Splash Some Spa Time into Your Staycation this Summer

Posted by Maria on July 7, 2014 under Gift Ideas, Green Living, Home spa, Homespunspa, Humour, Mobile Spa, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, TV Shows & Movies, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Now that summer is officially in full swing — yay! — you might be looking for fun things to do. Have you considered planning a staycation?

Victoria, British Columbia is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places on earth and as locals, we should enjoy and appreciate our city more. We live on an island in the Pacific Ocean for goodness’ sakes! Our city has so much to offer and sometimes it can be fun to stay home and explore the local scene with the fresh eyes of a tourist.


Sprinkler in Beacon Hill Park.

Sprinkler in Beacon Hill Park.

“Staycation” is a newly-coined term (as of 2005) by Canadian comedian, Brent Butt, from the tv show “Corner Gas.” The term refers to taking time off from work by choosing to stay home rather than going away, somewhere else, on vacation. Common activities of a staycation include pitching a tent and camping outside within a stone’s throw from your backdoor and swimming in the backyard pool.

Tips for a Successful Staycation

1. Make it official: Treat your staycation as a regular vacation. Pick your dates, whether it’s a day, a weekend, a long-weekend, a whole week, or longer :) and stick to them — no excuses — as if you’ve paid your deposit on a hotel room and have already booked your flights. Also, tell your friends so they know what you’re up to.

2. Take care of housekeeping: On the day before your staycation begins, clean your house from top to bottom. Make it as “hotel chic” as you can. As a treat, hire a professional service to do it for you! You might also consider turning off your newspaper subscription and holding your mail to not remind yourself of your regular daily routine. Don’t forget to display mini toiletries in your bathroom!

3. Plan your itinerary: Staycations give people a chance to act like a tourist in their own town and visit local restaurants, parks, beaches, museums, festivals and events. Have an idea of what you’d like to see and do around town ahead of time. If there’s a restaurant you’d like to try, make a reservation. If there’s an outdoor festival in your community, buy your tickets in advance. Or maybe you’d like to go on a winery tour or catch a ferry to a nearby island. Think of all of the things you wish you had time to do but never get around to and then do them!

4. Pack your suitcase: It’s time to get your suitcase out. This may confuse your pets but that’s OK. :) Make sure to pack clothes that you’d wear on your vacation if you were leaving town. Then on your first day of your staycation, grab your suitcase, leave your house, go around the block, and then re-enter your house as if you’re checking into a hotel. If you skip this step, you may be tempted to not go ahead with your staycation plans and on top of that, it really ups the fun quotient.

5. Hire a mobile spa: Splashing some spa time into your staycation will really kick things up a notch. And you don’t have to go out to a chi chi day spa if you don’t want to. You can invite a mobile spa, like Homespunspa, to come to you. All of a sudden, your home will be transformed into a spa resort and you will reap the benefits of the relaxing spa treatments exponentially. There’s no added stress with mobile spa appointments because getting spa services in your home means you don’t have to worry about driving in traffic, finding a parking spot, running into other spa guests, and messing up your nail polish.  Homespunspa Mobile Spa offers a wide range of spa services including massages, manicures, pedicures and facials. If you’d like to make the most of your staycation, we can easily bring the spa to you! Please call or email to make your appointment.

6. Schedule a VIP spa day: VIP spa days take the spa experience to a whole new level because now you’re on a retreat. At Homespunspa, we’ve just introduced a Stress Relief VIP Spa Day to our mobile spa menu and it’s so wonderful and awesome! Our Face-to-Face Stress Relief VIP Spa Day is a full day, intensive, one-to-one spa appointment. I’ll bring the spa experience to you in 5 different sessions over the course of one day. The Face-to-Face Stress Relief VIP Spa Day includes a guided meditation, a 30-minute energy healing massage, a 60-minute skin balancing facial with eye zone treatment, paraffin hand and foot treatments, a hike in a nearby park and a healthy lunch at an upscale restaurant. It’s perfect for a staycation! If you’re interested, please contact me by email or phone.

Staycations are a great idea and you can get really creative with your time off. Staycations do not have the stress associated with travelling, such as making your connecting flights or buying travellor’s cheques from the bank, and are a good way to save money.

