You asked and now... You got it!

Posted Dec 02, 2017



You’ve asked and we’ve answered. We are proud to introduce our new weekly planners! Choose from over 50 of our most popular designs for the cover, or create your own design. The possibilities are endless, and with the holidays being right around the corner, this is the time of the year when being organized are key.
 

Here are some helpful tips on how to best utilize your new planner:

1. Plan in advance

The best way to stay on top of things is to plan out your week one week in advance. Take an hour out of your Sunday afternoon to sit and think about what you need to get done for the upcoming days. Planning out your important activities in advance will help you manage your stress during the busy week and will help ensure that nothing is forgotten.


2. Use the GCN stickers to decorate the pages

Each planner notebook contains a sheet of helpful stickers in the back. Our stickers are the perfect mix of decoration and organization. Use them to brighten up your pages with reminders, flags and callouts. 

3. Made an appointment? Write it down!

If you’ve got a doctor’s appointment or have lunch planned with a friend a month in advance, sometimes paging ahead in your planner and writing it down right after you schedule it is the easiest. That way, there’s no need for you to worry about remembering it, as you’ll notice it once you get closer to the date!

4. 
Color Coordinate

Between practices, teacher conferences and various appointments, managing to make it to everything can get a little hectic. To help ease the chaos, assign everyone in your family a different color in your planner to help know who has what on what day. Or, color coordinate the different events you have each week. For example, choir rehearsals in blue, hockey practices in green, and so on. 

While the holidays can be a hectic time of the year, Gotcha Covered is here to help! Think of anymore planner tips? Comment down below! Happy Holidays from Gotcha Covered!

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The Perfect Gift for Everyone

Posted Nov 18, 2017

With the Holidays just around the corner, shopping and gift giving for all of the important people in your life can be stressful and overwhelming! Luckily, Gotcha Covered Notebooks has over 450 designs and 11 paper options to choose from to fit people of all ages and personality types.

For Mom/Grandma:

Customize a cookbook from scratch! You can include family pictures or a cute snapshot of the grandkids on the cover, with a special personalized message on the back that your mom, grandmother, or even an aunt will love. Choose the recipe paper for the inside, which features areas to keep track of prep information, ingredients, and cooking instructions. It’s perfect to document family recipes to hold onto for years to come and a gift that will sure to be a hit! 

perfect gift idea for mom/grandma

The notebook pictured above (L to R): “Orange you Glad, Morning Brew, and Create your own”
The paper choice pictured above (L to R): “Fitness Tracker and Recipe Paper”

For Dad/Grandpa:

There are plenty of designs to choose from that would tickle the fancy of a fisherman, hunter, handyman, or even a master chef! Choose from wide or college ruled paper so that your dad, grandpa, or even an uncle can take it with them to record their adventures while out in the woods or sitting in the boat waiting for a fish to bite.

perfect gift idea for dad/grandpa

The notebook pictured above (L to R): “Playbook, Mr. Handyman and Pitching a Tent”
The paper choice pictured above (L to R): “Wide Rule and College Ruler”

For Younger Kids:

If you’ve got a younger brother, sister, niece, nephew, or young kids of your own, Gotcha Covered has a large variety of adorable designs that cater to children. Princesses, puppies, astronauts, or even monsters-- we’ve got it all! Choose from practice paper or sketch practice paper; both great for children who are learning and practicing their writing and drawing skills. We also offer reusable activity paper which is ideal for kids from Pre-K to Grade 1 and features learning topics such as writing the alphabet, shapes, colors, addition and subtraction. The best part is, they can write, erase, and repeat over and over again! 

peftect gift idea for young boys and girls

The notebook pictured above (L to R): “Soccer Girl, Monster Crash, and Funky Fox”
The paper choice pictured above (L to R): “Sketch + Lined and Practice Paper”

For Teens/Young Adults:

When asking a the teenager in your life what they would like, the most common response you will hear is “I don’t know.” They are the ones that make shopping for such a chore. However, Gotcha Covered has a wide range of stylish notebooks from floral patterns to athletic themed to watercolor notebooks with inspiration quotes. Choose our new weekly planner paper to help keep the teen in your life organized. 

perfect gift idea for teens and young adults
The notebook pictured above (L to R): “Blitz, She Will Not Fall, and Modern Floral ”
The paper choice pictured above (L to R): “Graph and NEW Weekly Planner”

With so many different possible options for notebook covers and paper, you can give truly a custom and unique gift this holiday season. To see all of our designs and paper options, head over to our
website to get started! 

