The perfect products for the hazy days of summer and you can find them at Cracker Barrel!

Tons of goodies from Cracker Barrel!

I can’t be the only one. I love Cracker Barrel, and it’s not just for the food. In fact, as much as I love the biscuits and gravy, the yummy green beans, and the to-die-for dumplings, I actually eat pretty quickly so I can get to the real highlight – the shopping afterwards! I have a number of beautiful picture frames and angels (I collect angels and Cracker Barrel always has some fabulous ones) that I bought there, not to mention several clothing items. The old-time candy is always fun too, but the real highlight is of course the body products!! Today I have a few goodies that Cracker Barrel sent me that are just perfect for celebrating these last hazy days of summer.

I love the Burt’s Bees line, and am always perusing it at Cracker Barrel. A few of my favorites include the Garden Tomato Toner which is very refreshing particularly if you tend toward oily skin. I also always pick up the Eye Makeup Remover Pads, which are cool because they are soaked in kiwi water. They are also a unique shape that reaches all corners of the eye and these pads remove even the most stubborn waterproof eye makeup.  I’m also a big fan of the Res-Q Ointment which saves dry, damaged skin. Plant oils and vitamin E are so soothing and I always keep a tin of this around particularly when I’m doing lots of gardening.With the summer heat, lips and hands need attention. You can find J.R. Watkins Beeswax Lip Balm at Cracker Barrel and I love all the flavors. Peppermint is a wonderfully cooling one that is great for summertime. I also adore the Dionis line and always buy some when I am there. I can never have enough hand cream.  The Goat Milk Hand Cream is really fantastic. This one is Mediterranean Blue Tea, which is new for me – I usually go for the Vanilla Bean – and this is a wonderful mix of blue tea leaves, iris, and cardamom. It’s a subtle and sophisticated scent that has totally won me over.

Did you know that you can shop all the wonderful lines that Cracker Barrel carries online?  I didn’t either. Check out their website at for Burt’s Bees, J.R. Watkins, Dionis, and plenty more – including the decor, clothing, and nostalgia candy items. You can even buy those amazing rocking chairs that are outside every Cracker Barrel. Of course, it’s not as fun as eating a big plate of dumplings then wandering about in a food coma and shopping in person…but it is the next best thing. And if you can get to Cracker Barrel in person, be sure to take a look at all the great items they have to get you through the last lazy, hazy days of summer.  – Lisa


Burt’s Bees makes holiday merry and bright

There’s one brand that you can count on year round but especially now with gifts on your mind. Just about everyone on your list will love and benefit from Burt’s Bees products. Right now there are some terrific gift sets that will save you money and take care of your holiday list. I’ve been sent three of the sets so you can see all the goodness but there’s a lot more.


For the man or woman in your life that needs to take better care of their hands and feet may I present BURT’S BEES MANI PEDI.

Burt's Bees Mani Pedi

Burt’s Bees Mani Pedi

Inside this terrific set you’ll find 3 Burt’s Bees products and an Ecotools foot brush and pumice. It’s exactly what you need. Your feet will love this Peppermint Foot Lotion that is is made with peppermint, menthol, vegetable based glycerin and coconut oil to help soften calluses and revive and rejuvenate dry feet. The Ecotools foot brush is a cruelty free double sided tool with a pumice on one side and the brush on the other. I have this hanging in my shower right now to help me with the start of my winter feet.

Burt's Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion

Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion

Eco Tools Foot Brush (in the Burt's Bees Mani Pedi set)

Eco Tools Foot Brush (in the Burt’s Bees Mani Pedi set)

Eco Tools Pumice (in the Burt's Bees Mani Pedi set)

Eco Tools Pumice (in the Burt’s Bees Mani Pedi set)

The Ultimate Care Hand Cream with Baobab Oil is wonderful for both men and women because of its natural fragrance. It’s wonderful, really wonderful, for very dry skin.

Burt's Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream

Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream

For the final perfect touch there’s Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. This is probably the best selling cuticle cream available. Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream nourishes and hydrates nails and cuticles with sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E and sunflower oi

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Two more sets, these for the women in your life, from teen on up.

