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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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Reinventing Yourself: Baby Steps Can Bring Butterfly Effect Results

We’ve all read enough self-help books to get tired of the S.M.A.R.T goals setting formula. Yes, specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely are all important, only they are not enough! It’s not BIG goals you should be after, It’s the small habits that will hit you the jackpot.
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How to Stay Fit at Home to Fight the War on COVID-19

An expat in confinement in her Parisian apartment discovers how to stay fit with all her favorite trainers now offering free virtual classes.

10 Smart and Easy Cleaning Tips for a Healthier Home

Could the air in your home be harmful to your health? Follow these environmentally-friendly and economical cleaning tips to help you have a healthier home!
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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.

Insider Tips to Becoming a Successful Freelancer Abroad

Are you a freelancer looking to build a successful career while living and working in another country? Here are some tips from freelance correspondent Annabelle Azadé on how to succeed as an expat working abroad.
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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!
Bastille Day in Paris

Join in the Bastille Day Fun With These French Phrases

Vive la France! If you love street parties, July 14th is French National Day (fête nationale), commonly known as Bastille Day in English-speaking countries. It's the mother of all holidays here, so here's some vocabulary to help you get into the spirit!
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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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Help! I’m Getting Divorced! What Do I Do About the Money?

Avoid financial woes after getting divorced with these helpful tips from Justine Trueman, a specialist on expat women and money issues.