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a. Any content from ShellyRawlings.com (also referred to hereafter as “this blog,” “the site,” or “this site”) may not be republished on another site or in any print publication without prior written consent of blog owner (also referred to hereafter as “Michelle Rawlings,” “I,” or “me.”). This includes, but is not limited to: blog posts, images, videos, and audio files.

b. Exceptions:

  1. For the purposes of review or commentary, readers (also referred to hereafter as “users,” “the user,” or “you”) may re-post an excerpt of up to 300 words (or 60 seconds of video footage) from this site on their own website or blog with a link back to the original post. Excerpts must be in exact text and may not be altered or translated.
  2. Readers of this blog may print up to 45 copies of any post, comment, or other content published on ShellyRawlings.com as needed for personal, educational, review, or otherwise non-commercial purposes only, with citation. This text may not be changed, altered, or translated in any way, and cannot appear in a publication alongside any other text. Any other print use of a post from this blog is strictly prohibited unless prior written consent has been granted by blog owner (Michelle Rawlings).

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a. All written content on ShellyRawlings.com was created by blog owner (Michelle Rawlings) and is the intellectual property of blog owner (Michelle Rawlings) unless otherwise stated. Unless it has been otherwise arranged in writing, any guest post on ShellyRawlings.com may not be republished on another site or print publication. (See here for permissions.)

b. Contributions to ShellyRawlings.com, including guest posts and comments from readers, are subject to appear elsewhere on this site or in its promotional materials.

c. In no circumstance should any media appearing on this blog be duplicated and used to promote any other blog, website, influencer, or company without prior written consent. This includes using photos from ShellyRawlings.com in social media posts promoting other sites’ content.

d. Special considerations:

  1. Media Content:
    1. Photos:
      1. Some photos on this blog may be courtesy of a stock photo site. If that is the case, permission has been granted/purchased for use of the photo, or the photo is public domain property and no permission is necessary. These photos, even if public domain, should not be copied from this blog for duplication; it is preferred that you visit the stock photo site and download/purchase the image yourself.
      2. Some photos on this blog are taken by blog owner (Michelle Rawlings) and are property of her and this blog. Duplication of these photos without prior written consent is prohibited.
      3. Some photos are owned by other entities, such as those used to promote products on various websites/stores (see here for disclaimers) and exclusive or non-exclusive infographics. Duplication of these photos is prohibited and permission for other use cannot be granted by Michelle Rawlings or this blog.
    2. Videos:
      1. Some videos may be uploaded or embedded on this blog, either from YouTube or another video service provider. Unless otherwise clearly stated, any uploaded videos are the intellectual property of blog owner (Michelle Rawlings) to the extent of the video service provider’s allowance, and should not be duplicated or used to promote any other site, company, or influencer.
      2. Videos on this site that are created or maintained by Michelle Rawlings (either on this blog via WordPress or via another service provider) may include audio that is not solely owned by Michelle Rawlings or this blog. Permission for use of this audio is clearly stated either in the video description or on the post page on this blog. Duplication of this audio is prohibited and permission for other use cannot be granted by Michelle Rawlings or this blog.

Limitation Of Liability:

a. Contributors to this blog (including blog owner, guest posters, and commenters) hold no responsibility for losses incurred due to errors or omissions in any of their contributions to this site.

b. Blog owner (Michelle Rawlings) cannot be held liable for any damages arising out of the use or inability to use any materials on this site.

c. Unless otherwise clearly stated, posts and other contributions to ShellyRawlings.com are not to be viewed as professional guidance. Neither contributors to ShellyRawlings.com nor the blog owner (Michelle Rawlings) are posing as a licensed counselor, dietitian, lawyer, etc.; thus, contributions should not be viewed as legal, financial, or medical advice or other counseling. Unless denoted otherwise, any advice given has grounds only in personal, anecdotal knowledge or experience and not in data or professional training. (In other words, I’m not a lawyer or financial adviser—I’m a writer!)

d. ShellyRawlings.com is not responsible for the content of sites that it hyperlinks to, including in sponsored (see below for more information) or affiliate (see below) links. Once the user has left ShellyRawlings.com (or MichelleRawlingsBlog.com or MichelleAdamsBlog.com), ShellyRawlings.com assumes no responsibility for content or other offenses.

e. ShellyRawlings.com is not responsible for content that appears in advertising on this site. Advertising is provided via WordAds by Automattic. (See here for more information.)

f. Blog owner (Michelle Rawlings) nor any guest posting contributor to this site holds responsibility for user-generated content (e.g. comments), be they libelous, spam, or otherwise unlawful or offensive. Any comment posted to ShellyRawlings.com may be promptly removed without notice and with or without reason.

h. Any contribution to ShellyRawlings.com, including guest posts and sponsored content, is subject to deletion without notice should this site (or any part of it, including individual posts or media like photos and videos) ever be terminated or deleted for any or no reason.

Privacy Policy + Cookies:

Jetpack (Automattic)ㅤ|ㅤGoogle Analytics

This blog uses cookies from Jetpack and WordPress (both part of Automattic) for the purposes outlined below. By spending time on this site, the user is agreeing to the use of these cookies. Click here for more information on Automattic’s cookies policy.

