The Big Boo Cast, Episode 50


Well, our little podcast and Sally O’Malley have something in common.

This is our 50th episode, only I didn’t even realize it until Alex mentioned it to me right before we started recording, and then I forgot to say anything to Melanie until about 2/3 of the way through the podcast.

So clearly we’ve planned an enormous celebration.

We did make a very impromptu (and somewhat unorganized) decision to do some special giveaways, though, and you’ll find out the what and the how if you listen to the podcast. You can enter on my blog and Melanie’s blog; there will be four winners total.

And somehow, considering that this is our 50th podcast, it seems fitting that the content is absolutely all over the place. YOU SHOULD EXPECT NO LESS. We talk about Mabel and Piper’s trip to the Pawderosa Ranch, my many hair-related insecurities, the wonder that is Apple Music, my Power Ballad Mix Tape playlist, our enthusiasm for Top 40 radio, and so much more.

Thanks so much for listening, y’all. And for being patient when we’d take a year-long break between podcasts. And for not being critical when the sound was terrible. And for consistently encouraging us like crazy where this silly little podcast is concerned. In its own unique way, it has been and continues to be a blast.

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

Or, as always, you can subscribe on iTunes if you’re feeling particularly fancy.

Just FYI – here’s where you can get more info on the products / places we mention (these aren’t affiliate links – just regular ole links):

Jen Lancaster’s I Regret Nothing
Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
The Most Awesome Power Ballad Mix Tape Playlist (by Sophie via Apple Music)

Enjoy, y’all.

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • email


  1. Enjoyable podcast as always! There for a minute I couldn’t decide if you were trying to determine how many book sets to give away or if you were just undecided on which hand of skip-bo you were playing! Love it!

  2. You two just absolutely crack me up! Love your podcasts so much and love how you keep it so real! Would love to win the books! Happy 50!!

  3. you two crack me up. i’ve read your books sophie and would love to pass along these copies to friends! i haven’tread any of melanie’s as i happended upon her through you, so i would love to read her stuff.

  4. Jessica says:

    Congrats on the 50th podcast! I love listening to your podcasts. I would love to hear one with you guys and Joni from Motherhood and Muffin Tops. You guys are hilarious!

  5. Kelly Temple says:

    Happy 50th!!!! Love your podcasts! Would love to win the books:)

  6. You guys are a hoot!! Thanks for making me laugh. Good luck Mel with the sisters!

  7. You gals just tickle me every time I listen. Would love to read the books! I hope there are 50 more podcasts to come. :)

  8. Okay. So here’s the dilemma. I liked what I typed as a comment on Melanie’s blog, but I feel like a poser just copying & pasting it here.
    So I figured I would just expose myself as the poser that I am and do it anyway. :)

    I *adore* listening to yโ€™all!!! I feel like Iโ€™m listening in on a phone conversation between two of my girlfriends. (And might I please ask that Fry Daddy get on the ball and join yโ€™all for another episode soon? His addition to the banter is MAGIC.)
    Please oh please let the random numerator thingamajig pick ME for copies of your books!!!!!!

  9. Allison says:

    I love the podcasts! Made my day to listen while I worked.

  10. Samantha says:

    Happy 50th! You ladies rock!

  11. Okay, so in the last few weeks, I have binge-listened to all 50 podcasts. In recent days, I have been rationing them so as to delay the inevitable finish line. Thankfully, unlike when I finished binge-watching The Gilmore Girls, I have hope of more to come. Today’s was the first one I listened to in ‘real time’, and I had to keep reminding myself that it is now present day. I absolutely adore you both, (I’m copying and pasting the same comment on both blogs) and in my mind, we are now best of friends. I’m in the same age range, and I share your regard for Amy Grant and my older sister and I could easily still belt ‘Angels Watching Over Me’, especially if we were in a car with our other eight siblings like back in the day. Oh, and I have vivid, dear memories of that time in college when my friends and I got front-row seats for Vince Gill – I have the photos to prove ‘HE IS LOOKING RIGHT AT ME!!’. It was awesome. Anyway, I would love to receive your books, and I look forward to the next podcast. But no pressure! Seriously, if you never do another, I get it. If you do, though, just know, that I will be locking myself in my office and pressing pause every time a child approaches, so as to not miss a word. :) Happy 4th!

