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.

As you might imagine, life has been a mile a minute during the past week of Pandemic '20. We've been to the grocery store, we've been to the drugstore, and we have even cooked some meals. There's just so much to share!

Thankfully, though, a slower pace doesn't stop us from being fascinated with the most inconsequential things. That's why this week we have a lot of thoughts about what shows to watch, we have a lot of thoughts about what it's like at grocery stores these days, and we (well, I) have a lot of thoughts about the finest sports bra I have ever owned. 

Also. Right after I edited this episode it dawned on me that there was an important pop culture development we neglected to discuss, so we called on our friend Erin Moon and broke that thing right on down. That's why you'll find about 15-ish minutes of extra content at the end of the regular episode. Now isn't that more fun? Just more fun!

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic

- Unorthodox

- Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor

- Sherlock

- Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

- Veronica Mars

- Cheer

- The Good Place

- Mad Men

- The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show

- Friday Night Lights

- The Mindy Project

- Four Weddings and a Funeral

- Little Fires Everywhere

- Dead to Me

- Schitt's Creek

- Jane the Virgin

- Hart of Dixie

- The Newsroom

- Succession

- The Handmaid's Tale

- The Office

- 30 Rock

- Elomi Energise Sports Bra 

- oaskys King Mattress Pad Cover Cooling Mattress Topper

- 600-Thread-Count Pure White King Size Sateen Sheets

- Kirkland Signature 680 Thread Count Sheet Set

- John Krasinski with the cast of Hamilton on Some Good News

- Our beloved friend (and favorite Hamilton expert) Erin Moon

- Erin does great work with our friends Knox and Jamie at The Popcast

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- Pine Cove (use code BIGBOO250 for $250 off a first-time registration for overnight camp)

Direct download: thebigboocastapril092020.mp3
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WELCOME TO APRIL, EVERYONE!

Oh, y'all. It was a March, wasn't it? So first and foremost I just want to say that Melanie and I hope you're well and the people you love are well. It may take us a little while to get to the other side of this thing, but I believe we're all gonna love each other well and get through it. So hang in there.

On this episode we talk about what we've been doing during this past week of social distancing, and we also talk to one of our very favorite Twitter follows, Karen Howell. Here's what you need to know about Karen: she is hilarious. Also, she and I grew up in Mississippi towns that are a couple of hours apart, so our accents are really similar, and I got super tickled when I was editing because I'll tell you what does not fade as you get older: a Mississippi accent. :-) 

Anyway, we hope this episode makes you laugh, and by the way, HANG IN THERE, all you mamas who are handling remote learning for your kids (and all you mamas who have been teaching your kids for years). We're cheering you on!

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Show Notes:

- Gen X was made for this moment in time

- Karen Howell on Twitter

Ozark

- Tiger King (just FYI - it's hard to watch - I got to episode three and had to take a breather - and it's definitely not for kids)

- Little Fires Everywhere

- Hometown

- Making the Cut

- On the Bright Side

- Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor

- Leanne Morgan is hilarious

- Ben Rector's cover songs

- Bethany Bordeaux's violin concerts

30 Rock

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Direct download: thebigboocastapril22020.mp3
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We weren't planning to record an episode this week, but then we (the Hudsons) cancelled our Spring Break trip, and the country pretty much shut down, and suddenly that empty podcast calendar looked like a bit of an opportunity. SO. On this week's episode Melanie and I are so happy to get to talk to our great friend Travis Cottrell, also known as FryDaddy here on the podcast. Travis is a worship leader, a gifted singer and songwriter, and the brother Melanie and I didn't even know we were missing until around 2007. He also happens to be one of the funniest people we know. 

