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.

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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

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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!

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!

Please Accept This Party Favor

From time to time – usually when I am certain that I cannot effectively manage even one more second of deadline-related stress – my friends like to remind me that for the first five or six years of this here blog, I vowed and declared that I would NEVER write a book. I didn’t know what I would write about, not to mention that I couldn’t fathom that I’d ever finish writing a book. I mean, I don’t want to put too fine a point on it, but if you looked at my track record in college and in grad school and in just about every home improvement project I have ever undertaken, I’m a solid 87 percenter. I’ll get an idea, I’ll do some research, I’ll get going, and I’ll work hard – but somewhere close to the finish line, I will lose all interest. WHY DID THIS EVER SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA? THIS IS A RIDICULOUS PROCESS. I WONDER IF ANYTHING IS HAPPENING ON TWITTER?

That is why I can say with full confidence that it is only by the grace of God that I have not only started writing four books but, lo, I have actually finished them as well. That whole “finishing” thing is a pretty critical part of books, you know, actually making it to press, and I’m telling you: IT’S A WONDER. If I’d been left to my old habits, the new book would have stopped around page 172 with a handwritten note at the bottom to inform the reader that I was so sorry I was unable to make it to the end but unfortunately had gotten super sidetracked by season three of Chef’s Table on Netflix.

So all that to say: a finished product feels a little bit like an Ephesians 3:20 moment to me.

Today is the official release of book #4, a devotional book for young women called All in All: Loving God Wherever You Are. My hope and prayer is that this book – which has 100 days of devotions, Scripture readings, and journaling prompts – will help cultivate the discipline of spending time with the Lord and digging into His Word every single day. I really wanted this book to be a companion, something that will travel with the people who read it as they move from one stage to another in their lives. It was challenging to write, but in that neat way the Lord works, it was also very healing. I did most of the writing in the first eight months after my mama died, and at a time in my life when I was feeling sort of inward and quiet, writing the devotions gave me a place to process some of that grief and to remember God’s faithfulness. I’m forever thankful for that.

Last night I was trying to think of a way that I could say “thank you” in even the tiniest way to the folks who have helped get the word out or pre-ordered or ordered or thought about ordering or read this book, and after a good bit of pondering, my 80s roots set up shop right here smack-dab in the middle of 2017:

I WILL MAKE THEM A MIX TAPE.

And y’all, I totally did. I got on the Spotify and, in the spirit of having written a devotional book, I made a quiet time playlist – something that might help you ease into your morning, or offer a little bit of comfort as background music when you read or pray, or make your commute a little more bearable when you’re trying not to give way to road rage, or help you to worship in the middle of the day when your to-do list is endless and you really want a nap. You could also share it with your girls for when they’re feeling nervous about the first day of school or packing up their clothes to head back to college (yes, I’m over-explaining, so maybe I should just wrap it up and say that THERE ARE MANY POTENTIAL USES). All of these songs mean a whole bunch to me (even the one that I just heard for the first time yesterday and then listened to about 17 times before sundown), and there are several that qualify as what I like to call “pointing songs” (I get so wound up when I hear them that I have to point in a lot of different directions).

(Perhaps I just overshared.)

So. I hope y’all enjoy All in All, and I hope you enjoy the playlist. You can also listen here.

If you’re an Apple Music person, here’s a link for you, too.

Happy Release Day, y’all!

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 78

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Well, this super-sized podcast was a mighty memorable moment for Melanie and me. Because much to our delight, legendary football coach Jackie Sherrill and his super-talented daughter, Bonnie Bishop, join us at the beginning of this episode. Specifically, they share some of the challenges they faced in terms of forming a relationship after Coach Sherrill married Bonnie’s mom. Now they’re extremely close, and they’re doing speaking events about motivation and relationships – and how when it comes to life, it’s more than Xs and Os. Mel and I had the best time talking with them about football and parenting and football and also football. And seriously – it was such a treat to be able to soak up their stories and their wisdom. You’re going to love spending some time with them and laughing with them.

After our conversation with Coach Sherrill and Bonnie, Melanie and I jump into our regular brand of nonsense: her dog Piper’s recent bout with intestinal distress, our current Netflix favorites, my reaction to Dunkirk, and Melanie’s new favorite skin care product.

Hope y’all enjoy it!

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:

Jackie Sherrill

Bonnie Bishop

– Coach Sherrill on Twitter

– Bonnie on Twitter and Instagram

Bonnie’s website

Bonnie’s latest album

– Bonnie’s “Ain’t Who I Was” (there’s a little language :-) – but my goodness this is a phenomenal song)


(And a quick BigBoo PSA: if you’re drawn to the music Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, etc., then Bonnie Bishop’s music will be right up your alley.)

Last Chance U – Season 2

Jane the Virgin

Pentel Sign Pen (Sophie’s forever favorite)

Organic Rose Hip Oil – (By the way, this article popped up in my Twitter feed this morning, and it sheds even more light on why Melanie has embraced this product.)

Dunkirk

Hummingbird Farms Lavender Body Oil No. 6 (this stuff is a WONDER)

All in All, Sophie’s new devotional journal for young women

Grateful for y’all!

Perhaps These Will Distract You From The Heat

I’ll tell you what. This summer has flown by faster than any other. Maybe it’s because we kicked it off with a trip to Kenya and have crammed in all sorts of stuff since we’ve been home (including the flu, which was no fun, but it flat dominated a full week of summertime). Regardless, I can’t believe we’re a more than halfway through July. SOMEBODY MAKE IT SLOW DOWN.

