This policy is valid from 26 October 2009
Last update: 02 May 2012

Thanks for visiting our Disclosure Policy page. The FTC ruling regarding disclosure in blogging went into effect on December 1st, 2009.  It doesn’t really change the way I do things around here, except you might be seeing a note at the bottom of some posts.  For a more personal version of this policy, you can read my blog post on the subject.

Third party affiliate links. Nature Play Trips by FunOrangeCountyParks.com may contain third party affiliate links on the home page and individual blog posts or pages.  My intention is not to push sales, but make it easier for you to find items I may talk about by posting links. It’s up to you whether you choose to buy items or not. However, by purchasing products through my site or newsletter, I receive a very small monetary benefit. FunOrangeCountyParks.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. I may also earn income by advertising and linking to: Chronicle Books, Bluehost.com, BN.com, Reuseit.com, West Marine other businesses through ad and affiliate networks. These links may also be in my weekly newsletter.

Sponsored post. I may receive compensation from local businesses for sponsored posts. These will be identified in the title as a Sponsored Post or Product Review. I believe I am building community by offering small businesses advertising opportunities they might not otherwise be able to afford or access. I strive to make sure there is a good fit between local advertisers and readers.

Mention of an acquaintance, friend, or family member. I have many friends in Orange County and beyond from: personal relationships, Twitter, photographers, the blogging community, groups promoting play outdoors, mom entrepreneurs, and the list goes on and on. I refer to my friends in blog posts. It’s one of the best perks about running your own blog – I can talk about my friends and acquaintances or point out their cool products. I always try to point out my relationships in the actual post.

Received a free product, service, tour, accommodations, meals, or admission while researching a post. If I report on a “blogger event” or “Twitter meetup,” you can assume I received freebies or entrance fees so I can preview the location, activity, or food for the purpose of first-person reporting to our readers. I may even receive gifts from the company or organization for attending. However, this does not affect my content. I report my honest personal opinion of these events. I also receive complimentary products to review on the website. I usually mention it in the post and in a disclosure notice at the footer of a post.

Trading ad space with a business in exchange for a product or service. The only times this has happened so far is in the case of my photographer friends who provide amazing professional photographs. They didn’t ask for anything in return, but I think it’s right to provide them some ad space for the favor.


This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact  ocplayparks@gmail.com.

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. I believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner(s) of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for my posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

This blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content may not always be identified.

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