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CreativeLiving Kentucky • October 2009

Preparing your

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Patient Appreciation

Roof Time

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Breast cancer awareness Tips for promoting awareness.

Preparing your home inside, out for the holidays Learn about three local businesses that can cover every aspect of holiday preparation.

It’s time to ‘Stop Diabetes’ Read about what’s being done and can be done to stop diabetes.

Beauty tips for the holidays Three looks to get ready for the holiday party season.

Health Tips for the holidays Keep your pet safe throughout the season.

Help your teen Help your child put his or her best smile forward.

Too young to retire New career track for baby boomers.

Editor’s note There’s nothing I enjoy more than the holiday season. Getting the house nice and cozy. Decorating with lovely fall and Christmas decorations. And of course gatherings of friends and family. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. It can be stressful, too. It doesn’t have to be, however, especially when there are several local businesses that can assist in all aspects of preparing your home for the holidays. Check out our cover feature on just that. Find out what you need to do to ensure that the roof over your head is secure and ready for winter with help from Roof Time. Learn about gorgeous fall and Christmas items that can bring a special touch of the seasons to your own home with assistance from Lasting Impressions. Get help with your holiday parties from setup to clean-up with Perfect Party Partners. Finally, relax and get ready to have a fantastic holiday season.

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Departments 3 Breast Cancer Awareness Health • Tips

Home 5 At Decor • Repair

12 Health & Fitness Mind • Body • Spirit

14 Local Business Shopping

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Creative Living is a monthly advertising-sponsored magazine published by the Specialty Publications Department of The Community Press/The Community Recorder. Questions and comments can be sent to Editor Melissa Hayden c/o The Community Press/394 Wards Corner/Loveland, OH 45140 or e-mail mhayden@communitypress.com.

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Curves locations waive service fee in support of breast cancer awareness Special good one week only

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he probability of a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer during her life is about one in eight, and the probability of dying from breast cancer is about one in 35, according to the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer death rates are going down, which is probably a result of early detection and improved treatment. A healthy diet, regular exercise, monthly breast self-exams, and yearly mammograms are essential in breast cancer prevention. This is why Curves locations, during October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness emphasis, are offering a limited-time offer for those who wish to join Curves and join in the fight against breast cancer. Women who bring in proof of a mammogram within the last year, or who make a $25 donation to the American Cancer Society, will pay a $0 service fee when they join Curves from Oct. 19 through Oct. 24. The special promotion, a savings of $199, is designed to help women be able to join Curves for exercise and weight management, while providing support for breast cancer research.

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Pat Siry of Erlanger.

“Working out at Curves before being diagnosed with breast cancer helped my body remain strong and allowed for a quicker, more pain-free surgery and recovery,” said Curves Erlanger member Pat Siry. Participating Curves locations will also make available a unique home breast self-exam kit called the Liv Aid, which makes the breast self-exam process more sensitive for detecting unusual lumps. For every Liv Aid sold, Curves will donate one to another woman who cannot afford one. For more information or to take advantage of this special limited offer, visit curveskentucky.com, call 1-800CURVES30, or visit a nearby location listed in the corresponding ad.

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Simple tips for promoting breast cancer awareness in your own life

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his year, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) celebrates 25 years of promoting awareness, education, and empowerment. In recognition of this 25th anniversary milestone, here are five simple ways to celebrate breast cancer awareness in your own life:

According to the National Cancer Institute, age is the single most important risk factor for breast can-

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cer. But research has also shown that personal and family history of breast cancer, alterations in certain genes, reproductive and menstrual history, body weight, level of physical activity and alcohol consumption are among the factors that affect a woman's risk of developing breast cancer.

While October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast cancer awareness and education is important all year long.

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Stay active, maintain a healthy weight and discuss limiting fat and alcohol in your diet with your doctor.

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Schedule your annual mammogram The American Cancer Society recommends that all women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year.

Educate yourself While October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast cancer awareness and education is important all year long.

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Time to replace the roof?

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hink back to the worst storms that have raged over your home. Heavy snows, strong winds, dangerous lightning, and pounding hail are bad enough while inside the house, you can imagine being up on your roof at those times! That’s what shingles must endure year in and year out. The phrase “having a roof over your head” takes on a whole new

tiny rock like particles, call a roofer! Those small rock chips are the top layer that gives your shingles its color and UV sun protection.” Another indication of shingle aging is a failure of the top layer. You might begin to see some of the mat appear through the black of the asphalt, or you may become aware of blistering, cracking, or splitting of the layers. These signs

nation of the roofing from above.

Time for an estimate As these warning signs appear, it’s time to have an experienced, reputable roofer make a free written inspection. Her company offers a professional roof condition assessment, an estimate of the remaining life (if any) your roof has, as well as, evaluates repairing versus replacing

“Remember that seeing is believing! Better quality roofers conduct thorough roof top inspections and bring down color digital pictures to show you the roof’s true condition.” meaning and sense of importance when those shingles begin to fail. Replacing your home’s roofing is a big investment, so how do you know when it’s time? The two obvious signs are missing shingles and brown ceiling stains, but there are some things you can look for to prevent early damage. Sandy Feltner, who has the distinction of being a woman in a predominantly man’s industry, has a company aptly named, A New Roof Time. She says that one sign to watch for, is the wearing away of the granules from the surface of the shingles. Feltner said, “There is no need to get up on the roof to inspect the shingles, simply look into the gutters. If you see more than a dusting of

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the roof this year. Feltner adds, “Remember that seeing is believing! Better

