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!
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.
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!
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!
Do you do any fun Valentine’s Day crafts? Comment them down below!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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”
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.
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!
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.
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!
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:
For all of these ideas and more, check out our Pinterest board and make this Halloween truly spooktacular!
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:
How to protect yourself:
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!
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.
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!