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Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Welcome! You have made it to the right place — this is the place to party April 5 through April 13 for the Ultimate Blog Party 2013.

We are Janice and Susan, the twin bloggers behind 5 Minutes for Mom and we are so excited you are joining us for our 7th annual Ultimate Blog Party!

The Ultimate Blog Party is just that — the ultimate place to party and meet new friends, (but no babysitters, airplanes, or tickets necessary.)

Yes — it really is quite simple. Write a party post on your site, sharing a bit of what you and your site are all about, and then add the URL of that party post to the applicable linky list below.

Then start partying! Blog hop through the linky lists, leaving comments and making friends as you go.

Live Events

We are having two fabulous online LIVE events during the Ultimate Blog Party this year. One will be held on Twitter, and for the first time ever — we will be hosting a Google+ hangout. The live events are loaded with prizes and top notch bloggers and writers who will be stopping by to party with us!

The Twitter Party, which is sponsored by PicMonkey, is on Monday night at 9pm Eastern and the Gooogle+ Hangout is on Tuesday night at 9pm Eastern.

RSVP for the Twitter Party Here.
RSVP for the Google+ Hangout Here.

Prizes!

We have hundreds of prizes to give away thanks to so many generous donations. Please take your time browsing through the Prize Pages.

To enter to win the Prizes on the Prize Page you must fill out a PRIZE ENTRY FORM. You can submit it any time before midnight Friday April 13th. So take your time and browse the prize listings, because in your entry form you will have the chance to indicate your top prize choices from the incredible Ultimate Blog Party 2013 Prize Pool!

We will ALSO do separate random draws for 11 individual $100 paypal cash prizes from each of the 11 Linky Lists.

What 5 Minutes for Mom is all About…

5 Minutes for Mom - Ultimate Blog Party 2013Janice and I created 5 Minutes for Mom in March 2006. We wanted to bring together and support the online mom community.

Along with our directories for mom owned blogs, stores and websites we started sharing our lives as work-at-home moms and sharing posts from other mom bloggers.

Thanks to you and our other loyal readers, we’ve steadily grown and been able to live out our site’s mission.

We are here to inspire, support, connect, encourage, empower, and entertain you. And we don’t do it alone — we have a great group of writers, editors, and guest contributors. In fact, if you are interested, you can find information here about joining our team.

So while 5MinutesForMom.com is also our personal site, infused by our lives as moms, bloggers, and business owners, it is about more than us… it’s about YOU! It is about the Bringing Moms Together through the incredible power of the online mom community.

Meet Us…

If you’re new here, we are Janice and Susan, identical twin bloggers who each have two children and live two blocks apart.

Janice has an 11 year old boy Jackson and a 5 year old girl Olivia. I (Susan) have an almost 8 year old girl Julia and a 5 year old girl Sophia.

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

We love being moms and we love blogging. Janice and I live kinda crazy chaotic lives immersed in our passion for social media. We love connecting with blogging friends online and in person and at conferences.

The party officially starts at midnight Eastern tonight. So…

  1. If you have a blog, publish a “party post” with a UBP badge on your site.
  2. Add your blog party post url to the appropriate blog category Linky Lists that you’ll find below.
  3. Also you can add your Facebook Page link, your Twitter link AND/OR your Pinterest link to the appropriate Social Media Profile Linky Lists also listed below.
  4. Visit tons of blogs, facebook pages and follow new twitter friends from the Linky.

There will be tons of virtual partying going on this week and it all ENDS — 11:59pm Eastern, April 13, 2013. (Well, the link lists will live on forever and you can keep blog hopping for weeks and months to come… but the ‘official’ party will be over.)

Entries for the fabulous prizes close at 11:59pm Eastern, April 13, 2013. And then we will begin trying to draw ALL those winners! Please have patience.

Follow @5minutesformom and watch hashtag #UBP13 on Twitter.

Remember to post an Ultimate Blog Party badge on your site and invite everyone to party with you!
 
 

Linky Lists — Add Your URL’s Here

 
 
You must PICK ONE category to add your Blog Party Post URL. There are 9 Blog Category Linky Lists. And 3 Social Media Profile Linky Lists where you can add your Facebook Page, Twitter Handle and Pinterest Handle.

