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Editor’s note It began to look a lot like winter a couple of weeks ago, ahead of the season’s official arrival on Saturday, Dec. 21. If you lost shopping days because of the sleet, snow and brr temps, no worries; Creative Living will help you catch up. Inside are last-minute gift ideas from retailers and services that are located in or near your community. Shop local to save time and find gifts you won’t find anywhere else. As you settle in for winter, rally a cocooning mindset. We offer tips for family activities, comfort food (bring on the mac and cheese) and more, to help make the season fun and cozy. The next issue of Creative Living publishes on Jan. 29-30, a few days before Punxsutawney Phil emerges to predict an early (we hope!) spring 2014. See you then. Specialty publications editor

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Get crafty with edible holiday appetizers Don’t worry, Mom. In this case, it’s OK to play with your food. The latest online social media craze features awe-inspiring galleries of edible art, showcasing everyday ingredients transformed into munchable holiday masterpieces. This season, whether you’re looking to revamp

the relish tray or simply keep the kids occupied with a fun project, a few holiday-friendly staples are all you need to let your creativity take flight. Take, for instance, California black ripe olives. Known for their versatility and mild flavor, black olives are a

party favorite for a reason. And with 95 percent of the nation’s ripe olives grown on family farms in California, they’re a truly all-American ingredient, too. They’re also the perfect building block for edible holiday treats. Get in on the fun with See APPETIZERS, Page 7

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ance, I feel 100 percent better. I’m rested, have energy and can feel the benefits of better sleep. It is easy to travel with, making traveling a breeze!” J. Planes: “From my very first office visit, I knew I was dealing with professionals who cared. I could not get used to the CPAP, so my family doctor recommended that I call Dr. Tim Kitzmiller. After my initial visit, I was fitted for the oral appliance. I had remarkable improvement, from my first night’s experience. I have noticed continuous improvement each day. I approach each day with increased energy. Now I realize what a difference a good night’s sleep can make on how clear I view each day.” Call 513-248-8848 to schedule your complimentary consultation to see how oral appliance therapy could be an option for you. m

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Another holiday season is upon us, and you might be considering your New Year’s resolutions. But if you’re suffering from symptoms of sleep apnea – waking up gasping for breath throughout the night, feeling tired throughout the day, headaches or dealing with complaints from your loved ones about your snoring – or you’re struggling with wearing a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask, the first resolution on your list should be a visit to Dr. Timothy Kitzmiller, DDS at Cincinnati Dental Sleep Medicine. He will screen you for the possibility of sleep apnea, and if you are diagnosed and appropriate, will fit you with an oral appliance that can relieve your symptoms and improve your health. Here is what some of his many satisfied patients have to say about his oral appliance therapy, starting with Dr. Kitzmiller himself: “I knew that I snored, and my wife, Lori, routinely had to wake me to either stop snoring or to start breathing. After being diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea, I started CPAP treatment. As a ‘rotisserie sleeper,’ my rolling side to side caused real problems with the mask and hose. I heard about oral appliance therapy and underwent extensive training to learn about sleep disorders and how to treat sleep apnea with a CPAP alternative, an oral appliance. After just a couple of weeks in my oral appliance, my wife said I no longer snored or gasped during the night. And she was sleeping better since she was no

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Stop hiding, and sparkle in 2014 Do you have stubborn areas or pockets of fat that you just can’t get rid of with diet and exercise? LipoLaser Cincinnati, located at 618 Buttermilk Pike in Crescent Springs, Ky., offers a fast and easy way to spot-reduce your problem areas. It is painless, nonsurgical, and requires no recovery time. Don’t hide your muffin top and love handles; melt them away. Stop hiding and shine. Do you have a double chin that you would like to disappear? LipoLaser Cincinnati can help with that, along with belly pooch, back bra fat, man breasts, upper arms, inner thighs and saddle bags. You pick your problem areas and LipoLaser Cincinnati does the rest. Multiple areas can be done, but each area is a separate procedure package. “I love the LipoLaser Program! The staff was very helpful and nice. I did see an improvement in my waistline of a couple inches lost. A

