If you’ve been one of my long-time followers you know all about Jen from People I Want to Punch in the Throat who created a viral sensation out of my 101 Elf on the Shelf Ideas post last year with her Over Achieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies rant.
Ok, good we are all on the same page now.
Everyone was talking about the controversial Elf sensation and letting us both know how they felt about their love/hate relationship with their EOTS. I get it. EOTSing is a lot of work. I raised the bar for parents but I only intend to inspire fun childhoods for the kids!
My tumultuous childhood and second chance at mothering (postpartum DVT/PE survivor) have shaped me into the OAM that I am! Simply, I have become the mother I always wanted!
When I created my 101 Elf on the Shelf post, I had no idea what the power of Pinterest or Jen held. My post was already viral through pinning for the mommies searching for Elf mischief but Jen flipped the viral switch with her rant over, in her words, â€œthe bastard.â€
My material was the gateway for Jen to splurge onto the mommy blogging scene full force. Yes, my list made the whole EOTS thing famous and started this crazy phenomenon (some thank me, some hate me) providing Jen the platform to attain the audience she has. Somewhere in the mere figure of 60,000 Facebook fans and I can say I was there before she had a FB page. Between Jen reaching blogging stardom and the Elf reaching world dominance, I feel pretty good about my work here.
I’ve upped the EOTS awareness to worldwide status and marketed him better than any marketing team could dream of. We’re talking over a million EOTS page hits and who knows how many Elves arrived in homes because of me. I’m sure the EOTS people are going to be calling me soon for a spot on their team! I can just feel it!!
Jen has the gift of writing. It is a combination of snark, truth, humor and self-punching wit that grabs the reader, gets them comfortable and makes them feel like an actual conversation is occurring over a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Then they spit it out in laughter!
Her readers can relate to her and she adds the fun twist of sarcastic humor that makes laughter echo through the house. She created an atmosphere that makes readers feel like they really know her.
She rants about her children who have outrageous fictitious names and calls out her husband on his cheap ways. Sounds like home, right?
So what is a mom to do when she has an award-winning blog and an audience begging for more?
Write a book, naturally.
She produced yet another way readers can laugh at her hilarious rants, holiday style. Her book is a collection of well written essays that bring out the humor in the holidays and of her Christmases past.
You’ll love her humor over her white trash dollhouse and the dreaded annual Christmas picture. I would have never believed her mother’s Christmas decorating addiction if Jen didn’t publish the pictures!
If you were born in the 70′s like Jen and I, then you will enjoy this book as much as I did because she takes you through a nostalgic journey of 80′s clothes and toys that you will have pleasure reminiscing over!
Finally, this book would not have been complete without the entire Over Achieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies post inspired by ME! So I not only thank Jen for indirectly marketing my blog and making me Chapter 10 but I really would like to thank her for giving me a spot in her literary journey that her English professor doubted. I am honored to have been a part of her first published book.
Holiday rants and sarcastic writing not your style? Then stay tuned for the OAM’s Guide to 101 Ways to Create a Perfect Holiday!
Bah. It’s just a joke.
Hmmâ€¦Jen’s over there punching people & making adults spit out their coffee, EOTS is wooing the youth of the world and I’m just over here trying to figure out what’s for dinner. We are all exactly where we need to be.
Now go buy her book, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget to buy an extra copy or two for your best friends. They will love you for it.
Someday, I will let my kids read her collection of essays and let them stumble on my chapter. I can’t wait to see their reaction!