About the Mamas

Hi there. We’re glad to see you on our virtual front doorstep. Come in and make yourself at home. We’re the mamas: Gwen Rockwood and Shannon Magsam. It’s really nice to meet you.

We co-founded nwaMotherlode.com in May 2008. In 2010, we also created the Mom’s Choice Business Directory to serve as a resource for moms looking for local mom-friendly businesses. In May 2013, we hosted the state’s first Mom Prom, a HUGE girls’ night out for moms and women that also benefits a great local charity. The party went so well we plan on making this an annual event.

Though we’re the founding mamas, we have an amazing team of contributors who help keep nwaMotherlode humming along with great content that updates 7 days a week. All those different personality types make this website a great place to work and a wonderful place to visit.

To meet our team members, click here.

To read more about Gwen and Shannon, check our bios out below:

Gwen Rockwood is the mama of 3 little ones – 10-year-old Adam, 7-year-old Jack and 5-year-old Kate. Oh, and there’s also the new puppy, Charlie. Gwen is the mama behind the long-running syndicated column  The Rockwood Files, and with all those crazy characters to choose from, she never runs out of good writing material. Gwen is a self-described introvert but excels at public speaking and making people feel comfortable. She’s quietly a master at brainstorming blog names and taglines. Before Kids, Gwen was a newspaper reporter/business editor. When she’s not writing, dropping off, picking up or folding clothes, she loves to have dinner out, leave the dirty dishes on the table and go see a movie with her husband, Tom, and a big box of Raisinets. Check out Gwen’s blog, The Rockwood Files, or e-mail her by clicking here.

Shannon Magsam is mama to a sweet (and increasingly salty) 10-year-old she calls Ladybug. She likes to say she met her soulmate (husband John) among ink and deadlines. There were also lots of Sonic cherry limeades involved. She’s essentially a former newspaper reporter turned mom turned website owner. Shannon is also a PR specialist for a local firm and a freelance writer. When she’s not working or enjoying adventures with her daughter and/or husband, she loves to read novels and psychology books, sing old church songs and 80s music and take walks with her black standard poodle, Bijoux. She often says, “I live far enough away from family that I rely on neighbors, friends and virtual community to help me navigate motherhood and life.” You can read more about Shannon’s family adventures on her Motherlode blog “Life With Ladybug.” E-mail Shannon by clicking here.

Gwen and Shannon are available for consulting, public speaking, media interviews and events. Together, they have 35 years of professional writing experience. Here are the places their work has been published and/or featured.

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul (4 editions)
  • Citiscapes Magazine
  • Celebrate Arkansas Magazine
  • At Home Arkansas
  • The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • The Northwest Arkansas Times
  • The Benton County Daily Record
  • Arkansas Living
  • Neosho Daily News
  • Stuttgart Daily Leader
  • Bolivar Herald-Free Press
  • Nixa Xpress
  • Buffalo Reflex
  • Marshfield Mail
  • Harrison Daily Times
  • Cedar County Republican newspaper
  • The Collinsville News
  • Owasso Reporter
  • Skiatook Journal
  • South County Ledger
  • The Village Family Magazine (North Dakota)
  • KNWA
  • Magic 107.9
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