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Six steps to help head back to school Excitement, anticipation, anxiety – back-toschool time is filled with many emotions for both kids and parents. By planning ahead, parents can make gearing up for the start of the school year a fun experience that eases the transition while boosting enthusiasm. Consider the six ideas below to help position students for success before heading back to the classroom:

1. Set a schedule now New teachers, classmates, homework and other challenges may create some apprehension and nervousness during the first couple weeks of school. Stay positive and explain that some anxiety is normal and that everyone needs time to adjust to new things. Help reduce stress by creating a daily routine before school. Checklists and charts allow children to be organized and get into a schedule. For instance, a set time for homework, snack time, free time and bed time are good things to have on a schedule.

Editor’s note Fleeting are the weeks between Memorial Day and a new school year. It’s already mid-August and time to start thinking about packing school lunches, schedule backto-school doctor’s appointments and gradually return the evening routine back to school hours. This issue of Creative Living will help you make the transition from summer to school simple and healthy. Give us a read and count on Creative Living advertisers to help you prepare for the busy days ahead. See you in September!

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2. Shop for school supplies together Seeing all the new trends and designs that stores have to offer for back-to-school supplies can be really exciting for children. Allow them to personalize their supplies and feel excited about using them. A few new outfits also provide kids with a boost of encouragement and confidence for the new school year.

3. Hold a family celebration

Start an annual tradition that celebrates the start of the school year. For example, have a

family cookout with hotdogs and s’mores the weekend before school starts. This helps build excitement for the new school year, but also gives them a relaxed setting to talk about any back-to-school anxiety they may be feeling.

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years and she had to put up with my snoring for most of that time. Most nights I would have to leave the bedroom and go sleep on the couch! I would wake up tired after a full night’s sleep and wonder why I could never feel rested. Then I heard about Dr. Kitzmiller and his Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Center. He guided me through the process of getting a sleep study and getting treatment by using an Oral Appliance. Now I sleep better and my wife no longer complains about my snoring!” Call Dr. Kitzmiller today at 513-248-8848 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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Perfect gift awaits at retailer’s Design Loft Best Furniture Gallery in Ft. Thomas, Ky., is truly becoming a “onestop solution” for all of your decorating and design needs. The look and feel of the beautiful, new Design Loft is beginning to resonate throughout the store, blending home décor and seasonal items in all vignettes with the exquisite furniture that you have come to expect from Best Furniture Gallery. Custom floral arrangements are now made in-house and available with beautiful, realistic silk components. You’ll have to touch them to determine whether or not they are real. The Design Loft is the perfect place to visit if you need ideas to help bring the outside in . . . if you need a mini-vacation to a world of beauty . . . if you need a unique gift for a friend . . . if you simply want to browse in a relaxing, unhurried atmosphere. You’ll enjoy a new line of beautifully prewrapped bath items, featuring bubble bath, candles, lotion and soaps. Delicious scents float over the display – eucalyptus mint, honey almond and lavender. This line also features grapefruit dish soap in a wine bottle dispenser for a stylish kitchen. What a unique gift for a wedding shower! Best Furniture has developed its unique concept of combining the best in quality, Americancrafted furniture with design and decorating assistance, area rugs, and lovely accessories and artwork, as well as special gifts ranging from jewelry and stationery, to inspirational pillows with burlap accents. Following a successful Kentucky

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lovely or inviting as a beautifully arranged buffet. New arrivals include cheeseboards and unique cheese marker sets. You’ll also find various butlers trays with vintage undertones such as wood and etched mirrors to add a comfortable feel to your serving event. Give your home a special “lift” with a beautiful art glass bowl, plate, or pottery piece in a new designer color. Do you love the welcoming scent of a candle in your home? A candle adds an elegant touch and says to your family and guests, “I am so glad that you have come to my home. Come on in and visit for a See DESIGN LOFT, Page 10

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Is your home being overrun with clutter? The best way to overcome clutter – and keep everything tidy – is to ensure everything has its place. Labeling is a great way to stay organized and alert family members where items are – and where to put them away. Using stickers and markers for identification can sometimes look plain and boring, and are more permanent. Luckily, there is

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for your daily tasks. This project is especially ideal for young children who don’t yet know how to tell time; simply use drawings to help them know when it is time for their activities and you’ll avoid the everyday question of “is it time to (fill in the blank) yet?”

