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The Big Boo Cast

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Rank #103 in Kids & Family category

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Authors / speakers Melanie Shankle and Sophie Hudson - also known as Big Mama and BooMama on their blogs - talk about all the important stuff: faith, family, friends, football, fashion, and food. Plus, of course, their hair.

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Authors / speakers Melanie Shankle and Sophie Hudson - also known as Big Mama and BooMama on their blogs - talk about all the important stuff: faith, family, friends, football, fashion, and food. Plus, of course, their hair.

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It’s delightful!

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Love everything about these 2!

Fun podcast

By SuannSh - Nov 14 2019
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Love Sophie and Melanie. Love their chatter.

iTunes Ratings

1307 Ratings
Average Ratings
1239
32
17
14
5

It’s delightful!

By DeeinCumming - Nov 21 2019
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Love everything about these 2!

Fun podcast

By SuannSh - Nov 14 2019
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Love Sophie and Melanie. Love their chatter.

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The Big Boo Cast

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Authors / speakers Melanie Shankle and Sophie Hudson - also known as Big Mama and BooMama on their blogs - talk about all the important stuff: faith, family, friends, football, fashion, and food. Plus, of course, their hair.

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 157

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In this episode we talk way more about high school football than college (no joke: this past Friday night was the most exciting high school football game of my adult life), and I'm so happy that we were able to actually have a podcast conversation about high school football, because that means Melanie's internet connection is working again. May the Lord be praised.

We also talk about some stuff that has happened on the internets over the course of the last week, the problem with the countertop on Melanie's island, Melanie's recent test drive of a hydro-facial, and some make-up that we have recently tried and enjoyed.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop - new stuff listed all the time!

- Sunday Riley Power Trio: Lactic Acid + Retinol + Vitamin C Bundle

- Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

- Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer (the best concealer I have ever used)

- Maybelline Super Stay Ink Crayon Lipstick

Oct 24 2019

53mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 103

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You'll be delighted (or not) to know that on this episode of the podcast we first discuss our respective struggles with our ongoing coughs. This is due to our combined age of 402. We also talk maybe a little too enthusiastically about the new royal baby (WE HAVE SOME THEORIES) before we spend some time revisiting Hazel's ACL situation.

We also continue our pop culture discussion and dig into some exciting new beauty products that Melanie has tried (or is planning to try). As an added bonus, you will hear me grow increasingly hoarse over the course of the episode because we are all about that real upper respiratory infection life, y'all.

Hope you enjoy!

Here's where you can get more info on the stuff / products / places we mention:

Princess Charlotte greets the crowd

Friday Night Lights

Grey's Anatomy scrubs

Waiting for Guffman

Father of the Bride

Crazy Rich Asians

Revlon Color Stay Ultra Suede lipstick

Jamie Golden, Beloved Podcaster and Beauty Product Expert

Jamie's Instagram (her Stories are SO helpful for Sephora / Ulta / Dermstore shopping)

Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray

Aquage Uplifting Foam

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Cream

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Moisturizer

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 tinted sunscreen

Heliocare capsules

Our new Big Boo Cast t-shirts from Milk & Honey tees!

SPONSORS:

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FabFitFun #fabfitfunpartner

Apr 26 2018

1hr 1min

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 22

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Well, well, well.

Will wonders never cease?

It's been one year (to the day) since our last podcast, but the stars aligned and the computers behaved and the connections stabilized and we actually recorded some new content.

As always, we feature some very sophisticated topics: Miss Mississippi, the new Dallas, hermit crabs, dermatologist visits, expressions that get on our nerves, The Bachelorette, Mad Men, and so much more.

You might want to pace yourself as you listen, especially considering that we've been averaging a podcast a year. So if you play about 5 minutes a month between now and next June, you should be all up to speed by the time we record episode 23 in 2013.

Oh, we are pitiful.

Also, you should probably be aware that I sound like I'm verrrry far away for the first fifteen or twenty seconds, but it gets much better after that. Apparently it took me a minute to make the final adjustments to my microphone, which is hardly surprising considering what a well-oiled broadcasting machine we're operating. Really, we're just a hair shy of talking to each other on CB radios. And truth be told, that might be easier.

But please do enjoy.

Jun 29 2012

50mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 156

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The Bulldogs and the Aggies didn't have an easy time of it this past weekend, but don't you worry: Melanie and I still have big fun recapping what we love about the LSU Tigers and analyzing the greatness of Nick Saban. We also discuss a recent situation where I was told I have angled cuticles, and yes, I realize that might be the strangest declaration I have made to date via this podcast.

In the second half of this episode we were absolutely plagued by disconnection problems, but the bright side of that is that we discovered the root of all of our sound issues. We appreciate your patience as you have had no choice but to join us on this perilous audio journey.

We also talk about a couple of products I've tried and enjoyed, and then we pretty much give up on being able to record anything else. Which is why I am delighted to have included about ten minutes of our most recent Patreon episode at the end of this one. NOW DIDN'T THAT ALL WORK OUT.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- The Late Night Movie

- Downton Abbey

- Prettygarden Women's Solid Sweater

- Bare Minerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Queen

- Relavel Make-up Case (IT IS A GAME CHANGER)

- Speed Test for upload and download speeds

- Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange candle

- Pickwick and co leather, woods and tobacco candle

- Nest Moroccan Amber candle

- Northern lights whiskey and tobacco candle

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

Sponsor:

- care/of (promo code BIGBOO50 for 50% your first order)

Oct 18 2019

56mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 74

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Well, we start off recounting some difficult times we've experienced in excruciatingly hot conditions. Our passion about this topic will surprise approximately no one. But then, in an unlikely turn, we discuss exercise: power walking, Melanie's first yoga class, and a new fitness class that involves a mini tramp (Melanie may try it, so STAY TUNED).

