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!

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  1. wild orchid says:

    I would love to try the Suisse Mocha flavor first!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  3. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I’d love to try the Vanilla Caramel. My mouth is watering already!

  4. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:
  5. Margot C says:

    A spoonful of French Vanilla in my coffee might make a really nice change.

  6. Margot C says:
  7. LAMusing says:

    Vanilla Caramel – it’s almost like dessert!

  8. I’d like to try the Hazelnut.

  9. Christine Mayfield says:

    I want to try them all, but Cafe VIenna sounds fancy and delicious!

  10. Christine Mayfield says:
  11. Suisse mocha for me !

  12. Vanilla Caramel is the perfect flavor for me!

  13. I’ve tried most of the flavors of Maxwell House International Cafe, but I really want to try the Orange Cafe. That one is new to me!

  14. Anna Pry says:

    i wanna try hazelnut pryfamily5@gmail.com

  15. Anna Pry says:
  16. I am not a coffee drinker, and have never tried any flavored coffee. But you make these sound so good, that I want to try them. The Vanilla Caramel sounds particularly appealing, so I would try it first.

  17. I would love to try the french vanilla because I have always loved vanilla flavored foods since I was a kid!

  18. Sue Barney says:

    French Vanilla 🙂

  19. Mihaela Day says:

    I would like to try Hazelnut

  20. I’d pick Vanilla Caramel.

  21. Margaret Smith says:

    I’d like to try the Vanilla Caramel. Thanks so much.

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  23. jessica holybee says:

    I would love the hazelnut flavor

  24. Cathy Truman says:

    I would like to try Vanilla Caramel.

  25. I’d love to try the Hazelnut. 🙂

  26. French Vanilla is my favorite.

  27. Sadie Carey says:

    I would love to try the Orange Cafe, That sounds like a great flavor to use in recipes.

  28. Vanilla Caramel sounds sooo good! mmm!

  29. Tari Lawson says:

    I would like to try the Suisse Mocha.

  30. I’d like to try the French Vanilla flavor. I love a sweet treat every now and then!

  31. Barbara M says:

    I’d love to try the Vanilla Nut – would be great in a smoothie too!
    thank you

  32. Barbara M says:
  33. I would love to try the vanilla caramel.

  34. maria cantu says:

    I would like to try french vanilla.

  35. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i would probably choose to try the vanilla caramel first

  36. Denise S says:

    I’d love to try the vanilla caramel!
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  37. Thomas Gibson says:

    Vanilla Caramel would be my first choice.

  38. I like Suisse Mocha.

  39. Lauren E. says:

    I’d love to try cafe vienna for something new & different.

  40. I would love to try their vanilla caramel flavor

  41. RICHARD HICKS says:

    I want to try the Hazelnut flavor!

  42. RICHARD HICKS says:
  43. Mary Cloud says:

    I would want to try the Cafe Vienna
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  44. I’d love to give the Suisse Mocha a try! But they all sound fantastic!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  45. paige chandler says:

    I want to try the French Vanilla flavor.

  46. mickeyfan says:

    My coffee HAS to be flavored, and I think Vanilla Caramel sounds great.

  47. Stephanie V. says:

    French vanilla – I’m a vanilla latte girl right now!
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