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.

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


- 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


- 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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

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


- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

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

Direct download: thebigboocastfebruary132020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm CDT

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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We'd love for you to subscribe on iTunes, and we'd be honored if you'd leave us a review.

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


- 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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm CDT