Reaching Your Personal Goals Whilst Juggling Commitments

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Many of us take on more responsibilities as we get older. Working, looking after children and doing household duties such as cooking and cleaning can sometimes leave very little time for pursuing personal interests and hobbies. Not having the time to pursue these personal goals can make many of us unhappy, as we may feel we’re living our lives doing duties rather than doing what we want. Everyone deserves their freedom – gaining this may simply require learning to better manage your time. Here are just a few solutions that could help you to take care of your commitments whilst finding time for yourself.

Make the right sacrifices

Sacrifices are often needed to better manage one’s time. Making the right sacrifices is important as it could determine how happy you are. Most people think that working all hours and sacrificing family and personal time is the way to go, but it isn’t in most cases. Rather than focusing on earning more, it could worth focusing on spending less. This might allow you to work less hours, allowing you to see your family more and spend more time on yourself.

Be wary of sacrificing sleep to get everything done as this is not the way to go either. Being overtired will negatively affect everything else from your job to your family relationships to your personal challenges. Instead of sleeping less hours, try rescheduling your sleep instead. Going to bed early and waking up early might sound boring and horrible to some people, but actually better for us. Instead of free time in the evening, you’ll have free time in the morning, which you might be able to use more productively for yourself if everyone else in your home is asleep.

Find effective ways to multi-task

There are certain times when you may be able to multi-task and fit in some free time. If you have to commute to work, consider turning this stressful and routine trip into something productive and exciting. A commute via train could allow you enough to read a book, watch a TV show, write a blog post or plan the week’s meals. A commute via car might be a little harder to make use of as it requires more concentration, however you might still be able to do a listening activity such as streaming your favourite music, listening to an audiobook or learning a new language via a CD. You may even be able to travel by bicycle and make this your get fit time.

Meanwhile, there are many tasks that you can now do at home to fit around commitments. Many employers are now allowing staff to work from home in career fields that are mainly IT and phone based. You can also study a university course from home nowadays – you’ll find all kinds of courses on the web such as a healthcare administration degree online. You may also be able to exercise at home, rely on online food shopping and host virtual meetings via skype. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t leave the house – relying on these from-home methods might allow you to simply schedule them around your lifestyle rather than waiting for shops and gyms to open or having to travel or relocate to take up a job or university course.

Accept help from family and friends

Too many people turn down help from people around them that might otherwise free up time to focus on personal goals. Family and friends might be able to act as a babysitter occasionally whilst you get time yourself or they may be able to cook you a meal freeing up this chore. You shouldn’t over-rely on these people, but they shouldn’t be ignored.

If you’ve got a partner, you may also want to make sure that you’re both equally sharing out responsibilities. Sharing out household chores and time with the children can give you both more time to spend on personal interests and hobbies. It’s worth also trying to find some couple time for your both so that you’re not always spending time apart – this can often be a danger if you both work different hours.  

Know when to seek outside support

If you don’t have friends, family or a partner to share the load with, you can still make time to chase your personal goals – you may just have to rely on outside support. There are lots of babysitting services out there that can look after your children whilst you need to get things done. Some may be inexpensive or even free during certain hours. There are also charities out there that may be able to help with basic but gruelling tasks such as housework, allowing you to get others done. Asking for support is important as you could burnout if you’re juggling too much, affecting everything from your ability to work to your ability to look after your kids.

Schedule time for yourself

Don’t wait for free time to come along. When you have lots of commitments, you need to schedule in this free time. This could be a weekly slot when the children are being looked after or your partner is doing the housework. Having free time scheduled into your life will allow you to plan for it rather than taking it as it comes and not knowing how long it may last (a good example being when a baby is sleeping – you never know how long they’ll be out and what you’ll be able to get done in that time).


Do You Need Change or Just Greater Challenges?

There will be a time in everyone’s career where they stare at the front door to the office and seriously consider just turning around and walking away. It is only natural to feel stuck in a rut at some point in your career. But commitments such as mortgages, family, debt, and all that other adult stuff force you just keep on through the drudgery.

So how does one overcome these feelings of exhaustion and lethargy and bitterness and every other negative word you can think of? There are options for everyone out there to get back on track and fall in love with work again, whether it be through change, challenge or something else.


