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our homeschool in pictures | february

“Why else do any of this if not to become who we want to be?” ― Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See __________________________ planting potatoes, the first of our spring garden handmade valentines journaling about expectation; working…
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for the weekend | a family day hike

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity. ― John Muir, Our National Parks We live in Central Texas, far from foothills…
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homemade mayonnaise three ways

Although I've mentioned literary influences in the kitchen a few times in this space, I've been most influenced by my younger [and more talented] sister, Kristen. She has a natural intuition about food that I've learned by watching her…
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WEEKEND | 5 FAVORITE PODCASTS ON CREATIVITY

My mother has frequently told me, "We will often do for our children that which we won't do for ourselves. Sometimes that's how we learn." I've witnessed that wisdom in my years of mothering again and again. When I share little instructional…
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handwork: a philosophy + practice in the homeschool

When children are very young, they have natural curiosities about the world and explore them, trying diligently to figure out what is real. As they become "producers " they fall away from exploration and start fishing for the right answers…
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eucalyptus + lavender sachets for the winter closet

I love fresh eucalyptus, and it's quite possible to find a bundle in a vase or drying on a wall somewhere around our home often. My children tease me that I'm trying to allure koalas, but truthfully, they're an inexpensive way to add muted…
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introversion, motherhood, and the homeschool

Solitude matters, and for some people, it's the air they breathe. ―Susan Cain, Quiet It feels redundant to mention the messy and loud work of motherhood, let alone with the homeschool. Whether by the practical work of our hands or…
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for the weekend | handmade, eco-friendly valentines

As a child, Valentine's Day was one of my favorites. At home, our celebration was beautifully simple, typically a special dessert or snack or note in our lunchbox. At school, we had an elaborate celebration with baked goods and sweet drinks.…

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

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