Name: Bethany Ciotola
Lives In: Manhattan, NY
About Me: My name is Bethany Ciotola, and I’m a stay at home mom who blogs about my everyday messy life, along with the beautiful struggles & baby snuggles that come with it. I’m from a small farm town in upstate NY & moved to NYC to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I graduated with a bachelor’s in Advertising/Marketing & Film history. During college I started a jewelry company, & sold designer dresses online that I would find at NYC sample sales to support myself & pay for school. During my 3rd year of college I met my husband & fell madly in love at first sight. We were married in Paris, & now have two beautiful baby boys who complete us.
Hire Me For/I'm Good At : Advertising & marketing without being a car salesman type who pushes products, and ideas on their customers without truly standing behind them. I will only endorse products, or services that I personally love, and use. My ultimate goal is to share my favorite things with my followers, along with tips & tricks to make their lives easier.
Words you live by/quotes you love: I'm a hopeless romantic, so I've always loved, and lived by the quote from one of my favorite films, Moulin Rouge. "The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return."
Best advice you’ve ever been given?: Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. I LOVE writing, and documenting the growth of my babies thru photography, so creating a blog revolved around my boys has been an amazing experience & a dream job!
Mama Likes: My three ultimate loves in life are – 1. Family Snuggles. Have it be family snuggles on the couch watching a movie or goodnight snuggles right before bedtime, to baby-wearing I can’t get enough of being close to my boys. 2. Date night with my husband. Keeping the romance flame burning post babies is TOUGH so we make sure we have a date night planned to look forward to whenever possible. 3. Making time for myself. Taking an occasional time out to breathe helps me be the mama I strive to be.
Why do you want to be a part of heymama? Being a mom in NYC can be incredibly lonely, it was only after meeting the founders & members of heymama that I felt my first real connection with fellow mamas. They balance work with motherhood so beautifully that I immediately felt comfortable and inspired just being in their company. I love the idea of having a local & worldwide community of mothers to have as a big support group.
What are three things people would be surprised to know about you? I’m a big time introvert & I tend to cover my social awkwardness with equally awkward jokes & uncomfortable laughter. I love going to the movie theater by myself. It’s been a lot more challenging to do once becoming a mama, but it’s my all-time favorite joy when I get some time to myself. I’m a total bargain huntress & nothing beats a good deal! Babies aren’t cheap!
Where can we find you? On my new blog; www.bethanyandherboys.com
On Instagram; @bethanyciotola & @bethanyandherboys
On pinterest; pinterest.com/bethanyciotola