KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway!

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Wowza, do we have a special treat for you just in time for the holidays! I've banded together with Angie over at My So-Called Chaos, her sponsors, and some other wonderful bloggers and people to offer all of you lucky readers a Kitchenaid Mixer. Do you want to win a Kitchenaid Mixer? Good-read on to enter!

Angie asked the wonderful people participating in this giveaway with me to share their favorite holiday treats with you. Maybe our answers will inspire you, and if you win, you can make those treats in your brand new kitchen baby. *Swoon!* So here are the lovely ladies involved, and their favorite holiday treats:

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"To kick this off, I'll share that my favorite holiday treat is Pumpkin Pie. I know, it's totally basic, but a good homemade pumpkin pie is something I look forward to all year long. That and all the festive holiday coffee options-love!" - Angie from

"There's something just so classic and comforting about freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of cold milk. I bake them every year because the smell stirs up the best childhood memories." - Kimi from Kimi Who

"I recently made Buckeye Brookies! They are a twist on an old Ohio classic. I made them on Monday and by Wednesday they were totally devoured. Everyone loved them and was asking me when I was going to make them again! Looks like I've found my signature sweet treat!" - Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me

"I am definitely a sweet eater! I love just about any sweet, but when it comes around to the holidays, I'm in love with cream puffs. If you haven't ever had a cream puff, its a dough filled with a cream cheese mixture feeling. It is a must try this holiday!" - Ashley from Simply Ashley Nichole

"Churros with dulce de leche!, it's sweet and crunchy, and I just love the creaminess of the dulce de leche, it could also be Nutella!" - Gaila from Petit Gourmet

"My favorite holiday sweet treat is Christmas cookies. I love cookies year round, but the cookies my family makes around the holidays are super delicious. I love my Grandmama's shortbread and my Aunt's sugar cookies. I also like to make cookies and make some awesome chocolate chip cookies." - Christina from Cali Darling

"My favorite treat is homemade Caramel Apple Pie. I'm not great at baking but I can make some delicious pie and this one is by far my best. I'm proud of it every time I cook it and it's absolutely delicious." - Bethany from Stella Kenton Body Shop

"My favorite holiday treat would have to be brownies or cookies, wait maybe Pie. Lol I love all three. How can I choose? But I do need them to have some time of holiday spirit on them such as peppermint." - Jasmine from Classy, Sassy, and a Bit Smartassy

"Definitely hot chocolate! Maybe with a shot of espresso? It reminds me of colder weather (I live in Florida!) and cozy blankets! There's a comfort in holding something warm." - Samantha from Samanthability

"My favorite holiday sweet treat is simply hot milk with cinnamon. I think cinnamon immediately drives me to the Christmas atmosphere as for the whiteness of the milk that reminds me of snow falling down." - Caterina from Kate/idoscope

"Cookies....because who doesn't love cookies? :)" - Linda from Brunch with Joy

"Every Christmas, my grandparents in New Jersey ship us out kiffles from the Kiffle Kitchen Bakery in PA, and they're by far my favorite holiday sweet treat! I love them because they remind me of the holidays in NJ when I was a child! Now that I'm across the country in AZ, it's nice to have a little something that reminds me of home during the holidays." - Nicole from Violet & Vine

"Our favourite holiday sweet treat is a chocolate candy called Almond Roca. It comes out in the stores around the holidays. It's toffee wrapped with chocolate and almonds." - Tript and Prabh from Footnotes & Finds

"Anything with chocolate - white, milk or dark, I love it all!" - Ang from Juggling Act Momma

"A big ol' piece of pumpkin pie covered in Cool Whip! But, minus the crust. I eat around that nonsense ;)" - Leeann from Join the Gossip

"I love my mom's homemade butter cookies. Her baking always fills up the house with a fantastic smell that reminds me of the holidays. I remember sneaking cookies that just came out of the oven. So good!" - Jessica from Living La Vida Holoka

"My favorite holiday sweet treat is pumpkin pie, although I have met very few cookies I don't like. I love the spices of the pie and it brings lots of fond memories. Plus, I love to squirt the whipped cream in my grand kid's mouths." - Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas

"I love homemade toffee - one bite takes me back to sneaking pieces off my grandma's kitchen counter during the holidays!" - Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

"I love cinnamon rolls. The sweet smell. The warmth. It just is perfect for the fall and winter time!" - Amanda from Green Tea & Cotton

"My favourite holiday sweet treat is something we get in the UK called After Eight Mints. They're absolutely delicious and I can't imagine not indulging in a few (or half a box) after dinner on Christmas Day!" - Louise from With Love From Lou

"Every Christmas we host a Family Cookie Day, so I have to go with Butterscotch Haystacks as my favorite holiday sweet treat. Eating them brings back great memories of my youth." - Darcey from Foodie & Wine

"Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - they're a tradition in our family and I've been making them for my kids for about 15 years!" - Julie from Mom Fabulous

"Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies because they're good with coffee or after dinner." - Tiara from Ice Cream & French Fries

"It's so simple (and might sound totally lame) but I love Peanut Butter Blossoms. Every holiday season I crave them!" - Mary from Vindulge

"My favorite holiday sweet treat are Hershey kiss peanut butter cookies! There is something that just screams holidays when I'm stuffing them in my mouth by the handfuls, haha!" - Amanda from Little Lady Little City

"I love hot chocolate and fudge! Hot chocolate just reminds me of the cooler weather and fudge reminds me of Christmas time!" - Alissia from Stay at Home Mompreneur

"Sugar cookies topped with sprinkles are my favorite! They are so simple to make and taste delicious." - Krystal from The Krystal Diaries

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Prize is one Kitchenaid Stand Mixer in your choice of color (as long as that color is no more than $300 value currently on Amazon) This giveaway is open Worldwide (Internationa winners will receive $300 Paypal cash instead to purchase from an international site) and ends on 12/8/15 at 12AM. Entries will be verified and entering below agrees to full terms and conditions within the Rafflecopter widget.

Senior Shelter Pets with Rachael Ray



Senior Shelter Pets with Rachael Ray - littleladylittlecity.com
Today I'm partnering with Rachael Ray to talk about Senior Rescue Pets. Rachael Ray is a huge advocate of rescue animals having created Rachael's Rescue for all forgotten pets as well as donating all of her personal proceeds from sales of Nutrish and using them towards food, medical supplies and treatments for animals in need. I asked one of my favorite people on earth to share her story with her senior pet rescue, so take it away Megan.
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I have a particular affection for older dogs. Just like people, they are set in their ways, maybe a little slower but all the wiser. Cookie came into my life very quickly after I lost my other elderly dog, Maisy. I wasn't looking to get another dog right away as I was so heartbroken over saying goodbye to my sweet lady. While my mom was looking on the Arizona Humane Society website for a friend, she came across this sweet little pug named Cookie. 
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I should back up to tell you, I am a certifiable crazy pug lady; Megan and pug go hand in hand for most people. Naturally, that meant a 6:00 am Saturday morning text from my mom telling me I needed to go get this girl. I was so torn, I wasn't sure I was ready again. It's so hard to fathom the thought of that loss again one day. Over lunch with friends, I had told them about Cookie and showed them a photo of her. By the end of lunch, we had all decided to make it a group effort and meet Cookie. When I arrived to the Humane Society, another woman and her son had just arrived to also look at Cookie. With a flip of a coin and a little luck, I was able to meet her first. It was love at first sniff and it was clear we would soon be great friends. 
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Cookie is now of the wonderful age of 8 and has sweet little white hairs popping up in her face with the spirit of a pup. She is the best companion and someone I know I can rely on at any time. I often ask myself who rescued who when I think of the love she's given me. I am so grateful for her in my life.

Megan and Cookie are absolute perfection together, they have such a wonderful and special relationship I just know it was meant to be. Thank you to Megan for sharing her story and so many wonderful photos of Cookie! If you want to learn more about Rachael Ray's work and Nutrish follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Spooky Days

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For the last week or so Will and I have basically been living in Silent Hill (but without all the horrifying creatures trying to kill us haha). So of course we did the best thing we could think of, and took photos of ourselves in all the spooky fog. It's such a weird feeling waking up to this much fog everyday for a week, it really makes me just want to stay curled up in bed with a ton of hot tea.
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Spooky Days - littleladylittlecity.com
This sweatshirt is my absolute jam, especially with all this crazy fog. Coolest thing about it is that it totally glows in the dark! Ahhh it's like all my childhood favorite things put together: ghosts/spooky things and anything that glows in the dark. I'm also very lucky this sweatshirt is crazy warm because we got a new wood stove for the mountain house and it takes a lot longer to heat up the whole house, so it's super chilly both inside and out while it gets going. Burrr. I'm definitely already looking forward to getting back to Phoenix and enjoying it's warmer winters. 
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jeans // Paige Denim (similar)
hat // Will's
shoes // Converse
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Just as I finished writing up this post the fog lifted and we can actually see a couple feet in front of us again, but this picture of Will and I shows just how crazy the fog was for the past week, haha. 

How was everyone's week going so far?

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Lately

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Well hello there, it's been a little while since I've posted, so I thought I would share what I've been up to lately.
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Lately - littleladylittlecity.com
Lately - littleladylittlecity.com
Lately - littleladylittlecity.com
Lately - littleladylittlecity.com
1 // Beautiful sunsets
2 // Cat walks on foggy days
3 // Some of my absolutely favorite people came to visit and it was the best!
4 // Lazy sleepy days
5 // Apple squeezing. We made so much yummy cider!
6 // Tiny kitty sombrero just because and as you can see she absolutely loves it haha.

