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Okay, we’ve all been there: you start the new year all fired up about your resolutions, but by mid-January you find yourself on the couch with a bag of potato chips and the remote control, thinking, “Oh well, I’ll meet that goal next year.”

Here at the Solutions office, we’ve been through the resolution make-and-break cycle a time or two (or ten!), and we’re here with some advice. No, not advice on how to keep your resolutions; if we knew the secret to that, we’d all be millionaires. Instead, we polled our whole team and gathered a list of great excuses for breaking your resolutions. Each of these tried-and-true justifications has been used by a member of our team with rousing success. So if you find yourself at the end of January surrounded by broken resolutions, just pull out one of these for an instant excuse!

Expecting guests this season (or any time of year)? Just a few tricks before company arrives can help your house look its best during the visit and make it easier to clean up when the party’s over.

Before guests arrive:

1. The fastest way to make your home look lovely is to eliminate clutter. For each main room of your house, grab a plastic storage bin and sweep in all the excess clutter and random bits that have accumulated. Store your bins in an out of the way spot—like the garage or laundry room—so they’re ready for you to organize the next day.

2. Go through your menu and choose serving dishes for everything you’re making. Place them on your buffet or table with a post-it indicating what you’ll serve in it. This will not only make your food service faster, but will save you from creating extra dirty dishes when you’re trying to find a serving bowl to accommodate something. If you expect guests to bring something to eat, stash some extra platters and bowls in an easy location so they can add their food to the buffet.

Looking for great stocking stuffers for your family? Here are 10 of our favorite ideas. They make the best stocking stuffers because they’re so much fun to give and get, but they’re also useful gifts your loved ones will really use. And because these clever gifts are all under $20, you can afford to stuff those stockings to the brim.

1. Phone Wrist Wallet
Phone, cash, cards and keys…all in easy reach! Traveling light is so easy with this comfy wrist wallet. Perfect for students, workout buddies or anyone who runs or travels.

Do you have an unofficial competition on your block for the best holiday lights? Maybe it’s your turn to host Christmas dinner (or the office party) and you want your home to look its best. Whatever the reason you decorate, you don’t have to spend hours arranging holiday lighting in the cold or running multiple extension cords, thanks to clever technology and modern LED decorations—some are so efficient that they’re even powered by batteries.

One of the quickest, easiest ways to light the entire outside of your home is with our Firefly Landscape Laser Light  Just stake it, plug it in, and it looks like you’ve strung 1,000 lights. Shine it on a giant tree, and when the wind blows, the lights even appear to twinkle. We guarantee you won’t miss climbing up and down the ladder on a cold day to string holiday lighting.

Entertainer Extraordinaire Jeannie is sharing her decorating tips, hostess secrets and favorite products. With her inspiration, you’ll be entertaining holiday guests with style and ease. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, Solutions is the place to look for clever and time-saving kitchen tools, seasonal decorations and space-saving home furnishings that make it easier to welcome overnight guests.

Solutions has created an exclusive collection of decorations that make it quick and easy to beautify your home for the holidays. Watch the video and see how much time and effort you’ll save with these elegant, lighted decorations that make your  home look spectacular.


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The Tonight Show recently featured a Solutions product on Jay’s Christmas Gift Ideas Part II. We were flattered when contacted by the show about highlighting one of our favorite Christmas products. After seeing it live on TV alongside some products he poked fun at, we are far too excited not to share what we consider his positive review. Watch all four minutes or skip to the end because the Solutions Pull-up Tree is reviewed last. See Jay in person demonstarting just how fast setting up your Christmas tree can be.

Summer’s around the corner, and it’s a great time to start thinking about outdoor entertaining. Here are some quick ideas to help you create that perfect party.

1) Host a potluck-themed event and prepare foods in advance, as much as possible. It will save time and work!

2) Clean your yard and make sure there’s enough seating for everyone. Place blankets on the grass for kids.

3) Grill skewers: Grilled vegetables make a great side dish, are easy to prepare ahead of time, and take a few minutes to cook.

4) Keep your guests cool! Consider a portable fan to keep outside during hot summer days.

5) Set out a few yard games to play so your guests have some fun activities to choose from.

6) Create an inviting atmosphere with lights for nighttime. Consider natural bug repellant candles to keep the insects away.

7) Add some color to your table with vibrant dishware. Top it off with an eye-catching centerpiece. Fill up a glass bowl with colorful fruits, such as bright lemons and limes, or fill glass jars with fresh-cut flowers.

8) Don’t forget to relax with your guests and enjoy all your efforts!