A natural entrepreneur with an interest in food, Margarita started selling cakes and cookies to her classmates in high school. She established a bigger business in college selling cookies to the restaurants and cafes on campus. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy, she did a brief stint at Starbucks as a manager, and another one at Panera Bread as a lead baker. After owning and running her first restaurant with her husband in Knoxville, TN, she finally realized she did not want to cook for a living. A few months later, they closed their restaurant and opened a new franchised restaurant. After a few more months of that, Margarita was finally REALLY convinced that she did not want to deal with food any longer. Yes, she can cook, and bake any kind of cake known to man. Just don’t ask her to do dishes.
Margarita stumbled upon the cloth diaper business after the birth of her first child in 2004. Trying to find ways to entertain herself during the quiet moments of her first baby’s infancy when he slept a lot, she learned to make cloth diapers. She used to sew her own dresses back in high school, and her mom taught her how to make clothing patterns.
Her sewing skills, along with her passion for business and healthier alternatives for her children, led her to found Swaddlebees, a cloth reusable diaper company that quickly grew into the million dollar business she now runs with her husband. To offer a more fashionable approach she also began Blueberry Diapers. Both lines feature organic cotton liners to make them safer and even more ecologically conscious.
Margarita lives in Knoxville, TN with her husband Casey and their two children, Jacob and Nathan.