On A Day When Nate Has Kept Us At Home

Last night I helped chaperone the Homecoming Dance, and in between talking to kids and checking on the weather and trying to convince my hair to behave in humidity so intense I was convinced I could wring water out of the air with my bare hands, I told a friend that I really needed a day off from work so that I could do super exciting things like wash clothes and fold clothes and maybe even put away said clothes. BEHOLD MY FANCY GOALS.

Well, this morning we woke up to the news that morning services at our church had been canceled (what was once Hurricane Nate is now making his presence known here in Birmingham), so I seized the unexpected time and started washing clothes – lo, with all manner of enthusiasm. I have a feeling that I’ll be folding clothes for a good chunk of the afternoon, but that is just fine with me because I will no longer feel like the laundry basket in my closet is threatening to swallow me whole. It seems like there’s a point in every “fall” (and I use that term loosely because while yes, it is October, there is nary a crisp gust of autumnal wind to be found here in Alabama), there’s a point where I look at all the stuff on the calendar and think, WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY. So I’m grateful to be able to hit the reset button today. Because this is basically how I feel about a whole day where I have nowhere to be and no good reason to change out of my pajamas.

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And speaking of pajamas.

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On the most recent podcast episode, Melanie mentioned how much she loved the GAP ribbed sleep leggings. I was so intrigued that I ordered a pair for myself WHILE WE WERE STILL RECORDING THE EPISODE (thank you very much). Well, now that I have worn said sleep leggings, I can vouch for Melanie’s claim that they are in fact made from angels’ wings. They are the softest, most comfortable ANYTHING I have ever worn, and I don’t ever want to be without them ever again in my whole earthly life and preferably not even in heaven.

SO. A little while ago I decided I would order another pair (I have the blue and white striped, so I thought I’d get the gray and white striped), and I made the most exciting discovery.

The ribbed sleep leggings are on sale for $29.99, and you can use the code FORYOU for 40% off and free shipping.

This means that I just got a new pair of blessed, beloved softness for less than $20.

It also means this.

Here are a few other fun things that I’m loving right now.

Ree’s recipe for black beans

Oh, y’all. These are so delicious. For the record, though, I do two things a little differently: I saute’ the onion, garlic, and peppers (no green peppers for me – I think they’re bitter-ish, so I use red and yellow) first, then put them in a bowl and set them aside. I add them into the black beans about an hour into the cooking process. And then, about 20 minutes before the beans have finished cooking, I stir in about a tablespoon of red wine vinegar. These beans are so good with roasted sweet potatoes, diced avocado, and some lime – one of my favorite meals.

Maeve Matilda Buttondown

I am typically a Nordstrom Rack shopper – I like myself a bargain – but every once in awhile something turns my head and I splurge a little. This shirt was one of those splurges. Plus, I had a $45 return to make at Anthro, so I did that weird (and flawed) shopping math where I thought, Well, technically I am only paying $30-ish dollars for this shirt because I am about to get a credit. It’s not at all logical (or, you know, accurate), but I’ve been on the lookout for a pretty, comfy shirt to wear for speaking stuff this fall and winter, and this shirt fits the bill. I think all of the designs are so cute, and in general Maeve is one of my favorite brands.

Anthropologie Monogram Pendant Necklace

I think this necklace is adorable – modern, feminine, fun – and such a great gift, too.

Dirty John by Christopher Goffard

MY GOODNESS this is some extraordinary true-crime storytelling. It’s a long read, but it’s also available as a podcast (compelling listening if you have a long drive in your near future). I wish I’d written this line: “Where other people saw red flags, she saw a parade.” Riveting. Heartbreaking. And just FYI: definitely not for kids.

Melanie’s new Church of the Small Things Bible study

HOW COULD I NOT BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS?

Yes, there’s a book, and it’s wonderful, but there is also a Bible study, and I think it is perfect for a small group of women – especially a group that wants to get to know each other better and put down some roots for deeper community. And it probably goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: I am so proud of Melanie. It is the biggest blast to watch her walk her road.

Baked Bacon Cheese Dip from She Wears Many Hats

Seriously. Click on over and have a look at the pictures that accompany this recipe.

I rest my case.

Hope y’all have a wonderful week!

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 83

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It’s been an exciting few days here at The Big Boo Cast because Melanie’s fantastic new book, Church of the Small Things, released this past Tuesday. Yay, Melanie! Yay, everyone who gets to read it!

So you might not believe it, but in this particular episode we actually stick with a theme and talk about some of our very favorite small things. I went sort of sentimental and nostalgic with my list, and Melanie went sort of practical with hers, and the result is that somewhere in the overlap of our lists, we talked about some topics that we adore (specifically: comfy clothes, our latest obsessions, the best parts of friendship, and exciting new snack options). 

