Cloistered Away

is a lifestyle blog, focused on simple, purposeful family living, written by Bethany Douglass.
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Nurturing Wholeness | Aging with Grace
Wisdom comes with winters. ––Oscar Wilde I wonder if we are not too eager to erase or avoid the parts of our bodies that reveal we are human, whether stretch marks, surgery scars, or smile
Grain-Free Chocolate Cupcakes, Four Ways For Valentine’s Day
I’ve been making these cupcakes for years, and they are still my most requested treat to contribute to any event with friends. If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day treat made with whole foods
My 2020 Booklist
I realize that like plans of any sort booklists might give you hives. If that’s the case, you won’t hurt my feelings to move along, but I do wonder: how do you keep track of
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