Clean up crew heads to Gonzales Bay Beach

Clean up crew heads to Gonzales Bay Beach

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner I don’t know about you, but seeing litter strewn on roadsides, city streets, parks and beaches is one of my pet peeves. I went to Gonzales Bay Beach, a lovely cove on the edge of Victoria, British Columbia, to collect and tabulate garbage this morning. It was the second time …

“There’s no crying in baseball”

“There’s no crying in baseball”

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner How often do you cry? I cried today already. My brother’s family came home for a brief visit from Dubai. They’ve been here for 11 days. I have a niece (2) and a nephew (4) and this morning they packed up and went away for a couple of days. I …

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 …

Looking at Life Through Rose-Coloured Tresses

Looking at Life Through Rose-Coloured Tresses

****What Not to Wear spoil alert**** In an effort to cling to the vestiges of my youth as they slip through my fingers like sand, I went to my hair appointment with a colourful idea. I wanted to add some pink. I personally think that getting your hair done is one of the best ways …

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 …