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.

On this episode we did a little spin on our weekly Five Favorites to spend some time focusing on gratitude. Yes, 2020 has been a train wreck, but it's also given us all sorts of opportunities to be thankful for essential workers and college football and Phil Rosenthal, among other things.

And just in case we haven't said it enough: we are extraordinarily thankful for all of you who make up our little podcast community. There's no way to adequately express how much you have enriched our lives over the duration of the podcast - but maybe this year more than ever. Y'all are the best, and we love you.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Enjoy episode 212!

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Show Notes:

- Our Amazon Shop

- Hazel's beloved dog bed (she has the 36-inch)

- "The act of thanks-giving is holy protest against cynicism, covetousness, fatalism, entitlement, self-pity, joylessness, discontentment, self-sufficiency, greed, arrogance, and apathy.” - @dukekwondc

- Ouida Wednesday (look on Sophie's Instagram in the highlights)

- Somebody Feed Phil

- Ted Lasso


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

- Storyworth (use this link for $10 off your first purchase)

- Hello Fresh (use promo code BIGBOO90 for $90 off) (also: the joy of my life has been how much David loves to cook our Hello Fresh meals; it has been a GAME CHANGER for us)

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 50% off and free shipping)

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember262020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

Well, we're back with the second installment of our annual Holiday Gift Guide, and man oh man has it ever been an eventful week between part 1 and part 2. We catch you up on all of that at the beginning of the episode, and then we dig into our favorite gift ideas for men and women in lo, the year of our Lord 2020.

If you missed last week's episode, you can catch up on our gift ideas for teenagers right here. Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend! Grateful for y'all!

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Show Notes: (some links are affiliate links)

- The Queen's Gambit

- The Crown

- Southern Charm

Gifts for Men:

- Eddie Bauer Oversized Down Throw

- Groovelife Belts

- Aggie Ring ornaments

- Bose Solo Sound Bar

- Fishing Tackle Storage Bag

- Waterfield Laptop Sleeve

- Digital Ear Muffs

- Howler Bros. Snapshirts

- Olukai house shoes

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

- Black Rifle Coffee

- Benerx MD CBD pain cream (10% off and free shipping with code BIGMAMA)

- 2020 Dumpster Fire Ornaments (here's another one)

Gifts for Women:

- Nepresso Vertuo Coffee & Espresso Maker

- Michelle Morin Animalia Flannel Shorts

- Half Baked Harvest Super Simple Cookbook

- Shelf Subscription from The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia (would also be a wonderful gift for a man or for children)

- Leila Meacham books

- Old Navy High-Waist Powersoft 7/8 Joggers

- ABLE Celine Huggie Hoops (use code BIGMAMA25 for 25% off)

- Hobo Vida Wristlet (Sophie's FAVORITE wallet)

- Jo Malone Cologne Discovery Sample

- Jo Malone Body Wash / Bath Gel in Lime Basil & Mandarin

- Rifle Paper Co. Island Poppy Notebook

- Everyday Holy by Melanie Shankle

- Gentle & Lowly by Dane Ortlund

- Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison

- Emily Freeman's books

- Two Funny Girls 10-Count Styro Cups (code MERRYBIGBOO for free shipping - expires 11/27)

- Two Funny Girls Personalized Pillowcase (code MERRYBIGBOO for free shipping - expires 11/27)


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

- care/of (promo code BIGBOOCAST50 for 50% off your first order)

- NuCalm (use this link to get 50% off your first 30 day subscription)

- Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember182020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am CDT

This week Melanie and I dig into some areas of personal dysfunction - practical things in our lives where we have largely operated as if we had no choice but to participate in poorly functioning systems (that sounds really serious, but I can assure that our discussion is not). We also spend some time celebrating the #5 Texas A&M Fightin' Aggies before we jump into the main focus of this episode: our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide, this week with gift ideas for teenage girls and guys.

All that to say: it's links aplenty in this week's show notes, and we hope that some of our gift suggestions will make your life a little easier this year. Next week we'll talk through our gift ideas for women and men, so GIDDY UP, everybody.

Hope y'all enjoy!

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Show Notes: (some are affiliate links)

- Threshold Gold Plated Utensil Holder

- Cereal containers

- Melanie's new printer

- Seychelles Offstage Chelsea boots

- Dolce Vita Huey Chelsea boots

- COOP HomeGoods pillow

- Offline Real Me Crossover High Waisted Legging

- Cattlebaron in Cashmere on IG

- Pure Sciences Neck Firming Cream

- Kleem Moisturizing Retinol Cream

Teenage Girls' Gift Guide

- Morgan Harper Nichols' prints

- Project 62 frame at Target

- Heather Schieder's prints

- UV LED Nail Lamp

- Galaxy Lights

- ABLE Rachel Wristlet (use promo code BIGMAMA25 for 25% off from now until the end of the year)

- ABLE Letter Necklace (use promo code BIGMAMA25 for 25% off from now until the end of the year)

- Retro Sweatshirts and t-shirts

 -- Van Halen t-shirt dress

 -- Red Hot Chili Peppers t-shirt

 -- Beatles sweatshirt (all sizes)

- Disney+ Gift Subscription

- Chelsea boots in white (and here's a Zappos link)

- 4-in-1 charging station (great for girls or guys)

- Bath & Body Works Sweater Weather (any product in this scent)

- Massage gun for deep tissue (great for girls or guys)

- Desktop Bible verse calendar by Pearl & Rose Designs

Teenage Guys' Gift Guide

- Sports apparel (Melanie's favorite online retailer is Shop '47)

- Basketball shorts (Amazon Basics or Under Armour)

- Ice Mule

- Oofos Recovery Sport Slides

- Foot Massager

- Restaurant Gift Cards or Cash

- Spike Ball Set

- Goodfellow Knit Pajama Pants

- AirPods Pro (for girls or guys) - on sale at Amazon right now - $55 off

Show Notes:

- Prose (free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off)

- Thrive Market (sign up and receive a free gift of your choosing up to $24 in value)

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

- AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO for 30 days free)

Direct download: thebigboocastnovember122020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

Well, we recognize that there's a lot going on this week (#election2020), so we do our best to PROVIDE SOME DISTRACTIONS. We talk about the storm that hit Birmingham last week, some exciting news in Melanie's family, and our unexpectedly reflective thoughts about 2020 in general and quarantine in particular. 

We also discuss five of my current favorite things as well as the new devotional book I'm using in the mornings. Plus, we have a conversation about college football because DO YOU KNOW US AT ALL? :-) 

Enjoy, y'all!

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Show Notes: 

- Our Amazon Shop

- New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp

- Everyday Holy by Melanie Shankle

- Our beloved leather totes from Rural Route 3

- Stars Above Wide Leg Cozy Lounge Pants

- Dolce Vita Huey Suede Chelsea Boots

- Everspring Mandarin Ginger Dishwashing Liquid and Foaming Hand Soap

- Everspring Lemon & Mint Liquid Detergent

- Orolay Thickened Down Jacket

- Living Proof Dry Shampoo

- Somebody Feed Phil season 4 (IT IS A BALM)


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

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

- KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 50% off your first month)

- Thuma (use this link for free shipping on The Bed)


Direct download: thebigboocastnovember52020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT