Bay Candle Co. and The Vintage Pearl ~ A Baby Love Giveaway

Friends, we could not be more excited to offer you all an incredible giveaway today!  As a mother, I have been a fan of The Vintage Pearl for several years.  I have a beautiful necklace given to me with the names of my sons lovingly hand stamped on it with their birthstones attached.  It is a wonderful reminder of mother’s love for her children.  The Vintage Pearl began as a creative outlet for its owner, Erin, who was a stay-at-home mom to her four sweet children.  Over the years, it has blossomed into a popular business, where each piece of jewelry is handcrafted from start to finish.  The Vintage Pearl’s custom jewelry is hand stamped with your names, dates, or meaningful phrases, making them a special keepsake.  The company’s desire is to design and create beautiful handmade pieces that will connect with your heart and soul.

For those of you familiar with Bay Candle Co. by Sweet Melissa’s Fragrance Factory, you’ll know we are home of Sweet Fragrances and Beautiful Light.  Our candles have been described by an industry professional as “…beautiful experiences in fragrances and light.  Bay Candle Co.’s candles combine elements of beautiful photography; high-quality, vibrantly colored, renewable soy wax; and luxurious fragrances, and are much more than just candles…they are an experience.”  They are hand crafted with the highest quality soy wax in the industry; two wicks for a cleaner, efficient, and brighter burn; and a proprietary blend of essential oils and fragrances.  Purchasing a Bay Candle Co. candle means you are thinking green by supporting America’s soybean farmers, supporting products made in the USA, and donating to our Brightening the Lights of Success Scholarship Fund, which will help two learners (one traditional and one adult) follow their dreams.

Much like The Vintage Pearl’s goal with their jewelry, our goal is to design and create beautiful candles that combine elements of photography, color, and fragrances that will evoke sweet and pleasant memories of people, places, and things you love.  One of our very first customers provided us these beautiful words after receiving her Little Fingers & Little Toes candle from our Signature Collection, “I love it!  Within seconds of lighting the fragrance began to fill the room and it was wonderful.  I sat back and closed by eyes and could feel my baby in my arms again, snuggled up to my neck and smelling fresh from her bath.  A fragrance no mother ever forgets.  This morning there was still a very light scent lingering in the room, reminding me of pleasant memories from the night before.” ~ Bonnie B., North Carolina

We could not be more honored and excited to team up with The Vintage Pearl to offer you our amazing Baby Love Giveaway!  As someone who has watched The Vintage Pearl grow into an amazing company and who has been inspired by its owner, it is incredibly rewarding to be able to partner with such a wonderful organization.


Without further adieu…  The Giveaway!

In appreciation of all of you, our sweet fans and customers, The Vintage Pearl and Bay Candle Co. are offering you the following:

The Vintage Pearl:  Vintage Baby Feet Charm Necklace & a $50 Gift Certificate to The Vintage Pearl

Bay Candle Co:  Little Fingers & Little Toes Signature Candle & $50 in SweetCash to Bay Candle Co.

Our Baby Love Giveaway begins Friday, October 11th and runs through midnight Tuesday, October 15th.  To enter our giveaway, please:

1.  Like The Vintage Pearl and Bay Candle Co. by Sweet Melissa’s Fragrance Factory on Facebook: &

2.  Say Hi on Facebook and let us know you entered the giveaway!

Extra Entries

3.  For extra entries, please follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest and Comment on Facebook that you did: The Vintage Pearl ~ Twitter: & Pinterest:  Bay Candle Co. ~ Twitter & Pinterest & Instagram:

4.  For extra entries, please visit the online stores at The Vintage Pearl & Bay Candle Co. and comment back with your favorite piece of jewelry and candle.

On Wednesday, we will combine all of our amazing fans’ entries and choose one lucky fan to win our Baby Love prize package valued at over $180!

From The Vintage Pearl & Bay Candle Co, thank you all for your incredible support.  Our fans and customers are our number one priority, and you all are our inspiration!

Take care, sweet fans!


Sweet Virginia Breeze

Sunday, August 4th, was such a gorgeous day in Sweet Virginia!  The sky was an amazing shade of blue, the clouds were puffy and white, and the temperature was perfect!  Because the weather was so beautiful, and we took the boys out to enjoy the sights of Richmond.  They absolutely love trains, so we stopped by the Richmond Railroad Museum and it was a big hit!  The sweet gentlemen who worked there told us all sorts of cool facts about the history of Richmond’s stations and train lines.  The boys have already asked to go back, and we will gladly take them.  The Museum is free to visit, and you may donate if you like.  We donated $5 and because of our donation, we took home four awesome prints of old train engines that the boys will be hanging in their new room.