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Halloween Crafts for Kids

Posted Oct 26, 2017
Halloween Crafts for Kids

Halloween is almost here! It’s such a fun and spooky time of the year. To celebrate and record all of your hauntingly happy memories, we’ve created a few new Halloween-themed notebooks for all of you ghoulies out there.


To help get into a more ghostly spirit, check out a these kid-friendly craft ideas:

  1. DIY science experiments like Halloween Spider Slime
  2. Super Scary Halloween Rock Monsters
  3. For trick-or-treaters, stand out from the neighbors with these Lolly Pop Ghosts
  4. Have some toilet paper rolls lying around? Turn them into Pumpkin Lanterns
  5. Gauze Mummies will surely give you a fright


For all of these ideas and more, check out our Pinterest board and make this Halloween truly spooktacular!

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Think Pink for Awareness

Posted Oct 05, 2017
Ribbon Notebooks for Breast Cancer Awareness


As a family-oriented company, Gotcha Covered Notebooks is proud to support the Breast Cancer Awareness initiative. Breast cancer affects over 200,000 women per year in the United States alone. It’s our goal to show support to mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends and anyone else affected by the disease.

What causes breast cancer? In a healthy body, natural systems control the creation, growth and death of cells. Cancer occurs when normal cells divide and grow without their usual control. When there is more cell growth than cell death, the excess growth can form a tumor. Luckily, there has been a 38% decrease in breast cancer mortality since 1989 due to the awareness initiative and greater efforts involving the research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of the disease. 

Some facts about breast cancer:

  •  Not every warning sign is the same for all women. The most common sign is a change in the look or feel of the breast which could include a lump or thickening inside the breast or underarm area, swelling, warmth, redness or a change in size or shape of the breast.
  • The two most common risk factors for breast cancer are being female and getting older. Direct family history, genetics (carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes), and breast lesions are also factors.
  • Breast cancer in men is rare, but does occur. About 1 in 1,000 men in the U.S. are diagnosed, compared to 1 in 8 U.S. women.
  • It is the most common form of cancer among women worldwide.
  • Breast cancer awareness month was created to spread the word about the disease and encourage discussion with doctors and women to provide steps on early prevention and detection.
  • A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes.
  • The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. The series of 5K runs and fitness walks raise significant funds and awareness for the movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.
  • More than 3 million survivors and counting are alive in the U.S. today!

How to protect yourself:

  • Begin an annual mammography screening every year starting at age 40-50 (women ages 20-40 should be screen every 3 years).
  • Be aware if you are “high risk.”
  • Examine yourself monthly for any abnormal changes in your breasts, including a mass or lump, change in size or shape, etc.

With early detection and knowing what to look for, breast cancer is treatable. Be sure to share your knowledge with family and friends this October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Sources: Statistics and facts provided by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

 



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Kickoff to Football

Posted Sep 14, 2017

Football Tailgating Party Tips

Football season is now upon us! Whether you’re a diehard fan or just a casual watcher, football lovers can all agree that tailgating is an integral part of game day. In fact, some would argue that it’s almost as important as the game itself. No longer is tailgating simply enjoying a sandwich and soda in the back of a pickup truck before heading into the stadium. Nowadays, parties are much more elaborate! To make sure you’re prepared for game day, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you make the best of your tailgating experience.

  1. The first thing you need to do is prepare as much as possible before leaving for the stadium. Party planning can get stressful, but our checklist paper can help make the job so much easier for you. How else will you make sure you’ve got all the proper food items, beverages, equipment, utensils, and clean up materials without a checklist?! You don’t want to make it to the stadium only to realize you forgot napkins or paper plates!

  2. Call the stadium or check out their website before you go for rules and regulations on tailgating in the parking lot. Every stadium has their own rules when it comes to tailgating and you want to make sure you are prepared in order to have the best party possible.

  3. Check the weather report before heading out so you can make sure you are prepared for whatever type of weather is coming your way. If rain is in the forecast, make sure you have the proper containers to keep your food from getting wet! Nobody likes soggy potato salad.

  4. Cook as much as you can before heading to the stadium, especially if you don’t have a portable grill. Designate separate coolers for both warm and cool foods to help keep them at their proper temperatures. For cool foods, freeze bottles of water overnight to use in place of ice in your cooler. With this, the cooler stays cold and you can also drink the water as it melts to stay hydrated! For warm foods, use aluminum foil over your containers to help keep the heat in.

