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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms (“Terms of Use”) constitute an agreement between Kindred Media LLC (“Company”), and you that governs your use of this website and all of its associated services, content, and functionality. This policy applies to the website administered by Company (the “Website”), located at https://www.simplifyingfamily.com/. These Terms of Use shall also apply to Company’s Products and any reference to the Website shall also include any webpage where the Products are available, such as the third-party website where the Products are hosted. Company, owner and operator of the Website, is a limited liability company formed under the laws of the state of Florida, United States.

Your use of the Website constitutes your acceptance of, and agreement to, the following Terms of Use. Company reserves the right to modify, alter, amend or update its Website, policies and these Terms of Use. These Terms of Use are subject to change without notice. If you do not agree with or do not accept any part of these Terms of Use, you must not use the Website. Your continued use of any part of the Website constitutes your acceptance of such changes to the Terms of Use. You should review the Terms of Use periodically to determine if any changes have been made. 

FACEBOOK GROUP ACCESS

The Company runs optional private &/or closed Facebook Groups with that you may request to join. Your request to join and participate in the Group constitutes your acceptance of, and agreement to these Terms of Use. We reserve the right to modify, alter, amend or update the Terms of Use. The Terms of Use are subject to change without notice. If you do not agree with or do not accept any part of the Terms, you must not be a member of the Group. This Group is for members over 18 years of age. Please do not join if you are not over 18 or cannot accept the Terms of Use.

You are, and shall remain, solely responsible for the any content you upload, submit, post, transmit, communicate, share or exchange by means of the Group and for the consequences of submitting or posting same. COMPANY DISCLAIMS ANY PERCEIVED, IMPLIED OR ACTUAL DUTY TO MONITOR THE GROUP AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED THEREON.

YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE GROUP. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTAND THAT COMPANY HAS NOT, AND DOES NOT, IN ANY WAY: (A) SCREEN ITS MEMBERS; (B) INQUIRE INTO THE BACKGROUNDS OF ITS MEMBERS; OR (C) REVIEW OR VERIFY THE STATEMENTS OF ITS MEMBERS. YOU HEREBY AGREE TO EXERCISE REASONABLE PRECAUTION IN ALL INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER GROUP MEMBERS, PARTICULARLY IF YOU DECIDE TO MEET ANOTHER GROUP MEMBER IN PERSON. COMPANY DOES NOT REPRESENT, WARRANT, ENDORSE OR GUARANTEE THE CONDUCT OF ITS MEMBERS. IN NO EVENT SHALL COMPANY BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO ANY MEMBER’S CONDUCT IN THE GROUP, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, BODILY INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, WRONGFUL DEATH, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, LOSS OF PRIVACY OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES RESULTING FROM COMMUNICATIONS OR MEETINGS BETWEEN GROUP MEMBERS.

Company reserves the right, in Company’s sole discretion, to remove any post, comment, message or member, for any reason.

The following posts, comments or messages are expressly prohibited and will be immediately deleted and the member responsible for the post, comment or message is subject to immediate removal from the Group:

  • Live video within the Group without Company’s approval;
  • Links that self-promote your own blogs, businesses, videos, etc. without Company’s permission;
  • Ads for items for sale or links to fundraisers without Company’s permission;
  • Contacting other Group members to solicit business or for self-gain;
  • Hate speech;
  • Threatening violence;
  • Harassing or heckling another Group member or Company;
  • Spam;
  • Defamatory speech towards Company, another member or any third party;
  • Any reference to illegal acts; or 
  • Anything that violates the legal rights of a third party.

Any member violating the Group rules may be immediately and permanently removed from the Group, in Company’s sole discretion.

Any content posted in the Group is the sole responsibility of the person(s) who created it, and Company and its employees, agents, directors, and officers, undertake no obligation or liability related to such content. Company and its employees, agents, directors, and officers, do not undertake or assume any duty to monitor for inappropriate or unlawful content posted in the Group, nor does it assume responsibility or liability that may arise from any content posted in the Group, including, but not limited to, claims of defamation, libel, slander, infringement, invasion of privacy and publicity rights, obscenity, pornography, fraud, or misrepresentation.

All posts in the Group are confidential and may not be shared by any member outside of the Group. Company reserves the right to report to the appropriate authority any post, comment, member, or message in the Group that Company deems, in its sole discretion, may implicate the safety of either a member of the Group or a third-party.

You acknowledge, however, that the Group may be joined by any member of the public, and so confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Please do not post any information that you do not want shared.

The Group is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Inc.

