Party Under the Big Top #9

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Well, here we are again, ready for another terrific Blog Party. Last week we set a record for the most posts linked up, with more than 50!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated and who invited a friend. This week we have a few minor changes. Lysa, my co-host has redesigned the party buttons to make them a little more manly and to help them look great on a wider variety of blogs’ color schemes.

We are also switching our social media party to Pinterest.  So please, after you link-up your post don’t forget to keep scrolling down the page and link-up your Pinterest page as well so we can all follow each other.

As a reminder in order to link-up or read the posts you will have to click on the small blue box with a picture of a frog that says “Click to view and add your links!”

I can’t wait to see what everyone links up this week! And may the best man (or woman) win next week’s FEATURED ACT!

Party Under the Big Top has gone BLUE for the month of April to show our support for Autism Awareness Month! <<<< For more information click over there or over here you can read Lysa’s blog post about it >>>> CLICK HERE!

April is National Autism Awareness Month Badge from the Autism Society

Oh, I almost forgot… We have an ALL NEW Party Under the Big Top Button and an I was a Featured Act Button! Check them out below and grab the HTML code for your blog post(s), website, or party page today!


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Banner graphic Party Under the Big Top Blog Post and Social Media Linky Party in Autism Awareness Month Blue

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), then in this order you will find: The Featured Acts, Blog Post Linky, Rules for Feeding Circus Animals, the InLinkz Widget to link-up your blog posts, Social Media Linky, Concession Stand Menu, and last the InLinkz Widget to link-up your Social Media links.

You will find all of the rules and information you need in the Rules About Feeding Circus Animals and the Concession Stand Menu for both of the InLinkz link-ups! We will Tweet each post linked up to the party and will also Pin each post to the Party Under the Big Top Pinterest Board.

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 Blog Party on the Internet,” but the BIGGEST one TOO?!? Tell your friends and share this post on social media… Like the CIRCUS CLOWNS say about their car… The more the merrier!

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Mike from Sunshine Dad Blog

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A Little About Mike…

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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Lysa from Welcome to My Circus

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Welcome to My Circus

A Little About Lysa…

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 CIRCUSBut, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Graphic Header for The Featured Acts on Party Under the Big Top

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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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‘Brothers Gotta Hug!!’

Starting off the Featured Acts, making his debut at number 3, is Casey from Dashboard Dad with ‘Brothers Gotta Hug!!‘ Casey recalls his childhood growing up with his older brother. In a post that will make you laugh then make you cry, Casey will leave parents with a challenge to help foster positive sibling relationships. He’ll also teach you an amazing new handshake that is sure to take the country by storm. Oh, and Lysa just had to share the video clip, below, from Casey’s post last week because, well as she said… “It’s Chris Farley for goodness sake!!!!!”

Tommy Boy ~ Brothers Gotta Hug

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’10 Blogging Tips for Absolute Beginners’

Coming in with the second most views is Teresa over at Keeping it Real with ‘10 Blogging Tips for Absolute Beginners.’ Teresa shares with us 10 pointers she has learned as a blogger. She directs her post at beginners, but these are great reminders even for seasoned bloggers. Head over and take a look at her tips and see which of them you are doing and which of them you could get better at.

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'Twins do and say the funniest thing. Part 3' by Nigel from over at DIY Daddy

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‘Twins do and say the funniest things. Part 3’

Taking the prize for top views this week, and giving dad bloggers 2 out of the 3 Featured Acts is Nigel from DIY Daddy with ‘Twins do and say the funniest things. Part 3‘ In his post Nigel recounts some of the funny (and really sweet) things his twin daughters have said and done recently. You’ll alternate between laughing and saying, “Awwwww” in this fun and lighthearted post.

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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 HTML into your blog to display the Featured Act Button.

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Blog Post Linky

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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 the Sunshine Dad Blog 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! xx Mike and Lysa

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


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

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Rules for Feeding Circus Animals

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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:


Any Topic and Any Niche Are Welcome to Link-Up.
Family Friendly Posts ONLY!
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.



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Social Media Linky

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The Ringmasters will choose a different form of social media EACH WEEK to link-up to… Be sure to check back every TUESDAY to see which one they chose for the week!

The week of April 7th link-up your Pinterest Profiles

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Concession Stand Menu

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Grab some circus peanuts, popcorn, sno-cone, and a refreshing beverage while you are here at the CONCESSION STAND because it’s time for some more fun and to link-up your social media 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 social media, if you haven’t already that is! ;-)

Enter the URL to your Social Media Profile NOT your homepage or a blog post those will be deleted!

Be sure to follow, at least, THREE (3) of the other people linked up. If you’re already following everyone that’s linked up, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

Now it’s time to add your Social Media link for your:





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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 TEN on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. EST!

Wishing you a FABULOUS week!

Until next time…

Mike and Lysa

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