Privacy Policy Update

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy explains how information about you is collected, used and disclosed by TalesFromAPolkCountyGirl. This Privacy Policy applies to information we collect when you use “Services”, or when you otherwise interact with us. We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make changes, we will notify you by revising the “Last Updated” date at the top of this policy and, in some cases, we may provide you with additional notice (such as by adding a statement to our website or by sending you a notification). We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy whenever you access the Services or otherwise interact with us to stay informed about our information practices and the ways you can help protect your privacy.

Collection of Information

Information You Provide to Us We collect information you provide directly to us. For example, we collect information when you create an account, participate in any interactive features of the Services, subscribe to a newsletter or email list, participate in an event, survey, contest or promotion, make a purchase, communicate with us via third-party social media sites, request customer support or otherwise communicate with us. The types of information we may collect include your name, email address, password, postal address, phone number, gender, date of birth, occupation, employer information, photo, payment information (such as your credit or debit card and billing address), preference or interest data, and any other information you choose to provide. If you provide an email address to invite a friend to participate in the Services, we will collect that email address and use it to send your friend such an invitation.

Information We Collect Automatically

When you access or use our Services, we may automatically collect information about you, including:

Log Information: We collect log information about your use of the Services, including your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, web request, access times, pages viewed, web browser, links clicked and the page you visited before navigating to the Services.

Mobile Device Information: We collect information about the mobile device you use to access our Services, including the hardware model, operating system and version, unique device identifiers, mobile network information and information about your use of our mobile applications.

Information Collected by Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies: We and our service providers use various technologies to collect information, including cookies and web beacons. Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive or in device memory that help us improve our Services and your experience, see which areas and features of our Services are popular, and count visits. Web beacons are electronic images that may be used in our Services or emails and help deliver cookies, count visits, and understand usage and campaign effectiveness. For more information about cookies, and how to disable them, please see “Your Choices” below.

Information We Collect From Other Sources

We may also obtain information from other sources and combine that with information we collect through our Services. For example, if you create or log into your account through a third-party social media site, we will have access to certain information from that site, such as your name, account information and friends lists, in accordance with the authorization procedures determined by such social media site; we may also collect information about you when you post content to our pages/feeds on third-party social media sites.

Use of Information

We may use information about you for various purposes, including to:

•Provide, maintain, improve and promote our products and services;

•Provide and deliver the information, products and services you request, process transactions and send you related information, including confirmations and receipts;

•Send you technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages;

•Respond to your comments, questions and requests, and provide customer service;

•Communicate with you about products, services, surveys, offers, promotions, rewards and events offered by Company and others, and provide news and information we think will be of interest to you;

•Monitor and analyze trends, usage and activities in connection with our Services;

•Personalize and improve the Services and provide advertisements, content or features that match user profiles or interests;

•Facilitate contests, sweepstakes and promotions, and process and deliver entries and rewards;

•Link or combine with information we get from others to help understand your needs and provide you with better service; and

•Carry out any other purpose for which the information was collected.

We are based in the United States and the information we collect is governed by U.S. law. By accessing or using the Services or otherwise providing information to us, you consent to the processing and transfer of information in and to the U.S. and other countries.

Sharing of Information

We may share information about you as follows or as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy:

•With vendors, consultants and other service providers who need access to such information to carry out work or perform services on our behalf;

•When you participate in the interactive areas of our Services, certain information you provide may be displayed to other users, such as your name, photo, comments and other information you choose to provide;

•In response to a request for information if we believe disclosure is in accordance with, or required by, any applicable law, regulation or legal process;

•If we believe your actions are inconsistent with our user agreements or policies, or to protect the rights, property and safety of Company or others;

•In connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing or acquisition of all or a portion of our business by another company; and

•With your consent or at your direction.

Social Sharing Features

The Services may offer social sharing features and other integrated tools (such as the Facebook “Like” button), which let you share actions you take on our Services with other media, and vice versa. Your use of such features enables the sharing of information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you establish with the entity that provides the social sharing feature. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please visit the privacy policies of the entities that provide these features.

