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real talk real moms | on preschool at home

One of the greatest gifts in my thirteen years of motherhood has been friendship, having other women in my life to hash out the hard questions and celebrate the victories of this beautiful, complicated journey. I also appreciate hearing…
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the slow renovation | a small, white bathroom

I realize white for the home may seem rather dull or unoriginal, but I love it unashamedly, especially in small spaces with ample natural light. It always looks fresh and broadens the visual space, and I knew from the moment we purchased…
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our homeschool in pictures | april + may

Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.  ― Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air _______________________________ studying…
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taking risks, changing course

Mark resigned from his job this week, a somewhat spontaneous decision following months of weighty conversations after dinner or over morning coffee. He and I are generally not the risk-taking types–more often falling into the first-born,…
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nurturing the whole self | evening rituals + sleep

At some point I've realized many of the boundaries and routines I create for my children are habits intended for me, for my well-being as well. How often do I manage my children's intake of nutrients and need for rest only to ignore the same…
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the hidden gift of boredom

I'm not quite sure how or at what point the word bored enters a child's vernacular, but it has here. In the last six months I've heard the word more than ever, and I find myself sorting through reasonings, attempting to connect dots, as to…
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for the weekend | ideas to celebrate Mother's Day

Mother's Day is this weekend in the US, and although it seems there is now a day to celebrate all sorts of things, of course this one and Father's Day feel most precious. As both a daughter and a mother, I love that we have a day set apart…
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nurturing the whole self | morning rituals

NURTURING THE WHOLE SELF As a mother, it has become easy for me to define nurturing as something I give to others–whether in marriage, mothering, friendship, creative pursuits, or service–but I'm slowly realizing as life increasingly…

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

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