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The Big Boo Cast

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Rank #50 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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By Tyrrone McDanger - May 05 2020
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I enjoy every episode. Love hearing about your real life. Your books are so good too.

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By Jesus lovin mama - Apr 29 2020
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Love love love these ladies! So funny and uplifting. I laugh out loud at least once every episode.

iTunes Ratings

1487 Ratings
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36
22
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5 Stars

By Tyrrone McDanger - May 05 2020
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I enjoy every episode. Love hearing about your real life. Your books are so good too.

5 stars ūü§©‚ô•ÔłŹ

By Jesus lovin mama - Apr 29 2020
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Love love love these ladies! So funny and uplifting. I laugh out loud at least once every episode.
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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.

Rank #1: 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!

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Apr 26 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 165

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This is our last regular episode of 2019 (still more goodness to come this Sunday over on Patreon, though), and man oh man do we have ourselves some laughs. From how much we love Lane Kiffin's Twitter to the motivational speeches that we give our kids to our rage when people back into parking places (THE NERVE, I TELL YOU), it is good times aplenty on episode 165.

We also do a little reflecting on this past decade (so many changes!), and I share a v.v. important mascara tip that our friend Marti in Charlotte was kind enough to pass along for the good of the group. Plus, Melanie has a Netflix recommendation. So basically it's a win all the way around, and MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERY ONE.

Enjoy, y'all!

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We'd love for you to subscribe on iTunes, and we'd be honored if you'd leave us a review.

Show Notes:

- Notability - Sophie's favorite notes app

- Joe Burrow's Heisman speech

- Lane Kiffin's Twitter

- Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet Cream

- Justin Timberlake & Chris Stapleton "Drink You Away"

- Virgin River

- If you'd like to hear our final bonus episode of 2019 (with our funny, gifted friend Travis Cottrell) (episode releases on 12/22), join us over at Patreon!

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

Dec 19 2019

56mins

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Rank #6: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 181

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In this week's episode we talk about the return of summertime heat to San Antonio (you can easily imagine Melanie's joy) as well as our shared delight at a recent GMA Deal of the Day. We also discuss the latest developments in our television-watching careers, and we may spend a significant amount of time recapping the first episode of the new season of The Real Housewives of New York.

All I'm saying is that it brought us some happiness.

And if that weren't enough (well, I mean, it really wasn't enough, but just go with me on the figure of speech), we provide updates on the current state of our pandemic hair - along with some possible solutions because ROOTS.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Melanie's (potential) Amazon pool

- Susie Davis

- Sunday Riley Good Genes

- Sunday Riley Vitamin C Serum

- The Hunters on Amazon

- Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu

- The Real Housewives of New York

- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

- Kristin Ess hair gloss

- Bumble + Bumble hair powder

- Patreon episode with Caroline and Alex

- Sophie's folding chair

- Melanie's Taylor Wolfe sweatshirt

Sponsors:

- The Relief Products (use promo code BIGBOO at checkout for 50% off your order)

- OpenFit (text BigBoo to 505050 for 14-day trial)

- Scentbird (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first order)

Apr 21 2020

56mins

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Rank #7: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 3

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Coming to you live from Texas and somewhere on I-65, Big Mama (http://bigmama1.com) and BooMama (http://boomama.net) cover a range of Deeply Important Topics: what to do about bare legs in the wintertime, how they like to spend their spare time, their ongoing efforts to develop a vast media empire and why marriage seems to be so difficult for celebrities.

Plus, they talk about Christy Nockels. But this is really nothing new.

And as an added bonus for those of you who have had a difficult time telling Big Mama's and BooMama's voices apart, there's a dead giveaway on this podcast: BooMama is the one who is on a cell phone and sounds like she's participating in a really sub-par radio remote. It is sure to be a tender memory.

Sep 09 2007

37mins

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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 179

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As you might imagine, life has been a mile a minute during the past week of Pandemic '20. We've been to the grocery store, we've been to the drugstore, and we have even cooked some meals. There's just so much to share!

Thankfully, though, a slower pace doesn't stop us from being fascinated with the most inconsequential things. That's why this week we have a lot of thoughts about what shows to watch, we have a lot of thoughts about what it's like at grocery stores these days, and we (well, I) have a lot of thoughts about the finest sports bra I have ever owned. 

Also. Right after I edited this episode it dawned on me that there was an important pop culture development we neglected to discuss, so we called on our friend Erin Moon and broke that thing right on down. That's why you'll find about 15-ish minutes of extra content at the end of the regular episode. Now isn't that more fun? Just more fun!