If you have worked at a particular company for a while, then you will naturally start to feel bogged down by routine. You know who will ask you what, you know how the week and month will go. It is all very similar. When this occurs, it might be time to change careers.

A lot of people now change jobs every year or so due to lack of potential for advancement or problems with making more money. You might think that having so many jobs on your resume may put potential employers off, and it might for some, but for many, it shows ambition and drive to better yourself, which is one of the most attractive qualities to have in an employee.


But if you don’t want to risk leaving your job, which is understandable in the current climate, then consider seeking ways to make yourself a more valuable team member. Too many people complain about not being challenged at work but don’t do anything to change this. Don’t be that person.

If there are opportunities to further your skills, then grab them before it is too late. As the workplace evolves, the lines between industries become ever more blurred. One option is to apply for an online supply chain management course, which can provide you with broader responsibilities and shows a determination to progress in your company. Take the chance and start feeling challenged yet again.


You can either choose to escape your business altogether or merely just take some time away. Mental health issues can come about at any time, regardless of how you felt before. Sometimes, you just need a break. Discussing this with your employer may seem scary, but they would rather have a healthy, happy employee than one on the verge of burnout.  

Starting your own business combines both change and challenge and can provide you with the opportunity to feel alive again. While it can be risky, doing proper research into your chosen market will make the transition more comfortable, and you might just end up conquering the world.


The decision is entirely up to you. You are the one responsible for maintaining and improving your happiness and satisfaction in your career, and so only you can achieve this. Whatever you decide, you need to go into it with one hundred percent determination. Forget the fear and worry not about what might go wrong, staying positive during the tough times is the mark of a powerful person. You are that person.

A Handy Guide to Matching Products to Your Hair Type

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You have probably had the feeling of arriving at a store to buy shampoo or conditioner, only to be greeted by hundreds of different options which are all vying for your attention. There is no doubt about it that all this choice can lead to a lot of confusion. If you are one of the thousands of people who are baffled by the different options in front of you, this guide is here to help give you a general overview of what you need to do.

Fine and Straight Hair

Generally, people with fine hair are looking to add a little more volume to what they have already. Start off by using some thickening shampoo and conditioner. However, with the latter in particular, you should only apply it to the ends of your hair and wash it out very thoroughly indeed. You could also try out some dry shampoo as this helps to add texture, grip and bulk to your hair. Heat-protection spray and a little bit of mousse will give your hair the body you are looking for, but with a little more control.

Thick and Straight Hair

Thicker hair gives you plenty of options to experiment with a wide variety of different styles. Try using a bit of styling oil in your wet hair and follow this up with some styling cream. If you feel like your hair is starting to look a little duller than you would like, a shine spray can help to take some of the bulkiness out of it. You should be able to use a wide variety of styling products as your hair well-suited to absorbing it.

Tightly Coiled Hair

If your hair is a little kinky, start by using a deep conditioner in the shower. However, you should only rinse this out halfway. A bit of residue can help to keep your locks shiny and smooth. A general rule of thumb to follow with hair of this type is to use creamy products rather than sprays. Avoid moisture-sapping product such as those with alcohol or strong-hold gels.

Wavy Hair

If your hair is wavy, you need to pick an appropriate shampoo which isn’t going to cause it to frizz out too much. Choose an appropriate product if you have an oily scalp as well. Once you have applied your products out of the shower, try leaving it to air-dry. Use some styling oil if it still looks a little too dry for your liking.

Curly Hair

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Frizz and dryness are constant battles when you have curly hair. Start by trying out some sulfate-free shampoos which won’t cause your hair to become too dry. You can keep all your curls in place with some gel or a curl-refreshing mist. Avoid hairspray and rough towels as these both make frizz worse.  

So, hopefully that hair care aisle looks at least a little bit less daunting the next time you decide to venture down it!       

Supporting the Elderly in Your Life

Generally speaking, the elderly in our lives have played an active role in our upbringing. They are most often the people who raised us: teaching us to talk, walk, teaching us right from wrong, and molding our characters. But as the years pass, things can often change, and we find ourselves in a situation where we have to keep an eye on them! It’s important that we are there to support them and lend them a helping hand as they grow older, weaker, and more vulnerable. Here are a few simple ways to ensure that your elderly loved ones are getting the right help, support, and care for their specific needs.

