September Highlights – A Month of Celebration

Now we are coming to the end of September I wanted to take a chance to reflect on the month. We, like many other parents all over the country, went back to school at the start of the month. Evangeline is now in Year One and has found it enjoyable but a big transition from reception. She’s struggled sometimes knowing that school is no longer a place to play, but also a place to work however I am so proud that she’s taken it in her stride.

At the start of the month we celebrated her sixth birthday and she had so many wonderful, thoughtful gifts from friends and family. It was lovely to see her so happy and a trip to Chessington with the family was fantastic.

The blog has done well throughout September, I’m proud of the sponsored content I’ve picked up on although it’s taken me a while to get into the swing of it as it’s all quite new to me! However I’ve been working with some fantastic brands lately and have really enjoyed the campaigns. I’ve done quite a bit of work promoting and getting back into linkys and trying to schedule tweets which has lead to my acheiving over 2,500 page views. That is a huge first for me so I’m really happy with that. In the last six months I’ve acomplished a better reach, engagement and views than I did in the first three years of blogging so I’m really proud of myself for that. My social media has been growing steadily too although I’d still like to increase my facebook engagement. It’s so tough to grow!

I’ve had a few nice little bits and pieces! Take a look at my Vlog below with my Lush unboxing video and mini beauty and stationary haul.

I started writing a novel. I’ve been using a really helpful guide book to help me zone in to a few new ideas and I have a few paragraphs sorted, character names and timelines. I’m really happy I’ve put some work into this recently, I’ve been feeling quite inspired.

Getting back into the school runs have been tough but I’m glad I’m walking again regularly and it’s helped me lose a bit of weight. Just need to get moving a bit more, swimming again and hopefully the weight will continue to leave my bones.

I’ve been loving Great British Bake Off and X Factor in September (guilty pleasure). Tv this time of year does seem to get better, probably because more people are home in the evenings. We’ve got through a lot of Box Sets and I am waiting for season four of Arrow to turn up on Amazon prime for free so I can see what happens next! I’ve also been playing Final Fantasy again! In the last few months I’ve completed seven on the PS4, including beating Ruby and Emerald weapon for the very first time! I’ve had the remastered versions of 10 and 10-2 so have been having a play at that and have introduced Evangeline to my favourite game series too. With the release of 15 being delayed I have even decided to give 13 a go again. I tried playing this when it first came out but it just didn’t work for me and I got bored. I’m enjoying it a lot more this time around and can give it a bit more attention and it’s not as hard as I remember…perhaps that’s thanks to easier access to guides and walkthroughs though.

final fantasty games, ps3 games

We are looking forward to half term next month, Evangeline is going to be with her dad for half of the week so Adam and I are thinking of getting in some very early Christmas shopping. We may extend this to a night away but we’re not too sure yet as we’re thinking of going away for my Birthday. Other than that it’s been a month for getting back into routines for us!

Have you enjoyed September? What are your highlights?

Kat Candyfloss

Hi I'm Kayleigh, a family, lifestyle and travel blogger based in Hampshire, UK. I love writing, reading and cooking. I spend all my money on holidays and creating awesome memories for me and my family.

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  1. Congrats on the sponsored content, that must be a nice win πŸ™‚ September was great. #KCACOLS

  2. Aw it’s nice your doing so well blogging! My stats & following have gone up steadily across september too which has been really nice to see πŸ™‚ Well done! X #KCACOLS

  3. Wow a novel! Thats exciting. And you are incredibly organised thinking about chirstmas shopping already #kcacols

  4. Sounds like you’ve had a great September! Best of luck on the novel, it’s great fun to write. Have you had a look at NaNoWriMo? It’s great for getting you to write as much as possible so you have a bare-bones draft to edit! #KCACOLS

  5. Wow a big month for you! Well done on your blogging success. It’s hard work isn’t it? #KCACOLS

    1. It is, you’re right, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I can’t wait for blogfest next month! πŸ™‚

  6. Wow! Sounds like you’ve got a load done in September! Pleased to hear that your lovely blog has been doing so well too! #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you so much! It’s getting there I think and yes September was so busy but so much fun too!