Burt's Bees Classic Bee Tin and Endless Shine Trio

Burt’s Bees Classic Bee Tin and Endless Shine Trio

The Classic Bee Tin ($8.99) would make a fab gift year round. Inside the bee shaped reusable tin are three classic Burt’s Bees products. It contains three of Burt’s Bees favorites, all made from natural ingredients. Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream moisturizes cuticles with sweet almond oil and cocoa butter and nourishes brittle nails with vitamin E and sunflower oil. Honey Lip Balm helps nourish dry lips with a touch of golden honey and vitamin E, leaving them soft and supple. Last, the Hand Salve, brimming with botanical oils, herbs and beeswax, deeply nourishes rough, dry hands. burts-bees-classic-bee-tin-open

Burt's Bees Classic Bee Tin

Burt’s Bees Classic Bee Tin

My favorite of the sets I have is the Endless Shine Trio. I love the 3 Lip Shines that come in this set. They are just the right size, just the right cool colors and just the right texture. While they are a tad sticky upon application, once they are on you won’t notice anything but great color and moisture for your lips.

Burt's Bees Endless Shine Trio

Burt’s Bees Endless Shine Trio

The trio contains Blush, Wink, and Flutter each having a different color and flavor.

Burt's Bees Endless Shine Trio Flutter, Wink, and Blush

Burt’s Bees Endless Shine Trio Flutter, Wink, and Blush

Burt's Bees Lip Shines Wink, Flutter, and Blush

Burt’s Bees Lip Shines Wink, Flutter, and Blush

This mini set is $9.99 while a full size (0.3 oz vs 0.5 oz) is $6.99 which makes this set even better. Three shades small enough for your pocket or makeup bag and three great shades.

You can’t go wrong with Burt’s Bees ever but with all the gift sets they have for this holiday season you really can’t go wrong. Having one or two tucked away for that surprise guest that you need a gift for is perfect with a Burt’s Bees set. Right now at Target if you buy 2 Burt’s Bees items you’ll also get a free $5 reward card and who doesn’t love shopping at Target? And don’t forget the rule: one for you and one for me!  —  Marcia

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Does BB stand for Burt’s Bees or Beauty Balm? Maybe it’s both with Burt’s Bees BB Cream

We’re always talking about weather around here but that’s because our cosmetic life is so dependent on it. I like some products year round while others are best for me during one or more of the 4 seasons. The newest addition to my summer makeup wardrobe is a new product from Burt’s Bees that was recently sent, Burt’s Bees BB Cream.

Burt's Bees BB Cream

Burt’s Bees BB Cream

This BB Cream is like going to a one-stop shop since it has everything I need for sweet summer days. There are 9 benefits in this one handy tube:

  • protects with Broad Spectrum SPF 15
  • moisturizes
  • smoothes
  • visibly firms
  • illuminates
  • evens tone
  • conceals
  • reduce looks of fine lines and wrinkles
  • perfects skin
Burt's Bees BB Cream

Burt’s Bees BB Cream

The first thing I noticed when applying the BB Cream is the refreshing orange fragrance it has. If you know me then you know I’m always looking for fragrance free products but this Burt’s Bees product is the exception to the rule. It starts with this great scent that dissipates but I’d be happy if it stuck around. This BB Cream comes in 3 shades: Light, Light/Medium, and Medium. That means it’s limited to only some skin tones.

Burt's Bees BB Cream in Light/Medium

Burt’s Bees BB Cream in Light/Med

Light/Med is more yellow than I would normally choose so when I tested it on my hand for photos I was sure it wouldn’t work for me. But the surprise is on me since it adjusts within a minute to my skin and looks natural on me. I’m not washed out when wearing it.

Burt's Bees BB Cream in Light/Med

Burt’s Bees BB Cream in Light/Med

One aspect of this that is a plus is that this dries very quickly on my face. I don’t want to use a finishing powder in the summer since the less layers the better. I can use a powder blush after a few minutes without it sticking in places. The blush will apply smoothly and hold. With an SPF of 15 it’s fine if I’m staying in for the day with maybe an occasional trip to the market but for a full day of being out and about I apply a higher SPF sunscreen separately. The good news about the sunscreen in this though is that the ingredients are physical blockers so they are less irritating on your skin than a chemical sunscreen would be.

