Dec 3, 2020

Top places in the US for single moms

Little girl giving a card to her mother
No one understands the importance of living in a place that offers an excellent quality of life better than single moms. From juggling work with doctor appointments, grappling with priorities, bills, and solo decision-making, to navigating between your anxiety and doing the best you can to ensure your baby stays in their safe little bubble, away from all the adult concerns and social evils. The trials endured by women in single motherhood are often incomprehensible to those who aren't in the same situation.

For this reason, our list breaking down the top places in the US for single moms is primarily based on issues that such households typically face. It sums up the cities with benefits such as low cost of living, good job opportunities and income, high safety rates, decent healthcare, good schools, and affordable housing. All of these play a significant role in alleviating the stress of single motherhood, at least to some degree.

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Let's start our list of top places in the US for single moms to move to with Fayetteville because this city keeps routinely making its way into many other lists. For starters, it ranks high among the best and cheapest places to live in in the United States. Although its median home value can be relatively high and most residents rent their homes, its housing-related expenses are still lower than the national average. Groceries, healthcare, and other costs are significantly cheaper, too, and it's affordable not only for professionals but students as well. Secondly, it's often listed among the US cities that are best to retire in, which speaks of its safety and abundance of outdoor activity options.

Boulder, Colorado
The next on our list of best places in America for single mothers is Boulder, Colorado. The median income for a single mom in Boulder is approximately $41,708 a year, which is enough to afford a two-bedroom apartment and a good preschool program. Next to the thriving economy, this is also one of the safest cities in the US, although property crime is somewhat higher than the national average. Lastly, Boulder's school district is mostly considered exceptional.

Lexington, Kentucky
The main pros of Lexington, Kentucky include education much more affordable than many other US states, housing prices that are 7% lower than the US average, and topography that takes your breath away. Although finding a good-paying job will not be as easy as it would if you're a teacher, professor, or healthcare worker, it is doable. Besides, keep in mind that Kentucky continues to rank amongst the ten cheapest states in America. As a parent, you will be happy to find that Lexington has plenty of opportunities for all levels of education, as well as lots of parks and playgrounds for them to have fun exploring.
Mother holding her baby
As a single mother who wants the best life possible for her child, you understand the importance of having an excellent place to live
Buffalo, New York
The school districts in Buffalo, NY, are often cited as some of the best in the country, so you can be fully confident your children will receive a quality education. Secondly, Buffalo belongs to the category of so-called "affordable" cities since it offers low median housing expenses. Next, its booming economy relies on a diversified economic approach, making hundreds of different jobs available. In addition, due to its location, your commute will last 20 minutes tops.

Trenton, New Jersey
Balancing work and all of the responsibilities revolving around child care is made easy for single moms in Trenton due to its affordable but high-quality preschool programs and required paid family leave. Secondly, both renters and homeowners in Trenton found it easy to afford their residences, and with this area's growing economy and unemployment rate of 3.8%, finding a good-paying job will not be too difficult.  

Sarasota, Florida
Although best known for its rich art performances and cultural scene, Florida's "Cultural City" has also been ranked relatively high on the lists for best cities in the USA to live, single parents included. This is primarily because of affordable housing prices, healthcare quality, low crime level, strong school system, and employment market. The best news of all, Florida has no state income or sales taxes.

Many job-seekers are extremely attracted to Sarasota's strong job market as well as an impressively low percentage of unemployment and diversified economy. Secondly, when you mix the laid-back feel and comfortable temperatures of Sarasota with its wide selection of family-friendly activities and attractions, you get the authentic vibe of a year-round playground for both you and your children. And not only that – Sarasota boasts quality public elementary, middle, and high schools, and it is also home to some top-notch institutions of higher learning. Therefore, once you've settled on moving to Florida and found the experts you can trust to take you there, you can rest assured you'll enjoy a steady income, and your children a quality education.

Boise, Idaho
With plenty of job opportunities, affordability, safety rates, an abundance of school choices and outdoor activities, it comes as no surprise that people are virtually tripping over themselves, single moms included, to relocate to this family-oriented city. Although Boise ranks as the 8th safest city in the world, which isn't negligible, the city has some drawbacks as well. The greatest one is the percentage of minimum wage workers. However, when compared to the East and West Coast states, Boise is extremely affordable, and things like taxes, gas, medical bills, as well as your kids' lessons and activities will not be an issue to your wallet.

Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa City also made it to our list of top places in the US for single moms, and it's not hard to see why. This diverse and vibrant little town boasts award-winning schools and world-class healthcare. It also scores high on housing affordability, low crime, and economic opportunity. This could be the ideal place for you if you're an artist since music, theatre, and all other art forms are a big deal in Iowa City.

La Crosse-Onalaska, Wisconsin-Minnesota
The La Crosse-Onalaska metro area gives you high wages and low rents. A single mother's average income is $30,524 a year, which is more than $4,000 higher than the nationwide average for such a household. If you wish to buy a home, the good news is that houses here are more affordable than most residential real estate markets in the country. And, if you're renting, expect to pay roughly $826 per month for an average two-bedroom flat. On top of it all, you will enjoy good public schools and affordable and easily accessible healthcare.

Mother with baby in her arms smiling
If you aren't already living in one of these cities, make sure to research the area and find one close to you.

Tallahassee, Florida
You're looking at one of the most popular college towns in Florida and home to the great schools of Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, and Florida A&M. Here you will enjoy a relatively low cost of living, with well-priced items such as gas, housing options, and groceries. While one of the teams from Best Movers in Florida takes care of your relocation, you can get to know Tallahassee with your little ones and find some excellent places to have fun.

Final word
That concludes our list of top places in the US for single moms. With a bit of luck, your city is already on the list, and if not, hopefully, your relocation to one of them will significantly alleviate your stress as a single mom and meet the standards you wish for your child and yourself. Best of luck!

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Nov 10, 2020

The ultimate guide to buying your own she-shed


turquoise she-shed

The poet John Donne wrote that 'No man is an island' in one of his world-famous poems about isolation. However, it is hard to imagine that John knew what it was like to be swamped with work and family obligations 24/7. If he had, he would have probably written that no (wo)man is an island except when they need to spend some time alone in a perfect little she-shed! Jokes aside, if you are desperately in need of a perfect getaway, look no further - we will discuss all of the essential things you need to know when buying your own she-shed!

The truth of the matter is that it is entirely natural to have your own personal space in which you can recollect your thoughts, do something creative, or just get away from the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day life. Most people associate holidays and vacations with me-time when they have the time and space to explore their inner lives finally. But this can be tricky. Sometimes it is simply impossible to travel anywhere (*khm* Covid-19 *khm*), or your finances may not allow you to travel every time you feel like getting away from it all.

woman in an airplane looking through the window
Traveling is sometimes not an option. However, your own personalized she-shed is a perfect place to spend time on your own.

The solution to this is so close to you; it is almost ridiculous. Namely, if you have a backyard, a spare room, attic, basement, atelier... you should consider buying your own she-shed.

A she-shed? What is a she-shed exactly?

There are no strict rules about what a typical she-shed should look like. The main point of having a she-shed is to have your own little shrine that will accommodate all of your free-time activities, a place where you can unleash your creativity, where you can exercise, meditate, do yoga, sing, dance, throw parties, cinema nights, book club meetings, …

If you still haven’t got a clear picture of what it may look like, think of it as a pandan to a man cave. A space where you can unwind whenever you want, in a surrounding that can be as feminine, as manly, as clean, dirty, stylish, or purposeful as you want it to be! No imposed societal roles here!

What do she-sheds usually look like?

Usually, she-sheds are outbuilding structures (i.e., small houses) at a distance from the place you live in because such an arrangement allows you to separate your private time and regular life. Of course, this is not to say that you are not allowed to make a she-shed in your attic or basement. Everything is permitted, but the prototypical she-shed is located in the backyard.
woman in a green dress standing in a barn
If you have an old barn or shed in your backyard, there is no reason why you shouldn’t repurpose and make your own she-shed.

Most she-sheds are made by women who are moving in with their partner to a new home. If you are seriously planning to make this big step, you will probably be aware that your living and working dynamic will change from the ground up. That is where the she-shed comes in - functional relationships are built on top of calm and collected individuals who have the freedom to explore themselves alongside working on the relationship with their significant other.

