The enjoy having a say in what subjects I post about, and choosing - or banning - the photos which end up online. Or not.
There are certain things they feel really strongly about - like Mr 10's Aspergers for example, or visiting a really nice market - and in these cases, they ask me to blog about them, because they want to spread the word.
But I think one of the major reasons they love my blog, is that sometimes I get free stuff out of it.
It may be a movie or book to review; it could be a fab experience, like the day we rode an old steam train at Bundamba, Queensland. Or it might be some yummy food to taste test.
Recently, the kids arrived home from school to find this waiting for them:
It was a bag full of Bega goodies. (The slogan is 'Real Town. Real Cheese.' Sorry about my crap photography)
That's a bit easier to read ...
Samples of yummy Bega stringers, Bega caps, and bendy cheese straw pens
In a case of perfect timing, the strips arrived the day before the school swimming carnival, an all day affair which is usually really hot, and the kids' perpetually starving.
I lost our Esky in my marriage break-up so the insulated Bega backpack came in handy. I packed it full of sandwiches, snacks, drinks, and fruit. Oh and some of the yummy stringers. A few of the kids' friends actually came up and asked for some, so we were really popular!
Why do kids love Bega Stringers? Because you can play with your food and eat it too.
I am the walrus...
Why do Mums like them? Because they are made of real cheese, and regardless of which flavour you choose - original, cheddar or Swiss - they are made from a blend of mozzarella cheese, which is lower in fat than normal cheese.
What I loved is that they are 100 per cent cheese - nothing nasty added - and just one stringer provides 16% of a tiny person's daily calcium needs.
The kids both declared cheddar and original their favourites, which meant I got to eat a few of the Swiss cheese stringers with crackers, and found them yummy.
Hear no evil ...
See no evil ...
Speak no evil ...
Of course, after the playing, there was the traditional shredding of the cheese sticks, which makes the cheese taste better according to my Tiny Testers.
When the kids were younger, I tried to do lunch boxes the cheap way, cutting up strips of cheese rather than buying the packaged sticks.
But the kids never actually ate the cheese strips, since they had started to harden and sweat by morning tea time, so it was a false economy. (The cheese started to harden and sweat, not the kids. Obviously.)
I think it's worth splashing out on the Bega Stringers, considering only the empty packets come home.
Anyway, courtesy of Bega, I have two caps to give away and enough cheese straw pens for each of your kids. (Unless you are Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt. Then there won't be enough).
To enter, just check you are following my blog, and leave a comment below about your child/rens' favourite lunch box treat.