Next minute, one of them would swipe a box, and we'd be at it.
"Muuuum, D's looking at me," I'd wail, before he replied that I was looking at him! Cue arguments, yelling, and tears. And that was just Mum!
Ah breakfast, the most important meal of the day.
The memories came flooding back this week, when a team of really cool peeps from Kelloggs flew to Brisbane to talk to a bunch of Bris Vegas Mummy Bloggers. I assume they chose us because they thought we were Terribly Important And Influential.
MIA was one of them. Ahem.
And it's not just me who thinks Mummy Bloggers are influential. Just ask my kids. Or George Negus. Or A Current Affair who featured a babble of Mummy Bloggers on last night's show.
Kelloggs didn't ask us to post or tweet for them. They didn't offer money or advertising. I make this point, because some bloggers have been criticised for attending the brunches with claims they are 'selling out'. WTF?
A few representatives of the company simply sat down with us, and talked about our lives and kids, and what we looked for in a cereal. We also had the chance to ask them questions. (The answers were really interesting, and I'll be posting a few Q. and A.'s later.)
Yes, they treated us to breakfast, and samples of their products to take home, and that was in recognition of the time and effort to get there. (None of us receive an income from our blogs, and many of us had to leave work and/or kids and other responsibilities to get there).
For Kelloggs, it was a chance for them to get in touch directly with the main buyers of breakfast cereals: Mums.
It was a perfect example of a brand meeting blogs in the best way possible.
And did I mention: I got my face on a box of Cornflakes?
See MIA, right at the bottom there ...
And on the back! (Miss 8 took the photo of me that she used. She is demanding a photography fee Cornelius...)
Kelloggs cracked out some vintage cereal boxes for the occasion. I remember this one, because I actually entered the Magnetic Island holiday competition. Complete with massive $100 cash spending money!
Oh how I wanted that holiday. And the cash. I wonder how far $100 went back then?
(Note: We weren't regularly allowed Coco Pops. They were usually a school holiday treat).
Flash forward ... a table set for breakfast. And a frank discussion!
Okay, you got me. Will blog for coffee.
Mmm...Mum's don't usually get to enjoy cut-up fruit.
Breakfast was not cereal! I chose the haloumi, poached eggs and crumbed mushrooms with toast. Divine!
Me and my cornflakes. Photo courtesy of Kelly, BeAFunMum
Kelly and I ...
It wasn't all socialising. Tweeting and taking notes.
(Photo courtesy of Hannah Millerick)
The blogging bunch at brunch
All in all, a great time was had by all. I learned a lot about nutrition, cereal, and marketing from the folk at Kelloggs, and I loved the chance to catch up with some of my favourite bloggers.
And did I mention the coffee?