I’m a small-town girl by birth, but have always been more of a city girl at heart. I grew up thinking that Los Angeles seemed like such a glamorous place to live,especially after years of obsessively watching 90210 (the original version), so I vowed to move there one day. After college and a string of failed relationships, I decided there was no time like the present to make a change, so I packed all my belongings into a U-Haul and moved, without so much as a job, a plan, or a single clue what I was going to do once I got there. I think the universe had my back a little though- while searching for jobs in the LA weekly (yes, I’m old and people used to actually look for jobs like that) I saw an ad for a game show seeking contestants and thought, “What a perfect way to put all my useless trivia knowledge to the test.” As luck would have it, I went to Hollywood to tape a game show the following week, and walked away $12K richer. Alas, it would take a few more years before I would be as lucky in love. This city is a hard place to be single, but in late 2008, that all changed. I got dragged into a bar in Manhattan Beach that I really didn’t want to go to because it was such a “scene” and I ended up meeting a cute guy with a strong Irish accent who ended up becoming my husband less than three years later. About six months after our wedding, we found out we were having a baby, and in January of 2013, my whole world changed when I laid eyes on a tiny, pale little blonde haired baby with the bluest of eyes, my very own Sweet Baby D, who we named Declan Thomas Jennings. (Tiny is no longer an appropriate adjective to describe my child.) Less than two years after he was born, I quit my job to be a full-time stay-at-home mom, which is as awesome as I imagined it would be, but also comes with its fair share of unique challenges. Sometimes I can’t believe how much my life has changed in the past eight years, and even I still pinch myself at how lucky I am. So, yes, I realize that I have nothing “real” or legitimate to complain about (most of the time anyway), but I don’t let that stop me. Follow along with my story in words, pictures, the occasional bad reality TV recap/rant and lots and lots of wine.