Small business feature: Madhunt Designs

Small business feature: Madhunt Designs

Anyone who regularly keeps up with The Wild Hideaway will know that supporting small businesses is something that I love to do. When I hear of small or local businesses doing great things I love to share them on the blog. Today I want to introduce you to Madhunt Designs
 
I received this lovely 9-bead necklace in the post from Madhunt Designs last week and I was surprised that I hadn't heard of this great small business before. Madhunt creates and sells silicone jewellery that is safe for little bubs to chew on, mumma’s out there can rejoice that their expensive necklaces and bracelets will no longer break due to baby slobber or being pulled on by baby hands.. what a great idea!
 
Rochelle is the creator and genius behind the business and the pride she has for her products really does shine through “we have a passion and believe strongly in our beautiful pieces, we know they really do make mums and bubs very happy! I know you or your family will love them as much as mine does”.
 

Each and every Madhunt piece is created with 100% food grade safe silicone that is non toxic, BPA, Lead and Phthalates free (so free from all the bad stuff!). All of the jewellery is washable in warm soapy water and comes in some really cool colours and designs.
 
What I love most about these products though is that they are not just designed for mums but for the everyday female, I don’t have kids of my own and can match the colourful jewellery with most of my outfits!
 
To find out more about Madhunt Designs head to their website here: http://www.madhuntdesigns.com.au

Happy Walls! Frame and wall art inspiration

Happy walls = Happy Home
 
I absolutely love colourful walls and believe that your walls should reflect your personality. Whether you fill your walls with art, family photos or children’s drawings your walls can tell an amazing story.
 
I never knew I loved colour so much until I found these images…

Image Sources: Pinterest

Goodbye February.. Hello March!

Goodbye February... Hello March! Goodbye Summer... Hello Autumn!

I hope you all had a fantastic February and are ready to welcome March and Autumn with open arms. With only 28 days, February was definitely a quick month that's for sure!

February was a jam packed month for the blog and I. I celebrated my eldest sisters birthday, moved into my own apartment and did a hell of a lot of freelancing and blog planning. I have some really exciting partnerships and events that are happening in March and April and I can't wait to share them with you guys!

You may have also noticed that I have been partnering and promoting The Pensinsula Picnic that is taking place on Sunday 29th March, if you haven't already checked it out you can do so here: http://peninsulapicnic.com.au/. I'm super excited about heading along to this festival, I'm bringing along my mum and we are going to take the Monday off and have a girls getaway long weekend. Can't wait! 

Whatever you have panned in March I hope it is a great month for you, I'm sending good vibes your way! Feel free to pop back here when you get some spare time, I'm publishing every few days and love it when you stop by! 

Enjoy your week and make time for adventures this month xo

As usual here is a monthly round of iPhone photos from last month... 

Friday Favourites - Yummy Recipes and Weekly Inspiration

1. This photo by Kristina Childs.
2. This yummy falafel recipe over on the Champagne and Chips blog.
3. A DIY project for your own message board.
4. Raspberry Honey Parfait Recipe... yum!
5. All of the amazing jewellry at Soul Makes.
6. This tutorial on how to make your own macrame plant hanger.
7.  This lovely cushion from Sunnybrook Handmade.
8. Homemade Kind Bars, these looks delicious!

Happy Friday all! This weekend I'm heading back to my hometown to  catch up with my eldest sister, I haven't seen her yet for her birthday (which was last week!) so I have a lot of making up to do! My Friday favourite post this week features a mixture of things I have been loving. Now that I have settled into my new place I am looking forward to getting in the kitchen and trying out some of these recipes!  

What do you have planned for your weekend?

PS - If you haven't read my post about my amazing sister see it here: Happy Birthday Heidi Jayne!

Easy Rocky Road Recipe

This Rocky Road recipe is super easy, quick to whip up and is great for entertaining, kids fetes, birthday parties or just a once in a while treat! It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and trust me when I say it won’t last that long in your fridge!

Ingredients:

  • 2 blocks Cadbury milk chocolate
  • 75 grams dark chocolate (optional)
  • 100 grams soft butter
  • ½ bag small marshmallows
  • 1/2 packet crushed digestive biscuits
  • 100 grams macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup glacé cherries 

Method:

  1. Chop up all ingredients and set aside (crush biscuits, chop nuts and marshmallows into small pieces).
     
  2. Melt the chocolate, I have found the best way is to put it in a glass bowl in the microwave and give it thirty second boosts till it is soft then just stir it. 
     
  3. Once the chocolate has melted quickly add the rest of the ingredients and stir together.
     
  4. Pour all of the mixture into a baking tray lined with baking paper, level it out and pop it in the fridge for at least a couple of hours.
     
  5. Once the mix has set, cut it into squares, make yourself a coffee and enjoy it with your rocky road!

Notes:

You can pretty much add anything to this recipe, a few ideas are chopped peanuts, jaffas, m&ms, desiccated coconut, malteasers, raisins, white chocolate and rum… yum!

Thanks Hankering Yankee for brightening my day...

If you haven't yet checked out the Hankering Yankee blog you should head on over and have a good stalk! The creator behind the blog is a Melbourne based lady named Hilary and I have been a follower for a few months now. Hilary runs these fantastic monthly giveaways and I was lucky enough to receive a little package from her this month. What a lovely surprise!

