by kacia on 6 May ’16 · 0 comments


The moment I became a mother. 

I remember this moment as clear as day.  Little did I realize the joy and love ahead of me.  With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I find myself so reminiscent of milestones and memories with each of my babies.  I’m know my pregnancy hormones are making all my emotions a bit more heightened, but I don’t know if I’ll ever not get emotional thinking about the times we’ve had and the times ahead. 


In my eyes, my mother hung the moon, and it wasn’t until I stepped into the shoes of motherhood that I realized how selfish my heart could be.  The selflessness that comes with choosing my children’s needs over my own is a daily challenge, but also one of the things that brings me the greatest joy (and teaches me so much!)  Even as an adult, my mother continues her sacrificial love for my sisters and I in a way I pray I can also love my children.  

As she’s told me before:  the tears never get easier, the love becomes stronger, and you never stop being a mother.  


To celebrate mothers, Lily Jade is running an amazing giveaway (over 30 bags!!) You can enter below — and be sure to check out the #storyofmotherhood on Instagram!  I’ll be sharing some sappy posts over there as Mother’s Day quickly approaches! ;) Because you know, I’m pregnant, and feeling all emotional!

xo – I really plan on not being as MIA as I’ve been…no promises, but I’m trying!  So many things happen or I find and I think, dang I need to write about that!  ….and then I fall asleep at 7 while Andy puts the kids to bed.  Oy vey.  Motherhood. ;) 

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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. ;)


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