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Author: Melanie Shankle & Sophie Hudson

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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.
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We have a special guest on this week's episode, and we couldn't be happier about it. Sharon McMahon (@sharonsaysso) has taken Instagram by storm over the last few months - she is a funny, wise, non-partisan former government teacher - and she has created such a beautiful online community. Melanie and I have gotten such a kick out of following her and learning from her, so when it worked out for us to get to actually talk to her, we couldn't say "yes" fast enough. And listen - we cover a lot of ground. We talk about Sharon's informational, non-partisan approach to teaching people about government and democracy, we talk about how Sharon shattered Melanie's lifelong belief about Texas' ability to secede from the union, and we talk about how important it is to really listen to one another so that we can understand one another better - especially when we disagree (my favorite quote of Sharon's: "We cannot work for each other's mutual destruction"). We're also going to talk about make-up, and if you've seen Sharon's eyeshadow skills on Instagram, you'll understand why.  We'll also have our usual round of Five Favorites at the end of the episode (it's my turn this week!), and we'll be back next Monday with a new Five Questions (featuring our literary agent, Lisa Jackson) and our usual brand of shenanigans next Thursday on episode 230. Enjoy, everybody! - Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron Show Notes: - The Carol Burnett Show - Sharon McMahon - Sharon's Instagram - Sharon's Government for Grown-ups - Dave (the movie) - BH Cosmetics Hangin' in Hawaii eyeshadow palette - Latisse eyelash serum - Revitabrow eyelash serum - Go Big or Go Home mascara by KVD Beauty - Subversion eyelash primer by Urban Decay - Get Organized with The Home Edit on Netflix - Palmer's Cocoa Butter Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil - Thrive Causemetics 3-in-1 Brightening Face Wash - Delicious Miss Brown - Kardea Brown's Fried Pork Chops with Homemade Table Gravy - Tyler Glamorous Wash in Diva (a laundry splurge - but one small bottle will last for six months or so) - OPI Hollywood & Vibe Sponsors: - Audible (use this link or text BIGBOO to 500500) - Thrive Market (use this link to get 25% off your first order and an exclusive free gift) - Native (use promo code BIGBOO at checkout and get 20% off your first order) - Stamps (use promo code BIGBOO for a 4-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale)
This week on Five Questions - a six-week bonus series of The Big Boo Cast - we're talking with Elizabeth Passarella, a contributing editor at Southern Living magazine and the author of Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York. We started this conversation a few weeks ago on Episode 224, so we are delighted to bring you part two today. Elizabeth grew up in Memphis, has lived in New York for the last twenty years, and talks to us on this episode about the best Memphis barbecue, the Southern food she misses, and whether or not releasing a new book was what she expected.  We'll be back later this week with our regular episode - Episode 229 - and then next Monday we’ll have another episode of Five Questions with our beloved literary agent, Lisa Jackson.  Hope y'all enjoy! - Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron! Show Notes: - Amy Grant & Ellie Holcombe's song, "A Woman" - "El Shaddai" - Lead Me On - Sandi Patty - Amy Grant's The Collection - "Old Man's Rubble" - "All I Ever Have to Be" - Honey Baked Ham - Sister Schubert's rolls - Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York - Fran Keenan's Instagram (this is how I found out about Elizabeth's book) - Elizabeth's website - Elizabeth on Instagram Sponsor: - AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)
We're back with a new regular episode after a week away, and we catch up on all manner of things: Caroline's last soccer game, the weather in Alabama, college baseball, and what we've been watching.  