If you’d like help planning your staycation this summer, please contact me, Maria. I have tons of ideas and I’d love to hear from you. Cheers to summer!

Homespunspa is set to spruce up holiday parties this season

Posted by Maria on October 24, 2013 under Aromatherapy, Gift Ideas, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Photo gallery, Spa Party, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

First of all — Big Announcement! Homespunspa has just launched a sister website to www.homespunspa.com. Introducing www.homespunspa-mobilespa.com. Our new micro website has been especially designed for the corporate market — just in time for the Christmas holiday season — and we’re all set to spruce up holiday parties in living rooms and boardrooms across Victoria, BC.

Cheers to spa parties!

With only 61 days and counting until Christmas, the office holiday party is fast approaching. Mobile spa services add sparkle to any party and are hands down, by far, a more memorable “Season’s Greetings” than chocolates, flowers, or a turkey for the holidays.

Homespunspa Mobile Spa is set to provide mini spa services during office holiday parties in the workplace and corporations can now request Homespunspa Mobile Spa to come to their office so staff can enjoy:

  • chair massages;
  • aromatherapy massages;
  • hand treatments including mini mani’s and hand massages;
  • foot treatments including mini pedi’s and foot massages;
  • and facials.

Party-planning committees can rest easy knowing everyone will be pleased as punch with this year’s spa party theme and to make things even more festive for the holiday staff party, Homespunspa can offer candy-cane-scented foot massages, pumpkin spice foot soaks and seasonal nail polish colours.

Recently, Homespunspa Mobile Spa was invited to give spa services for 20 women at a private birthday party. While the mini facials and mini massages were held in a quieter room, those receiving mini mani’s and mini pedi’s on the covered and heated patio had a lovely view of the ocean. “I just wanted to thank you again for today. You were a pleasure to work with and I’m very happy with how it all turned out,” said Jasmein Sran, spa party guest and organizer.

Also, Homespunspa Mobile Spa was hired to deliver spa services at a conference at a local hotel and gave chair massages as well as mini mani’s and mini pedi’s over the course of two afternoons. “We chose Homespunspa because [they] replied promptly to our call and were able to offer nail services as well as chair massages and that set [them] apart,” said Karen Walter, conference organizer.

Homespunspa Enterprises was established in 2001 and the mobile spa division was added in 2011. Promoting employee relaxation through our corporate mobile spa services, Homespunspa is like a breath of fresh air for your home and office.

If you’d like more information on this topic or to book a spa party, please call 250-812-3487 or email: homespunspa@shaw.ca. Happy holidays!

Sign up for my Energy Healing Workshop

Posted by Maria on March 12, 2013 under Books, Magazines, Music, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, Meditation, Mobile Spa, Pop-Psychology, Self-Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness, Yoga | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

I’ve recently returned home from my whirlwind Wellness Tour. I spent three and a half months immersing myself in the field of wellness at Dr. Oksana Sawiak’s Integrative Wellness & Detox Centre in Norval, Ontario, just outside of Toronto, in the middle of a crazy Canadian winter and now am feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to take my Homespunspa Mobile Spa business to the next level of success. Although I often felt like a fish out of water and completely out of my comfort zone, I know deep down in my heart that this whole experience was well worth the time I spent there.

When I left Victoria, I was feeling stuck, frustrated and burned out. I knew I had to do something different from my regular routine if I wanted things to change and improve. I know most people don’t have the luxury of leaving their life for a few months to explore different options and I’m grateful that I was able to take Dr. Oksana up on her invitation.

I started feeling better soon after I arrived in mid-November. I’m passionate about health and wellness and was learning something new every day. Even though I didn’t know what to expect from my internship, I was open to learning whatever I could and when Dr. Oksana suggested I sign up for a Higher Transformational Healing Workshop with Fred Vokey to learn about healing, I was game. Both Dr. Oksana and I participated in the full-day workshop and the experience for me was inspiring, enlightening and profound.

I’m aware that the topic of energy healing may sound a little “out there” or “woo, woo” to some people — that’s up to everyone to decide for themselves. I personally think it’s pretty cool. There’s a long tradition of healing in history across most, if not all religions and cultures and it’s just a matter of remembering, re-learning and re-activitating that wisdom and knowledge in today’s day and age.

