Halloween is a great time to be a kid – it’s all about dressing up as whatever you want and eating as much candy as you possibly can! We know there are a lot of guides on keeping your kids safe at Halloween – we’ve chosen our top 5 favorite tips to share with you.
Feel free to comment with any other Halloween safety tips that you think are important!
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 – a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes. We support the race for a cure and hope to bring happiness to mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends and anyone else affected by the disease.
While deaths from the disease have declined by over 30% since the 1990s from awareness and early detection, it’s always important to follow precautions, and get a mammography screening once every 3 years (ages 20-40) and once a year (ages 40+). With early detection and knowing what to look for, breast cancer is treatable!
A few facts about breast cancer:
- One in eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime
- It is the most common form of cancer worldwide among women and the second most common cancer overall
- Breast cancer in men is rare, but an estimated 2,150 will be diagnosed per year
- Death rates have declined by about 34 percent since 1990, because of earlier detection, improved treatment options and increased awareness
- Mammography rates have increased, allowing breast cancer to be found earlier, when chances of survival are highest
Ways to protect yourself:
- Begin an annual screening mammography every year starting at age 40-50 (women ages 20-40 should be screen every 3 years)
- Know if you are “high risk”: getting older (over age 50), direct family history (a “first degree” relative with the disease), genetics (carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes), breast lesions (hyperplasia, or enlargement of organ tissue, usually associated with the beginning stages of cancer)
- Examine yourself monthly for any abnormal changes in your breasts, including a mass or lump, change in size or shape, etc.
Awareness is key to early detection! Be sure to share your knowledge with family and friends this October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Sources: Susan G. Komen Foundation, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Fall is an exciting time – with beautiful scenery, crisp air, and holiday prep beginning, it’s the perfect time to relax and enjoy the festivities as a family. Here are some ideas for a little family fun that will make your fall even more memorable.
Have a Spooky Movie Night
Cozy up with a blanket and some pillows and gather around the couch (even better if it’s in front of the fireplace!). With the options to stream movies on sites such as Netflix, or do a quick rental with Redbox, you’ll be able to find a spooky movie the whole family will enjoy.
Make it more exciting: make hot chocolate or hot apple cider for everyone.
Go Pumpkin Picking
An exciting activity for kids, going to the pumpkin patch and picking your own pumpkins is a fun way to teach the kids a little about farming and hard work. Take home a few large pumpkins and a few gourds to add to the fall ambience around your home.
Make it more exciting: carve one of the pumpkins you got when you get home, AND roast those pumpkin seeds!
Go to a Corn Maze or a Hay Ride
May local places offer fun fall and Halloween activities, like finding your way through a corn maze or getting a scare on a hay ride. Check your local papers to find places near you.
Make it more exciting: create your own maze or fall scavenger hunt around your own home. Bonus if dad dresses up and scares the kids!
Tidy Up Outdoors
Grab the whole family for an afternoon and make this “chore” fun and go quickly! Sweep up outside, rake leaves (which you can then use to fill large pumpkin bags to decorate with) and prune the plants. Add some fall decorations outside when the task is completed.
Make it more exciting: throw a soup, stew or chili in the crock-pot before you begin in the morning, and you’ll have dinner ready to go when you’re done working outside!
In addition to our typical 5.5” x 8.5” and 8.5” x 11” notebooks, each design is now available in size 8.5” x 8.5” square! All square notebooks have the same great options as our previous sizes, including 10 paper types to choose from and 6 spiral colors. You can even create your own square notebook! At Gotcha Covered Notebooks – it’s hip to be square!
As kids are going back to school, fall sports and activities are starting back up as well. Signing younger children up for sports and after school activities not only teaches them a skill, but also teaches them how to be part of a team and work together with other students. While a child may be used to interacting with siblings and family, he or she will need to learn life skills about respect and encouragement to help them succeed both on and off the field. Check out these five skills below that are critical to being a successful team player.
Teach them to play to their strengths
As your child learns more about what they enjoy in a sport or activity, help them to figure out what they are best versus comparing themselves to others. This will help them develop their own skills and benefit the team as a whole – the team will appreciate their focus and development.
Teach them to recognize differences
Along the same lines, your child should understand that he or she is unique and valued for the skills they bring to the table. Your child should also recognize that others will have different skills than they will and each teammate should be supported for their own particular skills.
Teach them to fight for a common cause
Building on playing to individual strengths and recognizing differences, your child should understand that they are fighting for the same goal with their teammates. Because a team is only as strong as their weakest link, a child should learn respect and encouragement are the most important teambuilding traits – each member should feel like they are important, which will allow them to truly believe in themselves and lift the team up as a whole.
Teach them to laugh together
Though practices and coaching sessions are often considered “bonding” moments for teams, it is important to bond outside of the practicing environment. Hosting a potluck dinner or getting everyone together at the community pool isn’t just a fun outing for kids and parents, it promotes team unity when children are able to learn more about each other.
Teach them to have each other’s backs
The most important lesson in being a team player is to always have your fellow team member’s backs. Support and respect are what makes a team work both on and off the field, and the team should always be working as a unit, and not against each other.
Good luck with fall sports and activities, and remember that respect is always the most important trait of a successful team!
We’re excited to introduce the Gotcha Covered Activity Book, just for children in grades Pre-K to Grade 1. Each 8.5” x 11” activity book has 24 laminated pages (12 sheets) and can be used over and over again. Children will love the bright colors and cute animal characters that guide them through the pages while learning letters, numbers, shapes, drawing, simple words, counting, colors, basic addition and subtraction, telling time and other puzzles and games.
The Activity Book paper option is available with any of our 300+ cover designs, including Create Your Own!
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At Gotcha Covered Notebooks, we believe that the celebration of family, friends, and children is of utmost importance. We want every child to feel special – what better way to do that than by giving them a gift created especially for them?
Notebooks are everywhere, so what makes us special? We know that when you try a Gotcha Covered Notebook, you’ll be hooked – here are a few of the reasons why:
Gotcha Covered notebooks are made from the highest quality materials with the expectation that they will be used frequently by children. Our 60lb laminated front and back covers are incredibly durable and will not bend easily. Bound with twin-loop metal “spiral” binding, paper will not get caught or rip at the edges like many spiral notebooks.
Buying a notebook off the shelf is easy, but why throw your money away? Gotcha Covered has so many great options, plus each notebook is completely customizable with our online design studio feature – add your name and any additional text to make your own masterpiece. Gotcha Covered has over 300 designs, more than 10 internal paper options and six spiral colors for you to choose from! We encourage writing and drawing and children are more likely to use something that has been personalized with their name on it.
All Gotcha Covered Notebooks are handmade in Waynesboro, PA and produced in an SGP (Sustainable Green Printing) Facility. We are also CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) compliant, which means that our notebooks conform to industry standards and are safe to be used by kids!
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Think personalizing a notebook is difficult or takes a long time? The Gotcha Covered design studio is so easy to use, anyone can customize their notebook or create a design from scratch! Plus, each notebook ships out the next business day, and ground shipping is always free over $30!
We hope you’ll try our notebooks for your school year – shop now and get 50% OFF for a limited time with code B2S50!