When I started this blog, I had no idea there were so many legal angles to consider! I’m not a lawyer, and you probably aren’t either (but if you are, tell me if you see anything wrong or loopholes!), so I’ll start with a summary in plain English, then I’ll include the mandatory legalese.

This page was last updated on March 5, 2015. I may change some of this as I go, so check back once in a while if it’s important to you.

What I Know About You and Who I Share It With

Regarding your privacy, I don’t sell or give away names or email addresses. If you sign up for the newsletter, or to get follow-up emails on comments, or send a message directly to me, I will have that information for me, myself, and I exclusively to be used only for what you provided it for. I protect that information using industry standards, so your data is as protected as I can make it (which, in this day and age… well, let’s assume I don’t get hacked). I may use a third party to provide services, like the newsletter, so your contact information would also be submitted to them and stored on their servers to provide you that service.

If you submit a comment on a post, your name as provided on the form will be published along with your comment. Your email address will not be published. If you provide a website URL, that link will be published.

If you enter a contest or giveaway on my site and win (yay!), I may publish your name as you provided it on the form (and any other information you wish to be published, if you are looking for publicity). If the contest or giveaway is sponsored, information will be provided to the sponsor so they can send you the prize (either via email or snail mail).

Just as with any site, we can collect statistics, such as what browser you are using or who your internet provider is, but we can’t tie any of that information to you personally.

We or a third-party affiliate may use cookies, if you allow them via your browser settings. So, for example, you may see an ad for something you recently looked up at Staples. I know it’s freaky when that happens, but it’s because Staples saved a cookie on your computer with your recent activity, and then found that cookie when trying to display their ad here. I’m not picking on Staples and they may never advertise here, but it’s an example.

If you click on a link on my site that brings you to another site, I have no control over their policies, so you’ll have to check that out with them.

I Sometimes Get Paid!

Okay, now on to the money side…

It takes a lot of time and energy and money to run a decent blog. Yes, it’s a labor of love. But also think of it as my job. I’d like to get at least a little money to reimburse me for my expenses and maybe some extra for pizza once a month. Well, I’d really like to make enough for an Hawaiian vacation, but it’s not likely to happen. If it does, I’ll let you know.

Anyway, one way I can make money is by including ads on my site. Some ads are a fixed fee per month just to sit there. Others make me money if enough of you just click on them (so feel free to click away if you want my daughter to have her favorite pizza next week, said with sad puppy dog eyes and Willie Nelson or Sarah McLachlan playing in the background). And if you click and then buy something, some will give me a percentage of the sale as a commission. You don’t get charged more, they just give some of their profit to me in exchange for me sending them to you. It’s a WIN-WIN!!! Yay! I may even be able to give you a special promo code to use that will give you a discount. (Thank you, thank you, thank you, if you do buy something through one of those links!)

There may be occasions where a company will pay me to write about their product, or give me their product for free in exchange for being mentioned (known as a “sponsored post”). I will only accept these types of offers if (a) I already use the product and LOVE it or (b) I am trying something new and I’m free to write an unbiased review, which could mean that if I hate it, I’m free to tell you so (and believe me, I will). I will always let you know up-front if a post is sponsored.

Sometimes I may write about a product and/or include a link to a product in my post, not because the company is sponsoring it, but because I like that product and maybe I used it in a project, so I’m recommending it. I might link to a site that sells that product (e.g., paints found at Michael’s), and if you click the link and buy something, I may get a percentage of the sale, just as with the ads you find in my sidebar. I do this as a convenience to you in case you want to find that same product I’m mentioning, and earning a little extra money in the process couldn’t hurt… I’ll even try to find the best deal on that product where available through affiliate programs I belong to, but I can’t guarantee the best price on the web, and prices are subject to change, so the deal going on when I initially publish the article probably won’t be in effect a year later when you find this post on Pinterest (sorry).

