In the Kitchen with Myndi DeVore

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“In the Kitchen” is a series celebrating the family table––the food we eat, the spaces we inhabit, and the people with whom we share it all. Each edition welcomes a new voice to this conversation on kitchen life and food, and today, I welcome Myndi DeVore, the creative soul behind Myndi D and Myndi D Food. She is the mother of two children […]

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memory keeping | printing photo books

Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this. ― Dave Eggers Let me first begin by noting, that for all of the images I share (a lot!), I'm terrible about printing. I have crested…
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Thirteen | A Welcome into Manhood

Mark and I always knew thirteen would be a monumental year for our children. We want it to be. The teen years are such a unique and sweet window of time, chocked full with beautiful and large changes––puberty! driving! hormones! oh my.…
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In the Kitchen with Emily Nelson

Although I often share images or videos of our food and family table, I'm also curious how other families connect around the table. What are other kitchen spaces like and how do they include children in the process? Is there even a process?…
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hand-wrapped plants | sharing an unexpected gift

Although I love sharing and receiving gifts for special occasions, my favorite gifts are the ones shared for no reason at all. Don't you love receiving random gifts from others? Maybe a stranger in line before you purchases your coffee or…
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our homeschool in pictures + books | June, July, + August

There are a thousand thousand reasons to love this life, everyone one of them sufficient. ― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead drawing and listening to an old Sheryl Crow CD journaling chopping peaches for dinner learning to kayak daydreaming cleaning…
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for the weekend | rolled beeswax candles

Rolling beeswax candles is perhaps one of my children's favorite activities for the home, a task that needs tending more often in the autumn and winter seasons here. Most days, rolled candles array our mantle or tabletop, ready to light…
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Room to Grow | The Girls' Room Tour

I love that my children share bedrooms, even when it causes friction about personal space and ownership. Which. It. Does. For instance, Blythe prefers neat and tidy spaces and values privacy. Olive on the other hand, values playful fun and…
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an easy DIY vintage poster frame

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…

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

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