If you want a further explanation of what a Linky is and why we choose Linky Tools to host the party links, click here for our detailed explanation.

  1. Linky #1: Mom Blogs with Product Reviews and Giveaways

    Mom blogs that include product related posts and giveaways. If your blog is PR friendly and you don’t mind being contacted by brands, include your site here.

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win $100 cash!
    Linky List sponsored by: Ad Spot Still Open – Quick Contact Us

    Go to Linky Page with Mom Blogs with Product Reviews and Giveaways

  2. Linky #2: Mom Blogs with very Little Product Emphasis

    Mom blogs focusing on personal narratives that rarely include giveaways or product related content. If you’re a Mom Blogger who prefers to delete emails from PR folks, your site likely belongs in this list.

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win $100 cash
    Linky List sponsored by: Music Together

    Go to Linky Page with Mom Blogs with very Little Product Emphasis

  3. Linky #3: Daily Life and Opinion Blogs

    Wide open range of blogs including Political, News and Celebrity topics

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win $100 Visa cash
    Linky List sponsored by: Fear Of – The New iPhone and iPad Game

    Go to Linky Page with Daily Life and Opinion Blogs

  4. Linky #4: Christian and Religious Blogs

    Blogs with an emphasis on Christian or Faith related topics. If you often blog about your faith and you want to connect with other faith-based bloggers, add your link here.

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win a $100 cash prize.
    Linky List sponsored by: Ad Spot Still Open – Quick Contact Us

    Go to Linky Page with Christian and Religious Blogs

  5. Linky #5: Specialty Blogs

    Photography, Cooking, Crafting, Homeschooling, Shopping, Couponing etc

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win $100 cash
    Linky List sponsored by: HeartWise™ Sister Circles

    Go to Linky Page with Specialty Blogs

  6. Linky #6: Business Blogs

    Entrepreneur, Work at Home, Social Media, Internet Marketing, SEO or Blogs associated with a company or online store.

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win $100 cash
    Linky List sponsored by: Ad Spot Still Open – Quick Contact Us

    Go to Linky Page with Business Blogs

  7. Linky #8: Dad Blogs

    Guys, we don’t want to leave you out!

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win a $100 cash
    Provided by: Michael Samuels

    Go to Linky Page with Dad Blogs

  8. Linky #9: Special Needs Blogs

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win $100 cash
    Linky List sponsored by: Carole P. Roman – Children’s Book Author

    Go to Linky Page with Special Needs Blogs

 
 

Social Media Profile Linky Lists

 
 
You may add your Facebook PAGE url (not personal profile), Twitter handle and Pinterest profile to the linky lists below.

  1. Linky #10: Facebook Pages

    List your Facebook Page if you want others to take a look and possibly “Like” it. If you add your link here, please make a significant effort to visit many of the others and “Like” those that appeal to you.
    IMPORTANT – Include the FULL Link to your Facebook Page
    eg http://www.facebook.com/5minutesformom

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win $100 cash
    Linky List sponsored by: OUATA Once Upon a Time, Again!

    Go to Linky Page with Facebook Pages

  2. Linky #11: Twitter

    Include your Twitter url here if you want to connect and engage with other party-goers on Twitter. If you list your handle here, please make an effort to follow many of the others.
    IMPORTANT – Include the FULL Link to your Twitter Profile
    eg http://twitter.com/5minutesformom

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win $100 cash
    Linky List sponsored by: Ad Spot Still Open – Quick Contact Us

    Go to Linky Page with Twitter Handles

  3. Linky #11: Pinterest

    Include your Pinterest url here if you want to connect and engage with other party-goers on Pinterest. If you list your handle here, please make an effort to follow many of the others.
    IMPORTANT – Include the FULL Link to your Pinterest Profile
    eg http://pinterest.com/5minutesformom

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win $100 cash
    Linky List sponsored by: Ad Spot Still Open – Quick Contact Us

    Go to Linky Page with Pinterest Handles

New UBP Navigation Drop-down Menu

To make browsing to the different Linky List pages and the various Prize pages, we’ve added an Ultimate Blog Party menu in our top nav bar. You can get directly to the particular UBP page you want right from the menu as shown below.

UBP13 Navigation Menu

 
The Ultimate Blog Party is all about you and this awesome community of bloggers. We are honored to host it and we’re looking forward to partying with you April 5th through 13th.