Burt's Bees BB Cream

Burt’s Bees BB Cream

Burt’s Bees did a great job with their newest product. At $15 it’s not the least expensive option out there but to me it’s the most trusted. Plus there are always great drugstore sales going on. Enjoy your summer skin with Burt’s Bees.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration


Active Ingredients (Light Shade): Titanium Dioxide 5.3% and Zinc Oxide 7.0%

Active Ingredients (Light/Medium Shade): Titanium Dioxide 4.7% and Zinc Oxide 7.0%

Active Ingredients (Medium Shade): Titanium Dioxide 4.7% and Zinc Oxide 7.0%

Inactive Ingredients (All Shades): Water, Glycerin, Decyl Oleate, Isoamyl Cocoate, Isoamyl Laurate, Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Stearic Acid, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract, Beeswax, Jojoba Esters, Mica, Iron Oxides, Silica, Sorbitan Stearate, Stearyl Alochol, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Carboxymethyl C10-16 alkyl glucoside, lauryl glucoside, magnesium aluminum silicate, xanthan gum, citric acid, isostearic acid, lecithin, polyglyceryl-3 polyricinoleate, polyhydroxystearic acid, sodium phytate, trihydroxystearin, alumina, arachidyl alcohol, sorbic acid, alcohol denat., potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, fragrance, phenoxyethanol.

Makeup Wars drugstore lipstick finds with Burt’s Bees, CoverGirl, Milani

makeup wars drugstore lipsticks

We’ve been doing Makeup Wars posts for several years now. It’s not always easy for the group to come up with new themes that haven’t been done but I believe we’ve done it this time. I don’t remember writing specifically about lipsticks that you can find at drugstores before so we have something new for you. To be honest I rarely buy lipstick at the drugstore and it’s mainly because they don’t have testers. I like seeing the lipsticks I buy and that’s because it’s not always possible at the drugstore. On to the majority of what I do have ….

BURT’S BEES LIPSTICKS * are the ones I was most excited to try after seeing them on other blogs. They don’t disappoint.  makeup wars burts bees packageThe packaging of these belies the $9 price. With 14 shades to choose from you won’t have trouble picking favorites. Burt’s Bees lipsticks are creamy and hydrating. Just like the lip balms they are so famous for, these are loaded with great ingredients. They are made with 100% naturally moisturizing ingredients like moringa and raspberry seed oils to keep the moisture in. While they give you color they are also hydrating and conditioning your lips. I don’t think you can go wrong with these.

Burt's Bees Lipsticks Nile Nude, Tulip Tide, Blush Basin

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks Nile Nude, Tulip Tide, Blush Basin

Burt's Bees Lipsticks Blush Basin, Tulip Tide, Nile Nude

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks Blush Basin, Tulip Tide, Nile Nude

When I first open them I notice a fragrance but that’s the last time I notice it.  It dissipates instantly.I have 3 shades (Blush Basin, Nile Nude, and Tulip Tide) and am eyeing Iced Iris now that I know how great these are. Blush Basin is a warm mauve, Tulip Tide is a beautiful pink, and Nile Nude is a warm nude and doesn’t have the orange that my picture depicts. These are available at Ulta and and

Covergirl Coloricious oh sugar!

Covergirl Coloricious oh sugar!

COVERGIRL COLORICIOUS OH SUGAR BALM! * is the newest lip product from Covergirl. These are vitamin enriched tinted lip balms in pretty pastel packaging. The outer packaging doesn’t necessarily give you a hint as to what’s inside. Be sure you check the bottom of the tube for a truer shade.

Covergirl Coloricious oh sugar!

Covergirl Coloricious oh sugar!

I’m loving these since they give just a hint of color yet are loaded with balmy richness. There is no fragrance but when I lick my lips I notice a slight sweetness to them. If you are looking for deep pigment these may not be for you, but they are perfect for me since I like a sheer lip that is moisturizing.

Covergirl oh sugar! in Candy Bonbon and Taffy Tire

Covergirl oh sugar! in Candy Bonbon and Taffy Tire

I have Candy Bonbon (aka Candy) which is a light rosy pink on my lips and Taffy Tire, a ‘your lips but better’ shade on me. These are normally $8.99 but are on sale at at the moment.

Milani Dulce Caramelo

Milani Dulce Caramelo

MILANI COLOR STATEMENT LIPSTICK has become a bloggers delight. If you are a matte lipstick lover then these are for you. How many lipsticks have 45 shades to choose from, in a variety of finishes, and only cost approximately $5.50? After all the hype I had to try one and chose Dulce Caramelo which is a warm nude that’s not too dark (in spite of my swatch).

