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.

Here's the second installment of our 2018 Gift Guide, this time with lots of options for women and men. You could also refer to this installment as HERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS WE LIKE and also HERE ARE THINGS WE WILL LIKELY PURCHASE FOR OUR HUSBANDS.

So see? The gift guide serves a lot of purposes.

We also do a quick recap of this past Saturday's football games because precious is the day when both the Aggies and the Bulldogs are victorious.

We hope you enjoy this episode, and we especially hope that your Thanksgiving is full of time with the people you love most. We're so grateful for y'all!

Show Notes:

The Princess Switch

Dumplin' trailer

Gifts for women:

Brooks Running Greenlight Capri

- Able Cascade lariat necklace

Able Hana Wallet

The Merly denim jacket

Granda bowl by Able

30% off FashionABLE with code ABLE30 at checkout plus free shipping

Nordstrom Kennebunk Bliss plush throw

Noonday Collection Wildflower Clutch

- Nikki Cade Map Maker Commuter Clutch (what Sophie is using now and loving)

Yeti rambler 14 oz insulated coffee mug

- Hydroflask coffee mug

Lune & Aster Destination Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

(code JETSET if you spend $100 or more at and you get 10 free samples)

Natori Nirvana midi robe

Moxie Leather Bar Necklace


Capri Blue Fir & Firewood Candle

Asos hand knitted chunky scarf

Lodge 6 quart enamel Dutch oven

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

- Facetory

Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Socks

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium 3000 Dryer

Gifts for men:

- Worx jawsaw

Howler flannel shirt

Bose Soundlink micro bluetooth speaker

Under Armour ColdGear Reactor Vest

- Warthog knife sharpener

Duke Cannon lip balm

- Barrington leather money clip

Shelta hats - The Osprey

- Surefire LED keychain light

Digital Tire Pressure Gauge, Lantoo 150PSI with 5 In 1 Rescue Tools

- Patagonia better sweater quarter zip pullover 

Kindle Paperwhite


- Little Passports

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

- PrepDish (promo code BIGBOO for 2 free weeks)


Direct download: thebigboocastnovember212018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

I don't even know, y'all. Somehow in trying to correct something in 123 I deleted the last 10-ish minutes, which was our discussion about Jamie Golden's skincare routine. So please do follow Jamie on Instagram (@jamiebgolden), and please do forgive my besetting sin of not having a *super* strong understanding of Garage Band even though we've been podcasting since BEFORE THE DAWN OF TIME.


Direct download: thebigboocastpart2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm CDT

All righty - you asked for it, and we aim to please, so here's part one of our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide. We had the best time rounding up ideas, and in this first installment, we focus on hostess gift options as well as gifts for teenage girls and guys.

This means that I use my teenage girl voice at least four too many times.

Anyway, we hope our suggestions are helpful (and fun!) (and also significantly reduce your shopping stress). As always, you can find links to everything in the show notes. Except for the rosemary tree from Lowe's and anything from Trader Joe's. Because Trader Joe's online shopping options = sad trombone.

Be on the lookout for installment #2 (gifts for men and women) early next week.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes: 

- Elaine Benes

Hostess Gifts:

Totally Bamboo State Shaped Serving and Cutting Board (search for "Totally Bamboo" and the state you're looking for)

I'll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller

Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillin Smith

- Love Welcome Serve: Recipes that Gather & Give by Amy Hannon

Two Funny Girls shatterproof Christmas cups

Tis the season paper Christmas cups with cardboard sleeve

Reverse to sherpa throw from TJMaxx and Target

Hummingbird Farms trio of creams

Heather Gauthier tea towels

The Pioneer Woman Flea Market Decorated Footed Bowls

- All Things Trader Joe's (you have to go to Trader Joe's)

- Pickwick leather, tobacco and woods candle

Gifts for teenage girls:

"Anything from Urban"

ASOS lounge super soft onesie

- Lily Rain jewelry

Leather wallet phone case

- Boho Bandeau

- Sephora gift sets: Best Hair Ever, Lashstash, Face Mask Magic

- Hydro Flask water bottle

- Red Bubble stickers

- marble make up brush set

Aerie oversized chenille turtleneck

- Freestyle watches

Script & Scribble Chunky Personalized Notepads

Gifts for teenage boys:

- Cash

- Gift cards for food (can email via Target)

- Apple Airpods

- Colorful, borderline obnoxious socks (Hot Sox & Nordstrom Rack)

- Leatherman Wingman multi tool

- Champion reverse weave hooded sweatshirt

waterproof dry bag

- AMC movie gift card

- StubHub gift card

- Spotify Premium gift card (please read all the restrictions before you buy...these cards apparently don't work with family accounts)

- Teton Sports sleeping bag

- NBA jersey


- Little Passports

- Poshmark (download from app store; promo code BIGBOO5 for $5 off your first order)

- PrepDish (promo code BIGBOO for 2 free weeks)

- Simple Contacts (promo code BIGBOO20 for $20 off)

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember162018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

It took us three tries to get this episode going; we had a little recording trouble with the site we normally use, so then we had to switch over to Skype and blah blah blah we're the Bad News Bears of podcasting. Hi, welcome to the podcast, now watch us get hit in the chest by a fly ball. Or maybe a microphone.

Eventually, though, we found us a work-around, and we settled in for a nice, long chat about all manner of things: the State / Bama game, Melanie's recent trip to Marshall, Texas, upcoming speaking stuff, and an update on the Camellia boots. We also discuss the struggle of my current no-shopping resolution and a few things that have inspired the fire out of me lately.

And finally, we break down our friend Jamie Golden's recent skincare product recommendations that she shared on Instagram. It's safe to say that she shared what most would consider a wealth of knowledge, and we are grateful.

Enjoy, y'all!

Show Notes:

- Sam Edelman Camellia boots

- H&M sweater tunic 

- Ben Rector's Magic tour

- Eric Church's Desperate Man

- The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy

- Jamie Golden's Instagram

- Sophie's favorite facial soap

- The Ordinary


- Poshmark (download from app store; promo code BIGBOO5 for $5 off your first order)

- PEX 

- Casper (promo code BIGBOO for $50 off select mattresses; terms & conditions apply)

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember1220184.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm CDT