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!

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Sweet Sponsor Sunday’s Special Vacation Edition

Friends, welcome to Sweet Sponsor Sunday’s Special Vacation Edition!

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!

This Sunday, we have the privilege of sponsoring VACATION!

We have been fortunate enough to be on vacation celebrating the wedding of two very special friends of ours.  We have had a wonderful time being with family and friends, and it has been an amazing trip.  We hope you are able to take vacation every once in a while, as it is so important to take time out to do something for yourself and your family that does not involve the day-to-day grind.  Our family is so busy all of the time that we rarely have “down time,” so this past few days have definitely helped us recharge our batteries.

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Next week, we will resume our Sweet Sponsor Sunday program!  If you are interested in learning more about how to be featured in Sweet Sponsor Sundays as well as on our Sweet Sponsors page on our site, please contact us at melissa@sweetmelissasfragrancefactory.com.  We are currently reaching over 40,000 on Facebook per week, over 3000 on our website per week, and over 500 on our Sweet Words blog.  

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

~Maya Angelou

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 – Father’s Day Edition

Friends, welcome to Sweet Sponsor Sunday’s Special Father’s Day Edition!

What is Sweet Sponsor Sunday?  Well, 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!

Today, we are changing up our Sweet Sponsor Sundays to showcase someone very special, my husband and the father of my sweet boys!

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Fifteen years ago, I had the privilege of meeting my husband, and my life was forever changed for the better.  I grew up in an unstable environment, and when I turned sixteen, I couldn’t wait to get out of the house and start working.  I decided to apply to a local theme park and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  I took my little brother with me for support, dressed in my best khakis and yellow dress shirt, and headed to the HR office of the park. I applied for a job in the Games Department, and thankfully for me, Games was full but Rides had an opening.  I was placed in the children’s area on a roller coaster, and I was thrilled.  I had the time of my life that first summer working at the park.  I met amazing people who are still an incredibly important part of my life.  I worked long hours, but I learned how to work hard, how to provide great customer service, the importance of time management and responsibility, and most importantly, commitment.

I couldn’t wait to come back to work again the next summer.  I was promoted to Supervisor that year and was looking forward to another fun summer.  My weeks were again filled with long hours and hard work, but I loved it!  I met so many new friends and we had a blast working together and hanging out after work.  I think of those days so much and smile!  Although all of us looked forward to the end of the summer because that meant the end of daily operation, I know I can speak for many of us who worked there that we didn’t always look forward to the end of the season.  I missed the park when I wasn’t there, and I missed my friends.  The park was an escape for me; an escape from my instability in my home life and from the challenges I experienced growing up.  I truly enjoyed it.

It was toward the end of that second season when I was working at one of the children’s rides by myself during the last three hours of the night.  From 7pm to 10pm, we were pretty much by ourselves working the last rotation at each individual ride.  That was sometimes a grueling rotation depending on the ride we worked.  On the night that changed my life forever, I was working at a small children’s roller coaster.  It was tough work, but it was fun too.  This coaster was usually a child’s first, and watching their smiles was awesome.  I can’t honestly write this and say it was fun all the time though, but it was usually a pretty great place to be.  That particular night was nice and cool (it was early Fall).  Around 9pm, the carrying manager of the children’s area decided to come pay me a visit to see how I was doing.  He stayed for a while and helped me run the ride for about 20 minutes.  He was older than me, and I was a bit intimidated.  I knew of him but didn’t really know him very well.  He was part of a different clique of people at the park that I wasn’t a part of because I was new to management.  He and his friends were all older than me and on their own.  He also had a way with the ladies, or so I heard 😉

Since that initial meeting, he and I hung out a bit more during breaks at the park or after the park closed at night. He would come by and visit every once in a while when I was working a ride, or help me with end of the night closing tasks.  It was during one of those nights in the office after the park closed that he wrote his pager number on a sticky note and gave it to me.  It took me several days, but I finally worked up the courage to page him (that sounds so funny now) and he called me back a couple hours later and we ended up talking into the night for over four hours. We realized we had so much more in common then we initially thought, and I was thrilled when he asked me out on our first date.  It was planned for a few days later, the day after Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Prior to our date, I was planning to visit my family at my grandparent’s house for the holiday.  They warned me that they were all feeling bad with stomach issues, but I ignored the warnings and visited anyway.  I made it through the actual Thanksgiving holiday unscathed, and woke up the day after excited for my date and still feeling good.  Later in the evening, as I was getting ready, it hit me…the nasty, unforgiving stomach plague I caught from my family.  In just a matter of minutes, I was on the floor feeling AWFUL.  I couldn’t believe it!  He was already on his way to pick me up, and had to drive 35 minutes to get me…there was no way I could cancel.  I was determined to go out, so I attempted to eat a few crackers, drink some ginger ale, and hoped for the best.  I couldn’t keep anything down.  When he arrived to the house, I was sitting on the floor.  I’ll never forget the look on his face when he walked in.  Looking back on it now, it’s kind of funny, but I’m sure at the time he was not amused.  He asked me if I still wanted to go, and I said yes…and I’m sure he was hoping and praying I’d say no.  We had planned on dinner and a movie, about 35 minutes from my house.  I laid down in the car all the way there and only drank a Coke at dinner.  I missed most of the movie because I was so sick.  We did talk a little bit, but mostly about how sick I was.  At the end of the movie, he took me home, and I apologized profusely.  I knew he’d never call me again after that, and I was disappointed that I made the decision to continue with the date.  I went to bed, feeling sad and mad at myself.

