This Week’s Sunday Scroll

Weekly post featuring four Instagram photos that stopped me in my scroll.

You guys… it has been such a busy week. On top of the errands and to-do lists, there was also a lot of gorgeous autumn content on Instagram. It was so hard to narrow this week down to four, but here is what I have for you.

This is a dreamy autumn shot of @nordingarden‘s yard. It makes me want to hop on a plane to Sweden. Who else is in love with the colors of fall leaves?

This is how I get my Florida wildlife fix on the daily. @gatorboys_chris does amazing work with nuisance gators. He shares videos from his days volunteering with gators and his dives, like the photo above. Did you know that alligators are my favorite?

I love when people take part in creative challenges. This sketch from inktober’s Swing day is so beautiful. I don’t even think I knew that @annahutzky drew like this. I love it

Last, but not least – this is an account that I just started following earlier this week and I’m in awe of these photos. You guys should go check out their feed. Every day scenes taken in such a dark and striking way… I’m obsessed! Thank you, @her_dark_materials

Oakes Quarry

We went on a little adventure recently and guys, this is a true hidden gem. I’ve always casually heard about an old quarry that was turned into a park. Never really thought anything of it even though it’s under 10 minutes from my house – That’s it!

So you know how long it took me to get there? 2 years since I heard about it. Well we headed out there the other night for an evening adventure… and fell in love.

Walking down the rocky path sends you into another existence. I did not feel like I was in Ohio at all. It was 89° and the sun was beating down on us and this rocky desert like scene.

Yes, this is an appreciation post just for an old quarry in Fairborn, Ohio. Pics below and if you live near here – GO! It’s got plenty to see and a nice 2 mile walk amongst the rocks. (There is a quick history below the photos)

I even headed back out there a few days later to do a photo shoot with the ever so lovely and dark Aniyahlationn

Back in 1929, it was surface mined for limestone. The Oakes family purchased it in the 90’s and eventually donated the land to the city of Fairborn in 2003.

The park has a 2 mile foot trail and 1 mile horse trail. It’s the 2nd largest park in Fairborn and it is a beauty. Keep a look out for wildlife and fossils! The last time I was there, we saw swarms of Buckeye Butterflies!

Caffeine Crushed

I quit drinking coffee.

Back in July, my anxiety was VERY high and caffeine was making that worse. I don’t drink soda, so coffee was my only source of liquid caffeine and I loved it.

But as my anxiety climbed, so did my coffee intake… or maybe it was the other way around. It actually began to physically affect me with acid reflux.

After lots of conversations with my doctor, we agreed that I should stop drinking coffee. Not just switch to decaf – I mean quit it for good.

So July 7th, I tossed my coffee and packed away my coffee maker. Day 2 was hard. Thinking back though, it may have been more of a habit than an addiction.

I actually don’t miss it. My anxiety has gotten better though never truly dissolving. I also want to point out that my acid reflux issues have dramatically dropped (I love acidic foods though – hey, tomatoes – so I imagine this will always be an issue for me.)

If you are thinking of quitting for any of these reasons, I totally recommend it. There is no trick though – you just have to decide to quit. Coffee is heavily advertised though as a mother’s savior, but really… water does the trick.

Hang in there, friends!

This Week’s Sunday Scroll

Weekly post featuring four Instagram photos that stopped me in my scroll.

Aaand we are back! This week’s Sunday Scroll is going to quote varied. There were so many creatives busy this week on Instagram – it was hard to narrow it down to four!

Jumping into this Carolina Pygmy Rattlesnake found in Georgia by one of my favorite nature photography related accounts noah_fields – I love following his page. He makes all of those critters look so photogenic. I appreciate the way he shares nature with so many people on his Instagram.

Next is one of my favorite cooks to follow! huntgathercook is the author of several cookbooks that are on my to purchase list. His Instagram is full of catch and cook adventure – lots of delicious recipes to try out.

I love a good paint mess. This post from shealeenlouise made me break out our watercolors today and get a little messy ourselves! For gorgeous art, go check out her Instagram.

Last but not least, how gorgeous is this home in Iceland that stacykallenn shared with us! She explained that it was painted that way to keep the house naturally warmer in such a cold climate. Though we don’t need that where we live, it’s super tempting to just paint it that way! A house near me recently did this dark gray that I’ve been swooning over. I want to thank Stacy for keeping my dreams of traveling the world more & more vivid with her photos.

Sunday Scroll #2

Good morning! It’s a gorgeous Sunday morning and you know what that means! It’s time for the second post of Sunday Scroll where I post 4 photos that caught my eye as I scrolled on through Instagram.

