Happy New Rear!

Happy New Rear!

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner It’s already day four of the new year — how are your new year’s resolutions coming along? In 2009, I managed to reach some substantial personal fitness goals and I would like to share what I’ve learned so far in case getting in shape is one of your new year’s …

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 …

Christmas Carols are Lullabies to My Ears

Christmas Carols are Lullabies to My Ears

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Sometimes I can fall asleep at the drop of a hat and other nights it’s a bit of a struggle. Last night, even though I was tired, I was having trouble with the drifting off phase — until I had an idea. I selected my “Christmas” playlist on my iPod, …

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 …

In Flanders Fields the poppies grow…

In Flanders Fields the poppies grow…

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Remembrance Day — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Also known as Poppy day, Armistice Day or Veterans’ Day, it’s a day to remember the fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. I like the tradition we have in Canada of wearing a …

Nightmare, Sleep Terror or Ghost?

Nightmare, Sleep Terror or Ghost?

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner “‘Twas the month of Halloween and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…” until I sprung up from the depths of sleep like a bat out of hell. I saw — and felt — plain as day — a bald man standing over me at the foot of …

Fresh Tip: buy the tube instead of the jar

Fresh Tip: buy the tube instead of the jar

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Occasionally, I like to watch Steven and Chris on CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/stevenandchris/). The last time I caught the show, they were interviewing Paula Begoun, author of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. Check out her website at: http://www.paulaschoice.com/product/dont-go-cosmetics-counter-without-me/books. I thought I’d pass on a tip I learned: When buying …

Top off your day with a cherry

Top off your day with a cherry

Happy Birthday Canada! To celebrate this year, I’m going to go to a cherry stand in my rural neighbourhood and buy a basket full of fresh local cherries. They’re totally in season right now and they match our beloved maple leaf Canadian flag. And everybody knows that it’s not a sundae until there’s a cherry …

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 …