(I trust you’ll appreciate the irony of me talking at the beginning of the podcast about how I’m thinking about going dairy free – and then at the end of the podcast being BESIDE MYSELF when I talk about homemade jelly served over a block of cream cheese.)

(Baby steps.)

We had the best time recording our very special Church of the Small Things episode – hope you enjoy it!

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

You can click here to listen. Or here. You can even listen right here on the blog.

You can also listen on Stitcher.

And if you’re on the Facebook, well, we are, too.

Here’s where you can get more info on the stuff / products / places we mention:

Church of the Small Things (signed copies!)

Barefoot Dreams Coastal Chic Lite Hooded Cardigan

Holy Kombucha

GT’s Cayennade Kombucha

Kristen Bell’s Hurricane Harvey Instagram posts

GAP Ribbed Sleep Leggings

Somersaults Sunflower Seed Bites, salt and pepper

“A Stanford researcher’s 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As”

Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants

“Little Things Mean A Lot”

– Melanie on Twitter and Instagram

– Sophie on Twitter and Instagram

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 82

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Well, the first thing I should probably mention is that we recorded this episode while we were having a thunderstorm in Birmingham, and Hazel was losing her fool mind over the weather. Just think of her barking as soothing background music. 

The second thing I should probably mention is that we talk a LOT about college football this time around. It’s just that time of year, y’all. So we break down the latest with Melanie’s Aggies and my Bulldogs, we discuss Melanie’s need for some football boundaries, and I break down my most recent trip to Starkville. 

(Full disclosure: Melanie and I recorded this episode just a few days after Mississippi State’s decisive victory over the LSU Tigers. It was a glorious time. Since then, however, the Bulldogs have experienced the heartache of a loss to the Georgia Bulldogs. Needless to say, we recorded a quick post-State/UGA follow-up segment to address this sad MSU turn of events, along with the outcome of the A&M/Arkansas game. Stay tuned at the end for that.)

We also talk about Homecoming dresses (because CAROLINE IS THAT OLD NOW, HOW DID THAT EVEN HAPPEN?), rose hip oil (who’s surprised?), and TV. These are a few of our favorite things.

Hope y’all enjoy it!

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

You can click here to listen. Or here. You can even listen right here on the blog.

You can also listen on Stitcher.

And if you’re on the Facebook, well, we are, too.

Here’s where you can get more info on the stuff / products / places we mention:

– Sophie’s dear pretend friend Gerald McRaney wins an Emmy

This Is Us

Hart of Dixie

Mary Beth Whalen’s When We Were Worthy

Teddie Organics Rosehip Oil

“It’s A Heartache” by Bonnie Tyler

*****

– Melanie’s new book – Church of the Small Things

– Sophie’s new journaling devotional – All in All

– Melanie on Twitter and Instagram

– Sophie on Twitter and Instagram

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 81

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Well, first of all, we recorded this episode with Melanie talking on her phone because her microphone was in the guest room where P was napping. Sure, we could have waited until another day so that the sound quality was better, but when you’ve only recorded 80 podcasts over the last 10 years, you take the recording opportunities when they present themselves – no need to wait for pesky sound equipment.

Second of all, we answer several of your questions in this podcast, including how we navigate arguments in our marriages and whether watching This Is Us is worth it (short answer: YES). We also discuss fall fashion, disagree about whether booties have run their course, and marvel at our current state of skin care contentment.

Finally, we talk about workout pants and granola because, well, of course.

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

Enjoy, y’all!

You can click here to listen. Or here. You can even listen right here on the blog.

You can also listen on Stitcher.

And if you’re on the Facebook, well, we are, too.

Here’s where you can get more info on the stuff / products / places we mention:

Lincee Ray from I Hate Green Beans

The Happy Hour Live with Jamie Ivey

Bayou City Fellowship Church (for Hurricane Harvey relief)

Texas A&M vs. UCLA (the 2nd lowest football point of Melanie’s life)

Meghan Markle in Vanity Fair

Princess Kate expecting her third baby

– Sophie still likes booties (especially these)

Lucy Perfect Core Capri Leggings (Sophie says: I found mine at TJ Maxx)

Teddie Organics Rosehip Oil (aka Shankle Oil)

It CC Cream Sample Size

Skinceuticals Sunscreen

Zella Capri Workout Leggings

GAP Sculpt Compression Leggings

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise

Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner (Melanie enjoys this product)

Purely Elizabeth granola

Early Bird granola

“Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift

“Pop Culture Current Events” on The Popcast with Knox and Jamie

“You Look So Good in Love” by George Strait

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– Melanie’s new book – Church of the Small Things

– Sophie’s new journaling devotional – All in All

– Melanie on Twitter and Instagram

– Sophie on Twitter and Instagram

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 80

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It’s always a treat to have our friend Travis Cottrell on the podcast, and this episode is no exception. We cover a wide stretch of conversational ground: favorite football snacks, the wonder of an Amish donut, our ever-growing kids, current Bible study options, and, of course, our obsession with rose hip oil.

