Trick or Treat

Posted Oct 19, 2015


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.

  1. Young children (under 12-13) should always walk with an adult, preferably in the daylight/twilight. Older children should walk in a group of at least 3-5 children.
  2. Add reflective accessories to your costume, or use a glow-stick or flashlight to make sure you can be seen at night.
  3. Always be aware of cars, even when walking around a residential neighborhood. Be especially careful of walking in the street and past driveways.
  4. Don’t go to dark, unlit homes or get into a stranger’s car. Also, never enter a stranger’s home, or accept unwrapped candy or food from them.
  5. Parents should check all candy before it’s eaten for broken wrappers or candy that looks like it has been tampered with (did we mention this is a great time to sneak a Reese’s or two?).

Feel free to comment with any other Halloween safety tips that you think are important!

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Notebooks for a Cure

Posted Oct 12, 2015


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.

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Maze Printable

Posted Oct 01, 2015

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Family Fun Activities for Fall

Posted Sep 21, 2015
Family Fun Activities for Fall


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!

 



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It’s Hip to be Square

Posted Sep 07, 2015
Shop All Notebooks, Now Available in 8.5” x 8.5” Square!  Here's just a few of our favorites...

Create Your Own Digital RainbowAtomChalkboardLight BrightLove 2 WriteStand TallUnder the Microscope

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! 

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Take Note: How to be a Team Player This Fall

Posted Aug 26, 2015



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!

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All About Our Activity Book

Posted Aug 24, 2015


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!

Follow the Steps Below To Order:

  1.        Select your notebook design
  2.        Choose “Reusable” in the size option
  3.        Choose “Activity” in the paper option
  4.        Choose any spiral color and personalize however you wish – just like ordering any other notebook!

                                 

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What Makes Us Better?

Posted Aug 17, 2015

Notebook Comparison

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:

QUALITY

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.

OPTIONS

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.

SAFETY-CONSIOUS

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!

QUICK & EASY ORDERING

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!

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Getting Into A Routine

Posted Aug 10, 2015
Back to School Routine
As children grow, they learn to become responsible for their own chores and needs. As they begin to get into a routine, it’s great to give them a little reminder of what has to be done without nagging. Download our Back to School Reminder Checklist, below – print it and hang it on your child’s door as a daily reminder of what needs to be completed before they leave for the day!

A few important tasks to complete before school:
- Get dressed
- Make the bed
- Tidy up bedroom
- Eat breakfast
- Brush teeth
- Gather backpack, after-school needs and seasonal clothes prior to leaving the house

A few important tasks to complete after school:
- Complete homework
- Tidy up bedroom
- Put away toys and other things laying around
- Pack backpack for next day
- Shower or take a bath
- Get to bed at a reasonable time

Download our Back to School Reminder List here:

Back to School Routine Printable


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Packing a Well-Rounded Lunch

Posted Aug 03, 2015

Prior to grocery shopping, ask your child what they really like and what kinds of snacks they would prefer. Children are much more likely to eat food they enjoy and food that is a little “fun”. Download our easy-to-use lunch planner, below – use the bottom two rows for favorite foods; write them in and add magnets to the back so they can be reused again and again!

There are 4 – 5 elements of a school lunch – we’ve listed some of our favorites for each below.

The Main:
Classic PB&J
PB&B (Peanut butter, banana and a little honey)
Deli meat sandwich with mustard, ranch, or other spread – add a little lettuce and tomato for a few veggies
Deli meat wrap with a spread, lettuce and tomato
Chicken nuggets
The Fruit or Veggies:
Ants on a Log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
Baked banana and carrot chips (slice and bake)
Cinnamon apple sauce
Grape caterpillars (thread grapes through a skewer with raisin eyes)
Spinach or zucchini muffin cups (stuff as many veggies in the muffin as possible!)
The Snack:
Pretzels or baked chips
Popcorn
String cheese or a cheese round with a few crackers
Peanuts, almonds or walnuts
Edamame
The Dessert:
Mini candy bar
Homemade cookies
Marshmallows
Gummy bears
Jelly beans
To Drink:
Low-Fat Milk
Capri Sun
Gatorade
Sparkling Water
0-Calorie Soda

Download our Back to School Lunch Planner here:

Lunch Planning Printable

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