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The nightstand series: 6-10

6. Glass of milk: yes, you might think- what is a grown adult doing drinking milk by her bedside? But frankly, I don't care- it's a ritual I've continued with since I was a kid, [though over time I switched from 1% to skim- so I suppose that was an adult move...] and it helps me get to sleep, since I can have insomniac tendencies at times.  Nothing too severe, I just get stuck with all the thoughts in my head jumbling about, vying for my attention and preventing me from going straight to a dreamier world. Sometimes I dream about my favorite milk that I could only get while up in Boston during college. Yum.

7. Scented candle: the current one I've got is called 'Vanilla Berry' and it brings me right back to a memory from when I was a kid.  I can vividly recall having a Strawberry Shortcake doll that had this VERY same scent.  I rarely light the candle, but every time I turn to my left, I get a brief scent of Strawberry Shortcake, and I'm soothed to sleep.  

8. Pill box: I don't keep any hardcore drugs here [though it does house some fast-acting Tylenol gel-caps if I'm feeling extra crazy] but it's just such a pretty piece, so I like keeping it nearby.  My Mom got this pill box on a visit to Buckingham Palace in London, when I was ten. I remember not thinking much of it [and the tea cup it matched] but now it's a favorite [or is it favourite?] travel token. 

9. Fresh flowers: I've been a bit lax about this.  I haven't had anything fresh by my bed for a week now- so I'll need to remedy that soon.  I'd love to get fresh flowers from the grocery every week, but usually I end up cutting something pretty from the garden and that does the trick.  Here, I picked a yellow rose and tucked it in an old coca-cola bottle.  I love the combination of pale greenish-blue with the bold yellow. 

10. Moisturizer: I've been using L'Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream with shea butter. It's so decadent on my tired skin at the end of a long day.  A little bit goes a long way, so although it costs a pretty penny, I've had it for almost a year now and it'll stick around for a while. 

So that rounds out the top ten [or really, the only ten] objects you'll find on my nightstand each night.  Some are meaningful, others purposeful, but all are essentials to me getting a decent night's rest.  

Do you have an interesting nightstand, or want to share yours with me? I'd love to hear about it and add to the nightstand series! Leave a comment, or shoot an email my way: