The Big Boo Cast, Episode 300

Well, it’s our 300th episode – and our 15th podcast-i-versary – and Melanie and I are thrilled about both of these things. WHO WOULD HAVE EVER THOUGHT. So, as you can imagine, we do a little reminiscing on this episode, but we also do a lot of talking about the here and now. That is because this is the week that Alex moves to college, and we have a lot to break down about that.

As always we recap our weekends, and it’s my turn for Five Favorites.

Hope y’all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

Travis Cottrell

SOURCE Nashville Hall of Fame

Episode 195 with Phil Rosenthal

Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix

Episode 10, our first episode with Travis

The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post

Korks Lori Platform Clog

3001 Questions book

Enter our 15th anniversary giveaway on Melanie’s blog

Enter our 15th anniversary giveaway on Sophie’s blog

(Giveaways from Parachute Home, Hummingbird Farms, Anthropologie, Sephora, and Amazon)

Jones Road Miracle Balm in Dusty Rose

Patagonia Capilene graphic tees

Blaze Lug Sole penny loafer

Maeve Colette leather pants

Women’s Utility Chore jacket

Pioneer Woman’s olive cheese bread


June’s Journey (download on the Apple App store or Google Play)

Munk Pack (use promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your purchase)

Thrive Causemetics (use this link for 15% off your first order)

Rothy’s (use this link for $20 off your first purchase)

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  1. Kate Widner says:

    Congratulations on 15 years & 300 episodes! Y’all are a delight to listen to!! ????

  2. Alyssa J says:

    Such a fun way to celebrate the podiversary! Loved the trip down memory lane, and I agree that it’s the best when y’all make each other laugh unexpectedly!

  3. Annie Howard says:

    Congratulations on 15 years!! This podcast has been so much fun for me when I started listening around episode 200. A highlight of my week for sure!

  4. Tiffany moore says:

    I have loved listening to y’all! I am coming to see y’all in October!!!! Can’t wait to meet y’all! Y’all are seriously uplifting and hilarious! Thanks for being a midweek pick-me-up!

  5. Sherri B says:

    Love the podcast! It’s always a highlight of my week!

  6. I look forward to Wednesday every week! You make me laugh and smile every time I listen! Congrats on 15 years and 300 episodes!

  7. Allie Atkinson says:

    Love the show! Happy 300th!

  8. Hollie Baldridge says:

    I’m so thankful the Lord saw fit to make BB happen. What a gift it has been to me. When I met you and Melanie in Brenham last year I told y’all that for a year y’all had been my only friends. My family had recently moved and because of COVID I didn’t have any friends in my new town. I bought a ticket to the Brenham show and that was that. I have listened to all the episodes both regular, Patreon, Really Fancy Patreon and all the books. It is safe to say I am ALL IN. I’m a 6 – so that’s the way I roll and I will be loyal forever. You and Mel brought me a lot of joy when I was in a really sad and lonely place. For that – I am grateful. Can’t wait to see what the next 15++++ brings!

  9. Susan Wuitschick says:

    Listening to your podcast is a highlight of my week. I love to hear you laugh, love the relatable stories as I have 2 kids in college and a sophomore in high school and just love how you two interact! Also, one of my friends used to work at Texas A&M with the Corps of Cadets. Congratulations on this milestone and thanks for sharing your life and tales with us!

  10. Mindy Bonnell says:

    Happy 300th

  11. Congratulations you two! So happy for you both with this BIG accomplishment! Your podcast is my fav and I’ve been listening for so long, I can’t remember when I started. Sometimes the similarities between our 3 lives are too coincidental. I’m coming to Brenham from AZ with my mom in October – really hoping I’ll get to meet you and Melanie (actually, I was lucky enough to meet you years ago when you spoke at a church here in Oro Valley/Tucson). Thanks for sharing your love for God and making me laugh about normal life along the way! : )

  12. Brenda Nichols says:

    Happy 300th episode!!! You two came into my life about a year ago through the podcast!!! I can’t tell you the difference you’ve made!!! I do hope to meet you both one day!!! You are the best of the best!!!