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Is a Last Will and Testament really enough? It’s difficult to think about. Making end-of-life decisions and arrangements for your Last Will and Testament are not easy tasks. There are many things to consider.

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2012 NKY Senior Expo is Aug. 23 More than 85 exhibitor areas The Northern Kentucky Senior Expo takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at Newport on the Levee (Gallery Building). It’s the 18th exciting year for the Senior Expo sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Area Development District/Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living (Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living), AARP and Hearing Solutions by Ellis-Scott & Associates. There will be health screenings, informationsharing, door prizes, giveaways and over 85 exhibitor areas. Entertainment includes The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers and The Pete Wagner Orchestra. Admission is free. For more information on the Expo please call the Northern Kentucky Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living at 859-2831885. More than 650 Area Agencies on Aging exist throughout the United States. The Northern Kentucky Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is part of the national network of organizations established under the Older Americans Act (OAA). The Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living was created to respond to the needs of older adults residing in the eightcounty Northern Kentucky region. The staff and volunteers of the Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living work as adKentucky

HOW THE NKY AREA AGENCY ON AGING AND INDEPENDENT LIVING’S AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER CAN HELP: » Provide information about local resources and support services » Single-point-of-entry for many public-funded aging supportive services » Assist with accessing the most appropriate service(s) or community resource(s) » Screenings for Consumer Directed Option (CDO) component of Medicaid’s Home and Community-based waiver program For more information visit www.nkadd.org.

vocates, planners, coordinators and developers to ensure that needed services are available to citizens of the Northern Kentucky community who are 60 years of age and older. The Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living contracts with service providers in the region to deliver services to older adults. The Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living assesses the services provided and monitors the providers for compliance to predetermined service levels and goals. The Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living also collaborates with various legislative bodies to help identify and address the needs of older adults in the community. The Area Agency

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If you are an artist, a writer or an illustrator, you do not want to miss The Friendship Weekend hosted by the Church of Scientology in Florence, Ky. Part of L. Ron Hubbard’s legacy is the Writers of the Future Contest. Established and sponsored by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983, the “Writers Award Contest” was a budding competition aimed at discovering, and eventually publishing, deserving amateur and aspiring writers. The field of speculative fiction and fantasy was chosen not only for Mr. Hubbard’s love of and success within the genre, but for the freedom of imagination and expression it provided as what he described as the “herald of possibility.” At the time of its inception, the very idea of a contest of this scope and of a book filled with firsttime fiction by beginning writers was seen in many literary venues as “untried” and “challenging,” but at the same time as something both desirable and “long needed.” Expert opinions contended it couldn’t be done. The eligible entrant was any novice writer who had not professionally published more than three short stories or more than

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SCIENTOLOGY FRIENDSHIP WEEKEND CELEBRATION SATURDAY, AUG. 25 AND SUNDAY, AUG. 26 CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY, FLORENCE, KY.

» An audio-visual presentation of the Writers of the Future Contest at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 » Acknowledgment of artists, writers, illustrators and artists in general » The introduction of Study Technology through fiction books L. Ron Hubbard pulp fiction titles from the ’30s will be on display and refreshments will be served. A free Author Services Magazine with an original story will be given out to each attendee.

one novelette, or who had not yet professionally published a novel. The rules were simple. The quarterly prizes were handsome: 1st Place – $1,000; 2nd Place – $750; 3rd Place – $500. There was no entry fee and the entrant retained all rights to his story. The L. Ron Hubbard Gold Award, a magnificent trophy with a gold quill and star set in redbased Lucite, was created to present to the annual Grand Prize winner, selected from among the four first-place quarterly winners. The Gold Award carries with it a $5,000 prize for the author of the Story of the Year. The first Grand Prize recipient was Robert Reed, author of “Mudpuppies,” named on

March 21, 1986, at the second annual awards ceremony held during Norwescon – an annual regional convention attended by SF celebrities from all over North America. The Writers of the Future Program, established in the finest tradition of the professional giving a helping hand to the novice, has become the largest, the most wellknown and the best-established discovery vehicle in the field. To date, winners have gone on to publish over 700 novels and 3,000 short stories, and have appeared on international best-seller lists, even reaching the #1 slot on the New York Times and London Sunday Times.

