Welcome back to #KCACOLS. I hope you are all well! We had 60 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 on the #KCACOLS linky page! 🙂
We are already halfway through January. How are you feeling? Did you feel any of the blues that we normally have at this time of the year? Thankfully, I have my family visiting at the moment so it is a great distraction! We have been out and about around London a lot so it has been fun.
The last 2 weeks have been a little bit quiet in regards to events. However, we went to the Cirque Du Soleil premiere which was amazing! We were invited to go with the girls, so it was their first time at a show like this! They loved it! This show is a must watch. I can highly recommend it.
Each link up, I love sharing a couple of photos from my last 2 weeks on Instagram, so here are two of my favourites:
*Thumbs Up for Free Play* I remember very clearly when I was about 4 years old, we used to live in the countryside not far from Lima, Peru. This place was surrounded by nature and beautiful areas to explore. I used to go out with my siblings and play for hours. Inventing games and allowing our imagination to wander! We were hardly bored. It seemed easy to create new ways of entertaining ourselves. These days, it's quite typical for kids to have their day, including play time, completely structured and planned out with timetables of classes and activities to follow. I have always struggled with this as I find it hard to have my girls' day with timings for everything. It is much better to let them be themselves and experiment on their own with free play. Giving children the freedom and space to play free is an essential part of their development, allowing them to learn about the world around them, developing essential social skills and fostering their physical and cognitive development. Petits Filous new campaign is all about helping champion free play and the benefits of it by encouraging parents to embrace it as part of their children’s day. I am so excited to be part of this campaign and help them to spread this message because embracing free unstructured play is critical for children’s development, tapping into their imagination and encouraging creative thinking. If you would like to read more about this campaign, please read my blog post HERE (https://www.amomentwithfranca.com/thumbs-up-for-free-play-why-letting-kids-entertain-themselves-is-a-good-thing) or by checking the link in my bio. Do you let your kids get bored? Do you implement Free Play at home? Do you remember playing free as a child? @BritMums #PetitsFilousPlayFree #freeplay #playfree #petitsfilous #Ad
*GIVEAWAY* Just a reminder that I am hosting a giveaway on my blog where you can win a bracelet of your choice from @tsai.x.tsai They have beautiful pieces, you would love it! Check my blog post here (https://www.amomentwithfranca.com/discovering-tsai-x-tsai-jewellery-touch-delight-every-day) to find out more about them and also how to enter. The giveaway will be live until Wednesday 24th January, so you still have time to enter and of course you can have the chance to win your own stunning bracelet! Good luck everyone! ☺️ If you win, which bracelet will you choose? #tsaixtsai #jewellery #gemstones #giveaway #bracelet
#KCACOLS ON INSTAGRAM
Thank you so much for using the #KCACOLS hashtag on Instagram for all your photos. It is lovely to see 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! I am featuring 1 photo from the community that has caught my eye since the last link up. This time I’m featuring JACQUI from One Messy Mama. See below her photo:
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 🙂
NOTE: you can promote your posts and social channels there too because we host different threads to support each other so that is another reason to join us!
NOW BACK TO THE LINKY
We had more link ups this time which made me so happy! We got 60 and it was so nice to see that! We got about 23 posts that needed more comments. By today, we reduced it to 5 but they got 3 comments so it is not bad as the remaining 55 posts got 4 comments or more per post! Fantastic, right? Thanks to all of you that have taken the time to comment. I really appreciate it!
Also, don’t forget to comment on the co-hosts posts. As I mentioned last time, they take a lot of time commenting your posts and now we only have 2 co-hosts instead of three which makes a difference. Also, as I mentioned before I am BLOCKING URLS/emails of people that have joined the linky and have not commented on any posts for consecutive weeks. So please be aware of this. If you find I have blocked you by mistake, please contact me.
The linky will be open for 2 weeks until the second Wednesday at 8 pm or until we reach 100 link ups, whichever comes first.
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 KCACOLS Facebook Group, pin it on my Twitter account and on my Facebook page together with some generic tweets. I will of course, 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 by 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).
GUEST CO-HOSTS FROM THE PREVIOUS LINK UP
GUEST CO-HOSTS FOR THIS LINK UP
My first guest co-host this week is LAURA from Dot Makes 4. Laura has co-hosted with me before but she has not done it for a while, so I am very excited to have her again. She has a parenting blog and she writes about their day to day adventures as well as food allergies. She is 33, soon 34 and married with two children ages 13 and 3 years old. She is really lovely. Please give her some love to her social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest). She will also be retweeting your tweets so please add her twitter handle (@DotMakes4) to your tweets as well as mine. Finally, she has a guest co-host post, 100 Truths Blogger Tag 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 EMMA from Me and B Make Tea. You all know Emma by now. She has co-hosted many times and she has been featured and mentioned lots of times too. She also helps me with the facebook group, so she is a very important part of this linky. She blogs about fun food ideas, days out, random thoughts and the bits in between! She is married and has a gorgeous boy. I have not met her in person yet but I hope we can do this sometime soon! Please give her some love to her social media accounts which are (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest). She will also be retweeting your tweets this week so please add her twitter handle (@meandbmaketea) to your tweets as well as mine. Finally, she has a guest co-host post, How to Make a DIY Framed Valentine’s Gift Using a Map! linked up too. Please if you could go there and add a comment it would be AWESOME!
FEATURED POSTS – TOP 3
The person who commented the most was LISA from Lisa Pomerantzster. WOW, This is fantastic! This is the second link up in a row that Lisa is at the top of the list of commenters! Hurrah! She is always so nice, positive and very lovely with her commenting! We really appreciate her support! She has commented on 35 posts! Amazing! Her post from last week was This just in from the National Weather Service…! Please visit her post and give her more love if you can.
The second person who commented a lot was CAROLYNNE from Mummy Endeavours. This is such a wonderful surprise. I am so delighted to have Carolynne as one of the top 3 commenters! She has only just joined the linky. This is her second linkup and she is already being featured! How fantastic is that! I have met Carolynne before and she is so lovely! I am so happy that she has decided to join us. She has been really kind with her comments as she has commented on 24 posts! YEE! Her post from the last link up was New Years Resolutions and How to Stick to them. Please go to the post and give some more love if you can.
The third-person who commented a lot was BREAD from Queer Little Family. I am so happy to have Bread back to the top 3 commenters this link up. As you all know she is always so kind commenting on so many of your posts. It is lovely to see her support. I don’t think kcacols could be the same without her. Bread: kcacols love you! 🙂 She has commented on 23 posts! Super! One of her posts from last week was Snappy’s First Sleepover. Please visit her post and give her more love if you can.
FEATURED POSTS – TOP 6
Behind Lisa, Carolynne and Bread were VICKY from The Mummy Bubble with 22 comments, HELEN from Jam Sandwiches with 21 comments and CHRISTY from Welsh Mum with 20 comments. Thank you so much to all of you! 🙂
For this week’s linky I am linking up Meeting Lovely Therapy Ponies With My Little Pony and Thumbs Up for Free Play! Why Letting Kids Entertain Themselves Is A Good Thing so I hope you like them! 😉
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 on 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 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 100 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, LAURA @DotMakes4 and EMMA @meandbmaketea 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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