The Ultimate Blog Party 2013 #UBP13

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Come on in — the ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY 2013 is HERE!

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.

Comments

  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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

  3. says

    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 :)

    • says

      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.

  4. Kelly Huenefeld says

    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?

  5. says

    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!!

  6. says

    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

  7. says

    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

  8. says

    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!

  9. says

    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

  10. says

    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

  11. says

    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!

  12. says

    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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