15 Ways to Save I Love You Dad

Posted Jun 06, 2018

Dads are important figures in a person’s life. They can teach you so many important things like how to do your taxes or how to ride a bike. Father’s Day is a time to celebrate your father figure and appreciate him. We gotcha covered with 15 different ways to show him how much you care!

  1.     Wash his car
  2.     Go for a bike ride together
  3.     Ask him if he needs help around the house
  4.     Play catch with him
  5.     Challenge him to a game of 1-on-1 basketball
  6.     Go for a walk with him
  7.     Make him his favorite dessert
  8.     Write him a heartfelt thank you note
  9.     Read a book together
  10.   Play cards together
  11.   Cook a meal together
  12.   Go run some of his errands for him
  13.   Take him to a game/concert of his choosing
  14.   Put a puzzle together
  15.   Go through the family photo album and reminisce all the good times

BONUS: Give your Dad a call on Father’s Day!

Don’t forget that Father’s Day is June 17th! If you do not have a Dad or they are no longer with us, it is important to remember them on Father’s Day and know that there are many other men who deserve some appreciation-- Grandpas, Uncles, Brothers, Cousins and Best Friends.

Looking for the perfect gift for your father figure? Check out these Father’s Day inspired notebooks surely to please any dad on Father’s Day.

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Class of 2018

Posted May 18, 2018

Whether it is a high school, undergrad, or Master’s degree, graduations are a huge milestone in one’s life! There are a lot of changes that happen after graduation, whether it be going off to college, entering into the “real world,” or even getting that big promotion. It’s important to celebrate such an accomplishment. We’ve gotcha covered with some really fun graduation party activity ideas to help celebrate your grad!

High School Graduation Party Activity Ideas:

1.  Backyard BBQ 

-       Inviting the entire graduating class, family and friends for a fun afternoon of food, outside games and laughter may seem like the “traditional” party, but they’re always a hit. Check out our Pinterest board for some great ideas for your backyard BBQ!

2.   Family Vacation

-       This is a really fun way to be together as a family to help celebrate your grad’s big day. It could also be a time to enjoy each other’s company all together one last bittersweet time before your grad goes off to college. (P.S- a trip is a great incentive for your grad to push through those final exams!)

3.   Tickets to Amusement

-       Take an unconventional approach to the graduation party and pack up the family for a road trip to an amusement park. Check out this guide for the top 10 amusement parks according to the Travel Channel.

College Graduation Party Activity Ideas:

1.  Trip to the brewery/winery

-       Once the graduation ceremony is over, travel out to the local winery/brewery for nice gathering with family and close friends in a beautiful setting.

2.   Tickets to Concert Series

-       With summer coming up, there are many concert series happening around the country. Instead of a traditional graduation party, gift your grad with some gas cards and concert tickets for a weekend of fun with friends. 

3.    Take a trip to a foreign land

-       Before your college grad takes that giant step from being in school to the “real world,” head out on an adventure of a lifetime to a place they have never been to before. Whether you stay within the United States or head out to another country, trips are always very fun!

Graduation time can always be very bittersweet. One chapter ends and another begins. Make sure to check out our new graduation themed notebooks as shown above. Hats off to all the Grads from all of us at Gotcha Covered!

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Show Mom You Love Her

Posted May 04, 2018

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start getting ready and to show the many Moms in your life how much they mean to you; whether it be your mom, grandma, wife, sister, aunt, mother-in-law or best friend. All Moms deserve to be shown so much love. Not only on Mother’s Day, but every day!

This Mother’s Day, we gotcha covered with some really simple and easy gift/craft ideas that would make any mother’s heart melt.

  1. Make Mom laugh with these Matching Mugs
  2. Moms love things that are both useful and home made, these oven mitts are perfect
  3. Show your Mother-in-Law some love with a this cute charm
  4. Grandmas are so proud of their grandkids, this wall decor sign will show everyone who walks into her house how proud she really is
  5. Sisters are built-in best friends, make sure she is loved with this bracelet

Mother’s Day is a day dedicated to show all the moms in the world how much they are loved and appreciated. Make sure you find the perfect gift and DON’T forget to give that special woman in your life a call on Mother’s Day.

For all of these ideas and many more, check out our Pinterest board. Already have a gift for your Mom? Let us know what you got her down below, we promise we won’t tell! 

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What We Offer

Posted Apr 18, 2018

Gotcha Covered Notebooks was conceived under the idea of providing people of all ages a notebook custom made just for them. We have well over 450 designs and 13+ paper options that would fit anyone’s style and needs. While we might still just be starting out, here are some reasons why you should choose us over our competitors.

Made in the USA

All of our notebooks are designed and handcrafted right here in the USA. Know you can feel good about a product that is 100% made right here at home!

Free Shipping on orders over $30

High quality business is one of our core values at Gotcha Covered. One way we provide high quality to our customers is that all orders over $30 get free shipping.

CPSIA Certified

Another way we provide high quality products to our customers is the fact we are CPSIA certified. Our notebooks conform to industry standards and are safety tested in accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

Our team checks every single order to assure quality and to make sure our products look the best for you. If an order isn’t correct, we promise to make it right. We promise to take whatever steps necessary to ensure you are completely happy with your purchase.

We stand behind every product we sell unconditionally. We assure your order will be free from damage and correctly personalized. Our goal is to give you, our customers, and more choices than our competitors for a completely custom notebook that is perfect just for you.

Want to learn more about us? Check out this short video about Gotcha Covered Notebooks!

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Posted Mar 24, 2018

The weather is warming up, the days are getting longer, and the snow is melting away. Spring is here! After a long winter of hibernation and the busy holiday season, it’s always a great idea to give the house a deep clean to welcome in the new season.

We’ve got 5 tips for you to make spring cleaning go smoother, so you can spend more time outside!

1. Make a “Clean Plan”

Our Checklist paper is perfect to list out exactly what things and places in your home need to get clean. Maybe you’d finally like to go through your closet and get rid of some old clothes you no longer wear, or clean out the pantry where there’s food that has been in there for who knows how long… writing it all out can help you remember all the little places you’d like to clean.

2.   Stop and get new cleaning supplies

After you make a clean plan, head to the store to get a ton of new cleaning supplies. Giving your house a new scent and ensuring you have enough products will help you to stop putting off excuses to not get it done. 

3.  Bring in reinforcements

While this might not be the most exciting thing you and your family could be doing, it is necessary after a long winter to air things out and get things cleaned out before the rush of summer is upon us. Give each child in your family a list of just a few tasks and make it into a game where whoever finishes first gets a prize. Turn on some music and get to cleaning!  

4.  Multitasking is key
Being able to do several things simultaneously will help get spring cleaning done faster. For instance, if you want to clean out your kitchen cabinets that hold all of your dishes, put all those dishes in the dishwasher and then scrub out the cabinets. That way you have clean cabinets AND clean dishes!

Have any spring cleaning tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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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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