Welcome back to #KCACOLS. I hope you are all well! We had 78 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 hope you have had 3 wonderful weeks! I can’t believe it has been that long since the last linkup! We are now back from our holidays. We had a fantastic time. We really enjoyed our family time with friends that I have not seen for a while! I was that disconnected that I have not published a blog post for 5 days! I think that has been the longest for me! I came back a little bit demotivated. I think it is because even though you are on holiday and enjoying your time, it is always tiring when you are with your kids. You are entertaining them full time, so Nick and I came back more tired than ever, LOL!
Before we were away we had a super cool ride on a speed boat on the Thames. It was amazing! I went with Nick (no kids) and it was a nice time for us. If you happen to be in London and looking for something different to do I can highly recommend it! We definitely had an adrenaline rush! We felt like we were in a James Bond movie jetting down the Thames, LOL! This week I had the opportunity to meet Fearne Cotton and was able to interview her! I was so excited about that! It was lovely to have one to one time with her. She is the coolest and nicest person ever!
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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It is so nice to have some time off and spend some quality time with my family! It's been a while since we were all together on a summer holiday like this! We are making beautiful memories that we will treasure forever! Are you planning to go away this summer? #familytime❤ #summerholiday2017 #mallorca
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Last week I was invited to attend a really cool event organised by organic tea company @honesttea. They did a 3 day summer pop-up garden party which was called Honest Garden, inspired by the company’s commitment to sourcing organic ingredients for its products, where they were giving Londoners the opportunity to try refreshing experiences including Yoga, Salad lunches and Terrarium-making in an immersive green sanctuary right next to the River Thames. The whole event was lovely. I learnt a lot about Honest and about the importance of spending more time in nature. This is something I am definitely trying to do more. You can find all the details at http://wp.me/p6e7fh-3nr or by using the direct link in my bio! Do you like iced tea? What do you think of this pop-up event? #RefreshinglyHonest
#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 2 photos from the community that have caught my eye since the last link up.
This time I’m featuring photos by:
- HELEN from Talking Mums
2. CHERYL from Tea or Wine
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Kayaking at #ansteyscove today. Gorgeous weather and beautiful scenery. Made the most of it as rain is forecast for the last few days of our holiday. 😩 . #pinklinker #coolmumclub #summerholidays #devon #developinglife #littleloves #lifeoutside #lifecloseup #kayaking #worldoflittles #capturingtheday #kcacols #kidsofinstagram #happylittlebuttons
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
We got 78 links! I left the linky running for an extra week due to us being away on holiday hoping that we will get more time to comment and therefore the commenting would have been better than ever but as I said on my ‘thank you” email, things didn’t work out that way and we didn’t have as many comments as I thought which was a shame. I guess everybody must be busy over the holidays, so I won’t worry much during the next few weeks! By Thursday, we had 45 posts that still needed more love and about 24 people that had not commented on the post before theirs.
By Saturday this number was reduced to 36 and 9 respectively. I have reminded people about commenting today but I did it very late so not sure if the numbers have improved. From the 36 posts I mentioned, 17 have 2 comments and the remaining 19 have 3 comments. I hope this is looking better by now.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE 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 100 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, Summer Cycling with Ridgeback 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 JENNY from Accidental Hipster Mum and BECKY from Mommy and Rory for helping me with the commenting this week! They have now co-hosted with me before but they did a FANTASTIC job. It was fun and I really enjoyed co-hosting with them! 🙂
GUEST CO-HOSTS FOR THIS WEEK
My first guest co-host this week is KERRY from Blissful Domestication. Kerry has co-hosted with me a couple of times already. It is really nice to have her help me with the linky again. She has a baking, cooking and crafty blog. She is a mum of 2 and a step mum of 1. She is passionate about encouraging creativity and imagination in others especially children. Please give 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 (@blissfulkerry) to your tweets as well as mine. Finally, she has a guest co-host post, Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls 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 TRACEY from Oh Pretty City. I am very excited to have Tracey co-hosting with me. She has not co-hosted this linky before so this will be her first time! She has a travel, photography and lifestyle blog. She is a mum of 4, Early Years Educator and University student. She has been linking up with us for a long time which is really nice! Please give some love to her social media accounts which are (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest). She will also be retweeting your tweets this week so please add her twitter handle (@ohprettycity) to your tweets as well as mine. Finally, she has a guest co-host post, The chocolate museum – Brixton 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 this last link up was BETH from Life as Mum. I am super excited to have Beth at the top of the commenting list! This is the first time that she is being featured! Although she has been mentioned before. She has been supportive of this linky for a while so it is super nice to have her here! Yey! She was AMAZING commenting on 20 posts! Thank you so much, BETH! One of her posts from last week was You are One. Please go to her post and give her more love if you can.
The second person who commented a lot was MADELINE from This Glorious Life. I love having Madeline in the top 3 commenters list. She is absolutely amazing with the commenting. She has been here so many times that I have no more words to say how grateful I am for all her support. She is FANTASTIC! She has commented on 19 posts! Thank you so much, MADELINE! One of her posts from last week was How to help your child when they are scared by tv programmes and films Please go to her post and give her more love if you can.
The third person(s) who commented a lot was BREAD from Queer Little Family. This will be her 4th week on a row featured here! Bread, as well as Madeline above, are just so generous and amazing with their commenting. I am also very grateful for her support. She was great commenting on 17 posts! One of her posts from the last link up was Blogging: Self-Host from the start. Please go to the post and give some more love if you can.
FEATURED POSTS – TOP 6
Behind Beth, Madeline and Bread were KELLY from And Jacob Makes Three with 13 comments, JEREMY from Thirsty Daddy with 12 comments and LAURA from Dot Makes 4 with 11 comments. Thank you so much to all of you! 🙂
For this week’s linky I am linking up Tiny Pop Holiday Heroes: Show Us Your Superhero Poses! and Having Fun With John Adams’ New Family Games Range 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 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, KERRY @blissfulkerry and TRACEY @ohprettycity 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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