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 …

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 …

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 …

Stay Cool as a Cucumber this Summer

Stay Cool as a Cucumber this Summer

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Is it hot enough for ya? Somehow I’ve managed to stay pretty cool during this past week’s record-breaking heatwave on the West coast. Sleeping through the night hasn’t been much of an issue for me. For once I’m grateful for living in a basement apartment. It stays pretty cool without …

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 …