  5. With tailgating comes limited surface area, and the difficult task of finding a place to set your drink without it spilling. To avoid this kind of drink fatality, attach magnets to the bottom of can koozies so that canned or bottled drinks can stick safely to the truck bed or other magnetic areas of your vehicle without tipping over. Here’s a great DIY guide with instructions.

  6. Tie balloons onto your vehicle so that your parking spot is visible to your friends who are meeting you there. You can even coordinate the balloons to your team’s colors so everyone else can easily tell whose side you’re on.

  7. If you’re feeling stumped on what to serve, try out some of these fun and easy treats such as pigskins in blankets, baked jalapeno peppers, and chocolate dipped football strawberries!

Did you find these tips helpful, or have anything else to add? Let us know below! And, check out this customizable football notebook with checklist paper to help you prepare for all your tailgate parties this season. Hut, hut, hike!

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Back to School Lunch Ideas

Posted Aug 30, 2017

Healthy lunch blog


With the kiddos back in school, the struggle becomes so real trying to get them to not only make them a lunch, but for their lunches to be healthy. While school lunches can be healthy, it gets to be expensive! That’s why, after lots of research, we have compiled a school week’s worth of inexpensive and healthy lunch options that doesn’t require you to be a master chef to make.

 

Day 1:

Protein: Turkey and Cheese Pinwheel

Fruit/Vegetable: Apple Slices

Snack: Cucumber slices with a small cup of light ranch

Drink: Skim Milk

 

Day 2:

Protein: Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps

Fruit/Vegetable: Cracker Crowns (Ritz Crackers with dollop of blueberry greek yogurt and blueberries to make it look like the jewels of a crown)

Snack: Trail Mix

Drink: Juice Box

 

Day 3:

Protein: Turkey and Avocado wrap

Fruit/Vegetable: Apple Slices

Snack: Celery and carrots with a small cup of light ranch

Drink: Skim Milk

Day 4

Protein: Homemade Lunchable (Turkey and Cheese Slices with Ritz Crackers)

Fruit/Vegetable: Cracker Crowns

Snack: Ants on a log (Raisins from trail mix)

Drink: Juice Box

 

Day 5:

Protein: Tuna Salad with Ritz Crackers

Fruit/Vegetable: Celery with a small cup of light ranch

Snack: Trail Mix

Drink: Skim Milk

 

All of these lunch options are quick and can be made the night before so all the kids have to do is pull their lunch from the refrigerator and they have a delicious lunch that does not break the bank. Living a healthy lifestyle is a very important habit to instill in our kids. A great way to make eating healthy fun is using our Fitness Tracking Paper. This type of paper is available for all of our notebooks!


Fitness tracking paper, healthy lifestyle

 

For all of these ideas and more, head over to Gotcha Covered Notebooks’ Pinterest board to check out more ideas for healthy school lunches!

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Back to School

Posted Aug 08, 2017
Back to School Tips: Getting back into a Routine

Summer is a time for our kids to kick back and relax. However, as the season winds down, the anticipation for new teachers, classmates, and classroom builds. To help ease the excitement and stress of a new school year for our kids (and, let’s be honest, ourselves), we’ve gotcha covered with some easy tips to make the transition from summer to the school year a breeze!

 Tip 1: Move back bedtimes

One of the many perks for most kids in the summer is to take advantage of the extra hours of sun with a late bedtime. But with school around the corner, late nights can equal yawns and sluggishness both when getting ready in the morning and in the classroom. I recommend about a week or two before school starts, gradually begin pushing your kids’ bedtime back by 15-30 minutes until you reach their target bedtime. That way, when school does start again, your kiddos will be well adjusted to going to bed early and they will be able to wake up rested and ready to go to school.

Funky Fox Notebook with school supplies

Tip 2: Follow the Back to School deals and stock up on school supplies

This goes without saying, but this is crucial in the process for getting kids prepared for school. Around this time each year, I watch out for the deals online and at our local stores in order to stock up on TONS of school supplies. This way, you do not have to break the bank to get everything on the list and can have a couple extra supplies on hand when they inevitably run out or lose supplies midway through the year. Also, kids love having their names and personal style on things. Personalizing your kiddos supplies will help ensure they won’t lose them, saving you money in the long run. Having all the necessary materials your kids need will help make the first day of school go much smoother.

