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Editor’s note Hooray! Fall is just a few days away. Time to look forward to the perfect weather to be outside and doing whatever it is you enjoy by day and cool nights to snuggle under the covers and sleep in comfort. This issue of Creative Living will give you ideas on how to make your home cozier for fall, serve up family-friendly meals and snacks in a jiffy, and get in shape in time for holiday parties. Take a look inside and map out a trip to Creative Living advertisers. They’re local and chances are you can visit several in short order, a smart move to save time for what really matters – family and friends. Make it an awesome autumn!

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Smart solutions that work for busy parents Many parents are busy these days juggling everything from work, car pools, soccer practice, and cooking dinner. But a hectic schedule doesn’t have to mean poor food choices. Here are a few timesaving tricks to make mealtime easier and nutritious for the whole family.

Create a family calendar Whether you prefer the old-fashioned calendar posted on the refrigerator or smartphone apps that sync your schedules, a key to reducing stress is to find an organizational system that works for you. By tracking everyone’s daily activities in a central place, you are less likely to forget any important

work or family events and minimize the chance of double-bookings.

Shop for groceries on a schedule

Schedule a regular time each week for grocery shopping. Create a list so you stay focused when you shop, helping to save time and money. Post the list in the kitchen where the whole See SMART, Page 4

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years with Oral Appliance Therapy. An Oral Appliance is an FDAapproved CPAP alternative that fits over your teeth and holds the lower jaw forward, keeping your airway from collapsing while you sleep and effectively treating sleep apnea. Dr. Kitzmiller and his team also help their patients with medical insurance benefits, including Medicare. “The Oral Appliance has changed my life! I was so tired of being tired all the time. I now know what feeling normal is all about when it comes to sleeping again!” said John, another of Dr. Kitzmiller’s patients. Call Dr. Kitzmiller today at 513-248-8848 to schedule your complimentary in-office oral appliance consultation.

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family can see it and everyone can easily add in a variety of their favorite items as soon as you run out.

Make a yummy meal in just a minute

Ready-to-go meals are a smart choice for working parents. For example, family-owned pasta company Barilla offers microwaveable meals made from 100-percent natural ingredients. These palatepleasing favorites like Mezze Penne with Tomato and Basil Sauce or Whole Grain Fusilli with Vegetable Marinara Sauce don’t require refrigeration, so

You won’t want to set this article aside again. Decide to put yourself first this year. Now is the time to start fresh; you will not be made to feel guilty, because at Gentle Dental Care we understand how hard it is just to pick up the phone. Please call us today and let us give you the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.

they can be easily stored in the kitchen pantry or a desk drawer for lunch at work. Better yet, they are ready in just 60 seconds in the microwave so you can have a wholesome lunch or dinner – no cooking required.

Engage the whole family in planning

Ask everyone in the family – especially the kids – to plan a balanced dinner menu for one night of the week. Encourage them to think of creative themes like Italian night. Menu planning eliminates the last-minute scramble for something to eat, saves money on takeout and ensures healthier meals.

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Best Furniture ‘indoor’ tent sale Sept. 21-22 Best Furniture Gallery in Ft. Thomas, Ky., has been in business for more than 70 years, but they always find ways to make shopping for fine quality furniture and accessories new and exciting. Their newest addition is The Design Loft, a “one-stop” solution for all of your decorating and design needs. The concept is really taking off and influencing the look and feel of the entire 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 also made in-house and available with beautiful, realistic silk components. You’ll have to feel them to determine whether or not they are actually real! The Design Loft features a full selection of items for all your needs, including accessories, lamps, area rugs, decorative artwork, candles and even gift items, all displayed in a homey, cozy “store-within-astore” setting. And now, just in time for fall, Best Furniture Gallery is introducing their first “indoor” tent sale. It’s part of the Merchants & Music celebration held annually in Fort Thomas to showcase area businesses and highlight our rich musical heritage. Best Furniture Gallery’s tent sale is Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22. “We’ve been in business in this community since 1941, and have been a sponsor of this event since it began,” said Craig Reis, who, along with his wife, Carolynn, owns Best Furniture Kentucky

Gallery. “The tent sale is a great way to be part of the excitement.” The tent sale will feature a mix of all the fine quality items you’ll find throughout the store. There will be fabulous buys on sofas, bedrooms, dining rooms, entertainment systems, occasional tables, pictures, lamps and other things that pull your home together – such as accessories and decorative floral items. All merchandise will be specially priced with “tent sale” tags and was selected to make room for the many new collections coming in for the holidays. Speaking of the holiSee FURNITURE, Page 11

