Welcome, Sweet Friends!

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Welcome to all of our new fans!  We are so glad you are here!  Did you know you have already earned coupons just for liking our Facebook page?  If you share our Facebook page, we’ll sweeten our coupon and double it!  Contact us via a message on Facebook or through our Contact Us page and we’ll respond with your coupon codes!

Don’t forget to sign up for our Sweetmail, too!  Our Sweetmail subscribers learn about our new products first and receive exclusive discounts!  You can sign up by visiting our Contact Us page on our website.

We have a lot of exciting things in store for Sweet Melissa’s over the next couple of months!  We are thrilled to announce that we will be introducing two new soy scented candle Collections at the start of the Fall, our favorite time of year!  Autumn is a wonderful time to light new candles and add warmth and sweet fragrances to your home.  Stay tuned over the next month as we will also be making a BIG, exciting announcement about the future of Sweet Melissa’s!

If you are a new, sweet friend and haven’t yet had the chance to see our Signature Collection, please Visit the Candle Shop at www.sweetmelissasfragrancefactory.com.  Our Open House, Sweet Virginia Breeze, and Little Fingers and Little Toes candles are perfect for everyone on your birthday and new baby gift lists, or for your own wish list!  Open House has become a hit with some of our realtor friends as it combines clean linen, fresh flower, and warm chocolate chip cookie fragrances, a combination not yet done before!  Our Little Fingers and Little Toes candle has warmed the hearts of many moms, grandmas, and expecting mommies, and we’ve received wonderful feedback about the memories and sweet moments our Little Fingers and Little Toes candle has contributed to.  Our Sweet Virginia Breeze candle showcases all things Virginia, and reminds us of the sweet things we love about our home state – the mountains, the Chesapeake Bay, and all of the beautiful land in between.  We’ve received wonderful feedback about Sweet Virginia Breeze from several of our sweet Virginia neighbors.  Thank you to each of who has made a purchase from Sweet Melissa’s!  We sincerely appreciate your business and continue to wishing you many hours of Sweet Fragrances and Beautiful Light.

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If you have just found us, you may be wondering what makes our candles different?  Our candles combine sweet fragrances never before showcased together and emit beautiful, warm light.  They are designed to remind you of people, places, and things you love.  Sweet Melissa’s candles are made with American-made products as well as a high-quality soy wax blend hand poured in America’s heartland.  Sweet Melissa’s candles feature a unique two-wick system which is proven to provide a cleaner, brighter, and more efficient burn.  There will be no wax left in the bottom of your jar!  Our candles are guaranteed to provide many hours of sweet fragrances and beautiful light!

A purchase from Sweet Melissa’s means you support the environment and America’s hardworking soybean farmers!  It also means supporting companies who use American-made products.  In addition, we donate $.05 of each Signature Collection candle purchase to each of four non-profit organizations each quarter.  Our non-profit organizations are chosen by our sweet fans each quarter, as we want to donate to organizations important to YOU.  You can learn more about our Community Involvement Program here.

Thank you all for taking the time to visit Sweet Melissa’s Fragrance Factory, home of Sweet Fragrances and Beautiful Light!  We are America’s Sweetest Scented Candle Brand, and you all are friends to us!  Take care sweet friends!

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If you are a retail store owner interested in adding our candles to your store’s inventory, please contact us today at melissa@sweetmelissasfragrancefactory.com.  We are advertising in several online and print mediums and will advertise your store for free!  We are excited to announce that we will be featured in Virginia Living Magazine in September and would love to promote your store!

Please also check out our Sweet Sponsor Program!  We provide reciprocal advertising to all of our sweet sponsors for free in appreciation for your support!

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To all of our Sweet Fans and Customers, stay up-to-date with the very latest from Sweet Melissa’s, including our sweet family, adventures, and opportunities to earn coupons for candle purchases by visiting us on the following Social Media sites:  Facebook., Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!  Thank you so kindly for reading Sweet Words!  We sincerely appreciate the time you spent here!  Have a sweet day!

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Sweet Sponsor Spotlight – Salon Yorya

Friends, welcome to Sweet Sponsor Spotlight!

What is our Sweet Sponsor Spotlight?  If I had to pinpoint one of the most important things I’ve learned in my ten years as a marketing professional, it would have to be the power of word of mouth advertising.  It is incredibly valuable and meaningful, and the foundation that small business owners are built upon.

I believe in supporting fellow business owners who are doing great things.  I believe in the power of reciprocal advertising and all of its benefits.  Small businesses are the heartbeat of America.  I have known many small business owners during my life, and they are some of the most down-to-earth and hardest working individuals I have ever known.

Throughout the week, Sweet Melissa’s is honored to showcase organizations we believe in and who have taken the time to support us, and we ask that our sweet friends show our wonderful sponsors some love!

