Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Prego Planner Review - and a Giveaway!

***This giveaway is CLOSED***
The winner is: *Mirage* (confirmed)


As you may know if you have been reading along, DH and I have been trying to start a family for a while now. The first time I was pregnant, I was using a pregnancy planner that I picked up at a major chain of bookstores. There were about three options, all ugly, none with the kind of customizable format I was looking for. I used it, but I wasn’t happy with it. (You might remember my complaints about it here.) It was downright embarrassing to pull that ugly beast out at my midwife appointments. The second time, of course, didn’t get far enough to use a planner.

Next time – hopefully in the near future – I will be using the Prego Planner. I was lucky enough to win one over at Jo-Jo’s Place, and as soon as I saw it I knew this was what I’d been looking for.

The Prego Planner is not only stylish (I picked the zebra design – love it!), but functional as well. It has lots of room to write, tabs keep you organized, and I really love that because it’s a binder format, I can add my own pages. If I run out of room to write, no problem. If I want to add anything random – like an extra sleeve for ultrasound pictures or documents (it comes with one sleeve already), or, as we get ready for pregnancy #3, charting pages – no problem.

The planner already contains a lot of useful pages. There is a 12-month calendar that you can write your own dates in. Pages for your important contact information (from your health care practitioner to the people you want to call once the baby is born!), as well as a place to write your questions for your next appointment. Lots of checklists and even a gift list so you don’t forget to send your thank-you notes. The tabs make it easy to flip to the section you need.

What I really like is how customizable it is (and did I mention, not ugly?!). At 7.5x9”, it will fit in my handbag. It’s not irritatingly cutesy – it is designed for women, not children. It has lovely quotations from mothers at the beginning of each section. I can’t wait to use it!

The Prego Planner is available online, of course, as well as in a ton of stores in the US. Lucky for us Canadians, they have just begun distribution in Canada! You can now buy the Prego Planner at these stores:

Springy's, at 1048 Barton Street East in Hamilton, Ontario
Bloom Maternity at 4937B Sherbrooke Street west in Westmount, Quebec
Rolz and Sassy at 791 Queen Street East in Kincardine, Ontario
Bug and Blossom at West Market Square at 509-1851 Sirocco Drive S.W. in Calgary, Alberta
Blossom Maternity at 112 Wyndham Street North in Guelph, Ontario
My Bump at 944 Kingston Road in Toronto, Ontario

For the most up to date info on the Prego Planner (including events, reviews and giveaways of this great planner from around the web), become a fan on Facebook (search "Prego Planner").

Heather – the mother behind it all – has been generous enough to offer one of my readers a Prego Planner of her own! Whether you are planning for a baby, pregnant, or know someone who is expecting, this would make a welcome gift for those mothers-to-be.

(No, that's not Heather in the photo - it's yours truly - excuse the still wet hair and poor quality! I wanted to give a better sense of the size and how it looks in real life!)

The giveaway: A Prego Planner of the winner’s choice.

How to enter:
Visit Braelyn Bounty Bug, and tell me which planner you would choose, OR something you learned from the website. Please be sure to include your email if it’s not public in your blogger profile!

Extra entries (leave an extra comment for each):

  • Follow Braelyn Bounty Bug on Twitter (@BountyBug)
  • Follow my blog (publicly) – 2 entries, leave 2 comments
  • Add my blog button to your blog - leave the URL
  • Blog about this giveaway, linking back to this post and to the Prego Planner website – 2 entries, leave 2 comments
  • Let me know - would this be something you'll use yourself, or will you give it to someone lucky that you know who's expecting!
Eligibility: Open to US and Canadian residents.
Ends: January 19th at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be emailed and announced on this post and a separate post on my blog. If I don't hear back within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

This review was based on a product that I received as a prize from another blog. No payment was made for this review. Prize will be shipped directly from the sponsor.

127 comments:

  1. What a GREAT gift for an expectant mother! A good friend of mine who threw me a baby shower is now 'trying'. I wish I had one of these while I was pregnant - this would be a wonderful gift for her!

    I would choode "Dressy" for her.

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

    arctic_teacher(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  2. ENTRY #1 - I am a public Follower of your Blog

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  3. ENTRY #2 - I am a public Follower of your Blog

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  4. I have your button on my blog:
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  5. I amswered this in my first comment, but this would be a gift for a good friend (unless my husband agrees to another little one ;) and then I would keep it for myself!)

    arctic_teacher(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  6. I would have to choose the Brown Prego Planner.
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  7. I would be giving this book away as a gift, as my baby days are long over. lol.