In case you are wondering, we will soon be publishing a post revealing the recipe behind the fabulous martini (aka Blogtini) you see pictured above. The recipe was created by Jessica of One Martini at a Time exclusively for the #UBP13.

Remember to follow @5minutesformom and watch hashtag #UBP13 on Twitter.



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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Nolie
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April 5, 2013 at 12:13 am

Hey ladies. Excited to be back partying with you guys for my fourth year in a row. Cheers to another fantastic party.
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2 Susie B. Homemaker April 5, 2013 at 1:47 am

Love all the kids party outfits… too cute! This is my 4th year joining in and I look forward to it every year. I always end up staying up WAY too late on the first night of the party though, gotta learn to pace myself. lol Thanks for throwing another UBP smash!
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3 Jerri April 5, 2013 at 2:38 am

Thanks so much for hosting again this year! I’ve been attending your party since 2008, and I look forward to it every year!

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4 Cassandra April 5, 2013 at 2:44 am

Hello Ladies!

This is my first time in the Ultimate Blog Party and I’m excited about it! I’m here via Create with Joy. This is a great idea – thanks for setting it up!

~ Cassandra from Renaissance Women
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5 Samantha
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April 5, 2013 at 3:41 am

yay! Making my first stop in my rounds for the UBP13! So glad to be able to participate for a 3rd year!
-Samantha from KreativeKaring
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6 Lisa Cash Hanson April 5, 2013 at 5:03 am

Of course excited to say hi to everyone :)
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7 Stacie April 5, 2013 at 6:29 am

Hi everyone! looking forward to being social with you all!
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8 Mommyof2Girlz/StephD April 5, 2013 at 6:55 am

It’s party time! So excited to be joining you all again for another great year. I was not able to join as a giveaway sponsor this year, but I look forward to making tons of new connections and having fun as always. Next year definitely though :)
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9 Kelly Huenefeld April 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Thanks for showing your necklace pictures. I followed your pinterest and saw your website. Enjoy your day. Hope you are making something fun today! I am beading something pink.

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10 Ginny Marie April 5, 2013 at 8:25 am

Ooo, I was wondering if you were going to share the recipe for that Blogtini! It looks delicious!
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11 carma April 5, 2013 at 8:41 am

It’s here! I look forward to your party every year – thanks for hosting!
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12 Alisha Jaybird April 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

YAY!!!! I’ve been out of the blogosphere for a while, so I’ve really been looking forward to this!!! Thank you for hosting!!!
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13 Terri F. April 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

YAY for UBP 2013!!
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14 Georgie Lee April 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

Thanks for hosting. It looks like a great party!

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15 Jen April 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

This is a great idea! I’m so excited to participate!

http://lemonadeandlipgloss.blogspot.com/2013/04/ultimate-blog-party_5.html
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16 Kelly Huenefeld April 5, 2013 at 10:09 am

I don’t have a blog but I like pinterest and facebook. I found this and I think I would like to be involved what do I do?

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17 Angie April 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

Excited to participate! Party on.
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18 Joe Cheray April 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

Popping over from Wildheart Social Media. I heard about this from a blogger I follow over on Facebook. TGIF!!!!
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19 Kelly Huenefeld April 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Great job. I love this site.

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20 Caren April 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

This is my first time, so bear with me if I don’t get it right :)
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21 Laura April 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Hi. I just read I was only supposed to add my blog to 1 list. I saw that after I added it to a couple. How do I delete it from the lists I don’t want it on? Sorry!! Thanks for your help!!

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22 Katja April 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

So great, that there is a UBP 2013! Loved to party with you in 2011 and 2012 already! Big thank you from Germany! Katja
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23 Christine M April 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

This is huge! Glad I signed up for the reminder email.
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24 Niki April 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm

I joined in!
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25 Misty April 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I’m a newby & I love a pajama party! Here’s my post http://www.painteddiva.com/its-a-blog-party-and-you-are-invited-ubp13/

I hope you will stop by! I’ve read so many awesome blog post tonight and have many more to go.
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26 Jocelyn April 5, 2013 at 11:06 pm

So glad to be joining in the blog party fun! :)

Come visit me and I will return the favor! Thanks.
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27 Kerrie April 5, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Excited to take part for the first time! Thank you for hosting :)
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28 Petula April 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I didn’t attend last year, but I’m back now to party with all you blogging rock stars.
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29 Juliana RW April 6, 2013 at 6:14 am

Gorgeous photos. Thank you SOOO much for visiting my UBP post. I love to be participating in this event every year. Awesome events :D
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30 orangeheromama April 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

Yeahhh! Party time again! Hope to meet lots of new bloggie friends!!