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quality roofers conduct thorough roof top inspections and bring down color digital pictures to show you the roof’s true condition.” Homeowners beware; contrary to popular belief, there is no licensing for local roofers! Tips for finding a better quality roofer include, asking everyone you know who they have used. You might uncover a little known professional and be steered clear of an expensive mistake by hiring the high dollar TV

and big ad yellow pages type. Consider joining a service such as Angie’s List. For less than the price of a night out, you can access hundreds of local contractor reviews posted by homeowners sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly experiences they have had. Meet everyone you invite out to your home and trust your instincts! Terry Littleton from Rooftime says, “You do

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Excellence by Nature’s granite rocks

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f you have ever picked up a home improvement magazine and gazed longingly at the striking granite countertops, thinking that they were too far out of your budget to be a reality, don’t be discouraged. Excellence By Nature can put that remarkable finishing jewel in your home, too. “So many people think that granite is out of their reach, even though they dream of incorporating granite in their kitchen or bathroom,” said Sarah Collins, Operations Manager for Excellence By Nature. “But granite can be a part of your home. Come in and let us show you our designs for your dream project, and keep your budget in line, too.” Collins said that the most popular and affordable choice of

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granite is a spectacular Uba Tuba, (see coupon opposite) which consists of a dramatic black color with undertones of gold and green. Venetian Gold follows closely with its lighter gold color sprinkled with white, black, and garnet undertones, that tends to pick up the richness in today’s popular cherry cabinets. These stone colors, along with Excellence By Nature’s exotic stone supply, will highlight any room in your dream home. They can put the natural rocks on your countertops that will emphasize the beauty of your rooms. One of the most exciting things about Excellence By Nature is that it is the only Northern Kentucky fabricating company that keeps a large selection of full slabs of granite on premises in their fabricating

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shop. This allows customers to hand select the granite slabs that will be used for their own project, eliminating the guesswork created at other companies where the customer only has a small square of granite with which to imagine their whole countertop. With many national stores, cus-

tomers would have to travel distances of up to several hours to view their inventory of stone. “At EBN we plan the project together with the customer,” explained Collins. “The beauty of our company is that we do not

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Lasting Impressions… Room Choices… Hosea Sharing House

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he Hosea businesses located at 241 Grandview in Bellevue are in full swing with preparations for fall and Christmas! When you visit Lasting Impressions, you will be overwhelmed with the new fall and Christmas items to give your home that warm, seasonalchange feeling that can make your family and guests feel so comfortable. Do you need a special fall door decoration or a splash of color for your mantle? How about a beautiful, customdesigned centerpiece for your dining room table? You will find a fabulous array of home décor including the new Ashton artwork and custom mirror line. If you were a Lasting Impressions customer in

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Alexandria, you will remember the beautiful, custom-framed Ashton pictures which were so much a part of the beautiful room displays. If you would like to view some Ashton artwork, you may log on to www.ashtoncompany.com for a sneak preview of the lovely framed pictures you will experience in the showroom here in Bellevue. Just look for Linda, Judy, or Nancy for assistance! The Christmas season is going to be a wonderland full of surprises at 241 Grandview this year. You will need to experience it firsthand to appreciate all the thousands of hours of work have gone into Christmas decorating at Lasting Impressions, Room Choices, and the fabulous Santa-

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in-the-City/Hosea Sharing House display which takes up the entire fourth floor of the building. The Christmas spirit abounds in the beautifully decorated trees, garlands, unique ornaments, and custom floral arrangements that you will find at Lasting Impressions. Room Choices by David on the third floor has “the best of old and new” with a combination of new furniture, buy-outs, and antiques. You will also find an amazing selection of unique accessories to compliment your “furniture finds.” Patsy and Rachel will be glad to work with you if you need to order custom fabrics or furniture from Bernhardt, Charleston House, Martha Stewart, Maitland Smith, and others.

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Moving on up to the fourth floor Santa-in-the-City and Hosea Sharing House, you will find a Dickens city complete with lifesize sleighs, buildings, decorated trees, garlands hanging from the building beams, and so many more fun holiday surprises for the entire family. This festive area will be opening in mid-October. Come in and stroll along the stone path that takes you through the entry archway into a winter wonderland past the brick and stone corner store, the little white church, the row houses, sleighs, and beautifully decorated trees … just to name a few of the many holiday surprises you will find! The Hosea Sharing House is a great way for your local group or organization to raise money

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Roof from page 5 not have to know anything about roofing to judge the information presented about roofing.” Observe the quality of the roofers truck, and equipment, and if they arrive on time. Consider the roofer himself. Do not allow yourself to be pressured or talked into doing anything fast.. Also, do not put down a deposit, when you hold the payment back till the job ends, you have control over the final look and clean-up of your home.

Asphalt roofing shingles get their name from the fact that they are made up of layers of different materials. The basic ingredients are fiberglass, asphalt and limestone granules for color. Higher warranty rated (40, 50, lifetime) shingles will have more of these layers than the basic 25 year variety. Better shingles will have a 10% copper granule blend to prevent those ugly black stains from growing across your new roof.

Shingles today can be expected to have an effective lifespan of 25 to 50 years, when installed by a qualified roofer, using all of the needed roof system components. A properly installed roof system will use, aluminum trim edging, ice guard, felt paper, ventilation and metal (not aluminum) flashing at critical areas such as where two roofs intersect (valleys), where dormer walls meet shingles (step) and around chimneys. Roofers have costs

(3.00 gas, time) associated with giving free quotes, so do not go overboard when inviting companies to bid your roof. Remember that while you are sizing-up the roofer, he will be sizing you up too! Calling out numerous companies wastes your time and their money. A final tip is that roofers and shingles are not all created equal, so for an investment of this size and importance, getting two written bids is usually the best idea.