We go on to share our thoughts about Costco, vacations, shorts, along with what we've been watching and reading. And naturally there's a lengthy discussion about all the skin care knowledge (and tips!) Melanie gleaned on her recent video shoot. You might want to grab a pencil.

Finally, we talk a good bit about the NCAA women's basketball tournament because BULLDOGS.

(You can find show notes on either of our blogs: http://boomama.net or http://thebigmamablog.com.)

(Audio clip from ESPN.)

Apr 03 2017

1hr 14mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 13

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At this point in our podcasting careers we're pretty similar to a white sale at your favorite department store: a SEMI-ANNUAL EVENT.

And truth be told, I'm not entirely sure what we talk about in this episode, though it seems like John Hughes movies and breakfast foods came up an awful lot. Not to mention our respective addictions to Pathwords, a game that I'll be playing just as soon as I hit "publish" on this bad boy.

So we hope you sort of enjoy this. Just like we sort of record podcasts from time to time, then sort of publish them when the mood strikes.

Because we? ARE PROFESSIONALS. In the absolute least professional sense of the word.

Merry Christmas, y'all.

Dec 22 2008

1hr 3mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 17

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Yeah. We know.

It's our first podcast in a year. 

But you'll be happy to know that the last year hasn't done a single thing to diminish our collective crazy.

Or our rambling.

You're welcome and the end.

May 20 2010

55mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 129

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It's our first episode of 2019, and in it we certainly enjoy our fair share of pontificating: about age, about Christmas traditions (CAREFUL IF YOUR SMALL CHILDREN ARE LISTENING), about Melanie's exciting new ice option, and about the National Championship game.

We also talk about Melanie's repeat viewing of Friday Night Lights, hear her reaction to Tidying Up, and dig into ALL MY MANY THOUGHTS about Surviving R. Kelly (seriously - if talking about trauma is difficult for you, you'll want to skip this part of the episode). Finally, we come back around to some sunshine and break down a few of the reasons we loved (loved!) Mary Poppins Returns.

So. There's some silly stuff. There's some serious stuff. And there's a whole lot of in between.

Enjoy, y'all - and happy 2019!

Show Notes:

- Opal Icemaker

- Friday Night Lights

- Tidying Up

- Mary Poppins Returns

Sponsors:

- Care.com (promo code BIGBOO for 30% off premium membership)

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first subscription box)

Jan 10 2019

1hr 4mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 23

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Well, here's our yearly podcast episode. 

The topics, as always, are varied: college baseball, working out, shorts, phobias, skin care, and Taylor Swift.

Though not necessarily in that order.

May 22 2013

49mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 114

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Well, our good friend Travis Cottrell is back with us this week, and oh, do we have a fine time. However, since y'all know how we like to pride ourselves on technological excellence, you might as well be aware that apparently my microphone wasn't completely plugged in for this episode. So be forewarned that I sound considerably more tin-ny than normal. DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED, however, because Melanie and Travis managed to get their microphones connected and it all works out fine in the end.

On this episode we talk about our sleeping preferences (pillows, comforter weight, side of bed, etc.) and prove once and for all that Melanie and I are not low-maintenance individuals. Melanie also shares her surefire method for hacking hotel thermostats, and my enthusiasm for this bit of information probably reveals more about me than I'd like. We also answer more of your questions and cover a whole lot of conversational ground (you have never seen three people agonize more over their hypothetical guests to a hypothetical dinner party than we do).

Plus, Neil Diamond shows up. Please do enjoy.

Here's where you can get more info on the stuff / products / places we mention:

- The Office

- Peace Like A River

- Friday Night Lights

- The Great British Baking Show

- Angela Cottrell's Chocolate Gravy

- Amy Grant's Lead Me On

- Whitney: Can I Be Me

- Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy

- Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

- The Popcast Live Show in Chicago (we can't wait!)

- Closing Song 1

- Closing Song 2

Our Big Boo Cast t-shirts from Milk and Honey Tees (and for the record, this shirt is CRAZY soft)

- Schneider. You're welcome.

Sponsors:

- PrepDish (promo code BIGBOO for two free weeks)

- Care/of (promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first month)

Jul 30 2018

1hr 14mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 115

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It's been a couple of weeks, so Melanie and I play catch-up in this episode. We talk about a unique challenge I'm facing this weekend, the technological heartbreak of late last week, and why a pep talk from other writers is a very sweet thing indeed.

We also talk about the launch of Melanie's new book, Fearless Faith, and discuss this fall's fashion trends (or lack thereof). We also mourn the continued elusiveness of Melanie's much-desired Sam Edelman Camellia boots, so we trust you'll remember her in your prayers.

Enjoy, y'all!

- Fearless Faith - Melanie's brand-new devotional book for girls

- Universal Studios (one of Sophie's favorite places on earth)

- Hamilton Chicago

- The Popcast Live in Chicago with Knox and Jamie (come see us!)

