Meals can be like writing for me at times––I have plenty of ideas and inspiration until I sit down to write them out. I’ve found the same has been true for my children in their meal planning. At first, their personal favorites take lead, but moving beyond those easy ideas can be challenging. Having recipe […]

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Summer Meal Ideas Made by the Kids

Our family table has long played a central role in our home, whether in mealtimes, school work, or neighborly connection and yet, by the end of the Spring, it seemed to be dissolving somehow. Mealtimes were irregular or rushed. We struggled…

Summer, the Dreaming Season

We have fully flung ourselves into summer over here, giving ourselves to the day's whim, swimsuits, frizzy hair, and all. What a contrasting rhythm from the other months in the year! Without our typical homeschool routines, my children…

Connection | An Apiary Visit

1. Picnic Basket 2. Bees: A Honeyed History 3. Straw Hat 4. Bee Smart Pollinator Gardener App 5. Honeycombs 6. Vintage Hexapod Chart 7. Kid's Neckerchief 8. Wrap-tie Jumpsuit 9. The Secret Life of Bees 10. 3-D Wooden Bee Puzzle 11. Plant…

Sleep Rhythms + the Impact of Blue Light

Evening routines have become tricky with teenagers in the home. As fatigue sets in and I crave my bedroom space, they seem to move in the opposite direction, refueled after dinner and ready to settle into their most social hours. Yes,…
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Shabbat + Sabbath | Q+A on Our Family Practice

Although our family began a formal practice of Shabbat and Sabbath four years ago, we had struggled with it for the two years previous, wanting to make it a family practice yet not understanding how in the wake of our family's needs and…
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A Small Encouragement for Motherhood

There were so many years where our home lives and learning looked more concrete—seeing, listening, doing. I worried: Am I doing enough, will they have enough? Have we made the right choices in their education? In those years, our…
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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.…

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

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