Advertising and Analytics Services Provided by Others

We may allow others to serve advertisements on our behalf across the Internet and to provide analytics services. These entities may use cookies, web beacons and other technologies to collect information about your use of the Services and other websites, including your IP address, web browser, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked and conversion information. This information may be used by Company and others to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, deliver advertising and content targeted to your interests on our Services and other websites and better understand your online activity. For more information about interest-based ads, or to opt out of having your web browsing information used for behavioral advertising purposes by companies that participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance, please visit www.aboutads.info/choices.

Security

Company takes reasonable measures to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.

Your Choices

Account Information: You may review, correct or modify information maintained in your online account at any time by logging into your account and updating your profile information or by emailing us at largecori@gmail.com. If you wish to delete or deactivate your account, please email us at largecori@gmail.com, but note that some information you provide through the Services may continue to be accessible (e.g., comments you submit through the Services) and that we may continue to store information about you as required by law or for legitimate business purposes. We may also retain cached or archived copies of information about you for a certain period of time.

Cookies

Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies. Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect the availability or functionality of our Services.

Promotional Communications

You may opt out of receiving promotional communications from us by following the instructions in those communications or by sending an email to largecori@gmail.com. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional communications, such as those about your account or our ongoing business relations.

Push Notifications/Alerts

With your consent, we may send push notifications or alerts to your mobile device. You can deactivate these messages at any time by changing the notification settings on your mobile device.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at largecori@gmail.com.

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Tea Trials

These are some teas I’ve been testing out. Some I liked, some I don’t care for and wouldn’t buy again. The Tea Trials have begun!

Blueberry Tea from Disney Parks Alice in Wonderland 12 Flavor Tea Variety Pack: Smells like a blueberry muffin while steeping. Doesn’t have a strong blueberry flavor. An okay tea if you want flavored hot water.

Mint Tea from Disney Parks Alice in Wonderland 12 Flavor Tea Variety Pack: Before steeping, the tea bag has a nice minty smell. Once the tea’s been steeped, there’s hardly any flavor or aroma coming from the tea. Similarly to the Blueberry tea, it’s alright if you’re looking for slightly flavored hot water.

Aveda Comforting Tea: I was given a few of these tea bags by a friend, whose favorite tea this is. Before steeping, the tea had a sent I couldn’t place. Turns out this tea is mainly comprised of licorice root and peppermint. I’m not a fan of licorice flavor, but this tea doesn’t have that. The tea also leaves an odd aftertaste in your mouth, which could possibly be the licorice root.

Bigelow Benefits Ginger & Peach Herbal Tea: This tea smells sooooo good, before you even brew it! As a hot tea, it tastes alright. As the tea cools, it tastes better. In addition to the obvious ginger and peach flavor, it has licorice root and fennel in it.

Bigalow Peppermint in the blue box. This is my go-to everyday tea. Along with the Raspberry tea, this tea is one I’ve drunk from the very beginning. Has a strong, peppermint flavor and aroma that I love. Not a fan of mixed mint teas or spearmint. This may offend many tea enthusiasts, but I can get 3 large mugs of tea from 1 bag, roughly the equivalent of 1 ½ teapots of tea.

Lemon-Ginger: First discovered this combo in England. Twinnings, the quintessential English brand, doesn’t stand up flavor-wise as much as Lipton. Lipton brand had a stronger flavor and the tea bag could be reused as least twice. Bigalow’s version was okay, but I’d only settle for it if I couldn’t find Lipton.

Zhena’s Gypsy Egyptian Mint-Rose Loose Left Tea: This is one of my fancier teas. It came in a glass jar with a wooden spoon, and was on the expensive side.

Red Raspberry: I cling to this one out of nostalgia. It was my first foray into herbal teas. I now find it bitter and don’t drink it as often as I used to.  

Tazo Calm Chamomile Tea: This was my first chamomile tea. Right off the bat, I liked how it smelled dry. In my opinion, this is a tea that needs to cool to room temperature or go cold to taste good. I did not care for how it tasted hot.

