Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat| Book Review

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.

If you are just finding out about this now then you should catch up by reading my post and then reading Jen’s punch.

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, “the bastard.”

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.

Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat was the best Christmas gift she could have given her readers.

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!

For you, Jen!

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.

Hmm…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!


  1. WOW!!! I came from a slightly odd family too, and just like all the rest of the OAMs out there I work from sun up to sun down trying to create better memories for my kids than I was given as a child. I have to say I have read both blogs about the elves and I thought Jen’s was funny, but I use this one for the real ideas. A few of my own ideas have been ispired by the ones I have found here, and a few ideas have been journaled for next year!!! Thanks.

  2. Hey Danielle, Thanks for writing this review. It’s great. A lot has changed for both of us in a year, hasn’t it? I actually like the idea of your book. I think it’s a best seller. There is room for both of us on the Amazon best seller list! I can’t believe you had a McDonald’s! I searched everywhere for mine, but we used to move every 18 months for my dad’s job and my mom would give away our toys on a regular basis because she didn’t want to move them. McD was one of them. Keep setting that bar high, so I can continue to rail against it.

    Happy Holidays!


  3. I just saw the original post from Jen last year (which I LOVED… but I didn’t like how she linked up to Danielle’s blog) on a friend’s fb today and I’ve been trying to leave comments on both sites for hours (maybe I have? I can’t tell). How sweet to see you’ve “blogged” and made up. I actually think you are both sisters and the controversy was a killer way to up both of your blog-o-sphere statuses! ;) Kudos! Can’t wait to buy Jen’s book… and buy Danielle’s next year. Feliz Navidad!

  4. I followed both of you for a while after a client turned me onto Jen and the EOTS rant. But I stopped because honestly, her anger and meanness was just too much to read everyday.

  5. Trying to figure out exactly how you feel? Passive/Aggressive? Insecure? Angry? or Supportive?

  6. I’m the type of mom whose parenting style sits right in the middle of Punch and Blossom, so I can appreciate both. Danielle, you seem to be taking your punches with a healthy combination of irritation and good humor, and I applaud you for that! Jen, my EOTS is always in exactly the same place, except for when one of my kids decides that he should visit the people in my daughter’s dollhouse and I find him having tea with Dora the Explorer and Optimus Prime. Thank you for making me feel okay about that.

  7. I have to say how impressed I am that you chose to respond to Jen’s blog (and caustic reference to your own) with such grace. Perhaps Jen is a funny, talented writer who uses vitriole and negativity to communicate her views on life, and maybe that works for some. For me, I much prefer the quiet peace I find here in your blog. If that makes me a target for some moms who may not understand the past who brought me (or you) here? So be it. It’s nice to see kindness in the world.

  8. Are you really taking credit for the whole Elf on the Shelf phenomenon? Am I just reading this wrong? More power to you for finding success and a fan base, but really?


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