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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.
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Best Police Tips to Prevent Burglaries

In 2014, 378,776 burglaries were reported in France alone. Luckily, security experts know a few secrets that can help limit your risk of burglaries, starting with these tips.
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Tips for a Transcontinental Year-Long House Swap (What?)

Moving, like most anyone knows, is a complicated matter. Especially when there isn’t a big corporate entity helping you out. When you swap your home with someone else for an entire year it becomes even more complicated. For anyone considering a year-long, transcontinental house swap with your family, and largely without outside support, then this is the post for you!
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DIY: How to Create Your Own Holiday Wreath

To get into the holiday spirit, I like to organize a small get together with friends to create a beautiful, hand-decorated wreath. For me, as an interior designer, it’s the perfect fun activity...
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 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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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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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.