The next day, I stayed in the bed most of the day.  I missed work which wasn’t like me, but there was no way I could go.  I was feeling sorry for myself and still mad at myself for ruining my date.  Around 6pm that evening, my step-mom came in my room and told me he had called…just to check on me!  I couldn’t believe it and was so happy.  He told her to have me call him later.  I did, and to my surprise, he asked me out again.  I couldn’t have been happier.

As the familiar saying goes, the rest is history.  We started dating exclusively within a couple of weeks, and dated all throughout college (I went away to school and he attended locally).  We had our fair share of highs and lows (still do!).  We fell apart and came back together.  I was a wreck when we weren’t together, and missed him terribly.  It was during those times I knew he was the one for me.  We had so much fun together, and I looked forward to every day with him.  After ten years of dating, he asked me to marry him in the most special way.  My late Grandfather was very sick and had a grave prognosis.  Everyone knew how important my Granddaddy was to me, so my now husband decided to have my Grandfather hand me the box with the ring in it at the dinner table at my Aunt’s house.  It was in a Life Saver’s box (which represents how his Dad proposed to his Mom), and he asked me to marry him when I opened the box.  My sweet Granddaddy was able to be there for it, and I am so grateful for that.  He passed away just a month later, and I am so happy that he was able to be a part of one of the happiest moments of my life.  My sweet husband knew just the right thing to do.  I didn’t need a fancy proposal; I just needed a memorable one.  It was perfect and meant the world to me.

We’ve been married for almost six years now. We have three sweet boys who are our lives.  They are the smartest, cutest, sweetest, most precious little things and we are just in love.  My husband is a wonderful father to them!  He is very patient and he is kind.  He teaches them so much every day, and plays with them…truly plays.  He is in the floor or outside with them every day.  He is present, and that is the most important thing.  They love their Daddy so much.  Their little faces light up when they see him, and I am so thankful to have such an awesome partner to raise our sweet boys.  I couldn’t imagine a better life than what we’ve created.

I’m so thankful I made the decision 16 years ago to apply to work in the Games Department at the amusement park, and am so glad I was hired by Rides instead.  I never would have met my husband, and would not be sitting here today reflecting on how much I love him and how grateful I am that he is the father of my children.

Dear M, thank you for 15 great years, for our sweet beautiful boys, and most importantly, for loving me.  You truly are a great husband and wonderful father, and I am appreciate you more than words can express.  I love you!

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Becoming a Daddy For the First Time:

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Beautiful Life…

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If you are interested in learning more about how to be featured in Sweet Sponsor Sundays as well as on our Sweet Sponsors page on our site, please contact us at melissa@sweetmelissasfragrancefactory.com.  We are currently reaching over 40,000 on Facebook per week, over 2500 on our website per week, and over 500 on our Sweet Words blog.  

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

~Maya Angelou

To stay up-to-date with the very latest from Sweet Melissa’s, including our sweet family, new business adventures,  and to earn coupons, please join us on Facebook.  Thank you so kindly for reading Sweet Words.  We sincerely appreciate the time you spent here.  Have a sweet day!

Sweet Sponsor Sundays – Inaugural Sunday!

Friends, welcome to the Inaugural post of Sweet Sponsor Sundays!

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.

Beginning today, Sunday, June 2nd, Sweet Melissa’s will begin hosting Sweet Sponsor Sundays!  We will be showcasing 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!

On this, our Inaugural Sweet Sponsor Sunday, I have the privilege of showcasing two fantastic organizations owned by former colleagues of mine, who also happen to be women and amazing mommies!

The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug

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Jeannette Fender, owner of The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug, is tenacious, savvy, and an amazing blogger!  I have had the pleasure of watching Jeannette’s blog grow from her very first post, and her journey has been an incredible one to watch. Jeannette has quickly become one of the most sought-after bloggers for her product reviews, giveaways, and sponsorship opportunities.  Jeannette has worked with everyone from small business owners like me all the way to big names like VTech, Cascade, Maytag, Dunkin’ Donuts, and the list goes on.  Not only does Jeannette provide opportunities to grow brands and sponsor products and business, but she also writes entertaining and heartfelt stories about her adventures with her family.  Jeannette is a mom just like me, and shares her experiences with the world, no matter if they are good or not-so-good.  She is down-to-earth and real, yet smart and savvy all at the same time!  She is an excellent writer, and I can guarantee you will be entertained by her blog.  Friends, please show Jeannette some love at The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug.  Please take a moment to show her some love on Facebook too, where you can stay up to date with her latest reviews, giveaways, and adventures with her sweet J-Man and MillerBug!

Sweet Jellybean Bowtique

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