  7. You’ve had a busy month! Very impressed you’ve started writing a novel! Good luck with it. #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  8. wow, good luck with the novel! That is exciting news! It’s always hard to start this kind of things but you look like you are on the right way! You are so brave, I don’t think I would ever do that… #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you so much! I hope it continues to go well and yes hard to start but also hard to stop when you get into it…a bit like blogging really! πŸ™‚

  9. Wow, good for you! It sounds like Sepetember was a great month and youre doing really well on the blogging front too. Its great when you feel like youre making progress and things are moving in the right direction both on the blogging and the home front. What kind of novel are you writing – I’ve no idea how youre fitting everything in, so impressive! Emily #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you I’m trying and getting there. I’ve looked back over the last year and I’ve come so far. I’m really proud of how hard I’ve worked and how much the blog has grown! I don’t know how I’m fitting everything in either to be honest, I’m just glad that I do. I’m going for a Young Adult fantasy novel…at least that’s what it is right now!

  10. It sounds like you have had a fab September, I can’t wait to get my Christmas shopping started – though I usually have about half of it done by now! I just seem to have no inspiration this year. I hope you have a nice time if you do have a night away =) #KCACOLS

    1. I feel great knowing the majority of my shopping is done now, and anything else will just be little spontaneous gifts. I feel so organised!!

  11. Kayla Arnold says:

    Sounds like you had a great month! Mine was pretty quite. The start of October has been pretty hectic for me though!

    1. Ah hope the rest of october calms down a bit and you have a great month!

  12. One Messy Mama says:

    What an exciting time for you! Great Vlog! #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you so much. I really need to improve my vlogging skills. One day I’ll be a pro! πŸ™‚

  13. Wow, that sounds like an absolutely wonderful month! I am seriously impressed by your pageviews-you keep that up and you’ll be a viral blog in no time πŸ˜›
    Haha, seriously though, a happy belated birthday to your girl!! I also celebrated a birthday in early September (: Now that October is here, I’m ready for the Christmas shopping!! Thanks so much for sharing <3 #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you it really was! Yeah I’m just about creeping up with the page views now which I’m really glad about…viral though…hehehe I’m not sure about that. I’ve been going back and making pinnable images or adding FAQ’s which is really helpful.

  14. You have had a very busy month. Congratulations for you sponsored posts and a novel sounds amazing to write hope it goes well for you #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you so much! Looking forward to what the rest of October will bring!

  15. Ohh I love Final Fantasy! Sounds like a good month, I need to expand my FB followers also, I just find I have so many things I need to do to expand the blog I have no idea where to start! x #kcacols

    1. I’m so excited for the next game in November! It’s been such a long time in the making. I now have a daily blog to do list which is helping but it can be a little overwhelming!

  16. I love reflective posts like this. So nice to stop and measure all your special moments. I hear you on the Facebook engagement – I’ve thought about just deleting it. Good luck with the novel writing. I have no problem with the writing but I’m rubbish at editing, hence the many unfinished texts on my laptop πŸ˜‰ #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you! Yes I agree it’s a nice way to look back. Thank you, I’m pretty rubbish at editing too! I have a whole stack of ‘drafts’ to finish!

  17. What a great month, well done on starting a novel! #KCACOLS

  18. Sounds like a good month and well done on the sponsored posts. The highlight for me was probably the schools going back and finally re-painting our kitchen! #kcacols

    1. Thank you so much! I need to redecorate my bathroom but I just can’t right now haha. Hopefully we will get around to doing it next year!

  19. Sounds like a wonderful September for you! So pleased you’re feeling in a good place blog-wise. I’m starting to feel like I’d like to start doing more collaborations, but it’s such a big step when you’ve not really done it before. My facebook engagement has taken a real plunge lately too – I used to get pretty good reach, despite my low follower numbers, but it’s pretty pitiful all of a sudden. #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you, I really am proud of how far I’ve come with the blog and all the awesome things I’ve learned and experienced since really giving it a go. I just cant work Facebook out to be honest!