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic

- Unorthodox

- Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor

- Sherlock

- Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

- Veronica Mars

- Cheer

- The Good Place

- Mad Men

- The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show

- Friday Night Lights

- The Mindy Project

- Four Weddings and a Funeral

- Little Fires Everywhere

- Dead to Me

- Schitt's Creek

- Jane the Virgin

- Hart of Dixie

- The Newsroom

- Succession

- The Handmaid's Tale

- The Office

- 30 Rock

- Elomi Energise Sports Bra

- oaskys King Mattress Pad Cover Cooling Mattress Topper

- 600-Thread-Count Pure White King Size Sateen Sheets

- Kirkland Signature 680 Thread Count Sheet Set

- John Krasinski with the cast of Hamilton on Some Good News

- Our beloved friend (and favorite Hamilton expert) Erin Moon

- Erin does great work with our friends Knox and Jamie at The Popcast

Sponsor:

- Pine Cove (use code BIGBOO250 for $250 off a first-time registration for overnight camp)

Apr 09 2020

1hr 7mins

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Rank #11: 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

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Simple Contacts

Apr 16 2018

55mins

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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 4

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This week Big Mama (http://bigmama1.com) and BooMama (http://boomama.net) tackle all manner of pressing issues: their children's Halloween costumes, how to make your hair sizzle - literally, the dilemma of using "y'all" and "fixin'" in places outside the South, the problem with body slimming undergarments, and whether or not the wide belt is a valid fashion option. They also analyze the post-'N Sync career of Justin Timberlake. Because that's what most 30-something mamas do in their spare time. And last but not least, there are bloopers. Oh yes ma'am there are.

Sep 22 2007

40mins

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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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:

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Jun 29 2018

1hr

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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 118

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Since Melanie and I went to Chicago last weekend, this episode seemed like a great opportunity to recap our trip. We talk about our unforeseen hotel challenges, our night at Hamilton, and our many, many laughs at The Popcast Live. We also discuss college football at great length - and ponder the dynamics of sliding into someone's social media comments with your team's catchphrase.

Also, you will not be surprised to know that Melanie has a LOT of thoughts about Aggie football in general and Jimbo Fisher in particular.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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- An update on the Chicago Hotel Workers strike

- Regina Phalange

- Hamilton (Melanie is now a fan!)

- The Popcast Live

- When Melanie found out that A&M pulled within two points at the end of the Clemson game

Closing Song

Sponsors:

- Prep Dish (promo code BIGBOO for 2 free weeks)

- Poshmark (get the app and use promo code BIGBOO for $5 off your first order)

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

- care/of (promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first order)

Sep 14 2018

1hr

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Rank #18: 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. :-)

Sponsors:

- 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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Rank #19: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 176

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Melanie and I are always thrilled when we get to have a guest on the podcast, and it's an extra thrill when that guest is Beth Moore, who just so happens to be one of our heroes. As most of you know, Beth is a writer, a ministry leader, and a straight-up Twitter prophetess. She's also wife to Keith, mom to Melissa and Amanda, and Bibby to her beloved grandchildren. Melanie and I are honored to call her a friend and consider her the Bible teacher of our lives. 

In this episode we talk about Beth's new book, Chasing Vines, and even though I'm way out of practice, I do my best to represent English teachers everywhere and ask a couple of essay questions. :-) We also discuss the wonders of outside, Beth's best skincare tips (I totally pictured Mel taking notes as fast as that GIF of a cat typing), and the pros of getting older. 

We recorded this episode last week before we knew how drastically COVID-19 was about to change "normal life" as many of us have known it. It occurred to me when I was editing this episode that the Lord's timing is kind - because Beth provides so much wisdom and encouragement and joy in this episode. We don't know about y'all, but we could use an extra dose of all of the above right now, and we're so grateful to Beth for providing it.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Beth Moore

- Beth's must-read Twitter feed

- Chasing Vines

- Breaking Free

- Video sessions for Breaking Free

- The picture Beth mentions in our discussion about trellises and the Cross

- Chicken & Dressing

- On the Bright Side

- Juice Plus

- A Night with Beth Moore (this was Tuesday, March 17th in Houston, and several people have told me that Beth's message is amazing and I have to watch - so I am planning to do that tonight!)

Sponsors:

- Scentbird (promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first order)

- Care/of (promo code BIGBOOCAST50 for 50% off your first order)

- YogaSleep (use this link for 20% off)

Mar 19 2020

1hr 9mins

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Rank #20: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 55

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Y'all, I don't even know.

This is a whole conversation about Melanie going to look at a tunic and then deciding to focus on foundational garments - all of which leads, quite frankly, to a LOT of talk about underwear.

We also have some thoughts about football and skincare. And then we talked a lot about my eyelashes because what could possibly be more riveting than that.

Also, I think that Melanie may have a career as a Revitalash consultant, so we may need to break down that particular topic at a later point in time.

Hope y'all enjoy it!

Nov 05 2015

53mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 192

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To absolutely no one's surprise, we talk a whole lot about Hamilton in this episode. And also Somebody Feed Phil. And then maybe a little more about Hamilton. But really, all of that pales in comparison to Melanie's ranch adventures on the 4th of July, a day that just might have changed her forever. Because SWEET MERCY, THE NATURE.

We also discuss Melanie's new thoughts about Cica moisturizing cream and my deep well of optimism re: a new dress from Amazon. 2020 is really coming through for us!*

*That was sarcasm.

*Deep, biting sarcasm. 

