Cloistered Away

is a lifestyle blog, focused on simple, purposeful family living, written by Bethany Douglass.
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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.
On Stillness
“Hurry is not just a disordered schedule. Hurry is a disordered heart.” ––John Ortberg Sometimes I find myself chasing tasks when what is needed is stillness. This stage of parenting has seemed busier than ever,
Three Tips for Smoother Family Travel
Family travel is such a privilege and gift, and still, the process can be harrowing. As we packed for our current road trip, I realized there are a few habits I have developed over the
Six Family-Favorite Recipe Books
Meals can be like writing for me at times––I have plenty of ideas and inspiration until I sit down to write them out. I’ve found the same has been true for my children in their
Summer Meal Ideas Made by the Kids
Our family table has long played a central role in our home, whether in mealtimes, school work, or neighborly connection and yet, by the end of the Spring, it seemed to be dissolving somehow. Mealtimes
Summer, the Dreaming Season
We have fully flung ourselves into summer over here, giving ourselves to the day’s whim, swimsuits, frizzy hair, and all. What a contrasting rhythm from the other months in the year! Without our typical homeschool
Sleep Rhythms + the Impact of Blue Light
Evening routines have become tricky with teenagers in the home. As fatigue sets in and I crave my bedroom space, they seem to move in the opposite direction, refueled after dinner and ready to settle
Connection | An Apiary Visit
Connection is a new monthly series here, featuring simple ideas to spark connection points with our children and the world around us each month. In it, I will include books, activities, and style (for fun)
Shabbat + Sabbath | Q+A on Our Family Practice
Although our family began a formal practice of Shabbat and Sabbath four years ago, we had struggled with it for the two years previous, wanting to make it a family practice yet not understanding how