Orange, Coconut & Cinnamon Cookie Recipe

Orange, Coconut & Cinnamon Cookie Recipe

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Last week, I was asked to bake some cookies and after leafing through several cookbooks, I chose this recipe from a 1988 version of Company’s Coming Cookies by Jean Paré. I was limited by the ingredients I had to work with (no chocolate chips!) and was happy to be able …

Sage: A Scent for the Season

Sage: A Scent for the Season

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Christmas is just a short month away and that means we’re officially in the season. As my American friends sit down with their families at their Thanksgiving tables today, I’m thinking about how much I like the taste of a little sage in my turkey stuffing. Sage makes me feel …

World Water Week — Wednesday’s Wake-Up

World Water Week — Wednesday’s Wake-Up

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Did you know that in 1993, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as the World Day for Water? I didn’t. I just found out from Dr. Phil that March 21st to 27th, 2010 is World Water Week and the funny thing is, I was already going to write …

Happy St. Patrick’s Day the Homespunspa Way

Happy St. Patrick’s Day the Homespunspa Way

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner As it tis St. Patrick’s Day today, I thought it would be fun to talk about beer as a home spa ingredient. Before you go out on the town tonight to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, why not get into the spirit with some home brewed spa treatments. If only they …

Spring Cleaning the Ol’ Home Spa Homestead

Spring Cleaning the Ol’ Home Spa Homestead

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner As you may already know, my Homespunspa Ewesletter blog is all about living a home spa lifestyle. To me, “home Spa” is an umbrella term that covers everything from making homemade spa treatments for sleep and beauty to topics like wellness, nutrition, fitness, stress management and green living to name …

Make a Sand and Candle Centerpiece For Your Home Spa

Make a Sand and Candle Centerpiece For Your Home Spa

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner My mom recently returned from a trip to Dubai, the land of luxury and opulence. I asked her to bring me back some sand as a souvenir because I’m not likely to go there any time soon. Well, she came through with flying colours and brought back two different kinds …

Take your iPod to the Spa

Take your iPod to the Spa

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner I love my iPod. Admittedly, when I found out my new car had an iPod jack on the dash, I was sold. I have access to 14.2 days of music and a playlist for every mood. According to Spa Finder, the Global Spa & Wellness Directory, “high tech” is one …

A Home Spa Manicure — It’s like a bubble bath for your hands

A Home Spa Manicure — It’s like a bubble bath for your hands

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner It’s Friday and you’re going out on the town tonight. Maybe you have a hot date. Why not give yourself a quick home spa manicure and get some housecleaning done too? In my last post, Dishwashing — Good Clean Fun, I mentioned that I would write a post on manicures …

Washing Dishes – Good Clean Fun

Washing Dishes – Good Clean Fun

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Which do you think is greener — washing your dishes by hand or with an automatic dishwasher? I was surprised to learn from my online research that it is marginally better for your purse and the environment to wash your dishes with an automatic dishwasher than it is to wash …

Squeeze some lemon verbena into your home spa

Squeeze some lemon verbena into your home spa

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner I went to the 5th annual Organic Islands Festival & Sustainability Expo with my friend Faith. What a lovely way to spend a summer’s day. Held at Glendale Gardens in Victoria, BC, this was not something to rush through. I’m glad we got there at 10:00 am just as the …