Disclaimers, Collaboration, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Use

Your participation is welcomed on this blog. Please read the following disclaimers, privacy policies and terms of use for important information.

Branding: The Olive Shoe and Art by LAC Titles and Logo

The Olive Shoe is designed and run by LAC James. The Olive Shoe, The Olive Shoe logo, branding and all of the content are copyright © 2012 – 2015 LAC James  All Rights Reserved unless otherwise specified. Any use of material from this site without giving credit and linking back to The Olive Shoe, Art by LAC or LAC James is prohibited. Any use or imitation of the The Olive Shoe, Art by LAC or Lauren James or LAC James names, title images or logo without consent is prohibited.

Purpose and Uses

The information, opinions, and content posted here are for the enjoyment of readers and are solely the opinions of the authors of this blog. This blog is intended for the informal exchange of ideas and not as a means to survey visitors or solicit official information or comments.  For questions about this blog, please send inquiry via the CONTACT ME page or email me at lauren at theoliveshoe dot com.

I write for my own purposes. However, I may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience. This blog does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, we will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations.

The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Readers are free to form their own opinions of the products, services, individuals or organizations endorsed on this blog.

This blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content may not always be identified.

In order to participate in this blog, you do not need to provide your full name or any other personally identifying information such as email address or phone number.

Any references that we make to commercial entities, products, services, or other nongovernmental or governmental organizations or individuals is solely for the information of people using this blog. If we are endorsing or representing an official entity, product, service, organization, it will be noted with in the post as such.

Collaboration and Guest Posting

The Olive Shoe features posts on all kinds of topics regarding design, DIY and domestic living. It is my goal to encourage readers to infuse creativity into everything they do.

Do you have expertise on a topic that you’d love to share with our audience? Here’s how to submit your post for review. Please click the image below for a link to the .pdf on my Guest Posting Guidelines.


Photography and Images

Most images on this site belong to us or are shared on behalf of a partner or sponsor. All other images and photos on this blog are always credited to the best of our knowledge and is used under the Fair Use Doctrine of U.S. Copyright Law. Please let us know if we have not credited an image on this site. In addition, if we have used an image that belongs to you or you are photographed in one of our images and you would prefer it not be posted, please contact us and we will take it down immediately.


This blog does not gather information about you, other than information automatically collected and stored, when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information to us. We will not share or sell any personal information obtained from users.

Sharing of Third Party Content

In addition, the information and content on any links we promote or share on this blog are owned and maintained by owners of that particular site and is in no way the responsibility of this blog. We will always strive to only share sites we feel comfortable visiting ourselves, but are not responsible for the content on the sites.

Linking Policy and Disclaimer of Endorsement

This blog includes useful hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and individuals’ blogs. This blog provides these links and pointers solely for our users’ information and convenience.

When you select a link to an outside website, you are leaving this blog and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.

Comment Policy

This is a moderated blog. We will review all comments before we post them and will not post comments that do not comply with this blog policy.

Your comments are welcome at any time; however, this blog will operate during normal business hours (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., U.S. east coast time), Monday through Friday. Comments submitted during normal business hours require review by personnel with limited availability and will not appear immediately. Comments submitted after hours, on weekends, holidays, or during office closures will be reviewed and posted as early as possible when business resumes.

This blog is open to a variety of perspectives, but participants should treat each other, as well as the Agency and its employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain:

  • vulgar, offensive, threatening, or harassing language;
  • threats against individuals or organizations
  • content that violates the privacy of another individual;
  • comments that are spam, are clearly off topic; or
  • promotions of commercial products or services.

We will not knowingly post for public view any copyrighted material submitted as a blog comment unless they note that they have permission from the copyright holder to use the content.

Participants may, but are not required to, provide a contact e-mail address when commenting. If provided, we may use the e-mail address to contact you regarding edits to your comment for clarity or length or to remove inappropriate material.

Blog content becomes part of the public domain when it is posted. To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. Do not give us any information in your comments you do not want to share with all blog visitors.


If you do not consent to the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information as explained in this Privacy Policy, please do not provide us any personal information. Providing personal information to us means that you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Blog Policy Changes

We may amend or modify this blog policy statement at any time to ensure its continued use is consistent with the blog’s intended purpose as a limited forum.

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