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!)
Q: Will you share what inspired you to start Wine Oh TV?
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: What’s one of your favorite destinations you’ve done so far? You ask the hard hitting questions my dear! I pretty much fall in love with every place I visit so it’s really hard to pick one place but I will. 🙂 My most recent trip was to Sicily so it’s still fresh in my mind and in my heart. I fell in love with the people, the place and of course the wine. Their wines are exceptional, the food is out of this world and the people are just as warm on the inside as the island is on the outside.
Q: Do you have a favorite wine? Or several? Picking my favorite wine would be like picking my favorite twin. 🙂 I know you can relate to that:) I like so many wines for so many different reasons I can’t pick just one. 😉 However, I do like a wine with a great story behind it. I seem to find myself drinking wines from producers I have interviewed. After hearing their story it’s hard not to fall in love with their wine.
Q: I love you’re vegetarian (and from your pics a seriously awesome cook!) May I ask what inspired that choice? I became a vegetarian when my much older boyfriend (who was a vegan) told me I had no reverence for life. I immediately became a vegetarian to prove him wrong. I broke up with him six months later and have been a vegetarian ever since. (That’s 26 years to be exact) Ha! When it comes to cooking I’m a bit of a creature of habit (much to my husband’s dismay). I make dinner every weeknight so like to cook things that are fast and easy. I’m also learning to follow the rules of a wise woman. “No matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize,” that’s one of Julia Child’s kitchen rules.
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!
Q: I’m such a believer in setting an example for our kiddos in pursuing our dreams and being the best version of ourselves we can be, and you are such a stellar vision of this. What’s been one of the hardest parts of this journey? Was there something specific that kept you going at that time?
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.
Haha! All kidding aside, I always feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to do what needs to get done and I always feel guilty for everything. Guilty if I go to work and guilty if I stay home. The struggle is real. Ha! I don’t think I’m alone I really think the guilt gene kicks in the second the sperm hits the egg. What keeps me going is what has always kept me going pre and post becoming a Twin Baby Mama. The goal of my personal and professional life has always been to make a positive impact on society. I want to do that with the two humans I’m raising and I want to do that with the content I am creating. I really feel in my heart if my girls turn out to be decent, loving, compassionate, giving, human beings then I will have succeeded.
Q: I loved your interview on Skinnymom.com. (click here to read) I can completely relate to being surprised at how ok I was with my body being different post twins before it went back but also being amazed at what it’s capable of. I mean, growing humans is no joke, and growing two humans at once is just, crazy!!! The first time I left the house after I gave birth I remember a cashier asking if I had delivered the babies yet and asking in shock why I still had such a pouch going on. But eventually it went back, the pouch left. You’ve seriously inspired me to up my health game, I really struggle to find motivation to workout but I mean look at you! I want to look like that! And you did it in six months post birth! Did you have a period of time that you struggled to find motivation to waorkout after birth?
First of all, you look AMAZING! Second of all, why thank you! 🙂 Honestly, I think I struggle more now than I did right after the girls were born. Ha! I actually had complications that made it so I had to have a c-section and the recovery took way longer than expected. I wasn’t cleared to work out for 8 weeks. There was a period of 4 weeks where I couldn’t even leave the house because I couldn’t drive and we lived on such a steep hill that I couldn’t even walk. So, I had such a long period of wanting to work out where I couldn’t so I think that’s what motivated me so quickly. Once I was finally cleared by my doctor I was thrilled. I started slowly and worked back into my routine. I also saw a physical therapist to help me with my abs. I’m still not where I was but I am happy with where I am.
Monique, thank you so much for sharing part of your life with us it’s such an honor! I know we are all excited to continue to watch and be inspired by your journey!
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.