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.

Well, as you might imagine, we spend some time on this episode talking about this past weekend's Egg Bowl, which was as classic a State / Ole Miss match-up as I've ever seen. We also discuss the Iron Bowl, and you'd better believe we talk about the folks who found themselves imprisoned by the hedges at Jordan-Hare Stadium because that whole thing was nothing but a treasure. 

There's more to this episode than college football, though. We also talk about movies and mascara (people surprised by this = 0 people). Plus, Melanie makes a case for why we all need to be adding eyelash serums to our beauty routines. I will commit to pray about it.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- The ending of the Egg Bowl

- Karen Howell on Twitter

- The ending of the Iron Bowl

- Frozen 2

- Knives Out

- The Peanut Butter Falcon

- Cabaret Premiere mascara

- Neulash

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

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

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

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
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Well, it hardly seems possible, but lo, it is time for our annual Big Boo Holiday Gift Guide. It is understandable if you feel the need to applaud and perhaps even whistle.

I'm totally kidding. But man oh man it really is so fun to think about the holidays - especially since summer stretched into the final days of October.

This week we're focusing on three gift categories: hostess gifts, gifts for teenage guys, and gifts for teenage girls. I think it's safe to say that WE HAVE SOME THOUGHTS.

You can find all the links in the show notes below (there are affiliate links, just FYI), and we hope this makes any shopping you do a little easier. We'll be back next week with some ideas for women and men - just in time for all of your Black Friday / Cyber Monday needs.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

Hostess Gifts

- Desktop Calendar by Shelby Vafinis (would also be great for teenage girls)

- Christmas Ornaments by Debra Hewitt

- Seersucker Gin & Topo Chico in a basket with Dot's Pretzels

- Dot's Pretzels

- ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal - Book of Luke

- Two Funny Girls styros, plastic cups, paper coffee cups (free shipping code MERRYBIGBOO until December 6th)

- Bloomingville Transparent Glass Vase with Embossed Design

- Bamboo charcuterie board

- A Place at the Table cookbook by Kelly Minter

- Magic Wand for Christmas tree lights

- Inflatable reindeer antler ring toss

- Little Hearts Prepare Him Room by Holly Mackle - family Advent devotional with ornament cards

Gifts for Teenage Boys

- Peanut Butter Spoon

- JBL Go 2 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

- Game of Phones

- Cornhole Board

- Spike Ball

- Pickleball Paddle Set

- Turtle Wax Ultimate Car Care Kit

- NoOne Car Safety Kit

- Leatherman Multi-tool Engraved

- 3x5 Flags for Rooms

- Customized Bobble Head

- Restaurant Gift Cards

- Tickets to a sporting event or a guided hunt with their dad

- Metal detector

Gifts for Teenage Girls

- LED Color-Changing Strip Lights

- Camo Beanie with ponytail hole

- Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette

- Holiday Perfume Travel Sampler Set

- Lashstash

- Personalized engraved name ring

- BDG High Waisted Mom Jeans

- Oversized Hooded Sweatshirts

- Madewell Large Tassel Zip Pouch (25% off with the code STARTEARLY)

- Madewell Glitter Leather Pouch

- Madewell Leather Pouch Wallet

- Aerie Pajama Jumpsuit

- Rifle Paper Co. Pack of 3 Journals

- Portable Mini-LED Projector

- Hydroflask

- Red Bubble Stickers

Sponsors:

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

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

 

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

You might expect that all we're going to talk about on this episode is the LSU / Alabama game, but we might actually surprise you. I mean, of course we *do* talk about LSU / Alabama because HAVE YOU EVEN MET US, but we also discuss our air travel pet peeves, the initial rounds of the college football coaching carousel, and a cold front that has swept through Texas and Alabama.

And if all of that weren't enough, I have a couple of Hazel tales to tell, not to mention that Melanie has some TV and make-up recommendations for the good of the group.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop

- Rao’s Marinara Sauce

- Rao’s Vodka Sauce

- Family Savvy Baked Ziti

- Family Savvy

- Ramona Singer and “Roll Tide”

- Dak Prescott memes

- Succession 

- Holiday in the Wild

- IT Lash Blowout Mascara

- Buxom lip gloss

-  Anastasia brow definer

Sponsor:

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

 

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

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

Sponsor:

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

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

So true story: we spend the first ten minutes of this episode talking about the raccoon that was in Melanie's chimney.

