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5 Bits of Randomness I am! I'm sipping an iced coffee waiting for my hair color to finish processing so I can get it all washed out before the wild ones return from camp in about 30 minutes.

My deadline was met with time to spare, so I am just taking a break to catch up with all of you.  If I haven't said it before, I do apologize for slacking on my posts.  When school is in session, I have lots more spare time on my hands.  Summer time is just busy. I love having the boys home and having family visit. I love anticipating our August trip to Washington, DC and sitting out chatting with neighbors. Summer is fast-paced and super busy with lots of activities, but I really enjoy this extra family time even though it takes away from blogging (which is OK).

Let's have some randomness from the peanut gallery.

1.  I have a new favorite summer drink! It's Abita Strawberry Lager and it is fantabulous! Locally, I buy this one at Wegmans and Aman's Farm Market, both in Irondequoit.

2.  My love for Silk Naturals never fades, as today's mail brought with it a new lipstick and bronzer I ordered only 3 days ago.  My order was a tiny one--but both items are lovely.  The new lippie is called Cabaret, which is described on their site as a deep nude plum. And that it is. It's just a tad more plummy than my natural lip color and I love it.  I also bought a new bronzer in Tahiti Sweetie. Love it!  This one is marketed as a clone of Hoola by Benefit.  I looked at my old makeup stash (you know, the one with chemicals) and sure enough, it is nearly identical.  I actually prefer the Silk Naturals in terms of texture.  Of course, the ingredients are much better, too!

3.  I am on week 3 of "the return to the pixie". I've been having fun fiddling around with hair accessories ranging from wraps to retro headbands and handmade bobbies. It also has come in handy since one of my writing projects was all about fall hair accessories. It is easy peasy to style. All it takes is a teensy bit of air drying, a spritz of Original Moxie Sweet Poof at the roots and then my favorite short hair styler-- Piece Nik, also by Original Moxie.

4.  Chocolate Covered Katie, where have you been all my life??? I found her blog through Pinterest and her {healthy} dessert recipes are to die for. She is obsessed with carrot cake-- a girl after my own heart.  She makes YUMMY, lowfat and low calorie dishes so you can eat dessert guilt free.  I have made several of her recipes now, including the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip, which is made with chickpeas. Seriously. AND IT FOOLED MY HUSBAND AND PICKY BOYS! And it is so, so good!

5. Like the lippie in the photo above? I do! It's from one of my favorite brands,  Jane Iredale.  The product is Lip Fixation and I am wearing a lovely shade called Desire. I love this formula because it is a lip stain with optional coordinating gloss. It doesn't rub off with my morning coffee and is truly long lasting without feeling dry. In the picture, I am not wearing the gloss, but I have worn it both ways and am really happy with the product!