We're not bringing out the Christmas decorations just yet, but the not-so-little-anymore kids in the family well and truly know the countdown is on.
November is always a fun month I find.
The weather is getting more summary by the day, mangos are coming into season, and my birthday is looming as well.
My last few birthdays haven't been that flash, so I'm looking foward to doing a bit more celebrating this year.
And thanks to my lovely supporters, I want to share the love with my followers, by running as many giveaways as possible in the lead-up to birthday time and Christmas.
I'm kicking it off with a fabulous prize from Whole Kids Certified Organic, a delicious range of snack foods for kids.
With the party season on its way, it's nice to be able to offer kids a selection of additive-free, allergen-friendly snack foods that don't contain any nasties.
The products have been developed in consultation with more than 300 parents, as well as dieticians from Melbourne's Royal Children Hospital, to ensure the snacks aren't just good for you, but are yummy too.
No one wins when you try to feed the kids with healthy foods but they just don't appeal to their taste buds!
The official spiel is that the Whole Kids range of organic corn chips, popcorn, sultanas, fruit bars and juice is GMO free. There are no artifical colours, flavours, preservatives, synthetic pesticides or herbicides.
Oh and they are packaged in FSA-accredited BPA-free packaging too.
What matters to my kids is that they are delicious!
We were sent a selection of the range to try, and the kids raved over them.
It was nice to put something in their lunchboxes as a bit of a treat, without worrying about any of the usual allergy and preservative triggers at school.
Chase, 12, and Harmonie, 10 particularly loved the organic corn chips, and popcorn, which they said tasted fresher and lighter than the usual brands we eat. (The corn chips are made with organic wholegrain stoneground corn and cooked in organic non-hydrogenated vegetable oil! And the popcorn is air-popped to retain the corn's fibre. They particularly loved the Manuka Honey popcorn)
The fruit bars were a hit too, and nut-allergic Chase was relieved to see that for a change these snack bars were not "produced in a factory that also manufactures products containing nuts". (Which rules out a lot of popular snacks for him.)
No, the Whole Kids snack bars are cooked in a nut-free bakery and are oven-baked, not fried.
The Whole Kids Organic Juice was yummy too, as were the Frooshie fruit smoothies, which were shared with the kids next door. These contain organic fruit and vegies, honey, wholegrain quinoa and rice flakes, with no added sugar. Perfect for lunchboxes or snacks on the go. The only thing the kids didn't like about the Frooshies is that they all had banana in them ... and that's not their favourite fruit.
Oh and there are sultanas, and apricot and sultana packs too. What kid doesn't love those? (As long as they don't shove them up their nose like Chases did at pre-school when he was a tot. Queue, one more visit to the hospital ER ...)
I'm sure your children wouldn't possibly do anything like that!
To win one of three $60 Whole Kids Certified Organic goodie packs, make sure you're a liker of my Facebook page. Then, leave a comment below sharing your favourite kiddie lunchbox snack as a child, or tell me the funniest thing your child has ever done with food.
Entries close at 5pm on Monday, November 18.