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Companion Care

If your elderly loved ones are not infirm or incapacitated, you should aim to help them maintain as high a level of independent living for themselves as possible. Many people make the mistake of treating the elderly like children. This is ridiculous. After all, they have much more life experience than most of us, and this doesn’t change just because they’ve aged. However, there are various things that you can do to make their day-to-day lives a little simpler for them. Bear in mind that certain everyday tasks may become increasingly difficult to carry out, such as preparing meals, climbing the stairs, taking medication on time, and many more regular situations. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your loved one has to move into a care home – they just need a helping hand here and there. Consider seniors for seniors companion care. These professionals will ensure that your loved one can stay in the comfort of their own home, but receive a little professional help at the same time. They will frequently visit your loved one at set times to enhance their quality of life. Having a fellow senior individual can also prove a more comfortable experience. They may have more mutual ground with their carer, making them more of a companion who helps out than a professional stranger who enters their home regularly. It’s generally best to choose a carer with your loved one. Involving them in the process will help you to secure a better fit first time around. Be sure to ask any questions that you might have to get a full picture of what services the individual can provide.

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Care Homes

If your loved one requires a little more care than the occasional visit from a companion carer, you may want to consider care homes. Care homes are places where the elderly can live their lives to their utmost potential at the same time as being under the observation and surveillance of various professionals at all times. help nearby around the clock. The quality of care at different institutions can vary greatly. So make sure to do your research. Ensure that the home you choose can meet your loved one’s medical needs at the same time as immersing them in an interactive environment with plenty of company in close reach.

These are just a couple of ways to support your elderly loved ones. Make sure to involve your loved one in any decisions that you may make about their future!

Finding Funding For Things You Love

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Underneath it all, no matter how cynical, everyone enjoys the chance to spoil themselves and spend a big chunk of money. Whether you want to refill your wardrobe or buy a new video game, this sort of spending is much nicer than what you usually have to buy. Of course, though, there isn’t always the money for this, and a lot of people will find it hard to achieve the goal of self-indulgence. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the ways that you can find funding for the things you love.

Of course, like most things in life, getting the products you want can often be a simple matter of waiting. It’s unlikely that you spend everything you earn, and you will have the chance to save some of it for large purchases. The best way to keep your money safe is to move it to another account which isn’t easy to access, as this will prevent it disappearing in your regular spending.

To speed up this process, a lot of people will choose to do extra work to afford items which they can’t stop looking at. Nowadays, this sort of approach is easier than ever, with loads of freelance roles being dotted about for you to choose from. Websites like UpWork can help you to find jobs which pay very quickly, while also giving you the chance to do something you enjoy, making it perfect for a lot of people, even with the added work.

Waiting for the money to come to you or spending extra time working won’t always be enough for some of the purchases which people have to make. For this, unsecured loans are becoming extremely popular. Working against transactions like car purchases and other large products, this can be perfect for those in dire need. Whenever you borrow money, it’s important to consider your future finances, as this will impact your ability to pay it back.

As the last option to consider, a lot of people will ignore deals and special offers when they’re searching for goods. Around the web, you can find loads of different coupon codes and sales which will make the products you want to buy much cheaper. Using a price finding tool, you should be able to easily compare the products you’d like to buy, ensuring that you’re always getting the very best deal.

Whenever you’re shopping for treats for yourself, it’s important to consider the future and what it might bring. Unexpected bills can make your treats feel bad, as they could prevent you from making payments which are essential. Along with this, it can be very easy to let this get out of control, and you’ll need to moderate yourself if you want to stay afloat.

Hopefully, with all of this in mind, it should be much easier for you to avoid missing out on the purchases you really want to make. Bills, rent, food, and the other essential parts of life are all very boring. Along with these regular ones, it’s always a good idea to give yourself the chance to spend on you, even if it’s only a little bit.

Should You Be Planning For The Future Now?

