Friday Bulletin Paper Brené Brown

Timely nuggets of information and ideas we want to share with you.

The Coterie is a brand-new online party supply store. It has everything you need to decorate for a party. Coterie sells ready-to-use party sets for 10 to 50 guests. Each theme set varies in contents, but basically the essential sets contain paper plates and cups, cocktail napkins, plastic cutlery and table decorations for 10 guests. Prices range from $49.00 – $62.00 depending on the theme. The luxe sets contain everything in the essential set plus paper straws, balloons, string lights or other theme-specific decorations. Prices for the luxe set for 10 guests range from $98.00 – $105.00. Or, you may create your own set by handpicking your products. Their product range is vast with lots of specially designed decorations for the table, lovely paper plates and cups, pretty paper straws and much more.

Coterie partners with The Confetti Foundation, a nonprofit that throws parties for kids in the hospital.


Kickspos is a new company with a very creative idea – transform your shoes’ insoles into inspirations. These very thin insoles can be placed on top of existing insoles in both flats or heels. They can be trimmed down to fit any size. They have a textured bottom that helps them stay put inside your shoes. The founder and CEO started the company because she wanted to begin her day with some ‘pep in her step’. Shop for the right ones for you by feel – hustle, calm or fun, or by sets.   Need to lower your heart rate? Get the Inhale/Exhale pair. Need to tackle something tough or scary? Slip into the Head High/Crown On pair. Off to party? Slip into Everything’s Coming up Roses. Kickspos would make great gifts or stocking stuffers. Each pair comes in a soft suede bag. They have anti-microbial odor minimizers and they are hand-washable. They are $22.00 a pair. For a short time Kickspos is taking 10% off of your first purchase.


New York Magazine recently tested as many varieties of pens as it could find in order to find the best one. They rated each pen on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent). There was an evaluation group of 11 people comprised of writers and editors. The team tested each pen in the same notebook with the following criteria in mind – smoothness, smudging, bleed-through, feel and looks. Here are the resulting top three:

  1. Baron Fig Squire – Best rollerball and best overall. It scored 5s for all criteria. $55.00

  1. OHTO Horizon Needle Point Knock – Best Ballpoint. $18.00.

  1. Prismacolor Premier Fine Line – Best felt-tip pen. $14.39 for a pack of five.

See our article, Putting Pen to Paper, for our favorites.


Glow and Flow! Subscriber Elaine recommended these three blends of superfoods and herbs which blend with water, milk or nut milk to make a healthy drink or smoothie. They are raw, dairy-free, gluten free, GMO-free with no additives or preservatives. I like them all. Note: They do contain organic green stevia which I am told is healthy for us.

  • Healing Turmeric Latte – Soothes inflammation inside and outside of the body and boosts the immune system.
  • Energizing Matcha Latte – Provides long-lasting, sustained energy and concentration while detoxifying and cleansing the body, easing anxiety and balancing the hormones.
  • Bliss Cacao Latte – Awakens the mind and body to a blissful state of being while calming the nerves and elevating the mood. Get excited to feel the magic!

For a Hot Latte – Add 2 tbsp of the blend to a mug or blender and mix with 8-12 ounces of hot water or milk of choice.

For a Cold Latte – Add 2 tbsp of the blend to a mug or blender and mix with 8-12 ounces of cold water or milk of choice. Serve over ice.

For a Boosted Latte – Add 2 tbsp of the blend, 8-12 ounces of hot water, 1 tbsp of coconut oil or MCT oil, 1 tbsp of ghee or grass-fed butter, 1 tablespoon of collagen powder (optional) to a blender. Blend for a few seconds to incorporate all ingredients.

One bag holds 15 servings for $24.99. The three-bag mixed bundle is a good way to try them all. $59.99. 10% off if you sign-up with Glow and Flow.