Life with Ladybug: Cloudy, with a chance of a headache


By Shannon Magsam, co-founder and Ladybug’s mama Growing up, my dad was religious about watching the TV weather forecast. As a heavy equipment owner/operator, his business depended on knowing if the weather that week would be nice enough for him to dig a swimming pool or haul asphalt (“Dad, did you haul asphalt today?” [...]

Life with Ladybug: Married romance


By Shannon Magsam, co-founder and mama of Ladybug Since we’re smack dab in the middle of the month of love (it really is for us: Valentine’s Day, our daughter’s birthday and our anniversary) I was just thinking about romance before. You know, before the domestic bonds of matrimony and parenthood swept us up into [...]

Life with Ladybug: Act your age


I was in the grocery store today, trying to open one of those big plastic baggies in the meat section when a 20-something cruised by with her cart (full of yogurt and greens). She said something to me and I could tell by the look on her face, and the hand gesture, that she was [...]

Wondering what to do in Branson? A list of things to try!

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If you still haven’t planned your summer vacation — or you’re in desperate need of a long weekend away — here are some highlights from our recent trip to Branson, Mo. We hope this little tour sparks ideas for activities you might want to try with your family! The Branson CVB invited us to #ExploreBranson [...]

Life with Ladybug: The fine art of cat selling

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By Shannon Magsam I’ve mentioned that Ladybug and I volunteer in the cat adoption area at the local PetSmart. In other words, we pimp cats. When people walk by the cages, we shamelessly hold up the kittens or cats for them to see, even stooping so low as to hold up the feline’s furry paw [...]

Life with Ladybug: Front porch romance

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By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama What is it about my new front porch? While looking for houses over the summer, I went to a house with a beautiful front porch. I didn’t realize how much I wanted a big front porch until that moment. I wanted that house. I was in love. It was a [...]

Life with Ladybug: Having a teenager can be a drain on your love bank


By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama If your love language is words of affirmation, you’ll find your love bank might be downright penniless if you have a teenager. There are often lots of words, but few are affirming. At least that’s my experience right now. If you’re the mama to a sweet toddler who says, “Fank [...]

Life with Ladybug: How to be happier in your marriage

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By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama and John’s wife We got a question from a mom recently (she sent it to the anonymous panel of our husbands who answer questions for our Motherlode feature, Inside His Head) about how to deal with being bored with her husband. She sincerely seemed to want to make things better, [...]

Life with Ladybug: Not digging Graves’ Disease


By Shannon Magsam I have a friend who may have thyroid cancer and I’m more than freaked out about it, but praying that she gets the help she needs, has surgery and gets the all-clear SOON. Lots of women wonder if they have thyroid issues (and many of them actually do) because they think it [...]

Life with Ladybug: Show me your scars and I’ll show you mine


By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama One night when we were visiting my husband’s family in Philadelphia, his brother-in-law and I started comparing scars. My husband joked that we reminded him of that scene in Jaws when the characters were showing each other all their old war wounds. Ours certainly weren’t that bad. My husband’s brother-in-law, [...]