  12. Thank you for the podcasts! You two are hilarious together.

  13. CheyAnne says:

    Oh my heavens! My kids were wondering why I was sitting at my computer, laughing to myself! Happy 50th!!!

  14. Marsha W. says:

    Y’all are hilarious!!! Congratulations on your 50th podcast. Last summer I went back to start at the beginning to listen to them all. It was well worth the time! I’d love to win even though I’ve got all y’all’s books. I’d be one to regift them!

  15. Hollie says:

    Pretty new to the podcast, but I absolutely love it! I always get a big smile when I see a new one has come out. Thanks again!

  16. Stephanie Zielke says:

    I love your podcast & can’t wait to read all of the books!

  17. Meghan says:

    love you ladies so much!!!!

  18. Love the podcasts! You guys always make me laugh.

  19. Stacey says:

    That made me laugh out loud. You two are a blast!

  20. Stacey says:

    I am curled up with your podcast, a box of tissues, and some mentholatum. What more could a girl under the weather ask for? Thanks for always brightening my day. Love you and Melanie to pieces!

  21. Love the BigBoo Podcast!!!
    Happy 50th!!!

  22. The podcast was hilarious! You two are so fun, thanks for the laughter!

  23. OK. So I started listening to the podcast at home and finished on my way to a VBS meeting at my church. The giveaway discussion was awesome, and I will admit that my dogs, at least my oldest one, is far more neurotic than my child at least appears to be at age three. Oh, and they ARE JUST PRECIOUS. You can’t help be want to comfort them when their anxious.

  24. Every time I listen to y’all I laugh out loud! I am LOVING this summer run! Thanks for being a bright spot!

  25. Kim O. says:

    I listen to y’all’s podcasts when I’m on my elliptical machine and can hardly catch my breath because I’m laughing hysterically!! Congratulations on your 5oth!! Can’t wait for the next 50! :)

  26. Rhonda says:

    Congratulations and Happy 50th podcast! You two make me laugh so hard! If I win one of the 4 sets of 5 books, I think it will be the best present I’ll get for my 48th birthday which is on the 11th — and I will definitely keep them for myself, at LEAST until I hit 50! :)

  27. Thanks for #50… made me feel like I had coffee with you both!

  28. Thank you so much for 50 podcasts! They have been delightful!
    I have bought all five books, but I know so many people who would love them!

    You two bring me such joy – most especially when you get really tickled! I laugh right along like I am part of the conversation! So much fun!

  29. Happy 50th! You two are so fun!

  30. Congrats on your 50th podcast! I love your humor!

  31. Kathy jurek says:

    Loved listening to your 50th podcast and am excited about the giveaway of 5 sets of 4 books (or vice versa), or 4 sets of 50 books, or 50 favorite things (no, not yet), or an unspecified number of some type of gift to be determined at some future point in time! Anyway, it would exciting to win whatever it is you are giving away. ๐Ÿ˜„

  32. Becky Stafford says:

    y’alls 50th podcast just made my night! Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š
    …and Sophie, you are not suffering alone with “only 2 things” to do with your hair!

  33. Natalie says:

    Always love your podcasts! And, I can’t wait to see the DotMom video. I’m planning to attend for the first time and am so excited about it!

  34. Staci Brown says:

    You guys are the best. Looking forward to DotMom. Would love to win the set of books!

  35. Happy 50th! The ballad at the end of the podcast..oh my gracious! Too much. Loving these summer podcasts.

  36. SueEllen says:

    I love y’all blogs and podcasts! And I would love to win your books!!

  37. Kimberley says:

    Such a fun way to end the day! Loved it!

  38. Happy 50th! Love all the books and podcasts! Yโ€™all are the best! Blessings!

  39. Your podcasts always make me laugh out loud and then my husband always asks what I’m listening to. Keep up the great and random work. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  40. Susan Williams says:

    I would love to win the set of books! And – I always appreciate your transparency. I, too, often feel like I have no skills in the hair/make-up department (and I even belong to the long hair club) and it’s nice to know others feel the same way.

  41. I love the frequent podcasts this summer!! They make my day! Also, as someone who can get behind a power ballad, thank you from the bottom of my heart for this playlist! :)

  42. Happy 50th podcast! I love listening to ya’ll! 50 podcasts in ONLY 8 years…! If you continue at the rate you are going now, you’ll hit 75 in no time!

