Monday, June 13, 2011

Father's Day Gifts You'll BOTH Love!

Have you ever known someone who is always pulling a prank?  Always funny, hardly ever serious?  When something serious actually comes out of their mouth, you laugh because you thought it was another joke?  Joe Gumm is that guy.  Let me back up...

Last spring, I met a woman who was becoming a doula.  I liked her immediately, and I liked her reasons for wanting to be a doula.  I send lots of clients her way, she sat through my class so she knows what I teach, helped make BOLD Fort Worth a huge success, became a Chapter Leader for the Tarrant County Birth Network, but most importantly, became my friend.

Repeatedly, she told me that I was the female version of her husband.  I'm not quite the prankster Joe is, and I'm still trying to figure out exactly what she meant by that.  She is madly in love with him, so it must be a compliment, right? Ha! 

Joe is a sportscaster-media-guy.  In fact, my husband knew Alexa for months before he found out who her husband was.  Joe had called me -- in a pranking mood -- and was trying to convince me to go to to check out the book he wrote about birth.  I thought this was another joke.  I told David a couple hours later to remind me to check out and he said, "I know Joe Gumm.  How do you know Joe Gumm?"  I explained the conversation that had taken place and he freaked out!  Talk about star-struck!  Joe Gumm the sports guy?  David was more nervous on our first "date" with them than he was on our first date!  What is it with guys and sports?!  And, yes, he really did write a book about birth written for the dad-to-be, titled From Humor to Hormones.  As a teacher of Husband-Coached Childbirth (AKA The Bradley Method (TM)), I approve.  It was great.  They birthed all 4 babies at home so homebirth is represented nicely.

Where the heck am I going with this?  What does this have to do with Father's Day?  Joe just finished up another book called "150 Secrets to a Happy Wife."  I'd like to tell you it's all funny, but some of it is quite serious.  Joe has a soft side!  It is a very entertaining read, and the man in your life will get a kick out of it.  I was also thinking this is a great gift for a young man just getting married!  Seriously.  Grab your copy right now!  I've linked to it for your shopping convenience.  Maybe you can tell me, after you've read it, how the heck I am the female version of Joe Gumm!

My next little nugget of love for the man in your life, like the first gift, is really a gift for you, the one that loves him.  My husband grew up in an itty-bitty town in New Mexico with some amazing people that have gone on to do some pretty great things.  One of them is a woman now living in Virginia running a company by the name of The Bumble Bee Studio.  David saw her company on Facebook and was intrigued.  She has lots of really cool products, but the one he was interested in was the "Doggy Spray" to make Annie not smell so "doggy" and Julie threw in some samples for David to try out.  I'm speechless! The two items we are both loving are the Bee a MAN - Men's Herbal Shave Soap and the The MAN Bar - Shampoo and Body Bar.  Apparently, there is also a Bee a MAN - After-Shave Balm.

I have to say, years ago I found an aftershave called "Cowboy" that David and I both love, but it doesn't stay with him all day.  The MAN Bar does and the scent is similar.  It smells amazing!  (Scentsy needs to copy this one for a man's car freshener!)   It's pricey, but worth every penny if you care about how your man smells.  David is so crazy about it, he ordered it for his dad and I insisted that he order it for my uncle too.  The packaging is lovely, to boot.

Really, your man will love, love, love his Father's Day gifts this year.  Even better, so will you.


:: Julie Diers :: said...

thank you donna~~! i am so delighted you and david are pleased with my products. you will love the bee a man herbal after shave just as well. i think you will love the products for YOU just as well....expect more samples~~! buzzzzz.


:: Julie Diers :: said...

p.s.- really great blog~~! almost makes ME what to have a baby. almost. xo