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, 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


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

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

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


- 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 CDT

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


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

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

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


- FabFitFun

- Myro 

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

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.


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


- 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 CDT

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


- 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 CDT

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 


- 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 CDT

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


- 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 CDT

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


- 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 CDT

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.)


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

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

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.



- 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 CDT

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


- 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 CDT

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


- (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 CDT