Milani Dulce Caramelo

Milani Dulce Caramelo

Milani’s Color Statement Lipsticks are highly pigmented and contain Vitamins A, C, & E to moisturize and nourish lips. Dolce Caramelo is a cream finish that’s slightly shiny. My only problem with it is that it’s fragranced so I’m not sure I want to continue buying these, although a fabulous pink just might change my mind.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolas

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus

REVLON ULTRA HD LIPSTICK in Gladiolus a real departure for me. It’s red and I really don’t wear red lipstick. But when a friend offered it to me, I took it to test it out. Have I worn it out of the house? Of course not but someday I might get brave enough.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolas

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus

The color is absolutely stunning. It’s the shade of red nail polish I love so much with its pinky undertone. I’m experimenting with it though to see if I’ll find a way to make it work for me. This comes in 20 shades and it’s opaque in one coat. It’s not sticky but it does have a fragrance. Right now Revlon is BOGO 1/2 at Ulta.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

As usual I neglected to put in some of my favorites from PIXI like their lip crayons, Lip Lift Ice (clear plumping gloss), and Shea Butter Lip Balms so forgive me!!

What are your favorite lip products from the drugstore? I’m anxious to know. I’m also anxious to read what my other Makeup Wars Bloggers have chosen.  — Marcia

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Top Ten Drugstore Favorites from 2015

Our last Top Ten Tuesday of 2015 contains items we can actually afford, even after Christmas. The ten I picked are products that I’ve used often, some even daily, in the last year. All are favorites. I’ve tried to save you from my repeats (mascara for example) but some are just too good not to share again.

1451339740_413gbp5maul._sx300_ql70_ CHOPSAVER LIP BALM is a new product for me to share with you but one I’ve been using daily the last several weeks. This is one of the most interesting lip balms I’ve tried this year. It was developed by a professional trumpet player, Dan Gosling, who you know really needs his lips being healthy. I have this in Fresh Citrus which has the tiniest hint of orange and contains SPF 15. It comes in natural without a sunscreen but I prefer it having the sunscreen. A winner!! *

ChopSave Lip Care w/SPF15

ChopSave Lip Care w/SPF15

1451339854_51mq4dtzy1l._sy300_ql70_BURT’S BEES ALMOND & MILK HAND CREME is different than most of the hand creams that I own. This comes in a jar and is very firm but touch your finger to it and it starts melting to a creamy texture. This is extremely thick, containing beeswax and Vitamin E to both hydrate and shield. I think this makes a great foot cream. I put it on my elbows and on my ankles since those two places get extremely dry for me. The almond scent is light, just a little bit nutty as it’s tempered with the non-fat dry milk. If you wash your hands over and over then this is what you are looking for. *

Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

1451341804_41a-etmeyal._ac_ul160_sr160_160_RoC SMOOTH PERFEXION INSTANT LINE CORRECTOR is one of my favorite RoC products. I was so excited about this when I received it since it’s a much less expensive dupe of Murad InvisiBlur. I do have to use a separate SPF product with RoC Instant Line Corrector but it’s worth it. It’s a blur product that makes your foundation look better than ever. *

Roc Instant Line Corrector

Roc Instant Line Corrector

1451341017_51z1xx7mmpl._sy300_ql70_RoC DAILY RESURFACING DISKS was just reviewed yesterday. This is a great daily cleanser and exfoliator in one handy pad. While I don’t use them daily, I do use the disks several times a week since they are a gentle exfoliation that I can’t overdo. *

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

1451340822_31uimzctxjl._sx300_ql70_TWEEZERMAN STAINLESS STEEL SLANT TWEEZERS are an item I use every single day of my life. I’ve used other tweezers but I always return to Tweezerman. They can be sent in for resharpening but I like a brand new fresh tweezers when I get to that point. I’m more likely to drop my tweezers than anything which is why I have so many around (at least 5!!)

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

1451340168_31fqtxqmjhl._sy300_ql70_MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER is my favorite drugstore eyeshadow primer. I have this thing about primers and use many different brands. I like to make sure I have enough on hand for an emergency. Milani’s is just as good as the “high price spread”. Don’t start your eye makeup without an eyeshadow primer and Milani’s is as good as they get.

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

1451340287_21qyq9kbr_2bl._ql70_NYX EYESHADOW BASE IN WHITE PEARL is another alternative eyeshadow primer. The NYX isn’t as convenient to use since it’s in a pot and I need to use a brush to apply it. But the White Pearl is a nice alternative to the nude of most primers. It holds eyeshadow extremely well and gives a lot of depth to certain shades.
1451340014_41gc7-mqdel._sy300_ql70_AVEENO SKIN RELIEF GENTLE SCENT LOTION, the newest addition to the Aveeno line. The product from Aveeno that’s best for sensitive skin is their fragrance free line. But not everyone likes fragrance free so they’ve developed their Skin Relief body wash and lotion in a Nourishing Coconut scent that isn’t overpowering at all. I’ve got two minis of this and they are already in my travel bag. *