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delicious afternoon pickme-up. » Be creative and brighten your breakfast One of the best ways to start the day is with a tasty breakfast before sending the kids off to school. Oatmeal, eggs and yogurt are satisfying and delicious. Add a little variety to the morning meal by jazzing up ordi-

nary dishes. Pair oatmeal with Marzetti Old Fashioned Caramel Dip, mix in vegetables with scrambled eggs or top yogurt with crunchy almonds, granola or pecans. » Pump up your pumpkin seeds The pumpkin is truly the epitome of the fall harvest and pumpkin seeds make for a great

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(such as apples, pears, carrots and celery) have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain and stimulates the flow of saliva, which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid. Getting your child to eat fruits and veggies doesn’t have to be difficult, just learn how to make it fun! How can you make your child’s lunch fun and nutritious? » Color your crunch for lunch: Have your child choose from a rain-

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kick, or add a bit of garlic seasoning for extra flavor. You can even salt and sprinkle your seeds with lime juice for a refreshing twist on a classic. » Re-invent classic comfort foods Hearty soups are a fall staple that families can enjoy repeatedly by making a large batch and freezing extra for a later meal. Start with a chicken, turkey or beef broth base, then pair with the rich flavors of the fall harvest. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onion, squash and zucchini are plentiful this time of year and are delicious when cooked in broth. Simply heat broth with chopped veggies until they are soft, and serve.

bow of colors to brighten up their lunch. Carrots and celery with light ranch dressing or apples with peanut butter are a fun way to crunch. » Let them play with their food: For a little lunch bag fun, slice apples into boats, try red pepper butterflies (slice red peppers crosswise; serve with hummus), or cucumber hearts. » Get sporty: Preportion energy snacks for your kids as they head to sporting events, such as their favorite dried fruits and nuts. Have a happy and healthy school year!

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Emeritus at Edgewood festival celebrates country living, Sept. 15 If you’re longing for a taste of the the good old days, make plans to visit Emeritus at Edgewood’s Country Living Festival, Saturday, Sept. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Rediscover the simple life when you join them for an old-fashioned festival with classic Western live entertainment, lots of fun game booths with prizes, and live animals. They’ll be serving all your festival favorites, including snow cones, cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn and more. Bring your friends and family along to experience the social atmosphere that makes senior lifestyles at Emeritus at Edgewood so special. Got a favorite pie recipe? Enter it in their pie baking contest by Thursday, Sept. 13 by calling 859-426-1888. “In addition to our Country Living Festival, we’ll also be celebrating the grand re-opening of our beautiful, newly decorated community,” said Deb Collar, community

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from noon to 4 p.m. during the festival. And since many of their clients are veterans, they will be offering a Veteran’s Pension Assistance seminar open to the public. Veterans Pension Assistance is a national organization with associates located throughout the country trained to assist families with the VA Aid & Attendance application process. “This pension can make the difference between staying at home or receiving care in a community of your choice,” said Collar. The seminar will be on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Emeritus at Edgewood .and refreshments will be served. For more information and a free online newsletter, visit www.emeritus.com.

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cleaning up any debris, planting trees and evaluating projects you want to tackle in the spring. You can also add a touch of color to your yard with mums, asters and other fall annuals. Plus, they offer special fall planters for your porch, patio or deck, wind chimes, garden flags, tools and supplies and a new line of glazed pottery fountains. The pump is included – just plug them in and enjoy the soothing sounds of running water on those crisp fall nights. “We also have a florist – Flowers by Flora – for those holiday centerpieces,” said Sandy Wright. If your needs run toward a whole new look for your yard, Rightway also offers landscaping design and installation, including retaining walls, patios and walkways. “We do our own designs with a computerized system that uses digital photos to let you actually see what the finished design will look like instead of a blueprint,” Sandy explained. Call Rightway at 859-586-6422 for your free landscaping estimate today. Stop by their store at 5529 Highway 237. They’re open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rightwaygardencenter.

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Grapes make school-day meals easy The summertime probably felt like it whizzed by, and now you’re getting into the back-toschool mode. Luckily, you can keep a sweet taste of summer in meals and snacks with refreshing grapes from California. Kids and families getting ready for busy mornings are in need of healthy, energy-packed foods to fuel tightly scheduled and sometimes hectic lifestyles. Start the morning with a Breakfast-to-go smoothie, a blend of fruit, yogurt and crunchy cereal for a hearty breakfast. Kids – and probably you, too – will relish this satisfying and yummy drink featuring grapes and grape juice, both of which, according to mounting re-

