The Big Boo Cast
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.

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


- 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)

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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 <em>Real Housewives</em> 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


- 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)

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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


- NoteCube (20% off with promo code BIGBOO)

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


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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


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

- School Mask Pack

- NoteCube (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off)

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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


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

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust202020.mp3
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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


- KiwiCo (use this link for 30% off your first order and free shipping)

- (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)

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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


- 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)

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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)

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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


- 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)

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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


- 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastjuly162020.mp3
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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


- 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)

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

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

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

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

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

Hope y'all enjoy!

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

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

Show Notes:

- Stand All the Way Up  

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

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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


- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

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

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


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


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

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:16pm CDT

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!)


- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm CDT

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


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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastjune42020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:09pm CDT

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


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

- Thrive Market

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

Direct download: thebigboocastmay282020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

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


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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastmay212020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm CDT

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


- 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastmay142020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

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)


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

Direct download: thebigboocastmay72020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm CDT

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. 


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


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

- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)


Direct download: thebigboocastapril302020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:50pm CDT

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


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

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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastapril232020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm CDT

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


- YogaSleep (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off)

- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

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

Direct download: thebigboocastapril162020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

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


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

Direct download: thebigboocastapril092020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT


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


- 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


- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

- YogaSleep (use this link for 20% off)

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

Direct download: thebigboocastapril22020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49pm CDT

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

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch252020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

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!)


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

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

- YogaSleep (use this link for 20% off)

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch192020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

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


- 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


- YogaSleep (use this link for 20% off)

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch122020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

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


- Pine Cove (use the link for $250 off any first time, overnight camp registration

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

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch52020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm CDT

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


- YogaSleep (use this link for 20% off)

- Glossier (use this link for 10% off your first order)

- Clearly Filtered (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off)

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary272020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm CDT

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


- Clearly Filtered (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your order)

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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary202020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

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


- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

- Noemie (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off your first order)

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary132020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm CDT

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


- OpenFit (text BIGBOO to 505050 for fourteen free days of Sugar Free 3 and access to all the OpenFit workouts)

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

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary62020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm CDT

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


- Glossier (click on the link for 10% off your first order)

- Noemie (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off your first order)

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary302020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm CDT

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


- Blinkist (link is good for a free 7 day trial and 25% off your subscription)

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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary232020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

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


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

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary162020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm CDT

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 

Direct download: thebigboocast-alert-alert-mike-leach-is-at-state.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:54pm CDT

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


- OpenFit (text BIGBOO to 505050 for fourteen free days of Sugar Free 3)

- Noemie (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off your order)

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary92020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50pm CDT

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!


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

Direct download: thebigboocastdecember20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am CDT

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.


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


- Simple Contacts (promo code BIGBOOTRIAL for a free 10-day trial)

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

Direct download: thebigboocastdecember122019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

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!


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

Direct download: thebigboocastdecember52019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

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!

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember272019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

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


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

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


Direct download: thebigboocastnovember212019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51pm CDT

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


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


Direct download: thebigboocastnovember132019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm CDT

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


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

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember72019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

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


- 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. :-)


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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober302019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

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


Direct download: thebigboocastoctober242019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:29pm CDT

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!


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

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober172019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm CDT

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!


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

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober112019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm CDT

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!

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober22019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm CDT

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!


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

Direct download: thebigboocastseptember182019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm CDT

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!


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


Direct download: thebigboocastseptember112019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11pm CDT

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

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust292019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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.)


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

Myro (promo code BIGBOO for 50% off your first order)

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust222019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am CDT

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.)

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust152019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:10am CDT

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


- 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust72019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

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


- 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust012019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

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


- 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastjuly252019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm CDT

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 |
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- 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastjuly102019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:02pm CDT

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


- 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastjune292019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm CDT

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!)


- 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastjune172019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm CDT

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


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


Direct download: thebigboocastjune52019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm CDT

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


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

Direct download: thebigboocastmay212019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm CDT

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


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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastmay82019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm CDT

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


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

Direct download: thebigboocastapril252019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm CDT

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


- FabFitFun

- Myro 

Direct download: thebigboocastapril192019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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.


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


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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastapril142019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm CDT

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


- 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch312019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:20pm CDT

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 


- 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch212019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:02pm CDT

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


- 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary272019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29pm CDT

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


- 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary192019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm CDT

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.)


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

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary92019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm CDT

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.



- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for 40% 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)

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary302019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

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


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

- Myro (promo code BIGBOO for 50% off your first order)

- ZOLA (promo code BIGBOO for your free wedding website and $50 off your registry)

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary252019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm CDT

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 <i>Friday Night Lights</i>, hear her reaction to <i>Tidying Up</i>, and dig into ALL MY MANY THOUGHTS about <i>Surviving R. Kelly</i> (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!) <em>Mary Poppins Returns</em>.

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


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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary102019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm CDT

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


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

PrepDish (promo code BIGBOO for two weeks free)

Direct download: thebigboocastdecember202018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52pm CDT

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


- Little Passports

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

- care of (promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first month of personalized care of vitamins)

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

Direct download: thebigboocastdecember142018.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm CDT

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


- Poshmark (download the app and use promo code "BIGBOO5" for $5 off your first order)

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

- PrepDish (promo code BIGBOO for 2 free weeks)


Direct download: thebigboocastdecember102018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44pm CDT

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 and you get 10 free samples)

Natori Nirvana midi robe

Moxie Leather Bar Necklace


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


- Little Passports

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

- PrepDish (promo code BIGBOO for 2 free weeks)


Direct download: thebigboocastnovember212018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

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.


Direct download: thebigboocastpart2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm CDT

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


- Little Passports

- Poshmark (download from app store; promo code BIGBOO5 for $5 off your first order)

- PrepDish (promo code BIGBOO for 2 free weeks)

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

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember162018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

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


- Poshmark (download from app store; promo code BIGBOO5 for $5 off your first order)

- PEX 

- Casper (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off select mattresses; terms & conditions apply)

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember1220184.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm CDT

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


- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first subscription box - and the fall box really is FAB)

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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober312018.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:34pm CDT

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

- care of (promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first month of personalized care of vitamins)

- RXBAR (promo code BIGBOO for 25% off their family pack)

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober232018.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

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


- A Million Little Things

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

- Blue Mercury

Grown Alchemist Hydra-repair day cream

Aerie play pocket and cuff leggings


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

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

- Casper (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off select mattresses; terms & conditions apply)

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober1320182.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm CDT

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


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

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

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

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first subscription box - and the fall box really is FAB!)

Direct download: thebigboocastseptember262018.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm CDT

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


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

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

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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastseptember132018.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm CDT

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


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

Casper (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off select mattresses; terms & conditions apply)

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

Direct download: thebigboocastseptember42018.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01pm CDT

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


- KIND Kids Bars (promo code BOOCAST for 20% off your first order)

- PrepDish (promo code BIGBOO for 2 weeks free)

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

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust262018.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm CDT

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


- PrepDish

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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust92018.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm CDT

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.


- PrepDish (promo code BIGBOO for two free weeks)

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

Direct download: thebigboocastjuly292018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:44pm CDT

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


- KIND Kids' Bars (promo code BOOCAST for 20% off your order). Complete offer details at

- Casper (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off select mattresses; terms & conditions apply)

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

Direct download: thebigboocastjuly212018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21am CDT

All righty, y'all - this is our Very Special <em>Southern Charm</em> 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.


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


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

- Casper (use promo code BIGBOO for $50 off select mattresses; terms & conditions apply)

- PrepDish (use promo code BIGBOO for 2 free weeks!)

Direct download: thebigboocastjuly172018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29pm CDT

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


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

Direct download: thebigboocastjune29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am CDT

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)


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

care/of (use promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first month)

Direct download: thebigboocastjune222018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm CDT

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


Simple Contacts (coupon code "BIGBOO" for $30 off your first order)


Direct download: thebigboocastjune152018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:54pm CDT

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)


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

Direct download: thebigboocastjune72018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm CDT

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

Direct download: thebigboocastjune12018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am CDT

The Royal Wedding happened.

And now we recap.


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

- Sofia Wellesley's dress

- Kitty Spencer's dress

- Victoria Beckham's dress

- Amal Clooney's dress

- Gina Torres' dress

- Doria Ragland's dress

- Queen Elizabeth's dress

- Camilla's hat

- flowers at the chapel

- Meghan Markle's wedding day hair

- Meghan Markle's wedding day makeup

- Teenager Meghan in front of Buckingham Palace

- Meghan's wedding dress

- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's wedding sermon

- The wonder of Meghan's reception dress

- Serena Williams' reception dress

- Closing Song: The First Dance Song


Prep Dish

Simple Contacts


Direct download: thebigboocastmay242018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:01pm CDT

This one is all Royal Wedding.

And no small amount speculation.

Needless to say, we are giddy with anticipation.

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

Harry & Meghan: Royal Rebels

The Royal Wedding attendants

Meghan Markle's father caused some drama

The Royal We - a fun beach read about royalty that contains zero spiritual edification (just FYI, friends)

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne


Canidae Pet Food


Direct download: thebigboocastmay172018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51pm CDT

We spend considerable time on this episode breaking down all the fun we had at The Popcast Live! Show (Melanie) and The Happy Hour Live (Sophie), and then somehow we manage to segue into a discussion about McDonald's chicken options, a topic that we feel certain we have never before covered.

We also (apparently) have A LOT OF THOUGHTS about this season of Southern Charm. So whether you watch or not, you're going to get yourself a little bit of a Southern Charm education.

And even if reality television isn't your thing, never fear, because this is the episode where Melanie recounts a magical encounter she once had with a McGriddle, and let me just assure you that we'll all be better for it.

Hope you enjoy!

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

The Happy Hour Live with Jamie Ivey

The Popcast Live! Show


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

Lisa Whittle

McDonald's Buttermilk Chicken Tenders

Southern Charm

The Bachelorette





Direct download: thebigboocastmay122018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:45pm CDT

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

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

Hope you enjoy!

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

Princess Charlotte greets the crowd

Friday Night Lights

Grey's Anatomy scrubs

Waiting for Guffman

Father of the Bride

Crazy Rich Asians

Revlon Color Stay Ultra Suede lipstick

Jamie Golden, Beloved Podcaster and Beauty Product Expert 

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

Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray

Aquage Uplifting Foam 

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Cream 

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Moisturizer

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 tinted sunscreen

Heliocare capsules

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


Easy Kicks

FabFitFun #fabfitfunpartner

Direct download: thebigboocastapril26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:06pm CDT

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


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

Hope y'all enjoy episode 102!

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

Loft - WHO KNEW there was so much cute stuff?

What Sophie ordered:

Loft Denim Bermuda Shorts in regular and plus

Loft Floral Tie Cuff Mixed Media Sweater in regular and plus

Loft Striped Ruffle Cuff Tee in regular and plus

Loft Frayed Bermuda Shorts in regular and plus

Loft Striped Wrap Pull-on Skirt in regular and plus

The Carol Burnett Show

Little House on the Prairie

Moonlighting (OUR BELOVED)

All the President's Men


Our new t-shirts from Milk & Honey tees


Easy Kicks

Simple Contacts

Direct download: thebigboocastapril152018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

Some of you may know that Mississippi State lost the NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship thanks to an incredible last-second shot by Notre Dame, so in the first part of episode 101, Melanie and I take some time to walk through some of the post-game emotions I felt last week in Columbus, OH. We also talk about our spring fashion frustrations, and I may or may not have called a cold-shoulder top the mullet of shirts (I don't know that my assessment is original, but I can assure you that it is heartfelt).

