Mom Next Door – Bekah Ortiz and Coffee and Whine’s 1st CW Ambassador
We are so excited about the following we are getting with Coffee & Whine! Yes we love to share our own experiences with you all, BUT we also want to hear your stories too! So we decided to add a new program to our site, called CW Ambassadors (please email email@example.com for more details or if you are interested in joining our local mommy group)!
Bekah is on of our loving supporters and we wanted to show her how much we appreciate her LOVE for Coffee and Whine by asking her to become our 1st ever CW Ambassador! We get lots of freebies and don’t necessarily have the opportunity to test or review them….so we mailed some things out to Bekah to get her opinion on some of the services/products. You will be hearing more from her soon, so stay tuned!
A little 411 on Miss Bekah:
I was born and raised in San Diego, grew up in Escondido and now currently live in Vista with my husband, Adolfo of two years. We have a three-year old daughter Talia. Adolfo and I met through his sister who was the office manager where I worked back in 2006. I went back to school for a degree in Accounting a few years later and during that time I found out I was pregnant. During my pregnancy I took a break from school and started back up at University of Phoenix shortly after Talia was born. I was a SAHM for the first 14 months of Talia’s life….Adolfo and I ran off to Vegas and tied the knot, whoo hoo! It was our first big trip away from Talia. I also decided to change my area of study to Health Management and decided to start searching for a full time job in the health care industry. As luck would have it, I managed to land a temporary position in Quality Management at Palomar Health which helped me land a permanent job in the company. I’ve been with Palomar Health for two years now and work as the Learning and Development Coordinator for the district. I also have about five more classes to go until I gradguate with a Bachelors in Health Administration/Health Management. Working full time, commuting to Murrieta for school full time and being a full time mom (and sometimes dad when Adolfo is out of town) can be tiring but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. In my spare time I love hanging with my family and just have FUN!
Coffee and Whine Questions…because inquiring minds just gotta know!
CW: Describe your parenting style in one word.
MND: Loving and FUN! (I chose two!) I’m like a big kid with Talia (my husband more so than me) and we love to have fun with her. There’s always lots of squealing, giggling, and full out belly laughs going on in our house. Along with tons of hugs, snuggles, kisses, and tickles.
CW: What’s your guilty pleasure?
MND: Whenever I’m stressed or overwhelmed, which seems to be a lot lately (thanks to my job!) I always indulge in my favorite comfort food, Spaghetti! I ate so much spaghetti when I was pregnant with Talia, just plain old spaghetti noodles, Prego fresh mushrooms sauce and A LOT of parmesean cheese. Carbs cars carbs! What’s bad is I could probably live off of spaghetti if I wanted to. I’ve eaten it the same way my whole life. Lately I have been using whole wheat pasta and I watch my portions so it really isn’t too bad.
CW: What’s always in your refrigerator?
MND: Coconut Milk and Cheddar Cheese (Talia is a cheese head).
CW: What are the top 3 things you can not live without DAILY
MND: Moisturizer, toothbrush and my iPhone
CW: What is the last meal you made for your family?
MND: Grilled marinated skirt steak, steamed broccoli, quinoa, and an organic tossed salad with homemade orange balsamic vinaigrette
CW: Who’s your celebrity crush?
MND: I will always LOVE Johnny Depp, oh la la!
CW: Best piece of parenting advice you ever got?
MND: Make sure to get a little “me” time and even “couples” time. I know it’s not direct parenting advice on how to raise your child BUT, being away from Talia, whether it be overnight at Nana’s or during the day at day care, has allowed me to really cherish my time with her and be the BEST mommy I can to her. She is such a social butterfly and a great little girl for anyone who watches her (Grandma, Nana, Auntie, Day Care, etc) and I think I owe that to our first overnight trip away from her for a few nights when she was a baby. It was harder for me to leave her than it probably was for her. She’s never experienced any sort of separation anxiety from me or her daddy even when I put her in day care full time at the age of 14 months. And the best part is when we pick her up and she still runs to us with excitement in her eyes screaming Mommy! Daddy! you’re BACK!! and then proceeds to tell us about how much fun she’s been having.
CW: Craziest thing you’ve ever done because you were sleep-deprived?
MND: Cleaned! Two weeks ago I had gotten maybe a few hours of sleep and had a full day of work plus school that night, got home around 11pm and then proceeded to clean the house when I should have been getting sleep for work the next day. It was just me at home, Talia was spending the night at Day care and the hubby was on a business trip so I figured I’d clean cause I had the time. The next morning was quite difficult for me but I did have a clean house!
CW: Favorite thing to do for DATE NIGHT in SD/OC?
MND: My most favorite date was to Boomers. Like I said, we’re big kids My husband and I always do dinner and a movie (snore) but one night we decided to miniature golf and race go carts, it was so much fun! It brought me back to my youth.
CW: Last thing your child did to make you laugh?
MND: Goodness, she ALWAYS makes me laugh. Today we were making funny faces at each other and she started making the classic Talia face with the crazy eyes and silly smile. It’s a guaranteed LOL moment for the two of us.