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Hi Nuffnangers,

We hope that you’ve had a wonderful Christmas break and New Year’s Eve celebrations with family and friends. We’re just back from our regional summit in Singapore and wanted to share with you some of the great features from our recent collaboration with Drama this holiday season. Have you heard about Catherine Cookson?

She is one of the most prolific British authors and a good number of her novels have been adapted for TV and radio. This Christmas, Drama had handpicked some of the best period adaptations of her work and asked us to commission reviews from the bloggers we work with to announce the Christmas special. Hop on to the posts below to read:

The Twinkles Diary - Cookson Christmas

“When I was younger there was nothing I liked more than curling up in an armchair, on a lazy weekend, reading the latest bestseller or a much-loved classic. I used to read loads too. Crime novels, fiction, biographies, autobiographies — there was nothing I enjoyed more than immersing myself in the pages of a good book. Period stories were also a bit of a favourite too, particularly by Emily Bronté, Jane Austen and Catherine Cookson. These lovely novels are guaranteed to transport you to a bygone era and whisk you away to another time.

– Caro from The Twinkle Diaries

Sophie Etc - Cookson Christmas

“It wouldn’t be Christmas without the massive amount of specials and films on TV for the next week or so, would it? There are so many great things to watch this year including all the adaptations of Catherine Cookson’s books that will be shown over the holiday season on Drama. I got to have a sneak peek at The Cinder Path recently and it’s pretty good! I won’t reveal too much but if you like great period dramas with plenty of plot twists this is definitely one to snuggle up with.”

– Sophie from Sophie Etc

Laura Summers - Cookson Christmas

“If you’re like me, nothing beats a cosy Sunday afternoon cuddled up on the sofa with a good book or film. Christmas is a great time for cosy films, with a handful of Quality Street and maybe a cheeky mince pie. I was asked to review ‘The Girl’, a TV adaptation of a Catherine Cookson’s novel for Drama this Christmas and it sounded like a rather fun thing to do. I am a big fan of romance novels and I’m a sucker for a happy ending and love conquers all storyline.

– Laura from Laura Summers

A Moment with Franca - Cookson Christmas

“I very much enjoyed watching the story unfold, in spite of a few scary moments such as when Hannah and Mrs Thornton are whipped. It wasn’t obvious how things would end or whether Hannah would finally find happiness. She is an admirably strong, determined woman who has to deal with some quite horrible people, some of whom have her best intentions at heart. However, this is the kind of period drama that allows you to get lost in the story and really hope things work out.”

– Franca from A Moment with Franca

Brenda Busy Bee - Cookson Christmas

“If, like me, you are a bit of a bookworm, you may have heard of Catherine Cookson. Her period drama novels not only capture the gritty life of a common man in the 19th century: their ambitions, struggles, family dynamics and romance, but also tackle important issues from women’s rights to interracial marriages. Think Mills and Boon meets Pride and Prejudice and produces a hard hitting, tough talking, not afraid to speak their mind offspring.

– Brenda from Brenda Busy Bee

Old Fashioned Susie - Cookson Christmas

“We don’t buy the Radio Times at any other time of year and we are like big kids going through it with our highlighters. I was pleased to see this year that Drama will be showing TV adaptations of Catherine Cookson novels. Have you seen any of these? If you are around my age (35) you may have. Many of them were originally screened in the 1990s and I remember watching a few with my mum. Always gritty and with fantastically richly developed characters, some of the stories have stayed with me nearly twenty years on.

– Susan from Old Fashioned Susie

Rhyme and Ribbons - Cookson Christmas

“With my love of theatre, romance and reading anything that I can get my hands on, it’s no surprise that I am a huge fan of period drama. Therefore, it’s with great shame that I admit that I didn’t know who Catherine Cookson was. Because I grew up watching “Little Women” around Christmas, I associate the tradition of the holiday season with cuddling up and watching an excellent period drama.”

– Amanda from Rhyme and Ribbons

A Cornish Mum - Cookson Christmas

“The Wingless Bird is the perfect Catherine Cookson to watch at this time of year, as with it being Christmas at the start there are a few festive scenes, that made me wish for a lovely traditional Christmas with sugar mice popped around the tree and a big family meal. Despite being set so many years ago, watching The Wingless Bird reminded me of modern-day soaps. There are dramatic scenes, an unplanned pregnancy, people falling in love with people they shouldn’t and more. Similar to some of the soaps that I watch weekly.

– Stevie from A Cornish Mum

The Reading Residence - Cookson Christmas

“Oh, how I love Christmas TV! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have no doubt gathered this from my excitement over finding that the Christmas TV guides are out! I spent an hour last week poring over every single page of it and circling everything that we need to watch and record over the festive season. I’m impressed with the line up this year, and I’m happy to be talking about Drama’s Catherine Cookson Christmas with you today.”

