The Big Boo Cast, Episode 229

We have a special guest on this week’s episode, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Sharon McMahon (@sharonsaysso) has taken Instagram by storm over the last few months – she is a funny, wise, non-partisan former government teacher – and she has created such a beautiful online community. Melanie and I have gotten such a kick out of following her and learning from her, so when it worked out for us to get to actually talk to her, we couldn’t say “yes” fast enough.

And listen – we cover a lot of ground. We talk about Sharon’s informational, non-partisan approach to teaching people about government and democracy, we talk about how Sharon shattered Melanie’s lifelong belief about Texas’ ability to secede from the union, and we talk about how important it is to really listen to one another so that we can understand one another better – especially when we disagree (my favorite quote of Sharon’s: “We cannot work for each other’s mutual destruction”). We’re also going to talk about make-up, and if you’ve seen Sharon’s eyeshadow skills on Instagram, you’ll understand why.

We’ll also have our usual round of Five Favorites at the end of the episode (it’s my turn this week!), and we’ll be back next Monday with a new Five Questions (featuring our literary agent, Lisa Jackson) and our usual brand of shenanigans next Thursday on episode 230.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Show Notes:

The Carol Burnett Show

Sharon McMahon

Sharon’s Instagram

Sharon’s Government for Grown-ups

Dave (the movie)

BH Cosmetics Hangin’ in Hawaii eyeshadow palette

Latisse eyelash serum

Revitabrow eyelash serum

Go Big or Go Home mascara by KVD Beauty

Subversion eyelash primer by Urban Decay

Get Organized with The Home Edit on Netflix

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil

Thrive Causemetics 3-in-1 Brightening Face Wash

Delicious Miss Brown

Kardea Brown’s Fried Pork Chops with Homemade Table Gravy

Tyler Glamorous Wash in Diva (a laundry splurge – but one small bottle will last for six months or so)

OPI Hollywood & Vibe

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Big Boo Five Questions with Elizabeth Passarella

This week on Five Questions – a six-week bonus series of The Big Boo Cast – we’re talking with Elizabeth Passarella, a contributing editor at Southern Living magazine and the author of Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York. We started this conversation a few weeks ago on Episode 224, so we are delighted to bring you part 2 today. Elizabeth grew up in Memphis, has lived in New York for the last twenty years, and talks to us on this episode about the best Memphis barbecue, the Southern food she misses, and whether or not releasing a new book was what she expected.

We’ll be back later this week with our regular episode – Episode 229 – and then next Monday we’ll have another episode of Five Questions with our beloved literary agent, Lisa Jackson. 

Hope y’all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

Amy Grant & Ellie Holcombe’s song, “A Woman”

“El Shaddai”

Lead Me On

Sandi Patty

Amy Grant’s The Collection

“Old Man’s Rubble”

“All I Ever Have to Be”

Honey Baked Ham

Sister Schubert’s rolls

Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York

Fran Keenan’s Instagram (this is how I found out about Elizabeth’s book)

Elizabeth’s website

Elizabeth on Instagram

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 228

We’re back with a new regular episode after a week away, and we catch up on all manner of things: Caroline’s last soccer game, the weather in Alabama, college baseball, and what we’ve been watching.

We also discuss what we’re thinking about cooking for Easter, a new hidden object game that has captured my fancy, and Melanie’s latest round of Five Favorites.

Last thing: don’t miss our latest Five Questions Bonus Episode with Retha Nichole – and we’ll have another Five Questions this Monday.

Hope y’all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

Last Chance U Basketball

June’s Journey

A Place to Call Home

- Melanie’s Breakfast Casserole (she uses Alexia Potato Puffs – cooked ahead of time – instead of bread)

Pioneer Woman’s Marlboro Man Sandwiches (I only use one stick of butter and it’s all fine) :-)

Mexican Cornbread (scroll down and you’ll see the recipe)

Twice Baked Potatoes (this is our favorite recipe – except I like to cook a few strips of pepper bacon and crumble it up instead of using bacon bits)

Kut from the Kloth Gidget cutoffs

Kingdom Pets duck jerky and sweet potato treats

Good & Gather salt and pepper roasted macadamia nuts

Naturewell collagen intense moisturizing cream

Tan Luxe body butter

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Big Boo Five Questions with Retha Nichole

This week on Five Questions – a bonus series of The Big Boo Cast – we’re talking with Retha Nichole, our favorite life and business coach who also happens to be the business manager for our podcast. Retha has a way of cutting straight through excuses and procrastination and helping people not just see their goals – but figure out how to make forward progress. So whether you’ve dreamed of writing or painting or starting your own business or running a half marathon, Retha has some great tips to help you get started and build momentum.

This week we’ll also have a new regular episode – Episode 228 – and then we’ll be back next Monday with episode four in this bonus series, a (continued) conversation with the author of Good Apple, our new friend Elizabeth Passarella.

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Show Notes:

Retha’s website

Retha’s Instagram

Retha’s Sunday Planner

Retha’s STUCK ebook

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Big Boo Five Questions with Laura Tremaine

This week on Five Questions – our new bonus series of The Big Boo Cast – we’re talking with Laura Tremaine, our longtime blog friend and newly published author. Laura is insightful, honest, and she has had such an interesting journey from blogging to podcasting to writing a book. We had an absolute blast talking with her.

And just a reminder: there’s no regular episode this week because Melanie and I are taking a little time off, but we’ll be back again next week with a new Five Questions and a new regular episode. You can also find us over on Patreon where there’s a new episode on spring fashion – complete with our spring fashion memories from the late 80s / early 90s.

Hope y’all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

10 Things to Tell You

The Popcast Live Show

Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First.

Laura’s website

Laura on Twitter

Laura on Instagram

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The Big Boo Cast, Episode 227

On this week’s episode Melanie and I talk about how we’re dealing with the things that signal Ye Olde Passage of Time – like Caroline’s dorm room decor and Alex’s 18th birthday. We also discuss some things we’ve been watching, and I of course feel like I need to rehash some recent Mississippi State baseball developments.

Just a heads up about next week: on Monday we’ll have the latest installment of our new Five Questions bonus series, but there won’t be a new regular episode next Thursday (it’s Spring Break in Birmingham, so I am going to try to catch up on book edits). We’ll be back the following week with two new episodes – a bonus episode on Monday, March 29th, and Episode 228 on Thursday, April 1st. There will also be a new Patreon episode that comes out this Friday, March 19th.

Thanks so much for listening, everybody! Hope you enjoy!

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Show Notes:

Mississippi State’s latest walk-off win

The Real World Homecoming: New York

Firefly Lane

WandaVision

Dorm Rooms of Mississippi and Beyond

Canva Mood Boards

– Caslon camo sweatshirt in regular sizes and plus sizes (this sweatshirt is my favorite purchase in a long time – it is lightweight and soft)

A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal, edited by Sarah Bessey

College Campus Skyline Notepads by Two Funny Girls

50 States of Beauty – American Gouache prints

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charles Mackesy

The Wonder Years

Big Boo Five Questions with Erin Moon

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