ONE of a kind, never duplicated. However, Excellence By Nature does offer other choices, such as laminate, Corian, and quartz, although they are definitely not as durable or as popular as granite. Excellence By Nature offers a variety of materials and colors, not only for countertops, but also for cabinets, hardware, tile, sinks and faucets, and because of this versatility, the company can accommodate most budgets and decorating tastes. Excellence By Nature also offers one of a kind

marble and limestone for your bathrooms, showers, baking counters, fireplaces and floor decos. You as the customer, come up w a picture or an idea, and we will recreate it from scratch. “We also offer re-sealing of the granite, which needs to be done once a year, for all of your natural stone countertops to keep them protected and lasting a lifetime,” said Collins. “So if you move into a house, and the granite is damaged, or looks a little dull, we can come out and re-seal it if

it needs it, or repair it in most cases. We will always truly beautify your home with natural stone.” At Excellence By Nature, customers can count on 40 years of experience with natural stone from our professional designers in the showroom to the installers on your job. “We pride ourselves on customer service from start to finish,” Julie Schneider, owner of EBN, stated. “We take no detail for granite, not even our rocks.”

Excellence from page 6 contract out our services. Our crew is on the job, from the beginning to the end. It is like a one stop shopping experience with a staff you can trust. Also, many times our customers can watch our team working on their granite out in the shop, and they can experience firsthand the skill and knowledge of the crew.” Currently, the national trend leans strongly toward granite countertops, due to granite’s durability, cost effectiveness, and its signature feature that every slab is

Lasting from page 7 through donations of items from your group. • Your organization collects donations such as furniture, household items, miscellaneous household goods, etc. (no bedding or clothing). • Contact Linda (859655-8189) to arrange for pickup of items. • The items are sold at auction in the Sharing House (designated date and time). • Your organization receives 50 percent of the profit from sale of the • The Henry Hosea House receives 25 percent of the sale of the items. • The other 25 percent is used for administrative costs. Call Linda at 655-8189 for more information about how you and your organization can participate in the Sharing House.

Make your kitchen the heart of your home

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hen people visit your home, is the kitchen the place they like to be? The kitchen tends to be the heart of the home, because it provides an atmosphere of comfort and hospitality, both for family and friends. But if your kitchen isn’t as welcoming as you’d like it to be, it is time to call Fort Mitchell Interiors.“If your kitchen looks good, you look good,” said Mary PenningtonWolfe, owner of Fort Mitchell Interiors. Pennington-Wolfe brings 30 years of experience to the table when she is

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called on to design any part of your home. Kitchens are especially interesting, she said, because they incorporate a myriad of projects – cabinets, countertops, wall treatments, window treatments, lighting, and flooring. “Solid surface countertops, such as Corian or granite, are a great investment in the home,” Pennington-Wolfe explained. Fort Mitchell Interiors is located on Hazelwood Drive, across from McDonald’s, and the phone number is 331-5327. Mary Pennington-Wolfe is looking forward to helping you unlock the secrets of your home.

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How your new garage door can save you money

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he purchase and installation of a new garage door can save you money when you file your 2009 income tax returns. Did you know that under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 highly energy efficient insulated garage doors qualify for a federal tax credit? Insulated garage doors that qualify allow you to take a tax credit of 30 percent off the cost of the garage door not to exceed $1500. As a result, the installation of a new garage door can save you money. How does this work? As an example, let’s say you have a new energy efficient garage door installed on your home. The cost of the garage door and installation is $1000. The company that installs your garage door is required to provide you with a document certifying that your garage door qualifies for the tax energy credit. The certificate will indicate the cost of the garage door backing out the cost of the labor. Let’s say the cost of the garage door without installation is $750.00. You then take a tax credit of 30 percent off the cost of the

garage door ($225). Therefore instead of spending $1,000 on the installation of a new garage door your net cost is $775. In summary let’s take a look at the calculations: Cost of the installation of the new garage door.................$1,000 Subtract out the labor......................$250 Cost of the new garage door...........$750 Apply tax credit 30 percent Total tax credit due at time of 2009 tax return...........................$225 Net cost of new garage door and installation...............................$775 Many insulated garage doors do not qualify for the tax energy credit. Be sure to find a qualified garage door company to assist you in finding an insulated garage door that meets your needs and that qualifies for the tax energy credit. A good way to find a qualified garage door company is to go to the International Door Association (IDA) Web site (www.doors.org). Locate a garage door company that is not only a member of IDA but that has been accredited. Accredited door dealers have passed strin-

gent requirements as set forth by the IDA to show they have the knowledge and experience to be leaders in the garage door industry. Less than one percent of the garage door companies in the country have achieved this accreditation. This gives you comfort knowing that you are working with a company that operates under a code of conduct that puts the

customer first. If you have specific questions about the installation of a new garage door or how to take advantage of the tax energy credit, feel free to call Overhead Door Company of Northern Kentucky at 859341-6646 or 513-347-DOOR (3667). This company services the entire tri-state area and would be happy to assist you.

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t’s the most wonderful time of the year, however it can also be the most stressful time. You’re busy shopping, decorating, and planning holiday gatherings. Who doesn’t need a helping hand?

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That’s just what these local businesses are here to do. They can assist you in having a safe, beautiful, and entertaining holiday season.

Roof Time “I never looked up.” That’s what the folks at Roof Time hear most often when arriving to help a homeowner. Sandy Feltner, office manager for this 14-year-old family-owned company, answers calls and sympathizes with panicked homeowners who suddenly have damaged drywall and dripping ceilings. What’s worse is when this situation occurs during the holiday season. That’s why it’s so important, Sandy stresses, to have your roof checked before the winter begins. She offers that one sign to watch for is the wearing away of the granules from the sur-

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face of the shingles. “There is no need to get up on the roof to inspect the shingles, simply look into the gutters,” she explained. “If you see more than a dusting of tiny rock like particles, call a roofer! Those small rock chips are the top layer that gives your shingles its color and UV sun protection.” Another indication of shingle aging is a failure of the top layer. “You might begin to see some of the mat appear through the black of the asphalt, or you may become aware of blistering, cracking, or splitting of the layers. These signs can be harder to spot from the ground and should be part of an annual examination of the roofing from above, she said. Roof Time prides itself on an extensive knowledge of most roof systems and what can cause them to begin to leak. Most repairs can be completed the same day they

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are discovered. Estimators are non-commissioned, and only bid work that needs to be com“The showroom features nine individual room settings as pleted. well as a large main area which features decorated mantles, “We do not assume tables, rugs, furniture, and lovely holiday displays.” that a leaking roof needs to be replaced,” Sandy said. “We live, attend church, and have kids in schools locally. We see our customers in stores, at festivals, and restaurants. I never want a disappointed homeowner to complain to me because they feel taken advantage of.” Written estimates are free, and feature digital rooftop photos, so you can see any problems. Call Sandy, at 859-341TIME or 513-528-TIME, to schedule a free roof inspection and visit, www.time2roof.com, for valuable Internet-only offers!

Lasting Impressions Now that the outside of your home is taken care of, where do you begin on the inside? Linda Barbian opened Lasting Impressions by Linda 10 years ago in Alexandria, Ky., with that question in mind. Linda’s original store closed at the end of March. David Hosea hired Linda and she re-created her store on the second floor at 241 Grandview in Bellevue, Ky. Lasting Impressions joined two other businesses, Office Furniture USA and Room Choices by David, in the warehouse at 241 Grandview. Lasting Impressions opened the second week of April. A fourth floor will be opening in mid-October housing “Santa in the City”

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and “The Hosea Sharing House.” If you’re looking to spruce up your home for the holidays, look no further. “We have just received the first shipment of our new Ashton line of custom-framed artwork and mirrors,” said Linda. “Our unique custom floral arrangements have always been very popular as people begin to decorate for the holidays and winter season. Customers may choose one of the beautiful arrangements we have in the shop, or they may work with us to choose the components of the piece (using their container or ours). “We also carry many other seasonal items such as candles, candlesticks, glassware, seasonal silk flowers and greenery, Thanksgiving and Christmas display items, unique ornaments, and much more seasonal merchandise.” The Lasting Impressions team works extremely hard to give excellent customer service by offering specialized attention to detail and by working with the customer to create a beautiful, inviting living space. Linda chooses items at market that are unique and bring a “one-of-a-kind” look to the customer’s home or office. The showroom features nine individual room settings as well as a large main area which features decorated mantles, tables, rugs, furniture, and lovely holiday displays. Each room is painted with a very striking up-to-date color that you might want to consider for your own home. “We try to offer a “full service” of in-home consultations, window treatments, custom-framed artwork, accessories, rugs, and custom-designed floral arrangements,” Linda explained. Decorating your home for the holidays says to your family and your guests: “I care enough about you to make this an inviting home filled with warmth and beauty.” “Seasonal decorations bring an extra measure of warmth and love to any home and make it a very inviting place for family and friends to meet and share the holidays,” said Linda. “A decorated home takes hospitality to an entirely new level.”

Perfect Party Partners No home is complete for the holidays without the gathering of friends and family. Imagine being able to actually enjoy your holiday gatherings! You can, with the help of supportive, committed party partners! Perfect Party Partners is owned and operated by Barbara Lang, who has 30 years of experience in assisting with parties. “For a relatively low cost we make your entertaining event a lot easier on you and more enjoyable for you,” explained Barbara. “We do all of the work from setup to cleanup and everything in between. All you have to do is enjoy!” All partners have passed background checks and drug tests and carry photo ID Safecard System badges, proving they pose no risk to clients, their families, guests or property. Safecard System independently verifies identity, criminal history, sex offender registries and drug free histories of other firms’ and organizations’ employees. It is licensed locally to Background Bureau, of Highland Heights, Ky. So what are you waiting for? Call Perfect Party Partners today at 505-3944. E-mails can be sent to bambam@zoomtown.com.

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t’s time to celebrate!

The Mortenson Family Dental team, located at 7033 Burlington Pike, Florence, is hosting Patient Appreciation Day Saturday, Oct. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. There will be face and pumpkin painting, hot dogs and soft drinks, give-a-ways, a bouncy structure and weather permitting a hot-air balloon perfect for photo opts. The tooth fairy herself will be making a special appearance. The first 25 children will get free Toothprints Bite

Impressions. Toothprints Bite Impressions were developed by a pediatric dentist, who began using dental bite impressions as a way of safeguarding his own child and other young patients. They are a simple, pleasant way to record the dental characteristics of children to use in identification. It’s the perfect opportunity to visit the dentist without intimidation. Mortenson Family Dental prides themselves in making patients feel welcome and comfortable from the moment they arrive with outstanding quality and

personalized care, respect and management of appointment times and creating a warm and comforting environment. Not only are they committed to providing you the best possible environment, Mortenson Family Dental is also committed to bringing you the latest technological advances. Halloween bags are now available at Mortenson Family Dental are. Fill up the bag with candy, return it, and you’ll receive $5! For more information visit www.mortensondental.com or call 525-7586.

