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How to House Swap Abroad with a Simple E-mail

I’ve always wanted my children to be more familiar with their American culture... So, I did what any red-blooded Pittsburgh-born mother of three Frenchies would do: I waged a year-long campaign with my husband to live in the U.S. for one year.
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Career Advice: Launching a Business Idea is Like Preparing a Perfect Meal

Developing a business idea is a lot like cooking - for best results, pick the right ingredients, showcase your skills and respond to the consumer's needs.
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So You Want to Start a Book Club…

The "rentrée" is a clever French word that describes back-to-school, back-to-work and the beginning of fall all in one. With kids and jobs returning to a regular schedule, it’s also the perfect time to start new projects. Like your very own book club.
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How to Survive Your First French Dinner Party

When the French invite you to dinner in their home for the first time, it can feel like passing an entrance exam. French etiquette coach Marie de Tilly gives her sage advice on how to make sure you make the best first impression.
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Tennis Fan: How to Snag Best Last Minute Seats at Roland Garros

Dying to see the top seed, world-class tennis players battle it out on the famous clay courts at Roland Garros? A die-hard tennis fan shares her insider secrets to snagging the best seats at the French Open in Paris – even at the last minute.
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5 Amazing Apps to Help Keep You Organized

Women on the go are multitaskers and appreciate all the help they can get to organize their busy lives. In today’s world, apps can make a big difference in gathering information, facilitating jobs and saving time. There are hundreds of new apps appearing on the market today. Which to choose and how to use? INSPIRELLE helps our readers download with our 5 top smart app picks.
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Are You Overpaying Your Rent in Paris?

You’re home hunting for a rental and your scam alert is on. I don’t blame you. Paris rents are high enough so who wants extra trouble or expenses? Here's some expert advice on who to trust and what to look out for to help you make sensible decisions!
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5 Smart Apps to Simplify Your Life

Are you struggling with information overload? Timetable overbooked? Missing appointments? INSPIRELLE knows how you feel. Check out these five great apps we believe can make a difference in your day-to-day organization at home with your family and at work.
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5 Tips to Handle the Onslaught of Visitors to Paris

Every year, approximately 46 million visitors will walk the narrow cobblestone streets of Paris, and when you live in Paris, you sometimes feel like you are personally responsible for about half of them. That may be a slight exaggeration, but it is true that when you live in the City of Light, everyone you know will want to visit at some point, and you’ll find that once the spring season has begun, your spare couch will suddenly become the busiest hotel in the city.
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15 Important Things to Know Before Becoming or Hiring a Nanny

Are you thinking of becoming an au pair or nanny as a way of traveling to France or finding work? Or are you an employer seriously looking for that special someone to take care of your most valuable possessions: your children? Here are some things both sides should discuss before the deal is done.