New Amazon Dashboard: Suspected Intellectual Property Violations

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There’s a new Amazon Dashboard in town, and it’s all about IP violations. If you thought Intellectual Property on Amazon is a minefield, read this and stop walking on eggshells.

Just when you thought Seller Central was all out of surprises, there’s a new kind of Amazon dashboard in Account Health. It’s called ‘‘Suspected Intellectual Property Violations’’. A tongue-twister, isn’t it?  Let’s call it SIPV for short. And let’s see what it’s all about.

From the looks of things, there’s a lot riding on this Amazon dashboard. But the way sellers handle potential IP violations may need to change.

Amazon flags up listings for ‘misuse of trademarked terms’. Phrases like ‘‘X speaker compatible’’ usually trigger it.

It doesn’t matter if you use the brand in titles, descriptions, or even keywords. As long as you refer to a different brand, you’re breaking the rules.

Amazon deactivates these listings and sends an email with examples of fair use phrases (‘‘compatible with’’, ‘‘works with’’, or ‘‘for’’). It also tells you you’re free to correct the listings when you like for reinstatement within 24 hours.

So, as soon as you get that email, you start sifting through your listings to see where you mentioned that brand. And if you found it, you’d edit every affected listing right away.

Say, for instance, they flagged up a Disney toy you listed with the word ‘Hasbro’ in the title. If you have the invoices to back it up, you can replace ‘Hasbro’ with ‘Disney’, even though Disney is a gated brand.

But recent reports show many email notifications go missing. Sometimes a trademark issue crops up in the dashboard with no prior notice, and it can be something you listed months ago.

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Screenshot of Account Health dashboard as of May 13, 2019

So, because Amazon now feeds potential trademark issues straight into the SIPV dashboard and sometimes skips the notification part, you could be caught off-guard.

For private label items, it’s very easy for merchants to act on the problem. If they mistakenly used a brand name in one of their listings, they can easily do a search in their inventory with the same brand name to see where else they made the same mistake (knowing that they exclusively sell their own brand).

The rest of the sellers can carry out the same search, of course. But since the issue occurs at item level, it’s very likely that only one or a couple of listings have the same brand issue, whereas all the rest by the same brand would be correct.

Luckily, the listings featured there can no longer affect your accounts, because they’ve been closed. But here’s why you should keep an eye out anyway:

Suspected Intellectual Property Violations and Received Intellectual Property Complaints are two different things. As such, they feature in two separate tabs. Here’s why:

  • The SIPV tab displays ASINs that Amazon suspects may be violating a brand’s intellectual property. These are inactive listings. They stay that way until you edit them.
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Screenshot of SIPV dashboard

  • The RIPC tab shows listings reported to Amazon by rights owners. In most cases, Amazon will keep sending performance notifications about them, letting sellers know what to do.
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Screengrab of RIPC dashboard

So, to keep up with IP issues, you need to check both Amazon dashboards regularly. But that may not be enough. Based on our experience handling sellers’ cases, SIPV isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

It’s only been around for a few weeks. Some sellers have access to it; some don’t. For those who do, it cropped up and then disappeared again several times. Sure; we can put that down to IT glitches. But those weren’t the only teething troubles.

We’ve dealt with quite a few strange situations since SIPV came along. We came across cases featured in this Amazon dashboard where:

  • The listings were fair use to begin with (e.g. title said ‘compatible with’);
  • The ‘trademarked term’ was precisely the brand the seller had in stock;
  • The ASINs were never even listed by the seller and Amazon refused to retract them.

Amazon urged sellers to review the Trademark section on the Intellectual Property Policy help page. And to contact them if necessary. But the advice is generic and it doesn’t address the big issues.

Suppose you mentioned a brand in your listing. You’d like to change the name of the brand, but you find out it’s gated. Without invoices to back you up, you’d start wondering if it’s even worth going through the trouble to list on Amazon.

Let’s also assume Amazon’s flagged up a product. But you have countless others from the same brand in your warehouse. You probably won’t blacklist the whole brand, because this mistake is on an item-by-item basis. But do you bother to look for the mistake and reinstate your listings? Or do you give up on them altogether, since Amazon says they don’t jeopardize your business?

