Disclaimer and Disclosure

On (very rare) occasion (I’m apparently not as big a deal as my mom leads me to believe), companies send me products to try and some ask for a review in return. Here’s the scoop on how it works over in MeP-land:

  • I only agree to review products that I would consider buying myself. If the product is edible, it has to be REAL food (or close to it). I don’t eat any disodium hydrogenated bromate blue dye #2 imitation stuff (or try not to, anyway). If the ingredients are real, pronounceable, and made with things I can pick up at a grocery store, send it on over!
  • The first time I try a product that has been sent to me for review, I will let you know (usually at the bottom of the post). I will say something along the lines of ‘so-and-so sent me this product free of charge to try and review’. If it’s a product I continue to eat or buy myself, I probably won’t mention the original free sample.
  • I will not automatically write a good post about a product in exchange for money or samples. If you send me a product to review or pay me to write a post about a product, you understand and agree that I will write my complete and honest opinion about your product.
  • If I am paid to write a post, you will know about it! Like product reviews, I will say something in the post along the lines of ‘this is a sponsored post by yadda-yadda, but all opinions are my own’. Not only is this common sense, but it’s also require by law. Legal jargon: “the post of a blogger who receives cash or in-kind payment to review a product is considered an endorsement. Thus, bloggers who make an endorsement must disclose the material connections they share with the seller of the product or service.” Normal people speak: You have to tell your readers if somebody is paying you to write about their product.
  • I don’t choose to review a product simply because it’s free. If I’m going to write about a sample or publish a sponsored post, it has to fit within my blog theme (which is fairly broad!). This can include (real) food, fitness, travel, education/learning, etc. If you want me to review baby food, I’m probably not going to agree because I don’t have children. You get the idea.

Disclaimer

While we are on the topic of disclosure, I am going to also include a disclaimer about the blog and my writing. I am not a registered dietitian or personal trainer or doctor. My blog is simply a platform where I document my day-to-day life, adventures, and misadventures. The views I express are mine alone and don’t represent my boyfriend, my family, my work, or anybody/anything else.

While I like to think I know best, please don’t take everything I say as truth. My experiences are mine alone and what works for me may not work for you or anybody else. If you are looking to change your diet or fitness routine, please consult with a medical professional before you make any changes to your lifestyle.

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