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.

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