Of Chaos and Coffee

Coffee in the morning One of the things about having lots of kids is that you’re always trying to control the chaos one way or another. Sometimes that means putting multiple kids in the same activity to save driving, or doing fewer activities overall. Other times you triple a cookie recipe while you’ve already got a mess in the kitchen, or nix a messy snack and instead suggest one that is easier to clean up.

Recently it dawned on me that years of parenting many little ones left me in the habit of saying ‘no’ more often than is necessary in my current life. My youngest is 9, and I’ve got lots of capable teens, all of whom can wash dishes and do all sorts of other useful things, and some of whom can even drive each other places. That makes for a little more margin in our lives. I’m on a campaign this year to say yes to my kids more often. Sure, there are still limits. But ‘yes’ is definitely flying off my lips more often.

One of the example of this is hot drinks in the morning. For years I saved cocoa, tea, and coffee in the morning for sledding and snow days just to save on hassle and mess, but these days when kids ask for coffee or tea in the morning, my answer is a happy yes. The kids enjoy the extra pampering and so do I. This month, thanks to some freebies from Maxwell House International, we are enjoying cafe style coffee along with our tea and cocoa. This mildly sweet coffee is mellow enough that I’ll even let my 9- and 11-year-old daughters make half a cup in the morning. I also occasionally add a spoonful to my Ethiopian coffee for a bit of a different flavor. My kids really like the French Vanilla, but I prefer the Vanilla Nut myself. Swiss Mocha and Hazelnut are a couple of other options. You can see them all here.

Did you know that not only can you enjoy Maxwell House International as a cafe style coffee beverage for a flavorful and creamy coffee experience, but you can also add a few spoonfuls instead of creamer, to bring some romance to your coffee? In honor of Valentine’s Day, Maxwell House International wants you to try it. It’s delicious!

International Cafe

 Click here to get a sample (or a coupon) while they last. For additional fun, you can comment below, tell me which Maxwell House International flavor you would like to try. There are so many–including French Vanilla, Vanilla Nut, Hazelnut, Suisse Mocha, Vanilla Caramel, Café Vienna. You’ll be entered automatically in a random drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.



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  1. Flip a coin… either Mocha or Hazelnut…

  2. Vanilla Caramel sound scrumptious!

  3. I love anything hazelnut, so that would be my choice!

  4. Definitely vanilla caramel.

  5. Susan Smith says:

    I would love to try the Vanilla Caramel flavor

  6. Susan Smith says:
  7. Suisse Mocha! Yum!

  8. Swiss Mocha

  9. Now that’s a blast from the past! I used to drink Cafe Vienna all the time in college. Didn’t realize they still made these. Will have to try the Cafe Vienna again, and see if it’s as good as I remember. 🙂

  10. Vanilla Caramel sounds so tasty.

  11. I want to try vanilla caramel.

  12. I want to try the vanilla in my cup of joe that I drink at home in the am

  13. I’d love to try French Vanilla – that’s my go to flavor and I think it would be delicious.

  14. I love the Vanilla Caramel, I love drinking it in my home by the fireplace!

  15. French Vanilla!! Yum! I love these, my Aunt would always have them for cold mornings after feeding the cattle!

  16. I used to drink cafe Vienna often. I would like to see if I still like it.

  17. Café Vienna would be my pick.

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  19. I’d love to try the vanilla caramel flavor!

  20. i want to try the french vanilla

  21. I would love to try the French Vanilla. Wish I have a cup if this on my hands now. 🙂

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  22. I’d like to try the suisse mocha!!

  23. Wanda McHenry says:

    I would like to try the French Vanilla, have always loved that flavor!

  24. Wanda McHenry says:
  25. Any kind of coffee in just about any setting is my favorite! 🙂 The Swisse Mocha would be fun.


  26. I’d like to try Sugarfree Suisse Mocha

  27. I would love to try the Vanilla Caramel!

  28. vanilla caramel

  29. Cafe Vienna for me!

  30. Maxwell House International flavor Suisse Mocha. Yummy! I tweeted https://twitter.com/gidddy

  31. I’d like to try the Vanilla Caramel since that’s the only one I haven’t had before!

  32. I want to try the Café Vienna even though my favorite for years has been Suisse Mocha. Now I think I might have to go make myself a cup of coffee.

  33. Vanessa says:

    Im excited to taste the Cafe Vienna!

  34. I want to try the Suisse Mocha

  35. Rebecca Graham says:

    French Vanilla sounds good to me.

  36. jackie fitzsimmons says:

    Hazelnut sounds delish! thanks for the free entry!

  37. Debbie B says:

    i’d like to try the French Vanilla flavor

  38. Debbie B says:
  39. Sonya Morris says:

    I would love to try the Vanilla Caramel.

  40. Sonya Morris says:
  41. Hazelnut!

  42. My favorite has always been French Vanilla.


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