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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?

Chair Covers Are Great for Homes with Pets

Our family has had an incredible opportunity this year.  We are living in Central America on a farm for a year while the children learn Spanish.  Don’t worry–we are still running the business remotely.  Who would have thought you could do this fifteen years ago?

So while we live on a farm we have several new animal friends, including three dogs, two bunny rabbits, horses, a pony, some cows and chickens…am I forgetting anything?

everyday elegance chair covers

Everyday Elegance Chair Covers in Simply Red

Well, the point is if you have any animals in your home like dogs or cats, it is good to have chair protectors.  With all animals you can keep fur away from your precious chairs.  With cats and any other animals that might be on top of the chair you can help prevent them from shredding your chair fabric by using chair protectors.

And if your chair protectors are waterproof, like our Everyday Elegance Chair Covers, you are also protected against the occasional spill or accident you might encounter with animals.

An added bonus is that they are easy to take off and put on, and they are washable.  Since they are economically priced in packages of 2, you can also have a couple different sets and change the look of your kitchen or dining room chairs (and the look of your whole room) in a heartbeat!

How to Evaluate Dining Chair Covers

When you are looking to buy kitchen chair covers or dining room chair protectors you may be tempted to pick something off a website that has a nice-looking pattern or looks good in the pictures.  But here are some things that may be worth considering before you make that purchase:

  1. Why are you buying the dining chair covers?  Is it simply to change the look of your dining room, or is it primarily to protect the chairs.  If your dining room is more of a museum that does not get used, the look alone may be the deciding factor.  But if you want to actually protect your chairs from spills and damage, consider the following:
    1. Is the chair cover waterproof?  If your chair cover is only ‘water repellent’ or’water resistant’, or is not waterproof at all, and you have a spill you might find yourself actually doing more work since you have to clean the chair cover plus the chair underneath.
    2. Is the chair cover washable?  If your chair cover is not washable and you have a spill or stain, are you willing to throw away the slipcover, or continue to use it with the stain remaining as an eyesore?
  2. Can you easily put the chair covers on and take them off?  If you need to remove the chair covers to wash them or to change the look of your dining room, will it take you a few seconds for an easy change-out, or will you be frustrated with multiple knots and contraptions?  Will you have to climb under the chair to get to some knots each time you want to change the seat protector?  Whether you are buying chair covers just for looks or for protective function you will need to change them periodically.  This will be an important factor you recognize over time.
  3. Everyday Elegance Chair Covers Collage Your Fit Your Choice

    Everyday Elegance Chair Covers Collage Your Fit, Your Style, Your Choice

    Will the dining room chair cover fit on your chairs?  Certain chair covers are custom-designed for only one type of chair.  Others are more flexible and will fit multiple different styles of chair.

  4. Is your chair cover comfortable to sit on?  Or will your guests be sticking to an uncomfortable plastic seat like the old vinyl chair covers of the 1970’s?  Let’s face it, chairs are made to be sat upon.  If you never intend to let anyone sit on your chairs then any chair cover will do.  However, if you plan to use your chairs you may want to consider making sure they are comfortable for the users.

ViveVita’s Everyday Elegance Chair Covers are waterproof and washable.  They can easily and quickly be put on and taken off with a simple hook-and-loop sash.  The soft microfiber weave feels good to the touch and they are not made of sticky vinyl.

Everyday Elegance Chair Covers change the look of your Dining Room

Everyday Elegance Chair Covers change the look of your Dining Room

Our chair covers are a cost effective way to quickly and easily change the look of your kitchen chairs or dining chairs.  They are available on Amazon.com.  Please feel free to read our reviews on Amazon.com and see what other people are saying about our chair covers.

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.
Everyday Elegance Chair Covers Collage Your Fit Your Choice

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!

Post-Holiday Spirit

I recently wrote and article for Ezine online magazine regarding how to keep the holiday cheer going after the calendar tells us the ‘holiday’ is over.

You can read it here.

The short version is that we can keep up the holiday spirit by continuing to gather with friends and family, even without a ‘holiday reason’.  We can also keep a room cheerfully decorated to help us navigate through some of the dreary times of winter.  One way to easily change the decor of your dining room or kitchen is to use Everyday Elegance Chair Covers.  Simply take one set off and put a different set on—presto!  A fresh new feel with minimal effort.

Redecorate your dining room easily and inexpensively!

Redecorate your dining room easily and inexpensively!

 

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.

Robyn

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

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/09/17/4321402/how-to-fund-your-great-idea.html#.UjmlesZwp8E