St. Patty's Day Fun

Posted Mar 10, 2018

With over 34.7 million Americans having Irish heritage, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in the US. There are over 100 parades across the country every year! But how much do you actually know about this festive holiday? We’ll go over some of the most asked questions.

How did St. Patrick’s Day originate?

St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a religious feast day named after Saint Patrick, who is the patron Saint of Ireland! Legend has it that he drove all of the snakes out of Ireland.

Was St. Patrick even Irish?

Believe it or not, he wasn’t actually Irish! He was born in Great Britain and was kidnapped and taken to Ireland when he was a teenager. Once he escaped from captivity, he returned to Great Britain, only to return back again to Ireland where he spent the rest of his life. He also completed his missionary work in Ireland.

Why do people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

A tradition started in Ireland in the 19th century where people would wear shamrocks to pay homage to St. Patrick every year on March 17th. As this tradition spread, it evolved into people wearing green.

When was the first St. Patrick’s Day parade?

It is recorded that the first St. Patrick’s Day parade happened right here in America. In 1762, a group of Irishmen marched the streets of New York City. Since then, the parades have gotten bigger and bigger. The New York City parade is attended by more than 3 million people every year!

Why are leprechauns associated with St. Patrick’s Day?

Legend has it that leprechauns are small Irish fairies who dress up as shoemakers. They are supposedly grumpy little men who spend their time making shoes and guarding their pot of gold. If you capture one, they are required to grant you 3 wishes! There’s no real connection with leprechauns to St. Patrick’s Day, but leprechauns are widely associated with Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun day to celebrate the Irish heritage, even if you aren’t Irish! Thank you to the History Channel and CBS News for all the fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day. Do you and your family have any St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Comment them down below! 

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Random Acts of Kindness Challenge

Posted Feb 17, 2018

Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by kind people to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make that person happier. In honor of National Random Acts of Kindness Day, we challenge you to perform three of simple random acts that are listed below.

  •      Pay it backwards by buying the person behind you line their coffee/lunch
  •      Plant a tree
  •      Text an old friend
  •      Say hi to a random person on the street
  •      Give someone a big smile just because
  •      Write a letter to a family member or friend to let them know you are thinking of them
  •      Send a thank you note to someone who has made a difference in your life
  •      Donate old clothes to charity
  •      Bring in extra school supplies to your local school
  •      Write inspirational quotes on sticky notes and post them EVERYWHERE!
  •      Leave quarters at the laundromat
  •      Leave a positive comment on someone’s picture on social media
  •      Surprise your co-workers with fresh coffee and doughnuts
  •      Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. In those moments, do something kind for someone else
  •      Offer a homeless person the leftovers from your lunch or dinner
  •      Make a playlist full of uplifting songs for someone going through a hard time
  •      Call your Mom
  •      Hold open the door for someone
  •      Do the dishes even if it isn’t your turn
  •      When you are down, think of 5 positive things about yourself- you deserve kindness too!

Our world is full of a lot of negativity and can be really harsh sometimes. The point of this celebration is to spread just a little bit of kindness.

Throw kindness around like confetti today! Have any more ideas of some simple random acts? Comment them down below!

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Crafts for a Love-filled Valentine’s Day

Posted Feb 01, 2018

News Years is over which means that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! For most of us, it is pretty cold outside and there’s not much to do. So, what’s there to do on a cold winter day? CRAFTS! What better way to channel your kiddos built up energy then to create something for someone they love? Check out some of our favorite crafts that are for all ages!

  1. Looking for something more hands on? Check out: Heart “Rocket” Candy- Structure
  2. For the love bugs in your life: Valentine Love Bugs
  3. Love a good pun? Check out this very punny craft idea: Valentine’s Day Pizza Paper Plate Craft
  4. Make Valentine’s day more meaningful with Hand Printed Flowers
  5. For a more fun way to give someone a Valentine: Candy Robot Valentine

Find one that your kids love? Write it down and save it with our custom Valentine’s Day themed notebooks! For all of these idea and more, check out our Pinterest board!

Do you do any fun Valentine’s Day crafts? Comment them down below!

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Get Fit in 2018

Posted Jan 15, 2018

With our last blog, we went over some New Year’s resolution ideas. One resolution we thought deserved its own post was the resolution to get in shape. Getting fit is one of the biggest and daunting tasks. It requires not only consistent time and effort but, 100% commitment.