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This holiday you don’t have to choose between giving high-tech gifts and saving money. You can have both and impress your loved ones with the best tech gifts of 2013. BRANDPOINT PHOTO

Have high-tech holiday without the high price Have a holly, jolly, high-tech holiday – and in case you didn’t hear – it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Some of the season’s hottest tech gifts are more affordable than ever this year. Here are four tech gift ideas with big appeal and big value. Just imagine how your teen, college student, parent or best friend will react when they open up one of these: » 1. Dual docking speaker For the music lover in your life, few things beat a great speaker system. A Dual Docking Speaker system allows anyone to get the most out of a music collection with impressive style, design and functionality. A Dual Docking speaker like LG’s ND5630 is compatible with iPod, iPhone and Android and also boasts built-in Wi-Fi, so it’s simple to stream music via Airplay or Bluetooth. You can even charge one de-

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vice while playing another. At a suggested price of $249, you get a lot of holiday bang for your buck. » 2. Earbuds Is one of your loved ones still rocking the factory earbuds that originally came with his smartphone or MP3 player? It’s time to gift them a better listening experience. Earbuds – tiny inear headphones – are convenient for listening to music or other audio in private, but just because they are small doesn’t mean they shouldn’t produce quality sound. Starting at about $50 you can give high-end earbuds with noticeably better sound capabilities. This is one gift that is sure to be used over and over again. » 3. Smart/3D Blu-ray disc player Know someone who loves movies? Some Smart Blu-ray Disc players can play DVDs, and 2D or 3D Blu-ray discs.

They can also stream content like movies from Netflix or Hulu Plus or videos from YouTube – especially great if that special person on your shopping list isn’t ready to upgrade to a smart TV yet. You can get one from LG (BP530) for as little as $100 at some retailers. » 4. Tablets and accessories Some tablets come with outrageous price tags, but every month new models become available, many of which are surprisingly affordable. You can find options for $200 or less that include a quality processor, impressive battery life and considerable data storage. Does your special someone already have a beloved tablet? You can’t go wrong by gifting accessories like attachable keyboards and decorative protective covers.

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Local furniture store offers unique gifts for everyone Best Furniture Gallery in Fort Thomas, Ky., has all your last-minute needs, both for gift-giving and for putting the finishing holiday touches on your home. According to Craig Reis, who coowns Best Furniture Gallery with his wife, Carolynn, “The Design Loft has lots of great last-minute gift ideas for everyone on your list.” Before you dismiss a furniture store as a place to shop for gifts, consider that Best Furniture Gallery is more than just a furniture store. Located upstairs from the main showroom, The Design Loft features a dazzling array of one-of-a-kind accessories, custom florals, decorative pieces, gifts, and special items that change with each season. The friendly staff at Best Furniture is happy to help you make your selections. “We have unique items for everyone on your list, and savvy shoppers know that you get extra-special savings the closer it gets to Christmas,” said Linda Barbian, in-home design consultant. Whether you’re in the market for a decorative candle in a tantalizing scent of the season, a new piece of seasonal pottery, decorative garland for your mantel or staircase, or a limited-edition holiday ornament, you’re sure to find it in The Design Loft. “We also feature fully decorated Christmas trees,” said Barbian. And don’t forget yourself. With all the work you’ve done to brighten the holiday season for your family and friends, don’t you deserve something special as well? Best Furniture Gallery is an exclusive dealer for East | Northeast

Christmas is just a week away and, if you’re among the lucky, all your preparations are made and all your shopping is done. But if not, you can relax knowing there’s a local family-owned retailer nearby with special gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. And it just happens to be a furniture store. PROVIDED

Stressless Furniture by Ekornes. This line of reclining furniture, manufactured in Norway, features ergonomic design and function, “easily making it the most com-

