How to Turn Your Bathroom into a Home Spa Retreat

Posted by Maria on September 11, 2018 under Aromatherapy, Books, Magazines, Music, Gemstones & Crystals, Green Living, Home spa, Seasonal, Self-Care, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

Spas have a certain aesthetic. Whenever you walk into a spa, you probably exhale and say to yourself something like, “I feel more relaxed already.” What is it about the design of a spa that helps us feel better upon entering and can we re-create those spa touches in our own home bathrooms?

Since September is Self-Care Awareness Month and since we’re heading into the cooler months of autumn, I thought it would be a nice idea to show how to add spa elements to a bathroom and turn any space into more of a home spa retreat.

I’m taking my inspiration from the Shaw room bathroom at the Beacon Inn, a Bed & Breakfast property, in Sidney by the Sea, BC, a place I’m very familiar with.

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Spa Features of this Bathroom

  • Calming Lavender paint colour
  • Lights on a dimmer switch
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Fancy mirror
  • Plush towels
  • Spa robes and a place to hang them
  • Live plants
  • Hardwood floor
  • Selection of body care products (not shown) like soaps, spa salts, moisturizers, shampoos, mouthwash etc.
  • A window with a third story view of the street below and optional blinds
  • Clean and clear of clutter
  • Housekeeper to clean up afterwards :)

Spa Features I’d Add if I Could

  • Heated floors
  • Massaging shower head
  • Jetted whirlpool tub
  • Towel warmer
  • More counter space around the sink
  • Essential oil diffuser with a selection of synergistic blends
  • Portable waterproof music speaker that plays an assortment of spa music, waves on the beach, rain, and white noise
  • A folding table next to the tub to hold things like candles, drinking glasses, spa salts, clay masques, sugar scrubs, books, etc.
  • A place to drape your clothes
  • Slippers
  • Artwork
  • Rocks, crystals, and sea shells

I hope this list inspires you to add some spa touches to your own bathroom, whether you live in a big house or a tiny apartment or even an RV. I also hope that you take some time out for yourself, at least an hour every week, to relax and practice self-care, in your newish, lovely, spa bathroom.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Are there any ideas that you like? Please leave a comment below. Thanks!

Maria Koropecky is a Spa Therapist and Writer who specializes in relaxation and wellness. Maria is currently accepting wellness blogging opportunities so contact Maria today to make arrangements for your blog.

Last Minute Summer Spa Reading List

Posted by Maria on August 18, 2018 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Books, Magazines, Music, Gift Ideas, Humour, Seasonal, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Even though the lazy days of summer are starting to wind down, there’s still time to squeeze in one more good book!

But out of all of the juicy books out there, which one would be the best choice?

May I suggest a good novel that you can get lost in? How about a book that includes a spa?

Well, I’ve taken the time to search out spa-themed books on Amazon for you.

Curiously enough, most of the spa novels are murder mysteries. I don’t know why people think a spa would be a good place for a murder, but nevertheless, it seems to be a thing these days.

Anyway, here are 8 suggestions for fiction books with a spa theme:

1. The Spa by Fay Weldon

Ten high-achieving ladies are gathered at the expensive Castle Spa, seeking to rejuvenate themselves with Botox, aromatherapy, and all-around pampering. They lounge around in the Jacuzzi, sipping champagne, and telling each other the stories of their lives.

2. Massage & Murder (A Cozy Spa Mystery Book 1) by Jenn Cowan

When a client ends up dead on her massage table, the Massage Therapist becomes the number one suspect.

3. Reflexology & Revenge (A Cozy Spa Mystery Book 3) by Jenn Cowan

A Massage Therapist turns Detective when her friend Eddie asks for her help in solving his mother’s murder.

4. Nancy Drew – Secret of the Spa by Carolyn Keene

“Something stinks in this spa, and if I can’t sniff it out, my name’s not Nancy….”

5. The Spa Day: The perfect winter read by Nicola Yeager

A hard-working nurse has given herself an early Christmas gift – three days at Willows, a posh health farm in Surrey. She’s looking forward to skin treatments, dips in the hot tub, and relaxing sessions with the handsome masseurs. But not everything is perfect.

6. The Spa at Winter Beach: A Seaside Novella by Julie Carobini

Can a week by the sea challenge everything Juliana Moss believes about love, romance … and herself?

7. Spa by Olivia De Grove

Seeking rejuvenation and rest, six very different people converge at a lush Caribbean spa on the island of St. Christoph and find more than they had bargained for: mystery, intrigue, and romance.

