Orientation Week: Putting your health first

Your mindful Monday is hitting you on a Sunday because today is Move in Day at MSVU and the relevance is HIGH.

This week there has been and will be: reunions between friends, tears between family members, excitement and nervousness between your stomachs and hearts, and bright, beautiful places ready to be the homes of your incredible journeys through University.

What we sometimes forget is that this week there has been, and will be, times when we put our (I’m including myself) health at risk. I’m not just talking about physical health, or mental health. This week for new and returning students will be full of stress, anxiety, excitement, heavy lifting, overload of information and importantly a LOT of fun.

This is a lot for our body, brain and heart to process. When you’re enjoying every moment of back to school keep in mind that you need to take care of you first!

Some steps to try and make your first week as healthy and happy as possible: Continue reading “Orientation Week: Putting your health first”


10 Seriously Stessful Times as a University Student

Yesterday, I was so busy running around worrying about immediate problems, tomorrow’s problems, Wednesday’s problems, etc. that I finished my agenda and almost stress barfed (gross I know but accurate). The thing is, we all have those days, those weeks. The important thing to remember is that we are all in this together. Everyone is fighting their own battle as they walk through these university halls. However, we also all face many of the same challenges in everyday life. So I challenge you to think of 10 Seriously Stressful Times that you have and maybe you’ll realize, we all got your back jack: b***** be crazy. Continue reading “10 Seriously Stessful Times as a University Student”

Mug Recipes: Gimme S’more 

With the excitement of the new school year coming, and another year in residence before me I have been making good use of my Mug Food Pinterest Board. I decided to feature one of my favorite recipes every Friday!

This week the recipe is for these amazing 5 minute S’mores Mug Cake from the How Sweet It Is website. Who said gormet can’t be easy?

This is the perfect combination of summertime s’more deliciousness with the option of year round cooking (July at Christmas? New holiday? Just a thought). Honestly it took me a few tries to get it perfect but it was worth all the trials. Let’s be honest I scarfed them all down anyways. It’s even good if you want to make a special desert for you and your “Rezmance” (my new word spinoff from showmance because I watch too much Big Brother), or you know you could just eat both. I suggest option 2. If you do, you can put a mug in each hand and use them as weights while you’re waiting for them to cool. Same as the gym right?

Here’s to not accepting the end of summer, and eating s’mores year round.



1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

1 1/2 ounces milk chocolate (chopped or morsels)

marshmallow fluff, cream or actual marshmallows


Combine 3 tablespoons butter and 1 ounce of chocolate in a small bowl, then melt in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Set aside.

In another bowl, combine remaining melted butter with 2-3 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs and stir until moistened. Press graham crumbs into the bottom of your mug.

In a bowl. whisk egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa, stir until a thick batter forms.

In a bowl. whisk egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa, stir until a thick batter forms. Add melted butter and chocolate, mixing to combine. Put in the rest of the chocolate chips.

Add half of the mixture on top of the graham crust, then throw on a scoop of marshmallow fluff/cream or a few marshmallows. Add remaining batter on top, then pop in the microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds to almost 2 minutes. Remove and top with additional marshmallow if desired.

That’s it! Check out the website for the recipe with more pictures, and for more yummy recipes. 

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