Get ready for the mother of all Aprils!
Spring has (finally) arrived and sunnier days are within sight. So to mark mother's day and all the amazing mothers, grandmothers, step mothers, adoptive mothers, fathers, friends and family that support you, we've set the mother of all themes for the April hot list - Mothers!
This month the kids are off school for Easter holidays, and the clock has finally sprung forward treating us to lighter evenings. So we've come up with a number of exciting things to see and do this April, including Mother's Ruin Gin Bar, @motherofdaughters shopping edit, the best podcasts to listen to and so much more.
To top it off this month we have partnered with the wonderful Martin & Cox Living Gift subscription to offer one lucky entrant the chance to win a beautiful botanical gift delivered on a bi-monthly basis for a year. How amazing is that?! Keep on reading to find out more.
Have a fabulous month!
Jane, Lucy and The RSG Team x
Win a 12 month (bi-monthly) Martin & Cox Living Gift subscription! A beautiful botanical gift delivered to your doorstep throughout the year for you to nurture and love, or to gift to someone special.
Martin & Cox Living Gifts is a unique and stylish houseplant gifting service which delivers gorgeous botanicals to doorsteps nationwide. Each Living Gift arrives in a sharply-branded signature box (a gift in itself!) and nestled inside is the real delight; a botanical beauty in a stylish complementary pot, wrapped in luxury tissues and hidden amongst the leaves you’ll find a clever and unique little tag. These tags are wonderful! You can choose from a selection of fun, sincere, celebratory or inspirational quotes and there’s even space for your personal message to be added.
Jemma, Martin & Cox founder, recognised the joy people felt when receiving flowers (a living gift) but felt sad at the thought of how quickly they might fade. So, with this in mind, she set on a mission to create joyful living gifts with longevity and which would also deliver a real sense of luxury to the recipient.
Thus Martin & Cox Living Gifts was born! All of Jemma’s love for Mother Nature, interiors and thoughtful gifting was bundled together to create this timeless, personalised and truly beautiful botanical gifting experience.
To enter the competition, all you need to do is click on the button below and answer one simple question. Good Luck!
Clemmie Hooper, aka @motherofdaughters, is a leading lady on Instagram with a sizeable following of over 600k followers!
A midwife, blogger, author, mother of four daughters and all-round superwoman, Clemmie's growing channel and presence in the social media world is attributable to the fact that she is hot on women's empowerment, family life and self-acceptance.
As huge super-fans of Clemmie and her husband (@fatherofdaughters), we got in touch with Clemmie when we saw that she was updating her kitchen on Instagram. After binge-watching her Instagram stories on their kitchen renovation (you can watch them on her Instagram highlights), we asked if she would be willing to do a 'My Edit' Feature with us and select her favourite pieces that she owns or would like to accessorise her kitchen with, so that you can get the look too. Click below to see the edit in full.
If there is one thing that we love to do at Rockett St George its eat! Brunch, lunch, dinner, midnight snacks ... you name it we are always up for eating. So, this April we've pulled together our top restaurants in London, Liverpool and a number of other locations in the UK that play on this mother theme.
Feed me, mother! An Italian restaurant without all the nonsense, Mother Restaurant serves up a menu of simple soul food that you'll love. Our favourites include the Porcini mushrooms, ricotta, rucola starter, Prosciutto Pizza and Tonnata bruschetta.
Where? Battersea Power Station, 2 Arches Lane Circus, West Village, London, SW11 8AB.
A neighbourhood coffee spot based on Wood Street, this is a one-stop cafe/ bar with plenty of coffee, cocktails and amazing specials. Favourite dishes include the Chicken Shnitz, Apple & Plum upside-down cake and Espresso Martinis.
Where? 82 Wood St, Liverpool, L1 4HR
Believing gourmet for food should be for everyone this fabulous Edinburgh cafe serves up our favourite comfort food. Favourites include Sausage and Mash, Veggie Haggis and Macaroni Cheese!
Where? 4A Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2Q
Based on Brighton beach this family-run restaurant serves up everything from coffee, waffles and ice cream. The perfect spot for all the family after a day at the beach!
Where? 148a Kings Road, Arches, BN1 2FN
Opening soon in Manchester, Pizza Madre serves up the mother of all pizzas! The new restaurant will be serving up traditional Neapolitan pizza cooked in a wood oven, with a range of traditional wines and craft beers to accompany it.
Where? 47 King Street West, Manchester, M3 2PW.
Get ready for the mother of all hangovers ... Mother's Ruin Gin Palace will be a night to remember!
If we said to you - '"fancy spending your Saturday evening hanging out at the industrial estate" - you'd be forgiven for giving us a bit of a strange look. But, trust us, this is an industrial estate that you will want to hang out on! Situated on Ravenswood Industrial Estate in Walthamstow, Mother's Ruin Gin Palace has got to be one of the coolest gin bars in East London.
