Life Hacks

Life Hacks
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How to Pack for a Stress-Free Holiday

Does the sight of suitcases make you break out in a cold sweat? Check out these tips on how to pack to make vacation preparation as painless as possible.
French insults

French Insults: What are they, how bad can they get and how to react?

Ever been insulted on the streets of Paris? These tips from a former police officer can help keep French insults from ruining your day.
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5 Essentials for Surviving a Hot Parisian Summer

With the Parisian summer finally here to stay, check out these top 5 products to keep you cool when the temperatures rise.
Dealing with French Bureaucracy

French Bureaucracy: How to Tackle it With the Right Dossier

Before moving to France, my husband and I had heard horror stories of the French bureaucracy that would torture us on arrival. We encountered our first taste of it at the French Consulate in Los Angeles, then decided to figure out the rest once we got to Paris. I spent hours on the internet preparing for our move hoping to avoid some of the stress. Along the way, I discovered the dossier – an essential for navigating French bureaucracy.
French dinner party

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.
rude French people

Don’t Let Rude French People Spoil Your Day

The French, with their dazzling history, can behave vis-à-vis everyone as if they know everything about everything! Etiquette coach Marie de Tilly shares insights on French attitude and tips on how to deal with rude French people.
French Healthcare system

American Mom in Paris: Cracking the French Healthcare System

How does the French Healthcare system work? What did my husband and I learn about our health coverage when we had to resolve our older daughter's hearing issues? We learned A LOT about how to ensure our family is covered when faced with any health concern.
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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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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.