The Big Boo Cast

By Melanie Shankle & Sophie Hudson

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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.

Episode Date
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 298
3609
This week Melanie recaps the time she spent decorating Caroline's apartment this past weekend, and I lament an unexpected change with my email. We also discuss the surprising cost of Command hooks, a new season of one of our favorite shows, and the preseason Top 25 Coaches' Poll.

On top of all that, we marvel that our brains have held onto all the Olivia Newton-John lyrics from our childhood, and it's my turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- poster putty

- Johnny's Restaurant

- Better Call Saul

- Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

- Nope

- Olivia Newton-John

- "Let Me Be There"

- "Please Mr. Please"

- "Have You Never Been Mellow?"

- Olivia Newton-John's Totally Hot album

- Never Have I Ever season 3

- AP Preseason Coaches' Poll

- Kur Illuminating Nail Concealer

- OPI Drip Dry

- Melanie's Five Favorites Amazon shirt

- corduroy shirt that's oh-so-soft

- long sleeve ultralite workout tunic

- Tedeschi Trucks Band I Am the Moon

- Sam Edelman Theresa platform sandal (and here's the gray multi in lots of sizes at Belk)

- Popcorners (I also love the Spicy Queso flavor)

Sponsors:

- Thrive Market (use this link to get $80 in free groceries)

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Aug 11, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 297
3357
Since our last episode Melanie and Perry have moved Caroline into her new place in College Station, and I have been all manner of productive rounding up things for Alex's dorm room. Apparently both of us have been feeling our feelings about this particular transition, so we dig into that a little bit.

We also talk about Bama Rush Tok (will it be a thing this year? WE HOPE SO), what we're watching, and a book I've been loving. Plus, it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

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- Join Us on Patreon

Show Notes:

- blackout curtains at Walmart (sold in packs of 2 in-store for $18, I think)

- four-cube storage unit 

- storage cubes

- bedside caddy

- dorm rug

- door stopper

- clip-on fan with USB plug

- rechargeable clip-on light

- "La Di Da" by Tedeschi Trucks Band

- The Pants Store

- Loot on AppleTV

- Southern Charm

- Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus 

- Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince

- Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 

- Nope

- Kur Illuminating Nail Concealer

- OPI Drip Dry Drops

- Hoka Mach 5 

- Keurig K-Supreme Plus coffee maker

- lightweight tunic top

Sponsors:

- Prose (use this link for 15% off your custom hair supplements)

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

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO16 for 16 free meals across 7 boxes and 3 free gifts)

- OSEA Malibu (use code BIGBOO for 10% off your first order sitewide)


Aug 04, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 296
3190
We're back home after spending most of last week in Atlanta, and apparently we both have a lot of thoughts about how air travel could be more courteous and efficient (please keep in mind that I didn't actually fly to Atlanta, but that doesn't stop me from having an opinion). We also share our latest thoughts about moisturizers, eye shadows, and whether or not nutmeg belongs in a fruit cobbler.

On top of that, we talk about how we're wrapping up summer with the college-aged people in our lives, and it's my turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Pacifica Dreamy Youth Cream (a Charlotte Tilbury dupe according to some)

- Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener (just FYI - the link in the list of sponsors will work for 15% off your first order)

- corn dip (I modified this recipe a bit, but this was so good when I heated it in the oven for about 30 minutes on 375)

- What Will They Think? by Grace Valentine

Sponsors:

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

- June's Journey (download in the Apple App Store or on Google Play)

- Rothy's (use this link for $20 off your first purchase)

- Thrive Causemetics (use this link for 15% off your first order)


Jul 28, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 295
3493
We recorded this episode from Day One of SEC Football Media Days earlier this week, and man oh man are we ever living our best lives. Obviously we talk about media days (day one, at least), and we discuss the obnoxious amount of clothes we packed for our time in Atlanta. We trust you would expect no less.

You'll also hear Melanie's shock / surprise / disappointment when she learns about another movie I've never seen, and we break down how we respond to conflict (here's a hint: WE DON'T LOVE IT). Plus, it's Melanie's turn this week for Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- "Whoopty" (the song about being addicted to blue cheese)

- Zach Bryan's new album, Summertime Blues

- Holland & Birch bracelets (use code BIGBOO for 20% off until Sunday 7/24)

Sponsors:

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your Munk Pack purchase)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO16 for 16 free meals across seven boxes and three free gifts)

- Stamps.com (use promo code BIGBOO for a four-week trial, digital scale, and free postage)

- Helix (use this link for up to $200 off a mattress and two free pillows)



Jul 21, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 294
3137
This week we talk about a whole lot of ordinary life: celebrating some extended family birthdays, finding an unexpected treasure at Nordstrom Rack, and trying to get our kids' living spaces coordinated for the new semester.

We also discuss some new shows we're watching and how Melanie is dealing with the Texas heat. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- chicken flats video (MELANIE, DO NOT WATCH THIS)

- Club Pilates (this is where I go here in Birmingham)

Sponsors:

- Thrive Market (use this link to get $80 in free groceries)

- Reel (use code BIGBOO for 30% off your first order and free shipping)

- KiwiCo (use code BIGBOO for 50% off your first month and free shipping)

- Noom (use this link to sign up for your trial)

Jul 14, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 293
3110
It's been a slow week since we last recorded, but that didn't stop us from digging into all sorts of exciting topics on this episode: picture frames, herbs, weather, and so many other things that pretty much scream WE ARE VERY BORING.

Fortunately we've watched a good bit of TV, so we break that down, and it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- funeral potato casserole (I use cream of chicken soup instead of making a sauce with flour, milk, and chicken broth)

Sponsors:

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

- Pair Eyewear (use this link for 15% off your first purchase)

- Prose (use this link for 15% off custom hair supplements)

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO16 for up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts)

Jul 07, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 292
3496
This week we recap the end of the College World Series, and Melanie tells us all about how she and Caroline spent time in The Nature during their inaugural trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. Melanie's feet continue to recover.

We also break down an unusually busy week on the Hudson front, Melanie offers her two cents on Arch Manning's college football commitment, and it's my turn for Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- the VRBO house we love in Chickamauga, GA (only 25 minutes from so many fun things in Chattanooga)

- small gold chunky hoops (less than $15)

Sponsors:

- Calm (use this link for 40% off a premium subscription)

- OSEA Malibu (use promo code BIGBOO for 10% off sitewide)

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your purchase)

- Prose (use this link for 15% off custom hair supplements)
Jun 30, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 291
3400
We're still in the thick of the College World Series, so you know we're gonna get into all of our feelings about college baseball this week (not to mention the Aggies' match-up against the Longhorns). We also do a little recapping of our weekends, and we discuss whether or not it's possible to cover all the important topics / life skills with college kids before they leave home.

On top of all that, we break down my current situation with my hair, and it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- No Boundaries slides (only $12.98)

Sponsors:

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO to get 50% off your first month plus free shipping)

- Rothy's (use this link for $20 off your first order)

- Stamps.com (use promo code BIGBOO for a 4-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)

Jun 23, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 290
3141
Much to our delight, there have been lots of fun life events since our last episode. Melanie got to watch her Aggies win their super regional and secure their spot in the College World Series, and I got to go to Maine and New York City on a trip. We have so many words about all of these things.

We also discuss my somewhat awkward initial encounter with East Coast seafood (I was not equipped, y'all), and it's my turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Omni Berkshire (this was our favorite place we've stayed in NYC - great location and really quiet)

Sponsors:

- Helix (use this link for up to $200 off your mattress order and two free pillows)

- Thrive Market (use this link for $80 in free groceries)

- Noom (use this link to sign up for your trial)

- Prose (use this link for 15% off custom hair supplements)

Jun 16, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 289
3437
Y'all. I don't know how this has happened again, but Zoom didn't pick up my microphone - clearly I missed a setting even after I reminded Melanie that we needed to check - so I sound like I'm in a tunnel. I hope you can push through the distraction, and I am trying to remind myself that nobody listens to us for our sound quality. Still: annoying. I'm sorry I'm so consistently bad at this part.

Anyway, we discuss some things as I echo (echo, echo) my way through the episode: college baseball, Alex's college orientation, and my poor decision-making skills re: orientation shoes. Also, it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- ESPN+ 

- Samford 

Sponsors:

- Pair Eyewear (use this link for 15% off your first purchase)

- Olive and June (use this link for 20% off your first mani system)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO16 for up to 16 free meals and three free gifts)

- Best Fiends (download for free in the Apple App Store or on Google Play - and get $5 worth of in-game rewards when you reach level 5)

Jun 09, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 288
3387
Between college baseball regionals, Top Gun: Maverick, and a new season of Somebody Feed Phil, we get to cover a wide swath-o-topical-ground this week. Giddy up, everyone.

Plus, Melanie shares an update on the final stages of her bedroom / bath renovation, and it's my turn for Five Favorites.

Y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Somebody Feed Phil (new season!)

- Book Lovers by Emily Henry (just FYI - it's spicy)

- a summertime skincare staple - Teddie's Organics rosehip oil

Sponsors:

- OSEA Malibu (use code BIGBOO for 10% off your first order)

- Babbel (use this link for up to 60% off)

- Calm (use this link for 40% off)

- Fuzzy (use this link for your free trial)

Jun 02, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 287
3615
Melanie had an adventurous travel weekend, so we talk about that on this week's episode, and you know - YOU KNOW - we dig into the recent situation between Jimbo Fisher and Nick Saban. WHO AMONG US IS SURPRISED.

We also discuss a TV show and a movie that have made my heart oh-so-happy, and it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:


- Abbott Elementary (I've been watching on Hulu)

Sponsors:

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO16 for up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts)

- Stamps.com (use code BIGBOO for a four-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)

- Storyworth (use this link for $10 off your first purchase)

May 26, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 286
3294
Well, it occurred to me when I was editing that we completely forgot to talk about what dress I wore to graduation, but that is okay because it was an old one (the dress I ordered didn't come in on time). BUT, we did remember to talk about other graduation details, along with the latest on Melanie's bedroom / bathroom renovations and the fact that Caroline is home for the summer.

We also discuss my TV goals for the week, and it's my turn for Five Favorites.

Y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- eShakti dress (I LOVE MINE)

- Prose boar bristle hairbrush (I don't have any idea if our code will work on a brush, but you can try BIGBOO and see if it does)

Sponsors:

- Rothy's (use this link for $20 off your first order)

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first month plus free shipping)

- Helix (use this link for up to $200 off your mattress order and two free pillows)

- Noom (use this link to sign up for your trial)

May 19, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 285
3336
On this episode Melanie does some deep reflection on all of last year's preparations for Caroline's freshman dorm room, and she does this because she started the process of moving Caroline out of her dorm room this past weekend. Suffice it to say: LESSONS WERE LEARNED. 

We also talk about the ramp up to Alex's high school graduation weekend (when I was editing I wondered if I should use "Sunrise, Sunset" as background music), my recent accomplishments with our built-ins, and Melanie's Five Favorites.

Y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Book Lovers by Emily Henry (neither of us has read it yet; it's just been recommended to us)

- EXCITING NEWS: Brian Chalmers t-shirts

Sponsors:

- Babbel (use this link to save up to 60% off your subscription)

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO16 for up to 16 free meals and three free gifts)

- Best Fiends (download in the Apple App store or Google Play)

- Calm (use this link for 40% a premium subscription)

May 12, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 284
3536
There has been a lot of life in the last week:  Melanie's home improvement situation has leveled up in a couple of significant ways, and senior year festivities have overtaken our lives here in Birmingham. So for entirely different reasons, both of us have been feeling some feelings. You'll hear all about that.

We also continue our discussion of The Dress Situation, and it's my turn for Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- the eShakti dress (I did a 3/4 sleeve that's below knee length)

- Half Price Drapes linen blackout drapes (I got the Exclusion Ivory - which is really pretty)

Sponsors:

- Olive and June (use this link for 20% off your first mani system)

- Pair Eyewear (use this link for 15% off your first purchase)

- Thrive Market (use this link to get 40% off your first order and a free gift worth over $50)

- Prose (use this link for 15% off custom hair supplements)

May 05, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 283
3632
It's been a week-o-special-events for both of us, and on this episode we're going to talk about all of them. You'll hear about Melanie and Perry getting all dressed up for a wedding, my quick trip to see college friends, and Alex's performance in Into the Woods. Plus, Melanie has some exciting new skin care strategies to share.

We're also going to discuss TV (it's my favorite coping mechanism right now), and it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- A New Day Victoria wedge heels (order a half-size down according to Mel)

Sponsors:

- Stamps.com (use promo code BIGBOO for a four-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)

- iWi Life - use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first order

- Storyworth - use this link to save $10 off your first purchase

- OSEA Malibu - use promo code BIGBOO to get 10% off your first order

Apr 28, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 282
3535
We're all over the place this week, so if you would like to hear about what's on sale at Anthropologie along with the snake situation at the ranch along with a round-up of some recent TV shows along with a story about some leggings, this is the episode for you.

We also talk about Melanie's latest additions to her skin care routine. And it's my turn for Five Favorites. Only somehow I ended up with Seven Favorites. As you do.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Favorite TikTok accounts: @snackqween, @catben, @567broadway, @jackieaina, @cost_n_mayor (be advised that you may occasionally hear some lively language)

Sponsors:

- KiwiCo (use this link for 30% off your first month plus free shipping)

- Rothy's (use this link for $20 off your first purchase)

Apr 21, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 281
3585
We both had lively weekends - Parents' Weekend for Mel, a John Mayer concert and Daddy's birthday celebration for me - and you're gonna get a recap of all of the above. We have some thoughts about concert couples and late-night fast food and the sweetness of being with family.

We also revisit the topics of doom piles and radishes, and it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- New June's Journey teams with podcast listeners: Big Boo Detectives 2 and Big Boo Podcast Fans

Sponsors:

- iwi Life (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first purchase)

- June's Journey - download on the Apple App Store or Google Play

- Helix (use this link for up to $200 off your mattress purchase and two free pillows)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO16 for up to 16 free meals and three free gifts)


Apr 14, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 280
3871
Since we recorded our last episode a few days early, it felt like we had lived ten lives when we sat down to record for this week. That's why you're going to hear about a wide array of topics, from which ride made me nauseous at Universal to how college kids don't like to commit to activities to when our family received a free gift in Georgia to why I experienced buyer's remorse over a new dress.

A lot has happened, y'all.

There's no Five Favorites this week - we're doing a quick graduation gift guide instead - but rest assured that we'll be back with Five Favorites next week. I think it'll be Melanie's turn. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- John Mulaney From Scratch tour (not for the children)

Graduation Gift Ideas:

- Merrell men's hut moc (also in forest green, which is great)

Sponsors:

Storyworth (use this link for $10 off your first purchase)

- Thrive Market (use this link to join today and get 40% off your first order and a free gift worth over $50)

- Prose (use this link for your free, in-depth hair quiz and 15% off)

Apr 07, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 279
3059
On this episode we touch on some topics that aren't necessarily typical for us, like Melanie's recent revelation about her dogs' theme songs and my recent theory about a vegetable that I believe to be on the come-up in the roasted vegetable world. As you might expect, this led to a discussion about the vegetables and/or fruit that have risen to culinary prominence over the last several years, and I don't know, maybe Melanie and I need some new hobbies.

We also talk about Melanie's thoughts on The Gilded Age, and it's my turn for Five Favorites. 

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Melanie's Instagram (the dog theme songs were in her stories, but maybe she'll make a highlight for us) 

- e.l.f. eyebrow pencil (in fairness, it is just a little bit over $4, so the bargain factor is big)

- Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

Sponsors:

- OSEA Malibu (use promo code BIGBOO for 10% off your first order)

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

- Green Chef (use promo code BIGBOO130 to get $130 off plus free shipping)

- Stamps.com (use promo code BIGBOO for a special offer that includes a four-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)

Mar 31, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 278
3088
If you're wondering this week if Melanie is over her spirit of grievance with the NCAA regarding the college basketball tournament, she's going to settle that question for you almost immediately after this episode starts. We also explore two new topics - doom piles and tantouring - and lament our complete lack of skill when it comes to organizing and applying make-up. 

It's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites, and you'll be delighted to hear that she comes up with a new slogan for arugula in the process. Take that, Whoop City.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

Sponsors:

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your purchase)

- Rothy's (use this link for $20 off your first purchase)

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 50% off your first month plus free shipping)

Mar 24, 2022
The Big Boo Cast Bonus Episode with Kim Spradlin-Wolfe
2147
This bonus episode marks a first for us, and that's because our guest, Kim Spradlin-Wolfe, was actually a Survivor champion about ten years ago. This means she can claim some next-level mental and physical toughness, so suffice it to say that Melanie and I - as a couple of Enneagram 9s - are fascinated.

Kim also has anew show coming out on HGTV, so we talk about that along with a fun project she and Melanie are working on. You're going to love listening to her, and we got such a kick out of having time to sit down and talk with her.

We'll be back in a couple of days with our regular episode for the week (278). Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Kim's new HGTV show (and Perry does the landscaping!)

Sponsors:

- Thrive Causemetics (use this link for 15% off your first order)

- Reel (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first order and free shipping)

Mar 22, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 277
3223
Melanie is feeling so much better this week, and you'll be delighted to hear her back in her normal feisty form (particularly where NCAA basketball is concerned). We continue our discussion from a few weeks back about Whoop City (oh, it tickles me), and we also talk about my recent facial - not to mention how this past weekend's PJ Morton concert changed my life a little bit. 

But wait! There's more! Melanie has a new book recommendation for us, and it's my turn for Five Favorites. 

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams (this one is on Melanie's to-read pile)

- Everything Sad is Untrue (Patreon book club is March 21st for the $8 level)

- air fryer breakfast tostada (9 minutes in air fryer on 375)

Sponsors:

- June's Journey (download in the Apple App Store or on Google Play)

- iwi Life (use code BIGBOO for 30% off your first purchase)

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO16 for up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts)

- Helix (use this link for up to $200 all mattress orders and 2 free pillows)

Mar 17, 2022
The Big Boo Cast Bonus Episode with Kari Kampakis
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On this week's bonus episode Melanie and I talk with our friend Kari Kampakis. Kari, who lives in Birmingham and is the author of four books, just so happens to be one of our favorite Instagram follows. The mom of four daughters and a graduate of The University of Alabama, Kari has so much wisdom to share about friendship, the dynamics between moms and daughters, the power of being vulnerable and going first - and so much more. Her words are such an encouragement!

This isn't the only time you'll hear from us this week; we'll be back in a couple of days with our regular episode, so we'll talk to you again then!

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Kari's new book, More Than A Mom (you can pre-order now!)

Sponsors:

- Peloton

Mar 15, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 276
2382
Our friend Melanie is still under the weather, but once again she pushed through like a champion so we could get this week's episode handled. And listen - if you like a coherent train of thought, we should probably apologize. We talk about the condition of our eyelashes and the cost of streaming services and what we've been watching and the new sneakers that we both love.

Plus, it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites, which is always a treat.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- PJ Morton's Gumbo Unplugged Live

- The Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara Davis

- New Balance 327s (note from Sophie: I got the moonbeam and madras orange from Urban Outfitters)

Sponsors:

- Thrive Market - use this link for 40% off your first order and a free gift worth over $50

- Prose - use this link for your free, in-depth hair quiz and 15% off your first order

- Framebridge (use promo code BIGBOO to save an additional 15% percent off your first order)

Mar 10, 2022
The Big Boo Cast Bonus Episode with Lucky Peacock Designs
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A few months ago Melanie and I decided it would be fun to have conversations with a few of our favorite Instagram influencers, and we're kicking that off today with this BONUS EPISODE. We're talking with Caroline from Lucky Peacock Designs, and you've no doubt heard us mention her on the podcast one or 78 times. Caroline posts lots of beautiful interior design pictures, and she's also an amazing curator of great finds from Amazon, Target, and Walmart - among other places. 

We talk in this episode about Caroline's love for estate sales, her best advice for shopping estate sales, her Round Top Antique Week suggestions, and how to throw a killer Three's Company-themed cocktail party. Plus a bunch of other stuff. She's a delight! 

