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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

An easy and adorable-to-look-at recipe uses black olives, cream cheese, pretzels and a few other common ingredients to create an unforgettable herd of holiday cheer. BRANDPOINT PHOTO

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 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

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Snoring can often be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a sometimes life-threatening sleep disorder that negatively impacts the health and quality of life of millions of Americans. Dr. Kitzmiller and his wife, Lori, help patients with snoring and sleep apnea solutions every day. PROVIDED

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awareness about sleep apnea and the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment. It can save your relationship and your life.” Jeanne V.: “I am so glad I found you! The oral appliance is wonderful. It has replaced my big, cumbersome CPAP and bite guard. I no longer have to take it along wherever I go and also distilled water to use in the CPAP. The oral appliance fits right in my purse.” J. Ernst: “I was very much impressed with the entire staff and Dr. Kitzmiller. I had previously used a CPAP machine without total success. Since using the oral appliance, I feel 100 percent

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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 a complimentary consultation to see how oral appliance therapy could be an option. 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, 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 longer suffering from ‘second hand’ sleep apnea! My mission is to create

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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 great

way to help keep momentum going for continued weight loss.” – Crystal Love Bobbitt “I came into the office to get some help with my abs. I am happy to say, after six visits, I am down 31⁄2 inches and can actually feel my ribs. This is something I have not had since I was pregnant with my third child. The staff was superfriendly and appointments were always prompt. I have already recommended the program to friends and family.” – S.C. “OMG, I can wear shorts again! You have the most amazing staff. I might get more sessions just to see them.” – Summer Sears Do something special for yourself. Cincinnati LipoLaser’s certified technicians are here to help. Call 859-838-6030 for more information about the procedure as well as the Zerona LipoLaser procedure. Or visit for online specials at www.LipoLaserCincinnati.com. m

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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. “Kids today are digital

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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. 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 exercise and burn off energy. Further, moms see toys as a great way to

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Local DDS warns about the dangers of gum disease

It’s estimated that nearly 80 percent of the adult population has some form of gum disease. Often, people don’t even know they have it because it doesn’t cause discomfort. That’s the reason Dr. Chris Omeltschenko, DDS, of Total Dentistry (or Dr. O, as he’s known to his patients) always performs a periodontal (gum) exam on all new patients. And, since periodontal disease can develop at any time, he continues to examine for periodontal disease annually. Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. Several factors can contribute to gum disease, including not seeing a dentist for professional cleanings, certain health

conditions, and poor brushing and flossing habits. This allows plaque – a sticky film of bacteria – to build up on teeth and harden. In advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to sore, bleeding gums; painful chewing problems; and even tooth loss. “Total Dentistry offers nonsurgical gum treatment that is often very effective at improving the condition and controlling the disease,” said Dr. O. “Sometimes a localized antibiotic treatment, called Arestin, may be used to further results. For the most advanced cases of periodontal disease, we may refer patients to a gum specialist (periodontist). “But the easiest way to prevent gum disease is

Five tips for the perfect movie night 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 West | Northwest

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

with good oral health practices, including brushing and flossing at home and having professional cleanings twice a year. However, if you have gum disease, the sooner it’s treated, the better,” explained Dr. O. Some warning signs that might indicate gum disease: bleeding gums; bad breath; a metallic taste in the mouth; loose teeth; red, swollen gums or even pus oozing from the gums. Gum disease has several different stages, each progressively more serious. It starts as gingivitis, in which plaque along the gum line begins to inflame the gums. This stage is easily treated and curable. Untreated, gingivitis progresses and leads to more advanced stages

of periodontitis. Periodontitis occurs when the gums become further inflamed and pockets begin to form around the teeth that are filled with plaque, tartar and food debris. This painless infection results in damage to the bone (socket) supporting the teeth. Further advancement of the disease leads to tooth loss. More than an annoyance, untreated gum disease can actually affect a person’s overall health. “Periodontal disease leads to inflammation of the gums. This inflammatory bacteria then enters your bloodstream and travels throughout your body,” cautions Dr. O. Researchers have linked this process to a number of seri-

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ous medical conditions such as diabetic complications, the risk of heart disease and stroke, a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw, and respiratory diseases such as pneumonia. “Researchers have even found that men with gum disease were 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers,” said Dr. O. Total Dentistry is located at 6560 Colerain Ave. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 513-245-2200 to make your appointment or visit totaldentistryonline.com. m

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A high-tech holiday without the high price Spending on consumer electronics this holiday season is expected to grow 2.6 percent, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), with three-quarters of American gifters planning to purchase tech gadgets. For budget-minded Santas, here are five 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 device while playing another. At a suggested price of $249, you get a lot of holiday bang for your buck. » 2. Ultra-wide monitor Gamers and geeks alike will light up when

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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 6

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they open a modern ultrawide monitor that brings cyberspace to life. With a 21:9 aspect ratio screen (2560-by-1080p resolution), these new monitors produce a theater-like experience when playing games or watching your favorite movies. The dual link-up feature allows the monitor to display two source devices at once. For example, any combination of two devices, such as computers, cameras, smartphones or Blu-ray players can be connected to the monitor and displayed on a single

screen simultaneously. One of the most popular ultra-wide monitors, the LN450W from LG is both PC and Mac compatible, has a built-in tuner so it can be used as a TV and you can get it for $649 or less at some retailers. » 3. 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.

out-of-the-loop when it comes to the latest buzzworthy movies. Catch up on award-contenders and 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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Earbuds and headphones will be the most popular consumer electronics devices given his holiday season, CEA says. Earbuds – tiny in-ear 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.

» 4. 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. » 5. Tablets and accessories Some tablets come with outrageous price tags, but every month new models become available, many of which are surprisingly affordable. CEA says tablets are at the top of adult’s wish lists this holiday season. You can find options for $200 or less that include a quality processor, impressive battery life and considerable data storage. Compare to save and don’t be afraid to shop the sales. 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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Appetizers Continued from Page 2 1 bamboo skewer 16 pretzel sticks Paring knife Tiny pieces of carrot and raisins Powdered sugar (optional) Kale (optional) Mushrooms (optional)

Directions: With a small, sharp knife, cut wonton wrappers into “antlers.” Place 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 sandwichsized 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 col-

ossal 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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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.

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“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 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, call 513-321-FOAM (3626). m

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help kids spark their imaginations and flex their creative muscles. 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. Bring out the toy chest and see what games the kids can

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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 to life using their toys and

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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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One mac and cheese recipe served 3 ways makes for ultimate comfort food Mac and cheese is always in style. The beauty of this menu standard is how easy it is to dress up or down – depending on your culinary preference (or ingredients you have handy). In fact, 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.

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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.

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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