I know I've seen this documented somewhere before, but what's the option to keep update-manager from prompting for updates except for LTS-to-LTS releases?
If you go to Ubuntu > System > Administration > Update Manager, you'll see a Settings... button at the bottom left of the dialog. In the dialog, switch to the Updates tab and uncheck the updates checkboxes and set Release Upgrade to "Long Term Support Releases Only".
It should look something like:
See the community docs for more information.