Hope y'all enjoy - and we'll be back later this week with Episode 276!

Show Notes:

Sponsors:

- OSEA Malibu (use promo code BIGBOO for 10% off your first order)

- Daily Harvest (use this link to get up to $40 off your first order)

Mar 08, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 275
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It was a big show choir weekend for the Hudsons, so Melanie and I talk about that as well as her current upper respiratory infection and the fact that Caroline was home for the weekend and set some personal sleeping records. Frankly I respect it.

We also discuss a couple of new things Melanie has watched, and it's my turn for Five Favorites. Plus, you'll be delighted to know that Melanie has an exciting hat update. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- homemade medicine ball

- livestream link to Radica's show choir performance (this links directly to our school's show - but be forewarned that the sound isn't great) 

- Can You Keep a Secret? (not family friendly)

- Our first Patreon live stream (available to $8 Patreon subscribers)

- Our first Patreon book club book: Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

- Wordle 

- Big Momma Too - another Big Boo team on June's Journey

- Third Love Deco Lace Demi Bra (and if you've ordered from Third Love before and our discount won't work, this link will go straight to the bra style)

- Tillamook grated cheese (the Triple Cheddar is our favorite)

Sponsors:

- Moms Into Fitness (use promo code BIGBOO for 50% off for 3 months)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO16 for up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts)

- Stamps.com (use promo code BIGBOO for a four-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)

- Reel (use promo code BIGBOO to get 30% off your first order)

Mar 03, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 274
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IT'S COLLEGE BASEBALL SEASON, EVERYONE, and you will likely hear the joy in our voices as we talk about opening weekend for the Bulldogs and the Aggies. Plus, Melanie has some TV news to share, and we even do a little analysis about generational differences in parenting. 

Also, it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites - but not before she tells us about a critical spring accessory she's trying to find.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

Sponsors:

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO to get 50% off your first crate line and free shipping)

- Rothy's (use this link for $20 off your first purchase)

- Noom (use this link to sign up for your trial)

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your purchase)

Feb 24, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 273
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Well, if you were hoping to listen to a podcast episode where you can hear about a baptism and a show choir competition, today is your lucky day. Melanie and I talk about both of those things - and also throw in some discussions about Mel's beloved new green juice, my reactions to a few Melanie-recommended products that have prompted me to "Add to Cart," and Mel's new favorite romantic comedy.

What variety, right? What a time.

As a side note, I would just like to mention that college baseball starts this week (all the hand clap emojis!), and just in case you're wondering, it's my turn for Five Favorites. 

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Trader Joe’s Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers (also: Aldi Mexican Street Corn Big Dipper Corn Chips)

Sponsors:

- Best Fiends (download in the App Store or on Google Play)

- Helix - use this link for up to $200 off all mattress orders and two free pillows

- Thrive Market - use this link to get 40% off your first order and a free gift

- Third Love - use this link to get 20% off your first order

Feb 17, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 272
2709
In this episode Melanie updates us on her hot roller situation and also shares some shocking information re: Perry's feelings for a widely beloved vegetable. I'm still not over it.

On top of that, you won't be at all surprised to hear us discuss Jimbo Fisher's apparent affection for the word "clown," and I offer some exciting June's Journey news. Finally, it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- PAVOI gold hoop, 50mm (less than $15)

- New $8 tier on Patreon (2 bonus episodes plus a live episode every month)

Sponsors:

- Framebridge (use promo code BIGBOO to save 15% off your first order)

- Outschool (use promo code BIGBOO for $15 off your first class)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO16 for up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts)

- Prose (use this link for your free, in-depth hair quiz and 15% off your first order)

Feb 10, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 271
3261
We recorded this episode waaaaaaay later than normal - like just a few hours ago - so I'm a little pressed for time in terms of an engaging  description. :-) Let's just go with this: skincare procedure thoughts, my 8-wing is fully engaged in a situation at our school, and Melanie has watched some television. 

Please do enjoy.

Show Notes:

- what's going on with Sophie's (beloved) former boss (this is good background reading)

- Solo Bonfire stove ($80 off right now)

- Aerie Cozy Up cardigan - only $38.97

- Diva detergent (this is my favorite)

- Our Patreon (the 2nd tier will be available on Friday, February 4th for $3 additional dollars)

Sponsors:

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

- Stamps.com (use promo code BIGBOO for a free four-week trial plus free postage and a digital scale)

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your purchase)

- OSEA Malibu (use promo code BIGBOO for 10% off)

Feb 03, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 270
3366
This week Melanie shares the details of her vampire facial (which is a sentence I never thought I would write). We also talk about our respective weekends, and I share what I feel is an exciting new career path that I've discovered.

I take on 2020Boo and 2020Woo (I'm not exactly sure how to type those) on this episode, and it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Passion 2022 playlist on Spotify - To the Ends of the Earth

Sponsors:

- Thrive Causemetics (use this link for 15% off your first order)

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO to get 50% your first month plus free shipping)

- Pretty Litter (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO16 for up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts)

Jan 27, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 269
2737
On this week's episode Melanie and I discuss Caroline's return to College Station along with all the ways I've been living my best home improvement life. And then, because we like to tackle the big problems, we talk about our need for a better shoe system in our closets. As you do. 

While Melanie does have an exciting skin care development, she unfortunately has sad situation to report as far as her personal ice situation is concerned. Thankfully, however, she is not without ice hope. We wrap up with Five Favorites and a 202Boo (don't worry - we'll get the sequence of these things figured out; we are, as always, slow to come up with a system). 

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- ODODOS crossover leggings (the gray are the softest ever)

- Whole Foods Top of the Morning muffins

- Illume candle in Woodfire (order from Bloom & Petal or Amazon)

Sponsors:

- Noom (use this link to sign up for your trial)

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

- Third Love (use this link for 20% your first purchase)

- Jesus Listens (available wherever books are sold)

Jan 20, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 268
2851
We waited until after the National Championship game (congrats, Georgia Bulldogs!) to record this episode, so naturally we talk about the game and all the reasons why we felt like it was the best of college football. We also discuss Melanie's weekend with Caroline and her college friends, plus a new kind of exercise I recently tried for the first time.

On top of that, we offer our thoughts on the Duchess of Cambridge's 40th birthday portraits, and it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

Sponsors:

- Helix (use this link for up to $200 off mattress orders and two free pillows)

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO16 for up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts)

- Jesus Listens (available wherever books are sold)

- Framebridge (use the promo code BIGBOO to save an additional 15% off your first order)

Jan 13, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 267
3131
Well, we're kicking off 2022 with some on-brand audio issues (this time on my end - because my microphone didn't connect to Zoom and I didn't think to check it), so we hope that will be a comfort to you. Since we didn't realize that I sounded like I was talking in a canyon, we still enjoyed some lively discussions about home deer and the Chick-fil-A drive-thru and #lowlevelgoals.

We also share some thoughts about bowl games, and it's my turn for Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Target fleece cardigan and jogger set

- On sale Align leggings in 23", 25", and 28" (note that most of these are Final Sale)

Sponsors:

- Stamps.com (use promo code BIGBOO for a four-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)

- Prose (use this link for your free hair consultation and 15% off)

- Thrive Market (use this link for 40% off your first order and a free gift) 

- Outschool (use promo code BIGBOO to save $15 off your child's first class)

Jan 05, 2022
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 266
2825
Well, it's a post-Christmas recap on this week's episode, complete with our thoughts about what we ate and what we watched and what we're looking forward to in this last week of the year. 

Also, Melanie shares her thoughts on the Aggies' bowl-game-that-wasn't, and she has a fantastic list of Five Favorites that resulted in me buying not one but two things before we even finished recording. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

- 2021 Holiday Gift Guide Google Doc (all the links from both gift guides)

Show Notes:

- Maid on Netflix (be aware that it deals with domestic violence and trauma, so it can be very difficult to watch)

Sponsors:

- Canva Pro (use this link for your free 45-day trial)

- Pretty Litter (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

- Noom (use this link to sign up for your trial)

Dec 30, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 265
3097
It's our last episode before Christmas, and we spend some time lamenting our respective weather forecasts (that is to say: it's not going to be anywhere close to cold). Also, Melanie shares her recent Paris Hilton fascination as well as an update on Caroline's Christmas break.

As always, we wrap up with Five Favorites (it's my turn this week). We hope y'all have the merriest Christmas!

- 2021 Holiday Gift Guide Google Doc (all the links from both gift guides)

Show Notes:

Sponsors:

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO at checkout for 20% off your first purchase)

- Amazon Music (use this link to try Amazon Music Unlimited free for three months)

- Noom (use this link to sign up for your free trial)

Dec 23, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 264
2811
This past weekend Melanie went to a wedding and I went to an art exhibit, so clearly we are living Very Fancy Lives. Naturally we talk about All The Fanciness before I recap Alex's Christmas choir concert (a 2021 highlight for me) and we discuss our thoughts on bowl season / the College Football Playoffs.

On top of all that, it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites, which is always a delight. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

- 2021 Holiday Gift Guide Google Doc (all the links from both gift guides)

Show Notes:

- Zach Calzada to the transfer portal (this was announced right after we recorded)

Sponsors:

- Stamps.com (use promo code BIGBOO to sign up for a 4-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO14 for up to 14 free meals and 3 free gifts)

- Prose (use this link for a free, in-depth hair consultation and 15% off hair supplements)

- Thrive Causemetics (use this link for 15% off your first order)

Dec 16, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 263
2807
There wasn't as much college football this past weekend, but there was still plenty of real life to talk about, including how our dogs like to encourage us to take them for walks and what we've been watching lately. 

Plus, Melanie shares an interesting theory re: a favorite vegetable, and it's my turn for Five Favorites. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

- 2021 Holiday Gift Guide Google Doc (all the links from both gift guides)

Show Notes:

- The Great on Hulu (Melanie says this is not family friendly viewing)

Sponsors:

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

- Thrive Market (use this link to get 30% off your first order plus a free gift)

- StoryWorth (use this link to save $10 on your first purchase)

- Rothy's (use this link to get $20 off your first purchase)

Dec 09, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 262
2970
It was a football weekend for the ages (well, maybe not for the Bulldogs and the Aggies, but anyway), so naturally we share our thoughts on All The Games. We also recap our Thanksgiving weekends and discuss the unexpected delight I experienced while doing a little Black Friday shopping.

Of course there are some Side Eyes and I See Yous, and it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

- 2021 Holiday Gift Guide Google Doc (all the links from both gift guides)

Show Notes:

- Salt Fat Acid Heat buttermilk-marinated chicken (I cooked chicken breasts in the air fryer - three at a time for 20 minutes - on 390, flipped them, then cooked them for 10 more minutes before I used the meat thermometer to make sure the chicken was 180 degrees)

- Twisted Pine Wreaths Modern Farmhouse Christmas wreath (and the Modern Christmas Hoop wreath too)

Sponsors:

- Amazon Music (use this link to try Amazon Music for free for three months)

- Ana Luisa (use code BIGBOO for 10% off)

- ThirdLove (use this link for 20% off your first order)

- KiwiCo (use code BIGBOO for 50% off your first month plus free shipping)

Dec 02, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 261
3105
It's no secret that Melanie and I share a love for Garth Brooks (remember: "every blessing is a curse, and every curse - is a blessing"), so we kick off this episode with a recap of the Garth show I saw at The Ryman this past weekend. We also talk about college football (of course) and the fact that Caroline is home for Thanksgiving.

On top of all that, we break down a movie that we both loved, and it's my turn for Five Favorites. 

Hope y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are super grateful for each one of you.

- 2021 Holiday Gift Guide Google Doc (all the links from both gift guides)

Show Notes:

- Melanie's new Advent devotional, Waiting for Wonder (available Friday, November 26th)

- Pilcro The Wanderer corduroy pants (be on the lookout for a Black Friday sale)

- Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala burger

Sponsors:

- Jesus Listens - available wherever books are sold

- Noom - use this link to sign up for your trial

- Prose - use this link for a free consultation and 15% off custom hair supplements

- Munk Pack - use code BIGBOO for 20% off your first purchase

Nov 25, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 260
3138
If you're wondering if we talk in this episode about Mississippi State's comeback win against the Auburn Tigers, you'd better believe we do - not to mention that we break down a big high school football milestone from this past weekend, and Melanie comes through with her side eyes and I see yous.

We also discuss an exciting new cracker option and Adele's CBS special (this is going to be our topic for our last November Patreon episode, and we cannot wait). Plus, Melanie has Five Favorites this week. 

Enjoy, everybody!

- 2021 Holiday Gift Guide Google Doc (all the links from both gift guides)

Show Notes:

- Jones Road Miracle Balm (Melanie uses bronze)

- Erika boots (get 25% off with code MELANIEBF25)

Sponsors:

- Thrive Causemetics (use this link for 15% off your first order)

- Storyworth (use this link for $10 off your first purchase)

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO14 for up to 14 free meals and 3 free gifts)

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

Nov 18, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 259
2890
We kick off this episode with an Alex update and then follow it up with a Caroline / College Station update. Melanie also recaps her time at the A&M / Auburn game and shares a few side eyes and I see yous before she fills us in on the latest with Mabel.

As always, we have Five Favorites (my turn this time) - complete with my personal jeans philosophy for colder weather. 

Enjoy, everybody!

- 2021 Holiday Gift Guide Google Doc (all the links from both gift guides)

Show Notes:

- Donna High Rise ankle skinnies in regular sizes (on sale) and plus sizes

Sponsors:

- Stamps.com (use promo code BIGBOO for a 4-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)

- Rothy's (use this link for $20 off your first purchase)

- Third Love (use this link for 20% off your first order)

- Ana Luisa (use promo code BIGBOO to get 10% off)

Nov 11, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 258
2911
It was a weekend-o-wins on the football front (well, Texas A&M had a bye week, so that just means Melanie was extra relaxed), so naturally we had lots to talk about in this episode regarding The Sports. Plus, Melanie shares an update on Mabel, who has spent the last several days getting some really good care at the vet (we love you, Mabes). 

There's also some closet clean-out news (Mel's favorite, as y'all know), and, as always, Five Favorites.

Enjoy, everybody!

- 2021 Holiday Gift Guide Google Doc (all the links from both gift guides)

Show Notes:

- Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, and Cole Cubelic (this is a great article on the SEC's very best broadcasting team)

- Forever 21 quilted zip-up jacket (this is a great gift for teenage girls, too)

Sponsors:

- KiwiCo (use this link for 50% off any crate line plus free shipping)

- Helix (use this link for up to $200 off all mattress orders and two free pillows)

- Thrive Market (use this link to get $20 off your first order and a free gift)

- Hello Fresh (use the code BIGBOO14 for up to 14 free meals and 3 free gifts)

Nov 04, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 257
3835
Melanie and I cover some ground in this episode; we move from our respective trips to Trader Joe's to Alex's Senior Night to college football (side eyes! I see yous!) to the second part of our holiday gift guide. You'll find all the links in our show notes, but if it's easier for you, you can also find the gift guide links in this Google doc

And on top of the gift guide goodness, there's also a new round of Five Favorites (my turn this time). 

Enjoy, y'all!

- 2021 Holiday Gift Guide Google Doc (all the links from last week and this week!)

Show Notes:

Gift Guide for Women

- Printfresh pajamas (Bagheera print) (a little bit of a splurge)

- Caraway Dutch oven (GORGEOUS) (also a little bit of a splurge)

- SP Circle Weekly Planning Bundle (perfect to help people get organized for the new year)

- Selma ring by ABLE - 20% off with code BIGMAMA20

- ABLE Rachel wristlet in spruce - 20% off with code BIGMAMA20

- Allie & Bess bracelets - use code MELANIE20 for 20% off until December 31

- Madewell Stembend Ear Jackets - just $12.50 as I'm typing this, but may go back to regular price soon

Gift Guide for Men

- message board subscriptions for sports lovers

- BIG SPLURGE: MacBook Air

Five Favorites

Sponsors:

- Noom (use this link to sign up for your free trial)

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO to save 20% off your first purchase)

- Canva Pro (use this link to get your 45-day free trial)

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

Oct 28, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 256
3270
This is episode is chock-full-o-fun: a quick recap of our live show in Nashville, plus some reflections on this past weekend's college football activity (we need not speak of the State / Alabama game). Are there Side Eyes and I See Yous? OF COURSE THERE ARE.

Also, we have the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide on this episode - gifts for teenage girls and guys - because we know that in some instances shipping is taking a little longer. AND we have Five Favorites from Melanie - always a treat!

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

Gift Ideas for Teenage Girls:

- Marleylilly Packing Cubes - can get monogrammed 

- Shelby Vafanis' scripture calendar (such a great stocking stuffer)

Gift Ideas for Teenage Guys:

- Survival Kit (great for a glove compartment)

- SPLURGE: Sony Plus wireless headset (only for PlayStation) or Elite wireless headset (for several different platforms)

(If you want all your links in a handy Google Doc, here's our working Gift Guide document...and we'll add next week's gifts to this same doc.)

Sponsors:

- Prose (use this link for your free, in-depth hair consultation and 15% off hair supplements)

- Thrive Causemetics (use this link for 15% off your first order)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO14 for up to 14 free meals)

Oct 21, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 255
3302
Naturally we kick off this week's episode with Melanie's recap of the A&M / Alabama game, which was all manner of memorable for her (and most people who love college football, I would add). We also break down other big match-ups from this past weekend, complete with Side Eyes and I See Yous.

Plus, we discuss some recent TikTok fascinations (for me), and I share my Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

- Live Show Tickets for October 16th (there's a livestream option now!)

Show Notes:

- Mordenmiss loose sweatshirt (sizes are limited, but the fabric is dreamy)

- Emily Mariko's salmon and rice dish on TikTok (I mispronounced her name on the episode; it's Mah-REE-ko. Just wanted to correct myself.)

- Ninja XL Air Fryer (I don't like kitchen gadgets. I love this one.)

Sponsors:

Rothy's (use this link to get $20 off your first purchase for a limited time)

- Stamps.com (use promo code BIGBOO for a four-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)

- June's Journey (download in the Apple App Store or Google Play)

- Noom (use this link to sign up for your free trial)

Oct 14, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 254
3325
Since The Big Boo Bowl was this past weekend, we obviously have a few Mississippi State vs. A&M-specific things to discuss on this episode (spoiler alert: the game turned out to be an early birthday present for me). Melanie also offers her Side Eyes of the Week, along with a new segment that features the applause function on her little gadget that has primarily booed up until this point.

We also talk about the Shankles' new phones and how I thought for a split second that P needed to talk to me this past Saturday. Plus it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites - always a delight.

Hope y'all enjoy!

- Live Show Tickets for October 16th (there's a livestream option now!)

Show Notes:

- Fearless Faith (Melanie's devotional book for tweens)

- Instant Audience (what Mel uses to make the boo and applause sounds)

- Endless Praise album by Charity Gayle on Apple Music and Spotify

Sponsors:

- Third Love (use this link for 20% off your first purchase)

- Helix (use this link for up to $200 off your mattress purchase and two free pillows)

- Thrive Market (use this link to get $20 off your first order plus a free gift)

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO to get 50% off your first month plus free shipping)




Oct 07, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 253
2969
It wasn't really a fantastic college football weekend for either of us, but we still have ourselves some laughs in this episode. After all, Caroline was home for a couple of days, Alex celebrated his senior homecoming, and Melanie assembled a fine assortment of side eyes as she watched Saturday's games. 

Also, you'll hear a clip of our recent Patreon conversation with our friend Ree Drummond, and it's my turn for Five Favorites. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

- Live Show Tickets for October 16th (there's a livestream option now!)

Show Notes:

- Oversized Sweater Tunic (thanks, @eunamaes, for the heads up)

- Restocking Videos on TikTok (here's a favorite) (and another favorite)

Sponsors:

- Helix (use this link for up to $200 off your mattress purchase and two free pillows)

- Blenders Eyewear (use promo code BIGBOOVIP for 15% off)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO14 for up to 14 free meals)

- Storyworth (use this link for $10 off your first purchase)




Sep 30, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 252
3153
On this episode we recap our time together at the first-ever Big Boo live event - and oh, was it ever a blast. We also share our college football thoughts, including Melanie's Side Eyes of the Week. If you kept up with State's game last weekend, her first side-eye will not surprise you.