– Jocelyn from The Reading Residence

Rebel Angel - Cookson Christmas

“It’s funny that I’ve never really mentioned this before, apart from an aside in a post once upon a time, but I’m a little bit addicted to good old fashioned TV dramas and murder mysteries. One of my favourite times of the year is when it starts getting dark on an evening (although that isn’t such good news for outfit photos!) and all the good dramas start on TV – I’m currently waiting on new series such as Death in Paradise, Midsomer Murders and Father Brown to start up again but lamenting the end of New Tricks and Lewis (boo hoo!).

– Sian from Rebel Angel

Mum in a Nutshell - Cookson Christmas

“I tend to work most evenings but every so often, something will draw me away and lately, this has involved more historical genres, Pollard, Last Kingdom and last year’s Jamaica Inn were particular faves of mine, so the TV adaptions of the world famous Catherine Cookson novels showing on Drama this Christmas are perfect. I was soon swept away and transported back to the 1900’s, with a whisper of resemblance to the small terrace street where I spent my baby years up North. It’s a gentle film, easy to sit down and relax to on a gloomy afternoon, where life was hard but perhaps much simpler and family values were to be obeyed and large families were the norm.”

– Ali from Mum in a Nutshell

Janmary - Cookson Christmas

“I was that child happiest with her nose in a great novel. As an adult I tend to need/want to multi-task and I find I read a little less than I used to but I still enjoy a good story. However as you know it can be hard to read and iron, read and make crafts, read and browse on Pinterest! It’s much easier to watch a classic drama on TV, although it’s not always easy finding what to watch and there are so many channels to browse from. When I heard that Drama was having a Cookson Christmas, I thought that was the perfect solution, some of my favourite stories to watch while I iron/craft/browse online!”

– Janine from Janmary

Nuffnang Campaign for Drama - Cookson Christmas

Are you a brand, venue or agency interested in working with bloggers? We can help you handpick the right ambassadors for your campaign and manage the creation of original impactful content on your behalf – – > get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Connect with our community of over 2,000 UK bloggers and influencers on TwitterInstagramPinterest and FB. Interested in working together on our next campaigns and events? Drop us a line.

Sadie
Nuffnang Community Team

Hi Nuffnangers,

What makes you feel confident day to day? Is it a yoga routine that helps you tackle challenges ahead with a level head, a writer whose words inspire you to be who you are, the extra supportive friend you always turn to for advice, or that really flattering pair of well-cut jeans? Everyone has their own secret formula for confidence and this week, we are sharing with you some editorials from our recent collaboration with Pearl Drops.

Committed to beautiful smiles, they know a thing or two about looking and feeling your best. Together, we asked publishers and influencers from the beauty, fashion and lifestyle community to share what makes them feel confident inside and out. Hop on over to the posts for some inspiration:

Tiny Twisst - Nuffnang for Pearl Drops

“I think in life it’s so important to surround yourself with good, happy, positive people, people that lift you higher, that understand you, care for you and most importantly keep you smiling, even through harder times.

– Laura from Tiny Twisst

Miss Budget Beauty - Nuffnang for Pearl Drops

“As I get older I’m less worried about what people think of me, what I do, what I say, anything really. I’m still not about to jump into a new setting without fear of rejection but I’m comfortable with who I am. There’s a huge amount of confidence to be found in realising your own worth.”

– Mikhila from Miss Budget Beauty

Dizzy Brunette - Nuffnang for Pearl Drops

“A big wake up call for me, was when I realised that I wouldn’t dream of talking to someone I loved like I talked to myself. If I wouldn’t dare say this to anyone else, why it is okay for me to tear myself apart? The answer is it’s not okay. Next time you’re giving yourself a hard time, stop and think ‘would I say this to my sister/Mum/bff?’ The answer is probably no.

– Corrie from Dizzy Brunette

Fashion Mumblr - Nuffnang for Pearl Drops

“When you do things that you think you can’t, your comfort zone will just keep on getting bigger and bigger. Even small things will lead to greater things until you feel unstoppable! Positive, confident thoughts have an unbelievable impact on how you feel.”

– Josie from Fashion Mumblr

The LoveCats Inc - Nuffnang for Pearl Drops

“The nights are getting dark before 4pm, the mornings are colder and you realise that you’re stuck with this weather until next Spring (or around May, if you’re in the UK). As much as I love buying coats and boots, I often need a little pick-me-up to make those chilly days a little bit better.

– Helen from The Lovecats Inc

Em Talks - Nuffnang for Pearl Drops

“I’ve been trying this out for as long as I can remember and honestly, spreading the love really does make you feel better about yourself. It kind of gives you the feeling you get when you have a long hug with someone you love. There’s nothing nicer than hearing ‘your hair looks nice today’ so make someone’s day and tell them. Spreading that love will make you feel better and more confident. Trust me, try it!