The most exciting news on this episode is that Melanie's new devotional book, Everyday Holy, comes out on Tuesday, April 10th, and IT. IS. BEAUTIFUL.

See? It is lovely.

Anyway, we talk through the writing process for a devotional book and get a little nerdy about that thing. Then we talk about writing trade books and get a little nerdy about that thing. And then we talk about what's going on with our kids and sports and lo, even some summer plans.

Hope y'all enjoy it!

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

The Popcast Live in Dallas

The Happy Hour Live in Austin

Victoria Secret's (comfortable!) strapless bra

Bobeau Two-Pocket Cardigan

Fashionable Rosario Flutter-Sleeve Jumpsuit

Sophie's new favorite dress (The Katy from Universal Standard - sizes 10-28 - and the fabric is SO GOOD)

What Remains by Caroline Radziwill

Everyday Holy - a new devotional book by our very own Melanie

Collagen Powder Peptides 16oz Unflavored Hydrolyzed Collagen Grass-Fed Non-GMO Kosher Easy Mix Drink

The Health Genie on Instagram

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

Direct download: thebigboocastapril82018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm CDT

Well, well, well. This is our 100th episode of The Big Boo Cast, and it only took us 11-ish years to get to this point.

Try not to be overwhelmed by our frenzied pace.

Anyway, on this episode we talk about Spring Break travels, our sassy new podcast t-shirt, and a few new beauty favorites. There are also several moments where we laugh until we wheeze.

So, you know, pretty much the usual.

Thanks so much for being such faithful listeners, everybody. You're the best!

Hope you enjoy episode 100!

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

The Popcast Live Show

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

NCAA Women's Final Four - Columbus, Ohio

NCAA Men's Final Four - San Antonio, Texas

Our very fun playlists in episode 98 and episode 99

"Blame It On The Boogie"

100th Episode Celebration Mash-Up by podcast listener Jen (we DIED when we heard this)

Episode 1 of The Big Boo Cast

Special 100th Episode T-shirt from Milk & Honey Tees

Collagen Powder Peptides 16oz Unflavored Hydrolyzed Collagen Grass-Fed Non-GMO Kosher Easy Mix Drink

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

Yves Saint Laurent The Shock Mascara

Gumbo Unplugged by PJ Morton on Apple Music

Gumbo Unplugged by PJ Morton on Spotify

"Is He Worthy" by Andrew Peterson on Apple Music

"Is He Worthy" by Andrew Peterson on Spotify


KIND Snack Club

Bissell Bark Bath

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch302018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm CDT

This is part two of our recent conversation with our funny, wise, loves-him-some-80's-music friend, Travis Cottrell. After we wrapped up lo, all of our many thoughts about 80's songs, we moved into some serious reminiscing (at least from Melanie and me) about the country music of the early 90s. And then we talked about at least twenty more artists / songs that filled our 20s with love and happiness and all manner of wonderful memories. You can find links to those playlists in the show notes.

We also got to ask Travis some questions about recording his latest worship album, The Reason, and we had the best time listening to him talk about that process. There's also a moment where all three of us demonstrated some significant affection for Popeye's, and really, this should be no surprise at all.

Up next: episode 100! Thanks for listening, everybody.

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

Travis' new worship album, The Reason

The BigBoo Best of 90's Country playlist on Spotify

The BigBoo Best of 90's Country playlist on Apple Music

The BigBooFry Best of the Late 80s / 90s playlist on Spotify

The BigBooFry Best of the Late 80s / 90s playlist on Apple Music

"What A Beautiful Name / Angus Dei" video with Travis and Lily

Travis and "The Reason" on New Song Cafe'


KIND Snack Club

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm CDT

As you can imagine, Melanie and I were delighted to have our good friend Travis Cottrell join us on Episode 98. We caught up on life in general - what's been going on with our kids, spring sports, Travis' feelings about the reboot of American Idol - and we also talked a little about Travis' FANTASTIC new worship album, The Reason.

More than anything else, though, we enjoyed the fire out of a discussion about music from the 70s and 80s. It was a musical memory lane to beat the band (see what I did there)? It was so in-depth, in fact, that I finally decided to make a playlist of (almost) everything we mentioned (WHY isn't "And When She Danced" from Stealing Home available on any sort of streaming service, I ask you?).

All that to say: we had a blast talking with Travis - so much so that there will be a part 2 posted in the next few days. Hope y'all enjoy it!

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

Travis' new album The Reason

The Good Place

This Is Us


"And When She Danced" from Stealing Home (thanks, YouTube!)

Here's a playlist of most of the music we talk about (Spotify).

Here's a playlist of most of the music we talk about (Apple Music). 


Bissell Bark Bath

Universal Standard 

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm CDT

Well, episode 97 is really a continuation of episode 96, and I even thought about calling it episode 96.5, but WHATEVER EVERYBODY WE ARE SO CLOSE TO 100 AND I WILL TAKE EVERY NUMBER I CAN GET. Therefore comma I am embracing episode NINETY-SEVEN with everything I have.

SO, here's what's happening this go 'round. Melanie and I continue our discussion of every day favorites (makeup remover! K-cups! and other exciting items!). Then our oh-so-funny friend Jamie Golden jumps in with some serious, life-giving wisdom about shopping at Sephora. And I know I mentioned this last week, but I'll mention it again: Jamie co-hosts The Popcast and The Bible Binge with Knox McCoy. She is one of the funniest people alive at this present time in American history and basically Melanie and I would listen to her read the phone book for infinity.

Even better, though, is that talking to me makes Jamie's Southern accent way more pronounced, and that has blessed my actual heart every time I've listened. And I've listened a lot because for some reason this episode took me eleventy thousand hours to edit.

I hope you feel that it was worth it. :-)

Enjoy, y'all!

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

Cheeky Maiden Complexion Facial Soap

Sephora makeup remover

Hummingbird Farms (their skincare line isn't out yet - but it's going to be FANTASTIC)

Pickwick Tobacco, Leather and Woods candle

Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange

Capri Blue Volcano candle

Fresh Balsam candle

Newman’s Own Medium Roast K-cups

Tazo Chai Tea Latte

Amazon Prime

L'oreal Lash Paradise

L’oreal Telescopic

Waze app


Hanacure All-in-One Facial

Makeup Addiction on Reddit

Sunday Riley at Sephora

Cold Plasma by Perricone

Fresh Sugar

The Popcast

The Bible Binge

The Popcast Live Show in Birmingham (Sophie will be there)

The Popcast Live Show in Dallas (Melanie will be there)

Closing Song

Thanks to our sponsors: KIND Snack Club and


Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

This episode is the first of a two-part series, which all sounds very fancy until you realize that it's actually not fancy even a little bit. But here's what happened: first we talked about Melanie's car troubles and my new simple suppers plan. Then Melanie and I had a *very* lengthy discussion about some of our everyday favorites (coffee, running shoes, Mexican entrees, etc.), and since we talked for a sweet forever (not to mention that we wanted to keep the show notes at least a smidge shorter than a novel), we decided to break the favorites discussion into two episodes. BUT - since we didn't want these next two episodes to be shorter than what you're used to, we're offering a little bonus content in episodes 96 and 97: interviews with two of our favorite (and funny) podcast-y people.

SO, here's how that will play out in this very special episode 96. For about 45 minutes (-ish) you'll hear Melanie and me talk about all manner of favorites, and for another 20 minutes (-ish) you'll hear me talking with our hilarious, brilliant friend Jamie Golden. As many of you know, Jamie co-hosts The Popcast and (new podcast alert!) The Bible Binge with Knox McCoy. Jamie is a delight and a joy and it was the biggest blast to get to ask her some questions and then laugh at her answers.

Anyway, I know that was a whole lot of explanation, so all that to say: episode 96 is a little bit different - but it's a good different. Not a long-term different. Just a two-episode different (episode 97 will come out in a few days - just FYI).

Enjoy, y'all!

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

AG the legging ankle jeans

Vigoss jeans

Kut from the Kloth jeans (regular and plus)

Democracy jeans (regular and plus)

Cheez-It Cheddar Jack

(interestingly enough, here’s an article that ranks all the Cheez-Its

Crunchmaster Gluten Free Crackers

Artisan Nut Thins

Triscuit Thin Crisps in Parmesan Garlic

Superior Grill queso

Mateo's Medium Salsa

Southwestern Tossed Salad

Captain Rodney's Dip

Zella live in leggings (these are Melanie's hands-down favorites)

Danskin NOW capri workout leggings (I think Walmart must be discontinuing them - most styles / sizes are out of stock)

Lucy workout leggings (these, especially the Power Core, are Sophie's hands-down favorites)

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus

Brooks Revel running shoes

Brooks Ghost 10 running shoes

The Popcast

The Bible Binge

The Popcast Live Show in Dallas (Melanie will be there)

The Popcast Live Show in Birmingham (Sophie will be there)

Black Panther

Closing Song

Melanie on Instagram

Sophie on Instagram

Jamie Golden on Instagram

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15pm CDT

I don't even know what to tell y'all about Episode 95, so how about some fun facts?

Number of times we thought we'd worked out a time to record it: approximately 14.

Number of times we actually recorded it: 2.

Number of times we were able to retrieve the files after we recorded: 1.

Number of times I wondered if we would ever complete Episode 95: at least 20.

Number of times teenagers' sports commitments forced us to re-schedule: 6.

Number of times Melanie and I cleared our throats when we recorded this episode: 784.

Number of times I edited out the sound of throat-clearing: 784.

All that to say: it was a long road. But in the end, we got 'er done. And we had a fine time talking about the Olympics and Black Panther and Valentine's Day and why we all need to relax about the number of children people do or don't have.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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

The Cutting Edge

Ice Castles

The Good Place


Black Panther

Three Leadership Lessons I've Learned from Beth Moore by Travis Cottrell

Galatians 3:2-4

1 Thessalonians 4:11

Closing Song

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm CDT

Maybe the most important aspect of this episode is that Melanie has some very exciting news about her eyelashes. And honestly, why would any of us care about any other topic when clearly there have been some VERY IMPORTANT eyelash developments since the last episode?

We do, however, talk about a bunch of stuff before we get to the eyelashes. We answer some of your questions about marriage and parenting (keep in mind that the verdict is still out on whether we have the foggiest idea what we're talking about re: parenting), and we also dig into a little discussion about body image (FOR SURE a first for us). Then we segue' into, you know, eyelashes and hair and the fact that one of us has paralyzing fear of repetitive circles. AS YOU DO.

Enjoy, y'all!

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Ali Wentworth

The Antelope in the Living Room - Melanie's book about marriage

A picture of Melanie's eye that will hold special significance as you listen:

Kerastase Volume in Powder Backcomb Effect Finishing Spray

R + Co Badlands Dry Shampoo

Trypophobia - Sophie's deep-seeded fear of repetitive circles (CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK, PEOPLE)

Closing Music

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm CDT

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

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

Enjoy the hodgepodge, everybody!

The Greatest Showman

The Popcast with Knox and Jamie

The Post


Kelly Corrigan's Tell Me More

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Bachelor

The Antelope in the Living Room

Tasha Cobbs Leonard - Heart. Passion. Pursuit.

Charity Gayle - Lord, You Are My Song

60 Dope Things on Amazon Prime That Have A Cult Following



Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary272018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:13pm CDT

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

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

Enjoy, everybody!

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

The Great British Baking Show

Home Again - Reese Witherspoon

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

Pasek & Paul

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

The Royal House of Windsor on Netflix

Kerastase VIP Volume in Powder Backcomb Effect Finishing Spray

Jennifer Fulwiler's One Beautiful Dream

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:29pm CDT

A couple of weeks ago Melanie and I realized that by the end of this year we would have recorded TWENTY TWO EPISODES of the podcast in 2017, and if you think that hasn't blown our minds just a little bit, then clearly you missed the part where it took us NINE WHOLE YEARS to record the previous 68. We realize that for actual podcasting professionals (or, you know, people who just take some time to plan) the 22 episode achievement might not be a big deal (or perhaps even mildly embarrassing because SLACKERS), but we prefer to channel Ramona Singer and say KUDOOZ TO US. Is this what victory feels like?

