Disclosure Policy

Advertising and Sponsorship

Teaching Stars is a personal blog written and edited by me (with occasional guest posts by my handsome-as-heck hubby Howard) in order to chronicle and share our homeschool adventures.  For questions about this blog, feel free to write me at Kristen {at} TeachingStars {Dot} Com.  You can try smoke signals or carrier pigeons but, be warned, I’ve only had mixed success with them.

In an effort toward full disclosure I’d like to share with you that occasionally I do accept forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. Affiliate ads and links are also included in some of my posts.

However, the compensation received will NEVER influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog.  Even if they gave me millions!  Which no one ever has . . .  But even if they did- rest assured, my integrity can not be purchased.  All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements.

I am occasionally compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics.  Unless you’re a blogger yourself, you probably can’t imagine how much of a time-suck blogging can actually be.  Aside from writing and editing, you can spend days tweaking your photos and promoting your posts across various social media outlets.  Even though I may receive compensation for some of my posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on my blog are purely my own.  (With the occasional two-cents thrown in from my children as well.)  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

My blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

Reviews

The are three main types of reviews that Teaching Stars may utilize:

  • Compensated reviews: I have received, at no cost to me, personal use of the product, service, or website being reviewed for the purpose of evaluation or review. I have also received monetary compensation for the time invested in evaluating the product and writing the review. Compensated reviews will be clearly identified as such.
  • Non-compensated reviews: I have received, at no cost to me, personal use of the product, service, or website being reviewed for the purpose of evaluation or review. I have not received monetary compensation for the review.
  • Personal reviews: I have received neither monetary compensation nor free use of the product or service. Rather, personal reviews are for products and/or services that my family has purchased for our own use; and it was so utterly cool that I felt compelled to share with my readers.

Regardless of whether the review is compensated, non-compensated, or personal, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences. I am never required to give a positive review of any product, service or website.

Affiliate Links

I maintain affiliate relationships with several companies offering products that my family and I have found useful and worthy of promoting. As part of this affiliate relationship, I receive a commission on any sales generated through click-throughs of affiliate links.  This commission does not affect the price you pay from the seller’s site.  If a commission occurs I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting my family’s homeschooling endeavor.  (Because I’ll tell you what– it ain’t cheap when you’re as much of a curriculum-hoarder as I am!)

Blog posts containing affiliate links will be identified with a disclosure at the beginning of the post.

To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org  (Then feel free to tweak it a bit as I did . . . sounds so stuffy otherwise.)
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