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 …

Remember Your New Year’s Resolutions?

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner We’re now seven weeks into the new year and I’m just wondering how your New Year’s resolutions are coming along. Do you remember your New Year’s resolutions? Are you still actively working towards your goals? Did you make any New Year’s resolutions at all? By mid-February, most of us barely …

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 …