(That last one was more of a discussion between Melanie and me. But Travis was as patient as he could be when we talked about it.)

(Or maybe he was just distracted.)

We also reminisce about shampoos from the 70s. I would try to give you some context, but it’s probably just easier if you listen for yourself. And no joke: Melanie must have taken her one-liner pill before we recorded; there are some Shankle Gems (I think we may have to trademark that phrase) (only not really) scattered throughout.

Enjoy, y’all!

You can click here to listen. Or here. You can even listen right here on the blog.

You can also listen on Stitcher.

Or, as always, you can subscribe on iTunes if you’re feeling particularly fancy. We’d be honored if you’d leave us a review.

And if you’re on the Facebook, well, we are, too.

Here’s where you can get more info on the stuff / products / places we mention:

Travis Cottrell

Nut Thins crackers

Chicken in a Biscuit crackers

Beanitos

Melanie and Perry’s wedding picture

“George. George Glass.”

Awaken by Priscilla Shirer

Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio (from Sophie: I totally forgot to mention that this book is what our small group is reading this fall)

Community Worship in San Antonio

Entrusted by Beth Moore

Seamless by Angie Smith

– The One Year Josh McDowell’s Youth Devotions

– Teddie Organics Rose Hip Oil

Toni Home Perm

“The Best Beauty Lessons We’ve Picked Up From Kate Middleton”

Dear Evan Hansen

*****

– Melanie’s new book – Church of the Small Things

– Sophie’s new journaling devotional – All in All

– Melanie on Twitter and Instagram

– Sophie on Twitter and Instagram

Enjoy, y’all!

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 79

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I think it was last summer when Melanie and I first talked about Last Chance U. We both binge-watched season one of the Netflix series, and in addition to discussing it on the podcast, there were several times when we talked on the phone about it because we were so fascinated by a certain player or could not believe how someone reacted. Then, in episode 78 I mentioned that I’d watched season 2 and found it just as magical as season 1 (however – and I’m not sure if I mentioned this – the language is terrible).

:-)

Anyway. All that to say: you can imagine our delight when Brittany Wagner, the academic counselor on LCU, agreed to be our special guest on episode 79.

It was THE MOST FUN.

So, in this episode, Melanie and I talk to Brittany about football and clothes and beauty products. (I should mention that I make a critical error and identify Mississippi State’s season where they were ranked #1 as the 2015 season…but it was 2014…so I beg a thousand pardons.) We also hear about some of the players she’ll be watching play D-1 this fall – and how her new career adventure got started (it’s such a neat story). After Melanie and I finish our conversation with Brittany, we launch into a discussion about music, what we’re cooking, and a whole host of unrelated items.

In other words: business as usual.

You can click here to listen. Or here. You can even listen right here on the blog.

You can also listen on Stitcher.

Or, as always, you can subscribe on iTunes if you’re feeling particularly fancy. We’d be honored if you’d leave us a review.

And if you’re on the Facebook, well, we are, too.

Here’s where you can get more info on the stuff / products / places we mention:

Brittany Wagner

Last Chance U on Netflix

Last Chance UGQ article from 2014

Ronald Ollie (spoiler if you haven’t watched the show yet)

Dakota Allen (spoiler if you haven’t watched the show yet)

2013 Egg Bowl (the beginning of my irrational maternal affection for Dak Prescott)

The Red Cat Coffee House

10K Pencils (Brittany’s new company)

Frozen (and here’s a post I wrote about some of the reasons I loved it so much)

Teddie Organics Rose Hip Oil (I’ve started using it since we recorded this podcast, and I AM A CONVERT)

Allure Beauty Box

Bare Minerals

Too-Faced Better than Sex mascara

Hummingbird Farms lavender body oil

Cool Sculpting

Nichole Nordeman’s Every Mile Mattered

Yum Yum Sauce

Rita Springer’s “Defender”

All in All playlist (and here on Apple Music)

The Popcast – “More Nos of Weddings”

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– Melanie’s new book – Church of the Small Things

– Sophie’s new journaling devotional – All in All

– Melanie on Twitter and Instagram

– Sophie on Twitter and Instagram

Enjoy, y’all!