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Friends, please take a few moments to visit our sweet friends at Salon Yorya.

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Salon Yorya opened its doors in December 2006 and has become one of the premier salons serving Central Virginia.  We have had the pleasure of watching Salon Yorya’s owner, Georgene, grow her idea into a beautiful salon that offers a fantastic array of services.  From color, cut, and style, to pedicures and manicures, Salon Yorya offers services for all members of your family.

Salon Yorya’s atmosphere is beautiful, inviting, and relaxing.  I personally have been visiting Georgene at the Salon since it opened in 2006 and aside from being at home with my kids, it is my second favorite place to be.  I absolutely love the feeling I have when I walk into the salon.  I immediately begin to feel relaxed, refreshed, pampered, and happy, all at the same time!  Georgene and her talented staff have a passion for creating a wonderful atmosphere of relaxation, yet one that is inviting and makes you feel at home all at the same time.  In addition to catching up with Georgene and her staff, I absolutely LOVE having my hair washed after it is highlighted.  Georgene and her staff go the extra mile by providing relaxing head massages and deep conditioning treatments while shampooing your hair, and they are delightful.  Best.shampoo.ever!

Georgene has assembled a talented team of stylists who make your beauty their passion.  She and her staff are highly qualified and trained on all of the latest styling and color techniques.  Over the past seven years, I have received countless (and I mean countless!) compliments about my hair color and style and I owe it all to Georgene and Salon Yorya.

Ladies, I know you all know the feeling you have when you find a stylist who you can’t live without.  That is how I feel about Georgene and her entire staff at Salon Yorya.  They have become members of my family and have been with me through my wedding, pregnancies, career changes, and everything in between.  I have been highlighting my hair since I was sixteen, and had visited many salons before finding Georgene.  I had been to chain salons, expensive salons, you name it…  I have never and imagine I will never find a place like Salon Yorya.  I am pretty certain that even if I moved to the other side of Virginia, I would still drive several hours to visit Salon Yorya every eight weeks.

If you are in Central Virginia and looking for a new salon and a talented, friendly group of stylists who make your beauty their passion, I encourage you to visit my good friends at Salon Yorya.  You will realize your hair, nails, and body are in good hands the moment you walk through the door, and I guarantee that you will not regret your decision to try them out.

Contact them today at 804-796-5858 and speak with a guest coordinator to schedule your next appointment to be pampered.  Your hair, mind, body, and soul will thank you!

Please also visit them on Facebook today to stay up-to-date with the latest news from the Salon!

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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

~Maya Angelou

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**Business Owners, if you are interested in learning more about how to be featured in our free Sweet Sponsor Spotlight as well as on our Sweet Sponsors page on our site, please contact us at melissa@sweetmelissasfragrancefactory.com.

**Sweet Fans and Customers, To stay up-to-date with very latest from Sweet Melissa’s, including our sweet family, adventures, and to earn coupons for candle purchases, please join us on Facebook.  To see our products, please visit our store.  You can also find us on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!  Thank you so kindly for reading Sweet Words.  We sincerely appreciate the time you spent here.  Have a sweet day!

**Retail Store Owners, we are working with retail shops to begin carrying our candles, and would love to speak with you about a partnership.  We advertise the names of our wonderful distributors for free!  We are currently advertising on several popular blogs and will be featured in Virginia Living Magazine’s upcoming Fall issue.  Contact us if you are interested in learning more:  melissa@sweetmelissasfragrancefactory.com.

Sweet Sponsor Spotlight – Richmond Metro Woman Magazine

Friends, welcome to Sweet Sponsor Spotlight!

What is our Sweet Sponsor Spotlight?  If I had to pinpoint one of the most important things I’ve learned in my ten years as a marketing professional, it would have to be the power of word of mouth advertising.  It is incredibly valuable and meaningful, and the foundation that small business owners are built upon.

I believe in supporting fellow business owners who are doing great things.  I believe in the power of reciprocal advertising and all of its benefits.  Small businesses are the heartbeat of America.  I have known many small business owners during my life, and they are some of the most down-to-earth and hardest working individuals I have ever known.

Throughout the week, Sweet Melissa’s is honored to showcase organizations we believe in and who have taken the time to support us, and we ask that our sweet friends show our wonderful sponsors some love!

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Today, we would like to introduce you to our sweet friends at Richmond Metro Woman Magazine!

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Talia, owner of Richmond Metro Woman Magazine, writes, “Richmond Metro Woman Magazine is the place for Richmond Women to go to be inspired, find local events, and great local services provided by amazing local business owners.

We want to give people a place to go where they don’t always have to hear or read negative news. Our website is a the place to go to get inspiring stories about local business owners and non-profit organizations.

For business owners, we provide affordable advertising opportunities.

We are constantly expanding and growing and looking for new opportunities to partner with other local businesses and help raise awareness about local non-profit organizations.”

Sweet friends, please visit Richmond Metro Woman Magazine on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichmondMetroWomanMagazine

New readers are discovering Richmond Metro Woman Magazine daily, and now is a great time to advertising your business or organization in the Magazine!  Richmond Metro Woman Magazine can be found in all 31 Richmond-area CVS locations and is gaining new ground quickly!  We recommend contacting Talia today if you are interested in advertising in the magazine to ensure you are able to reserve your space in the next issue:

Talia Osborne, Owner
Richmond Metro Woman Magazine
757-256-3750
Richmond@MetroWomanMag.com

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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

~Maya Angelou

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**Business Owners, if you are interested in learning more about how to be featured in our free Sweet Sponsor Spotlight as well as on our Sweet Sponsors page on our site, please contact us at melissa@sweetmelissasfragrancefactory.com.

**Sweet Fans and Customers, To stay up-to-date with very latest from Sweet Melissa’s, including our sweet family, adventures, and to earn coupons for candle purchases, please join us on Facebook.  To see our products, please visit our store.  You can also find us on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!  Thank you so kindly for reading Sweet Words.  We sincerely appreciate the time you spent here.  Have a sweet day!

**Retail Store Owners, we are working with retail shops to begin carrying our candles, and would love to speak with you about a partnership.  We advertise the names of our wonderful distributors for free!  We are currently advertising on several popular blogs and will be featured in Virginia Living Magazine’s upcoming Fall issue.  Contact us if you are interested in learning more:  melissa@sweetmelissasfragrancefactory.com. 

Sweet July

Sweet friends, can you believe we are already halfway into July?  Time sure does pass quickly during the sweet summer months, doesn’t it?

If you have been following our journey and keeping up with us on Facebook, you’ll know we’ve been busy getting the word out about Sweet Melissa’s Fragrance Factory since our June 29th launch.  We have received incredible, amazing, wonderful, fantastic support since we launched, and we are sincerely humbled and grateful to our sweet family, friends, and new fans who have checked out Sweet Melissa’s, liked our posts, photos, boards, tweets, you name it!  We sincerely thank those of you who have purchased candles and we wish you many, many hours of sweet fragrances and beautiful light.  It is a wonderful feeling to feel support from the people around you as you pursue a life dream 🙂

As you may have read from me before, the most important things in our lives are our three boys.  And, whenever we get to spend some extra time with them, we are unbelievably happy!  We had a pretty fantastic July 4th weekend, and the kids had a blast!

The first thing we did was start July 4th being awesome.

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Then, we did a little laundry.

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Then, we took a nap.

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Next, we gathered our friends and family together for a cookout slash pool party!  We had most of our boys’ cousins there and although it is always chaotic to have seven kids under the age of four together, they are creating memories that will last forever.  Our boys have a crazy love for swimming, so they had a super fun time swimming in the pool.  We pretty much had to drag them out of it when they started shivering…and even then they fought not to get out 🙂

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The next thing we did was drive to a local mall parking lot and catch the town’s fireworks right when they started.  Our littlest man fell asleep for these, but our two oldest sons were in awe.  It was such a sweet moment.

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The next day, our little fellas spent the day with their grandma while mommy and daddy went to work.  Mommy and daddy always miss the good fun.

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On Saturday, we spent the first part of the day at our cousin’s first birthday party!  In attendance at this party were one cute little baby, one brave superhero, and one awesome kid.  Our two oldest little fellas requested to dress like superheroes for the party.  We of course complied…and were jealous 😉  Where’s mommy’s super cape?

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Saturday night, we went to watch our favorite baseball team play, The Flying Squirrels.

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When the game finished, we had the opportunity to watch fireworks with several thousand of our Richmond neighbors.

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On Sunday, we woke up tired, but ready for a new day!  We went to another pool party with some sweet friends of ours and had a blast!  We tried to take some photos, but our little fellas were all cheesed-out.

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And exhausted…

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After having all of that fun over the weekend with family and friends, we decided to start the week with a dinner out just for our family.  We are sorry to the restaurant for the giant mess and loud giggles, but we had a lot of fun.

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And now, we are back to our usual…making messes, having fun, looking for bugs, and being awesome.

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We hope you are having a wonderful summer and are able to spend a few sweet moments with your favorite people doing the things you love!  Take care sweet friends!

To stay up-to-date with very latest from Sweet Melissa’s, including our sweet family, adventures, giveaways, new product announcements, and to earn coupons for candle purchases, please join us on Facebook.  To see our candles, please visit our store.  You can also find us on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!  Thank you so kindly for reading Sweet Words.  We sincerely appreciate the time you spent here.  Have a sweet day!