Anyway, on this episode we talk at length about our cooking-related ailments, our current viewing habits, our fascination with Meghan Markle, and our favorite moments from 2017. It was good times, y'all.

Enjoy, everbody!

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

- Megaformer (Meghan Markle's favorite workout - allegedly)

- Meghan's and Kate's Christmas service ensembles

- The Crown on Netflix

- The Great British Baking Show (old seasons are on Netflix)

- Martha's vest

- Teddie Organics Rosehip Oil

- Hummingbird Farms Lavender Body Oil (and you can still get a great deal on the Big Boo Box or the Big Boo Too Box by using the promo code BIGBOO26 when you check out)

- Church of the Small Things by our very own Big Mama 

- Meghan Trainor - "No"

- Washington Post subscription

- Travis Cottrell - "O Praise Him with Doxology" (the perfect way to wrap up the year)


Direct download: thebigboocastdecember29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:57pm CDT

Our good friend Travis Cottrell is with us on this episode of the podcast, and we talk about all manner of unrelated topics. We dig into some Christmas traditions, discuss our favorite Christmas music, break down the college football play-offs (along with our coaching changes), and ponder the deep well of teenage sarcasm that is currently full to overflowing in all of our homes.

Also, you'd better believe that Neil Diamond makes an appearance. Or two. Or three.

Be warned: Melanie, Travis, and I talk about so much stuff that you may never get through all the links. But in case you'd like to try, you can find most of what we mention below.

Hope y'all enjoy this one - we sure did have a blast recording it.

- Travis Cottrell

- Russian Tea 

- Mannheim Steamroller's "Silent Night" (Trav's all-time fave)

- Travis' Ring the Bells Christmas album

- Audrey Assad's "Winter Snow" (Mel's all-time fave)

Daniel Renstrom's "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" (Soph's all-time fave)

- Christy Nockels' "The King is Coming"

- A Charlie Brown Christmas

Melanie's Christmas Toffee

- Sophie's favorite Chex Mix recipe

- Sophie's favorite Christmas gift she's ever received (aka "my precious)

- Red Bubble (SO MANY great things for teenagers)

- Playstation 4

- Elf on a Shelf (clearly Sophie will not be purchasing) :-)

- Travis' Christmas sweater

- Travis, Beth Moore, & Mandisa on the Living Proof Christmas Special (starts around 19:52)

- Mandisa's testimony

- Neil Diamond Christmas playlist

- Travis on Instagram

- Melanie on Instagram

- Sophie on Instagram

Direct download: thebigboocastdecember15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am CDT

On this episode Melanie and I talk to our (hilarious) (also deeply gifted) singer / songwriter / comedian friend Dave Barnes, and unfortunately I forgot to hit "record" for the first 15-20 minutes of our conversation. SO THERE'S THAT. And what that means for you, dear listener, is that when I finally did in fact hit the record button, we were smack-dab in the middle of a conversation about the Enneagram and introversion / extroversion. So just stick with us during what will certainly feel like conversational whiplash. It'll all make sense soon enough.

And despite my personal technical ineptitude, I have to say that talking with Dave was super encouraging for Melanie and me (and I think it will be for you, too). He has such great perspective on writing / creating, and the way he thinks through that whole process was really therapeutic for us. We talk a lot about calling and the vulnerability involved in walking out whatever that calling happens to be - not to mention that we laugh a ton.

We also talk about the State / Ole Miss rivalry. Because OF COURSE. Just keep in mind that we recorded this episode before Mullen and Sumlin left the Bulldogs and the Aggies, respectively (WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW, y'all. WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW).

Enjoy, everybody!

"God Gave Me You"

"Craving You"

Enneagram 9 - Sophie and Melanie are both 9s

Enneagram 7 - Dave Barnes is a 7

Chasing Mississippi - Dave's album that totally hooked us over a decade ago

Hymns for Her - Dave's album that made Sophie cry the first time she listened

Who Knew It Would Be So Hard to Be Myself? - Dave's new album (four new songs out Tuesday 12/12!) (we'll update the link after the songs are released)

"Tell Her You Do"

"This Christmas"

A December to Remember - Dave's incredible Christmas album (he has two of them - and both are great!)

Sock Club

KIND Snack Cube


Direct download: thebigboocastdecember10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm CDT

I know. We didn't expect to record a new episode this quickly, either.

But our football coaches are no longer our coaches. And we found out this morning that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged.

As you might imagine, we needed to talk about these things.

Please do enjoy.

- The targeting call on Deshazor Everett (aka the targeting thorn in Melanie's side)

- Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's engagement video

- Melanie's favorite picture (the first one inside the article)

- Closing Song

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32pm CDT

When we decided to do a Christmas Gift Guide for the podcast, we thought we'd pick five gift options a piece. Ten total. Easy breezy.

Here's how many gifts we actually discuss: EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY NINE.

That might be a slight exaggeration, but have mercy we talked about all manner of Christmas gifts and chased all manner of Christmas gift rabbits, so to speak. We had the best time talking about fun things to buy for your favorite hostesses or teenagers or husbands or friends or parents, and we hope our suggestions make your gift buying a little easier. And if Christmas shopping isn't your thing, we hope you enjoy our commentary. Because clearly we have SO VERY MANY THOUGHTS about various gift options.

Links for everything we mention are below. Enjoy, y'all!

- Teddie Organics rosehip oil (not on our list, but worth mentioning)

- Leslie Odom, Jr.'s Simply Christmas - Deluxe Edition

Baker Stripe Dish Towel Set (on sale for $15)

- 5-Word Prayers by Lisa Whittle

- Two Funny Girls' Personalized Styrofoam & Coffee Cups

- Pioneer Woman casserole dishes

- Pioneer Woman batter bowl

- Pioneer Woman Christmas measuring set

- Heather Gauthier canvases, tea towels, and prints (Heather designed the cover for Melanie's Church of the Small Things)

- Letterpress prints from Old Try

- Waterproof Birkenstocks for men and women

- Lash Stash Gift Set at Sephora

- Stila Star Studded All-Day (8) Liquid Lipstick Set

- Joy Susan Brushed Mini-Convertible Wristlet

May Designs - folios, agendas, personalized stationery  

- Glitter Gel Pens

- Lucy Perfect Core Leggings (just an FYI - not the gift guide)

- Lucy Final Rep top in long sleeve and short sleeve

- JoyLab Women's Performance Leggings Confetti Print in women's sizes and plus sizes

- Grippy Socks Stocking Stuffer

- Feetures Socks Stocking Stuffer

- North Face Apex Bionic Windproof and Waterproof Jacket 

North Face zip up fleece - Cap Rock fleece jacket 

- Rechargeable Waterproof LED Headlamp

-LED Light Bulbs

Surefire Sidekick Ultra Compact Triple Outlet Keychain Light

- GAP stripe ribbed sleep leggings

- Gilligan & O'Malley pajama pant joggers

- Pup Socks

- 3-in-1 Wireless Speaker Cooler

- All in All Journaling Devotional

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

So, full disclosure - we recorded this podcast episode over a week ago, but then I (Sophie) went out of town last weekend for speaking stuff and this past week was jam-packed and I just got around to editing and recording the sponsor stuff and etc. Better late than never, I guess. And for your sake it's probably better that you don't have to listen to my post- Alabama / Mississippi State heartbreak. What a game that was.

As far as this episode goes, we have A LOT OF THOUGHTS about November heat, social media, the anger that results from wearing Spanx (Melanie has a fantastic term for that), and college football. There's also some talk about a cat with a jar on its head. 

Enjoy, y'all!

- Will Ferrell's bellybutton

- Tasty video for Halloween treats (this video made Sophie irrationally angry

- our friend Jamie who used to make cake pops

- "Oh, Happy Day" video that Sophie has watched an excessive amount of times

- the Next Door app

- OPI You're Blushing Again

- Bobbi Brown Plum Brandy lipstick (Sophie's new favorite)

Hummingbird Farms Big Boo Box ($49 price won't show up until you use coupon code mentioned in this episode)

- Hummingbird Farms Big Boo Too Box ($49 price won't show up until you use coupon code mentioned in this episode)


Direct download: thebigboocastnovember19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10pm CDT

This time around we discuss the Mississippi State / A&M game, the Astros' win in the World Series, and the glory of a redemptive sports moment.

(For example.)

(This is the GIF Melanie texted Sophie during the State / A&M game.)

(This is the GIF Melanie tweeted after the Astros' victory.)

(You can see the contrast.)

We also talk Sol Dance (edited to add: pretty sure that I said Selena Gomez instead of Demi Lovato, but that is understandable since I am 104 and had also just read news that Selena and the Biebs are back together), the reality of life with our high-maintenance dogs, and Sophie's simmering jealousy about the fact that Melanie has calves that will fit into any boot. There might also be about ten minutes where we look at the Free People website and talk about the stuff that we like. 

So. You know. Super important, deeply serious things.

Enjoy, y'all!


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


- Carlos Correa's post-game proposal

- Melanie and Sophie at Houston's First Baptist The Gift of Christmas: A Women's Gathering on November 30th

- Gap striped sleep leggings - Melanie's fall and winter ministry

- Sam Edelman "Camellia" boots - a boot unicorn

- Your Girl tunic at Free People

- One Interlaken Tunic at Free People

- We the Free So Fresh Tee at Free People

- We the Free Blossom Thermal (the shirt Sophie loves but doesn't think is long enough) 

Happy Weekend, everybody!

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15pm CDT

We are all over the place in this podcast episode - from an exercise class that I recently tried to pajama leggings to hypothetical situations that would make us sprint to kombucha to football to mascara to essential oils to our feelings about scarves. BUCKLE UP, PEOPLE.

Also, I sound more quiet than usual on this episode, and after troubleshooting to the point of utter frustration, I have come to the conclusion that my USB microphone wasn't plugged in and I was recording using my computer's internal microphone. Please forgive this latest technical difficulty. Unfortunately, I think we all know that it won't be the last. It's sort of how we roll.

Finally, we continue discussing our disagreement about booties but try to find some middle ground. We would appreciate your prayers.

Enjoy, y'all!

- Sol Dance

- Teddie Organics Rosehip Oil

- Immune Activator Supplement

- GAP sleep leggings

- Croft & Barrow Whispery Clouds Long Sleeve Pajama Top (plus sizes, too)

- Sonoma Pajamas Essential Long Sleeve Tee (plus sizes, too)

- GAP sleep shirt

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm CDT

It's been an exciting few days here at The Big Boo Cast because Melanie's fantastic new book, Church of the Small Things, released this past Tuesday. Yay, Melanie! Yay, everyone who gets to read it!

So you might not believe it, but on this particular episode we actually stick with a theme and talk about some of our very favorite small things. I went sort of sentimental and nostalgic with my list, and Melanie went sort of practical with hers, and the result is that somewhere in the overlap of our lists, we found a way to talk about some topics that we adore (specifically: comfy clothes, our latest obsessions, the best parts of friendship, and exciting new snack options). 

We had the best time recording our very special Church of the Small Things episode - hope you enjoy it!

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

Church of the Small Things (signed copies!) by our very own Melanie Shankle

Barefoot Dreams Coastal Chic Lite Hooded Cardigan

Holy Kombucha

GT's Cayennade Kombucha

Kristen Bell's Hurricane Harvey Instagram posts

GAP Ribbed Sleep Leggings

Somersaults Sunflower Seed Bites, salt and pepper

"A Stanford researcher's 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As"

Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants by Louie Giglio

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen

Subscribe to The Big Boo Cast on iTunes

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Well, the first thing I should probably mention is that we recorded this episode while we were having a thunderstorm in Birmingham, and Hazel was losing her fool mind over the weather. Just think of her barking as soothing background music. 