These are just some of the issues sellers might have with this Amazon dashboard. If you’ve come across a strange situation since the Suspected Intellectual Property Violations was launched, we’d love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts and don’t forget to follow our blog for more news and reports on IP violation rules.

Melanie

Melanie takes an active interest in all things Amazon. She keeps an eye on the latest developments and keeps Amazon sellers up to speed

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11 Detox Bath Recipes for Ultimate Relaxation

When balancing work, family and everything else becomes a juggling act, the first thing we tend to sacrifice is self care. If we don’t give ourselves time to recharge, the tension from day-to-day stressors can build up, slowly but surely wreaking havoc on our physical and mental health. The best way to combat stress is to find things that help you decompress and schedule time every week to do those things. One of our favorite ways to relax and recharge is to take a night off and enjoy a detox bath.

To prepare the perfect detox bath you will start by choosing active ingredients that will pull toxins from the skin. Recipes for detox baths often include at least one harsh ingredient to remove toxins, and one or more calming ingredients that restore your body and mind. Many of these recipes have optional additions for you to try so get creative with the ingredients that bring you peace. After all, the best detox bath is the one that makes you feel relaxed and stress free.

Benefits of Detox Baths

The main component of many detox bath recipes is Epsom salt. This magnesium rich ingredient has been used for over 400 years. It was named after the English town where it was discovered and used for its remarkable healing properties on skin rashes and injuries. In addition to aiding in relaxation, soaking in magnesium and other minerals can treat all types of ailments.

How Does a Detox Bath Affect the Body?

Detox baths affect the body by removing harmful toxins and introducing beneficial minerals for the skin to soak in. In addition to helping you relax, some proponents have found that these treatments help with:

  • Relieving sore muscles
  • Better circulation
  • Skin health

General Tips on Creating the Perfect Detox Bath

Regardless if you are trying to treat symptoms or not, detox baths are sure to recharge you after a stressful day. To make sure you have the most relaxing and beneficial experience, follow these tips:

Do

  • Make sure you are properly hydrated.
  • Use active ingredients.
  • Try ingredients on patch of skin before you submerge your whole body.

Don’t

  • Soak for longer than the recommended time.
  • Mix apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Remember the volcanoes at your elementary school science fair?
  • Rush yourself. Carve out some time for focused breathing and mindfulness.

Whether you are a detox bath pro or you have no idea where to start, read some of these DIY recipes to get some ideas for you next night in.

Salt Bath Detox

Self care does not have to be expensive. For a relaxing night all you need is 2 cups of Epsom salt, warm water and a bathtub. If you want to step up this simple recipe, try adding coconut oil to moisturize your skin.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Epsom salt
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Fill bathtub with warm water.
  2. Add Epsom salt and coconut oil (optional).
  3. Soak for 12 minutes to an hour.

If you love detoxing in a salt bath try adding lavender oil, baking soda and sea salt to the mix for a calming and recharging soak.

Mustard Bath Detox

Spice up your self care routine with this recipe from Joy the Baker. This mixture combines the detoxing effects of Epsom salt and baking soda with the stimulating properties in mustard powder for a powerful cleansing experience. This ancient treatment has been used to alleviate symptoms from colds, flus and sore muscles. Clear your thoughts by breathing in the added eucalyptus and peppermint oil for a more relaxing experience.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Epsom salt
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup mustard powder
  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil (optional)
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Whisk salt, baking soda, mustard powder and essential oils (optional) in a large bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup of mustard mixture to a hot bath.
  3. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes.

If you love this bath, try adding cocoa and oats! This indulgent chocolate bath is sure to reset your body and mind.

Clay Detox Bath

Bentonite clay face masks are often used for bringing out impurities in the skin. Enhance the detoxification benefits of this natural ingredient by adding it to your next bath. Some of the internal and external benefits from using bentonite clay are restoring pH balance, increasing circulation and relieving sore muscles. If you want to rebalance and repair your skin try this recipe from Bulk Apothecary!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bentonite clay
  • 1/2 cup unscented dead sea salt
  • 10 drops essential oils of your choice (choose a relaxing scent like lavender or eucalyptus)

Instructions

  1. Mix the clay in a separate bowl of warm water until well dissolved.
  2. Fill the bathtub with warm water and mix in the Epsom salt.
  3. Pour in the clay mixture and the essential oils and to swirl until well incorporated.
  4. Soak for 20–30 minutes.