adults with disabilities. The Aging and Disability Resource Center can assist individuals in decreasing the confusion which frequently is associated with navigating the vast array of public and private services and providers intended to address the needs of older adults. Assistance from

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With back to school right around the corner, extracurricular activities are top of mind for many students and parents. Being in the school band is not only cool, it is linked to higher test scores and a lower dropout rate. At Willis Music we want to give parents and students the best options available to make the most of their band and orchestra experience. We have low monthly rental rates, no enrollment fees, rental payments that apply toward the purchase, student discounts and more. Our instruments are band-director approved and our staff is knowl-

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edgeable and experienced. You’ll be confident that your child has the instrument that is perfect for him or her. Cindy Hicks, sales/ rental director for Willis Music Band & Orchestra, says that free beginning

group lessons help students be better prepared for their first day of band. “Every summer we offer a free group lesson for beginners called Smart Start. Students learn from certified teachers how to put their

instrument together, how to care for it and how to play their first notes,” Hicks explains. “It’s educational, fun and a great experience for students and parents. Our local band directors are thrilled that we offer this program,” Hicks said. Willis Music supports music education by donating 5 percent of any purchase back to your child’s school program. For more information, go to www.willismusic.com/rental or call 888594-5547. You can also visit one of our locations in the Kenwood Galleria, TriCounty Mall, Eastgate Mall or on Mall Road in Florence.

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The Ultimate Cover by Merlin Industries. Its high-tech fabric weave allows water to pass through while blocking sunlight and filtering debris up to 40 microns. Without sunlight, algae won’t grow, so you’ll open your pool to cleaner water in the spring, maintain your pool with greater ease, spend less on chemicals and extend its life. Finally, a customdesigned cover is also safer and provides better protection because it’s made to fit the steps, angles and unique configurations of your indi-

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while!” You will want to experience the new jar and pillar candles from Best’s newest fragrance line featuring scents such as Faith, Gentleman’s Quarters, Bordeaux Blanc, Humidor and Crème Brule. Special-edition fall scents include Rumtopf, Raisin Spice Tea, Sandalwood Teak and Cranberry Spice, along with a beautifully wrapped sampler set. What can you expect in the fall preview? Believe it or not, cooler temperatures are just a few weeks away, when we begin to think about fall decorating. You will be surprised at how easy it is to give your home a “fall feel” by incorporating fall color pics and other fall items into your existing greenery and floral arrangements. Tweak your mantel with a few new items such as artichokes, pumpkin10

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Remember when backto-school shopping meant different needs for different age groups? Elementary school kids needed pencils and notebooks, middle-schoolers picked up protractors and compasses, and high school and college students headed back to school with high-powered calculators. These days, students of virtually every age have one need in common: a laptop. While many toddlers are using computers to play educational games, once kids reach school, the computer becomes an essential learning tool. If you’ll be looking for a student laptop, the shopping experts at FatWallet.com offer these tips to help you meet your budget: » Choose the right size and weight for your student. Your student’s laptop should be light and easy to carry in a backpack, but still large enough for a variety of uses. Models that are 15.6 inches or 17.3 inches provide big enough screens for work and study, while still weighing in the very portable 5- to 7-pound range. » Any laptop with 250GB hard drive and 4GB DDR Ram is standard on today’s models and more than adequate for school use. Choose a hard drive with 7,200 RPM to increase performance cost effectively. If your student finds out that he or she needs additional memory, adding it is an easy, cost-effective, do-ityourself upgrade. » Today’s student will use their laptop for many

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graphic-intensive applications, like high-definition video streaming and light 2D gaming. Almost all newer laptops, even models with integrated graphics, have plenty of power for both. Unless gaming is the goal, you can save between $100 to $200 by opting out of the dedicated graphics card. » Be confident of battery power. Most dualand quad-core laptops provide ample battery power for students’ daily activities without the need to lug a power cord along. And since students tend to use iPods or smartphones for email, listening to music and other simple functions, they’ll use less of their laptop’s battery power. Four- to six-cell lithiumion batteries are standard and very efficient. » Don’t fall for upsells. You can save money on the initial purchase by opting out of bundled anti-virus protection, extended warranties or Word/Office Suite. You can find free, high-qual-

ity anti-virus and officeproductivity software online. And you may get a longer warranty if you buy directly from the brand versus a box store. Most defects will show up before the original warranty expires, so an extended warranty isn’t necessary. » Be a diligent discount hunter. Your student’s school ID could score you extra savings from many of the major computer makers and software brands, like Apple, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft, Adobe and Sony. » Buy with a credit card. Using a credit card for your laptop purchase offers you all the consumer protections associated with credit card use, plus some card companies, like Visa or American Express, will automatically extend your warranty an extra year. With a little planning and research you can purchase a laptop with confidence.