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Stand All the Way Up

- Nobody's Cuter Than You

- Hamilton on Disney+

- Chris Jackson

- Daveed Diggs

- Leslie Odom, Jr.

- Philippa Soo

- Somebody Feed Phil

- Phil Rosenthal on Instagram

- Anne with an E

- David Foster: Off the Record (just FYI - lots of language)

- Phil Rosenthal's PBS show

- Loose maxi dress with so many color options

- Loose maxi dress with lots of size options

- Target Stars Above pajamas

- Secret Treasures pajama shorts (you can't buy separately online)

- The Heir Affair (we've waited SO LONG for this one!)

- Cica face cream

Sponsors:

- Best Fiends (download in the Apple app store or on Google Play) (IT IS SO FUN)

- Prose (promo code BIGBOO for your free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off your first order)

- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

Jul 09 2020

1hr 2mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 191

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So Melanie and I are taking a little break this week, but we're sharing an episode that will be new to most of you. Last month on Patreon we did a Closer Look episode on health and body image, and we got more feedback - comments, DMs, emails - than we have on any other episode. People's reactions were encouraging and candid and inspiring. Given that, we thought we would share the epsiode here, too. Here's what we told our Patreon folks when we originally posted it:

For this Closer Look episode Melanie and I decided to talk about health and weight and body image and etc. It's something that I write about in a chapter of the new book, and several of you have asked if we might be willing to talk about this very thing. Melanie and I have both found ourselves in not-great places with our physical health over the last several years, so I think no one is more surprised than we are by how much we have grown to love being active.

So. You're going to hear a some of our stories from our teenage years through college and adulthood and now into middle age. Two really different body types, two really different histories with food and exercise - but both of us hitting our 40s and realizing that something needed to give.

(Also both of us getting really angry at our husbands before we made a commitment to ourselves and our health. AS YOU WILL HEAR. :-) )

All that to say: no doubt Melanie and I are both works in progress. But we both have gotten to a place where we feel strong and we actually like to move. I struggle with my weight more than Melanie does - this is no secret - but I am so grateful to be in a place where my level of activity helps to quiet the negative voices in my head. And I'm also grateful for friends like Melanie where I can talk about this kind of stuff openly and without judgment. That has been such good medicine.

Hope y'all enjoy!

p.s. Quick disclaimer: if you have dealt with an exercise or eating disorder, this episode may be not be the most enjoyable for you, especially if you struggle with negative feelings about your physical body. We certainly don't want to trigger that or say anything that might make you feel anxious, so I just wanted to make you aware that we talk a lot about exercise and size and body image in this episode in case it's healthier for you not to listen. And also, if we could, we would give you a big hug right now - because you are awesome. :-) 

If you would like to join us on Patreon, we would be delighted to have you. For $5 a month (plus tax, in some states), you get a Closer Look episode - where we talk about something we're both thinking about or obsessed with or analyzing like crazy - and a Q&A where we answer Patreon listeners' questions. It has been a ton of fun, and if you join now, you'll have access to all the old episodes as well as the new content. It's easy-breezy to sign up.

Show Notes:

- Stand All the Way Up

- This is a sad state of affairs for show notes - but we mostly talk about our personal stories instead of products. The good news is that maybe this episode won't cost you a lot of money for new skin care products. :-) 

Jul 02 2020

1hr 2mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 190

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This episode is a real hodge-podge, which might well be our very favorite kind. We talk about corn and laundry detergent and hair ties and Melanie's pre-Hamilton television concerns.

We also discuss a guasha stone tutorial Melanie recently watched as well as how tired we are of cooking. Because PANDEMIC. And we spend some time breaking it on down in terms of some big ole takeaways from Somebody Feed Phil. 

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Kasey's Summertime Corn - 2 14 oz. bags frozen corn, 1 block cream cheese, 4 Tbs. butter, 2 Tbs. sugar, salt and pepper to taste. 4 hours on low in crock pot, or add 1/4 cup half and half and cook on medium low on the stove, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes

- Nike Hair Ties

- Guasha Stone

- Tutorial on how to use the Guasha Stone

- Hamilton on Disney +

- Erin Moon's Hamilton spreadsheet

- Gain Essentials Orange and Energetic Grapefruit

- Family Savvy Baked Ziti

- Somebody Feed Phil

- Karen Howell

Sponsors:

- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

- Thrive Market (use our link for up to $20 toward your first order)

Jun 25 2020

55mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 189

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When we start this episode, I'm maybe not in my best frame of mind on book release eve (Stand All the Way Up came out this past Tuesday). But then Melanie compares my writing to mashed potatoes, and then we talk about Jessica Simpson's memoir, Open Book, and let me tell you: my frown turned upside down.

DO NOT SLEEP ON JESSICA'S WRITING ABILITY, friends.

