12.19: What’s On My Nightstand

As I mentioned last month, I’ve noticed that what’s on my nightstand is a perfect reflection of how I’m feeling and what I’m focusing on. This month, it’s all about reflection and self-care.

The holidays always get me a little frazzled. I want to savor the last days of the year, but between all the shopping, holiday functions, the kids’ breaks from school, and trying to manage the blog, I often feel like my head isn’t on straight. So, the items on my bedside table this month are a mix of things that make me slow down and help soothe my mind and body.

What’s On My Nightstand

Pretty flowers
Flowers always make me happy. They also make a room feel brighter, cleaner, and prettier, which is why you’ll often find a gorgeous floral arrangement on my nightstand. I like to switch between the sculpture-like bouquets created by Antonio Bond at Transplant Floral Design and the bright and cheery floral and succulent arrangements found at King Florist of Austin. Waking up to fresh flowers every morning is my sure-fire way to start the day off with a smile.

Reset drink
My friend Sandy is taking a holistic nutrition class, and she whipped this morning reset drink up for me. It’s a mix of aloe, lemon juice, electrolytes, vinegar, turmeric and ginger essential oils. It supposed to help heal and detox your gut—which is much needed during a month of endless events and parties. 

Our Wild Calling
When I was in college a teacher gave the advice to read one hour everyday. While I might not achieve a full hour, I always try to end the day with a good book. Next on my to-read list is written by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods. I love his opinion that we are nature deprived. I can’t wait to delve into how connecting with animals can transform our lives and save theirs.

Mutha Body Butter
My skin gets super dry in the winter, so I am loving this super rich yet light body butter made of a blend of shea, cocoa and mango butters.

MQuan bowl
The reality is this bowl was meant for jewelry, but what gets thrown in there are toys, notes—even a random sock or two. I swear by having a catch-all dish by the bed to minimize clutter. And it’s gotta be pretty so it blends in with the decor. 

Piccadilly Open Bound Sketchbook
Lately, I really feel like my mind is so jumbled. I often forget what I’m doing from one minute to the next, let alone important dates and appointments. Having a notebook on my nightstand helps when I have a blog or recipe idea or need to remember something to put on my to-do list. It clears my head. And it inspires me to start thinking about what intentions I want to set for the new year.

What’s on your nightstand this month? Share in the comments below!


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  • Carol

    A bottle of water because my throat tends to dry out, tissues, alarm clock, a picture that always makes me smile and elastics to pull my excessively long hair back

  • Natacha

    On my nightstand are a book (I try to read every night before I sleep) tissues, Lonely Planet travel books about Ireland, Scotland and Hawaii (my dream destinations), my Nuxe face cream and a family picture that I love.

    • Sara

      A Jules Verne collection of novels, my earbuds, a picture of my best friend that makes me smile & sometimes my phone(I use it for music at night) 🙂

    • Michele

      I cleaned mine! I have a lamp, alarm clock, candle lamp with candle, a little plack from my granddaughter and water.

  • Wende Beeson

    I like how you have just one book. I have 14 books with only one that I am currently reading. A small lamp, picture of my husband and me from 30 years ago and a snapshot of my little family when my daughter was young and the two dogs we entered our marriage with. And a keepsake carving of a turtle from going to the Galápagos Islands. A destination I highly recommend if you want to go to a unique place to contemplate the human, animal, and earth relationship.

  • Holly

    I have to be honest – mine is a mess. The table is too small. I have a baby video monitor so I can see if little one gets out of bed, Hair grips, a coaster as I often have a drink sitting there when I’m in my room, I have a book on the floor nearby as there’s not enough space. I also have notebooks on the floor nearby….these posts are inspiring me to sort it out! I need to get a bigger table and have it more organised and attractive. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Valerie Goike

    My nightstand includes my kindle, I also love to read before bed. Lotion, chapstick, and my phone.

  • Sherri

    My reading glasses, water, Neutrogena hydro boost whipped body balm I apply every night before going to sleep, Burts bees ultra conditioning lip balm, cinnamon oil I use for achy joints before bed. It helps and I love the smell and my tablet for reading.

  • Carla

    On my nightstand (bed-side table) is 3 books, one if which is my ‘family don’t end with blood’ book which I find hugely inspirational, a lamp, a bottle of hand gel, a bottle of deodorant, an amazon parcel containing my sugaring kit and an empty envelope. Not sure why the last four items are there so I shall tidy them away now.


    on my nightstand, I always have water and I now have the solid eight drops that you suggested from your last post. They do help me relax. Now I also keep a notebook too because when my mind is racing with things I have to do I just write them down and it seems to calm me.
    Thanks for that tip

  • Jenn

    It’s now January but here goes! One of those pretty crystal bottles with the little glass that fits on top for nighttime water breaks, a stack of books gifted for Christmas by Canadian author JP McClean, LaRochePosay Lipikar Blume Ap+400 ML body care lotion, three local beeswax candles and the little Ring holder for wedding and other rings.

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