Even super hero's need to brush their teeth...
If your kids are anything like ours, getting them to brush their teeth can be a daily battle. I really don’t understand why though. To me it’s a relatively easy task but to our kids it’s as though we have asked them to swallow a bucket of earth worms and gargle with green slime. Each morning I ask the same question to ALL four of them (yes, even the 13 year old), “Ok, did you brush your teeth?” They give me this sly grin followed by a silent head nod. Then I ask, “If I go check your toothbrush is it going to we wet?” Then they will run upstairs to quickly brush. Well, it didn’t take them long to figure out how to “trick me.” They started to run the toothbrush under water so it would be wet when I asked them. Ah huh! As though I had solved the biggest mystery in the world! Yup, one of those brief moments where you feel like super mom for figuring out their evil tricks and then seconds later like the biggest loser because A) you just figured out your kids are lying to you and
B) because you were excited that you figured out that they were lying to you. Super!
Anyways, back to my dilemma! I have tried countless kids tooth paste brands, flavors, colors, etc. and nothing seems to work. Again, I am not sure what the deal is but oral hygiene is very important. So I have been on a mission to try and find something…anything that works. Well, I was at Walmart shopping the other day and spent a good 20 minutes down the toothbrush aisle. Yup, coffee in one hand and my shopping list in the other. There I studied the various tooth brushes, paste, mouth wash etc. That’s when I came across the Fire Fly brand of toothbrushes. I read each package carefully like a responsible parent while pressing each button activating their sounds and light up features (tee hee). Hey, these are pretty cool I thought to myself. I finally selected the Firefly Star Wars Light Up Timer Toothbrush for Devyn. It is in the shape of a small “laser sword” and the 1 minute light-up timer turns off automatically signaling children to stop brushing the top row of teeth and begin brushing the bottom row. So for 2 minutes, the toothbrush lights up, talks and makes the star wars “noise” (sorry, I am not a “Star Wars” fanatic). The cost? $5.97. Really, that is not bad. A regular toothbrush is anywhere from $1 and up. For the $6 I thought it was worth a shot. Devyn was super excited and couldn’t wait to try his new toothbrush. He was so proud that he brushed the whole time the light was flashing!
Then I selected the Fire Fly Hello Kitty Ready Go Toothbrush for Anna and the Monster High Toothbrush for Ava. All three have been so excited to brush their teeth each morning and night! Before they would briefly run their toothbrushes across their teeth for maybe 15-20 seconds and be done. The Fire Fly toothbrushes allows them to brush for the required time to ensure good dental hygiene while making it fun!
It was Rob’s 40th birthday and a great excuse for another much needed date night! We had driven by Carnaval so many times over the past year and agreed that one day we would try it. Well, tonight is the night we try a taste of Brazil! As per the website reviews and the recommendations from friends and family, I made reservations online. This was relatively simple and took maybe 2 minutes to complete. After much antagonizing over what time we should have dinner, I finally decided that 4:30 would be a good time as the comedy show I had purchased tickets for started at 7:00. I should mention that Rob and I are not “night” people. We are usually in bed by 9 pm each night…yes 9 pm. This is what 4 kids will do to you!
Ok, so dinner at 4:30. Awesome. Excited for our night out, we arrived promptly at 4:30 and entered Carnival. Good thing we made reservations because the place was full by 4:45 p.m. We were greeted by a lovely hostess who directed us to our table upstairs on the second floor. Don’t worry, there is an elevator for those who cannot climb stairs due to certain circumstances. The décor was very classy and sophisticated with fresh cut flowers and vibrant stained glass hovering the ceilings. The view from our table was quite pleasant as it overlooked the waterfront walkway and cobblestone road. In the summer this view would be quite breathtaking with the full trees and flowers in bloom. We knew we were in a more “upscale” establishment when we were greeted by our server with our own glass bottle of H20. Usually you need to request a glass of water several times by which time you no longer need the water as you are paying the bill. Another indication we were in a “fancy” restaurant? Freshly pressed cloth napkins folded and placed on our dinner plates. Yes, we notice these little things because it is a luxury and a treat for us to venture out to a restaurant that does not include a kids play structure or the words happy meal on the menu. Our server was knowledgeable and explained the complete process for us as this is not your typical sit down restaurant. First we ordered our cocktails. I tried a Pina Lemenond, a taste of cinnamon with a twist of pineapple. Rob had the Tropical Whiskey, a little stronger with a variety of citrus garnishes. Then we were served fresh baked bread with a delightful spread. This hit the spot as we were both famished. Our server had placed two round “coaster” cards with a red side and a green side on the table. This was unique and something we had not seen before. Basically, we would continue to be served a variety of delicious meats cooked to perfection on a large skewer by men dressed in black with a crimson red scarf. The men in black would continue serving the mouthwatering meat as long as our green side was facing up. When we required a breather from filling our faces, we simply flipped the “coaster” to red. This signaled to the men in black that we were full at the moment and do not tempt us with any more succulent food. The side dishes were amazing with a large variety to sample…did I mention that they were unlimited as well?! Our favorites were the Macaxeira Frita and the Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon. WOW is all I can say. I don’t remember ever having meat actually melt in my mouth. Finally, we finished off dinner with a grilled pineapple slice sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. This is not your typical dessert but it sure hit the spot. It was the perfect dish to satisfy our sweet tooth. Overall we were thrilled with our experience to Carnaval. For us to try and replicate this type of variety and selection at home on our own grill would have cost us a fortune. We would highly recommend trying out Carnaval for your next date night!