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fortable recliner I’ve ever sat in,” said Carolynn. And in keeping with the spirit of the season, now through Jan. 20, 2014, you’ll get $200 off a Stressless recliner or

sofa when you donate $50 to a selected charity. Stop in the store for more details. Finally, for those hardto-shop-for folks on your list, Best Furniture has you covered, with gift certificates. “Gift certificates are great for after the holidays, when the decorations come down and your home needs a quick pickup,” said Carolynn. And speaking of after the holidays, Craig reminds everyone that Best will be stocking up for the New Year. “We have lots of new inventory coming in so you can give your home a fresh look for 2014.” Also, while there may be new trends in furniture, new items in The Design Loft and new

promotions, you’ll still get the same personalized service and exceptional value that you’ve come to expect from everyone at Best Furniture Gallery. “We look forward to serving and getting to know even more families in the coming year,” said Carolynn. Best Furniture Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. They are closed Sunday to be with family. They’re located at 1123 South Fort Thomas Ave., in the Midway District of Fort Thomas. Call 859441-BEST (2378). Or visit www.BestFurnitureGallerycom for more information. m

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Five tips for the perfect movie night

Playing together is one of the most fun and meaningful ways for parents and children to bond and foster creative thinking for both of you. BRANDPOINT PHOTO

Moms champion traditional toys even in a digital age While there is no denying the benefits of digital devices and it is becoming commonplace for parents to pass their tablets to Junior, research shows many want to limit the time their kids spend on screens, large and small. Parents also actively encourage their kids to play with toys that may help them reach critical developmental milestones. So how have traditional toys stood the test of time? The various ways in which children play have remained largely unchanged throughout time. In many cases, technology can help amplify play by helping to introduce characters or tell a compelling story. When Mattel, the world’s largest toymaker, asked moms their opinions about toys and technology, it found that even in a digital age, moms continue to place a high value on traditional toys. 6

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“Kids today are digital natives and are immersed in digital experiences,” says Dr. Michael Shore, vice president of Global Consumer Insights for Mattel. “However, when you walk into a child’s room and see what is visibly present and displayed on the shelves, you won’t see an app on the wall as an expression of who the child is, what he or she loves, or as markers of the childhood experience. For that, toys will continue to endure as ideal gifts for children. After all, you can’t wrap an app.” However, as experts and media debate whether digital devices will one day replace dolls, cars, trains and action figures, most moms do not think smart digital devices and traditional toys directly compete with one another as a source of kids’ entertainment. Rather, each category remains fundamentally different. L I V I N G

While 75 percent of kids today play with devices like smartphones and tablets, Mattel’s research found the time they spend with these devices actually competes with the time they spend with other screens, such as televisions and computers. In fact, 59 percent of moms felt that smart portable devices will one day replace other electronic devices, not traditional toys. According to Mattel’s findings, moms frequently associate toys with social activities since toys are often used to play with others, whereas digital devices are generally associated with solo play (for example, keeping a child entertained when waiting at the doctor’s office or on a long car ride). Moms also credit toys with providing opportunities for active play that allow kids to exerSee TOYS, Page 7

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The nice thing about cold weather is that it creates the perfect opportunity to enjoy the warmth of family and friends or some quiet time alone. What sounds cozier than starting a fire and curling up in front of the TV with a new movie? When planning a movie night, here are some tips that can help create a comfortable evening for the whole group: » Satisfy taste buds: For a colorful, sweet popcorn dish, try mixing chocolate and popcorn to create a sweet and savory treat. All you need are three ingredients to create this Party Popcorn at home: popcorn, white chocolate and sprinkles. To make, pop the popcorn, melt the white candy/chocolate and then gently mix them together. Choose your favorite color sprinkles to shake over the chocolate-coated popcorn. » Keep things cozy: Plenty of pillows and blankets are the key to

keep everyone warm and snuggly. They can also serve as the perfect shield during scary movie scenes. If your family is looking for something more personal, head down to your local craft or fabric store and choose your own fabric to make no-sew movie-night blankets. For one blanket, simply pick out two pieces of fleece, about 11⁄2 yards, in your preferred pattern or color. Next, lay the two pieces directly on top of each other and cut strips about 1 inch wide and 4 inches high around all sides of the blanket. Tie each strip of the bottom fabric to the top fabric in a knot so it looks like there is fringe around all sides of the blanket. Finally, cozy up on the couch with the movie of your choice! » Become a movie buff: Nobody likes to feel out-of-the-loop when it comes to the latest buzzworthy movies. Catch up on award-contenders and See MOVIES, Page 8