1447723035_lasting-finish-25hr_2_product-300x300RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25 HR FOUNDATION – you are probably tired of me talking about this Rimmel Foundation but every time I wear it I’m amazed again at how great it is. It’s the only drugstore foundation I own. I chose well (091 Light Ivory) from the 7 shades available since I don’t have to play with the color to have it match. And at $6.97 it’s a steal.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

1433204538_07366PHYSICIANS FORMULA EYE BOOSTER 2-IN-1 LASH BOOSTING EYELINER + SERUM is another product that you’ve probably heard me rave about more than once. Finding a great liquid liner isn’t the easiest thing to do but finding one in brown at the drugstore is almost impossible. I’ve tried most brands that I could buy and nothing compares to the PF for me. The color is a true brown and the brush is sturdy and gives me the thin line I love.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Please join the other Top 10 Bloggers for their end of the year posts. You might just find a few products that you didn’t know were wonderful.  —  Marcia

*items were sent for consideration and affiliate links provided
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Summer days and Burt’s Bees

Summer beauty essentials from Burt's Bees
Two beauty products that are summer essentials? SPF and cleansing wipes. Burt’s Bees recently sent me two great options to test that are easy on the pocketbook and great for the remainder of the season.

Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion

Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion

Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30 ($20) is a nice, lightweight daytime moisturizer that does double duty as broad spectrum sun protection. It does have a fragrance, sort of a mix of apple and hibiscus, the two featured ingredients. This lotion firms skin, improves texture, and fights fine lines and wrinkles.

Burt’s Bees did clinical tests, and their results are impressive:

Immediately, skin appears smoother and hydrated
• After 4 weeks, 87% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles
• After 8 weeks, 96% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improved skin texture

Clinically shown to reduce look of deep wrinkles and help improve firmness

The hibiscus is an anti-aging ingredient, while the apple is for hydration. Add in the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, and there is everything needed for a summer moisturizer.

Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Sage Facial Cleansing Wipes

Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Sage Facial Cleansing Wipes

I am kind of addicted to facial wipes…the older I get, the more germaphobic I get, and facial wipes don’t just remove makeup a the end of the day. They clean hands, wipe away dirt, and make short work of sweaty brows. I love Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Sage Facial Cleansing Wipes ($6), a fantastic and affordable drugstore find.

Removes dirt, oil and make-up without rinsing
• Cleanses and tones in one step
• Formulated with Cucumber and Sage Extracts
• FSC Certified cloth

The cucumber and sage make these wipes smell fresh and clean and the cucumber is especially soothing. They don’t leave a sticky residue so they are perfect for your car, your office, or your beach bag.

You can find Burt’s Bees at your local drugstore. Be sure to pick these up while you are enjoying the last hazy days of summer!  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

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Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men

Burt's Bees Natural Skin Care for Men

Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men

Men can smell so GOOD! Earlier this year I went to an Italian restaurant with three friends, and none of us remember what we ate…but we all remember how amazing our waiter Ted smelled. Burt’s Bees recently sent me some products from their Natural Skin Care for Men line and it brought waiter Ted right back to me!

I had both my 21-year-old son and my 45-year-old husband try the Natural Skin Care for Men products out for me. Here’s what they said:

Burt's Bees Natural Skin Care for Men

Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Body Wash

Natural Skin Care for Men Body Wash, ($8, My son loves this body wash. He has sensitive skin, which I thought might be irritated by the scent, but he didn’t have any problems at all. He says this is a winner because he feels clean but not itchy. My husband liked it…. but he is a diehard bar soap guy, so he would be better off with the Natural Skin Care for Men Bar Soap, ($4,

Burt's Bees Natural Skin Care for Men

Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Shave Cream

Natural Skin Care for Men Shave Cream, ($8, My son didn’t like the shaving cream. He loves lots of foam and this is more of a hydrating cream. My husband, however, thought this was excellent. The Calendula and linden extract calmed his skin while the chamomile left it super soft. He says this gives him a close shave without irritating his skin.

Burt's Bees Natural Skin Care for Men

Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Deodorant

 Natural Skin Care for Men Deodorant ($8.00, This natural deodorant was declared a winner by both men. It smells amazing thanks to the citrus oils, woodsy cyprus and warm fir. The odor-fighting botanicals work, making it a terrific deodorant.

I personally love the scent – it’s very flattering for any guy. It’s a scent that leaves your man smelling very manly but in a super clean sort of way, not in a smoke and leather way.

Next time you are at the drugstore, pick up some of these fabulous smelling manly products for your guy…then you’ll know why waiter Ted was so memorable!  – Lisa

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