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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Posted Jul 19, 2017

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IT’S SHARK WEEK!

Posted Jul 13, 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 10, 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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3 Easy Summer Recipes to Make with Your Kids

Posted Jun 21, 2017

Let’s admit it, with the kids out of school, it is really hard to keep them entertained; especially on a rainy day! Check out these kid-friendly recipes and record your favorites in our notebooks with recipe paper.

Sweet Treat Notebook with Recipe Paper and a cute cupcake

The first recipe is one from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe; it’s called the “Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie.” This recipe is perfect for a hot summer day.  Mel says that her kids love this on a blazing hot summer afternoon and only takes 10 minutes to prepare!

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Another delicious summer recipe is a colorful one from Food.com. A perfect snack to make with your kids is “Colored Popcorn.” This easy to follow recipe is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. 

Colored Popcorn from Food.com
Colored Popcorn from Food.com

The last recipe is from
Food Network. This recipe is a classic summer recipe that I make every summer. Food Network’s “Fruit Pizza” is something that is super easy and fun to make. 

Fruit Pizza from Food Network
Fruit Pizza from Food Network

For all of these recipes and more, check out Gotcha Covered Notebook’s
Pinterest board. Comment below your favorite summer recipes! 

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Summer Time Fun!

Posted Jun 11, 2017
BLOG: Summer Vacation Safety Tips

To many, summer is the best part of the year. The sun is shining, the kids are off of school, and there is a lot of fun to be had. With all of this excitement, there are some dangers that you should be aware of or avoid. In order to make this wonderful time of year safer for you and your family, check out some of our tips below.

1. The sun and heat are two of the most attractive aspects of summer, but they can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. The National Safety Council suggests that wearing weather-appropriate clothing, staying hydrated, and regularly applying sunscreen are a few good ways that you and your family can safely enjoy the warm summer sun.

2. One of the best ways to beat the heat is to hop in the water. If classes are available in your area, make sure your children attend water orientation or age and skill level appropriate swimming lessons. In addition, the American Red Cross also suggests establishing rules based on each family member’s swimming ability and stress the importance of adult supervision and avoiding underwater hazards such as drains, suction fittings, and strong currents in natural bodies of water. For additional water safety preparation tips and search tools to find aquatic safety and instruction classes near you, check out the American Red Cross’ website.

3. If your children spend time home alone during the summer months or have a babysitter, make sure that they know where to find the phone numbers of emergency contacts and medical information. A customized notebook can make it easy to put all of your emergency contacts, information, and plans in a convenient and accessible location. These custom notebooks can also be a great addition as travel journals or other to document summer activities!

Beach Memories Notebook with Feet in Sand Notebook and Sunglasses

4. According to Foodsaftey.gov, a variety of factors, including warmer temperatures, tend to lead in an increase of foodborne illness cases during the summer. Simple practices such as keeping perishable items in a cooler and out of the sun, using a food thermometer to make sure meat and poultry are thoroughly cooked, and keeping track of how long perishable food sits out are easy ways to safely enjoy the tastes of summer.

5. If it’s been awhile since you’ve reviewed it as a family, performing fire, natural disasters (such as earthquakes, tornados, and floods), and severe weather drills can be a key way to keep your family prepared in emergency situations. Practicing evacuations, identifying meeting places, building emergency kits, and making sure everyone knows what Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) mean are just some of the many ways to stay prepared. Visit Ready.gov’s website for more tips and to download emergency plan templates for you and your family. There’s even a site with fun games and information just for kids!

We hope you have a fantastic summer! By following the tips above, you can help ensure that you and your family will enjoy a safe and relaxing vacation.

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Find the Perfect Gift for Father’s Day

Posted May 23, 2017


As we all know, shopping for the perfect gift for dad can be a difficult task. Since there are so many options for gifts, choosing the right one or coming up with ideas can be a bit daunting. This Father’s Day, Gotcha Covered Notebooks has… well, gotcha covered! Our team came up with some “dadegories” that your dad or father figure in your life might fall into, and found themed products that pops is sure to love!

The Hunter:


Father’s Day-The Hunter’s Gift Collection

You can find the Hunter dad in the wilderness on any given weekend, dressed head to toe in camo. He loves waking up before dawn and staying up late trying to score the big-one, chatting with his buddies about their latest outings, and revels in the peace and quiet of the great outdoors.

  1. Barska 10x42 WP Crossover Binoculars – Mossy Oak Blaze, $129.99
  2. Hunting Bow Notebook, $12.99
  3. BlackOut X5 Envy Carbon Arrows - 4'' Vanes, $34.99
  4. Cyclops Sirius 500 Camo Spotlight, $79.99
  5. Camouflage Notebook, $12.99
  6. Realtree Max-5 Antler Logo Mesh Back Hat, $16.99

 
The Handyman:


Father’s Day-The Handyman’s Gift Collection

The Handyman dad always has tons of different tools tucked away or laying out around the house, just in case something breaks. His best friends are Duck Tape and WD-40, and if he doesn’t know how to fix something, he’ll figure it out in no time. He’s the guy that will never read instructions because he knows how to put it together better and faster than any old instruction manual. And let’s be honest… his to do list will never end.

