Holiday Facts for Your Holiday Season [HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ATLANTIC SOLUTIONS]

The holiday season is swiftly approaching and all of us at Atlantic Solutions are so looking forward to the prospect of celebrating with our families the season of good tidings and cheer. While we are all familiar with the usual traditions of Christmastime, we thought we’d learn a bit more about the lesser known facts of this wonderful time of the year. For your reading pleasure, Atlantic Solutions has collected 10 facts you may not have known about the tradition of Christmastime.

  1. It is thought, originally, that Germany was one of the first places where evergreen branches were used in solstice ceremonies to represent the return of spring after a long winter. 
  2. Christmas trees became popular after the marriage of Germany’s Prince Albert to Queen Victoria. The pair were painted in front of a Christmas tree, brought by Prince Albert, and they became instantly popular once the public saw the decorated tree.Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 11.06.14 AM
  3. Rudolph the red-nose reindeer was invented by the monopoly retail company Montgomery Ward as a way to get children to purchase coloring books. The incentive being Rudolph’s red nose.
  4. The song “White Christmas,” is the best-selling song ever recorded. poinsettia.gif
  5. The Poinsettia flower, a popular Christmas decoration, is originally from Mexico.
  6. Artificial Christmas trees have outsold actual live Christmas trees since 1991. No needle cleanup!
  7. President Franklin Pierce was the first person to decorate an official White House Christmas tree.
  8. Scientists did the math and determined that Santa Claus would have to visit 822 homes per second, traveling at 650 miles per second to deliver all the world’s presents in one night.
  9. Wassailing means toasting neighbors to goodwill and the blessing of a long life.
  10. The word Noel, used commonly in Christmas songs, comes from the French expression, “Les Bonnes Nouvelles,” which translates to good news. 

We hope these facts have sparked your interest and gotten you as excited for Christmas as we are at Atlantic Solutions. From everyone at Atlantic Solutions we truly wish you a season full of celebration, happiness, joy and close family traditions. To see what Atlantic Solutions is up to during this Christmas season, follow us on Instagram.

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Fun Events in New York City [HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ATLANTIC SOLUTIONS!]

December is here and with the holiday season comes all the fun events throughout the New York City area, only an hour away from us! Atlantic Solutions put together a fun list of some of the events going on throughout December that are easy to get to and super exciting to be a part of. So get our your calendar and keep reading!

  1. Check out the Bryant Park Winter Village where there are beautiful lights and ice skating, open through March. 
  2. For a classic Christmas tradition, purchase tickets to the Radio City Spectacular, a wild night of high kicks and classic Christmas music. It’s well worth the experience.
  3. The Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting ceremony is one for the picture books. Try and make a weekend of it and head into New York City to see this glorious tree. 
  4. Looking for Christmas gifts? Check out the Grand Bazaar on the Upper West Side. This menagerie of different local artists and craftsmen is the perfect place to find those last minute gifts, open until the 24th of December. 
  5. Classic Harbor Cruises are beautiful in December, with all of New York City lit up and beautiful. Check out the holiday deals for Cocoa and Carols, Holiday Wine Tasting and much more. More details available here.
  6. Check out the famous window displays, stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Macy’s that go all out to celebrate the holiday spirit and commercialism.
  7. If you want a very New York experience, purchase a bus ticket for The Ride. The Ride is unlike any other bus, with LED Screens and full glass windows to see the sights of New York. Get on this and it will take you all around the best lit holiday scenery that New York City has to offer, including The Empire State Building, Schubert Alley, 42nd Street, Broadway Row, Carnegie Hall, and Columbus Circle.

As you can see there is no end to the opportunities that New York City has to offer during this wonderful time of the year. Atlantic Solutions is lucky to be so close to all of these events and we plan to head out with some of our work friends to see at least a few of these fun things. From all of us at Atlantic Solutions, we hope your holiday season is the best it can be.

5 Tips to Keep Your Business Mojo Fresh

At Atlantic Solutions we are always looking to improve our business skills and entrepreneurial attitudes. We like to keep up with the needs of our customers and clients, so it is more important than ever to stay up to date with the changing technology and business practices of the business world.

Atlantic Solutions put together 5 business tips to keep in mind while navigating this ever-changing field of work, check it out!

  1. Keep up your social media presence. Social media has become such an integral part of any business. People look to your profiles to learn more about you, your company and your business habits. If someone can’t find you online they may not take a second look at a company with no online presence.

2. Always continue to network, and not just through social media! You never know when certain connections are going to pave the way to achieving your goals. This is one of the reasons we love to take our Atlantic Solutions team to quarterly conferences. The more success-minded people we get to meet, the better.


