Welcome back to #KCACOLS. I hope you are all well! We had 52 link ups last time! 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 have had 2 lovely weeks. The Sunday after the last linkup was live, Bella and I travelled to Vienna to visit my sister. We have visited several times and this might be the last one as she is soon moving to Baden in Switzerland. The week that we stayed in Vienna, we had the most gorgeous weather. We had up to 36 degrees one day! We really enjoyed visiting the nearby swimming pools. The best is the one in Schonbrunn. Very pretty! One of the days we visited Bratislava on a ferry. It was a wonderful day! I really enjoyed spending some time with my sister and travelling alone with Bella. It was a great experience. We took the girls to their grandparents to spend a few days there and had some fun while Nick and I were back in London to have some time for ourselves. These things don’t happen very often so we were so grateful for the opportunity. In fact, it was the first time that both girls were staying with their grandparents without us so it was a milestone for all of us!
When we got back, we spent the following day at London Zoo. We will never get bored of visiting. It is always so much fun and excitement for the girls. We went to the Africa area and visited the Giraffes for the first time. I can’t believe we have been here so many time but we have never seen the giraffes. The girls dressed up as animals too – Sienna was a lion and Bella a giraffe. Bella was very eager to take a photo with her outfit in front of the giraffes. It was fun. The following day we travelled to Alex James’s farm in Oxfordshire for the Big Feastival. It rained a lot but despite the weather, we had so much fun! I highly recommend this festival for families. You should try to go next year. This last week I have been unwell. I got a mouth ulcer with oral thrush so I have hardly been able to talk. I have felt very miserable but thankfully it is much better now.
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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*A FUN FAMILY TIME AT THE BIG FEASTIVAL* We went yesterday to @thebigfeastival in the Cotswolds for a fun family day out. We were kindly invited to spend a day on one of the 3 days that the festival was on (Friday to Sunday). We chose Sunday as we were away last week. This festival has been on for 7 years now and this is our first time attending it. It is located on Alex James’s farm in Kingham, Oxfordshire. We were so worried that the rain would ruin our day as let's be honest, there is not much you can do when the rain is pouring so much! Most of the day we had this rain that was very annoying but we tried our best to do as much as we could. So we bought lots of tokens so the girls could have lots of fun on the fair rides. They just didn't care about the rain and enjoyed every minute of it. Towards the end of the afternoon, the luck was on our side and the rain stopped and some rays of sun appeared. This couldn't be better timing as the late performances on the main stage were about to start. We were given VIP passes so we were able to be in an enclosed area where the girls were able to run around like crazy while we had the main stage close to us so we really had a fantastic time. One of the things that this festival is famous for is for the food and of course it didn't disappoint at all. It was delicious! We had the best churros I have tried in a long time and the girls were really happy. The only thing is that we were a little bit cold so we really had to wrap up a lot but despite that, we really had a fab time. We watched Melanie C, James Arthur and Paloma Faith who were all great! I also bumped into the lovely Ciara from @myfussyeater twice that day and our kids played together while we enjoyed catching up and listening to some great live music! We had such a lovely time despite the weather! This festival is very well organised and the farm was gorgeous. We’ll definitely be returning in the future! Have you been to The Big Feastival before? Do you like festivals? #thebigfeastival #festival #alexjames #alexjamesfarm #familytime #festivalfood
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*FAMILY TIME IN VIENNA* If you have been watching my stories you probably know that Bella and I are spending a few days in Vienna. We are really having a great time! The main purpose of the trip was to spend some time with my sister. She is Bella’s godmother so Bella has been having lots of treats, kisses and cuddles! She is loving it, LOL! My sister has lived in Austria for about 14 years so we have visited many times but each trip is always special. Last year, Nick and I travelled on our own (no girls) for my sister’s wedding and it was one of my best times in Vienna! She will be moving to Baden in Switzerland soon so we wanted to visit her before she leaves. It will be sad because we love Vienna. It is one of my favourite cities. I always have the best time here. We will love visiting her in Baden but it is a small city and very different to Vienna but I am sure it has its own charm too. We have been spending long days at the local swimming pool in her neighbourhood which is lovely. It has 4 different sizes of pools with slides so you have one for all tastes and choices, LOL! Bella has been having a blast! 😃 BTW, this photo was taken very early in the morning yesterday, when we were on our way to take the boat to Bratislava (in Slovakia)! Another amazing experience! More of this on my next update, so stay tuned! 😉 PS: I am in love with this @hm red bag and especially these red sunglasses! ❤ I literally wear them all the time! One of my favourite accessories at the moment! What do you think? #vienna #visitingvienna #travelling #travellingwithmydaughter #austria #redsunglasses #redbag
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Thank you so much for using the #KCACOLS hashtag on Instagram for all your photos. It is lovely to see your photos there! I am so excited that we have more than 10.9k photos that have used the hashtag! I am thrilled! 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 CHERYL from Tea or Wine. See her photo below:
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NOW BACK TO THE LINKY
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We had 52 link ups which is AMAZING. I am very happy to have more linkers this week. We had about 9 posts that needed more comments when the linky closed. By Saturday we reduced this number to 2 which one have 3 comments and the other one has problems with the commenting widget which was showing some comments from teh linky before but then the widget wouldn’t stop refreshing so we are not able to see any comments anymore. So we got 50 posts with 4 or more comments. Hurrah! That is fantastic 🙂
Regarding the people that have not commented on the post before theirs, we got 10 people on Thursday. By Saturday we reduced this number to 5!
