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 …

Holly.

My Pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada (2014)

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Happy Canada Day! You may be surprised by my pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada in 2014. I’m going to go out on a limb and not pick something obvious. I’ve decided to go with Holly Oil (Ilex aquifolium) this year. Yes, I realize Holly is an …

Nothing Beats Beets!

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Many years ago, I invited a guy over to my apartment for dinner and asked him if there was any food he didn’t like. He said, “I don’t know…beets?” I said, “OK, I won’t serve beets,” (not that I would have anyway that night) but now that I’m reminiscing about …

bowl of borscht.

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 …

How about a heaping helping of Pumpkin Spice Bath Salts?

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner How about a heaping helping of Pumpkin Spice bath salts? It’s my newest creation and I’m so excited about this recipe! I took my basic bath salts recipe with sea salt, Epsom salt, cornstarch and baking soda and then glammed it up by adding Himalayan salt for a peachy colour …

Can I Offer You A Hot Beverage?

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Sheldon: Did you offer him a hot beverage? Leonard: No. Sheldon: Leonard, social protocol states when a friend is upset, you offer them a hot beverage, such as tea. Howard: Tea does sound nice. Sheldon: You heard the man, Leonard. And while you’re at it, I’m upset that we have …

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 …

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 …

11 things you can do to prevent stretch marks.

11 Things You Can Do To Prevent Stretch Marks

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner. One of my readers, Leah of Healing Natural Oils, kindly shared this groovy info-graphic with me about stretch marks and in turn, I’m sharing it with you. I know I’ve had my share of stretch marks over the years and I’ll definitely keep these 11 tips in mind the next …

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, …