Site Policies

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Site Policies 2017-10-03T09:31:02+00:00

Affiliate & Advertising Disclosure

The purpose of Lakeland Mom is to help you discover events, activities, and resources in Lakeland, Polk County, and across Florida. By sharing this information I hope to help you make family memories, find fun seasonal activities, locate kids activities, and discover resources you might not otherwise know about, and I LOVE doing it!

There are a number of costs associated with running a website – website hosting, sending newsletters, staff time, website design, and more. Sometimes when you click on a link and make a purchase through that link we’re earning a small fee from that company. Posts with affiliate links are marked, however we only recommend products and local activities that we think are a good deal and/or something we use and love ourselves.

We also accept paid advertising on our website in the Sponsor areas and in Sponsored Blog Posts. This helps us continue to provide you with all of our great content for FREE!

Business & Organization Listings Disclosure

Any reference made here to local businesses, products, organizations, services, classes, etc. is for informational purposes only. We STRONGLY encourage you to do your own research before participating in an event or engaging with a local business or organization. The listing of any event, business, organization or other entity on this website is not an official or personal endorsement unless expressly stated. For many of the businesses and organizations listed on our site, any description or additional information was created by the business or organization referenced and was not created by Lakeland Mom. Therefore, no text from our website may be quoted or reproduced to imply endorsement by Lakeland Mom.

We love to support our local businesses and organizations that provide great opportunities for Lakeland area families. We love telling you about the places and events we love here. We also have good manners, which means if we don’t have something nice to say, we won’t say anything at all. If you wonder why an event, business, or organization isn’t listed on our website, it is possible it was overlooked (so send us an email at editor(at)lakelandmom.com or fill out our event form or directory listing form). However, it is also possible that through personal experience we aren’t fans of a particular place or event, and have made the decision to leave it unlisted.

Comment Policy

We do not allow anonymous comments on Lakeland Mom. Email addresses are required for commenting, but they are not published or shared. They may be used by the blog owner to contact the poster if necessary.

Our site is family friendly, and comments with inappropriate/offensive language will be edited or deleted. (If you’re wondering what we consider inappropriate, just think of what you wouldn’t want to hear coming out of your 5 year old’s mouth!)

We don’t tolerate rudeness or personal attacks towards the website or other commenters.  These comments will be deleted.

Many portions of our website do not allow for comments, simply because we are not in the business of damaging the reputation of local organizations or businesses. If you have an issue with an event, business or organization, please share it with us via email.

Giveaway Policies

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN GIVEAWAYS. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE AN INDIVIDUAL’S CHANCES OF WINNING.

April Mucci and Lakeland Mom are used interchangeably as “Lakeland Mom” in the following rules.

  1. Eligibility.Giveaways are open to readers who over 18
  2. How to Enter. Entry is typically made through email by completing the choices available. No one person may enter multiple times per day even with different email addresses.
  3. Disclaimer. Lakeland Mom will not be responsible for: [a] any late or lost entries; [b] telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or other computer or communications-related malfunctions or failures; any giveaway disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Lakeland Mom or by unauthorized human intervention; or [c] any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the giveaway.
  4. Entry Deadline Date. All entries for giveaways through this site must be received on or before the given ‘Entry Deadline Date’  to be eligible to win a prize.
  5. Winner Selection. The winner will be chosen through a random number selector. If your Entry Number matches the random number generated, and you meet the eligibility requirements and otherwise comply with these Official Giveaway Rules, you win the prize.
  6. Winner Notification. You will be notified within three [3] days after the Entry Deadline Date if you win the prize.
  7. Claiming Your Prize. Winner must respond within three [3] days of notification or forfeit the prize, in which case an alternate winner will be selected.
  8. Taxes. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OF ANY PRIZE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.
  9. Prize Substitution. Winner may not substitute the prize for any other prize or for cash, however, Lakeland Mom or the sponsoring company may substitute the prize for any other prize of equal or greater value, in its reasonable discretion, in the event the prize is not available for any reason outside of sponsor’s reasonable control.
  10. Publicity. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to use winner’s first name and prize information for promotional purposes in any medium, except where prohibited by law, without further payment or other consideration.
  11. Errors and Disputes. In the event of a dispute as to the ownership of any entry, the person whose name appears on the entry form associated with the prize number for the winning entry will be deemed to be the winner. It is your responsibility to control access to your email account. In the unlikely event that the winning prize number is duplicated, or a similar error occurs, Lakeland Mom may conduct a random drawing among such inadvertently duplicated numbers or apply another equitable remedy in its discretion to determine the winner. Decisions made by Lakeland Mom are final. By entering the giveaway, you agree to be bound by the decisions of Lakeland Mom and these official rules. You and your entries may be disqualified if you attempt to circumvent these official rules.
  12. Technical Problems. The giveaway may be canceled, suspended and/or modified, in whole or in part, if in the opinion of Lakeland Mom any fraud, technical failure or other factor beyond its control impairs the integrity of the giveaway.
  13. General Release. By entering any giveaway through this website, you releaseLakeland Mom from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the giveaway or delivery, misdelivery or acceptance of any prize [including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional], whether under a theory of contract, tort [including negligence], warranty or other theory.