8. The Road to Wellville by T.C. Boyle

In this wickedly comic look at turn-of-the-century fanatics in search of the magic pill to prolong their lives, Will and Eleanor Lightbody journey to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s infamous Battle Creek Spa in 1907.

Well that’s the spa reading list for now. I hope there’s something here that catches your eye. Let me know your first choice in the comments.

And if you do end up buying a book from one of these links, thanks!

Happy reading, Maria

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…

Sharing a Tip From My Creating Wellness Ebook on How to Sleep Better

Posted by Maria on January 7, 2016 under Aromatherapy, Books, Magazines, Music, Creating Wellness ebook, Dear Homespunspa, Energy Healing, Esthetics School, Fitness, Gift Ideas, Green Living, Home spa, Homespunspa, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, Life Coaching, Massages, Meditation, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, TV Shows & Movies, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Author of Creating Wellness

I’m so excited to announce that my Creating Wellness ebook is now available on Amazon.com and I’d like to share a tip on how to sleep better to give you a taste of what’s inside.

Creating Wellness ebook now on Amazon.com

First a few words on the importance of being healthy.

As Count Tyrone Rugen said in The Princess Bride, “Get your rest. If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.”

Being healthy means having the freedom to do whatever you want with your life.

I believe many illnesses are largely preventable and it all comes down to a person’s ability to relax. I wrote Creating Wellness because I’ve observed that high levels of stress are lurking behind the scenes of many illnesses and managing stress is a big piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle.

Having a chronic disease is not only challenging, but it keeps people from pursuing their dreams and achieving their goals. Poor health is often a huge, all-consuming distraction and results in people spending their time seeking medical attention, standing in line to fill prescriptions, dealing with side effects of medications, worrying about finances and/or the future, and trying to cope with pain, etc., instead of doing their own things that bring them joy.
The good news is, there’s still time to make small lifestyle changes NOW — like quitting smoking, exercising more, fueling your body with more nutritious food, getting regular massages, establishing healthy sleep habits, and speaking your truth — that will save you tremendous expense and suffering later. Maria Koropecky ~ Creating Wellness

Creating Wellness includes practical tips to help people relax and folding them into your life may prevent illnesses from showing up in the first place.

Here’s a tip on how to sleep better:

Also, make sure your bedroom is as dark as can be while you’re sleeping and you don’t have any bluish lights turned on (like the lights from your TV, computer, cell phone and even your alarm clock/radio) in the hours before you hit the pillow.
Blue lights can really interfere with the sleep cycle because historically, blue lights mean daylight in our brain, which means it’s time for us to be busy and productive, not resting. Maria Koropecky ~ Creating Wellness

Turn off blue lights to sleep better at night.

Turn off blue lights to sleep better at night.

Creating Wellness is also available on Amazon Canada.

This short ebook is a quick read, has lots of cheery photos, and contains some practical tips on how to relax and manage stress. If you want to be healthier and are committed to making some lifestyle changes, than reading Creating Wellness is a good start.

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To schedule an interview with Creating Wellness author, Maria Koropecky, please email.

Also, if you get a chance to read Creating Wellness, please leave a review on my Amazon page. I’d really appreciate it! Thanks!

Energy Alignment: Balancing Outer Action With Inner Receptivity

Posted by Maria on March 19, 2015 under Books, Magazines, Music, Energy Healing, Guest Bloggers, Life Coaching, Meditation, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Self-Care, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | 3 Comments to Read

by Christy Whitman, Guest Blogger

Anyone who knows me knows that I love my spa days! – but not many people know exactly why, or how much I receive from the time I invest in recharging myself in this way.

For me, a spa day is not just about releasing stress, looking better and feeling good (although these are all much-appreciated benefits!).  The energy I give to myself when I take a “me” day is literally what gives me the ability to give my energy to all the relationships and activities I’m involved in, including running an international coaching academy, being a wife to my husband Frederic, a mother to two young boys, writing books, leading retreats and coaching courses, taking great vacations and generally enjoying my life.

That I am able to extract across-the-board value from an act as simple as spending a day at a spa goes back to a principle I was lucky enough to learn years ago from Jack Canfield, one of my earliest mentors.  This principle that has since been cited by numerous other metaphysical teachers and tested by quantum physicists – and I’m sharing it with you here because if you apply it, it will serve you in virtually all aspects of your life.

One hour of “inner” work (and by “inner” work, Jack was referring to the internal practice of intending, visualizing, and aligning our energy) is worth seven hours of “outer” work.