  13. I absolutely love your podcast! It’s the highlight of my week. You didn’t know that we’re in a one sided friendship, did you? Ha! It’s like listening to you guys talk on the phone each week but not in a creepy way but one that you include everyone! Happy 300th! Keep them coming!

  14. Melanie Scheu says:

    Happy 15th! I look forward to listening to you each week – and on Patreon!

  15. Allison Monceaux says:

    Cheers to 15 years!! I absolutely adore the podcast and look forward to listening each week. Xoxo

  16. Loved all 15 years!

  17. Katie Brooks says:

    Love listening to y’all every week!

  18. Jennifer Scheuing says:

    Sophie, I have enjoyed listening to y’all for years! And yes- those moments on the podcast where y’all are laughing so hard we don’t hear anything are great. ????

  19. I love the Big Boo Cast!

  20. Kathy Jurek says:

    Congratulations on your 300th episode! Well done! Wednesday evening is the highlight of my week listening to the Big Boo Cast! With the level of intensity and craziness of the world today, I look forward to relaxing and laughing with y’all! every week. Keep up the good work!

  21. Happy #300 and #15!! God bless y’all!

  22. This fellow enneagram 9 loves the SEC content and musings you provide each week. I always look forward to Wednesdays because of the BFF hilarity that ensues. Keep it up Big Boo!

  23. Robin Fossett says:

    Congratulations Sophie and Melanie! I look forward to your podcasts each week. They bring so much joy to my days! Thank you for 15 years, and here’s to many more!

  24. Wednesdays are my favorite day because of this podcast!!! Thanks for all the laughs over the years. Hail State!!!! May our beloved Bulldogs have a successful fall. ????????

  25. Chelsea Wilson says:

    Congrats on 15 years!! I love listening to y’all, even though I don’t know a lick about sports! Y’all keep me laughing each week, and I never miss an episode! Here’s to 15 more years! We’ve all been blessed to know y’all!

  26. Emily Allbright says:

    Love your podcast and all your books. You all make Wednesday’s fun!

  27. Fellow Meridianite,
    Congrats on making it to 300! The podcast helps me stay grounded to my roots! Thanks for adding a little sparkle to my week!

  28. Paula Chapman Kercheval says:

    From day 1 listener who counts your podcast as a bright spot each week. Sweet memories listening with my sweet mama in the early year before she left for heaven. Thanks for all you do!

  29. Kathy Spann says:

    So much fun! I’ve bought all of you and Melanie’s books, listened to all of the podcasts, subscribed to Patreon, traveled to Brenham, and enjoyed it all. KathySpann

  30. The books, the blogs and the podcast-love them all! Thanks for sharing your lives with us. Because of the podcast I will always think of Martha when I see an three quarter sleeve jacket! Love you both! And also, Go Gators and Sic’Em, Bears!

  31. Karen Colver says:

    I’ve been listening to the podcast for at least ten years, and never missed an episode…ya’ll are my favorite podcast by far! Congratulations on #300 and on 15 years! Thank you for being a cheerful voice and a light in this world! Here’s to 15 more! P.S. …I miss Travis! Where’s he been? ????
    -Karen (in PA)

  32. Happy anniversary! My favorite podcast

  33. Thank you for all that you share. I enjoy all of thr stories.

  34. I’ve been listening to the podcast from the beginning -where I had to listen to it from the blog. Good job, ladies!!

  35. Your podcast is utterly delightful! Listening always makes me feel like I’m sitting down with two trusted and hilarious friends. I’m single and live alone. And while I have many wonderful IRL friends, your two voices have been a comfort to me in some of those lonely moments that can sneak up when no one else is around. Thank you for sharing your lives, wisdom and favorites with us for all of these years!

  36. Les Skinner says:

    Congrats on 300! I love listening to y’all! I started following both of you and have read all of your books. Sophie – you – even signed one of your books for me in Birmingham at a book signing. My sister lives in Birmingham so we like checking out your recommendations too :) I love everything SEC Football and you all keep it on point. So excited for this milestone – can’t wait to hear 300 more!

  37. Gina Green says:

    Thanks for the memories. Been with you for a long time. Podcast releases make my whole week lighter!