I feel like I may never get to write a sentence like that again.

Anyway, we talk about the raccoon, and we talk about Melanie and Caroline's recent trip to College Station. We also discuss the latest with my bathroom remodel, the latest with college football, and the latest with some coaches we have grown to admire over the years - complete with a Tender Hallmark Moment (TM) about Why Coaches Matter (and man oh man - do they ever matter).

Also, mark your calendars for our Christmas Gift Guide Episode the week of November 18th, and we'll have a special Christmas episode with our beloved Travis Cottrell on Patreon in early December.

Fun times ahoy, everyone. Hope you enjoy this episode!

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Show Notes:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop

- Succession on HBO (THIS IS NOT FOR THE CHILDREN OR THE TEENAGERS)

- Poldark on PBS

- Behold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson on iTunes and Spotify

- p.s. The Madewell boots were gone, so I ordered these little beauties instead. Fingers crossed that they fit. :-)

Sponsors:

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

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

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

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 CST

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!

Sponsor:

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

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

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!

Sponsor:

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

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

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 CST

Well, we have been to Amarillo, and we both absolutely loved our trip. So we kick off this episode talking about All The Fun we had with Jamie and Erin and Knox and the Amarillo Angels. Plus, you know, Torchy's Tacos.

We also talk about Homecoming in the here and now and Homecoming in ye olden (Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock) days, along with a couple of new products Melanie has tried and our (unexpected!) shared reality TV boundary. Plus, you know, our favorite person to follow on Twitter.

As always, thanks so much for listening. Hope you enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Torchy's Tacos (we loved the avocado salsa dip)

- Barrel & Pie in Canyon, Texas

- Back 40 Grill in Canyon, Texas

- Abuelo's in Amarillo

- Our beloved Popcast friends

- Amarillo Angels

- Relavel Makeup Train Case

- The Madewell clutch we both have (and love!)

- Tula Rose Glow Brightening Eye Balm

- Melanie at Homecoming in 1986

- Texas Homecoming Mums

- American Royals by Katharine McGee

- Ardell Magnetic Lashes

- Karen Howell on Twitter (she's our favorite!)

- Mike Leach on Pac-12 mascots

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

Sponsor:

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

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

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!

Sponsor:

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

 

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

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 CST

We didn't have what I would call a *hard* outline when we started recording this episode, but oh my goodness we had us some laughs. We talk about Caroline's first day of 11th grade and the fact that her school now has a coffee bar, we break down some of our thoughts about Southern Charm, and we get very tickled talking about Melanie's potential plans when it comes to cosmetic procedures.

We also discuss communication strategies with teenagers and some of our menu options now that our kids are back in school. You might notice that Melanie's hair brushes against the microphone a lot in this episode (we've since talked about it and secured a supply of hair ties for the next time we record), but all is forgiven because when we talk about skincare she makes up an entirely new word and uses it with authority.

This is all I could ever ask of my podcasting partner.

Please do enjoy.

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Show Notes:

- Southern Charm

- Pioneer Woman's Sour Cream Enchiladas

- Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich

- Family Savvy's Baked Ziti

- Naked 2 Basics Palette

- Milani Most Loved Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

- Milani Soft Focus Glow Complexion Enhancer

- Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Hydration Cream

- Big Boo Amazon Shop (As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.)

Sponsors:

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

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

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

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 CST

We kick off this episode with some awe and maybe a tiny bit of lamenting that our kids are officially licensed drivers, which is totally surreal but at least gives us opportunities to watch them swing and catch their keys a lot while they contemplate where they'd like to go next. As teenagers do.

We also talk about a few books I've read lately, some books Melanie is about to read, and some shows that have grabbed our attention. We have a lengthy discussion about this last season of The Real Housewives of New York City, and all I know to say about that is please don't judge us for having such sophisticated television taste.

Last thing: at the end of this episode there's a clip of this month's Patreon Q&A, and if you haven't joined us on Patreon yet, well, come on over. The first bonus episode will be out on Friday, August 9th. The Q&A, which is the second bonus episode, will be out on Monday, August 20th.

