Leah Speer

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Leah Speer

I'm co-writer for Must. Have. Wine. www.must-have-wine.com. Once upon a time known as Leah B, this mommy of two sees life as one huge Saturday Night Live skit. Always have. That’s just where my mind goes. I can see the ridiculous in almost anything. And if I don’t see the funny in something at the time, I can usually grasp it after the intensity wears off. I love movies, running, cooking, going out to eat with my girlfriends, and though you can often find me enjoying an ice cold Heineken, a nice glass of Chianti is my real delight. I spent my childhood growing up in a happy and secure Air Force family credit given direct to my wonderful parents and awesome brother. I’ve always found the question Where are you from? to be quite precarious. Is it where I was born? Colorado Springs, Colorado. Where I finished high school? Manassas, Virginia. Where I lived the longest? Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Or the two cities that have my heart and my best friends? New York City and Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve moved around my entire life, the first 18 years because my father was in the military and the past several because I couldn’t get enough of experiencing new places and people. I may not have the perfect answer for that question, but I’m happy that my husband and I are dedicated to raising a close family no matter where we live. I have been married to my Colorado man, Zac for five years, though we’ve been together for almost 12 years since meeting in La Jolla, CA. Our two amazing sons, Luke and Zealand (often called ZZ as named by his brother when he was barely even crawling) are my inspiration to follow my passions and live my dreams. Oprah Winfrey once said, “Making a different choice gives you the opportunity to live a different life.” After years working in marketing, I have decided to follow my passion for writing. It’s in my blood after all. My mom, Carole Bellacera, is a published author. My favorite books include White Oleander, Julie and Julia, This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, Dead Weight, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Room, The Help and everything my mom has written. I enjoy a variety of music though you’ll always find Madonna, James Taylor, Gwen Stefani, George Michael, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas and a mix of jazz on my playlist. My favorite TV shows are Saturday Night Live (of course), The Real Housewives, Kathy Griffin's "Kathy", Parenthood, 30 Rock, competitive cooking shows (but not baking or desserty shows), Desperate Housewives and I’m slightly addicted to The Weather Channel.

Stories by Leah Speer

Thanksgiving can be stress-free. It just takes a little planning, a little flexibility and of course, a little lot of wine. My mother modeled...
“Stay at home, work, or work from home. It really doesn’t matter what you do. You’ll find a way to feel guilty about something. You...
Webster’s dictionary defines it as “a respite.” And that’s what I’ve always experienced in my annual beach vacations...