I feel like I see the same posts on Instagram every day…friends who seem to travel all the time and never work, influencers not-so-subtly plugging another product, pictures of my aunt’s cat, clothes from brands I can never afford and Kim Kardashian’s butt.
If you can relate to at least one of these, it’s time to shake up your feed. Here are 15 Instagram accounts to follow if you want some variety in your life (sorry Kim):
Be mindful of your heavy breathing as you scroll past pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked beans and mac & cheese from Jon G’s Barbecue. The family-run food truck and catering company is so good that it won a 2019 Best of the Weekly award. Now that’s impressive.
Everyone likes to look at food photos, but Local Carolinas is way more than that. Posts range from music and art to shops, small businesses, breweries and restaurants all over North and South Carolina. You’ll be inspired to venture out of your neighborhood and explore someplace new.
This account has everything there is to love about Waxhaw all in one place – breweries, farmers markets, local businesses, community events, unique restaurants and, of course, the beautiful farmland.
Fill your feed with dogs, puppies, cats and kittens available for adoption from this nonprofit specializing in finding permanent homes for homeless pets. Enough said.
Created by a mom from Waxhaw, One Girl Inspired is a monthly subscription box that offers more than just beauty items. The service aims to empower and motivate teen girls. Follow for inspirational quotes and to see what’s inside the boxes.
This isn’t your typical boutique. Siela in downtown Waxhaw sells women’s clothing and gifts from vendors who support fair wages and ethical practices. That’s something we can all get behind.
If your kids attend a Union County public school, it’s probably a good idea to follow Superintendent Andrew Houlihan. He posts pictures and videos from his stops at schools around the district, keeping you in the loop about what’s going on.
This small batch porcelain and design studio in Monroe makes beautiful dinnerware, vases, planters and even lighting. Aside from making your feed aesthetically pleasing, you can actually shop the products you see in each post.
Breweries have more than just good beer. You’d know that if you followed Southern Range in Monroe. They’re always posting about trivia nights, live music, food trucks, and partnerships with local businesses.
Most greeting cards are either too cheesy or too sentimental. Not Love365. These fun, trendy (and sometimes sassy) cards are handmade in the Carolinas. They’ll brighten your day, and you can shop right in the app.
You’ll drool so much over Lady Go-Go’s photos, you won’t even realize the food is made of plants. They are the area’s first food truck serving Mexican street fare with a vegan twist. Meat? Who needs it?
It’s hard to believe these cute and colorful cookies are actually healthy. Made by a couple in Stallings, Pink Turtle Cookies are free of gluten, grain and dairy. Keep their custom designs in mind for your next party or event.
Become a fan of North Carolina’s new professional soccer team, Stumptown Athletic, which plays home games in Matthews and Pineville. Meet the players and go behind the scenes at practices.
Nothing is more satisfying than making something yourself. Stop pinning ideas on Pinterest and actually do it at this DIY workshop in Waxhaw. Their posts will show you anyone can make a porch sign, chunky knit blanket, tote bag or pillow.
If you’re a sucker for baby ducks, sleeping squirrels and injured birds, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue will make you melt. The Indian Trail-based nonprofit provides sanctuary, rescue and rehabilitation for wildlife, farmed and exotic animals.