Ginger Bath Detox

Whether you are feeling under the weather or just enjoy your detox with a little heat, this recipe from MBG Lifestyle will leave you feeling like a new person. Ginger baths have been known to decrease cold and flu symptoms, aid in proper digestion and increase blood circulation.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 tbsp ground ginger
  • Lavender or tea tree essential oils

Instructions

  1. Fill your bathtub with hot water.
  2. Sprinkle in ingredients and stir.
  3. Submerge yourself to your neck and soak for 20–40 minutes.

Green Tea Bath

People all over the world enjoy cups of green tea after a stressful day. The antioxidants and detoxification properties that green tea provides is beneficial internally and externally. Try detoxing with green tea by following this creative recipe. Proponents of this treatment have found that a green tea soak can relieve achy muscles, soothe rashes and even contribute to faster wound healing. Try adding jasmine flowers or Epsom salt for a more intense detox.

Ingredients

  • Add 5–10 green tea bags
  • Jasmine flowers (optional)
  • Epsom salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Fill tub with hot water.
  2. Add 5–10 green tea bags and Jasmine flowers (optional).
  3. Soak for 40 minutes.

If you love detoxing with green tea, mix up your regimen with a camomile detox instead!

Vinegar Bath Detox

Apple cider vinegar has been getting a lot of attention over the past few years. From aiding digestion to losing belly fat, the benefits seem to be endless. Apple cider vinegar baths balance the skin’s pH, which can soothe skin problems, such as eczema, dandruff or dry skin. Try detoxing with this quick and easy recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Fill tub with warm to hot water.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar.
  3. Soak for 20–30 minutes.

Eucalyptus and Sea Salt Detox Bath

If you plan on implementing a detox bath into your weekly self care routine, then try this weekly detox from Hello Glow. The salts and baking soda draw out impurities and excess water while providing minerals for the skin to soak in. Adding eucalyptus essential oil will leave you feeling stimulated and rejuvenated making it the perfect weekly reset.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Instructions

  1. Fill bath with warm water.
  2. Add salts, baking soda and eucalyptus oil and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Soak for 30 minutes to an hour.

If you love your weekly eucalyptus and sea salt detox, She Knows suggests adding vanilla jojoba oil to your bath next week. The added vanilla creates a more comforting and relaxing detox.

If you constantly give of yourself to others but don’t take time to recharge, you will find yourself stressed and overwhelmed. Be kind to yourself. The version of you that is properly cared for will have more energy for your job, family and everything else in your life. Try out these amazing DIY detox bath recipes and don’t be afraid to get creative. For an extra special self care day treat yourself to a decadent tea and treats tray or spa basket. Find what works for you and enjoy every minute. You deserve it!

Sources:

Root and Revel | Joy the Baker | Bulk Apothecary | MBG Lifestyle | 54 Health | Wellness Mama | Hello Glow | Natural Fit Foodie

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32 End-of-Year Teacher Gifts to Say Thank You

Teachers give us so much. Give back to them at the end of the year with a special gift to show them how much their dedication means to you.

From the gentle to the goofy, teachers come in every shape, size and personality. Take inspiration from the gift ideas below and give them something that fits their unique style! We’ve compiled over 30 of the best gift ideas your teacher will treasure for years to come!

Sentimental Gifts for Teachers

Whether you’re saying goodbye to a kindergarten teacher or a college professor, thank them for helping you or your child learn with a heartfelt gift!

  1. Locket necklace
  2. Keepsake box
  3. “Best Teacher Ever” wooden plaque
  4. Flower vase
  5. Framed photographs
  6. Glass message box
  7. Engraved watch
  8. #1 teacher trophy
  9. Thank you note printables

Funny Gifts for Teachers

Some teachers also happen to serve the role of class clown! Give your goofball teacher a gift that fits an inside joke, pokes fun at their quirks or will help them prank students for years to come.