Jetpack (Automattic) may collect user data on ShellyRawlings.com for the following reasons and in the following ways:

a. Activity

  1. Data Used: To deliver this functionality and record activities around site management, the following information is captured: user email address, user role, user login, user display name, WordPress.com and local user IDs, the activity to be recorded, the WordPress.com-connected site ID of the site on which the activity takes place, the site’s Jetpack version, and the timestamp of the activity. Some activities may also include the actor’s IP address (login attempts, for example) and user agent.
  2. Activity Tracked: Login attempts/actions, post and page update and publish actions, comment/pingback submission and management actions, plugin and theme management actions, widget updates, user management actions, and the modification of other various site settings and options. Retention duration of activity data depends on the site’s plan and activity type. Click here to see the complete list of currently-recorded activities (along with retention information).
  3. Data Synced: Successful and failed login attempts, which will include the actor’s IP address and user agent.

b. Ads

  1. Data Used: The following information (made available from the visitor’s browser) is collected and sent to Automattic’s Demand Partners: IP address, geographical data (derived from the IP address), user agent, operating system, device type, unique user ID (randomly generated identifier), current URL, and IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) interest category. Log data (IP address, geographical data, user agent, operating system, device type) is stored for 30 days. The unique user ID is stored in cookies and is retained for 1 year.
  2. Activity Tracked: Ad impressions, video-related events (i.e. pause, mute, 100% plays, etc.) or errors, and ad click events. Various cookies are used for the following purposes: delivering targeted advertisements to specific visitors, storing user identifiers, and collecting anonymous ad platform stats.

c. Comment Likes

  1. Data Used: In order to process a comment like, the following information is used: WordPress.com user ID/username (you must be logged in to use this feature), the local site-specific user ID (if the user is signed in to the site on which the like occurred), and a true/false data point that tells us if the user liked a specific comment. If you perform a like action from one of our mobile apps, some additional information is used to track the activity: IP address, user agent, timestamp of event, blog ID, browser language, country code, and device info.
  2. Activity Tracked: Comment likes.

d. Contact Form

  1. Data Used: Akismet is enabled on this site. As such, the contact form submission data — IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message — is submitted to the Akismet service (also owned by Automattic) for the sole purpose of spam checking. The actual submission data is stored in the database of the site on which it was submitted (ShellyRawlings.com) and is emailed directly to the owner of the form (Michelle Rawlings). This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message.
  2. Data Synced: Post and post meta data associated with a user’s contact form submission. Since Akismet is enabled on this site, the IP address and user agent originally submitted with the comment are synced, as well, as they are stored in post meta.

e. Gravatar Hovercards

  1. Data Used: This feature will send a hash of the user’s email address (if logged in to the site or WordPress.com — or if they submitted a comment on the site using their email address that is attached to an active Gravatar profile) to the Gravatar service (also owned by Automattic) in order to retrieve their profile image.

f. Jetpack Comments

  1. Data Used: Commenter’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided via the comment form), timestamp, and IP address. Additionally, a jetpack.wordpress.com IFrame receives the following data: WordPress.com blog ID attached to the site, ID of the post on which the comment is being submitted, commenter’s local user ID (if available), commenter’s local username (if available), commenter’s site URL (if available), MD5 hash of the commenter’s email address (if available), and the comment content. Akismet (also owned by Automattic) is enabled on this site; thus the following information is sent to that service for the sole purpose of spam checking: commenter’s name, email address, site URL, IP address, and user agent.
  2. Activity Tracked: The comment author’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided during the comment submission) are stored in cookies. Learn more about these cookies.
  3. Data Synced: All data and metadata (see above) associated with comments. This includes the status of the comment and, if Akismet is enabled on the site, whether or not it was classified as spam by Akismet.
  4. Contributions to ShellyRawlings.com are subject to appear elsewhere on the site or in its promotional materials.

g. Likes

  1. Data Used: In order to process a post like action, the following information is used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID, WordPress.com username, WordPress.com-connected site ID (on which the post was liked), post ID (of the post that was liked), user agent, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.
  2. Activity Tracked: Post likes.

h. Mobile Theme

  1. Data Used: A visitor’s preference on viewing the mobile version of a site.
  2. Activity Tracked: A cookie (akm_mobile) is stored for 3.5 days to remember whether or not a visitor of the site wishes to view its mobile version. Learn more about this cookie.

i. Notifications

  1. Data Used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID, WordPress.com username, WordPress.com-connected site ID and URL, Jetpack version, user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Some visitor-related information or activity may be sent to the site owner (Michelle Rawlings) via this feature. This may include: email address, WordPress.com username, site URL, email address, comment content, follow actions, etc.
  2. Activity Tracked: Sending notifications (i.e. when we send a notification to a particular user), opening notifications (i.e. when a user opens a notification that they receive), performing an action from within the notification panel (e.g. liking a comment or marking a comment as spam), and clicking on any link from within the notification panel/interface.

