Homespunspa Ewesletter

Maria Alexandra Koropecky, esthetician and owner

Homespunspa Mobile Spa is based out of Victoria, BC, Canada

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* February 2015 Focus on Fitness this February.

* January 2015 Super Exciting Announcement!

* December 2014 Wishing You A Wonderful Winter Season!

* November 2014 Take the Chill out of November with these Ideas!

* October 2014 You're Invited to Borscht Fest

* September 2014 Have you ever read "The Alchemist?"

* August 2014 Amazing Avocados & Cool Cucumbers Team Up in this Summer Soup Recipe

* July 2014 Planning a staycation or spa party this summer?

Hello Spring!

Welcome all new Ewesletter subscribers and hello to all readers. Please enjoy this newsletter and thank you for subscribing and for sharing this Ewesletter with your friends. As a subscriber, you are among the first to hear about what's going on at Homespunspa. ~ Maria

I've just returned from a vacation to Hawaii with my family. We stayed at the Aulani Resort near Honolulu. Although it was a little cool, we still managed to enjoy the sunshine and the surf and make some fun memories.

One day, I followed my nose to the spa. Have you ever wondered why spas tend to smell alike? You can always tell a spa is nearby because there's a lovely scent wafting through the air.

I asked the esthetician if they had a specific aromatherapy blend that they purposefully sent through the air vents to attract customers to the spa (because I wanted to try to recreate it myself) and she said, "no, we don't do anything, the aroma actually comes from the products we stock on the shelves." She said she has been at this spa since day one (about 3 years) and gradually, as more cosmetics have been added to the shelves in the reception area, the stronger the natural aroma has become.

Anyway, I'm glad to be home again because there's lots going on at Homespunspa that I can't wait to tell you about. We're working on some really fun and exciting projects and are forming some wonderful partnerships with like-minded professionals. But those announcements will have to wait until next month's Ewesletter, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy this month's articles and I also hope you enjoy spring 2015.

P.S. I completed the Jazzercise 30 classes in 35 days challenge and got the t-shirt!

Book Recommendation: The Art of Having It All by Christy Whitman

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Christy Whitman's new book, "The Art of Having It All" to review. I read it over several evenings because I didn't want to rush it and I learned that it is possible to 'have it all' in life.

In her book, Christy also mentions going to the spa every Saturday:

"Of course, as a woman in my early 40s, taking good care of my body is a high priority. I work out five days a week, get a massage every Saturday, and treat myself to a spa day, a reflexology treatment, a facial, or a trip to the acupuncturist once a month..."

Christy's enthusiasm for spa days caught my attention and I asked her "why is spa time an important part of your it and your all?

To answer my question and much to my delight, Christy was gracious enough to write a guest post on the Homespunspa blog. To read her answer to my question, please read "Energy Alignment: Balancing Outer Action With Inner Receptivity."

Recipe for Hummus

In my opinion, Hummus is a near perfect food. If there's a food out there that nearly everyone can eat, this is it. Hummus is a Middle Eastern dish made from mashed chickpeas, tahini (ground sesame seeds), olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic, and it's traditionally served with pita bread. Try it also with cucumber!

You can easily embellish Hummus with caramelized onions, roasted garlic, herbs like rosemary and cilantro, or spices like cumin, paprika or black pepper. It's a great spa snack and I'm sure you have tasted your share at dinner parties and potlucks.

Hummus suits vegetarian and vegan diets and is a good choice if you're fasting for Lent. I also like to put it in sandwiches.

Hummus is a high source of protein, dietary fibre, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and folate. And it's so easy to make yourself that you don't have to buy it commercially-made in a store.


2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or reserve the liquid)

1/4 cup of water (or use the reserved liquid from canned chickpeas)

1/2 cup of tahini (sesame seed paste)

Juice from 1 freshly squeezed lemon

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1-2 cloves of garlic, minced

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree to your preferred consistency. Adjust the seasonings. Place in a serving bowl and top with your choice of garnish like parsley, paprika, whole chickpeas, etc. Serve with warmed pita triangles and fresh veggies. Enjoy!


Free Ebook!

I'm happy to say that I've self-published an ebook called, "Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make That Keep Them Unhealthy, Overwhelmed, and Uncreative."

Right now, I'm offering this ebook as a gift for new subscribers to my mailing list.

As our gift to you for subscribing to our mailing list, you will receive a copy of Maria's ebook, "Creating Wellness: 3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make That Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, and Uncreative."  
3 Massive Mistakes Foodies Make That Keep Them Unhealthy, Overweight, and Uncreative ebook.

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So if you haven't had a chance to download it yet, please download the 32-page ebook and let me know what you think. I've made sure to include lots of photos!

I'm really excited about my ebook because it's chalk full of good information and it's written in an easy to read style. I've also made sure to include lots of photos! I hope you get a chance to read it soon. Let me know what you think! ~ Maria


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About Homespunspa

The concept of Homespunspa was sprung from a sleep-over in 1999 after I invited some friends to a slumber party that turned into a spa party.

We each created our own home spa treatments for hair, nails, face and body using natural ingredients like avocados, lemons and essential oils.

That night, my love of spas was awakened and as my head hit the pillow, the word, "Homespunspa" was born.

Homespunspa Enterprises was established in 2001 and the sheep logo was commissioned later that year. In 2002, I launched and the site has been live on the Internet without interruption all of these years.

In 2006, I self-published a book of home spa recipes entitled, How to Throw a Home Spa Pajama Party the Homespunspa Way.

In 2009, I added a blog to the Homespunspa website. In 2010, I graduated from the Aveda Institute with a diploma in Esthetics. In 2011, I added a mobile spa department to Homespunspa. In 2014, I added life coaching to the Homespunspa menu of services.

Also in 2014, I started publishing the Homespunspa e-newsletter, Ewesletter, each month, during the third week of the month, on or after the 16th day.

Thanks for reading the Homespunspa Ewesletter. I hope to see you in person soon.


Maria Alexandra Koropecky

esthetician and owner of Homespunspa.


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