Summer Time Fun!

Posted Jun 12, 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 24, 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 18, 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 04, 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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Cool Whip & Easter Eggs

Posted Apr 03, 2017

A couple of kids under the age of 5 and cups of food coloring dye spells D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R in my house! Coloring eggs is a traditional part of the Easter season and a must do. So this year, we are trying something different, cool whip and food coloring! Shaving cream is another option but since my 20 month old is at the point in her life where EVERYTHING goes into her mouth, I thought I would do her a favor and use cool whip—at least it will taste good.

 

What you will need: hard boiled eggs, food coloring, whip cream or shaving cream, vinegar, and a pan. We used cupcake tins, an attempt at containing the mess (which didn’t really work).

After you boil the eggs and they are cool you can soak them in vinegar for 2 minutes to help brighten the colors. While the eggs are soaking in vinegar fill the chosen pan with cool whip and add drops of food coloring and swirl together. Be careful not to overdo the swirling to maintain each color. Much easier said than done—the kids loved mixing the colors.

Once the colors are mixed it’s time to get rollin’! Let the kids roll each egg through the color of choice. When the kids are done having fun or have made too big of a mess, take the eggs out of the cool whip and place on a pan to put in the refrigerator. Make sure to keep those eggs covered in the cool whip. We kept the eggs in the refrigerator for a half hour. I would recommend a little longer, some of the coloring washed off while we were rinsing the eggs.

We had blast dying eggs this year but I will tell you if you are looking for something less messy, this is not for you! The cool whip method is no less of a mess than traditional egg dying.

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The True Meaning of Emojis

Posted Mar 22, 2017

Emojis are everywhere and a perfect way to express a lot of emotion on a small screen. There are so many options to choose from and endless combinations that can be made but do you know where they come from? The Unicode Consortium- a nonprofit that coordinates the development of the Unicode Standard- is what makes it possible for your device to read the code and translate your emojis across multiple platforms.

What about their meaning? Some are easy to translate, 😀 the happy face, 😢 the crying face and 😗 the kissing face are pretty straight forward but some leave nothing but confusion. What is truly the purpose of a smiling pile of poo? Some say it’s not poo at all but instead soft served chocolate ice cream. To that I say, bring on the smiling pile of swirl ice cream! Truthfully, the ice cream theory believers are incorrect. The poo emoji is, in fact, a poo emoji. Depending on your operating device (Apple, Android, etc.) your pile of poo will look different. Some have smiling faces while others actually look like a stinky pile of poo.

Emjois have integrated into our online written language adding an extra layer to our words. Endless emotions can be expressed through the use of emojis- love, sadness, discontent, joy, sarcasm and much more. We send these simple graphics out to the world loaded with meaning in hopes that our intended recipient will find the same meaning in the message.

To help navigate through the massive emoji diction Mashable defined 10 emojis that might surprise you and Kenny Thopoung gives us a solid list on 20 emojis that are typically used wrong. Looking for a specific emoji description, getemoji.com can help you with that. 

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Happy Pi Day!

Posted Mar 08, 2017

Whether you are a math lover or a pie lover today is your day. International Pi Day is a great way to introduce young children to basic math concepts (while having pie of course). Looking for a simple and fun activity to do with your young child in celebration of Pi Day? Here are some suggestions.

Use colored pencils, markers, paint and your imagination to draw circles, color circles and create circle masterpieces.

Get outside and play a game. Draw big and little circles all over the sidewalk, number the circles (or not) and jump from circle to circle. Is the weather bad? No worries, check out this list of 10 indoor ball games by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls.

Read a book! There is no better way to celebrate International Pi Day than with a good book and a delicious pie. Marjoire Priceman’s bestselling book “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World” will surely be a hit.

And of course my favorite...eat pie! The Food Network has a great list of 50 different pie recipes. You are sure to find one you will enjoy.

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Women's History Month

Posted Mar 01, 2017


“You are extraordinary within your limits
but your limits are extraordinary”
       -Gertrude Stein

 

Extraordinary women are all around. They are changing the world today, will change the world tomorrow and have already changed the world. March is a month were we look back and remember the women who have paved the way for change. These renowned women made an impact in what truly mattered to them. If we learn anything, it should be to follow our passions and in that is where we will make a difference!

