Welcome back to #KCACOLS. I hope you all had 2 fantastic weeks. We did GREAT with 106 link ups! THANK YOU ALL so much for being part of the linky! I really appreciate your support. For new people joining us this week, I really hope you like #KCACOLS and that you come back again next time! You can also find out more about this linky in the #KCACOLS linky page! 🙂
I had 2 fun and busy weeks. I think March is picking up in terms of events as I have more compared with the previous month. My girls were both healthy and back to their happy selves so it was fun to attend some of them. I went to the launch of the new Regatta Spring collection. I really love this brand so it was great to see their new range. We are massive fans! On International Women’s Day, I went to a fancy Nordic afternoon tea at Aster Restaurant in London, Victoria. I had a really lovely time there. I’m linking up my post so you can read all about it. We were also invited to a dance event which was really cool. My girls loved it! Also, last weekend we went to Willows Activity Farm for their Peter the Rabbit anniversary party celebrating 1 year since the launch of their themed playground. It was really cool! My girls had the best day ever!
We were also filming a video for Mother’s Day in collaboration with Mumsnet and Lidl. OMG, you are not going to believe how hard it was to film a more structured video with the girls! It took a lot of time and we had to re-film a lot too. We managed to get it all done though and apparently the video should be ready next week. We are really looking forward to seeing it and I will be sure to share it too! One of the highlights of the last 2 weeks was getting to review a washing machine and a tumble dryer from the latest AEG range! Whoo hoo! I am not going to lie, these are the things that make me love my job even more! Yay!
Each link up, I love sharing a couple of photos from my last 2 weeks on Instagram, so here are two of my favourites:
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Last Sunday we went to a fun event in Clapham organised by @funkymovesdance who have won their first national award for UK's Best Kids Dance Class! They have fun dance events for everyone: kids, adults, family! You can choose from theme dance parties, street dance classes, holiday courses for kids, parent-child classes for families and their bespoke dance event service! My girls love dancing! My little Sienna was very happy dancing on her own. I am so amazed to see how outgoing she is! She's not shy at all unlike her sister! If you are looking to let your kids loose and have fun through dance, I recommend you to check them out! Do your kids love dancing? #FunkyFamily
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I have been so busy lately that I have had no time to post a photo on IG for about 5 days. This has been the most I have been without posting on here. Sometimes it is hard to keep on track with things and I guess we just need a break! Today I'm finally being able to stop and rest a little bit and most of all catch-up! It is amazing how we can pile work so easily! I took this photo during a family trip to St Alban's and I think it came up better than I thought. I felt so happy and content that day. You can see from my face that I was actually enjoying life. I love those moments! I wish I can have more of them! What about you? Do you also find it hard to keep going sometimes and need a break to actually enjoy life?
#KCACOLS ON INSTAGRAM
Thank you so much for using the #KCACOLS hashtag on Instagram for all your photos. There are now 5,247 photos! Yay! It is lovely to see all your photos there! I would love it if more of you could use the hashtag for your photos and of course it would be even better if we all also spread some love there! As I mentioned bmefore, I am featuring 2 photos from the community that have caught my eye since the last link up.
This time I’m featuring photos by:
- KIM from Odd Hogg
2. SINEAD from Shinners & the Brood
KCACOLS CROWD FACEBOOK GROUP
THANK YOU to all of you that have joined the #KCACOLS CROWD Facebook Group. You can join us here. Also if you do join, please send me a direct message with the name of your blog so then I know who you are without having to figure out your blog name 🙂
NOW BACK TO THE LINKY
I was hoping that the commenting was going to be better this week as we had fewer link ups but unfortunately, I was wrong as we had a bigger list of posts still needing more. By Thursday this week, we had about 47 posts that needed more comments and by Friday night this number was reduced to 21. We had about 24 people that hadn’t commented on the post linked up before theirs on Thursday but this was reduced to 10 by Friday night. Today, I reminded people about commenting again and that number has been reduced a lot! Lots of comments are still in moderation but I know for sure all posts had a minimum of 3 comments. I’m not sure if about 12 posts reached 4 comments as I can’t see if the comments still need approval. But I’m happy that all had 3 comments. That is still great for 106 link ups! Yay!
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE NEW CHANGES TO THE LINKY
The linky is a fortnightly linky. It will be open for 2 weeks until the second Wednesday at 8 pm or until we reach 150 link ups, whichever comes first.
The rules will be the same, the only difference is the amount of time that the linky will be open for. The co-hosts and I will be allowed to change our posts on the following Saturday after the linky is live. Please be aware of these changes during the second week.
I would suggest that you link up one post each week so you will be able to share something different and current each week. I will also be more strict regarding commenting on the post before yours.
I’m not tweeting individual people once the linky is live but I will tweet the people that have been featured and mentioned. I’ll also post a link to the new linky post on the Facebook Group, pin it on my Twitter account and on my Facebook page together with some generic tweets. And of course, I will email all of you the link. If you could also share it by clicking the link below that would be FABULOUS!
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR NEW LINKERS:
PLEASE START with commenting on the post linked up before yours FIRST and then comment on any other posts as much as you would like. Also, use the hashtag #KCACOLS when commenting (this is indeed very important so I can then see how many comments you are doing and then be able to feature you in my linky post which is always great for you as you get a backlink which helps improve your DA).
