance.

Let me know what you think of this dry shampoo recipe and I’d love to hear about your camping trip, too!

NEW! Spa Party Theme Packages at Homespunspa

Posted by Maria on April 6, 2015 under Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Mobile Spa, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa Party, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Homespunspa's Saturna Island Spa Party.

Homespunspa's Saturna Island Spa Party theme package. Please share this infographic with attribution to www.homespunspa.com.

At Homespunspa Mobile Spa, we specialize in spa parties. Spa parties are great for staggettes, bachelorette parties, milestone birthdays, girls’ night in, holidays, bridal showers, baby showers, staycations etc., etc., etc., and we absolutely love providing revitalizing spa treatments to help people celebrate joyous occasions all over Victoria, BC and beyond.

Since 2011, Homespunspa has been offering a wide range of mobile spa services including mini massages, mini mani’s, mini pedi’s, and mini facials which have all been especially designed for groups. Our mini spa menu makes it easy for everyone to enjoy some spa time and still be part of the festivities.

People have really been enjoying our spa parties and now we’re ready to take things up to the next level of spa glamour.

We’re super excited to introduce Spa Party Theme Packages to our mobile spa menu. Over the next several months, we’ll be rolling out different, pre-bundled spa party packages for you to try. Having a pre-set menu will make party-planning for the hosts even easier and we’re hoping people will enjoy our ideas.

So, our first spa party theme is called “Saturna Island” and it’s awesome! We’ve teamed up with Spray Tan Artist, Anna, and Palm Reader, Susan, to bring you an over-the-top spa day that will leave everyone feeling relaxed, energized, and beautiful.

NEW! Saturna Island Spa Party Theme!

Our Saturna Island Spa Party is great for bridal parties, staggettes, milstone birthdays, and grads. By the end of the spa party, everyone will feel more beautiful and more confident, and you’ll create some fun-filled memories along the way.

This theme package is includes 3, 20-minute services for a total of 1 hour of spa services for each guest and each guest can choose whichever options they’d like, depending on their needs.

Appointment 1 of 3. Exfoliation Treatment OR Facial Cleanse OR Mini Chair Massage (*depending on guests)

  • Option A: Exfoliation Treatment — Improve your skin’s texture and appearance and prepare your skin for the spray tan to follow. Choose this option if you have not yet exfoliated your skin.
  • Option B: Facial Cleanse — Have your make-up removed and face cleansed to prepare your skin for the spray tan to follow. Choose this option if you are just getting a spray tan on your face.
  • Option C: Chair Massage — Relax as you receive a massage on your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands while sitting in a specially-designed chair. Choose this option if you have already exfoliated your skin the day before.

Appointment 2 of 3. Palm Reading with Susan OR Numerology Reading with Maria (*depending on date of spa party and availability of our palm reader).

  • Option A: Palm Reading —  Look into your future through the lines on your hands. If our Palm Reader is not available, we’ll offer Numerology Readings instead.
  • Option B: Numerology Reading — Learn your Core numbers from your name and birthday and how they are influencing your life.

Appointment 3 of 3. Spray Tan with Anna OR Mini Chair Massage (*depending on guests)

  • Option A: Spray Tan — Get the appearance of a suntan without stepping outside into the sun! Please read the blog post, “My interview with Spray Tan Artist, Anna” for more information on the beauty of spray tans.
  • Option B: Chair Massage — Relax as you receive a massage on your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands while sitting in a specially-designed chair. Choose this option if you will not be receiving a spray tan during the spa party.
  • 9 spa party guests…$99 per person
  • 3 to 8 spa party guests…$119 per person

* Note: We need at least 2 weeks’ notice to plan the Saturna Island Spa Party.

* Note: The Spray Tan, Palm Reading, Exfoliation Treatment, and Facial Cleanse are exclusive to the Saturna Island Spa Party theme package and are not available on our a-la-carte mobile spa menu.