Erin Moon's tabbed Hamilton spreadsheet

BP Brice Notched Bootie

- Closing Song

Sponsors:

- PrepDish

- Simple Contacts (promo code BIGBOO for $20 off your first order)

- Casper (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off select mattresses)

Aug 10 2018

1hr 6mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 65

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So Melanie and I were on the Skype a little earlier than normal for this particular episode, and before we started recording I was somewhat concerned because Melanie could not stop yawning (to be fair, she was completely un-caffeinated at the time). However, I have to say that she pulled through like a non-yawning champ, so KUDOS TO HER.

For the first 30-ish minutes it's podcast business as usual; we answer a few questions from y'all and talk about SEC Nation and why I love my hair dryer and how we don't want to wish the days away. And then, in the last half hour, Beth Moore joins us, and if that doesn't put a little pep in your podcasting step, then I don't know what will.

It was seriously one of our all-time favorite days - a total blast. We hope you get a kick out of it, too.

Sep 23 2016

1hr 3mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 18

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Oh, listen.

We have to be the most reliably unreliable podcasters ever.

But we're in the process of working out some ongoing technical ISH-AHS, and it seemed like now was as good a time as ever to jump back on the podcast bandwagon.

Who knows? Maybe we'll actually crank out two podcasts this year.

It's good to have a goal.

May 22 2011

53mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 24

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Well, just like always, in this podcast we cover a vast array of disconnected and unrelated topics. But if you were looking for an organized, professional podcast experience, you probably wouldn't be listening to the two of us, now would you?

Enjoy, y'all.

Jun 19 2013

42mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 111

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On this episode we talk about my unusually quiet house, the latest on Southern Charm, and a couple of Netflix movies that have renewed Melanie's faith in the romantic comedy. We also continue with the questions we didn't finish last week, and as it turns out, we talk a lot - A LOT - about parenting stuff (teenagers in general, only children in particular).

You'll also hear all of my (Sophie's) geeky thoughts about The Fourth Estate as well as some podcasts I'm enjoying. Let it be acknowledged that we do not discuss a single item of clothing or a single beauty product on this episode. Somebody call the medics.

Enjoy, y'all!

Here's where you can get more info on the stuff / products / places we mention:

- Southern Charm

- Set It Up

- The Kissing Booth

- The Fourth Estate

- Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin

- The Pivot with Andrew Osenga

- In the Dark

- Up & Vanished

- Armchair Expert

- Closing Song

Our new Big Boo Cast t-shirts from Milk and Honey Tees

Sponsor:

Prep Dish (use the code BIGBOO for two free weeks!)

Jun 29 2018

1hr

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 102

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We kick off this episode with an update on Hazel (as Sophie's mama would have said: "God love her") and then segue' into a discussion about our new favorite clothing store that we had almost forgotten about (credit to Melanie, of course, for the re-discovery). Then, like we threatened to do on the last couple of episodes, we talk about some of the pop culture influences that we loved when we were younger.

Also.

It probably goes without saying that we don't know what to think about our current level of podcast productivity. We would like to think that we'll continue to be consistent and won't take a random two-month break at some point, but, well, you know us. So it's probably wise for all of us to keep our expectations in check.

Hope y'all enjoy episode 102!

Here's where you can get more info on the stuff / products / places we mention:

Loft - WHO KNEW there was so much cute stuff?

What Sophie ordered:

Loft Denim Bermuda Shorts in regular and plus

Loft Floral Tie Cuff Mixed Media Sweater in regular and plus

Loft Striped Ruffle Cuff Tee in regular and plus

Loft Frayed Bermuda Shorts in regular and plus

Loft Striped Wrap Pull-on Skirt in regular and plus

The Carol Burnett Show

Little House on the Prairie

Moonlighting (OUR BELOVED)

All the President's Men

Friends

Our new t-shirts from Milk & Honey tees

SPONSORS:

Easy Kicks

Simple Contacts

Apr 16 2018

55mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 125

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Here's the second installment of our 2018 Gift Guide, this time with lots of options for women and men. You could also refer to this installment as HERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS WE LIKE and also HERE ARE THINGS WE WILL LIKELY PURCHASE FOR OUR HUSBANDS.

So see? The gift guide serves a lot of purposes.

We also do a quick recap of this past Saturday's football games because precious is the day when both the Aggies and the Bulldogs are victorious.

We hope you enjoy this episode, and we especially hope that your Thanksgiving is full of time with the people you love most. We're so grateful for y'all!

Show Notes:

The Princess Switch

Dumplin' trailer

Gifts for women:

Brooks Running Greenlight Capri

- Able Cascade lariat necklace

Able Hana Wallet

The Merly denim jacket

Granda bowl by Able

30% off FashionABLE with code ABLE30 at checkout plus free shipping

Nordstrom Kennebunk Bliss plush throw

Noonday Collection Wildflower Clutch

- Nikki Cade Map Maker Commuter Clutch (what Sophie is using now and loving)

Yeti rambler 14 oz insulated coffee mug

- Hydroflask coffee mug

Lune & Aster Destination Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

(code JETSET if you spend $100 or more at bluemercury.com and you get 10 free samples)

Natori Nirvana midi robe

Moxie Leather Bar Necklace

Shhhhowercap

Capri Blue Fir & Firewood Candle

Asos hand knitted chunky scarf

Lodge 6 quart enamel Dutch oven

FabFitFun subscription (use the promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first box)

- Facetory

Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Socks

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium 3000 Dryer

Gifts for men:

- Worx jawsaw

Howler flannel shirt

Bose Soundlink micro bluetooth speaker

Under Armour ColdGear Reactor Vest

- Warthog knife sharpener

Duke Cannon lip balm

- Barrington leather money clip

Shelta hats - The Osprey

- Surefire LED keychain light

Digital Tire Pressure Gauge, Lantoo 150PSI with 5 In 1 Rescue Tools

- Patagonia better sweater quarter zip pullover

Kindle Paperwhite

Sponsors:

- Little Passports

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first subscription box)

- PrepDish (promo code BIGBOO for 2 free weeks)

- PEX

Nov 22 2018

1hr 9mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 56

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Well, welcome to our Christmas hodgepodge.