It won't be a surprise to listen and realize that our conversation is all over the place, but the up side of that is that we cover a lot of ground. We discuss what we're cooking during the quarantine, share our favorite snacks (salty and sweet), and ponder whether or not we should be trying on our jeans every couple of days to make sure they still fit. We also talk about how we became friends and whether the three of us have ever thought about doing a live show together (short answer: yes ma'am). :-) 

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- White Bean, Orzo, and Spinach soup (Melanie added Italian sausage to the recipe)

- French Onion Beef Sliders for a Crowd

- Inside Studio G with Garth and Trisha (this is just a clip - the whole video isn't up any more)

- The Road I'm On - the best TV of 2020

- Garth's first Facebook video

- Matthew McConaughey Coronavirus video

- Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show from home

- Travis' most recent album, Spirit Rise

Melanie's most recent book, On the Bright Side

- Isaiah 42:16

- Psalm 46

- Coram Deo (1992)

- Isaiah 43:19

- Homemade Kettle Corn

- The SNL sketch that was instant bonding for Travis and me

- Our Amazon Shop

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch252020.mp3
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Melanie and I are always thrilled when we get to have a guest on the podcast, and it's an extra thrill when that guest is Beth Moore, who just so happens to be one of our heroes. As most of you know, Beth is a writer, a ministry leader, and a straight-up Twitter prophetess. She's also wife to Keith, mom to Melissa and Amanda, and Bibby to her beloved grandchildren. Melanie and I are honored to call her a friend and consider her the Bible teacher of our lives. 

In this episode we talk about Beth's new book, Chasing Vines, and even though I'm way out of practice, I do my best to represent English teachers everywhere and ask a couple of essay questions. :-) We also discuss the wonders of outside, Beth's best skincare tips (I totally pictured Mel taking notes as fast as that GIF of a cat typing), and the pros of getting older. 

We recorded this episode last week before we knew how drastically COVID-19 was about to change "normal life" as many of us have known it. It occurred to me when I was editing this episode that the Lord's timing is kind - because Beth provides so much wisdom and encouragement and joy in this episode. We don't know about y'all, but we could use an extra dose of all of the above right now, and we're so grateful to Beth for providing it.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Beth Moore

- Beth's must-read Twitter feed

- Chasing Vines

- Breaking Free

Video sessions for Breaking Free

- The picture Beth mentions in our discussion about trellises and the Cross

Chicken & Dressing

- On the Bright Side

Juice Plus

- A Night with Beth Moore (this was Tuesday, March 17th in Houston, and several people have told me that Beth's message is amazing and I have to watch - so I am planning to do that tonight!)

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- Scentbird (promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first order)

- Care/of (promo code BIGBOOCAST50 for 50% off your first order)

- YogaSleep (use this link for 20% off)

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch192020.mp3
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I am delighted to tell you that I remembered to plug in my microphone for this episode, so that's a win right out of the gate, isn't it? And thanks to all of our crystal-clear sound, you'll hear us talk about my recent trip to Americus, Georgia, Melanie's recent trip to College Station, and the exciting new make-up that I bought last week.

We'll also update you on our respective families' Coronavirus prep (Shankles - headed for the pandemic prep championship; Hudsons - did not qualify as we have not so much as purchased an extra roll of toilet paper), and we'll check on Melanie's post-book release haze. Oh! And Melanie's On the Bright Side is in Target stores now, so go find it and take a picture with it and buy copies for all your friends. Not that we're the boss of you. :-) 

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Milani Most Loved Mattes eyeshadow palette

- Thrive Causemetics lip liner (in Ghizlan), lipstick (in Emii), blush, and mascara (use promo code BIGBOO for 15% off your first purchase)

- Maybelline Ink Crayon lipstick

- NuFACE

- Melanie foretells the Mike Leach hire in September - MONTHS ahead of time (go to 47:23 in the episode)

- Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein

- R. Eric Thomas' tweet about Meghan Markle

- photo of Meghan and Harry

- On the Bright Side is at Target! (TARGET!!!)

- Annie B. Jones at The Bookshelf

- Most Likely by Sarah Watson

- Sophie's March Playlist for Apple Music

- Sophie's March Playlist for Spotify

Sponsor:

- YogaSleep (use this link for 20% off)

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch122020.mp3
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You may not have known it before now, but what you will realize after about fifteen minutes of this episode is that apparently it is Festivus, and Melanie and I have kicked it off with our annual Airing of the Grievances. From her missing book foreword to my feelings about an unexpected credit card charge to Mel's preferred schedule for visits from the exterminator, we spend some time and also energy voicing our frustrations. 

