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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.

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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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Love these two women

By Ceridwen4 - Aug 01 2019
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Best podcast out there! It’s the only one I listen to faithfully.

Love it

By AptilFla - Jul 31 2019
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I absolutely love this podcast.

iTunes Ratings

1177 Ratings
Average Ratings
1119
28
13
12
5

Love these two women

By Ceridwen4 - Aug 01 2019
Read more
Best podcast out there! It’s the only one I listen to faithfully.

Love it

By AptilFla - Jul 31 2019
Read more
I absolutely love this podcast.
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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 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.

Become a Patron!

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
58 mins
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Rank #2: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #3: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 1

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In their very first podcast, Big Mama (http://bigmama1.com) and BooMama (http://boomama.net), two Southern mama-bloggers who have opinions on pretty much everything, take a look at the InStyle fall fashion preview, what to wear to a Deeper Still conference, their ongoing hair issues, and the hair issues of several presidential candidates. And they really will get a theme song at some point. As well as some better editing skills. But Rome wasn't built in a day, people. Rome wasn't built in a day.
Aug 25 2007
33 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #5: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #6: 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
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #7: 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
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #8: 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:

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Apr 16 2018
55 mins
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Rank #9: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 2

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In their second whole podcast, Southern mama-bloggers Big Mama (http://bigmama1.com) and BooMama (http://boomama.net) talk about some special challenges of motherhood - including but not limited to vomit, the use of wild animals in home decorating, the ongoing debate regarding skinny jeans, and whether or not Hillary Clinton's hair can be helped. Plus, God love 'em, they've managed to include some bloopers. And even theme music. Oh yes ma'am they have.
Sep 02 2007
37 mins
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Rank #10: 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
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #11: 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
1 hour
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Rank #12: 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
1 hour
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Rank #13: 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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #14: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 92

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Well, it's our first episode of 2018, and true to form, we're all over the place. We analyze Hazel's behavior during Christmas break, we marvel at the fact that Melanie is smitten with a real-live musical (The Greatest Showman), and we decide we like Bruno Mars' new single more than Justin Timberlake's. As you do.

We also talk college football (WHO IS SURPRISED) and compare Melanie's commitment to information about the Royal Family to my commitment to information that I find on Twitter (we'll have to explain that in greater detail on another podcast, but suffice it to say that I love me some current events). Melanie also has a new hair product to share with us, and I totally ordered said product while we were recording because this, THIS IS WHAT I DO.

Enjoy, everybody!

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

The Great British Baking Show

Home Again - Reese Witherspoon

The Greatest Showman (and Sophie has watched this clip from TGS workshop about 358 times in the last two days)

Pasek & Paul

Bruno Mars' "Finesse" (there's a little bit of language - just FYI)

The Royal House of Windsor on Netflix

Kerastase VIP Volume in Powder Backcomb Effect Finishing Spray

Jennifer Fulwiler's One Beautiful Dream

Jan 09 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #15: 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
53 mins
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Rank #16: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 93

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Well, for the first half of this episode Melanie and I talk about movies and TV, and for a big chunk of the second half of this episode, we talk about marriage.

Yes. I know. MARRIAGE. Which we hardly ever talk about in any sort of detail. But we have us a fine conversation about it right here on episode 93. We also discuss our new favorite music and an outstanding list of Amazon products that Melanie discovered, so go ahead and prepare yourself to travel down that rabbit hole for a few hours after you listen.

Enjoy the hodgepodge, everybody!

The Greatest Showman

The Popcast with Knox and Jamie

The Post

Ladybird

Kelly Corrigan's Tell Me More

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Bachelor

The Antelope in the Living Room

Tasha Cobbs Leonard - Heart. Passion. Pursuit.

Charity Gayle - Lord, You Are My Song

60 Dope Things on Amazon Prime That Have A Cult Following

Facetory

Jan 28 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #17: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 116

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As you (might) know, I'm working with a different computer these days, and somewhere in this new-to-me version of Garage Band (which is what I use to edit) I have somehow changed myself to a setting that is likely called "DJ From The 1970s." Melanie sounds quite normal, but I have an echo that will take you straight to the disco, and I have no idea how to fix it. I just know that it makes me sound like I recorded my part of the episode in a tiled bathroom. WELCOME TO EXCELLENCE, everyone.

Despite the reverb, though, we plow our way through some topics. We talk about the heat (what? you're surprised?), we talk about SEC football, we talk about recent annoyances, and we delve into some strong feelings that we didn't even know we had.

Please do enjoy.

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- Sophie's car on the way to senior retreat

- Mississippi State players learning the fight song

- 10 things you might not know about Alabama Coach Nick Saban

- Stonewall Kitchen Apple Grille Sauce

- Spinach & Ricotta Bake

- Closing Song

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Aug 26 2018
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #18: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 128

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Travis is here!

I feel like that's all we need to say about this episode, really. Because Travis being with us means that we talk about kids and sports and Christmas traditions and concession stand food and our favorite moments of 2018. Basically it's an hour (and change) of talking about everything and nothing with one of our very favorite friends.

Enjoy, y'all - and Merry Christmas!

Show Notes:

- The Cottrell Family Christmas Picture

- Angela's Chocolate Gravy Recipe

- Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls

- Amy Hannon's Love, Welcome, Serve

- Pioneer Woman's Chicken Spaghetti

- Salted Chocolate Toffee Pretzel Bark

- Hamilton Chicago

- Kelly Corrigan's Tell Me More

- Ben Rector's Magic Tour

- Harry Connick, Jr.'s New Orleans Tricentennial Tour

- The Great British Baking Show

- Worship Together Conference

- Living Proof Live

- Leslie Odom Jr.'s Simply Christmas

- Travis' Ring the Bells

- A Johnnyswim Christmas

Sponsors:

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Dec 21 2018
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #19: The Big Boo Cast, Episode 132

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We have such a treat for y'all in the first half of this episode: a visit with our dear friend Erin Moon, who regularly brightens our days on Instagram and on The Bible Binge podcast. Erin and I share an obsession related to one of our very favorite musicians, and it seemed like a good idea to have her on the podcast and hash that thing out for posterity.

The second half of this episode is a little bit of a catch-up for Melanie and me; we talk about some music I'm loving and a recipe from Melanie's friend Kim that has changed Alex Hudson's life forever. Melanie also shares her reactions to the Fyre documentary we talked about on the last episode, and she coins a new word that we are sure to hold close in our hearts forever.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Maggie Rogers' new album, Heard It in a Past Life (there's an explicit version and a clean version; we recommend the clean version)

- Maggie Rogers on Current Mood

John Mayer singing "It's My House"

- John Mayer singing "XO"

O Heavy Lightness - a Lenten guide and devotional by our good friend Erin Moon

- The Swipe Up - Erin's very informative and delightful newsletter

- Erin Moon's Instagram (SUCH A TREAT)

- Ben Platt's "Bad Habit"

- Ben Platt's "Ease My Mind"

- Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

- Everything Yolanda Hadid Eats in a Day

French Onion Beef Sliders for a Crowd (note from Sophie: I made these earlier this week, and Alex declared them the best thing I've ever made. And don't feel like you need to splurge on gruyere. I made some of them with cheddar, and they were SUPER tasty.)

Sponsor:

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for 40% off your first subscription box)

Feb 09 2019
59 mins
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Rank #20: 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

 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)

Jul 24 2019
51 mins
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