We’re heading into another busy season so email Maria today to reserve your preferred date and book your Saturna Island spa party today.

I’ve Just Published My “Creating Wellness” Ebook!

Posted by Maria on January 28, 2015 under Aromatherapy, Books, Magazines, Music, Energy Healing, Fitness, Gift Ideas, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Life Coaching, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Sleep, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Alexandra Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

"Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make That Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, and Uncreative" ebook by Maria Alexandra Koropecky.

I’m super excited to announce that I’ve just published my “Creating Wellness” ebook!

“Creating Wellness” is the short title; the full title is actually, “Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make That Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, and Uncreative.”

My interest in health and wellness started in childhood. Unbeknownst to everyone else, I was always on some sort of health kick – like the time I used some sort of orange pully device that attached to a door handle and I’d move my arms and legs up and down and side to side every day  – thinking I was exercising – until I broke the darn thing with my rigorous routines and enthusiasm. :)

Every now and then I’d try to lose weight on my own but at the same time, I loved eating and wanted to be a famous chef when I grew up.

Fast forward 30 odd years.

After many twists and turns in life and not always making the best choices for my health, I’m back on the road to wellness and as the owner of Homespunspa Mobile spa, I’ve made it my life’s work to encourage people to make health and wellness a priority in their life.

I specifically wrote this ebook for foodies who want to be healthier AND tap into their creativity and I’ll tell you why:

“Don’t die with the music still in you.” ~ Wayne W. Dyer

The above quote makes me think of my father and I’ve dedicated this ebook to him. When I was in my late twenties, I gave my father a book to help him write his memoirs. The book was written and compiled by Patricia A. Williams and is called Once Upon a Lifetime and it invites you to “Take time to record the stories of your life” by answering 1001 questions. My father and I both shared a love of words and communication and he always said how much he wanted to write about his family and his life and I was hoping this book would get his creative juices flowing.

I think my father always had the intention of writing his books but somehow never got around to it. He had an illustrious career, a happy marriage, a knack for gardening and fishing, and a full life and then, suddenly, at 61, he became ill. He visited his doctor and the doctor said he had to check himself into the hospital that day. I didn’t know this until later, but he brought the Once upon a Lifetime book with him to pass the time in the hospital. Inside the book, he wrote, “For my daughter Maria” and that was that. That’s all he wrote in that book. He died 10 days later. His books were never written.

I don’t want this to happen to you or anyone else. I don’t want you to “die with the music still in you” and that’s why I’ve combined all of my work experience, education, talents, skills, and interests, and my entire heart and soul, to write this ebook, “Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make that Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, And Uncreative.”

If you have something you’d like to do in your life, a song in your heart that you want to sing out loud, whether it’s write a book, or fall in love, or travel to a distant land, or operate a food truck, whatever it is, I’d like to help you live your dreams. I’d like to help you get your dreams out of your head and into your life.

The solution starts with reading my ebook, “Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make that Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, And Uncreative.”

Foodies are my people

I’ve written this ebook especially for foodies because:

1.    I come from a long line of foodies and good cooks and all of my family’s celebrations have revolved around food. We enjoy talking about food, trying new foods, going to restaurants, watching cooking shows on TV, and sharing meals at dinner parties.

2.    I’m also a pretty good cook myself and I love how cooking lets me be creative.

3.    I’ve also written a cookbook of sorts called, How to Throw a Home Spa Pajama Party the Homespunspa Way that is chalk full of recipes for homemade spa treatments that I’ve developed myself.

4.    Also, I’ve worked as a breakfast cook, a deli clerk, a banquet server, and waitress, and I know how stressful the food and hospitality industries can be. Working in a professional kitchen with all of the hot stoves, cold freezers, sharp knives, late hours, odd ingredients, and demanding bosses, co-workers, and customers, in a small space with lots of noisy activity, can be very stressful and hard on the system. I’ve noticed many professional foodies turn to food, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, gambling, etc., for relief because they are having trouble coping in their high stress environments.

