bloom daily planners is a versatile planner with prices ranging from $15–30 and products designed for grade school students learning how to plan and organize for the first time to moms trying to keep track of busy schedules in a bright and happy tool. The founders of bloom, Kaylyn Minix and Michelle Trincia, clearly spell out their company’s mission on their website:
“We understand that a planner is more than just a planner – it’s a diary of your past and a stepping stone to your future. There is true power in putting your dreams and goals down onto paper, and there always will be. It is through prioritizing and organizing your tasks and goals that you plant the seeds of your future and give yourself the opportunity to flourish and grow.”
I love this small paragraph–it succinctly states the mission of the company and it explains why paper planners are still important tools. As you can see, they stick to the theme of “bloom,” to the point where it is defined in the first pages of the planner:
“bloom (v.) – To grow or flourish with youth and vigor. To shine or glow.”
I know that bloom has been around for quite a while–I even remember buying a planner from them on Amazon for my little cousin when she was in college a couple of years ago. But I could not find anywhere on their website the date for when they launched! Either way, they offer a huge selection of planners. They have academic and calendar-year planners with around 30 cover options to choose from. They have small soft cover planners (6″ wide (with binding) x 8.25″ tall x .4″ thick, 10 oz.) for $15.95, hardbound versions (6″ wide (with binding) x 8.25″ tall x .6″ thick, 12.7 oz.) for $19.95, and vision planners with a little more content (7.5″ wide x 9″ tall, 1 lb 2oz) for $24.95. bloom also carries multiple types of planners, from academic year, calendar year, vision planners, undated teacher planners, wedding planners, and more.
I will be reviewing the 2017-2018 bloom planner, softcover.
bloom planners are weekly planners (despite the company name of “bloom daily planner”) in a horizontal layout. There is a lot of room on the page to write down school assignments, notes for each day, a list of To-Dos, reminders, etc. The lined spaces provide flexibility and function. I found that the space adjacent to each number (in pink) is great for writing big reminders for the day. Each weekly spread also includes the month and year at the top right, as well as a mini monthly overview. Sometimes there are questions, messages, or challenges dappled into the weekly layout, as well.
bloom planners also include monthly spreads on two pages. Major holidays and important dates are flagged in pink (check out the cute detailing for September 22, the first day of Fall!). There is also a section for Monthly Goals and Notes, and a tiny month-at-a-glance for the month preceding the current month and the month following it. The monthly pages are bright, pink, and cheerful. Weekends are shaded in pink, as well. Each monthly spreads includes a motivational quip, like September’s “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
There are also several pages at the front of the bloom planner that cover things to do, class schedule, contacts (addresses & numbers), notes, and a vision board. There are several notes pages and things to do pages in the planner, ideal for jotting down quick notes, drafting your class schedule for the next term, or keeping a running to-do list of important tasks.
This planner is designed to be cute, portable, and feminine. The specific planner I have, the academic planner in the Vintage Floral pattern, has bright pink accents throughout. The paper is okay–nothing to write home on or about but it can handle a standard ballpoint pen. But you aren’t buying this planner for the quality of its paper–for $15 or less, this planner provides lots of content pages, portability, and an aesthetic statement. It’s a budget planner that still has personality, which isn’t always easy to find.
The planner’s coil is a strong coppery plastic (it feels like plastic, but it could be thin metal wiring coated in a thick plastic), but the quality increases with the hardcover version and the vision planner. The interior covers (front and back) have built-in pockets as well as year-at-a-glance calendars. Corners are rounded and the planner is thin enough to slip into your backpack, purse, or even on-the-go bag. Portability and lightness are part of this planner’s appeal. There are several different cover designs, but they all veer towards a cute, playful interior. This is not a Board meeting planner. This is a planner you pull out of your school bag to jot down the week’s homework or write in social engagements. It’s a fun, inexpensive option and is completely self-aware about it.
Honestly, this planner is best for students or moms who are trying to keep track of their children’s school schedules. The planner has a class list section, which is meant for tracking your weekly schedule and the time, class, professor, and room. There are four pages for you class schedule, which I appreciate. Not everyone is on a Semester system–for instance, I went to a university on the Quarter system, which has four terms instead of two.
This planner also includes a couple of contact sheets for jotting down group study information if you’re in college, or for keeping in touch with other parents involved in your kid’s playdates and sleepovers. It’s a great, inexpensive option for your child’s first planner. Someone could proudly tote this around in 5th grade, middle school, high school, and/or college. If you have a child who desperately wants their own planner but you’re worried about shelling out a lot of money for something that might get destroyed, try finding a bloom planner on Amazon. The multiple cover options allow you to choose an aesthetic that best fits your style.
I mocked up a weekly spread with my schedule in early August of 2017 to illustrate how someone might use the bloom planner:
I really like how the bloom planner has lots of space in its weekly layout. The planner maximizes space and provides tons of lines for writing out to-dos, schedules, reminders, etc. I also like the pink flag reminders in each monthly spread and the generous amount of things to do checklists and notes pages. The variety of cover options is great, as is the portability and size. This planner has an excellent price point, and if you are planning on a budget but still want some extras, look no further.
The bright pink interior just isn’t for me. I appreciate bloom’s dedication to a feminine, cheerful interior layout that corresponds with their pink daisy logo, really I do. I can get on board with a consistent aesthetic. But this planner simply doesn’t fit my needs–if I were in high school, however, I could see coveting this planner and using it for all my homework assignments. Also the name “bloom daily planner” confuses me, because it is a weekly planner.
There you have it! My review for the affordable & adorable bloom daily planner. Do you have a bloom planner? Are you a #bloomgirl? Leave a comment! 🙂