Happy Holidays ~ CandleLove Sale

Greetings sweet friends!  We hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  As we celebrated and gave thanks with our family and friends yesterday, we were reminded and thankful for the love and support you all have shown us over this past year.  Our Bay Candle Co. journey has been an amazing one, and we are excited for the future!  In the short time we have been in existence, we have had the great pleasure of being selected to showcase our candle Collections in 11 stores throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland.  We have shipped candles all across our great country, and have met some wonderful customers throughout the US.  We have met amazing store owners and business men and women who have inspired us.  We are truly grateful for the opportunity to add sweet fragrances and beautiful light to your homes, and we thank you for your business.
As a thank you, we are offering all of you, our sweet customers, 20% off of your entire order with us this weekend.  Enter in code CandleLove at the time of checkout to save 20%.  Candles make wonderful, traditional gifts for loved ones, friends, party hosts, office colleagues, teachers, and special people in your lives.  There’s something magical and pure about the sweet beauty of a soy candle.  Candle light reminds us of traditions from days past, and of special times with family and friends.
Our candles are designed to remind our sweet customers of people, places, and things they love.  They are hand crafted of the finest soy wax available in the US, and with a blend of essential oils and fragrances not found in any other candle brands.  All of our candles are hand poured on a beautiful family farm in Kentucky, and are crafted by some of the best candle makers in the United States.  We use only American made products to create our candles, and we donate a portion of each candle sale to our Brightening the Lights of Success Scholarship Fund, where we will honor two learners next year. 
As you begin to think about gifts for your loved ones, we’d love for you to consider one of our beautiful candles.  We know shopping for candles online is unique, which is why we offer a 100% refund should your candles not meet your expectations when they arrive.  We stand behind our products, and our ultimate goal is for you, our dear customers, to be happy with your purchase.
Please visit our Online Store at www.BayCandleCo.com and check out our Collections.  We have wonderful candles available for the holidays, new and expecting parents, lovers of the great state of Virginia, friends of the Outer Banks, fans of several great universities and colleges in the US, and everything in between. 
Thank you for your support!  We look forward to continuing to be your candle company of choice, and we are so grateful for each of you.
From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!
The Bay Candle Co. family

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.)

You Are My Sunshine

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


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 9, 2013

Friends, welcome to Sweet Sponsor Sunday!

What is Sweet Sponsor Sunday you ask?  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, I have the privilege of showcasing a fantastic organization owned by a former school mate of mine, who also happens to be an amazing mommy to two sweet boys!

Plain Jane Photography

Please take a moment to visit Adriane at Plain Jane Photography!  Adriane is a premier photographer based out of Central Virginia.  Her resume includes individual and family photography sessions, bridal sessions, weddings, babies, graduations, Seniors, and the list continues.  Adriane has an eye for beautiful, artistic poses, and delivers on her promise to provide excellent customer service and amazing photos for her clients.  Professional photographs are some of the most valuable items we will own in our lifetime.  Entrust Adriane and Plain Jane Photography to capture your beautiful moments and memories. 

“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 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 4000 fans on Facebook per week, over 2500 on our website per week, and over 500 on our Sweet Words blog.  

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!


Hi sweet friends!  Wow, what a week we’ve had at Sweet Melissa’s!  If you need to take a few moments to get caught up, check out Wait a Minute Wednesday!  Here we are just a day or so later, and the excitement continues!  Tonight, we reached a milestone on our Facebook page – 100 Likes!  We are humbled and thrilled, and are truly grateful of your support.  Opening Facebook and seeing 100 was an awesome feeling!

We have made many new friends over the past few weeks, and have had the opportunity to reconnect with some sweet friends who we haven’t seen in years and didn’t realize how much we missed.  Along this journey over the past four weeks, we’ve also met some new friends who we are discussing partnership opportunities with for the future.  We never imagined we’d have such wonderful support this early on. What an amazing adventure, and it’s only just begun!

Today, Thursday, June 6th was a pretty incredible day.  We received a fantastic shipment in the mail with some of our new designs, all nice and pretty and ready to add sweet fragrances and beautiful light to our home.  We continued working on new partnership opportunities for Sweet Melissa’s and made contact with organizations interested in promoting our brand, and we reached 100 Likes on our Facebook page!  I didn’t think it could get much better than that…but it did!

Today (June 6th), our family celebrated the arrival of our sweet niece.  She was born at 9:37am this morning and is the sweetest, most precious little baby!  Our sweet little loves are mesmerized by her and my oldest son asked if he could spend the night in the hospital so he could spend more time with the baby.  They love their cousins, and she is of course, no exception.  I am incredibly blessed to have a married a man with a wonderful family.  The birth of this sweet little girl reminds me of how special family truly is.

