Cloistered Away

is a lifestyle blog, focused on simple, purposeful family living, written by Bethany Douglass.
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Homeschooling in Pictures | January
A few years ago, I began this project as a snapshot of days at home, a birds-eye view of our month of learning without parameters or expectations or lengthy passages to accompany them. They are
Small Acts of Generosity
Practicing generosity is a core value Mark and I have long held in our home and encouraged in our children. There are many small daily ways we encourage generosity with others–making eye contact or pausing
FAQ | How Do You Keep Your Children On Track to Get Everything Done with Homeschooling?
Perhaps the most uncomfortable truth of homeschooling is this: there is no track. There are various guidelines or expectations provided by the state government, but other than that, the studies and choices in what to
The Best Brussel Sprouts
Kristen Douglass is a photgrapher, mother to three young children, and one of the best home chefs I know. Often inspired by a new ingredient or a favorite experience, Kristen loves to explore flavors and
Life Lately | Numbering the Days
There is an ancient story in the New Testament where Jesus takes two fish and five loaves and feeds thousands. I find parenting to be that sort of miracle, whereby we offer what little we
Five Books for Summer Binge Reading
I purchased an unabridged copy of The Count of Monte Cristo several years ago at a book sale, and it has been shelved in our home ever since, always passed by for something less cumbersome
Arches National Park
Nestled next to Moab, Utah, and only a few hours Southeast of Salt Lake City, Arches National Park is worth the trip even if only for a day stop-over. We drove into Moab in the
How to Use a National Park Pass
There are over 400 national parks in the United States and a variety of ways to enjoy them. Whether you plan to visit all of them or simply select a few bucket-list spots, a national
Playlist | Summer Road Trip
The summer season offers us opportunities, wrapped in sunshine, beyond our normal experience. The blur of passing scapes paired with a good tune creates whimsy and a sense of adventure. Guitar chords. The changing horizon.