The fun thing about the future is that it’s always a long while away. It doesn’t matter what kinds of plans you have for the future, you’ve always got time to figure them out! But what happens when you don’t? What happens when you get to a certain point in your life and realise that the future has arrived and you weren’t at all prepared for it? This is the kind of situation that leaves people in their forties with absolutely no idea what they want to do with their lives. Of course, that’s not the way things have to be. Sure, you might be tempted to treat the future like a problem for another day, but the truth is that the future sneaks up on all of us much faster than you might expect and the only way to be ready for it is to start planning for it right now. With that in mind, here are just a few ways that you can make sure that you’re ready for the future, today.

Your financial future

When people think about the kinds of things that they should be planning for in the future, money is almost always the first thing that comes up. And there’s a pretty good reason for this. The truth is that there are a lot of things to think about when it comes to everything on this list but each and every one of them requires money. You need money to do just about everything in this life, and that might not be ideal, but that’s just the world that we live in. If you don’t make plans for your finances in the future, you could end up in some serious trouble down the road. The most important thing is to start saving right away. You might think that you can’t save because you’re not earning enough but the truth is that pretty much everyone can save, even if it’s just a tiny amount each month. That money will add up surprisingly quickly, and you will also help yourself to get into the mindset of saving which can have a huge impact on your finances going into the future.

Your future career

Far too many people find themselves working jobs that they swore they would only have for a little bit while they sorted out what they really wanted to do. However, they end up working those jobs for years at a time and, before they even know it, they’ve wasted a huge chunk of their life doing something that they hated. The truth is that if no one is just going to hand you the career that you want and if you want to end up doing something that you really care about then you’ve got to put the effort in to look for it. Think carefully about the kinds of skills that you have and the kinds of things that you would be happy doing with your time. Then you’ve just got to figure out what steps you need to take to make your ideal career happen. Sure, you might not be able to find your ideal career right away, but being able to set yourself on the right path is the only way you even have a chance of reaching your goals.

Your future family

You might want a family; you might not, it’s a totally personal choice, and no one should try to push you in one direction or another, but the fact is that you can’t really know what kind of decision you’re going to make in the future. Now, changing your mind when you’re young is easy. You might find yourself in one circumstance or another, and your mind could change in any number of ways. However, as you get a bit older, especially as women, your options tend to become a little more limited. Now, there are plenty of women who decide to have families when they’re older, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but it is true that it becomes more difficult to have a baby when you get older. Luckily there are options like egg freezing available to you. Of course, you don’t have to take that option; it’s just a good thing that you have things available to you if you decide that it’s the right thing for you.

Your future home

One of the most common things for a lot of people in the modern era is the assumption that they’ll never be able to afford a home. Well, there’s no denying that buying a home is significantly more of a challenge now than it has ever been before, that doesn’t make it impossible. The truth is that you just have to start thinking about buying a home in the future right away. This means that you’re going to need to start saving for things like a deposit and well as ensuring that you’ve got the best possible credit rating so that you don’t fall into the trap of having all of the money that you need but being unable to actually secure the loan itself. Sure, it might seem like a long road ahead, but if you want to be a homeowner, the reality is that you’ve got to get started on that path as soon as possible.

Of course, none of this means that you have to have some totally fixed, rigid idea of what your future is going to be like. After all, none of us could possibly ever predict what’s coming even in the near future, let alone further on in our lives. You’ve got to make sure that you’re flexible and willing to change the way that you see and do things. You may still have the same drives, goals, and dreams in ten years that you do right now, or there’s a chance that everything that you want might be completely different, either way, being prepared for what’s coming next, whatever that might be, really is the best way to face up to any version of the future.

How To Decorate Your Bedroom In Style

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Despite the numerous amounts of time your mother asked you to tidy your room when you were a teenager, you are still unable to make the bed before you leave your house in the morning. Every time you visit a friend’s place you are left wondering how others are able to keep their surroundings tidy while you have to be a complete mess.

Perhaps it’s the way you live life and the ease with which you take things or the fact that you just cannot be bothered to put everything back to where it belongs, but one thing’s for sure: your untidy habits are starting to annoy you. Whether it forms part of a New Year’s resolution or you merely want to become a more organised you for the sake of proving yourself you can, this year should be about taking control and learning how to become a tidier individual. Here’s how to decorate your bedroom in style (and keep it that way!).

