A Cheerful Giveway by The Daily Scrub and Bay Candle Co.

Hi friends!  We are so excited to introduce you to The Daily Scrub, a wonderful and luxurious soap company featuring handcrafted, artisan soaps by Rachel Chieppa!

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If you have not had the opportunity to check out handmade, artisan soaps, then take a look at Rachel’s beautiful creations in her ETSY shop or on her Facebook page.  Be careful, because if you are like me, you will be hooked!  The Daily Scrub’s soaps are beautiful, and I find myself staring at them (and the case of the Pumpkin Spice soap~wanting to eat it!).

The Daily Scrub offers soaps for all seasons and occasions.  Much like our candles, Rachel’s handcrafted artisan soaps are a celebration of places and things her customers love.  For example, her beautiful Tropical Waters Soap is a wonderful reminder of the beauty of your favorite beach.  Look at her attention to detail in this photo ~ amazing!

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Rachel uses the finest ingredients available to hand craft her beautiful artisan soaps, and they will leave your skin feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and moisturized.  The Daily Scrub has been featured in a number of publications and artisan shows around Virginia, and Rachel was selected to create a Signature Soap for the talented Jennifer Warthan of Warthan Farms Photography.  You can also find Rachel and her beautiful display of soaps at the Petersburg Farmers Market on the weekends!

We are excited today to team up with The Daily Scrub and offer our fans and customers a Holiday Cheer Giveaway!  Along our Bay Candle Co. journey, we have met some amazing and talented business owners, and Rachel is no exception.  Her soaps capture the essence and beauty of things and places her customers love, and provide the added benefit of cleansing and moisturizing.  Our Bay Candle Co. candles are designed to remind our sweet customers of people, places, and things they love and provided the added benefit of sweet fragrances and beautiful light.

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We are fortunate to be showcased in 9 amazing retail stores throughout Virginia and North Carolina and growing!  Our candles have become popular due to our use of high quality soy wax (a renewable and natural resource), our all-American made materials, and our company’s mission to give back by donating a portion of each sale to our Brightening the Lights of Success Scholarship Fund.  We’ve received many wonderful compliments about our candles, and we’ve most recently been told that by one of our sweet customers that our candles are “1,000 times more beautiful and fragrant than any Yankee candle I’ve owned!”  Wow!  (We love Yankee candles, and we are THRILLED to be able to stand up among such a great leading brand of candles!)

Now for the Giveaway!  We are excited to offer one lucky fan of The Daily Scrub and Bay Candle Co. a package of The Daily Scrub’s wonderful Holiday Cheer Soaps (2 soaps) and one of our beautiful Classic Christmas candles from our Celebration Collection!

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To enter, Visit both The Daily Scrub and Bay Candle Co. on Facebook (click on the name links) and Like both pages.  Comment on one of the giveaway posts with what you love best about the holidays!  We’ll choose a random fan on Tuesday, November 12th!

For extra entries, please share our giveaway post and let us know that you did!

If you can’t wait for our giveaway to end and would like to order any of The Daily Scrub’s amazing soaps or one of our beautiful candles, please visit our stores here ~  http://www.etsy.com/shop/DailyScrubSoap & www.BayCandleCo.com.  Give your friends and family the gift of rejuvenation and sweet fragrances and beautiful light this holiday season!

From The Daily Scrub and Bay Candle Co., thank you all for your sweet support!  We are truly thankful, and both lucky to have such amazing fans!

We wish you and yours a happy holiday season!  Take care!

~The Daily Scrub & Bay Candle Co.

And, the winner of our Cheerful Giveaway is…

Stephanie VanWagner! 

Stephanie writes, “I love the cooler weather here in Houston, and more than that, spending time with my family and friends.”  Thank you Stephanie for sharing what you love best about the holidays!  We are excited to send you two of The Daily Scrub’s Holiday Cheer soaps and one of our Classic Christmas candles!  We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, and we thank you so much for your support!  Please message us with your address.

Congratulations Stephanie, and may your holidays be merry and bright!

Friends, all of The Daily Scrub’s beautiful soaps are available online at http://www.dailyscrubsoap.com.  All of our candles are available in one of our 9 retail locations as well as our online store at http://www.BayCandleCo.com.  Remember to stop and enjoy the little things in life friends!  Do something sweet for yourself today.  Take care, and happy holidays!