The second thing I should probably mention is that we talk a LOT about college football this time around. It's just that time of year, y'all. So we break down the latest with Melanie's Aggies and my Bulldogs, we discuss Melanie's need for some football boundaries, and I break down my most recent trip to Starkville. 

(Full disclosure: Melanie and I recorded this episode just a few days after Mississippi State's decisive victory over the LSU Tigers. It was a glorious time. Since then, however, the Bulldogs have experienced the heartache of a loss to the Georgia Bulldogs. Needless to say, we recorded a quick post-State/UGA follow-up segment to address this sad MSU turn of events, along with the outcome of the A&M/Arkansas game. Stay tuned at the end for that.)

We also talk about Homecoming dresses (because CAROLINE IS THAT OLD NOW, HOW DID THAT EVEN HAPPEN?), rose hip oil (who's surprised?), and TV. These are a few of our favorite things.

Hope y'all enjoy it!

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

- Sophie's pretend friend Gerald McRaney wins an Emmy

- This Is Us

- Hart of Dixie

- Mary Beth Whalen's When We Were Worthy

- Teddie Organics Rose Hip Oil

- "It's A Heartache" by Bonnie Tyler

- Melanie's new book - Church of the Small Things 

- Sophie's new journaling devotional - All in All

- Melanie on Twitter and Instagram

- Sophie on Twitter and Instagram

Direct download: thebigboocastseptember24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:59pm CDT

Well, first of all, we recorded this episode with Melanie talking on her phone because her microphone was in the guest room where P was napping. Sure, we could have waited until another day so that the sound quality was better, but when you've only recorded 80 podcasts over the last 10 years, you take the recording opportunities when they present themselves - no need to wait for pesky sound equipment.

Second, we answer several of your questions in this podcast, including how we navigate arguments in our marriages and whether watching This Is Us is worth it (short answer: YES). We also discuss fall fashion, disagree about whether booties have run their course, and marvel at our current state of skin care contentment.

Finally, we talk about workout pants and granola because, well, of course.

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

Enjoy, y'all!


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

- Lincee Ray from I Hate Green Beans

- The Happy Hour Live with Jamie Ivey

- Bayou City Fellowship Church (for Hurricane Harvey relief)

- Texas A&M vs. UCLA (the 2nd lowest football point of Melanie's life)

- Meghan Markle in Vanity Fair

- Princess Kate expecting her third baby

- Sophie still likes booties (especially these)

- Lucy Perfect Core Capri Leggings (Sophie says: I found mine at TJ Maxx)

- Teddie Organics Rosehip Oil (aka Shankle Oil)

- It CC Cream Sample Size

- Skinceuticals Sunscreen

- Zella Capri Workout Leggings

- GAP Sculpt Compression Leggings

- L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise

- Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner (Melanie enjoys this product)

- Purely Elizabeth granola

- Early Bird granola

- "Look What You Made Me Do" by Taylor Swift

- "Pop Culture Current Events" on The Popcast with Knox and Jamie

- "You Look So Good in Love" by George Strait


- Melanie's new book - Church of the Small Things

- Sophie's new journaling devotional - All in All

- Melanie on Twitter and Instagram

- Sophie on Twitter and Instagram

Direct download: thebigboocastseptember10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26pm CDT

It's always a treat to have our friend Travis Cottrell on the podcast, and this episode is no exception. We cover a wide stretch of conversational ground: favorite football snacks, the wonder of an Amish donut, our ever-growing kids, current Bible study options, and, of course, our obsession with rose hip oil.

(That last one was more of a discussion between Melanie and me. But Travis was as patient as he could be when we talked about it.)

(Or maybe he was just distracted.)

We also reminisce about shampoos from the 70s. I would try to give you some context, but it's probably just easier if you listen for yourself. And no joke: Melanie must have taken her one-liner pill before we recorded; there are some Shankle Gems (I think we may have to trademark that phrase) (only not really) scattered throughout.

Enjoy, y'all!

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

- Travis Cottrell

- Nut Thins crackers

- Chicken in a Biscuit crackers

- Beanitos

- Melanie and Perry's wedding picture

- "George. George Glass."

- Awaken by Priscilla Shirer

- Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio (from Sophie: I totally forgot to mention that this book is what our small group is reading this fall)

- Community Worship San Antonio

- Entrusted by Beth Moore

- Seamless by Angie Smith

The One Year Josh McDowell's Youth Devotions

Teddie Organics Rose Hip Oil

- Toni Home Perm

- "The Best Beauty Lessons We've Picked Up From Kate Middleton"

- Dear Evan Hansen

- Melanie's new book - Church of the Small Things

- Sophie's new journaling devotional - All in All

- Melanie on Twitter and Instagram

- Sophie on Twitter and Instagram

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

I think it was last summer when Melanie and I first talked about Last Chance U. We both binge-watched season one of the Netflix series, and in addition to discussing it on the podcast, there were several times when we talked on the phone about it because we were so fascinated by a certain player or could not believe how someone reacted. Then, in episode 78 I mentioned that I'd watched season 2 and found it just as magical as season 1 (though, as I have often pointed out, the language is terrible).

Anyway. All that to say: you can imagine our delight when Brittany Wagner, the academic counselor on LCU, agreed to be our special guest on episode 79.


So, in this episode, Melanie and I talk to Brittany about football and clothes and beauty products. (I should mention that I make a critical error and identify Mississippi State's season where they were ranked #1 as the 2015 season...but it was I beg a thousand pardons.) We also hear about some of the players she'll be watching play D-1 this fall - and how her new career adventure got started (it's such a neat story). After Melanie and I finish our conversation with Brittany, we launch into a discussion about music, what we're cooking, and a whole host of unrelated items.

In other words: business as usual.

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

Brittany Wagner

Last Chance U on Netflix

- Last Chance U - GQ article from 2014

- Ronald Ollie (spoiler if you haven't watched the show yet)

- Dakota Allen (spoiler if you haven't watched the show yet)

- 2013 Egg Bowl (the beginning of my irrational maternal affection for Dak Prescott)

- The Red Cat Coffee House

- 10K Pencils (Brittany's new company)

- Frozen (and here's a post I (Sophie) wrote about some of the reasons I loved it so much)

- Teddie Organics Rose Hip Oil (I've started using it since we recorded this podcast, and I AM A CONVERT)

- Allure Beauty Box

- Bare Minerals

- Too-Faced Better than Sex mascara

- Hummingbird Farms lavender body oil

- Cool Sculpting

- Nichole Nordeman's Every Mile Mattered

- Yum Yum Sauce

- Rita Springer's "Defender"

- All in All playlist (and here on Apple Music)

- The Popcast - "More Nos of Weddings"


- Melanie's new book - Church of the Small Things

- Sophie's new journaling devotional - All in All

- Melanie on Twitter and Instagram

- Sophie on Twitter and Instagram

Direct download: thebigboocast79.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43pm CDT

Well, this super-sized podcast was a mighty memorable moment for Melanie and me. Because much to our delight, legendary football coach Jackie Sherrill and his super-talented daughter, Bonnie Bishop, join us at the beginning of this episode. Specifically, they share some of the challenges they faced in terms of forming a relationship after Coach Sherrill married Bonnie's mom. Now they're extremely close, and they're doing speaking events about motivation and relationships - and how when it comes to life, it's more than Xs and Os. Mel and I had the best time talking with them about football and parenting and football and also football. And seriously - it was such a treat to be able to soak up their stories and their wisdom. You're going to love spending some time with them and laughing with them.

After our conversation with Coach Sherrill and Bonnie, Melanie and I jump into our regular brand of nonsense: her dog Piper's recent bout with intestinal distress, our current Netflix favorites, my reaction to Dunkirk, and Melanie's new favorite skin care product.

Hope y'all enjoy it!

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

- Jackie Sherrill

- Bonnie Bishop

- Coach Sherrill on Twitter

- Bonnie on Twitter and Instagram

- Bonnie's website

- Bonnie's latest album

- Bonnie's "Ain't Who I Was" (There's a little language :-) - but my goodness this is a phenomenal song - and a quick BigBoo PSA: if you're drawn to the music Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, etc., then Bonnie Bishop's music will be right up your alley.)

- Last Chance U - Season 2

- Jane the Virgin

- Pentel Sign Pen (Sophie's forever favorite)

- Organic Rose Hip Oil - (By the way, this article popped up in my Twitter feed this morning, and it sheds even more light on why Melanie has embraced this product.)

- Dunkirk

- Hummingbird Farms Lavender Body Oil No. 6 (this stuff is a WONDER)

- All in All, Sophie's new devotional journal for young women

Grateful for y'all!


Direct download: thebigboocastjuly25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm CDT

In this episode we talk about our summertime travel, the life-changing hummus I recently enjoyed, our current struggles with our hair, and our lack of business vision or insight or skill. Melanie also states her very strong feelings about being on a boat in the middle of a large body of water (suffice it to say that a cruise is nowhere in her future) and relays a tale about a very aggressive seagull.

We also talk about potential road trip destinations for next year, recap the summer movies we've seen (here's a hint: I have only seen two), run through a few other entertainment highlights from the last month or so, and break down our feelings about the Instastory.

So there's some variety, I guess.

Enjoy, y'all!

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

- Sophie's Kenya trip with Compassion (link to recap podcast with Jamie Ivey)

- Dear Evan Hansen

- Dizengoff in Chelsea Market

- L'Oreal root cover

- Magnolia Market

- Opal ice maker

- Chadillac's Backyard Water Park

- Lake Tejas

- The Marlboro Man Sandwich from Pioneer Woman

- Melanie's new book: Church of the Small Things

- Sophie's new book: All in All (a journaling devotional for young women)

- Jenny from the Block

- For Forever (from the Dear Evan Hansen cast recording)

If you're on Facebook, well, we are, too!


Melanie's blog / Twitter / IG

Sophie's blog / Twitter / IG

Direct download: thebigboocastjuly12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm CDT

On this episode we discuss my almost-here trip to Kenya, what I refer to as Melanie's enthusiastic opposition to khaki, and recent events at the SEC Baseball Tournament.

Recent events may or may not have involved me approaching someone I believed to be a This Is Us cast member.

Basically there's a lot of talk about sports - college baseball in particular - a lot of laughs, and a lot of theories about why I might have felt so compelled to approach the alleged celebrity.

Good times, people. We hope you enjoy.

(You can find show notes on either of our blogs: or

Direct download: thebigboocastmay31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm CDT

Let's just get this out of the way: there are times when Melanie's internet is dicey on this episode. KEEP DOING YOU, AT&T.

But if you can stick with us during the our internet troubles, then you'll hear our thoughts on Pippa Middleton's wedding (Melanie is our resident royals expert), the madness that is May, and my upcoming trip to Kenya.

We also discuss shoe options for summertime, Southern Charm Savannah, and the challenges of writing a devotional book (which, by the way, were surprising to both of us).

Enjoy, y'all!

(You can find show notes on either of our blogs: or


Direct download: thebigboocastmay20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm CDT

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

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

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

(You can find show notes on either of our blogs: or

(Audio clip from ESPN.)

Direct download: thebigboocastapril32017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:25pm CDT

As you might expect, we spend some time in this podcast recapping Melanie's recent visit to Birmingham, and we talk at length about our visit to SEC Headquarters. I don't think it's overstating it to say that it was a life highlight.

We also talk about the Oscars, the ageless wonder of Halle Berry, texting etiquette, a few favorite podcasts, and the great mystery of why none of the old <i>SEC Wives</i> episodes are online.

