Tips for Camping

Posted Aug 06, 2018

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.

  1.        Plan and prepare all of your meals ahead of time.

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.

  1.        Bring all of the essentials, even if you think you won’t need them.

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.

  1.        Have plenty of activities and games for the kids to do.

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.

  1.        Stay organized. I repeat:  stay ORGANIZED.

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.

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“Fin” Facts About Sharks

Posted Jul 25, 2018

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.

  1. Sharks first appeared at last 420 million years ago – that’s nearly 200 million years before dinosaurs!
  2. Many prehistoric sharks survived a mass extinction – due to the traits they had and swimming deeper into oceans.
  3. Some of the very first sharks were quite small, despite their sizes now – many were less than a foot long!
  4. Most of what we know about ancient sharks comes from their fossilized teeth, since sharks don’t have bones to be fossilized.
  5. Not all prehistoric sharks are extinct – the Frilled shark and the Goblin shark are still alive today. Traits including 300 teeth have helped maintain their livelihood.
  6. The Megalodon is the largest known shark – now extinct,  estimated to be measuring at 40 feet minimum, up to 59 feet maximum, almost 3 times as long as the longest Great White!
  7. Prehistoric shark species are still being discovered – the most recent being released by an international team of scientists in September 2015.
  8. Not all sharks are carnivores; some are vegetarians just like the dinosaur species had a variety of carnivores and herbivores.
  9. The year 2015 saw a record number of shark attacks at 98 – most likely due to climate change and increased ocean temperatures along coastlines.
  10. Sharks have played an important role in Hawaiian and Greek mythology. In Hawaii they have been worshipped, cared for, protected, and fed by those who believed deceased ancestors took the form of animals – commonly believed to be 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.

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Back To School Tips

Posted Jul 17, 2018

The first day of school comes up fast and with the buzz of summer we can forget how important it is to start preparing for this time of year well in advance. To avoid more un-needed nerves during the already nerve-filled first day, we’ve created this list of tips to prepare you and your kids for this busy and exciting time of year.

  1.        Plan Ahead

Whether its lunches or transportation for your kids to and from school, these are small things to plan for that make big differences. Is your child going to pack a lunch every day, buy a lunch every day, or a combination of the two depending on the day? Will they get to school by bus, a carpool ride, or walking? Make sure your child is aware of these details to avoid nerves and confusion.

  1.        Stay Organized

It all starts with back to school shopping. During this time it is easy to find an assortment of colors and patterns of notebooks and folders to match for each and every subject. We suggest stocking up to make sure your child has enough for the entire school year, since it can be hard to find these items later and they’re often pricey. Use a label maker and planner for optimized organization.

Visit Gotcha Covered and use code EARLYB2S to save 50% on personalized planners and notebooks with standard writing paper or checklists to create those daily and weekly to-do lists.

  1.        Create A Schedule

Between sleep, homework, play time, and athletics the school year can get to be hectic and we lose track of who’s doing what and when. Having a color coded calendar of everyone’s schedules is helpful so no one misses a practice or game. It can be especially helpful to set up specific times for homework and a set bed time to help keep kids on a routine track to adopt into their adolescence.

We hope this list helps ease you and your kids into the school year comfortably. We know it can be a stressful time and we’d like to help keep you and your kids organized through the school year. Gotcha Covered is offering 50% off for an early back to school sale with code EARLYB2S. Don’t forget to let us know the tips and tricks your family uses during this busy time. We’d love to hear more great ideas!

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A Fun Family Summer Staycation

Posted Jun 25, 2018

Does your family have some time off from work and school? Are you looking for some affordable family fun during your time off, but not wanting to travel? Look no further, because we’ve “Gotcha Covered!” We’ve created a list of fun things to do both at home and close to home that will keep you busy for a week, or spread out the following ideas over a few weekends.

  1.       Create Your Own Mini Backyard Waterpark

Whether it’s simply a mini pool and sprinkler, or a homemade slip ‘n’ slide and obstacle course, you’re sure to stay cool in the summer sun with this one.

  1.       Go Camping in Your Backyard

Pitch a tent, gather some firewood, and buy the s’mores supplies. Even if you’re not going far, you can still get the full camping experience close to home. Set up a sheet and projector for an outdoor movie for even more fun and don’t forget the bug spray!

  1.       Explore Your Neighborhood

Whether walking or biking, you can travel local trails, visit local parks, and even participate in a real life treasure hunt by geocaching. If you’re not familiar with this and want to learn more, visit the geocaching website .

  1.       Do Something New

Check out local tourist spots, go to a dinner theater, or race against time at an escape room. If you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone try something like canoeing or rock climbing – you may just find a new favorite hobby with this one!

  1.       See Something New

Go visit your local museum, zoo, or aquarium to see awesome artifacts and animals. Don’t have any nearby? No problem. Thanks to virtual tours you can visit museums in other cities like the Boston Children’s Museum and the Miami Children’s Museum.

  1.       Host A Family Game Tournament

With a variety of card games, board games and outdoor games that can be played individually or on a team– this could get interesting. For even more fun, come up with a brand new game together as a family.

  1.       Host a Family Film Festival

Pick a theme as a family and have each family member pick a movie that fits the theme. Don’t forget the snacks either- you can let everyone pick one of these too. Use a Gotcha Covered Notebooks to take notes as you watch to discuss and rate with your family afterwards.

We hope you enjoy these fun and affordable staycation ideas with your family this summer. Comment below to let us know how your family enjoys their summer staycation!

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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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