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  • Affordable Skincare I Swear By (And Researched)

    If you know me, you know I absolutely love skincare. I love washing my face every morning and night, sitting down at my desk, opening my skincare fridge, and applying all my cooling products to my face. The only thing with skincare is that it can add up so fast. One minute I need a face cream and makeup remover replenishment, the next I somehow spent $40+ dollars. Don't get me wrong, I still love to splurge and sometimes those pricey products truly are worth it, but if you're trying to ball on a budget, this one's for you. These products are ones I've repurchased at least once and have truly loved, researched, and still keep using to this day. For those curious, I currently have acne-prone skin that can get a bit oily in the T-zone, but I do get dry during winter. So let's get this list started. Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser I bought this cleanser as a makeup remover one time on a whim because I wanted a cheap makeup remover I could bring with me to the gym when I needed it. I always prefer balms/cleansers because they are so smooth on your skin and not needing a cotton pad is much better for your skin, your allotted skincare space, and the environment. This one is so soft on the skin, instantly hydrates my skin, removes any makeup, and about $5 everywhere I look. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque When my skin used to be full of breakouts pre-Acutane era, this face mask was the only thing that would calm down my skin. Ever since I was done with Accutane, this is still my go-to. It's a 10-minute mask made of one of the best ingredients for acne-prone skin, salicylic acid. I apply it either all over my face if I want to do a full-face or sometimes I'll use it as a quick treatment when my skin randomly goes off the rails, and I immediately notice a difference the next morning. This product will never not be in my face mask drawer ever again. CeraVe Cleansers CeraVe's cleansers are one of those that you hear about constantly and you may wonder if it's just hyped up or if it's really worth it. Let me tell you right now, WORTH IT. I've used these for years. When I had incredibly oily skin, I'd use their oily skin formula. Ever since Acutane though, I find that as long as I keep up with my acne-prone treatments, I love to add hydration wherever I can. My dermatologist once told me, "use hydration products as early and for as long as you can". That has truly stuck with me so I would opt for the hydrating cleanser unless you incredibly need the oily skin formula, then use the Foaming Facial Cleanser. Burt's Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment I contemplated adding this product in because for a lip product, it's a tad bit more, but usually falls between $8-10. With that said, I've lost count of how many times I've repurchased this, at least 4 times. I use this anytime my lips start being dry, nighttime or not, and my lips will re-moisturizing back to normal within 1-3 uses of this. It's the only thing I've found that truly re-hydrates my lips without needing to constantly apply chapstick all day long. It feels so good and if you apply it at night, you can be sure you're waking up with moisturized lips. In fact, it was part of my Accutane holy grails blog post and that's how you KNOW it's a winner.

  • Home Gym Essentials (When You're Ready to Invest in Equipment)

    If you're looking to finally working out but for whatever reason, you need to work out from home, you've come to the right place! Whether you can't prioritize a gym membership right now, don't feel comfortable at the gym, or can't find time to get there and make it worth it, you can still get killer workouts from home. Of course, there are so many workouts you can do with zero equipment and only bodyweight or household items, but if you are looking to invest in some equipment, I'll share with you what I recommend. I've worked out at gyms for years and have worked out at home for almost 2 years due to the pandemic, but I'm honestly obsessed with my home gym situation and workouts. Here are the items I recommend from absolute basics to progressively a bit more extra but totally worth the investment. Yoga Mat Let me tell you right off the bat, I almost forgot about this one and then automatically bumped it first. Whether you have hardwood floors, carpet, or need to work out outside on the grass or concrete, a yoga mat gives you a designated place to work out in comfort. Depending on your workout type and yourself you can buy a standard or a much thicker mat too. I find the thicker mats to be so comfortable and easier on the joints but require so much more balance when it comes to holding any kind of pose or getting into positions (aka lunges). Foam Roller If you're working out in any way, you need to have a foam roller. There are so many different lengths of them and some are designed to have various patterns and pressure points but honestly, as long as you have one out of foam, you're already doing amazing. Spend just 5 minutes before a workout if you know you're already sore or 5 minutes after if the workout kicked your butt and you'll thank me later. Dumbbells/Kettlebells Dumbbells are the most basic items you can buy that can also make a tremendous difference in your workouts. Start light and over time you can go heavier. If they are pricey, simply buy just one and do one side at a time. I'll always prefer dumbbells over kettlebells if you only invest in one because I prefer hand positions on kettlebells but either is totally fine and kettlebells are great for heavier weights and certain exercises. Jump Rope I've said it (at least) once and I'll say it again. I love jumping rope and I'll recommend it to everyone. I've written an entire post about the benefits and a few sample workouts you can do. You really don't need any fancy jump rope either, I would just recommend it is adjustable so that it can be fit to your height but most are! Glute Bands Glute bands are such an easy tool that can elevate any workout. If you think bodyweight exercises are feeling easy and you're tired of just piling on more reps, try adding a glute band. Works so well for glute bridges, lunges, squats, and is even adaptable for arm workouts or to improve pushup techniques! The rubber ones are cheap but I'll always prefer the fabric ones as they won't snap, are more durable, and they tend to not roll down. I also recommend packs with 2-3 sizes so that you can move up or down in bands depending on the exercise. Resistance Bands In the same idea as the glute bands, resistance bands are amazing to help elevate any workout you're doing. The great thing too is that these can actually replace dumbbells if you don't want to spend money on physical weights of different amounts. Simply add, remove, or interchange the bands as needed to make the resistance how you need to feel a burn. A set like this is also amazing because the different handles allow you to do variations of exercise from simply being able to grab onto them, hooking them onto places in your home, or putting it over the door (but make sure you test out the safety of your door and the direction it opens before you do this!). Pilates Bar This one is definitely more of an investment but I've loved it and have used it every week since I bought it 6 months ago. Essentially, if you can't afford or don't have the space for a squat rack (rightfully so!) then this is such a great alternative. You can load up the resistance in the same format as the ones above, and if you find it too easy, you can even buy more bands to add to the collection. The one thing I missed like crazy going from the gym to at home was loading up a bar for my squats, split squats, and lunges, and now I finally can again. That's everything I recommend and everything that has gotten me through years of working out at home, but especially the last year and a half. If anything starts getting easy, just add more reps or add more resistance/weight. You really don't need a gym to get workouts that burn, you don't even need all of this equipment, but sometimes adding equipment diversifies your workouts to keep it fun for every new workout plan you come up with.