For the rest of the episode we do a Q&A, and this, this is one of our very favorite things. We didn't make much of a dent in the questions y'all submitted via IG, but we had a blast talking about Melanie's skin care regimen and my green ring and why we will likely never have a YouTube channel, among other things.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Stand All the Way Up (Sophie's new book)

- Open Book by Jessica Simpson

- Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions mascara

- Ben Rector

- Dave Barnes

- Dave Barnes on episode 89 of the podcast

- Bright Balance 3 in 1 cleanser

- Ponds Cleansing Balm

- Zo skin health products that Melanie is currently using

- Elta MD clear face sunscreen

- Sunday Riley Luna retinol sleeping night oil

- Obagi Retinol

- Sunday Riley Vitamin C serum

- Elta MD sport sunscreen

- Cheeky Maiden complexion soap (Sophie's fave -and it's so affordable)

- Teddy Organics rosehip oil

- Creme de la Blair moisturizer

- Gua sha facial tool

- Glo revive light therapy anti-aging light

- Jouer Soft Focus Hydrate & Set Powder

- Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow

- Downluxe Goose Feather Down Pillow

- Garth is on Netflix! (The Road I'm On)

- Somebody Feed Phil

Sponsor:

- Beachbody on Demand (text BIGBOO to 303030 for a free two-week trial)

Jun 18 2020

1hr 3mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 188

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This week we talk about Caroline's recent wisdom teeth removal, a couple of recent Amazon finds, and a strange Instagram account that is also somewhat captivating. We also discuss a viewing strategy for Hamilton on Disney Plus and reminisce about the cough drops of our youth. As you do.

We also discuss Alex's return to football workouts and Melanie's dry shampoo strategies. We trust that your life will be enriched by this illuminating content. 

:-) 

Enjoy, y'all! 

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Show Notes:

- Living Proof Dry Shampoo

- Sally O'Malley

- Hamilton movie on DisneyPlus

- Lin Manuel Miranda's White House performance before Hamilton was a musical

- Hamilton on CBS Sunday Morning

- Erin Moon's extensive Hamilton spreadsheet

- The Heir Affair

- amusing_asmr Instagram account

- This is my favorite from the asmr IG page

- Evriholder Fur Removal Broom

- Guasha Facial Massage Tool

- Sucrets

- Luden's

- Dot's Pretzels

- Mrs. America on Hulu

- Mrs. America opening credits

- Mom Celebrity Translator

- Stand All the Way Up (releases June 16th!)

Sponsors:

- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

- Best Fiends (available in the Apple App Store or Google Play)

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

Jun 12 2020

1hr 4mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 187

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Y'all come to us for lighthearted nonsense, so we did our best to provide a little of that this week. We also took some time to put the lighthearted stuff in context at the beginning of the episode, and we hope you'll hear our hearts as we do that.

So as always, we hope there will be points in this episode where you laugh. But after you listen, we hope that you'll join us in praying for justice and healing in our nation. 

We remember George Floyd.

We remember Ahmaud Arbery.

We remember Breonna Taylor.

"Do you know what I want? ¬†¬†¬†¬†I want justice‚ÄĒoceans of it. I want fairness‚ÄĒrivers of it. ¬†¬†¬†¬†That‚Äôs what I want. That‚Äôs¬†all I want." - Amos 5:24, The Message

We love y'all.

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Show Notes:

- Brownicity - an anti-racism curriculum by Dr. Lucretia Berry (there's an initial intro video about the way the course is structured, but each participant works through the curriculum independently - and there is also a curriculum for kids)

- An incredible discussion with Priscilla Shirer and Dr. Tony Evans

- Family Savvy Black Bean, Corn & Feta Dip

- Family Savvy Charcuterie

- Family Savvy Houston's Spinach & Artichoke Dip

- Family Savvy Strawberry Brownies

- Bacon Wrapped Dates

- Bacon Wrapped Brown Sugar Crusted Little Sausages

- Ellen DeGeneres Chambray Denim Romper

- Athletic Works Tank Top in regular and plus sizes

- Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

- Ben Platt's "Take Me to the Pilot"

- Sweet Magnolias

- All Things Reconsidered by Knox McCoy

Sponsors:

- Penguin Random House - Beyond the Break (follow the link for a free excerpt)

- Thrive Causemetics (use the promo code BIGBOO for 15% off your first order)

Jun 03 2020

55mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 186

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On this episode we talk about what we feel is the worst of the take-out food as well as the joy of getting to eat in a restaurant (at safe distances) again. We also discuss my obsessive analysis of patio furniture as well as one of Ben Platt's most recent songs. So all that to say: we may have reached a point where we need some new hobbies.

That being said, we also dig into some potential summer reading goals and talk though my favorite parts of the Downton Abbey movie. Then we get real sad talking about how much we miss sports, so if you need us, we'll just be at our respective houses watching old Mississippi State and A&M baseball clips.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Wicker Egg Chair from Walmart

- Melanie's favorite outdoor LED lights

- Oofos

- Kindle Paperwhite

- Sophie's newsletter

- The Silent Patient

- Heavy

- Such a Fun Age

- Carnegie's Maid

- The Heir Affair

- Downton Abbey (the movie)

- Sweet Magnolias

- Ben Platt's "Take Me to the Pilot"

- Acousic Covers playlist on Spotify

- The Last Dance

Sponsors:

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

- Thrive Market

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

May 28 2020

55mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 185

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This week we recount our adventures during this past weekend's Living Proof Livestream, which was the biggest blast and good for the soul in so many ways. We also talk about an exciting new powder option I've ordered, and we do a quick run-down of a couple of funny moments from various Housewives. 