How have you all been? Any new posts I need to check out? (I've been super behind on my reading). 

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Walking the Cats - Rachael Ray Nutrish: Fur Real Moments



  Walking the Cats - Rachael Ray Nutrish: Fur Real Moments - littleladylittlecity.com
Both Wigs and Sylvester were rescue kittens, but Sylvester's life started out the hardest. We found him in the middle of the road on a busy highway, poor guy, and were lucky enough to scoop him up before he got hurt. So because of their start in life it should be no surprise that we show them how much we absolutely adore their company by spoiling them rotten. One of our favorite ways to do so is to go on walks together around the mountain. While they are usually pretty good about walking, sometimes neither one is having it. To help them out we found a pair of pet backpacks, and truth be told I think Wigs enjoys being carried around (like the princess she thinks she is) more than walking, haha. 
Walking the Cats - Rachael Ray Nutrish: Fur Real Moments - littleladylittlecity.com
One of the things I love about Rachael Ray is that she is also a huge animal lover.  She doesn't just talk the talk either, as Rachael's personal proceeds from sales of Nutrishish have gone toward food, medical supplies, and treatments for animals in need. And if that's not enough, the Nutrish brand makes food and treat recipes with simple ingredients like real meat and wholesome veggies, so you know it's good for your four legged friends.
Walking the Cats - Rachael Ray Nutrish: Fur Real Moments - littleladylittlecity.com
Rachael Ray is actually doing a pretty fun little contest where you could win a year's supply of food as well as $1500! All you have to do is upload a picture of your furry friend and pick a caption from the site! So freaking easy you'd be silly not to enter. Just head over here to enter. If you do enter I would love to see what picture and caption you use so be sure to share it in the comments below. Good luck!

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Hello Again

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So I had an unexpected trip back to Phoenix last week, hence the lack of posts, but I'm back on the mountain once again with a little Sylvester who won't leave my side (I think he missed me) and enjoying the crisp cool air that is signaling fall is just around the corner. 

The day before I got back I had a wonderful little surprise: my blog has been shortlisted for the Bloggers Blog Award set up by Hayley over at Tea Party Beauty. To say I was shocked would be an understatement for sure! If you'd like to cast a vote my way I would be so thrilled, just head over here! 

Hope you all are having a great Thursday!

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Friday Fancies




We spent this past week getting the mountain house back up in running order. The grass/weeds outside basically looked like they had swallowed the house, haha. I guess that's what happens when you come back 3 months later than you expected. Everything is looking so much better, yaya. We've also been enjoying walks with the cats and cooler evenings outside on the grass. How was your week and what are you all up to this weekend?

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What I'm Watching - Mission Impossible Rouge Nation

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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Poster- via Paramount
Last week Will and I went to see Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, and it was amazing! When it comes to the Mission: Impossible movie series I was really underwhelmed when the first one came out, and truth be told the I felt the same way when the second one came out as well. I'm definitely the type of person that more or less keeps giving movies a chance, especially franchises (even if it's just watching it on DVD). I felt that the first two were trying to take themselves a little too seriously, but by the third they had hit their stride. When Simon Peg joined the crew and brought his human and charm with him in Ghost Protocol I was hooked! The marriage of action and comedy can really elevate a typical action movie into something better. 
Just like most of Tom Cruise's action movies the stunt sequences are insane! Within the first five minutes of the movie we see him hanging onto the side of a plane as it takes off. Within the first. five minutes. On top of that, he did the stunt himself, and you can tell. A little aside about Tom Cruise: I use to not care for him all that much (thought a lot of his movies were overrated) and that feeling compounded when the whole 'glib' and Brooke Shields thing happened. However, time has passed and he's either kept a lower profile or maybe I just haven't been paying attention to him, and my dislike has subsided some. I have more recently been able to enjoy his movies, like Edge of Tomorrow. Did you guys see Edge of Tomorrow? So freaking good! He really does play such a charismatic leading man that I find it hard not to love him now. The Mission Impossible franchise 100% builds on that, and the filmmakers seem to go bigger for each installment. A lot of sequels water down the story with more explosions and action sequences (I'm looking at you, half assed Furious 7), but not so with MI: RN. 

Since Ghost Protocol the Mission Impossibles movies seem to have found a groove with its core team: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames (joined on in M:I:2), Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner (both joined M:I:III).  The addition of Rebecca Ferguson, a badass character who isn't a love interest, was the icing on the cake. I'm really hoping she will show up in the next installment (the franchise doesn't have the best track record with reoccurring female characters, something I'm willing to forgive if they continue adding great characters like Fergusons' in future movies). 