5.    Also, I’m an emotional eater and have been struggling with my weight most of my life.

6.    Also, I know that many foodies have dreams of writing their own cookbooks, and/or winning competitions, and/or opening their own restaurants some day.

7.    And as a foodie myself, I can relate.

I hope this ebook, “Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make that Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, And Uncreative,” will give you some insight and will help you climb the ladder of success to new heights!

By the end of this ebook, you’ll know the three best ways to relax, feel better, and heal your life so you can ultimately live the life of your dreams.

  1. You’ll learn the “S-Word” that is killing your health and how to remedy this immediately;
  2. You’ll learn the secret yet powerful habit that all successful foodies practice; and
  3. You’ll learn the most advantageous investment you can ever make that will pay off big time for the rest of your life.

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I’d like to leave you with one quote by Anne Lamott – maybe it resonates with you, too.

“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen. Repent just means to change direction — and NOT to be said by someone who is waggling their forefinger at you. Repentance is a blessing. Pick a new direction, one you wouldn’t mind ending up at, and aim for that. Shoot the moon.” ~ Anne Lamott

Happy World Coconut Day!

Posted by Maria on September 2, 2014 under Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Gift Ideas, Green Living, Guest Bloggers, Home spa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Recipes, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sponsors, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

By Maria Alexandra Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
& Laura Benvenuto, guest blogger

Did you know that September 2nd is World Coconut day?

Coconuts (Cocos nucifera) are one of the world’s most nourishing, versatile and popular foods and to celebrate World Coconut Day, I’ve teamed up with Laura Benvenuto of Truth be Told New York and Nutiva in this blog post to showcase the many wonderful health benefits of coconuts.

From my research, I’ve found many fun facts and interesting applications for coconuts.

First of all, the word “coconut” comes from “cocos,” a 16th century Portuguese & Spanish word that means “grinning face.”

COCONUTS AND COCONUT WATER, JUICE, MILK

  • Home spa recipes: cleansers, refiners, creams, lotions, moisturizers, soaps, spa snacks.
  • Role in cosmetic formulation: abrasive, skin conditioning, emollient, hair conditioning, humectant, masking.
  • Face: Add to facials to soften, exfoliate, protect skin, strengthen elasticity, promote healing, fade age spots, and minimize acne scars.
  • Skin Types: Use especially on AGING skin.
  • Food: Eat for nutrition and to quench thirst.
  • Balances: Sacral (2nd) Chakra. Calms Vata (Infinity/Air), calms Pitta (Fire), and increases Kapha (Water/Earth) Doshas.
  • Native Region: Tropical and sub-tropical countries worldwide.
  • Find: grocery stores, health food stores.

COCONUT OIL

Emollient Coconut oil is moisturizing to the skin and the scent can whisk your imagination off to a tropical beach. It’s also considered one of the “super foods.”

  • Home spa recipes: cleansers, make up removers, creams, suntanning lotions, moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, massage oils, soaps.
  • Role in cosmetic formulation: emollient, skin conditioning, hair conditioning, masking, solvent.
  • Face: Add to facials to cleanse pores, remove make-up, moisturize, soften, protect, and heal skin, to reduce the signs of aging skin, relax facial expression, de-stress, for fragrance.
  • Skin Type: Use especially on DRY & SENSITIVE skin types.
  • Massage Oil: Add to massage oil to relax, to condition, soften and cool skin, for sun protection, for anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties, to carry ingredients and for scent.
  • Body: Use in body care products to moisturize and cleanse skin and as suntanning lotion.
  • Hair: Apply to hair as lathering agent to revitalize hair, curb dandruff, cleanse hair, condition normal, dry or damaged hair, and inhibit static.
  • Soap: Add to soap recipes for lather.
  • Food: Use as a delicious and nutritious cooking oil as it contains Lauric Acid, one of the good fats.
  • Balances: Sacral (2nd) Chakra. Calms Vata (Infinity/Air), calms Pitta (Fire), and increases Kapha (Water/Earth) Doshas.
  • Native Region: Tropical and sub-tropical countries worldwide.
  • Find: grocery stores, health food stores, online.
  • Caution: 1) Solidifies and melts according to room temperature. 2) Can irritate skin for some. 3) May be drying to skin. 4) Do not confuse with hydrogenated coconut oil.