Also, remember to comment on the co-hosts posts. Please also be aware that I’m BLOCKING URLs/Emails of people that have joined the linky and have not commented on any posts for consecutive weeks. 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 co-host this week is MAINY from Myrealfairy.com. It is lovely to have Mainy again helping me with the linky. The last time she co-hosted was last year in November. I can’t believe the time has passed so quick already! She has been featured and mentioned before. She has a lifestyle blog. She embraces the mystical, quirky, literary and the fairy-like. She is based in Dorset where she lives with her 2 gorgeous sons, partner and friends. She uses her blog to express her views on lots of different things that she likes and has an interest in. I’m looking forward to co-hosting with her again. Please give some love to her social media accounts which are (Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest). She will also be retweeting your tweets this week so please add her twitter handle (@myrealfairy) to your tweets as well as mine. Finally, she has a guest co-host post, Fortnite and the middle-aged mum 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 KELLY-ANNE from Mimi Rose And Me. She has also helped me co-host the linky before. I have also mentioned and featured her before. She is lovely and she supports this linky a lot which is really nice. Kelly-Anne is a writer, blogger and mum to a beautiful girl called Amelia. She is married and together with her husband they have set up their home in the beautiful countryside of Norfolk. She is a self-certified tea addict, a lover of the 50s, stationary and she eats way too much Haribo. 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 (@Mimiroseandme) to your tweets as well as mine. Finally, she has a guest co-host post, Life As A Working at Home Mum: Is It Really The Best Of Both Worlds? 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 week was CAROL from Virtually All Sorts. WOW! I honestly don’t know what to say! I have lost any words because this is UNBELIEVABLE! She has been at the top of the commenting for 13 times. I will have to think about giving her a badge for being so consistent! It is amazing really! She seems to be very comfortable at the top of the commenting! Will someone be able to get her position at all? Let’s see what happens on this new linkup! LOL! As always, I am very grateful for her support and for all her kind comments to all of your lovely posts. She has commented on 49 posts! BRILLIANT! Thank you so much, CAROL! Her post from last week was 5 Ways The Summer Makes You More Productive. Please visit her post and give her more love if you can.
The second person who commented a lot was SHAN from Shan Ellis Williams, Mam Rants and Reviews. And this is the 5th time that Shan is within the 3 top commenters! She is still behind Carol but they are always very close so perhaps she will beat CaroI soon. Who knows maybe she would do it in this new linkup! Let’s see what happens. I love having her. She is a great supporter of the linky and I really appreciate that! She has commented on 38 posts! FANTASTIC! Her post from last week was Why I’ve rejoined Slimming World – and why I’m already sabotaging my success Please visit her post and give her more love if you can!
The third person who commented a lot was BETH from Life as Mum. It is great to see Beth back to the top 3 commenters. She has been so supportive of this linky for a long time which is lovely! She has helped me co-host the linky a few times too and will do it again soon too. She has commented on 29 posts! FANTASTIC! Thank you so much, BETH! Her post from last week was Save Money With Vileda. Please go and give her post more love if you can!
FEATURED POSTS – TOP 6
Behind Carol, Shan and BETH were MADELINE from This Glorious Life with 20 comments, LISA from Lisa Pomerantzster Blog with 19 comments and ALI from Ali’s Upside Down World with 18 comments. Thank you so much to all of you! 🙂
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 in 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, MAINY @myrealfairy and KELLY-ANNE @Mimiroseandme and we will retweet it. Please remember to use the hashtag #KCACOLS.
I look forward to reading and commenting on your posts!! 🙂
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