GENERAL DISCLAIMER

Company has made every effort to ensure that all information on the Website has been tested for accuracy. Company makes no guarantees regarding the results that you will see from using the information provided on the Website. Opinions, advice, statements or other comments should not necessarily be relied upon and are not to be construed as professional advice from Company.

Company disclaims liability for incidental or consequential damages and assumes no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage suffered by any person as a result of use of the information provided on the Website. Company assumes or undertakes no liability for any loss or damage suffered as a result of the use of any information found on the Website. 

The views expressed on Website have no relation to those of any academic, church, business, or other institution with which the authors are affiliated.

MEDICAL INFORMATION DISCLAIMER

From time to time, the Website may discuss topics related to health, fitness, nutrition, or medicine. This information is not advice and should not be treated as medical advice. The medical information provided on the Website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. 

You must not rely on the information on the Website as an alternative to advice from your medical professional or healthcare provider or your child’s healthcare provider. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment as a result of any information provided on the Website. All medical information on the Website is for informational purposes only.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION DISCLAIMER

From time to time, the Website may discuss topics related to finance. This information is not advice and should not be treated as financial advice. The financial information provided on the Website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. The Website makes no representations or warranties in relation to the financial information on the Website. 

You must not rely on the information on the Website as an alternative to advice from a certified public accountant or licensed financial planner. There is no accountant-client relationship created from the publication of financial information on the Website. You should never delay seeking financial advice, disregard financial advice, or discontinue professional financial services as a result of any information provided on the Website.

NUTRITION DISCLAIMER

All information provided regarding nutrition on the Website is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Content related to nutrition is not medical advice nor is it intended to replace medical advice. The Website is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. Before beginning any diet program, modifying your diet, or making changes to the diet of a child in your care, including following the nutrition information available on the Website, you should seek advice from a licensed professional. 

We are not responsible for any liability, loss, or damage, caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the nutrition information available on the Website.

The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the statements contained in any information on the Website. Individual results may vary.

RECIPE DISCLAIMER

From time to time, the Website will publish content with recipes. All such recipes have been tried and used successfully, but results may vary from person to person. Consult your medical professional before using any recipe if you have concerns about how you may individually react to the use of any particular recipe or ingredient. By voluntarily creating and using any recipe provided here, you assume the risk of any potential injury that may result. 

TRAVEL INFORMATION DISCLAIMER

The Website may discuss topics related to travel, including discussion of modes of transportation, lodging, and activities. The travel information provided on the Website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. Your experience with the same providers mentioned may differ from that depicted on the Website. All travel information on the Website is for informational purposes only.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

The Website was developed strictly for informational purposes. You understand and agree that you are fully responsible for your use of the information provided on the Website. Company makes no representations, warranties or guarantees. You understand that results may vary from person to person. Company assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions that may appear in the Website.

USE OF THE WEBSITE 

Unless otherwise stated, Company owns the intellectual property and rights to all content and material on the Website. Subject to the license below, all intellectual property rights are reserved. 

You may view, download (for caching purposes only), and print pages for your personal use, subject to the restrictions set out below and elsewhere in these Terms of Use. 

The following uses are not permitted:

  • Republication of content from the Website, unless content is specifically and expressly made available for republication; 
  • Sale, rental or sub-license of any content from the Website;
  • Reproduction or duplication of any content on the Website for commercial purposes; 
  • Modification of any content on the Website, unless content is specifically and expressly made available for modification; 
  • Redistribution of content of the Website, unless content is specifically and expressly made available for redistribution. Users are permitted to share content on social media channels, as long as a link to the Website is included. 

From time to time, the Website will utilize various plugins or widgets to allow sharing of content via social media channels, email or other methods. Use of these plugins or widgets does not constitute any waiver of Company’s intellectual property rights. Such use is a limited license to republish the content on the approved social media channels, with full credit to Company.

You must not use the Website in a way that causes, or may cause, damage to the Website or impairs the availability of access to the Website. You must not decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise reduce the Website, except to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law. You must not use the Website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material that consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit and/or other harmful code or malicious software.

You must not conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities, including, but not limited to scraping, data mining, data extraction or data harvesting on or in relation to the Website without Company’s express written permission. 

You must not use the Website to transmit or send any unsolicited commercial communications. 

You must not use the Website for any third-party marketing without Company’s express written permission.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

All original materials provided by Company are owned by Company. Any original materials are provided for your individual use only. You are not authorized to use or transfer any of Company’s intellectual property. All intellectual property remains the property of Company. No license to sell, distribute, reproduce, prepare a derivative work, display or perform is granted or implied. Company will be entitled to injunctive relief to prohibit any such violations to protect against the harm of such violations. 