I really enjoy sharing photos from people I follow on Instagram and I hope you guys enjoy this too.

We’ve got a gorgeous coffee cup from honeyandthehive. She designs prints, cups, pins, and sometimes clothing. This cup sold out the first time she ran it and she had to do another pre-sale. It’s so dang cute!

This next one is a local shot from here in Ohio. It’s a creative shot of our downtown skyline on a cool summer day. Jessann1214 did an amazing job at catching the beauty of Gem City!

This place is high up on my To Visit list. srochellephoto posts so many amazing photos from her travels and this is just one of the many. The Grand Canyon is such an amazing natural wonder.

amybeth1985 is over here giving me all of the fall vibes. Thought I don’t like eating or drinking pumpkin, I am OBSESSED with pumpkins – and so is my kid. I love this shot.

And that’s that! Go check out their instagrams for more amazing photos!

Sunday Scroll

Going to try out a new weekly segment that I’m calling Sunday Scroll. Each week, I’m going to share 4 Instagram posts that simply stopped me as I scrolled on through Instagram this week!

So let’s dive right in

This post from raskalov had me ready to roll. It’s an overhead view of the traffic leaving 2019’s Burning Man in Nevada. It’s beautiful – full of unity and adventure!

This next one features two of my favorite things! girlnextdoorhoney dealt with this amazing bee swarm all over these ripe tomatoes. Have you seen anything more beautiful? Nature is amazing.

Pottery is something I love to look at. I would watch pottery videos all day if I could. I love seeing how creative people get, so it’s not surprising that this earth toned photo from dorothydomingopottery stopped me in my tracks.

I am totally in love with this moody portrait by _blomst_. She recently acquired a studio in downtown Dayton and she is creating some gorgeous images in there. Go check her out!

Aaand done! Easy stuff right? Come back next Sunday to see what photos from this coming week make it into Sunday Scroll.

5 Tips for the Three Rs

Every Wednesday, Layla from Lettered Cottage does a segment called “Let’s Go With Layla” on her Instagram and she shares 5 tips, ideas, or cool finds that she spots out and about. A few weeks ago, she decided to open the floor up to anyone who wanted to participate and host their own Let’s Go With Layla!

Stepping WAY out of my comfort zone, I decided to hop on Instagram and share a few of my favorite five tips in the topic of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

So let’s go (with Layla!)

Tip One: Cutting out the plastic water bottles! I’m actually super guilty of this. I’m very weird about drinking water from the sink – I always have been. So up until about March, I was buying water bottles by the 24pack. Between my husband and I, we would put out 60-70 bottles a WEEK!

I finally had enough so I just dove in and bought a water filter while I was at the grocery store. It has reduced our recycling waste by a bunch and I feel much better about our smaller impact on plastic use.

This is the one I purchased from the grocery store Classic 18 Cup Dispenser

Tip Two: Ditch the plastic shopping bags! I invested less than $7 in reusable grocery bags from my local grocery store and haven’t looked back since! I always take them with me! Pro Tip: buy a clip to hang them from the cart, so you take up less space inside the cart. It’s so nice not bringing all of that one use plastic into my home. Luckily lots of stores now recycle their plastic bags, so you can just bring them back to the store if you’ve got a collection or forget your reusable bags.

I want to add that I just switched to using mesh bags for my fruits and vegetables instead of those super thin & hard to recycle plastic bags in the produce section. I love them so much! Click here for the Mesh Bags I bought on Amazon.

Tip Three: Regifting Books/Library Card! I joined a challenge in January on Facebook where if you shared the post, you agreed to send one book each to the first 5 people who commented, as long as they also shared it and committed to the challenge.

It got me thinking – I tend to read books and just leave them sitting on a shelf for… well, ever. So now aside from this challenge, I’m also making it a habit to regift these books. I’ve also stepped up my library book borrowing game up.

Tip Four: I try to be really smart about buying CJ toys. I tend to buy less toys that have batteries and buttons because they break easier, creating more waste. I also look for toys made from recycled items. Bonus points if those toys are second-hand, but I always deep clean them when I get them that way. Don’t worry – she has plenty of new loud and bright toys too.

Tip Five: Reusable straws & cups are a favorite in this house. I purchased some reusable straws on amazon and have collected an assortment of reusable water and coffee cups over the years. Most places don’t mind you using your own – some even encourage it.

The straws came in a carrying pouch, so I can keep them in my purse. The cups are harder to carry around, but they do encourage me to just fill up at home. That ultimately saves a little bit of money – especially at the coffee shop!

So there you have it! 5 easy ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! What are some of your favorite 3R Tips?