Happy 148, everybody! Hope y'all enjoy.

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Show Notes:

- O-ring keyring (if you need to buy a gift for teenage girl who's a driver, here's your answer)

- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

- Beverly Hills, 90210 - the reboot

- Veronica Mars

- Four Weddings & a Funeral

- Gilly

- SEC Officiating on Twitter

- Ramona Singer's Instagram

- The Handmaid's Tale

Sponsors:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop (As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.)

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

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

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

This episode is topical whiplash in podcast form. We talk about Melanie's new phone, our personal notification preferences, and an unexpected skunk attack.

We also cover the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, the lure of Free People jeans, and the (surprisingly?) cutthroat nature of a fishing tournament.

It's a big ole hodgepodge around here.

Please do enjoy.

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Show Notes: 

- Zeiss Lens Wipes

- Redwood & Co. Room and Linen Spray in Base Camp

- Brooke Flare Jeans from Free People

Penny Pull-on Flare Jeans from Free People

- Our brand-new Patreon sponsorship page (click on over to see the additional content available to subscribers!)

- Peanut Butter Toffee Apple Dip

- Southwestern Tossed Salad

- Cute swimsuit bottoms for size 14-16 and up

Sponsors:

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

The Big Boo Amazon Shop (affiliate links to help power the engine of ye olde podcast)

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

Well, I might as well go ahead and tell you that my sound is weird on this episode. Surely you aren't surprised. And if nothing else it will be a nice throwback to Wolfman Jack's studio circa 1974.

By the way, you get all sorts of bonus points if you're up to speed on that Wolfman Jack reference.

Regardless of sound ish-ahs (for when-oh-when have those ever stopped us?), on this episode we recap our recent trip to Oklahoma and talk for a really long time about all the food we ate while we were there. It's sort of like listening to Bubba Gump talk about all the varieties of shrimp except we didn't actually eat any shrimp. We eventually work our way around to a brief discussion of Southern Charm as well as my thoughts about Spindrift Orange Mango sparkling water. It's all very thrilling.

This episode will also bring you one of the very best Melanie comments ever. In fact, it might be my favorite:

"I so enjoy just eating hot versions of cheese."

Please do enjoy.

Show Notes:

- Pawhuska, Oklahoma

- The Pioneer Woman Boarding House

- P-town Pizza

- The Spicy Cowgirl (we cannot overstate the deliciousness)

The Mercantile

- Yesterday

- Southern Charm

Melanie's favorite gumbo recipe

Gran's Strawberry Cake

- Buttercream Frosting for Strawberry Cake

- Spindrift Orange Mango 

- Melanie's silk sleeping mask

 Sponsors:

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

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop (affiliate links to help power the engine of ye olde podcast)

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

Not to be overly WOMP WOMP, but the first part of this episode is about as low-key as you'll ever hear us. That's because about 17-ish minutes after we started recording, we lost our connection, and the files with our audio disappeared right before our eyes. This is where we would love to blame the website we use to record, but the truth is we don't have any way of knowing exactly what happened. We just thought that our enthusiastic discussion about the InstantPot was lost in an internet graveyard forever.

So. We tried our best to rebound as we started recording all over again. It's safe to say we were weary.

BUT WAIT! Our sad tale has a redemptive arc!

After I started editing the WOMP WOMP part of the episode, I opened the website where we record. It was a fit of optimism, but I thought maybe - MAYBE - the audio would be there. And do you know what? IT WAS. So you'll hear Discouraged Us for the first 40-ish minutes, but then you'll hear Upbeat Us for the last 15 or so minutes, and DIDN'T THAT ALL WORK OUT AT LEAST SORT OF?

Hope y'all enjoy.