Today (June 6th), I also quietly celebrated my late Grandfather who would have been 81 years old today.  My Granddaddy, or “Cracky” as my little brother lovingly used to call him, was the sweetest, hardest-working, kindest man I knew, and he would do absolutely anything for my brother and I.  He taught me how to fish, play cards, drive, grow a garden, search for seashells on the beach, and enjoy the small things in life.  I owe my love of family photographs to him.  I have vivid memories of him taking picture after picture of my brother and I growing up.  He loved getting his rolls of film developed and bringing back envelopes of photographs to show us.  He proudly carried around photos of his children and his grandchildren until the day he passed away.   I could write about his incredible generosity, support, and his love for his family and the Lord for hours.  He was an amazing man, and I am so lucky to be his granddaughter.  My best childhood memories have him in it, and I love him dearly.  He would have been smitten with my boys, and I’m sad for them that they will never get to meet him here on this Earth.  I will do my best to honor him and to make sure they knew about the incredible man he was.  We named our second son after him, and I fondly and proudly think of my Granddaddy whenever I call my second son by his name.  Happy Birthday Grandaddy!  I was able to witness the circle of life today with the birth of my sweet little niece.  She shares a birthday with an amazing soul.

Thank you friends for your love and support.  xoxo


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!

Wait a Minute Wednesday!

Hi Friends!  A lot is happening at Sweet Melissa’s, especially this week!  Since Sunday, we have been introducing our friends to several new programs, dropped a new hint for our Signature Collection Contest, and have shared a few pretty awesome pictures of our kiddos!  We know a lot is happening over on our Facebook page, so are taking this time to say say “Wait a minute!  Let’s get caught up!”

On Sunday, we introduced you to Sweet Sponsors Sundays!  Each Sunday, Sweet Melissa’s will be showcasing members of our Sweet Sponsor Program!  We have three wonderful sponsors so far and are grateful for their support!  These organizations are fantastic at what they do!  You can show them some love and learn more about our Sweet Sponsor Program here.  We’ve received a few more inquiries about the program this week and are looking forward to showcasing more Sweet Sponsors over the next couple of weeks.  If you are interested in showcasing your organization, please contact us here.

On Monday, we introduced you to Make A Difference Mondays!  Each Monday, we will be spotlighting our Community Involvement Program!  To learn more about how YOU can MAKE A DIFFERENCE and help shape our Community Involvement Program, click here.  To submit your vote for the organization you love, simply comment on our Facebook page.

On Tuesday, we introduced you to Take A Guess Tuesday!  This week, Take A Guess Tuesday was about our Signature Collection Contest!  We celebrate Tuesdays here at Sweet Melissa’s because that means Monday is over, so Tuesdays will be all about having fun, winning something cool, or laughing at fun pictures of our kids!  This week, we dropped a new hint for our Signature Collection Contest and boy have we received some great guesses!  Here is a recap of the hints you’ve received so far:

Candle 1 = warm, brown, clean, petals, red
Candle 2 = blue, soft, phalanges, ten, black & white
Candle 3 = salt, sweet, white, blue, April

To submit your guesses, please comment on our Facebook page or visit our Contact Us page and submit your guess.

Periodically throughout the week, we will share fun photos of our loves, our sweet boys!  We will also continue updating our blog with posts about our new business adventures and our family life!  We adore our family and are grateful for the opportunity to share them with the world!  To watch our three sweet boys grow before your eyes, visit our 365 Days of Sweetness Photo Project often!

Since we have so much going on here at Sweet Melissa’s, we are going to start noting our Facebook posts with the program, activity, contest, you name it, they are for!  For example, on Sweet Sponsor Sundays posts will start with {Sweet Sponsors} and Community Involvement Program posts will start with {Make A Difference}.  Are you confused yet?  Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it!

Lastly, we want to take this opportunity to say how much we sincerely appreciate and value everyone’s support!  Our soft launch started just a little over a month ago, and we already have 95 wonderful friends on Facebook, 273 friends on Twitter, and over 2000 new visitors to our website each week!  Wow!  We never imagined we’d receive this type of love in the beginning and we are humbled.  Thank you!

We are thrilled to be able to offer amazing soy scented candles starting June 29th!  We are so excited for our launch and can’t wait for our friends to take a look at our new collection!  Our first three candles are amazing and we have two more collections in design, each with very unique, beautiful candles.  When we started Sweet Melissa’s, our goal was to create high quality, beautiful, Earth-friendly scented candles that remind our friends of things, people, or places they love!  We believe we’ve achieved that with our first three Signature Collection candles, and we hope you all will love them!  Stay tuned!  Exciting things are on the way for Sweet Melissa’s, and we’ll be launching all three of our collections over the next six months!

We sincerely thank you for checking us out, reading our posts, and for sharing us with your friends and family!  Each time you all comment, post, like, and share, it is like unwrapping a present, and it means the world.  Thank you!