So yes. We basically start the podcast talking about Beth Moore and work our way to the Real Housewives. This is what you call a microcosm of our real-live lives.

We also discuss some recent Southern Charm news and continue to analyze my calf injury (which is so much better, by the way). Basically it's all the riveting content you've ever wanted. Sort of.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Living Proof Livestream (it'll be up until the end of May, I think)

- Melanie's hair tutorial on Instagram

- Living Proof volume spray (for the record, this is not Beth Moore's line of hair care products) :-) 

- Sophie's favorite folding chair (IT ROCKS)

- Jouer Soft Focus Hydrating Powder

- Olaplex No. 4 shampoo

- Olaplex bonding oil

- David's favorite lake shoes

- Dead to Me

- Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

- Real Housewives of New York

- Southern Charm

- Outer Banks

- Friday Night Lights

- gaithappens Instagram

- peanut roller

- foam roller

- Superfeet

- Part 1 of our Patreon episode with Perry

Sponsors:

- Beachbody on Demand - special free trial membership when you text BIGBOO to 303030

- Care/of - 50% off your first order with promo code bigboocast50

May 20 2020

1hr 9mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 184

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Occasionally we have big news to report on the podcast, and this is one of those times (well, at least for us): Melanie's internet has been fixed. Like, REALLY fixed. Like, the AT&T technician of the decade was assigned to Melanie's house, and he GOT IT HANDLED. So Melanie's going to tell us all about that, and she is literally so keyed up by her newfound internet speed and reach that her microphone has never been less stationary. At one point I wondered if she was putting things in drawers. But listen - she deserved to not worry about that microphone because INTERNET SPEED APLENTY. What a glorious day.

We also discuss my calf injury (sorry - it's a pandemic, so we have to talk about things like muscle strains because we're not leaving the house very often) and some fun finds to make the day-to-day more enjoyable. Like good bobby pins. Because you can never underestimate the power of a good bobby pin.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- 1917

- "Paper Dolls" by John Mayer

- AirPods Pro ($15 off at Amazon)

- "You like these little bags you just hold"

- The wallet / clutch I decided on

- Outer Banks

- Dead to Me

- Sophie's They Still Write Love Songs playlist on Apple Music

- Sophie's They Still Write Love Songs playlist on Spotify

- spiral bobby pins

- Radical Night Repair (this is the "shed like a snake" peel that Melanie did a couple of weeks ago - and she loved it!)

- Cabales Seamless, Wireless Sports Bras (Melanie's new favorite comfy bra)

- C9 Champion's Women High Waist Capri Legging

- Living Proof Livestream

Sponsors:

- FabFitFun (coupon code BIGBOO for $10 off your first order) #fabfitfunpartner

- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

- Best Fiends (download for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play)

May 14 2020

1hr 4mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 183

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In this episode we get an update on how Melanie's face has fared  after she tried a NO JOKE exfoliation product. We also talk about a show we both loved watching, and I demonstrate some remarkable self-pity related to a recent calf injury. As one does, of course.

And if you're looking for some graduation gift ideas, we are here to serve. We share several ideas for guys and girls, and as always, we've never met a gift-giving opportunity we haven't enjoyed talking about.

Y'all take care. Hope you enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- the foam roller Sophie bought at Target

- the peanut massage ball that's going to bring about Sophie's walking comeback

- Never Have I Ever on Netflix

- Our Amazon shop

- Mindy Kaling's books

- "Don't make me sing."

- Two Funny Girls - notepads, notecards, laundry bags, clear crossbody bags

- Tony Evans Study Bible

- Everyday Holy (in stock at Amazon and only $9!)

- Rifle Paper Co. journals

- All in All (in stock at LifeWay and 25% off)

- Minted heart collage

- Anthropologie Block Letter Monogram necklace

- personalized stacking rings

- goodr sunglasses

- Eddie Bauer oversized down throw

- Project Repeat t-shirt quilt

- Old Try awesome letter-pressed prints

- essential oil diffusers for girls or guys

- Laurel Mercantile Co. Gardiner Park candle

-  Monogrammed Leather Charger roll-up

- Hanging Toiletry Bag from Amazon

- Hanging Toiletry Bag from Lands' End (it's actually 1/2 off right now with code PLUMS - so it's a crazy good deal)

Sponsor:

- The Relief Products (use promo code BIGBOO for 50% off your order; offer expires June 1st)

May 06 2020

55mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 182

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It's a big week in the life of our little podcast, primarily because on this particular episode Melanie commits to trying a recipe that will require her to deal with raw chicken. 

Oh, HE WILL DO IT.

