December is such a fun month filled with Christmas spirit, fun decorations and great get-togethers with family and friends. To help you make the most of this wonderful season we’ve put together the ultimate December bucket list! What’s even better is that Gotcha Covered has the perfect checklist paper to help you complete our Winter Wonderland bucket list!
- Home Alone
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- The Polar Express
- The Holiday
- Go caroling at local hospitals or retirement homes
- Help distribute food bank donations
- Contact your local United Way or Red Cross
- Visit VolunteerMatch to see other holiday volunteer opportunities near you!
We hope these tips help make your Black Friday shopping experience fun and easy this year! Check out our checklist paper, which can be featured in any notebook, to help plan your shopping this holiday.
It’s that time of year again, where the weather gets chilly and coming home to a crock pot of hot soup sounds absolutely perfect! We’re huge fans of the Crock Pot with the ease of making dinner and wanted to share some of the love with our customers by giving you our favorite soup recipes. Give these a try and let us know how they turned out!
1. Chicken Tortilla
This is seriously the easiest soup there is, and not a ton of ingredients, although you can definitely add your own twist with more! The best part about this soup is that no matter what amounts you make it with, it always turns out great. We’ll give you a general recipe to follow, but feel free to adapt as you’d like and need.
2 medium sized chicken breasts
1 package frozen corn
1 can of black beans drained
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 can of chunky salsa
5 cups of chicken broth
1/2 small red onion chopped
& fresh cilantro chopped for garnish
Add all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 3-4. Take out chicken to shred (should easily pull apart when it is done) and return to pot. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.
2. Creamy White Chicken Chili
This is soon to be a hearty family favorite! Again, super easy, as the Crock Pot does the work for you while you’re out and about during the day. You deserve to come home to this creamy chicken-y goodness!
1 pound of chicken breast
1 yellow onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
24 oz chicken broth
2 cans Great Northern beans drained
2 4 oz cans of diced green chiles (1 hot, 1 mild is what we do)
1 can corn drained
1 tsp cumin
¾ tsp regano
½ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
4 oz reduced fat cream cheese softened
¼ cup half and half
& small handful of fresh cilantro
Add chicken and seasoning to bottom of crock pot. Top with all remaining ingredients and stir. Let the soup cook on low for 8 hours or 3-4 hours on high. Serve with sliced jalapenos, sliced avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.
3. Zuppa Toscana
This is our take on a classic Olive Garden favorite. But we think this one’s better, plus it’s much less expensive and you can eat it at home in your pjs! You’ll want to make a big batch of this once you’ve had a taste! Don’t forget the breadsticks for dipping!
1 pound Italian sausage (hot or mild)
1 bag Simply Potatoes diced potatoes and onions (or substitute with 1 chopped onion and peeled and cubed Russet potatoes)
2 large cloves garlic minced
½ bunch of kale (a few handfuls) stemmed and torn into bite sized pieces
32 oz chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp flour
Salt & pepper to taste
Brown sausage with garlic, then add to bottom of crock pot. Add bag of potatoes and onions. Add chicken stock (and water if necessary) to cover potatoes and sausage. Cook on low for 5-6 or high for 4. Whisk together heavy cream and flour, add to crock pot, along with kale. Cook for an additional 30 minutes until thickened.
We hope you’ll love these soup recipes as much as we do! We’re all about the experimenting here at Gotcha Covered, so please feel free to adapt and add new ingredients, but just be sure to send us pics and let us know how yummy it turned out. Our recipe paper is the perfect paper to write down all your new favorite recipes! (& if you experiment with Pinterest recipes, this paper type notebook is a must have!)
American football is a huge sport in the United States, even given its short season among other major sports. Fans gather for tailgating outside stadiums, at their local bars and restaurants, and with friends and family in the comfort of their homes. We did some investigating to find some of the coolest and FUN football facts we could find for you, from the history of the game to the popular celebrated Super Bowl.
1. American football grew out of English sports like rugby and soccer and became popular on college campuses in the late 1800s.
2. The American Professional Football Association was formed in 1920 and just two years later changed their name to the now familiar National Football League (NFL).
3. There are six teams in the NFL that do not employ cheerleaders – Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Green Bay Packers.
4. The oldest stadium still in use is Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
5. The Dallas Cowboys are the wealthiest team in the NFL with a value of $2.1 billion and generate almost $269 million in annual revenue.
6. The Miami Dolphins are the only team to complete an undefeated season, which took place in 1972.
7. The last scoreless game was held in 1943 where the Detroit Lions and New York Giants played.
8. The first use of the penalty flag by NFL officials was in 1948.
9. The first use of instant replay on a regular basis was in 1986.
10. The first Super Bowl was held in 1967 and is the only Super Bowl to not sell out.
11. Approximately 80% of Super Bowl tickets go to corporate sponsors.
12. The Super Bowl is the most watched television event in the United States and there is more pizza sold this day than any other day of the year.