We also discuss what we're thinking about cooking for Easter, a new hidden object game that has captured my fancy, and Melanie's latest round of Five Favorites. Last thing: don't miss our latest Five Questions Bonus Episode with Retha Nichole - and we'll have another Five Questions this Monday. Hope y'all enjoy! - Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron Show Notes: - Last Chance U Basketball - June's Journey - A Place to Call Home - Melanie's Breakfast Casserole (she uses Alexia Potato Puffs - cooked ahead of time - instead of bread) - Pioneer Woman's Marlboro Man Sandwiches (I only use one stick of butter and it's all fine) :-) - Mexican Cornbread (scroll down and you'll see the recipe) - Twice Baked Potatoes (this is our favorite recipe - except I like to cook a few strips of pepper bacon and crumble it up instead of using bacon bits) - Kut from the Kloth Gidget cutoffs - Kingdom Pets duck jerky and sweet potato treats - Good & Gather salt and pepper roasted macadamia nuts - Naturewell collagen intense moisturizing cream - Tan Luxe body butter Sponsors: - FabFitFun (use promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first box) - Prose (use this link for a free, in-depth hair quiz and 15% off your first order) - SoulCycle (use promo code BIGBOO for a free pair of select cycling shoes with purchase of SoulCycle at-home bike) - Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your purchase)  
This week on Five Questions - a bonus series of The Big Boo Cast - we're talking with Retha Nichole, our favorite life and business coach who also happens to be the business manager for our podcast. Retha has a way of cutting straight through excuses and procrastination and helping people not just see their goals - but figure out how to make forward progress. So whether you've dreamed of writing or painting or starting your own business or running a half marathon, Retha has some great tips to help you get started and build momentum. This week we'll also have a new regular episode - Episode 228 - and then we'll be back next Monday with episode four in this bonus series, a (continued) conversation with the author of Good Apple, our new friend Elizabeth Passarella. Hope y'all enjoy! - Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron! Show Notes: - Retha's website - Retha's Instagram - Retha's Sunday Planner - Retha's STUCK ebook Sponsor: - AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)
This week on Five Questions - our new bonus series of The Big Boo Cast - we're talking with Laura Tremaine, our longtime blog friend and newly published author. Laura is insightful, honest, and she has had such an interesting journey from blogging to podcasting to writing a book. We had an absolute blast talking with her. And just a reminder: there's no regular episode this week because Melanie and I are taking a little time off, but we'll be back again next week with a new Five Questions and a new regular episode. You can also find us over on Patreon where there's a new episode on spring fashion - complete with our spring fashion memories from the late 80s / early 90s.  Hope y'all enjoy! - Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron! Show Notes: - 10 Things to Tell You - The Popcast Live Show - Share Your Stuff. I'll Go First. - Laura's website - Laura on Twitter  - Laura on Instagram Sponsor: - AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)
On this week's episode Melanie and I talk about how we're dealing with the things that signal Ye Olde Passage of Time - like Caroline's dorm room decor and Alex's 18th birthday. We also discuss some things we've been watching, and I of course feel like I need to rehash some recent Mississippi State baseball developments. Just a heads up about next week: on Monday we'll have the latest installment of our new Five Questions bonus series, but there won't be a new regular episode next Thursday (it's Spring Break in Birmingham, so I am going to try to catch up on book edits). We'll be back the following week with two new episodes - a bonus episode on Monday, March 29th, and Episode 228 on Thursday, April 1st. There will also be a new Patreon episode that comes out this Friday, March 19th. Thanks so much for listening, everybody! Hope you enjoy! - Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron Show Notes: - Mississippi State's latest walk-off win - The Real World Homecoming: New York - Firefly Lane - WandaVision - Dorm Rooms of Mississippi and Beyond - Canva Mood Boards - Caslon camo sweatshirt in regular sizes and plus sizes (this sweatshirt is my favorite purchase in a long time - it is lightweight and soft) - A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal, edited by Sarah Bessey - College Campus Skyline Notepads by Two Funny Girls - 50 States of Beauty - American Gouache prints - The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charles Mackesy - The Wonder Years - Big Boo Five Questions with Erin Moon Sponsors: - KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off any line and free shipping) - Best Fiends (download in the Apple App Store or on Google Play) - Rothy's - Third Love (use this link for 20% off your first purchase)
