Three Wise Home Spa Gifts: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

Three Wise Home Spa Gifts: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Winter Solstice is here. Today, December 21st, is the shortest day in terms of day light hours of the year. The sun will set in these parts at 4:17 pm and the day is already gray and overcast to begin with. On the bright side, the days are going to …

Spritz and Spray some Christmas Cheer this Year

Spritz and Spray some Christmas Cheer this Year

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Here’s another idea to add to your home spa gift basket — Christmas Tree Room Spray. It’s like a breathe of fresh air. I came up with this quick and easy home spa recipe many years ago. For better or worse, my family has had fake Christmas trees for the …

A bright gift idea — Candles

A bright gift idea — Candles

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Have you been invited to some holiday parties this month and are stuck for cheap and cheerful hostess gifts? Here is a Homespunspa-style craft project that will be sure light up any party — Votive Candles. I came up with this craft project many years ago to enhance the table …

What’s on your Christmas wishlist — how about a home spa book?

What’s on your Christmas wishlist — how about a home spa book?

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Books, books and more books. Someone asked me if I was an “information junkie” the other day and I had to raise my hand and say “yes.” I love books. In this post, I would like to recommend five fabulous home spa books that I have in my own library …

Cranberry Body Lotion Recipe

Cranberry Body Lotion Recipe

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday of the year because it’s all-inclusive and not restricted to any one group of people and it doesn’t have commercial hype surrounding it. I don’t know why Thanksgiving isn’t more popular outside of America and we’ve been basking in this gravy boat since the mid-1800’s. …

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 …

Pumpkin goes to the Spa – A Home Spa Pumpkin Facial Recipe

Pumpkin goes to the Spa – A Home Spa Pumpkin Facial Recipe

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Are you wondering what to do with your leftover jack-o-lantern now that Halloween has past? Last Friday, the 30th, I was invited to a “Carve it Up” pumpkin carving potluck Halloween party and this photo shows my handiwork. (Thank goodness he didn’t end up like some of his buddies cracked …

Let Your 5 Senses Guide You Through The Forest This Fall

Let Your 5 Senses Guide You Through The Forest This Fall

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner I’m lucky enough to live down the street from a lovely park that I don’t visit nearly often enough. Centennial Park is filled with grand trees and all kinds of plant life. There’s also a creek that trickles along the western perimeter. I like to walk along the path and …

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 …