Privacy Policy

At www.lakelandmom.com we consider the privacy of our visitors to be extremely important. This privacy policy document describes in detail the types of personal information is collected and recorded by www.lakelandmom.com and how we use it. All of the website tracking information listed below is standard for any website. If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us.

Email
We treat you in the way we like to be treated ourselves. We respect your privacy, because we appreciate our privacy. This means that we will never sell, give, or rent information obtained through this site to any other parties under any circumstances. Your email address is only used to communicate with you and will not be used for any other purposes whatsoever.

Our subscriber lists are stored on a secure MailChimp server.  Trusted by thousands of websites, we also trust Mail Chimp to keep your information safe. From their website: “We don’t, under any circumstances, sell your lists, contact people on your lists, market to people on your lists, steal your lists, or share your lists with any other party, unless it’s required by law.”

Website Comments
Any information you include in a comment on our blog may be read, collected, and used by anyone. If your Personal Information appears on our blogs and you’d like it to be removed, contact us. If we’re not able to remove your information, we’ll let you know why.

Log Files
Like many other Web sites, www.lakelandmom.com makes use of log files. These files merely logs visitors to the site – usually a standard procedure for hosting companies and a part of hosting services’s analytics. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. This information is used to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Cookies and Web Beacons
www.lakelandmom.com uses cookies to store information about visitors’ preferences, to record user-specific information on which pages the site visitor accesses or visits, and to personalize or customize our web page content based upon visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.

DoubleClick DART Cookie
→ Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on www.lakelandmom.com.
→ Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our site’s visitors based upon their visit to www.lakelandmom.com and other sites on the Internet.
→ Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following URL – http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html

Our Advertising Partners
Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site. Our advertising partners include …….

  • Amazon
  • Groupon

While each of these advertising partners has their own Privacy Policy for their site, an updated and hyperlinked resource is maintained here: Privacy Policies.
You may consult this listing to find the privacy policy for each of the advertising partners of www.lakelandmom.com.

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology in their respective advertisements and links that appear on www.lakelandmom.com and which are sent directly to your browser. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) may also be used by our site’s third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns and/or to personalize the advertising content that you see on the site.

www.lakelandmom.com has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

Third Party Privacy Policies
You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. www.lakelandmom.com’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites. You may find a comprehensive listing of these privacy policies and their links here: Privacy Policy Links.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites. What Are Cookies?

Children’s Information
We believe it is important to provide added protection for children online. We encourage parents and guardians to spend time online with their children to observe, participate in and/or monitor and guide their online activity. www.lakelandmom.com does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 18. If a parent or guardian believes that www.lakelandmom.com has in its database the personally-identifiable information of a child under the age of 18, please contact us immediately (using the contact in the first paragraph) and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

Online Privacy Policy Only
This privacy policy applies only to our online activities and is valid for visitors to our website and regarding information shared and/or collected there. This policy does not apply to any information collected offline or via channels other than this website.

Consent
By using our website, you hereby consent to our privacy policy and agree to its terms.

Update
This Privacy Policy was last updated on: Tuesday, October 3, 2017.