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  8. I am now following Bounty Bug on Twitter

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  9. This will come in handy as I start a family....I'm hoping really soon.... (crossing my fingers)
    I really like the Zebra. amerskine@hotmail.com

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  10. I would choose the brown:) This would be great to give as a gift to my friend who just learned she is expecting:) Please enter me. Thanks!!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  11. I became a follower of your blog:) #1

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  12. And I already told you in the first comment but I will tell again for another entry:) Would love to give this to a friend who just found out she is expecting.

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  13. id get the zebra!!
    heidilynndonahue@gmail.com

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  14. i would keep it for myself, since i am pregnant :)
    heidilynndonahue@gmail.com

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  15. I really like the Zebra one. This would come in handy when we start trying for our boy.

    ladybugmamaof2 at hotmail dot com

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  16. I follow Braelyn Bounty Bug on twitter.

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  17. I follow you blog.

    ladybugmamaof2 at hotmail dot com

    #1

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  18. I follow your blog.

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  19. I would definitely keep this for myself since I want to start trying for a boy soon.

    ladybugmamaof2 at hotmail dot com

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  20. I have your button on my blog. ladybugmamaof2.blogspot.com

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  21. I like the prego planner in brown!
    onepilgrim86[at]yahoo.com

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  22. I'm a follower! #1
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  23. Follower #2
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  25. I like the Zebra!
    cassandra@aubut.net

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  26. What great product! I would choose dressy and give it to my sister who just found out she was pregnant!

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  27. follow your blog !
    cassandra@aubut.net

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  28. I just found out I am expecting yesterday- so this would be for me!
    cassandra@aubut.net

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  29. I like the Zebra print!
    rbjj32825[at]lycos[dot]com

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  30. I like the Zebra print.
    Hoping that third time is a charm for us. Keep your fingers crossed.
    (Also loved all the checklists! I'm a little OCD)
    ahartup at yahoo dot com

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  31. I like the zebra print! We are pregnant with # 2 now - best of luck to you!

    petersterrimarie@yahoo.com

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  32. I signed up to follow your blog - entry # 1!

    petersterrimarie@yahoo.com

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  33. I signed up to follow your blog - entry # 2!

    petersterrimarie@yahoo.com

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  34. I'd keep this for myself, as I am pregnant right now with #2!

    petersterrimarie@yahoo.com

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  35. I would choose the Zebra planner.

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  36. I follow Braelyn Bounty Bug on Twitter (@jkgorcery)

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  37. I would be giving this to a very speical friend who just told be they are expecting!

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  38. I would definately choose the "Dressy" Preggo Planner!

    froggy_luver at hotmail dot com

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  39. This is something I've been looking for too. The Dressy Preggo Planner is a very sweet design. I wish I could wear blue heels while pregnant and not fall over!
    cbeargie AT yahoo.com

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  40. Following your blog as sunnymum. 1

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  41. Following your blog as sunnymum. 2

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  42. I'd love to keep it for myself if I win, but my friend just found out she's expecting her first, so I would give it to her.

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  43. How wonderful!! I've been looking for something like this! I've been hoping for another little one and finally got some good news from a little white stick YESTERDAY!
    I would like the Brown one if I win! Thanks for the chance! mamamirage at yahoo dot com

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  44. Madwoman-doing-cartwheelsJanuary 10, 2010 at 5:19 AM

    My choice would be "Dressy" as I think it is feminine and pretty!

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  45. Madwoman-doing-cartwheelsJanuary 10, 2010 at 5:21 AM

    Following you publicly on GFC (Ally)

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  46. Madwoman-doing-cartwheelsJanuary 10, 2010 at 5:22 AM

    Following you publicly on GFC (Ally)

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  47. Madwoman-doing-cartwheelsJanuary 10, 2010 at 5:23 AM

    This would be a gift for my sister who is just starting her pregnancy!

    rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

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  48. I love the dressy preggo planner! It's adorable!

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  49. I follow @bountybug on Twitter. curlyq776

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  50. Your button is on my blog. http://giveawaysforyou.blogspot.com/

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  51. This would be something I would use. I am hoping to start TTC this year and would love to have this planner!

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  52. Call me original - I love the classicness of the brown one. Thanks for the chance! :)

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  53. I'm following @BountyBug on twitter. I am @ihchicky.