  38. Bridget Weiss says:

    Love your podcast! Praying for a good move in day!

  39. Lynn Peisker says:

    Congrats on 300 episodes! Y’all have definitely increased my discretionary spending with all your great recommendations. Love following the everyday adventures of you and your families!

  40. Thank you for yet another entertaining episode! Congratulations on 15 years and 300 episodes!

  41. Victoria Burnos says:

    Thank you for bringing JOY to my life each Thursday morning!! I laugh out loud on my solo walks!!

  42. Lucy Clay McGehee says:

    It is not lost on me that when I clicked the link to go to Sophie’s blog the website said error ???????????? Like yall, technology is my nemesis! Thanks for all the laughs! Excited to relive my Samford college years thru Alex’s life!

  43. Jennifer Knowles says:

    Wow! Congratulations on 300 episodes and 15 years of podcasts! I started listening to y’all after I heard Melanie speak on a Focus on the Family podcast. I mentioned her book to my friend from school and she said oh… you would LOVE Sophie too… she spoke at our ladies tea at school a few years ago! Well, fast forward… I have read all your books now and listen to you every week. Stand All the Way Up is one of my favorite books and I’ve recommended it to so many friends walking through tough seasons. Thank you for being so faithful to podcast every week! My heart is lighter and brighter every week after I listen to y’all. God bless you!

  44. Samantha says:

    Congratulations on 15 years and 300 episodes! Love that I become a listener several years ago. It’s the podcast look forward to each week. And as a Longhorn when something happens, I’m waiting for Melanie to say something ????

  45. Elizabeth Baker says:

    Congratulations on 15 years! Love the podcast!

  46. Meghan M says:

    Happy 15 years! Thanks for keeping me company on long drives with little kids over the years!

  47. Audra Cain says:

    I’ve been a follower since the blog only days and I never miss a podcast! Congratulations on launching kids and 300 episodes!

  48. Nicole M Hathorn says:

    Congrats on 300 episodes! Been listening since 2015 ???? I laughed the hardest during the beanbag episode! Love y’all!

  49. Jess Rasmussen says:

    Congratulations on 300 episodes and 15 years!! I have loved listening to you guys for the past many years! You are both a delight and make me laugh so much!! Thank you for all you do! It truly is a bright spot to my week!!

  50. Leah Velie says:

    Congratulations on 300!! You both are a bright spot to my week with your laughter, advice and inspiration!

  51. I love all the things that you two talk about. SEC sports being one for sure but just the conversations that you allow us to be a part of makes us feel like we are in your friend group. Love your books, your love for the Lord, five favorites and like many , my amazon purchases have increased weekly. Your book and Netflix recommendations are always on point.. congrats on 300th. I hope y’all keep it going for another 15 years. !

  52. Vanessa Olson says:

    Love this podcast!! Thank you both for your continued efforts. I look forward to listening every week.

  53. Bethany Parvin says:

    Congratulations on 15 years! I am from Mississippi and found this podcast while living in Texas for 3 years. I love hearing Sophie because I totally get it when she talks about Mississippi, and thank you Melanie for helping me understand Texas living better! Also, thanks for both of you for helping me understand football better and impress my husband when I just repeat a few things ya’ll say!

  54. Love the podcast so much… my whole family knows not to bug me on Thursday mornings because I’ll be listening while I work! :) I have 3 young kids and you guys brighten my days, make me laugh out loud, and give me the opportunity to ignore my children for an hour while I listen to you, which truly is the best gift I could dream-up. :) Thank you for doing what you do!!

  55. Tyra Penn says:

    Thank you both for the laughs! Your show is one of the highlights of my week.

  56. Katherine says:

    I’ve loved listening to the podcast for about 5 years now! Congrats to 15 years and 300 episodes! Love y’all!

  57. Lorelei Wagner says:

    Congratulations on 15 years and 300 episodes! It’s been a delight to listen to you!

  58. Ashley Cutler says:

    Congrats on 300! I discovered you guys about 6 months ago (?) when Sophie was on the Popcast – after that, I started with episode 1 and have spent hours and hours with you guys!

  59. Carrie McFarland says:

    Congrats on 15 years and 300!! Love you ladies!!