Paint it an exciting but soothing colour

Different colours affect our moods in different ways. Blue will make us feel focused and calm, yellow will boost our spirits and increase our energy levels, and green has said to make us feel less anxious. With the colour you choose for your interiors being key in determining the way you will feel when you are in that space, it is essential to know what you would like your bedroom to represent. Would you want it to be a place of calm or somewhere where you can feel energised? This is the choice that you have to make when choosing what colour to paint your bedroom. Have a look at the list of colours and the moods they evoke for you to think carefully about the colour of choice.

Furnish it with meaningful pictures

There is nothing more relaxing than laying in bed surrounded by images of the people and places you love. Whether these are framed photographs of friends and family or posters of your favourite destinations, having a bedroom that reminds you of your closest circle of people and visited places is essential, as these reminders will make you feel better when you are sad and blue. Chances are you already own thousands of pictures that you keep on your phone, and if this is the case, you just have to choose your custom backdrop and print these onto the material of your choice. Go on, remind yourself of how blessed you are by having images of your loved ones in your bedroom!

Put everything where it belongs

Finally, and perhaps more to the point is the aspect of organisation. Keeping your bedroom tidy is something that you should do on a daily basis, and while this might not come naturally, it’s true that it can be trained. How? You ask. Just like patience, tidiness is something that requires hard work for it to become part of our routines, so don’t worry if you haven’t managed to become organised yet. It takes time. With this method, you will get closer to your goal.

Don’t Let Your Beauty Regime Leave You With An Empty Bank Account!

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We all like to look our best, and makeup is one of the best ways that people can look the way that they want while still being able to express themselves. However, one thing that pretty much everyone who uses makeup can relate to is the fact that it’s hardly the cheapest thing in the world! In fact, a lot of it can be downright expensive. This means that a lot of people can end up spending far more on makeup than they really should. Now, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself every now and then, but the last thing you want is to end up with an empty bank account because you’ve spent all of your money on beauty products. With that in mind, here are some ways that you can fulfil your makeup needs without ruining your finances.

Cut back

Ask yourself: How many makeup products do you have? Okay, second question: how many of them do you actually use? The truth is that most people end up buying far more makeup than they really need and end up sticking with the same few stable items every single day. Whenever you feel the urge to splurge on some new product, think about the makeup that you already have at home. By changing your behaviour so that you only buy makeup when you really need it, you’re going to be able to save a serious amount of money.

Ditch the credit cards

Credit cards can feel like a dream come true for the compulsive  makeup shopper. After all, you can just charge any purchase to your credit card, and no have to worry about it! Of course, that’s until the moment where you most certainly do have to worry about it! Credit card debt is a serious problem, and the last thing you want is to end up in so much trouble that even the best credit card debt relief company couldn’t help you! Use your credit cards for emergencies only and, no, running low on foundation is not an emergency!

Look for cheaper brands

There are so many brands when it comes to makeup products that it can actually be kind of overwhelming. The problem is that a lot of the most well-known brands are also the most expensive. And sure, you might think that this is purely because they’re the best but the reality is that that’s not true. There are plenty of brands out there that do just as good a job at half the price. By being a little more savvy with your spending, you’re going to be able to avoid falling into the trap of spending huge amounts of money when you don’t need to.

Now, none of this is trying to say that makeup is bad or that you shouldn’t spend your money on it. Everyone has different things that they like to spend money on, and if you’re not able to treat yourself occasionally, then your life is going to be pretty dull. However, it’s still important that you’re careful with your money and don’t fall into the trap of spending more than you actually have.

How To Love Yourself More: Tips that will Rocket your Body Confidence

If you are constantly battling your own thoughts and emotions when it comes to your body confidence, then you will understand how draining this can be. You will also understand how hard it can be for you to stop those thoughts and think positively about yourself, and this is because you genuinely believe that what you are seeing is true.

Stop the Fat Talk

When you talk with your friends, you may tell them that you look fat. This encourages your friends to say that you’re not and that they are fatter than you. Even though this is a joke, it can hinder your own body confidence and it probably isn’t helping your friends either. For this reason, you need to stop the fat talk while also trying to keep the conversation on morepositive topics. For example, the new clothes that you have bought or even what you did at the weekend.