Thank you so much for all your comments on the host posts and the linky post. As always, I have read and liked all your comments! We will do our best for you to receive a comment from someone on behalf of the linky (either the co-hosts or me).
MONTHLY GUEST CO-HOST
This week the “monthly” guest co-host will be MARIA from Suburban Mum. These are her social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest). She will also be re-tweeting your tweets this week so please add her twitter handle (@suburb4nmum) to your tweets as well as mine. Finally, she has a guest co-host post, School holidays should be staggered lets #ChangeSchoolTermsDates linked up too. Please if you could go there and add a comment it would be AWESOME!!
GUEST CO-HOSTS FROM PREVIOUS LINK
I would like to say THANK YOU so much to CECILE from The Frenchie Mummy and ZOE from The Tale Of Mummyhood for helping me with the commenting this week! They have co-hosted before so as expected they did a wonderful job. I really enjoyed having them! They have been FANTASTIC! 🙂
GUEST CO-HOSTS FOR THIS WEEK
My first guest co-host this week is RACHEL from Ordinary Hopes. This is the first time that I’m co-hosting with Rachel and I’m really looking forward to that! She has a gorgeous boy that has some disabilities so she tells through her blog how her everyday life is and all the challenges they have to go through. Her mission is to make the country more accessible and to make travelling across the country easier. And I think so far she is doing a fantastic job. Please give some love to her social media accounts which are (Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest). She will also be retweeting your tweets this week so please add her twitter handle (@ordinaryhopes) to your tweets as well as mine. Finally, she has a guest co-host post, The Alternative “Dear Zoo” linked up too. Please if you could go there and add a comment it would be AWESOME!
My second guest co-host this week is AMIE from Mum’s The Word. I’m very happy to have Amie as my co-host for the first time. She has been linking with us for a long time so it is great that she is free to help me this time! She has a lovely blog and I love her Instagram photos! Please give her social media accounts some love (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest). She will also be retweeting your tweets this week so please add her twitter handle (@mumsthewordblog) to your tweets as well as mine. Finally, she has a guest co-host post, Amelia’s 2 Year Update linked up too. If you could please go there and add a comment it would be AWESOME!
FEATURED POSTS – TOP 3
The person who commented the most this last link up was NICOLA from Mummy To Dex. I’m super excited to have a new linker at the top of the commenting. This is the first time that Nicola is joining us and she has done an amazing job. She has commented a whopping number of 88 posts! Thank you so much, NICOLA! One of her posts from last week was BLW// 8 Must-Have Products. Please visit her post and give her more love if you can.
The second person who commented a lot was NADINE from Making Her Mama. She is again back within the top 3 commenters! It is lovely to see how much love she likes to spread within the linky! She commented on 27 posts! Thank you so much, NADINE!
The third person who commented a lot was MADELINE from This Glorious Life. She did it again! Yay! I love seeing Madeline in the top 3! How nice is it that she always takes the time to comment so much! She is amazing! She has commented on 27 posts! Thank you so much, MADELINE! One of her posts from last week was, Try this one little trick when your child is sad or worried. Please go to her post and give her more love if you can.
FEATURED POSTS – TOP 6
Behind Nicole, Nadine, and Madeline were BECKY from Educating Roversi with 26 comments, ALI from Ali’s Upside Down World with 24 comments and then I have a tide with 22 comments by CASSIE from Gorgeous George Mama and LISA from Pass the Prosecco Please. Thank you so much, lovely ladies!!! 🙂
Please do not forget to follow and check out the #KCACOLS Pinterest Board. We have pinned all your posts from last week’s linky so please go and have a look. There are some great posts that deserve a read!
Now let’s carry on with the linky:
Every 2 weeks I will choose 6 people who have commented A LOT within the linky. Three will be featured and another three will be mentioned on my fortnightly Saturday linky post. This means that 6 people will get a backlink on my new linky post every other Saturday!
1. Be sure to grab the #KCACOLS badge which can be found below or on my sidebar. Simply copy the code from the box below the badge and add it to the text/html at the bottom of your post or place it on your blog sidebar.
2. You can link up to 2 posts. I recommend you to link up one post each week to get the most of the linky.
3. You can share anything that you would like. It is open to absolutely any subject and also you can link up posts that are old or new. You are allowed to link up another linky ONLY if it is a promotional post about the linky and you can do this only once and I expect you to put my badge or a link to my linky and of course to follow the rules regarding commenting.
4. Comment on:
- one of the hosts’ posts (choose one that you would like to comment).
- the monthly guest co-host post.
- the guest co-hosts posts.
- the post which is linked up immediately before yours.
- and finally, any other post that you would like to comment on.
That way everybody receives at least two comments (one from the host/guest co-hosts and one from others).
5. This linky will be open every other Saturday from 10 pm and will remain open until the following 2nd Wednesday at 08.00 pm or until we reach 150 link ups, whichever comes first.
6. If you would like us to tweet your post that is absolutely fine, just tweet your link to me @WithFranca, Maria @suburb4nmum, Rachel @ordinaryhopes and Amie @mumsthewordblog and we will retweet it. Please remember to use the hashtag #KCACOLS.
I look forward to reading and commenting your posts!! 🙂
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