  20. BB also started in year one this term. So far she’s loving it but it is a big ‘step up’ #KCACOLS

  21. Jane Taylor says:

    Well done with all of the progress you are making with your blog. Fantastic that you are doing collaborations. It is a bit like spinning plates sometimes, though! SO much to think about. #KCACOLS

  22. Sarah (Mum x3x) says:

    Way to go on the blog progress!! It sounds like you had a really good September and lots to look forward to! I can’t wait for half term either, haha. Just a break from school routine is more than welcome here! πŸ™‚ xx #KCACOLS

  23. Hope you do get some time away during the half term then, that would be bliss! #KCACOLS

  24. Well done on the sponsored content and the page views. I’m way off that but it’s nice to have something to aim for! I’m with you on watching GBBO and I love creative writing – looking forward to reading your novel! #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you! Yes it will be out…one day haha! It’s taken a while and hard work but I’m really proud of how far I’ve come πŸ™‚

  25. Sounds like a great September! I agree with you about the TV – definitely approves as the dark nights draw in. I’m hooked on GBBO this year and have even got my husband watching it. Since it’s the last one with Mary, Mel & Sue it only feels right… I think we’ve had a wonderful September weather wise and that has definitely helped!

    Hope you have a great October too x #KCACOLS

    1. Oh yes I agree the weather has been good, even this first week of October was lovely. Yeah I’m not sure GBBO will get the same attention from me when it moves over. I love Sue Perkins!

  26. Good luck with writing the novel and well done for how great your blog is going.



  27. Yay for the sponsored content! I’m so ready for the half term too! It’s the only time we get to spend time together really in the holidays!


  28. Topfivemum says:

    Wow it sounds like you’ve been full on! Well done on taking your blog to the next level and I’m always impressed with anyone who does a successful VLOG. Now, a novel? Well, you’re just in another league, lady! #KCACOLS

  29. Well done on the sponsored content, that must feel so good to be doing well. Good luck with the novel.

  30. Congratulations to your daughter for taking year 1 in her stride I know from my children it’s a big step up and to you for looking at everything in such a positive manner #KCACOLS

  31. Sounds like you’ve had a great month. Congratulations on the brand work, sounds exciting x

  32. September sounds like it was a great month. Well done on the blogging success. I’m also obsessed with GBBO and as soon as X-Factor starts it seems like the countdown to christmas is on! x #kcacols

  33. How exciting that you are working on a novel! You are my hero for that! I hope october is as wonderful as September! #KCACOLS

  34. Wow September has been a fab month for you, especially with your blog success! I am also in the process of writing a novel, it’s very hard to find the time with four children but I try and do as much as I can when I can! A guide book sounds interesting, I could do with one of those! #KCACOLS

  35. Hooray on your first sponsored post- I just did my first one and am now kind of hooked- but want to stay true to the type of writing that I have been doing thus far. You have had a very VERY busy first month back to school.!


  36. I love September, it’s like the new year because everything is so different from the summer holidays and it’s nice to get back into a routine! Good luck with the novel πŸ™‚ #kcacols

  37. I love lush. Best of luck with the novel – well done you! #KCACOLS

  38. Wow! A novel! I’m not sure I would know where to start. Good luck with it!
    The blog stats sound brilliant, well done!

