One Thing A Coffee Addict Does Not Want to Wake Up To

The other morning, beginning my week, I woke up to this lovely note by our coffee maker …

Coffee Machine Broke

I am not sure if the three little hearts at the bottom of this note were meant to make me smile? You see, I woke up with my kids before school, the worse time of day to not have a big ole cup of coffee. I was sad. Bummed. I may have even pouted.

A new coffee machine, even a cheap one, just wasn’t in our budget until his payday either, so all week we went without coffee. Okay my fiance didn’t go without because he is able to drink .. gasp .. instant coffee. Gag me with a spoon! I cannot handle instant coffee, but rather had hot tea all week long.

I survived. Now it’s end of week and I am ready for a coffee machine, just a cheap cheap coffee machine, whatever we can afford that gets that coffee caffeine flowing into my blood stream for a long weekend with my kiddos!


Monday Has Arrived Please Insert Coffee IV

Nothing like a good cup of CoffeeI recall never liking coffee, at all. I loved coffee flavored things, coffee ice cream was my all time favorite, but then it happened – I started working in New London, NH as an administrative assistant with a high paced, multi-tasking job. I needed coffee. I started drinking coffee. I became addicted to coffee.

I now get a headache if I try to go without coffee. I seriously do. The thing is, I can not even do decaffeinated coffee either because I still get that headache. I recall that there was this one week where my head was pounding, I could not break this migraine – at all. Then I noticed something, one night I was preparing my coffee machine so that I could simply wake up and hit “brew” the next morning, my coffee grinds had a big green stripe on the can… what was it you ask? It was decaffeinated coffee – so wrong!

I put myself into a migraine central week by purchasing the wrong coffee, it had zero caffeine and my brain was on fire from lack of caffeine. Never again will I be so absent minded as to not look at the label when purchasing a coffee brand I am not used to purchasing.

So here it is, Monday .. let’s get this week started with my caffeinated coffee in the form of an IV…. Happy Monday everyone!

Wake Up It’s Monday …..

Get moving forward it’s another week and another day. Let’s get started, oh wait. Many of you may have today off. I know there is no school for two days here, so it will be all about the kids today and tomorrow in the Happily Blended household.

In preparation for a busy couple of days I need my coffee fix. Each day I wake up and need my coffee but one thing I have noticed that even from just one cup of coffee, granted it’s a 16oz cup of coffee, I get jitters. I am bouncing. Pace around and around and apparently talk so fast no one can understand me.

Maybe it’s time for me to take a little break from coffee, or just slow down on how much I drink. Whatever. Coffee is yummy and gets me going to keep up with these hyper children. So today, I wish you all a Happy Monday and Happy Veteran’s day too. Thank you to those who have served our country!

All My Friends Can, All My Friends Do It

Here we go, welcome to my world of living with a nine year old daughter who is starting with “all my friends can” or “all my friends do it” type of responses when I say no to having a Facebook profile, a cell phone or walking in town alone just to name a few topics. I really thought that these type of questions would not be coming up until my children were closer to their teen years, but alas children seem to be growing up way too fast these days.

When I was in her grade, I focused on reading and school sure I had a slight interest in boys, I think within the next couple of years but I had no clue about sex, social media, the internet, etc. I didn’t have a computer in my home until I was around 13 years old and even then it wasn’t like the access my kids have now. Even the five year old can easily navigate through a computer, I had never touched a computer until I was 13 years old with the exception of maybe a couple times when I was real young playing Oregon Trail at a babysitters home.

In my opinion, children have no reason to be on Facebook, it’s not acceptable until they are 13 years old according to the TOS on Facebook anyways. So to me it was a no brainer when my daughter wanted to be on Facebook, I replied “Facebook is not legally allowed to have users under age 13, so when you turn 13 ask me again and we will discuss but as of now? Nope you will not be on Facebook”. Then of course the “my friends have a Facebook” came up and I simply let her know that every parent has their own rules, but I am not lying about her birthday to get her on Facebook and there is simply no reason for her to be on it.

Next was the drinking of coffee, I know many parents who let their kids drink coffee, doesn’t bother me they are not my kids, however, I will not allow any of my children to drink coffee and they know this. Yet over the weekend when Ki found out one of her friends is allowed to drink coffee, she stated I was a mean Mom who never lets her have coffee. I just laughed and said “yes I am a pure evil Mama for not letting you drink coffee”, of course then I got an eye roll and a smirk.

You see, I don’t care if my kids get mad at me, surely they have in the past and they will in the future. Parenting is not about pleasing our children, it’s about teaching them how the world works, to follow laws and to live by the rules of good morals and common sense. You show your children how to be good members of society through your own actions, and when you make a mistake as a parent and face the consequences, you are teaching the child that even adults make bad choices but they learn from them.

So when my daughter gets all upset that she can’t have a Facebook profile, a public blog, or drink coffee I just smile and shrug my shoulders. I hope that in  the long run she will realize that I am setting some ground rules that I feel will allow her to be a better adult with a good head on her shoulders. My daughter sees why I make a decision and even if she does not agree with it, she can respect me enough to understand where I am coming from and that I am not here to be her friend; I am here to be her trusted adult, her parent and someone to turn to no matter what, I am here to love her unconditionally and to smile & hug her when she needs it.

New Barista Prima Coffeehouse K-Cup packs

Have you heard or tried the New Barista Prima Coffeehouse K-Cup packs yet? Well I was able to receive a review package of flavors from the company and sent them to a good friends home for her to test them out, as I sometimes do with blog review products. I have a team of people in my immediate family and friends circle who can test products for me, when needed.

Upon taste testing of the House Blend, Columbia, Italian Roast and French Roast it was determined these coffee choices are great for Starbucks fans, the reason being – they are slightly stronger than what we are used to in our home and my friends home. I was told that the taste is good, however, stronger than your average cup of coffee if you are, let’s say, used to drinking a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee like myself and my friend.

Save Money

There was a study done that stated the average consumer is spending $1000 a year on coffee at coffee shops. Barista Prima Coffeehouse wanted to find a way to get that delicious coffee house brand taste in your K-cups for your Keurig® brewing system, as  a way to assist in getting that coffeehouse taste for a lower cost.

Flavors Available in K-cup Packs:

  • Columbia: Medium-Dark Roast, accented by bright, bold fruit notes and distinctive hint of walnut.
  • House Blend: Medium-Dark Roast, classically balanced with a lively splash of citrus, subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate and a well-rounded, toasted-nut finish.
  • Italian Roast: Dark Roast, this robust, heavy-bodied cup with it’s ripe fruit and berry notes epitomizes the time-honored Italian tradition of dark-roasted coffee house brews.
  • French Roast: Darkest Roast, sweet smokey, love song to cafes of Paris. This intensely bold, elegantly-bodied cup provides indisputable proof of our roast masters’ consummate artistry.

Barista Prima Coffeehouse K-cup portion packs are available in retail and grocery stores nationwide. Also online at Barista Prima website and Green Mountain Coffee website, as well as

Disclosure: I received this product for free, all opinions based on my reviewers opinion.

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