We’re TV Stars!
On Tuesday, my family was on national television. The ultimate public relations! In the spring, I was contacted through my Instagram page to appear on a show about our home on E! Entertainment Television. We passed the production company’s video screener – including trivia questions – we were chosen and we picked a date. Our direction was to act surprised and natural when the big day arrived. This was not hard to do as a thirty person crew showed up in our driveway! Surprise! Then in walked Jason Biggs of “American Pie,” fame!
The show, which premiered in August, is called “Cash at Your Door”. In this show Jason knocks at your door and “surprises” the homeowners with a chance to win $25,000! He asks an entry question and if the people get it right several series of trivia questions follow (including a hard one about their own homes).
Cash At Our Door!
They filmed our episode in May, 2021. We were hanging out in our backyard – like an ordinary day. There was a knock at our gate. Biggs yelled through the fence and walked into the backyard “surprising us”. I was “gardening” and my kids were playing. It was great. He played our giant game of Connect Four with the kids. Then came the big entrance exam question – officially beginning the game. As luck would have it, the question was about Superman. In our home, four out of five people have a PhD in this subject. We were ready to go!
My family and I waited on our patio while Jason and the crew snooped around our house. Little did we know he was looking for the “in home” questions that we would get wrong (oh the anguish). We had not let anyone in house in over a year so this was a big step for us. We agreed to it because the company tested us and the entire crew multiple times that week to confirm we were all negative for Covid-19.
Thank You Public Relations! We Won $5,000!
The crew quickly turned our kitchen into a television studio and invited my husband, daughter, and me to play (the boys were too young). Jason asked us a bunch of pop culture and historical questions. After a few tense rounds – and nail-biting pauses – we won $5,000! It was so exciting to finally have an outlet for our extensive library of useless knowledge! There was even a Harry Potter question in there for our Harry Potter fanatic!
My favorite part was after agonizing for five months over what they would show America from our house – the messy closets, the holes in the wall – they picked our crazy funny lamps! I bought them as a joke twenty years ago. The lamps got more press out of the show than any of us!
Thank You Public Relations! We Got A Full Page NY Post Feature!
Moving on from Apple Pie to Apple Picking… Recently, I wrote a blog post about how – as Moms – we only go apple picking for the social media pictures. This tongue-in-cheek topic is true so it was very well-received. It was so well received, in fact, that The New York Post wanted to write a broader story about the trend I described!
I had a nice conversation with Doree Lewak, the Post reporter. On Thursday – while I was at the amazing BlogHer Biz event in Brooklyn – we were notified that the story was running in the physical paper as well as online. Even more exciting – The New York Post was sending a photographer to our house to take pictures of us with the kids the next day!
An efficient use of the boy’s picture day haircuts – we were all camera ready. We had so much fun with a super cool photographer being silly with apples around our property.
Saturday, we woke up to a text from a friend with a link to the story. It all happened so quickly surprising half our friends. What a thrill!
Life Gets In The Way Of Apples
What a fun, big, funny week for us! From a famous celebrity (because of apple pie) to an article published about apple picking – and subsequently making an apply pie! Quite the theme!
Of course it’s Fall and if your kids play sports you know what that means. You constantly run from one field to another (times three) so they can play with a ball. Kids are so packed with activities that a simple and fun family activity like apple picking becomes a whole to-do. Despite my vitriol, we planned to go this weekend with our friends – despite the charade. Because the truth is – it IS a really nice thing to do. Then the baseball practices trickled into the calendar so we updated the plan to visit a local farm stand for the preferred accoutrements of cider and donuts. Then the baseball games trickled into our calendar. Now we have no time. Oh well.
Even Public Relations Can’t Stop Baseball Practice
So, in the true arena of life imitating art – the only thing we have time for is to enjoy the apples brought to our house via The New York Post. The funniest part is we now have the apples – the whole point of apple picking – but who wants them? YES! Exactly! Who wants six bags of apples!? We missed the cute pictures for social media, we missed the picking, and we missed the donuts. However funny enough – we still had the yelling and screaming (maybe there is an anger releasing pheromone in apples…?).
The Post photographer inspired my daughter to bake an apple pie. She’s currently on hour four of this endeavor. She has time for this because we canceled another activity for her. We are calling it an apology pie and giving it to our friends for being total assples with our time.
Update – the apple saga continues. As I was putting my middle child to bed last night, he started crying. He was so sad we didn’t have time to apple pick this year. I said didn’t we just do it efficiently? The apples are literally in our kitchen! But he said no, he wants the experience of pulling them off trees, and getting that “fall feeling”. So here it is – yet another parenting lesson. When we think something totally sucks our kids see it as a wonderful annual family activity. They ignore the yelling (shocking), they ignore the shlepping, they ignore the expense, and they just want to pick those damn apples. An eight year old doesn’t have a camera or Facebook, he doesn’t have Instagram, he just wants to be with his family, outside, doing a fun “fall feeling” activity. Yet again, perception.
There has been so much news about social media‘s negative impact on mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a monster filled with smiling Jones’ making you just want to keep up. Happy families picking apples and in pumpkin patches fall into this category. We need to support each other and talk about the truth. It’s not all smiles, come on – it’s hard to be a parent!
As you can see – it’s easy to fake a beautiful picture. This is in my backyard, I’m blowing a kiss to the ONE pumpkin we successfully grew from ten vines. But it looks pretty good, right? My grey hair streaks glistening like sparkles from the sky…
Continuing with this truth serum, I’m thinking my next post can discuss how all parents ruin their child’s Halloween with four little words: “put on your coat.”