Show Notes:

- Stranger Things 3

- Veronica Mars

- Sun-Washed Citrus Plug-ins from Bath & Body Works

- Instant Pot on sale from Walmart

- Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer (and here's the paddle brush)

- The South's 20 Seasons

- Music at 41:30 - The Impossible by Savfk | https://www.youtube.com/savfkmusic
Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com
Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Sponsors:

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

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

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop (affiliate links to help power the engine of ye olde podcast)

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

Our schedules haven't been super cooperative this week (painters! dogs! World Cup soccer!), so we were delighted to finally get to play a little podcast catch-up. We talk about the joys of car insurance costs for teenagers, the inspirational qualities of a Kardashian's refrigerator, our "Sunrise, Sunset" feelings about the pool, and our annoying ability to ignore problems we'd rather not address and/or solve.

We also discuss a clothing consignment option that has been a fantastic new discovery, and I discuss that in what is certainly far too much detail. As I tend to do.

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Style Encore

- Yolanda Hadid's former glorious refrigerator

- Vanderbilt's Tyler Brown

- Life Skills List for Young Adults from Jen at Lots of Scotts

Sponsors:

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

- Cove (consultation on migraines and first treatment for $30, with or without medical insurance)

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop (affiliate links to help power the engine of ye olde podcast)

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

So. Third time's the charm? Maybe?

We initially tried to record this episode a week ago, but my router got disconnected when we had painters at my house and, alas, there was no internet.

Then we recorded about four days ago, but something happened to the audio on Melanie's end, and alas, there was nothing to edit.

So today, once again, we attempted to record episode 143. We think we did it this time, so let this episode be a testimony to the Lord's strength in our weakness. :-) We talk about the College World Series (#HailState), a fun lunch I had at my house last week, and five things we're really enjoying this summer. Well, actually for me it was six things I'm enjoying this summer. I had a hard time narrowing down my list.

Hope y'all enjoy! 

Show Notes:

- What Sophie cooked for Beth & KMac

- Collard Valley Cooks (we're obsessed with Tammy)

- Chasing Happiness

OPI Suzi Shops and Island Hops

- Quay After Hours Sunglasses

- Spindrift sparkling water 

- Capri Blue Diffuser Oil (it's sold out online now)

- Resident Chef Spinach Parmesan Dip 

- Southwestern Tossed Salad

- L'anza Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper Finishing Spray

- Living Proof Full Volume Blast 

- Southern Charm New Orleans

- gold plated bangle bracelets

- All Things New by Amy (Melanie's sister's Etsy store - and her jewelry is SO FUN!)

Sponsors:

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

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

- Hummingbird Farms (promo code BESOCIAL for 15% off your first purchase at Evine)

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

Well, if college baseball isn't your favorite topic, don't worry - because there's a point in this episode where we talk for over five minutes about what is causing the rustling noise in or around Melanie's microphone. It's every bit as riveting as you might imagine.

We also talk about Real Housewives, a new Netflix movie we enjoyed, our kids' summertime activities, and an ill-fated trial run with Snapchat.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes: 

- Always Be My Maybe

- Cheer Squad

Sponsor:

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

 

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

Well, it's finally SEC Baseball Tournament Week, but the excitement of the most well-run sporting event in America didn't stop us from recording a new episode (probably no one is more surprised by that than we are). As you might imagine, Melanie discusses a new addition to her skin care routine - and we recap several of the shows we've seen lately because apparently we have been watching a LOT of television to cope with the craziness of May.

We also express our (maybe) irrational frustrations with change, and when I say "change," I mean "coins."

Finally, you'll be delighted to know that we weigh in on the Game of Thrones finale even though neither of us has ever watched a single episode of the series.

Enjoy, y'all!

- EltaMD facial sunscreen

- Drunk Elephant Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops

- Lancer Omega Hydrating Oil

- EltaMD full-body sunscreen

- Walgreens Photo (up to 60% off prints and enlargements through May 25th with code PICGRAD)

Southern Charm

- Southern Charm New Orleans

- Dead to Me (the language is TERRIBLE, just FYI)

- The Popcast / Big Boo Live Show in Amarillo

Sponsor:

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

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

Well, we start off as Mamaw and MeMaw this week, here to tell you all about our failing eyesight, but eventually we return to some of our favorite topics: kids' activities, college baseball (at the time we recorded Mississippi State and A&M were about to play a weekend series), and the most wonderful sporting event of the year, the SEC Baseball Tournament.

