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 …

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 …

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 …

Sleep Concierge on Duty

Sleep Concierge on Duty

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Sleep Concierge Hi. My name is Maria and I am the owner of Homespunspa, a service that specializes in teaching people how to create their own home spa treatments to relax and improve the quality of their lives. My main focus is on stress management, self-care and sleep. The concepts of …

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 …

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 …