ABOUT OUR FEATURES
The Cool Mom Picks Team is not being paid or compensated to review items. Not with money, not with products, not with free foot rubs from bare-chested male models. Like any magazine, we occasionally receive products for review purposes, however that does not guarantee that they will be featured here. We simply pick items that are cool to us and that we think will be cool to you. That said, we can’t guarantee that they will be cool to you too, nor can we be held responsible if you purchase an item and you think it is not cool. (Though hopefully that won’t happen, because we’re pretty picky.)
We occasionally write sponsored posts on behalf of brands or partners we like, and whom we think you’ll like too. If we don’t think you will like them, we don’t write about them. Again…picky. Our readers come first, and we definitely turn down more than we accept. However when we do create sponsored content for the brands we like, you will know about it loud and clear via disclosures on the post.
If we have been included on a press junket for the purposes of reviewing a film, a business, or a travel destination, we tell you about that too.
We are strong advocates of the FTC guidelines for online advertising, and we are proud signers of the Blog With Integrity pledge.
And hey, when you happen support the fantastic brands who support our site, we always appreciate it. They are the reason we can do what we love every day.
COMPENSATION AND AFFILIATE NETWORKS
Our compensation comes from some extremely awesome and carefully selected sponsors. Sometimes we create original content for them on our site that we think you’ll like, sometimes they buy ad banners on our site or in our newsletter. Once in a while, one of us may be a spokesperson for a brand we really really really like. (That’s three really‘s.)
We do earn a small (super small) percentage of sales when you click through an Amazon link from our site, or a Reward Style (rstyle) link, which we disclose to you on the post. When you mouse over any purchase link, you will also see that disclosure in the alt text.
Our affiliate program is small, discriminating, and we work exclusively with partners we’ve already know we love. We only recommend products that we know and love. Let’s just say the trust we’ve built with our readers over the years is more valuable to us than 4% of a $6.99 board book on Amazon, to keep it in perspective.
While you can of course buy whatever you want from wherever you want (free country and all), we do appreciate when you shop from our affiliate links, because it helps support us and our writers so we can all keep doing what we do.
CONTEST RULES AND DISCLAIMER
When we hold a giveaway, we draw a winner at random based on the entry rules specified in the contest by tallying the number of entries, then using the random integer generator at random.org. If we don’t hear back from you, we’ll give you a second warning, then 48 hours after you were first notified we’ll go onto the next person. Although we promise we’ll feel bad doing it.
We are forever grateful to the generous businesses – often small ones – who donate items for giveaway. In return, we ask you to check out their sites to answer a question to qualify you for entry. If we determine you are getting the answer from another source, like an online contest website, it’s in violation of the spirit of the contest and we reserve the right to disqualify you. Then talk about you behind your back.
Other legal stuff we have to tell you:
You can only enter once unless the contest rules specify otherwise (be fair). If you violate the rules we’ll disqualify you and your 40 aliases. You must be a legal resident of the US unless otherwise specified. Contests end midnight PT the night of the review, unless otherwise indicated, and we’ll draw a winner within the week. Void where prohibited, wherever that might be. Federal, state, and local taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner.
Also, and this is the lawyers speaking, we have to give you a non-internetty way to enter. So if you want to fax an entry in, email info[at]coolmompicks.com and we’ll give you a fax number.
We’re not responsible if the item gets lost in the mail. (It could happen.) We’re not responsible if you send us the wrong address. (It does happen.) And once in a while we may have to substitute a prize of comparable value. We’re just trying to do something nice for you all. Cool? Yay, then let’s win some stuff!
As specified under fair use law, we use photos from the websites we feature to assist in providing information for our readers. These photos are the property of the website owners. All other content is the property of Cool Mom Picks LLC. Do not copy it, use it, claim it as your own, or distribute it unless you are attributing it to us with a link and adhering to fair use laws. We know people.
We are happy to allow legitimate websites and blogs to publish a short excerpt of our content with permission and proper credit and a link back to the original permalink page for more information. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk about it if you have questions.