Now, doing “inner” work does not necessarily mean sitting in meditation for an hour each day. What it does mean is that before we take any outer action, we first take a moment to clarify the intention behind that action.  Said another way, we deliberately decide how we want to feel, and get into that state of being before we do anything.  If there is a “secret” to my being able to accomplish so much in so many different aspects of my life, it’s that I practice bringing my internal energy into alignment with the essence of what I want to get out of that activity or situation before I take any external action.

So, when I’m doing something that nurtures my body – like getting a massage, a facial, or visiting the acupuncturist – I begin by connecting with my intention to fill myself with whatever energy I perceive will most serve me at that moment – whether it’s vitality, stamina, sexuality, relaxation, increased immunity, or all of the above.  The end result of this practice is that I receive much more value out of the time I spend engaged in that activity, because I’ve aligned my energy with the outcome I desire and have opened myself up to receiving it.

So many women I’ve worked with and coached have fallen into what I call the “dark side” of multi-tasking.  Sometimes we can be so focused on other things that we take ourselves out of the present moment – even when that moment offers the deep relaxation and nurturing we’re craving!

So to you fellow spa-goers, I pass along the same advice that Jack gave to me: Take a few minutes to align your energy with whatever outcome you want to create before you engage in the activity.   If it’s a spa day you’re creating – whether a full day at home or just a quick one-hour massage, prepare yourself ahead of time to ensure you’re in a state to receive the full benefits that the experience makes available.

Aligning your energy with the activity at hand makes all the difference in the world – kind of like using an electronic device that is running on battery power versus one that is plugged in and being fully charged by a live electrical current.  Action that is infused with energy and intention produces results that are astonishing compared to what can be accomplished with action alone.  Try it for yourself and see!

Christy Whitman is a New York Times bestselling author, transformational leader, and author of the forthcoming book The Art of Having It All. She has appeared on The Today Show and The Morning Show, and her work has been featured in People Magazine, Seventeen, Woman’s Day, Hollywood Life, and Teen Vogue, among others. As the CEO and founder of the Quantum Success Coaching Academy, a 12-month Law of Attraction coaching certification program. Christy has helped thousands of people worldwide to achieve their goals through her empowerment seminars, speeches, and coaching sessions and products. Christy’s life-changing message reaches over 125,000 people a month, and her work has been promoted by and featured with esteemed authors and luminaries such as Marianne Williamson, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marci Shimoff, Brian Tracy, Neale Donald Walsch, Abraham-Hicks, and Louise Hay. She currently lives in Montreal with her husband, Frederic, and their two boys, Alexander and Maxim.

Meet her at www.ChristyWhitman.com and www.TheArtofHavingItAll.com

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.

Download My Ebook For Free

And here’s your chance to download my ebook for free!

As my gift to you for subscribing to the Homespunspa mailing list, you will receive a copy of my ebook, “Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make That Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, and Uncreative” for free.

So please subscribe to my mailing list and download the 32-page ebook today. I’ve made sure to include lots of photos!

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I’m really excited about my ebook! I hope it makes a positive difference in your life.

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

Find Peace of Mind As You Walk A Labyrinth

Posted by Maria on August 14, 2014 under Books, Magazines, Music, Energy Healing, Green Living, Meditation, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Alexandra Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

“To travel a circle is to journey over the same ground time and time again. To travel a circle wisely is to journey over the same ground for the first time. In this way, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the circle, a path to where you wish to be. And when you notice at last that the path has circled back into itself, you realize that where you wish to be is where you have already been … and always were.” ~ Neal Donald Walsch

If you’re looking to solve a problem using your intuition, or expand your spiritual horizons, and/or find peace of mind, try walking a Labyrinth.

Walking a Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice that can work wonders for your soul.

Recently, I literally stumbled upon a Labyrinth that I previously didn’t know about. I was attending a friend’s funeral at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in North Saanich, BC, a lovely historic church that was consecrated in 1885, and I just happened to notice the markings of a Labyrinth in the church parking lot. I made a mental note to come back at a later date.

I first heard of Labyrinth walking after reading Daniel Pink’s book, “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future” several years ago and have kept my eye out for them ever since. I didn’t think Labyrinths could possibly exist in Victoria but as it turns out, there’s more than one. There’s also one in a park in James Bay behind the Legislature, too.

Contrary to popular beliefs, Labyrinths are not mazes. A maze is a complicated and confusing network of paths with many forks and options. Maybe you have walked through a life-sized maze with high hedges in a garden park before and had a difficult time finding your way out.

Labyrinths, on the other hand, are not designed to bewilder or puzzle. Labyrinths are not difficult to navigate and have a single path that leads to the center. There’s only one way in and one way out and all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and follow the yellow-brick road, so to speak.

