ViveVita Everyday Elegance Chair Covers Rank #1 and #2 on Amazon.com

It has happened again!

This morning (6/29/2013) I looked, and our Everyday Elegance Chair Covers were ranked #1 Amazon Bestseller for Simply Linen style, and #2 for Creamy Brown in the following category:

This is always good news, and encouraging to see something you have created have real life support from real people.  We would like to give a great big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has shown us so much support every step of the way, and everyone who has purchased and use our products.

Gripsterz Child Leash Alternative

We do a fair amount of traveling as a family.  At the moment we are traveling abroad with all the children.  So I thought this might be a good time to write some a blog post or two about keeping children close when traveling.

If you have ever had to bring your children with you through a busy airport such as Miami International Airport or London Heathrow you know how hectic and hair-raising it can be.  Multiply that be 100 and you know the feeling of taking your children through some of the third-world airports missionary families encounter on a regular basis.

Now imagine being in line for the security checkpoint with all your kids, your carry-on items and travel gear.   You definitely want to keep your children close, but sometimes when you use a traditional child leash or harness your child will realize they are being tied up or involuntarily restricted.  Does it help to have them sit down in the middle of the causeway and start bawling their eyes out since this restriction makes them feel like they are being punished when they haven’t done anything wrong?

Gripsterz child tether alternative at SJO San Jose, Costa Rica

Keeping children close with Gripsterz child harness alternative during international travel

Gripsterz Stay Along, which is comprised of a walking rope and voluntary character handle, helps alleviate that stress.  Children hold on to the handle because they like the monkey character, and they do not get upset since they are not being involuntarily restricted.

Gripsterz also gives children a feeling of security and ‘connectedness’.   They don’t have to cling to Mom’s leg because they are in a strange new environment.  Decreasing stress and anxiety for kids helps decrease stress for parents.

While there is no silver bullet for all people in all situations, we have used Gripsterz as an alternative to a child leash extensively during international travel and have found it works wonderfully for our family.

Everyday Elegance Chair Covers is an Amazon #1 Bestseller!

ViveVita’s Everyday Elegance Chair Covers have climbed to the top ranks for Dining Chair Slipcovers on Amazon.com!  The Creamy Brown color and Simply Linen Color have been trading spots back and forth for the #1 slot the last couple days.  Both have stayed in the top 5, with other colors reaching the top 20.

Here is a snapshot of the rankings this morning (Feb 2, 2013):

Everyday Elegance Chair Covers top Amazon 2-2-13

Everyday Elegance Chair Covers top Amazon 2-2-13

 

Congratulations to Robyn and the team at ViveVita!

Organizing Winter Clothes

SO, I don’t know about your house, but during the winter time we are flooded with hats, sweaters, coats, vests, boots, scarves, mittens, etcetera, etcetera, etceteraaaaaahhhhh….

Here are some tips on getting organized and keeping stuff from taking over the house:

Ikea Gear Locker

1) Ikea lockers:  we bought a dual-locker/drawer combination a couple years ago at Ikea or Pottery Barn Outlet or somewhere like that.  It is about 6′ tall, has two head-height shelves, under which are quad-hanging hooks on each side and a ‘locker space’.  Then under that the locker comes out about 10 or 12″ into a perfect-height seating area for children, and a foot-locker drawer beneath.  In the warm weather we keep soccer and swimming gear in here, and in the winter we keep boots, mittens, scarves and other various implements of destruction.

2) Stack-able plastic drawer-bins:  Robyn has used these for years for the smaller children’s mini-dressers in the laundry room, rather than truck laundry up and down the stairs (since the little guys get dressed in the laundry next to the kitchen anyway).  She found a pair of three-drawer sets that fit perfectly into the locker-space of the above Ikea lockers to help further organize gear.    We also use a larger and deeper one in a nearby closet to keep shoes (mostly) out of sight when not in use.

Shoe Closet Storage bins

Shoe Closet Storage bins

Behind door pocket array

Behind door pocket array

3) Behind-the door pocket hanger:  Robyn found a great way to keep ‘formal dress’ such as belts, church shoes, etc. organized and easy to find during the Sunday-morning scramble.  This array of pockets hangs on the back of the door to the laundry room and is an invaluable asset for getting ready and finding things easily.  She also has one hanging in the laundry area for easy access and storage for socks and tights for little ones, as well as those poor unpaired socks the laundry monster tends to create.

