a simple path to nature study

  Each afternoon, indoors or outdoors depending on the weather, I read aloud with the kids, while they flip through nature books, illustrate and paint. We've always had a simple approach to our study and enjoyment of nature, beginning…

In the Kitchen with Susanna Hindman

“In the Kitchen” is a series celebrating the family table––the food we eat, the spaces we inhabit, and the people with whom we share it all. Each edition welcomes a new voice to this conversation on kitchen life and food, and today,…

on doing less

I have a personal drive and eagerness to try and do everything, and of course also to do it perfectly (some of which I wrote about here). It is our cultural assumption that more is always better, that quality and quantity can pleasantly co-exist.…

In the Kitchen with Myndi DeVore

"In the Kitchen" is a series celebrating the family table––the food we eat, the spaces we inhabit, and the people with whom we share it all. Each edition welcomes a new voice to this conversation on kitchen life and food, and today,…

memory keeping | printing photo books

Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this. ― Dave Eggers Let me first begin by noting, that for all of the images I share (a lot!), I'm terrible about printing. I have crested…

Thirteen | A Welcome into Manhood

Mark and I always knew thirteen would be a monumental year for our children. We want it to be. The teen years are such a unique and sweet window of time, chocked full with beautiful and large changes––puberty! driving! hormones! oh my.…

In the Kitchen with Emily Nelson

Although I often share images or videos of our food and family table, I'm also curious how other families connect around the table. What are other kitchen spaces like and how do they include children in the process? Is there even a process?…
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sharing an unexpected gift

Although I love sharing and receiving gifts for special occasions, my favorite gifts are the ones shared for no reason at all. Don't you love receiving random gifts from others? Maybe a stranger in line before you purchases your coffee or…

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Cloistered Away is a lifestyle blog, focused on simple, purposeful family living, written by Bethany Douglass.

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