cloistered away | enjoying simplicity

Monday

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April 2014

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the season of resurrection

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Spring has finally arrived in our part of the world. Everywhere I turn, color bursts from greyed, barren branches and forgotten fields. Even my skin is different, now pink with sunlight, toes exposed to the chilly fresh air. It is the season when life and death meet, when we behold in nature what C.S. Lewis described of Aslan and the White Witch meeting together in Narnia, “the golden face and the dead-white face so closely together.” This is the season of resurrection. We experience this restoration to life in our surroundings in nature, but also in the celebration of Easter, the celebration of the risen Christ . . . . {sharing more today over at We Resolve}

 

Friday

11

April 2014

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cheers to spring! | three fresh ways to toast the new season

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The kids and I picnicked in the yard earlier this week, afterward pushing our plates aside to sprawl across the blankets in the warm sun. Each day it seems we find new plant life sprouting around this old house, and the kids pick wildflowers by the handful. Both make me so happy. Since our kitchen isn’t fully functioning yet we’ve continued eating almost every dinner at my sister’s house. Only now, we can take our meals to the backyard, and the kids run off to play as soon as their bellies are full. We’ve been using the fresh herbs in her backyard to make our dinner cocktails, playing with the flavors. Each one tastes simple and fresh. Since several people have asked about these drinks after recently posting a few on Instagram, I thought I would share three here before the weekend. Enjoy and happy Friday!

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one // freshly squeezed grapefruit + 2oz. gin + a splash of sparkling water + a chopped basil leaf

two // 1/2 orange + 1/2  grapefruit (both freshly squeezed) + 2 oz. of tequila + a squeeze of lime + a few sprigs of muddled mint

three // sparkling water + 2 oz. vodka + cardamom simple syrup (infuse a homemade simple syrup with cardamom pods) + muddled mint

 

Wednesday

9

April 2014

6

COMMENTS

14/52

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“a portrait of my children once a week in 2014″

liam // you’re always imagining and building something new.  You inspire others with vision.

burke // you love most everything written by Roald Dahl. I love to hear your deep, guttural laugh as you retell your favorite parts.

blythe // your face smashed into a pole on the park slide earlier this week while you were running. The skin just beneath your right eye immediately became broken and swollen. Days afterward, I decided to take a picture. This is your “I’m-not-happy-you’re-taking-a-picture-of-me-with-a-busted-eye” look. You held it for about 3 seconds before you burst out laughing.

olive // you learned how to mix primary colors to create secondary colors this week. Here you’re painting two mice dancing in paint, inspired by one of your favorite books, Mouse Paint.

Tuesday

8

April 2014

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bri towne | mamages

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Today, I am introducing Bri Towne, the sweet creator and mama behind Mamages, where she writes about her life with her husband and two kids. Bri, tell us more about yourself.

Who/what most inspires your work? My husband really inspires me. He wakes up way before the sun comes up to get to work early so he can come home in the afternoon. Then he plays with the kids and dogs and still does the dishes after they go to sleep. He just never stops and never complains and I love that. He inspires me to work harder and be a better mama.

How do you balance work and home life? Do you have a tip to share? I schedule my work time. While my son is eating breakfast, I write and publish my blog posts. In the evenings, after the kids to go bed, I catch up on other blogs. During nap time, I respond to emails. If I don’t get everything done, then oh well! It’s easier to just let it go and not stress about getting everything done.

When you’re not working what might you be doing? I’ve recently started jogging which I love. We’ll go on a run and then stop at the park so my son can play. It’s such a nice little break in our day.

mamagesBri’s favorite things: seared tuna with onion, mint, and oranges (similar) // pre-pregnancy jeans (that actually fit!) // chapstick // Bram Stoker’s Dracula // Capri, Italy

Thank you for sharing yourself with us today, Bri.

Friday

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April 2014

6

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linger / buy / read / try

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We’ve been trying to regain some sort of routine this week, and of course, are still unpacking and shifting around spaces. Still, I’m grateful it’s Friday. This weekend we’ll be going to early Saturday morning soccer games, working on more home projects, and enjoying time with my brother and sister-in-law on Saturday. What are you guys up to this weekend? Here’s a few things I loved from the web this week.

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linger  // I love the beautiful and kid-friendly nature of this home, and seeing the kids playing in the little tepee and gathered with their parents and friends outdoors makes me especially crave Spring and Summer backyard dinners.

buy // I’ve been looking to (reasonably) fill-in some holes in my Spring and Sumer wardrobe, and this Zara dress might be at the top of my list.

read // This week Nellie Kerrison shared a little about love and loss on the Wholehearted Journal.  It was beautiful.

try // Although I’m not a Vegan, these Vegan, gluten-free trail mix bars look scrumptious. I’m planning to make them soon.

 

Thursday

3

April 2014

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Wednesday

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April 2014

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words with you

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These words seem so simple that at first glance, I simply nod and move on, almost missing their significance. Most days, I skim through other people’s lives and spaces online, admiring their glimmers of perfection, while I tread the dirty floors and debris of my own life. Or so it feels anyway. My self and space and work are anything but perfect. I can be so critical of myself. Often, I return to my own work, perhaps written on paper in ink, and draw that ubiquitous line straight through their middle, through their gut–revising the faults, omitting the flaws–all with idea of perfection. Although I try not to, I often do the same online where it feels less violent, where the delete button quietly erases what might possibly be rejected or somehow not as good as someone else’s _______. Frankly, it’s always tempting to revise my life to be what other people want, to be what might possibly be more popular. What I often forget is that sometimes in the self-criticism and process of omission, I am also somehow deleting myself, my own thought and voice–the very things that make me me (and not anyone else).

Typically, I might delete these soul-spilling words (or keep them to myself) in fear of being too serious or whiny or self-focused. Not today, friends. This time, I’m sharing my ridiculous, honest heart here with you, hoping to encourage you with these four little words: Be who you are. Your life and voice are significant. 

print by Kal Barteski 

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Also, congratulations to Lauren for winning the Shea Paper Co. giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!