  60. Lauren Watson says:

    I look forward to y’all’s podcast every week!

  61. Bethany Boynton says:

    I’m so proud of you guys for making it to 300! I’ve been listening to the show for about 3 years and crack up on pretty much every episode. I lost my parents when I was 16 so listening to you guys talk about sending your kids to college and having that experience with them somehow heals something in me that I didn’t realize I had missed. So thank you! Also, when I’m having a bad day I just search all of the Travis episodes and binge them and who can have a bad day then? ???? Love you guys!

  62. Love your podcast! Look forward to listening every week. Congrats on 15 years!!

  63. Erin Gross says:

    How can it be 15 Years?! Congrats to both of you, and THANK YOU for what you have given to us these past 15 years. Laughter, insight, wisdom, and grace…and where to find the best shoes. Blessings!

  64. Happy 15th Anniversary!!! Love you ladies and always look forward to your podcast!

  65. Lisa Anderson says:

    Happy 300th episode, Melanie and Sophie! Thanks for the laughs and aaaallllllllll the five favorites that have landed in my cart. Love y’all!

  66. Ronda McMann says:

    Congrats on 15 years! I love the podcast, love your books, love the blog, love you both. Super excited to go through this football season with you. Thanks for doing what you do!

  67. Congrats on #300! Loved this episode! Thank you for making us laugh each week! I “add to cart” way too much since listening to you all!

  68. Holly Koons says:

    I’ve been listening since ye olden days when episodes were approximately once a year. ???? Thank goodness for Retha and getting you all on a weekly schedule. Thursdays are my favorite day because that’s when I listen to the new Big Boo episode and more than likely do some online shopping as a result. You’re my very favorite friends I’ve never met!

  69. Ashley Bailey says:

    Congrats! I so adore spending my Thursday mornings with my fellow 9s!

  70. Jessica B says:

    Love the show! Congrats on the 15 years and 300 episodes.

  71. Sheila Hatcher says:

    Congratulations y’all! I have been a Big and Boo fan since the very beginning! Caroline and Alex were little bitty when I started reading the blogs. Enjoy both of you so much. I remember when the podcasts were so few and far between – it was so exciting when a new one came out! Even better now that we get to “visit” every week! My family has become accustomed to hearing me talk about my friends Big and Boo :)

  72. Congratulations on 300 episodes! Y’all are so fun!!

  73. Heidi Larsen says:

    Congratulations on 300 episodes! 15 years! Way to be cutting edge in 2007. I don’t think I knew podcasts existed that far back.
    You both are a delight! I look forward to every episode and you never fail to make me look like a fool laughing out loud on the walking trail.
    Well Done!
    From a fellow 50 year old Enneagram 9 who can’t stick with anything for very long.

  74. Love your Pod SO much! I listen on the way to work and my spirits are instantly lifted! I have even gone back to listen EVERY single episode! Love the In Style recap. I am a little disappointed that you’ve never had Brian Chalmers on. Please incentivize him to join us! I’m a huge fan!! Love to you ladies! You’ve made my life sweeter and I’m so grateful for you both!!

  75. Becky Lee says:

    You two bring so much joy to my week! My husband will joke with me about my “friends” from Alabama and Texas because of the comments I make to him regarding college football!

  76. Amy Strickland says:

    I love the podcast. I’ve been listening for maybe 6 years. My kids are the same age range. Your gift ideas, shopping suggestions and Amazon finds have helped. Your everyday stories are great. I just moved my youngest to college and now moving to a new home. I feel your pain about the labeling!! Keep episodes coming!

  77. Amy Strickland says:

    I love the podcast. I’ve been listening for maybe 6 years. My kids are the same age range. Keep episodes coming!

  78. Congratulations, ladies, on 300 episodes! Listening to your voices each is truly a highlight of my week! I’ve learned and laughed so much with you but the best thing I’ve learned is the importance of investing in my friendships even when mom life makes it hard. Sophie, I love it when you go silent for laughing too hard as it instantly makes me laugh out loud and we all know that more laughter makes for a happier life. Thank you for all you do!!