In this episode Melanie and I talk about Christmas preparations, Christmas menus, the A&M quarterback situation, my favorite way to cook steaks, Mel's upcoming trip to the AT&T store, a couple of apps that I'm enjoying, writing software, and our favorite Christmas songs.

We also talk briefly about the rumor that Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry are ALLEGEDLY dating in real life.

This could change everything, y'all.

I'm not doing any links this time because we don't really talk about any products or websites or anything like that. Remember, the word for the day was "hodgepodge;" this episode really is a little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing. However, it's over an hour of nothing, so hopefully that counts for something.

See what I did there?

Dec 19 2015

1hr 8mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 137

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Well, we didn't plan it, but on this episode we break down the Enneagram dynamics of our respective families, and OH, ARE WE EVER A STUDY. We also talk about the impressive amount of media we've consumed (no need to judge, everyone) as well as an exciting retail discovery that could very well CHANGE OUR WHOLE LIVES.

NOT TO BE OVERLY DRAMATIC.

On top of all that, we discuss the music we have in common with our kids and the necessity of training your toes to cooperate with wearing sandals again.

So many hard hitting topics. So little time. Please do enjoy.

Show Notes:

- Birkencrocs

- Steve Madden Asher sandals

- Smells Like a Citrus Grove spray cleaner (smells like the Volcano candle)

- Target Restock (a WONDER, it is - ONE OF THE BEST THINGS EVER) 

- Wayfair Open Box sales

- Suzanne Stabile on Instagram

- Hum Glow Sweet Glow vitamins

- Elevator music

- Jamie Golden's March Favorites

- it Superhero mascara (Sophie's new fave)

- American Eagle Bermuda shorts

- Laura Ashley Collection at Urban Outfitters

- Ben Platt & Sara Bareilles sing "Bad Idea" (start around 14:30) - 

- Nate Bargatze - The Tennessee Kid

- Leaving Neverland - so difficult to watch but so beautifully done

Sponsors:

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first subscription box)

- Simple Contacts (promo code BIGBOO20 for $20 off your first order)

Apr 14 2019

1hr 6mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 25

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Melanie's roof is being replaced in this particular podcast, but we didn't let it stop us. Well, we didn't let it stop us until it sounded like someone was about to fall through Melanie's ceiling. And at that point, we stopped.

So it's a little short, but it's a random as ever. Enjoy, y'all!

Jul 01 2013

40mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 163

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Well, as you might imagine, we spend some time on this episode talking about this past weekend's Egg Bowl, which was as classic a State / Ole Miss match-up as I've ever seen. We also discuss the Iron Bowl, and you'd better believe we talk about the folks who found themselves imprisoned by the hedges at Jordan-Hare Stadium because that whole thing was nothing but a treasure. 

There's more to this episode than college football, though. We also talk about movies and mascara (people surprised by this = 0 people). Plus, Melanie makes a case for why we all need to be adding eyelash serums to our beauty routines. I will commit to pray about it.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- The ending of the Egg Bowl

- Karen Howell on Twitter

- The ending of the Iron Bowl

- Frozen 2

- Knives Out

- The Peanut Butter Falcon

- Cabaret Premiere mascara

- Neulash

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

Sponsor:

- care/of (promo code BIGBOO50 for 50% off your first order)

Dec 05 2019

57mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 162

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Here's part two of our Christmas Gift Guide, and this round of gift suggestions is for women and men. Coming up with ideas for women was pretty easy, but when it came to presents for guys, I really tried to 1) think about what David and Alex might enjoy and 2) think like Perry and consider the life-giving value of effective illumination. I hope he'll be pleased.

You might be shocked to learn (eye roll) that there's some weird scratchy noise that appears from time to time in this episode, but we could not figure out what it was. Melanie wasn't in the bean bag chair, her hair was pulled back, and she wasn't wearing bracelets (there was a point when I was convinced the noise was bracelets). However, the up side is that her internet connection was flawless, so we'll take our victories where we can.

You can find all the links in the show notes below (there are affiliate links, just FYI), and we hope these ideas are helpful. We had the best time putting together these last two episodes, and now we're going to focus on preparing for our Thanksgiving festivities (or, as Melanie's family calls it, Shanksgiving). :-)

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

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Show Notes:

Gifts for Women

- The Big Boo Amazon Store

- Cc exclusives leopard beanie

- Cc chenille beanie

- Julie Vos earrings

- Earrings at All Things New by Amy (20% off and free shipping on Black Friday - no code needed!)