    1. Thank you so much, the novel is coming along too, which is good!

  39. We did enjoy September! πŸ™‚ My youngest turned 4 years old. πŸ˜€ So we had a little celebration going on.
    Best of luck with your novel! How exciting! πŸ˜€


    1. Ah lovely to celebrate birthdays! Thank you so much!

  40. It sounds like your blog is doing really well. Congratulations πŸ™‚ I have enjoyed the walking school runs and I am definitely healthier for it too. I need to improve my Facebook too, it’s a tough cookie isn’t it? Thanks for linking up to #lovelythings

    1. Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Yeah facebook can be a real tough cookie but I’ll get there eventually! πŸ™‚

  41. Sounds like a great September. I remember that transition from reception to year 1, my little girl as in tears. No more play! Sitting on the carpet, putting your hand up, where’s the home corner? Well done on the sponsored content – that’s fantastic! #KCACOLS

    1. Ah yeah bless then it’s a big adjustment isn’t it? I do feel that they should have had more of an easy transition into it to be honest, some kids really struggled, although Evie’s been okay. She’s still not tired at the end of the day though!

  42. These kind of posts are really awesome. I love finding out what a great month people have had and congrats on the sponsorship πŸ™‚ #KCACOL

    1. Thank you so much! It’s a really nice way to look back and remember how far I’ve come as well as see what I’ve accomplished!

  43. That is organised thinking about Christmas shopping. I have to get Halloween and November birthdays out the way before I can think about Christmas. I hope you get your birthday away. #KCACOLS

    1. Ah we don’t have any October/November birthdays, bar one and my anniversary – we never really get each other presents for that though to be honest! I have, now, actually done all my main christmas shopping, anything I get now will be stocking fillers really!

  44. Congratulation on all your success with the blog. It’s always nice to feel like you’re getting somewhere. Great to hear that your little one is adjusting to school. That can be a challenge sometimes especially once the new wears off and it becomes work. #KCACOLS

    1. Yes I agree, she does love school which is great and she goes in and comes out happy but she’s still not happy about doing extra work bless her! Thank you

  45. Michelle says:

    Congrats on the 2,500 page views and sponsors! Extra congrats on taking on the challenge of writing a novel! #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you! I’m really proud of how hard I’ve worked and that it’s paying off. The novel will come along, something I’ve always wanted to do so glad I’ve got started!

  46. September TV is the best! Well done for starting your novel – that’s always n my to do list! #KCACOLS

  47. Well done on the blog, it sounds like you’re doing well! Starting writing a novel is very brave, I would have no idea where to start! #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I’m really enjoying it.

  48. Wow you seem to have had a great month! I love the TV at this time of year too; I think it is a combination of snuggling up on the sofa on a cold evening watching things without feeling guilty, and also watching the things that have just become part of the run-up to christmas over the last 10 years (Strictly, XFactor etc) – it is now tradtional to watch them whether I want to or not! #KCACOLS

    1. Yep I couldn’t agree more, they are shows to countdown to Christmas!

  49. Wow, you’ve had a busy and productive month. Sounds like you’re doing really well with your blog -well done! And a novel too? I’m really envious – I love writing but have never had the courage to tackle a novel! Good luck! #kcacols

    1. Thank you so much! I think we all have doubts and fears when it comes to writing but it’s just what I’ve always wanted to do. No other job feels right for me really.

  50. I love September because it’s my marriage anniersary

    1. Ah hope you had a lovely anniversary! Mine is next month πŸ™‚ Well, not our wedding, as we’re not married but still, four years together is a good thing haha!

  51. September was a great month for the blog. October has been a tough month for me and I have neglected it. #KCACOLS

    1. It is tough to keep up with sometimes though isn’t it? There’s always a lot to do!

  52. Julie says:

    Sounds like a great month and great job with all the blog growth πŸ™‚
    I’d love for you to link this up to my gratitude and goals linky.

    1. Ah that sounds great! Feel free to tag me on twitter when it’s on πŸ™‚ @KatCandyfloss and I’ll pop over to link up!

  53. We’ve been all about the routines! Getting back into homework, after school clubs and generally getting out of the house on time! Other than that, we have achieved little else. Now we are settled again, Im hoping October will be more productive! #KCACOLS

  54. My daughter started year one too! What a change for them! Sounds like you’ve had a pretty good September πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS

  55. Congratulations on a fun month and picking up some great sponsored content. It looks fab – i love the idea of writing a novel, or more so a cookbook. I think that would be something I would like to aim for in years to come maybe! enjoy half term

  56. oh do it Kat, treat yourself to a night away πŸ™‚ it sounds like you’ve had a fab Sept and big congrats on the blog stats and sponsored work πŸ™‚ that is fab. I find it tough on fb too so have tried to stop worrying about it :/ #KCACOLS

  57. Sounds like you’ve had a great month. Loved the video, well done! x #KCACOLS

  58. Gabriela Green says:

    Looks like September was a great month for you.
    I was curious if you can share which helpful guide book were you talking about? Writing a novel sounds exciting!