Also, there's a whole running discussion about the coronavirus. I remain fascinated by the information Melanie shares with all of us.

Finally, we have a lively discussion about sunglasses, and I even try to do a little shopping as we visit. Basically we're just one step removed from our very first podcast episode when we read InStyle magazine together. Seems like old times, etc.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon store

- Melanie's missing On the Bright Side foreword, written oh-so-beautifully by Jen Hatmaker

- The Invisible Man

- Elta MD sunscreen

- Living Proof Dry Volume Blast

- Quay Stop & Stare sunglasses

- Kathleen Jennings' Instagram

- Quay Gold Dust sunglasses

Sponsors:

- Pine Cove (use the link for $250 off any first time, overnight camp registration

- Magic Spoon (use promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

Direct download: thebigboocastmarch52020.mp3
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A few episodes ago I mentioned how much I had loved watching Garth Brooks' "The Road I'm On," and this past week Melanie watched it. I wouldn't say that we discuss it exhaustively in this episode, but we definitely circle back around to it a few times. That is because WE ADORE IT. We also talk about Melanie's new books (it's book launch week!), but we recorded before we knew that the foreword by Jen Hatmaker somehow didn't make it into the actual book, so you can rest assured we'll saddle up to that topic next week. 

We also talk about a couple of books I've read and loved, what we're planning to read during Lent, and a new (to me) K-cup discovery. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon shop

- Melanie's new books

- Garth Brooks' "The Road I'm On"

- Maria Taylor from ESPN

- The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

- Miracles & Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey

- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

- Do You Mind if I Cancel by Gary Janetti

- Every Broken Thing by Erin Moon (shopping cart closes Wednesday night at midnight)

- Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup from She Wears Many Hats

- (related: here is my favorite wild rice)

- Starbucks French Roast K-cups

- Mike Leach's Twitter

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- YogaSleep (use this link for 20% off)

- Glossier (use this link for 10% off your first order)

- Clearly Filtered (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off)

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary272020.mp3
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I am sad to tell you that Melanie's issues with chicken in general and thick chicken nuggets in particular continue, so we spend a good bit of time discussing her chicken-related options in this episode. We also talk about my family's recent trip to a show choir competition (it was glorious) as well as our excitement that college baseball is with us once again.

Then, as usual, we share a little bit of what we're watching and reading, and we settle a miscommunication re: Melanie's feelings about a tote bag I've been eyeing. If I sound like I was desperate for her approval, it's because, well, I was. 

I'm sure you understand. :-) 

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes: 

- The A&M maroon striped uniform

- A&M Baseball Hype Video (Mel's people are a little after the one-minute mark)

- My Dear Hamilton

- To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

- McMillions on HBO

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

- Ken Burns' Country Music

- Best Fiends - we are still obsessed

On the Bright Side - Melanie's new book that is out next week!

- Melanie's Chicken Cakes

- Ree's Twice-Baked Potatoes

- Brooks Glycerin 17s on sale

- Meebak Cica Cream

- The Consuela bag that has Sophie smitten

Sponsors:

- Clearly Filtered (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your order)

- Thrive Causemetics (promo code BIGBOO for 15% off your first order)

- Scentbird (promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first month)

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary202020.mp3
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We may not have watched the Oscars this year, but that doesn't stop us from having big opinions about 1) the dresses and 2) the current relationship status of Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak. In this episode we discuss both topics in great detail. We also talk about the fact that college baseball starts this weekend (!!!), and I dig into my thoughts about the State / A&M women's basketball game this past Sunday (here's a hint: both teams were fantastic).

It will not surprise you to learn that Melanie shares some beauty product updates (she is breathing, after all), and she has also discovered a new serum she can't wait to try. Her skin care persistence is both inspiring and admirable.

