As you all know, I love to feature strong and inspiring women here on The Mama Playbook, and thus I am VERY excited today as I get the privilege to feature and introduce to you one of my very favorite mama role models, mama crush, and truly inspiring beautiful super mama of identical twin girls, Monique Soltani. Monique and I became friends on Instagram and I quickly was addicted to her fantastic show, Wine Oh TV. If you haven’t watched it, you’re missing out! (Check out the preview at the bottom of this interview!) Monique and I both share a passionate love for wine and twins, (I’m sure you’re all surprised at that), and I was so touched that despite her insane schedule she ALWAYS took time to respond to me.
I am also passionate about setting an example for my children of following our hearts life desires, and Monique is an incredible example of that. Despite having identical twin girls, she has continued blazing trails and making her dreams a reality all while being a devoted, loving mama to her beautiful girls (who happen to be almost exactly three months older than my little ones!). So, without further ado, allow me to introduce to you my own life loves twin from another mother, Monique Soltani of Wine Oh TV, find her at wineoh.tv, moniquesoltani.com and make sure to connect with her on social media, (click links directly below!)
I first came up with the idea for Wine Oh TV when I was in Los Angeles and studying for my level one Court of Master Sommelier exam. Then a few months later I got a job to co host and produce a new television talk show at the NBC affiliate in Fresno. It was there that I started a weekly “Wine Oh” segment. I liked the play on words like. Wine Oh (I drink too much) or Wine Oh? (I didn’t know that). The goal has always been to educate, entertain and possibly even enlighten;). A few years later I got an offer to come to San Francisco to work at the CBS affiliate. I really missed covering wine so I pitched a few different media outlets on my Wine Oh idea and they picked it up. In 2012, I formed Thinque Media and started producing Wine Oh TV through my own company and the rest as they say is history! 🙂
Q: I just think you’re incredible! You’re a twin mama, your twins are almost exactly three months older than mine so I know your house is BUSY. Your bio reads like Superwoman (linked) you have Wine Oh TV, The Good Life, Thinque Media, you’re gorgeous and fit: it would be impressive without twins! And you have BABY TWINS! And you’re an amazing mama, I know from following you on Facebook and Instagram. I have twins, it’s HARD! I’m in sweatpants more than I should admit! I mean HOW in the world do you do it all?!
Oh seriously, I’m in sweatpants right now and I haven’t washed my hair in 3 days. This is not a joke. I should send you a selfie. Here’s my secret. H-E-L-P. Ask for it, take it, scream for it, beg for it, plead for it, do whatever you need to do to get it and TAKE IT!
I feel like I’m barely keeping my head above water. On a daily basis I’m calling the microwave the dishwasher and the stove the dryer. Honestly, as you know it’s so hard. The absolute hardest part is leaving my family. I left for a trip for the first time when the girls were 10 months old. I went to Sardinia for work. It was the hardest moment of my life. But my husband said. “You need to go, you love your work and it’s good for you and that’s good for them.” He really is right but it’s so hard. The other thing I struggle with is managing time and guilt. Time isn’t what it used to be. As you know. With twins your motto has to be “ain’t nobody got time for that” 24/7. Thank you notes: “Ain’t nobody got time for that” Perfectly dressed children “ain’t nobody got time for that” Ironing: “ain’t nobody got time for that” Whining” “ain’t nobody got time for that” Wine-ing on the other hand that’s a different story.
Occupation: Thinque Media/Founder. Wine Oh TV/Executive Producer & Host
Description: Thinque Media, produces original content in the non-fiction category; specializing in lifestyle, travel and inspirational programming. Current Productions: The Good Life (2015-present) and Wine Oh TV (2012-present). Wine Oh TV has received numerous accolades including: 2016 and 2015 The Taste Awards Finalist for Best Drink or Beverage Program: Web, Best Single Topic Series, and Best City or Regional Program, 2014 Wine Spectator Awards Honorable Mention, 2012 Wine Blog Awards Winner-Best Original Video, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Wine Blog Awards Finalist-Best Original Video.