Below are three simple ways to help keep you on track to achieve your weight loss goals.

1. Educate yourself on the different superfoods 

It is a weight loss myth that you will lose weight if you starve yourself. Doctors recommend that the best way to lose weight is to eat 3-4 times a day with food that are high in protein (ex. egg whites for breakfast, chicken for dinner) and are low in carb (ex. Broccoli, celery). Need help getting started? Check out this helpful guide to help you begin!

2. Start a meal plan

Once you know what foods are good and bad for you, take an hour out of your busy schedule every week to sit down and plan out breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for that week. Having a plan will help make you be able to stay on track. Additionally, a specific planner just for your weight loss journey will make you stay accountable for what meals you are making that week and help you schedule out time to go to the gym. Our personalized weekly planners are a great place to record everything!

3. Exercise is key

Eating healthy is a huge component to losing weight. However, just getting out there and moving will really help you stay on track with your goals. This doesn’t mean having to hit the gym 7 days a week for 4 hours at a time. Doing fun stuff like taking the dog for an extra-long walk or getting the kids together, bringing them to your local YMCA and swimming some laps are just some simple and fun ways to keep you moving. 

Keep these three simple tips in mine and you can achieve any goal you set! Have any other simple tips and trick on how to lose weight? Comment them down below!

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Making Resolutions

Posted Jan 04, 2018

The New Year is here, and with it comes a fresh start. It signifies a monumental time to make a change in your life, or to realign your goals and to rejuvenate yourself for the whole new year ahead.

If you’re feeling stuck, we’ve got a few ideas on where to start with how to make the best out of 2018.

1. Stay Organized

It’s no surprise that life never slows down. It can be a daunting task remembering all the deadlines, meetings, holiday parties, appointments and so on that you’ve got on your calendar, especially with the new year. Luckily, our weekly planner is here to help! It’s filled with 12 months’ worth of weekly planning to allow you room to track your daily activities, as well as monthly overview pages where you can plan your month in advance. Each planner also contains a sheet of stickers in the back to brighten up your pages with reminders, flags, and callouts to help keep you organized in style.

Along with keeping yourself organized in a planner, it’s also a great idea to spend 15 minutes each morning thinking about what you need to get done for that day. Writing a to-do list can help you prioritize and ensure everything you needed to get done that day, gets done. Try out our checklist paper on your next notebook to help keep your to-do lists easy to read!

2. Spend Less, Save More

It’s always important to make sure you don’t run low on funds. If you’re one of those people who feel like your wallet has a hole in it, try writing down everything you spend money on for one month. This can be everything from rent to groceries, to that $5 cup of coffee you buy on Monday morning when your alarm goes off late. Once you get a list of your monthly spending, you’ll be able to see the things you can cut back on. For instance, maybe you realize that you’re eating out a lot more than you thought, and you can cut down and only get to-go once a week or cut out eating out entirely, which saves you major cash in the long run.

It’s also a good idea to always keep an eye out for coupons and deals on things you buy regularly. We’re currently offering 25% off all notebooks with code NEWYEAR18 through January 14th, to give you a boost on savings!

3. Help Others

In this day and age, it’s easy to get lost on social media or give in to negativity that surrounds us. Maybe this new year, you might be interested in trying to spread a little more cheer and positivity to the people around you. It could be something as small as smiling at a stranger, or you could volunteer your time at a local food shelf or shelter to help make a difference in someone else’s life. Helping others really helps to make you feel better about yourself, and forming connections with those around us helps the world improve in general! It feels so rewarding to make someone else’s day a little brighter.

If you’re interested in raising money for your school or organization with help from Gotcha Covered Notebooks, learn more about our fundraising opportunities  here!

4. Travel with Family

When life gets to be the same old routine day in and day out, it can get a little boring. Maybe you’ll end up feeling like you’re stuck in a rut and can’t get out, and your mental health suffers. In 2018, make a resolution to change that! Take advantage of your vacation days. Start a travel fund and save up, or go out of town for the weekend and explore the cities and towns around you that you might not have seen before. Traveling with family can help to make great memories that you can cherish forever. Check out our vacation themed notebooks that you can use as a travel journal to write all your adventures down in!

What are some resolutions you have? Let us know down below. And stay tuned for our next post, where we’ll go over fitness and health tips to help you get healthy in 2018!

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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!

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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