So have you guys seen Mission: Impossible Rouge Nation yet or are you planning on seeing it? 
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Vintage Paint By Numbers Wall Mural

Vintage Paint By Numbers Wall Mural - littleladylittlecity.com
I recently shared the above picture of the vintage paint by numbers wall mural Will and I did years back on Instagram and got some questions about it. So I thought I would share our little video about the process again. The video isn't very long but definitely gives you an idea of what it took to do it. 
 
Wall Mural Time Lapse from Will Hyler on Vimeo.
This is still one of my favorite projects ever! While it was extremely time consuming and at times a little scary standing on our little makeshift scaffolding we had a blast doing it. If you want to see more pictures of the process you can check out my original post.

Would you guys ever paint a wall mural in your place?

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Friday Fancies

Love this hand stamped wall - via The Paper Mama
This disco ball headband is amazing! - via A Subtle Revelry
Oh lordy this looks like the perfect summer time treat - via Minimalist Baker



We finally made it to the mountain and it feels pretty great, even with all the dust/cobwebs, and weeds engulfing the house haha. We have just been slowing going through and getting everything all livable again. The cats are loving watching all the mountain animals (especially the birds) through the windows and they've been enjoying their little walks and outside time. I think this weekend we might treat ourselves with a movie go to our favorite movie theater ever and some of their super yummy food. Seriously all theaters should serve a full menu! What are you all up to this weekend?

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Delaware State Fair

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After about six years of going to visit Will's parents in Delaware we finally made it to the State Fair. It started to be a running joke with Will and I because somehow even if we were in Delaware at the time we would always miss the fair. We always made plans to go, but somehow just missed it. Well, not this year, and I'm glad because it was really fun. 
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I don't think I had been to a big State Fair since I was in high school We have been to a little tiny county fair out in West Virginia, but truth be told it was all kind of depressing. Thankfully, this one was pretty darn fun. Lots of rides, and even more food!! I'm such a sucker for really delicious but probably deadly fair food. This time I was very proud of myself and only had one delicious funnel cake as a treat, instead of gorging on everything until my stomach ached, haha! 
Delaware State Fair - littleladylittlecity.com
Delaware State Fair - littleladylittlecity.com
We went all out and took a ride up on the ferris wheel which was really beautiful. I discovered, though, that I apparently don't do well with a combination of heights and swaying. As soon as we were halfway up my brain jumped straight into fear mode and my hands quickly grabbed the center pole (like it would save me), haha. I was only brave enough to take a picture, then quickly handed my phone to Will and asked him to snap a couple more. All in all we had a really great time. Do you guys ever check out the State Fair in your neck of the woods? 

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Oh Hai! A Road Trip Recap

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Long time no write, am I write? Haha! Well we have almost made it back to the mountain, but we had a detour up to the Boston area for a wedding before heading back down to Delaware to spend sometime with Will's parents. As usual, I had good intentions of doing at least a couple posts while traveling, but once we were on the road I basically said screw it and just enjoyed the ride. Best decision ever! Seriously, I just enjoyed the sites, my sir, and the cats. It was wonderful. However, I'm back now with a little bit of an update from our travels. 
In past years we've done our cross country trip at lightening speed (we've done it about 6 times, so we've seen almost everything we want to see on that drive already), and usually we just want to make it to the other side asap. This time, though, we decided to slow things down and not kill ourselves. It was pretty nice having our little camper with us and not have to take clothes, cat stuff, and, computer stuff out of the car and into a hotel room every night. Just rolling up to our campsite, kicking back, and relaxing right away can be pretty nice. Even so, we are still pretty darn exhausted from the driving.
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Oh Hai a Road Trip Recap - Littleladylittlecity.com
Wigs and Sylvester once again proved themselves to be amazing little travelers. Sylvester, in fact, has come leaps and bounds from our last drive across country. Usually he likes to hide under the passenger seat for at least the first 4 to 5 hours of the drive, but this time he only hid under the seat for about 5 minutes before climbing up on the back seat and stretching out. I have a feeling they are pretty excited to not be a car at least for the next couple of days too, hehe.

So what have you all been up too since I've been away? Share your posts in the comments I would love to check them all out! 

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Friday Fancies

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Friday Fancies - littleladylitlecity.com
I think this kitty might be broken, haha!

Get in My Closet/Home Please : I could really use the Bye Bye Stress from Batty Baths // Simple black and white striped shirts are the best // Beautiful summer dress // Adorable hanging planters // This dress is my favorite! // I'm a sucker for polka dot flats // This fringe bag is pretty rocking // Classic Vans will always be my jam // I know some amazing mom's that would love this sweater // Overalls!!!
This weekend is going to be jam packed with frantically finishing up work, working on the Scamp, and hanging out with friends and family before we make our way back to the mountain. Ahhhh! I hope we can get everything done in time. Either way Bessy is leaps and bounds better than when we bought her last year, and I'm just so excited to get her on the road! What are you all up to this weekend?

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