3. Be decisive. You’ll increase your credibility by calling the right shots with confidence. It’s not about making a “quick” decision on impulse — it’s about making an informed decision with certainty.


4. Run your business like a meritocracy, reward those who are working hard. Be sure not to play favorites, instead focus on those who can do better and those who are already working incredibly hard. Building up this system of rewards increases the existing passion for working hard among your current employees. This is the absolute name of the game here at Atlantic Solutions.

 


All of us at Atlantic Solutions understand that running a small business is challenging, but we’re hoping these tips may help to guide the way. The important thing is to look to your mentors and those who’ve succeeded before you. Follow Atlantic Solutions on Instagram to keep up with what we’re doing!

The Power of Having Business Cards When Expanding Your Network [Insight]

Atlantic Solutions’ mission is to grow into a global leader in the marketing industry. In order to do that, we have to market ourselves to prospective clients for us to able to grow and eventually expand. That requires us to introduce ourselves, give an overview of what we do, and explain why companies should want to hire us.

But we’re not here to talk about ourselves, we’re here to talk about you, and how you can market yourself.

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The reason we talked about Atlantic Solutions’ strategy is because it’s the same strategy you should have when “marketing” yourself to your network. If you don’t properly inform and represent yourself, no one will know who you are or what you do. Enter business cards.

Business cards wield more power than they are given credit for. They leave a lasting impression that entails more than just having a card on hand. A business card can tell someone a lot about who you are just by the design, feel, or layout. Just by being prepared enough to carry them, proves you are someone who comes prepared and goes the extra mile.

When trying to build your network, it’s difficult to keep track of everyone as well as their job position and other work related affiliations. Giving out a business card makes it much more likely that someone will actually contact you. By handing out something easily accessible that contains all your contact information, the invitation is always open. Plus, handing out a business card is far more professional than asking someone you may not know very well, such as a prospective client, for their personal cell phone on the spot.

Finally, a business card is a small canvas that allows you to show who you are. If you take the time to really customize and personalize your card so it has your own unique flare, it will be recognized. Make it your own, and let it tell people a little bit about you.

You’ll find that having business cards will allow you to be more organized, expand your network more efficiently, and increase prospective clients. For you, there’s no reason not to hand out as many as you can, it can only benefit you. While Atlantic Solutions sets up the strategy, it’s the business cards that seal the deal. Take the time to order some and you will be glad you did.

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6 Ways to Become a Better Leader

Atlantic Solutions is proud to have some of the strongest leaders in the industry on our team. But the truth is that none of them got to where they are now without putting in hours and hours of hard work. We thought we’d save you a few of those hours but putting together a list of 6 of the most important lessons that every effective leader has learned.

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”  -Vince Lombardi

1) Actions speak louder than words

Above all else, a good leader must lead by example. You can’t expect your team to behave a certain way if you’re behaving differently. For example, instead of telling your employees to be on time, start coming to work early. If you’re setting a good example, chances are that they’ll follow.

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2) Maintain a student mentality

One of the most common mistakes that lousy leaders make is to assume that they know everything. Surround yourself with mentors. Even a president needs a team of advisors to support him. Observe the habits and actions of other strong leaders and learn from them, because there’s always room for improvement.

3) Patience is key

When one of your employees makes a mistake, take the time to pull them aside and encourage them. Make an effort to always be patient and forgiving. An effective leader is respected, not fearedbut respect has to be earned.

4) Support your team

Your employees are more likely to flourish if they know that you have their backs. Their goals should be your goals, because you can only be as successful as the people that you lead.

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6) Be humble

Another pitfall of poor leaders is arrogance. Healthy communication is vital for any relationship, and if your focus is on being a member of the team rather than a boss, your employees will feel comfortable communicating with you openly.

As will all things, practice makes perfect. Start implementing these good habits today. You may not transform into a world-class leader overnight, but working hard at them will yield results!

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10 Fun Facts About Our State of New Jersey

At Atlantic Solutions (Somerset, NJ), we are proud to call New Jersey our home state! Located only an hour drive from New York City, New Jersey has some pretty interesting trivia when it comes to the state itself. Atlantic Solutions picked out ten of the top facts about our beautiful state of New Jersey for your reading pleasure, we hope you enjoy!

