I want to be as transparent as possible since this blog has brought me some interesting opportunities along the way. So I’ve gathered all my posts for which I received free product(s), here and on other sites such as Vegbooks.org as well as any other forms of compensation (affiliate link funds) and/or events I’ve been able to participate in. This blog was never meant to be a brand (or I’d have chosen an easier to explain name, for one thing!) but I realize that readers may view my writing with skepticism and this should provide some background for my perspectives.
Here are some general disclaimers:
I’m an attorney in Nevada but none of the information on this site is meant to create an attorney client relationship, to advertise my firm or services, or purport to be an expert.
I was involved in organizing and putting on the 2013 and 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. A number of companies in the food allergy world and beyond were sponsors, so I profited through their sponsorship as the excess funds were divided under an LLC agreement in place at the time. I was never obligated to make favorable statements regarding said sponsors and their contracts for sponsorship included express “no endorsement” sections. I have absolutely nothing to do with FABlogCon LLC as established in late 2014 (my involvement was with Food Allergy Bloggers Conference LLC and I wrote about leaving here).
I am a contributor and co-founder of the Allergy Law Project. I cover hosting and domain registration personally and assist in running the website, among other things. It is not an advertising vehicle for my law practice, nor is it a source of income or anything of that nature at this time.
A word about my Amazon affiliate links. The way the program works is that if you buy something within 24 hours of clicking the link to Amazon, a percentage is given to my account as a commission of sorts. This is achieved with a cookie on your computer. I love to shop on Amazon and their prices are usually good but I certainly think you should always shop around a little. If you added a specific linked item to your cart and bought it within 89 days, I’d also get a commission but just from that item’s sale. I have no expectations from any of this, I just liked the idea of using the option since I use amazon to keep track of books I’d like to check out from the library when I read about them on other blogs. I want to be as transparent as possible about these links so I mark them when they appear.
A disclaimer I found via a favorite of mine, The Allergist Mom, applies to many of the recipes and food finds I share: “SAFETY NOTE: Although this recipe is meant to be top eight (cow’s milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish) allergen-free, I cannot guarantee that all of the products that I have used will remain top eight allergen-free. I encourage you to always read food labels thoroughly each and every time you use a product as ingredients and manufacturing practices may change without warning. Please omit and/or substitute any ingredients that are unsafe for you or your family members for ingredients that are safe. If you need help finding substitutions, please let me know and I will do my best to help. If you have questions about whether a particular food is safe for you or your family members, please contact your physician.” (Source)
Amazon.com affiliate gift certificates – The main user of my affiliate link would have to be my mother in law but I do see people clicking through on suggestions in my post so I’m including each year’s income generated by the affiliate link code tied to this site:
2011 – $180.62 (spent on children’s books and toys, and grocery items)
2012 – $125.43
2013 – $68.80
2014 (January to July) – $62.70
Review Book Copies
Allergy Friendly Food for Families ($25 value)
Vegan Family Meals ($15 value)
Quick Fix Vegan ($17 value)
Quick Fix Vegetarian ($17 value)
I Love You Just Enough
Sleep Tight Anna Banana (review paperback, no retail value)
Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom
Patty’s Secret (pdf file)
Bronto, Friend of Ceratops
Monster on the Hill
He’s Been a Monster All Day
Paper Son: Lee’s Journey to America
Memoirs of a Goldfish
Memoirs of a Hamster
Where to Sleep
Hilda and the Bird Parade
Treasury for All Seasons
All the Awake Animals
Nature’s Patchwork Quilt
Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration
Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme
Bronto and the Pterodactyl Eggs
One Night in the Everglades
Red Knit Cap Girl
Do Superheros Have Teddy Bears?
Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart
If All the Animals Came Inside
Molly’s Organic Farm
Over in the Forest
Jo MacDonald Had a Garden
Billie the Unicorn (digital)
All Kinds of Kisses
Fred Eats a Pea
Out of Breath
Are You Eating Something Green? (actually a book of placemats)
Whooo Loves You?
In a Heartbeat
Blink of an Eye
Pascha Chocolates (giveaway win, review items as well)
Enjoy Life Morsels (one bag, about $5 value)
Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix (two bags, $10 value)
Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies (four boxes, $20 value) (and again on 8/21/14)
Enjoy Life Foods Plentils (four bags, $16 value)
Enjoy Life Decadent bars (four boxes, one of each variety, $20 value)
Allergic Solution mixes (four bags, $24 value)
Other Review Items
Nomadic Wise-Walker backpack (from JetPens.com, $91 value)
Dong-A Miffy Lavender Pen (from JetPens.com, $1.10 value)
Co-owner of Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, LLC, a Nevada Limited Liability Company (Sponsors include Sanofi, Mylan, and Enjoy Life Foods)
2014 Mylan Summit – I’d guesstimate this all as about $1,500.00 because Mylan, through Chandler Chicco Agency, covered my air travel to Pittsburgh, car service to LAS, car service from PIT to hotel in Canonsburg and back to PIT, car service from LAS, air travel from DC, two nights of hotel at Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg ($112 per night approximate value), dinner at Jacksons by the Hilton Garden Inn, breakfast and lunch at Mylan HQ served at the summit, Mylan journal and pen, Mylan marketing materials. I am also including in my estimate the speakers we heard present because I’m sure there was an expense for Mylan associated with their attendance and I benefited from their presentations/expertise. Some of the attendees received a copy of the latest issue of Women’s Day magazine featuring an EpiPen ad but they ran out so I did not receive one. I paid for my own snacks, air travel to DC from PIT and everything I did in DC, as well as transport between airports when they closed my gate early and wouldn’t let me on my plane home so I had to get a $29 van to Reagan International from Dulles. The disclaimer Mylan provided is as follows:
I disclose in any communication made by me about EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector and/or the Mylan Specialty Blogger Summit that such communication is at my own discretion and based on my own opinion. I also disclose that my travel expenses were compensated by Mylan Specialty in exchange for evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting.
Last updated: 3/23/15 (to add note about leaving the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference and a note about the Allergy Law Project, I still need to update the affiliate info and review copy list when I have more time, thank you!)