We also talk about Melanie's newfound proficiency at Snapchat, and she shares her Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Milagros Fragrance Spray (a room spray and a body spray - and it is divine)

- Recuerdos Fragrance Spray (the fall / winter version)

- Live Show Tickets for October 16th (there's a livestream option that goes on sale Friday 9/24 at 10 central)

- Banana Republic pleat sleeve top - 50% off and $32.49

Sponsors:

- Noom (use this link to sign up for your trial membership)

- Prose (use this link for your free, in-depth hair consultation and 15% off custom hair supplements)

- Munk Pack - use the code BIGBOO at checkout for 20% off

- Best Fiends - download in Google Play or in the Apple App Store




Sep 23, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 251
3071
There was oh-so-much college football to talk about on this week's episode, so we hit the ground running re: the Aggies and the Razorbacks and the Cy-Hawk game. Oh, and re: the cat at the Miami game because that rescue operation was, in Melanie's words, the play of the week.

We also discuss our uncertainty about how to pose in some pictures we're having made (I'm traveling to Texas this Thursday), and Melanie recaps her recent visit to College Station. And if all that weren't enough (it probably is, but just pretend to be excited), it's my turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Pickwick & Co. Mahomes for the Holidays candle (fresh fir and old world leather)

Sponsors:

-  June's Journey - download on the Apple App Store or Google Play

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO14 for up to 14 free meals including free shipping)

- Bitty Baby by American Girl (use promo code BIGBOO for 15% off; some exclusions apply)



Sep 16, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 250
2946
College football is here, and we are here for it. On this episode we break down (some) of this past weekend's football news, including my Bulldogs, Melanie's Aggies, and the latest with Alex's high school team. What a time!

We also talk about Hazel's most recent trip to the vet and some exciting Perry-related developments. Plus, it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Frye Melissa Button boots (normally $378 but on sale for $149.99)

Sponsors:

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 50% your first month plus free shipping)

- Amazon Music (use this link to try Amazon Music Unlimited free for 30 days)

- Native (use promo code BIGBOO to save 20% on your first purchase)

- Thrive Market (use this link to join and get $20 off your first order and a free gift)



Sep 09, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 249
3257
On this episode Melanie shares all the details about moving Caroline to A&M: the packing, the unpacking, the gallery wall-ing, and the goodbye-ing. We also talk about the start of Alex's senior football season and the fact that college football is finally upon us. We are delighted.

Finally, I tell Melanie about a recent experience with some chicken wings (obviously it was not easy for her to listen because chicken), and I share my Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- (I'll put pictures of Perry's truck, Caroline's gallery wall, and Alex's senior banner picture on Instagram...I can't figure out how to upload them to the show notes and who is surprised)

Sponsors:

- Helix (use this link for up to $200 off your mattress order and 2 free pillows)

- Third Love (use this link for 20% off your first purchase)

- Stamps (use promo code BIGBOO for a four-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)

- Bitty Baby (use promo code BIGBOO for 15% off Bitty Baby products; some exclusions apply)



Sep 02, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 248
2868
We recognize that there has been a lot of build-up, but this is the last episode we recorded before Melanie and Perry took Caroline to A&M. Next week we'll have the whole run-down from packing the truck to unloading at the dorm to saying good-bye, but this week we have a lot fun memories - and lo, some humor - from Caroline's last week at home. 

Also on this episode: Alabama Rush TikTok, my ongoing fascination with Dak Precott's leadership skills, and Melanie's Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy! 

Show Notes:

- Hard Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys (be advised that the language is absolutely terrible, but the content is fascinating if you're a fan of football and also Dak)

- Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange (one of our favorite candles)

- layered cross necklace - only $12.99

Sponsors:

- Best Fiends - download on the Apple Store or Google Play

- Prose (use this link for your free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off your first order)

- Noom (use this link to sign up for your trial)

- Glorify (download in your app store - and you can get 20% off Glorify Plus if you use the code BIGBOO)



Aug 26, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 247
3195
This week Melanie shares some of her goals for after Caroline leaves for college, and clearly she's going to be living on the edge because one of those goals is refinishing the top of her dining room table. We also discuss Melanie's feelings about her birthday last week and all the ways we still feel 26. 

Plus, much to our delight, we have a college football preseason top 25 poll to talk about, and it's my turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- clear Apple Watch band - less than $15

Sponsors:

- Blenders Eyewear (use promo code BIGBOOVIP for 15% off)

- Notecube (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off)

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off)

Aug 19, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 246
3226
This week Melanie updates us on Caroline's Fish Camp experience, and I talk about the restorative powers of the lake. We also discuss how a recent book promotion video has taught me some hard truths about the current state of my face. 

And on top of all that: we process Alex's last first day of high school, and Melanie shares her Five Favorites.

Enjoy, everybody!

Show Notes:

- Grace Upon Grace journaling devotional (it comes out on September 28th, but you can pre-order now)

- Allie + Bess gameday bracelet stacks (get 10% off with code GAMEDAY10)

Sponsors:

- Bitty Baby (use promo code BIGBOO for 15% off your order of Bitty Baby products)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO14 for up to 14 free meals plus free shipping)

- Notecube (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off)

- KiwiCo (use this link to get your first month free on select crates)

 

Aug 12, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 245
3149
This week Melanie reminisces about Fish Camp (she also explains what Fish Camp is), I talk about my 24-ish hours in Nashville this past weekend, and we both dig a little deeper into our feelings about 80's music. Which is interesting because I didn't necessarily think I had many feelings about 80's music.

Also, Melanie reveals a new Netflix fave, and I share my Five Favorites for the week. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Firecrackers (a recipe with saltines - and I like canola oil instead of olive oil, and you can also use butter but need to bake right away if you do)

Sponsors:

- Third Love (use this link for 20% off your first purchase)

- Native (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

- Songfinch (use promo code BIGBOO for an extra $20 off the special sale price)

- Glorify (search in your app store and download for free; use promo code BIGBOO to get GlorifyPlus for 20% off)

Aug 05, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 244
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Sometimes life is so uneventful that we talk about cereal, and then other times there's a news leak during SEC Media Days that the SEC might expand to include Texas and Oklahoma. That is to say: we're not talking about cereal this week, everyone. And also I would like to introduce you to a little something I like to call MELANIE HAS SOME THOUGHTS. 

In addition to the SEC news, we discuss TV (Ted Lasso is back!), the Olympics, and  Melanie's Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- (Just FYI: you'll hear us mention Greg Sankey a few times in this episode. That's because he's the Commissioner of the SEC - and, by the way, he is a fantastic leader.)

- Ted Lasso, season 2 (just so you know, there's lots of strong language in the new episode)

- Never Have I Ever (we love this show a lot)

- Skin by Blair tonic (facial in a bottle)

Sponsors:

- GoHenry (use promo code BIGBOO for one free month)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO14 for up to 14 free meals plus free shipping)

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your purchase)

 

Jul 29, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 243
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This week - following last week's discussion about cereal - we really step it up and talk about Melanie's recent eye doctor appointment. Up next week: favorite soups. 

The eye doctor appointment isn't all there is, though: we also discuss Martha's recent 90th birthday party, the second season of Never Have I Ever, and a pre-birthday trip Melanie is taking with her friends Gulley and Jamie. Plus, it's my turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- straw headband (less than $10)

Sponsors:

- KiwiCo (use this link to get your first month free on select crates)

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO14 for up to 14 free meals plus free shipping)

- Prose (use this link for your free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off)

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

 

Jul 22, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 242
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So it hasn't been the most eventful week for us, but that doesn't stop us from finding new and exciting things to talk about - like favorite cereals, favorite milk, and I'm not even kidding about those first two things. We also discuss Melanie's most recent trip to the ranch and the extended quality time Hazel and I spent in the car last week.

On top of all that, Melanie updates us on Dorm Prep '21, she shares her Five Favorites, and I offer an exciting update on toast. Just look at us go.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- The Comprehensive Dorm List (y'all. this serious business.)

- Trader Joe's Strawberry & Jalapeño Crisps

- rattan dangle earrings - less than $10 (I ordered these while Melanie talked about them - just FYI)

Sponsors:

- FabFitFun (use promo code BIGBOO for 50% off your first box)

- KiwiCo (use this link to get your first month free on select crates)

- Rothy's (use this link through August 1, 2021 to get $20 off your first purchase of $100 or more)

- Daily Harvest (use promo code BIGBOO for $25 off your first box)

Jul 15, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 241
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I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE HEARD, but Mississippi State won the college baseball National Championship last week in Omaha, so Melanie and I talk just a *little* *bit* about that on this week's episode. We also discuss the fact that lo, the Olympics are almost upon us, which means that Melanie will be living her best life as she learns about all the Meaningful Life Stories and cheers for athletes from all around the world. Let's be honest: watching the Olympics is pretty much a Shankle-tacular.

In addition to the sports news, we share about what we're reading and talk a little more about a show we've both recently watched and loved. Plus, it's my turn for Five Favorites, and we have some exciting news about our Amazon shop. Or maybe "exciting" is a stretch. But nonetheless, we have news.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Out of Left Field postgame podcast episode (recorded after the Bulldogs won the CWS - it is FANTASTIC)

- Starstruck (not for the children)

- Laura Tremaine on Instagram (her content on making time to read is a treasure)

- @houseinhabit (Mel's favorite Free Britney account)

Sponsors:

Third Love (use this link for 20% off your first purchase)

- Thrive Market (use this link for $20 off your first order and a free gift)

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

- Native (use promo code BIGBOO at checkout for 20% off your first order)

Jul 08, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 240
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Last week we took a little time off from the podcast, and we had ourselves some adventures, we did. Melanie and Caroline went to a resort for a Mother / Daughter getaway, and Alex and I went to Omaha to see Mississippi State play in the College World Series. So, you probably won't be surprised to hear Melanie and I talk about all the things related to both trips on this episode - including my enthusiastic but somewhat unfortunate reaction to Tanner Allen's 3-run homer against Arizona.

We also discuss a book Melanie loved, a podcast I adored, and Melanie's Five Favorites. What a time.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

Sponsors:

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

- Thrive Causemetics (use this link for 15% off your first order)

- FabFitFun (use promo code BIGBOO for 50% off your first box)

- Prose (use this link for your free, in-depth hair quiz and 15% off your first order)

Jul 01, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 239
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We are always so happy when our good friend Travis Cottrell joins us on the podcast, and TODAY'S THE DAY. In what turned out to be an extra-long episode, we talk about closet clean-outs and furniture shipping delays and college baseball (update since we recorded: Mississippi State is going to the College World Series!). 

We also discuss our kids (the Cottrells and the Shankles are about to be empty nesters with some travel goals), our dads (FEELINGS ALERT), and I share my Five Favorites. As does Travis. 

Enjoy, everybody!

Show Notes:

- To see show notes in Apple Podcasts, you now have to click on "episode webpage"

- "I Want to Be Just Like You" (Travis has introduced us to a Father's Day song)

- In the Heights (in theatres and on HBO Max)

- "October Sky" by Yebba (live version and studio version)

- Benerx (my pulled muscles are so grateful for it)

Sponsors:

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first month plus free shipping)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO12 for 12 free meals and free shipping)

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

- FabFitFun (use promo code BIGBOO21 for $10 off your first box)

Jun 17, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 238
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This week Melanie shares all about her trip to A&M for Caroline's New Student Conference (to use baseball terminology, it was a real home run). We also talk about TV (I finished watching Breaking Bad and HAVE SOME THOUGHTS), and we dig into our current summer reading situations. 

Plus, we discuss our current state of contentment with our beauty products (I KNOW), and it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Courtney Cox and Ed Sheeran on social media here and here

- June's Journey (I'm on level 90 with no signs of slowing down)

- 2 Hearts on Netflix

Sponsors:

- Rothy's (WE LOVE THESE)

- Native (use this link or promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order) (the scents are glorious)

- Thrive Market (use this link for $20 off your first order and a free gift) (the internet's finest granola selection IMHO)

- Third Love (use this link for 20% off your first purchase) (these bras are FANTASTIC and worth every penny)

 

Jun 10, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 237
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Well, Caroline has graduated from high school, which is shocking considering that it seems like yesterday when she was telling Alex about "bad twaffic" in "San Antone-yo" on an early episode of the podcast. Anyway, Melanie brings us up to speed on the graduation festivities, and we also talk about last week at the SEC baseball tournament as well as some of Melanie's initial reactions to the Friends reunion (we'll do a Patreon episode about that very thing later this month).

On top of all that, we discuss an exciting new patio umbrella option (because that's a thing at this stage of life) and my Five Favorites. 

Enjoy, everybody!

Show Notes:

- Grace upon Grace (Sophie's new devotional book for young women that comes out September 28th)

- the fancy LED-light patio umbrella (IT IS HUGE and really substantial)

- "Survival" on Live from the Woods Vol. 2 (the guy yells for the first time around 3:58, then again around 5:12 - and I encourage you to keep listening so you can hear Madison and Calvin sing)

Sponsors:

- Daily Harvest (use promo code BIGBOO to get $25 off your first box)

- Storyworth (use this link for $10 off your first purchase)

- GoHenry (use promo code BIGBOO for one month free)

Jun 03, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 236
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It's a big week for The Big Boo Cast: Caroline's high school graduation and the SEC Baseball Tournament. Not that those two things are of equal importance, of course (I mean, graduation = milestone). But Melanie and I talk about graduation and the tournament and TV and so much more on this week's episode.

We also discuss an exciting new find in the way of summer shorts, and Melanie shares her Five Favorites. 

Enjoy, everybody!

Show Notes:

- the most comfortable summer shorts (I bought the gray camo and love them!)

- The Handmaid's Tale (it's so dark)

Sponsors:

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

- Thrive Causemetics (use this link for 15% off your first order)

- Prose (use this link for your free, in-depth hair quiz and 15% off your first order)

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

 

 

 

 

May 27, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 235
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This week we talk about the different ways we're aware that MAY, IT IS UPON US - graduation and office clean-out for me, Caroline's soccer all-star game and pre-graduation festivities for Melanie. Melanie also shares an exciting new charcuterie idea (GENIUS), and I talk about some shorts that are suddenly everywhere and clearly taking summer by storm.

We also discuss what we're watching (of course), and it's my turn for Five Favorites. By the way, I didn't have my microphone on for the first four minutes of the episode, but by some miracle I realized that my microphone wasn't on, and I fixed the problem, and clearly we are a beacon of podcasting excellence.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Free People's The Way Home shorts in solids, colorblocks, and prints

- Stylish with Jenna Lyons (just FYI: the language is terrible and definitely for adults only)

- Aerosoles Dada wedge slip-on in soft gold (looks like they're out of stock on the Aerosoles website)

Sponsors:

- FabFitFun (use promo code BIGBOO21 for $10 off your first box)

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off)

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first month plus free shipping)

 

 

 

 

 

May 20, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 234
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Well, it was a formal event extravaganza for Caroline this past weekend in San Antonio, and on this episode Melanie and I spend some time breaking down the details. We also talk about college baseball (such a surprise this time of year, right?) and Alex's spring football practice.

On top of all that, we discuss what we've been watching this past week as well as some celebrity news that has intrigued us (please see: Bennifer). Plus, Melanie shares her five favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- The Big Shot with Bethenny on HBOMax (the language is TERRIBLE)

- Everything but the Bagel Greek Yogurt Dip from Trader Joe's

Sponsors:

- Analuisa (use promo code BIGBOO for 10% off all products)

- Third Love (use this link for 20% off your first purchase)

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO12 for 12 free meals including free shipping)

 

 

May 13, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 233
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In this episode we talk about the strange adjustment to speaking in public again, and we also discuss this past weekend's baseball series between the Aggies and the Bulldogs (spoiler alert: the winner was a team wearing maroon). Plus, we break down some of the events surrounding Alex's junior prom - and, on a much grander scale, how the pictures of Alex Drummond's wedding were the gift we didn't know we needed.

We also continue our discussion (from Patreon) about Melanie's feelings about inanimate objects, we plan an imaginary graduation party buffet, and I share my Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

Sponsors:

- Gohenry (use promo code BIGBOO for one free month)

- Thrive Market (use this link for $20 off your first order and a free gift)

- Native (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

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

 

May 06, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 232
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The two of us had fairly boring weekends, but that didn't stop us from rambling about our everyday concerns: our (previously undeclared) fondness for certain Old Spice products, our difficulties finding (and ordering) some products we really love, and our realizations that certain pandemic practices may have changed us in ways we didn't expect.

Also, we talk about how I've rediscovered a 70's TV classic, and it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- pink and orange camo cargo pants in regular sizes and plus sizes

Sponsors:

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your purchase)

- Ana Luisa (use promo code BIGBOOMD for 15% off)

- Prose (use this link for your free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off your first order)

- Thrive Causemetics (use this link for 15% off your first order)

Apr 29, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 231
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This week we talk about Melanie's long-standing feud with a large electronics store, the highlights of this past Sunday's State / Ole Miss baseball game, and a couple of new recipes we've recently tried.

We also discuss our personal comforter and duvet preferences, our feelings about matte vs. dewy finishes with make-up, and I share my latest round of Five Favorites. What a thrill. What a time.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Best Beauty Buys of 2021 from InStyle (this is an Apple News link, so if you don't subscribe, it may not work for you)

- BP print cargo pants in regular sizes and plus sizes

- discovery + (I should have specified that it's only some Verizon plans where you get discovery + for six months for free - but it's worth checking out whether your plan qualifies) 

Sponsors:

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

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

- KiwiCo (use code BIGBOO for 30% off your first month and free shipping)

- Analuisa (use our code BIGBOOMD to get 15% off)

Apr 22, 2021
Big Boo Five Questions with Annie F. Downs
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It was such a treat for Melanie and me to close out Five Questions - a six-week bonus series of The Big Boo Cast - with our longtime friend Annie F. Downs. Annie is a podcaster, a New York Times bestselling author, and an Instagram delight. We loved getting to reminisce about our old blogging days (Bloglines and Google Reader, anyone?) and the first few years of Annie's writing career in Nashville.

We also talk about writing in the here and now; Annie has some great perspective about rejection and about a healthy writing process. Plus, Annie and I talk (maybe) way too much and way too enthusiastically about cooking shows that we love. By the way, I have since watched all the episodes of the cooking show that Annie recommends, and I have a lot of thoughts about it. This may merit some sort of follow-up episode. 

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- The Final Table on Netflix

Sponsor:

- AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)

Apr 19, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 230
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Here's what I'll say about this week's episode: it's a whole lot. Melanie and I both talk about our weekends, I offer a (nerdy) update on my June's Journey progress, and then we both share graduation gift ideas. It's that time of year, y'all.

Plus, Melanie shares her Five Favorites, and the end result of all of that content is a pretty long podcast episode. We'll be back on Monday with our final installment of the Five Questions series (Annie Downs is our guest!), and then next Thursday we'll be back again with Episode 231. Look at all that fun! 

Enjoy, everybody!

Show Notes:

- Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener (one or two of these in a cute zipper pouch would be a great gift) (my favorite shade is not in fact called Champagne - it's called Stella, which has a champagne shimmer)

- ABLE Rachel wristlet (use promo code BIGMAMA20 for 20% off)

- ABLE Vantage bracelet (use promo code BIGMAMA20 for 20% off)

- ABLE Beam ring (use promo code BIGMAMA20 for 20% off)

- devotional book (All in All by Sophie, Everyday Holy by Melanie, Awaken by Priscilla Shirer, New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp, Live in Grace, Walk in Love by Bob Goff) and journals (these by Rifle Paper, these by Pencil & Paper, and these Moleskine journals which would work for girls or guys)

- Trader Joe's Rolled Corn Chili Lime tortilla chips

Sponsors:

- Third Love (use this link to get 20% off your first purchase)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO12 for 12 free meals including free shipping)

- Storyworth (use this link for $10 off your first purchase)

Apr 15, 2021
Big Boo Five Questions with Lisa Jackson
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This week on the fifth installment of Five Questions - a six-week bonus series of The Big Boo Cast - we're talking with Lisa Jackson, who just so happens to be our literary agent. Lisa works in Colorado Springs with Alive Literary Agency, and I know Melanie would agree that, in so many ways, she is the wind beneath our writing wings. You might even convince us to sing a duet about how much we love her. On today's episode, we talk about how publishing has changed, what agents and publishers are looking for in a book, and Lisa's favorite parts of being a literary agent.