Thanks so much for such an awesome opportunity 5 minutes moms!!!
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31 Cathi April 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm

You two gals always throw the best parties! You are an inspiration to the blogosphere. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It’s been so fun watching your children grow!
xoxo
Cathi

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32 Heather Smith April 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Oh my.. First time here ! Oh my this is so great! Please give me a look, I work very hard at what I do. I really work at being different
, I hope you love what I do

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33 ConstantlyAlice April 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm

First time participating! So excited to meet you all :)
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34 McKinney Mommas April 6, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Whoo Hoo, so excited to be participating for the second year in a row!

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35 Shana D April 6, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Sooooo excited, this is my first year participating. I can’t to “meet” everyone.
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36 Melissa S Bentley April 7, 2013 at 12:01 am

Thank you again. I am going to keep my fingers double crossed. :)

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37 Erinn Sluka April 7, 2013 at 1:17 am

Great prizes this year! Thank you
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38 TerriAnn April 7, 2013 at 3:57 am

Yay! Thanks for hosting this again :) I’m anxious to find new blogs and win some prizes!
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39 Lisa from Life with Lisa April 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Thanks for hosting this year….it’s a great place to discover new blogs!
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40 Carpool Goddess April 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm

So excited to join this wonderful group! Thanks for having me :)
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41 Mommy Posh April 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Hi! looking forward to chatting with you all!

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42 Darcy April 8, 2013 at 1:53 am

Ha! I totally forgot to comment here in my excitement to link up. I just bought Amber’s book and I’m excited about the PicMonkey sponsorship!
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43 Carla April 8, 2013 at 3:33 am

isn’t this wonderful! this is my second year and thank you so much to Janice and Susan, this party rocks! So grateful, Carla from Dubai UAE
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44 Wendy Orman April 8, 2013 at 5:25 am

I’ve been having so much fun connecting with so many interesting blogs and bloggers. Thanks for throwing the UBP! This is my post: http://n2tching.blogspot.com/2013/04/its-partaaay.html
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45 Maggie April 8, 2013 at 9:40 am

thanks so much for letting me join the UBP. It’s been so much fun so far…finding amazing sites to explore is great! Wow, thanks for hosting such a fantastic collection of blogger!
Maggie
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46 Alexa (katbiggie) April 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

This is the most awesome idea ever!!! I’m so excited that I found it through the Another Jennifer blog! I also am the mother to identical twin girls, although one of our precious girls passed away two days after birth. They suffered from Twin to twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) and I spend a good bit of time on my blog talking about this and bringing awareness to it. I’m also just a good ole Mommy blogger. Can’t wait to jump into this party!
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47 momstheword April 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm

This is my second time participating in the UBP! Excited to make some new bloggy friends! :) Thanks so much for hosting!

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48 QueenMomJen April 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Nothing like a newborn to aid in making one fashionably late, but hey I made it at least. Excited to get to know all of you!
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49 Sara April 9, 2013 at 2:53 am

I look forward to the UBP every year! This is my 4th time participating. So fun!
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50 Shannon (The Mommy-Files) April 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm

You girls look gorgeous! So happy to be partying with you again this year! xoxo
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51 Erin April 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm

This is my first time here for #UBP13! Having SO MUCH FUN!! Thank YOU so very much for organizing this wonderful event for all of us bloggers!! <3 <3 <3
Erin
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52 Sandra Blanton April 12, 2013 at 8:17 pm

All I can say is glad I am here, looking forward to this and praying I did it right..

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53 Motherhood Moment April 19, 2013 at 8:09 am

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog as well!

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54 ZAHIR September 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Seems good party along with lots of fun and entertainment. Thank you.

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55 joyetech eroll sigara November 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Hi! looking forward to chatting with you all!

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56 Aqiyl Aniys February 25, 2014 at 11:39 am

I have to make sure I am around for the next party. :)

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