- Keurig coffee, latte or cappuccino maker

- Rachel Wristlet by ABLE

- Lisa Leonard your heart in mine boho wallet

- Lexon Mino Glossy Bluetooth Speaker

- Give Me More Lip lipkit

- Multi Leopard Utensil Tray

- Deep tissue shiatsu massager pillow

- Marmot Women’s Connect Gloves

- Kennebunk Bliss plush throw

- Sam Edelman Faux Shearling Puffer Coat

- Orolay Thickened Down Jacket - all sizes from XXS to 5X

- Mark and Graham Small Monogrammed Jewelry Case

- Big Boo Gift Boxes (The New Big Boo and The Big Boo Too) (code BIGBOO25 for 25% off)

- Lindsay Letters Nativity Sketch (order by December 12)

Gifts for Men

- ThxToms LED Flashlight Gloves

- RAK Magnetic Wristband

- Leathercraft in and out bucket, 61 pocket tool organizer

- Lake Art - must order by December 2nd for Christmas delivery

- Opal countertop ice maker

- Tatanka Webbing Belt from Mountain Khaki

- Saltwater Webbing Belt from Mountain Khaki

- Patagonia Better Sweater zip vest

- Dr. Tony Evans Study Bible

- DG Hill insulated thermal socks

- Rechargeable hand warmers

- Old Try Alma Mater Print

- Eddie Bauer oversized down throw

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! We're so grateful for y'all!

Nov 28 2019

59mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 161

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Well, it hardly seems possible, but lo, it is time for our annual Big Boo Holiday Gift Guide. It is understandable if you feel the need to applaud and perhaps even whistle.

I'm totally kidding. But man oh man it really is so fun to think about the holidays - especially since summer stretched into the final days of October.

This week we're focusing on three gift categories: hostess gifts, gifts for teenage guys, and gifts for teenage girls. I think it's safe to say that WE HAVE SOME THOUGHTS.

You can find all the links in the show notes below (there are affiliate links, just FYI), and we hope this makes any shopping you do a little easier. We'll be back next week with some ideas for women and men - just in time for all of your Black Friday / Cyber Monday needs.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

Hostess Gifts

- Desktop Calendar by Shelby Vafinis (would also be great for teenage girls)

- Christmas Ornaments by Debra Hewitt

- Seersucker Gin & Topo Chico in a basket with Dot's Pretzels

- Dot's Pretzels

- ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal - Book of Luke

- Two Funny Girls styros, plastic cups, paper coffee cups (free shipping code MERRYBIGBOO until December 6th)

- Bloomingville Transparent Glass Vase with Embossed Design

- Bamboo charcuterie board

- A Place at the Table cookbook by Kelly Minter

- Magic Wand for Christmas tree lights

- Inflatable reindeer antler ring toss

- Little Hearts Prepare Him Room by Holly Mackle - family Advent devotional with ornament cards

Gifts for Teenage Boys

- Peanut Butter Spoon

- JBL Go 2 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

- Game of Phones

- Cornhole Board

- Spike Ball

- Pickleball Paddle Set

- Turtle Wax Ultimate Car Care Kit

- NoOne Car Safety Kit

- Leatherman Multi-tool Engraved

- 3x5 Flags for Rooms

- Customized Bobble Head

- Restaurant Gift Cards

- Tickets to a sporting event or a guided hunt with their dad

- Metal detector

Gifts for Teenage Girls

- LED Color-Changing Strip Lights

- Camo Beanie with ponytail hole

- Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette

- Holiday Perfume Travel Sampler Set

- Lashstash

- Personalized engraved name ring

- BDG High Waisted Mom Jeans

- Oversized Hooded Sweatshirts

- Madewell Large Tassel Zip Pouch (25% off with the code STARTEARLY)

- Madewell Glitter Leather Pouch

- Madewell Leather Pouch Wallet

- Aerie Pajama Jumpsuit

- Rifle Paper Co. Pack of 3 Journals

- Portable Mini-LED Projector

- Hydroflask

- Red Bubble Stickers

Sponsors:

- Magic Spoon Cereal (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first order)

Nov 21 2019

1hr 12mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 160

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You might expect that all we're going to talk about on this episode is the LSU / Alabama game, but we might actually surprise you. I mean, of course we *do* talk about LSU / Alabama because HAVE YOU EVEN MET US, but we also discuss our air travel pet peeves, the initial rounds of the college football coaching carousel, and a cold front that has swept through Texas and Alabama.

And if all of that weren't enough, I have a couple of Hazel tales to tell, not to mention that Melanie has some TV and make-up recommendations for the good of the group.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop

- Rao’s Marinara Sauce

- Rao’s Vodka Sauce

- Family Savvy Baked Ziti

- Family Savvy

- Ramona Singer and “Roll Tide”

- Dak Prescott memes

- Succession

- Holiday in the Wild

- IT Lash Blowout Mascara

- Buxom lip gloss

-  Anastasia brow definer

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- Magic Spoon Cereal (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

Nov 13 2019

55mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 159

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Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) we don't have any raccoon tales for you this week, but we do have an exciting update about Melanie's kitchen island. CAN YOU EVEN STAND THE EXCITEMENT?

We also talk about some recent high school football fun here in Birmingham, our Thanksgiving plans, a new lipstick I am loving (LOV-ING), and a product that might just provide some hope for my under-eye woes. LET IT BE, LORD.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop

- Valerie Colorblocked Wool Sweater Coat

Chicken Divan

- Chicken and Dressing

- Too Faced Natural Nude Lipstick in Overexposed

- Collagen Eyezone Mask

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- Simple Contacts (promo code BIGBOO20 for $20 off your first order)

Nov 07 2019

59mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 158

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So true story: we spend the first ten minutes of this episode talking about the raccoon that was in Melanie's chimney.