We also talk about our latest quarantine-ish developments (that is to say: what we've watched on TV / pondered in the stillness of our hearts), and we share some Mother's Day gift ideas. This might be helpful to you if 1) you have no idea what to buy your mom and/or mother-in-law or 2) you need to print out a list for your people, along with maybe a subtle note that HERE IS WHAT YOU TURKEYS CAN PURCHASE FOR ME IN ORDER TO SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION.

However you feel like you should address that is totally up to you.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Samin Nosrat's Buttermilk Brined Chicken

- Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat on Netflix

- a basic, reliable meat thermometer

- Alexia Potato Puffs

- Hazel's new dog bed

- Olive & June Manicure Kits (free shipping with code BOOTCAMP)

- Large Hammock Swinging Chair

- Folding Rocking Chair

- Between You & Me wooden signs

- AirPod Pros ($25 off at Verizon - but you won't see the discount. until you put them in your cart)

- Rifle Paper Co. AirPod Pros cases

- Melanie's Ultimate Country Music Playlist

- Women's Kimono Robe

- Vuori joggers (20% off if you sign up for emails)

- Big Boo Too Box at Hummingbird Farms (promo code MOM20 for an additional 20% off any gift set)

- Pura Smart Home Diffuser Set

Sponsors:

- Storyworth (promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first purchase)

- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

Apr 28 2020

1hr

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 181

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In this week's episode we talk about the return of summertime heat to San Antonio (you can easily imagine Melanie's joy) as well as our shared delight at a recent GMA Deal of the Day. We also discuss the latest developments in our television-watching careers, and we may spend a significant amount of time recapping the first episode of the new season of The Real Housewives of New York.

All I'm saying is that it brought us some happiness.

And if that weren't enough (well, I mean, it really wasn't enough, but just go with me on the figure of speech), we provide updates on the current state of our pandemic hair - along with some possible solutions because ROOTS.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Melanie's (potential) Amazon pool

- Susie Davis

- Sunday Riley Good Genes

- Sunday Riley Vitamin C Serum

- The Hunters on Amazon

- Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu

- The Real Housewives of New York

- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

- Kristin Ess hair gloss

- Bumble + Bumble hair powder

- Patreon episode with Caroline and Alex

- Sophie's folding chair

- Melanie's Taylor Wolfe sweatshirt

Sponsors:

- The Relief Products (use promo code BIGBOO at checkout for 50% off your order)

- OpenFit (text BigBoo to 505050 for 14-day trial)

- Scentbird (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first order)

Apr 21 2020

56mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 180

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By the time this episode releases, most of us will have been affected / impacted / sidelined / challenged by the quarantine for a full month. If you're in other parts of the world, it may have been longer for you. So given the fact that we have now been wearing (mostly) pajamas and workout clothes for the better part of thirty days, Melanie and I thought we would discuss one of our favorite topics: items that bring us comfort.

And let me just assure you: a couple of Enneagram 9s know about some comfort. The pursuit of comfort is one of our spiritual gifts. :-) 

All that to say: the show notes are really long because clearly we have been figuring out how to be really comfortable. But we hope you enjoy, and we hope you're well - and for those of you on the front lines of this particular battle, know that we are deeply grateful.

Take care, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- Floofy coffee

- Jo Malone Shower Gel - Lime, Basil & Mandarin (I bought it on sale; couldn't find anywhere it's currently on sale)

- Essential oils

- Hummingbird Farms Lavender Hand Soap

- Hummingbird Farms Lavender Citrus Heavy Cream

- Hummingbird Farms Lavender Body Oil

- Hummingbird Farms Essential Lavender Oil

- Tan Luxe The Butter lotion

- Things I Bought and Liked on Instagram

- "Use Tootie!"

- Brooks Greenlight Capri tights (I LOVE THEM SO MUCH - and I buy them on sale)

- Brooks Adrenaline running shoes (and last year's Adrenalines on sale)

- Adidas Ultra Boost

- Publix croissant bread

- Julian's Pretzel Bread

- Palmetto Pimento Cheese with Jalape√Īos

- My Three Sons Spicy Pimento Cheese

- Sophie's favorite Wusthof knife

- The best carrot cake recipe ever

- Gran Jan's chocolate cobbler

- Melanie's Country Classic Spotify Playlist

- Sophie's Great Big Praise Playlist on Spotify

- Sophie's Great Big Praise Playlist on Apple Music

- Jonathan McReynolds' Make More Room (Live)

- Leslie Jordan's Instagram

- HomeTop Memory Foam Houseslippers

- Kathleen Jennings Beauty on Instagram

- The Ordinary Peeling Solution

Sponsors:

- YogaSleep (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off)

- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

- The Relief Products (promo code BIGBOO for 50% off your order; offer expires June 1st)

Apr 16 2020

1hr

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 179

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As you might imagine, life has been a mile a minute during the past week of Pandemic '20. We've been to the grocery store, we've been to the drugstore, and we have even cooked some meals. There's just so much to share!