  1. Before and after school mugs
  2. Funny t-shirt
  3. Stress relief ball
  4. Desktop wood slingshot
  5. Hashtag mug
  6. Novelty tape dispenser
  7. Personalized golf balls
  8. Silly phrases stamp set
  9. Oversized wine glass or beer mug
  10. Silly message fortune cookie

Useful Gifts for Teachers

It’s no secret that teachers aren’t always rewarded for their hard work. A handy desk organizer or new tote bag will go a long way to help teachers stay on top of their game and continue to put in the work!

  1. Canvas tote bag
  2. Classroom board games
  3. Monogrammed leather journal
  4. Insulated tumbler
  5. Favorite snacks gift basket
  6. Candles or diffuser
  7. Monogrammed computer backpack
  8. Portable bluetooth speaker
  9. Blanket scarf
  10. Desk organizer
  11. Destination map
  12. Thanks a Bunch cookie bouquet
  13. Relaxation gift set

Teachers go above and beyond for their students on a daily basis. They put in extra hours, buy their own supplies and offer a helping hand to anyone who needs it. While the true value of a teacher cannot be expressed in a material object, a small gift to show your appreciation will mean the world to them.

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9 Homemade Grill Seasonings + Printable Gift Tags

There’s nothing quite like a backyard barbecue to satisfy your taste buds! Firing up the grill, spending time with friends and enjoying time spent cooking is a relaxing way to spend an evening.

We’ve created nine delicious seasoning mixes to use in your next grill session. Whether it’s your neighbor, best friend or dad, these seasoning recipes make the perfect gift for every food lover in your life!

Hacks to Improve Any Seasoning Mix

Before diving into our homemade grill seasonings, check out these hacks for making any seasoning taste so much better!

  1. Build the foundation: Black pepper and kosher salt are foundational ingredients that create a solid base for any seasoning mix.
  2. Taste test often: Between additions to the recipe, be sure to check the overall flavor to be sure you like where it’s going.
  3. Grind black pepper yourself: Pre-ground black pepper loses potency the longer it sits, but a simple peppercorn grinder helps keep pepper fresh.
  4. Time your herbs appropriately: Add dried herbs at the beginning and fresh herbs at the end to maximize their aroma and taste.
  5. Add citrus: Fresh lemon or lime juice brightens up milder seasonings –– add ⅛ teaspoon along with your seasoning mix.
  6. Season chilled foods more generously: Cold temperatures dull the taste and smell of seasoning. Compensate by adding slightly more of each ingredient to the mix.
  7. Include a sweeter seasoning: Just ⅛ teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg or brown sugar can make the perfect addition to a savory grill seasoning mix.

Savory Grill Seasoning Recipes 

From multi-purpose grill mixes to the perfect poultry rub, these seasoning recipes are full of flavor. Grab your measuring spoons, a bowl and start mixing! Each of these recipes makes about enough to fill up a 4-ounce spice jar, perfect for gifting.

Don’t be afraid to adjust the measurements to suit your preferences! Whether you add extra heat or take it out completely, there are countless ways to customize these seasonings to make the perfect mix for your grill.

Read through the recipes below or click the “view full infographic” button to see all the recipes together!

Pair this seasoning mix with any grilled meats or vegetables for a burst of flavor!

Bit of Everything Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Jazz up your basic salt shaker with this flavorful combination. For those who like the heat, try adding red pepper flakes

Spiced-Up Salt Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

From beef ribs to pulled pork sandwiches, this sweet-and-spicy seasoning mix will make your mouth water.

Barbecue Rub Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½  teaspoon red pepper flakes

Flame-grilled fajitas have never been soooo good! Try doubling the red pepper flakes for more heat.

Fajita Seasoning Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Grill up some juicy chicken wings and season them to perfection with help from this savory mix!

Wings Seasoning Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • ¾  tablespoon ground cumin
  • ¾  tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • ¾ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ¾ tablespoon onion powder
  • ¾ tablespoon kosher salt
  • ¾ tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

There’s nothing quite like a well-seasoned steak to satisfy your taste buds. This rub brings the flavors to life!

