Please take a moment to read through our PR Policy if you are new to TimeOutForMom.com or are reading our editorial posts. While we are a start-up blog and our primary focus is to build a genuine community of like-minded mothers in our area for the purposes of mutual learning and enjoying shared interests, there is a financial component to our site, like many others online.
As of December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures for potential materials relationships, hidden interests or biases in posts, and there are several disclosures that should be assumed for any and every post published on this site:
- Julie is a marketer who works, either directly as a paid consultant, or through her work with SheBlogs.org, HealthyBlogging.net, or The SheCon Expo, with numerous consumer and technology brands. From time to time, she will cover a story that was pitched to her through SheBlogs.org/HealthyBlogging.net, cover a product distributed at her event, or write about a client promotion. In each case, her opinions are hers and hers alone. Any endorsement is not a result of a financial transaction (although there are financial sponsorships associated with her other work), but as a result of personal support of the product or service.
- Both of our families have ties to the technology industry, and both of our husbands work in the Web space. While we love them both, we will not promote their projects unless we truly believe in a product or service they are working with.
It should be assumed, unless explicitly stated otherwise, that the following statements are true for each and every post published on TimeOutForMom.com:
- If we’re reviewing a product or gadget, there was a product sample provided for review.
- There may be a material connection to a client, colleague, or business we’re affiliated with, such as SheBlogs.org.
- If we’re reviewing a restaurant, spa, or other business, we probably got free food, a free treatment, or free admission – the standard practice for traditional and interactive critics.
- If we attended a conference, we probably had press admission, attended sponsored events and received Swag Bags.
- If we host a meet-up, there will probably be giveaways provided by sponsors who offset event costs. We will be recapping these events, and we will be mentioning our sponsors (as sponsors) and reviewing the products they provided.
- If we host a meet-up, we probably got free or reduced admission, discounts on F&B, and other group booking benefits. We will be recapping our events, and we will be mentioning our venue sponsor (as a sponsor) and reviewing the destination selected for the get together. Our opinions will not be swayed by these benefits, and any endorsement will likely be the result of our efforts to research and find a fabulous location to host our events in the first place.