Oct 11, 2018

6 Things I Loved In September

Trying to find my way back into blogging... So I'm starting today with a monthly series sharing some of my favorite things! When I was a way better blogger, I saw a similar post and thought it was fun, so this is my take! Each month (hopefully within the first week), I'll share some of my favorite and very random things I enjoyed from the previous month! Anything goes.... beauty, food, books, tv shows, apps, products.... anything I liked, used, found helpful, I want to share with you!

Let's jump right in! Here are a few things I loved in September...

Oct 10, 2018

An Update On Sonny

Well, we just passed the 4 month mark with Sonny boy. On one hand, it feels like yesterday and then on the other hand it feels like much longer. I'm not gonna lie, there have been some very stressful days. I may even have a few more gray hairs because of him (lol) but I'm so glad he's part of our family.

Sep 27, 2018

Helping After Hurricane Florence

It has been almost 2 weeks since Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast.

Even though I am extremely thankful that our tiny corner of the state was fortunate enough not experience the furry of Florence, my heart is still vert heavy. The people in New Bern, Wilmington and all the towns in-between (most are only a 2-3 hour drive away) are dealing with so much loss. Homes destroyed, pets abandoned, lives lost… I can't even imagine what they are going through. It's going to take time to rebuild and get back to normal, so please keep them in your continued prayers, and if you feel like donating I'll leave a few links below: 

Mercy Chefs - provides professionally prepared meals for victims, volunteers and first responders in national emergencies and natural disasters

Operation BBQ Relief - another great group feeding victims and first responders

Convoy Of Hope - helping affected people & neighborhoods by distributing supplies, helping with debris removal and so much more

Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC - provides essential food and supplies to those impacted

Diaper Bank of NC - distributes personal care & hygiene items

Good Shepherd Center - feeding the hungry & sheltering the homeless

New Hanover County Sheriff's Office - several officers/personnel had significant damage or total losses

OBAH Search and Rescue - non-profit comprised of certified first responders, deploying into Natural Disasters since Hurricane Katrina to rescue the animals left behind or displaced

Frank's Way Foundation - after losing his dog during Hurricane Harvey, Frank's Way was started to care for the animals that are often left during natural disasters

Paws Place Rescue - a no-kill shelter dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation & adoption of dogs that was severely damaged

+ Or shop for a cause! Profits from these shirts (here // here // here) and these art prints (here) are being donated to relief efforts.

+ For even more causes, check out this list of highly-rated charities on Charity Navigator. I'm sure there are even more if you search! Just make sure to double check and do some research to make sure it's legit!

+ Local OBX friends, Barrier Island Bagels (one of my favorite places!) is collecting food & supplies at their shop! They've already delivered 2 trailers and want to deliver more! Check out their insta for more info!

Jul 5, 2018

Life According To My iPhone

We live pretty boring lives around here, especially with Brandon's schedule lately. But I wanted to pop in, say hello, do some catching up and share some photos from my camera roll.... some instagrammed, some not. ;)

Jun 18, 2018

Meet Sonny

There's a new furry face around here!

We have been going back and forth about having another pup in our lives for a few weeks now. I'd been looking at different cocker spainel rescues and local shelters and when we saw this guy at the SPCA, we decided to go meet him!

Apr 29, 2018

Sunday Morning Coffee | No. 03

I can't believe November was the last coffee talk! Sorry!! So let's do some catching up and you can enjoy your morning cup with a pretty view, sound good?

So grab your cup of coffee (or tea) and let’s chat!

Apr 17, 2018

Spring Blooms - A Free Desktop Wallpaper

Free Download - Spring Floral Desktop Wallpaper - Union Shore Blog

Hi friends! First off, sorry I’ve been so MIA recently!

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and I haven't shared a freebie in a while, so...... I created a FREE floral wallpaper to brighten up those desktops, inspired by one of my best-selling patterns... and the lack of Spring weather everyone seems to be getting. :-/

Apr 3, 2018

Giving Back - First Quarter

Can you believe it's already April? I don't know where the time is going?! And since we're a quarter of the way in, I thought it would be a good time to share and shine a light on the organizations we've helped. And if you didn't know, your purchases have a purpose! Each month a portion of sales are donated to a different cause - you can read more about it here.

Let's get to know the organizations we've helped so far...

Mar 28, 2018

Catching Up...

Since I totally fell off the blogging train, I thought we should probably catch up a bit.

Mar 22, 2018

Get Your Soul Right

I'm not talking about going off into the mountains and secluding yourself... unless you want too. ;)

I'm more so talking about taking a break from social media every now and then. Facebook and Twitter is just so nasty and depressing lately... and we all have issues with the Instagram algorithm with low engagement and shady follow/unfollowers. So basically, don't let it get you down and don't compare yourself to strangers on the internet.

Happiness comes from looking beyond the screens. Enjoy the real world, the real people in your life and do the things that make your soul happy!

Jan 29, 2018

Why This Loss Hurts So Much

One month without our sweet Bosco. :(

On one hand it still feels like yesterday... and the other feels like so much longer.  It's a harsh reminder that the world doesn't stop and life will keep going on. And I'm no stranger to loss because my dad passed away when I was 15. Talk about heartbreaking and turning your world upside down! Now with Bosco passing, the band-aid that was holding my heart together, was ripped off and broke open my heart after years of healing...

Jan 17, 2018

Grieving & Healing

I was just a pup when we first met, I loved you from the start,
you picked me up and took me home and placed me in your heart.

Good times we had together, we shared all life could throw,
but years passed all too quickly, my time has come to go.

I know how much you miss me, I know your heart is sore,
I see the tears that fall when I’m not waiting at the door.

You always did your best for me your love was plain to see,
for even though it broke your heart you set my spirit free.

So please be brave without me, one day we’ll meet once more,
for when you’re called to Heaven I’ll be waiting at the door.
- author unknown

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