  1. New Jersey has an average of 1,030 people per square mile which is 13 times more than the national average. This means we have the highest population density in the United States area!! 
  2. Our beautiful Cape May is the oldest seashore resort in the United States. If you haven’t been there before, be sure to give it a try.Screen Shot 2017-06-23 at 10.09.21 AM.png
  3. New Jersey is often referred to as the “Diner Capital of the World,” because it has the most diners of any US State! 
  4. North Jersey is home to the most shopping malls in one specific area. There are 7 major shopping malls within just a 25-mile stretch.
  5. Some New Jersey natives include Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jude Blume, Aaron Burr, Frank Sinatra, Jack Nicholson and Queen Latifah! Talk about some interesting people!
  6. Atlantic City, one of Atlantic Solutions’ favorite New Jersey cities, is home to the street names that appear in the popular game, Monopoly! Pass Go to Collect $200! Atlantic City is also home to the longest Boardwalk in the world, a fact which also appears in the Monopoly game.
  7. The world’s tallest water tower resides in the state of New Jersey.Screen Shot 2017-06-23 at 10.15.09 AM.png
  8. Like drive-in movies? Well, the first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden!
  9. Ever been to the Spoon Museum? That’s right, New Jersey has a spoon museum that features a collection of over 5,400 spoons from all over the world. Be sure to check that out sometime.
  10. There are 21 counties in New Jersey, all of them contribute to the interesting and historical population that make New Jersey so unique.

Atlantic Solutions is so lucky to be located in a place that is so rich in history, people and imagination. We think it’s important to get to know your state, and from learning all of this about New Jersey we love it even more! Follow Atlantic Solutions on Instagram to see what we’re up to in Somerset, NJ.

3 Simple Personal Finance Tips That Will Boost Your Money Management Skills [Useful Tips]

Atlantic Solutions (Somerset, NJ), is home to plenty of young professionals. When you’re young it is especially important to manage your money properly in order to prepare for the future. Of course, it is also important to effectively manage your money in older years; however, it is crucial to craft a strong foundation for yourself while you’re young. Here are 5 easy ways that will help your money management skills.

  1. Budget and Reduce Spending

In order to manage your money adequately, you’re going to need to have some money to manage in the first place. Spending money on groceries, rent, utilities, etc. is totally okay and obviously necessary. However, the cost of entertainment is what really kills savings accounts. Entertainment is not only going out to the movies or grabbing drinks on the weekend – it’s eating out, shopping, or getting a coffee every morning. Those expenses really add up. At Atlantic Solutions, we sure love to treat ourselves when we can – but priorities are priorities!

Pack lunches, make your own coffee and buy new clothes only when necessary. Those entertainment expenses are killer so chop them down any way that you can. Your future self will thank you!

2. Start Building an Emergency Fund

Emergency funds are essential for many reasons. Firstly, you never know when something is going to happen. This could be unexpected costs such as funerals, medical bills, unanticipated auto-work, home repair, and a number of other things. Real emergencies. In other words, an upcoming Drake concert doesn’t count as an emergency.

These funds should be equal to 3-6 months of expenses. For example, if you spend $1,000 per month on expenses – your emergency fund should be between $3,000-$6,000. After taking money from the account, it is important to do the best you can to replenish it.

3. Pay Off High-Interest Debt

Debt is the worst – but we all have it. However, like a sickness, it will only get worse if you ignore it. There are two different methods for tackling accumulated, high-interest debt.

  • The Snowball Method is when you pay debts starting from the one with the smallest interest rate. This can give you a morale boost because you can actually watch debts disappear – yet, the debts with higher interest rates are still remaining untouched, thus costing more money in the long run.
  • The Avalanche Method is kind of what it sounds like. Paying your debts down, starting with the one with the highest interest rate. It can be overwhelming at first; however, this method saves you the most money in the long run.

Also, be careful with minimum payments! If you can budget properly and consistently keep an emergency fund, there’s no reason not to eliminate your debt while you can!

 

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America’s Haunted Houses [HAPPY ALMOST HALLOWEEN!] 🎃

Octoburrrr is here and the chill is in the air. Atlantic Solutions loves Halloween and every scary movie that has to do with this chilling holiday. Speaking of chilling, have you ever checked out the most haunted places in America? Look no further, Atlantic Solutions has compiled a list for your enjoyment. Hang with a friend if you’re easily scared and let’s read about some of the most haunted places in all of America.

  1. We’ll start with place not very far from us. Seabrook-Wilson House in Monmouth County, NJ is also known as the “Spy House.” Given that name because the owners used to get the redcoats drunk and pass along information to the rebels. After the house had stood for many years people began to report vivid tales of ghosts and espionage in the house’s history.Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.08.22 PM
  2. The Whaley House in San Diego, CA is dubbed America’s most haunted house. Supposedly their have been ghosts roamed its hallways since it was built.Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.22.14 PM
  3. The Joshua Ward House in Salem, MA. This house was apparently built atop the land of Mr. George Corwin who was a judge during the salem witch trails. A Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.17.59 PMblack lady was frequently sighted throughout the property. She was actually caught on camera once, and many people still debate if the photo is a hoax or not.
  4. The Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco, CA was originally a girls’ finishing school called The Mary Lake School for Girls. The headmistress was so devastated upon its closing that it is said she roams the halls to this day. Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.33.48 PM
  5. The Lizzy Borden Murder House in Fall River, MA is where young Lizzy Borden murdered her parents, who haunt the house until the end of time.Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.23.52 PM
  6. The Amityville Horror House, located in Long Island, NY was renowned for the paranormal experiences of the Lutz family who moved into the house in the 1970’s only to find out that there had been a family murdered there. They moved out of the house very quickly.Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.28.25 PM

We hope we didn’t scare you too badly! From everyone at Atlantic Solutions we hope you have a very spooky, enjoyable Halloween season, and stay away from haunted houses!

