Since the very beginning of this blog, I’ve struggled with whether or not to promote other companies and whether it felt right for me to get a commission for promoting those companies. I think that part of the struggle is that I don’t want this blog to become a “sales” blog. And I don’t want the added pressure of this being “a business”. I love writing and sharing and I don’t want to do anything that will compromise that.
However, most of the companies that I share about have an affiliate program. And so it seems silly to not link with an affiliate id, when I’m going to be linking to them anyway. And yet, I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to purchase something… this maybe why I’m not a very good sales person.
So here’s my compromise and my very simple disclosure statement….
If you click through an affiliate link on my blog and then buy something from that company, I will receive a small commission from the company for referring you. If that bothers you, then just don’t click the link. Do an Internet search to get to the company and product. It will cost you the same either way. I won’t get my feelings hurt. We’ll still be friends.
If I do a review for a product, I will give an honest review…even if I got the item for free, which I will tell you. My integrity is worth much more than a free item.
If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to email me.
Below are some of the companies that I love and have an affiliate relationship with.
What’s In The Bible We love these videos.They are written by the creator of Veggie Tales. There’s plenty of silly in them which keeps the kids engaged, all the while teaching through the Bible chronologically.I’ve even caught my teenagers humming along. They offer free shipping on orders of $25 or more.
Seeds of the Month is a fun and inexpensive way to get nonGMO seeds each month. The first month you get 8 packets of seeds and from then on you get 4 packets each month. I’ve really enjoyed the seeds we’ve gotten and it’s inspired me to try new things, like parsnips, purple basil and hyssops. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning each time I see the Seeds of the Month envelope in my mailbox.
Honeyville Farms Sells grain, baking goods and long term food storage foods. This is where I usually order my grains. Their shipping is always $4.49 no matter how much you order. So even though some of their prices are higher than other companies, the shipping is so much less that the total cost is often significantly less.
Trilight Herbs is company specializing in remedies and supplements. What I most love about Trilight Herbs is that they have combinations so I don’t have lots of bottles of individual herbs here and there. I also love the fact that they extract their herbs with glycerin and not alcohol, especially for my children. I would love to get to the point of growing our own herbs and making our own remedies but until then, I’ll be ordering from Trilight.
Pantry Paratus is my new go to place to order kitchen and pantry items. I really love shopping local but sometimes I can’t find what I’m looking for locally so I search the internet. I’ve found Pantry Paratus’ prices to be very competative and I really like being able to support a small family business when I can.
I first met Renee of Made On Hard Lotion in an author’s facebook group and was impressed by her generousity. She’s actually been accused of “giving away the farm” in her ebooks on making your own body care products. Made On is family business whose products and customer service is outstanding. One day hope to make our body products for our family but until then I’m glad Made On is making them.
There is a lot of information (and misinformation) on the internet about medicinal herbs. The Herbal Academy of New England has several online herbal courses. These courses are self paced and packed full of herbal information. The fact that there are a couple of MDs on the HANE team is something I really respect. If you are wanting to learn more about using herbs from a reputable source, this is it.
There are so many fun classes at Craftsy; classes such as sewing, knitting, crochet, gardening, cooking, photography, quilting and woodworking. These classes are all online and they have a lifetime membership. So once you purchase a class you can review it whenever you need to. They also have quite a few mini courses that are free.
Urban Farmer has over 1000 non-gmo seed varieties plus plants and bulbs. There are several thing I really respect about Urban Farmer, one of which is their commitment to preserving heirloom seeds. They have a safe seed commitment and are trying to be a part of the solution to our broken food system instead of being part of the problem. Urban Farmer is also another family owned small business.