Nutiva’s products (including Coconut Oil, Coconut Manna, O’Coconut, and Coconut Sugar) can be used to enhance a favourite recipe or make a DIY beauty product. All of Nutiva’s products are non-GMO and organic and certain products are vegan-friendly or have low-cholesterol.

Below are two of Nutiva’s most popular DIY summer beauty recipes.

Home Spa Recipe #1: Ocean Hair Spray

Use this ocean-in-a-bottle spray for gorgeous beach hair. Salt water provides texture and coconut oil provides moisture and nourishment for dry hair.

Ingredients

  • 3 tsp Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
  • 4oz Purified Water, warm
  • 3 tsp Sea Salt
  • 4 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

Directions

  1. Put coconut oil in an 8 oz canning jar and place in a pan filled with several inches of water. Melt the coconut oil over low heat.
  2. Meanwhile, fill an 8 oz spray bottle about ¾ full with warm, purified water and add the sea salt. Stir until the sea salt is dissolved in the water.
  3. Use a funnel to add the coconut oil and essential oil to the spray bottle.
  4. Shake the bottle to blend, then fill to the top with purified water.

Yields 8 oz. Sometimes the oil solidifies. If this happens, run the bottle under hot water to melt. Shake the product and it’s ready to use.

To use: Shake the bottle and spray 2 to 5 pumps on damp hair. Try different amounts to see what works best for your hair.

Home Spa Recipe #2: After-Sun Calming Balm

A soothing blend of coconut oil, shea butter, calendula, aloe and lavender to calm the skin after spending time in the sun. Shea Butter is available at most natural foods stores.

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Shea Butter
  • 1/4 cup Aloe
  • 2 Tbsp Calendula Oil
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
  • 25-60 drops *Lavender Essential Oil

*Note: Lavender is well known for its skin healing properties and is especially soothing for burns. Be sure to use lavender and not lavendin, which can actually cause more inflammation.

Directions

  1. In a double boiler over low heat, gently warm the coconut oil and shea butter. Be careful not to melt the oil and butter — heat just enough to blend easily. Once incorporated, transfer the oil and butter mixture to a bowl.
  2. Using an electric mixer, blend the coconut oil and shea butter mixture on low to medium speed until well incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and avoid having clumps in the final product.
  3. Add calendula, aloe vera and vitamin E oil. Blend for 3 to 5 minutes until thick and creamy.
  4. Add essential oil and blend to incorporate.

Yields 8oz. Transfer to a container like a wide-mouth canning jar for easy scooping. Keep out of direct sun as the oils and butter will separate if melted.

Thank you, Laura, for sharing these lovely home spa recipes that include coconut oil.

Please let us know in the comments how these recipes have worked out for you or if you have any other ideas on how to celebrate World Coconut Day.

Happy World Coconut Day!

My Pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada (2014)

Posted by Maria on July 1, 2014 under Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Facials, Home spa, Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Ingredients, Manicures, Massages, Nutrition, Pedicures, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Happy Canada Day!

You may be surprised by my pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada in 2014.

I’m going to go out on a limb and not pick something obvious. I’ve decided to go with Holly Oil (Ilex aquifolium) this year.

Yes, I realize Holly is an invasive species and the berries are poisonous for humans to eat and it’s more associated with December 25th than with July 1st, but Holly berries are the same lively red as our Canadian flag and Holly oil is a great Canadian spa product.

Since 1993, Holly oil has been manufactured in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada by All Deep Neuromuscular Massage as a massage oil.