  79. Alisha Fitzsimmons says:

    Congratulations on 300 episodes! You all have accompanied me on so many house cleaning sprees and brightened so many of my days as I’ve listened and laughed out loud.

  80. Those little voices in the beginning was just about the most precious thing! Love you girls and I have to agree, when you laugh so hard no noise is made us just about my favorite thing.

  81. Virginia Matson says:

    Congratulations!! I’ve been listening since the start and love it.

  82. Love love y’all! Thank you for filling our hearts and amazon carts! I consider you virtual BFFs and mentors- I can’t thank you enough for that. Congratulations on 15 years! Won’t He do it?

  83. I have been a faithful listener since 2017 ! I Am a nurse and have about an hour commute to work around 4:00 a.m.. You and Melanie keep me company . I even went back and listened from episode 1 ! Y’all have come a long way ! You remind me of hanging out with my moms group of girlfriends , which is a huge compliment ! You make me giggle , cry , and buy all the things . Thanks for keeping the podcast going and congratulations on 15 years and 300 episodes !

  84. What a fun celebration of my FAVORITE podcast! Thanks, Sophie and Melanie, for sticking with this project for 300 episodes and 15 years. I enjoy The Big Boo Cast so much, as a Southern wife and mom, a Mississippi State graduate, a Phi Delta Chapter of Chi Omega alum, an SEC football fanatic, a college baseball enthusiast, a beginning writer, and a lover of all things skincare, makeup, hair products, and middle-aged mom fashion. Keep up the good work, ladies! Thanks for having me laughing and crying as I listen to the episodes each week. Y’all are so REAL, and that’s what makes you special.

  85. Congratulations on 15 years & 300 episodes! I’ve been a listener since almost the beginning and look forward to each new episode. Here’s to 300 more!

  86. Angie Evans says:

    Congrats on 300! Thanks for checking in with us each week!

  87. Elizabeth Paddock says:

    Congratulations on a delightful 15 years!! Love the podcast!

  88. erin hassen says:


  89. Happy 300th episode! You two have kept me company on so many hikes and dog-walking – and I’m sure the neighbors think it’s perfectly normal that I often laugh out loud while waking alone. Haha! Thanks for the laughs, product reviews and entertainment suggestions. I just know we’d be friends in real life if we had the chance!

  90. Meagan Stoltzfus says:

    Have loved you both from the very beginning! As a very young newlywed in 2007, I feel like I’ve “grown up” with you guys and appreciate all the advice and laughs along the way.

  91. Congrats on this amazing milestone! ???? Love your accents and I agree — when you both go radio silent in laughter! Im always so tickled by your friendship!

  92. Kim Driscoll says:

    Congratulations on 300 episodes!

  93. Dawn Wells says:

    Congratulations!! I “met” you both at a conference in Dallas and now I CANNOT wait to see you both again in Brenham! Thank you for blogging. Thank you for podcasting. The podcast, you and Melanie are pure joy!!

  94. Congrats on the milestones! Always look forward to the podcast!

  95. Nicole Reiner says:

    Congratulations ladies! I’ve loved following along and watching it grow. As a fellow 9 I am super impressed with the follow through !

  96. Kara James says:

    I have never been so proud of people I don’t know!

  97. Sandy Stanard says:

    Congratulations on 15 years- love the show! I just moved my daughter into her dorm for her first year of college. I feel like I’ve walked into this new chapter with both of you. Listening to Melanie last year and taking copious notes for what to pack and then listening to your plan this year with Alex. Thanks for sharing!

  98. Rebekah Edwards says:

    Yay for 15 years and 300 episodes! Love listening to you both every week!

  99. Katy Swan says:

    Such a lovely, funny podcast to listen to. You really are such a highlight of my week! Definitely my favourite podcast by a long way! Here’s to the next 15 years and more ???? xxx

  100. Beth Miller says:

    Congratulations ladies!!! I’ve loved listening for so many years.

    • Sarah Jones says:

      Long time listener, first time commenter, and just want to say Happy 15th anniversary and 300 episodes! Thanks for being the friends you didn’t even know we were. ???? Y’all keep me company on my commute every week and have no idea the blessing you are to so many. Please don’t ever stop. ????