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!”

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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:

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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.

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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 www.sweetmelissasfragrancefactory.com.

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

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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!

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