Terms of Use | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy

Kristina’s House – effective date May 31, 2012

Consent to Terms
Please read these Terms of Use  |  Legal Notice  |  Privacy Policy  statements before using KristinasHouse.com or any features of this site. By using this site, you agree to be bound by these statements. If you do not agree to these statements, please exit the site and do not use the Site or any of its features. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to modify, add or delete portions of these statements at any time by posting updated  Terms of Use  |  Legal Notice  |  Privacy Policy statements on our website. Please check these statements frequently for updates. Any modifications, additions or deletions to these statements shall be effective immediately upon posting. Your continued use of the site following the posting of updated statements will mean that you agree to those changes.  Please note that these statements are separate and distinct from the terms of use and privacy policy governing the web sites that may link to or from our site.

General Information
Kristina’s House is a collaborative blog written by a group of individuals.  The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely our own.  For questions on this blog please contact us through the Ask or Contact Us form provided on the website.

Intellectual Property Statement
One of the biggest concerns in starting a project of this kind centers on protecting the integrity of content, including originality of idea, written words, photos and videos.  All materials posted on KristinasHouse.com and trademarks featured on this site are the intellectual property of S&A, Inc. an Iowa based corporation.  All content, material, images and videos featured on this website are copyright protected and any unauthorized use is prohibited by law.  We protect our website through the use of an outside party who scans the internet on a regular basis for millions of website pages that are using our copyright materials without our consent.  We use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to file complaints to have those websites or pages shut down.  We will defend any and all copyright and trademark infringements.  Any individual or business infringing on our copyrights or trademarks by using the same or similar marks including but not limited to domain names, business names, websites, any marketing material and text in English or any foreign language are hereby notified to cease and desist.  You may not refer to our materials or website without our prior written consent.  All content that has not been developed by KristinasHouse.com has been purchased, used with permission, credited or linked back to their original outside sources.  These materials and trademarks are owned by others and are protected by their copyrights.  You are responsible for determining whether or not you are infringing on any patents, trademarks, or copyrights held by us and others.  Other materials included on this site could be a part of the public domain and readily available on the Internet and governed by the U.S. Copyright Fair Use Act, title 17, U.S. Code.  Deliberatly reposting our content waters down the internet and flags for duplicate content, pulling down the ratings of both sites.  The protective features we have installed on this site are an attempt to protect our materials from unsophisticated users who might inadvertently try to copy our content.  Still we are mindful of the fact that our systems may not protect our materials from the unscrupulous user who is determined to steal.  With that in mind we again point out that stealing our materials constitutes a copyright violation.   All this being said we do welcome others referencing our materials and linking back to our site.  We do have trackbacks set but they may not catch all references.  If you would like to collaborate by trading link backs, please use the Ask or Contact Us form to reach us.

Privacy Policy
We do what we can to preserve our own privacy and certainly hold the privacy of our users in high regard.  We collect information from the users of our site.  An example of this would be when you visit our site, subscribe, place an order, submit a comment, request information, participate in contests or giveaways or send us an email.  We store and use the information you provide to send you emails or other communications regarding promotion of products or services that might be of interest to you and also for market research.  When necessary we may also use delivery companies or outside suppliers to help us fulfill your orders.  We share only the information that is absolutely necessary to enable your order to be processed and provide you with delivery of the goods and/or services you ordered.  We monitor traffic on this website and gather broad information to analyze trends.  We also carefully monitor the activity of each visitor, the amount of time they spend on our site, and the actions they perform while browsing.  When appropriate we may require third parties or business parties to assist us.  Your personal information may be accessed by these third parties to the extent they need to perform their tasks.  “Cookies” are routinely used on websites, including by this website.  A “cookie” is a piece of data stored on your hard drive.  These cookies contain information about you as a user, which enables us to track your visit, track your actions, and personalize our website to enhance your browsing experience.  At our discretion we may choose to block a user’s access to our website or certain web pages.  You may opt out of cookies by adjusting the setting in your web browser. Third parties that link to our site or that our site links to may use cookies or collect other information when you visit their site.  We do not control the collection or use of your information by these companies.  If you have any concerns about the information they may be collecting you should contact those companies directly.  When required by law or to enforce the Legal Notice of our website we will provide personal identifying information about you and your account.  We may also release information to law enforcement agencies or other outside parties if we feel it is necessary to protect the safety and welfare of our personnel.  We may provide external links to other websites and once you access these other websites we encourage you to become familiar with each of their privacy policies.  Please keep in mind that we are not responsible for any information that you post in any sites that are owned by other parties.  Protecting the privacy of young children is very important to us.  For that reason we never knowingly collect information from those under the age of 13.  We currently have security measures in place to help protect you against the loss, misuse, or alteration of information that you provide to us.  Only limited authorized individuals have access to the personally identifiable information that you provide.  However we cannot guarantee that unauthorized inadvertent disclosure or theft will never occur.  If you prefer not to receive our communications or solicitations please opt out by using our Ask or Contact Us form.  Please bear in mind that when you leave comments they are displayed for the public eye so do not post private information in those fields.  Further, reader comments that are spam, profane, rude, inappropriate or simply off topic will be deleted.  We require respect be given to all readers.