I truly believe that the healing I experienced while I was away had a lot to do with the Higher Transformational Healing workshops I attended and now I’m a certified instructor and can teach you how to turbo charge the healing energy around you so you can heal yourself and others.

I’m super excited to be offering an Energy Healing Workshop (Level 1) in Victoria, BC on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the 24 Carrot Centre, 714 Discovery Street, 2nd floor, Victoria, BC, V8T 1H2. Tickets are $220 early bird.

More information about Higher Transformational Healing is also available on the “Healing” page of my website, www.homespunspa.com. Please contact me, Maria, by email or phone to sign up for the Energy Healing Workshop and to make payment arrangements. I’m really looking forward to this and I hope you sign up.

Higher Transformational Healing Workshops

Anyone can learn how to heal with energy — including YOU. We are all born with the ability to heal ourselves and others and we just need to refresh our memory.

If you feel attracted to the idea of healing yourself and others, it may be worthwhile to explore Higher Transformational Healing.

During the workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Awaken the Healer within;
  • Channel Life Force Energy;
  • Use Breathing Techniques for Channeling;
  • Place your hands on or near the body for healing;
  • Do Absent Healing;
  • Do Self-Healing;
  • Do “The Anywhere Healing;”
  • Balance the Chakras;
  • Move Bones with a Light Touch;
  • Align the Body; and
  • Connect with the Council of Healing Masters.

The Higher Transformational Energy Healing Level 1 workshop will especially appeal to the caregivers among us who know people who are suffering from an illness like MS or cancer or depression and would like to do what they can to help others feel better sooner.

Please join me for level 1 training on Saturday, April 6, 2013. You’ll get lots of hands on practice and by the end of the workshop, you’ll l become a certified practitioner of Higher Transformational Healing.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could boost someone’s spirits with your healing services?

When:           Saturday, April 6, 2013

Time:             9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Price:      $220 (pay in advance, in person or online) or $250 (last minute)

Healing Workshop

Where:           24 Carrot Centre, 714 Discovery Street, 2nd floor, Victoria, BC, V8T 1H2

Presenter & Contact:     Maria Koropecky

Websites:      www.homespunspa.com or www.highertouch.org

I hope to see you there!

Let your Spa Party Sparkle with Fun Spa Games

Posted by Maria on April 4, 2012 under Esthetics School, Facials, Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Humour, Manicures, Massages, Mobile Spa, Pedicures, Pets, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Spa Party, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized | 5 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Are you planning a spa party? Would you like to add some sparkle to your spa night? Why not add a few spa games to the menu alongside your facials, massages, mani’s and pedi’s?

Homespunspa Mobile Spa is quickly becoming a popular provider of spa services at spa parties all over Victoria, BC and I have lots of ideas on how to make your next spa party extra special and memorable. For more information on our pajama parties, please click here.

Here are some ideas for fun and relaxing spa games to keep your guests entertained and engaged throughout your party.

1) Top of Mind

I found this picture below from my archives. This photo was taken at one of the very first Homespunspa parties many years ago and I can’t for the life of me remember what I had the girls write on their heads. They’re obviously concentrating really hard — maybe they were drawing a map or the house they grew up in or both. The game was designed to help with memory (ironically) and motor skills but all I remember is, they should not have chosen such heavy textbooks to place on their heads.

2) Two Truths and a Lie

Have each guest write 3 facts about themselves on an index card but one of the 3 “facts” will be a lie. Place all of the cards in a basket and as each card is drawn, everybody else has to figure out a) who wrote the card and b) which statement is a lie.

When I first played this game on my second day of esthetics school, I wrote that I lived in Hawaii, I’ve sung live with Michael Buble and am distantly related to Pamela Anderson. Which do you think is false? I fooled most people and it was a great way to get to know my new classmates.

3) What I hate most about housecleaning

Obviously, this game is not appropriate for the tweens and teens, but it’s perfect for a bachelorette party. Have everyone write down their most hated housecleaning chore on an index card and explain the reason why. Everyone should write: “What I hate most about housecleaning is ______________ because _____________________________. Then substitute the question, “What I hate most about sex is…” and then take turns saying your answers out loud.

