need, use, and love: my alarm clock

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This week I am taking a cue from my lifestyle blogger friends and sharing current my favorite things. However, since MML is focused on and making under, I’m taking an intentional slant to the series. The things I’ll be sharing this week are all things that I need, use, and love.

Though I often talk about exfoliating the items we don’t need, use, or love, that doesn’t mean that we cannot enjoy our intentional items very much.

In fact, it’s the whole point.

Keep the good and exfoliate the bad as often as needed.

Today’s item is actually connected to a recent intention Mr. Lively and I have made: we are doing our best to keep electronics out of our bedroom.

This means no TV, laptop, iPad (though we do sometimes cheat), and cell phones.

For many years I have used my cell phone as my alarm. But this smart phone also tempts me to check stats, emails, comments, Twitter, blogs, you name it. When I can’t sleep, just before bed, or even first thing in the morning I have to fight the urge to get connected instantly.

Which leaves me distracted in one of the most potentially peaceful parts of my life.

So for months I searched for a great alarm clock that would hit all my criteria: good looking, easy to use, pleasant-sounding, alarm ready, non-ticking, and glow in the dark.

I searched for quite awhile to no avail.

… Until my friend Kim introduced me to The Big Ben. It has all the features I desired and is relatively reasonably priced, considering my high standards for looks and function.

After waiting for it to be re-stocked for a few months, Mr. Lively and I have been enjoying it for a few weeks now.

At first it felt a bit strange to be without instant communication in the bedroom. But the more that I get used to the phone charging overnight in the living room, the more I realize that I don’t need it next to me atalltimes.

If I were to review the clock, I’d give it four out of five stars compared to the phone. But this is only because I have to change the alarm setting each time I want it to go off, unlike a phone which you can program multiple alarm times at once. But really, it’s a small price to pay for a more peaceful bedroom.

(He also comes in a few different colors, which is always nice!)

 

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  1. This is a lovely idea. My phone serves as my clock because it charges beside my bed at night and if i wake up in the middle of the night I’ll often waste precious minutes scrolling through emails or twitter when i should be going back to sleep! Keeping electronics out of the bedroom would make for a more peaceful environment.

  2. Kate

    I might want this just because I LOVE how it looks! What a pretty clock! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. I love this and I’m excited to see what other things you share this week!

    I have an alarm clock really similar to this and just like everyone else.. I tend to use my iphone instead of using my alarm clock. But I will be scrolling through twitter at 2am when I can’t sleep. This is making me rethink this habit..

  4. I love this and I’m excited to see what other things you share this week!

    I have an alarm clock really similar to this and just like everyone else.. I tend to use my iphone instead of using my alarm clock. But I will be scrolling through twitter at 2am when I can’t sleep. This is making me rethink this habit..

  5. Great idea! Now that I think about it.. the last thing I do before bed is check my email and then the first thing I do when I wake up is check my email. I never saw it to be a problem but I’d like to emliminate that from my daily routine. I am lucky to have a beautiful view from bedroom, so why am I ending and starting my day with a small screen !?

    My BF and I have made it a habit to not have any electronics on during dinner every night. It is our time to talk and pay attention to each other. It’s amazing the things that come up during this time. You really hear everything the person is trying to express – more feelings are felt behind the words.
    -Michelle

  6. Great idea! Now that I think about it.. the last thing I do before bed is check my email and then the first thing I do when I wake up is check my email. I never saw it to be a problem but I’d like to emliminate that from my daily routine. I am lucky to have a beautiful view from bedroom, so why am I ending and starting my day with a small screen !?

    My BF and I have made it a habit to not have any electronics on during dinner every night. It is our time to talk and pay attention to each other. It’s amazing the things that come up during this time. You really hear everything the person is trying to express – more feelings are felt behind the words.
    -Michelle

  7. Jess

    Jill, nope! Tickless! The second hand moves smoothly.

  8. Jess

    Jill, nope! Tickless! The second hand moves smoothly.

  9. Clare

    I have the same clock in white, but I have to admit, I’ve never used it for an alarm clock, but you’ve inspired me!

  10. Clare

    I have the same clock in white, but I have to admit, I’ve never used it for an alarm clock, but you’ve inspired me!

  11. Aah, thank you for sharing this! I’ve been looking for a reliable (but stylish) alarm clock that doesn’t make me want to cry when I wake up, and it’s so nice to know that you recommend this one. And the fact that it doesn’t tick is a plus!

  12. Aah, thank you for sharing this! I’ve been looking for a reliable (but stylish) alarm clock that doesn’t make me want to cry when I wake up, and it’s so nice to know that you recommend this one. And the fact that it doesn’t tick is a plus!

  13. Landi

    Great idea! I really should try and do the same thing! It’d save electricity too not having a TV plugged in 24/7! Whether it’s turned on or not! Good for you!

  14. Oh, THANK! YOU! for sharing this clock!!! I literally just went over to L.L. Bean and purchased it (in ivory) because of this post! My current clock was a gift from the parentals years ago, which will now be used in our up-and-coming guest room project. Win-win! Here’s to getting electronics OUT of the bedroom!!! Now to work on the hubby’s clock and our bedroom TV/DVD. Be the change, right? Much love, Sara.

  15. Oh, THANK! YOU! for sharing this clock!!! I literally just went over to L.L. Bean and purchased it (in ivory) because of this post! My current clock was a gift from the parentals years ago, which will now be used in our up-and-coming guest room project. Win-win! Here’s to getting electronics OUT of the bedroom!!! Now to work on the hubby’s clock and our bedroom TV/DVD. Be the change, right? Much love, Sara.

  16. Anja

    Great thing to keep the phone out. I think it helps keep your bedroom a calm area. My phone did the trick for me, even íf it was unintentional of the company, i guess. The alarm only rings when the phone is turned on. I on the other side have started a habit of turning my phone off at a certain time to not be disturbed anymore. Therefore I had to decide to either destroy my evening peace and quiet or get a normal alarm – got that alarm clock right away!! 🙂 Enjoy your quality time in the bedroom, no technology should disturb that!

  17. YAY, so happy you bought it! I love the color you chose, and I just noticed they no longer sell it in my color – yellow. Anyway, for anyone still on the fence – I love this clock. It’s pretty, and tick-tock-sound-free.

  18. Lori

    What an excellent idea – to use an actual alarm clock for your alarm instead of your cell phone! My cell phone is such a distraction when I have it on my nightstand (especially on Saturday mornings when I’m trying to sleep in late and someone decides to call me!), but the alarm clock on it is great and reliable so that’s why I continued to keep it in my room. But this alarm clock you posted about seems reaaly cool, and it’s pretty too! I think I’m going to give it a try!

  19. Lori

    What an excellent idea – to use an actual alarm clock for your alarm instead of your cell phone! My cell phone is such a distraction when I have it on my nightstand (especially on Saturday mornings when I’m trying to sleep in late and someone decides to call me!), but the alarm clock on it is great and reliable so that’s why I continued to keep it in my room. But this alarm clock you posted about seems reaaly cool, and it’s pretty too! I think I’m going to give it a try!

  20. I’m really glad you mentioned the non-ticking aspect, because that’s what got my last attempt at a traditional alarm clock kicked out of our bedroom by the boyfriend. I’ll have to grab this one!

  21. Rachel

    Oh I’m in love with this! Now I just have to find a way to get one in Australia.

  22. Rachel

    Oh I’m in love with this! Now I just have to find a way to get one in Australia.

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