Homespunspa Ewesletter

Maria Alexandra Koropecky, esthetician and owner

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

Have you ever read "The Alchemist?"

Welcome all new Ewesletter subscribers.

September is just flying by. Since the last edition of the Ewesletter, I've been a busy student. I've been certified by the American Union of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) as an NLP Practitioner. Yay. I'm also working on another certification that I'll announce next month.

And if you recall from last month, I made the announcement that I'm also a certified Numerologist and I'm really enjoying the conversations I've been having with people about their personal numbers. It's fascinating!

Meanwhile, I'm also reading Paulo Coelho's, "The Alchemist." Have you read it? Most people have — it's been on the New York Times Best Seller List for ages. It's a wonderful story that is written in a very simple style and is a very easy read but it's very deep at the same time. I'm savouring every page and I'm not racing through it like I normally would.

"The Alchemist" is about a boy named Santiago who likes to contemplate life's mysteries. I like how he's a shepherd who cares about his sheep and a sheep has been the logo for Homespunspa since the beginning. And that's also where the name, "Ewesletter" comes from. :) Santiago is on a mission to discover his life's purpose and to live his personal legend.

As I'm reading this book, I'm thinking I'd like to add a book club to Homespunspa. Would you be interested in participating? We can start with "The Alchemist" and then choose a new book to read every season. If you're interested, let me know. Perhaps you'd also like to have a book discussion during your next spa party? That would be fun!

Also, if you're interested in getting some clarification on your own personal legend, a Numerology reading with me might help. Increasing your self-awareness is always a positive step forward and I'd be happy to have a conversation with you about your hopes and dreams. Connecting with people and talking about life is what brings me the most joy.

Please enjoy this newsletter and thank you for subscribing and for sharing this Ewesletter with your friends. ~ Maria

Today's Recipe — Make Your Own Salad Dressing

As convenient and zingy as bottled salad dressings are, they're not a necessity. They're filled with all kinds of questionable additives and preservatives to extend the shelf life of the product and to keep the oils and vinegars from separating. Pouring a processed salad dressing over a fresh garden salad is a little bit silly when you think about it and it takes away from the healthiness of your fruits and veggies.

It's really easy to make your own salad dressing and you can control the ingredients you use like the amounts of sodium and sugars and avoid potential allergens and gluten. You can be as creative as you like and never make the same salad dressing twice. The combinations of ingredients are endless!

You'll need:

* an oil (like olive oil, safflower oil, vegetable oil, etc)

* a vinegar (like balsamic, apple cider, red wine, rice, etc.)

* dried or fresh herbs (like parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary, etc.)

* spices (black pepper, cayenne pepper, cloves, paprika, garlic, onion, celery seed, etc.)

* optional citrus juices and zest

* optional honey or maple syrup

* optional mustard or mayonnaise

* optional flavoured oils (like walnut, pumpkin, flax seed, avocado, almond, etc.)

* salt to taste

Just remember the 3 to 1 rule when making a salad dressing or vinaigrette — 3 parts of oil to one part vinegar. That's it. Add whatever other ingredients you like and either whirl them up in a blender, or whisk them together in a bowl, or shake them up in a jar, and I promise you'll be impressed with your results. And you'll save some money and some fridge space too!

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.

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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