Steak Seasoning Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

Prep your patties with this seasoning mix to add a bit of spice, a bit of sweetness and a whole lot of taste to a home-grilled burger.

Burger Seasoning Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1½ tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1½ teaspoons onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Perfect for grilled chicken breasts, this poultry rub is too good to pass up!

Poultry Rub Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½  tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons crushed rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Try this tangy mix on grilled white fish, salmon or shrimp! For an extra kick, double the serving of cayenne pepper or add red pepper flakes.

Seafood Seasoning Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼  teaspoon cayenne

Printable Jar Label and Gift Tag

Now that you have your homemade seasoning mixed and ready to go, it’s time to package and gift it! Any small spice jar will do (our recipes make enough for 4 ounces) ––  fill it with the seasoning mix, tighten the lid and decorate it with these printable gift tags and jar labels!

Materials Needed:

  • Printer paper
  • Sticker paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Markers
  • Ribbon or twine

Instructions for Gift Tags:

  1. Download and print the gift tags on standard paper.
  2. Cut out the gift tags along the dotted line.
  3. Write recipient’s name on the tag with marker.
  4. Attach them to the spice jar with ribbon or twine.

Instructions for Jar Labels:

  1. Download and print the jar labels on sticker paper.
  2. Cut out the jar labels along the dotted lines.
  3. Write the name of the mix on the label with marker.
  4. Peel off the sticker backing and attach them to the jar.

Whether you plan to give one of these homemade seasoning mixes to your favorite grill master or keep them in your pantry for your own culinary creations, there’s no limit to the possibilities these seasoning recipes offer!

What are you waiting for? The grill is calling!

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103 Sweet New Baby Quotes to Welcome Them Home

The arrival of a new baby is exciting –– newborns represent life, hope and the promise of love. If someone you know has recently welcomed a baby into the world, offer them your congratulations and best wishes! Shower this new tiny person in affection by sending their parents a heartfelt card or a thoughtful gift, like a warm baby blanket or useful baby gear.

Babies require hard work and dedication, so your sweet wishes and words of wisdom will mean the world –– especially for first-time parents! To help you craft the perfect “welcome home” message for them and the new baby, we’ve compiled a list of quotes coined by people from all walks of life. Add a special quote to your card or note to make it truly special.

New Baby Quotes

These sweet sayings are the perfect way to describe the joy of a new baby. Use one to welcome the young new life and congratulate the parents!

  1. “I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  2. “There are no words that can describe the euphoria you feel when your baby recognizes you for the first time and smiles.” – Jared Padalecki
  3. “A happy baby has shining eyes. It walks open-hearted into the world and spreads magic.”  – Sigrid Leo
  4. “Children bring us a piece of heaven on earth.” – Roland Leonhardt
  5. “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone
  6. “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” – Victor Hugo
  7. “A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” – Carl Sandburg
  8. “The amazing thing about becoming a parent is that you will never again be your own first priority.” – Olivia Wilde
  9. “Having my baby fall asleep in my arms takes away all of my worries and stresses. A sense of complete and total peace comes over me.” – Maria Jose Ovalle
  10. “Like stars are to the sky, so are the children to our world. They deserve to shine!” – Chinonye J. Chidolue
  11. “There are words in the soul of a newborn baby, wanting and waiting to be written.” – Toba Beta
  12. “Those eyes so ecstatic with the gleam of new life, the wide laugh that no doubt uses up so much of the breath contained in those tiny lungs.” –  Saim Cheeda
  13. “Nothing compares to becoming aware of the massive face of the universe hidden in a newborn’s stare.” – Curtis Tyrone Jones
  14. “When we encourage new parents to ‘treasure these moments because they don’t last forever,’ we need to remember to also reassure them that they will survive these moments because they don’t last forever.” – L.R. Knost
  15. “A baby is as pure as an angel and as fresh as a blooming flower.” – Debasish Mridha
  16. “I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.” – Charles Dickens

Baby Boy Quotes

Express your excitement for the arrival of a new baby boy with one of these quotes.