It didn’t take long for me to make my way back to my newly discovered Labyrinth. I dusted off my copy of “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron and decided that the Labyrinth would be my first “Artist Date.” I picked a sunny and hot Saturday afternoon and headed off to North Saanich near the airport. When I got there, I made a point to visit my friend’s grave in the Church’s cemetary first.

The classical Labyrinth pattern of seven inter-linking circuits has appeared on Cretan coins since 430 BC and Labyrinth symbols can be found in many cultures.

I made an effort to walk the Labyrinth because I’ve had a lot on my mind lately and I’m trying to quiet my mind and tap into my intuition. To me, walking the Labyrinth is a kind of mini pilgrimage to a sacred place. To me, just following the meandering path helps me lose track of the outside world and get into a contemplative and meditative state and from there I get ideas and end up feeling better.

I decided to go through the Labyrinth twice that day. When I got back into my car, I decided to take the scenic road home. Out of the corner of my eye, across the street from the church, I noticed a beach. I quickly parked the car again and thought I’d explore a little further. I walked down the stone steps to sea level. The beach was covered with an abundance stones and rocks and pebbles and seashells. I thought to myself, “She sells seashells by the seashore” and then I thought “Sand Dollar.” I hopped from rock to rock, trying not to step on any seashells but that was not easy. There were just so many of them.

And then, there it was. Just sitting there plain as day. A Sand Dollar. The first one I’ve found in my life — ever. It made me smile and I thought, maybe this gift was something to do with the Labyrinth path I’d just walked minutes before. I like to think it is and although I can’t guarantee that you’ll find some kind of treasure after walking a Labyrinth, I invite you to try and to at least keep your eyes and ears open. Who knows what you’ll discover!

If you’d like to find a Labyrinth in your own city or in a city you’re planning to visit anywhere in the world, check out the Labyrinth’s Society’s web page. They have a world-wide Labyrinth locater tool that just may point you in the right direction.

Win a Guest Spot on My New Show on VoiceAmerica

Posted by Maria on June 22, 2014 under Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Books, Magazines, Music, Energy Healing, Esthetics School, Fitness, Gift Ideas, Home spa, Homespunspa, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, Meditation, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Sponsors, Stress Management and Relaxation, Supernatural Spa on VoiceAmerica, TV Shows & Movies, Travel, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness, Yoga | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

I’m about to live a dream I’ve had for most of my life.

Let me take you back to the mid-80’s when I was 15 or 16 years old. One summer, I went to a tennis camp in upstate New York and one of the girls I met there, Raisa, was from Chicago and she told me that she once saw this woman called, “Oprah Winfrey,” in the airport and that was the most famous person she had ever seen. I hadn’t heard of Oprah at that point but for some reason I made a mental note. Raisa said, “keep an eye out for her because some day she’ll be a household name.”

Wow, did she ever call that one!

A few months later, Oprah’s talk show went national and my mom and I watched her show at 4pm in the afternoons. The Oprah Show, among other talk shows of the era, inspired me and my friends to pretend we had our own talk show and we would interview each other and sing songs and laugh at our own goofiness. I think we also recorded our shenanigans on the technological marvel of the time, VHS!

I didn’t mention Oprah because I’m about to meet her – that’s not the dream I’m talking about – though fingers crossed, maybe I’ll meet her some day :) .

I mentioned Oprah because to me, she’s a great communicator and she has been one of the touchstones of my life. Someday, I’d like to thank her in person for paving the way for people like me and for showing the world how important good communication is in the grand scheme of things.

Back to my story. Also while I was in high school, I went on a weekend retreat. At some point, everybody had to go to the front of the room and speak to the group and share their story. That was a turning point moment for me because when I stood at the podium and spoke to everyone and made them laugh, I discovered that I actually like public speaking!

I think my dream of being a professional speaker was born in my teens but as my life continued, the dream somehow never got off the ground in spite of my many attempts.

Fast forward a few years to the early ‘90’s – this was before the Internet! I was in University studying English. One weekend, I dragged my friends to a Psychic Fair and I sat down with a man called, “Ravenhawk.” He told me that he saw me having my own radio show one day. Before he could finish his thought, I interrupted him, which ticks me off to this day, but those words have always stuck with me.

The following year, I took a speech course at University and it was by far my favourite class of my entire degree.

A few years later, I almost went to Broadcasting school, which I should have done in hindsight, but that didn’t work out.

I’ve also been a member of Toastmasters and may return soon.

So that’s basically my history with public speaking. I like to joke that I’m taking the extended milk run toward my dream.

I think Ravenhawk said the radio show won’t happen till my early 40’s and I wish he had said something like “have patience” and “don’t try to force it” because the timing won’t be right sooner.

