Feeling Stuck in the Mud? Try the Kneeling, Standing, & Sitting Method

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner My mother likes me to go to church with her on Sundays. Sometimes I’d rather watch Super Soul Sundays on tv instead but I’ve been going to church more often these days. When I’m at church, I mostly sit in contemplation. Last Sunday, I was reminded of a conversation I …

Happy World Coconut Day!

By Maria Alexandra Koropecky, Homespunspa owner & Laura Benvenuto, guest blogger Did you know that September 2nd is World Coconut day? Coconuts (Cocos nucifera) are one of the world’s most nourishing, versatile and popular foods and to celebrate World Coconut Day, I’ve teamed up with Laura Benvenuto of Truth be Told New York and Nutiva …

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Find Peace of Mind As You Walk A Labyrinth

by Maria Alexandra Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner “To travel a circle is to journey over the same ground time and time again. To travel a circle wisely is to journey over the same ground for the first time. In this way, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the circle, a path to where you wish to be. …

Splash Some Spa Time into Your Staycation this Summer

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Now that summer is officially in full swing — yay! — you might be looking for fun things to do. Have you considered planning a staycation? Victoria, British Columbia is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places on earth and as locals, we should enjoy and appreciate our city …

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Nothing Beats Borscht!

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Many Ukrainians celebrate Christmas Eve with a 12-dish vegetarian feast on January 6th. Borscht is one of the dishes and I absolutely love it! When prepared to my taste (and no two batches, let alone recipes, are the same) it’s like a fine claret with complex notes. Borscht is also …

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 …

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 …