  1. “A baby boy has a special way of bringing out the man in his father and the little boy in his grandfather.” – Tanya Masse
  2. “And she loved a little boy very, very much, even more than she loved herself.” – Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree
  3. “If I have a monument in this world, it is my son.” – Maya Angelou
  4. “Have a little faith in your sons. This journey will be the making of them.” – C.J. Milbrandt
  5. “Because I loved him so and am in the habit of loving him and that love must take the form of fussing and worry and doing.” – George Saunders
  6. “Sons are born to make their fathers better men.” – Mekael Shane
  7. “To be a mother of a son is one of the most important things you can do to change the world. Raise them to respect women, raise them to stand up for others, raise them to be kind.” – Shannon L. Alder
  8. “Men are what their mothers made them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. “The most important mark I will leave on this world is my son.” – Sarah Shahi
  10. “There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart.” – Washington Irving
  11. “Sons are the anchors of a mother’s life.” – Sophocles
  12. “No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.” – Harold MacMillan
  13. “If a man has been his mother’s undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.” – Sigmund Freud
  14. “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” – Irish proverb
  15. “Heaven on earth is looking at my little boy. The minute he was born, I knew if I never did anything other than being a mom, I’d be fine.” – Jenny McCarthy
  16. ”Mother is her son’s first god. She must teach him the most important lesson of all – how to love.” – T. F. Hodge

Baby Girl Quotes

Welcome home a new little girl with one of these quotes to express how perfectly wonderful a baby girl is!

  1. “A daughter is one of the best gifts this world has to give.” – Laurel Atherton
  2. “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of.” – Bethany Hamilton
  3. “There’s no better feeling than making your little girls laugh.” – Jerry O’Connell
  4. “Mothers of daughters are daughters of mothers and have remained so, in circles joined to circles, since time began.” – Signe Hammer
  5. “Words are not enough to express the unconditional love that exists between a mother and a daughter.” – Caitlin Houston
  6. “A mother’s and daughter’s love is never separated.” – Viola Shipman
  7. “She stands firmly on her own two feet and I just behind her; should she ever need me.” – J. Iron Word
  8. “A tiny daughter gives parents a life in a climate of perpetual wonder.” – Pierre Doucet
  9. “Mothers and daughters together are a powerful force to be reckoned with.” – Melia Keeton-Digby
  10. “A daughter is a mother’s gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of herself. And mothers are their daughters’ role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships.” – Victoria Secunda
  11. “As the mother, so is her daughter.” – Ezekiel 16:44
  12. “No daughter and mother ever live apart, no matter what the distance between them.” – Christie Watson
  13. “A mother who radiates self-love and self-acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem.” – Naomi Wolf
  14. “A mother teaches her daughter how to feel about herself, about handling pressure, about relishing life’s joys and conquering fears.” – Melissa Harrison
  15. “No matter how old she may be, sometimes a girl just needs her mom.” – Cardinal Mermillod
  16. “My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” – Jodi Picoult

Newborn Quotes

Newborns are miracles of life. Congratulate the parents and offer your best wishes with one of these sweet quotes for new babies.

  1. “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. “Having a baby is like falling in love again, both with your husband and your child.” – Tina Brown
  3. “Babies cry at birth because it is the first time they experience separation from love.” – Kamand Kojouri
  4. ​”Before you were born I carried you under my heart. From the moment you arrived in this world until the moment I leave it, I will always carry you in my heart.” – Mandy Harrison
  5. “The children we bring into the world are small replicas of ourselves and our husbands; the pride and joy of grandfathers and grandmothers. We dream of being mothers, and for most of us that dreams are realized naturally. For this is the Miracle of Life.” – Azelene Williams
  6. “You may hate being pregnant, but the minute the baby is born, she is God’s precious child, given to you as a gift.” – Sandra Dallas
  7. “Giving birth is an ecstatic jubilant adventure not available to males. It is a woman’s crowning creative experience of a lifetime.” – John Stevenson
  8. “Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” – Rabindranath Tagore
  9. “We never know the love of a parent until we become parents ourselves.” – Henry Ward Beecher
  10. “With every newborn baby a little sun rises.” – Irmgard Erath
  11. “Words can not express the joy of new life.” – Hermann Hesse
  12. “​A mother’s joy begins when new life is stirring inside…when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.” – Unknown
  13. “As babies we’re born blank sheets of paper. Not a single mark. As we grow older, lines form, then colors and patterns. Before long that paper is all sorts of brilliant. Like a kaleidoscope, no two exactly alike.” – Shannon Wiersbitzky
  14. “A grand adventure is about to begin.” – Winnie the Pooh
  15. “There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.” – Pamela S. Nadav
  16. “When the baby is born, all that pain (that was endured) vanishes in an instant. Love for that tiny baby makes one forget the pain, the fear.” – Hope Bradford
  17. “Still the most magical day of my life was the day I became a mom.” – Linda Becker
  18. “Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.” – Harriette Hartigan