  43. Miss Megs says:

    New to the podcast in the last week and I feel like I’ve found my people. Mix tapes, tv, books, etc. Thanks for the chuckles in my morning walks. Happy 50th and thanks for the chance to win.

  44. I just finished listening to #50 this morning on the way to work and was totally picturing you with a side ponytail leaning against your car waiting for Melanie. Dying. You both crack me up so much, thanks for brightening my day. I would love one of the four sets of five books that you are giving away. Can’t wait until your next podcast!

  45. bamacurl says:

    I know y’all are my people ’cause you add like I do!! You ARE such a blessing to your readers/listeners. Here’s to 50 more!!

  46. Can I just say I hear ya on the hair thing?! I’m there with ya sister!! I just hope you find some sort of wig to pick up Melanie at the airport! That would be the best!!

    Yay for the 50th episode!

  47. Anna Kate says:

    i always love and listen to the podcast, beginning to end!!

  48. Love y’all! I made it that far. :-)

  49. Brittney k says:

    This was my favorite podcast so far !

  50. Love these podcasts! You all just crack me up! Congrats on the 50th! :)

  51. AnnaGray says:

    I feel like y’all would be pleased and tickled to know that your podcasts are a catalyst for productivity for me! Every time you post one, I listen to it as I organize, cook, clean, etc… so y’all better stay on the ball because otherwise my household may be reduced to utter shambles without the motivation of getting to listen to you and Melanie talk about her princess inclinations ;)

  52. Holly K says:

    I have the misfortune of working on the Friday before the 4th but with the office empty, I cranked up this podcast and listened (and laughed) while I worked. Sidenote: Ya’ll do math like I do math! :) Thanks for keeping me company! Happy 4th of July!

  53. Thank you for the gift of joy via podcast. I hope you hit 100 very soon. Start thinking about that giveaway now ๐Ÿ˜‰

  54. Rachael b says:

    Hey, sign me up for that there give away! I haven’t read you last book yet and I need to soon! It’s on my list this summer!

  55. Can’t tell you how happy the podcasts make me! Would LOVE to win these books!

  56. Kelly Temple says:

    Sophie – I wanted to let you know that I use frankincense on my face. The smell is something to get use to…however, it dissipates after a few minutes and I can’t smell it. I purchase my oils from Plant Therapy. They are not terribly expensive. It really helps the age spots on my cheeks :).

  57. Jenn H says:

    I love love love your podcasts. Seriously, laugh out loud funny. Thanks for the time you put into them– editing, linking and what not. Congrats on #50!

  58. Kelly Temple says:

    I wanted to let you know that I use frankincense oil on my face. The smell is something to get use to…however, it dissipates after a few minutes. It really helps the age spots on my cheeks. I order my oils from Plant Therapy. They are not terribly expensive. Love the podcasts!!!

  59. Denise says:

    Makes my day when a new podcast shows up! You girls totally crack me up!!

  60. Shelby says:

    I was so excited to see a new podcast up! Yay!! I was working on projects and listening to an old one yesterday while my house cleaning lady was here, and both of us were in stitches. Love it!

  61. Melissa says:

    I adore your podcasts & love the giveaway discussion!! So cute. :)


  62. Leeanne says:

    Would LOVE to have all y’all’s books:) I have super duper SO enjoyed y’all’s much more frequent podcasting this summer- I look forward to each new one- keep it up girls!:):)

  63. Always entertaining. ๐Ÿ˜€

  64. Love love love your podcasts x

  65. Jennifer says:

    Love you girls! Congratulations!!!
    Also, mascara:
    There is a beauty YouTube girl who I really like and she gives a mascara recommendation of combining two drugstore mascaras. Here is the link.
    Hope this gets you closer in your quest for that Unicorn. I was also blessed with FINE hair and FEW lashes, so let me know what you think.

  66. I have binged listen to the past few Podcasts – I think they are hysterical. Thanks

  67. Congratulations on the 50th podcast! I enjoy the chit chat!!

  68. LOVE listening to you two and appreciate the humor that I can turn on when I am bummed…B-)

  69. Congrats on the big 5-0! Here’s to many more!

  70. Sheila says:

    Ya’ll are too funny. I feel like I’m listening to my girlfriends crazy conversations….so much fun! Love you and Melanie, thanks for giving us all a good belly laugh!