Enjoy, y'all.

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon shop

- Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak clearly love one another

- Soup Snakes

- Mindy Kaling's yellow dress from the Oscars

- Brad Pitt looks like a million bucks

- The Morning Show

- Renee Zellweger at the Oscars

- Cynthia Erivo's Oscar performance dress

- Natalie Portman's Oscar dress

- Regina King's Oscar dress

- Penelope Cruz's Oscar dress

- Jamie Golden on Brie Larsen's shoe situation

- Reese Witherspoon at the Vanity Fair party

- Janelle Monae's Oscar gown

- Mike Leach scared a recruit with a magic trick

- Meeback Cica Cream

- Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

- Thrive Causemetics Brightening Face Wash (promo code BIGBOO for 15% off your first order)

- Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara (promo code BIGBOO for 15% off your first order)

- Family Savvy's Chicken Tetrazzini

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- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

- Noemie (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off your first order)

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary132020.mp3
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Well, both of us recently watched "Miss Americana" - the Taylor Swift documentary on Netflix - and man-oh-man did we ever have some thoughts about it. We share about 278 of those thoughts in this episode. We also discuss some upcoming pop culture events we're excited about (to be clear, I didn't realize when we recorded that the Hamilton movie doesn't come out until 2021, so please know the realization that I have to wait OVER A YEAR has been borderline heartbreaking).

There are some beauty product developments as well - and news about what may well be the finest mascara we have ever tried. Yes. You read that correctly. THE BEST MASCARA WE HAVE EVER TRIED. Eyelash dreams do come true, everyone.

Enjoy, y'all.

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon shop

- Sophie's February Playlist on Apple Music

- Sophie's February Playlist on Spotify

- "When Doves Cry"

- "Let's Go Crazy"

- Hamilton movie - October 15, 2021

- Miss Americana

- Ed Sheeran's Songwriter

- Tweezerman eyelash curler

- ORU Singers

- Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extension Mascara (promo code BIGBOO for 15% off)

- Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner (we both have and love the shade Hoda) (promo code BIGBOO for 15% off)

- Living Proof Dry Volume Blast (this is a smaller size - just FYI)

- Elnett hairspray

Sponsors:

- OpenFit (text BIGBOO to 505050 for fourteen free days of Sugar Free 3 and access to all the OpenFit workouts)

- Care/of (use promo code BIGBOOCAST50 for 50% off your first order)

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary62020.mp3
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Now that I think about it, it might have been a good idea to call this episode WELL WE HAVE WATCHED SOME THINGS. We talk about Broadway shows and TV shows and why I might have watched the recent two-part Garth Brooks Biography special four-ish times. Plus, Melanie has some very strong feelings indeed about Marriage Story - and we both have very strong feelings about Jennifer Aniston's wardrobe in The Morning Show.

We also discuss a game we have both been obsessively playing on our phones - and we share some recent beauty favorites, too. So basically it's a fine time indeed on ye olde podcast.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- Aaron Tveit and Laura Olivo singing "Your Song" from Moulin Rouge

- Marriage Story on Netflix

- Marriage Story soundtrack (IT. IS. GORGEOUS.) on Apple Music  and Spotify

- The Morning Show on Apple TV +

- Taylor Swift's Miss Americana movie

- Country Music by Ken Burns

- Garth Brooks: The Road I'm On

- "The Dance" by Garth Brooks

- "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks

- Best Fiends app

- Cattle Baron in Cashmere Instagram

- Meeback Cica Cream

- Nourishmax Vitamin C serum

- Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint

- Charlotte Tilbury Healthy Glow Moisturizer

Sponsors:

- Glossier (click on the link for 10% off your first order)

- Noemie (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off your first order)

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary302020.mp3
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Melanie has a bit of a cold on this episode, which means you may start to wonder when I started recording a podcast with the ghost of Barry White. OH, I KID. And listen - are we all ever glad that Melanie toughed it out and recorded the episode despite her upper respiratory challenges, because she comes in strong with an update on 1) the raccoons that live next door to her and 2) the latest Royal Family news. We are in her debt.

We also discuss a couple of things we've cooked (and enjoyed) lately, and we share our thoughts about Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. Just like when we were young and full of collagen and it was 2002.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- Our BigBoo Amazon Shop

- Medicine Ball recipe

- Teavana Jade Citrus Mint and Peach Tranquility Tea

- Cheer on Netflix (not for the children - the language is rough)

- Zella leggings (both of us love these!)

- Trisha Yearwood's Chicken Tortilla Soup (I use taco seasoning instead of fajita seasoning and double the black beans and corn)

- Family Savvy Spicy Hamburger Vegetable Soup

- Queen Elizabeth's most recent statement about Harry and Meghan

- Sussex Royal

- Brad Pitt watching Jennifer Aniston's SAG acceptance speech

- Paul Rudd sums up our feelings about podcasting so frequently

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- Blinkist (link is good for a free 7 day trial and 25% off your subscription)

- Thrive Causemetics (promo code BIGBOO for 15% off your order)

- FabFitFun (promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first subscription box)

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary232020.mp3
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Well, if you have dreamed of an in-depth weigh-in on the current Royal Family shenanigans, this may be the episode you've been waiting for. Suffice it to say that Melanie has some thoughts, and oh, has she ever done her research. We also discuss our new favorite Netflix show, and I don't mean to brag, but I'm pretty sure I PR'd in terms of viewing time. You'll be happy to know that I blazed through those six episodes like a champion.

We also talk about our friend Travis' FANTASTIC new album called Spirit Rise (Melanie and I both adore it) as well as our realization that we don't really care about awards shows anymore. Our 20-something selves don't know how to process this development.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- Conecuh Sausage

- Family Savvy

- Sussex Royal

- "Money Can't Buy You Class"

- Mrs. Kravitz

- Trailer for Cheer on Netflix

- Cheer on Netflix (not for the children - the language is rough)

- Spinning Out on Netflix (Mel thinks it may have potential)

- Spirit Rise by our friend and favorite podcast guest Travis Cottrell on Apple Music

- Spirit Rise by our friend and favorite podcast guest Travis Cottrell on Spotify

- Our BigBoo Amazon Shop

Sponsors:

- care/of (use promo code BIGBOOCAST50 for 50% off your first order)

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary162020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm CDT

Today we found out that Mike Leach is the new head football coach at my beloved Mississippi State University.

Needless to say, Melanie and I needed to talk about it.

This is just a little bonus episode, but our enthusiasm, of course, knows no bounds. So all that to say: we invite you to share in our joy. :-) 

Happy Weekend, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- Announcement Video #1 from MSU Sports Media (Coach Leach is a big fan of pirates)

- Announcement Video #2

- The GIF I sent Melanie 

Direct download: thebigboocast-alert-alert-mike-leach-is-at-state.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:54pm CDT

You will not be surprised to learn that on our first episode of 2020, we talk about college football. Specifically, we dig into the Mississippi State coaching search and the wonder of Joe Burrow. We also discuss what we did for fun / relaxation over the holidays (here's a hint: TV), and I break down round two of trying out my Instant Pot.

Also, Melanie shares her preferences re: Chick-fil-A nuggets (OH, SHE HAS THOUGHTS) and her resolution about chicken for the new year. Because didn't we all make a resolution about chicken? I'm assuming we did.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- The Crown

- Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute

- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

- Virgin River

- My Dear Hamilton: The Life of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

- The Hideaway by Lauren Denton

- Family Savvy's Instant Pot Mississippi Roast

- Sunday Riley Power Trio: Lactic Acid + Retinol + Vitamin C Bundle

- Sophie's Twenty Twenty playlist on Apple Music

- Sophie's Twenty Twenty playlist on Spotify

Sponsors:

- OpenFit (text BIGBOO to 505050 for fourteen free days of Sugar Free 3)

- Noemie (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off your order)

Direct download: thebigboocastjanuary92020.mp3
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