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When I decided to start Muddy Boots, I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to achieve: a relaxed, family-friendly space where moms could get travel and leisure suggestions, tried and tested by my family, for theirs.

There is nothing worse than arriving at a venue that is listed as kiddie friendly, only to find there is little more than a jungle gym for them to play on, and no dedicated facilities like baby changing rooms.

Using a very simple rating system – the Bean Barometer – and first-hand feedback from my own children, I aim to paint an objective picture of the places we visit.

Some experiences will be paid for by us as a family, some will be gifted to us by the brands, manufacturers or establishments involved and others will be featured as part of sponsored blog posts for which I will be financially compensated. I will always disclose this.

It’s important to note that even if I am gifted products, services or a getaway, or compensated for these, I will only ever give my honest opinion of that product, service or establishment. I am not required, as part of those arrangements, to write a positive review.

I aim to provide real value for my readers, and will only endorse ethical practices and establishments that I enjoyed and that I believe my readers will enjoy too, based on the Muddy Boots brand ethos.

In the interests of transparency, I have adopted the following disclosure level code:

0: I have no significant relationship with any product, service or brand mentioned in this post.

1: The product or service mentioned was provided to me free of charge (or at a considerable discount not available to the public). I was NOT compensated financially to blog about the product or service and was not required or obliged to blog about the product or service. Any features appear at my discretion.

2: The product or service mentioned was provided free of charge, and I was compensated to post about the product or service.

3: Products or services were provided to me to give away in a contest.

4: Products or services were provided to me to give away in a contest and to keep for my own use or for review.

5: I was compensated for administering this contest.

6: The product or service mentioned advertises directly on this blog.

7: I was compensated to write this post. While my opinions in the post are authentic, talking points may have been suggested by the sponsor.

8: I was provided with transportation, food, lodging, tickets, and/or other incidentals for the trip mentioned in this post.

9: I was compensated for inserting links from a specific website into this post or some of the links in the post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. However, I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be good for my readers.

10: I was compensated for including a product in pictures or videos in this post.

11: I was compensated for attending and/or posting about the event mentioned in this post.

12: Although not specifically compensated for this post, I have an ongoing relationship with a company or person connected with a product, service or location mentioned in this post that I feel may have influenced my decision to post about it.


Please note:

Compensation refers to cash, gifts, products, services and accommodation.

The existing numbers for the compensation levels will never change. However, additional numbers may be added, without notice.

If no compensation level is listed, it can be assumed that there was no compensation involved with the post or any products, services or locations mentioned in the post, and that these items or experiences were paid for by myself at full price.

With thanks to Kathryn at Becoming You.

Welcome to Muddy Boots, a little escape from your everyday world that features my personal experiences with family-friendly travel, leisure and lifestyle activities in South Africa. I’m a fulltime writer, editor and author; wife to a long-suffering husband; mom to 3 young boys (aged 10, 4 and 1); and pack leader to 2 mutts and 1 thieving Weimaraner who steals (and eats) everything he sees. We all live together in a little village at the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains in the southern Cape, where the weather is wild and traffic jams usually involve waiting for herds of lazy bovines to cross the road. BRONWYN MULROONEY
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