I feel like I may never get to write a sentence like that again.

Anyway, we talk about the raccoon, and we talk about Melanie and Caroline's recent trip to College Station. We also discuss the latest with my bathroom remodel, the latest with college football, and the latest with some coaches we have grown to admire over the years - complete with a Tender Hallmark Moment (TM) about Why Coaches Matter (and man oh man - do they ever matter).

Also, mark your calendars for our Christmas Gift Guide Episode the week of November 18th, and we'll have a special Christmas episode with our beloved Travis Cottrell on Patreon in early December.

Fun times ahoy, everyone. Hope you enjoy this episode!

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Show Notes:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop

- Succession on HBO (THIS IS NOT FOR THE CHILDREN OR THE TEENAGERS)

- Poldark on PBS

- Behold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson on iTunes and Spotify

- p.s. The Madewell boots were gone, so I ordered these little beauties instead. Fingers crossed that they fit. :-)

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- Simple Contacts (promo code BIGBOO20 for $20 off your first order)

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first subscription box)

Oct 31 2019

54mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 157

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In this episode we talk way more about high school football than college (no joke: this past Friday night was the most exciting high school football game of my adult life), and I'm so happy that we were able to actually have a podcast conversation about high school football, because that means Melanie's internet connection is working again. May the Lord be praised.

We also talk about some stuff that has happened on the internets over the course of the last week, the problem with the countertop on Melanie's island, Melanie's recent test drive of a hydro-facial, and some make-up that we have recently tried and enjoyed.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop - new stuff listed all the time!

- Sunday Riley Power Trio: Lactic Acid + Retinol + Vitamin C Bundle

- Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

- Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer (the best concealer I have ever used)

- Maybelline Super Stay Ink Crayon Lipstick

Oct 24 2019

53mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 156

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The Bulldogs and the Aggies didn't have an easy time of it this past weekend, but don't you worry: Melanie and I still have big fun recapping what we love about the LSU Tigers and analyzing the greatness of Nick Saban. We also discuss a recent situation where I was told I have angled cuticles, and yes, I realize that might be the strangest declaration I have made to date via this podcast.

In the second half of this episode we were absolutely plagued by disconnection problems, but the bright side of that is that we discovered the root of all of our sound issues. We appreciate your patience as you have had no choice but to join us on this perilous audio journey.

We also talk about a couple of products I've tried and enjoyed, and then we pretty much give up on being able to record anything else. Which is why I am delighted to have included about ten minutes of our most recent Patreon episode at the end of this one. NOW DIDN'T THAT ALL WORK OUT.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- The Late Night Movie

- Downton Abbey

- Prettygarden Women's Solid Sweater

- Bare Minerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Queen

- Relavel Make-up Case (IT IS A GAME CHANGER)

- Speed Test for upload and download speeds

- Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange candle

- Pickwick and co leather, woods and tobacco candle

- Nest Moroccan Amber candle

- Northern lights whiskey and tobacco candle

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

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- care/of (promo code BIGBOO50 for 50% your first order)

Oct 18 2019

56mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 155

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Listen. When Melanie and I started recording this episode, I was in a big ole post-birthday, post-Homecoming, please-someone-make-the-news-cycle-slightly-less-exhausting funk. Plus, we had eleventy hundred sound issues when we started trying to record, so in retrospect maybe I should have just called it a day and taken a 16-hour nap.

However, as it always tends to do, talking to Melanie eventually turned my frown upside down. I think it's the combination of hearing her talk about when lightning struck near their house and how the barista situation is going at C's school and her challenges at their recent family dove hunt and her glorious new mattress topper and the apparently bottomless pit that is contributing to a teenager's checking account.

So all that to say: funny friends are difference-makers, and aren't we all so grateful for that?

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Downton Abbey - the movie

- Sophie's brand-spankin' new clothes steamer

- Billy Joel Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2

- Sleep Innovations Gel Memory Foam 4-inch Mattress Topper

- Linen Home 100% Cotton Percale Sheets

- Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow - Luxury Plush Gel Pillow

- Sunday Riley Vitamin C Serum

- Sunday Riley Luna Oil

- Sunday Riley Good Genes

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

Sponsor:

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first subscription box)

Oct 12 2019

52mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 154

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This past Saturday was a tough one for both of us football-wise (though to the Aggies' credit, they were victorious over the Razorbacks), so as you can imagine, we do some post-game processing on this episode. We also break down some of the better parts of our weekend and discuss why tile selection should be a required exercise for all couples in their pre-marital counseling.

Finally. You will be zero percent surprised to learn that there was a point where I accidentally stopped recording, which meant that poor Melanie had to listen to me tell a story for the second time, and then there were a couple of times where we had to step away from the computer for a minute or so for Very Urgent Matters of Great Urgency. So all that to say: we're just here to be as professional as possible. As always.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

- Season 2 of Fleabag (Melanie recommends - and also says that it's not kid-friendly)

- Olivia Colman

- American Royals by Katharine McGee

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

Oct 03 2019

50mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 153

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Well, we have been to Amarillo, and we both absolutely loved our trip. So we kick off this episode talking about All The Fun we had with Jamie and Erin and Knox and the Amarillo Angels. Plus, you know, Torchy's Tacos.

We also talk about Homecoming in the here and now and Homecoming in ye olden (Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock) days, along with a couple of new products Melanie has tried and our (unexpected!) shared reality TV boundary. Plus, you know, our favorite person to follow on Twitter.

