Party Under the Big Top 15

Well, it’s that time again to get out your best posts from the week and link them up. We’ve also got a special themed link-up at the bottom where you can link up that one post that you wrote that you thought was lame but after you posted it, it turned out it did pretty well. I think we’ve all got those posts that wildly exceeded our expectations.

I hope you have a terrific week and I hope to see you here again next week. Take care. -Mike

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A Little Bit About Party Under the Big Top…

Here at the Party Under the Big Top it is a 3-Ring Circus each and every week with TWO linky parties and our THREE Featured Acts in the spotlight. First, you’ll “meet The Ringmasters (Co-Hosts), and they will introduce you to our Featured Acts, the TOP THREE blog posts with the MOST VIEWS during the party the week before. As you scroll your way through the #BigTopBlogParty, you will find BOTH of the InLinkz link-ups for you to add your links. Then you will find ALL of the details as well as the rules for EACH link-up in the Rules About Feeding Circus Animals and the Concession Stand Menu sections just above the linky it pertains to! The Ringmasters will Tweet and Pin, to the Party Under the Big Top Board on Pinterest, each blog post that has been linked up to the party!

Comments on The Ringmasters posts are always appreciated and welcome! Please spread the word about Party Under the Big Top and help to make it not only “The GREATEST Linky Party on the Internet,” but the BIGGEST one TOO?!? Please tell your friends about the #BigTopBlogParty and share this post on ALL of your social media as well. Like the CIRCUS CLOWNS say about their car… The more the merrier!

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The Ringmasters Made A “BIG” Change So NOW They Have A “BIG” Announcement To Make Below… Be Sure To Read It Because It Has To Do With One Of The InLinkz Link-Ups Below!

We have made a rather BIG change in the party again so that means we have another BIG Announcement to make… You see, Mike and Lysa were talking a week or so ago and have decided to “mix things up” a bit for the next few weeks here at the #BigTopBlogParty. As of today, the Social Media Linky is on “vacation” until further notice, if not PERMANENTLY! No worries it was NEVER a BIG deal from day one. Sort of the reason the creative wheels started spinning and made us say, “Why not try putting something NEW and SHINY in its place?” So, are you ready to find out exactly what is NEW and SHINY that has replaced it? Well, go on then… Just read the paragraph below it will explain it ALL!

Mike and Lysa are DYING to know… Okay we’re not DYING to know but we are curious and would LIKE to find out which post from your blog is “That post you thought was terrible but surprisingly you somehow received amazing feedback on it!?!?” So that is the “NEW THEME” for this week.

We still have our “NORMAL LINKY” where you are able to link-up THREE (3) blog posts but below that one where the Social Media Linky use to be will be the InLinkz link-up for ONLY the ONE blog post that fits in the “NEW THEME” for that InLinkz link-up over the next couple of weeks. Each week up until the Father’s Day Post will be a different theme though so be sure to pay attention to what it changes to.

Go on now… Use the “scrollie thing” over there on the side of this web page and make your way down through this party post so you can link-up to BOTH of the InLinkz link-ups. Please be sure to stop and check out WHO and WHICH blog posts make up our Featured Acts this week as you are scrolling on down the party post.

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IN HIS OWN WORDS… WHO IS SUNSHINE DAD?

I consider myself to be a typical dude. I love football, I hunt, I fish, I do my own car repairs, I’m a member of Mad Cowford Improv group, if I need a handyman I go into the garage and get my tools, I do my own yard work, I carry a pocket knife, I love all things electronic, I believe the Bible is true, I’m a die-hard Florida Gator fan, I shave a couple of times a month, I cried during The Notebook, I build furniture out of old pallets… You know, all the typical guy stuff.

I also just so happen to be a stay at home dad of 4.

Nearly everyday of my life holds a new adventure, whether I’m ready for it or not.

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A Little About Lysa In Her Own Words…

Ciao my name is Lysa, I’m a former Newspaper Reporter, a Book Author, Award Winning Poetry Writer, Mother of four, Wife, Nona (Grandma) of five with one on the way, Maid, Taxi Cab Driver, Cook, Nurse, and Referee just to name a few! I write about all of the silly, crazy, and it could only happen to me things that occur in my life. Which often have me claiming that my life is seriously like a CIRCUS… But, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Each week the Ringmasters will introduce you to the FEATURED ACTS in this 3-RING CIRCUS. The blog posts that have the SECOND and THIRD MOST views from the week before are the ACTS in the two END RINGS and in our CENTER RING is the ACT with THE MOST blog post views. All THREE Featured Acts will be shared on both of the Ringmasters’ Social Media and will be used to help promote the #BigTopBlogParty the week they are being featured!

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by: Gary from over at Skipah’s Realm

Coming in last week in the third spot was Gary over at Skipah’s Realm with ‘Mind Warp’. He tells about the great day he had with his daughter and how he is proud of her improvement in softball. He also shares some of the heartbreaking parts of being divorced and a dad when you are not on agreeable terms with your ex. We all wish the best for his daughter. Stop by and see what he’s been up to over at Skipah’s Realm. Did I mention that he has a hamster named Hammy that Fary belies is a KGB Agent??? Go find out at Skipah’s Realm

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‘My Mother’s Day Weekend in the Desert’

Erin from over at Nourishing My Scholar

Our second spot and our first of the Mother’s Day themed posts went to Erin from Nourishing My Scholar with ‘My Mother’s Day weekend in the Desert’. She tells of the fabulous time her and her mother had on a trip to the south western United States to visit her sister. She has plenty of great pictures of all the sights they saw.

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‘The Mom Lottery’

Casey from over at Dashboard Dad

The grand winner last week was Casey from Dashboard Dad with ‘The Mom Lottery’. In this ode to his mother (and wife [& sort of his dad too]) he shares how lucky he feels to have been born to such a great mother and how she tirelessly sacrificed for him and set the standard for what he wanted in a wife.