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We believe in family.
We believe in the American dream.
We believe in using American made products. 
We believe in using soy to support America’s soybean farmers, to help keep the Earth green, and to keep our customers homes’ chemical-free.
We believe in providing exceptional customer service.
We believe in creating candles that celebrate people, places, and things our customers love.
We believe in handcrafting.
We believe in shopping local.
We believe in the beautiful retail stores who have selected our candle collections for their customers.
We believe in having a passion for what you do, and doing it well.
We believe in giving back to the communities we serve, and helping others achieve their dreams.
We believe in enjoying the small things.
We believe in sweet fragrances and beautiful light.
Most of all, we believe in YOU, our sweet fans, friends, family, supporters, and customers.

Thank you to everyone who has given us the opportunity to fill your home with sweet fragrances and beautiful light.  

Candle fans, we encourage you to give us a try, and join the many fans who have enjoyed the Bay Candle Co. experience.  You’ll find that our candles are different.  They are hand poured in refurbished outbuildings on a beautiful family farm by individuals who have a passion and love for the art of candle-making.  They are handcrafted with beautiful, smooth soy wax, a renewable, chemical-free resource.  Every piece of material used to create our candles is American made, including the jars, wicks, accessories, and the materials used in the factory.

We donate a portion of each candle sale to our Brightening the Lights of Success Scholarship Fund, and we will award our scholarships to two recipients each year, one traditional undergraduate student and one adult student.

We proudly support the local retail stores who have graciously selected us to showcase our candles in their stores.  We encourage our fans to shop local, and show love to our talented and amazing retail store owners.

We believe in providing exceptional customer service, and we believe that each customer, retail store owner, and supporter of Bay Candle Co. is a member of our family.

We believe in our candles and the sweet and pleasant memories they create.  We believe in handcrafting a quality candle that looks beautiful, smells wonderful, and provides moments of sweet peace and happiness for our customers.

We believe that everyone has the potential to follow their dreams, and we are here to tell YOU, our sweet fans, that we believe in YOU.  Live your dreams, follow your passions, and enjoy the small things.

Candle fans, we encourage you to give Bay Candle Co. a try and learn why we are different.  We know you have many candle choices, and we want to be your candle company of choice.  We stand behind our candles and the precious people, places, and things they celebrate.  We understand that purchasing a candle online is unique as you are unable to open the lid and smell the sweet fragrances for yourself, and we are happy to provide a full refund should you decide the candle you order from us may not meet your expectations.  So, go ahead, give us a try!  Find out why fans, CEOs of companies such as The Vintage Pearl and PoshTots, customers, and retail store owners have described our candles as:

“Amazing!” ~ “Beautiful experiences in fragrance and light” ~ “Yummy!”

“The best smelling candles ever!” ~ “Smells so good I could eat it!” ~ “Perfect!”

“The best candle company ever!” ~ “They smell wonderful!” ~ “They make great gifts!”

“Awesome!” ~ “Love it!” ~ “Incredible!”

See our reviews in our online store, on our Facebook page, and on our website.  We could not be more grateful for the wonderful feedback we’ve received.

Candle fans, we look forward to welcoming you to the Bay Candle Co. family!  YOU are our inspiration, and we look forward to continuing to design and deliver to you the most unique, handcrafted candles on the market.

From our family to yours, thank you!  We appreciate you spending a few minutes of your precious time checking out Bay Candle Co., and we are grateful for you.

Take care sweet friends,

~The Bay Candle Co. family

See our list of Retail Stores in Virginia and North Carolina here.  Visit our Online store here.  Stay up to date with the latest from the Bay Candle Co. family on our company Facebook page here.

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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.

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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:  http://www.facebook.com/thevintagepearl & http://www.facebook.com/sweetmelissasfragrancefactory

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

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3.  For extra entries, please follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest and Comment on Facebook that you did: The Vintage Pearl ~ Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thevintagepearl & Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thevintagepearl/.  Bay Candle Co. ~ Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/sweetmelissasff & Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/sweetmelissasff & Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/sweetmelissasfragrancefactory

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!”

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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!

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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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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 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!

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!

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 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!

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!