As always, thanks so much for listening. Hope you enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Torchy's Tacos (we loved the avocado salsa dip)

- Barrel & Pie in Canyon, Texas

- Back 40 Grill in Canyon, Texas

- Abuelo's in Amarillo

- Our beloved Popcast friends

- Amarillo Angels

- Relavel Makeup Train Case

- The Madewell clutch we both have (and love!)

- Tula Rose Glow Brightening Eye Balm

- Melanie at Homecoming in 1986

- Texas Homecoming Mums

- American Royals by Katharine McGee

- Ardell Magnetic Lashes

- Karen Howell on Twitter (she's our favorite!)

- Mike Leach on Pac-12 mascots

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

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- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first subscription box)

Sep 19 2019

51mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 152

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On this episode we chronicle Melanie's recent football heartache, we talk about our upcoming trip to Amarillo, and we break down some thoughts about the fact that the leopard print trend has arrived with authority and apparently intends to stay.

We also talk about the difficulty of persuading our eyes to wake up in the mornings, along with some potions and salves that are bringing Melanie some real hope. And in what might be one of my favorite topics ever, we dig into an offhand comment where Melanie reveals that the Shankles own an extra set of tires. COLOR ME FASCINATED.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Cheetah Print Slip-on Tennis Shoes

- Melanie in her zebra-print coat (WE WERE CHILDREN)

- Mad About You revival

- Torchy's Tacos (WHAT MAGIC AWAITS US?)

- Amarillo Angels Benefit (we'll be there with Knox, Jamie, and Erin from The Popcast - and there are still a few tickets left!)

- Sunday Riley Power Trio

- Blaq Undereye Patches

- Jo Malone's Wood Sage & Sea Salt

- Oribe' Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray

- Crowder's I Know A Ghost

- Don't forget about our Big Boo Amazon Shop!

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Sep 12 2019

58mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 151

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True to form, we cover a wide array of unrelated topics in this episode, including Melanie's sassy new haircut and her Ross Gellar leather-ish leggings. We also talk about how assembling a 25-cube storage organizer nearly sent D and me to counseling.

And as you can imagine, I'm delighted to announce that there's an interruption by P that caught Melanie and me both off guard, along with a run-down of a few products we bought during the Sephora sale (well, I only bought one, really, but I love it with my whole heart and expect to use it for the rest of my days).

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Amy Howard chalk paint

- Taylor Swift's Lover on Apple Music and Spotify

- Southern Charm Reunion, part 1

- Melanie's new leather-like leggings

- Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner (IT. IS. SO. GOOD.)

- Sunday Riley Power Trio: Lactic Acid + Retinol + Vitamin C Bundle

- Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize

- Excerpt at end from August's Closer Look episode on Patreon about Ed Sheeran's Songwriter documentary and the movie Yesterday

Aug 29 2019

57mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 150

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We didn't have what I would call a *hard* outline when we started recording this episode, but oh my goodness we had us some laughs. We talk about Caroline's first day of 11th grade and the fact that her school now has a coffee bar, we break down some of our thoughts about Southern Charm, and we get very tickled talking about Melanie's potential plans when it comes to cosmetic procedures.

We also discuss communication strategies with teenagers and some of our menu options now that our kids are back in school. You might notice that Melanie's hair brushes against the microphone a lot in this episode (we've since talked about it and secured a supply of hair ties for the next time we record), but all is forgiven because when we talk about skincare she makes up an entirely new word and uses it with authority.

This is all I could ever ask of my podcasting partner.

Please do enjoy.

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Show Notes:

- Southern Charm

- Pioneer Woman's Sour Cream Enchiladas

- Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich

- Family Savvy's Baked Ziti

- Naked 2 Basics Palette

- Milani Most Loved Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

- Milani Soft Focus Glow Complexion Enhancer

- Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Hydration Cream

- Big Boo Amazon Shop (As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.)

Sponsors:

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Aug 22 2019

50mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 149

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Well, you'll never believe this, but something is weird with my sound on this episode. WHY? I have no idea. My phone was across the room, my FitBit was across the room, and I can't think of anything that might have been causing the problem. So the solution? PRETEND LIKE IT'S NOT HAPPENING.

And while you're pretending, you can hear us talk about our favorite vegetables, Melanie's recent family trip, and my issues with eyeshadow. What's not to love?

Please do enjoy.

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Show Notes:

- Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette (and what do you know - it's back at Sephora again, too)

- Milani Eyeshadow Palette

- Pond's Cleansing Balm

- Exuma, Bahamas

- The new season of The Crown

- Trailer for the new Little Women movie

- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

- Arugula Salad

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop (Note: As Amazon Associates we earn from qualifying purchases.)

Aug 15 2019

1hr

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 148

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We kick off this episode with some awe and maybe a tiny bit of lamenting that our kids are officially licensed drivers, which is totally surreal but at least gives us opportunities to watch them swing and catch their keys a lot while they contemplate where they'd like to go next. As teenagers do.

We also talk about a few books I've read lately, some books Melanie is about to read, and some shows that have grabbed our attention. We have a lengthy discussion about this last season of The Real Housewives of New York City, and all I know to say about that is please don't judge us for having such sophisticated television taste.

Last thing: at the end of this episode there's a clip of this month's Patreon Q&A, and if you haven't joined us on Patreon yet, well, come on over. The first bonus episode will be out on Friday, August 9th. The Q&A, which is the second bonus episode, will be out on Monday, August 20th.