We'll be back later this week with our regular episode - Episode 230 - and then next Monday we’ll have another episode of Five Questions with one of our very first friends from Ye Olden Days of Blogging - and one of our favorite writers - the delightful Annie Downs. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Sponsor:

- AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)

Apr 12, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 229
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We have a special guest on this week's episode, and we couldn't be happier about it. Sharon McMahon (@sharonsaysso) has taken Instagram by storm over the last few months - she is a funny, wise, non-partisan former government teacher - and she has created such a beautiful online community. Melanie and I have gotten such a kick out of following her and learning from her, so when it worked out for us to get to actually talk to her, we couldn't say "yes" fast enough.

And listen - we cover a lot of ground. We talk about Sharon's informational, non-partisan approach to teaching people about government and democracy, we talk about how Sharon shattered Melanie's lifelong belief about Texas' ability to secede from the union, and we talk about how important it is to really listen to one another so that we can understand one another better - especially when we disagree (my favorite quote of Sharon's: "We cannot work for each other's mutual destruction"). We're also going to talk about make-up, and if you've seen Sharon's eyeshadow skills on Instagram, you'll understand why. 

We'll also have our usual round of Five Favorites at the end of the episode (it's my turn this week!), and we'll be back next Monday with a new Five Questions (featuring our literary agent, Lisa Jackson) and our usual brand of shenanigans next Thursday on episode 230.

Enjoy, everybody!

Show Notes:

- Dave (the movie)

- Tyler Glamorous Wash in Diva (a laundry splurge - but one small bottle will last for six months or so)

Sponsors:

- Audible (use this link or text BIGBOO to 500500)

- Thrive Market (use this link to get 25% off your first order and an exclusive free gift)

- Native (use promo code BIGBOO at checkout and get 20% off your first order)

- Stamps (use promo code BIGBOO for a 4-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)

Apr 08, 2021
Big Boo Five Questions with Elizabeth Passarella
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This week on Five Questions - a six-week bonus series of The Big Boo Cast - we're talking with Elizabeth Passarella, a contributing editor at Southern Living magazine and the author of Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York. We started this conversation a few weeks ago on Episode 224, so we are delighted to bring you part two today. Elizabeth grew up in Memphis, has lived in New York for the last twenty years, and talks to us on this episode about the best Memphis barbecue, the Southern food she misses, and whether or not releasing a new book was what she expected. 

We'll be back later this week with our regular episode - Episode 229 - and then next Monday we’ll have another episode of Five Questions with our beloved literary agent, Lisa Jackson. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Fran Keenan's Instagram (this is how I found out about Elizabeth's book)

Sponsor:

- AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)

Apr 05, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 228
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We're back with a new regular episode after a week away, and we catch up on all manner of things: Caroline's last soccer game, the weather in Alabama, college baseball, and what we've been watching. 

We also discuss what we're thinking about cooking for Easter, a new hidden object game that has captured my fancy, and Melanie's latest round of Five Favorites.

Last thing: don't miss our latest Five Questions Bonus Episode with Retha Nichole - and we'll have another Five Questions this Monday.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Melanie's Breakfast Casserole (she uses Alexia Potato Puffs - cooked ahead of time - instead of bread)

- Pioneer Woman's Marlboro Man Sandwiches (I only use one stick of butter and it's all fine) :-)

- Mexican Cornbread (scroll down and you'll see the recipe)

- Twice Baked Potatoes (this is our favorite recipe - except I like to cook a few strips of pepper bacon and crumble it up instead of using bacon bits)

Sponsors:

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

- Prose (use this link for a free, in-depth hair quiz and 15% off your first order)

- SoulCycle (use promo code BIGBOO for a free pair of select cycling shoes with purchase of SoulCycle at-home bike)

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your purchase)

 

Apr 01, 2021
Big Boo Five Questions with Retha Nichole
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This week on Five Questions - a bonus series of The Big Boo Cast - we're talking with Retha Nichole, our favorite life and business coach who also happens to be the business manager for our podcast. Retha has a way of cutting straight through excuses and procrastination and helping people not just see their goals - but figure out how to make forward progress. So whether you've dreamed of writing or painting or starting your own business or running a half marathon, Retha has some great tips to help you get started and build momentum.

This week we'll also have a new regular episode - Episode 228 - and then we'll be back next Monday with episode four in this bonus series, a (continued) conversation with the author of Good Apple, our new friend Elizabeth Passarella.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

Sponsor:

- AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)

Mar 29, 2021
Big Boo Five Questions with Laura Tremaine
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This week on Five Questions - our new bonus series of The Big Boo Cast - we're talking with Laura Tremaine, our longtime blog friend and newly published author. Laura is insightful, honest, and she has had such an interesting journey from blogging to podcasting to writing a book. We had an absolute blast talking with her.

And just a reminder: there's no regular episode this week because Melanie and I are taking a little time off, but we'll be back again next week with a new Five Questions and a new regular episode. You can also find us over on Patreon where there's a new episode on spring fashion - complete with our spring fashion memories from the late 80s / early 90s. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

Sponsor:

- AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)

Mar 22, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 227
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On this week's episode Melanie and I talk about how we're dealing with the things that signal Ye Olde Passage of Time - like Caroline's dorm room decor and Alex's 18th birthday. We also discuss some things we've been watching, and I of course feel like I need to rehash some recent Mississippi State baseball developments.

Just a heads up about next week: on Monday we'll have the latest installment of our new Five Questions bonus series, but there won't be a new regular episode next Thursday (it's Spring Break in Birmingham, so I am going to try to catch up on book edits). We'll be back the following week with two new episodes - a bonus episode on Monday, March 29th, and Episode 228 on Thursday, April 1st. There will also be a new Patreon episode that comes out this Friday, March 19th. 

Thanks so much for listening, everybody! Hope you enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Caslon camo sweatshirt in regular sizes and plus sizes (this sweatshirt is my favorite purchase in a long time - it is lightweight and soft)

Sponsors:

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off any line and free shipping)

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

- Third Love (use this link for 20% off your first purchase)

Mar 18, 2021
Big Boo Five Questions with Erin Moon
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If you're wondering why in the world you're seeing a new podcast episode on a Monday, here's why. Melanie and I are doing a bonus series called Five Questions with some of our favorite writers - and some of our favorite people who are connected to our writing life. These are shorter, 25-ish to 30-ish minute episodes that we hope will brighten your day and encourage you, too. 

This week we're talking with our dear, brilliant friend Erin Moon. She is, as always, a delight - full of wisdom about writing and Texas and a host of other things.

And as for the regular episodes, they're not going anywhere. We'll be back later this week with episode 227, and then we'll be back again next Monday, and then we won't be back next Thursday because of Spring Break, but then we'll be back in the Monday / Thursday rhythm the week of the 29th. See how that all works out?

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- @sharonsaysso on Instagram

- Explosions in the Sky on Apple Music and Spotify

Sponsor:

- AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)

Mar 15, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 226
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On this week's episode we discuss Melanie's Spring Break getaway in Dallas, along with how breezy (not) I was on Alex's first college tour at Samford. We also talk about a couple of fun things I found at Target - and a TV show I recently watched and enjoyed.

And just in case you're wondering: we oh-so-briefly discuss the Meghan and Harry interview with Oprah, but this is not the episode where we'll break down all of that (for one thing, Melanie hadn't seen it yet when we recorded, and for another thing, we're going to need a whole Patreon episode in order to really dig into that whole thing). HOWEVER comma we still have some exciting news; we announce a new series of bonus episodes that will be coming your way over the next six weeks, *and* it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites.

Just look at all that fun!

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Revolve (one of Mel and Caroline's online faves)

- The Flight Attendant (not for the children)

- Harry & Meghan interview with Oprah (we have a Patreon episode coming out later this week)

- Explosions in the Sky on Apple Music and Spotify

Sponsors:

- NuCalm (use this link for 50% off your 30-day subscription)

- Hello Fresh (use the promo code BIGBOO12 for 12 free meals)

- Stamps (use promo code BIGBOO for 4-week trail, plus free postage and a digital scale)

- Thrive Market (use this link to get 25% off your first order and a free gift)

Mar 11, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 225
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It's quite a week on Ye Olde Podcast: Melanie shares an AT&T update, I reminisce about the South Central Bell customer service reps of my formative years, and Melanie gets us up to speed on Caroline's most recent soccer games. 

Also, I overshare about Mississippi State's baseball series against Tulane, but I trust you've grown to expect this kind of thing.

And to top it all off, we have a long discussion about Italian food (I made a bolognese sauce, y'all) and catch up on Melanie's current Netflix goals. What a time.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- WandaVision (the most unexpected TV treat of 2021 for me)

- In and Of Itself on Hulu (not for the children)

-  Bobeau Long Open Front Cardigan in regular sizes and plus sizes

- Diva laundry detergent (it's price-y - so I stretch it out for special laundry occasions :-) and get about six months out of a bottle)

Sponsors:

- AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)

- Native (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

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

- Thrive Market (use this link to get 25% off your first order and a free gift)

Mar 04, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 224
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It seems like it's been forever since we last said these words, but college baseball season is here! On this episode we talk about opening weekend for the Aggies and the Bulldogs, and we also discuss our weekend outings to the State / Alabama women's basketball game (me) and the San Antonio rodeo (Mel). Plus, Mel shares some ways we can all jump in and help Texans who are recovering from last week's ice storm.

AND. This week we get to spend some time talking with author Elizabeth Passarella. I mentioned her new book, Good Apple, on the podcast a few weeks ago (you may remember that I loved it), and Melanie and I were so excited to get to visit with her. You'll hear part of the conversation on this episode - the rest a few weeks down the road - and you are going to love her. Melanie and I had both talked to her for about three minutes when we realized that it felt like we've known her forever.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Mississippi State's new baseball uniforms with the "State" script (NBD but these might just be the best looking baseball uniforms in the country)

- Elizabeth Passarella

- Good Apple by Elizabeth Passarella (it's really wonderful!)

Sponsors:

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

- Prose (use this link for your free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off your first order)

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- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first month and free shipping)

Feb 25, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 223
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This week we talk all about Melanie's Winter Extravaganza (TM) in San Antonio, which leads to a discussion about potential winter meals and our preparation (or lack thereof) for winter weather snacks. I also chronicle my Marvel Movie Plan (also TM but not really), and you'll be delighted (though not at all surprised) to hear me confuse the Captain America and Captain Marvel movies when I discuss what I've been watching. Bless my heart.

On top of all that, I share my Five Favorites this week, and next week - don't miss it! - because Good Apple author Elizabeth Passarella will be with us. 

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

Our Beauty Favorites episode on Patreon (complete with a Google Doc!)

- Ted Lasso on Apple TV+

- Whisps - WHAT A DELIGHT

- The WandaVision Marvel Catch-up Viewing Plan (I said "Captain Marvel" instead of "Captain America" a solid three times in the episode, which really tracks in terms of my overall literacy in this area)

1) Avengers: Age of Ultron

2) Captain America: Civil War (I misidentified this one in the episode because SKILLZ)

3) Avengers: Infinity War

4) Ant Man & the Wasp

5) Captain Marvel

6) Captain America: Winter Soldier (also misidentified in the episode) (not necessary for WandaVision but oh-so-enjoyable)

7) Avengers: Endgame

- $10-ish Walmart sweatshirt (my wintertime companion) - and in plus sizes

- Always Pan by Our Place (we both have pondered this one)

Sponsors:

- Apostrophe (use code BIGBOO to get $15 off)

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO10 for 10 free meals and free shipping)

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Feb 18, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 222
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On this week's episode Melanie teaches us a new word related to real estate, and I talk about three exciting discoveries from my most recent writing weekend at a local Hampton Inn. We also discuss our thoughts about how dogs perceive time.

And while we didn't plan it, Melanie offers her thoughts on blazers (I'm still thinking about what she said), and she also shares her Five Favorites - which I interrupt to discuss a pair of shoes I've been admiring from afar.

As always, please do enjoy.

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Show Notes:

- S-Town (this is not for the children; the language is definitely rated R)

- In and Of Itself (also not for the children - but one of the most compelling things I have watched in a long time)

- Tinley Dolce Vita sneakers (interrupting Mel's Five Favorites to say that I am enamored)

Sponsors:

- Third Love (use this link for 20% off your first purchase)

- Native (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off off your purchase)

- NuCalm (use this link for 50% off your 30-day subscription)

Feb 11, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 221
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Be advised that you may get whiplash from this week's episode; we are all over the place with our topics. We move from discussing the new Buc-ee's in Birmingham to Melanie's new liver supplements to the fact that I read two books in 24 hours to Melanie's determination to solve her family's TV streaming issues once and for all.

And at the end of this episode, you'll hear an excerpt from our recent Patreon conversation with our friend and business manager, Retha Nichole. Our conversation with Retha is one of our favorite episodes ever - she offers so much wisdom and perspective - and we are so happy that you'll get to spend some time with her today. She is fantastic!

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- BeneRx (THE BEST topical pain relief - we both love it - use promo code BOOMAMA or promo code BIGMAMA for 10% off plus free shipping)

- Liver supplements (YES. YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY.)

- twenty twenty fun Big Boo t-shirt (promo code BIGBOO15 for 15% off sitewide)

- twenty twenty fun Big Boo sweatshirt (promo code BIGBOO15 for 15% off sitewide)

- flat whisk (my favorite kitchen tool besides my knife)

- The full Patreon episode with our friend / business manager, Retha Nichole (on Patreon we do two bonus episodes a month for $5 / month - and you get access to all the previous episodes when you subscribe)

Sponsors:

- Stamps (use promo code BIGBOO for 4-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)

- Thrive Market (use our link for 25% off your first order and an exclusive free gift)

- AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)

Feb 04, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 220
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On this episode Melanie shares her thoughts on a recent soccer game - and how she suffered after insisting that Caroline needed to stretch afterwards. We recap inaugural fashion (A BALM TO MY SOUL), and we spend some time speculating about JLo's skincare routine (whatever it is, IT WORKS). 

Melanie also has some new products to tell us about (my favorite!), and on top of that, she tells us about her Five Favorites - which may or may not reinforce our 2021 great-grandma vibe. We're just here to serve. 

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Melania Trump's Florida dress that we LOVED (We didn't know it was Gucci. This is slightly more expensive than an Anthro dress.)

- Nature's Way DIM-plus Estrogen Metabolism (as with any supplement, check with your doctor before taking these)

Sponsors:

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first month and free shipping on any crate line)

- Sakara (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

- Apostrophe (use promo code BIGBOO for $15 off your dermatology visit)

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

Jan 28, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 219
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Well, this is just the fanciest of the episodes. We talk about vegetables, whether or not we're bothered by food odors, our struggle to make better meal choices, and how we like to achieve volume in our hair using a chip clip.

We also talk about how sometimes giving up is the best option, Melanie's new method of chronicling what she reads, and my most recent round of Five Favorites.

Enjoy, y'all!

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- Become a Patron!

Show Notes:

- Living Proof Dry Volume Blast 

- Goody Hair Clips

- Wonder Woman 1984

- Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

- Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes) by Mindy Kaling (each essay is listed at 99 cents for Kindle, but if you click on each one individually, you can borrow it for free with Amazon Prime)

- Southern Charm

- @sharonsaysso on Instagram

- We, the Pizza donations to National Guard members

- Sunday Planning journal

- Our friend and business manager, Retha Nichole

Sponsors:

- Apostrophe (use code BIGBOO for $15 off your dermatology)

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

- Prose (use this link for your free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off) 

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

Jan 21, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 218
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On this episode we spend some time making predictions about the National Championship game, and then we move into deeper subjects like eyebrow pencils, what we love about libraries, and additional low-level goals for 2021.

We also talk about Melanie's completely accurate assessment of the Living Proof Dry Volume Blast (I finally tried it!), my quest for the perfect hair towel, and Melanie's (DELIGHTFUL) Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy! Hang in there, everybody.

Show Notes:

- Zoe's Family Meals

- Titans by Leila Meacham

- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

- Soul

- Sylvie's Love

Living Proof Dry Volume Blast

- Anastasia Brow Wiz

Jamie Golden's Brow Product Recommendations:

- LA Colors Shady Slim Brow Pencil

- Benefit Gimme Brow Gel

- Glossier Boy Brow

- Flower Beauty Brow Gel

- Glossier Brow Flick Pen

- Benefit Brow Filling Pen

- Fenty Brow MVP Sculpting Wax Pencil & Styler

- Things I Bought & Liked on IG

- Rechargeable LED Book Light

- Anrabess Long Sleeve Batwing Sweater

- Lemon & Eucalyptus oil

- Acrylic tissue holder

- The Bible Recap by Tara-Leigh Cobble

- ESV Large Print Bible

Sponsors:  

- Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% your purchase)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code bigboo10 for 10 free meals and free shipping)

- Native (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

- NuCalm (use this link for 50% off your 30-day subscription of NuCalm)

Jan 14, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 217
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Consider this episode a celebration of the arrival of Twenty Twenty-Fun, because we have lots of happy football news and happy movie news and even some happy salad news. 

Yes. I said "salad." 

We also talk about our low-level goals for the new year, our favorite crunchy vegetables (THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC), and last but not least, my current Five Favorites. So, as you can see, 2021 is off to a spectacular start!

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Episode 194 with Coach Mike Leach

- Soul

- LIfe in PIeces

- Solitaire app

- That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs - Christmas Party Episode 8 with Amy Grant

- The Next Right Thing Guided Journal by Emily Freeman

- Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21

- Soul soundtrack on Apple Music and Spotify

- Piano Chill playlist on Apple Music

- @thesaltedtable on Instagram 

- Instructions for how to add our Patreon episodes to your favorite podcast app

Sponsors:

- Sakara (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off prenatals)

- Thrive Market (join today for free gift worth $24)

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

Jan 06, 2021
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 216
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Lo, it is our last episode of 2020, and right out of the gate Melanie comes in strong by sharing catchphrase she's heard for 2021. I have a feeling that this episode won't be the last time we reference it. Besides the catchphrase fun, we talk about our respective Christmases, my deep affection for a new year, and we also discuss what three product discoveries from 2020 we plan to carry with us into 2021. 

Oh! And I share a recipe for an easy dip I made on Christmas day, plus we discuss the challenges of new technology at this stage of life, and Melanie shares her five favorites. 

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- That Sounds Fun with Annie Downs and guest Ben Rector

- Universal Standard Stephanie Wide Leg Stripe Pants 

- Vidalia Onion Dip (made it for the first time in forever this Christmas and remembered why we love it)

- Thrive Market

- Cuisinart Coffee Center (update as I'm editing this episode: we have finally figured out our best strategy for a great pot of coffee - 12 cups of cold, filtered water and 8 large scoops (that's 16 tablespoons) of ground coffee)

- Kleem Organics retinol moisturizer

- Kenra Heat Cast thermal spray

- Living Proof Dry Volume Blast (Melanie's hair MVP)

- Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

- Living Proof Triple Detox Shampoo

- Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Wash

- R+Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner

- Prose Pre-Shampoo Scalp Mask

- Hair Scalp Massager

- COOP Home Goods Pillow (a for sure 2020 MVP)

- Redland Cotton Sheets

- Alexa Home Studio

- Echo Silver on SNL

- Colorfulkoala leggings 

- M3 Anti-Cellulite massage oil

- ABLE Leather & Lavender candle

- @heymadinelson on Instagram

- Lucky Peacock Designs

Sponsors:

- Pipette (use code BIGBOO for 30% off your order)

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO90 for $90 off and free shipping) 

Dec 31, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 215
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This week I share a terrible (okay - not really terrible - just exasperating) thing that happened when I had to go to Walmart and Target on the same day, and Melanie analyzes the Aggies' College Football Playoff chances. We also have a discussion about Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash, only I call it Sierra Mist Cranberry Blast, and clearly I have reached a point in my life where I just make up my own names for familiar products. 