I’m Not Out to Screw You, and Don’t Screw Me, Please

To cover my ass… a lot of what gets posted on the site are my opinions, and you or others might not agree. I’ll try to make sure everything that I publish is accurate as of the time of the writing, but I am human and may make mistakes. Please don’t try to sue me for this. Don’t steal anything from this site and pawn it off as your own. And don’t try to hack us or impersonate us or we will come after you. If you have a problem and are unhappy about something, let me know before you slam us or call your lawyer. I didn’t intentionally do anything wrong and I’d like a chance to fix it and make you happy.

To sum it all up, I won’t intentionally do anything to you that I wouldn’t want done to me. No deceptive practices here, folks. I want you to like me, trust me and visit me often, not avoid me like the plague.

Any questions? Clear as mud? Send me an email and I’ll try to answer it.

Now, if you’ve read all this (and my lawyer if I had one would tell me I should tell you to read the legalese below too) and you continue to use my site, you must be okay with my policies. If you aren’t okay with this, go away!

Ok, here’s the boring legal version of the stuff we have to say… and you have to read. yawn. I’ll even make it look more official. How tiny can I make this font?

Here beginneth the legal version of said policies:

Official Legalese

This site, Yet Another Mom Blog (hereinafter abbreviated “YAMB” or “Site”), is owned and operated by Cynthia Caldwell. The terms “YAMB,” “Site,” “we,” “me,”, “I,” “us,” and “our,” refer to the site and its owner. The terms “User,” “you,” “your,” and “yours” refer to the user or customer utilizing this website or the services provided.

Disclosures

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations, all bloggers are required to disclose how they earn money on their blog. For more details on the FTC regulations, please review the 2013 guide .COM Disclosures: How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising and the 2009 regulation 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions, and/or other forms of compensation. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics, or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space, or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

Although we may be compensated to provide opinions on products, services, websites, or various other topics, we will always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely those of the author. Any product or service description, claim, statistic, quote, or other representation should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party in question.

This blog does not contain any content which might represent a conflict of interest.

Website Terms of Use

By using this site you agree to be legally bound by the terms and conditions set forth below. We reserve the right to change these terms and conditions at any time. Please review these terms and conditions carefully each time you visit this site, as they may have changed since your last visit. If you do not agree with any of these terms and conditions, then do not use this site.

By using this website, you agree to indemnify the owners of the site for any and all claims, damages, losses, liabilities, and causes of action (including expenses and attorneys’ fees) incurred by them arising out of or relating to your breach or alleged breach of these terms and conditions (including without limitation, claims made by third parties for infringement of intellectual property rights).

If any provision of this agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck and the remaining provisions shall be enforced.

Copyrights, Trademarks, Service Marks & Restrictions

Unless otherwise noted, all content on this site, including text, graphics, photographs, logos, icons, data, documents, and any other material is copyrighted by Yet Another Mom Blog and Cynthia Caldwell, all rights reserved. You may use content from this site for noncommercial, personal use, provided you also retain all copyright, trademark, service mark, and other proprietary notices contained in the material, do not modify or alter the material, and do not copy or repost the material online or reproduce it for public use in any other media. Copying, modifying, publishing, transmitting, distributing, selling, reusing, reposting, or using any of the contents of this site for public or commercial purposes without prior express written permission is strictly prohibited. In the case of social media sharing, you may share a photograph or image from this site on a social media site such as Pinterest or Facebook, as long as the permalink to the source post on this site is provided.

Disclaimer, Limitation of Liability

This web site is provided by YAMB on as “as is” and “as available” basis. YAMB makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the site, the quality, accuracy, completeness or validity of any materials on this site, or the information, content, or materials included on the site, or whether the functions contained on the site will be uninterrupted or error free. You expressly agree that your use of the site is at your own risk. This site may also contain facts, views, opinions, statements, and recommendations of individuals and organizations. YAMB does not represent or endorse the accuracy, timeliness, or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement, or other information displayed, uploaded, or distributed on the site. You acknowledge that any reliance on any such opinion, advice, statement, or information will be at your own risk. YAMB is not responsible or liable for any special, incidental, consequential, punitive, or other indirect damages that result from the use of, or inability to use, the site or the information contained on the site, regardless if you have been advised of the possibility of such damages or for any claim against you by any other party.

User Submissions

Your privacy is important to us. Please review our Privacy Policy for more information. Any comments, ideas, messages, suggestions, feedback, or other communications you send or submit to the Site shall be and remain the exclusive property of the Site. Be aware that if you submit information to our blog or other public forums, you agree that this information is non-confidential and you grant us the right to reproduce, transmit, display, and distribute this information for any purpose without compensation to you, to the extent permitted by law.

Security

Use of the YAMB web site for unlawful purposes, including, but not limited to, tampering with the site, misrepresenting the identity of a user, or conducting fraudulent activities on the site, is strictly prohibited. Users are prohibited from violating or attempting to violate web site security, including, without limitation: accessing data not intended for such user; using the web site for unintended purposes or trying to change the site’s behavior; attempting to probe, scan, or test system or network vulnerabilities or breach security or authentication measures; attempting to interfere with service to any user, host, or network, including, without limitation, submitting a virus to the site, overloading, flooding, spamming, mail bombing, or crashing; or forging communications from the site owners, its web site, or any of its employees. Security violations may result in civil or criminal liability.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which this Site collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from visitors (hereinafter, “Users”) of the website http://www.yetanothermomblog.com (hereinafter, “Site”). This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by Yet Another Mom Blog.

Personal identification information

YAMB may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit the Site, subscribe to the newsletter, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on the Site. Users may visit the Site anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, knowing that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site-related activities.

Non-personal identification information

YAMB may collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with the Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser type and version, the type of device and its operating system used, the Internet service provider information (including IP address and general location information) and other similar information.

Web browser cookies

The Site may use “cookies” to enhance the User’s experience. Web browsers place cookies on the User’s hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. Users may choose to configure their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert them when cookies are being sent. If cookies are disabled, some parts of the Site may not function properly.

How we use collected information

YAMB may collect and use a User’s personal information for the following purposes:

  • to improve customer service and/or support
  • to personalize the User’s experience (by saving preferences or remembering actions already taken)
  • to improve the Site (via feedback the User voluntarily provides to us)
  • to process payments (where the information is provided to a third-party service provider, like PayPal, solely to provide that service)
  • to run a promotion, content, survey or other similar “event” (to send Users information about said event)
  • to send periodic newsletters or emails (where the User has requested to receive such emails) Note: A user may unsubscribe from such mailings at any time using the provided opt-out instructions included with each mailing or by contacting us via the Site.
  • to send emails regarding orders placed or other specific events initiated by the User

How we protect your information

We use appropriate, up-to-date, industry-wide standards for data collection, storage and processing practices, and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Site.

Sensitive and private data exchange between the Site and the User happens over a SSL-secured communication channel and is encrypted and protected with digital signatures.

Sharing your personal information

We do not sell, trade, rent, or give away any User personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and Users with our business partners, trusted affiliates, and advertisers for the purposes outlined above. We may use third party service providers to help us operate our Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We will share your information with these third parties as needed for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

Third party websites

Users may find advertising or other content on our Site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed any websites linked to or from our Site. The content and links on these sites may change at any time without notice. In addition, these sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Site or is linked to from our Site, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.

Advertising

Ads appearing on our site may be delivered to Users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they display an online advertisement on a site. They compile non-personal identification information about the User. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This privacy policy does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Google Adsense

Some of the ads may be served by Google. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to Users based on their visit to our Site and other sites on the Internet. DART uses “non personally identifiable information” and does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, etc. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html.

Changes to this privacy policy

YAMB has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the top of this page. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about these policies, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us at:

Yet Another Mom Blog (website http://www.yetanothermomblog.com)
Cynthia Caldwell (email caldcyn@gmail.com)

and here endeth said policies!