How Raleigh NC Can Make You An InstaStar

If you’ve been looking for a way to grow your audience successfully on Instagram, you probably know that it takes more than a good picture to attract the reach out to a new public. You need an exciting story that fits in the casual and everyday motto that Instagram has developed. You need to prove that you find the extraordinary in life at the most ordinary of moments, and that is a skill that a lot of Insta posters still have to develop. Sure, you can share all your OTT moments, but ultimately people want to follow somehow who inspire them to find joy in the routine of the everyday life. If your feed consists only of glitter and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, it’s likely that your followers will grow a little bored of watching without ever being able to join in. What you need is a trip to a location that offers the perfect environment to experiment with your photo style and to find what makes your followers tick. What you need is a weekend in Raleigh, NC.

Change your feeds from dull to Insta sensation!

A busy town full of knowledge and people

Raleigh is not just any town; it’s the capital city of North Carolina. Needless to say, you will find plenty of exciting subjects to capture just by walking in the streets. If you haven’t yet tried this candid approach to Instagram, you need to take a bold jump and share in your feeds photos that aren’t posed or planned. A vibrant city such as Raleigh can offer you a variety of angles, from the university areas to the entertainment districts, without mentioning the fashion and attitude of its inhabitants. There’s a richness that you find only in big towns to it, but there is a hint of North Carolina in everyone in there. It’s up to you to capture it and expose the difference between the Raleigh and the NYC style.

Amazing areas to relax

You can train your eye for wildlife pictures too, by stopping in the Days Inn Raleigh Glenwood-Crabtree not far from the Pullen Park. This gives you the perfect base to take frame the trees and water in the park. If you want to give a rustic feel to your Instafeed, stay by the 1911 Gustave A. Dentzel Menagerie Carousel, where you can capture the timeless amusement of children. Perfect for black and white shots if you don’t want to give a clear date to the photo.

Food pictures everybody will love

Finally, if you’ve been trying to grow your food picture portfolio, and are getting sick of tacos, burgers, and pizze, you might want to drop by the Mandolin in town. This little restaurant offers fantastic brunch and drinks with an exquisite decor – and you might even get to take your drink to the garden. There is an attractive mixture of colors and textures at the Mandolin that will give every shot a timeless quality. Besides, their presentation is out of this world, so you can be sure you’ll get a fantastic image every single time!

Growing your Instafeed demands time and dedication. You need to understand what your followers react to. Therefore a trip to a colorful and exciting place like Raleigh is the perfect solution to tackle your photo block!


What’s That Stomach Pain?

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I’m willing to bet that everyone reading this has had a stomach pain at some point in their lives – they’re pretty common. They’re also pretty benign most of the time (although it doesn’t always feel that way). However, it is important that whenever you have a stomach pain, you treat it seriously because it could be the symptom of something more serious like appendicitis or gallbladder disease.

In a bid to make it easier for you to work out why your stomach is hurting, here are some of the most common causes of stomach pains (and a few less common ones) and their symptoms:


Indigestion is a very common cause of stomach pain, other symptoms of which include acid reflux, bloating and nausea, as well as an acidic taste in the mouth, Usually, this is caused by eating certain foods, and if you can identify a pattern, you can eliminate the cause completely. If not, there are medications that will help.


If you experience serious stomach pain, which is massively painful to the point, it’s hard to handle, and if that pain also reaches your back, causes fever and vomiting, gas or bloating, there is a good chance that you have gallstones and that they are of the serious variety that will require medical attention. You’ll probably need some strong painkillers to get you through gallbladder attacks until you can have it removed, so a visit to the hospital is essential.

Food Poisoning

I think we all know the symptoms of food poisoning fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, cramps etc., and it’s usually pretty evident when food poisoning has struck, but do bear in mind that it could also be gastroenteritis you’re suffering from. Either way, you’re probably just going to have to ride it out.


An inflamed pancreas typically causes pain in the middle or upper abdomen areas, but it has been known to cause shooting pains that affect the back too. If you suspect pancreatitis, try leaning forwards or backwards, and you may find that it takes a little of the pain away, but this should only be a temporary measure while you seek medical attention. You are more likely to suffer from pancreatitis if you drink a lot (which is true of gallstones actually too), so that’s something to be aware of.


Gastroesophageal reflux disease is really very common and can cause upper stomach and lower chest pain, usually in the form of what we would know best as heartburn. Antacids are your best friend if you suffer from GERD, as is eating a healthier diet that’s low in fat, but don’t make it too low because that can cause gallstones. Taking good care of the abdomen area can be so tough!


Appendicitis usually occurs when the organ becomes inflamed, it is usually characterized by a sudden and severe pain at the appendix location, and you should definitely take yourself off to the emergency room if you experience it. Children are much more likely to suffer from appendicitis than adults, but it can happen to anyone at any time, and one way of checking if you have it is to bend your leg on the appendix side – if that causes more pain – it’s probably appendicitis because the muscle that you use to bend your leg is near the appendix.

Lactose Intolerance

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If your stomach often becomes bloated and gassy and you start to experience pain that can be anywhere on the spectrum from mild to severe, it could be that you have an intolerance to lactose. The obvious way of working this out is by keeping a food diary and watching for when the symptoms occur, but lactose allergies are pretty common, especially in the Asian population, so it could be the cause.


If you are on medication, then it’s worth checking whether stomach pain could be one of the side effects, Even if that isn’t the case, some medications when taken by some people on an empty stomach can cause inflammation which can cause mild to moderate pain and swelling in the stomach area. Antibiotics and pain medications are particularly bad for this, but it’s worth checking any medication you’re taking or consult your doctor if you’re worried.


Another common suspect in the stomach pain department id diverticulitis. This caused by inflammation of the intestinal lining known as diverticula. They tend to get inflamed when you are constipated, and your poop gets into them (they’re basically holes) or when you swallow a foreign object. Common symptoms of this particular illness include lower abdomen cramps, but if you have a serious inflammation, you may get bleeding in the stool or severe stomach pains, and you should see a doctor if that happens! A good way to protect against diverticulitis is by increasing your fiber intake. Eating healthily, in general, will actually help with a lot of the more common stomach pains.


If you’re a woman, and you experience a lot of tummy cramping and severe pain, alongside irregular bleeding, it could be that you are suffering from endometriosis – condition affecting the lining of the uterus. If you think that’s possible, you should see a doctor as a matter of urgency because not only can it spread and get worse, but it can cause infertility, the sooner you catch it and confine it, the better it will be.

Disclaimer: Although I’ve tried to be as accurate as possible in collating this information, you should in no way use it as a substitute for medical advice and intervention. It should be used only as a helpful way of working out potential causes of your stomach pain. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and when something is wrong, you see a medical professional. Period.

That being said, I hope I have helped you to get to know a bit about the stomach, and abdominal area of your body and the signs that you should be looking out for that something is wrong. The more you know, the better you can take care of your health. Look after yourself.

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