  59. Kerry says:

    September has been a month of change for us, with my eldest starting school, me cutting down work significantly! Slowly getting used to our new routine. #KCACOLS

  60. It’s lovely to read that you are so happy with all that’s going on with blogging at the moment for you. Now to go check out the vts. #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  61. Wow you’ve had such a full and busy month! I’m so glad to hear that your blog is really taking off in a big way for you especially, as it’s really well deserved. I don’t know where you find time to write and play video games too, but good for you that you’re indulging in your pleasures. #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you so much! I don’t really know where I find the time either, I’m up very early in the morning usually though!

  62. My son has just started year 1 too, and seems to be coping pretty well so far. He’s definitely tired at the end of each week though! It is quite a big step up from reception isn’t it. x #KCACOLS

    1. Yes for sure it’s a huge step up in terms of workload. My daughter still isn’t tired by the end of the week though! She just doesn’t rest!!

  63. Wow, it sounds like you have had a really good month. Good luck with your novel. Pen x #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you so much! September was a great month all round.

  64. Sounds like a good month! Very impressed that you started to write a novel! #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you so much! Yes it’s coming along, I don’t know how long it will take to finish though!

  65. Totally agree about growing Facebook! I had to start from scratch again a few months ago as FB closed my original page down. Such hard work isn’t it X #kcacols

    1. Oh no! That sounds so frustrating! Yes it’s so hard to grow it, I feel like it’s a constant battle!

  66. Sounds like you’ve had a busy month. I always love September as I’m an autumn fan and it’s also my birthday month, so I get a few treats. Sounds like you’ve been doing great with your blog – I always find that the hard work always pays off eventually. X Factor is a guilty pleasure of ours too! x #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you, yes it was busy but a lot of fun too! I love Autumn! Hope you had a very happy Birthday too!

  67. It sounds like a brilliant month for you. Congrats on the increase in your views and well done on starting your novel. I have put mine away for now need to find the motivation to start again #kcacols

    1. It’s quite hard to keep motivated but I really want to make it work! Thank you so much πŸ˜€ x

  68. What exciting news about your novel! And it looks like you’ve been having a great, if busy autumn so far. xx #KCACOLS

  69. I think I spent over 100 hours playing FF on the PS One!

    Sounds like you all had a great September.
    Well done on starting your book.


  70. It’s so nice to hear you had a lovely month! And happy birthday to your girl. We unfortunately did not and I’m so happy that September is behind us. I was struck down with severe food poisoning, then my little boy had a vomiting bug, twice. My husband had to go to court against the council (we eventually won, but we didn’t know at the time and it was very scary). October has been much better πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS

    1. Oh no! It’s horrible when you have a month like that, it seems endless doesn’t it?! I hope you’re all better now and I’m glad you won the court battle that must have been really scary!

  71. OH my goodness! I love Final Fantasy! I am obsessed. I have a PS4 now and have no FF games on it yet so am desperate for 15, and the FF7 remake to come out! We should discuss strategies! #KCACOLS

    1. YES! We really should! I have my FF15 on preorder and when the remake of 7 was announced I could have cried! So glad I’ve found more Final Fantasy lovers since posting this! I know 7 is available on the PSN store if you want a bit of nostalgic gameplay! And you can get the HD remaster of 10 and 10-2 on PS4 too πŸ™‚

  72. Congratulations on your blogging successes! Sorry for the very late comment for #KCACOLS

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