I mentioned this on the last podcast, but week before last Alex stayed with my daddy (and Martha! he stayed with Martha a couple of nights, too!) while David and I went to New York City on a 20th anniversary trip. It was DELIGHTFUL. We saw some shows and walked a whole bunch and even though we took a couple of subways headed in the wrong direction, we ultimately managed to get everywhere we needed or wanted to be. We had the best time.

In the (almost) two weeks since we got home from NYC, I’ve thought a little bit about my favorites from the trip (9/11 Memorial Museum, Dear Evan Hansen, walking the High Line, hummus from Dizengoff) – which sort of morphed into thinking about some other new favorites that I’ve discovered this summer.

This seems like an excellent time to list those things in no particular order of importance.

Please do enjoy.

Brooks Revel

I didn’t really plan it, but I’ve been walking a lot more this year. I love me some Brooks running shoes (even though I don’t actually, you know, RUN), and after wearing Brooks Ghosts for the last three-ish years, I decided to try the new Brooks Revel when I bought some new shoes about a month ago. I LOVE THEM. They’re lighter than the Ghost, they have a wide toe box (which is such a plus for me), and they’re supportive without being stiff. This was the main shoe I wore when we were in New York, and it was a dream for walking on streets and sidewalks…but I have to say that I like it just as much for walking on the treadmill / doing various gym-related things. The colors are super fun, too, and while I know it’s a superficial thing, SHOE COLORS MATTER TO ME.

Hummingbird Farms Lavender Body Oil

I know that Melanie and I have mentioned how much we love the Hummingbird Farms lavender lotion about 932 times. It’s so good. This summer, though, I’ve been using the lavender body oil because – GET READY – it comes in a spray bottle and this is infinitely, INFINITELY better than having to pour it into your hands. Last year I had this crazy rash on my legs that would not go away – went to the dermatologist three or four different times, had tests done, etc. – and while everything is fine now, I have to be really careful about what I put on my skin – so I am SUPER picky about my lotions and oils and salves. This body oil is fantastic, and I haven’t had a single flare-up since I started using it.

Purely Elizabeth granola

THIS. IS. THE. BEST. GRANOLA. I. HAVE. EVER. EATEN.

And I am picky about my granola, people.

I first bought Purely Elizabeth at Fresh Market, but I’m going to order one of the Amazon three-packs. The grain-free banana nut is FANTASTIC, as is the blueberry. There aren’t any oats in this granola, and while I thought that might be weird, NO. It is not. It is delicious.

Broadchurch

Yes. I know. Some of you have been recommending Broadchurch forever. And for who knows what reason, I finally started watching it last week. Within 4.7 seconds I was hooked, and I watched the first two seasons in what can only be described as an embarrassingly short amount of time. It was a lot to process, y’all, and I had the weirdest Broadchurch-y dreams for a couple of nights. Yesterday I started watching season 3, and I don’t know how I’m going to move forward knowing that I have to wait a whole week in between episodes. This show – especially season 1 – is crazy compelling, and it’s about so much more than the case the detectives are trying to solve. The acting is so good that you forget you’re watching people play characters; the story completely wraps you up and pulls you in. If you liked Sherlock, I think you’ll enjoy Broadchurch, too.

Feetures! Elite Max Cushion running socks

I have been a Thorlo socks loyalist for several years, but my friend Marion really likes Feetures, so I decided to try them. I’m a fan. They’re thin but have great cushion (disclaimer: I think socks are just as important as shoes when it comes to walking or running or participating in the athletic pursuit of your choosing), and the backs don’t slide down when you walk. I love Thorlos because they’re so cushion-y, but it’s been nice to have a more lightweight sock option. Yay for the Feetures.

CeCe Winans’ Let Them Fall in Love

OKAY. Let’s cut to the chase: you need this album. It is JOYFUL, it is inspiring, and it is TRUE. It’s also a total throwback (just TRY to listen to “Hey Devil!” without busting a move right there in your car or your office or wherever). There’s a song called “Lowly” that will make you want to talk back to it, and be warned that when you listen to “Marvelous,” you may have to stop right where you are and just TAKE IT IN FOR A MINUTE. This is a truly great gospel album – brilliantly written, brilliantly produced, and CeCe Winans’ vocals knock it right on out of the park.

Hope y’all are having the best week!

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 77

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In this episode we talk about our summertime travel, the life-changing hummus I recently enjoyed, our current struggles with our hair, and our lack of business vision or insight or skill. Melanie also states her very strong feelings about being on a boat in the middle of a large body of water (suffice it to say that a cruise is nowhere in her future) and relays a tale about a very aggressive seagull.

We also talk about potential road trip destinations for next year, recap the summer movies we’ve seen (here’s a hint: I have only seen two), run through a few other entertainment highlights from the last month or so, and break down our feelings about the Instastory.

So there’s some variety, I guess.

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:

Sophie’s Kenya trip with Compassion (link to recap podcast with Jamie Ivey)

Dear Evan Hansen

Dizengoff in Chelsea Market

L’Oreal root cover

Magnolia Market

purses at Magnolia Market

Opal ice maker

Chadillac’s Backyard Water Park

Lake Tejas

The Marlboro Man Sandwich from Pioneer Woman

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

– Sophie’s new book: All in All (a journaling devotional for young women)

Jenny from the Block

For Forever (from the Dear Evan Hansen cast recording