bloom planners Goodies Haul

I reviewed the bloom planner a few weeks ago and the wonderful ladies at bloom sent me a thank you package of goodies to review! It was my very first #HappyMail from a company interested in my reviews, and I am so grateful & thankful!

This review will be structured differently from my normal reviews because I am looking at multiple types of products and have already conducted a bloom planner review. I will be looking at each product individually and providing my opinion on it as well as suggesting ways to use it/who might be a good fit for it.

Let’s get into the goodies!

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My delightful package from bloom included:

bloom fashion weekly planners

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I won’t go too into detail about the planners–as I mentioned, I’ve done that here–but I did want to write about what makes these two bloom planners different from the Vintage Floral one that I reviewed previously.

After seeing these planners, I realized that there are multiple different color schemes inside these planners. The Vintage Floral planner that I reviewed had a magenta pink interior that was just a little bit too much for me, but the peach color of the rose gold stripes bloom planner is just lovely. The blue in the Fireworks planner is very nice as well–I actually gave this planner to my mother-in-law because she loves to plan out her weeks and I knew she would appreciate the Fireworks cover design (she’s very into Americana). 🙂

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I really like how bloom planners have carefully constructed varying color themes to match different covers. The rose gold stripe planner has a soft peach interior and a rose gold coil, while the Fireworks planner has a cornflower blue interior and a silver coil. I love these details! I am also a huge fan of the continuous spiral coil–I think it holds up much better than the Wire-O binding option.

I will definitely be tossing this little peachy beauty into my purse for on-the-go planning!

bloom belief cards

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The bloom belief cards come in a pack of 30 and include inspirational messages, sayings, and quotes in varied designs. These bright and happy pick-me-ups are great messages to include in your children’s/partner’s lunch bags, slip into a co-worker’s mailbox, send in a letter to a loved one, or attach to gifts.

I love love love that these cards have a nice space on the back with matching design elements where you can write a short note. The cards are glossy, so I recommend being careful about which pens you use to write on them. A fine tip Sharpie would work without any bleeding, or a felt-tip pen as long as it had time to dry.

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These cards are great for throwing into letters, cards, gift bags, or leaving for your favorite barista! They could also be left as a thank-you bookmark when returning a book lent by a friend. There is a lot of potential for how to use these little cards to practice gratitude.

Why You’ll Bloom Gift Book

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This sweet little booklet measures 4-1⁄2” x 3-1⁄4” and is hardbound. The pages flip easily and have pretty thick paper. The pages on the left are numbered in a fancy script font and cycle through aqua greens and pinks. I like the simplicity of the statements that you fill in, too. This booklet was definitely designed to be a visual keepsake.

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I really like that this little book is so small. It would be easy to carry with your gift-ee for a quick pick-me-up or to keep in a nightstand or work desk. It’s also a very sweet idea and lets you practice gratitude and share your appreciation for someone special in your life. I love leaving little notes like this around for my husband to find–they always brighten his day and make him feel like I am spending effort and attention on bolstering him up a bit (which I absolutely am!). This booklet is a cute way to do something like that, with a beautiful pastel color palette.

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This little booklet would be an excellent addition to a birthday/Christmas gift for a bestie, or Mother’s Day gift for mom. I can see dropping this in a gift bag, leaving it in a Christmas stocking (‘Tis the season!), or including it with a birthday card to someone you love. Have a friend or family member going through a rough time? Give them one of these in support to help lift them up in a time or hardship. Honestly, gratitude is a year-round practice, so there isn’t a wrong time or reason to let someone know that you care about them.

I do think that the $9.95 price tag is a little high for what you get–I would expect more like $5.95 or $7.95 for the size of the booklet.

Holiday Planner Sticker Sheets

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I love that these stickers are organized by month. It reinforces the seasonality of the sticker collection and guides you in using them. These stickers are hand-drawn and slightly glossy. There is an assortment of square boxes that say things like “relax” or “love is in the air”, tiny flag stickers with notes like “Spring break” and “Lucky Day”, script stickers saying things like “Carpe Diem” and “hello June”, themed banners, and lots of hand-drawn options. I think the size of these stickers is great, and I love the art! I’m going to use these stickers in my rose gold stripe bloom planner and report back on Instagram how I feel about the spreads. 🙂

The one thing that confuses me is that there are stickers delineating the month. While I like this for organizational purposes, I am not sure where one is supposed to place the month stickers in the planner, because the months are already written in.

These stickers are perfect for the beginner who wants to start decorating their planner but is overwhelmed by the sticker options out there. This set gives you a monthly section of stickers to use and makes it easy to get into the sticker game!

Mouse Pad in “Poppy Picnic”

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This mousepad is bright and cheerful and easily the first thing you might spot on a desk when glancing over at it. The shape is cute and would actually fit pretty well in a limited space–if you have a super small desk area, for example. I’m happy with how thick this mousepad is and how it didn’t overwhelm me with chemical smell (sometimes mousepads do that). Currently, this is the only pattern available on the bloom website. It isn’t my favorite–it’s just a little too bright for me and the orange/pink combo isn’t my jam. But it is definitely a cute mousepad for the right person!

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My only critique of this product is that the shape–although super cute–is a little awkward for actually using a mouse on. If it were bigger, then the shape cut-out would make more sense because it wouldn’t be taking away from the space that the mousepad could be providing, well, the mouse.


I hope you enjoyed my review of these bloom products–the customer service team over at bloom is super sweet and I appreciate their kindness in sending me these products to review! The bloom team is always on the look-out for feedback about their products, which is a fantastic quality in a company. I believe in the importance of evaluation and am a bit of a nerd about it (can’t you tell from my blog where I am literally evaluating planners? ;P), so I’m always excited to see companies taking feedback and comments seriously. Snaps for bloom!

Any questions for me? Leave them in the comments!

xo
Ara

 

bloom daily planner

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.

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bloom’s vision board, from their website: https://bloomplanners.com/pages/whatisbloom

I will be reviewing the 2017-2018 bloom planner, softcover.

Function

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.

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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.”

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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.

 

Aesthetics/Design

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.

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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.

Fit

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.

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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:

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Mock-up of my schedule during the first week of August.

Loves

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.

Nopes

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! 🙂

xo
Ara