Monetization of this Site
Creating and maintaining a site of this kind involves considerable time, effort and money.  This site is intended to be full of resource material and be a source of entertainment.  In order to be here as a resource for our readers we do accept forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions and other forms of compensation.  At this time the information provided on this site is available for free to the end user.  Our site contains affiliate marketing links, which means we sometimes get paid a commission on the sales generated on those products/services we write about if purchased through links on our site.  We have this system in place so we can continue to provide the content for free to end users.  We greatly appreciate those readers who visit our site and honor this partnership by purchasing through our site.  Doing so allows us to continue to bring you valuable information and entertainment.  We anticipate that as the site continues to develop that we may in the future run dedicated posts that we would receive compensation for.  Posts of this kind typically bring some value to the reader such as a chance to win a product giveaway, a special affiliate deal, or a sponsored post.  These posts will be identified as such.  We would only release a sponsored post for products or services that we would use ourselves, have confirmed or would recommend even if we were not being compensated.  Along with sponsored posts we do sell a limited number of flat rate sponsor ads for placement on the left hand side of our site.  These are clearly marked.  We cultivate these sponsors through our own outreach and only seek out those who we feel are a good fit for our site and would bring value to our readers.  Our policy is to turn away sponsors who are not in line with the vision for this site.  At this time too we are also running ad networks on our site.  While parameters can be set and certain ads can be blocked, ad networks run what they want to run.  We do our best to block ads that do not fit with the mission of our site.  As well we monitor the site ads, however there is a chance that an ad could come through that does not fit with the mission of our site.  If there is ever an ad from our ad network that you feel is offensive please notify us through the Ask or Contact Us page so we can take steps to block the ad.  In monetizing our site we want to be clear that our content is NOT influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships.  We always share our honest opinions, findings, beliefs and experiences on the subject, product or service.  We have developed these advertising and sponsor partnerships as a way to enhance our reader’s experience.  While  our intent is to bring added value to you, our reader, through these partnerships please bear in mind that your purchasing experience will be between you and that vendor.

We take great care in selecting the products and services that we believe our readers will find useful and enjoy learning about.  Please bear in mind that we are not trained chefs, dietitians, nutritionists or medical professionals.  As well, information posted on this website with respect to homeopathic and aromatherapy products have not been evaluated by the FDA.  It is important to know the FDA does not acknowledge the practice of aromatherapy and the FDA does not recognize natural ingredients as being any better or safer than chemical based ingredients.  Rather, the information on this site is only based on our personal experience and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease.  Before using any product you should seek the advice of your health physician.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.  The authors shall in no event be held liable for any loss or other damages including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential or any other damages.

We put our hearts into this site and feel we are honest good people.  We take care to be considerate of others and to keep open minds.  It is never our intent to hurt someone’s feelings.  If our site disturbs you we encourage you to seek out other like-minded people.  Understand we aren’t going to change who we are or our mission to cater to the interests of others.

We wish to thank our sponsors and readers.  We appreciate you as without you we could not be here.