As seems to always be the case recently, we have a big discussion about <i>This Is Us</i> and why we all seem to want to feel emotion that deeply week after week. Plus, somewhere in the middle of all that, Melanie lays down a hashtag that's going to catch on like wildfire. Or 🔥, if you will.

Finally, we break down some of the finer points of #oldlove - and how that might affect, say, the way your husband gets to the hospital the morning of his knee surgery. Hypothetically. 

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46pm CDT

Okay first of all Melanie has some internet issues on this podcast - she cuts in and out at times - and while the (lack of) internet service is unfortunate, I will say that she mines her inconvenience for some comedy gold. BE WARNED, AT&T. We also talk about our ongoing efforts to eat better and exercise more, and as you will hear we are just as thrilled as we can be about all of that.

Also on this podcast: some thoughts on the Grammys, foods we crave the most, how I found myself in an unspoken treadmill competition last week, my obsession with SEC women's basketball, and Melanie's elaborate skin care routine.

Then we tried to talk about books but I couldn't remember the names of the books I've read recently so we'll pick up with that topic next time.

You can find show notes on either of our blogs: or

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:54pm CDT

 Well, the big news at the beginning of this podcast is that Melanie is snack mom for Caroline's soccer team, so we have a lengthy conversation about budgeting and price awareness and our limitations as household managers. We also spend some time talking about Melanie's feelings about chicken that's already off the bone, salsas we enjoy, goals for TV watching, and some exciting new cosmetic finds.

There's also a considerable amount of discussion about our optimal lighting and how maybe we're facing some skincare issues that make-up can't fix.

We also talk about why we can't talk about some stuff related to some writing stuff (and other assorted vagueries). But other than that it's all very specific.

We surely do hope you enjoy it.

You can find show notes and links on our personal blogs: and

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05pm CDT

In this podcast Melanie and I talk about her recent bout with the plague, our thoughts on soup, our favorite dresses at the Golden Globes, and then a bunch of other stuff that I don't really remember though I'm sure it's absolutely riveting.

Oh! We talk about why Melanie doesn't want to see <i>Manchester by the Sea</i>, our recent enjoyment of staying home pretty much all the time, and our assessment of the National Championship game.

Plus we ramble through approximately 72 different topics. But it's a podcast. And some days just recording a podcast feels like a victory.

You can find show notes on either of our blogs: or

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

Well, it's the first podcast of 2017 for Melanie and me, and our discussion seems to focus on several people that we really don't know even a little bit: Mariah Carey (not to mention her affection for a bodysuit), Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Queen Elizabeth, and Meghan Markle, to name a few.

There is a considerable amount of <i>La La Land</i>-related raving / fangirling. We also spend a lot of time talking about television - one of our very favorite topics - and then we reflect a little bit on 2016 and look forward to an awesome 2017.

All in all, a good time was had by all. Or at least the two of us. And we certainly hope it's a good time for you, too.

You can find show notes on either of our blogs: or

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm CDT

Earlier today Melanie and I decided to try to record a podcast, and lo and behold, our schedules cooperated. Then, on a whim, I texted our good friend Travis Cottrell to see if he could join us, and when he said that he could, I'm pretty sure that I heard some angels sing.

Or maybe that was just Hazel barking at the UPS driver. But regardless, it was a moment.

So. We discuss our thoughts about conveying tone in texts, the latest on Melanie's kitchen (complete with a coffee bar update), and then we cover a wide range of ground with Travis, including our favorite moments of 2016.

Also, in keeping with the theme of our delivery-heavy holiday season, Hazel barks a good bit. I'm just as sorry as I can be about that.

Enjoy, y'all!

(You can find show notes on either of our blogs - or

Direct download: thebigboocastdecember19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:57pm CDT

If you have ever thought to yourself, Gosh, you know what would be awesome? LISTENING TO MELANIE AND SOPHIE TALK ABOUT KITCHENS!, well, this is your lucky day.

Or not!

But listen. You can rest easy - even if kitchens aren't your thing - because we still have ourselves some laughs. And we eventually talk about what we've been watching and reading. Plus our Christmas plans. Plus maybe setting the bar a little higher when we (hopefully) record a Christmas podcast next week.

Enjoy, y'all!

(Show notes can be found on our blogs.)

Direct download: thebigboocastdecember13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm CDT

Well, well, well. It's a Thanksgiving miracle!

We're so happy to be back with y'all after a too-long absence. We talk about our kitchens, the changing tides of bridal registries, Melanie's super-sunny new outlook, the Dallas Cowboys (heyyyyyy, Dak Prescott), skin care, and Christmas music. Plus some other stuff. Because we had a lot of catching up to do.

Also, Hazel makes a lot of background noise during the first ten minutes of the podcast, but that's just part of our podcasting charm. Or at least that's what we tell ourselves.

You can find show notes on either of our blogs: or

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50pm CDT

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

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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastseptember22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37pm CDT

Well, let's see.

Melanie is cooking ribs during this podcast, and a couple of times she has to take a podcast break to flip her ribs.

I don't know what more any of us could ask, really.

But we also talk about college football, pro football, the color of the Cowboys' football pants, pop-up ads, an allergy I recently discovered (it's an allergy I have - not an actual medical discovery), and cotton pants (good job, GAP).

This episode is a little shorter than usual, but we were in a time crunch. We're going to try to do a repeat podcast next week, so if you have any questions for us, just leave them in the comments.

Did I mention that Melanie cooked ribs?

We're talking staggering new levels of excitement.


(Show notes are on our blogs.)

Direct download: thebigboocastseptember15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

Well, we have us some new theme music, and it's pretty sassy if I do say so myself. Apparently at least one of us (me!) is destined to like loud saxophones for the rest of her life, and if they have a hint of a disco groove, then all the better.

We cover a whole bunch of conversational ground in this episode: the Rio Olympics, our summertime entertainment favorites, our fitness goals / struggles, the fact that Melanie draws the line at kale, and why she will never go deep sea fishing ever again.

It's an assortment of fun, you might say.

You can find show notes on either of our blogs under the 8/11/16 Big Boo Cast.

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:39pm CDT

There are times when Melanie and I record a podcast and everything seems right in the world. The skies are blue, life is easy, and cheerfulness comes oh-so-naturally.

This particular podcast is not necessarily one of those times.

But here's the thing, I guess. After the last few weeks and everything that's been going on in the world - not to mention with our close friends and family members - well, we were feeling a little punchy. And while yes, punchy can certainly be funny, we probably weren't showing off the sunniest sides of our personalities the day we recorded episode 62. 

But you know what? It ended up being an oddly therapeutic conversation (well, I mean, I can't speak for Melanie, but it was therapy for me, at least). And we covered all sorts of topics: Tiny House Hunters, my great closet clean-out of 2016, the confusion over when a "dress" is actually a shirt, Melanie's lack of interest in a process, my unfortunate experience with a handkerchief dress, plus so much more.

Finally, thank you so much for your emails, messages, comments, and prayers during Mama's hospital stay and after she passed away. I said this yesterday on the podcast Facebook page, but the joy of the Lord really has been our strength. Please know that our family is so grateful for y'all.

Direct download: thebigboocastjuly15final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

If you have any doubts at all about the fact that Melanie and I covered a wide swath of conversational ground in this podcast, then just take a look at all the links below. I believe the phrase you're looking for is "ALL OVER THE PLACE."

We talk about coffee, summer snacks, lunch foods, whether the whole <i>Hamilton</i> phenomenon is already dead to Melanie, personality traits we enjoy in others, and the many reasons it's probably a good idea that the Shankles didn't get any chickens.

We also devote considerable time to a discussion of foods we don't necessarily care for.

And then there's a whole bunch of other stuff but who could possibly remember it all?

Enjoy, y'all!

(You can find a list of links from this podcast right here.)

Direct download: thebigboocastjune22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm CDT

In lo, this 60th episode of our little podcast, we cover a wide range of topics: beach life, skin care favorites, pet peeves, summer plans, and what preferences we have when it comes to speaking stuff. 

We also talk about summer plans (or lack thereof), including my upcoming trip to NYC ("ALEXANDER HAMILTON - just you wait, just you wait"). I believe there's also a minute or two in there when we talk about summer memories of yore, including bare feet on hot pavement. SIMPLER TIMES.

If you'd like to see links and/or notes for this podcast, you can find them right here

Enjoy, y'all!

Direct download: thebigboocastjune16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:56pm CDT

We had to record this podcast in two installments, but by diggity we got 'er done. We spent the first installment marveling over Melanie's fancy new microphone, digging into my significant obsession with Hamilton, and then discussing the recent baseball match-up between Mississippi State and Texas A&M.

It's fair to say that the Aggies enjoyed some baseball dominance in Starkville.

In the second installment we talk about Hazel and Mabel, our summer Birkenstocks, my new favorite lipstick, and Melanie's dream curling iron.

So basically this is all the hard-hitting news you've come to expect from us.


Hope y'all enjoy it!

Direct download: thebigboocastapril19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35pm CDT

I think I can sum up this podcast nicely by telling you that we start off with a discussion about grackles and then move into a discussion about breakfast tacos. As you do.

We also talk about cooking, the <i>Downton Abbey</i> series finale, what's in style this spring, and how some part of our personalities rebels against rigid organizational systems.

There is nary a mention of mascara, our hair, or Amy Grant.

We will try to do better next time.


Melanie's blog: Big Mama

Sophie's blog: BooMama

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

First of all, I need to tell you that I mention in the podcast that there's going to be new theme music, but I didn't use the new theme music because I couldn't make it be anything other than SCREAMING LOUD and I wanted to make it fade out a little bit but ultimately lacked the will and/or determination and/or technical expertise. I did, however, add it to the very end of the podcast (IT'S VERY LOUD), so be sure to let us know what you think. We're a little tired of our evening newscast music. Just trying to switch things up a bit.

Second of all, I recognize that we're a little rusty in this podcast because it's been a while, but that didn't really do anything at all to diminish our enjoyment of the process.

Third of all, Melanie's had to bid farewell to her 2007 Logitech microphone about 45 minutes into the podcast. RIP, old microphone. RIP.

Direct download: thebigboocastfeb22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm CDT

Well, welcome to our Christmas hodgepodge.

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

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

This could change everything, y'all.

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

See what I did there?

Direct download: thebigboocastdec18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm CDT

Y'all, I don't even know.

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

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

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

Hope y'all enjoy it!


Direct download: thebigboocastnovember3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:17pm CDT

On this episode Melanie is live from Sacramento, so this is pretty much our fanciest podcast ever.

We talk about our road trips across the US, our theories about air travel, the relaxing properties of Candy Crush, our 40-something eyesight and its unwillingness to cooperate, the Mississippi State / Texas A&M football game, and the fashion courage required for an open-toe bootie.

We also discuss red lipstick, the intensity Melanie brings to any college game day experience, and a a completely random assortment of various delights.

Enjoy, y'all!

Direct download: thebigboocastsept30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm CDT

Well, we hit the ground running in this podcast, and while you might initially think we've detoured into techy territory, we find our way back to our normal podcast pastures: fashion (specifically, we talk A LOT about jeans and booties), make-up, college football, and tailgating foods that we're planning to make at home for next week's game day.

And if all that weren't enough, Melanie's iTunes goes rogue a couple of different times during the podcast and causes all sorts of tomfoolery and also shenanigans.

Hope y'all enjoy it!

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm CDT

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 52

Earlier this week Melanie and I tried to record a podcast, and I don't really think it's hyperbole when I say it was the most boring 40 minutes in the history of podcasting. In the history of ALL PODCASTS EVER.

