I want to share my thoughts and ideas with you, but websites cost money (plus I have three kids, a husband, and a plethora of animals to feed). For that reason, I have the store component of the blog as an attempt to earn a smidge of money to support the site and maybe provide a little extra for my family. 

I may also use affiliate links from time to time.  These are links to products for which, should you click through them and make a purchase, I will receive a very small commission.  They cost you nothing, but they help me out a wee bit.  I will always let you know if a post contains affiliate links, and you have my word that I will NEVER provide an affiliate link for something I don't own or haven't used and love (except in the case I am writing about a prospective purchase or product...in which case I will disclose that).  I will not write an article for the sole purpose of creating an opportunity to highlight an affiliate link.

Speaking of affiliate links, this seems like a good time to add this:

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Those two streams of revenue are what I utilize and I strive to keep this site advertisement free.  I have no desire or expectations to use this blog as a get-rich-quick scheme (those don't exist, by the way).  I just want to share my thoughts and experiences and perhaps I can help out the family as I go!