We also talk about why we've avoided any sort of discussion about the current state of the Royal Family (stay tuned for a discussion about preciouslittleangel Archie sometime next week). Finally, we dig into whether Taylor Swift was inspired by Beyonce' or if she borrowed from Beyonce' - and then we go on and on about our very favorite sunscreen.

So you might say that we cover some content bases.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- SEC Baseball Tournament

- Heartland

- More thoughts on Taylor Swift's Billboard Music Awards performance (there's some language in people's tweets - just FYI)

- EltaMD Facial Sunscreen

- EltaMD Lip Balm

- Laura Tremaine's 10 Things to Tell You podcast with special guest Jamie Golden - all about skincare and makeup!

- EltaMD Full-Body Sunscreen 

- SKII Facial Treatment Masks (pack of 6) 

- it Superhero mascara

Sponsors:

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

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

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

We kick off this episode talking about pillows (yes. pillows.), then hear about Melanie and P's recent weekend of attending polo matches. AS YOU DO. 

We also talk about one of my favorite nights of watching lacrosse and speculate about what it might be like when our kids graduate and we don't have the sports any more. Our conclusion is that we need to prepare ourselves for all the sadness.

Finally, we talk to our friend Lincee Ray about her new book that comes out April 30th - and we spend a significant amount of time talking about the ways we used to fold our notes in high school. It's a lost art, everyone. 

Hope you enjoy!

Show Notes:

Opalhouse quilted velvet oversize pillow

- The Inventor

- The Dropout

- All American

- Homecoming

- Someone Great

Lincee's blog I Hate Green Beans

Lincee's podcast

It's A Love Story on Amazon

It's A Love Story on Barnes & Noble

Sponsor:

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

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

A few days ago we asked the good people of Instagram if anyone had questions for us. And as it turned out, there were questions APLENTY. We spend the bulk of this episode digging into six or seven of those questions, which means we dig into the story of how we met, the reason only one of us records our ads, and the restaurants we love the mostest in Birmingham and San Antonio (also known as the cities where we live).

We also talk about what Melanie means (exactly) when she references "the ranch," and we tackle the question we get asked almost more than any other (besides how we met): what about that one-child situation? We laugh a lot, we answer lo, even more questions, and we recap (well, Mel does, at least) the latest with Britney Spears. Just as you might expect.

As always, please do enjoy.

Show Notes: 

- The Popcast / Big Boo Live Show: A Benefit for Amarillo Angels - September 14, 2019

- The Pearl in San Antonio

- Opal Ice Maker

Sponsors:

- FabFitFun

- Myro 

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

Well, we didn't plan it, but on this episode we break down the Enneagram dynamics of our respective families, and OH, ARE WE EVER A STUDY. We also talk about the impressive amount of media we've consumed (no need to judge, everyone) as well as an exciting retail discovery that could very well CHANGE OUR WHOLE LIVES.

NOT TO BE OVERLY DRAMATIC.

On top of all that, we discuss the music we have in common with our kids and the necessity of training your toes to cooperate with wearing sandals again.

So many hard hitting topics. So little time. Please do enjoy.

Show Notes:

- Birkencrocs

- Steve Madden Asher sandals

- Smells Like a Citrus Grove spray cleaner (smells like the Volcano candle)

- Target Restock (a WONDER, it is - ONE OF THE BEST THINGS EVER) 

- Wayfair Open Box sales

- Suzanne Stabile on Instagram

- Hum Glow Sweet Glow vitamins

- Elevator music 

- Jamie Golden's March Favorites

- it Superhero mascara (Sophie's new fave)

- American Eagle Bermuda shorts

- Laura Ashley Collection at Urban Outfitters

- Ben Platt & Sara Bareilles sing "Bad Idea" (start around 14:30) - 

- Nate Bargatze - The Tennessee Kid 

- Leaving Neverland - so difficult to watch but so beautifully done

Sponsors:

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

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

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

On this episode we rehash the Hudson family Spring Break shenanigans, we celebrate the fact that Melanie has finished writing her latest book, and we talk about (another!) new TV show that Melanie and Perry are watching.

We also discuss some very exciting news regarding our dear friend* John Mayer.

*To be clear, John Mayer doesn't know us from Adam's house cat.

*The fact that he doesn't know us is in no way a hindrance to our friendship.