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search evidence, may help support a healthy heart. Bulgur Salad with Grapes and Kale is also a hearty, very nutritious

and delicious meal all by itself, and perfectly packable for bring-from-home lunches. Grapes are really the key to making this salad inviting and flavor-

ful for all ages. The sweet accents and the crisp qualities of the grapes offer a nice contrast to the chewy bulgur, crunchy nuts and shredded kale, which doesn’t go limp like most lettuce will. Make a big bowl or container of this salad and have it at-the-ready for a mini-meal for students going through a growth spurt or who need more calories in general, such as athletes, dancers, marching band members, etc. Adventurous little eaters will also enjoy munching on this salad during lunch or snack breaks at day care or preschool. And don’t forget to pack a cluster of grapes, too, for more sweetness and good

health during the day. Having a bowl of fresh grapes handy for nibbling after school is a great alternative to chips, cookies and the array of minipizzas and hand-held manufactured foods that are generally expensive and high in fat and salt. Grapes are considered a super snack for a variety of reasons: Grapes contain just 90 calories per ¾-cup serving, are packed with flavor and sweetness, and create virtually no mess – no peeling, no slicing, no coring. In addition, all colors of grapes contain natural plant components known as polyphenols, which recent scientific studies suggest may help See GRAPES, Page 12

Facing a criminal charge? Know your rights and violent offense, a drug-related charge, a DUI, or a simple traffic violation, it is important that you know your legal rights and understand how the criminal justice system works. It is also important to consider legal representation in the event that you would like to seek an expungement of your criminal

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How to thwart medical identity theft Two million Americans fall victim to medical identity theft each year, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute, commissioned by Experian’s ProtectMyID. While medical identity theft costs victims an average of $22,346, the potential impact can be far greater – medical identity theft could cost some victims their health, or even their lives. Medical identity theft involves the theft of personal information – such as your name, Social Security number or Medicare number – to obtain medical care, purchase drugs or submit false claims to Medicare. The crime can damage a victim’s credit rating and even be life-threatening if it causes incorrect information to appear in a victim’s personal medical records, warns the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). According to the study, while more Americans now understand just what medical identity theft is,

few are taking the key steps that could help prevent it. Only 57 percent of survey respondents check their medical records for accuracy, and nearly one in five (18 percent) say they don’t care about the accuracy of their medical records. “There are specific things that people can and should do to protect themselves from medical identity theft,” says Ken Chaplin, senior vice president of ProtectMyID. “People have to be vigilant with their personal information and avoid letting their guard down, even with family and friends.” The Federal Trade Commission recommends you take these steps to help prevent medical identity theft: » Before you share medical information with anyone, verify who you’re talking to. Never provide information over the phone or through the mail unless you initiated the contact and you’re confident you’re dealing with a legitimate organization. Be aware that

medical identity thieves often try to scam consumers by posing as representatives of insurance companies, doctor’s offices, pharmacies and even government agencies. » Protect your information. Keep paper copies of medical or insurance records and forms in a secure, locked file or drawer. When managing your health or insurance accounts online, be wary of any site that asks you to share sensitive information like your Social Security number, insurance account number or details of your medical conditions. Look for the hallmarks that a website is secure, including a web address (URL) that begins with “https” (the “s” stands for “secure”) and a lock symbol in the lower right-hand corner of the page. » Picking through trash is a common ploy of identity thieves. Shred your discarded health

insurance forms, bills and medical records before disposing of them. Destroy the labels on your prescription pill bottles and packages before throwing them away. The OIG also offers tips for medical identity theft protection, including: » Treat your Medicare and Social Security numbers and cards as carefully as you would your credit cards. » Be wary of anyone

who asks for your Medicare number in exchange for “free” medical equipment or services. If what they’re offering is really free, they shouldn’t need your numbers. » Never let anyone – not even a family member – use your Medicare ID card. Doing so is against the law, and may afford unscrupulous individuals the chance to use that information for unauthorized purposes.

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der to sell funeral services he needed a licensed funeral home and funeral director. So he partnered with Robert Grunn, a licensed funeral director with more than 22 years of experience. They opened the Grunn Funeral Home, and offered direct cremations for only $699. “We’ve performed 34 cremations and funerals since opening in May,” said Grunn. “This is al-

most triple the volume of most area funeral homes. Eric (Lusain) said there would be demand, but I had no idea the response would be this high.” Lusain remarked, “I ran the numbers. Most funeral homes charge over $1,500 for direct cremation. But I think our $699 is more than fair price for a cremation.” The store is at 722 Main Street. For information call 513-421-0003.