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It’s time to ‘Stop Diabetes’

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ovember is American Diabetes Month, a time to recognize the deadly disease that nearly 24 million children and adults live with today. Another 57 million people have pre-diabetes or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes has become an epidemic; in fact, if current trends continue, one in three children born today will face a future with diabetes. The time has come to take greater action in communicating the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of prevention and control. The American Diabetes Association is launching a movement called Stop Diabetes to confront, fight and eventually end this devastating disease. You can take steps to help change the future of diabetes, whether it’s learning tips on prevention, how to help people who struggle with it, or how to get involved in events in your community. In addition to joining the national movement, here are a few ways you can help Stop Diabetes on a local level: Share. Inspire others to join the movement by sharing your personal story. Beginning Nov. 2, visit stopdiabetes.com and join the American Diabetes Association on Facebook and Twitter to learn about all the exciting ways to be a part of the Stop Diabetes movement. Invite your family, friends, and co-workers to join this effort as well. Act. Whether you want to run, walk, bike or simply tell a friend, there are many ways to help build momentum for the Stop Diabetes movement. Visit stopdiabetes.com or call (800) 342-2383 to get involved in your area. Learn. The American Diabetes Association has many resources throughout the country to help Stop Diabetes. If you or a loved one already have diabetes or are at risk for type 2, the Association can provide lifestyle and motivational information to prevent this disease from taking control of your life and the lives of those around you. Give. The drive to Stop Diabetes cannot succeed without individuals dedicating time, effort and funds to support mission-critical activities in your neighborhood. Contact the American Diabetes Association to get involved. Through these actions, you have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts and critical research that will ultimately Stop Diabetes once and for all.

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Three beauty looks to get ready for the holiday party season

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ith the season of soirees upon us, the ultimate look is needed to stand out among the crowd of little black dresses. With a few simple steps, it’s easy to have the appearance of professionally done makeup without emptying your wallet. Be your own makeup artist by trying these three looks from the pros to accent

your best features. Smokey eyes International makeup artist, Jemma Kidd recommends a dramatic smoky eye to pump-up the glam. Step 1 - Sweep a light highlighter shade over the whole lid to the browbone. Step 2 - Apply a dark and intense shade along the lashline, blending up and smoking outwards to the socket line. Step 3 - Smudge eyeliner across upper and lower lashline; use black for ultra intensity. Step 4 - Finish off with dark, black mascara, and for a full on look, go for false eyelashes. For an ultra-modern take, add a touch of glitter to lower lids and lashes. Tip: To finish off the face, use a nearly-naked base, with barelythere flush on cheeks and a nude color for the lips.

Natural perfection Petra Strand, makeup artist and creator of Pixi, firmly believes that makeup should make a woman look like herself only more gorgeous. Step 1 - Prime the skin with a primer - skin will look youthful,

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glowing and hydrated. Step 2 - Switch to a base that is sheer and use a concealer for those areas that need a little extra help. Your complexion will look naturally flawless. Step 3 - Use a cheek gel instead of regular blush to give an instant “lift” with a transparent touch of color on the apples of the cheeks. Step 4 - Switch from full coverage lipsticks to a tint of color that has both the moisture and Young woman daubing lipstick on her lips treatment of a balm for a perfect foundation match for full perfect pout. coverage and matte skin. Tip: The next generation of Step 2 - Make a lip statement. powders is here with a diffused Red lips are the most glamorous matte finish that is truly perfect trend of the season. Pick your to “set your makeup” so that it favorite red and make sure to goes the distance yet you look always apply lip liner to prevent “fresh as a daisy.” bleeding. To give the illusion of fuller lips, dab some gloss only Sophisticated glamour on the center of the pout, over For classic holiday glam, lipstick. celebrity makeup artist Napoleon Step 3 - To perfectly complePerdis recommends being bold ment your bold lips, keep the and brilliant. eyes neutral. Use a neutral and Step 1 - Prime your skin for a easy palette of taupe eye shadflawless canvas for makeup ows for a seductive eye. application and follow with your Tip: Complete the look with

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black mascara - always remember that three coats is the magic number, and a look is never complete without show-stopping lashes. Don’t have all that’s needed for the ultimate glam look to show off your best assets? Relax, Target has you covered. Pick up premiere makeup products at budget-friendly prices from Pixi, JK Jemma Kidd and NP Set at Target stores nationwide and at target.com. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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toneBrook Winery is a small farm family winery located in Camp Springs, Ky, just 20 minutes south of Cincinnati. StoneBrook offers magnificent vineyard views, a renovated 120-yearold farm house converted into a cozy wine tasting room, old country charm and a little bit of history. StoneBrook vints a variety of wines including the Estate bottled Vidal Blanc, Estate, Cabernet Franc and Domain wines as well as a wide variety of other fabulous, award-winning grape and fruit wines. The tasting room is

open on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. For $5 you are

available by appointment, weather permitting. StoneBrook also offers unique, monthly dining

StoneBrook also offers unique, monthly dining experiences that have become a local favorite.

able to taste five palette pleasing grape or fruit wines. Tours through the award -winning vineyards and carriage rides are also

experiences that have become a local favorite. Please visit the Web site, www.stonebrookwinery.com to see our schedule of monthly events.