If you're wondering why in the world you're seeing a new podcast episode on a Monday, here's why. Melanie and I are doing a bonus series called Five Questions with some of our favorite writers - and some of our favorite people who are connected to our writing life. These are shorter, 25-ish to 30-ish minute episodes that we hope will brighten your day and encourage you, too.  This week we're talking with our dear, brilliant friend Erin Moon. She is, as always, a delight - full of wisdom about writing and Texas and a host of other things. And as for the regular episodes, they're not going anywhere. We'll be back later this week with episode 227, and then we'll be back again next Monday, and then we won't be back next Thursday because of Spring Break, but then we'll be back in the Monday / Thursday rhythm the week of the 29th. See how that all works out? Hope y'all enjoy! - Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron! Show Notes: - Erin Moon - Bucc-ee's - @sharonsaysso on Instagram - Explosions in the Sky on Apple Music and Spotify - Erin's Instagram - Brennan Manning - Henri Nouwen - Anne Lamott - Madeleine L'Engle - Larry McMurtry Sponsor: - AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)
On this week's episode we discuss Melanie's Spring Break getaway in Dallas, along with how breezy (not) I was on Alex's first college tour at Samford. We also talk about a couple of fun things I found at Target - and a TV show I recently watched and enjoyed. And just in case you're wondering: we oh-so-briefly discuss the Meghan and Harry interview with Oprah, but this is not the episode where we'll break down all of that (for one thing, Melanie hadn't seen it yet when we recorded, and for another thing, we're going to need a whole Patreon episode in order to really dig into that whole thing). HOWEVER comma we still have some exciting news; we announce a new series of bonus episodes that will be coming your way over the next six weeks, *and* it's Melanie's turn for Five Favorites. Just look at all that fun! Enjoy, y'all! - Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron Show Notes: - twenty twenty fun sweatshirt from Milk & Honey tees - Turtle Creek Lane - Revolve (one of Mel and Caroline's online faves) - The Flight Attendant (not for the children) - Harry & Meghan interview with Oprah (we have a Patreon episode coming out later this week) - Knox Rose at Target - Elf Precision Brow Pencil - Progressive multi-focus blue light blocking glasses - Halogen sleek flat hoop earrings - Explosions in the Sky on Apple Music and Spotify - Everything but the Bagel nuts at Trader Joe's - Chelsea 28 cowl neck sweater Sponsors: - NuCalm (use this link for 50% off your 30-day subscription) - Hello Fresh (use the promo code BIGBOO12 for 12 free meals) - Stamps (use promo code BIGBOO for 4-week trail, plus free postage and a digital scale) - Thrive Market (use this link to get 25% off your first order and a free gift)
It's quite a week on Ye Olde Podcast: Melanie shares an AT&T update, I reminisce about the South Central Bell customer service reps of my formative years, and Melanie gets us up to speed on Caroline's most recent soccer games.  Also, I overshare about Mississippi State's baseball series against Tulane, but I trust you've grown to expect this kind of thing. And to top it all off, we have a long discussion about Italian food (I made a bolognese sauce, y'all) and catch up on Melanie's current Netflix goals. What a time. Hope y'all enjoy! - Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron! Show Notes: - Pioneer Woman's Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes - State's walk-off grand slam in the Saturday game - State's walk-off win in the Sunday game - Bon Appétit's Bolognese - Article by Sarah Jessica Parker in Grub Street - To All the Boys: Always and Forever - Firefly Lane - Derek - Sophie's Easter dress - Melanie's Easter dress - Anastasia Brow Wiz - Olaplex Bonding Oil - WandaVision (the most unexpected TV treat of 2021 for me) - In and Of Itself on Hulu (not for the children) -  Bobeau Long Open Front Cardigan in regular sizes and plus sizes - Diva laundry detergent (it's price-y - so I stretch it out for special laundry occasions :-) and get about six months out of a bottle) - Kirk Franklin's Tiny Desk Concert on NPR - Prince Harry & James Corden Sponsors: - AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free) - Native (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order) - care/of (use promo code BIGBOOCAST50 for 50% off your first order) - Thrive Market (use this link to get 25% off your first order and a free gift)