Happy 148, everybody! Hope y'all enjoy.

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Show Notes:

- O-ring keyring (if you need to buy a gift for teenage girl who's a driver, here's your answer)

- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

- Beverly Hills, 90210 - the reboot

- Veronica Mars

- Four Weddings & a Funeral

- Gilly

- SEC Officiating on Twitter

- Ramona Singer's Instagram

- The Handmaid's Tale

Sponsors:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop (As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.)

- Simple Contacts (promo code BIGBOO20 for $20 off your first order)

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first subscription box)

Aug 08 2019

58mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 147

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This episode is topical whiplash in podcast form. We talk about Melanie's new phone, our personal notification preferences, and an unexpected skunk attack.

We also cover the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, the lure of Free People jeans, and the (surprisingly?) cutthroat nature of a fishing tournament.

It's a big ole hodgepodge around here.

Please do enjoy.

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Show Notes: 

- Zeiss Lens Wipes

- Redwood & Co. Room and Linen Spray in Base Camp

- Brooke Flare Jeans from Free People

Penny Pull-on Flare Jeans from Free People

- Our brand-new Patreon sponsorship page (click on over to see the additional content available to subscribers!)

- Peanut Butter Toffee Apple Dip

- Southwestern Tossed Salad

- Cute swimsuit bottoms for size 14-16 and up

Sponsors:

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first subscription box)

The Big Boo Amazon Shop (affiliate links to help power the engine of ye olde podcast)

Aug 01 2019

1hr 2mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 146

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Well, I might as well go ahead and tell you that my sound is weird on this episode. Surely you aren't surprised. And if nothing else it will be a nice throwback to Wolfman Jack's studio circa 1974.

By the way, you get all sorts of bonus points if you're up to speed on that Wolfman Jack reference.

Regardless of sound ish-ahs (for when-oh-when have those ever stopped us?), on this episode we recap our recent trip to Oklahoma and talk for a really long time about all the food we ate while we were there. It's sort of like listening to Bubba Gump talk about all the varieties of shrimp except we didn't actually eat any shrimp. We eventually work our way around to a brief discussion of Southern Charm as well as my thoughts about Spindrift Orange Mango sparkling water. It's all very thrilling.

This episode will also bring you one of the very best Melanie comments ever. In fact, it might be my favorite:

"I so enjoy just eating hot versions of cheese."

Please do enjoy.

Show Notes:

- Pawhuska, Oklahoma

- The Pioneer Woman Boarding House

- P-town Pizza

- The Spicy Cowgirl (we cannot overstate the deliciousness)

The Mercantile

- Yesterday

- Southern Charm

Melanie's favorite gumbo recipe

Gran's Strawberry Cake

- Buttercream Frosting for Strawberry Cake

- Spindrift Orange Mango

- Melanie's silk sleeping mask

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- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first subscription box) - The Big Boo Amazon Shop (affiliate links to help power the engine of ye olde podcast)

Jul 24 2019

51mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 145

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Not to be overly WOMP WOMP, but the first part of this episode is about as low-key as you'll ever hear us. That's because about 17-ish minutes after we started recording, we lost our connection, and the files with our audio disappeared right before our eyes. This is where we would love to blame the website we use to record, but the truth is we don't have any way of knowing exactly what happened. We just thought that our enthusiastic discussion about the InstantPot was lost in an internet graveyard forever.

So. We tried our best to rebound as we started recording all over again. It's safe to say we were weary.

BUT WAIT! Our sad tale has a redemptive arc!

After I started editing the WOMP WOMP part of the episode, I opened the website where we record. It was a fit of optimism, but I thought maybe - MAYBE - the audio would be there. And do you know what? IT WAS. So you'll hear Discouraged Us for the first 40-ish minutes, but then you'll hear Upbeat Us for the last 15 or so minutes, and DIDN'T THAT ALL WORK OUT AT LEAST SORT OF?

Hope y'all enjoy.

Show Notes:

- Stranger Things 3

- Veronica Mars

- Sun-Washed Citrus Plug-ins from Bath & Body Works

- Instant Pot on sale from Walmart

- Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer (and here's the paddle brush)

- The South's 20 Seasons

- Music at 41:30 - The Impossible by Savfk | https://www.youtube.com/savfkmusic Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Sponsors:

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first subscription box)

- Simple Contacts (promo code BIGBOO20 for $20 off your first order) - The Big Boo Amazon Shop (affiliate links to help power the engine of ye olde podcast)

Jul 10 2019

1hr 1min

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 144

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Our schedules haven't been super cooperative this week (painters! dogs! World Cup soccer!), so we were delighted to finally get to play a little podcast catch-up. We talk about the joys of car insurance costs for teenagers, the inspirational qualities of a Kardashian's refrigerator, our "Sunrise, Sunset" feelings about the pool, and our annoying ability to ignore problems we'd rather not address and/or solve.

We also discuss a clothing consignment option that has been a fantastic new discovery, and I discuss that in what is certainly far too much detail. As I tend to do.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Style Encore

- Yolanda Hadid's former glorious refrigerator

- Vanderbilt's Tyler Brown

- Life Skills List for Young Adults from Jen at Lots of Scotts

Sponsors:

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first subscription box)

- Cove (consultation on migraines and first treatment for $30, with or without medical insurance) - The Big Boo Amazon Shop (affiliate links to help power the engine of ye olde podcast)

Jun 30 2019

57mins

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