Well, I’ve just turned 45 and things are coming together for me. The pieces of the puzzle are taking shape.

Suddenly my dream of speaking to an audience is within reach because a few months ago, out of the blue, I got an email with the subject line, “Speak up, the World is Listening!”

Those words struck me like a lightening bolt.

And now I’m ready to make my announcement.

This is brand new information and you are among the first to know.

I have a new radio show called, “Supernatural Spa” on VoiceAmerica starting in the autumn! I’m so excited, I can hardly contain myself!

I’m going to be talking about how spas are designed to stimulate the senses and elicit the relaxation response. I’m going to interview all kinds of holistic practitioners for tips on how to manage stress and lead a healthier life.

But wait, there’s more…

To get the ball rolling for my show and to introduce myself to more people, my executive producer and I have come up with a really fun and unique idea! I’ve combined my education and all of my life experience, work experience, talents, skills and interests and my entire heart and soul to create a Stress Relief VIP Spa Day!

You're invited to a stress relief VIP spa day.

The Stress Relief VIP Spa Day is a full day, intensive, one-to-one spa appointment and as the owner of Homespunspa Mobile Spa, I’ll bring the spa experience to you in five different sessions over the course of one day.

You can choose either the Face-to-Face VIP Spa Day or the Virtual VIP Spa Day.

But wait, there’s more!

And when you sign up for the Stress Relief VIP Spa Day in the next three days – this is where things get really special – as a bonus, you will be entered in a draw to win one of four guest spots and be interviewed by yours truly, Maria Koropecky, about your success story, on my show, on VoiceAmerica’s Health and Wellness Channel. I know! Isn’t that amazing!

Win a Guest Spot on my new show on VoiceAmerica

To find out more about me, Maria, and the Stress Relief VIP Spa Day, I’d love for you to watch my short video series on my YouTube channel, “Homespunspa.” The links are also at the top of the “VIP Spa Day” page on homespunspa.com.

To register right now for the Stress Relief VIP Spa Day and get the amazing chance to win a guest spot on my Radio Show, call me, text me, or email me and leave a message saying, “Yes, Maria, I’m interested in hearing more about your Stress Relief VIP Spa Day.

I will promptly return your call to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your interest in my story. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life and I hope you join the conversation.

Remember Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Posted by Maria on February 20, 2014 under Books, Magazines, Music, Fitness, Guest Bloggers, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Seasonal, Self-Care, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

We’re now seven weeks into the new year and I’m just wondering how your New Year’s resolutions are coming along. Do you remember your New Year’s resolutions? Are you still actively working towards your goals? Did you make any New Year’s resolutions at all?

By mid-February, most of us barely remember the New Year’s resolutions we made on January 1st. It’s hard to stay the course and remain committed to making new lifestyle choices, especially when life gets in the way.

I made two New Year’s resolution this year. My first has to do with finally taking action on my dream of becoming a professional speaker and I’m happy to say that I’m making great progress on that front. I’ve even been the moderator of a live Christmas concert in my church.

The second is about fitness. As many of you know, I’m a Jazzerciser. Each year, my instructor Donna counts how many classes her students attend over the course of the year and if we show up for 150 classes from January to December, we get a free t-shirt! Although I have earned the coveted t-shirt once before, I haven’t in the last couple of years. In December, I was really inspired by some of my classmates who danced their way through at least 150 classes and how fabulous they looked and that’s when I decided to go for it again. I’m pleased to say that so far, I’ve attended three Jazzercise classes a week and am still on track for the t-shirt.

I’m happy that I’m sticking to my plans and I just want to let you know that even if your New Year’s resolutions are starting to fade or if you’ve abandoned them all together, it’s never too late to pick them up where you left off and persevere. Remember why you made your New Year’s resolutions in the first place and how you’ll feel when you’ve finally conquered your short-comings.

I’ve learned over the years that finding an accountability partner is one of the best ways to achieve my goals. For example, telling Donna about my goal of participating in 150 classes this year and having her keep track of my Jazzercise attendance is really helping me stay motivated.

If you’d like to have your own accountability partner to help you with your wellness-related goals like say, getting more fit or quitting smoking for example, please contact me. I may be able to help.

In the meantime, have a look at this really cool infographic, “How to Rock Your Resolutions” that was sent to me by the good folks at Jazzercise. I hope it helps you revisit your New Year’s resolutions and take fresh action steps toward your goals. By December, I want to hear about your successes.

As we say in Jazzercise, Happy New Rear!

How to Rock Your Resolutions [Infographic]

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?

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