How I Support My Shopping Addiction: Part One // (basically on the free, y’all)

So today I wanted to share with y’all one of the major ways I support my shopping addiction. I don’t know if you’ve heard or noticed- but it’s real, y’all. And even with two businesses, I don’t make NEARLY enough to support it. (insert sigh here)

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Maybe you’re reading this post because, like me, you need a little extra cash here and there to support that Shopping Addiction. Or your husband/spouse is cutting your credit cards up, or you spend $250 a month on Starbucks so you just need to pay for your coffee each morning basically on the free– whatever your reason, this is the app you need!

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A few years ago I had to get SUPER creative on how I was going to get a little extra cash here and there to fund my *expensive* habit and stumbled upon this little gem called Swagbucks.

The SwagBucks app is one of the best, legitimate survey apps out there! I’ve earned HUNDREDS of dollars over these past few years, not even actively doing it like some people do. (I can’t even imagine how much I could have earned if I wouldn’t have taken so much time off) 

So basically how SwagBucks works: (I’m not going to go into full detail on each way to earn because most of them are self explanatory. I’m just highlighting the ones that I use frequently!)

  1. SHOP ONLINE AND GET CASH BACK
  2. PRINT & REDEEM GROCERY COUPONS
  3. SURVEYS
  4. SEARCH
  5. WATCH VIDEOS
  6. PLAY GAMES 

 

SHOP AND GET CASH BACK: What the whaaaat?! Okay soooo yesterday, I know. But a few years ago when I started Swagbucks there weren’t nearly as many cash back apps out there as there are now. However, even now I’ve scoped through most of these new-kid-on-the-block apps to see if the amount of cash back is greater or comparable to Swagbucks; and, to my personal delight, I’ve noticed Swagbucks is still on top *for the majority of them* I’ve seen them as high as 16SB (Swag Bucks) per $1 spent.

So, Example: Let’s say you’re doing a little online retail therapy at Target. If they’re offering 10 SB per $1 spent, you go ahead and spend $100 on those super cute textiles you found and essentially get $10 back- just for shopping through the app! Stack those on top of Target’s already fab deals- look at you go! You’re officially a saving money queen. Your husband/spouse will thank you later. Believe me!

But if Target’s not your thing (not judging, but we can’t be friends anymore) don’t worry! There are LITERALLY hundreds (maybe thousands at this point?) of stores to choose from. Some of my favorites include Old Navy (because I heart Old Navy and they always offer high SB back per dollar spent) NordstromRack, Personal Creations, Walmart, JC Penny, Lowes, Home Depot- Even food joints to traveling sites like expedia, IHG, etc!

Even if you only join SwagBucks to shop online- DO IT! I’m so serious. Why wouldn’t you want to get free money back?

 

PRINT AND REDEEM COUPONS: Yo- we all know by now I’m the queen of deals and I wouldn’t call myself a craaaazy coupon lady but you better believe if I find a one for pull ups laying on the side of the road (totally being dramatic) I’m going to snatch it up and use it! Because we ain’t rich, and even if we were- I’m all about saving a dollar. (And now I’ve shifted to sassy…)

So the coupons are a little hidden so I’m going to walk you through it.

  1. Go to the section that says “SHOP” (It’s also the same place you’ll find stores to shop at online and get SB back per dollar spent!)
  2. Click “Grocery Coupons” (there’s also an “ONLINE COUPONS” option for codes to use while shopping online)
  3. Ba-da-bing! Just click on each coupon you want to print out and use and when you redeem them at your grocery store NOT ONLY will you get the cash money off of your grocery bill BUT you’ll also get 10 SB added to your account!

    NOTE: This takes a little more time than answering surveys- but any cash back is cash back, am I right?!) Plus- let’s say you start redeeming coupons left and right. All of a sudden your account is going to get hit with potentially hundreds of SwagBucks daily!

 

SURVEYS: So, let’s now talk about taking surveys. Most offer anywhere from 25-150 Swagbucks for 10-20 minutes of your time. The average payout for answering a small series of questions is 75-100 SB’s, which is equivalent to 75 cents-$1. They’re super easy to fill out and the questions are generally simple: Which do you like more, Diet Coke or Coke? How many times have you grocery shopped this month? Which stores do you prefer to buy your vitamins at? You get the idea. You won’t qualify for each panel but you can usually earn about $5 for 30 minutes of work. (That’s $10 an hour if you keep it up..)

