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 …

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 …

Mud Messy? … Who Knew?

Mud Messy? … Who Knew?

I took Homespunspa (read yours truly) on a road trip to Whistler, British Columbia last weekend. Whistler will be the home of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and is a wonderful outdoor playground and a perfect location for a summer spa weekend retreat. I could not have picked a better weekend weather-wise. We were experiencing …

Quinoa … Keen Whaaaat?

Quinoa … Keen Whaaaat?

For the last couple of years I have been on a mission to lose weight and get fit. In April of 2007, I hit my all time high in weight and did not want to see the next higher number. You can guess what the magic number was. I’ll never say.  I have been going …

Catching Some Z’s in Days of Yore, NY Times article

Catching Some Z’s in Days of Yore, NY Times article

It looks like I’m not the only one out there who has a fascination with sleep. I blame Shakespeare. I think that’s where it all started for me. Check out this New York Times article and learn about 17th century theories, including using poppies and lettuce and how to position your body when you’re sleeping. …