recipes, Skin Care

Breakfast in the Bath?

Fall has fallen and geez, it’s been cold here at the beach! When the weather starts to turn, I start craving good, hot, stick-to-your ribs types of breakfasts – oatmeal anyone?

We’ve all heard of breakfast in bed, but what about breakfast in the bath?

Besides serving as the base for a hearty breakfast meal, oatmeal can serve double duty as a soothing bath soak. Oatmeal has been known to help ease the itch of dry skin, especially during cold winter months.

This simple bath soak is easy (and inexpensive) to make. I mix up a batch and store it in a glass jar in a cool, dry place. When I’m ready for my bath, I add a cup of the oatmeal mixture to my bath water and soak.

I usually soak in the evening and slather on a good thick body lotion or body butter while my skin is still damp, and then, I slip into my jammies for the night. The combination of the oatmeal and the body lotion really helps to keep me from getting itchy due to dry skin. I find that dry skin plagues me in the colder months when I’m cooped up inside with forced air heat blowing on me.

You can double, or even tripe the recipe below and make a big jar to keep handy. The soak will last for at least a month or two (I think); mine never seems to last that long!

In addition to whipping up a batch for yourself, don’t forget that the holidays are coming up, and this would make a lovely gift for your friends and family. Buy a pretty glass jar, fill with the oatmeal mixture and attach a small wooden scoop to the lid of the jar with a festive ribbon.


Cinnamon Oatmeal Bath Soak

1 cup of powdered milk
1 cup of baking soda
3 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 tablespoons of cream of tartar

1. Be sure to grind the oatmeal VERY FINELY in the food processor.
2. Mix the finely ground oatmeal with the rest of the ingredients.

That’s it! Add a cup of the mixture to your bath and soak away with the sweet smell of cinnamon wafting through your bathroom.

If you decide to try this at home, leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it. Want more recipes like this? Check out my website, and sign up for my monthly newsletter to get even more recipes and tips.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!


Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

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Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

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