And as a public service to readers everywhere, Melanie makes some book suggestions that feature war / espionage as a backdrop for brave actions by gritty heroines, and I share my Five Favorites. Only I forgot to include the Five Favorites background music. I hope you can forgive me. 

Please do enjoy, everyone.

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Show Notes:

- Tasha Cobbs Leonard

- Beatriz Williams (she has tons of books; Melanie mentioned three: A Hundred Summers, Golden Hour, and Along the Infinite Sea)

- The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

- The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

- Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

- The German Heiress by Anika Scott

- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

- The Huntress by Kate Quinn

- This Secret Thing by Mary Beth Whalen

- Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

- Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas

- Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush

- R+Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo

- Prose Hair Mask

- Prose Dry Shampoo

- Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

- Compassion Live Show - this Saturday, December 19th, at 7pm central - sponsorship option

- If you attended the live show back in the summer, message our friend Retha on Instagram and she'll pass along a special code just for summer attendees

- Buy a ticket for the live show

- Bath & Body Works Fresh Balsam candles

- Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

- Mindy Kaling's ring finger

- Old Navy sweaters in regular sizes and plus sizes

- Sanctuary Project jewelry (use promo code SANC25 for 25% off)

Sponsors:

- NuCalm (use this link for 50% off your first 30-day subscription)

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

- FabFitFun (use the code BIGBOO for $10 off)

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 50% off and free shipping)

Dec 17, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 214
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This week we talk about weather (yes, we are 107), some fun fashion memories, and college football because if we didn't talk about college football then the world would surely stop spinning on its axis.

We also share part of this month's Closer Look episode from Patreon - with special guest Travis Cottrell. As many of y'all know, Travis is one of our very favorite people - and he happens to be a huge fan of 80's music. You'll hear the 80's music part of our Patreon discussion on this episode, and you'll also see a link to Travis' 80's Duets Playlist in the Show Notes below.

And on top of all that: Melanie shares Five Favorites.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Silk Reflections hose

- A great Barefood Dreams alternative (I decided the Barefoot Dreams options were way too long for Martha - and this style is much more her speed) (please don't tell her that this is one of her presents) :-)

- Travis Cottrell

- Travis' 80's Duet Playlist on Apple Music

- Travis' 80's Duet Playlist on Spotify

- Revitalash

- Pure Science Neck Firming Cream

- Melanie's new favorite Stars Above pajamas

- "Heirlooms" by Amy Grant

- Allie+Bess bracelets

- Lucky Peacock Designs

Sponsors:

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

- Storyworth (use this link for $10 off your first purchase)

- Hydrant (use promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first order)

- Acorn (use promo code BIGBOO for 30 days free)

Dec 10, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 213
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Well naturally we kick off this week's episode with a Thanksgiving weekend recap in general and a college football recap in particular (you should expect no less from us in late November / early December). We also talk through a fairly extensive list of shows we've been watching, and Melanie fills us in on her family's recent trip to the Christmas tree lot - among other Christmas-related dramas.

On top of all that delightfulness (is it? let's pretend it is, okay?), we're back in it with Five Favorites this week, and one of them is the old Instagram because the new Instagram is garbage. We sound like we're 102 when we talk about how WE DON'T LIKE THE CHANGES, and we're okay with that.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- The Crown

- The No's of Hallmark Movies on The Popcast with Knox and Jamie

- Dash & Lily 

- Virgin River - Season 2

- Grand Designs

- Voices of Fire

- Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

- COOP Home Goods Pillow - OUR FAVORITE

- Hello Fresh (IT IS A BLESSING TO MY SOUL) (use promo code BIGBOO90 for $90 off your first order) (I LOVE IT)

- The Nester's thoughts on quieting the house

- HomeTown on HGTV

- Christy Nockels' The Thrill of Hope

- A Ben Rector Christmas

- Leslie Odom Jr.'s The Christmas Album

Sponsors:

- Sakara (use promo code BIGBOO for $20 off your first order of the Prenatal)

- NoteCube (use code BIGBOO for 20% off)

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

Dec 03, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 212
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On this episode we did a little spin on our weekly Five Favorites to spend some time focusing on gratitude. Yes, 2020 has been a train wreck, but it's also given us all sorts of opportunities to be thankful for essential workers and college football and Phil Rosenthal, among other things.

And just in case we haven't said it enough: we are extraordinarily thankful for all of you who make up our little podcast community. There's no way to adequately express how much you have enriched our lives over the duration of the podcast - but maybe this year more than ever. Y'all are the best, and we love you.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Enjoy episode 212!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop

- Hazel's beloved dog bed (she has the 36-inch)

- "The act of thanks-giving is holy protest against cynicism, covetousness, fatalism, entitlement, self-pity, joylessness, discontentment, self-sufficiency, greed, arrogance, and apathy.” - @dukekwondc

- Ouida Wednesday (look on Sophie's Instagram in the highlights)

- Somebody Feed Phil

- Ted Lasso

Sponsors:

- Hydrant (use promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first order)

- Storyworth (use this link for $10 off your first purchase)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO90 for $90 off) (also: the joy of my life has been how much David loves to cook our Hello Fresh meals; it has been a GAME CHANGER for us)

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 50% off and free shipping)

Nov 26, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 211
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Well, we're back with the second installment of our annual Holiday Gift Guide, and man oh man has it ever been an eventful week between part 1 and part 2. We catch you up on all of that at the beginning of the episode, and then we dig into our favorite gift ideas for men and women in lo, the year of our Lord 2020.

If you missed last week's episode, you can catch up on our gift ideas for teenagers right here. Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend! Grateful for y'all!

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Show Notes: (some links are affiliate links)

- The Queen's Gambit

- The Crown

- Southern Charm

Gifts for Men:

- Eddie Bauer Oversized Down Throw

- Groovelife Belts

- Aggie Ring ornaments

- Bose Solo Sound Bar

- Fishing Tackle Storage Bag

- Waterfield Laptop Sleeve

- Digital Ear Muffs

- Howler Bros. Snapshirts

- Olukai house shoes

- Pickwick & Co. Leather, Tobacco, & Woods candle

- Black Rifle Coffee

- Benerx MD CBD pain cream (10% off and free shipping with code BIGMAMA)

- 2020 Dumpster Fire Ornaments (here's another one)

Gifts for Women:

- Nepresso Vertuo Coffee & Espresso Maker

- Michelle Morin Animalia Flannel Shorts

- Half Baked Harvest Super Simple Cookbook

- Shelf Subscription from The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia (would also be a wonderful gift for a man or for children)

- Leila Meacham books

- Old Navy High-Waist Powersoft 7/8 Joggers

- ABLE Celine Huggie Hoops (use code BIGMAMA25 for 25% off)

- Hobo Vida Wristlet (Sophie's FAVORITE wallet)

- Jo Malone Cologne Discovery Sample

- Jo Malone Body Wash / Bath Gel in Lime Basil & Mandarin

- Rifle Paper Co. Island Poppy Notebook

- Everyday Holy by Melanie Shankle

- Gentle & Lowly by Dane Ortlund

- Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison

- Emily Freeman's books

- Two Funny Girls 10-Count Styro Cups (code MERRYBIGBOO for free shipping - expires 11/27)

- Two Funny Girls Personalized Pillowcase (code MERRYBIGBOO for free shipping - expires 11/27)

Sponsors:

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

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

- NuCalm (use this link to get 50% off your first 30 day subscription)

- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

Nov 19, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 210
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This week Melanie and I dig into some areas of personal dysfunction - practical things in our lives where we have largely operated as if we had no choice but to participate in poorly functioning systems (that sounds really serious, but I can assure that our discussion is not). We also spend some time celebrating the #5 Texas A&M Fightin' Aggies before we jump into the main focus of this episode: our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide, this week with gift ideas for teenage girls and guys.

All that to say: it's links aplenty in this week's show notes, and we hope that some of our gift suggestions will make your life a little easier this year. Next week we'll talk through our gift ideas for women and men, so GIDDY UP, everybody.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes: (some are affiliate links)

- Threshold Gold Plated Utensil Holder

- Cereal containers

- Melanie's new printer

- Seychelles Offstage Chelsea boots

- Dolce Vita Huey Chelsea boots

- COOP HomeGoods pillow

- Offline Real Me Crossover High Waisted Legging

- Cattlebaron in Cashmere on IG

- Pure Sciences Neck Firming Cream

- Kleem Moisturizing Retinol Cream

Teenage Girls' Gift Guide

- Morgan Harper Nichols' prints

- Project 62 frame at Target

- Heather Schieder's prints

- UV LED Nail Lamp

- Galaxy Lights

- ABLE Rachel Wristlet (use promo code BIGMAMA25 for 25% off from now until the end of the year)

- ABLE Letter Necklace (use promo code BIGMAMA25 for 25% off from now until the end of the year)

- Retro Sweatshirts and t-shirts

 -- Van Halen t-shirt dress

 -- Red Hot Chili Peppers t-shirt

 -- Beatles sweatshirt (all sizes)

- Disney+ Gift Subscription

- Chelsea boots in white (and here's a Zappos link)

- 4-in-1 charging station (great for girls or guys)

- Bath & Body Works Sweater Weather (any product in this scent)

- Massage gun for deep tissue (great for girls or guys)

- Desktop Bible verse calendar by Pearl & Rose Designs

Teenage Guys' Gift Guide

- Sports apparel (Melanie's favorite online retailer is Shop '47)

- Basketball shorts (Amazon Basics or Under Armour)

- Ice Mule

- Oofos Recovery Sport Slides

- Foot Massager

- Restaurant Gift Cards or Cash

- Spike Ball Set

- Goodfellow Knit Pajama Pants

- AirPods Pro (for girls or guys) - on sale at Amazon right now - $55 off

Show Notes:

- Prose (free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off)

- Thrive Market (sign up and receive a free gift of your choosing up to $24 in value)

- Native (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

- AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO for 30 days free)

Nov 12, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 209
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Well, we recognize that there's a lot going on this week (#election2020), so we do our best to PROVIDE SOME DISTRACTIONS. We talk about the storm that hit Birmingham last week, some exciting news in Melanie's family, and our unexpectedly reflective thoughts about 2020 in general and quarantine in particular. 

We also discuss five of my current favorite things as well as the new devotional book I'm using in the mornings. Plus, we have a conversation about college football because DO YOU KNOW US AT ALL? :-) 

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes: 

- Our Amazon Shop

- New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp

- Everyday Holy by Melanie Shankle

- Our beloved leather totes from Rural Route 3

- Stars Above Wide Leg Cozy Lounge Pants

- Dolce Vita Huey Suede Chelsea Boots

- Everspring Mandarin Ginger Dishwashing Liquid and Foaming Hand Soap

- Everspring Lemon & Mint Liquid Detergent

- Orolay Thickened Down Jacket

- Living Proof Dry Shampoo

- Somebody Feed Phil season 4 (IT IS A BALM)

Sponsors:

- Hydrant (use promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first order)

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

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 50% off your first month)

- Thuma (use this link for free shipping on The Bed)

 

Nov 05, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 208
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We recorded this episode when one of us (okay, it was me) was experiencing some significant sleep deprivation, but why let a little loopy-ness stop the podcast fun? We talk about an incredible meal we had in Pawhuska, a recent shampoo / conditioner revelation, and our new favorite TV show that's on Apple+.

In addition to all that goodness, Melanie shares an update on Imogene from Imogene's basement (we talked about it in episode 207), and she also weighs in with a verdict on her new pillow. COULD YOU EVEN IMAGINE MORE EXCITEMENT?

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- P-town in Pawhuska

- Emily in Paris (this is not for the children)

- Ted Lasso (this is not for the children)

- Somebody Feed Phil (season 4 is out on October 30th!!!)

- Our Amazon Shop

- R&Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo

- R&Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Conditioner

- Coop Home Goods Pillow

- porcelain fluted coffee mugs

- Good Earth Sweet & Spicy decaf tea

- Black Rifle Beyond Black coffee

- Half Baked Harvest

- Cocina de Coco's King Ranch Chicken

Sponsors:

- NoteCube (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off and free shipping worldwide)

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

 

Oct 29, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 207
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We recorded this episode earlier this week when we were in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, so it's probably no surprise that we talk a little bit about our trip. Unfortunately, though, we recorded before we had the feast of our adult lives at Ree's P-Town restaurant Monday night, so we'll for sure have to talk about that next week. Perhaps we will have recovered from all the deliciousness by then.

We do cover some football ground this week - what with the Aggies defeating the Bulldogs and all - and we also answer one of your questions about the early days of motherhood. Plus, I share five favorites - NOW WITH THEME MUSIC - and Melanie tells us all about a recent shopping trip. FUN APLENTY, it is.

Y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop

- Pawhuska, Oklahoma

- Spicy Cowgirl coffee

- cast recording of Moulin Rouge! The Musical

- Karen Howell on Saban's coaching status

- Our friend / business manager Retha's A Better You webinar on Friday 10/23

- Offline Real Me High-Waisted Crossover leggings

- Stainless steel Yeti Ramblers for cold drinks

- All Rise by Gregory Porter on Apple Music and on Spotify

- L'anza Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper Finishing Spray

- Charles Hunter III on Twitter and on Instagram

- Center Stage reading glasses from Peepers.com

Sponsors:

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

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

- Hydrant (use promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first order)

Oct 22, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 206
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This week was a real home run as far as our technical prowess, because something extra bizarre happened with my sound file the first time we recorded - so we had to re-record two days later. 

We're just trying to stay on brand with 2020, apparently. 

So what we have here is a barely-edited episode (which is why it's a little longer than normal) - just edited enough to put the ads in their appropriate places - and you'll have to trust that we did our best to stay enthusiastic even though what we would have really liked to do is quit. Look at our perseverance!

Enjoy, y'all. :-) 

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop

- Universal Thread Amalia Fashion Boots

- Olukai Kalia Li - the shoes Perry bought and loved

- Emily in Paris

Melanie's new magnifying mirror

- R+Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo

- R+Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Conditioner

- Coop pillow

- Revitabrow

- magnesium

- Bobbysue's Nuts

- Wind River by Bailey Caliber Outback hat

- Jessica Simpson house slippers

Sponsors:

- Best Fiends (download from the Apple App Store or Google Play)

- Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO80 for $80 off across five boxes and free shipping on your first box)

- NoteCube (use code BIGBOO for 20% off and free shipping worldwide)

Oct 15, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 205
3849

There's only one way to sum up how the college football weekend turned out for Melanie and me: it was not ideal. So on this episode we discuss our respective disappointments (in fairness, Melanie seemed to handle things much better than I did) and do our best to believe there are great football days ahead. You can almost smell the optimism. 

We also talk about what Melanie's watching, why she wants some new living room chairs, and what in sam hill is going on with her computer (I complain a little about that last thing). If all that weren't enough, I confess some sentimental feelings and share my new booties obsession. DOESN'T THAT SOUND LIKE MORE FUN.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop

- Lane Kiffin's suit

- Ted Lasso

- Emily in Paris

- Assets by Spanx at Target

- Pickwick & Co. Tamboti Wood Candle

- Dale Chelsea boots

- Dolce Vita Huey Suede Chelsea boots

- Crevo Maeve Suede Block Heel Chelsea boots

- Sorel Lolla Cutout bootie

- I took Melanie's advice about a Target "starter boot" and ordered these instead of the pricier Anthro booties

Sponsors:

- KiwiCo (30% off your first month plus free shipping)

- Hydrant (use promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first order)

- Magic Spoon (use this link for free shipping)

Oct 08, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 204
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Normally Melanie and I try to show some restraint during college football season, but this week, between the start of SEC football, Mike Leach's coaching debut with Mississippi State, and my Bulldogs winning in Baton Rouge, WE HAVE SO MUCH TO SAY. Thank you in advance for your patience with us during this very exciting time.

In addition to talking about football, football, and LO, MORE FOOTBALL, we discuss my day-o-fun at a student leadership retreat and five of Melanie's current favorites. 

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop

- Lane Kiffin and his baseball jersey

- Weekend at Bernie's in the stands

- Mike Leach says last Saturday was "better than average"

- Coach Leach's postgame speech

- Pickwick & Co. Leather, Tobacco, & Woods candle

- Revitabrow

- Goodfellow & Co. quilted pullover

- Family Savvy's Spicy Hamburger Soup

- Spotify Time Capsule playlist (this is the one Spotify made for me - but any Spotify user has one)

- Opal Ice Machine

- Melanie's new cereal bowls

- Poppies on Blue china

Sponsors:

- Hydrant (use promo code BIGBOO at checkout for 25% off your first order)

- Prose (use the link for 15% off your purchase and a free in-depth hair quiz)

- Best Fiends - download on the App Store or Google Play

- Living Proof Live Simulcast (use promo code BIGBOO5 for $5 off your simulcast ticket) (this is always one of our favorite events of the year!)

 

Sep 30, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 203
3388

If listening to Melanie and me troubleshoot our technical issues is your idea of quality podcast material, then this, my friends, is going to be the episode of your dreams. Our ish-ahs are thanks to a clicking noise that I believe to be the result of a short in one of Melanie's USB ports, but what matters most, I think, is that Melanie's reactions to the whole situation are SOLID GOLD.

In addition to our showing off our technical prowess, we also spend some time in this episode talking about SEC football, homegating food, Coach O's Power Hour, the delightfulness of dresses, and Melanie's 162nd closet cleanout of 2020. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Mississippi State / LSU in 2014

- Coach O's Power Hour

- The Social Dilemma

- Beach Read by Emily Henry

- Sophie's latest dress BFF (Melanie would say to wait until it's on sale - which is what I did)

- The Good Word series from The Old Try

- Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener

- Altra Timp 2.0

Sponsors: 

- Hydrant (use promo code BIGBOO to save 25%)

- Acorn (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days for free)

- FabFitFun (use promo code BIGBOO to get $10 off your first FFF box)

 

Sep 24, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 202
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If you listened to last week's episode, then you won't be surprised to learn that the first thing we address on this episode is WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED WITH THE BOOTIES? It might well be the biggest cliffhanger in the history of our little podcast. Our own version of Who Shot JR?, only with shoes. And no oil fortune. And no guns. But other than that, IDENTICAL.

In addition to a booties update, we talk about foot problems, Perry's upcoming 50th birthday, books, and my new favorite socks. And of course we talk about high school football and college football because we sort of enjoy it. You may have picked up on that.

Thanks for listening, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Marc Fisher Oshay booties (Melanie got them 1/2 price in Cloud)

- Farm Rio Benicia wide-legged pants (I got these on sale, and Melanie would tell everybody to wait patiently because they will go on sale again)

- Our friend and business coach Retha, who is determined to make me develop routines so that I better manage my time :-) 

- Cloth & Stone Zia buttondown

- The meme Alex posted (ALL IN FUN, everyone - ALL IN FUN)

- The last play in the Hillcrest / Wetumpka game

- Gait Happens on IG 

- Balega UltraGlide Friction-Free No Show Socks for Men and Women

- Kleem Organics Anti-Aging Retinol Moisturizer

- In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

- David Foster: Off the Record

- Ted Lasso on AppleTV+

- @nextdoorlife on Instagram

- Emily Freeman's Autumn playlist

- Erin Moon's Faith Adjacent episode about Hamilton

- Free People Arden tee

- AE Voop oversized tee

- Offline Real Me high-waisted legging

Sponsors:

- Native (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

- Prose (use this link for your free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off)

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

Sep 17, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 201
3212

You'll be shocked to know that we talk about football on this episode (including our favorite stay-up-to-read-the-post-game-news wins), and we also break down a little Real Housewives because, well, WE ARE STILL IN A PANDEMIC.