Serving up a delightful range of fruit and botanical flavour liqueurs and gin that will knock your socks off, our particular favourites include the Old Tom Gin, Sloe Gin and the Bitter Orange Rum. - All of which is certainly worth giving a try!
After you've had a gin, or two ... or five, head over to the surrounding bars on the industrial estate including Wild Card Brewery, God's Own Junkyard and The Real Ale Company for a night to remember.
Unit 18, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St, London E17 9HQ
Last month we announced the launch of our new Instagram and Facebook Competition!
Because we love the amazing interior inspiration that you share with us on Instagram and Facebook, we asked you to share your favourite styled interiors with our theme PINK INTERIORS, along with the tags: @rockettstgeorge.co.uk and #rockettstgeorge to enter.
We had so many fabulous entries and we're really thrilled to see how many of you got involved. With so many fabulous entries our work was cut out for us, but we are thrilled to announce that the fabulous @no.7_is_home is our lucky winner! @no.7 is home has won a £50 E-Voucher to spend at Rockett St George! yay!
Here are some of our other favourite 'Pink interior' themed posts:
For our April Instagram and Facebook competition, our theme is THE MOTHER OF ALL INTERIORS. So go to town with your interior styling and share with us your most showstopping, daring and breathtaking interior styles - the quirkier the better! To enter simply share your Mother of All Interiors post on Facebook and Instagram along with the @rockettstgeorge.co.uk tag and #rockettstgeorge for your chance to win.
We can't wait to see all of your fabulous posts! Good Luck!
Podcasts are booming baby! With nearly 6 million of us in the UK tuning into our favourite shows each week, Podcasts are all the rage! As big podcast fans at Rockett St George, we love listening to the latest episodes of our favourite shows and with a recent surge in female and parent-led podcasts, we have rounded up the best podcast for mothers and parents.
- Podcast For The Mother Who Loves To Laugh
"I’m a feminist, but I detagged myself from a picture at a women’s conference where we were all standing in front of a sign which said ‘Empowered Not Coward’ because my ankles looked fat." - The Guilty Feminist Podcast Host, Deborah Frances-White.
Funny, topical and reassuringly brilliant The Guilty Feminist is number 35 on Apple Podcasts Top Shows and for good reason! Interviewing guests each week the feminist podcast is a refreshing and empowering listen with each podcast beginning with something that all 21st-century feminists agree on, whilst confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that undermine these lofty principles.
- The Podcast For The Scrummy Mummy!
A hilarious, witty and brilliant podcast, Scrummy Mummies is a podcast for less-than-perfect-parents. With over 2 million downloads this frank and funny comedy show will have you laughing out loud.
-The Podcast For Mum's Interested In Culture
Number 18 on the Apple Podcast Lists this highly rated podcast is a firm favourite of ours. Hosted by journalist and author, Dolly Alderton (her recent book - 'Everything I Know About Love' is well worth a read') and journalist, stylist and broadcaster Pandora Sykes (check out her 10 Mins With Interview). Discussing everything from mini skirts, Johnny Depps GQ cover to the internets abuse against women and is 'hey guys' anti-feminist. One thing is for certain - everything from the trivial to topical is covered.
- The Podcast For Mum's Interested In Wellness
Ranking in the Top 10 of Apple Podcast shows, Happy Place Podcast is hosted by presenter Fearne Cotton and discusses all things wellness. With interviews with top famous faces including Davina Mccall, Russell Brand, Dawn French and so many others this is a great podcast for anyone who is struggling or feeling blue. Filled with reassuring advice and tips the podcast shows you how to find joy each and every day.
- The Podcast For Interior Design Obsessed Mothers
Interior designers and leading interior design Instagram influencers Dee Campling and Lisa Dawson host this informative podcast with interviews with leading journalists, company founders, celebrities and more. Dee and Lisa recently interviewed our co-founder, Jane Rockett, at our Liberty London Concession. You can check it out here.
- The Podcast For Mum's That Love To Redecorate
Interior experts in their own right, Kate Watson-Smyth and Sophie Robinson have just finished their second season of the hugely popular interior design podcast; The Great Indoors. A podcast bursting with a wealth of interior design tips, tricks and so much more, we are hooked on this podcast.
As a final dedication to this month's Hot List theme, we have created a playlist - Mama Knows Best.
1. Hey Mama, Kanye West
2. Mama Said, The Shirelles
3. The Mother We Share, Chvrches
4. Mother, John Lennon
5. Mamma Mia, John Lennon
6. Mama, Spice Girls
7. Your Mother Should Know, The Beatles
8. Mama Said, Lukas Graham.
9. Mother, Pink Floyd
10. Mama, Jonas Blue
11. And more on our Spotify Playlist