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Have You Tried the Chocolate-Avocado Mousse at Life Alive?

Quinoa and cheddar rice tossed with tofu, beets, broccoli, kale, corn, almonds, and tamari and sesame-ginger sauces. It might be hard to believe that a meat-free dish could pack so much color and flavor, but that’s really par for the course at Life Alive. Its chefs are committed to crafting nourishing dishes using organic vegetarian ingredients, like the elements featured in the aforementioned Adventurer bowl.

If it’s your New Year’s resolution to eat a little bit healthier in 2022, Life Alive will make it easy. You can also grab one meal to-go or order meal plans or meal boxes, which include multiple heat-and-eat (or mix, heat, and eat) dishes to enjoy throughout the week. The meal boxes include your choice of sides, entrées, and desserts from the main menu, so before you order a box, you might want to taste-test a few of your choices. Fans of greens will love the Living Caesar salad, built upon a base of kale, romaine lettuce, and microgreens. The chef tosses the mix with a hemp seed-based Parmesan cheese, chickpea “croutons,” and a lemon-cashew Caesar dressing. Craving something warmer? Try the vegan broccoli cheddar soup or the butternut-apple bisque. For dessert, savor a mason jar of the avocado chocolate mousse or the peanut buttercup chia seed parfait.

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Sign Up for a Culinary Class at Selfup and Learn Something New in 2022.

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Maybe it’s to get more active or carve out more time for self-care. It could be to spend more time with the people you love or start sending small gifts “just because.” Or possibly it’s to learn something new—with a few of those people you love in tow! If you fall into that final category, sign up for a cooking class at SelfUp.

Located in Kingston Street in the heart of downtown Boston, the educational kitchen is open for culinary classes that are perfect for beginners and burgeoning chefs alike! The experts at SelfUp are well-versed in a variety of cuisines and even cocktails, so you can pick a class that suits your tastes and preferences perfectly. For instance, grab a friend and sign up for the homemade dumplings class. You’ll learn the art of crafting the Chinese staple, complete with a tasting of your creations at the end of class. More into French or Italian food? SelfUp’s staff can show you how to expertly execute recipes in these culinary categories, as well. Or, if you’re interested in educating yourself on the ins and outs of making a mixologist- grade cocktail, let one of SelfUp’s “drink masters” show you the ropes. Classes start at $89 and can be booked entirely online.

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How to Refresh and Reorganize Your Apartment for 2022.

The new year offers an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with a newly calibrated outlook and freshly minted goals. And while many people use the changing year as a chance to improve upon their physical self, why stop there? Now is the perfect time to reevaluate your living space, as well, to ensure that it’s up to the task of serving as the backdrop for your daily to-dos and triumphs. Read on for a few easy ways to refresh and reorganize your apartment for 2022.

Declutter and de-stress. Curb clutter in your apartment by getting rid of outdated paperwork, unnecessary collectibles, and other items that tend to collect on surfaces, paying special attention to your desk, kitchen counters, and nightstands. Do this one room at a time so that you won’t feel overwhelmed by the process, and don’t forget to add in some mood-boosting houseplants!

Whittle your wardrobe. Try this trick to help you whittle down your wardrobe to the essentials: Pick one day in the near future to turn all of the clothes hangers in your closet in the same direction. After wearing an item, turn the hanger the opposite direction. If after six months, any of the hangers are still in their initial position, donate or consign the item of clothing.

Redecorate to rejuvenate. In with the new; out with the old! Retire worn, unwanted furnishings and breathe life into your space by trying out a new decorating trend. In 2022, some interior design trends include touchable textures, Parisian-inspired interiors, curved furnishings, and colorful window treatments!