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.

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: http://boomama.net or http://thebigmamablog.com.)

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: http://boomama.net or http://thebigmamablog.com.)

 

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: http://boomama.net or http://thebigmamablog.com.)

(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: http://boomama.net or http://thebigmamablog.com

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: http://thebigmamablog.com and http://boomama.net

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: http://boomama.net or http://thebigmamablog.com

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: http:boomama.net or http://thebigmamablog.com.

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