cloistered away | enjoying simplicity

Saturday

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February 2014

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07/52

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Home is the nicest word there is.
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

liam // opening the windows in his new bedroom

burke // sweeping up the mess after we tore out the old, dingy carpet

blythe // taking in the view from the front porch

olive // exploring the yard

Friday

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February 2014

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linger / buy / read / try

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weekend-links

We watched the sun rise this morning for the first time in weeks due to clouds, the perfect and most simplest of gifts on Valentine’s Day. Although I’m not sure why, this week seemed particularly exhausting, so I’m fairly thrilled that Friday’s finally here and our weekend is beginning. Mark and I are closing on our new house this morning (!) and planning to enjoy tons of time outdoors with the kids throughout our projected-to-be sunny weekend. Do you have anything special planned? I hope it’s a good one for you. If you have some time to bum around the web, here’s a few of my favorites from the week.

linger // Earlier this week, Elise of Pennyweight shared images of her new bedroom. I love the warmer shade of blue she chose for the wall coupled with that killer industrial lamp and minimal, eclectic decor.

buy // All of this grey weather lately has me craving green life. We won’t be in our new home soon enough to build a spring/summer garden, but at the very least, I look forward to planting some fresh herbs. I love these vintage-inspired herb scissors from Father Rabbit–perfect for trimming a few sprigs of mint or rosemary for dinner.

read // A few days ago, Kacie shared really powerful words about forming relationships rather than judgements in these online spaces. Although she speaks mostly about motherhood, her points transcend demographics and online life: building and connecting instead of comparing and judging–a worthy read for you today.

try // Kale is a part of our daily routine here. We eat it with eggs and fresh salsa  almost every morning. Sometimes we’ll make kale chips or add it to soups or sauté it with dinner. I love this vegetable, so I’m really anxious to try Megan’s recipe, Kale salad and tahini garlic dressing, sometime soon.

 

Thursday

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February 2014

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style essentials no. 02 // the maxi skirt

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Another essential piece in my closet is a flowing maxi skirt I picked up at Forever21 a couple of years ago. This flexible piece will work with almost anything. When it gets cooler, I can pair it with a thin sweater, my motorcycle jacket, or boots, while in the warmer months, I might wear it with merely a T-shirt or tank top and my favorite pair of strappy sandals. My favorite part though is how it functions well enough for me to play and work at home with the kids but looks more intentional than my usual pair of jeans. As a stay-at-home mother, somedays you need that bit of extra-intention. (Wink.)

*images by Fidelis Studio

SHOP THE LOOK

 Zara flowy maxi skirt / grey t-shirt / Converse motorcycle jacket / Wifey Singer earrings / Joie strappy leather sandals / French market basket

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Tuesday

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February 2014

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my interview with kellie + vanessa

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As most of you know, I regularly share pictures of our everyday  happenings via Instagram: little moments and words and things that mean something to me each day. In the year and a half I’ve been a part of that community, I’ve met some tremendous people. Some inspire me with their photography and design skills while others inspire me in motherhood and in matters of the heart. A few months ago, when Kelli + Vanessa asked to interview me for their My Everyday feature, I was at once flattered and (honestly) a little nervous. What would I say in a few words about motherhood, home and creative life, and this little phone app? Well, today you can find my “real, raw, and authentic” words over here. Thank you, Kellie + Vanessa.

Monday

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February 2014

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an indoor picnic date

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As parents, Mark and I have learned to be creative about our “dates.” Every other week we have a legitimate night-out to ourselves, but between those evenings, we squeeze whatever random moments we can. Fortunately, we’re both pretty simple people, both of us more often enjoying casual intimacy over fancy, crowded restaurants. So when my sister offered to take my kids to the movies on Saturday morning in exchange for watching her daughter (who would mostly be napping), I took the opportunity to create a little impromptu lunch date for me and Mark. I roasted cherry tomatoes and asparagus (not our typical lunch–but some of my favorites), pulled out a little brie, a baguette, and a bottle of wine (midday? gasp.).
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Typically, I’d take a blanket outside, but since our weather has been cold and damp still, I opted for an indoor picnic instead. Using one of our throw blankets, I spread our small feast across our bedroom floor–the perfect casual, romantic lunch. It was brief compared to a typical evening date but such an ideal way to spend together and connect.

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This Valentine’s Day will be particularly special for me and Mark since we’ll be closing on OUR NEW HOME. Crazy, right? It’s a cozy 1930′s craftsman that needs a lot of attention and love, but we’re so grateful for this gift. The best Valentine’s Day gift really. We’ll be celebrating by having another indoor picnic (by candlelight) in our empty place, just the two of us. I’m pretty excited. What are your plans for this weekend? Remember, simple can be just as romantic (even if you pick up dinner).

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coyote handled board / striped baby alpaca throw / wine bottle glasses / bluetooth sound sysem /  verseur metal + levier / oakmoss candle

If you’re looking to recreate this scene at home, here’s a few things I gathered from my friends at Given Goods. Have you heard of them yet? Every object they sell somehow gives back to artisans or organizations working in less-developed countries making sure they receive fair wages. They also support groups making a difference right here in the US. Each item tells a story right on the purchase page. You can even track the countries you’re impacting through their website. Bonus? Right now, Given Goods is generously offering 15% OFF for all Cloistered Away readers. Simply type in the code CLOISTERED at checkout–the offer is good on the entire site (last minute gifts anyone?). Happy Monday to you all.

All images by Cloistered Away. Coyote Handle Board c/o Given Goods. 

Saturday

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February 2014

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linger / buy / read / try

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weekend-links

I’m not sure if it’s the grey skies or the cold, damp air, but I’ve felt so tired this week. This weekend, I’m looking forward to some restful time in PJs (by 8:00 last night), dinner with family and friends, and seeing the sunshine again (or so we hope). Here’s a few of my favorite links from the week.

linger // I love this home featured on April and May. Of course, I love the crisp white walls and furniture throughout the space, but I am especially partial to the pieces of nature intentionally placed: wood pile in the wall, a stick on the shelf, green plants in the kitchen.

buy // I just discovered Paper & Clay this week and am smitten with Brit’s ceramics. Can’t you imagine morning coffee in this beauty?

read // This week Amy cracked open her heart to share with us about longing and the process of healing. If you haven’t read her blog, you must. She has such a beautiful heart, full of belief and hope.

try // This week Kristen shared the recipe for one of my favorite desserts: grain-free chocolate bombs. They’re a must-try, I promise.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Thursday

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February 2014

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06/52

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You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.
― Mary Oliver, Wild Geese

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“a weekly portrait of each of my children in 2014″

blythe: clear-eyed and full of life

burke: regularly experimenting with silly faces, this time dressed in a poncho

olive: so much zeal, even in her teeth-brushing

liam: forces every bit of his attention and vision into his art. every. time.