Certain of the names, logos, and other materials displayed on the Website constitute Company’s intellectual property, including, but not limited to, patents, trademarks, service marks, trade secrets and copyrights (“Company IP”). You are not authorized to use any Company IP without Company’s express consent. Ownership of Company IP remains with Company and You agree not to make any claims or assertions of any other party’s ownership of Company IP.

“Simplifying Family” is a trademark of Company and is protected by United States trademark law. Company’s trademarks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not Company’s, in any manner likely to cause confusion among consumers or in any manner that disparages or discredits Company.

EQUITABLE RELIEF

You acknowledge and agree that in the event of certain breaches of the Terms of Use, Company may suffer irreparable injury, such that no remedy at law will afford it adequate protection against, or appropriate compensation for, such injury. Accordingly, you agree that Company shall be entitled to any injunctive relief, without having to post a bond, as may be granted by a court of competent jurisdiction.

COPYRIGHT

Unless otherwise noted, the design, content and all components of the Website are copyrights owned by Company or third parties and are protected by United States and international copyright laws and should not be reused or republished without express written permission. 

TRADEMARKS

Company’s trademarks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not Company’s, in any manner likely to cause confusion among consumers, or in any manner that disparages or discredits Kindred Media LLC, Simplifying Family, or the experts featured on the Website.

From time to time, the Website will legally utilize trademarks owned by third parties related to Company’s services. These trademarks are the respective property of their owners. 

FTC DISCLOSURE

From time to time, the Website may post sponsored content from an advertiser. This means that an advertiser, which may be a brand, agency, or influencer network, will contract with Company to create content featuring certain messages or product placement. Pursuant to the FTC’s requirements, all such advertisements on the Website are clearly and conspicuously disclosed. 

Even though compensation (cash, free product, services) is received in exchange for this sponsored content placement, Company gives its honest opinion, findings, beliefs, or experiences in such content. All views expressed on the Website are those of the content creator. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party in question.

CHILDREN’S INFORMATION

The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at whitney@simplifyingfamily.com and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

AFFILIATE MARKETING

From time to time, the Website may engage in affiliate marketing. This means that if you use an affiliate link to make a purchase, the Website will receive a commission on that purchase. All efforts are made to ensure that affiliate links are disclosed in accordance with the FTC. 

GRANT OF RIGHTS

You grant Company a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate and distribute any content you contribute to the Website. This includes, but is not limited to, text, images, audio material, comments, video material and audio-visual material. This license extends to all known and future media. You also grant Company the right to sub-license these rights and the right to bring an action for infringement of these rights. By posting content to the Website, you represent that you have the right to grant these permissions for use of such content by Website, Company and Company’s sublicensees.

CONTENT CONTRIBUTED TO THE WEBSITE

Any content you contribute to the Website, including, but not limited to text, images, audio material, comments, video material, and audio-visual material, must not be illegal or unlawful, may not infringe on any third party’s legal rights, and must not be capable of giving rise to legal action whether against you or Company or a third party. 

Company reserves the right to edit or remove: (i) any material submitted to the Website; (ii) stored on Company’s servers; or, (iii) hosted or published on the Website. Company takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content posted by you or any third party.

Notwithstanding Company’s rights under the Terms of Use, Company does not undertake to monitor the submission of all content to, or the publication of such content on, the Website and is not responsible for such content. 

COMMENT POLICY

The Website offers the option for you to leave comments, engaging with the Website’s posts. The following types of comments will not be tolerated and will be deleted: 

  • harassment directed toward any content creator or Company;
  • spam;
  • hate speech;
  • defamatory to Company or any third party;
  • reference illegal acts; or,
  • violate the legal rights of a third party. 

Company’s sole discretion will be used to determine if a comment is in violation of this comment policy. Any comments in violation will be promptly deleted and no further explanation will be due to you if your comment was determined to be in violation with this policy. 

TAKEDOWN REQUESTS

From time to time, the Website will publish posts with images from other third-party websites. Any such use is considered fair use under copyright laws and is fully attributed to the owner. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been used on the Website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement and falls outside of fair use, please send a request to whitney@simplifyingfamily.com and we will remove the image within 24 to 48 hours.

COMMUNICATION

If you send Company an email, register to use the Website or provide your email to Company in any other way, you consent to receive communications from Company electronically. You agree that all legal notices provided via electronic means from Company satisfy any requirement for written notice.

THIRD PARTIES

The Website may contain links to third-party websites that are not governed or controlled by Company. You represent and warrant that you have read and agree to be bound by all applicable Terms of Use and policies for any third-party website that relates to your use of the Website. Company assumes no control or liability over the content of any third-party sites. You expressly hold harmless Company from any and all liability related to your use of a third-party website. 