I played this game at a bridal shower once and my answer was, “cleaning the tub because of all the stretching and reaching.” There were a lot of laughs during that game.

4) Budding Journalist

Choose a bunch of funny photos such as this one below with the 2 cats and then have everyone at the party write witty captions to go along with them.

Write a caption for this goofy pic at your next spa party.

5) The Ha Ha Game

I haven’t played this game since the 80’s at summer camp although I don’t know why because it’s surprisingly ticklish from the inside out. Have all of your guests lie down on the floor. Each person will rest their head on another person’s belly. The first person will say, “Ha.” The second person will say, “Ha, Ha.” The third person will say, “Ha, Ha, Ha” and so on. You won’t get very far down the line because pretty soon everybody will be laughing hysterically for no reason. It’s a gas — laughing gas, that is!

Well, here’s my list of 5 spa party games to get you going. Please write a comment and let me know if you have any other ideas for spa games. I’ll make sure to add them to the list. The possibilities are endless. Cheers, Maria

Add a Home Gym to your Home Spa

Posted by Maria on February 12, 2010 under Books, Magazines, Music, Fitness, Gift Ideas, Home spa, Pets, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Sleep, TV Shows & Movies, Uncategorized, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Weight Management, Wellness, Yoga | 6 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

The Olympics are here! The Olympics are here!

Yesterday, while I was in the midst of running on the treadmill (24 minutes non-stop — a new record for me), I was chatting with my personal trainer and she was telling me her plans for re-decorating her studio. I was surprised to hear that she has been planning to install a tv near the treadmill for quite some time.

I suggested now is the perfect time to set up her tv because in the past, I’ve found watching the Olympics while exercising myself to be a lot of fun. It just gives you an extra boost of energy and somehow you end up increasing your speed and your enthusiasm. She agreed wholeheartedly and said “It’s a great motivator” and “thanks for the reminder!”

Home Gym

Here I am after one of my workouts with my trainer.

If you’d like to add a home gym to your home spa, here are my suggestions. Start small and build as you can. And don’t just admire it, use it!

  • Dedicate Space: Where will you workout? Do you have access to a spare room or is your living room multi-purpose like mine is? If you’re going to be setting up shop in your living room (I don’t recommend your bedroom because the equipment and the activity will interfere with your sleeping environment), then you’ll want to choose equipment that you can store and access easily. I have a treadmill that folds and stands upright against a wall and that works for me. I keep it next to the tv so when it’s time for a walk/run, I just move the coffee table and extend the platform and I’m off to the races.
  • Big Equipment: I’ve already mentioned a treadmill because that’s what I use. I highly recommend getting one. They can be quite expensive and keep in mind that the cheaper ones will be noisy (which will annoy the rest of your household) and will not have a lot of extra bells and whistles, like built in heart-rate monitors or a cushy running base, but even a cheap one is good to have. If you prefer some other equipment or have a lot of extra room, you can look into buying an elliptical trainer, a stairmaster, a stationary bike, a rowing machine or a strength-training machine. You might even consider installing a pole which will work your abs like nothing else once you get past the hanging upsidedown part. Your home gym will be really high end if you also have access tennis courts and swimming pools and saunas. I have a friend you had a squash/basketball court in his house which was really cool, I always thought.
  • Handy Equipment: There’s a ton of great equipment that you can use in your home gym. Start with a yoga mat for your stretches. Hand-held weights are useful to have — start with low weights (two each of 1-, 2-, 3- & 5-pounders) and work your way up to 7’s, 8’s, 10’s, 12’s, 15’s, and 20-pluses. There are also adjustable weights you can strap on to your legs. For more resistance, get some tubes or bands that come in green, red, pink and purple depending on their strength. Suzanne Summers’ Thigh Master is still a winner. There are also inflatable pilates balls that are very versatile but only buy the ones that say “anti-burst.” You can also buy a mini trampoline or a low-tech jump rope that will really save space. I also have a plastic step from the 90’s which I’m planning to use again one of these days. Remember to use the built-in stairs in your house, too. My trainer has a Bosu (that half-ball in the picture) and last week on the Biggest Loser, I saw an Olympic athlete balance on one foot while doing the hoola-hoop on one. It looked fun and hard to do at the same time. I wonder if you can buy those speed skating gliding strips that they also used on the Biggest Loser for home use? My trainer told me that those are way harder than they look and are great for building endurance.
  • Extra Features: To make your home gym more enjoyable, design it with care. If it’s a dark and dingy room in your basement, you won’t use it. To brighten things up, install a large, full-length mirror so you can see your form while you’re working out. Also, having a tv within sight that plays your favourite workout videos will add variety to your exercise routine. A stereo is also good to have. I have a few playlists on my iPod that I listen to while running. Also hanging posters with inspiring quotes and photos of fit people also help with motivation. And have a place for your bottle of water. Remember also to plug in some fans to circulate air. Even though I always seem to forget this, have a clean towel handy. You might also like to buy tools like heart-rate monitors and pedometres to track your progress.
  • A note on safety: Make sure your home gym will give you an effective workout and will also be a safe environment for you. I advise getting pets and small children out of the room while you’re exercising. Also, make sure the room is clean and uncluttered and there aren’t any tripping hazards or electrical overload concerns with your equipment. Read the safety manuals and use the equipment as intended. Clean your equipment regularly with disinfectant wipes, especially if many people are using the facilities.