So today, we tried to rebound, and things were considerably more upbeat.  We talk about our current and  very fun stage of raising preteens (seriously - this is my favorite - THE BEST), a favorite sandwich we've rediscovered, an exciting and new-to-me cooking show, how our love of pajamas keeps us from taking fancy trips, the joy and wonder that COLLEGE FOOTBALL, IT IS ALMOST HERE, and a whole bunch of other stuff I can't remember.

Oh. Windows. We talk a lot about windows. Not the Microsoft kind. The ones in our houses.

Also, I feel like I need to warn you that I accidentally hit a button on the back of my microphone before we started recording, and I sound a little quieter than normal because of that. You can still hear me fine. But if you notice a difference between Melanie's volume and mine, that's why. I didn't realize what I'd done until I was editing the podcast, so I've now returned my microphone to its original setting, and I have also decided that even though the sound isn't optimal, WE WILL ALL SURVIVE.

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20pm CDT

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 51

After a couple of weeks away, Melanie and I finally found a good time to sit down and podcast and talk about all the things. We rehash our magical Thursday with Christy Nockels, we discuss Piper and Mabel's new doggie daycare possibility, and Melanie shares a frankincense update along with a new and exciting skincare product.

On top of all that excitement, we catch up on the latest with Martha, our continuing efforts to develop an organizational method for writing books, my complete inability to write fiction, and our mutual fascination with Alicia Florrick's eye make-up.

Alicia Florrick is not in fact a real person, but her smoky eye is fantastic.

Enjoy y'all!

Direct download: thebigboocastjuly24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:55pm CDT

This is our 50th episode, only I didn't even realize it until Alex mentioned it to me, and then I forgot to say anything to Melanie until about 2/3 of the way through the podcast.

So clearly we've planned an enormous celebration.

We did make a very impromptu (and somewhat unorganized) decision to do some special giveaways, though, and you'll find out how to enter if you listen to the podcast. You can enter on my blog and Melanie's blog; there will be four winners total. 

And somehow, considering that this is our 50th podcast, it seems fitting that the content is absolutely all over the place. YOU SHOULD EXPECT NO LESS. We talk about Mabel and Piper's trip to the Pawderosa Ranch, my many hair-related insecurities, the wonder that is Apple Music, my Power Ballad Mix Tape playlist, our enthusiasm for Top 40 radio, and so much more. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all. And for being patient when we'd take a year-long break between podcasts. And for not being critical when the sound was terrible. And for consistently encouraging us like crazy where this silly little podcast is concerned. In its own unique way, it has been and continues to be a blast.


Direct download: thebigboocastjuly1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

Well, if your idea of a good time is hearing <a href="" target="_blank">Melanie</a> and me talk about how we can barely muster the will to leave the house this summer, then this podcast is for you!

And really, we are leaving the house. We would just not choose to leave the house, necessarily, if we weren't responsible for the care and socialization of some very active pre-teens. 

We also talk about how we met (I thought most people who read our blogs knew that story already, but I'm always happy to share it), a video thing that we're doing with Christy Nockels and my resulting hair insecurities, the holy re-do of Melanie getting to spend time with Christy and her hair, and the very exciting possibility of Melanie making a guest appearance on John Tesh's radio show.

I also have some disappointing Sheerlume news. I just want to prepare you for that in advance. 

We also discuss our favorite summer candles and answer a few more questions from y'all, too.



Direct download: thebigboocastjune23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 48

Melanie and I definitely want to record podcasts more frequently this summer, but even still I'm a little shocked that we managed to put together one last week and this week, too. 


Continue to keep those expectations low, though. It could very well be next April before we get our act together again. We're gonna try to do better, but keep in mind that we kind of pride ourselves on our consistent inconsistency.

On this podcast we answer more of your questions; we talk about Melanie's experience with Mr. Pillow, our favorite summertime breakfasts, Melanie's new couch, and my brief foray into obsessive scrapbooking. We also address Melanie's Aggie baseball heartache and discuss our commitment issues when it comes to our calendars.

And of course we talk about Sheerlume. However, we fail to mention either Amy Grant or Christy Nockels, so we probably need to pay some sort of podcasting fine.

Enjoy, y'all.

Direct download: thebigboocastjune9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 47

Y'all were kind enough to submit a whole bunch of questions for this podcast, and we managed to answer about eight of them over the course of 50-ish minutes. We're gonna do our best to re-visit the list-o-questions next week; maybe the question answering will become a summertime tradition for us.

Honestly, that possibility sounds close enough to an actual plan that it makes me a little bit nervous. We do like to fly by the seat of our podcast pants, you know.

Anyway, we talk about Melanie's washing machine, the Sheerlume, how we (try) to balance the things that we do, what we're (maybe) writing next, what we're (probably) talking about at dotMOM, our favorite Starbucks drinks, and a whole host of other stuff. 

Please do enjoy.

Direct download: thebigboocastjune2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm CDT

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 46

You know what happens when you record a podcast without a plan?

You wind up talking about things like sparkling water and frankincense and grocery lists and Kate's post-childbirth public appearance - and somehow you convince yourself that all of those topics just flow effortlessly from one to the next.

They don't really flow effortlessly at all. But we're just as enthusiastic as we can be about every one of them, so surely that counts for something.

We also talk about the current trend of wedding hashtags, and I am still so tickled by the hashtag that Melanie came up with 18 years after the fact that I may start using it on Instagram. 

Once again there's not a single mention of Amy Grant. All I know to do about it is to apologize and assure you that we won't fail you in this way ever again.


Direct download: thebigboocastmay12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 45

Melanie and I never really know what we're going to talk about when we start to record a podcast, so maybe that will help explain to you why we spend far too many minutes in this particular podcast talking about fruit kabobs.

Yes. I said "fruit kabobs."

We also talk about the books I read at the beach (I definitely don't recommend Gone Girl; it is a page-turner for sure, but the more I think about it the more I wish I hadn't read it), our expectations about Amy Poehler's book (I was sort of expecting something like Hilarious Hijinks with Tina Fey, and it's not that at all), and why we expect more out of book characters as we get older. 

I also make Melanie talk about her new book, Nobody's Cuter than You, which comes out Tuesday, April 7th and will basically make you laugh and cry and then plan a girls' weekend with all of your closest friends. It's wonderful.

And then, for some reason, we segue' into a lengthy conversation about brunch foods, the aforementioned fruit kabobs, foods that make us a little sick when we think about them, the resurgence of cauliflower, and why we're no longer very interested in lettuce.

It it every bit as compelling as you'd expect.

Finally, of course, we talk about our skin and sunscreen and basically WHY ARE WE OLD.

Shockingly, we do not mention Amy Grant even one time. I have no explanation for this other than pure negligence.

Enjoy, y'all!

Direct download: thebigboocastapril3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

I don't mind saying that I'm a little punchy in this podcast. In fact, I had to sort of dial myself back a few notches about midway through. Please pardon all my very strong opinions about and objections to things that are really not important at all.

I like to think that my absence of charm is connected at least in part to the antibiotic I've been taking this last week. Apparently it's turned me into FEISTY MCGEE.

Anyway, we talk about sandals, musicals, Melanie's debut as a clue on Let's Make a Deal, my misguided experimentation with hairspray, our mutual love for crackers, Mel's cough syrup preferences, Noonday jewelry, and Talenti gelato (which is UNBELIEVABLE). 

Hope y'all enjoy it!


Direct download: thebigboocastfeb25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:14pm CDT

I will go ahead and tell you that this particular podcast has a special place in my heart.

And I don't normally say that sort of thing. 

But here's why. When we started recording, Melanie and I just talked about our usual favorite topics: kids, dogs, writing, supper ideas, and decorative woes. Surprisingly, we did not talk about mascara, but that's probably because we just ran out of time.

Anyway, about halfway into the podcast, our friend Travis joined us. He was driving home after a night of interviewing folks backstage at the CCM "United" webcast to celebrate 40 years of contemporary Christian music. Travis was still beside himself about the whole thing, and it was so fun to hear him talk about the artists who have had such a big influence on his career and calling. Plus, Amy Grant was there, so you know we had to talk about that (OF COURSE WE DID).

So yes, we still laugh in this podcast, and there are couple of times when Melanie and Travis get me so tickled that I can't breathe very well. But there's also a little bit of tender, and it makes me happy.

Thanks for listening, y'all.

Direct download: thebigboocastjan22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm CDT

Well, we spent part of this one thinking that maybe <a href="">Travis</a> was going to be able to join us before it was all said and done, but alas, he had Skype issues and could not. It's a real shame he missed hearing <a href="">Melanie</a> and me talk about cheese, my issues with a new love song that I heard on the radio, the details about Melanie's dog Mabel's run-in with a pack of javelinas, and our ongoing concern that the fire in Melanie's fireplace was going to follow Edith Crawley's lead and set the whole room on fire.

By the way, at one point I mention a little table that I bought to Melanie, and then I texted her a picture, and then I felt weird talking about it since y'all couldn't see it. So here's the table. I do hope that it proves to be a helpful visual aid.

<a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-23073" src="" alt="IMG_3383" width="420" height="716" /></a>

And just in case you would like more info, <a href="">the rug came from IKEA</a>.

We also talk about the college football national championship, my new book-related case of the crazies, a surprise gift that Martha gave me, and how Mel and I both feel a little indebted to Tina Fey. Plus, you know, some other stuff.


Direct download: thebigboocastjan10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:21pm CDT

Two things right off the bat:

1. We're so happy that our good friend Travis Cottrell (aka FryDaddy) is with us on this episode of the podcast. It's been way too long. I would love to tell you that we've been ironing out the details for months, but the fact of the matter is that we sort of pulled it all together about 9 o'clock Sunday night (please remember that this is nothing if not a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants operation). But oh my goodness - it is always the most fun to talk and laugh with Travis. Yay.

2. When I was editing I became aware of an issue we had the last time we recorded a three-person podcast - and that is that my microphone sounds way louder than everybody else. So please know that it was never my intention to scream at you.

Other than that, we cover all manner of topics: what we're cooking this Christmas, the music of Bruno Mars (we were specifically talking about "Uptown Funk," but I accidentally cut out the part where I said the name of the song), everything we adore about Jimmy Fallon, the wonder that is Amy Grant (seriously - this comes up in EVERY SINGLE PODCAST), our Christmas plans, the holiday music of Neil Diamond, and a whole bunch of other stuff.

Hope y'all enjoy it - and Merry Christmas, everybody!

Direct download: thebigboocastdecember22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm CDT

I will warn you that we talk about our dogs a whole lot on this one.

We also talk about Melanie's far-reaching knowledge about back pain, Christy Nockels' upcoming worship concert, our nostalgia for the 70s, decorating for Christmas, college football, coaching searches, TV, and who knows what else. 

Let me put it this way: when I texted Mel to tell her that the podcast ended up being over 50 minutes, she said, "That's a whole lot of nothin'."

And to that I say "amen."

Enjoy, y'all!

Direct download: thebigboocastdecember4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17pm CDT

Well, I can pretty much sum up this episode in two words: SEC football.

Oh, we talk about a few other things - dresses, booties (THE SHOES), corduroys, our new books - but mostly we talk about SEC football. And the SEC coaches' wives show on SEC Network. And the most miniscule details contained within the coaches' wives show because apparently I am a little obsessed.

Also, Melanie's t-shirt kept rubbing aganist the chair where she was sitting, and I may have mentioned it once or four times. But it's a lot of football, a lot of laughing, and a little bit of comforting Melanie because OH, AGGIES. Her hopes were so high.

Enjoy, y'all!

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm CDT

Considering that this is our first podcast of the 2014 college football season, it's really no wonder that we spend a chunk of time talking about, well, college football.

However, it might be a wonder that we manage to talk about anything else. Sure enough, though, we covered Melanie's bathroom remodel, the fact that I finally fnished my book, the latest developments with our eyelashes, the joys of 40-something eyesight, and some recent beauty product finds.