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Church of Scientology FAQs answered One of the most common reactions that we get after people tour our interactive Information Center in the Church of Scientology in Florence, watch a film or get free DVDs, see our outreach to the community or the life improvement courses, or just stop in for a cup of coffee is: “I did not know THIS is what Scientology does.” Naturally, some people do have questions and they search the Internet for answers. Unfortunately, some sites provide wrong data about Scientology and not knowing otherwise, people believe it. To provide you with the correct data, here are some of the most-common-asked questions and their factual answers: WHAT DOES THE WORD SCIENTOLOGY MEAN? The word Scientology means “the study of knowledge” or “the study of knowing how to know.” It comes from the Latin word Scio – “know” or “distinguish” – and the Greek word Logos, which means “the study of” or

“inward thought.” WHY IS SCIENTOLOGY CALLED A RELIGION? If you look at any religion in the world, there are three criteria that have to be met to be called a religion, and Scientology meets all three of them: 1) A belief in a Supreme Truth that transcends the here and now of the secular world; 2) Religious practices directed toward understanding communicating with this supreme reality; and 3) A community of believers that join together in pursuing this ultimate reality. Scientology believes that there is a Supreme Being, and has life rite ceremonies like naming, marriage and funeral services. Scientology helps man become aware of God, more aware of his own spiritual nature. Scientology holds in common with other religions the dream of peace on Earth and gives the path for bringing about spiritual improvement in the here and now, and a way to accomplish it with abso-

lute certainty. People of all religions work and study in the Church of Scientology. It is an all-denominational church. One does not change his religion. One works to help his community and give them the tools needed to improve their lot. None of the principles of Scientology interfere with one’s religion. WHY IS SCIENTOLOGY A CHURCH? The word Church comes from the Greek word Kyrios meaning “lord” and the Indo European word “kewe” – “to be strong.” A church is a congregation of people who participate in religious activities. In 1950, Scientologists recognized that L. Ron Hubbard’s technology addresses the spirit and frees the soul, and they voted Scientology a religion. In 1954, the first Church of Scientology was incorporated. Scientology is recognized as a religion in the United States. WHAT IS THE SCIENTOLOGY CROSS? It is an

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Graziani, along with Alma Rohrer and Terri Birkenhauer, have been hard at work putting together total looks for all your holiday needs, including fully decorated Christmas trees, decorative accents with a holiday theme, and gift sets for everyone on your list. With all that’s new to be found at Best Furniture Gallery, one thing that hasn’t changed is the emphasis on quality, American-crafted furniture and personal service. The customer is always number one at Best Furniture Gallery, from the showroom floor to the delivery and set up of

your purchases. Visit the Best Furniture website at www.bestfurnituregallery.com. “Like us” and “share us” on Facebook to receive regular updates and photos of new merchandise throughout the store. Best Furniture Gallery is open Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed Sunday to be with family. Best Furniture Gallery is located at 1123 South Fort Thomas Avenue in the Midway District of Fort Thomas, Ky.

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days, Best Furniture Gallery is gearing up to celebrate in a big way. Christmas may be a few months away, but the staff at Best Furniture Gallery has been busy planning and buying furniture, accessories and decorative items that are sure to make your holidays the best ever. Don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself at the Holiday Preview Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20. Designer Linda Barbian and Floral Designer Judy Kentucky

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eight-pointed cross representing eight areas of life through which an individual is striving to survive. HOW DOES SCIENTOLOGY WORK? Scientology provides answers to many questions about life and death. Through Scientology a person can remove barriers and unwanted conditions and so become more himself. Scientology values family and morals. IS SCIENTOLOGY A CULT OR A SECRET SOCIETY? Definitely not! All over the world, one may

freely go into an organization, and the literature is available for everyone. IS THE CHURCH PROFIT-MAKING? No. Scientology churches are nonprofit organizations. If you have any other questions feel free to write to: Drora Wasserman, 283 Main Street, Florence KY 41042. You can also request the free DVD that answers all these questions in an audio-visual presentation. Or visit www.scientology.org.

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½ cup grape juice ¼ cup wheat flake cereal Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute. Serve immediately. Makes 2 1⁄3 cups of smoothie. Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 251; Protein 6 g; Carbohydrate 57 g; Fat 1.5 g; 5 percent calories from Fat; Cholesterol 2 mg; Sodium 47 mg; Fiber 3 g.

Bulgur Salad with Grapes and Kale Ingredients: 1 cup bulgur Kosher salt 1 cup pecan halves,

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we supply the hors d’oeurves and music and you bring your own wine.” These parties are perfect for girls’ night out or a date night with your special someone. The unique thing about Elements is artistic talent is not needed. “It’s designed for people who aren’t artists,” explained Teejay. “We provide step-by-step instructions so it’s fun for everyone.” Glass fusing is perfect for making jewelry, coasters and bowls, and pottery wheels are coming soon so you can throw your own pottery, “just like in the movie ‘Ghost,’ ” said Teejay. And first-time visitors can take advantage of this great introductory offer – no studio fees. The sisters-in-law’s motivation to start the business was a combination of Teejay growing up around her aunt’s pottery shop and Amy, a mother of five, looking for a fun but affordable way for families like hers to create memories to be cherished for years to come. “We decided to do this so a new generation of people can have those same memories, and we want to keep our prices low so families can experience it together.” Elements Create It Studio is located just behind Tractor Supply on Rt. 18. Visit their website at www.elements-ky.com or “like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elementscreateitstudio.

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