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Prepping for a Hurricane

If you live in a hurricane prone area, every May and June, you are urged to prep for the upcoming Hurricane Season. I’d like to share with you my top ____ must haves for Hurricane Prep.

I’ve been through 4 very rough hurricanes. Three of which occurred one after another in 2004 (Charley, Frances, and Jean). This past hurricane season, we were “visited” by Irma.

I’ve been joking for years that I’m a would-be doomsday prepper, but Irma hitting Florida was a wake up call for me. We were very blessed with the minimal damage our property received, but I had a completely different experience with this hurricane vs. the three in 2004.

In 2004, I was a Junior in high school. My dad had purchased a generator 3 months prior to the hurricanes hitting for a job site that didn’t have power. We were connected to City Water. My cell phone service provider was Nextel, which all the Emergency Response crews had. So we had the ability to plug in the microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and charge our phones. We still had running water. And because my cell service was the one all the Emergency Response crews were using, I never lost cell service.

September 2017, my husband and I own our own home. We hadn’t purchased a generator yet. We have a well, that requires power to run. My cell service provider now is AT&T…things went quite differently for me this time. I can deal with no A.C. a lot better than some people. I was more worried about my fridge and chest freezer. I could walk down to my in-laws to charge my cell phone. Not having running water did suck. We do have a pool, so I could use pool water to flush the toilets. Also we could use the pool to rinse in and take “Florida baths.” Not being able to call or text my mom to tell her I was okay was probably the most difficult part of the whole experience for me.

Anyways, spending the day after Irma had done her damage, cleaning up and figuring out the next step, was eye-opening and I started making a mental list of stuff to help prepare for the next hurricane season.

1. Candles/Lanterns/Flashlights

We were without power for only 28 hours, not too bad really, but once the sun goes down, the house gets very dark. I seriously thought I had more candles than I had. NOPE! Flashlights are great, but candles are also acceptable. Especially those tall, 8 inch, sanctuary candles from the Dollar Tree that burn for 80 hours. *DO NOT LEAVE BURNING CANDLES UNATTENDED*

2. Easy snacks, food, and bottled water.

My husband and I joke about how peanut butter and Chef Boyardee always go on sale at the beginning of hurricane season, but they are great things to have in the pantry if the power goes out. Peanut butter can be eaten straight from the jar. Chef Boyardee can be eaten cold or warmed on the grill. Another staple would be Pop-Tarts. Empty calories and comfort food. We didn’t lose anything in our freezers (very well insulated), but not really thinking ahead was a mistake. Bottled water is an obvious need, especially if you live on a well and the pump doesn’t work without power (and you have no hand pump) or if city water goes on a boil water notice.

Yes, we had fresh veges and fruit, and bread and peanut butter, BUT it’s not the same as having Little Debbie ® snack cakes and potato chips…Calories don’t count during crisis mode, right?

3. Generator and several full gas cans

Find some money in the budget and buy the damn generator. It’ll save you having to throw out ruined food and you can plug a fan in to stand in front of. Some insurance companies will reimburse for lost food if the power’s out for long enough. I don’t want to contemplate having to deal with that. I’d rather be proactive and try not to lose food.

4. Battery-powered or crank radio

In talking to a friend of mine, who is in no way a prepper, but she likes being prepared, she mentioned purchasing a hand-crank radio was going into the budget for next hurricane season. (We’d gone through Irma together.) And she’s right.

5. Mindset

Mindset is more important than you think it is. You can be physically prepared (gas, generator, bottled water, candles, flashlights, etc.), but if you’re not mentally prepared nothing will calm your nerves.

I’ve been through 4 hurricanes in my life. Three of them were back to back in 2004 (Charlie, Frances, and Jean), and then Irma in 2017. And let me tell you, they were completely different experiences. Re-read the beginning of this post if you’ve forgotten.

6. Books, board games, decks of cards

You’re going to need something to keep yourself entertained if the power goes out. We’re so addicted to our smartphones, that we risk running the battery down on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. without a way to charge our phones. Also if the power’s out, so is the wifi, genius.

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