j. Protect

  1. Data Used: In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the following information is used: attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e. according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user.
  2. Activity Tracked: Failed login attempts (these include IP address and user agent). We also set a cookie (jpp_math_pass) for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a math captcha to prove that they’re a real human. Learn more about this cookie.
  3. Data Synced: Failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information.

k. Search

  1. Data Used: Any of the visitor-chosen search filters and query data in order to process a search request on the WordPress.com servers.

l. Sharing

  1. Data Used: When official sharing buttons are active on the site, each button loads content directly from its service in order to display the button as well as information and tools for the sharing party. As a result, each service can in turn collect information about the sharing party. When a non-official Facebook or a Pinterest sharing button is active on the site, information such as the sharing party’s IP address as well as the page URL will be available for each service, so sharing counts can be displayed next to the button. When sharing content via email, the following information is used: sharing party’s name and email address (if the user is logged in, this information will be pulled directly from their account), IP address (for spam checking), user agent (for spam checking), and email body/content. This content will be sent to Akismet (also owned by Automattic) so that a spam check can be performed. Additionally, since reCAPTCHA (by Google) is enabled, the sharing party’s IP address will be shared with that service. You can find Google’s privacy policy here.

m. Subscriptions

  1. Data Used: To initiate and process subscriptions, the following information is used: subscriber’s email address and the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). In the event of a new subscription being initiated, we also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.
  2. Activity Tracked: Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

n. Video Hosting

  1. Data Used: For video play tracking via WordPress.com Stats, the following information is used: viewer’s IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.
  2. Activity Tracked: Video plays.

This blog uses cookies from Google Analytics for the purposes outlined below. By spending time on this site, the user is agreeing to the use of these cookies, unless they choose to opt out. Click here for more information on Google’s cookies policy.

Google and Google Analytics may collect user data on ShellyRawlings.com for the following reasons and in the following ways:

a. Analytics + Data Reporting

  1. ShellyRawlings.com uses Google Analytics to collect, monitor and analyze data on user activity and acquisition, and that involves the use of cookies. You can find Google’s full cookies policy here.
  2. Data collected by Google Analytics may include information on which and how many pages the user visits, how long the user stays on the site, and where in the world the user visits the site from, among other things. Google Analytics may also collect and provide the site owner with data on how users got to the site, including from social media or a search engine; whether users were on a desktop, mobile device, or tablet; what browser the user used to access the site; what language the user viewed the site in; and whether users are new visitors or have been to the site before. For a comprehensive overview of how Google may use this and other user information, you can find Google’s full privacy policy here.
  3. Don’t want Google Analytics to have access to your info? Opt out here.


a. Posts appearing on ShellyRawlings.com may include affiliate links or sponsored content. If this is the case, this will be made clear at or near the beginning of the post that contains this content.

  1. Affiliate Links:
    • An affiliate link is one that allows me to earn a commission if you click through at no additional cost to you. In other words, if you click on one of these links and decide to make a purchase, I (Michelle Rawlings) will get a percentage of the profits of that sale, usually amounting to a couple of cents. Thanks so much for supporting me and my blog!
    • What affiliate programs does this blog participate in?
      • This blog 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. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
      • This blog participates in a referral program with Day Designer Planners.
      • This blog participates in an affiliate program with ClassTracker.
      • This blog participates in an affiliate program with Target.
  2. Sponsored Posts:
    • A sponsored post is one that an outside party, usually a company, is paying me to write OR a post written by a company that is paying for me to host it on my blog. Sponsored posts usually come in the form of reviews, but you’ll know about it: I always disclose my sponsorships at the beginning of the post!
  3. Free Stuff?:
    • Sometimes, a company doesn’t pay me, but does send me a free product or book to review, or some other goodie just to keep. Even though I’m not getting money for it, I’ll always disclose clearly when I receive something for free from a company or other entity.
    • Long-term partnerships:
      • As an HP Millennial Influencer Panel member from 2016 to 2018, I received products, promotional items and educational material to use and share as I saw fit. Any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.
  4. This all is permitted under WordPress.com’s monetization policies that allow for affiliate links and sponsored posts so long as they do not dominate content or spam.

b. Written content appearing on this blog that is not contributed by a guest poster, commenter, or other outside contributor is the opinion of blog owner Michelle Rawlings, and only Michelle Rawlings, and does not reflect the opinions of WordPress, Automattic, affiliate companies, sponsoring companies, or any other entity associated with Michelle Rawlings, including employers and clients, unless otherwise clearly stated.

c. Blog owner (Michelle Rawlings) will review products based on personal experience. Reflections on this in the form of posts or comments to this blog or respective social media platforms, including YouTube, are her opinion, and cannot be bought or changed by any advertiser, sponsor, or affiliate.

Governing Law:

a. This blog is maintained from the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the United States of America; laws applying to residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and federal laws of the United States of America, will therefore be followed and enforced.

WordPress Policies:

a. ShellyRawlings.com is powered and hosted by WordPress.com (Automattic), and thus, follows WordPress’s content and use guidelines. By staying on this site, the user is agreeing to all applicable WordPress policies.

  1. This may involve restrictions on comments, guest posts, and other contributions. For more information about these and any other WordPress policies, click here.

This page was last updated Nov. 16, 2020.

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