On top of all that excitement, we discuss what we're reading, five things I'm enjoying right now, and the harrowing situation with Mel's most recent booties order from Nordstrom.

Please do enjoy.

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop

- Kirk Herbstreit on GameDay

- State / Auburn game in 2014

- A&M / Bama in 2012

- LuAnn singing "Happy Birthday" to Dorinda on RHONY

- Outfits on this year's RHOBH reunion

- "Viva La Diva"

- The Heir Affair

- Majesty by Katherine McGee

- In Five Years by Karen Serle

- Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

- Our business coach, Retha

- Our 200th episode playlist on Apple Music

- Our 200th episode playlist on Spotify

- I've Got a Testimony by Melvin Crispell, III

- Chef's Table: BBQ

- Pilcro cords from Anthropologie

- OPI Muse of Milan Collection

- Suzi Talks with Her Hands

Sponsors:

- KiwiCo (get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on any crate line)

- Thrive Market (use the link to start your risk-free membership and receive a gift up to $22 in value)

Sep 10, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 200
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Well, it only took us thirteen years, but here we are at episode 200. Won't He do it? On average we have cranked out 15.38 episodes a year since 2007, and if you're thinking that doesn't seem like a lot, you're exactly right. This might be a good time to point you in the direction of 2010 and 2012, when we managed to record one whole episode each year. Bless it.

Anyway, our 200th episode is pretty much just like all the other episodes (this feels right, doesn't it?). We talk about Melanie's weekend in College Station and my thoughts about The Heir Affair (I finally finished reading it) and five things Melanie has really enjoyed this past week. We also discuss my search for a new pair of sneakers and how Melanie's guidance on this particular issue has been invaluable (that is to say: I HAVE FOUND A WINNER).

Finally, keep your eyes on our Instagram accounts this week - because we have a couple of fun giveaways planned to celebrate the big 200. We can't thank you enough for being such loyal listeners. You have supported and encouraged us (lo, even in 2010 and 2012), and we are deeply grateful that you make time to listen every week.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- Our very first podcast episode on August 25, 2007 (what tickles me the most is how slow we talked and how quiet we were - clearly the mothers of some pre-schoolers who were sleeping)

- Sophie's Instagram

- Melanie's Instagram 

(Be on the lookout for some exciting 200th episode giveaways!)

- The Heir Affair 

- The Royal We

- Our Patreon episode with Gulley

- Converse Chuck Taylor All Star platform sneaker

- Steve Madden Gill Platform slip on sneaker 

- Vans Old Skool Platform sneaker 

- Dr. Scholl's look out platform sneaker 

- Adidas Nizza platform sneaker 

- Sofft Bellview high top sneaker 

- Paul Green Candice slip-on platform sneaker (these are the ones I got - and my goodness they are comfortable)

- The Blazer from Nike

- Nike Air Force Ones

- Nike Air Max 270

- Nike Air Max 90

- Nike CruzrOne (I ordered these because they're wider than the average Nike shoe - and I can confirm that they are suuuuper comfortable)

- My long black dress from Amazon - which is very cute with my new sneakers (regular and plus sizes)

- Chrystal Hurst's new book

- Julia Reed's gorgeous obituary by Jon Meacham in Garden & Gun

- NEEDTOBREATHE's new album, Out of Body

PJ Morton's new album, Gospel According to PJ

Gregory Porter's new album, All Rise

- Pickwick Leather, Tobacco, & Woods candle

- Weimann leather conditioning wipes

- Stainless steel mixing bowl set of 6

- Homegating styrofoam cups from Two Funny Girls

- Amazon joggers for $14.99

Sponsors:

- NoteCube (20% off with promo code BIGBOO)

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

 

Sep 03, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 199
3718

Well, if you've wondered over the last week if the Kale Boss was in fact the boss of our friend Melanie, you'll be happy to hear this week's juice cleanse update. You might also be interested to hear my update on our first high school football game of the season, which was a happy return to a little something we like to call a LIVE SPORTING EVENT. What a marvelous concept that is.

On top of all that, we talk about what shoe works best with a wide cropped pant, what pajamas I'm renaming "loungewear" so I can wear them as actual pants, and what five things have become long-term favorites for me over the last few weeks. 

Basically what we have for you this week is good times aplenty. Except maybe that whole Kale Boss situation. Hope you enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop

- The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes by Suzanne Collins

- Our friend Retha (she is also our podcast business manager / boss)

- The caftan dress that we both love

- GAP lounge pants that I plan to wear as straight-up pants

- Marc Fisher booties

- Stars Above lounge pants

- Stars Above sweatshirt

- Redland cotton sheets

- Anastasia Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil

- Anastasia Clear Brow gel

- Thrive Causemetics Multi-Dimensional Strobing Blush in Rosie

- Skinnygirl Denim Utility Jogger

- Farm Rio Gabriela knit maxi skirt

- The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Sponsors:

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

- School Mask Pack

- NoteCube (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off)

Aug 27, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 198
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Sometimes we don't get a chance to talk about a regular-ole-life something that's going on until we sit down to record on Mondays, and that was certainly the case this week. Melanie shares some newly formed health / fitness goals, and I think the best way to describe my response is SURLIGHTED (surprised + delighted). Oh my goodness. Next week's update should be solid gold.

We also discuss a parenting question we didn't get to last week re: technology as well as the lingering effects of my renewed commitment to the chemical exfoliation of my face. It has been humbling and also very burn-y.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Our most recent Patreon episode that is basically Melanie's graduate thesis on skin care

- Sunday Riley Vitamin C Serum

- Sunday Riley Good Genes

- Revitabrow

- Brittany Runs a Marathon

- Our Amazon shop

Sponsors:

- Native (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

Aug 19, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 197
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Not long before we recorded this week's episode, I posted on Instagram and asked if y'all had any broad topics you wanted us to cover. To absolutely no one's surprise, college football the #1 answer - followed by parenting, friendship, and home.

SO. We structured this episode (well, "structured" might be a strong word - maybe just "loosely organized") around those four topics, and we used some of your specific questions to do that. You won't see many show notes because we didn't talk about many specific products or people or shows or crepe erasing neck creams. We mainly just talked about life, and that is always fine by us.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Athleta Salutation Joggers

- Athleta Farollon Stratum Joggers (please go on sale please go on sale)

- Ohio State in the SEC? (we don't think this will actually happen - but the idea is an interesting one)

- KitchenAid mixer

- Calphalon

- Poppies on Blue

- Our Amazon Shop

Sponsors:

- KiwiCo (use this link for 30% off your first order and free shipping)

- Acorn.tv (use the promo code BIGBOO for 30 days free)

- Crayola School Mask Pack (Alex loves these, by the way - he's a fan of the adjustable ear straps and thinks the masks are really comfortable)

Aug 13, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 196
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After spending the last two weeks with delightful, wise, funny guests (thanks, Mike Leach and Phil Rosenthal), we’re back to our usual shenanigans on this episode. It’s just Melanie and me, and we talk about the comfort of a good caftan, the practical side of going back to work (for example, I can no longer spend my days in walking tights and t-shirts), and the joy of finally finding a dry shampoo that exceeds expectations.

We also discuss how I really showed my Enneagram 9-ness in terms of anticipating the transition back to work, and Melanie gives an update on the antelope that used to live in her living room. 

If that weren’t enough (is it, though?), we talk about make-up and TV. 

Enjoy, y’all!

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Show Notes:

- Last Chance U (not for the children)

- Yellowstone (not for the children)

- Life in Pieces

- Marc Jacobs Gel Powder eyeshadow in Perfect-o

- Bobbie Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow stick in Heather Steel and/or Amethyst

- Prose dry shampoo (use this link for 15% off your first order)

- Living Proof Dry Volume Blast

- Lisa Whittle's second caftan home run

- (Lisa Whittle's original caftan home run, just FYI)

- Amiyrah Martin also loves a good caftan

- The Daily Tay preps for the Nordstrom Sale

- Revitalash

Sponsors:

- Best Fiends (download on Apple Podcasts or Google Play)

- Hello Fresh (promo code BIGBOO80 for $80 off your first box and free shipping)

- Margaret M (promo code BIGBOO25 for 25% off your first order)

Aug 06, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 195
3098

If you've been listening to the podcast pretty regularly the last couple of months, then you have heard Melanie and me mention the Netflix series Somebody Feed Phil over and over again. Melanie started watching (after Karen Howell recommended it, if memory serves), and then I started watching, and here we are, roughly six weeks later, both certifiably obsessed with it. Because it is FANTASTIC.

So you can imagine how delighted we are to tell you that, in one of the most unexpected occurrences in lo, all of our podcasting years, Phil Rosenthal from Somebody Feed Phil is our guest on this episode.

Sometimes life comes at you fast, my friends.  

You'll hear the story of how all of this came to be at the beginning of the episode, and then for the rest of the episode you'll hear Phil be super funny and wise and inspiring. It was such a joy to talk with him, and it was also confirmation that 1) we cannot wait to travel again and 2) Phil really is our Quarantine All-Star.

Next week we'll be back with our usual shenanigans, and it'll just be Melanie and me again. Unless Melanie gets in touch with Jimbo Fisher - and in which case, all bets are off.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Lenox Hill on Netflix

- Phil Rosenthal, Prince Among Men

- Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix

- You're Lucky You're Funny by Phil Rosenthal

- The Chris Farley Show sketch

- Anthony Bourdain

- Massimo Bottura

- Chef's Table Season 1 on Netflix

- "Earth's Greatest Hits" on I'll Have What Phil's Having

- Phil Rosenthal / Somebody Feed Phil website - with links to all the places and restaurants he has visited (plus merch!)

- Century Old Eggs

Show Notes:

- School Mask Pack

- Thrive Market (use this link for a free membership and a free gift of your choosing, worth up to $22)

- Hydrant (use promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first order)

Jul 30, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 194
3752

I feel like I can speak for most Mississippi State fans and say that when it comes to Mike Leach being named our head football coach earlier this year, we're all still pinching ourselves. And listen - Melanie has been just as excited as I have been. That is because Mike Leach is a genius, and he is a college football legend, and the SEC will be better with him in it. So needless to say, we are absolutely beside ourselves that he is our guest on this episode of the podcast.

How did this even happen? Well, it is all because of a Twitter wager, you understand. Dave Emerick, who is on the football staff at State, told us a few weeks ago (after I asked about the possibility of interviewing Coach Leach) that if we could get 1,000 likes on his tweet, he would get Coach Leach on the podcast. Well, our beloved podcast listeners more than came through, and about a week ago, Melanie and I got to talk to Coach Leach. The whole experience did not disappoint. In fact, it DELIGHTED us.

The first part of the episode is Melanie and me giving this whole situation some context, and our conversation with Coach Leach starts around 25:40. You'll be happy to know that Melanie was able to voice her grievance about Deshazor Everett's targeting call, and Coach Leach has a couple of bad call grievances himself. We also talk about Mississippi and his favorite game at Texas Tech and his favorite books so far this year. Among other things.

The best part? Coach Leach was all we expected and more: kind, smart, funny, gracious, and a real straight-shooter. We think you'll agree. 

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Coach Fran 

- Nick "Lou" Saban

- Coach Mike Leach

- The video that made Sophie clap her hands when Coach Leach was named head football coach at Mississippi State

- Melanie predicted Coach Leach's hiring (go to 47:23 in the episode)

- The tweet that brought Coach Leach to the podcast

- The very strange Egg Bowl ending that set the wheels in motion for Lane Kiffin and Mike Leach to move to Mississippi colleges

- The Texas Tech / Texas game that Coach Leach remembers very fondly

- "Texas Back in 1880"

- Melanie's Deshazor Everett heartache

- The Last Dance

Michael Lewis

- Bill Bryson - The Lost Continent

Henry Crumpton - The Art of Intelligence

- Operation Odessa (not for the children, and a little racy at the beginning, but fascinating, from what we understand)

- Narcos (again, not for the children, but Melanie and P are fans)

- Swing Your Sword by Mike Leach

- Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior by Mike Leach

Sponsors:

- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

- Native (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

- Best Fiends (download from the Apple App Store or Google Play)

Jul 23, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 193
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The credit for this whole episode goes to Melanie, who suggested that we have a conversation about the books that have shaped us over the course of our lives. So what we have here in Ye Olde Episode 193 is a discussion of Books We Have Loved - from childhood to adulthood. And it's not just that we love these books; it's also that, in big ways and small ways, these books have shaped us in some significant ways.

I swore and declared that I was absolutely not going to do links for all of these books - I even say that in the episode intro - but lo and behold I ended up adding links for almost everything that's currently in print. Click at will, my friends.

And just FYI: we are not condoning every situation in every book, we are not endorsing every author of every book, we are not subscribing to every philosophy in every book. We're just saying, HEY, THIS MEANT SOMETHING TO US, and by the way, that may have happened despite the fact that the author really enjoys the F word. 

Enjoy, y'all!

p.s. We also talk about Hamilton again. :-) 

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Show Notes:

- Eliza's gasp

- Lin Manuel Miranda on writing "My Shot"

- I'll Have What Phil's Having

- Salt Fat Acid Heat

- Taste the Nation

- Peter Rabbit series by Beatrix Potter

- The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

- Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

- The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

- Ramona series by Beverly Clearly

- Judy Blume books (SO MANY)

- The Ring by Danielle Steele

- Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal

- Hail, Hail Camp Timberwood by Ellen Conford

- Just Like Ice Cream

- The Color Purple by Alice Walker

- Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

- The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, Then What Am I Doing in the Pits? by Erma Bombeck

- Jacob, Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

- No Wonder They Call Him the Savior by Max Lucado

- Believing God by Beth Moore

- Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

- Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

- Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

- Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster

- The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan

- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

- Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

- Bossypants by Tina Fey

- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

- The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

- Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor

- The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

- Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison

- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Sponsors:

- Hydrant (use the promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first order)

- care/of (use the promo code BIGBOOCAST50 for 50% off your first order)

- Thrive Market (use this link to join and get up to $20 towards your first order)

Jul 11, 2020
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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 191
3745

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
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

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Jun 25, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 189
3786

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

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

Jun 18, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 188
3860

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)

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Jun 12, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 187
3314

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—oceans of it. I want fairness—rivers of it.     That’s what I want. That’s 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

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Jun 03, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 186
3354

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

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- 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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 185
4183

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

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May 20, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 184
3869

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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 183
3340

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:

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May 06, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 182
3649

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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 181
3360

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)

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Apr 21, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 180
3624

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 Jalapeños

- 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:

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Apr 16, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 179
4067

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

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Apr 09, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 178
3217

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

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Apr 02, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 177
3877

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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 176
4174

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:

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Mar 19, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 175
2954

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

Sponsor:

- YogaSleep (use this link for 20% off)

Mar 12, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 174
3644

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

Sponsors:

- Pine Cove (use the link for $250 off any first time, overnight camp registration

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

Mar 05, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 173
3468

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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 172
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I am sad to tell you that Melanie's issues with chicken in general and thick chicken nuggets in particular continue, so we spend a good bit of time discussing her chicken-related options in this episode. We also talk about my family's recent trip to a show choir competition (it was glorious) as well as our excitement that college baseball is with us once again.

Then, as usual, we share a little bit of what we're watching and reading, and we settle a miscommunication re: Melanie's feelings about a tote bag I've been eyeing. If I sound like I was desperate for her approval, it's because, well, I was. 

I'm sure you understand. :-) 

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes: 

- The A&M maroon striped uniform

- A&M Baseball Hype Video (Mel's people are a little after the one-minute mark)

- My Dear Hamilton

- To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

- McMillions on HBO

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

- Ken Burns' Country Music

- Best Fiends - we are still obsessed

On the Bright Side - Melanie's new book that is out next week!

- Melanie's Chicken Cakes

- Ree's Twice-Baked Potatoes

- Brooks Glycerin 17s on sale

- Meebak Cica Cream

- The Consuela bag that has Sophie smitten

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Feb 20, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 171
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We may not have watched the Oscars this year, but that doesn't stop us from having big opinions about 1) the dresses and 2) the current relationship status of Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak. In this episode we discuss both topics in great detail. We also talk about the fact that college baseball starts this weekend (!!!), and I dig into my thoughts about the State / A&M women's basketball game this past Sunday (here's a hint: both teams were fantastic).

It will not surprise you to learn that Melanie shares some beauty product updates (she is breathing, after all), and she has also discovered a new serum she can't wait to try. Her skin care persistence is both inspiring and admirable.

Enjoy, y'all.

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon shop

- Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak clearly love one another

- Soup Snakes

- Mindy Kaling's yellow dress from the Oscars

- Brad Pitt looks like a million bucks

- The Morning Show

- Renee Zellweger at the Oscars

- Cynthia Erivo's Oscar performance dress

- Natalie Portman's Oscar dress

- Regina King's Oscar dress

- Penelope Cruz's Oscar dress

- Jamie Golden on Brie Larsen's shoe situation

- Reese Witherspoon at the Vanity Fair party

- Janelle Monae's Oscar gown

- Mike Leach scared a recruit with a magic trick

- Meeback Cica Cream

- Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

- Thrive Causemetics Brightening Face Wash (promo code BIGBOO for 15% off your first order)

- Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara (promo code BIGBOO for 15% off your first order)

- Family Savvy's Chicken Tetrazzini

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Feb 13, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 170
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Well, both of us recently watched "Miss Americana" - the Taylor Swift documentary on Netflix - and man-oh-man did we ever have some thoughts about it. We share about 278 of those thoughts in this episode. We also discuss some upcoming pop culture events we're excited about (to be clear, I didn't realize when we recorded that the Hamilton movie doesn't come out until 2021, so please know the realization that I have to wait OVER A YEAR has been borderline heartbreaking).

There are some beauty product developments as well - and news about what may well be the finest mascara we have ever tried. Yes. You read that correctly. THE BEST MASCARA WE HAVE EVER TRIED. Eyelash dreams do come true, everyone.

Enjoy, y'all.

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon shop

- Sophie's February Playlist on Apple Music

- Sophie's February Playlist on Spotify

- "When Doves Cry"

- "Let's Go Crazy"

- Hamilton movie - October 15, 2021

- Miss Americana

- Ed Sheeran's Songwriter

- Tweezerman eyelash curler

- ORU Singers

- Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extension Mascara (promo code BIGBOO for 15% off)

- Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner (we both have and love the shade Hoda) (promo code BIGBOO for 15% off)

- Living Proof Dry Volume Blast (this is a smaller size - just FYI)

- Elnett hairspray

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Feb 06, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 169
3403

Now that I think about it, it might have been a good idea to call this episode WELL WE HAVE WATCHED SOME THINGS. We talk about Broadway shows and TV shows and why I might have watched the recent two-part Garth Brooks Biography special four-ish times. Plus, Melanie has some very strong feelings indeed about Marriage Story - and we both have very strong feelings about Jennifer Aniston's wardrobe in The Morning Show.

We also discuss a game we have both been obsessively playing on our phones - and we share some recent beauty favorites, too. So basically it's a fine time indeed on ye olde podcast.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- Aaron Tveit and Laura Olivo singing "Your Song" from Moulin Rouge

- Marriage Story on Netflix

- Marriage Story soundtrack (IT. IS. GORGEOUS.) on Apple Music  and Spotify

- The Morning Show on Apple TV +

- Taylor Swift's Miss Americana movie

- Country Music by Ken Burns

- Garth Brooks: The Road I'm On

- "The Dance" by Garth Brooks

- "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks

- Best Fiends app

- Cattle Baron in Cashmere Instagram

- Meeback Cica Cream

- Nourishmax Vitamin C serum

- Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint

- Charlotte Tilbury Healthy Glow Moisturizer

Sponsors:

- Glossier (click on the link for 10% off your first order)

- Noemie (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off your first order)

Jan 30, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 168
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Melanie has a bit of a cold on this episode, which means you may start to wonder when I started recording a podcast with the ghost of Barry White. OH, I KID. And listen - are we all ever glad that Melanie toughed it out and recorded the episode despite her upper respiratory challenges, because she comes in strong with an update on 1) the raccoons that live next door to her and 2) the latest Royal Family news. We are in her debt.

