ITA #32 – On Motherhood, Friendship & Marriage from NYT Best Selling Author Melanie Shankle

By February 10, 2014Podcast

Relationships, marriage wisdom, fashion advice and hunting tips. Yes, hunting tips. NYT Best Selling Author Melanie Shankle (and one of my favorite bloggers ever) leaves no stone unturned in this episode of the Inspired To Action podcast. Her new book The Antelope in the Living Room is one of only a handful of “I just can’t book this down” books I’ve read.

She is wise, funny and has a Southern accent that you could listen to all. day. long.

Grab your headphones, join us for a chat and keep reading to learn more!


Melanie Shankle is a wife, mother, writer and host of Lifeway’s dotMom events. She blogs at and has authored two books Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room.

Here are a few highlights from today’s show…

Get Inspired

On Motherhood, Friendship & Marriage:

Melanie shares encouragement on surviving those potty-training toddler years, what to look forward to as your little ones get older, what makes her friendship with Gulley so strong, and how she’s noticed similar characteristics in her best friend and her husband.

Tweet to Inspire: “It’s not our job to hold it all together.” – @BigMama on @Inspired2Action –> Click to Tweet! 

Marriage Tip #1: It’s okay if you don’t enjoy doing all the same things!

Marriage Tip #2: Stop comparing your marriage to the people you see in the grocery store.

Tweet to Inspire: “Your marriage is as unique as the two people who make up your marriage” – @BigMama on @Inspired2Action–> Click to Tweet!

Fashion Tips from Melanie Shankle

Every mom needs:

  1. A good pair of jeans that are NOT mom jeans (you can’t go wrong with Gap)
  2. A good pair of cute shoes
  3. Fun accessories

Bonus tip: Spend your budget on the staples and then save money on the trendy items.

On the go mom outfit

Take Action

What did you learn from Melanie? How will you take action on what you learned? I know I need to do some shopping… 🙂 What about you? Click here to share.

Quick Links

  1. Get Melanie’s new book – The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life
  2. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

Connect with Melanie Shankle

Melanie Shankle

Blog:The Big Mama Blog
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How to Listen to This Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click through to the site and click the little play button at the beginning of this post.
2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, but I like one called Downcast. It allows me to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.

You can also listen via a free app (IOS and Android) called Stitcher.

3. Subscribe to the Podcast – just click here to access the podcast in iTunes. You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

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  • Jessica white says:

    What was the verse you read at the beginning…Ephesians? What version were you reading from? I am so encouraged by your podcasts!!

  • […] It was so fun to do a podcast with Kat from Inspired to Action. You can listen to it here. […]

  • The verse at the beginning had me in tears…driving down the road hearing you speak that over me was incredible. Ephesians 3:20 is our family’s verse for this year and it was powerful hearing it out loud. Thank you for what you do each day. I know you always tell us that what we do as moms matters each day, but what you do for us by bringing us incredible interviews from other Christian moms and generally being all things encouraging is a gift. You are a gift. P.S. Maximize Your Mornings and the Hello Mornings Challenge has done more to grow my spiritual life than any other one thing. I was a night owl and my husband used to have to drag me (literally) out of bed. Now I’m up at 6am almost every morning, checking in with my #mjad twitter accountability group. Please know that what YOU do matters Kat!

  • E.S. Ivy says:

    Loved your interview with Melanie! I grew up with brothers that hunted. Since she didn’t have any experience with squirrel – certain types of duck are okay when fixed the right way, I could say that I like venison – I don’t like squirrel. 🙂

  • Heather Cullen says:

    Loved your interview with Melanie. I have read her blog for years and hearing about how she and Gulley became friends was something I always wondered. Also, the aging of the deer meat was welcome news – my hubby has recently taken up hunting as well and I need to learn these things! I was secretly happy he didn’t get one this past season because I didn’t have a clue what to do with it. Now I have several more months to figure it out!! Keep up the great work!!

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  • […] to hear her tell the story of the antelope in their living room (and you can on these podcasts from Inspired to Action and God-Centered Mom), but it’s become her metaphor for the “elephant in the […]