I recently shared these thoughts on Instagram, and one person recommended I leave it in this space, too, so that it might be easier to find. I thought it was a pretty good idea. There were so many years where our home lives and learning looked more concrete—seeing, listening, doing. I worried: Am I doing […]

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Reader's Choice | An Audiobook List

There are a million and two reasons to keep your phone tucked away and out of reach during the day, but an audiobook is not one of them. Like many of you, we listen to audiobooks in the car, in the kitchen, on the sofa or our beds, through…

My Fifteen Minute Morning Routine

The beginning is always today.  ― Mary Shelley When my children were small and clustered in the infant to preschool years, taking a moment to get dressed for the day took intention and strategic planning. Many days it felt impossible.…

One Day at a Time

There is a modern, cultural pressure that we do everything, even that we do everything well. It has taken most of my adult life to learn there is a difference between doing all things well and doing well at all I do. The first emphasizes quantity––how…

Less is Better | Five Favorite Books

I didn't begin the year with an urge to start fresh goals. If anything, I only had the desire for less. Less time commitments. Less of my own ego. Less busyness with unimportant things. Less things cluttering my time and kitchen cabinets.…
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Resolution.

Everything in my life has brought me here. ––Rainer Maria Rilke Each new year, like many of you, I toss the figurative pieces of my life in the air to reimagine myself, our home, our work, our life. Culture-wide, it is the great…

Borrowed Books, Curious Minds, and a Digital Library

For growing bookworms and movie aficionados, a library card can save oodles in the family budget. Add homeschooling to the equation and a library card becomes a lifeline, and quite possibly a rite of passage. As soon as each of our children…

A Gift Guide for the Homeschool, Vol. 04

I look forward to the Thanksgiving/Advent season all year long, welcoming the shorter days, the candlelight and handmade crafts and food, the warm drinks and countdown to Christmas. When it comes to gift-giving, I am one-part intentional,…

A New Mattress + Other Tips to Create a Bedroom Retreat

Like many family homes, each room within our own serves more than one purpose. We work, play, create, sleep, eat, and read, together or individually all within the same few shared rooms of our home. Quite often, we overlap in the same space,…

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

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