Cute Baby Quotes

Use one of these cute quotes to show the joy you feel about a new baby!

  1. “Perfection only exists in babies and pastries.” – Gayle Wray
  2. “A baby is a wishing well. Everyone puts their hopes, their fears, their pasts, their two cents in.” – Elizabeth Bard
  3. “I love you forever. I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” – Robert Munsch
  4. “A man is not complete until he has seen the baby he has made.” – Sammy Davis Jr.
  5. “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” – Victor Hugo
  6. “Life’s only worth living if you’re being loved by a kid.” – Buzz Lightyear
  7. “Babies are such a nice way to start people.” – Don Herold
  8. “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” – Peggy O’Mara
  9. “All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them.” – Magic Johnson
  10. “Babies are bits of stardust, blown from the hand of God.” – Larry Barretto
  11. “Always kiss your children goodnight –– even if they’re already asleep.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  12. “Children reinvent your world for you.” – Susan Sarandon
  13. “Every child begins the world again.” – Henry David Thoreau
  14. “Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever-fresh and radiant possibility.” – Kate Douglas Wiggin
  15. “Carrying a baby is the most rewarding experience a woman can enjoy.” – Jayne Mansfield
  16. “I have no name: I am but two days old. What shall I call thee? I happy am, Joy is my name. Sweet joy befall thee!” – William Blake
  17. “Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.” – Charles Dickens
  18. “A new baby is like the beginning of all things –– wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” – Eda J. Le Shan
  19. “A baby is sunshine and moonbeams and more brightening your world as never before.” – Unknown
  20. “It is the nature of babies to be in bliss.” – Deepak Chopra
  21. “When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” – James Matthew Barrie
  22. “All those cliches, those things you hear about having a baby and motherhood –– all of them are true.” – Penelope Cruz
  23. “Babies are amazing. They begin each day all warm and sleepy, smelling of promise.” – Julia Roberts

Funny Baby Quotes

It’s no secret that new babies take hard work! Use one of these quotes to make the new parents smile and laugh.

  1. “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones
  2. “Babies used to make me nervous, but these squirmy things are awesome once you’ve read the manual.” – David Z. Hirsch
  3. “Make no mistake about why these babies are here—they are here to replace us.” – Jerry Seinfeld
  4. “A baby is a loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.” – Ronald Knox
  5. Before I got married I had six theories about raising children. Now, I have six children and no theories.” – John Wilmot
  6. “The best baby-sitters, of course, are the baby’s grandparents. You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida.” – Dave Barry
  7. “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” – Milton Berle
  8. “When your first baby drops her pacifier, you sterilize it. When your second baby drops her pacifier, you tell the dog: ‘Fetch!’” – Bruce Lansky
  9. “A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad.” – John Andrew Holmes
  10. “Life doesn’t get more real than having a newborn at home.” – Eric Church
  11. “Babies are always more trouble than you thought –– and more wonderful.” – Charles Osgood
  12. “Ah, babies! They’re more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts.” – Tina Fey
  13. “The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” – Johnny Depp
  14. “Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other.” – Ed Howe

How to Congratulate Someone On Their New Baby

Babies deserve all the love in the world. Congratulate your friend or loved one on their new baby with one of these sweet gift ideas.