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If you were/are one of our Featured Acts, please grab the HTML for our Button and place it on your blog:

 

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Copy and paste the above HTML to display our Party Button on your blog!

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NOTE: When you add your link to Party Under the Big Top along with your email, it will be used to send you a weekly email only used as a way to send you an invitation to join us for the Party Under the Big Top. Linking up also means you are confirming that you own the rights to the photo(s) you are using in your post(s) or that the photo(s) is/are in the creative commons/public domain. It also means that you give Sunshine Dad and Welcome to My Circus the right to share your blog posts, pictures, and URL links if they are chosen as one of the Featured Acts on Party Under the Big Top, or any other upcoming posts, promotions, etc. related to Party Under the Big Top. Any content used will always be given proper credit and link backs will also be provided! Thank you! Mike & Lysa's Signature Red & Blue

Please grab our party button to display it on your blog or party page!


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Now just don’t sit there in the Grandstands after you link-up the Party Under the Big Top WANTS you to participate. Below you will find ALL of the rules and etiquette:

PLEASE DO NOT LINK AND RUN!

Any Topic and Any Niche Are Welcome to Link-Up.
Family Friendly Posts ONLY
NO REVIEWS/GIVEAWAYS or ANY OTHER LINKY PARTIES ALLOWED!
You may link-up THREE (3) blog posts per person/blog!
Enter the LINK to your blog post(s) and NOT your homepage!
We ask that you visit and leave a meaningful comment on, at least, THREE (3) blog posts before the party closes! Please use our unique hash-tag when commenting, #BigTopBlogParty!
Please FOLLOW both of the Ringmasters on Social Media as well as their blogs!


We ask that you place our party BUTTON, above, in the posts you link-up, add it to your party page, or link back in some way to our party.

We’ve all been there… You write a blog post only to finish and find yourself second guessing what you have just written. But, despite thinking it is TERRIBLE and probably the worst thing you’ve written as a blogger yet, you post it to your site. You nervously wait for the stats to prove you were right and NEVER should have posted it in the first place. Then… To your amazement, the post receives AMAZING feedback!!

Sound eerily familiar? It should. Every blogger we know has and does go through that crazy process described above. So what does that have to do with Party Under the Big Top? Well, this week Mike and Lysa want to see YOURS! Yep, that’s right… Those crazy Ringmasters want to see that post YOU thought was terrible but surprisingly you received amazing feedback on it!

So, link-up those posts here on the #BigTopBlogParty in our ALL NEW Weekly Themed Blog Post Linky! Mike and Lysa have added theirs as well for all of you to see and they just can’t wait to see YOURS!

Wishing you an AWESOME week!

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Please be sure to link-up ONLY ONE BLOG POST in this particular InLinkz link-up AND be sure to read the “NEW THEME” that we reveal every week during Tuesday’s Party Under the Big Top, right here at 12 a.m. EST. Then just link-up the ONE blog post that fits in with that theme to the link-up below and that’s it! Easy Peasy Right?!?! We’ve all been there… You write a post only to find yourself second guessing what you have just written. But, despite thinking it is TERRIBLE and probably the worst thing you’ve written as a blogger yet, you post it to your site. You nervously wait for the stats to prove you were right and NEVER should have posted it in the first place. Then… To your amazement, the post receives AMAZING feedback!! Sound eerily familiar? It should. Every blogger we know has and does go through that crazy process described above. So what does that have to do with Party Under the Big Top? Well, this week Mike and Lysa want to see YOURS! Yep, that’s right… Those crazy Ringmasters want to see that post YOU thought was terrible but surprisingly you received amazing feedback on it! So, link-up those posts here on the #BigTopBlogParty in our ALL NEW Weekly Themed Blog Post Linky! Mike and Lysa have added theirs as well for all of you to see and they just can’t wait to see YOURS! Please link-up ONLY ONE POST for this activity but you can link as many as THREE (3) in the Blog Post Linky directly above it. This ALL NEW Weekly Themed Blog Post Linky is going to be a lot of fun! A great big THANK YOU to Mike for coming up with the idea! Lysa has decided to make him an honorary Rock Star again this week because of it! 😉 1The #BigTopBlogParty Under the Top of a Big Top Tent0 Concession Stand Menu 0 0Popcorn and Sno Cone for InLinkz Script for Concession Stand Party Under the Big Top Welcome to My CIrcus Grab yourself a sno-cone, some popcorn, or some circus peanuts and a refreshing beverage while you are here at the CONCESSION STAND because it’s time for even more fun and time to to link-up the Weekly Themed Blog Post Links… But first we have some ground rules for you to follow: Mike and Lysa would LOVE it if you would please FOLLOW them on their blogs and their social media, if you haven’t already that is! 😉 Enter the URL to ONE of your posts from your blog that fit in with this week’s theme! NOT your homepage or a “normal” blog post as those will be deleted! Be sure to comment on a few of the other themed blog posts linked up and ONE (1) MUST BE THE THEMED BLOG POST LINKED UP BEFORE YOU!!!! If you have any questions please let us know by leaving a comment below. Below is the InLinkz link-up for you to add your URL to.

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We hope you had a great time here at Party Under the Big Top!Share the word by telling ALL of your friends and sharing this post on social media to help us make this party BIG!!!! Don’t forget about what the CIRCUS CLOWNS say about their car… The more the merrier, especially when you Party Under the Big Top, at the #BigTopBlogParty! We hope to see you right here for the party next week as we bring you ACT 16 on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. EST!

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Wishing you an AWESOME week!

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Party Under the Big Top, the #BigTopBlogParty is published as an original series by Welcome to My Circus and Sunshine Dad.

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