Life with Ladybug: Embrace the MOMent


By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama “Mom, you have GOT to watch this TED talk! It’s called Embrace the Shake! It’s amazing.” I immediately starting singing Shake it Off! Shake it off! and doing a little car dance. For that, I got the look. The kind of look that only a newly minted 13-year-old can give [...]

Life with Ladybug: Horses, cabins, friends, no leashes

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By Shannon Magsam When we talked about what Ladybug wanted to do for her 13th birthday, she expressed a sentiment that I could relate to: “Mom, I just want to be off the leash for a little while.” Baby, I understand. Sometimes I feel tethered to my computer, my iPhone, the dirty dishes in the sink. [...]

Life with Ladybug: Why I don’t want a DVR


By Shannon Magsam My daughter and I weren’t home on Tuesday night, so we didn’t get to watch the mid-season finale of our show, The Flash. But we can’t plan our lives around when Barry Allen will be running super fast and saving citizens of Central City at 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights on the [...]

Life with Ladybug: The downside of mom blogging

By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama As you know, the name of this blog is Life with Ladybug. Except lately, I really don’t write as much about my life with my daughter, code name Ladybug. I’ve been writing Life posts since my little lady(bug) was in kindergarten, but she’s almost 13 now and doesn’t want the [...]

Life with Ladybug: The terrible teens?

Mom and Ladybug

By Shannon Magsam We went to a restaurant on Saturday and I requested the Kids Eat Free menu. And while the kids’ meal was being delivered to our table, I almost choked on my Diet Dr. Pepper. Because that’s when it hit me that we can only order kids’ meals for a few more months. [...]

Life with Ladybug: Perspective

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By Shannon Magsam I picked up the phone to call my husband. To vent. I’d been to the dentist and I really needed to get a crown — plus I was reminded that I really need to have some dental surgery I’ve been putting off. And I remembered at the dentist that I also “really [...]

Life with Ladybug: Lessons from a no good, very bad school year

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By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama To all the mamas out there whose kids didn’t get into any classes with their besties this school year, I was there. To all the mamas out there whose kid already says there’s a teacher who “hates” her this school year, I feel ya. I was right there with you [...]

Life with Ladybug: Are you up for The Kissing Challenge?

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By Shannon Magsam A blogger over at the MOPS website issued a Be Brave 2014 Kissing Challenge yesterday, noting that some married couples who may have kissed passionately while dating – or when they first got married – have let those lip-smacking sessions go by the wayside. I kiss my husband quite a bit, but [...]

Life with Ladybug: How to de-clutter (written by a recovering slob)


By Shannon Magsam, co-founder of and mama to 1 little lady(bug) My husband took two straight weeks off from work this summer. We went to Florida one week and the next week we stayed closer to home and did something we grasshoppers have never done before while on vacation: we purged. We cleaned out [...]