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  54. I would use this for myself (one day) :)

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  55. Your blog button onw appears on my blog: http://www.everythingupclose.com/. You can locate it on the 2nd scrolling sidebar (left).

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  56. I too like the zebra pattern!
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  57. I follow you publicly #1
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  58. I follow you publicly #2
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  59. I added your button to my blog: http://copingwithfrugality.blogspot.com/
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  60. This is something I would use myself. We are expecting our first child. I have been using one of the ugly and not that useful journals right now but I would love to transfer everything into this one!! :)
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  61. I'd choose the Brown, just incase it turns out to be a boy! hehe

    Anna
    perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

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  62. I would def. keep this giveaway! We were so young and unprepared for our daughter, our next child I really want to be able to pass along more to them as they grow from their childhood!

    Anna
    perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

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  63. Follow Bounty Bug on Twitter-@tally2525
    cassandra@aubut.net

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  64. Love the Zebra or the Brown.

    thanks!

    addeviant006 at gmail dot com

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  65. I love the zebra planner.
    veniceangel@hotmail.com

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  66. I follow bountybug on twitter under childrensnook.
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  67. the zebra mverno@roadunner.com

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  68. I would choose the Dressy. I love the design and the colors.

    SamneneD@aol.com

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  69. the zebra style would be perfect for a sweet and animal-lover mom-to-be!

    pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

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  70. Prego planner in dressy is my favorite.

    jenndiggy at gmail dot com

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  71. This would be for a friend of mine. She just found out she's pregnant and with a six year old and a four year old I'm sure she can use all the planning she can get!

    jenndiggy at gmail dot com

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  72. I would pick the dressy one, because it's so bright, it would be easy to find! jill dot shoemaker at gmail dot com

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  73. My friend is pregnant right now, so I'd send it to her! jill dot shoemaker at gmail dot com

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  74. i'd get the brown

    autumn398 @ yahoo.com

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  75. The Zebra is awesome. Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  76. I would choose the prego planner in zebra. :)

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

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  77. I would choose the Dressy Prego Planner!
    livlifelov at yahoo dot com

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  78. I follow Braelyn Bounty Bug on Twitter - PieceOfMeBlog
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  79. I would pick the Dressy Prego calendar( actully I would get the animal print one; but this is going to be a gift to my sister who is just about 5 hours prego and she would like the Dressy one. )

    kelleythejewelrylady (at ) yahoo (dot) com

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  80. This is going to be for my little sister =)
    Thanks for the contest.


    kelleythejewelryldy (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  81. I actually really love the brown one!

    What a great contest - thanks for posting!

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  82. I like the zebra design as well, but I think it's nice that they have the plain neutral brown. colorfulcarla@ gmail.com

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  83. I would love to have the brown planner
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  84. I would pick the Zebra. Thanks!

    egreca at hotmail dot com

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  85. I would pick the "Dressy" Preggo Planner. Thanks for the chance.

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  86. This is awesome! My husband and I are trying for our first baby and this would come in handy. I love hte zebra print.
    eod_army_wife04(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  87. Hi There,
    Thanks so much for posting such a great giveaway. I love the Preggo Planner in Zebra.
    Just got my BFP yesterday!

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  88. I would choose brown.

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  89. i would give this to someone as I'm not pregnant nor will I be anytime soon but I know a few girls that are pregnant now and more are sure to come.

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  90. I like the Prego Planner, with my favorite colour being brown. I looks so professional, I would definitely buy it.

    divaqueen99@hotmail.com

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  91. I would give this to my stepdaughter that is pregnant. She love to organize and would love something like this.

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  92. I would choode "Dressy" for her.
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  93. I love the brown Dressy one! My son & daughter in law are "trying" She is the planner-type of person...me I just went with the flow.
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  94. I would pick the zebra print planner. I could totally use this right now!
    loveandmarriageblog@gmail.com

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  95. dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
    i would choose the zebra version

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  96. dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
    i would give this to my cousin who is expecting

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  97. dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
    i follow you
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  98. dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
    i follow you
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  99. I am expecting baby #3 would love to win I would pick the brown thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  100. i would pick the dressy planner :)

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  101. my baby days are done but i would give this to a friend :)

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  102. I'd give this to my sister-in-law, she's pregnant just now and could do with a planner!

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  103. I would use this myself as I'm 10 weeks pregnant:)

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