Wednesday, January 18, 2012

LoveByCC Rewards Program & Giveaway

We have started a LoveByCC Loyalty & Rewards program!

You can earn $5, $10, and $15 gift certificates to our shop! We are planning on adding more rewards in the future as well. 

All you have to do is go to our website and click the rewards button on the bottom left corner.

After that, you will see this. Just sign in with your Facebook by clicking "Become a member now" and you will be good to go and on your way to receiving points & gift certificates!

These are ways you can earn points:

  • Visiting every day – for your first visit to LoveByCC every day you will earn 100 points
  • Liking LoveByCC's content on Facebook – for your first Like every day you will earn 100 points
  • Tweeting LoveByCC's content – for your first Tweet on LoveByCC every day you will earn 100 points
In addition to that, we are having a giveaway to celebrate this on our Facebook page!

Head on over to our Facebook page and click Rewards & Giveaways on our side tab, located here: 

It is easy to enter and you can win a free Petti Romper of your choice! Good luck!!

Thank you! I look forward to giving out a lot of gift certificates to people who visit often and take advantage of our Rewards program!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Beef Barley Soup

This soup was delicious and so easy to make. The recipe and picture is from allrecipes, however I changed it a bit to fit veggies my family loves.

Beef Barley Soup Recipe
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 bok choy
  • 1 large potato
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 cups chopped stew beef
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1. Add broth, water, uncooked beef, barley, and chopped up potatoes in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for about 1 hour. 
2. Add the rest of the vegetables, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, dried basil, dried oregano. Let simmer for approximately 30 more minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Why do photographers charge what they do?

Have you ever wondered to yourself "Why do photographers charge what they do for newborns?" or "Why does it sometimes take FOREVER to see my pictures?".

I was chatting with a good friend of mine, who is a newborn photographer, and I was wondering the same thing. She and I started talking about the process she goes through to get to the end result. It made me appreciate photographers and their process so much more!

Here it goes:

Newborn sessions can last 4 hours or even longer! The photographer usually has a bunch of props that they have purchased, sometimes specifically for your newborn photo shoot. They spend their time taking pictures and posing the baby. Most of the time, the baby wakes up during the session so they have to wait a little while in between to try to get the baby to sleep as well. Once the photographer gets all their photographs, you'd think they may be finished, well they aren't! This is why you aren't able to see the images immediately, lets get into that...

The session is over, now the photographer has to go through dozens of images to find the right ones. From there, they edit each and every one, taking anywhere from 7 minutes to 20 minutes for each photo. If you have 15 photographs in your album and each one takes 20 minutes to edit, that is an extra 5 hours on top of the 4 hours your photographer took for your session! Totaling 9 hours!

After the photographer has done the session and edited the photographs, they have to set up the gallery. In between that, they are answering your calls and emails about how to order, etc. When you order, the photographer has to place the order with the printing company. To order with the printing company, they have to crop, re-size, and add logos, which can take anywhere from 45 minutes - 2 hours. They also have to check the order to make sure it is correct when it comes in and some make post office runs to ship it to you!

Lets appreciate all our photographers do for us! They really work hard and give us memories that last a lifetime ♥♥♥

If you are interested in reading a story and letter that makes you appreciate more about photography and the memories, click here to visit a blog and read a story that brought tears to my eyes..

**Thanks to Jennifer Lea Photography for supplying the photos and the information :)

Today is the day!


One of my new year's resolutions is to try to keep more of a structure to LoveByCC. Last year, it got majorly out of hand because we would continue to take orders through email without officially opening up the shop. Wait times got to 8+ weeks and I felt stressed out to try to make the wait times. 

This year, I am taking control and am so excited! We will be reopening LoveByCC once a month, at the beginning of the month, and will take orders until we are full for that month. Once we are full for the month, we will close down shop until the next month. This ensures that wait times won't exceed 4 weeks and I won't be stressed! We will continue to do TUNE IN TUESDAY ready to ship as well, so if you don't get in for an order, you may be able to get something here!

Our shop opening will be today, January 2nd at 6pm PST. We do suggest making your order as soon as possible because we expect there to be quite a few people ordering.

Please email us at if you have any questions!