Sweet Friends, You Are My Sunshine!

Friends, we are filled with so much gratitude at Sweet Melissa’s!  Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to check out Sweet Melissa’s!  Your support means the world to us, and we are so grateful!  To everyone who has purchased a candle, thank you!  We wish you many sweet smelling hours of beautiful light!  Our candles are designed to remind you of people, places, and things you love, and our hope is that when you receive your candle, you light it, sit back and close your eyes, and relax for a few peaceful, sweet moments.  We are all so busy with life every day and it can be difficult to take time out for ourselves, so promise us you’ll take a few moments to relax while you enjoy your Sweet Melissa’s candle.

Our sweet oldest son loves to sing, and his Grandmama has taught him “You Are My Sunshine.”  He also loves for us to take videos of him, and he decided to give us a little show today!  We are dedicating his performance to YOU, our sweet fans!  You are our sunshine, and we thank you for visiting Sweet Melissa’s! (Click the link below to see his performance.)

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Lastly, we hope you all have a safe and fun 4th of July!  Happy Birthday USA!

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To stay up-to-date with very latest from Sweet Melissa’s, including our sweet family, adventures, and to earn coupons for candle purchases, please join us on Facebook.  To see our products, please visit our store.  You can also find us on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!  Thank you so kindly for reading Sweet Words.  We sincerely appreciate the time you spent here.  Have a sweet day!

Sweet Sponsor Sunday – June 30th

Friends, welcome to Sweet Sponsor Sunday!

What is Sweet Sponsor Sunday?  If I had to pinpoint the most important thing I’ve learned in my ten years as a marketing professional, it would have to be the power of word of mouth advertising.  It is so much more valuable than paid advertising, and infinitely more meaningful.

I believe in supporting fellow business owners who are doing great things.  I believe in the power of reciprocal advertising and all of its benefits.  Small businesses are the heartbeat of America.  I have known many small business owners during my life, and they are by far some of the most down-to-earth and hardest working individuals I have ever known.

On Sundays, Sweet Melissa’s hosts Sweet Sponsor Sundays and showcases organizations that we believe in and who have taken the time to support us, and we ask that our sweet friends show our wonderful sponsors some love!

If you have visited our Facebook page today, you may have seen our posts about our Sweet Giveaway with our good friends at Sweet Jellybean Bowtique.  We had the great pleasure of teaming up with Sweet Jellybean Bowtique today to offer an amazing giveaway to our sweet fans.  We both enjoyed the day very much and emailed each other several time today talking about how much fun it was and how grateful we are for all of our fans.

If you have not had the opportunity to check out Sweet Jellybean, please take a few moments to visit www.sweetjellybeanbowtique.com.

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Kara Peeks, owner of Sweet Jellybean Bowtique, is one of the most fashion-forward women I’ve had the opportunity to know.  Kara and I had the pleasure of working together previously, and Kara taught me what couture really means 🙂  She is smart and witty, and has an eye for style!  Kara has several great loves in her life, but luckily for us, she has combined two of her greatest loves, her children and fashion, and has created her own clothing line for our sweet little ones! 

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Kara takes pride in her work and hand makes each item with quality.  Not only does she offer many great items that she has created herself, but she also custom makes outfits and accessories for your little ones based on your specifications.  Kara’s sweet clothing line offers outfits and accessories for little guys and gals.  She hand makes onesies, dresses, scrappy skirts, her very popular tutus, necklaces, bracelets, hair candy, and shoes for your little ladies. 

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And for your little fellas, you have to check out her extremely cute necktie shirts and onesies.  I’m a mommy of three boys, so you know I’m all over the necktie shirts! 

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Kara is adding new unique items and designs to her lines every week and hosts great giveaways and opportunities for discounts, so please show her some love on Facebook so you can stay up-to-date with all she has to offer.  In addition to her custom, handmade items, she has many ready made items at her store for your little ones, so please visit www.sweetjellybeanbowtique.com to check them out.

Above all, Kara’s attention to detail is fantastic, but her passion is what shines through the most!  She loves what she does, and it shows in her work!

Please show Kara some love and visit Sweet Jellybean Bowtique today!

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

~Maya Angelou

If you are interested in learning more about how to be featured in our Sweet Sponsor Sundays as well as on our Sweet Sponsors page on our site, please contact us at melissa@sweetmelissasfragrancefactory.com.

To stay up-to-date with very latest from Sweet Melissa’s, including our sweet family, adventures, and to earn coupons for candle purchases, please join us on Facebook.  To see our products, please visit our store.  You can also find us on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!  Thank you so kindly for reading Sweet Words.  We sincerely appreciate the time you spent here.  Have a sweet day!