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itches, mermaids, princesses, and the girl from Kansas gathered together can only mean one thing – Halloween costumes are ready at Preview Productions. Visit Preview Productions, located at 6720 Main St. in Newtown

for the hottest doll costumes of the season. Christmas is just around the corner and owner Joyce Rosselot and her assistants Susan Lehr and Sarah Watters are busy designing, sewing, and stocking the doll clothing boutique with the latest in winter fashions.

The holiday line includes velvets, furs, and lots of sparkle, along with winter casual wear including jackets, tunics, and coats. The best selection is always in the store. Call 271-2524 for details.

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et owners need to remember to keep their pets safe and healthy for the holidays.

Here are the top 10 pet tips for holiday safety: 1. Be wary of holiday decorations; pets often consume them. “The animal raids the Christmas tree, for example, and this can be unhealthy for the pet and very upsetting for the pet owners,” explains Dr. Larry R. Corry, AVMA president. “If they consume enough tinsel or other decorations, it can cause a blockage that requires surgery.” 2. Flowers are another common holiday feature that can result in an emergency visit. Poinsettias, Amaryllis and mistletoe are on the list of common holiday plants that can be dangerous and even poisonous to house pets who decide to eat them, Corry says. 3. Just like people, some pets are better at dealing with house guests than others. If you know your pet has a problem with visitors, work with your veterinarian for solutions. For severe problems, your veterinarian may recommend medications or even boarding the animal. 4. Don’t let your pet climb the Christmas tree. If the tree falls over, your pet could be injured. Consider tying the tree to the ceiling or a door frame using fishing line. 5. Cover Christmas tree water to keep animals from drinking it. The sap from live Christmas trees can make your pet sick. 6. Many people believe that people food makes good treats for their pets, but this isn’t the case. Many common ingredients in a holiday feast - like onions, garlic, chocolate and artificial sweeteners - are poisonous to pets. And dogs that consume an excessive amount of fatty foods, by cleaning a turkey carcass pulled from the trash, for example, can develop a life-threatening condition called pancreatitis. 7. Whether they are Halloween candies or Christmas chocolate, keep sweets out of your pet’s reach, particularly while you’re out. A pet that consumes chocolates while you’re away at work, for example, might be too sick for your veterinarian to save by the time you get home. 8. Unplug decorations while you’re not around. Cats and dogs are often tempted to chew electrical cords. 9. Keep any gift that includes human food out of a pet’s reach. With their sensitive sense of smell, dogs and cats can find those wrapped treats and open them when you’re not around. 10. Candles are a common part of many holiday celebrations. Make sure that you keep lit candles out of a pet’s reach, because the animal could light themselves, or your home, on fire.

eaves falling, the change in time, Halloween decorations in the aisles of your favorite store – all of these herald one thing – the holidays. Good or bad, ready or not, they are coming. With them come stress, joy, family and extra work for everyone. One such task that people often times leave until last minute is getting their pet groomed. No Norman Rockwelllike holiday memory would be complete without a well-groomed Fido sitting at the knee of his master. To achieve this goal, Canine Companion groomers offer pet owners these handy tips: • Plan now. Make your grooming appointment well in advance during

the holiday season instead of waiting until the last minute. Many owners maximize their holiday todo list and time management by scheduling their pet’s grooming during one of their shopping trips. Fido and you can both enjoy a holiday treat! • Reduce stress for your pet. More frequent visits increase your pet’s comfort level with his/her groomer. Have Fido groomed in October and schedule a follow-up appointment to fall between the holidays to keep him/her looking perfect. • In a changing economy, many pet owners are lengthening time between or skipping grooming appointments. If you fall into this category, have your pet groomed now so that he/she can re-grow a

handsome coat before holiday family photo opportunities. • Even Do-It-Yourself Pet owners can use a little re-shaping or professional touch-up on occasion. Take time before the holidays to splurge a little and let your pet enjoy a day at the grooming salon. Your pet will be voted at “Best Dressed” at Thanksgiving dinner. Canine Companion offers full-service grooming in addition to our boarding, daycare and training services. Serving area pet owners for more than 15 years, they are open seven days a week and welcome your pet to the Canine Companion family! Call 356-6457 today and ring in the New Year with a handsome, wellgroomed pet.

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Don't let fear keep you from taking care of cracked or fractured teeth Have you ever had a tooth crack when biting into something soft and wondered why? Teeth fracture for many reasons, one of which can be older mercury fillings. Many people received amalgams as children and never think twice about replacing them until something like a piece of your tooth breaks off or they experience pain. Amalgam fillings expand and contract with hot and cold temperatures and over time can cause the tooth to fracture. Replacing them with a tooth-colored composite filling, before they crack can save embarrassment and money. The Gentle Dental Care team is dedicated to your oral health. This is the very reason that their comprehensive exams are so thorough. For the patient with older silver

fillings or other similar issues, Dr. Dallmann will check the status of each filling, while also checking the health of the gums, performing an oral cancer exam, taking intra-oral pho- The Gentle Dental Care team. tos and using most importantly have the Diagnodent cavitydental solutions. detecting laser. The If it has been a long Diagnodent can detect time since you have seen cavities before an x-ray, a dentist and fear you which means the cavity is may have older fillings still small and may not that need replacement, even need anesthesia to call Gentle Dental Care be filled. today for your exam and Dedicated to patient consultation. If you do not communication, Dr. like the dentist, that is Dallmann will consult even more reason to call with each patient to since Dr. Dallmann is explain her findings. The trained in Oral Conscious patient will leave the and IV Sedation. Patients office knowing the status can snooze through their of their dental health and dental appointments

while Dr. Dallmann uses laughing gas, heated neck pillows, warm blankets, and massage chairs to make you comfortable. Here are what some patients have to say...

