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.

Normally Melanie and I try to show some restraint during college football season, but this week, between the start of SEC football, Mike Leach's coaching debut with Mississippi State, and my Bulldogs winning in Baton Rouge, WE HAVE SO MUCH TO SAY. Thank you in advance for your patience with us during this very exciting time.

In addition to talking about football, football, and LO, MORE FOOTBALL, we discuss my day-o-fun at a student leadership retreat and five of Melanie's current favorites. 

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop

- Lane Kiffin and his baseball jersey

- Weekend at Bernie's in the stands

- Mike Leach says last Saturday was "better than average"

- Coach Leach's postgame speech

- Pickwick & Co. Leather, Tobacco, & Woods candle

- Revitabrow

- Goodfellow & Co. quilted pullover

- Family Savvy's Spicy Hamburger Soup

- Spotify Time Capsule playlist (this is the one Spotify made for me - but any Spotify user has one)

- Opal Ice Machine

- Melanie's new cereal bowls

- Poppies on Blue china


- Hydrant (use promo code BIGBOO at checkout for 25% off your first order)

- Prose (use the link for 15% off your purchase and a free in-depth hair quiz)

- Best Fiends - download on the App Store or Google Play

- Living Proof Live Simulcast (use promo code BIGBOO5 for $5 off your simulcast ticket) (this is always one of our favorite events of the year!)


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If listening to Melanie and me troubleshoot our technical issues is your idea of quality podcast material, then this, my friends, is going to be the episode of your dreams. Our ish-ahs are thanks to a clicking noise that I believe to be the result of a short in one of Melanie's USB ports, but what matters most, I think, is that Melanie's reactions to the whole situation are SOLID GOLD.

In addition to our showing off our technical prowess, we also spend some time in this episode talking about SEC football, homegating food, Coach O's Power Hour, the delightfulness of dresses, and Melanie's 162nd closet cleanout of 2020. 

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

- Mississippi State / LSU in 2014

- Coach O's Power Hour

- The Social Dilemma

- Beach Read by Emily Henry

- Sophie's latest dress BFF (Melanie would say to wait until it's on sale - which is what I did)

- The Good Word series from The Old Try

- Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener

- Altra Timp 2.0


- Hydrant (use promo code BIGBOO to save 25%)

- Acorn (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days for free)

- FabFitFun (use promo code BIGBOO to get $10 off your first FFF box)


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If you listened to last week's episode, then you won't be surprised to learn that the first thing we address on this episode is WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED WITH THE BOOTIES? It might well be the biggest cliffhanger in the history of our little podcast. Our own version of Who Shot JR?, only with shoes. And no oil fortune. And no guns. But other than that, IDENTICAL.

In addition to a booties update, we talk about foot problems, Perry's upcoming 50th birthday, books, and my new favorite socks. And of course we talk about high school football and college football because we sort of enjoy it. You may have picked up on that.

Thanks for listening, y'all!

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Show Notes:

- Marc Fisher Oshay booties (Melanie got them 1/2 price in Cloud)

- Farm Rio Benicia wide-legged pants (I got these on sale, and Melanie would tell everybody to wait patiently because they will go on sale again)

- Our friend and business coach Retha, who is determined to make me develop routines so that I better manage my time :-) 

- Cloth & Stone Zia buttondown

- The meme Alex posted (ALL IN FUN, everyone - ALL IN FUN)

- The last play in the Hillcrest / Wetumpka game

- Gait Happens on IG 

- Balega UltraGlide Friction-Free No Show Socks for Men and Women

- Kleem Organics Anti-Aging Retinol Moisturizer

- In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

- David Foster: Off the Record

- Ted Lasso on AppleTV+

- @nextdoorlife on Instagram

- Emily Freeman's Autumn playlist

- Erin Moon's Faith Adjacent episode about Hamilton

- Free People Arden tee

- AE Voop oversized tee

- Offline Real Me high-waisted legging


- Native (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

- Prose (use this link for your free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off)

- Care/of (use promo code BIGBOO50 for 50% off your first order)

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You'll be shocked to know that we talk about football on this episode (including our favorite stay-up-to-read-the-post-game-news wins), and we also break down a little <em>Real Housewives</em> because, well, WE ARE STILL IN A PANDEMIC.