So basically we're solving all the world's most important problems.

Enjoy, y'all!

Direct download: thebigboocastaugust31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:12pm CDT

Well, I know that I'm in the middle of a big ole bloggy break, but Melanie and I have been wanting to record a podcast, and the day before our friend Annie's new book comes out seemed like a fine and wonderful time.

Here's the cover of Annie's book. I love it a lot.

Annie and I have a delightful chat about 10 minutes into the podcast. Melanie was supposed to be part of that, but unfortunately we (and by "we," I mean "I") could not figure out how to record the three of us at once now that I'm using different software than I did back in the days of FryDaddy.

SO - Mel and I talked a little, then Annie and I talked, then Mel and I talked a bunch more. We extensively examined the beach house vs. lake house debate, our favorite summertime foods, the perils of trying to have grown-up conversations when kids are listening, and, of course, our dogs.

Also, please excuse the awkward sound effect transition that I used at the beginning and the end of the part with Annie. Just know that I did the best I could with an impromptu back-up plan and very limited technical skills.

If I can ever finish this book, I may need to consider signing up to take some sort of online podcasting seminar. I feel like that would be good for all of us.


Direct download: thebigboocastjuly14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:51pm CDT

Well, the big news in this particular podcast is that Melanie thinks our dogs could possibly be related. It's a long shot - but it's a shot. We actually spend way too much time talking about our beloved little pups, and Hazel barks at random intervals to make her presence known. 

Other than that, there's nothing new under the sun, really. We talk about TV and books and sunscreen and our hair. We also share our feelings about sunglasses and marvel about the fact that we've been recording podcasts for SEVEN YEARS. 

I'll tell you what: seven years is a long time to talk about nothing.

Hope y'all enjoy!


Direct download: thebigboocastjune10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm CDT

Well, I'd planned to get this podcast up last night, but State's baseball game with Georgia went to 10 innings, and by the time it was over (after 11pm, mind you), my nerves were far too frazzled to do any sort of editing and uploading and etc. I had to start a new book just to wind down and have any hope of falling asleep, and yes, I'm all too aware that I have some co-dependency issues when it comes to the Mississippi State Bulldogs.


This podcast is hodgepodge (well, let's be honest - all of them are), and we cover a big ole variety of unrelated topics: my incessant cough, Melanie's home improvement goals, the end of school, and my new job as a personal assistant to an 11 year-old. It was all good times and big fun. 

Hope y'all enjoy it!


Direct download: bigboocastmay21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36am CDT

I just listened to this episode before I uploaded it, and doing that made me realize that Melanie and I had a guest co-host this week that we failed to mention: THE POLLEN. Oh my goodness. I cough, Alex coughs, I sniff, Alex coughs, I take sip after sip of Crystal Light to try to soothe my throat, and then Alex coughs some more. So basically the whole podcast is like waiting with a child in the sick room of a peditrician's office. I'm just as sorry as I can be about that, but the pine pollen is just about more than we can stand right now. At least I didn't resort to using Flonase or a Neti pot at any point in the proceedings.

As usual, we talk about many unrelated things: Melanie's new career as a mom DJ / choreographer, my weekend in Oklahoma, my quest for a new spring purse, Mel's fancy dinner this past Saturday night, my exciting MSU baseball-related achievement, the season premiere of <i>Mad Men</i>, and a bunch of other stuff that I can't remember. But by all means, if you'd like to shop with us as we look at purses, click on over to the Noonday bags page; we talk about these purses for a solid 10 minutes.

Hope y'all enjoy! 


Direct download: thebigboocastapril13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm CDT

Well, David walked in the room while I was editing this one, and after he listened for a few seconds, he said, "Saving the world - one podcast at a time." 

I trust that you can detect his sarcasm.

It's the same ole same ole this go 'round; we talk about sleep habits and shoes and TV and skirts and Gap and travel and all sorts of other riveting topics. 

Shockingly, we do not talk about our hair, nor do we talk about mascara. This might be a sign of the end times, but don't quote me on that.

Hope y'all enjoy it!

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:16pm CDT

We started this particular podcast with some unexpected technical issues, but somehow we managed to recover. I give all the credit to the Lord and the fancy new podcasting microphone that I got for Christmas. 

(I'm not sure that there's anything that has ever cemented my FULL-ON NERD status like the fact that I am just as tickled as I can be that I got a new podcasting microphone for Christmas.)

(I told Melanie that it made me feel like I was Loretta Lynn in the recording studio back in the 1950s.)

This time around we talk about clothes, homework, TV, desks, and some other riveting topics. At the end of the podcast Melanie gets some very exciting news, and I'm fairly certain that I overreact. But I overreact when Ranch dressing goes on sale, so please know that my SURGE OF ENTHUSIASM is totally true to my character.

Enjoy, y'all!

Direct download: bigboocastjanuary12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

Well, I would welcome you to our annual Christmas podcast - except I don't think Melanie and I have actually recorded a Christmas podcast in about five years. We are far too fond of flying by the seat of our collective pants to plan anything in advance, much less to commit to it on a yearly basis. We like to tell ourselves this is part of our charm, but it's actually probably a little annoying.

This time around we talk about a bunch of different stuff: Melanie's theory about Pinterest, Christmas with little ones (newsflash: our kids aren't really "little ones" anymore),  TV shows that make us paranoid, holiday treats, my ongoing eyelash issues (and Melanie's solution), and our observations about overly familiar customer service. So basically we just ramble, but since we recorded this one on December 21, VOILA: CHRISTMAS PODCAST.

Also, for some reason my Mississippi accent is real strong this time around. I watched Steel Magnolias the night before, and apparently it triggered some dormant speech patterns. I say this because there's a point when I pronounce "our" like "ire," so I hope you folks from other parts of the country don't require a translator.

Merry Christmas, y'all. So grateful for you!

Direct download: bigboodecember2013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34pm CDT

As is our usual tendency, <a href="">Melanie</a> and I recorded this podcast without anything even remotely resembling a plan. We talked about all sorts of stuff, though: Thanksgiving, Christmas, college football, TV, beauty products, and Melanie's preoccupation with a youthful eyebrow.

I had no idea that a youthful eyebrow was even a thing. Suffice it to say that I got me an eyebrow education.

Also, I had my microphone too close to me, so occasionally there is some popping. I'm just as sorry as I can be. But if there weren't at least one technical snafu per podcast, it wouldn't be us. Or I guess it would be a professional version of us, and I think we all know that we don't really operate that way.

Hope y'all enjoy it!

Direct download: bigboocastnovember2013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am CDT

This time around we talk about rugs (seriously. rugs), old youth group skits, air travel, why we're at the mercy of dentists, teacher conferences, movies (and how <i>Gravity</i> seems to be a really big deal), pasta (and also cheese), our deep, heartfelt enthusiasm for Les Miles, and who knows what else.

So, to sum up: we're all over the place. But what else is new?

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31pm CDT

I'm not gonna lie. We're not quite as high-energy in this one. Why, you wonder? Because we were tired. Melanie had a big weekend cheering for her Aggies, and I got way too invested in Sunday night's Miss America pageant - which left me a little on the drowsy side come Monday. Even still, we cover some of our favorite topics: college football, TV (specifically, why I did not enjoy <i>Breaking Bad</i>), Miss America, eyelashes, skin issues, more football, etc. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

Direct download: bigboocastseptember16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46pm CDT

Well, <a href="" target="_blank">Melanie</a> and I decided to record this podcast on a Tuesday afternoon whim, and as always, we had no plan, no rhyme,  no reason. We did, however, have some thoughts about Justin Timberlake, John Mayer's new album (Ben Rector's, too), the Ben Affleck-as-Batman brouhaha, why I liked <i>Argo</i>, college football, and Candy Crush.

It's all very academic. SCHOLARLY, you might say.

Direct download: bigboocastaugust27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:41pm CDT

Well, I'm afraid that we've hit an all-time podcasting low in terms of our topics. Because we discuss all manner of mundane matters. There's weather, feet, postpartum, the African dust storm (I had no idea this was even a thing), more weather, pajamas, college football - and that's not even the half of it. We even managed to work salads into the conversation.

I'm not gonna lie. If you make it all the way through this one, it's probably because you're a relative.

Nonetheless, we're just as tickled as we can be that we have recorded and lo, even posted our fourth podcast of the summer. This is surely some sort of record. 

Direct download: bigboocastaugust2013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:19pm CDT

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

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

Direct download: bigboojuly1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm CDT

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

Enjoy, y'all.

Direct download: BigBooCastJune19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm CDT

Well, here's our yearly podcast episode. 

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

Though not necessarily in that order.

Direct download: bigboomay22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47pm CDT

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 22

Well, well, well.

Will wonders never cease?

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

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

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

Oh, we are pitiful.

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

But please do enjoy.

Direct download: bigboojune29.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:05pm CDT

We recorded this one Tuesday morning.

Right after I'd consumed two very strong cups of coffee.

So I'm a little bit WOUND UP, and for that I do apologize.

The good news is that this particular podcast is a total hodge podge of topics; we go from accents to The Bachelorette to politics to music videos to fashion to pageants and even more stuff that I can't remember.

So all that to say: if you enjoy random, WELCOME HOME.

Direct download: thebigboocastjune28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58pm CDT

Oh, the rambling.

It is epic. And so very ramble-y.

Please do enjoy.

Direct download: thebigboocastjune20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44pm CDT

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 19

Melanie has a new modem.


As always, we hope that you enjoy all our rambling about nothing (Bachelorette, Christian radio, Friday Night Lights, hypochondria, trying to teach our kids the value of a dollar, etc.).

And please excuse the animal growls that will assault your ears out of nowhere about 30 minutes into the festivities. I was having a little editing issue, but I finally gave up on fixing it and just inserted some growling sounds. It's just like they do on all those fancy national radio shows. Only THEY WOULD NEVER.

Have a great day, everybody!

Direct download: bigboocastjune8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12pm CDT

Oh, listen.

We have to be the most reliably unreliable podcasters ever.

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

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

It's good to have a goal.

Direct download: BigBooMay11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm CDT

Yeah. We know.

It's our first podcast in a year. 

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

Or our rambling.

You're welcome and the end.

Direct download: BigBooMay10.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:18pm CDT

We are oh-so-delighted to have our buddy Travis aka FryDaddy with us on episode 16 of the podcast (2 years, 16 podcasts - clearly we are very prolific). And basically what we have this time around is a run-down of reality shows (including why we've given up on The Real Housewives of New Jersey), an itemized list of our summer TV plans, a thorough analysis of our sleeping issues AND a whole lot of discussion about how STINKIN' PROUD we are of Travis and his new CD. Add it all up and you have a big ole platter of our usual brand of random topped off with a sizable dollop of sarcasm. And we do hope you enjoy it.
Direct download: bigboofry16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:28pm CDT

Sometimes we decide to record a podcast because we want to talk about some specific things. Today we recorded a podcast because I had been in the kitchen all day long and wanted to pursue some sort activity that didn't require mixing a softened stick of butter with sugar. And Mel wanted to do something that wasn't watching the same episode of "Friday Night Lights" for the third time in a row. I'm telling you: sometimes boredom will just propel you into all manner of podcasting ambition. Anyway, this one is completely random (SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?). We talk about my search for a birthday gift for my sister-in-law, our mutual disdain for coconut, Mel's hunt for a maxi-dress and how her shopping habits eerily resemble a woman I know who likes to sign cards and letters like this: Love, Mother "Martie." It's all very big fun. As long as you remember that the words "very," "big" and "fun" are completely relative.
Direct download: bigbooeaster.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:42pm CDT

We couldn't stand it. We had to talk about The Bachelor. Which led to sort of a late-winter-ish TV report card. Please do prepare to be underwhelmed.
Direct download: bigboocastbachelor.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:18pm CDT

At this point in our podcasting careers we're pretty similar to a white sale at your favorite department store: a SEMI-ANNUAL EVENT. And truth be told, I'm not entirely sure what we talk about in this episode, though it seems like John Hughes movies and breakfast foods came up an awful lot. Not to mention our respective addictions to Pathwords, a game that I'll be playing just as soon as I hit "publish" on this bad boy. So we hope you sort of enjoy this. Just like we sort of record podcasts from time to time, then sort of publish them when the mood strikes. Because we? ARE PROFESSIONALS. In the absolute least professional sense of the word. Merry Christmas, y'all.
Direct download: thebigboocastdecember08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:25am CDT

Okay. We recorded this last week. And it took a sweet forever to get it edited and uploaded and whatnot because we forgot to record an ending, so then we had to go back and record an ending, and then we chased about four hundred rabbits when we recorded the ending, so I decided to just tack on all that stuff, too, because SWEET MERCY, HAVEN'T THE SIX OF YOU WHO LISTEN TO THESE THINGS WAITED LONG ENOUGH?

