Pippin 05/02 – 09/02

Looking for some catchy tunes and great performing to debunk your week 4 brain? The Musical Soc, GUMS, is putting on a production of Pippin this week in the Black Box Theatre! The production begins tomorrow, Tuesday 05/02, and runs until this Saturday, 09/02. All shows begin at 8 pm and tickets may be easily purchased online, at the Socs Box, or at the theatre. Tickets are €12 for students and €15 for adults. Hopefully you can come out and enjoy an evening in the theatre; it  may be a new way to find something different you enjoy and support your fellow classmates. 🙂

Chocolate chip cookies!

Hey guys, so this week I’m sharing with you the recipe for delicious chocolate chip cookies. All you need is …….
1 cup white flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips (i used a mix of milk and white chocolate)
4 tbsp milk
2 tbsp oil
dash of vanilla extract
2 tbsp peanut butter

1. Mix all the dry ingredients together.

2. Form a well in the centre and add the wet ingredients and peanut butter add 2 tbsp of milk at first and add more gradually as it is needed.

3. Mix until it becomes a cookie dough consistency, as shown below.

4. Roll into a ball and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

5. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.
6. Separate the dough into smaller balls and place on a lined tray.

7. Bake for 15 minutes remove from oven and leave them to set for another 15 minutes.


Happy Friday!

Hello all and congratulations, you’ve made it through week two!

If you’re sticking around Galway this weekend and looking for something fun and inexpensive to get out and do, you’ve come to the right place! There is always so much going on in Galway and if you’re like me, somehow you always just miss it because you were misinformed. One website I love to check regularly for current and upcoming events in the area so I don’t end up missing out is https://thisisgalway.ie/events/. They offer an array of different kinds of things to tag along to and get out! I’ll attach what they have listed for this weekend, but  I also want to add the weather is saying Sunday will be sunny (fingers crossed and knock on wood), but that may be a great opportunity to take a long walk out to Salthill with a friend or just a coffee and enjoy the happy views. Have a wonderful weekend and we’d still love to see your smiling face here at the Hub Saturday 12-6 and Sunday 2-5.

FRIDAY 25/1:

Negative Creeps, Nirvana Tribute Band 23:30 at Monroe’s (€12)

MOVE with John Daly 23:00 at Electric Garden & Theatre (€5)

Subtitle: Spotlight European Film Festival 18:30 and all weekend at Town Hall Theatre (various pricing)

SIVE 20:00 Friday and Saturday at An Taibhdhearc ( €15.50)


Astrofest Galway 09:00 at Harbour Hotel (from €15)

FAMILY w/ Marion Hawkes, Paul Belton, & Hard Candy 23:00 at Electric (€10)

SUNDAY 27/1:

John Conneely Inc. 23:00 at Roisin Dubh (€6)

Riff Raff Comedy Night 20:00 at Black Gate Cultural Centre (Price TBA)

New Year Resolutions

Don’t let people tell you that you can’t have New Years Resolutions. Yes, a lot of resolutions are not always completed… I told myself in 2018 that I would end the year with a driving licence, and yet, here I am, trundling back home in a bus every weekend. This does not undermine the other resolutions I have completed since last year. Being able to squat over my own weight was one of my personal favourite achievements. And yet, how is this discredited because I didn’t achieve every goal? One failure does not destroy other successes you may have.
So welcome back guys, new year, new semester, the first and last time we get to enjoy the year of 2019! I’m sure the majority of us, yes, even the ones who fail to admit it, have made some New Year’s Resolution regarding their health. This is not a bad thing! The very fact that you are aware that you’d like a change is the very first step towards feeling happy in your own skin. A New Year is a time in which you feel like you have the chance to make different choices and adopt different mindsets. For me, my biggest (and possibly my most needed) resolution was to stop drinking alcohol. Towards the end of 2018, I recognised that it was affecting both my physical and mental health, and I knew it needed to change. So, by allowing myself one last glass of prosecco on New Years Eve, I felt ready to change. I needed that New Year to spur me on to make that decision. 2019 is the year I am going to achieve my resolutions, and so will you!
If a new day inspires people to achieve what they want to do, imagine how a whole New Year can impact motivation! Every single number in the date, month, and year changes in the New Year. So why can’t we follow suit? So while we all have accepted that it’s okay to want to set goals, here’s a simple list of how achieving them does not seem impossible!
1. Keep your goals realistic – don’t fall in to the trap of idealism in which you are fully aware that the goals are unattainable
2. Set both long-term and short-term goals – you could even set a goal for every month!
3. Track your progress – sometimes you need to have a record of what you’re doing to be able to stay inspired.

“In order to make a lasting change in our lives, we must first change our minds. We sometimes forget, and we often feel stuck, but we all have the power to do so.”

Stay beautiful, stay smiling.



Hey, guys so this week I’m sharing with you my go-to recipe for cupcakes. What I love about cupcakes is that they are so versatile and taste great.