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feeling of embarrassment overwhelms you. Does this describe you? Do not worry. Dr. Tara Dallmann is dedicated to helping patients just like you. The doctor and her team have dedicated the last several years to learning the most up-to-

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your visit the most comfortable possible. Dr. Dallmann and her qualified team are ready to make your visit the most comfortable and safe experience you have ever had at a dental office. A recent patient told us that he’d kept our

newspaper clippings for so long they’d yellowed with time. After a comfortable experience, the patient hugged the entire team, telling Dr. Dallmann she’d changed his life. He only wishes he’d called sooner and avoided years of pain and embarrassment. Don’t let this happen to you. Do not set this article aside again. Decide to put yourself first this year. Now is the time to start fresh – guilt-free. At Gentle Dental Care, we understand how hard it is to just pick up the phone; we know it can be the hardest step. But just think about having that new healthy smile in 2012! Experience the difference.

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Summer safety for seniors The relentless heat of the past month has been uncomfortable, but the staff at Emeritus at Edgewood reminds us that it can be unbearable for seniors. “Always check on senior family members or elderly neighbors during the dog days of summer,” said Deb Collar, community relations director for Emeritus. “Local seniors can visit our air-conditioned community where wonderful meals are served and activities happen every day.” To have a meal as their guest, just call Deb Collar in advance at 859-426-1888. Emeritus offers these additional summer safety tips for seniors:

Around the house

» Never leave a key hidden under the doormat, in a flowerpot or anywhere else outside your home. » Make sure the address numbers on your home are easy to see so emergency personnel can find your house. » Secure all loose cords and wires to prevent tripping hazards.

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» Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher and test it regularly.

In the car

» Keep current on all routine maintenance. » Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition and your wiper fluid is full. » Only drive in daylight hours if you have trouble seeing at night.

Outside

» Wear secure, wellfitting shoes to prevent falls. » Keep your walkways around your home

well-lit and free from debris. » Don’t carry large amounts of cash or unneeded credit cards Emeritus at Edgewood is conveniently located in a residential area, near Crestview Towne Centre, as well as many medical facilities. Emeritus at Edgewood is committed to providing seniors, families and caregivers with innovative senior living and care options, including memory care. For more information and a free online newsletter, visit www.emeritus.com.

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incorporate in this area are a dictionary, atlas, calculator, art supplies, paper and pencils. Make sure to have plenty of snacks ready for homework time to avoid the distraction of a grumbling belly. Choosing a snack that offers protein, such as cheese and crackers or an apple with peanut butter will keep them satisfied until dinner.

5. Stock up on sensible snacks

After a long day at school, kids are hungry and need snacks that satisfy them through all their homework assignments and other afterschool activities. Stock up on a variety of wholesome, nonperishable snacks that you can keep on hand year-round. For example, Lance now of-

fers more than 20 varieties of sandwich crackers, including whole grain, granola and allnatural varieties. All Lance Sandwich Crackers are made with real peanut butter or cheese fillings, and contain no preservatives, no high-fructose corn syrup and zero grams of trans fat.

6. Review what the school requires

Don’t forget the basics. Review all medical documents that pertain to annual physicals and immunizations and get the information to the school for your child’s file. Also, make the teacher and school nurse aware of any conditions your child may have such as allergies, chronic medical conditions or special learning accommodations. Doing this ahead of time helps ease back-toschool stress for Mom and Dad, too.

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and label with guests’ names to keep track of drinks. Spray the fronts of buckets, bowls or canisters to call out their contents. Spray a large platter or board to create a welcome sign or menu for your guests. The ideas are endless. And, for an extra decorative touch,

use Krylon Leafing Pens to create whimsical designs around your creations. Soon, your home will feel more organized and stylish with these easy and delightful craft ideas. And the best thing about a chalkboard is you can constantly change it up. Simply erase and write something new. For more project ideas, visit www.krylon.com.

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