Privacy Policy

laurareflected is committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of the visitors to this website. I do not sell, rent or trade email lists with anyone else, even if they ask for it. Honestly, I would never do that because nothing pisses me off more than unsolicited emails or phone calls. But just in case you don’t believe me, in this Privacy Policy, I’ve detailed when and why I collect personal information, how I use it, and how I keep it secure.


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.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


Like most websites, laurareflected uses cookies to collect information.  Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer or other devices (such as smart phones or tablets) as you browse this website.  They are used to ‘remember’ when your computer or device accesses this website.  Cookies are essential for the effective operation of this website.

Some cookies collect information about browsing behaviour by people who access our websites.  This includes information about pages viewed, time spent on the website and how you got here.

The main purposes for which cookies are used are: –

  1. For technical purposes essential to effective operation of our websites, particularly in relation to site navigation.
  2. To enable laurareflected to create content that is interesting and relevant to you, by understanding what it is you are most interested in about laurareflected.

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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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.

How do I disable cookies?

When you enter my website I ask you to accept or reject voluntary third party cookies (Google Analytics). Your preference is saved for a period of one year, when you will be asked for your consent once more.

If you want to disable cookies in general, you need to change your website browser settings to reject cookies.  How you can do this will depend on the browser you use.   Further details on how to disable cookies for the most popular browsers are set out below: –

For Microsoft Internet Explorer:

  1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Internet Options”
  2. Click on the “privacy” tab
  3. Select the setting the appropriate setting

For Google Chrome:

  1. Choose Settings> Advanced
  2. Under “Privacy and security,” click “Content settings”.
  3. Click “Cookies”

For Safari:

  1. Choose Preferences > Privacy
  2. Click on “Remove all Website Data”

For Mozilla firefox:

  1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Options”
  2. Click on the icon “privacy”
  3. Find the menu “cookie” and select the relevant options

For Opera 6.0 and further:

  1. Choose the menu Files”> “Preferences”
  2. Privacy

What happens if I disable cookies?

This depends on which cookies you disable, but in general the website may not operate properly if cookies are switched off.  If you only disable third party cookies, you should not notice a difference.  If you disable all cookies, some features of most websites may not work correctly.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Back Ups

Weekly backups are run on this website by UpdraftPlus and stored in my private Dropbox. Only two weeks of data is stored at any time before being permanently deleted. This data is not stored for any reason apart from ensuring the security and integrity of this website – in that if something goes wrong and the website disappears, I won’t lose all of my hard work!

Google Analytics

When someone visits we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.


As part of the registration process for our monthly e-newsletter, we collect personal information. We use that information for a couple of reasons: to tell you about stuff you’ve asked us to tell you about; to contact you if we need to obtain or provide additional information; to check our records are right and to check every now and then that you’re happy and satisfied. We don’t rent or trade email lists with other bloggers, organisations and businesses.

We use a third-party provider, MailChimp, to deliver our newsletter. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter. For more information, please see MailChimp’s privacy notice. You can unsubscribe to general mailings at any time of the day or night by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails or by emailing me directly at

How long we retain your data

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

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

You are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that I hold. Email your request to me at

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

This Privacy Notice was last reviewed on 18th May 2018.

It will be reviewed again on the 17th May 2019.

Republication Policy

The reviews and articles on laurareflected are the property of it’s author.  I do not give permission for anyone to take material, articles or pictures from my site and upload it to another site.

The following can be done:

  • You may publish a quote of 100 words or less from the articles contained herein with a link to the original piece on laurareflected if you are another site.  Credit must be given in a way that makes it obvious that the content is not your own.
  • You may publish a quote of 100 words or less from reviews/articles with a credit given if you are an author .  This can be used on your site with a link back to the original post on laurareflected. Name credit must be provided to Laura as author of laurareflected.
  • Publication and reuse policy will apply to all associated social media accounts. Content found on any laurareflected account may not be copied and republished without permission or proper attribution to laurareflected.
  • Written permission will be needed from Laura in order to republish more than 100 words from laurareflected. If permission is granted, then all links and words must be copied as is with a link to the original piece (in a prominent area that makes it clear that the content belongs to laurareflected).
  • Full articles/reviews are not permitted to be republished from laurareflected under any circumstances.

Disclosure Policy

laurareflected is a personal blog written and edited by Laura G. For questions about laurareflected, please contact

laurareflected is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

laurareflected may contain affiliate links. If an affiliate link is clicked and an item purchased, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. All posts will be clearly marked at the end of the article whether or not they include affiliate linkes. This does not mean that all items linked to in my blog are affiliate links! Sometimes I just like recommending products I love, whether or not I get paid.

Despite any commission that may be paid to me, my opinions remain my own, whether favourable or not. Any products I recommend or link to are ones that I’ve used myself or that have been used by guest contributors to laurareflected.

laurareflected will accept and keep free products for review on the blog and associated social media. Gifts and ads will be clearly marked on the blog post and associated social media.  The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions shall remain my own and may not be favourable.

All views expressed herein and on associated social media accounts are my own and do not reflect the views and opinions of my employer or clients. If we (me or my guest bloggers) 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.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

laurareflected is regularly monitored for copyright infringement and stolen content.