It seems like it's been forever since we last said these words, but college baseball season is here! On this episode we talk about opening weekend for the Aggies and the Bulldogs, and we also discuss our weekend outings to the State / Alabama women's basketball game (me) and the San Antonio rodeo (Mel). Plus, Mel shares some ways we can all jump in and help Texans who are recovering from last week's ice storm. AND. This week we get to spend some time talking with author Elizabeth Passarella. I mentioned her new book, Good Apple, on the podcast a few weeks ago (you may remember that I loved it), and Melanie and I were so excited to get to visit with her. You'll hear part of the conversation on this episode - the rest a few weeks down the road - and you are going to love her. Melanie and I had both talked to her for about three minutes when we realized that it felt like we've known her forever. Hope y'all enjoy! - Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron! Show Notes: - How to Help Texas: San Antonio Food Bank, Houston Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank, West Texas Food Bank - Mississippi State's new baseball uniforms with the "State" script (NBD but these might just be the best looking baseball uniforms in the country)- Elizabeth Passarella - Good Apple by Elizabeth Passarella (it's really wonderful!) - Rendevouz - Corky's BBQ - Payne's Bar-B-Que - Levain Bakery - Roku streaming stick - YouTube TV - Quilty weighted blanket - 32 oz. deli food storage containers - milk frother - Ancestral Supplements Grass Fed Dessicated Beef Liver Sponsors: - Best Fiends (download on the Apple App Store or Google Play) - Prose (use this link for your free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off your first order) - FabFitFun (use promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first box) - KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first month and free shipping)
This week we talk all about Melanie's Winter Extravaganza (TM) in San Antonio, which leads to a discussion about potential winter meals and our preparation (or lack thereof) for winter weather snacks. I also chronicle my Marvel Movie Plan (also TM but not really), and you'll be delighted (though not at all surprised) to hear me confuse the Captain America and Captain Marvel movies when I discuss what I've been watching. Bless my heart. On top of all that, I share my Five Favorites this week, and next week - don't miss it! - because Good Apple author Elizabeth Passarella will be with us.  Enjoy, y'all! - Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron! Show Notes: -  Our Beauty Favorites episode on Patreon (complete with a Google Doc!) - Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ - Melanie's favorite gumbo recipe - Family Savvy's Spicy Hamburger Soup - Bobby Sue's Everything Goes Nuts - Whisps - WHAT A DELIGHT - America's Test Kitchen Complete Mediterranean Cookbook - Gimme Some Oven salad recipes - The WandaVision Marvel Catch-up Viewing Plan (I said "Captain Marvel" instead of "Captain America" a solid three times in the episode, which really tracks in terms of my overall literacy in this area) 1) Avengers: Age of Ultron 2) Captain America: Civil War (I misidentified this one in the episode because SKILLZ) 3) Avengers: Infinity War 4) Ant Man & the Wasp 5) Captain Marvel 6) Captain America: Winter Soldier (also misidentified in the episode) (not necessary for WandaVision but oh-so-enjoyable) 7) Avengers: Endgame - Good Apple by Elizabeth Passarella - Pendaflex Translucent Polyfile Jackets - Anthropologie Baker Stripe Dish Towels - Merrell Antora 2 Rainbow Trail Runner - $10-ish Walmart sweatshirt (my wintertime companion) - and in plus sizes - Gotham Steel pasta pot - Always Pan by Our Place (we both have pondered this one) Sponsors: - Rothy's - Apostrophe (use code BIGBOO to get $15 off) - Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO10 for 10 free meals and free shipping) - Munk Pack (use code BIGBOO for 20% off your purchase)
On this week's episode Melanie teaches us a new word related to real estate, and I talk about three exciting discoveries from my most recent writing weekend at a local Hampton Inn. We also discuss our thoughts about how dogs perceive time.And while we didn't plan it, Melanie offers her thoughts on blazers (I'm still thinking about what she said), and she also shares her Five Favorites - which I interrupt to discuss a pair of shoes I've been admiring from afar. As always, please do enjoy.- Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron! Show Notes: - Godiva Signature Roasted Almond Dark Chocolate Mini Bars - The Piano Guys on Apple Music and Spotify - S-Town (this is not for the children; the language is definitely rated R) - In and Of Itself (also not for the children - but one of the most compelling things I have watched in a long time) - YouTube TV - WandaVision - Disposable black face masks - Living Proof Dry Volume Blast - Old Navy Boyfriend Ponte Blazer - Graphic Image notebooks - Aerie long-sleeve Western button downs - Two Brunettes boutique - Tinley Dolce Vita sneakers (interrupting Mel's Five Favorites to say that I am enamored) - Maybelline Sky High mascara - silicone vibrating face cleansing brush - Revision Brightening face wash Sponsors: - Third Love (use this link for 20% off your first purchase) - Native (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order) - Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off off your purchase) - NuCalm (use this link for 50% off your 30-day subscription)