I hope you use your home gym for many years to come. Invite your friends and workout buddies over from time to time so they can enjoy your gym too. Leave a comment and tell us about your home gym. And have fun working out while watching the Olympics — that’s what I’ll be doing for sure.

Olympics Day 1 and Homespunspa Was There!

Posted by Maria on October 30, 2009 under Fitness, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Photo gallery, Uncategorized, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games | 3 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, citizen journalist

The Olympic torch blew through my town today.

I found out by fluke that the Olympic Torch Relay for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games was actually coming through my little town of Saanichton, BC. And on Day 1 of all days. I had no idea when I was blogging about Centennial Park two days ago that I would be blogging about my neighborhood again so soon.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began on October 30th, 2009 in Victoria, British Columbia. The Olympic Flame was originally lit in Olympia, Greece on October 22nd, 2009. The Olympic flame will crisscross Canada over the next 106 days, visiting 1000 communities.

I love the Olympics because the athletes show us the amazing strength and beauty of the human body and spirit. And the Games bring people together.

I like to think of myself as an athletic supporter ;>

Day 1 Olympic Torch Relay for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games – A Photo Essay

Olympic Torch Relay Interactive Map Screen Shot

Olympic Torch Relay Interactive Map Screen Shot

Photo by Maria Koropecky

The neighbours are starting to gather at City Hall. Photo by Maria Koropecky

From City Hall. Photo by Maria Koropecky

From Mt. Newton and Wallace. Photo by Maria Koropecky

A Canadian flag. Photo by Maria Koropecky

A Canadian flag. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Relay 3 and Vancouver 2010. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Relay 3 and Vancouver 2010. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Brian the next runner steps off the bus. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Brian the next runner steps off the bus. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Interview. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

He bought his torch for $300. Nice souvenir. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Brian is one of 12,000 relay runners. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Brian in his uniform and me wearing my Whistler turtleneck and Whistler toque

Brian in his uniform and me wearing my Whistler turtleneck and Whistler toque

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Security. Photo by Maria Koropecky

"We haven't had this much excitement around here in 15 years," said the lady in the Hawaiian shirt. Photo by Maria Koropecky

"We haven't had this much excitement around here in 15 years," said the lady in the Hawaiian shirt. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Parade float #1. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Parade float #2. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

More security. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Here comes the transfer. Photo by Maria Koropecky

This is where the relay part comes in. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Setting up the transfer of the flame. Photo by Maria Koropecky

We have lift off. Photo by Maria Koropecky

We have lift off. Photo by Maria Koropecky

And Brian is off and running. Photo by Maria Koropecky

And Brian is off and running. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Onward! Photo by Maria Koropecky

It happend so fast. Photo by Maria Koropecky

One brief shining moment. Photo by Maria Koropecky

There he goes. Photo by Maria Koropecky

There he goes. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

After all of that waiting, it happend so fast. Photo by Maria Koropecky

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