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.

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 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


- 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.)


- 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.



- 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


- 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


- (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