Be advised that you may get whiplash from this week's episode; we are all over the place with our topics. We move from discussing the new Buc-ee's in Birmingham to Melanie's new liver supplements to the fact that I read two books in 24 hours to Melanie's determination to solve her family's TV streaming issues once and for all. And at the end of this episode, you'll hear an excerpt from our recent Patreon conversation with our friend and business manager, Retha Nichole. Our conversation with Retha is one of our favorite episodes ever - she offers so much wisdom and perspective - and we are so happy that you'll get to spend some time with her today. She is fantastic! Enjoy, y'all! Our Amazon Shop Become a Patron!Show Notes: - Buc-ee's - BeneRx (THE BEST topical pain relief - we both love it - use promo code BOOMAMA or promo code BIGMAMA for 10% off plus free shipping) - Good Apple by Elizabeth Passarella - The Guest List by Lucy Foley - Good Morning, I Love You by Shauna Shapiro - Revision brightening face wash - Liver supplements (YES. YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY.) - twenty twenty fun Big Boo t-shirt (promo code BIGBOO15 for 15% off sitewide) - twenty twenty fun Big Boo sweatshirt (promo code BIGBOO15 for 15% off sitewide) - Our Patreon conversation with our friend / business manager, Retha Nichole - Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eyeshadow in Amethyst - UGG Hank Joggers - Share Your Stuff. I'll Go First. by Laura Tremaine - That Sounds Fun by Annie F. Downs - Brave: A Teen Girl's Guide to Beating Worry and Anxiety by Sissy Goff - Perfect Coverage Bra by Third Love - flat whisk (my favorite kitchen tool besides my knife) - The full Patreon episode with our friend / business manager, Retha Nichole (on Patreon we do two bonus episodes a month for $5 / month - and you get access to all the previous episodes when you subscribe) Sponsors: - Stamps (use promo code BIGBOO for 4-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale) - Thrive Market (use our link for 25% off your first order and an exclusive free gift) - AcornTV (use promo code BIGBOO to get your first 30 days free)
On this episode Melanie shares her thoughts on a recent soccer game - and how she suffered after insisting that Caroline needed to stretch afterwards. We recap inaugural fashion (A BALM TO MY SOUL), and we spend some time speculating about JLo's skincare routine (whatever it is, IT WORKS).  Melanie also has some new products to tell us about (my favorite!), and on top of that, she tells us about her Five Favorites - which may or may not reinforce our 2021 great-grandma vibe. We're just here to serve.  Enjoy, y'all! Our Amazon Shop Become a Patron! Show Notes: - Melania Trump's Florida dress that we LOVED (We didn't know it was Gucci. This is slightly more expensive than an Anthro dress.) - JLo and ARod on the steps of the Capitol  - Michelle Obama's pantsuit (THAT COAT) - Jill Biden's evening coat - Jami Nato on Instagram - Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara - Turmeric Oil - Mindy Kaling's Amazon essays, Nothing Like I Imagined - Nature's Way DIM-plus Estrogen Metabolism (as with any supplement, check with your doctor before taking these) - Disposable black face masks - Laneige sleeping lip mask - Bombas socks - Hummingbird Farms Lavender Body Cream Sponsors: - KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 30% off your first month and free shipping on any crate line) - Sakara (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order) - Apostrophe (use promo code BIGBOO for $15 off your dermatology visit) - Best Fiends (download in the Apple App Store or on Google Play)
Well, this is just the fanciest of the episodes. We talk about vegetables, whether or not we're bothered by food odors, our struggle to make better meal choices, and how we like to achieve volume in our hair using a chip clip. We also talk about how sometimes giving up is the best option, Melanie's new method of chronicling what she reads, and my most recent round of Five Favorites. Enjoy, y'all! - Our Amazon Shop - Become a Patron! Show Notes: - Living Proof Dry Volume Blast  - Goody Hair Clips - Wonder Woman 1984 - Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand - Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes) by Mindy Kaling (each essay is listed at 99 cents for Kindle, but if you click on each one individually, you can borrow it for free with Amazon Prime) - Southern Charm - @sharonsaysso on Instagram - We, the Pizza donations to National Guard members - Sunday Planning journal - Our friend and business manager, Retha Nichole Sponsors: - Apostrophe (use code BIGBOO for $15 off your dermatology) - Care/of (use promo code BIGBOOCAST50 for 50% off your first order) - Prose (use this link for your free in-depth hair quiz and 15% off)  - FabFitFun (use promo code BIGBOO for $10 off your first box)
