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.

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

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

Enjoy, everbody!

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

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

- Meghan's and Kate's Christmas service ensembles

- The Crown on Netflix

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

- Martha's vest

- Teddie Organics Rosehip Oil

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

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

- Meghan Trainor - "No"

- Washington Post subscription

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

- Travis Cottrell

- Russian Tea 

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

- Travis' Ring the Bells Christmas album

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

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

- Christy Nockels' "The King is Coming"

- A Charlie Brown Christmas

Melanie's Christmas Toffee

- Sophie's favorite Chex Mix recipe

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

- Red Bubble (SO MANY great things for teenagers)

- Playstation 4

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

- Travis' Christmas sweater

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

- Mandisa's testimony

- Neil Diamond Christmas playlist

- Travis on Instagram

- Melanie on Instagram

- Sophie on Instagram

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

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

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

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

Enjoy, everybody!

"God Gave Me You"

"Craving You"

Enneagram 9 - Sophie and Melanie are both 9s

Enneagram 7 - Dave Barnes is a 7

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

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

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

"Tell Her You Do"

"This Christmas"

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

Sock Club

KIND Snack Cube

 

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