On top of all that excitement, we discuss what we're reading, five things I'm enjoying right now, and the harrowing situation with Mel's most recent booties order from Nordstrom.

Please do enjoy.

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop

- Kirk Herbstreit on GameDay

- State / Auburn game in 2014

- A&M / Bama in 2012

- LuAnn singing "Happy Birthday" to Dorinda on RHONY

- Outfits on this year's RHOBH reunion

- "Viva La Diva"

- The Heir Affair

- Majesty by Katherine McGee

- In Five Years by Karen Serle

- Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

- Our business coach, Retha

- Our 200th episode playlist on Apple Music

- Our 200th episode playlist on Spotify

- I've Got a Testimony by Melvin Crispell, III

- Chef's Table: BBQ

- Pilcro cords from Anthropologie

- OPI Muse of Milan Collection

- Suzi Talks with Her Hands


- KiwiCo (get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on any crate line)

- Thrive Market (use the link to start your risk-free membership and receive a gift up to $22 in value)

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Well, it only took us thirteen years, but here we are at episode 200. Won't He do it? On average we have cranked out 15.38 episodes a year since 2007, and if you're thinking that doesn't seem like a lot, you're exactly right. This might be a good time to point you in the direction of 2010 and 2012, when we managed to record one whole episode each year. Bless it.

Anyway, our 200th episode is pretty much just like all the other episodes (this feels right, doesn't it?). We talk about Melanie's weekend in College Station and my thoughts about The Heir Affair (I finally finished reading it) and five things Melanie has really enjoyed this past week. We also discuss my search for a new pair of sneakers and how Melanie's guidance on this particular issue has been invaluable (that is to say: I HAVE FOUND A WINNER).

Finally, keep your eyes on our Instagram accounts this week - because we have a couple of fun giveaways planned to celebrate the big 200. We can't thank you enough for being such loyal listeners. You have supported and encouraged us (lo, even in 2010 and 2012), and we are deeply grateful that you make time to listen every week.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

- Our very first podcast episode on August 25, 2007 (what tickles me the most is how slow we talked and how quiet we were - clearly the mothers of some pre-schoolers who were sleeping)

- Sophie's Instagram

- Melanie's Instagram 

(Be on the lookout for some exciting 200th episode giveaways!)

- The Heir Affair 

- The Royal We

- Our Patreon episode with Gulley

- Converse Chuck Taylor All Star platform sneaker

- Steve Madden Gill Platform slip on sneaker 

- Vans Old Skool Platform sneaker 

- Dr. Scholl's look out platform sneaker 

- Adidas Nizza platform sneaker 

- Sofft Bellview high top sneaker 

- Paul Green Candice slip-on platform sneaker (these are the ones I got - and my goodness they are comfortable)

- The Blazer from Nike

- Nike Air Force Ones

- Nike Air Max 270

- Nike Air Max 90

- Nike CruzrOne (I ordered these because they're wider than the average Nike shoe - and I can confirm that they are suuuuper comfortable)

- My long black dress from Amazon - which is very cute with my new sneakers (regular and plus sizes)

- Chrystal Hurst's new book

- Julia Reed's gorgeous obituary by Jon Meacham in Garden & Gun

- NEEDTOBREATHE's new album, Out of Body

PJ Morton's new album, Gospel According to PJ

Gregory Porter's new album, All Rise

- Pickwick Leather, Tobacco, & Woods candle

- Weimann leather conditioning wipes

- Stainless steel mixing bowl set of 6

- Homegating styrofoam cups from Two Funny Girls

- Amazon joggers for $14.99


- NoteCube (20% off with promo code BIGBOO)

- Best Fiends (download in the Apple App Store or on Google Play)


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