On this episode we spend some time making predictions about the National Championship game, and then we move into deeper subjects like eyebrow pencils, what we love about libraries, and additional low-level goals for 2021. We also talk about Melanie's completely accurate assessment of the Living Proof Dry Volume Blast (I finally tried it!), my quest for the perfect hair towel, and Melanie's (DELIGHTFUL) Five Favorites. Hope y'all enjoy! Hang in there, everybody. Show Notes: - Zoe's Family Meals - Titans by Leila Meacham - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett - Soul - Sylvie's Love - Living Proof Dry Volume Blast - Anastasia Brow Wiz Jamie Golden's Brow Product Recommendations: - LA Colors Shady Slim Brow Pencil - Benefit Gimme Brow Gel - Glossier Boy Brow - Flower Beauty Brow Gel - Glossier Brow Flick Pen - Benefit Brow Filling Pen - Fenty Brow MVP Sculpting Wax Pencil & Styler - Things I Bought & Liked on IG - Rechargeable LED Book Light - Anrabess Long Sleeve Batwing Sweater - Lemon & Eucalyptus oil - Acrylic tissue holder - The Bible Recap by Tara-Leigh Cobble - ESV Large Print Bible Sponsors:   - Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% your purchase) - Hello Fresh (use promo code bigboo10 for 10 free meals and free shipping) - Native (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order) - NuCalm (use this link for 50% off your 30-day subscription of NuCalm)
Consider this episode a celebration of the arrival of Twenty Twenty-Fun, because we have lots of happy football news and happy movie news and even some happy salad news.  Yes. I said "salad."  We also talk about our low-level goals for the new year, our favorite crunchy vegetables (THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC), and last but not least, my current Five Favorites. So, as you can see, 2021 is off to a spectacular start! Hope y'all enjoy! Our Amazon Shop Become a Patron! Show Notes: - Episode 194 with Coach Mike Leach - Soul - LIfe in PIeces - Solitaire app - That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs - Christmas Party Episode 8 with Amy Grant - The Next Right Thing Guided Journal by Emily Freeman - Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 - Soul soundtrack on Apple Music and Spotify - Piano Chill playlist on Apple Music - @thesaltedtable on Instagram  - Instructions for how to add our Patreon episodes to your favorite podcast app Sponsors: - Sakara (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off prenatals) - Thrive Market (join today for free gift worth $24) - Best Fiends (download on the Apple App Store or Google Play)
Lo, it is our last episode of 2020, and right out of the gate Melanie comes in strong by sharing catchphrase she's heard for 2021. I have a feeling that this episode won't be the last time we reference it. Besides the catchphrase fun, we talk about our respective Christmases, my deep affection for a new year, and we also discuss what three product discoveries from 2020 we plan to carry with us into 2021.  Oh! And I share a recipe for an easy dip I made on Christmas day, plus we discuss the challenges of new technology at this stage of life, and Melanie shares her five favorites.  Enjoy, y'all! Our Amazon Shop Become a Patron! Show Notes: - That Sounds Fun with Annie Downs and guest Ben Rector - Universal Standard Stephanie Wide Leg Stripe Pants  - Vidalia Onion Dip (made it for the first time in forever this Christmas and remembered why we love it) - Thrive Market - Cuisinart Coffee Center (update as I'm editing this episode: we have finally figured out our best strategy for a great pot of coffee - 12 cups of cold, filtered water and 8 large scoops (that's 16 tablespoons) of ground coffee) - Kleem Organics retinol moisturizer - Kenra Heat Cast thermal spray - Living Proof Dry Volume Blast (Melanie's hair MVP) - Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo - Living Proof Triple Detox Shampoo - Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Wash - R+Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner - Prose Pre-Shampoo Scalp Mask - Hair Scalp Massager - COOP Home Goods Pillow (a for sure 2020 MVP) - Redland Cotton Sheets - Alexa Home Studio - Echo Silver on SNL - Colorfulkoala leggings  - M3 Anti-Cellulite massage oil - ABLE Leather & Lavender candle - @heymadinelson on Instagram - Lucky Peacock Designs Sponsors: - Pipette (use code BIGBOO for 30% off your order) - Hello Fresh (use code BIGBOO90 for $90 off and free shipping) 
