Your privacy is important to us. The policy below outlines how your personal information is collected and how it is used when you use our website.

You agree to the terms of this policy when you use this website. This privacy policy may change from time to time. If any changes are made, then you will be notified by revising the date at the top of this policy.

Last updated January 22, 2021

Who We Are

Founded in 2020 and based in the United States of America, The Novice Homestead is an independently operated blog run by Stacey Garska Rodriguez and Stacey Garska Rodriguez Media, LLC. This website is a personal blog which focuses on gardening, animals, and country living. Our website address is: https://thenovicehomestead.com.

TheNoviceHomestead.com is a personal blog written and edited by me. All opinions are my own. I am not an expert or medical professional, so please keep that in mind and remember that I simply am writing my thoughts, experiences, and opinions.

My opinions do not represent those of people, institutions or organizations that I may or may not be associated with in professional or personal capacity, unless explicitly stated. Any views or opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual.

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. I cannot guarantee accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I am not liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. I am not liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information. Remember, my blog simply represents my personal experiences and opinions.

For questions about this blog, please contact StaceyGarska (at) gmail (dot) com.

Copyright Policy

SHARING: Feel free to use sharing buttons located on this page to share posts on your social networks. Clear and proper credit must be given and any shared posts must link back to the original page. Do not copy and present material from this site as your own. Do not copy photos of my family for use outside of the posts and/or pages on which they originated. In addition to the sharing buttons provided, you may use ONE photo with a link to the article on which it originally appeared in a round-up or review post. Under no circumstances may the original post text be copied and used on another website without explicit written permission from the owner (me!)

PHOTOS: Unless otherwise stated, all photos are the work of Stacey Garska Rodriguez and The Soccer Mom Blog and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Do not remove or crop out the watermark. Please contact me for permission to edit and use photos for any other purpose outside of the blog post in which they reside. Under no circumstances may multiple photos or altered photos be used on your website or social media without explicit written permission from the owner.

Do not use photos that include my family and children without prior permission from me. 

FILES: Any downloadable file, including but not limited to pdfs, docs, jpegs, pngs, is provided at the user’s own risk. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages resulting from a corrupted or damaged file.

Comment Policy

I LOVE and welcome your comments on my blog posts, even if you don’t completely agree with me. However, please be respectful — remember– I’m a real person! I reserve the right to remove any comments at my discretion and without notice that do not contribute to the discussion or are rude, spam, discuss illegal subject matter, etc.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

We advise all users not to leave detailed personal information in comments.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

TheNoviceHomestead.com uses Google Analytics to track website performance and user behavior. It provides information on page views, referral sources, and other valuable information that helps me adapt the content I write for this website. Google Analytics does capture anonymous data about location, age, gender, and interests, but I have no way to connect that information and specifically identify you. Google Analytics may also capture your IP address as you make your way around this website. User and event data is retained indefinitely for the purpose of measuring website traffic stats. You can read more about that here.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Social Media Privacy

The Novice Homestead uses various social media platforms, under The Novice Homestead or The Novice Homesteader. We are not responsible for what you post on any social media channels.

Parental Consent

If you are under 16 years old, you must first have parental permission before using our website or entering personal information.

Log Files

Like many other Web sites, https://thenovicehomestead.com makes use of log files. These files merely logs visitors to the site – usually a standard procedure for hosting companies and a part of hosting services’s analytics. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. This information is used to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Final Notes on this Privacy Policy

You have the right to access your personal data and know how it is being processed. Hopefully, the policy above adequately explains how your data is used.

Personal information will not be transferred unless we are legally obligated to do so. If you would like your information to be removed from our systems, please contact staceygarska @ gmail.com. You can request to be removed at any time.

TheNoviceHomestead.com contains links to other websites. As such, we are not responsible for the privacy policies of other websites or the third party applications it uses.

If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us by email.