Privacy Policy & Disclosures

Last Updated:  August 29, 2018

This Privacy Policy and Terms of Use sets out how Our Happy Mess or https://www.ourhappymess.com (“Website”) uses and protects any information that you provide while on the Website.

Your privacy is very important to us, and you can rest assured that we will never violate the terms of use detailed below, or use any information collected from you for any purpose other than those mentioned in this policy.

Our Happy Mess may change this Privacy Policy and Terms of Use occasionally. All changes will be reflected in this page, and the date of the last update will always appear at the top of the page.

CONSENT TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY AND TERMS OF USE

By using our Website, you indicate your consent to this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. Please do not use this website if you disagree with any part of this Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

Information you provide

We collect personal information when you voluntarily submit your name, email address and any other information to us on this Website. This includes, but is not limited to, signing up for email updates, leaving a comment on a post or page, or contacting us via email or contact form.

Information from Third Parties

In some cases, we may also receive information about you from a third party. For instance, if you use a third party service provider through the site, they may transfer information to us for the purpose of order fulfillment.

Information that is collected automatically

Like most websites, Our Happy Mess uses cookies and analytic technology to receive and store certain types of information when you use this website. Using these technologies helps us recognize you, customize your experience and serve relevant advertising.  We collect this information automatically with the use of:

Cookies

Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. Cookies are used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to serve you better. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

We use cookies to:

  • Keep track of advertisements.
  • Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you turn cookies off, some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.

Google Analytics

Our Happy Mess also collects anonymous information using Google Analytics. This information is used to help us better understand our visitors and analyze the way our website is used. Please refer to Google’s privacy policy for more information.

Mailerlite

This service is used for delivery of email updates and newsletters. We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications.

HOW DO WE USE YOUR INFORMATION?

We may use the information collected in the following ways:

  • To operate and maintain the Website.
  • To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each e-mail promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings.
  • To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts.
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries.
  • To track and measure advertising on the Website.
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.
  • We also may use your information to manage our business or perform functions as otherwise described to you at the time of collection.

ANONYMOUS DATA

From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone or when combined with data from other parties.  This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.

ADVERTISING

Display Ads

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use cookies, as noted above.

Retargeting Ads

This website may engage with third party companies such as Facebook, Google or Instagram in an effort to market the Website. These third party companies use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s past visits to the Website.

DISCLOSURES AND DISCLAIMERS

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION DISCLAIMER

We at Our Happy Mess do not claim to be nutritional experts. We do use a plugin (WP Recipe Maker) to automatically generate nutritional information for our recipes, however we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. Nutritional values may differ significantly from those presented based on the product brands used, measurements, and any modifications or substitutions made

If you adhere to a particular diet, or have a medical condition, please do your own nutritional calculations, and do not rely on the information provided on this site.

SPONSORED POSTS

From time to time, this Website may be compensated by brands or companies to feature their products in blog posts.  The relationship will always be disclosed up-front within the blog post. All sponsored content is disclosed in accordance with the FTC’s requirements.  These sponsored posts may utilize tracking pixels (aka web beacons) which may contain cookies to collect data regarding usage and audience.  The information is collected by the sponsoring company or brand to track the results of the sponsored post.  No personally identifiable information collected by this website is used in conjunction with these tracking pixels.

All the brands we work with have been carefully selected by us at Our Happy Mess, and we will never represent a brand that we do not love, trust, and use ourselves.

COMMENT POLICY

Comments on Our Happy Mess are vital to the community and we want to hear what you think! If you loved (or didn’t love) a recipe, if you have helpful suggestions, something constructive to say, or if you just want to say “hi!”, we want to hear from you.

However, we reserve the right to delete, or not to publish, any comments that are deemed gratuitously mean, inappropriate, or that do not contribute to the conversation in a kind and positive manner.

Any comments posted on this Website become the property of this Website and may be used in e-mail or other promotional campaigns.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

Our Website may contain links to other websites. However, once you have used these links to leave our Website, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website (or outbound link). Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

GIVEAWAY POLICY

From time to time, this Website may host giveaways. These events may be self-sponsored by Our Happy Mess or may be sponsored by another individual or business. This may or may not be plainly stated in the actual giveaway.

Unless otherwise stated, all giveaways will follow these guidelines:

  • Winners will be chosen randomly.
  • Open only to residents of Canada and U.S., unless otherwise stated.
  • If a giveaway is sponsored by an outside company, this Website cannot be held liable or responsible, should a vendor choose, for some reason, not to fulfill a promised prize.
  • Once winner is randomly chosen, they will be contacted via the e-mail address they provided upon entering the contest. In order to send the prize to the winner, we may require a mailing address.  Winner recognizes that their information (name, e-mail address and/or mailing address) may need to be passed onto the prize delivering party for fulfillment of the giveaway should the prize be sponsored by an outside entity.
  • We may, at our discretion, make public the first name and province or state of our giveaway winner(s). All other contact information will remain private.
  • Each winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize, after being notified via the e-mail they used to enter the contest. After 48 hours, if there is no response (or winner does not meet entry requirements (as specified when they entered), another winner will be randomly chosen.
  • All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by this Website and/or the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
  • Any prizes that may result in tax liability for the winner(s) are the winner(s) responsibility.
  • We are not responsible for lost or damaged items. Replacement items will not be provided.
  • Giveaways may be promoted on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or other social network sites. This is a means of promotion only, and any promotion on those sites is not to be interpreted as Facebook or Twitter partaking in, or being in any way responsible for that particular contest.
  • We reserve the right to end, extend, or change a giveaway for any reason and without prior notice.
  • Odds of winning in one of our giveaways depend on the number of entrants.

COPYRIGHT POLICY

No part of this Website may be copied, reproduced, or translated in any way without the prior written consent of Our Happy Mess.

Permission may be granted to redistribute the material in its entirety provided that this copyright notice is not removed or altered. No portion of this work may be sold, either by itself or as part of a larger work, without the express written permission of Our Happy Mess.

To obtain permission to reproduce the information (text or graphics) contained on this Web Site for any commercial purpose, submit the specifics of your request in writing to:

[email protected]

For any reuse or distribution of our work, you must credit our Website with a link back to the post in question.

It is fine to use our photos in roundups, providing you are linking back to our post.

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE

The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions. Purchasing through an affiliate link does not affect the price that you pay.

Our Happy Mess 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 links to Amazon.com.  As part of this Amazon Associates program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon, to track the referrals to their website. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions or comments related to this Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, and disclosures please contact us at [email protected]