This week I share a terrible (okay - not really terrible - just exasperating) thing that happened when I had to go to Walmart and Target on the same day, and Melanie analyzes the Aggies' College Football Playoff chances. We also have a discussion about Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash, only I call it Sierra Mist Cranberry Blast, and clearly I have reached a point in my life where I just make up my own names for familiar products.  And as a public service to readers everywhere, Melanie makes some book suggestions that feature war / espionage as a backdrop for brave actions by gritty heroines, and I share my Five Favorites. Only I forgot to include the Five Favorites background music. I hope you can forgive me.  Please do enjoy, everyone. Our Amazon Shop Become A Patron! Show Notes: - Tasha Cobbs Leonard - Beatriz Williams (she has tons of books; Melanie mentioned three: A Hundred Summers, Golden Hour, and Along the Infinite Sea) - The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck - The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott - Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton - The German Heiress by Anika Scott - The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - The Huntress by Kate Quinn - This Secret Thing by Mary Beth Whalen - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas - Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas - Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush - R+Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo - Prose Hair Mask - Prose Dry Shampoo - Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo - Compassion Live Show - this Saturday, December 19th, at 7pm central - sponsorship option - If you attended the live show back in the summer, message our friend Retha on Instagram and she'll pass along a special code just for summer attendees - Buy a ticket for the live show - Bath & Body Works Fresh Balsam candles - Algenist Eye Renewal Balm - Mindy Kaling's ring finger - Old Navy sweaters in regular sizes and plus sizes - Sanctuary Project jewelry (use promo code SANC25 for 25% off) Sponsors: - NuCalm (use this link for 50% off your first 30-day subscription) - Magic Spoon (use the code BIGBOO for free shipping) - FabFitFun (use the code BIGBOO for $10 off) - KiwiCo (use promo code BIGBOO for 50% off and free shipping)
This week we talk about weather (yes, we are 107), some fun fashion memories, and college football because if we didn't talk about college football then the world would surely stop spinning on its axis. We also share part of this month's Closer Look episode from Patreon - with special guest Travis Cottrell. As many of y'all know, Travis is one of our very favorite people - and he happens to be a huge fan of 80's music. You'll hear the 80's music part of our Patreon discussion on this episode, and you'll also see a link to Travis' 80's Duets Playlist in the Show Notes below. And on top of all that: Melanie shares Five Favorites. Hope y'all enjoy! Our Amazon Shop Be A Patron! Show Notes: - Silk Reflections hose - A great Barefood Dreams alternative (I decided the Barefoot Dreams options were way too long for Martha - and this style is much more her speed) (please don't tell her that this is one of her presents) :-) - Travis Cottrell - Travis' 80's Duet Playlist on Apple Music - Travis' 80's Duet Playlist on Spotify - Revitalash - Pure Science Neck Firming Cream - Melanie's new favorite Stars Above pajamas - "Heirlooms" by Amy Grant - Allie+Bess bracelets - Lucky Peacock Designs Sponsors: - Magic Spoon (use promo code BIGBOO for free shipping) - Storyworth (use this link for $10 off your first purchase) - Hydrant (use promo code BIGBOO for 25% off your first order) - Acorn (use promo code BIGBOO for 30 days free)
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Comments (3)

Mary Wilkie

Hey, you might want to edit the name of Phil's show in your "About this Episode" from Feel to Feed. 🤭

Jul 31st
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Charisse Nurnberg

A classmate of my daughter's is on the Cheer team. I messaged him and told him you would love to interview his coach. 🤞

Jan 19th
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Cheri

This has become one of my go to feelgood podcast!💗I love listening to these two lovely and funny ladies.😊 Knox and Jamie from the Popcast mentioned them so many times so I had to give them a listen!

Mar 19th
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