To My Soulmate // Father’s Day 2018

To my wonderfully wonderful, imperfect yet perfect, dreamy, unbelievably hilarious, partner in crime, soul mate, husband and baby daddy on Father’s Day 2018:

Together, four years ago we made that incredibly beautiful, witty, rambunctious toddler that “possesses immaculate executive leadership skills” (haha) and three years ago, we celebrated your first real Father’s Day after she finally arrived into this crazy family that we’ve created.

If there is one thing that I know amongst all of the madness that we’ve endured our entire lives, and for the past 5+ years that we’ve been married it’s this: You’re an incredible father. I knew you would be an incredible before we even talked about creating our sweet Sophia. I knew that I never had to worry about whether you’d “show up” for our future children. These days, in our generation, incredible fathers- active fathers– are *unfortunately* very rare to come across.

Luckily for me, you’re the complete package. You’re a wonderful husband and life partner- my best friend, my rock, my soulmate. Our marriage hasn’t always been easy- no marriage is- but I chose you to do life with. And I’ll choose you over and over. Without pause, without a doubt- in a heartbeat. I’ll keep choosing you. I’ll keep loving you- through all of the ups and downs. The highs and lows. Through all of the sweet laughter, love, and all of the chaos life throws our way.

Thank you for making me a mama- thank you for helping me create the most perfect little human that made us parents!

I absolutely adore you.

Always and forever, sweetheart!

Here are just a few of the *literally thousands* of pictures that I love of you and our princess for you to reminisce on your special day!

Happy Father’s Day, stud muffin! xx

Two Things That You Should Never Bring While Traveling // Diamond Rings and Diamond Earrings // Stella & Dot

Happy Tuesday, friends! We all know that diamonds are a girls best friend- and with that being said, traveling with your real diamond earrings and diamond rings are a big no-no for clumsy girls like me!

Do we all need a little recap of when Kim Kardashian lost her diamond earring in the ocean and Kourtney threw some major shade?

I hate the anxiety that traveling with my diamonds brings, so I avoid it at all costs! That’s where this stunner comes in!

SHOP | Stella & Dot // Elina Ring $39 // Similar Thumb Hole Cardigan

Sparkly faceted CZ crystals adorn this delicate yet stunning halo ring.

Product Details:

• Shiny Rhodium Finish

• Available in Sizes 5-9

And if you’re trying to avoid a major meltdown like Kim’s- These Sparkle Studs are EXACTLY what you’re needing!

SHOP | Stella & Dot // Sparkle Studs (GOLD, SILVER, SMOKEY) Only $19!!

These look like real 1.5 carat stunners and feature CZ studs set in gold, silver, or smokey, have titanium posts and are only $19!

Product Details:

• Titanium posts with white bronze plating

• 1/4″ studs

• Feather weight

Stella & Dot’s Return Policy:

If you’re not absolutely delighted with your Stella & Dot purchase, you can return your item(s) (with FREE returns) for a refund or exchange within 90 days of purchase. We are happy to provide you a cash refund within 30 days and Store Credit within 90 days.

Where are you traveling this summer?!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

Traveling in Style: The Cutest Weekend Get Away Tote, Gym, Yoga, Beach, or Diaper Bag, etc- That You Need This Summer

Heading somewhere for a weekend getaway? Needing a new Travel Tote? Gym Bag? Yoga Bag? Diaper Bag? No matter what you’re needing a new bag for- Travel in Style with any of Stella & Dot’s Get Away Totes! They’re seriously the perfect travel companions! Y’all have seen me feature this beauty over and over again- because it’s JUST. THAT. GOOD!

The totes are available in multiple different super adorable prints, has an easy, wipeable material, and is convertible and expands in a zip for spontaneous shopping.

  • Measurements: 14 1/4″ Height (zipped) 19 1/4″ Height (unzipped) x 15 1/2″ Length x 8″ Depth x 8″ Strap Drop
  • Exterior: Woven fabric with vegan leather trim, front slit pocket, top zipper closure
  • Interior: Pocket with zip closure
  • Lining: Wipeable coral/white print lining
  • Hardware: 9k Plated Gold
  • 2 way versatility: Detachable & adjustable cross body strap included

I’ve used mine as a diaper bag, gym bag, yoga bag, beach bag, and it’s TSA Approved for flight travel! ✈️ Sophia and I are headed to warmer weather this weekend- sunny Florida, here we come! ✨ And of course, we’ll be traveling in style with this beauty!

SHOP: Stella & Dot: Click HERE for the Get Away Tote in Black/Cream Stripe (Pictured Above) OR Click HERE to shop/browse all prints and travel bags!

Don’t forget to add the matching pouf! They’re so adorable! I always like to have a smaller pouch for my larger bags to put smaller items in that I don’t want getting lost at the bottom of my totes. Something for my chapstick, lipsticks, make up, sunscreen, cash, cards, etc!

Happy Traveling, Friends!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

Enjoying our Spring Saturday // Garden, Icecream, Laughter, and a whole-lotta gorgeous North Carolina weather!

Saturday’s are for shopping (obviously) so today we did something we haven’t done yet in this town..

Those of y’all that know me personally or have been following along with me for a while now already know that I try to avoid shopping malls like the plague. For many reasons, but the main one being my anxiety skyrocketing from being around way too many random people at once- all pushing and shoving trying to find the “deals” that these big corporate stores are having that day- no thank you. I need my personal space and don’t enjoy strangers brushing up on me. However, since we couldn’t find these particular shades that Jeff was eyeing at another brick-and-mortar store, we knew the mall would surely have them- and they did.

I’m pretty sure this was also the first trip to the mall that Sophia will actually remember- and let me tell ya’, this girl was a fan! She loves shopping, (The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree there, friends!) she loves food, and she loved the big cookie she got for being such a good girl! (Any fellow mamas spoil the crap out of their kids if they don’t act a fool in public? I see you)

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We came home, got messy in our garden, played outside and then had more treats. This weather is too beautiful not to soak up every second!

One of the most beautiful things about being a parent is watching your children fall madly in love with the hobbies that you love. I absolutely adore that most of the hobbies Sophia has picked up on show her how to take care of things.

Gardening is a big hobby of mine that I believe teaches wonderful life lessons. With little eyes always watching, I believe it’s so important to bestow meaningful activities upon our children rather than the “norm” nowadays. (especially in this day in age)

We started last year when I wanted to dabble into a vegetable garden. She helped me plant the peppers and zucchini’s from seeds and she beamed from ear to ear when she saw them growing. After we planted the seeds, she watered them every single day and anticipated their growth. Life lesson learned: “In life, we have to take care of things if we want them to return the favor,” and also, “Don’t rush the process, good things take time. And sometime more time”

SHOP: SIMILAR BOWS (Also HERE & HERE & HERE) Her outfit was a gift from her auntie- but HERES another romper I’m loving)

I hope everyone has had the most fabulous Saturday like we have! How do you spend your Saturday’s? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

How I Support My Shopping Addiction: Part One | SWAGBUCKS

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