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Tips for keeping kids’ minds and bodies active through cooler months The sunny days of summer may seem like a distant memory, but as tempting as it is to let the kids curl up on the couch when they’re home, it’s important to keep them active throughout the cooler months. Whether your child is a bookworm, an artist or an athlete, here are some tips for keeping kids’ minds and bodies active during

basic gardening books. Kids can read and choose their favorite plants. Give kids different responsibilities for planting and watering to demonstrate the importance of teamwork. Even throughout the winter you can reap the rewards of fresh herbs for the dinner table. 3. Get artsy with DIY puppets With some paper bags,

socks, glue, beads, buttons and other materials found around the house, kids can create their own puppets. Have them make favorite animals or popular characters from a beloved book. Don’t stop after the glue has dried – inspire creative play by having them enact their own puppet show.

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cise and burn off energy. Further, moms see toys as a great way to help kids spark their imaginations and flex their creative muscles. Knowing that the leaders of tomorrow will be those who think differently and solve problems in new ways, imagination is more important than ever before. Dr. Shore offers some tips for using play as a catalyst for fostering imagination and creativity: » Make sure your kids have time to play. In an increasingly over-scheduled world with a variety of things competing for kids’ time, it is easy to overlook the importance of dedicating time just for play. Give your child the time and space to play, and watch his or her imagination soar. » Provide a safe place to play and tools for play. Consider starting a play group in your neighborhood or hosting play dates at your home or local playground.

an easy and adorable-tolook-at recipe that uses black olives, cream cheese, pretzels and a few other common ingredients to create an unforgettable herd of holiday cheer. In fact, this is one reindeer game anyone can play.

on a baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes at 350° F, or until lightly browned. Place cream cheese into two sandwich-sized reclosable bags. Snip 1⁄8-inch off the corner of one and 1 /16-inch off the second. With the bag and the 1 ⁄8-inch hole, squeeze cream cheese into colossal olives. Using a bamboo skewer, make a hole in the large olives. Break a pretzel stick in half and press into hole and into colossal olive. Press together to form the head. Make four holes in the colossal olive with a bamboo skewer and push four broken pretzel sticks in to form legs. Squeeze cream cheese with the small hole to form eyes. Make tiny slits with a paring knife in the top of the head and insert wonton antlers. Make a hole in the large olive (head) and insert a small sliver of carrot for the nose. Use a small piece of raisin to create pupils. To create a winter setting, dust kale leaves with powdered sugar and snip the tops off mushrooms to simulate large boulders.

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winter. 1. Befriend Mother Nature Young minds love to explore, and Mother Nature provides the perfect backdrop for discovery any time of year. Bundle up and head to a local park or conservation area. You can even plan a scavenger hunt featuring local flora and fauna like acorns, pinecones, feath-

ers, etc. Don’t forget the best part after an active day in the cold – warming up over a hot mug of cocoa. 2. Grow something green Dirty hands are a good thing when kids are learning to care for plants. Let your young ones plant an herb garden in a warm windowsill. First, go to the library and collect some

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Bring out the toy chest and see what games the kids can create when they play together. » Encourage your kids to play with all that’s available – including their imaginations. Two of the most important tools for play are toys and an imagination. Help your children dream beyond what they see on screen and encourage them to bring those cartoon characters

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to life using their toys and imaginations. » Get involved and play with your kids. Don’t forget that play is good for grown-ups too. Everyone loves a good old-fashioned tea party or toy car race down the hall. Playing together is one of the most fun and meaningful ways for parents and children to bond and foster creative thinking for both of you.

