This policy is valid from April 27th, 2011 (updated 11/2013).
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by Katie Kimball. For questions about this blog, please contact me at kitchenstew at gmail dot com.
The purpose of Kitchen Stewardship is to help people balance God’s gifts of their health via nutrition, the good green earth, time and our budgets. It does take time to create all this content, so I do accept paid advertising, sponsorships, affiliate programs and other forms of compensation.
However – no money will ever impact my opinion on a subject or object. I’m going to give mixed or negative reviews of products sometimes and turn down propositions that don’t fit with my ideology. (Fritos, don’t come knocking!)
I accept private advertising from companies I am happy to endorse; you can see their images in the sidebar, and I include a complementary mention within a post once per month per advertiser, but that will also be individually disclosed.
(images courtesy of Louis Gray)
My affiliate advertisers include or have included (not a complete list, subject to change at any time):
- Bugaloo Shoes
- The Catholic Company (former)
- NaturOli Soapnuts
- Mixes from the Heartland
- Nubius Organics
- Dr. Ron’s
- GNOWFGLINS.com eCourse (I’m a teacher and PR rep)
- CatholicMatch.com (former)
- Cultures for Health
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- MadeOn Hard Lotion
- Wise Choice Market
- Tropical Traditions (referral program)
- various summits and bundle sales
- Various blogger eBooks and eCourses, as listed heKJre and subject to additions.
- Commission Junction network, including Hessnatur, Paper Culture, TiVo, Home Depot, and more
- subject to change at any time; always disclosed in posts
If you click on their ad or text link and buy something, I get a little kickback. Unless I’ve reviewed the product and mentioned that they provided the product to me, none of these companies pays me in any other way.
I also participate in Amazon.com’s affiliate program. If you click on an Amazon link or photo at my site, I get a (small) commission, as long as you complete your purchase within 24 hours. They’re strict at Amazon!
Special giveaways: Both CookwaresPlus.com and Pleasant Hill Grain provided me with a free or low-priced product for review, and they’ll be giving one away once I hit a certain number of subscribers. I also bartered for some advertising and certain links within the review posts for these great opportunities for a grain mill and dehydrator for my readers and my kitchen.
I am an affiliate of Logical Media and Commission Junction. There are some picture ads in the sidebar and some random text links within posts that take you to their advertisers. I get a small fee when you either click or sign up for a product. Thanks for doing either of those, by the way!
I run network ads and Adsense in my sidebar, both of which I have some blocking control, but only if I know an ad that doesn’t fit the mission of KS is there. Please let me know if you see anything odd!
Swoop is part of each recipe and should share local ad prices and other notes of interest. That is also monetized.
When I run a giveaway, I usually have received a free product to review, and the company has sponsored a free product to give to one of my readers. The review is my own opinion, and although the company in question may certainly read my text (and I encourage them to), they don’t edit or approve it in any way. They also don’t compensate me for reviewing the product beyond providing me with a sample. Giveaways and reviews are kept separate for a very good reason: I do accept paid giveaways, as giveaways take a great deal of time to administrate and are a fabulous form of advertising. The bottom line? Reviews are free, between me and my readers. Giveaways are paid advertising, most of the time.
Any sponsored posts will be marked as such, but again, I won’t write a post recommending for money that I wouldn’t have written without compensation. It just makes that task a little sweeter!
I do some sponsored tweets as well, but they will always include the words “brought to you by” “sponsored” or “ad”.
Some of my integrated campaigns for companies include a certain number of tweets or Facebook updates about the company, but I always strive to make those interesting, authentic content for my readers at the same time.