We hope you enjoyed reading our FUN football facts blog! To celebrate football season, we’re giving you 10% off all Gotcha Covered Notebooks with code BLITZ10. Don’t forget to check out all of our football designs right here. We also created a Totally Awesome Tailgating Tips Pinterest Board you should definitely check out! Thanks for reading and enjoy!
If you’re wondering “What’s so different about Gotcha Covered Notebooks?” then keep on reading. At Gotcha Covered we try our best to think of your daily needs and want to add organization and ease to your life by providing a variety of paper types to fit all of those needs. Today we are dedicating the blog to highlight all of the different types of paper offered to you when you order a personalized notebook from us.
This type of paper is perfect for kids in elementary school who may still be new to writing out full sentences.
This type of paper is perfect for older kids in middle school and high school who may be taking notes and writing rough drafts.
For kids still practicing writing out single letters or words, this paper is great for letter formation or even great practice for new cursive writers.
For the artists in your family sketch paper provides blank sheets to create your own unique works of art on each page.
If anyone you know likes writing stories and drawing pictures to go with them then the half sketch and half lined/practice paper is perfect, no matter what age you are.
Math class is made easier with graph paper for all ages in all types of math classes.
If you’re sick of resetting your password in all of your online accounts because you forgot your password, this is the paper for you. Easily tab the notebook to share with everyone in your family.
Create your own recipes and write down all of your old favorites with the recipe paper.
If you’re constantly creating to-do lists between house chores or groceries to purchase the checklist paper will be a lifesaver for you.
Whether you’re a health nut or you’re trying to get back into an exercise routine, the fitness tracker paper can help you reach those goals.
If you like to stay organized throughout the year, whether you’re a teacher, student, or just need some extra space for daily notes – the weekly planner with weekly and monthly pages is a helpful addition to your life.
As an extra bonus to our already awesome shark bite notebooks, each page is lined with a shark fin on your choice of either lined or sketch paper.
As Back to School approaches you’re going to want to check out all of the fun notebooks and planners available from Gotcha Covered. We’d love to hear from you on what your favorite paper types are and how you use each one! Feel free to comment with any ideas you may have for new paper types as well; and as always, thank you for choosing Gotcha Covered!
It’s nearing the end of the summer and you and your kids want to savor it with one last fun in the sun event. What better thing to do than to go camping? Now you may have never done this, as the idea of camping with your kids makes you incredibly nervous. You might be asking yourself; what kind of food are we going to make? What do we need to bring? What kinds of activities will we do? Well, we’ve “gotcha covered!” We’ve made a simple list of tips to the best camping experience for you and your kids to enjoy during your last memories of summer.
It may seem obvious to plan your meals ahead of time, but there are so many meals you can prep before you actually leave your house. This makes for less mess and cleanup while camping and more time dedicated to camping activities. Are your kids picky? Prepare a homemade favorite like macaroni and cheese or pizza (who doesn’t love pizza?!) ahead of time so all you have to do is heat over the grill (or fire) and serve.
Again, seems like an obvious thing to do – especially with kids. But these are the things people forget to bring. Making a list ahead of time can help you remember everything. Camping must-haves: sunscreen, bug spray, first aid kid kit, and medications and ointments for illness and injury (in case they happen). Create an easy on the go container for medications so you don’t have pill bottles floating around and taking up space.
As we all know, kids get bored easily and their attention spans are short. You’ll want to have plenty of day and night activities and games you and your kids will have fun doing. During the day you can go on a nature scavenger hunt and at night you can play a glow in the dark ring toss. Be creative with games that your kids already know and love like a gunny sack race, but try in sleeping bags, or even tic tac toe with rocks and twigs.
There’s nothing that drives me crazier when I’m scrambling to find something I know I have. With limited space when you’re camping, it’s especially important to stay organized in order to save space in your vehicle, tent, and cooler. Organize your cooler in layers to keep certain things dry and away from ice. Skip the hassle of digging through your bag and plan an outfit for each day and place each in a gallon size Ziploc bag.
Check out our Pinterest board Family Camping Hacks & Ideas for more great inspiration for your family’s next camping trip.
P.S. Our checklist paper notebooks are a great option to make sure you have everything you need for a smooth camping trip. Shop now to find your favorite customizable notebooks for planning.
Sharks are fascinating animals that have played a huge role in our world history and pop culture scene. It’s no wonder that Discovery Channel dedicates an entire week to highlighting this amazing species! We explored Discovery Channel’s Sharkopedia to get the most interesting “fin” facts about sharks.
For more “fin” facts on sharks, check out Discovery Channel’s website, or buy the Sharkopedia book for all there is to know about sharks right at your fingertips. Don’t forget to tune into Shark week, all week long July 22 – July 29 on Discovery Channel for its 30th anniversary and celebrate with 50% off all Shark bite notebooks from Gotcha Covered with code SHARK18.