We also discuss a couple of things we've cooked (and enjoyed) lately, and we share our thoughts about Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. Just like when we were young and full of collagen and it was 2002.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- Our BigBoo Amazon Shop

- Medicine Ball recipe

- Teavana Jade Citrus Mint and Peach Tranquility Tea

- Cheer on Netflix (not for the children - the language is rough)

- Zella leggings (both of us love these!)

- Trisha Yearwood's Chicken Tortilla Soup (I use taco seasoning instead of fajita seasoning and double the black beans and corn)

- Family Savvy Spicy Hamburger Vegetable Soup

- Queen Elizabeth's most recent statement about Harry and Meghan

- Sussex Royal

- Brad Pitt watching Jennifer Aniston's SAG acceptance speech

- Paul Rudd sums up our feelings about podcasting so frequently

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Jan 23, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 167
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Well, if you have dreamed of an in-depth weigh-in on the current Royal Family shenanigans, this may be the episode you've been waiting for. Suffice it to say that Melanie has some thoughts, and oh, has she ever done her research. We also discuss our new favorite Netflix show, and I don't mean to brag, but I'm pretty sure I PR'd in terms of viewing time. You'll be happy to know that I blazed through those six episodes like a champion.

We also talk about our friend Travis' FANTASTIC new album called Spirit Rise (Melanie and I both adore it) as well as our realization that we don't really care about awards shows anymore. Our 20-something selves don't know how to process this development.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- Conecuh Sausage

- Family Savvy

- Sussex Royal

- "Money Can't Buy You Class"

- Mrs. Kravitz

- Trailer for Cheer on Netflix

- Cheer on Netflix (not for the children - the language is rough)

- Spinning Out on Netflix (Mel thinks it may have potential)

- Spirit Rise by our friend and favorite podcast guest Travis Cottrell on Apple Music

- Spirit Rise by our friend and favorite podcast guest Travis Cottrell on Spotify

- Our BigBoo Amazon Shop

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

Jan 16, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Bonus Episode - Mike Leach (!!!)
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Today we found out that Mike Leach is the new head football coach at my beloved Mississippi State University.

Needless to say, Melanie and I needed to talk about it.

This is just a little bonus episode, but our enthusiasm, of course, knows no bounds. So all that to say: we invite you to share in our joy. :-) 

Happy Weekend, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- Announcement Video #1 from MSU Sports Media (Coach Leach is a big fan of pirates)

- Announcement Video #2

- The GIF I sent Melanie 

Jan 10, 2020
The Big Boo Cast - Episode 166
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You will not be surprised to learn that on our first episode of 2020, we talk about college football. Specifically, we dig into the Mississippi State coaching search and the wonder of Joe Burrow. We also discuss what we did for fun / relaxation over the holidays (here's a hint: TV), and I break down round two of trying out my Instant Pot.

Also, Melanie shares her preferences re: Chick-fil-A nuggets (OH, SHE HAS THOUGHTS) and her resolution about chicken for the new year. Because didn't we all make a resolution about chicken? I'm assuming we did.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- The Crown

- Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute

- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

- Virgin River

- My Dear Hamilton: The Life of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

- The Hideaway by Lauren Denton

- Family Savvy's Instant Pot Mississippi Roast

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

- Sophie's Twenty Twenty playlist on Apple Music

- Sophie's Twenty Twenty playlist on Spotify

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- OpenFit (text BIGBOO to 505050 for fourteen free days of Sugar Free 3)

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Jan 09, 2020
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 165
3364

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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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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Dec 19, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 164
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It may not have been a banner football year for A&M and State, but that hasn't done much to diminish our collective BigBoo college football enthusiasm. Given that, you won't be surprised to hear us spend some time talking about last weekend's SEC Championship game as well as Ole Miss' recent head coaching hire. We realize that it might not be the expected reaction, but this Bulldog / Aggie combo is excited about Lane Kiffin's return to the SEC. I think you could even say that we are HERE FOR IT.

We also discuss what we love about Chipotle (yes. Chipotle.) along with our thoughts about cooked chicken. And if that weren't enough, Melanie has a new moisturizer to share with the group, not to mention that we have some general enthusiasm about the new season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as well as Nichole Nordeman's new Christmas album.

THIS IS ALL SO EXCITING.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop

- Lane Kiffin to Ole Miss

- Cabaret Premiere mascara

- Creme de la Blair

- Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

- NARS Creamy Concealer

- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

- Nichole Nordeman's Fragile on Apple Music and Spotify

- Woodwick Frazier Fir

- Fresh Balsam Wallflowers

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Dec 12, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 163
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Well, as you might imagine, we spend some time on this episode talking about this past weekend's Egg Bowl, which was as classic a State / Ole Miss match-up as I've ever seen. We also discuss the Iron Bowl, and you'd better believe we talk about the folks who found themselves imprisoned by the hedges at Jordan-Hare Stadium because that whole thing was nothing but a treasure. 

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

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- The ending of the Egg Bowl

- Karen Howell on Twitter

- The ending of the Iron Bowl

- Frozen 2

- Knives Out

- The Peanut Butter Falcon

- Cabaret Premiere mascara

- Neulash

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

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Dec 05, 2019
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
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

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Nov 21, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 160
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You might expect that all we're going to talk about on this episode is the LSU / Alabama game, but we might actually surprise you. I mean, of course we *do* talk about LSU / Alabama because HAVE YOU EVEN MET US, but we also discuss our air travel pet peeves, the initial rounds of the college football coaching carousel, and a cold front that has swept through Texas and Alabama.

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

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop

- Rao’s Marinara Sauce

- Rao’s Vodka Sauce

- Family Savvy Baked Ziti

- Family Savvy

- Ramona Singer and “Roll Tide”

- Dak Prescott memes

- Succession 

- Holiday in the Wild

- IT Lash Blowout Mascara

- Buxom lip gloss

-  Anastasia brow definer

Sponsor:

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

 

Nov 13, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 159
3569

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

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

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop

- Valerie Colorblocked Wool Sweater Coat

Chicken Divan

- Chicken and Dressing

- Too Faced Natural Nude Lipstick in Overexposed

- Collagen Eyezone Mask

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

Nov 07, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 158
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So true story: we spend the first ten minutes of this episode talking about the raccoon that was in Melanie's chimney.

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

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

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

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

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Show Notes:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop

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

- Poldark on PBS

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

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

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Oct 31, 2019
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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 156
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The Bulldogs and the Aggies didn't have an easy time of it this past weekend, but don't you worry: Melanie and I still have big fun recapping what we love about the LSU Tigers and analyzing the greatness of Nick Saban. We also discuss a recent situation where I was told I have angled cuticles, and yes, I realize that might be the strangest declaration I have made to date via this podcast.

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

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

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- The Late Night Movie

- Downton Abbey

- Prettygarden Women's Solid Sweater

- Bare Minerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Queen

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

- Speed Test for upload and download speeds

- Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange candle 

- Pickwick and co leather, woods and tobacco candle 

- Nest Moroccan Amber candle 

- Northern lights whiskey and tobacco candle 

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

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

Oct 18, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 155
3171

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

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

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

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Downton Abbey - the movie

- Sophie's brand-spankin' new clothes steamer

- Billy Joel Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2

- Sleep Innovations Gel Memory Foam 4-inch Mattress Topper

- Linen Home 100% Cotton Percale Sheets

- Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow - Luxury Plush Gel Pillow

- Sunday Riley Vitamin C Serum

- Sunday Riley Luna Oil

- Sunday Riley Good Genes

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

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

Oct 12, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 154
3043

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

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

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

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

- Olivia Colman

- American Royals by Katharine McGee

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

Oct 03, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 153
3107

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

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

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

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Show Notes:

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

- Barrel & Pie in Canyon, Texas

- Back 40 Grill in Canyon, Texas

- Abuelo's in Amarillo

- Our beloved Popcast friends

- Amarillo Angels

- Relavel Makeup Train Case

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

- Tula Rose Glow Brightening Eye Balm

- Melanie at Homecoming in 1986

- Texas Homecoming Mums

- American Royals by Katharine McGee

- Ardell Magnetic Lashes

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

- Mike Leach on Pac-12 mascots

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

Sponsor:

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

Sep 19, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 152
3493

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

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

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Cheetah Print Slip-on Tennis Shoes

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

- Mad About You revival

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

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

- Sunday Riley Power Trio

- Blaq Undereye Patches

- Jo Malone's Wood Sage & Sea Salt

- Oribe' Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray

- Crowder's I Know A Ghost

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

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Sep 12, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 151
3422

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

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

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Amy Howard chalk paint

- Taylor Swift's Lover on Apple Music and Spotify

- Southern Charm Reunion, part 1

- Melanie's new leather-like leggings

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

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

- Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize

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

Aug 29, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 150
3045

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

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

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

Please do enjoy.

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Show Notes:

- Southern Charm

- Pioneer Woman's Sour Cream Enchiladas

- Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich

- Family Savvy's Baked Ziti

- Naked 2 Basics Palette

- Milani Most Loved Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

- Milani Soft Focus Glow Complexion Enhancer

- Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Hydration Cream

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

Sponsors:

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

Myro (promo code BIGBOO for 50% off your first order)

Aug 22, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 149
3617

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

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

Please do enjoy.

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Show Notes:

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

- Milani Eyeshadow Palette

- Pond's Cleansing Balm

- Exuma, Bahamas

- The new season of The Crown

- Trailer for the new Little Women movie

- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

- Arugula Salad

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

Aug 15, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 148
3517

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

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

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

Happy 148, everybody! Hope y'all enjoy.

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Show Notes:

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

- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

- Beverly Hills, 90210 - the reboot

- Veronica Mars

- Four Weddings & a Funeral

- Gilly

- SEC Officiating on Twitter

- Ramona Singer's Instagram

- The Handmaid's Tale

Sponsors:

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

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

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

Aug 08, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 147
3762

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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 146
3110

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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 145
3676

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

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

BUT WAIT! Our sad tale has a redemptive arc!

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

Hope y'all enjoy.

Show Notes:

- Stranger Things 3

- Veronica Mars

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

- Instant Pot on sale from Walmart

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

- The South's 20 Seasons

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

Sponsors:

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

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

Jul 10, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 144
3472

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

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

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Style Encore

- Yolanda Hadid's former glorious refrigerator

- Vanderbilt's Tyler Brown

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

Sponsors:

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

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

Jun 30, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 143
3635

So. Third time's the charm? Maybe?

We initially tried to record this episode a week ago, but my router got disconnected when we had painters at my house and, alas, there was no internet.

Then we recorded about four days ago, but something happened to the audio on Melanie's end, and alas, there was nothing to edit.

So today, once again, we attempted to record episode 143. We think we did it this time, so let this episode be a testimony to the Lord's strength in our weakness. :-) We talk about the College World Series (#HailState), a fun lunch I had at my house last week, and five things we're really enjoying this summer. Well, actually for me it was six things I'm enjoying this summer. I had a hard time narrowing down my list.

Hope y'all enjoy! 

Show Notes:

- What Sophie cooked for Beth & KMac

- Collard Valley Cooks (we're obsessed with Tammy)

- Chasing Happiness

OPI Suzi Shops and Island Hops

- Quay After Hours Sunglasses

- Spindrift sparkling water 

- Capri Blue Diffuser Oil (it's sold out online now)

- Resident Chef Spinach Parmesan Dip 

- Southwestern Tossed Salad

- L'anza Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper Finishing Spray

- Living Proof Full Volume Blast 

- Southern Charm New Orleans

- gold plated bangle bracelets

- All Things New by Amy (Melanie's sister's Etsy store - and her jewelry is SO FUN!)

Sponsors:

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

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

- Hummingbird Farms (promo code BESOCIAL for 15% off your first purchase at Evine)

Jun 18, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 142
2981

Well, if college baseball isn't your favorite topic, don't worry - because there's a point in this episode where we talk for over five minutes about what is causing the rustling noise in or around Melanie's microphone. It's every bit as riveting as you might imagine.

We also talk about Real Housewives, a new Netflix movie we enjoyed, our kids' summertime activities, and an ill-fated trial run with Snapchat.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes: 

- Always Be My Maybe

- Cheer Squad

Sponsor:

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

 

Jun 05, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 141
2914

Well, it's finally SEC Baseball Tournament Week, but the excitement of the most well-run sporting event in America didn't stop us from recording a new episode (probably no one is more surprised by that than we are). As you might imagine, Melanie discusses a new addition to her skin care routine - and we recap several of the shows we've seen lately because apparently we have been watching a LOT of television to cope with the craziness of May.

We also express our (maybe) irrational frustrations with change, and when I say "change," I mean "coins."

Finally, you'll be delighted to know that we weigh in on the Game of Thrones finale even though neither of us has ever watched a single episode of the series.

Enjoy, y'all!

- EltaMD facial sunscreen

- Drunk Elephant Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops

- Lancer Omega Hydrating Oil

- EltaMD full-body sunscreen

- Walgreens Photo (up to 60% off prints and enlargements through May 25th with code PICGRAD)

Southern Charm

- Southern Charm New Orleans

- Dead to Me (the language is TERRIBLE, just FYI)

- The Popcast / Big Boo Live Show in Amarillo

Sponsor:

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

May 21, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 140
3131

Well, we start off as Mamaw and MeMaw this week, here to tell you all about our failing eyesight, but eventually we return to some of our favorite topics: kids' activities, college baseball (at the time we recorded Mississippi State and A&M were about to play a weekend series), and the most wonderful sporting event of the year, the SEC Baseball Tournament.

We also talk about why we've avoided any sort of discussion about the current state of the Royal Family (stay tuned for a discussion about preciouslittleangel Archie sometime next week). Finally, we dig into whether Taylor Swift was inspired by Beyonce' or if she borrowed from Beyonce' - and then we go on and on about our very favorite sunscreen.

So you might say that we cover some content bases.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- SEC Baseball Tournament

- Heartland

- More thoughts on Taylor Swift's Billboard Music Awards performance (there's some language in people's tweets - just FYI)

- EltaMD Facial Sunscreen

- EltaMD Lip Balm

- Laura Tremaine's 10 Things to Tell You podcast with special guest Jamie Golden - all about skincare and makeup!

- EltaMD Full-Body Sunscreen 

- SKII Facial Treatment Masks (pack of 6) 

- it Superhero mascara

Sponsors:

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

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

May 09, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 139
3969

We kick off this episode talking about pillows (yes. pillows.), then hear about Melanie and P's recent weekend of attending polo matches. AS YOU DO. 

We also talk about one of my favorite nights of watching lacrosse and speculate about what it might be like when our kids graduate and we don't have the sports any more. Our conclusion is that we need to prepare ourselves for all the sadness.

Finally, we talk to our friend Lincee Ray about her new book that comes out April 30th - and we spend a significant amount of time talking about the ways we used to fold our notes in high school. It's a lost art, everyone. 

Hope you enjoy!

Show Notes:

Opalhouse quilted velvet oversize pillow

- The Inventor

- The Dropout

- All American

- Homecoming

- Someone Great

Lincee's blog I Hate Green Beans

Lincee's podcast

It's A Love Story on Amazon

It's A Love Story on Barnes & Noble

Sponsor:

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

Apr 25, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 138
3550

A few days ago we asked the good people of Instagram if anyone had questions for us. And as it turned out, there were questions APLENTY. We spend the bulk of this episode digging into six or seven of those questions, which means we dig into the story of how we met, the reason only one of us records our ads, and the restaurants we love the mostest in Birmingham and San Antonio (also known as the cities where we live).

We also talk about what Melanie means (exactly) when she references "the ranch," and we tackle the question we get asked almost more than any other (besides how we met): what about that one-child situation? We laugh a lot, we answer lo, even more questions, and we recap (well, Mel does, at least) the latest with Britney Spears. Just as you might expect.

As always, please do enjoy.

Show Notes: 

- The Popcast / Big Boo Live Show: A Benefit for Amarillo Angels - September 14, 2019

- The Pearl in San Antonio

- Opal Ice Maker

Sponsors:

- FabFitFun

- Myro 

Apr 19, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 137
3982

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

NOT TO BE OVERLY DRAMATIC.

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

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

Show Notes:

- Birkencrocs

- Steve Madden Asher sandals

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

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

- Wayfair Open Box sales

- Suzanne Stabile on Instagram

- Hum Glow Sweet Glow vitamins

- Elevator music 

- Jamie Golden's March Favorites

- it Superhero mascara (Sophie's new fave)

- American Eagle Bermuda shorts

- Laura Ashley Collection at Urban Outfitters

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

- Nate Bargatze - The Tennessee Kid 

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

Sponsors:

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

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

Apr 14, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 136
3600

On this episode we rehash the Hudson family Spring Break shenanigans, we celebrate the fact that Melanie has finished writing her latest book, and we talk about (another!) new TV show that Melanie and Perry are watching.

We also discuss some very exciting news regarding our dear friend* John Mayer.

*To be clear, John Mayer doesn't know us from Adam's house cat.

*The fact that he doesn't know us is in no way a hindrance to our friendship.

Please do enjoy.

Show Notes:

- Hyatt Centric NYC

- Oklahoma Revival

- John Mayer sings "How Great Thou Art"

- Erin Moon talks with us about John Mayer on episode 132

- GAP High Rise Wide-Leg Crop Chinos

- Laura Ashley Bow Scrunchie

- Cobra Kai

Sponsors:

- Going Beyond Simulcast with Priscilla Shirer & Anthony Evans (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your registration)

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

Mar 31, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 135
3590

So once again the sound for me (Sophie) is horrible, so I am picking up on the subtle hint that perhaps I need a new microphone. WHY ARE YOU SURPRISED. But actually I don't need a new microphone because sound is fine on ads, just not when Melanie and I record. I don't even understand. WHO AMONG THEE IS TECH-Y?

Subpar audio aside, we thoroughly enjoyed catching up in this episode. We talk about college baseball, Melanie's newfound career as a stencil artist, Alex's 16th birthday, and How Is It Possible That Our Kids Are About To Drive. We also discuss an exciting (for Mel) new skincare option and how we're both a little socially awkward right now.

All that to say: good times aplenty. Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Sonja's caftan (or, at least, Mel's knock-off of her caftan)

- Melanie's blog post about painting Caroline's walls

French Dip Sliders

- DIY Micro Needling (Melanie's life is forever changed)

- Dermal Roller

- Vitamin C serum - Skinceuticals

- Vitamin C serum - inexpensive version

- Beauty Counter's Overnight Resurfacing Peel

- Daisy Jones & The Six 

Sponsors:

- Going Beyond Simulcast with Priscilla Shirer & Anthony Evans (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your registration)

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

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

Mar 22, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 134
3718

Full disclosure: the sound isn't great on this episode - it cuts in and out a lot and who could possibly know why because we do everything the same way every single time but for some reason this time I (Sophie) sound like a gravelly-voiced DJ from the 70s and WHATEVER, STUPID MICROPHONE - but despite the subpar sound, we had ourselves some fun. We discuss our deep lack of understanding re: taxes, we chronicle all the reasons we aren't cooking, and we discuss a couple of things we're really loving on Netflix.

Melanie also outlines some new decorative goals for Caroline's room, and we discuss our favorite means of social media procrastination when we're writing as well as our suggestions for better, more meaningful social media experiences. The sarcasm meter is running HIGH, y'all.

Enjoy, everybody!

Show Notes:

- Melanie and P's new favorite show (NOT FOR THE CHILDREN)

- Chef's Table (Sophie's favorite)

- Delicious Kale Salad

- Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Palette

- Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow

- Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

- Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Eye Palette

Sponsors:

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

- Green Chef (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off your first box)

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

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

Feb 28, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 133
2868

If you are intrigued by The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as well as charcuterie boards, well - DO WE EVER HAVE AN EPISODE FOR YOU. We also talk about our low-key Valentine celebrations ("celebrations" is a *strong* word, really), discuss the wonder of a harp-playing raccoon, and break down what we love about some Nivea cream recommended by our good friend Jamie Golden.

