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.

Enjoy!

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, http://www.thecaringcoachingcenter.com 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

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!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

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.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

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.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on http://www.amazon.com.

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aromatherapy, Skin Care

Energizing Citrus Scrub

Where are all my essential oil fans out there? I love essential oils and often use different scents to match my different moods.

Sandalwood and chamomile calm me; and lavender relieves my anxiety and helps me sleep.

But my favorite oils are definitely citrus oils. Grapefruit, lemon, and lime are energizing and make me instantly happy.

When choosing oils, be sure to get pure oils and read the labels carefully. Some of my favorites include, GoDesana http://www.godesana.com/ and Aura Cacia https://www.auracacia.com/

I use my oils to make both beauty and cleaning products. One of my favorite concoctions to whip up are shower scrubs. A good salt or sugar scrub exfoliates the skin and leaves it feeling fresh, soft, and smooth. The recipe below is a salt-based scrub with a scent that just screams summer and sunshine.

The scrub should last six month in a glass jar stored in a cool, dark place. I say “should” because I’ve never had the scrub that long. I love it so much that once I make it, I use it just about every morning!

Exfoliating Citrus Scrub

1 ounce of almond oil
20 drops of grapefruit essential oil
15 drops of tangerine essential oil
3 ounces of coarse sea salt

Combine almond oil and essential oils in glass jar. Shake until ingredients are well combined.

Pour oil mix into a glass bowl and mix in sea salt a little at a time until you have a thick paste.

Let the mixture sit for about an hour and then transfer to a glass jar.

When ready to use, massage the mixture onto wet skin. Avoid sensitive areas such as your face, neck, and breasts.

Be careful in the shower; the almond oil can make the shower slippery.

The aroma of this scrub is so delicious. I use it in the morning to wake me up and energize me for the day.

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

Karen

Have you gotten your free health consultation yet? If you are ready to make positive, healthy changes in your life, I can help! My mission is to be your partner in helping you reach your health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. Email me TODAY at karen@thecaringcoachingcenter.com to set up your FREE consultation.

Want to know more about health coaching? Visit my website, www.thecaringcoachincenter.com

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!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

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.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

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.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on www.amazon.com.

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Skin Care

Lavender Sugar Scrub

According to the calendar, summer is almost here, although in some parts of the world, folks are already enjoying outdoor, summer activities.

Although you may be enjoying endless days of fun in the sun, there’s a chance that your skin may not be enjoying it quite as much as you are.

Summer sun, ocean water, sunscreen, and chlorine, may be parching your skin, causing it to crave a little more TLC than usual.

After a day of fun in the sun (slathered responsibly with sunscreen, of course) pamper your skin with this quick and easy lavender sugar scrub.

Recipe
1 cup of dark brown sugar
1 cup of turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw is a good one)
10 drops of lavender essential oil
¾ of a cup of safflower oil
Mix all ingredients and store in a tightly-sealed glass jar.

To Use
Jump in the shower and give your body a good rinse. Apply sugar mixture to wet skin rubbing it into skin in a soft, circular motion. Be careful with those sensitive bits like your nipples, and don’t use the scrub on your face.

Once you’ve applied the sugar scrub, let it sit for a minute or two, then rinse thoroughly. Be careful exiting the shower; sometimes the oil in the scrub can make things more slippery than usual. After towel-drying, apply a light lotion (stick with the lavender theme to help relax you for a good night’s sleep) and slip into some light airy PJs.

Want something other than a lavender scent? Swap out the lavender oil for a citrus oil like lemon, lime, or grapefruit for a scrub that energizes you in the morning.

Want something a little more subtle? Swap out the lavender for vanilla oil, or use a mix of half vanilla, half lavender for a lovely, light scent.

As always, read your oil labels carefully to be sure you are using them correctly, and stick to really pure, natural oils like Aura Cacia or GoDesana.

Once you’ve mixed your sugar scrub, store it in a cool, dry place. Use it within three weeks to maximize its freshness.

Pampering your skin can be a pleasurable experience, but it can also be serious business, which is why I want to take this time to remind you to please practice sun-safety this summer.

Don’t skimp on the sunscreen, avoid the sun during peak hours, cover your skin with light, breathable fabrics, and don’t forget the hat or visor!

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

Karen

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