Pressed from Holly leaves and branches, Holly Oil makes an excellent massage oil because it’s a clear, lightweight, non-scented, and non-staining massage oil that travels well over skin. And it will not cause allergic reactions because it’s not a nut-based oil. And it will not clog pores or leave an oily residue on skin. Holly oil is also easily absorbed by the skin and has an unlimited shelf life.

Chances are, when you get a massage at a spa, the massage therapist is using Holly oil.

Holly Oil Profile:

Here are some applications for Holly oil.

Home spa recipes: massage oils, aromatherapy blends, creams, lotions, soaps.

Role in cosmetic formulation: skin conditioning.

Face: Add to facials to moisturize skin, relax facial expression, de-stress.

Skin Types: Use especially on NORMAL or OILY skin.

Massage Oil: Add to massage oil and body care products to nourish, condition, heal and soothe the skin, rub sore muscles, preserve blend, carry ingredients.

Hands & Feet: Add to manicure or pedicure to cleanse, moisturize, condition skin, for massage, to treat nails.

Soap: Add to soap recipes.

Balances: Kapha Dosha and Water/Earth Elemental Natures and Root Chakra.

Region: Canada

Find: online and in spas.

So that’s Holly oil in a nutshell.  Let me know if you agree or disagree with my 2014 pick for the #1 spa ingredient native to Canada.

How about a heaping helping of Pumpkin Spice Bath Salts?

Posted by Maria on November 4, 2013 under Aromatherapy, Bath and Body, Books, Magazines, Music, Gift Ideas, Home spa, Ingredients, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

How about a heaping helping of Pumpkin Spice bath salts? It’s my newest creation and I’m so excited about this recipe!

pumpkin spice bath salts

I took my basic bath salts recipe with sea salt, Epsom salt, cornstarch and baking soda and then glammed it up by adding Himalayan salt for a peachy colour and gold sugar — yes gold sugar — for sparkle. And instead of using Almond oil, I used Pumpkin Seed oil which has a deep, maple red, caramel colour. Then I created an aromatic blend of cinnamon, clove, ginger, vanilla, cardamom and bay essential oils which I hope reminds people of sharing a pumpkin pie with family and friends by candle light on a windy November night and feeling all comfy and cozy inside. That’s what I was going for.

For me, taking a bath is always delightful. It’s so relaxing. I love lighting a few candles and listening to spa music and getting the temperature just right then immersing myself into the calming water. That aromatic bath salts take this experience to a whole, new level and leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. It’s just a matter of carving out the time and sometimes that’s easier said than done. With these bath salts, I’m hoping to take more time for myself to relax and to encourage others to do the same.

If you would like to get your hands on my limited edition Pumpkin Spice Bath Salts for yourself or to give as gifts, you have options.

  • You can call or email me and order a batch for .039 cents a gram plus shipping.
  • You can call or email me and ask for the recipe and make a batch yourself.
  • You can attend the Victoria Chamber of Commerce Gala on November 16th and bid on and win my chair massage donation which includes 3 packets of Pumpkin Spice Bath Salts.
  • You can make an appointment with me for a pedicure, massage or facial which include a foot soak made with Pumpkin Spice Bath Salts.
  • You can make an appointment with me for a skin-softening, aromatic Pumpkin Spice Salt Glow treatment available only until December 31, 2013.
  • You can schedule a spa party to take place before December 31, 2013 and all of your guests will receive a complimentary 150 gram packet of Pumpkin Spice Bath Salts.

How does that sound? Is there a Pumpkin Spice bath in your future?

Can I Offer You A Hot Beverage?

Posted by Maria on September 28, 2013 under Aromatherapy, Home spa, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Humour, Ingredients, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Recipes, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sleep, TV Shows & Movies, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | 3 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Sheldon: Did you offer him a hot beverage?

Leonard: No.

Sheldon: Leonard, social protocol states when a friend is upset, you offer them a hot beverage, such as tea.

Howard: Tea does sound nice.