Please do enjoy.

Show Notes:

- Hyatt Centric NYC

- Oklahoma Revival

- John Mayer sings "How Great Thou Art"

- Erin Moon talks with us about John Mayer on episode 132

- GAP High Rise Wide-Leg Crop Chinos

- Laura Ashley Bow Scrunchie

- Cobra Kai

Sponsors:

- Going Beyond Simulcast with Priscilla Shirer & Anthony Evans (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your registration)

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

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

So once again the sound for me (Sophie) is horrible, so I am picking up on the subtle hint that perhaps I need a new microphone. WHY ARE YOU SURPRISED. But actually I don't need a new microphone because sound is fine on ads, just not when Melanie and I record. I don't even understand. WHO AMONG THEE IS TECH-Y?

Subpar audio aside, we thoroughly enjoyed catching up in this episode. We talk about college baseball, Melanie's newfound career as a stencil artist, Alex's 16th birthday, and How Is It Possible That Our Kids Are About To Drive. We also discuss an exciting (for Mel) new skincare option and how we're both a little socially awkward right now.

All that to say: good times aplenty. Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

- Sonja's caftan (or, at least, Mel's knock-off of her caftan)

- Melanie's blog post about painting Caroline's walls

French Dip Sliders

- DIY Micro Needling (Melanie's life is forever changed)

- Dermal Roller

- Vitamin C serum - Skinceuticals

- Vitamin C serum - inexpensive version

- Beauty Counter's Overnight Resurfacing Peel

- Daisy Jones & The Six 

Sponsors:

- Going Beyond Simulcast with Priscilla Shirer & Anthony Evans (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your registration)

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

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

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

Full disclosure: the sound isn't great on this episode - it cuts in and out a lot and who could possibly know why because we do everything the same way every single time but for some reason this time I (Sophie) sound like a gravelly-voiced DJ from the 70s and WHATEVER, STUPID MICROPHONE - but despite the subpar sound, we had ourselves some fun. We discuss our deep lack of understanding re: taxes, we chronicle all the reasons we aren't cooking, and we discuss a couple of things we're really loving on Netflix.

Melanie also outlines some new decorative goals for Caroline's room, and we discuss our favorite means of social media procrastination when we're writing as well as our suggestions for better, more meaningful social media experiences. The sarcasm meter is running HIGH, y'all.

Enjoy, everybody!

Show Notes:

- Melanie and P's new favorite show (NOT FOR THE CHILDREN)

- Chef's Table (Sophie's favorite)

- Delicious Kale Salad

- Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Palette

- Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow

- Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

- Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Eye Palette

Sponsors:

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

- Green Chef (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off your first box)

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

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

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

If you are intrigued by The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as well as charcuterie boards, well - DO WE EVER HAVE AN EPISODE FOR YOU. We also talk about our low-key Valentine celebrations ("celebrations" is a *strong* word, really), discuss the wonder of a harp-playing raccoon, and break down what we love about some Nivea cream recommended by our good friend Jamie Golden.

Finally, we share some exciting news (to us) (probably not to anyone else) about some inexpensive jeans *and* a sassy jumpsuit. We do hope you'll share in our joy.

As always, thanks for listening, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Dorit's outfit when she went to Lisa Rinna's house

- A raccoon playing the harp on a sprinkler

- French Onion Beef Sliders for a Crowd (maybe Alex's favorite thing I've ever cooked)

- The Board Couple in San Antonio

- Nivea cream made in Germany

- Kut from the Kloth $20 off coupon (shop the sale)

- Amazon Casual Cotton Jumpsuit

Sponsors:

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

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

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

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

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

Hope y'all enjoy!

Show Notes:

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

- Maggie Rogers on Current Mood

John Mayer singing "It's My House"

- John Mayer singing "XO"

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

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

- Erin Moon's Instagram (SUCH A TREAT)

- Ben Platt's "Bad Habit"

- Ben Platt's "Ease My Mind"

- Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

- Everything Yolanda Hadid Eats in a Day

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

Sponsor:

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

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

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.

 

 Sponsors:

- 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 CST

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

Sponsors:

- 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 CST

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

Sponsors:

- Care.com (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 CST