don’t have any tolerance to pain. I would not get my teeth cleaned or have any other dental work without sedation. I didn’t even know that it existed until April of last year. I needed a filling replaced and I needed my teeth cleaned and I had put it off for many years because of my fear and my gag reflex. I would not be able to go back to the dentist without sedation.” - B.M. Dayton

“A wonderful experience. Everyone in the office made me fell welcome and comfortable. I’m not even nervous about my return visit for “Simply put: you all more extensive work. are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!?” Keep up the good work.” - V.B Morningview - D.C. Independence “I am so happy that I found your office in the telephone book. I have a very big fear of the dentist office. I gag easily and I

“You already do everything to make me feel more comfortable from the time I walk in to the time I leave. The staff is extremely attentive to detail which makes the visit more relaxing and enjoyable. Boy, I never thought I would have said that about a dentist office. Thanks for all you do.” - D.D Covington “The girls were wonderful. They made me feel very comfortable. Also the time spent explaining everything to me made a big difference. I will gladly recommend your services to everyone. Thanks again for the ease that I felt, you all are wonderful.” - J.C. Independence Call today and “Experience the Difference.”

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Help your teen put their best smile forward energy levels (not to mention bad breath). Make sure your teen brushes at least twice a day. Flossing is also important -especially in cases where teeth are crowded -- to remove the plaque between teeth that is not removed with regular brushing. Finish with a fluoride mouthwash to help kill germs and keep tooth enamel strong.

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or the 21st century teen, a great smile isn’t just for school photos, it’s an everyday accessory that’s seen on their Facebook and MySpace pages, during IM sessions, on cell phones and more. It’s no wonder today’s tweens and teens want to put their best smile forward. So as a parent, how can you help? First, understand that technology has made a big difference in teeth straightening for teens. Metal braces are gradually being replaced by more advanced, subtle options that are an ideal fit for kids’ active, social lifestyles -- good news for teenagers who are already self-conscious about their appearance. “Braces are dramatically different today compared to 10 years ago because today’s teens are far more socially aware, technologically savvy, face a greater degree of stress as they work to achieve educational goals and are involved in a variety of active sports and performing arts,” says Calif.-based orthodontist, Dr. David Boschken. “There’s no room for them to be sidelined with broken braces, or to even be distracted by the discomfort sometimes associated with fixed braces of any kind.” Boschken explains that removable braces, like Invisalign Teen, are fast becoming a popular choice. The system uses a series of clear aligners made of lightweight plastic that sit smoothly on the teeth allowing for a more comfortable fit. Because the aligners can be removed, kids can eat, brush and floss as they would normally. Teens can smile with confidence while straightening their teeth since this treatment, unlike traditional metal braces, is virtually

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2. Care for your braces. No matter what type of braces your teen has, make sure they clean their teeth regularly to achieve the best possible results. Remind them to brush often and floss once daily between brackets for those with metal braces, or simply remove the clear aligners to brush and floss.

invisible. Over one million people have made Invisalign their treatment of choice for achieving a beautiful smile. The new teen system adds special features that give parents peace of mind, like a blue dot wear indicator that is designed to fade from blue to clear, so parents can gauge whether their teen is wearing their aligners as much as they should be. Although the cost is about the same as traditional braces, the time savings can be invaluable for busy parents and teens with fewer office visits, no emergency trips for broken wires and shorter appointments. Boschken offers some additional oral care tips to help active teenagers achieve and maintain a healthy smile:

3. Visit the dentist regularly. Even for today’s busy teens, it’s important to schedule regular dental appointments and teeth cleanings. Like adults, children and teens should visit their dentist every six months for a checkup. If your teen is experiencing any problems, more frequent visits may be necessary.

4. Visit an orthodontic specialist early. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Most patients begin orthodontic treatment between ages 9 and 16, but some problems may be easier to correct if treated early. “Between school, sports, social media and friends, teenagers today want a great smile so they can make a lasting impression,” concludes Boschken. “From new choices in braces, to advanced oral-care products, today’s teenagers have more lifestyle-friendly options than ever 1. Practice good oral hygiene now to before.” reap long-term health benefits. To find an Invisalign Teen-trained Help educate your teen about the risks orthodontist in your area, go to of poor oral hygiene and gum disease, www.invisalignteen.com/healthysmile. which has been linked to a range of serious general health conditions including Courtesy of ARAcontent heart disease, diabetes, cancer and low

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t seems the aspirations of baby boomers are changing from ones of retirement, to those of entrepreneurship. Over the past decade, Americans ages 55 to 64 have seen the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity, especially since the traditional business model and large corporations no longer provide the job security they