  1. Cabela's Roughneck™ 6" Ledger Work Boots, $109.99
  2. Mr. Handyman Notebook, $12.99
  3. Husky 5 ft. 800-Lumen Portable LED Work Light, $43.35
  4. MEN'S NO B.S. WRINKLEFIGHTER SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT, $49.50
  5. Milwaukee Electric Tool 2792-20 M18 Job Radio/Charger, $185.99
  6. WERNER CO PD6203 Type IA Aluminum Podium Ladder - 3', $154.65

 
The Car Lover:

Father’s Day-The Car Lover’s Gift Collection

The Car Lover dad is the man who you trust implicitly when anything goes wrong with your car. His “Boys’ Nights” are spent in the garage hovering over an engine, and can answer questions about a vintage car in excruciating detail. You can find this dad on Sunday afternoons kicking back and watching the big race. This gear-head’s Super Bowl Sunday is the Daytona 500!

  1. Vintage Car Sign, $12.29
  2. Need For Speed Notebook, $12.99
  3. CRAFTSMAN HIGH RISE MECHANICS CREEPER SEAT, $89.99
  4. AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit, $22.50
  5. In the Driver’s Seat Notebook, 12.99
  6. Men's Chase Elliott New Era Blue NAPA Snapback Adjustable Hat, $31.99

 
 The Gamer:

Father’s Day-The Gamer’s Gift Collection

The Gamer is the quintessential nerd dad. He is a pro at sneaking in nerdy jokes and constantly late due to trying to squeeze in one more level. He takes pride in geeking out over new game releases, movie trailers, comic launches, or theorycrafting on his favorite fandoms. On occasion, he has been known to spend a chunk of his paycheck on the new tabletop games or gaming systems and has probably tried to pull you in to play at one point or another.

  1. A Song of Ice and Fire Cloth-Bound Boxed Set, $39.99
  2. Destiny Galaxy Themed Custom Controller, $169.95
  3. Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth Speaker, $28.99
  4. Mens T-shirt Dad By Day Gamer By Night, $11.95
  5. Game On Notebook, $12.99
  6. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Video Game, $49.99 - $59.99

 
The Sports Lover:

Father’s Day-The Sport Fan’s Gift Collection

We all know the Sports Fan dad as the one who, on any given night, is glued to (and occasionally yelling at) the television watching his favorite teams compete. ESPN is number one with this dad, and he is always getting notifications from his favorite sports app on score updates and team news. He was always at your little league games, and “soccer mom-ed” with the best of them.

  1. Autographed Basketball, $149.99 - $2,199.99
  2. Hole In One Notebook, $12.99
  3. Aaron Rodgers Jersey, $99.99
  4. Cubs Tickets, $29.00 - $199.00
  5. Home Run Notebook, $12.99
  6. Adult Softball League Cleats, $119.99

 
The Fisherman:

Father’s Day-The Fisherman’s Gift Collection

The Fisherman is a dad who when shopping for a new truck is not concerned about gas milage or fancy upgrades, rather it’s towing capacity so he can get his boat to wherever the fish are biting. This dad’s ideal vacation is a fishing trip to Canada in search for trophy walleye, and is a master with a rod and reel. Somewhere in the family photo album is a picture of 4-year-old you beaming (or squirming) and him helping you hold up one of your first big catches.

  1. Fishing Locator, $119.00 - $3,499.00
  2. Gone Fishing Notebook, $12.99
  3. Simms® G3 Guide Fly-Fishing Vest, $249.95
  4. Plano® 787 Guide Series Box, $94.99
  5. Oakley Thinlink Sunglasses, $170.00
  6. Cabela's DepthMaster® III Trolling Reels, $49.99

 
The New Dad:

Father’s Day-The New Dad’s Gift Collection

The New Dad describes both first-time dads and ones that prefer unique and sentimental gifts. This man is extremely proud of his family; so much so, that he will gladly sport anything with his child’s (or fur baby’s) face on it. Anything handmade by his children - with possible exception to drawings on the wall - is priceless.

  1. Personalized Key Chain, $38.00
  2. Happy Hexagons Notebook, $12.99
  3. Personalized Picture Frame, $21.59
  4. Best Dad Ever Mug, $5.99
  5. Create Your Own Notebook, $12.99
  6. Best Farter Ever Shirt, $21.99

 
The Grill Master:

Father’s Day-The Grill Master’s Gift Collection

Summer is this Grill Master dad’s favorite season. Why is that? It’s because it is finally warm enough to grill every day of the week! On any given night, you can catch this dad outside cooking his choice meats and veggies rain or shine. He has both a keen nose and palate and enjoys getting the lowdown on favorite rubs, spices, and techniques other fellow grill master’s are using.