This definitely isn’t a “get rich quick” scheme and won’t replace your full-time job BUT If you earn 100-500 SB a day, that’s $30-$150 a month that you can either cash out on or redeem for gift cards! I mainly redeem my gift cards to restaurants, Starbucks, Sephora, TJ Maxx, Old Navy and MasterCard Gift Cards, but there are HUNDREDS to choose from! Ranging from as low as $5 gift cards to $100+ gift cards!

 

FOR JOINING THROUGH MY LINK:
Sign Up for SwagBucks Here and you’ll get an additional 300 SB ($3) when you earn your first 300 SB (or $3) (Yaaaaasssss, Hunny!)

 

Let me know in the comments your favorite ways to earn on Swagbucks!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

 

2018 Spring Accessories That You Need Now // Marble, Vintage Gold, Coin Necklaces // Stella & Dot

Without further ado, here are my top Stella & Dot Spring pieces that I truly believe you NEED NOW. For real, just trust me on this one. These pieces go with everything- any spring outfit you can think of, these are it. Absolute accessories wardrobe staples!

I want to start out by saying that I am IN LOVE with the latest layering coins trend. This gorgeous Stella & Dot piece is Inspired by found treasures across the globe and is Versatile, meaning it can be worn 3 ways- all together or each strand can be worn separately.

Details:

• Vintage Gold Finish

• 15”, 18 ½”, 30” with 3” Extender

• Lobster Clasp Closure

Stella & DotDez Layered Necklace

 

Moving right along to my absolute favorite bracelets with a meaning behind them: The Anda Intention Bracelets for Strength and Courage.

 Stella & DotAnda Intention Bracelets (Strength & Courage)

I’m obsessed with these beauties because not only are they super adorable, with neural tones making them perfect for any spring outfit- but they go with everything and have a beautiful meaning behind them. One symbolizes strength while the other symbolizes courage. Two reminders I think all of us need on a daily basis.

And lastly, the Vintage Gold Nicholette Stretch Bracelet:

Stella & Dot // Nicholette Stretch Bracelet

Textured vintage gold beads in varying sizes with the ease of a stretch bracelet. Wear this bracelet solo or stack it up with other bracelets!

Details:

• Vintage Gold Finish

• 2” Diameter

• Fits SM-LG Wrists

Here are a few of my favorite stacks with these beauties featured:

Also pictured in these stacks: Stella & DotRENEGADE CLUSTER BRACELET (GOLD & SILVER)

You’ve seen me feature these Marbled & Vintage Gold gems a thousand times already, and you’ll see them a thousand more times. I wasn’t kidding when I said they’d be on REPEAT this season. They go with everything & if you’ve been eyeing them get them before they’re gone! I’ve attached direct links below each picture.

Happy Hump Day, Gorgeous!
xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

A Snowy Day in North Carolina: Part Two

When we first moved here, our wonderful neighbor told us that it rarely ever snows. This is the second snowfall of the season so I’m thinking Mother Nature showed up to impress this little girl and fill her (and her pup) with pure joy! Full disclosure, we couldn’t find any of her hats so we had to throw one of Jeff’s on her.. Haha! You gotta do what you gotta do sometimes!

// GLOVES // SIMILAR JACKET #1 // MOTO PANTS //

I’m also super obsessed with these Jackets: // STYLE 1 // STYLE 2 // STYLE 3 //

// SIMILAR SUEDE BOOTS //

I’m obsessed with this leather jacket for so many reasons, but the main one would probably be the fact that I can just wipe it clean and messes come right off! All of my mamas with toddlers know exactly why that’s so important! These suede boots are the same- give them a good wipe and they’re good as new! Moral of the story: Faux Suede and Leather are great materials for kids clothing!

Our boy has loved the snow ever since we lived in Upstate NY at Ft. Drum- it’s a little less than he’d like, but he’s happy! His favorite thing to do is catch snowballs. I can’t lie, it’s probably one of the funniest things that I’ve ever seen.

We hope all of our fellow North Carolina friends and family have enjoyed their snow day too!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

Number One: Introduction

Hey there, good lookin’!

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SHOP MY: DISC NECKLACE  (also available in Silver & Rose Gold) // ROMPER // MASCARA

For my first blog post, I decided that I’m going to do a little introduction of myself and my little family! This is going to be a long one- and I’m sure that I’ll probably forget to add like 90 things but here we go.