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2- 4 wonton wrappers Cooking spray 2 sandwich-sized reclosable plastic bags 4 ounces cream cheese Scissors 8 colossal California Black Ripe Olives 8 large California Black Ripe Olives 1 bamboo skewer 16 pretzel sticks Paring knife Tiny pieces of carrot and raisins Powdered sugar (optional) Kale (optional) Mushrooms (optional)

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Insulate, weatherize, save money The question is not whether homeowners and businesses should insulate and weatherize, but where to find the best service. A sure way to find out is to ask a company’s customers. A-1 Ohio Valley RetroFoam is proud of testimonials it has received. Ron M. wrote, “I am extremely pleased with the results of our RetroFoam installation. The house is much quieter, and the temperature much more even. But of even greater importance, my utility bill has decreased measurably.” Randall M. also pointed to the savings he gained by hiring A-1 Ohio Valley RetroFoam. “Earlier this year, all

of the houses in our neighborhood received new electric meters that were set to zero,” he wrote. “Last week we compared the kilowatt readings on mine and two neighbors’. Our houses are about the same size and temperatures are kept about the same. My meter has used 1,500-2,000 kilowatts less than their homes’ since the meter replacement. My house is insulated with RetroFoam.” In addition to injection foam, the company specializes in weatherization. A-1 Ohio Valley RetroFoam offers a closed-cell spray polyurethane foam to fill and insulate wall cavities, attic floor joists and

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rafters, crawl spaces and band joists. Spray polyurethane foam expands to fill holes, cracks or crevices, keeping in warm or cold air and keeping out moisture, pollen and pests. Insulation can reduce monthly heating and cooling bills by 25 to 30 percent, according to Ed Wasinger, owner of A-1 Ohio Valley RetroFoam. And it qualifies homeowners for a federal income-tax deduction of up to $500 for materials on weatherization projects. To reach A-1 Ohio Valley RetroFoam. Or call 513-321-FOAM (3626). m

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pop culture heroes. To brush up on buzz-worthy movie news and reviews, check out sites like www.movies.com or www.redbox.com/ staffpicks for suggestions and to see what’s hot in movieland and what other movie buffs prefer to watch in their own living rooms. » Create a theme: Make movie nights a regular occurrence or find time for more than one movie and select a creative theme for the night that is fun for the whole group. » Have a variety of options available: Spread a selection of Blu-rays or DVDs on the table for the group to choose from. More options will ensure there’s something for everyone.

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Smoked mozzarella cheese and sun-dried tomatoes take mac and cheese to a whole new level. Serve as is, or turn this recipe into soup or a bite-sized appetizer. BRANDPOINT PHOTO

Mac and cheese served three ways is ultimate comfort food Laura Werlin, cheese expert and James Beard award-winning author, offers up 50 ways to customize mac and cheese in her new cookbook, “Mac & Cheese, Please!” Here’s a recipe that can be made into a main dish for dinner, appetizers for a party or soup for a warm lunch.

Smokey Mac and Cheese Three Ways 31⁄2 tablespoons butter, divided 2 tablespoons flour 11⁄3 cups milk 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard 3 ⁄4 teaspoon garlic salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon dried basil 11⁄4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided 3 ⁄4 cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese 1 ⁄2 cup white or wheat small elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions and well drained 1 ⁄4 cup minced smoked sun-dried tomatoes Freshly ground pepper to taste 3 tablespoons panko bread crumbs

Directions: Preheat oven to 400° F and lightly butter four individual baking dishes with 1⁄2 tablespoon butter. Melt remaining butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Whisk in milk and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently; stir in mustard, salt and basil. Add one cup

cheddar cheese and the mozzarella cheese a little at a time, cooking and stirring until melted; stir in cooked macaroni and tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes more. Pour into prepared dishes. Stir together bread crumbs and remaining cheese and sprinkle over top. Cook for 10 minutes or lightly browned and bubbly on top. Makes four servings

Small-Bite Appetizer Mac and Cheese Cup Variation: Press 24 wonton wrappers into 24 lightly greased mini muffin cups, pressing firmly so that the cups are flat on the bottom. Spoon macaroni mixture into wonton cups. Sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture and bake for 10 minutes, tenting with foil after 5 minutes. Makes eight appetizer servings

Mac and Cheese Soup Variation: Melt one tablespoon butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1⁄2 cup each: 1⁄4-inch diced onion, celery and carrots and cook for 10 minutes. Add two cups vegetable or chicken broth and cook for 10 minutes more. Stir into prepared macaroni and cheese and cook until very hot. Sprinkle each serving with breadcrumb mixture, if desired. Makes four servings

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