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.

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!)


- 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


- 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


- 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


- 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
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm CDT