The Big Boo Cast, Episode 90

Our good friend Travis Cottrell is with us on this episode of the podcast, and we talk about all manner of unrelated topics. We dig into some Christmas traditions, discuss our favorite Christmas music, break down the college football play-offs (along with our coaching changes), and ponder the deep well of teenage sarcasm that is currently full to overflowing in all of our homes.

Also, you’d better believe that Neil Diamond makes an appearance. Or two. Or three.

Be warned: Melanie, Travis, and I talk about so much stuff that you may never get through all the links. But in case you’d like to try, you can find most of what we mention below.

Hope y’all enjoy this one – we sure did have a blast recording 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:

Travis Cottrell

Russian Tea

Mannheim Steamroller’s “Silent Night” (Trav’s all-time fave)

Travis’ Ring the Bells Christmas album

Audrey Assad’s “Winter Snow” (Mel’s all-time fave)

Daniel Renstrom’s “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” (Soph’s all-time fave)

Christy Nockels’ “The King is Coming”

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Melanie’s Christmas Toffee

Sophie’s favorite Chex Mix recipe

Sophie’s favorite Christmas gift she’s ever received (aka “my precious”)

Red Bubble (SO MANY great things for teenagers)

Playstation 4

Elf on a Shelf (clearly Sophie will not be purchasing) :-)

Travis’ Christmas sweater

Travis, Beth Moore, & Mandisa on the Living Proof Christmas Special (starts around 19:52)

– Mandisa’s testimony


ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos

Neil Diamond Christmas playlist

Travis on Instagram

Melanie on Instagram

Sophie on Instagram

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 89

If you’ve listened to our podcast for any length of time, you know that from a technical standpoint, whatever can go wrong typically will go wrong. Because Melanie and I have somewhat limited technical / production skills.

Well.

On this episode Melanie and I talk to our (hilarious) (also deeply gifted) singer / songwriter / comedian friend Dave Barnes, and unfortunately I forgot to hit “record” for the first 15-20 minutes of our conversation. SO THERE’S THAT. And what that means for you, dear listener, is that when I finally did in fact hit the record button, we were smack-dab in the middle of a conversation about the Enneagram and introversion / extroversion. So just stick with us during what will certainly feel like conversational whiplash. It’ll all make sense soon enough.

And despite my personal technical ineptitude, I have to say that talking with Dave was super encouraging for Melanie and me (and I think it will be for you, too). He has such great perspective on writing / creating, and the way he thinks through that whole process was really therapeutic for us. We talk a lot about calling and the vulnerability involved in walking out whatever that calling happens to be – not to mention that we laugh a ton.

We also talk about the State / Ole Miss rivalry. Because OF COURSE. Just keep in mind that we recorded this episode before Mullen and Sumlin left the Bulldogs and the Aggies, respectively (WHAT WE DIDN’T KNOW, y’all. WHAT WE DIDN’T KNOW).

Enjoy, everybody!

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:

“God Gave Me You”

“Craving You”

Enneagram 9 – Sophie and Melanie are both 9s

Enneagram 7 – Dave is a 7

Chasing Mississippi – Dave’s album that totally hooked us over a decade ago

Hymns for Her – Dave’s album that made Sophie cry the first time she listened

Who Knew It Would Be So Hard To Be Myself? – Dave’s new album (four new songs out Tuesday 12/12!) (we’ll update the link after the songs are released)

“Tell Her You Do”

“This Christmas”

A December to Remember – Dave’s incredible Christmas album (he has two of them – and both are great!)

Sock Club

KIND Snack Cube

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 88

I know. We didn’t expect to record a new episode this quickly, either.

But our football coaches are no longer our coaches. And we found out this morning that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged.

As you might imagine, we needed to talk about these things.

Please do enjoy.

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:

The targeting call on Deshazor Everett (aka the targeting thorn in Melanie’s side)

– Prince Harry & Meghan Markle talk about their engagement

– Melanie’s favorite picture

Closing Song

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 87

When Melanie and I decided to do a Christmas Gift Guide for the podcast, we thought we’d pick five gift options a piece. Ten total. Easy breezy.

Here’s how many gifts we actually discuss: EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY NINE.

That might be a slight exaggeration, but have mercy we talked about all manner of Christmas gifts and chased all manner of Christmas gift rabbits, so to speak. We had the best time talking about fun things to buy for your favorite hostesses or teenagers or husbands or friends or parents, and we hope our suggestions make your gift buying a little easier. And if Christmas shopping isn’t your thing, we hope you enjoy our commentary. Because clearly we have SO VERY MANY THOUGHTS about various gift options.