So besides that, I really don't know what else to say. Except that Travis does an imitation of Neil Diamond that makes Melanie and me laugh until we wheeze. And we talk about American Idol and NASCAR and our ongoing sound issues and the songs Travis sang in 8th grade chorus. We also answer some of your questions (thanks for those, internets), repeat some stories we've told before (JUST LIKE YOUR GREAT UNCLE LARRY! ONLY NOT!) and laugh sort of an obnoxious amount. You should expect no less.

Also: Travis wants the whole world to know that HE PLANTED SOME TREES.

Hallelujah and amen.

Direct download: thebigboocast12_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:31pm CDT

Now you may feel like we hardly ever podcast anymore. But the the truth of the matter is that we <em>record</em> plenty of podcasts, but we don't necessarily post them because, well, they're lame. Or the sound's even worse than usual. Or we were interrupted 421 times by preschoolers who wanted juice or Goldfish or whathaveyou while we were trying to record.

This week, however, we're actually posting the WHOLE ENTIRE THING. Even though the sound's still sort of bad because Big Mama and FryDaddy couldn't hear me, but I could hear them fine, so I had to turn up my sound output, only on the podcast I'm VERY, VERY LOUD and they're not as loud, only I wasn't trying to be loud, and IS THERE AN A/V PERSON IN THE HOUSE?

Also: we laugh a sort of obnoxious amount at things that probably aren't particularly funny. However, we're always happy to cast on the pod with our buddy FryDaddy, who has all sorts of great perspective about American Idol and also manages not to SCREAM HIS HEAD OFF when Big Mama and I go ON and ON and ON about a pair of fab wedge sandals.

We also talk about music we loved in high school, Christy Nockels (SHOCK. SURPRISE.), our favorite AI moments of years' past and our NCAA tourney picks, despite the fact that I had a devil of a time locating my bracket online.

It is also worth noting that Big Mama and I managed to record an entire podcast without mentioning our hair. Clearly the Lord has done a special work in our hearts.

And seriously, thanks for your patience with our sound limitations. Big Mama and I would like to tell you that we're diligently working on our sound ish-ahs behind the scenes, but the truth of the matter is that we're pretty much flying by the seat of our pants. However, when we are flying by the seat of our pants, we try to wear pants that are sassy. Because that's important to us when podcasting.

Direct download: thebigboocast11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

This is our first podcast with A Very Special Guest Star.

Ladies and gentlemen, Travis Cottrell.

{wild applause}

{and also, quite a bit of woo-hoo'ing}

And while you might think that Big Mama and I tried to be all subdued and professional and calm during this podcast, you would be wrong. Travis, God love him, had to listen to a great deal of Talk About Dresses that I edited out, but we were kind enough to not drag him into some sort of discussion about our hair. That would have been cruel and unusual punishment indeed.

However, we do talk about The Office, Angela's Legendary Jeans, and the fact that my town is about to get a fancy new department store.

I know. Travis was probably screaming on the inside, desperately pleading with God for one of us to PLEASE TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL.

And if the beginning of the podcast sounds disjointed, that's because it is. You will think, "I don't believe they mentioned that before," and you will be right. I had to do some serious editing to the very beginning because of all our talking and rambling and rambling some more, but after about five minutes, the narrative structure will be CRYSTAL CLEAR, my friends.

Or not. But still. We can pretend.

And once we get going, the three of us spend a lot of time on the internets' (great and oh-so-fun) questions; there's all sorts of cool info about how Travis and Angela met, what happened when they went to American Idol, and how Travis started doing ministry with that girl named Beth who has written some Bible studies and EVEN SOME BOOKS, Y'ALL. They say she speaks, too, but I'm not sure that I believe them.

We didn't get through all the questions - not by a long shot - and that is why we've already planned a part 2. And a part 3. Because for Big Mama and me, this whole process has been like finding a brother we never knew we had.

And for Travis, this whole process has been like finding two sisters he's not entirely sure he wants. Because he has plenty of real sisters already. And Big Mama and I can be a little loud.

Oh, it is a precious time.
Direct download: thebigboocast10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:37am CDT

Well, after a six week-ish hiatus, Big Mama and I return to the wonderful world of podcasting by covering a completely random array of topics for your listening pleasure. And we use the word "hiatus," by the way, to make it seem like our podcasting break was TOTALLY PLANNED, but the fact of the matter is that we just never got around to recording anything because we were too busy eating cakes and watching TV. We also did a good bit of sleeping. This week we talk about Big Mama's hair woes, our teenage fondness for writing notes in church, how chocolate chip cookie dough and Cheetos can completely derail parenthood, blog-related Google searches that crack us up, our deeply academic appreciation for the Old Testament, and why you wouldn't want either one of us to ever be in charge of starting some sort of fire. In short, it's the least entertaining entertainment that the interweb has to offer. Which makes us understandably proud. And I'll go ahead and warn you that I had some microphone ish-ahs on this podcast, so I apologize in advance for the technical difficulties. You can rest assured that I will work tirelessly to fix those ish-ahs just as soon as I can tear myself away from my Dairy Queen chicken tenders. My, they are tasty. And as always, we thank you for your patronage.
Direct download: thebigboocast9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:39am CDT

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. We have actually recorded and posted podcasts TWO WEEKS IN A ROW. Because we're givers, people. And as such we are giving you yay, even MORE unstructured, unorganized ramblings from the two of us. We like to think it's the Christmas gift that keeps on giving. Whether you want it or not. This week we talk about what music we've listened to the most over this last year and thereby remove any remaining doubt in regard to our complete and utter lack of coolness. We also have a (way too long) discussion about celebrities who we'd like to invite to a dinner party, we speculate about why Anthropologie tries to be so edgy, and then we cap off the podcast action with some stellar observations about being a Southern girl. In short, it's yet another laugh-an-hour episode filled with the first-rate mediocrity you've come to expect from us. And we could not be any more proud to bring you our own unique brand of third-rate entertainment. Thank you and have a lovely day.

Direct download: thebigboocast8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:47pm CDT

Is it just me, or does that title sound like a Star Wars movie? Anyhoo. What you've got here in episode 7 is a SUPER-SIZED podcast, a combination of the one we recorded right before Thanksgiving and the one we recorded a couple of days ago. Which means there is nothing even remotely resembling narrative structure. But then again, we never really had that before, even when we tried. So you should feel right at home. And what topics do we cover? Well, we spend a lengthy amount of time discussing Big Mama's hair (seriously, it is a WONDER - I'm thinking of erecting a memorial stone in its honor because it is a testimony to God's love and faithfulness), various and sundry perfumes we have worn through the years, recent college football coaching changes (OH, WE CAN'T HELP IT), Big Mama and Gulley's annual Christmas shopping extravaganza and last but not least, our pregnancy weight gains. Or in Big Mama's case: pregnancy "weight gain." Not to mention that Alex reminds Big Mama that he knows how to shake his bootie. He is his mama's child.
Direct download: thebigboocast7.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:31am CDT

On this week's podcast, Big Mama's Caroline and BooMama's Alex have a conversation with each other for the second time in their lives, though certainly it's the first time that their conversation has been recorded, what with four year-olds typically not doing a lot of podcasting and all. However, if you ask me, Miss Caroline definitely has a broadcasting career in her future. If she can just get over all that crippling shyness. We also talk about how we met our husbands, the joys of childbirth, the greatness that is chunky jewelry, and our upcoming hey-we-finally-get-to-see-each-other-in-person weekend. You know, the weekend when we're going to make Shannon podcast with us. Because it's fun. Also, we would love it if y'all would be so kind as to send us some new podcast questions seeing as how the six podcasts we've posted and the five podcasts we haven't posted have pretty much left us bone dry in terms of material. I mean, we can always talk about that coat from Anthropologie with which we are obsessed, but y'all might not want to hear about that. Again. For the seventeenth time. Have a lovely weekend.
Direct download: thebigboocast6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:06pm CDT

Now this particular podcast is what you might call a hodge-podge. There's some Terribly Awkward Editing for several different reasons, so just know that if you're in the middle of the podcast and hear an electrical surge sound effect, that just means that the topic is about to change RIGHTNOW. Or possibly that you have some serious wiring issues in your home. Anyhoo, Big Mama ( and BooMama ( cover a wide and completely random range of topics, including but not limited to their "elaborate" "fitness" routines, an update on some of their latest fashion finds and the new Bible study that BooMama's mother-in-law and her friends are doing. Even better, there's an unexpected guest appearance by Big Mama's little girl that made me BooMama laugh so hard she couldn't remember how to breathe.
Direct download: thebigboocast5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:49am CDT

This week Big Mama ( and BooMama ( tackle all manner of pressing issues: their children's Halloween costumes, how to make your hair sizzle - literally, the dilemma of using "y'all" and "fixin'" in places outside the South, the problem with body slimming undergarments, and whether or not the wide belt is a valid fashion option. They also analyze the post-'N Sync career of Justin Timberlake. Because that's what most 30-something mamas do in their spare time. And last but not least, there are bloopers. Oh yes ma'am there are.
Direct download: thebigboocast4again.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:32pm CDT

Coming to you live from Texas and somewhere on I-65, Big Mama ( and BooMama ( cover a range of Deeply Important Topics: what to do about bare legs in the wintertime, how they like to spend their spare time, their ongoing efforts to develop a vast media empire and why marriage seems to be so difficult for celebrities. Plus, they talk about Christy Nockels. But this is really nothing new. And as an added bonus for those of you who have had a difficult time telling Big Mama's and BooMama's voices apart, there's a dead giveaway on this podcast: BooMama is the one who is on a cell phone and sounds like she's participating in a really sub-par radio remote. It is sure to be a tender memory.
Direct download: thebigboocast3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:42pm CDT

In their second whole podcast, Southern mama-bloggers Big Mama ( and BooMama ( talk about some special challenges of motherhood - including but not limited to vomit, the use of wild animals in home decorating, the ongoing debate regarding skinny jeans, and whether or not Hillary Clinton's hair can be helped. Plus, God love 'em, they've managed to include some bloopers. And even theme music. Oh yes ma'am they have.
Direct download: thebigboocast2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:29pm CDT

In their very first podcast, Big Mama ( and BooMama (, two Southern mama-bloggers who have opinions on pretty much everything, take a look at the InStyle fall fashion preview, what to wear to a Deeper Still conference, their ongoing hair issues, and the hair issues of several presidential candidates. And they really will get a theme song at some point. As well as some better editing skills. But Rome wasn't built in a day, people. Rome wasn't built in a day.
Direct download: thebigboocast1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:29pm CDT