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After the train museum, we took a scenic route through Richmond and enjoyed the beautiful architecture.  Our two oldest boys always love looking at the city.  Whenever we pass through downtown, they point out every tall building as we go by and say “Mommy, look at that pretty city!”


Our next stop was the Science Museum of Virginia and the kids had a great time there, too!  We loved the new Robot exhibit, and I think the kids could have stayed at the bubble blowing exhibit all afternoon.  I had been to the museum a few times before, but going with my kids was amazing!  Watching them learn and discover is pretty awesome, and although they had a ton of fun, I think we had more fun watching it through their eyes.

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One of my favorite shots was in the Robot Exhibit Hall.  My oldest and I were walking together, and I noticed our shadows on the wall.  Phone in hand, I pulled up the camera app quickly and was able to capture this sweet moment:


As if Sunday was not awesome enough, we had a fantastic time celebrating our littlest man’s first birthday on Saturday!  It was a wonderful, fun celebration with our family and friends, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!  The weather was AMAZING, the food was delicious, and the family time was priceless.  Happy 1st Birthday to our sweet Baby O!

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This weekend reminded me of why I love living in the sweet breezes of Virginia.  I’ve always called this beautiful state home, and I am so grateful to live here.  I think there’s beauty in every state in the US, but I have a fondness for the Old Dominion.  We have the best of the best – our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains; fun, eclectic, evolving cities; rich history; sweet country towns; beautiful lakes and rivers; lovely, sprawling farms; quaint villages and towns along the Chesapeake Bay; some of the most prestigious (and fun!) colleges and universities the country has to offer; the wonderful Bay itself; the Atlantic Ocean; and easy access to amazing cities and attractions all along the East Coast.  For travelers, our very own Richmond International Airport was just rated #2 in the country – go RIC!

It is because of my love for our great state that our Sweet Virginia Breeze candle from our Signature Collection was born.


Our Sweet Virginia Breeze candle marries some of our favorite things about Virginia…the crisp, refreshing, salty air of the Chesapeake Bay, and sweet flowering dogwood fragrances.  Our Sweet Virginia Breeze candle has been described as an “experience” and a “beautiful candle that is perfect for anyone who loves Virginia.”

When I first sat down to design our Signature Collection candles, I knew we had to create a tribute to our sweet home state, and it turned out beautifully!  We’ve received awesome feedback about Sweet Virginia Breeze from our customers, new and future retailers, and new friends who work for Virginia Tourism and Virginia Living.  To see our Sweet Virginia Breeze candle and learn more about our Signature Collection, please Visit the Candle Shop at

This past weekend was full of family and friends, and was awesome!  What made it even more amazing is the fact that we live in such a beautiful state, and have a pretty incredible backdrop for all of our family events and adventures.

So, here’s to the Blue Ridge Mountains, our lovely Chesapeake Bay, and all of the beautiful land in between!  Cheers, Sweet Virginia!

Click Here to Listen to Sweet Virginia Breeze

Sweet Virginia Breeze
By: Robbin Thompson

Woke up this morning the breeze blowin’ cross my face
And I just had to look up above and thank somebody for this place
Because He must’ve been thinkin’ bout me
When he planted that very first dogwood tree
It’s where I want to be
Livin’ in the Sweet Virginia Breeze

Take me out to the country it feels mighty good out there
When I get back to the city of the monuments
It doesn’t matter where I hang my hat it’s home to me
The Blue Ridge Mountains tend to set me free
It’s where I want to be
Livin’ in the Sweet Virginia Breeze

Wakes me up in the mornin’
Rocks me to sleep at night
I’ve got a red bird singin’ on my window sill
I know everything will be all right
Livin’ in the Sweet Virginia Breeze

Just sittin on my back porch
I’m just watchin’ the sun come up
Sweet sweet Virginia Breeze blowin’ ripples ‘cross my coffee cup
Because he must’ve been thinkin’ bout me when he planted that very first dogwood tree
cause when that breeze comes blowin’ through the trees
you know everything will be alright
Livin’ in a Sweet Virginia Breeze
Sweet Virginia Breeze


If you are new to Sweet Melissa’s Fragrance Factory and are wondering who in the world we are, take a minute to read about us here!

If you are a retail store owner interested in adding our candles to your store’s inventory, please contact us today at  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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