4) Hanging hooks and ‘storage steps’ in the garage:  since a lot of our entry and egress from the house is through the garage, we put rows of hangers along the stairway.  But as our family grows, we have been outgrowing our hanger space, and it wraps around the wall into the front of the car bay.  Since this is also a place where random stuff tends to get piled, and then the little guys can’t reach their coats, I took some pressure treated wood left over from another project and built an elongated three-step ‘storage-bench’.  This serves a few purposes:

  • the steps are hinged so sports equipment can be easily stored and accessed in the space under the steps during off-season;
  • mudboots are stored on top of the steps to keep the mess outside of the house;
  • the children can still climb the steps (when they are not a complete mess) to reach the jackets on hangers above.
Flip-top Garage Storage Steps

Flip-top Garage Storage Steps

Many thanks to Robyn for the brains and inspiration to help us get dressed and get to places.  If it were solely up to me, I am afraid we’d never get out of jammies.

It’s a New Year and it’s time for some change. We’ve got you covered!

Yes, it’s that time of year when we all think about organizing, starting over, and change. For most of us, our kitchen and eating area sees the most action in a day.
Wouldn’t you love to see some change in the areas that you see the most of (like all.day.long!). We’ve got you covered! Well, maybe not completely, but we do have your dining chairs covered!

If the spirit of ‘redo’ has hit and you would like to see a change in your dining room or kitchen, Everyday Elegance chair covers can help.

Everyday Elegance Dining Chair Covers - Time for Change

Everyday Elegance Dining Chair Covers – Time for Change

You can easily change the look of your kitchen or cover the stained chairs you have – giving them a nice, clean new look.

Everyday Elegance Chair Covers - Cover old dining chairs

Everyday Elegance Chair Covers – Cover old dining chairs

Everyday Elegance Chair Covers: Before-After

Everyday Elegance Chair Covers: Before-After

 

It’s that simple – imagine what your kitchen or dining area would look like if your chairs were covered in a different color. How fun is that?

You can change your look for the holidays or parties or everyday – all the while protecting your chairs at the same time.
Everyday Elegance Chair Covers – elegant enough to create a whole new look, savvy enough to protect the look.
Definitely worth the investment.
Go ahead, go for the change! Your kitchen or dining room will thank you!

9 Great Tips for Taking Care of Sick Children

Taking care of sick little ones can be a tough job!  Your instinct is to hold and cuddle your sick little bundle, however…hiding behind those sweet little droopy pair of eyes is a cranky and uncooperative child.  Not to mention that even though you really would love to hold them all-day-long, that rarely is an option.

The primary things that sick kids need are fluids and rest.  When kids are really sick, the rest comes easy and it is hard to push fluids.  When kids are a little sick, the fluids are somewhat easier and the rest is hard to push.

Here are nine great tips to make taking care of sick little ones easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

1. Make a portable SICK BED that is close to Mommy or any caretaker – kitchen floor, laundry room, or wherever Mommy is for that time.  A sick bed is easily made with blankets and pillows.  Keeping them close makes them less likely to get up and come looking for you!

Portable Sick Bed for child

Portable Sick Bed for child

2. Put together a SICK BASKET of your little one’s favorite things – books, toys, blankets, etc.

Sick Basket for child

Sick Basket for child

3. Have a TASTE TESTING!  Offer lots of different fluids for taste testing.  Give small amounts frequently to encourage fluids.  This can also help with getting your child to take medicine, add the medicine as one of the flavors to test.

Taste Test - Encourage fluids for sick children

Taste Test – Encourage fluids for sick children

4. Offer FUN WAYS TO DRINK.  Kids love fun and different stuff.  Offer their drink in different types of cups or containers – small to large.  Use straws, bottles, or even medicine dispensers.  Popsicles are always a fun way to push fluids.

 

Fun ways to drink - encourage fluids for sick children

Fun ways to drink – encourage fluids for sick children

5. Put a small PLUSH TOY (especially the beany type) in the FREEZER and use it for a fever reducer.  You can wet the toy with cold water if it doesn’t hold the cold from the freezer very well (they do dry!).  Put several in the freezer and let your child choose which one gets to ‘take care’ of him/her next.

Cold stuffed animal for fever reduction

Cold stuffed animal for fever reduction

6. For tummy aches: use a TUMMY WARMER.  Make a rice sock or get a reheatable plush animal for those tummy aches that you just can’t seem to do anything for.  It’s amazing how a little moist heat can help a tummy feel better.

 

Tummy Warmer for kids tummy aches

Tummy Warmer for kids tummy aches

WarmBuddy for tummy aches

WarmBuddy for tummy aches

7. Get help!  Ask a sibling to be a NURSE and help take care of their sick brother or sister.  They may have lots of good ideas for entertaining or offering comfort.

Siblings help take care of sick little ones

Siblings help take care of sick little ones

 

8. Keep a BUCKET near by!  You might need it quickly for throwing up or a handy trash can for tissues and such.

Bucket for sick children

Bucket for sick children

9. Set up a BEDSIDE TABLE and SICK ZONE.  Keep everything you and your sick child could need near by.  Make it special for your little one.

Bedside table for sick child

Bedside table for sick child

Bonus!  Go ahead and cuddle and hold them as much as you can, those opportunities don’t last forever!