This blog is a personal website written and edited mainly by me, Heather DeLucio. It is an ongoing journal of stories with Emma & Ellie, myself and Mark.

I don’t accept any form of cash advertising or paid topic insertions except in the sidebars, between posts, and areas where it is clearly marked or evident. Some of the links in the posts are Amazon links. (See below.) Nothing is any of the posts on the blog has been placed there because payment exchanged hands. There are no sponsored posts on this site.

Newsletter

Readers who subscribe to my newsletter will only receive messages generated by me. To subscribe, readers are welcome to sign themselves up for it. Due to anti-spam measures, I am unable to add email addresses to that list, so if you are getting the newsletter it’s because you went through a double opt-in system to receive it. The list of subscribers is never shared or sold. Newsletters are sent out intermittently throughout the year and I do not send unsolicited emails or newsletters: at the end of each is an opt-out feature if readers wish to discontinue receiving it.

To receive the newsletter, fill out your email address in the box in the sidebar, and you will get a confirmation message at your email address.

If you subscribe to the site and receive updates by email, that service is provided by MailChimp, who I use for sending out newsletters as well, which also uses an opt-in system and for similar reasons listed above, I cannot add people to that list; if you receive email updates, it is because you have opted-in for that service. If you do unsubscribe, and wish to resubscribe at a later date, you’ll need to enter a different email address than the one you provided previously. You can enter your email address in the space provided in the right sidebar to get blog posts sent to you when they are published.

Products Featured

I infrequently accept products, services, travel, and event tickets from companies and organizations as long as the topic pertains to the blog and/or is aligned with my personal beliefs. I believe in small businesses and food producers and will often feature them, or items that they produce, in an effort to assist them in becoming more widely known. This, to me, is an honest gesture to give these companies and establishments more exposure.

Amazon

I don’t accept monetary compensation from individual advertisers for their products to appear in my blog posts. On purchases made through Amazon and other online booksellers, I receive a small commission.

Other Amazon affiliate links exist because I get inquiries about the availability of products, and Amazon and its affiliates carry a wide ranges of that are easily available, often internationally. I personally shop at Amazon and find it to be easy-to-use and reliable. I believe in supporting local businesses as well. But because it’s not always possible to mention that in posts, I assume that readers know best the shopping options available to them in their particular area, neighborhood, or geographical region.

I make an attempt to link to products that I do actually use and recommend, or that are widely available, since I get inquiries from readers about availability of certain items. If you wish, you can open a new browser window and shop on Amazon.com or elsewhere, which is apart from my affiliate connection.

Ad Networks

As of this writing, I use AdThrive to manage my ads. Ads come from various networks, including Sovrn and BlogHer. Because ads are automatically fed by the networks, I don’t monitor individual ads that appear on the site. I do not allow ads with sound or flash animation that exceeds the parameters of the ad space and if those appear, it’s by accident and I contact the network to have them removed. For editorial reasons, I prefer to keep a “hands off” policy with the ads, unless I determine something is blatantly offensive. But I wish for readers to have a good experience when accessing the site, so choose not to have ads that pop-up automatically or auto-play, to the best of my ability.

I also use Google AdSense, which is keyword-based and reacts automatically to the content which is presented on the site. I have no say over the ads that appear and like the ad network mentioned above, for editorial reasons, I like to keep a hands-off policy with those ads.

I can’t monitor all the ads since many are regionally based and I don’t necessarily see the same ones that you might see. So if you find an AdSense ad offensive, click on the “Ads by Google” link adjacent to the ads (not on the ads themselves), and you can register your complaint directly with Google. Other ads may crop up every now and then that are blocking content, are set to auto-play, or for goofy things that might not be precisely aligned with what I eat, think, say, or do. To keep the site free, the ads make the site possible so I appreciate your patience if there is an ad that sneaks with music or overlaps the content. Refreshing the page will usually get rid of them.

For additional information on advertising, please read my Privacy Policy.

Advertising and Links

I do not accept text-link ads or financial compensation in exchange for links or content placement. Messages requesting any of those will be deleted.


Any links to commercial sites in the comments or the URL field, unless related to the post, will be edited or deleted as well.

I strongly believe in honesty of relationship, personal integrity, and trust with readers. I don’t recommend products, whether given to me as gifts or that I’ve purchased, if they’re not something that I would personally purchase and use myself.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine. I will only endorse products or services that I believe, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement and not because I’ve received cash in exchange for the endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

Trust with readers is my most important asset and I strive to only recommend products, restaurants, hotels, and travel experiences with my reader’s interest in mind. Maintaining a blog has many facets, including costs associated with web hosting and design, and a considerable amount of time is spent writing content and responding to readers. Please note that it is free to use and read the site. It’s my intention to share my stories in a humorous manner, not intended to offend, but to highlight cultural differences, entertain, and for informational purposes only.