27 Ways to Use Floral Waters

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner. One of my mobile spa clients recently asked me if I knew of any good ways to stay cool this summer and I immediately suggested spraying floral water directly on the skin like a perfume! Floral waters are popular in esthetics and spa treatments and are a safe and effective …

Happy Garlic Day!

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’s Footbath Friday

It’s Footbath Friday

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Have you ever had a job that wasn’t working out and you knew your days were numbered? I’ve been in that situation many, many times and the last time was back in 2009 when I was working for the provincial government. It was a good job in some respects but …

If these runnin’ shoes could tawk!

If these runnin’ shoes could tawk!

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner One of the “s’s” in Homespunspa stands for “sports” because I think being fit is a necessary part of living a healthy lifestyle. I personally enjoy exercising and it’s definitely a big part of my routine. I like to encourage people to add some sort of physical activity into their …

Are you a walking coat hanger? (part 2)

Are you a walking coat hanger? (part 2)

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner “What a pain in the neck!” I’ve never thought about that expression literally before until I started writing these posts about muscle tension in the neck and shoulders. As you may recall from “Are you a walking coat hanger, (part 1),” I decided to write this post to help my …

Mani & Pedi Pledge Drive for Earthquake Relief

Mani & Pedi Pledge Drive for Earthquake Relief

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner For the month of April, 2011, I am offering mobile mani’s and pedi’s by donation and the proceeds will be given to the Canadian Red Cross. The cost of the manicure or pedicure is up to you. My goal is to raise at least $500. The idea for this mani …

Pick Purple Polish for your New Year’s Eve Party

Pick Purple Polish for your New Year’s Eve Party

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner I don’t know about you but I always feel naked if I go to a formal party and my nails aren’t done. New Year’s Eve is coming up quickly but there’s still time to polish up your look and paint your nails. May I suggest something in the purple family? …

9 Ways to Spring Forward with Chamomile this weekend

9 Ways to Spring Forward with Chamomile this weekend

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner It’s time to spring forward again. At 2:00 am on the second Sunday in March, we set our clocks ahead one whole hour to go to Daylight Saving Time and therefore magically lose an hour of the day over the course of the night. I never really understood the concept …

Quinoa … Keen Whaaaat?

Quinoa … Keen Whaaaat?

For the last couple of years I have been on a mission to lose weight and get fit. In April of 2007, I hit my all time high in weight and did not want to see the next higher number. You can guess what the magic number was. I’ll never say.  I have been going …