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an easy DIY vintage poster frame

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Last weekend, Olive and I built a couple of small vintage-styled poster frames together for their room. We’ve had a few Cavallini posters around our home, tightly rolled up, waiting to be hung for a while, and I finally decided to do something with them. It was such a quick and easy project, I thought I’d share it here […]

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real talk real moms | on comparison in motherhood

I imagine much of the comparison that happens between mothers begins simply and honestly, a way to observe and emulate other women we admire for one reason or another. We actually need one another in this way. We need other mothers in our…
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On Screentime + Managing the Internet at Home

The use of technology in childhood is one of the hottest topics for modern parents, and it seems where ever you land on the issue, it can be a potential point of shame and judgement, one where each family must establish strong justification…
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MUSIC IN THE HOME | a playlist for Daily Rhythms

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.” ― Jules Combarieu Books and music have always created a backdrop for our days at home together, even as the specific rhythms have varied through the years. During our children’s early…
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Durango, Colorado

Some people prefer large soirees with friends and food and gifts to celebrate monumental birthdays, and we have hosted a couple of those fun events over the years. Yet as Mark's fortieth birthday loomed, I wanted something quieter and…
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one equal temper of heroic hearts

I gave Mark a wallet for father's day in June with the last line from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Ulysses, "to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." I might have inscribed the last seven lines, if it would have fit, and so I inscribed…
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fresh flowers in the late summer home

A small bundle of fresh flowers for the home can be water for the soul, especially in these late summer months when the temperatures soar and the fields lie crispy and parched. I tend to sprinkle small bundles or sprigs throughout the…
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printing childhood artwork + homeschool notebooks

Childhood art is magnificent, isn't it? Children have a way of seeing and coloring the world in the early years without the constraints of reality, without the pressure of perfection. I'm not exactly sure why or when the majority of us…
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an open letter to a homeschooling mother

Dear mother, I've been thinking lately about the looming school year and also about this oppressive heat, how every living thing seems to wither under it. "And consider, always, every day, the determination of the grass to grow despite…

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Cloistered Away is a lifestyle blog, focused on simple, purposeful family living, written by Bethany Douglass.

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