Finally, we share some exciting news (to us) (probably not to anyone else) about some inexpensive jeans *and* a sassy jumpsuit. We do hope you'll share in our joy.

As always, thanks for listening, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Dorit's outfit when she went to Lisa Rinna's house

- A raccoon playing the harp on a sprinkler

- French Onion Beef Sliders for a Crowd (maybe Alex's favorite thing I've ever cooked)

- The Board Couple in San Antonio

- Nivea cream made in Germany

- Kut from the Kloth $20 off coupon (shop the sale)

- Amazon Casual Cotton Jumpsuit

Sponsors:

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

- ZOLA (promo code BIGBOO for your free wedding website and $50 off your registry)

Feb 20, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 132
3588

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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 131
2331

This is the second part of the conversation we started on episode 130, and I have to say that this part is really of no substance at all (but oh, did we have fun).

We talk about a new product Melanie loves, an old product Melanie loves again, and my recent descent into a YouTube rabbit hole. We also discuss the books we're working on and actually settle on a title for mine even though we can't say a whole lot about it. So there's some mild vague-ery - but there are also laughs aplenty. It's a shorter-than-usual episode, but hopefully it packs a punch.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Vidalia Onion Chop Wizard

- The Weighted Blanket

- Frankincense Oil

- Edie Wadsworth's Instagram

- Sophie's YouTube Rabbit Hole:

Safiya Nygaard Melts A Bunch of Candles Together

Safiya Nygaard Melts A Bunch of Eyeshadow Together

Safiya Nygaard Melts A Bunch of Lipstick Together

Architectural Digest Goes To Famous People's Houses

Sweet Digs on Refinery 29

- And by special request, Melanie drags a (dead) wild hog into the brush.

 

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Jan 30, 2019
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 130
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Well, as we often do, we spend a lot of time in this episode talking about our recent experiences in the wild and also the nature.

Okay. So it's not necessarily our norm. But we definitely discuss our somewhat out-of-the-ordinary weekend excursions. We also talk about some things we've watched and liked, some pants with which I am SMITTEN, and so very, very, very many sneakers - sneakers we like, sneakers we think we might like, and sneakers we appreciate though we would not wear them.

You can't even imagine how riveting it is. :-)

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- A Simple Favor (Melanie says it's not kid- or teenager-friendly)

- Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Sophie says it's not kid-friendly - there is language)

- BP Knit Crop Wide Leg Pants

- Steve Madden sneakers (so much pattern - so fun for the young'uns)

Golden Goose Sneakers

- Golden Goose Knock-offs

- New Balance Women's 574

- Brooks Glycerins (Sophie's beloved walking shoe)

- Adidas Flashback Sneakers

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Jan 26, 2019
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:

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Jan 10, 2019
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

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Dec 21, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 127
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So it's only been a few days since the last episode, but here's the second part of the conversation we started on episode 126. We jump straight into a discussion about skin care - which includes an update on some new methods we're trying and Melanie's evaluation of her new products from The Ordinary.

It's the skincare deep end, and I think it's safe to say that it's one of our favorite places to be.

We also talk about Melanie's recent trip to New England, what we've been watching over the last month, and why everyone needs to go to a Ben Rector concert. Enjoy, y'all!

- Jamie Golden's Instagram

- Sunday Riley's CEO Moisturizer

- Kate Somerville's Exfolikate

- Clarisonic Mia Prima

- LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream

the ordinary ascorbic acid 8% + alpha arbutin

- grown alchemist hydra repair day cream

- Hummingbird Farms Unscented Heavy Cream

the ordinary granactive 5% retinoid 

- the ordinary aha 30% peeling solution

- jade roller

- Thrive Eye Brightener

- Dumplin'

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

- Bodyguard

- The Princess Switch 

- Harry Connick, Jr. Tour

- Ben Rector Magic Tour

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Dec 14, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 126
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Real life has been FULL SPEED AHEAD the last few weeks; between traveling and speaking stuff and keeping up with our people, there hasn't been a lot of time for podcasting. So, this episode is part one of our Official Late November / Early December Catch-up. We talk about my most recent shopping trip with Martha, our respective Thanksgivings, and of course, our Bulldogs and our Aggies.

Because I'm not sure if you're aware of it, but my Bulldogs won the Egg Bowl 35-3.

And - just a guess - you're probably very aware that Melanie's Aggies beat LSU in a game FOR THE AGES, a seven overtime thriller in College Station.

So, sit back and wrap some presents (or not) and drink some hot chocolate (or not) and prepare yourself for so many thoughts.

Seriously. It's a lot of thoughts.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes: 

- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

- Mississippi State’s win over Ole Miss

- Texas A&M’s win over LSU

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- PEX

Dec 11, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 125
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Here's the second installment of our 2018 Gift Guide, this time with lots of options for women and men. You could also refer to this installment as HERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS WE LIKE and also HERE ARE THINGS WE WILL LIKELY PURCHASE FOR OUR HUSBANDS.

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

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

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

Show Notes:

The Princess Switch

Dumplin' trailer

Gifts for women:

Brooks Running Greenlight Capri

- Able Cascade lariat necklace

Able Hana Wallet

The Merly denim jacket

Granda bowl by Able

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

Nordstrom Kennebunk Bliss plush throw

Noonday Collection Wildflower Clutch

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

Yeti rambler 14 oz insulated coffee mug

- Hydroflask coffee mug

Lune & Aster Destination Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

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

Natori Nirvana midi robe

Moxie Leather Bar Necklace

Shhhhowercap 

Capri Blue Fir & Firewood Candle

Asos hand knitted chunky scarf

Lodge 6 quart enamel Dutch oven

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

- Facetory

Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Socks

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium 3000 Dryer

Gifts for men:

- Worx jawsaw

Howler flannel shirt

Bose Soundlink micro bluetooth speaker

Under Armour ColdGear Reactor Vest

- Warthog knife sharpener

Duke Cannon lip balm

- Barrington leather money clip

Shelta hats - The Osprey

- Surefire LED keychain light

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

- Patagonia better sweater quarter zip pullover 

Kindle Paperwhite

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- PEX

Nov 22, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 123 - Part 2
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I don't even know, y'all. Somehow in trying to correct something in 123 I deleted the last 10-ish minutes, which was our discussion about Jamie Golden's skincare routine. So please do follow Jamie on Instagram (@jamiebgolden), and please do forgive my besetting sin of not having a *super* strong understanding of Garage Band even though we've been podcasting since BEFORE THE DAWN OF TIME.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Nov 20, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 124
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All righty - you asked for it, and we aim to please, so here's part one of our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide. We had the best time rounding up ideas, and in this first installment, we focus on hostess gift options as well as gifts for teenage girls and guys.

This means that I use my teenage girl voice at least four too many times.

Anyway, we hope our suggestions are helpful (and fun!) (and also significantly reduce your shopping stress). As always, you can find links to everything in the show notes. Except for the rosemary tree from Lowe's and anything from Trader Joe's. Because Trader Joe's online shopping options = sad trombone.

Be on the lookout for installment #2 (gifts for men and women) early next week.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes: 

- Elaine Benes

Hostess Gifts:

Totally Bamboo State Shaped Serving and Cutting Board (search for "Totally Bamboo" and the state you're looking for)

I'll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller

Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillin Smith

- Love Welcome Serve: Recipes that Gather & Give by Amy Hannon

Two Funny Girls shatterproof Christmas cups

Tis the season paper Christmas cups with cardboard sleeve

Reverse to sherpa throw from TJMaxx and Target

Hummingbird Farms trio of creams

Heather Gauthier tea towels

The Pioneer Woman Flea Market Decorated Footed Bowls

- All Things Trader Joe's (you have to go to Trader Joe's)

- Pickwick leather, tobacco and woods candle

Gifts for teenage girls:

"Anything from Urban"

ASOS lounge super soft onesie

- Lily Rain jewelry

Leather wallet phone case

- Boho Bandeau

- Sephora gift sets: Best Hair Ever, Lashstash, Face Mask Magic

- Hydro Flask water bottle

- Red Bubble stickers

- marble make up brush set

Aerie oversized chenille turtleneck

- Freestyle watches

Script & Scribble Chunky Personalized Notepads

Gifts for teenage boys:

- Cash

- Gift cards for food (can email via Target)

- Apple Airpods

- Colorful, borderline obnoxious socks (Hot Sox & Nordstrom Rack)

- Leatherman Wingman multi tool

- Champion reverse weave hooded sweatshirt

waterproof dry bag

- AMC movie gift card

- StubHub gift card

- Spotify Premium gift card (please read all the restrictions before you buy...these cards apparently don't work with family accounts)

- Teton Sports sleeping bag

- NBA jersey

Sponsors:

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Nov 17, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 123
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It took us three tries to get this episode going; we had a little recording trouble with the site we normally use, so then we had to switch over to Skype and blah blah blah we're the Bad News Bears of podcasting. Hi, welcome to the podcast, now watch us get hit in the chest by a fly ball. Or maybe a microphone.

Eventually, though, we found us a work-around, and we settled in for a nice, long chat about all manner of things: the State / Bama game, Melanie's recent trip to Marshall, Texas, upcoming speaking stuff, and an update on the Camellia boots. We also discuss the struggle of my current no-shopping resolution and a few things that have inspired the fire out of me lately.

And finally, we break down our friend Jamie Golden's recent skincare product recommendations that she shared on Instagram. It's safe to say that she shared what most would consider a wealth of knowledge, and we are grateful.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Sam Edelman Camellia boots

- H&M sweater tunic 

- Ben Rector's Magic tour

- Eric Church's Desperate Man

- The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy

- Jamie Golden's Instagram

- Sophie's favorite facial soap

- The Ordinary

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Nov 13, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 122
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In this episode there is a very strange crackle-y noise that occurs randomly but consistently, and we have no idea what it is. I suggested to Melanie at one point that it was castanets, but clearly I was being sarcastic because as you all know we only play our castanets during the summer months.

I don't even know what that means.

Anyway, if you can will yourself to hang in there during all the clicking / crackling, you'll hear us talk about the Mississippi State / A&M game, one of my most confident parenting moments, and Melanie's new beauty routine that involves cloth surgical tape. 

Y'all have no idea. It DELIGHTS me.

Hope you enjoy!

- Nick Fitzgerald's last touchdown against A&M

- Sam Edelman Camellia boots (Melanie's jubilee!)

- Syla sleep band

- cloth surgical tape

- Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

- QB1: Beyond the Lights

- Closing Song

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Oct 31, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 121
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On this episode we talk about college football - specifically, the Bulldogs' misfortunes against LSU and the upcoming MSU / A&M match-up. We also discuss Harry and Meghan's baby news - along with their Australia trip. 

Besides that? Oh, just a couple of new strategies from Melanie in terms of fighting her sleep lines, and some serious over-thinking / over-emoting from Sophie in terms of how fast time seems to move these days. 

As the kids would say, we get all up in our feelings. 

You know who else would say that? BRIAN CHALMERS.

Hope y'all enjoy!

- Brian Chalmers' latest (thanks, @JennyDawnTX)

- SEC Shorts - SEC teams get their mid-season report cards

- QB1: Beyond the Lights (it's FANTASTIC)

- Jake Fromm's Twitter

- The Good Place

- The Syla

- The Slip silk pillowcase

- Meghan and Harry's Australia trip

- The "portrait" in the glass carriage

- Closing Song

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Oct 24, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 120
3667

Well, if you have ever wanted to hear Melanie and me speculate about the source of a dog's cough, this is the episode for you. We also talk about college football, the relentless heat of early October, and our inability to keep up with teenagers' trends despite our best efforts.

Parenting. It is humbling.

Finally, we discuss the mystery of free radicals, and Melanie shares some exciting pajama leggings news.

Hope y'all enjoy!

- The Good Place

- Poldark

- This Is Us

"Tokyo" 

- A Million Little Things

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

- Blue Mercury

Grown Alchemist Hydra-repair day cream

Aerie play pocket and cuff leggings

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Oct 13, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 119
4036

There's a point in every college football season (at least for Aggies and Bulldogs) when disappointment, at least for a few minutes, obscures hope. Melanie and I found ourselves re-acquainted with some disappointment this past weekend, which definitely wasn't what we dreamed it would be. We break down all those feelings on this episode - along with continued analysis of targeting calls and the increasingly lose interpretation of roughing the passer.

We also talk about the realities of traveling out of town for a speaking engagement, the joys of high school football games, and our practices regarding one-star book reviews.

Also: books and fall fashion finds!

Please do enjoy.

How to Tackle a Quarterback 2018

- The evolution of roughing the passer

- My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan (just FYI, friends - this is not a book about a covenant relationship)

- This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell

- Universal Thread Lanae scrunch boots

- Abercrombie textured open front cardigan

- George Men's Short Sleeve Elongated Slub Hoodie

- Closing Song

Sponsors:

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- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first subscription box - and the fall box really is FAB!)

Sep 26, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 118
3634

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!

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

- 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

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Sep 14, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 117
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Well, you will not be surprised to learn that we talk a great deal - A GREAT DEAL - about college football in this episode. There's some accountability in terms of how one of us managed to go to Starkville this past weekend despite some seemingly overwhelming writing obligations, there's all manner of optimism since the Aggies and the Bulldogs combined to score over 100 points in their first games, and then there's the can't-deny-it reality that the SEC West is NO JOKE in 2018.

We also discuss books and shows and our upcoming trip to Chicago. Which reminds me: we even tell you how to win two free tickets to The Popcast Live Show (this Saturday, September 8th), but HURRY - you have to leave a comment on our podcast Facebook page by 10AM central on Thursday, September 6th in order to be in the drawing. It would be so fun to see you in the Windy City!

Enjoy, y'all!

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

- So much football. Maybe just use Google for that part.

- The new season of The Great British Baking Show on Netflix

Making It with Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman

- To All The Boys I've Loved Before on Netflix

- The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix

- My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan

The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table by Rick Bragg

- Rick Bragg on Garden & Gun's Whole Hog Podcast (A DELIGHT, IT IS)

The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell

- Closing Song

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Sep 05, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 116
3847

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.

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

- 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

SPONSORS:

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Aug 26, 2018
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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 114
4474

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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 113
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Our good friend Travis Cottrell is with us on this episode, and we have ourselves a blast. We talk about workout needs of extroverts vs. introverts, we hear about Travis' recent regional airline experience, and we answer a bunch of fun questions that people asked on Instagram.

Also, please excuse the many phone alerts / dings / beeps that occur in the first part of the episode. We didn't get our phones under control before we started to record, so it takes a few minutes for all three of us to SILENCIO LOS TELEFONOS. We trust this is the level of professionalism to which you've grown accustomed. 

Enjoy, y'all!

- 9 Round

- Wunderlist app

- Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt (Melanie's favorite)

- Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin (Sophie's favorite)

- CKOne

- Samsara

 

- Angela Cottrell on Twitter

- Angela Cottrell on Instagram

- Jennifer Garner on Instagram

SPONSORS:

- KIND Kids' Bars (promo code BOOCAST for 20% off your order). Complete offer details at https://www.kindsnacks.com/kidsoffer.

- Casper (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off select mattresses; terms & conditions apply)

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Jul 21, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 112
3566

All righty, y'all - this is our Very Special Southern Charm Finale Re-cap. We talk about so many things: Craig, Kathryn & Shep, white tie attire, Patricia's pet caftans, Chelsea & Austen, and last but not least - the train wreck that is Ashley and Thomas.

WE HAVE SOME THOUGHTS.

And then, after we wrap up our Southern Charm discussion, we talk about several other shows we're watching and enjoying / pondering. Yay for TV!

Enjoy, y'all!

Southern Charm

Patricia's pet caftans

- The Bachelorette

- The Proposal

- The Entire Real Housewives Franchise (the guiltiest of guilty TV pleasures)

- The Staircase (this is a true crime documentary - not for kids - difficult to watch in parts)

- Life Sentence

- Get Me Roger Stone (there's bad language - but an interesting, if disheartening, look at political campaign strategy)

- I Am Not Your Guru (there's bad language - but fascinating from the perspective of people in search of emotional / spiritual freedom through self-help)

- The Handmaid's Tale (read up on this one before you watch...because of the subject matter it is not for everyone and definitely not for kids or young teenagers)

- Closing Song 1 and Closing Song 2

Sponsors:

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Jul 18, 2018
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
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 110
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A few days ago some of the folks on our Big Boo Facebook page were kind enough to leave comments with some questions / topics that they wanted us to discuss, so that is exactly what Melanie and I do on this episode. We picked seven to start with, and my goodness: WE HAVE SOME THOUGHTS.

I actually couldn't fit all of the answers into one episode (you'll hear the rest next week), but we cover a lot of territory when it comes to grief, friendships, writing, and whether or not we enjoy crafts (we'll take "NO" for $400, Alex). This episode is maybe a little extra personal, but we loved getting to talk about this stuff.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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

"Old Friends" by Ben Rector (we don't mention it specifically - but it's fitting considering what we say about friendship)

- Melanie's friend Jen

- Sophie's mama

"Caroline's" shoe box Fiesta floats

- Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney (we don't talk about this at all, but it's so heartwarming and will totally brighten your day)

- Closing Song

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

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Jun 23, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 109
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In what is no doubt the complete opposite of a surprise, we had some sound issues with this one. We still don't know exactly why. What we do know, though, is that I sound like a loud talker and Melanie sounds like a soft talker who is trying to subtly communicate to me that I need to PIPE DOWN. So thanks in advance for bearing with us; we'll do our best to get that worked out for next time.

As for what we talk about, well, there's a lot: college baseball (Mississippi State is headed to the College World Series!), a new show Melanie really likes, famous people we follow on Instagram, some new music I'm excited about, and a few new skincare / make-up finds.

So basically, you know, some of our favorite topics.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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

- Mississippi State and the College World Series

- Younger

- Riverdale

Ben Rector's Magic album (out June 22nd)

- Indigo Girls Live with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra (out June 29th)

- When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

- Band of Brothers 

- The Real Housewives of San Antonio (???)

- The BBQ chicken recipe Melanie mentioned on the last episode

- OPI Suzi Without A Paddle

- jane iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream 

Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Dew It All Eye Gel

- e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer

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Jun 14, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 108
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On this episode of the podcast we talk extensively about Southern Charm and caftans. AS YOU DO.

We also chronicle some of our current, um, hormone-adjacent frustrations, recap what's happened for our teams so far in the college baseball post-season, and discuss some of our summer reading plans. Plus, Melanie brings us all up-to-speed on some highlights from The Bachelorette - and in doing so improves the quality of all our lives.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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

- Chili Pad

- (Here is Coolio, in case you were confused.)

- State's huge walk-off win against Florida State

- Southern Charm

- Patricia's custom pet caftan

- The Bachelorette

- Southern Charm New Orleans

- Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

- Love and Ruin by Paula McClain

- Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

- Go Ask Ali by Ali Wentworth

- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

- Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Verdusa women's summer color block half sleeve split loose shift maxi dress (this is SO CUTE, y'all)

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Jun 07, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 107
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If you're in need of a little superficial to kick off your summer, this is the episode for you. We talk about nail polish, our nail-related frustrations, our favorite summer shoes, and all the reasons why we're embracing the caftan for summer 2018.

We also discuss the fact that, in all of our Enneagram 9-ness, we are not ever concerned with any details at any point in time unless we're talking about emotions. Because in that case we are HERE FOR ALL OF IT.

Hope y'all enjoy!

- Urban Outfitters bowtie slides

- Steve Madden black SLINKY sandals

- OTBT Nova Platforms

- Bussola Frida wedge (Sophie's FAVORITE summer sandals)

- The Magical Summer Caftan (discovered by Lisa Whittle) (deeply loved by Sophie) (for your inner Maude)

- Lisa Whittle's 5 Word Prayers Daily podcast (just FYI if you're looking for something really encouraging and beautiful)

- OPI Lisbon Collection

- OPI Funny Bunny

- The Playtex Funday Bra

- Closing Song

Jun 01, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 106
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May 25, 2018
The Big Boo Cast, Episode 105
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This one is all Royal Wedding.

And no small amount speculation.

Needless to say, we are giddy with anticipation.