Celeb holiday wish list: Shannan Younger from Tween Us

Elizabeth Rago

Shannan Younger’s parenting style is what I long to have when my kids are tweens. She has an insight and a humor that makes her the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, and Erma Bombeck all wrapped into one person. She writes about parenting at ChicagoNow’s Tween Us blog. You can also find her on the Chicago Parent Blogger Network and Families in the Loop.

An essay she wrote was included in the recent book The Herstories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship and she’s been quoted by the BBC, but that was about Justin Bieber, so it may or may not count. While you’re deciding, you can follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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1.  Faux Fur Throw from Target.  It’s cold out. Curling up on one of these with a good book and a cup of tea would be a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.


2. Cafe Goblets from Pottery Barn

I love stemware and think it’s a great way to make a meal feel a bit more special, but the wine glass just doesn’t quite go with the quick work-from-home lunch even if it is holding only water. This feels like it would do the trick, without overdoing it.


3.  Boxwood Topiaries  from Ballard Designs

I’ve liked these for years and feel like they’re a timeless classic and a nice way to bring the outdoors in without me having to worry about having blood, sap, whatever on my hands when they invariably fail to thrive under my care. I’d love to have a grouping on my dining room sideboard or maybe even the table.


4. Navy Blue Moroccan Pattern Curtains from CafePress

I have no idea where I’d put these, but it’s the holidays, practicality goes out the window, or the curtains, right? I just think they’re fun. I’d love to design a room around them.


5. Dragonfly Dining Cushion from Pier 1. The cushions on our table in our eating space, where we enjoy all our family dinners. After a few years, the current cushions are in sad shape and begging for a break.  I realize these may not be the most practical choice, but they’re neutral and I liked that they’re a bit whimsical.


 Image credit – Target, Pier 1, Ballard Designs, CafePress, Pottery Barn