4 eggs
225g self-raising flour
225g sugar
225g butter
2 drops vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees

2. Mix all ingredients together using a hand whisk until they are a smooth consistency like shown below.

3. Spoon out the mixture into cupcake cases.

4. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

5. Enjoy the deliciousness!

optional extras
– Add 3 tbs of cocoa powder to make chocolate cupcakes.
– Add 1 drop of lemon extract and the zest of 1 lemon to make lemon cupcakes.
– Melt 2 tbsp of peanut butter and add it to the batter to make peanut butter cupcakes.


Energy balls

Hey guys, so this week I’m going to share with you the recipe for energy balls. They are super simple to make and taste great:) all you need is…….
1 cup of dates
1 cup of oats
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp peanut butter

1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor

2. Blitz ingredients until they look like the picture below

3. roll the mixture into balls

4. enjoy!

adapted from: https://inspiredentertainment.com/recipe/chocolate-peanut-butter-energy-bites/


Meals on a budget

top view of small shopping cart with dollars and fruits with vegetables isolated on white





Today I decided to have a look at what special offers are out there in the local supermarkets at the moment, It can be a great way to stretch your budget and keep your meals interesting at the same time.

Here is a list of stores in Galway that provide special offers with links for you to browse their offers.


Centra have a number of cereals on offer at the moment at half price as well as some other bargains, offers available until the 23rd of January 2019.

Offers at Centra

Dunnes Stores:

Offer their better value 6 food range, until the 26th of January you can bag these at just 49c each.

Offers at Dunnes.

Here are some recipes you could try by just adding a few things:

Avocado and beetroot salad

Poached eggs with avocado and beetroot 


Aldi offer their weekly ‘super 6’ fruit, veg, meat and fish.

This weeks offers at ALDI

This week they have the makings of a classic garden salad, Iceburg lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber. if you want to try something different you could take a look at this tomato and cucumber salad.


Why not try adding some strawberries and kiwi to your porridge in the morning.

This weeks offers at Tesco


Supervalue offer a range of products for less than 2 € each.

Special Offers at Supervalue


Offers at Lidl


Happy cooking!


Socs Fair

Next Tuesday (22nd of January 2019) is a great opportunity to meet and chat with members of all different Societies.

There will also be a poster sale in the foyer of Aras na Mac Leinn.

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Super easy homemade granola

Hey guys, so this week in honour of it being study week, I’ve got a straightforward recipe for you guys that contains omega fatty acids which a great for your brain! And it takes less than 15 minutes to make. All you need is………..

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbs cinnamon
1 cup oats
1 cup seeds and nuts (I just used sunflower and pumpkin seeds because I had them on hand)

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
2. Mix the oats and nuts together using your hands.

3. Add cinnamon and mix it in. I may have gone a bit over the top with the amount because I love cinnamon but feel free to add extra or take some away.

4. add coconut oil and melt in with the heat of your hands, so it coats the mixture this gives the granola its crunch.

5. Cook in the oven for 5-10 minutes, or till the oats and cinnamon become fragrant.
6. Enjoy!

Motivation in Fitness

I could embellish the whole meaning of this piece by declaring that my own motivation arises from inner will-power and determination. I could fabricate reality by stating that my own motivation stems from my soul and personality. I could distort the truth and express that I do not experience slumps in my own motivation. But; that all would be a colossal lie.

When following my own healthy lifestyle, I always decide what truly motivates me. What deters me away from taking a second biscuit and what encourages me to endure a sweat-dominant workout on a Monday morning? Boiling down to the psychology aspect of things, I have both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators.

Intrinsic motivation can be defined as any internal stimuli that drives an individual to adopt a behaviour for their own internal satisfaction or fulfillment. It took me a long time to come to grips with this meaning, as I only incorporated intrinsic stimuli into my life quite recently. I have learned that this kind of desire arose between the relationship between myself and my attitude towards fitness. I no longer perceived fitness as ‘dieting’ and ‘abs’ and ‘calorie counting’ but through the lens of what emotions exercise and healthy eating made me feel. My intrinsic motivators include

  • Experiencing the high levels of happy hormones during and after a workout
  • Feeling productive rather than sitting at home doing nothing
  • Feeling full and not wondering when my next batch of calories could be eating
  • Possibly not a shared motivator among people, but I fall in love with the burn and muscle fatigue EVERY SINGLE TIME


Extrinsic motivation can be defined as any external stimuli that drives an individual to adopt a behaviour. This used to be my only motivator, which was very dangerous as it contributed towards my unhealthy perception and relationship with fitness. My sole focus was appearance and aesthetics, and what opportunities this ‘perfection’ could open up for me. Before truly falling in love with fitness, these were my extrinsic motivators

  • Seeing numbers drop on the scale when trying to lose weight and seeing numbers increase during times of muscle gaining
  • Being able to see lines for abs or bicep muscles
  • Believing that if I was a size smaller, I would be more confident


I can say that now, my motivation is intrinsic and I have never been happier. My newfound self-esteem has stemmed from my attitude and belief in my healthy lifestyle, not from the way I look. And, it is THAT confidence, that has allowed me to fall in love with the world around me, grab opportunities as they fly by me, and truly become the person I am happy to be.

Are you intrinsically or extrinsically motivated?

First, you dream. Then, you do.

Stay beautiful, stay smiling,