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.

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