The blog features folk art, DIY crafts and recipes, beauty hauls and photos of her adorable cat Mojo (who doesn't love cute cat photos?!).

There are still five days left to enter the current February giveaway... It includes a copy of The Lemonade Cookbook by Alan Jackson and JoAnn Cianciulli along with a super cute spatula and garlic press, check it out here

Thanks Hillary, it's thunder storming in Melbourne today and my day has most definitely been brightened! 

5 minutes with Kayleigh Maryon from The Way I Wanderlust

5 minutes with Kayleigh Maryon from The Way I Wanderlust

Kayleigh Maryon is the talented blogger behind one of my favourite blogs The Way I Wanderlust. I have been following her blog for a while now and am inspired by her love of travel and gypsy soul.

The Way I Wanderlust is a blog about travels, life and how Kayleigh aims to make her mark on the world. If you haven’t yet checked out this little blog it’s worth a look!

My favourite posts: Volunteering in Greece / A Blanket Of White /  Dealing With Post Travel Blues / How To Settle Into A New Place

Tell me about your blog The Way I Wanderlust...

My blog first started like many others, as a way to keep my family up to date with what I was getting up to while I traveled. I have traveled a fair bit, backpacking through Europe for a year and a half and then spending just over a year in Australia. I loved documenting everything and sharing my adventures with people. I write about wanderlust, my travels and having a nomadic soul.

I love your 30 before 30 list that is featured on your blog, how many items have you ticked off and which ones are you most excited to tick off?

I have always had a extremely long bucket list and so I thought it would be fun to break it down a bit so that's why I decided to do the 30 before 30. I think I have completed about 5 of them, the past two years have just passed so fast but I still have one to go. I have completed both of the ones I was most looking forward too, visiting England and Wales again and completing my yoga teacher training. Taking the training was great experience and it also got me in the best shape of my life so I was able to tick another one off as well.

I read once on your blog that you go to yoga six times a week (wow you must be super flexible and also super relaxed!), what is it that you love so much about it?

When I lived in the city I would get up at 5:45 pretty much every morning before work and go to an early morning yoga class. It was tough to wake up some times but I felt great after the class. It also gave me time to shower, get ready and relax at the local coffee shop with my book for a few minutes before I left for work. It set my day up really well and I found I functioned better overall. I love yoga because I am naturally a very restless person and I find that yoga allows me to calm my mind and stay in the present moment.

Where do you turn to for inspiration?

I read a lot, books especially but magazines and other blogs. I have two favourite magazines that I love to read for inspiration. Artful Blogging and Bella Grace.

What are your favourite blogs right now?

This is a hard one, I read a lot of blogs but my favourites at the moment would probably be Vanisha a life unstyled and A noisy plume.

Any advice for women who want to start their own blog?

I would say just to be yourself. I know it sounds so  cliché  but its totally true. For a long time I tried to be like other bloggers that had a lot of followers and tried to post as much as possible and it just didn't work for me. I'm still trying to figure it out but by taking it easy on myself I enjoy blogging much more.

Pop Steenhuis's Dutch Croquette Recipe

Last weekend we had a few of my cousins, aunties and uncles over to my mums house and my pop ran a croquette cooking class. He was proud as punch to show us all how to cook his prized croquettes and it was great to see him pass down a recipe that we all know and love. Here’s the recipe for you all to try:

Ingredients - makes approx. 24 croquettes:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 250 grams mince meat
  • a pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 sachet of chicken noodle soup mix
  • 1 whole nutmeg (you only use half)
  • 1 cup/cube vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs

Method:
 

  1. Grate all vegetables finely and place in a pot on the stove with 2-3 cups of water. Let this boil for 5-10 minutes.

  2. Add 1 vegetable stock cube and 1 sachet of chicken noodle soup to the pot.

  3. Add in half of the nutmeg (grated), a couple of pinches of ground cloves, a touch of salt and pepper and one teaspoon of soy sauce.

  4. Add 250 grams of mince meat to the pot and mix all together.

  5. Once meat has started to brown add 1/4 cup self raising flour and stir together until the mixture is cooked through.

  6. Leave to completely cool down (overnight if possible)

  7. Once the mixture is cooled roll into 5cm logs

  8. Prepare two bowls, one with 2 whisked eggs and 1/4 cup of milk the other bowl with breadcrumbs, a little flour and a pinch of salt. First place the rolled croquettes into the egg and milk bowl then roll in the second breadcrumb bowl.

  9. Deep fry each croquette and enjoy!

Notes:

  • Pop assures me that it doesn't taste the same if you double the recipe and make a big batch all at once, he says you have to do it in small batches or it doesn't taste as good (Uncle Jack calls this theory bullshit and always makes a big batch… maybe that’s why his never taste as good as pops?).
     
  • Pop says that the croquettes taste EVEN BETTER when you leave the mixture to sit overnight in the fridge then deep fry them the next morning.
     
  • Pop says it should ALWAYS be a whole nutmeg that you grate yourself because already ground nutmeg doesn't taste the same (I wouldn't argue with him on this one!).
     
  • Last but not least the reason pop’s croquettes taste so good is because he makes them with veggies out of his own garden and lots of love (I believe him when he says this, nothing beats a tablespoon of love!).