Take Action

If you are unhappy with your body and workouts aren’t working consider going to thebest liposuction surgeon you can find.  If that isn’t an option for you then think about the things you don’t like about yourself. If you hate your thighs and hips then try and think about something positive instead. For example, maybe your hips and thighs allow you to hula-hoop better than everyone else, or maybe they allow you to take part in a Zumba class and really get your groove on. When you start talking about your body in a positive way, your mind will eventually follow.

Make Notes

If you want to make a change then you need to break the habits that you have now while also creating new habits.  You will want to take a month or so before you do this so you can really get it into your head about what you want to do. If you can’t change the way that you think because you think that you are lying about yourself then try and talk to a friend. When they pay you a compliment, don’t just brush it off, instead, write it down and then tape it onto the mirror, When you start getting compliments from people and you put them into writing, you will quickly see that everything that you are saying about yourself is not true at all.

Believe in Yourself

When you get a promotion at work or when yougo to the gym and you shed a lot of weight in a week, be proud of yourself and know that you did that all on your own. You also need to be happy with what you have achieved. If you are constantly focusing on what you haven’t done rather than what you have done then this won’t do your body confidence any good and it will also make it much harder for you to move forward with your positive thoughts. For this reason, you need to believe in yourself and you also need to know that other people believe in you as well.

Leopard Print Lindsay’s Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

I was going to refer to these as “lactation” cookies, but felt that some would be deterred by that description. These cookies are great for anyone, and just happen to be excellent for nursing mothers!

They are packed with, well, obviously oats, but other great ingredients that help boost energy and help as well with hydration thanks to all the fiber. (Breastfeeding Moms: These could help you with your milk supply! I know they help with mine!)

The almonds and peanuts in them also help give added protein, which can help give us more energy and feel fuller longer, but these also help support milk supply.

The chocolate, well, let’s be honest, it’s for sanity. Who wants a cookie without chocolate chips? Um, not me.

I created these after looking at the Quaker Oatmeal Cookie recipe that comes on the container, and making my own changes/additions. I personally feel they are quite tasty and hope you enjoy them as well!

Please note, this recipe is already doubled as I freeze the batter to be able to bake them a few at a time. You can do the same, as I will explain below, or make them all; which is especially great for a big group. You may cut it in half as well, for less cookies…but really who wants less cookies?


2 Sticks Imperial Butter, softened

1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar

1 cup White Sugar

4 Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla

2 tsp Baking Soda

3 cups All-Purpose Flour

6 cups Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats

2/3 cup Unsalted Peanuts

2/3 cup Slivered Almonds

2/3 cup Chocolate Chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet (or multiples of you are baking them all and skipping the freezing step) with parchment paper.

In your stand mixer (using the mixing paddle is best), or large mixing bowl, blend together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs, vanilla, and baking soda until well blended. Slowly add in the flour, blend thoroughly, scraping the sides as needed.

Add in the oats a little at a time, about half way, add in the peanuts, almonds, and chocolate chip.

Your mixer will get full, but it can handle it. Finish adding in the oats and let your mixer do as much as it can. I usually have to take a large rubber spatula and fold it all together a little at the end.

Using a cookie scoop (I actually think mine is technically an ice cream scoop, but it has the scraper that helps release the dough best) and place place at least an inch or two apart on your cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees 12-15 min.

Once cooled enough, enjoy!

Yes, these cookies do come out large, there’s nothing wrong about that!

Store in a ziplock bag or other container that helps to keep them fresh!

For the nursing moms out there, I eat at least one a day, sometimes two if I feel my milk supply is low. I’d love to hear how these work for you!

Freezing the Batter:

Take about a 1ft square piece of wax paper and divide it in two. Place 4 scoops of cookie dough on one piece and place the other on top, flatten slightly. Place in a freezer bag, and continue until the bag is full. Cookies can be placed on top of one another, and be sure to squeeze out some of the air when sealing. When ready, take out one pack at a time (at least that’s what I do), let thaw slightly, and bake according to directions above.