Sheldon: You heard the man, Leonard. And while you’re at it, I’m upset that we have an unannounced houseguest, so make me cocoa.

Sheldon has been known to say, “Did you offer him a hot beverage?” on the award-winning tv show, Big Bang Theory and yesterday, I was offered a complimentary warm apple cider drink while I was standing in line at the bank on a rainy, Friday afternoon. Autumn arrived right on time this year — to the day — which is rare — and the hot beverage hit the spot. I was reminded of a beverage I was drinking this past winter during my wellness tour in Ontario — a splash of apple cider vinegar with hot water — and I thought this would be a great time to share the recipe with you — especially since apples are in season right now.

All you need to do is put the kettle on, find a mug, pour a splash (up to a tablespoon) of apple cider vinegar into the mug and top it up with near-boiling water. That’s it. Take a sip and enjoy.

It tastes like you’re drinking warm salad dressing (sounds appetizing, I know :)   ) and the people around you will wonder what you’ve concocted just by the potent aroma in the air, but I really like it.

And if you want to kick your apple cider vinegar drink up a notch, stir in some extra antioxidants and flavour with a cinnamon stick as featured in this photo.

Can I offer you a hot beverage?

Can I offer you a hot beverage?

The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is one of my favourite home spa ingredients because it has so many healing properties and applications.

In my How to Throw a Home Spa Pajama Party the Homespunspa Way book, I write:

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Astringent vinegar restores the natural pH balance of skin and hair.

Home spa recipes: cleansers, toners, refiners, shampoos, conditioners, creams.

Role in cosmetic formulation: skin conditioning, binding, emulsion stabilizing, viscosity controlling.

Face: Add to facials to cleanse pores, clear oiliness, exfoliate.

Skin Types: Use especially on NORMAL, OILY, DRY or MATURE skin.

Baths & Body: Add to bathwater to balance skin.

Hair: Apply as a hair rinse to control dandruff, balance pH, cleanse and condition hair.

Feet: Use on feet to cure athlete’s foot.

Food: Eat for nutrition and to help alkalanize body.

Caution: 1) Conduct skin patch test first.

And according to my research online, drinking apple cider vinegar will help you improve your complexion, cool sunburn, reduce swelling, lose excess body weight, detoxify, calm upset stomach, cure hiccups, clear a stuffy nose, soothe a sore throat, beat fatigue, whiten teeth, remove warts, and minimize night time leg cramps — which will lead to a better night’s sleep. I also learned that many bloggers refer to apple cider vinegar as simply “ACV.”

So the next time a friend comes over to your home upset, out of sorts, and/or in distress, remember to offer them a hot beverage like hot apple cider vinegar and mention this blog post and Sheldon.

Here’s to our health and wellness! Cheers.

11 Things You Can Do To Prevent Stretch Marks

Posted by Maria on June 11, 2013 under Bath and Body, Guest Bloggers, Home spa, Ingredients, Massages, Mobile Spa, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | 5 Comments to Read

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

One of my readers, Leah of Healing Natural Oils, kindly shared this groovy info-graphic with me about stretch marks and in turn, I’m sharing it with you. I know I’ve had my share of stretch marks over the years and I’ll definitely keep these 11 tips in mind the next time I come across some off-colour, squiggly lines and scars on my skin.

11 Tips to Prevent Stretch Marks

  1. Stay Hydrated
  2. Eat Healthy
  3. Exercise
  4. Massage
  5. Creams & Oils
  6. Routine
  7. Avoid Caffeine
  8. Collagen
  9. Vitamin A
  10. Vitamin E
  11. Vitamin C

I’m going to add a #12 to this list: Make an appointment with an esthetician like me. We can help improve the health of your skin, including fading stretch marks, by applying natural, skin-friendly products, offering relaxing massages and healing body therapies, and by providing customized skin care treatments.

And by the way, these tips don’t just work on stretch marks, they offer all kinds of health benefits that will increase your quality of life overall. Enjoy!

Stretch Marks Infographic

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