  • Favorite Coffee Protein Shake Recipe (Plain, Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, and PB2)

    Finding a good breakfast or satisfying snack can be super tricky. Especially on days I am rushing out the door, I want something I can make quickly that doesn't impose too many calories or mess up my macros too much for the rest of my meals. Not only this, but I also love my caffeine in the day but this usually entails a coffee with some sort of sweetener and cream/milk and unless I am treating myself to a special cup of coffee, I tend to opt-out. My favorite quick snack is a protein shake but I can get tired of those fast, especially if I drink one a day. It simply becomes a chore and I don't want that. That's when I decided one day to just mix to blend my favorite chocolate whey powder into a shake, then another day I added coffee, and I've since played with this recipe multiple times and it's become my daily breakfast. Today I will share 3 options, a more plain version, a lower fat option, and a higher fat depending on what you're watching out for and your flavor preferences. Coffee Whey Protein Shake This option is the most plain of the versions but delicious. You can also use it as a great base for whatever else you choose to add in. I usually do this option if I'm a little extra hungry or I don't have too much to fit into my macros. It becomes like a fancier protein shake with, let's be real, the extra caffeine that I probably need to get through the day, Almond Butter Coffee Whey Protein Shake Now, this is my absolute favorite and what I do almost every morning. It's also great if you're in the mood for almond butter or you're missing healthy fats in your food. This remains my favorite of the shakes, and on days I really am lacking healthy fats, I get to add an extra tablespoon of almond butter which tastes INCREDIBLE and much creamier. You can also sub peanut butter if you're not an almond butter fan because it does in fact hold similar healthy fats, but almond butter always has that little extra flavor without being too nutty to me. I use the Costco brand of almond butter and this one has remained my favorite for years, ever since I had to use it for a job I used to do. Peanut Butter Coffee Whey Protein Shake If you love peanut butter, but your fats are limited for the day, adding PB2Fit is my next favorite option. This is a great option depending on your preferences. I've also recently discovered Barney Butter Chocolate Powdered Almond Butter which is the same concept of being way lower in fat content so I'm excited to try this one too. This is probably my favorite option for days where I need way less fat but want something more special than the basic coffee protein shake recipe I first shared. But there you go! Those are my absolute favorite recipes lately. I thought I'd compile them in one post for it to be easy for you guys. If you recreate any of these, let me know and I'd love to know what you think and how you modify them!

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  • Personal Training | Bold Centennial

    Monthly Workout Plan Designed for you 3-4 Workouts Per Week Weekly & Monthly Check-Ins Custom to Your Progress Designed To Your Equipment 4-Weeks Long Plan $90 ➡ $50 This 4-week custom workout plan is built around your own progress done and your equipment accessibility. With 3-4 workouts a week targeted towards your goals, you're getting the very best. ​ Sandy Baudoux received her CPT through ISSA in December 2020. She works with individuals of all levels and ages but loves to help young adults pave their way for a healthy fitness journey. Start Today

  • Fun & Random | Bold Centennial

    Fun and Random 2020 Amazon favorites I am obsessed with Amazon. I think I purchase at least an item a week if not more. Over time, I started accumulating my favorite items while 66 views 0 comments Post not marked as liked Activities To Do When Bored At Home If you're bored (or stuck) at home, I want to share some activities I've been loving to hopefully help you out. 30 views 0 comments 1 like. Post not marked as liked 1 10 Things You Don't Know About Me, Sandy Baudoux from Bold Centennial Here are 10 facts about me that you likely didn't know unless you spend every waking moment with me. 88 views 1 comment 3 likes. Post not marked as liked 3

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