Anyone else grow up singing the Mairzy doats and dozy doats song as a kid?  I honestly had no idea that the random words meant anything more than jibberish until just recently.  

What on earth does this silly song have to do with photos of one of my favorite breakfasts?  Well, it’s become my official theme song for the mornings that kids and I make McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal® (post sponsor!) for breakfast, and I highly recommend you join in the fun. 

Oatmeal is one of those breakfast foods I crave the minute I wake up and see snowflakes falling.  It’s a belly-warming comfort food, and once you’ve had McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, I can assure you, you’ll be hooked.  Full disclosure: I used to buy them because of the cute can they come in.  And truthfully, I still think that’s a good reason. ;) But after trying others — and learning a bit more about them…keep reading! — I think you’ll be buying for more than the cute can.  #justsayin


I recently had an opportunity to try McCann’s Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, and as a mom with kids who like to roll out of bed with food ready and waiting for them, these have been an absolute lifesaver!  Because let’s be clear, this pregnancy has me rolling out of bed with them, not a minute sooner.  Instead of 25-30 minutes from start to finish, they are ready in just five for a splash of almond milk, our favorite toppings and a spoon. 

Often skeptical of “quick and easy” and the potential compromise of flavor, I am pleased to say that I love these just as much — okay, more….because seriously: 5 minutes! — than the traditional McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal.  The unique, nutty taste is still perfectly perfect — and just as healthy and delicious.


In given this opportunity to try specifically McCann’s Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal and tell you about my thoughts, I’ve learned a few things that make me love these products even more.  

  • McCann’s Irish Oatmeal is made from 100% whole grain Irish oats and is minimally processed. 
  • The Non-GMO Project has given McCann’s Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal Non-GMO Certification for three of its core products:  McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal in the 28 oz. Tin, McCann’s Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal in the 24 oz. Canister and McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal Quick Cooking Rolled Oats in the 16 oz. Box. 
  • McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal has been warming bellies (and hearts, of course) for over 150 years! 

I am boring, I guess, and I love my oatmeal with a lot of cinnamon, raisins and a few spoons of brown sugar or sucanat.  I really should try using coconut sugar or something one of these days….but until then, I’ll enjoy my classic breakfast treat.  

Always add in the raisins during the last minute or so of cooking!  I promise it makes a difference. 

I must add, I am always looking for ways to sneak oats into my diet when nursing.  Even though that’s not currently a need, knowing I’ll be nursing a little one soon is a good reminder to stock up on oats, so oatmeal can be made for any meal of the day.   

How do you top your oatmeal?  Haven’t tried McCann’s Irish Oatmeal? Be sure to enter to win a $25 VISA giveaway, so you can go pick some up! 

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This post was sponsored by The Motherhood and McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.  All opinions and song recommendations are my own. ;)


oh hey!

by kacia on 15 Mar ’16 · 2 comments

Well hello. 

So many things to say, not really sure where to start.  I feel as if I’m going for a run after a year long hiatus — I’ve missed it, yet it takes some a lot of motivation to get there….and to keep going!

A lot has been happening since my last post in this space ….almost three months ago.  Whoops!  After moving to a new town, moving again, reprioritizing, and really just realizing I needed to let go of some of the mental stress I had going on, I stepped away.  

Distance makes the heart grow fonder, right?  

This long deep breath has been so good.  So many little changes that have amounted to a lot.  The biggest change was simply a moment to get my health – both mentally and physically – back in order and also see what I missed the most.  

I’ve taken a break from creating….almost entirely!  (Well, except for this baby zapping all my energy!) It’s been hard, but it’s been good.  I sound like a bit of a broken record, but I just needed to miss it!  I had gotten to a point where I didn’t feel like I was creatively being true to myself.  I was constantly feeling behind, due to not giving myself adequate periods of time off during packing and moving from Pittsburgh, living in a temporary apartment, and packing and moving again to our home.  I think part of that was to keep me distracted from dealing with all the change and missing so much back in Pittsburgh, so forcing myself to face everything head on has been…you guessed it: hard, but good.  

I have so many idea whirling around my head, and we have changes ahead for us as a family, and I truly have missed you all.  I’m not going to put crazy pressures on myself to create the most pin-able projects or crafts.  I’m not going to stress about perfectly formulated posts and schedules.  I want to get back to just sharing some favorites and finds.  I want to get back to opening my front door a bit and saying, hey! come see what our crazy little life is like.  

As the kids get older, I’m more and more aware of the internet space.  I’m not sure exactly what that means, so it’ll be a process, I’m sure.  

I could keep going – I mean, really! 3 months to catch up on!  But I’ll end it here, with some photos to follow, of course. 


announced on instagram a few months ago — surprise!

Maple Sugaring Tour!



Showing me his claws. :)

“Just to show me how much he loves me.  They are even pink!”

Thanks for sticking around.  I truly have missed you all. 


I recently changed web hosts, and in doing so, realized that my email was down for about a month.  I’m so sorry if you emailed and had your email message returned.  It should be up and running now — please email me again.  I’m so sorry! xo


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