Homemade card: A DIY card made by you is the perfect way to congratulate parents on the arrival of a new baby! Be sure to include one of the quotes above in your message.

Personalized gift: Babies are so much fun to shop for! A personalized baby gift is a great way to welcome home a new bundle of joy.

Practical gear: Babies go through a lot of diapers. Congratulate new parents and make their lives easier by gifting a basket filled with necessities like diapers, washcloths, pacifiers and onesies!

Time and support: Sometimes the best gift is the promise of support! Offer to help shop for groceries, pick up older children from school or babysit to give new parents a rest.

Congratulations on the arrival of a new baby in your life! Whether they belong to a friend, family member or to you, new babies should be celebrated and showered with love and warmth! Be sure to offer your best wishes to new parents and send along a note or gift to show how happy you are for them.

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Medical News Today: Does body weight contribute to the risk of psoriasis?

New research has found evidence suggesting that a person’s body mass index can increase their risk of developing psoriasis, an increasingly common skin condition. The mechanisms at play, however, remain unclear.
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A new study confirms that higher body weight contributes to psoriasis risk.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDKD) estimate that 32.5% of adults in the United States are overweight and 37.7% have received a diagnosis of obesity.

The NIDDKD also define being overweight as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25–29.9 and having obesity as having a BMI of at least 30.

At the same time, reports indicate that psoriasis, which is a common, chronic skin condition, affects about 2% of the U.S. population.

Studies have shown that over the past few years both obesity and psoriasis have been on the rise in the U.S. Some investigations have also revealed a correlation between the presence of psoriasis and that that of obesity. Could there be a causal relationship between these two conditions?

Now, researchers from collaborating institutions worldwide, including the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, and the K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology in Trondheim, Norway, has investigated precisely this possibility.

According to Dr. Mari Løset, one of the investigators who contributed to this study, “[h]igher BMI may contribute to increased inflammation of the skin, which can exacerbate psoriasis, but it could also be that psoriasis leads to a person being less physically active and thus gaining weight.”

How the team established causality

In their new study, the researchers analyzed the genetic data of 753,421 individuals, using the Mendelian randomization approach. The authors accessed the information through various large databases, including the U.K. Biobank and the Health Survey in Nord-Trøndelag (The HUNT Study) in Norway.

This type of analysis can establish a causal relationship between a potential risk factor and a certain health condition or outcome because it uses the presence of genetic variants as a tool to determine whether or not two factors are causally linked.

As one article published in the Journal of The American Society of Nephrology explains, “genetic variants […] are being increasingly used [to determine causality] because their alleles are assigned to individuals before any exposure or outcome.”

Thus, the presence of genetic variants is independent of any external modifying factors. This provides a more reliable way of establishing what kind of relationship lies between two clinical factors, and which way causality runs.

“Mendelian randomization means that nature itself distributes individuals randomly into groups based on genes. This way, we can avoid the results being influenced by external factors,” Dr. Løset notes.

Since, she continues, “[o]ur understanding of how genes are related to disease is increasing at record speed, […] in this study we used known genetic variants as markers for BMI and psoriasis.”

The team’s findings — reported in a study paper that now appears in the journal PLOS Medicine — indicate that the higher a person’s BMI, the greater is their likelihood of developing psoriasis.

More specifically, Løset says, the researchers “calculated that the risk increased by 9% for each higher whole number on the BMI scale,” Dr. Løset says.

‘We still don’t know enough’

However, Dr. Løset also notes that while she and her colleagues are now confident that there is a causal relationship between higher body weight and the risk of psoriasis, it remains unclear what actual biological mechanisms are involved in this scenario.

We still don’t know enough about the mechanisms behind this connection. Fatty tissue is an organ that produces hormones and inflammatory signaling molecules, which could be a contributing factor.”

Dr. Mari Løset

In the future, the team wants to find out more about possible underlying mechanisms, and what implications these processes might have for prevention strategies or therapeutic approaches.

“Psoriasis is a very complex disease, and we hope to study subgroups, especially individuals with severe psoriasis,” Dr. Løset says, adding that “[t]he hypothesis is that we will be able to observe even greater links with higher weight.”