Designing your she-shed

Be clear about why you are building your own she-shed

So, every she-shed is a reflection of the she-shed owner’s personality. Therefore, you should plan the size and design of the structure based on what the primary purpose of your she-shed will be. For instance, consider constructing a small bathroom and storage room if you need extra space.Depending on whether you will use your space for entertainment, gardening, painting or as a reading nook, you should decorate it accordingly.
a woman standing next to book pages
Women often build she-sheds to explore the creative side of their personality.

However, you do not want to go overboard with furniture and other household items because then you may be on the way to making just another storage room instead of a she-shed. The point is to think about what you want to do in there and stick to it.

Be realistic

Luckily, conspicuous consumption is something that remains outside of your she-sed. The she-shed does not have to be spectacularly well-designed, especially if you are short on cash. That's merely missing the point - the point is to relax and get away from the world, not obsess over what people will think about your interior design. Having your own personal space is a luxury in itself, but a luxury unlike other luxuries; it is unpretentious and gratifying. You really do not have to prove yourself to anybody and splurge a lot of money on design, furniture, or relocation of those essential items you want to have in the she-shed.

You could paint the she-shed on your own or with your partner and kids. Ask your friends and family members if they have some old, but functional furniture that you can take and recycle. And call Big Man's Moving Company if you need help with moving any old or new furniture or appliances that you want to have in your perfect little she-shed.

Set the mood

A she-shed is not a home unless you give it your personal touch. So, start with the basics–paintwork. moving in furniture and other items,deep cleanse, etc. Then you should begin to add some color theme, or artwork of your choosing to cheer yourself up every time you come to your humble abode.

Gradually, you will see your former barn or grass plot turn into a lovely, inviting space where you will spend many hours, so enjoy every moment you spend building your own she-shed.


Nov 4, 2020

5 Tips for Accessorizing With Rings

You’ve chosen your outfit, bought your makeup, and got the perfect pair of heels to go with it. Now what? Accessorizing! Jewelry can transform your outfit and give you an edge, but choosing the right pieces can be tough. It’s easy to resort back to your everyday jewelry like your custom necklace and rings, but thinking outside of the box can freshen up your look.

Below, we’ve put together five tips to help you accessorize with rings…

Go minimal for an everyday look

Whether you’re meeting up with friends at the mall for a coffee or you’re headed into work, you can’t go wrong with some minimalistic rings for an easy-going look. Add in a matching bracelet to complete the look, and you’re sorted. Thin ring bands are great for giving you a confident, bohemian-esque look to suit every occasion - and they look good with any outfit.

Consider a bold statement ring

Depending on the occasion and your outfit, you might want to wear a big ring to top off your look. Some rings serve as great conversation pieces and help you attract compliments from friends and family, but they must be styled properly. Don’t wear a statement ring if you’re wearing a “busy” outfit, and be clear on where you draw the line. For example, you’re better off only putting a statement ring on one finger rather than both for an uncomplicated and sleek design. If you can’t find the confidence for a large ring, start off with something smaller.

Tell a story with your rings

Whether you’re married, dating, or single, rings can help you tell a story. The Claddagh ring is a great example of that, a traditional Irish ring that’s designed to represent love, loyalty, and friendship. The idea is that the heart shows your love for your partner, family, friends, or country, the hand represents friendship and relationships, and the crown represents your loyalty to your loved ones. It’s both traditional and uber-modern, and one for your collection.

Don’t be afraid of stacking

Another way to wear rings is to stack them. Women are increasingly turning to stacked rings because it’s stylish and out of the ordinary, allowing you to show off your personality through colors and styles, collecting rings as you go. Naturally, if you’re going to stack rings, then you’re best not to wear anything too bold or large - instead, opt for smaller, delicate rings that complement one another. This is an eye-catching technique that’s great for the summer.

Let your wedding ring shine

We’ve already talked about the importance of choosing a diamond wedding ring, but we thought it was worth mentioning the fact that wedding rings should stand alone. Sure, you can add your engagement band to the same finger, but other than that, you should let that hand be as it is, telling the world that you’re married. Use your other hand to accessorize with fashion rings, and you’ll never have to fend off unwanted attention from men again!

Did you find this guide interesting? Let us know and check back soon for more tips on rings.

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