Thankfully, though, a slower pace doesn't stop us from being fascinated with the most inconsequential things. That's why this week we have a lot of thoughts about what shows to watch, we have a lot of thoughts about what it's like at grocery stores these days, and we (well, I) have a lot of thoughts about the finest sports bra I have ever owned. 

Also. Right after I edited this episode it dawned on me that there was an important pop culture development we neglected to discuss, so we called on our friend Erin Moon and broke that thing right on down. That's why you'll find about 15-ish minutes of extra content at the end of the regular episode. Now isn't that more fun? Just more fun!

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic

- Unorthodox

- Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor

- Sherlock

- Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

- Veronica Mars

- Cheer

- The Good Place

- Mad Men

- The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show

- Friday Night Lights

- The Mindy Project

- Four Weddings and a Funeral

- Little Fires Everywhere

- Dead to Me

- Schitt's Creek

- Jane the Virgin

- Hart of Dixie

- The Newsroom

- Succession

- The Handmaid's Tale

- The Office

- 30 Rock

- Elomi Energise Sports Bra

- oaskys King Mattress Pad Cover Cooling Mattress Topper

- 600-Thread-Count Pure White King Size Sateen Sheets

- Kirkland Signature 680 Thread Count Sheet Set

- John Krasinski with the cast of Hamilton on Some Good News

- Our beloved friend (and favorite Hamilton expert) Erin Moon

- Erin does great work with our friends Knox and Jamie at The Popcast

Sponsor:

- Pine Cove (use code BIGBOO250 for $250 off a first-time registration for overnight camp)

Apr 09 2020

1hr 7mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 178

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WELCOME TO APRIL, EVERYONE!

Oh, y'all. It was a March, wasn't it? So first and foremost I just want to say that Melanie and I hope you're well and the people you love are well. It may take us a little while to get to the other side of this thing, but I believe we're all gonna love each other well and get through it. So hang in there.

On this episode we talk about what we've been doing during this past week of social distancing, and we also talk to one of our very favorite Twitter follows, Karen Howell. Here's what you need to know about Karen: she is hilarious. Also, she and I grew up in Mississippi towns that are a couple of hours apart, so our accents are really similar, and I got super tickled when I was editing because I'll tell you what does not fade as you get older: a Mississippi accent. :-) 

Anyway, we hope this episode makes you laugh, and by the way, HANG IN THERE, all you mamas who are handling remote learning for your kids (and all you mamas who have been teaching your kids for years). We're cheering you on!

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Show Notes:

- Gen X was made for this moment in time

- Karen Howell on Twitter

- Ozark

- Tiger King (just FYI - it's hard to watch - I got to episode three and had to take a breather - and it's definitely not for kids)

- Little Fires Everywhere

- Hometown

- Making the Cut

- On the Bright Side

- Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor

- Leanne Morgan is hilarious

- Ben Rector's cover songs

- Bethany Bordeaux's violin concerts

- 30 Rock

Sponsors: 

- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

- YogaSleep (use this link for 20% off)

- OpenFit (text BigBoo to 505050 for a 14-day free trial)

Apr 02 2020

53mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 177

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We weren't planning to record an episode this week, but then we (the Hudsons) cancelled our Spring Break trip, and the country pretty much shut down, and suddenly that empty podcast calendar looked like a bit of an opportunity. SO. On this week's episode Melanie and I are so happy to get to talk to our great friend Travis Cottrell, also known as FryDaddy here on the podcast. Travis is a worship leader, a gifted singer and songwriter, and the brother Melanie and I didn't even know we were missing until around 2007. He also happens to be one of the funniest people we know. 

It won't be a surprise to listen and realize that our conversation is all over the place, but the up side of that is that we cover a lot of ground. We discuss what we're cooking during the quarantine, share our favorite snacks (salty and sweet), and ponder whether or not we should be trying on our jeans every couple of days to make sure they still fit. We also talk about how we became friends and whether the three of us have ever thought about doing a live show together (short answer: yes ma'am). :-) 

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- White Bean, Orzo, and Spinach soup (Melanie added Italian sausage to the recipe)

- French Onion Beef Sliders for a Crowd

- Inside Studio G with Garth and Trisha (this is just a clip - the whole video isn't up any more)

- The Road I'm On - the best TV of 2020

- Garth's first Facebook video

- Matthew McConaughey Coronavirus video

- Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show from home

- Travis' most recent album, Spirit Rise

- Melanie's most recent book, On the Bright Side

- Isaiah 42:16

- Psalm 46

- Coram Deo (1992)

- Isaiah 43:19

- Homemade Kettle Corn

- The SNL sketch that was instant bonding for Travis and me

- Our Amazon Shop

Mar 26 2020

1hr 4mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 176

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Melanie and I are always thrilled when we get to have a guest on the podcast, and it's an extra thrill when that guest is Beth Moore, who just so happens to be one of our heroes. As most of you know, Beth is a writer, a ministry leader, and a straight-up Twitter prophetess. She's also wife to Keith, mom to Melissa and Amanda, and Bibby to her beloved grandchildren. Melanie and I are honored to call her a friend and consider her the Bible teacher of our lives. 

