My Interview with Helen Hodgson of Serve the Goddess Mobile Spa

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner I first met Helen Hodgson thanks to a “mobile spa Google alert” I received in my inbox in 2011. She had been interviewed by the “Massage Nerd” and was promoting her 5-week teleclass on “How to Create your own Mobile Spa Business” and I was compelled to click on the …

How to get rid of a rash under breasts

by Maria Koropecky. Having a rash under the breasts can be very debilitating. Unsightly rashes can undermine your confidence and make you feel self-conscious. A rash may keep you from wearing a cute bikini this summer, or from getting a massage, or from going out on a Saturday night. To see what I’m talking about, …

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Well, it’s January and I’m still in Ontario. It’s snowing right now and there’s about 4 to 5 inches of snow on the ground already but I’m not letting that stop me from taking daily walks through my neighbourhood. Over Christmas vacation, I walked for almost an hour every day …

Tip To Stay Fit On Your Trip

Tip To Stay Fit On Your Trip

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner My Homespunspa Wellness Tour 2012 is starting in just a few days and I’m getting really excited about my trip. But while I’m away, I don’t want to forget about exercising and lose all of the ground I’ve covered in the last several months. And with American Thanksgiving and the …

20 Things You Can Do To Avoid The Flu

20 Things You Can Do To Avoid The Flu

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Last December/January, I caught the worst cough I can remember and I don’t want to go through that ever again. I lost my voice to laryngitis for a few days, the painful, phlegmy coughing kept me and everyone in my household up at night, and it took about three weeks …

I’m Going on a Wellness Tour

I’m Going on a Wellness Tour

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner “The Road to Wellness is up the road and around the corner” was the lead in an article I wrote in 1998 when I was a reporter for the Peninsula News Review. My assignment was to interview a Naturopathic Doctor who had just opened a wellness clinic in Saanichton. At …

Have you ever Spa’d at Sea? Part 2

Have you ever Spa’d at Sea? Part 2

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner As you may recall from my blog post, “Have you ever Spa’d at Sea? Part 1,” I went on a cruise to Alaska with my mom in June of 2012. It was a wonderful experience and a dream come true for me. Here is the much anticipated, “Have you ever …

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 …

Highlights From My Dog-Sitting Retreat to White Rock

Highlights From My Dog-Sitting Retreat to White Rock

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner I’ve just come back home from a 3-day, dog-sitting retreat to White Rock. It was a great mini-vacation and exactly what I needed after a long (for west coast standards) winter. I really needed a change of scene and dog-sitting for Topaz, the high-energy Weimaraner, did the trick. I took …

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 …