Around the Blogosphere – Week 87

5 Minutes Around the BlogosphereWelcome to our weekly roundup here at “5 Minutes Around the Blogosphere”.

As you know, you can come back all week and add a post or giveaway to our Mister Linky. Be sure to check back often, as new links will be added daily. You don’t want to miss out on something fun.


  • Heather from I’m No Supermom could use your help! She’s one of ten finalists in the Best Western Retro to Now Road Trip photo contest and, with your vote could win a vacation and road trip. Learn more about how you can help vote for her by visiting her blog.
  • Do you have a young actor in the house? Universal Pictures is hosting an online casting call to fill a role in the upcoming feature film, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. The film is based on the novel of the same name.

    Sam is Charlie St. Cloud’s kid brother on the cusp of puberty, appealing, annoying, adventurous,and trying to act grown up while still being a kid. Universal Pictures is looking for 11-14 year-old boys to play the role. Sam should be a regular kid, natural, non-actory, and unaffected.

    Please note that all who audition must be available for work from July 2009 through October 2009. For more details, please refer to the media alert below and go to, where you can download the audition scene and submit your audition tape online.

  • The Fresh Air Fund is in need of host families for the summer. Thanks to host families who open up their homes for one or two weeks each summer, children growing up in New York City’s toughest neighborhoods have experienced the joys of Fresh Air vacations. You can also donate to the cause and give a child the experience of a lifetime with your gift to The Fresh Air Fund. Every year, The Fresh Air Fund gives thousands of inner-city children the priceless gift of fun – and opens the door to a lifetime of opportunities.


  • Do you know a deserving military family? As part of the Blogs Can Change Lives outreach, 5 Minutes for Mom is giving away an HP mini laptop as a way to say thank you to all the military families around the globe. The laptop will go to a family who, for whatever cannot afford to purchase a laptop to take with them overseas. You can nominate a family (or your own family) and read all the details here. In addition, you can spread the word about about Blogs Can Change Lives.
  • This one’s for the kids! Enter TDMonthly’s first Charitable Kid Contest and help needy children. The child who wins will have the opportunity to give away 100 25-key Schoenhut My First Piano IIs to needy children in their community, and will have the chance to be named a TDmonthly Charitable Kid! To learn more and for contest rules, click here
  • Visitors to the popular family travel site have a chance to win a three-day family vacation in Hershey, Pennsylvania, when they play an online scavenger hunt. To play, contestants must answer five questions about Hersheypark, one of the Northeast’s most popular amusement parks. Entrants can find all the answers at All entries with five correct answers received before July 15, 2009, will be entered into a random drawing to choose one winner.

    The grand prize is a three-day family vacation for four in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a destination nicknamed Chocolatetown, USA. The prize, valued at $1,180, includes a stay at the Hershey Lodge and tickets to Hersheypark and other family-friendly attractions. For more information and official rules, visit

  • Envision Beauty and Sakroots are hosting a giveaway. Participants can enter for a chance to win the Eco Harmony Drawstring Bag, The Solution by Envision Beauty, and Envision Beauty’s amazing new Brightening Cleanser – the perfect way to get gorgeous skin this summer!
  • If you have a fourth grader that can write an essay on “Being Me”, he or she could win a copy of Too Tall Alice, a bookmark and an “I’m Just Right For Me” wristband. The Standing Tall with Too Tall Alice campaign is designed specially for children so they will be able to see in the words of other children the inspiration to overcome their own feelings of insecurity. Rules of the contest can be found here.
  • announces the launch of U Rock 2 – giving kids a chance to live out their ultimate rock and roll dreams. With this stand-out online promotion, fans can channel their inner Music Video Rock Stars, creating and submitting their own music videos set to songs by Disney favorites such as Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez.

    The prize includes a free trip to Los Angeles and a chance to “take over” Radio Disney as part of the fun. Watch and vote for your favorite videos online through the link below or via mobile phone. Fans can submit their videos now through July 12.

  • With Father’s Day just around the corner, what better gift to give him than a delicious meal at IHOP? Between now and June 21 guests can submit their heartfelt story in 250 words or less at about why they love their dad and think he deserves a delicious meal at IHOP. Five winners will each receive a $100 IHOP gift card.


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Would you like to share a fun giveaway or a worth our while post? Please add it to the Mr. Linky below. You can come here any time this week to add in your link. Don’t miss out on the fun. Be sure to visit throughout the week as the linky grows, and more sites are added.

If you would like to have a post on your blog featured in 5 Minutes Around The Blogosphere, please send us an email with the actual link to your post at features5minutesformom at gmail dot com and we’ll see if it can be arranged.

You can find Marissa writing away at Mama Sparkles.


  1. Amy Brewer says

    Sorry about posting the Barefoot Mommies- Kids balance bike twice. I must of hit enter again with it still in the linky. This is my second time doing it.

  2. says

    I have a giveaway through the 12th with two winners. Each winner will receive a 16×20 poster size picture of a print from their own collection.

  3. says

    I just used linky to add my blog giveaway for an autographed copy of the picture book; Beautiful Moon by Dawn Jeffers. It doesn’t look like I did it right. Obviously, I have not used Mr. Linky before. Contest ends June 14th.
    Great site. Happy to have found it. Thank you!

  4. says

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