Facts about me that I won’t dive too deeply into yet (you’re welcome haha)

  • I was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • I’m the youngest of 6 kids. ” Whaaaaaat?” I know, I know. 3 of us were “oh-crap” babies, but my mama says we’re the best uh-oh’s of her life. (Sappy, I know but it makes my heart warm) While we’re on the subject of my mama: I’m 150% the BIGGEST mama’s girl, probably ever. She’s my absolute best friend, my support system, and she loved me through all of those terrible teenage years- even though I was *literally* THE WORST! *insert eye roll* No, really. I was awful.
  • I’m an artistic person.
  • I’m outgoing and a “people-person” (for the most part- some people just suck & I avoid those types of people like the plague)
  • I’m an old soul
  • I have a really hard time hiding my emotions.
  • I always tell the truth. (I’m probably the worst liar in the world..)
  • I’m not afraid to speak what’s on my mind.
  • I’m incredibly sensitive, but *thankfully* the industry that I’m in has thickened my skin (a little bit..)

When I was a ripe young 20 years of age I met the man of my dreams and married him- wait for it- 2 MONTHS LATER! The hilarious part? We didn’t tell anyone. (Sorry, mama) I’ll do a blog post all about this in the future because it really is hilarious, raw, non traditional, and super nuts; Just like my stud and I! (Life’s always better with a side of crazy)

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SHOP: MY SUNGLASSES (similar style under $80) // JEFF’S SUNGLASSES (great Valentine’s Day gift!!) // JEFF’S POLO *ON SALE*

We’ve been happily married for a month shy of 5 years now and have moved all over- we’ve lived in Texas, Georgia, Upstate New York, (then I went home to Florida while Jeff went on rotation to Korea) and now we’re sittin’ pretty in North Carolina!

Together Jeff & I have created a beautiful little family. Charlie (Our Fur Baby) is a 4-year-old, handsome, rambunctious, I-don’t-play-by-the-rules, too-smart-for-his-own-good black lab mix. If you’ve seen Marley & Me, he’s Marley to the T. (If you haven’t, just know I’m judging you until you watch it!)

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And then came our beautiful, full of life, strong-willed (Lord help me) little princess, Sophia, who is actually not-so-little anymore. Sophia will be 3 YEARS OLD in April. (Where does the time go?!) Watching her grow has been and is one of the greatest blessings. She’s hilarious, so sweet, knows what she wants when she wants it, (got those qualities from me) and is incredibly smart (definitely did not get that from me- I can own it)

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SHOP SOPHIA’S:JACKET // GLOVES // SIMILAR CAR

I’ve always had a passion for fashion, design, accessories, make-up, beauty, skin care, home decor, cooking, baking, and even cleaning (I’m one of those odd people who stress cleans)

About my Career Journey: (this will be a longer blog post in the future) I started out as a Stylist for Stella & Dot and fell in love with accessories and network marketing. Before Stella & Dot I never really added any sort of accessories to my outfits (and man-oh-man, big no no!) An outfit without accessories is like a cupcake without frosting- it just doesn’t work! Really, it doesn’t. After dipping my toes into network marketing I decided that I wanted to finally achieve my life-long dream of owning my own clothing boutique, and I saved up all of my commission from Stella & Dot and started what is now known as Sophia Ann Boutique! Let me tell ya, blood sweat and tears has gone into this business but I am OBSESSED with it and wouldn’t have it any other way! Empowering women daily is what I strive for!

I hope you love reading my blog as much as I love writing and sharing with y’all!

Please feel free to comment below if you have any specific questions for me, or if you would like to request specific future blog post topics!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

SNOW DAY IN NORTH CAROLINA

If you’re on the east coast like we are- you already know we got hit with some serious cold weather last week! East coast states all the way down to Florida felt the bitter cold arctic temps and even saw some snow! It actually snowed in my hometown- Tallahassee, Florida for the first time in almost 30 years!

When Sophia was born we lived in Upstate New York at Fort Drum (talk about FREEZING cold, y’all. This Florida gal couldn’t hang) and we moved back to Florida for a year while Jeff was on rotation in Korea. She was only a year old so she didn’t remember ever seeing snow. Needless to say, seeing her face when she felt that cold fluff for the *sort of* first time was magical for Jeff and I!

I did my best to capture the cuteness for y’all- but it was short lived because she was EVERYWHERE! For those who are interested: The links to her outfit are posted below!

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SHOP SOPHIA’S:

COZY PULLOVER SWEATER // LEATHER JACKET (similar style) // SILVER SPARKLE BOOTS These boots are SO CUTE and sparkly! They have ribbons for laces, a grey velvet exterior, and the snow is covering the glitter on the toe caps but trust me on this one- every little girl needs a pair of these!

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