  71. Linda Ann says:

    I really love listening to the two of you! You both just makes me laugh! Happy 50th!!

  72. Your podcasts are so fun! Yay for 50!

  73. Rosanne Green says:

    I listened with my teenage sons. If my dancing and “talking ghetto” fails to torment them, I will make them listen again. They showed me this clip as a response:

  74. Y’all are hilarious! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  75. Sarah Van Nus says:

    Love y’alls podcasts!

  76. Here’s to 50 more! I smile and laugh every single time.

  77. I would love to win copies of your books.

  78. Leslie says:

    The podcasts are fantastic! They kept me entertained on a 12 hour car ride back to Alabama.

  79. Tiffany says:

    Congrats on your 50th! You guys never fail to completely crack me up!

  80. Julie Reynolds says:

    Loved this! You’re discussion of what to giveaway was hilarious! The summer of the BigBoo cast is turning out to be beat fun!

  81. Strawberryrose says:

    I love listening to the podcasts. I clean while I listen, so my family loves that! Y’all are hilarious!

  82. Love your blog and your podcast! Can’t wait for 51;-)

  83. Nicole H says:

    I love these podcasts! They make me feel like I am right at home with a bunch of friends.

  84. Marsha says:

    Love y’all so much๐Ÿ˜

  85. Love you ladies so much! The whole giveaway convo made my afternoon. 4 sets? 5 sets? 8 sets of books? As long as I get one, it’s fine. :)

  86. Love, love your podcasts! They always make me laugh.

  87. Amy Baker says:

    Love the podcast! Happy 50th!

  88. Holly W says:

    You two are a hoot! Here’s to 50 More!!

  89. Jessica W says:

    New listener, and blog reader here. Recently found the podcast through Melanie’s guest spot on the Jamie Ivery podcast! I binge listened at work, and finished all episodes within 2 weeks! I know, I know I have an illness. : ) I laugh out loud, while getting crazy looks form co-workers, wishing that I could just hang out with you in real life! Guess the podcast will have to do. I will continue to listen as I imagine we are hanging out and laughing!

  90. Stacey Livengood says:

    Love the podcasts. You two make my mornings

  91. Cheryl says:

    You and Melanie crack me up. Thanks for sharing these podcasts!

  92. Deborah R says:

    I just love listening to you two. Makes my hour long commute to work so much better!!!!

  93. Rachel says:

    I love listening to you two. Happy 50th podcast!

  94. First, I really, really need you to find that Kim Z wig, side pony tail and all, and just wear it for a picture! It would be a gift to us all! Second, I really hope I didn’t miss the giveaway…holiday and summer and work have fogged my brain and I forgot to comment until now. I sadly have to admit that as a new follower, I only have the Kindle previews of your books and the full copy of Nobody’s Cuter, so winning these would also be a real treat (although, I’m not sure if it would make me as happy as the wig photo :) Love what you ladies are doing! I save the podcast specifically for my drive home, so I can laugh and be entertained, rather than cursing and making unsafe gestures and the drivers sharing the road. Keep up the fun! And please keep up the weekly podcast! I will tell you that NOTHING makes me giddier than when my iTunes says it’s downloading a new Big Boo Cast podcast!

  95. The giveaway discussion was so funny I know the people driving next to me to work were seriously wondering what funny thing they were missing out on! :)

    Love the more frequent podcasts…humor is so great for my drive when I normally listen to “self-help” type podcasts…well, ya’ll’s are just my favorite.

  96. Christa Harmon says:

    I love, love, love listening to y’all!!

  97. I recently discovered your podcasts through a friend. I love them. I’ve pretty much binged listen to them for the past two months. Thanks for all the laughs and making lawn-mowing (my escape) an enjoyable experience!!!

  98. My sister introduced me to your books. I must say you are one of the funniest people that I have never met! It would make my life to sit down and have a conversation with you. I am in the process of reading “Home is Where My People Are,” and I have already asked my sister to borrow “A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet.” I can totally relate with your journey to find your faith after being raised in a small Southern town. I would LOVE to have a signed copy of your and Melanie’s books!

  99. Jennifer says:

    I love your books! I have read and reread them both! I love listening to the podcasts as it reminds me of myself and my college roommate! I would love to win a signed set of y’alls books!

  100. My fave podcast and can’t ever get enough!