This information is valid from January 2017.
Last updated January 2020.
I have no intention of ever misleading my readers and as such, I have made a few points below about what you can expect from blog posts that refer to specific brands, products or experiences (e.g. days out).
I am always happy to review a product or service that fits in with my family ethos and will be of interest to my readers. I will always write truthfully so that you can be certain you have my honest opinion. Wherever possible I will provide links to the product or service that I am reviewing. From time to time I may receive compensation for reviews of these products, services or experiences. I will make clear if this is the case although the review will be just as honest as if I had spent money on it myself.
From time to time I will also review things that I or a member of my family have bought and loved or point you in the direction of products or experiences that have added value to our family life. On these occasions I will not have received anything for these reviews, and I will make this clear. I will simply be passing on the love!
Sometimes I work with other individuals or organisations to accept posts that are published on Cup of Toast. If I receive vouchers or am paid money to host someone else’s post this will be marked as sponsored content (which is a little like a long advertisement).
On occasion I work with others to produce a post that will be of interest to my readers. I will clearly mark this as a collaborative post. I may have received money to work on this content.
I no longer use affiliate links as some do not, in my opinion, comply with GDPR rules. If I do link to products these will be to point you in the direction of where you can buy them, not to earn me any pennies.
It is possible that when I am reviewing books on behalf of an author or publishing company they will use links that work in their best interests to promote the sale of their work. Wherever possible I will ensure that you, as my readers, are given relevant and safe links. However, caution should always be used when browsing any external links as I am not responsible for their GDPR compliance.
Conflict of interest
There may be occasions when I review the product or service of a member of my family or of a family friend. I will always make clear if there is a personal connection between my writing and the subject matter.
I invite guest posts from family, friends, other bloggers and small business owners. This is an opportunity for them to express opinions or experiences that are relevant to my readers, or to take part in a guest post series running on my blog. These are marked as guest posts.
Whether or not I am writing a review, some posts will have links to external sites. Whilst I consider the link to be relevant to my work, I am not responsible for the content or maintenance of those sites. I am also not responsible if the site that they link to changes its focus or closes down.
I will store data in the form of your given name and email address for two reasons:
1 – If you actively subscribe to my mailing list then your email address will be stored securely on my site so that you receive an alert when a new post is published. You may unsubscribe at any time from this service.
2 – If you comment on one of my blog posts then you will be required to fill out a name box and an email address box. This is to help verify that the comment is not spam. Given names and email addresses will be stored securely. You may ask for your comments, name and email address to be removed from my site at any time.
Please note that I will never pass your email address or any other contact information on to any third party organisations without your express permission.
Please note, I am always happy to answer any questions on any of the above information. Please feel free to contact me via email: [email protected]