Everyone Makes Mistakes

I was working on the farm with my construction team today as we were putting up a sunshade over the swimming pool.  I had given detailed instructions complete with detailed drawings, measurements, calculations, etc.

I stepped away for a few moments to tend to another project underway and when I came back, my team had welded a 24′ steel crossbrace onto 14′ uprights sideways (at a 90-degree rotated angle from how it should have been attached).  We laughed about it and spent a couple hours cutting it down and re-doing it correctly.

The lesson is that despite the best preparation, unexpected interruptions come up and things don’t always go perfectly smoothly.  A day-to-day example for Moms is lunchtime, when an unexpected phone call might divert your attention just long enough for your little one to dump a bowl of yogurt or rad, saucy food onto your chairs.

That is why Everyday Elegance Chair Covers help us manage those little speed bumps with grace and style and not lose our cool.  Because they are waterproof, the chair underneath the cover is protected, and because they are easily removed and washable clean-up becomes a snap.

With all the rest that life throws at us, isn’t it good to know you don’t have to worry about some of life’s little unexpected accidents?

Add a dash of holiday spirit to your kitchen or dining room with Sagey Green and Richly Red chair covers

This holiday season, why not spice up your kitchen or dining room with Sagey Green or Richly Red Everyday Elegance Chair Covers?   This is a quick, easy, and economical way to give your room a little sprucing up for the holidays, or even for everyday appearance.

  • Our chair covers are easy to put on and easy to take off with a simple velcro flap.
  • These dining chair protectors are waterproof and washable so they protect your kitchen or dining chairs from that unexpected gravy spill.
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Sagey Green Everyday Elegance Chair Cover, available on Amazon.com

Richly Red Everyday Elegance Chair Cover_


  • You could even mix Richly Red and Ebony Black dining chair slipcovers to give your dining room a more formal and elegant appearance.
Ebony Black Everyday Elegance Chair Cover

Ebony Black Everyday Elegance Chair Cover, available on Amazon.com













  • Everyday Elegance Chair Covers can easily and economically change the look of your dining room.
Everyday Elegance Chair Covers change the look of your Dining Room

Everyday Elegance Chair Covers change the look of your Dining Room


  • Everyday Elegance Chair Covers also fit a variety of sizes and styles of chairs.
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Everyday Elegance Chair Covers Collage Your Fit, Your Style, Your Choice


In summary, Everyday Elegance Chair Covers come in many different colors.  Sagey Green and Richly Red are festive holiday colors that can help dress up the look of your kitchen or dining room.  They are available on Amazon.com


From all of us at ViveVita.com, please have a happy, healthy, safe and nourishing holiday season!  We are looking forward to serving you in the New Year!

Funding a small business – the ‘dirty’ truth

Funding a small business idea

Well…money doesn’t really grow on trees, I think we all know that by now!

Funding your great idea is more like growing a tree from a tiny seed.  It takes a lot of work and care and all of the right circumstances in order for the tree to grow and the finances to flourish.

Bank loans are not your first resource for funding your idea, they want to see your equity and what you have done to contribute to the financing of your idea – they need a track record.

Your first funds will come from you…your savings, your vacation fund, your 401K, your kids’ college funds, your credit cards (and all of the other credit card offers that come your way!), your lemonade stands, and your friends and family.  That’s the ‘dirty’ truth.

Your cash, your credit, your savings...your investment!

Your cash, your credit, your savings…your investment!

Your resources may not be the great pool of funds that you were hoping for, but they are what is available to you and that is what you have to start with.  What this probably means is that you also have to start your business smaller than you wanted to.  Work out of your home, work in the evenings, open tables at local shows, a small kiosk instead of a store, online sales versus traditional retail, etc.  Small beginnings grow to larger profits (or…in some cases, they mean less of a loss if your idea doesn’t fly!).

One of the best parts of this phase of the business is that you learn how to be resourceful and creative, “where there is a will, there is a way”.  You will never, ever have ‘enough’ money for your business, there will always be more that you can do if you just had more money.  You just as well start with that mentality and make the best use of the money that you have available.

Another ‘dirty’ truth is that things are not as rosy in this economy as they were a few years ago and you really have to do some serious research and planning in order to ensure that your idea is going to work and that the funds that you spend will not be wasted.   As the builders say, “Measure twice and cut once”; it’s critical that you do way more researching and evaluating before you start spending the money on implementation.

Get more information via the Twitter play-by-play for Financing Your Great Small Business Idea from today’s ShopTalk discussion with the Charlotte Observer at … http://m.charlotteobserver.com/charlotte/db_97739/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=WDhNB0LC

Many thanks to our friends at the Charlotte Observer for the opportunity to participate in this morning’s ShopTalk panel.


P.S.  Here is a link to the Charlotte Observer Article: