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.

So true story: we spend the first ten minutes of this episode talking about the raccoon that was in Melanie's chimney.

I feel like I may never get to write a sentence like that again.

Anyway, we talk about the raccoon, and we talk about Melanie and Caroline's recent trip to College Station. We also discuss the latest with my bathroom remodel, the latest with college football, and the latest with some coaches we have grown to admire over the years - complete with a Tender Hallmark Moment (TM) about Why Coaches Matter (and man oh man - do they ever matter).

Also, mark your calendars for our Christmas Gift Guide Episode the week of November 18th, and we'll have a special Christmas episode with our beloved Travis Cottrell on Patreon in early December.

Fun times ahoy, everyone. Hope you enjoy this episode!

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Show Notes:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop


- Poldark on PBS

- Behold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson on iTunes and Spotify

- p.s. The Madewell boots were gone, so I ordered these little beauties instead. Fingers crossed that they fit. :-)


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

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

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober302019.mp3
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In this episode we talk way more about high school football than college (no joke: this past Friday night was the most exciting high school football game of my adult life), and I'm so happy that we were able to actually have a podcast conversation about high school football, because that means Melanie's internet connection is working again. May the Lord be praised.

We also talk about some stuff that has happened on the internets over the course of the last week, the problem with the countertop on Melanie's island, Melanie's recent test drive of a hydro-facial, and some make-up that we have recently tried and enjoyed.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop - new stuff listed all the time!

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

- Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

- Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer (the best concealer I have ever used)

- Maybelline Super Stay Ink Crayon Lipstick


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The Bulldogs and the Aggies didn't have an easy time of it this past weekend, but don't you worry: Melanie and I still have big fun recapping what we love about the LSU Tigers and analyzing the greatness of Nick Saban. We also discuss a recent situation where I was told I have angled cuticles, and yes, I realize that might be the strangest declaration I have made to date via this podcast.

In the second half of this episode we were absolutely plagued by disconnection problems, but the bright side of that is that we discovered the root of all of our sound issues. We appreciate your patience as you have had no choice but to join us on this perilous audio journey.

We also talk about a couple of products I've tried and enjoyed, and then we pretty much give up on being able to record anything else. Which is why I am delighted to have included about ten minutes of our most recent Patreon episode at the end of this one. NOW DIDN'T THAT ALL WORK OUT.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- The Late Night Movie

- Downton Abbey

- Prettygarden Women's Solid Sweater

- Bare Minerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Queen

- Relavel Make-up Case (IT IS A GAME CHANGER)

- Speed Test for upload and download speeds

- Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange candle 

- Pickwick and co leather, woods and tobacco candle 

- Nest Moroccan Amber candle 

- Northern lights whiskey and tobacco candle 

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!


- care/of (promo code BIGBOO50 for 50% your first order)

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Listen. When Melanie and I started recording this episode, I was in a big ole post-birthday, post-Homecoming, please-someone-make-the-news-cycle-slightly-less-exhausting funk. Plus, we had eleventy hundred sound issues when we started trying to record, so in retrospect maybe I should have just called it a day and taken a 16-hour nap.

However, as it always tends to do, talking to Melanie eventually turned my frown upside down. I think it's the combination of hearing her talk about when lightning struck near their house and how the barista situation is going at C's school and her challenges at their recent family dove hunt and her glorious new mattress topper and the apparently bottomless pit that is contributing to a teenager's checking account.

So all that to say: funny friends are difference-makers, and aren't we all so grateful for that?

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Downton Abbey - the movie

- Sophie's brand-spankin' new clothes steamer

- Billy Joel Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2

- Sleep Innovations Gel Memory Foam 4-inch Mattress Topper

- Linen Home 100% Cotton Percale Sheets

- Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow - Luxury Plush Gel Pillow

- Sunday Riley Vitamin C Serum

- Sunday Riley Luna Oil

- Sunday Riley Good Genes

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!


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

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober112019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm CDT

This past Saturday was a tough one for both of us football-wise (though to the Aggies' credit, they were victorious over the Razorbacks), so as you can imagine, we do some post-game processing on this episode. We also break down some of the better parts of our weekend and discuss why tile selection should be a required exercise for all couples in their pre-marital counseling.

Finally. You will be zero percent surprised to learn that there was a point where I accidentally stopped recording, which meant that poor Melanie had to listen to me tell a story for the second time, and then there were a couple of times where we had to step away from the computer for a minute or so for Very Urgent Matters of Great Urgency. So all that to say: we're just here to be as professional as possible. As always.

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

- Season 2 of Fleabag (Melanie recommends - and also says that it's not kid-friendly)

- Olivia Colman

- American Royals by Katharine McGee

- Don't forget about our Amazon Shop!

Direct download: thebigboocastoctober22019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm CDT