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 part two of our Christmas Gift Guide, and this round of gift suggestions is for women and men. Coming up with ideas for women was pretty easy, but when it came to presents for guys, I really tried to 1) think about what David and Alex might enjoy and 2) think like Perry and consider the life-giving value of effective illumination. I hope he'll be pleased.

You might be shocked to learn (eye roll) that there's some weird scratchy noise that appears from time to time in this episode, but we could not figure out what it was. Melanie wasn't in the bean bag chair, her hair was pulled back, and she wasn't wearing bracelets (there was a point when I was convinced the noise was bracelets). However, the up side is that her internet connection was flawless, so we'll take our victories where we can.

You can find all the links in the show notes below (there are affiliate links, just FYI), and we hope these ideas are helpful. We had the best time putting together these last two episodes, and now we're going to focus on preparing for our Thanksgiving festivities (or, as Melanie's family calls it, Shanksgiving). :-)

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

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Show Notes:

Gifts for Women

- The Big Boo Amazon Store

- Cc exclusives leopard beanie

- Cc chenille beanie

- Julie Vos earrings

- Earrings at All Things New by Amy (20% off and free shipping on Black Friday - no code needed!)

- Keurig coffee, latte or cappuccino maker

- Rachel Wristlet by ABLE

- Lisa Leonard your heart in mine boho wallet

- Lexon Mino Glossy Bluetooth Speaker

- Give Me More Lip lipkit

- Multi Leopard Utensil Tray

- Deep tissue shiatsu massager pillow

- Marmot Women’s Connect Gloves

- Kennebunk Bliss plush throw

- Sam Edelman Faux Shearling Puffer Coat

- Orolay Thickened Down Jacket - all sizes from XXS to 5X

- Mark and Graham Small Monogrammed Jewelry Case

- Big Boo Gift Boxes (The New Big Boo and The Big Boo Too) (code BIGBOO25 for 25% off)

- Lindsay Letters Nativity Sketch (order by December 12)

Gifts for Men

- ThxToms LED Flashlight Gloves

- RAK Magnetic Wristband

- Leathercraft in and out bucket, 61 pocket tool organizer

- Lake Art - must order by December 2nd for Christmas delivery

- Opal countertop ice maker

- Tatanka Webbing Belt from Mountain Khaki

- Saltwater Webbing Belt from Mountain Khaki

- Patagonia Better Sweater zip vest

- Dr. Tony Evans Study Bible

- DG Hill insulated thermal socks

- Rechargeable hand warmers

- Old Try Alma Mater Print

- Eddie Bauer oversized down throw

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! We're so grateful for y'all!

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Well, it hardly seems possible, but lo, it is time for our annual Big Boo Holiday Gift Guide. It is understandable if you feel the need to applaud and perhaps even whistle.

I'm totally kidding. But man oh man it really is so fun to think about the holidays - especially since summer stretched into the final days of October.

This week we're focusing on three gift categories: hostess gifts, gifts for teenage guys, and gifts for teenage girls. I think it's safe to say that WE HAVE SOME THOUGHTS.

You can find all the links in the show notes below (there are affiliate links, just FYI), and we hope this makes any shopping you do a little easier. We'll be back next week with some ideas for women and men - just in time for all of your Black Friday / Cyber Monday needs.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

Hostess Gifts

- Desktop Calendar by Shelby Vafinis (would also be great for teenage girls)

- Christmas Ornaments by Debra Hewitt

- Seersucker Gin & Topo Chico in a basket with Dot's Pretzels

- Dot's Pretzels

- ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal - Book of Luke

- Two Funny Girls styros, plastic cups, paper coffee cups (free shipping code MERRYBIGBOO until December 6th)

- Bloomingville Transparent Glass Vase with Embossed Design

- Bamboo charcuterie board

- A Place at the Table cookbook by Kelly Minter

- Magic Wand for Christmas tree lights

- Inflatable reindeer antler ring toss

- Little Hearts Prepare Him Room by Holly Mackle - family Advent devotional with ornament cards

Gifts for Teenage Boys

- Peanut Butter Spoon

- JBL Go 2 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

- Game of Phones

- Cornhole Board

- Spike Ball

- Pickleball Paddle Set

- Turtle Wax Ultimate Car Care Kit

- NoOne Car Safety Kit

- Leatherman Multi-tool Engraved

- 3x5 Flags for Rooms

- Customized Bobble Head

- Restaurant Gift Cards

- Tickets to a sporting event or a guided hunt with their dad

- Metal detector

Gifts for Teenage Girls

- LED Color-Changing Strip Lights

- Camo Beanie with ponytail hole

- Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette

- Holiday Perfume Travel Sampler Set

- Lashstash

- Personalized engraved name ring

- BDG High Waisted Mom Jeans

- Oversized Hooded Sweatshirts

- Madewell Large Tassel Zip Pouch (25% off with the code STARTEARLY)

- Madewell Glitter Leather Pouch

- Madewell Leather Pouch Wallet

- Aerie Pajama Jumpsuit

- Rifle Paper Co. Pack of 3 Journals

- Portable Mini-LED Projector

- Hydroflask

- Red Bubble Stickers


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

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


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You might expect that all we're going to talk about on this episode is the LSU / Alabama game, but we might actually surprise you. I mean, of course we *do* talk about LSU / Alabama because HAVE YOU EVEN MET US, but we also discuss our air travel pet peeves, the initial rounds of the college football coaching carousel, and a cold front that has swept through Texas and Alabama.

And if all of that weren't enough, I have a couple of Hazel tales to tell, not to mention that Melanie has some TV and make-up recommendations for the good of the group.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop

- Rao’s Marinara Sauce

- Rao’s Vodka Sauce

- Family Savvy Baked Ziti

- Family Savvy

- Ramona Singer and “Roll Tide”

- Dak Prescott memes

- Succession 

- Holiday in the Wild

- IT Lash Blowout Mascara

- Buxom lip gloss

-  Anastasia brow definer


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


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Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) we don't have any raccoon tales for you this week, but we do have an exciting update about Melanie's kitchen island. CAN YOU EVEN STAND THE EXCITEMENT?

We also talk about some recent high school football fun here in Birmingham, our Thanksgiving plans, a new lipstick I am loving (LOV-ING), and a product that might just provide some hope for my under-eye woes. LET IT BE, LORD.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- The Big Boo Amazon Shop

- Valerie Colorblocked Wool Sweater Coat

Chicken Divan

- Chicken and Dressing

- Too Faced Natural Nude Lipstick in Overexposed

- Collagen Eyezone Mask


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

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