Cloistered Away

is a lifestyle blog, focused on simple, purposeful family living, written by Bethany Douglass.
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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
Reader’s Choice | An Audiobook List
There are a million and two reasons to keep your phone tucked away and out of reach during the day, but an audiobook is not one of them. Like many of you, we listen to
My Fifteen Minute Morning Routine
The beginning is always today.  ― Mary Shelley When my children were small and clustered in the infant to preschool years, taking a moment to get dressed for the day took intention and strategic planning. Many days
One Day at a Time
There is a modern, cultural pressure that we do everything, even that we do everything well. It has taken most of my adult life to learn there is a difference between doing all things well
Less is Better | Five Favorite Books
I didn’t begin the year with an urge to start fresh goals. If anything, I only had the desire for less. Less time commitments. Less of my own ego. Less busyness with unimportant things. Less
Resolution.
Everything in my life has brought me here. ––Rainer Maria Rilke Each new year, like many of you, I toss the figurative pieces of my life in the air to reimagine myself, our home, our work,