Links for everything we mention are below. Enjoy, y’all!

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:

Teddie Organics rosehip oil (not on our list, but always worth mentioning)

– Leslie Odom, Jr.’s Simply Christmas – Deluxe Edition

Baker Stripe Dish Towel Set (on sale for $15)

5-Word Prayers by Lisa Whittle

Two Funny Girls’ Personalized Styrofoam & Coffee Cups

Pioneer Woman casserole dishes

Pioneer Woman batter bowl

Pioneer Woman Christmas measuring set

Heather Gauthier canvases, tea towels, and prints (Heather designed the cover for Melanie’s Church of the Small Things)

– Letterpress prints from Old Try

– Waterproof Birkenstocks for men and women

Lash Stash Gift Set at Sephora

Stila Star Studded All Day (8) Liquid Lipstick Set

Joy Susan Brushed Mini-Convertible Wristlet

May Designs – folios, agendas, and personalized stationery

Glitter Gel Pens

Lucy Perfect Core Leggings (just an FYI – not the gift guide)

– Lucy Final Rep top in long sleeve and short sleeve

– JoyLab Women’s Performance Leggings Confetti Print in women’s sizes and plus sizes

Grippy Socks Stocking Stuffer

Feetures Socks Stocking Stuffer

North Face Apex Bionic Windproof and Waterproof Jacket

North Face zip-up fleece – Cap Rock fleece jacket

Rechargeable Waterproof LED Headlamp

LED Light Bulbs

Surefire Sidekick Ultra Compact Triple Outlet Keychain Light

GAP stripe ribbed sleep leggings

Gilligan & O’Malley pajama pant joggers

Pup Socks

3-in-1 Wireless Speaker Cooler

All in All Journaling Devotional

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 86

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So, full disclosure – we recorded this podcast episode over a week ago, but then I went out of town last weekend for speaking stuff and this past week was jam-packed and I just now got around to editing and recording the sponsor stuff and etc. Better late than never, I guess. And for your sake it’s probably better that we recorded before my Alabama / Mississippi State heartbreak. What a game that was.

As far as this episode goes, we have A LOT OF THOUGHTS about November heat, social media, the anger that results from wearing Spanx (Melanie has a fantastic term for that), and college football. There’s also some talk about a cat with a jar on its head.

Enjoy, y’all!

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:

Will Ferrell’s bellybutton

– Tasty video for Halloween treats (this video made Sophie irrationally angry)

our friend Jamie who used to make cake pops

“Oh, Happy Day” video that Sophie has watched an excessive amount of times

the Next Door app

OPI You’re Blushing Again

Bobbi Brown Plum Brandy lipstick (Sophie’s new favorite)

Hummingbird Farms Big Boo Box (you won’t see the $49 price until you enter the coupon code mentioned during the podcast)

Hummingbird Farms Big Boo Too Box (you won’t see the $49 price until you enter the coupon code mentioned during the podcast)

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 85

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This time around we discuss the Mississippi State / A&M game, the Astros’ win in the World Series, and the glory of a redemptive sports moment.

(For example.)

(This is the GIF Melanie texted Sophie during the State / A&M game.)

(This is the GIF Melanie tweeted after the Astros’ victory.)

(You can see the contrast.)

We also talk Sol Dance (edited to add: pretty sure that I said Selena Gomez instead of Demi Lovato, but that is understandable since I am 104 and had also just read news that Selena and the Biebs are back together), the reality of life with our high-maintenance dogs, and Sophie’s simmering jealousy about the fact that Melanie has calves that will fit into any boot. There might also be about ten minutes where we look at the Free People website and talk about the stuff that we like. 

So. You know. Super important, deeply serious things.

Enjoy, y’all!

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:

Carlos Correa’s post-game proposal

Melanie and Sophie at Houston’s First Baptist The Gift of Christmas: A Women’s Gathering on November 30th

GAP striped sleep leggings – Melanie’s fall and winter ministry

Sam Edelman “Camellia” boots – a boot unicorn

Your Girl tunic at Free People

One Interlaken Tunic at Free People

We the Free So Fresh Tee at Free People

We the Free Blossom Thermal (the shirt Sophie loves but doesn’t think is long enough)

Happy Weekend, everbody!