  1. Cuisinart 13-Piece Wooden Handle Grilling Set, $22.15
  2. Tasty Notebook, $12.99
  3. Funny Grilling Apron, $17.89
  4. Myron Mixon Grilling Cookbook, $33.33
  5. Carnivore Club Rub & Grilling Salt Set, $33.95
  6. Homemade Grilling Plate, Priceless

 
The Businessman:

Father’s Day-The Businessman’s Gift Collection

The Businessman dad can typically be described with two words; modern and classic. He keeps up with current tech trends and looks for the latest and greatest gadgets on the market. That being said, he also has a great appreciation for the classics. He loves the smell of a clean leather briefcase, owns at least one music record, and still subscribes to an actual newspaper. This dad knows how to clean up well and likely knows the difference between a Half Windsor and Kelvin Knot.

  1. Apple Watch Series 2 Stainless Steel Bracelet, $999.00
  2. Smooth Landing Notebook, $12.99
  3. DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter, $999.00
  4. MacBook Pro, $1,199.00
  5. Necktie Notebook, $12.99
  6. Floto Milano Leather Briefcase, $214.99

 

 While there may be all sorts of different kinds of dads in the world, none can compare to yours! Let us know what gifts we missed or your perfect gift ideas for this Father’s Day.

 

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Happy National Notebook Day!

Posted May 08, 2017
15 Signs You’re Obsessed with Notebooks


  1.       You have a lot of notebooks but not enough to put in them.

Not knowing what to do with your notebooks causes you serious anxiety.

  1.       You are always thinking about how you can fill a new notebook.

You lie awake at night trying to come up with a new and creative way to use your notebook.

  1.       You buy a notebook without having a need or purpose for it.

And this starts the vicious cycle of sleepless nights all over.

  1.       New styles & different types of paper excite you!

Like this awesome checklist paper!

  1.       You are motivated to take an extra class, mostly because you want to buy a new notebook for it.

At least you’ll be well educated!

  1.       The worst thing ever is when you have to tear out a piece of paper from your favorite notebook.

Literally, the worst!

  1.       You truly believe a new notebook will help you stay organized.

You tell yourself; “No matter what happens, this notebook will keep me together.”

  1.       You cry when you get to the last page of your favorite notebook.

It’s bittersweet. The end of an era but the beginning of a new one.

  1.       You find yourself hesitating to write in your brand new notebook.

In that moment you think to yourself how perfect this unused notebook is.

  1.   You think “new notebook smell” should be a home fragrance.

Clean laundry has nothing on the smell of a new notebook.

  1.   You always have a notebook with you.

You never know when you are going to need one.

  1.   Your favorite gift to give someone is a brand new notebook.

Even more so if it’s personalized.

  1.   And your favorite gift to receive is a brand new notebook.

BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!

  1.   You have a notebook (or two) dedicated to practicing different styles of handwriting.

Perfect handwriting takes practice!

  1.   You will never…I repeat NEVER, have enough notebooks!

Keep ‘em coming!

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Journaling for Kids

Posted Apr 17, 2017

Journals are a great way to document our feelings, a special trip and important moments in our lives. For kids, it is a great way to chronical all the things that happen in life and look back on them when they are older. Helping your child start a journal may seem like a daunting task but there are so many great ways to encourage your child to journal. Your child not writing yet? No worries, encourage your young writer to draw a picture that relates to the prompt given. We even have the perfect paper to get you started. Our specialty sketch paper or practice/sketch paper will make the journaling experience an even better one. You can check out our 450+ custom designs here.

As you introduce your child to the concept of journaling remember to encourage them reflect on their day/week and include special moments.


Listed below are some great prompts to start journaling with your kids.

  •          What was your favorite part of today?
  •          What do you want to be when you grow up?
  •          What makes you feel good?
  •          What was your favorite birthday present, and why?
  •          Talk about something you learned today.
  •          Where is your favorite place to be?
  •          If you could be an animal, what would it be?
  •          Tell me about your hero.
  •          What are five things you are good at?
  •          If I could make anything grow on trees, it would be…
  •          If I had a super power, it would be…
  •          What are your favorite ice cream toppings?
  •          If your toys could talk, what would they say?
  •          Where would you go if you had a magical balloon that would take you anywhere?
  •          If you could go back in time, where would you go?


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One-Day Spring Cleaning Plan

Posted Apr 03, 2017

Spring cleaning can be a daunting task. A whole weekend or more of cleaning supplies, dusting, and vacuuming is the last thing I want to do. Not to mention it happens at the worst time of year, as the weather starts to get warm I want to spend my Saturdays outside. But I have found a solution (cue happy dance)! An 8-hour start to finish spring cleaning plan. Lynn Andrani has put together the most amazing spring cleaning checklist.

In eight hours (yes this means start to finish) your house can be squeaky clean! Get those mops ready, Lynn has it all laid out for you, there is even a checklist!

Looking to create your own spring cleaning checklist? Our checklist paper can help you organize all of your spring cleaning tasks for a super-efficient one day only spring cleaning marathon! Find your perfect notebook today.


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