5 Superfoods to Incorporate into Your Diet [LIST]

Dieting is hard. We love healthy foods, fitness, and wellness here at Atlantic Solutions, but sometimes half of the battle can be picking the right foods to eat. Superfoods are extremely healthy, nutrient-dense foods that are perfect for a healthy lifestyle.

Here are 5 superfoods that will make your diet that much better!

1. Avocados

Avocados are in style – and not for the wrong reasons. A delicious fruit (you heard us right, avocados are fruits!) that is known for being packed with Vitamins C, E, K, and B6 —  as well as tons of micronutrients! Also, avocados are full of fat. Don’t worry – it’s the good kind of fat! Mono-saturated fats actually lower your risk of heart disease and lower your cholesterol.

Pro tip – This delicious superfood can be spread on multigrain toast and served with an egg for a fantastic, healthy, and nutritious breakfast meal!

2. Flaxseed

Love smoothies? Add some flax seeds to every smoothie you make! You can’t taste them and they are loaded with fiber and fatty acids. Once again, the good fats. Omega-3 fatty acids are also known for lowering risk for heart disease while lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. All you need is a tablespoon added to your smoothie and it becomes that much healthier!

3. Quinoa

Carbs are a hard thing to kick while dieting. If you like rice then you’re going to love quinoa. It is the super grain of all super grains! Quinoa has the most protein out of any grain and it is loaded with fiber, iron, and potassium – essential nutrients that a lot of us forget to include in our diets. A half cup of this stuff has 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber!

4. Coconut oil

Instead of cooking your foods with canola or olive oil, use coconut oil. It is loaded with healthy fats and does not affect the taste of your food at all. This superfood will help convert low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol) into high-density lipoproteins (good cholesterol), which fights heart disease and reduces damage to the arteries. It can also be used as a tremendous moisturizer for your skin! It could be kept in a bottle on your desk at Atlantic Solutions or by your stove at home!

5. Blueberries 

This is almost cheating – we know! Blueberries are delectable; however, they are also loaded with nutrients and make for a great snack or additional ingredient to a smoothie! This superfood is loaded with potassium, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber. All of that in one tiny berry – crazy isn’t it? These little guys pack a punch and are a superfood that will make your diet that much easier!

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6 Must-See Places for Fall Foliage This October

We love fall at Atlantic Solutions! October is here and with it comes wonderful hues of red, orange and yellow that eventually turn into the rustle of leaves beneath your feet as you prepare for winter. Did you know, that throughout the East Coast, people travel to specific locations just to see the color changing between the months of September through November? October is the perfect time to plan a road trip and check out all of these beautiful places.

Did you know that people who take these trips are called “leaf peepers”!

Atlantic Solutions has prepared a list of the best fall foliage places throughout the east coast for your enjoyment.

  1. The Catskills, New York. This area is home to six rivers, thirty-five mountain peaks and the original place where the famed Woodstock festival was held. Mid-October is the most vibrant time to visit this area.Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.15.19 PM.png
  2. Lake Placid, New York. Why not take the family out to enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Placid as well as the incredible fall foliage reflected in its waters.Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.16.03 PM
  3. Oakland, Maryland. This area has beautiful colors in the autumn months as well as some hike-able waterfalls and rock gorges. Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.17.01 PM.png
  4. The Berkshires, Massachusetts. This is a region filled with spas and perfect for a weekend getaway. Take a trip to the backdrop of some gorgeous vibrant fall colors.Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.18.39 PM.png
  5. Stowe, Vermont. Head over to the land of Maple Syrup and watch the maple trees turning their fiery leaves before they fall.Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.19.43 PM
  6. Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Already a beautiful, historical little New England town, Portsmouth is also filled with beautiful fall foliage for your viewing pleasure.Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.20.47 PM

Now can you see why fall is our favorite? Head to an area near the Delaware River where the fall foliage can be enjoyed with a light breeze near the water, or to a couple of our great state parks. For more information on traveling throughout New Jersey in the fall check out this website. 

And for more information on “leaf peeping,” check out Google! Follow Atlantic Solutions on Instagram to see what we’re up to this October!