Making Space For Time

Space is a common topic in my household these days. It’s a constant shuffle to make space for toys, clothes, giant diaper boxes and everything else little humans require. Then there’s the on going battle to make space for the things we need and want to do. Time for work, playing, cleaning, cooking, bathing little bums, working out, bathing ourselves!

I thought this topic would be an appropriate one to open up the new blog as its aptly named, The Room For More.

Since becoming a mother 2.5 years ago, I definitely let myself fall in to the trap that I don’t have the room, literally or mentally to write. I’d blog here and there and was lucky enough to be a guest on Windy City Live when my first, Maddie was 8 months old, but I never gave it the same priority I had before becoming pregnant. My previous writings were geared toward events and things to do in Chicago on a budget. As a very sick pregnant person, going out on the town wasn’t exactly on my agenda. With baby number two, I struggled again with the idea of writing about events and places I wasn’t going to anymore.

Finally, as our second, Lucy neared the 6 month mark, I redefined how I was going about the concept of writing. What I was writing about and when could be different. I’m not the same person I was before and I should stop trying so hard to over think it! So as I write this today, I’m writing about my life as it is – a working parent of two, a wife, a dog mother to my first born, a graphic designer and thankfully, a writer once more!

Much due to the nudging from my husband, that I have more time than I think I do. I eventually believed him and started paying more attention to time, space and the room I have in my own life. For me, there’s time to write while on the train, after the girls go to sleep, before the girls wake up (which seems to only be getting earlier BTW) and as a nursing mother of a 6 month old, during the countless hours pumping!

I’ve realized there’s ALWAYS space for what you want to do and there’s ALWAYS ROOM FOR MORE.

I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures again and dusting off the old writing cap. It’s good to be back.

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Peep Cake Pop Recipe

Peep Cake Pop - Poor Girl's Guide Chicago

Peep Cake Pop – Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago

As part of our DIY Holiday + Party Kit series, we’re giving you some of our favorite (and cheap) ideas for Easter. Try these adorable “Hatching Chick” Peep Cake Pops this Easter.

Ingredients *Makes 24 cake pops

  • 1 Box Cake Mix (Your choice)
  • 1 Can Frosting (Your choice )
  • 2 boxes of white chocolate chips
  • 24 Cake pop sticks
  • 24 Peeps
  • Styrofoam block
  • Clear treat bags (if desired)

Instructions

  • Bake cake as instructed
  • Let cake cool
  • Crumble cake as small as possible in large bowl
  • Mix in frosting by hand slowly
  • Shape cake in to small ball/egg shapes, use an mini ice cream scoop if you have one
  • Roll the balls on to a plate covered in wax paper
  • Melt half the chocolate as instructed (double boil or microwave)
  • Dip half the ball in chocolate and place back on the plate with wax paper
  • Put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes
  • While pops are in the freezer, cut the faces off the peeps and set aside
  • Melt the remaining chocolate and place small amounts at a time in cup
  • Remove cake balls from freezer, place a stick in each
  • Dip cake balls carefully in to the cup of chocolate so they are fully covered
  • Let the excess chocolate drip off
  • Take the peep and place it on the front of the cake pop, push it lightly so it sticks
  • Place cake pops in the styrofoam block and put them in the freezer
  • Serve them as is or individually wrapped in clear baggies or treat bags

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Green Punch Recipes (Alcoholic)

St. Patrick's Day Punch (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

St. Patrick’s Day Punch (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hosting a party? We’ve got your green punch recipes covered! As part of our DIY Holiday + Party Kit series, we’re giving you our favorite St. Paddy’s Day punch recipes. 

Choose your liquor – champagne, vodka or whiskey – and check out the recipes below!

Green Champagne Punch:

Ingredients

  • 2 (1/4 ounce) packages lemon-lime Kool-Aid (powdered mix)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 (46 ounce) can or jug of pineapple juice
  • 1 quart of cold water
  • 1 (2 liter) bottles ginger ale
  • 2 Bottles of champagne

Directions

  1. Chill liquid ingredients
  2. In a large punch bowl, mix the drink mix, sugar, pineapple juice and water (this makes A LOT of punch, depending on your punch bowl you can also split the batch and refill as needed)
  3. Add ginger ale and champagne

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PG Printables Shop: Hoppy Easter Banner

 

DIY Hoppy Easter Banner

DIY Hoppy Easter Banner

For sale at the PG Printables Etsy shop! Just print, cut + hang! Get this adorable “Hoppy Easter” pennant banner to print at home. Each letter prints on an 8.5×11 piece of paper. On sale for $1.99, PG gives you a budget friendly  banner sign to hang for Easter!

Colors: Pink, Gray & Green

DIY Guide:

Supplies:

*Printable banner (download after purchase)
*Hole punch
*String
*Tape

Steps:

1) Download + print the banner (print each page on 8.5 x 11 paper in color)
2) Cut out each triangle
3) Hole punch two holes at the top corners of each triangle
4) Measure + cut string so that it goes through all 11 triangles with enough extra room on either side to hang- if you need more room, you can also string each separately on two lines as shown in photos
5) Run string through each hole and hang banner

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D.I.Y. Printable St. Patrick’s Day Banner

Print At Home St. Patrick's Day Banner

Print At Home St. Patrick’s Day Banner

As part of our DIY Holiday + Party Kit series, we’re giving you a FREE DIY printable  St. Patrick’s Day banner. Just print and hang this adorable pennant banner for a fun touch of the Irish! Will only cost you paper and string!

DIY Guide:

Print At Home St. Patrick's Day Banner

Print At Home St. Patrick’s Day Banner

Supplies:

Steps:

  1. Download + print the banner (print on 8.5 x 11 paper in color)
  2. Cut out each triangle
  3. Hole punch two holes at the top corners of each triangle
  4. Measure + cut string so that it goes through all 13 triangles with enough extra room on either side to hang
  5. Run string through each hole and hang banner(C) Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago————————————————-This article is part of The D.I.Y. Holiday + Party Kit Series:

    RECIPES:

Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe

Corned Beef And Cabbage Recipe (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

Corned Beef And Cabbage Recipe (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

As part of our DIY Holiday + Party Kit series, we’re giving you our favorite recipe for corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

Ingredients

(These portions make 5 servings)

  • 3 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of black peppercorn
  • 5 tablespoons of spicy mustard
  • 10 small red potatoes
  • 5 carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 large head cabbage, cut into small wedges I also use a mixture of green and red cabbage for variety) Continue reading