– Em from Em Talks

The Sunday Girl - Nuffnang for Pearl Drops

“Feeling confident in my own skin has been a long journey and even now I have my days in which I take a knock and need a confidence boost. I’m sure you are the exact same, some days I’m bloated, other days a huge blemish will appear and make me want to hide but it is important to know that everyone (even huge celebrities) have days in which they’d rather run past a mirror than stop and grab a selfie. We are all only human.”

– Adrienne from The Sunday Girl

Frock Me I'm Famous - Nuffnan for Pearl Drops

“My winning formula is wearing heels; I can be having a crappy day or just not feeling my outfit/makeup/hair for a night out then I’ll pop on some heels and BAM, I’m feeling sassy as hell and there ain’t no stopping me. We all have that way of making ourselves feeling more confident, and for me, heels make me feel taller and sexier.

– Hayley from Frock Me I’m Famous

Maddy Cane - Pearl Drops for Nuffnang

“I’m a pretty bad procrastinator and will tend to put things off until they absolutely ‘have’ to be done. It’s such a great feeling not to have to have things nagging at the back of your mind and 9 times out of 10 it’ll take less than 5 minutes to do anyway.”

– Maddy from Maddy Cane

Speaking Beauty - Nuffnang for Pearl Drops

“I just love the process of applying makeup and getting ready to go out. I don’t feel dependent on makeup to feel good but I do feel it enhances my features and makes me look more polished. Most days, especially when I’m in a rush or just don’t want to apply much makeup, concealer is my one item I cannot skip. I just love how it brightens my face and makes me look instantly healthier and more awake. It’s my desert island makeup item.

– Renata from Speaking Beauty

Temporary Secretary - Nuffnang for Pearl Drops

“Who goes on social media and compares themselves to people on the Internet? Me! I do this all the time! And you know what? It makes me feel really really terrible. It’s perfectly normal and even natural to look at a snapshot of someone’s life and envy what they have. But remember, comparison is the thief of joy. And anyway, not everything on the Internet is real. You can look but try not to obsess over it. The key is to channel that energy into something positive.”

– Sarah from Temporary Secretary

Nuffnang and Pearl Drops Campaign

Are you a brand, venue or agency interested in working with bloggers? We can help you handpick the right ambassadors for your campaign and manage the creation of original impactful content on your behalf – – > get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Connect with our community of over 2,000 UK bloggers and influencers on TwitterInstagramPinterest and FB. Interested in working together on our next campaigns and events? Drop us a line.

Sadie
Nuffnang Community Team

Hi Nuffnangers,

Today we’re sharing a round-up of our recent collaboration with the independent shop Papermash, a wonderful source of stationery, paper and party items made by independent designers from the US, Japan, Korea and the UK who specialise in artisan techniques, such as woodcut printing and letterpress.

As the leaves have turned and with the festive period on the horizon, we asked the bloggers below to add a thoughtful and seasonal touch to their crafts with one of the founder’s favourites – the Autumn leaf stamp.  Hop on over to their posts for some creative inspiration.

Fall for DIY - Papermash Embossed Candle

“I created my own tea scented candles from this tutorial and set it in a glass tumbler. I wanted to decorate the glass and love the look of embossed gold details. Did you know you could emboss on glass? Me neither, but it’s so easy. I used this stamp from Papermash which comes with the cutest little acorn stamp too.

– Fran from Fall for DIY

Humphrey and Grace - Papermash Wrapping Paper

“There is something about wrapping with personality that I adore. Taking the extra few minutes to create an individual gift is so easy I’d recommend anyone have a go! All you need is paper, stamps (these autumnal beauties are from Papermash) an ink pad and a few minutes of your time…”

– Julia from Humphrey and Grace

Kat Got The Cream - Papermash Notebooks

“Collecting leaves and other remnants of autumn is one of my favourite things to do with the kids at this time of the year…I think there is something about these days, when we feel like we’re starting again or turning over a new leaf that calls for new stationery; notebooks or diaries in which we can scribble plans or squirrel away ideas.”

– Kathryn from Kat Got The Cream

Circle of Pine Trees - Papermash Jam Jars

“Gorgeous stationery. There’s nothing quite like it to make me clap my hands together with glee. I’m pretty sure that almost any project can be improved with the addition of washi tape, luggage tags, baker’s twine, and a really fabulous set of stamps…I’ve been using mine to create elegant autumnal gift tags to decorate my jam. The prettier the jar, the more delicious the jam, right?!

– Laura from Circle of Pine Trees

Nuffnang - Papermash Campaign Collage

Are you a brand, venue or agency interested in working with bloggers? We can help you handpick the right ambassadors for your campaign and manage the creation of original impactful content on your behalf – – > get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Connect with our community of over 2,000 UK bloggers and influencers on TwitterInstagramPinterest and FB. Interested in working together on our next campaigns and events? Drop us a line.

Sadie
Nuffnang Community Team

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