Pink Zebra Notebook with checklist paper and a bracelet and sunglasses

Tip 3:
  Set aside 15 minutes before bedtime to get ready for the next day

Real talk - mornings are the worst. Between waking the kids up, feeding them, making sure they have everything they need and getting them to the bus stop in time - it’s a miracle I’m able to make it out the door myself. (Thank goodness for coffee!) I’ve found one way to make the mornings less stressful is setting aside 15 minutes before bedtime for you and your kids to complete a checklist of tasks to prepare for the morning. Have each list full of manageable tasks they can do, such as: laying out their own clothes for the next day, reviewing their assignment notebook with mom and/or dad, and having their sports bags or musical instruments packed and ready to go. This will help save everyone time in the morning and ease them into good organizational practices as they grow up.

Summer is coming to an end, and while we will always treasure the memories of summer, we cannot wait to have our kids back to school. Think we forgot anything? Comment below with tips that your family uses for making the transition from summer to school easi

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Emoji Quiz

Posted Jul 28, 2017

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IT’S SHARK WEEK!

Posted Jul 23, 2017

It’s Shark Week on Discovery! For those who many not know what Shark Week is, during this week, Discovery Channel dedicates the whole week to different shark related programing (Gotcha Covered Notebooks even partners with the Discovery Channel to have exclusive Shark Bite Notebooks!) In honor of Shark Week, here are fun facts about the three most common types of sharks that can be found in North America.

Great White Shark- Carcharodon carcharias

Great White Sharks are the largest and most fierce predators in the ocean. They can grow to 20 feet long and 4,000 pounds. Great Whites have a white underbelly, but are darker on top. This gives them some camouflage from prey where they tend to blend in with the dark ocean floor when viewed from above and with the bright surface when viewed from below. Great Whites also have powerful jaws filled with lots of long teeth up to 2 1/2 inches long. The diet of this shark species is, of course, carnivorous. However, it does not usually feed on large species, but on smaller animals such as squids, rays, and other fish. They may be big, but they can reach speeds of 40 miles per hour while swimming!

Great White Shark

Tiger Shark- Galeocerdo Cuvier

This shark is one of the largest that inhabit the oceans. The Tiger Shark averages between 9 and 14 feet long while its weight ranges between 850 and 1,400 pounds. It is called “tiger” because of the dark vertical stripes on its body. The background color of their skin is bluish green or dark gray in the upper area and the ventral region is a yellowish color or white. Tiger Sharks have an enormous appetite and can eat almost anything they find in their path. The Tiger Shark’s diet is made up of fish, mollusks, crustaceans, sea turtles, seabirds and even mammals such as the dugong. Tiger Sharks have also been known to eat non-edible objects or junk, even without trying it first, they will just swallow their food whole!

Tiger Shark

Bull Shark- Carcharhinus Leucas

Many people consider the bull shark one of the most dangerous sharks in the world since this species has many attacks on humans registered, and according to the International Shark Attack File, it is the third species with most attacks on humans, only after the great white shark and the tiger shark. The reason why it is called “bull shark” is because of its short, sturdy body form that resembles a bull, and perhaps it is also due to its hostile behavior. Instead, its movable jaws contain several triangular teeth that measure about 3 inches long. The color of its skin is light gray, and its belly is white. Their eyes are quite small, which gives a clue about their limited visual sense and their preference for waters near the coasts where the prey are abundant. It hunts only in murky waters and compensates its limited sense of sight with a keen sense of smell.

Bull Shark

Thanks to Sharks-World for all the information. Comment below what you are most excited about Shark Week!

 

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Fun Summer Activities

Posted Jul 12, 2017
How to make this the Best Summer Ever!


As adults, we do not get summer breaks like our kids do (I would do just about anything to get a 3 month summer vacation off of work!) However, instead of my kids savoring every second of their time off of school, this is the point in the summer where my kids start to utter the three most cringe-worthy words in the English language; “Mom, I’m bored!”

Luckily, this is when I break out my handy-dandy “Super Fun Summer Activities List.” Here is just a list of 20 inexpensive things you can do with your kids to make sure you never hear “Mom, I’m bored” again!

  1.   Go to the local pool
  2.   See a movie at the drive-in or movie theater
  3.   Play miniature golf
  4.   Catch fireflies at night
  5.   Have a picnic in the park
  6.   Go fishing
  7.   Play tennis
  8.   Go for a hike
  9.   Take a last-minute road trip
  10.   Go to a baseball game
  11.   Go check out the local state parks
  12.   Stay up late and try to find constellations
  13.   Have a backyard campout
  14.   Fly a kite
  15.   Join the library’s summer reading club
  16.   Have a hulu-hoop contest
  17.   Have a water balloon fight
  18.   Set up a car wash
  19.   Make homemade ice cream
  20.   Set up a lemonade stand


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