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. Ashley Tucker says:
  2. I’d like to try the Vanilla Caramel!

  3. Rebecca L says:

    I’d love to try Hazelnut.

  4. Rebecca L says:
  5. William W. says:

    I would truly enjoy the FRENCH VANILLA, mon ami!!! 😉

    Have a wonderful springtime!

  6. tracey byram says:

    I’d like to try the Cafe Vienna.

  7. Harmony B says:

    Would love to try the Suiss Mocha

  8. Harmony B says:
  9. Nadine L says:

    I would love to try the Suisse Mocha

  10. Nadine L says:
  11. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would like to try French Vanilla.

  12. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  13. I would like to try the French Vanilla

  14. I would try Suisse Mocha first.

  15. cassandra says:

    I would like to try the french vanilla flavor.

  16. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    I would like to try the French Vanilla.

  17. Douglas Houston says:

    I would like to try the Suisse Mocha, you can’t go wrong with Chocolate.

  18. Douglas Houston says:
  19. Douglas Houston says:
  20. susan smoaks says:

    I want to try the hazelnut, I think it would be my favorite.

  21. thischickwins says:

    i’d like to try the suisse mocha

  22. Thomas Murphy says:

    I want to try the French Vanilla.

  23. Thomas Murphy says:
  24. Dericka Buckels says:

    I would like to try the vanilla caramel. I bet it’s delicious.

  25. I like mint flavors so I’d like to try the Peppermint Mocha Latte.
    Thanks for the contest.

  26. I’d like to try Hazelnut

  27. heather s says:

    caramel sounds great

  28. Cafe Vienna, please.

  29. Janice Cooper says:

    I would like to try French Vanilla

  30. Janice Cooper says:
  31. Lauren Olivia Wood says:

    I would like to try the Cafe Vienna!

  32. Buddy Garrett says:

    I would like to try French Vanilla.

  33. It’s a great Maxwell House giveasway

  34. Francine Anchondo says:

    i want to try Vanilla Caramel,

  35. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    I’d go with a Suisse Mocha