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Despite a bleak economic outlook, America is on the cusp of an entrepreneurial boom, according to a study conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. One of the most popular endeavors for those in this age bracket is that of a professional business or life coach. Boomers are well suited to this professional calling based on their vast business and life experience. Coaching is the practice of focusing existing talents and channeling them to create true significance and empowerment to change in the lives of others. Even before the entrepreneurial boomers took to the profession, the coaching industry has seen tremendous growth, with revenues topping $1 billion in 2008. The International Coach Federation, because of the demand for coaches, has seen an explosion in its membership since its creation in 1995. Membership has grown from fewer than 1,000 members to more than 14,000. Additionally, between 25 to 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies use executive coaches, as reported in a recent survey by The Hay Group, an International Human Resources consultancy. “Baby boomers comprise the largest segment of our student and graduate base,” comments D. Luke Lorio, president of iPEC’s coach training division. “The baby boom generation brings with it the experience, skills, contacts, drive and other resources to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities such as coaching. They reached a point in their careers where they want to capitalize on their experience and often give back to others. Coaching has provided them an outlet to help others while also earning substantial incomes.” On average, experienced life coaches are earning an average of $77,000 per year, and experienced corporate/business coaches are earning an average of $134,800 per year, according to the 2009 Sherpa Executive Coaching Study. With baby boomers living healthier and longer lives, they are no longer following traditional retirement paths and instead are seeking second and third careers. There’s been a shift away from lifetime jobs with long-term employment - with a noticeable drop among

people ages 35 to 64 years old during the past 50 years, according to the study. Jim Kelly, president of Real Leaders Lead Executive Coaching (RealLeadersLead.com), is a baby boomer success story. The 63-year-old certified professional coach was attracted to coaching because it was a career that was truly aligned with his values of giving back and empowering others to live their dreams. “My 35 years of real world leadership and life experience, including a tenure as CEO of a multi-million dollar company, is the ideal foundation for a coaching business. I went through the ups and downs of every career and the struggles of building successful businesses. It is that experience that allows me to help leaders navigate similar experiences much more quickly than if they go it alone,” says Kelly. “My coaching business is strong because clients are investing in the one thing they know will produce a return: themselves.” Here are six ways to know if a career in coaching is for you: • People usually come to you for advice and you have a positive impact on them. • You value personal growth and seek a career that will utilize your

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strengths. • You see great potential in people and are frustrated when they don’t exercise that potential. • You emphasize strong relationships and a balanced life with many interests, including vitality in health and career. • You’re not afraid of hard work to create more personal and financial freedom. • You know you have a gift - and you want to share it to help yourself and others live a more powerful and fulfilling life. To find out more about careers in coaching, contact www.iPECcoaching.com. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Colonial Heights and Gardens offers all the comforts of home

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ucked away on almost 18 acres just off Hopeful Road in Florence is a beautiful retirement community that could be your next home. The campus of Colonial Heights and Gardens is dotted with trees, fountains, and bridges, as well as a quaint gazebo that residents can see just outside their window. The idyllic setting is perfect for anyone who would like to make the transition from a house or a condo to a spacious apartment near others who have similar interests. “Our independent living facility houses 177 apartments, from a large two bedroom to a studio apartment,” says Marvalyn Zix, marketing director for Colonial

Heights. “These units are perfect for people who are in a house, and don’t want the upkeep, or those in condos who would like to socialize a little more.” There are three levels of lifestyles here. Independent living is the first, in the Heights building, where residents have a private apartment with weekly housekeeping service. All five styles of apartments have full kitchens and residents enjoy two meals a day in the dining room. A private dining room is available for more intimate gatherings. Amenities include a beauty/barber shop, a library, banking services, a wellness pro-

gram and general store. Carports and balconies are available. There are group outings and daily activities, computers available to use, and a big screen TV with a Wii gaming system. Regular events include bingo, cornhole, horseshoes, and line dancing, as well as a weekly social hour with live entertainment. Staff is available around the clock. “This is a really active and vibrant community,” says Zix. “When I hear people say, ‘I’m just not ready for that yet.’ I say, ‘Not ready for what? Having freedom and fun?’ A vast majority of our residents say they wish they would have come here sooner. It is a fun, carefree way of life.

We take most of the burdens away, and you just show up and enjoy life. We give you more choices, instead of less.” The other lifestyles are assisted living, which includes licensed personal care and memory care with a total of 69 apartments called Colonial Gardens. “We have speakers who come in, an active veterans’ group, and transportation to doctors’ appointments and other errands,” explains Zix. “Just give us a call at 525-6900, or get onto our Web site at www.colonialheightsandgardens.com, and you can schedule a tour to see what we have to offer.”

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ere’s a situation you thought you’d never find yourself inyou, as an adult child, have to help your parents make choices about where they’re going to live. All the years that they advised you (whether you wanted it or not!) and now it is your turn. You know it’s time for them to move out of their home, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. First, decide where they are going to live-are they staying in, or close to, their home community or moving to an area to be closer to you or your siblings? Once you’ve all reached that decision, the next step is to determine what level of facility you need. There are really three basic choices: independent living; assisted living; long term care and they can take a variety of forms. If you choose a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), you’ll find multiple levels of care within one system. Your choice will depend upon your parent’s healthcare needs. Are they fully independent? Do they need help with medication reminders or bathing and dressing? Are they in need of full time

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care in a more clinical setting? Working with the professional staff at a retirement community can help you to determine what services best meet your parent’s needs. It is tough to be objective about your own family so listen to the professionals; they will help you figure it out! Once you’ve decided type and geography, the next step is to shop the options. The best method is to use all of your senses to get a feel for the facility and whether it is the right one for your loved one. Start with seeing-take a tour and get a feel for the buildings. Are they well maintained? Are people active? What kinds of things are they doing? Then try hearing-is there a sound of activities and conversation? Smelling is important too-does it smell fresh or institutional? When it comes to taste, ask to sample the food service offered. And, last but not least, touch. Are the public areas comfortable and inviting? What does the interaction look like between staff and residents? Making this choice is a significant one. Spend the time to really learn about the facility, the care, the staff and the programming to ensure that this is the best place for your family member.

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