Clara Barton

Civil war nurse/founder of the American Red Cross

Clara was a teacher, a patent clerk and a nurse. She served as a hospital nurse during the Civil War. After the war, Clara, ran the Office of Missing Soldiers.  The office worked to find or identify soldiers killed or missing in action. Her and her assistant wrote 41,855 replies to inquiries and helped locate more than 22,000 men. During a trip to Geneva, Switzerland Clara was introduced to the Red Cross. After witnessing firsthand the need for support and supplies to those in distress she knew an American branch of the organization was needed. In her return the US she advocated for the American Red Cross.  During her time as President of the American Red Cross, the organization provided aid during natural disasters, famines and epidemics. 

Rosa Parks

Civil rights advocate

Rosa Parks is known as the women who refused to give her seat to a white passenger while on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She disobeyed the bus driver but stood up for what she believed in. It was her actions that inspired Martin Luther King Jr. to organize the Montgomery bus boycott. This boycott was the first of many similar boycotts throughout the South which ultimately lead to the Supreme Court voting to end segregated busing. After the boycott she moved to Detroit where she began working for John Conyers, an African-American US Representative. Rosa stayed highly active in her pursuit of equality, supporting the Black Power movement and helping political prisoners.  The United States Congress dubbed her the first lady of civil rights.

Hattie McDaniel

Actress

Actress and radio personality, Hattie, was the first African American to win an Oscar for her role was Mammy in ‘Gone with the Wind.’ She was also one of the first black women on the radio. During World War II, Hattie served as a chairman on the Negro Division of the Hollywood Victory Committee. She provided entertainment for soldiers stationed at military bases and also helped raise funds for the Red Cross relief programs. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a member of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady/ champion of human rights

As the longest serving First Lady of United States, Eleanor, used her role to stand up for a multitude of human rights issues.  She was considered one of the most active first ladies in history- working tirelessly to support the civil rights movement, women, the young and the poor. During World War II she continued fighting for women inclusion in male-dominated industry, she worked to boost soldiers’ morale and encouraged volunteerism on the home front.  After leaving the White House she stayed deeply connected in her social and political passions working alongside the government as a private citizen and serving on the board of many different organizations.

Admiral Grace Hopper

Naval Officer/programmer

Admiral Hopper was one of the first computer programmers. She served in the Navy developing the first complier for computer langue. This complier led to the development of Common Business Oriented language (COBOL) a widely adapted language that is used around the world. Admiral Hopper’s legacy also includes encouraging young people to learn programming. She was the first individual female to be awarded the National Medal of technology (1991) and in 2016 she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Random Acts of Kindness

Posted Feb 15, 2017

30 Day Challenge: Random Acts of Kindness

A Random Act of Kindness (RAoK) is defined as a selfless act performed by kind people to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier.  I bet you go through your day and perform at least one RAoK.  Something as simple as holding the door open for someone can make anyone’s day easier.  So I say let’s challenge ourselves to preform 30 intentional acts of kindness over the next 30 days!  Here are some great ideas to get you started.

  •          Write a letter to a friend or family member and mail it
  •          Volunteer to read to children at an afterschool program
  •          Give someone a compliment
  •          Leave exact change for a snack in the vending machine
  •          Leave an extra tip for a server or delivery person
  •          Tell your sibling(s) how much you appreciate them
  •          Plant a tree
  •          Make a care package for someone going through a tough time
  •          Text an old friend
  •          Bring your co-workers coffee
  •          Welcome a new neighbor to your community
  •          Smile at someone, just because
  •          Put your phone away at dinner
  •          Let the person in line behind you at the supermarket go ahead of you
  •          Give someone a book you think they would like
  •          Help a stranger pick up spilled items
  •          Offer to buy a friend lunch
  •          Give someone a hug
  •          Send anonymous flowers
  •          Babysit for free
  •          Say thank you to a janitor
  •          Send dessert to another table
  •          Say thank you to someone who has made a difference
  •          Donate your talents
  •          Bake a cake for someone celebrating a special occasion
  •          Donate used items to charity
  •          Let someone know you are thinking about them
  •          Help a friend pack for a move
  •          Wash someone’s car
  •          Be encouraging!

Some say kindness is directly related to happiness.  Let’s make the world a happy place by sharing some kindness!

We would love to hear how your RAoK challenge is going, share some of your stories below.

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