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Making The Most Of The Year With Lizi’s Granola


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Now we are heading into February, we can truly start to focus on the year ahead and know what we want from 2019. One thing I want this year is to increase my fitness and eat healthier and have already started making little changes.

One of those little changes is experimenting with different breakfast options. I have always been a fan of granola so I was intrigued to find out why Lizi’s granola is any different to the other brands. It turns out that Lizi used to make her granola from scratch in her B&B kitchen to serve her guests. So over the years, she has perfected her recipe by listening to her guests’ reactions. You can really tell the love and care that has gone into the preparation of each batch of granola.

We have recently partnered up with Lizi’s Granola, who along with William Hanson, leading etiquette guru, have developed a 20 step guide on ways to help you achieve your goals.


The Etiquette For A Whole Lot Better 2019


  1. Wake up from the gym dream

Let’s be honest, unless you were a keen gym bunny last year, nothing’s really going to change in 2019.  Don’t kid yourself that you’re going to be a regular among the machines and weights.  Gyms aren’t for everyone so don’t beat yourself up for not going.  You can be healthy and exercise in other ways, gardening is a great form of exercise!

Man tired and lying on lawn after mowing garden. Gardening is great exercise.Image source Tap10/Shutterstock

  1. Switch off at seven

 Have a break from screens and the peer pressure of social media after seven o’clock in the evening.  Come home, unwind with a good book, music and conversation with those you live with.  Ignore the devices and focus on the humans.


  1. Change your breakfast

As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Introduce a new option for your morning fuel, such as Lizi’s Granola, to give the dark winter mornings a touch of variety and for slow release energy to keep you going throughout the day.


  1. Smile more and say hello

 Spread the positivity by changing how you acknowledge strangers in the street.  No need to say hello to everyone you pass, but give a polite smile to most and say good morning/afternoon to at least four people a day.A lady smiling and holding up a sunflower.Image source Sjale/Shutterstock

  1. New hairstyle

When visiting your hairdresser, ask for something different.  There’s no need to shave it all off or turn it a different colour, but for the same price as your regular cut they can style it a bit differently at the end in order to give you a fresh new look.  (Remember, it takes three days for the brain to work out if you like a new style, so don’t love or loathe it immediately.)


  1. At home

Many of us get used to the relative ease of catching up with and entertaining friends in restaurants, but having people for some home-cooking in your own house is often cheaper per head and much more enjoyable – especially if you are a creature of the a la carte.  Don’t panic, the food needn’t be haute cuisine – just wholesome and tasty.


  1. Tut less

More Brits ‘tut’ in January/February than any other time of the year.  Curb the semi-silent, passive-aggressive rebuke or else your month ahead is definitely going to be black before its even really begun.


  1. Be thankful

Nothing is nicer for someone than receiving a handwritten thank you letter or card in the post.  A text or email that you may have written slumped on the sofa is not the same thing.  Use this month to write short missives to those who have helped you out in some way.

Somebody writing a thank you card on a desk top with a parcel and twine.Image source LightField Studios/Shutterstock

  1. Surprise your partner 

If you and your partner have set habits and chores, then surprise them by helping out with something that you wouldn’t normally do or be seen doing.  Give them the enjoyment of a ‘free pass’ on their regular chore and hopefully they may do the same with one of yours.


  1. Rearrange your furniture

If your month is a little cash-strapped and you can’t get that new piece of furniture you wanted then try a little move around of the existing furniture you have to give your sitting room a slightly new feel.  Move a chair here, put a lamp there.  There are known psychological benefits to rearranging household wares and you’ll be surprised how this simple fix can improve your mood.


  1. What goes around comes around

Good manners are all about looking after others – they are self-less not selfish.  Invest in some quality time sitting down, conversing with your close friends to see if you can help them with any of their own problems.  A problem shared, is a problem halved, remember.  And if they are good friends, they’ll pay back the kindness and generosity in spirit when the time comes.


  1. Clean queens

If you find yourself with a spare half day then pick a room and turn it inside out with a thorough deep clean.  Give the things that usually get missed some special attention.  You’ll soon be able to actually see the fruits of your labours, giving you that rush of excitement and achievement.


  1. Best feet forward

Similarly, spend an hour giving all your shoes a really decent clean.  Remove the laces, wipe away any stubborn dirt from soles and crevices, and polish.  You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, so go into the year ahead with sparkling shoes that will be the envy of your friends and colleagues.


  1. Light up your home

Now the Christmas tree and decorations are down don’t automatically put away the fairy lights.  Keep them out!  Repurpose them to decorate a bannister, doorway, beam or window.  Prolong the sparkle to help combat the darker nights and mornings to help make the start of the year feel less bleak.

Indoor string lightsImage source aprilante/Shutterstock

  1. Connect with a colleague 

Try to make friends with a colleague you don’t know overly well.  Find out more about what makes them tick and what irks them.  You may find you have more in common with them than you think.


  1. Declutter

Have a clear out and donate something to charity or offer it to a friend or relative so it goes to good use.  Having piles of disorganised gubbins around you can bring down the mental mood.


  1. Limit the liquor 

Save yourself money and sore heads by cutting back (or even cutting out) alcohol.  You can do this throughout the year. Trying to cut back on expensive and sugary alcoholic drinks could be a good way to start.


  1. Meet up for breakfast

Don’t spend every winter weekend morning lingering in bed – arrange to see friends and family for breakfasts out and about.  They are cheaper than evening meals in restaurants and get you up and out the door, ready to tackle the day sooner.

Friends having breakfast together in a restaurantImage source djile/Shutterstock

  1. Brighten up your wardrobe

Bright bold colours don’t just have to be for the warmer summer months.  Wearing one statement item can help bring some visual colour and cheer to your winter wardrobe.


  1. Photo recall

Switch some of the photos in your frames for new ones to give subtle changes to your day-to-day decor.  Keep the previous photos at the back of the frames to start a rotation.


Have you tried Lizi’s Granola?

Lizi’s Granola Range is available from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Whole Foods, Co-Op, Booths and all good health stores. Lizi’s granola is available in all of these exciting flavours; Original, Belgian Chocolate, Treacle and Pecan, Passion fruit & Pistachio, Mango & Macadamia. Also Low Sugar, Gluten Free, Organic and High Protein are available alongside Lizi’s Adventurers, which is designed for children. 

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1 Comment

  1. Kim Carberry

    February 5, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Ahh! This granola is delicious. I have tried it in the past.
    This is all great advice. Lots of things I hadn’t even thought of.
    It is impossible for me to switch off the screens at 7pm. That’s when I get to sit down, watch TV and usually tweet about it. hehehe I have been trying to have screen free mornings on a weekend.
    I really need to tut less. I am terrible for it. lol
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