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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…

our homeschool in pictures + books | June, July, + August

There are a thousand thousand reasons to love this life, everyone one of them sufficient. ― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead drawing and listening to an old Sheryl Crow CD journaling chopping peaches for dinner learning to kayak daydreaming cleaning…
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for the weekend | rolled beeswax candles

Rolling beeswax candles is perhaps one of my children's favorite activities for the home, a task that needs tending more often in the autumn and winter seasons here. Most days, rolled candles array our mantle or tabletop, ready to light…

Room to Grow | The Girls' Room Tour

I love that my children share bedrooms, even when it causes friction about personal space and ownership. Which. It. Does. For instance, Blythe prefers neat and tidy spaces and values privacy. Olive on the other hand, values playful fun and…
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an easy DIY vintage poster frame

Last weekend, Olive and I built a couple of small vintage-styled poster frames together for their room. We've had a few Cavallini posters around our home, tightly rolled up, waiting to be hung for a while, and I finally decided to do…

real talk real moms | on comparison in motherhood

I imagine much of the comparison that happens between mothers begins simply and honestly, a way to observe and emulate other women we admire for one reason or another. We actually need one another in this way. We need other mothers in our…
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On Screentime + Managing the Internet at Home

The use of technology in childhood is one of the hottest topics for modern parents, and it seems where ever you land on the issue, it can be a potential point of shame and judgement, one where each family must establish strong justification…
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MUSIC IN THE HOME | a playlist for Daily Rhythms

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.” ― Jules Combarieu Books and music have always created a backdrop for our days at home together, even as the specific rhythms have varied through the years. During our children’s early…

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

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