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 create sponsored content 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 invited on a press junket or media trip for the purposes of reviewing a film, a brand, or a travel destination, we will 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. In fact, we helped to create it.
And hey, when you happen support the fantastic brands who support our site through sponsorships, we always appreciate it. They are the reason we can do what we love every day.
While the info on these pages is accurate to the best of our knowledge (reader trust is of utmost importance to us), some information may become out of date over time. Companies go out of business. Links change. It happens. So we reserve the right to update information or correct errors or omissions from our content.
Our own content is in no way intended to, nor may it be construed to constitute professional medical, health, safety, legal, tax or financial advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified professional regarding medical or fitness products, program or treatments. (But you knew that.) Also read manufacturer safety instructions before using products, especially on baby gear, because, duh.
We do not make any representations nor do we endorse the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement, or other material, displayed here by third parties, including advertising, and outbound links.
COMPENSATION AND AFFILIATE NETWORKS
Our compensation comes from display ads, and 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 run 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 or Reward Style (rstyle) affiliate link from our site, which we always disclose to you on the post.
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 want to share, as we have since 2006. Let’s just say the trust we’ve built with our readers over these many years is more valuable to us than 2% 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 directly 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 may 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 about contests and giveaways:
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 18+ and a legal resident of the US unless otherwise specified. Contests end midnight Pacific Time on a specified date, unless otherwise indicated, and we’ll draw a winner within the week after the contest ends. 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 provide you with a fax number. Because somewhere, somehow there is someone who does not have internet access (and still uses fax machines) and yet, they have found some way to read our site which is on the internet.
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 or you move. (It happens more than you’d think.) 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 for purposes such as criticism, news reporting and providing information to our readers, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.
These photos are the property of their respective website owners or publishers. Public domain, Creative Commons, and copyright-free photos we use from sites including Unsplash, Pixabay, Flickr or Wikimedia Commons are not our property — though we do credit the photographers whenever possible because we believe in supporting artists and creators of all kinds. Maybe you’ll even see something you love, and hire that photographer for your next event!
All other content on this site is the property of Cool Mom Picks LLC. Do not copy it, use it, scrape it, claim it as your own, or distribute it unless you are properly attributing it to us with a link and adhering to fair use laws. We know people.
To be extra clear: We are happy to allow legitimate websites and social accounts to publish a short excerpt of our content with proper and conspicuous attribution, including a link back to the original permalink page for more information. If you are not sure if you are doing it right, just email us and we can help.
Also, if you have an image that we have used under fair use, but you would still like it removed for some reason, by all means email us at email@example.com and we are happy to discuss it.
LEGAL STUFF WE TAKE SERIOUSLY
Last updated May 23, 2018.