Prior to engaging in any meetings, events, or commercial transactions with any third parties discovered through or linked on the Website, you must complete any necessary investigation or due diligence. You understand that Company does not perform psychological testing or background checks on the individuals who may use the Website or Company’s services. You understand and agree that you are solely responsible for your actions and decisions to meet other individuals who you meet online by virtue of the Website or services provided on the Website. If there is a dispute for any events or commercial transactions with a third party discovered through or linked on the Website, you expressly hold Company harmless from any and all liability in any dispute.

NO WARRANTIES 

The Website is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis without any representations or warranties, expressed or implied. Company makes no representations or warranties in relation to the Website, or the information and materials provided therein. 

Company makes no warranty the Website will meet your requirements; will be available uninterrupted; error free, timely and free of viruses or bugs; or represents the full functionality, accuracy, and reliability of the Website. Company is not responsible to you for the loss of any content or material uploaded or transmitted through the Website. The Website is written in English and makes no warranty regarding translation or interpretation of content in any language.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

TO THE EXTENT ALLOWABLE BY LAW, COMPANY AND ITS OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSEES AND WEB HOSTING SERVICES WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR SPECIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, HOWEVER CAUSED, INCLUDING LOSS OF PROFITS, REVENUE, DATA OR USE, INCURRED BY YOU, WHETHER UNDER THEORY OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), WARRANTY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF THE OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. 

YOU AGREE THAT REGARDLESS OF ANY STATUTE OR LAW TO THE CONTRARY, ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR THE TERMS OF USE MUST BE FILED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER SUCH CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION AROSE OR BE FOREVER BARRED.

INDEMNITY

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold Company, its members, employees, officers, directors, managers and agents harmless from and against any and all losses, claims, suits, actions, liabilities, obligations, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses) which Company suffers as a result of third-party claims based on: (i) your negligence or intentional misconduct, (ii) your breach of any provision of the Terms of Use (including representation or warranty); (iii) materials prepared or provided by you including, but not limited to, any claims of infringement, or misappropriation of copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other intellectual property or proprietary right, infringement of the rights of privacy or publicity, or defamation or libel; or (iv) death, personal injury, or property damage arising out of, or relating to, your obligations hereunder.

ARBITRATION

The Terms of Use will be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Florida without reference to its conflict of law provisions. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the Terms of Use, or the breach thereof, shall be settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The place of any such arbitration shall be in Orange County, Florida. The parties also agree that the AAA Optional Rules for Emergency Measures of Protection shall apply to the proceedings. This section provides the sole recourse for the settlement of any disputes arising out of, in connection with, or related to the Terms of Use. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any action seeking injunctive relief shall be submitted to the courts and shall not be subject to this provision.

THE PARTIES WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO ASSERT ANY CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER PARTY AS A REPRESENTATIVE OR MEMBER IN ANY CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION, EXCEPT WHERE SUCH WAIVER IS PROHIBITED BY LAW OR DEEMED BY A COURT OF LAW TO BE AGAINST PUBLIC POLICY. TO THE EXTENT EITHER PARTY IS PERMITTED BY LAW OR COURT OF LAW TO PROCEED WITH A CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION AGAINST THE OTHER, THE PARTIES AGREE THAT: (I) THE PREVAILING PARTY SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER ATTORNEYS’ FEES OR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PURSUING THE CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION (NOT WITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION IN THIS AGREEMENT); AND (II) THE PARTY WHO INITIATES OR PARTICIPATES AS A MEMBER OF THE CLASS WILL NOT SUBMIT A CLAIM OR OTHERWISE PARTICIPATE IN ANY RECOVERY SECURED THROUGH THE CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

If any provision(s) of the Terms of Use is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall be severable and enforceable. In addition, in such event the unenforceable or invalid provision shall be deemed to be modified to the extent necessary to (i) render it valid and enforceable and (ii) give the fullest effect possible to the original intent of the provision.

The Terms of Use may not be assigned by you without Company’s prior written consent, however, the Terms of Use may be assigned by Company in its sole discretion. 

The Terms of Use are the final, complete and exclusive agreement of the parties with respect to the Website offered by, and the Products sold by Company. 

The failure of Company to exercise or enforce any right or provision hereunder shall not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. Any waiver of the Terms of Use by Website or Company must be in writing and signed by an authorized representative of the Company. 

All notices with respect to the Terms of Use must be in writing and may be via email to whitney@simplifyingfamily.com for Company and to your email address. 

Updated June 8, 2020

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