Laverbread: A Tasty Seaweed Surprise!

by Annie Waterman, Guest Blogger Whenever I think of seaweed, I think of Laver. Laver is a type of edible seaweed and it’s very good for you. It’s famous for its dark purple colour and has a high content of minerals such as Iodine and Iron, so it’s great for your dietary system. Why am I …

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SPARTY! So Glamorous!

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner. Have you ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes at a red-carpet event like the Grammy’s and the Tony’s? Well, these days, in the midst of all of the lights, camera, and action, the award-winning celebrities have been trading in their designer gowns and tuxes for terry robes and …

Have you ever Spa’d at Sea? Part 1

Have you ever Spa’d at Sea? Part 1

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner “Have you ever been to sea, Billy?” “No, Captain, Highliner.” “Well, sometimes the waves get so high, you can’t eat your dinner…” Does anyone remember that commercial for Highliner Fish and Chips from the late 1970’s? (Go ahead and YouTube it, it still holds up). Somehow and for some odd …

Wrap your loved ones in bathrobes this year

Wrap your loved ones in bathrobes this year

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Growing up in a Ukrainian-speaking household, we used the word “Shlaf-frock” for bathrobe or housecoat. Up until about 5 minutes ago when I used Google Translate, I always thought the Ukrainians borrowed this lovely word from the Germans because I knew “Schlaf” meant “sleep” in German and I believed “frock” …

July is a perfect month for a Facial

July is a perfect month for a Facial

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Once the socks get stuffed in the drawers and the closed-toed shoes and boots get tossed to the back of the closet, and the bare feet, sandals and strappy stilettos come out for some fun in the sun, most people opt for pedicures at the spa instead of going for …

Aveda Institute — Here I come!

Aveda Institute — Here I come!

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner *** SCHOOL PROJECT *** I have a big announcement to make. I believe we intuitively lead ourselves where we need to go and after careful soul-searching, I’ve decided to go back to school. Starting in April 2010, I’ll be a full-time student at the Aveda Institute here in Victoria in …

Mud Messy? … Who Knew?

Mud Messy? … Who Knew?

I took Homespunspa (read yours truly) on a road trip to Whistler, British Columbia last weekend. Whistler will be the home of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and is a wonderful outdoor playground and a perfect location for a summer spa weekend retreat. I could not have picked a better weekend weather-wise. We were experiencing …