In this episode we talk about Beth's new book, Chasing Vines, and even though I'm way out of practice, I do my best to represent English teachers everywhere and ask a couple of essay questions. :-) We also discuss the wonders of outside, Beth's best skincare tips (I totally pictured Mel taking notes as fast as that GIF of a cat typing), and the pros of getting older. 

We recorded this episode last week before we knew how drastically COVID-19 was about to change "normal life" as many of us have known it. It occurred to me when I was editing this episode that the Lord's timing is kind - because Beth provides so much wisdom and encouragement and joy in this episode. We don't know about y'all, but we could use an extra dose of all of the above right now, and we're so grateful to Beth for providing it.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Beth Moore

- Beth's must-read Twitter feed

- Chasing Vines

- Breaking Free

- Video sessions for Breaking Free

- The picture Beth mentions in our discussion about trellises and the Cross

- Chicken & Dressing

- On the Bright Side

- Juice Plus

- A Night with Beth Moore (this was Tuesday, March 17th in Houston, and several people have told me that Beth's message is amazing and I have to watch - so I am planning to do that tonight!)

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Mar 19 2020

1hr 9mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 175

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I am delighted to tell you that I remembered to plug in my microphone for this episode, so that's a win right out of the gate, isn't it? And thanks to all of our crystal-clear sound, you'll hear us talk about my recent trip to Americus, Georgia, Melanie's recent trip to College Station, and the exciting new make-up that I bought last week.

We'll also update you on our respective families' Coronavirus prep (Shankles - headed for the pandemic prep championship; Hudsons - did not qualify as we have not so much as purchased an extra roll of toilet paper), and we'll check on Melanie's post-book release haze. Oh! And Melanie's On the Bright Side is in Target stores now, so go find it and take a picture with it and buy copies for all your friends. Not that we're the boss of you. :-) 

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Milani Most Loved Mattes eyeshadow palette

- Thrive Causemetics lip liner (in Ghizlan), lipstick (in Emii), blush, and mascara (use promo code BIGBOO for 15% off your first purchase)

- Maybelline Ink Crayon lipstick

- NuFACE

- Melanie foretells the Mike Leach hire in September - MONTHS ahead of time (go to 47:23 in the episode)

- Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein

- R. Eric Thomas' tweet about Meghan Markle

- photo of Meghan and Harry

- On the Bright Side is at Target! (TARGET!!!)

- Annie B. Jones at The Bookshelf

- Most Likely by Sarah Watson

- Sophie's March Playlist for Apple Music

- Sophie's March Playlist for Spotify

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- YogaSleep (use this link for 20% off)

Mar 12 2020

49mins

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 174

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You may not have known it before now, but what you will realize after about fifteen minutes of this episode is that apparently it is Festivus, and Melanie and I have kicked it off with our annual Airing of the Grievances. From her missing book foreword to my feelings about an unexpected credit card charge to Mel's preferred schedule for visits from the exterminator, we spend some time and also energy voicing our frustrations. 

Also, there's a whole running discussion about the coronavirus. I remain fascinated by the information Melanie shares with all of us.

Finally, we have a lively discussion about sunglasses, and I even try to do a little shopping as we visit. Basically we're just one step removed from our very first podcast episode when we read InStyle magazine together. Seems like old times, etc.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon store

- Melanie's missing On the Bright Side foreword, written oh-so-beautifully by Jen Hatmaker

- The Invisible Man

- Elta MD sunscreen

- Living Proof Dry Volume Blast

- Quay Stop & Stare sunglasses

- Kathleen Jennings' Instagram

- Quay Gold Dust sunglasses

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Mar 05 2020

1hr

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 173

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A few episodes ago I mentioned how much I had loved watching Garth Brooks' "The Road I'm On," and this past week Melanie watched it. I wouldn't say that we discuss it exhaustively in this episode, but we definitely circle back around to it a few times. That is because WE ADORE IT. We also talk about Melanie's new books (it's book launch week!), but we recorded before we knew that the foreword by Jen Hatmaker somehow didn't make it into the actual book, so you can rest assured we'll saddle up to that topic next week. 

We also talk about a couple of books I've read and loved, what we're planning to read during Lent, and a new (to me) K-cup discovery. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon shop

- Melanie's new books

- Garth Brooks' "The Road I'm On"

- Maria Taylor from ESPN

- The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

- Miracles & Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey

- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

- Do You Mind if I Cancel by Gary Janetti

- Every Broken Thing by Erin Moon (shopping cart closes Wednesday night at midnight)

- Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup from She Wears Many Hats

- (related: here is my favorite wild rice)

- Starbucks French Roast K-cups

- Mike Leach's Twitter

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Feb 25 2020

57mins

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By Tyrrone McDanger - May 05 2020
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I enjoy every episode. Love hearing about your real life. Your books are so good too.

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By Jesus lovin mama - Apr 29 2020
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Love love love these ladies! So funny and uplifting. I laugh out loud at least once every episode.