Carly Taylor, Co-Founder of Real Handful

Name:  Carly Taylor

Age:  37

Number of children:  3 Boys (Milo 7, Dexter 5 and Louis 2)

Job title:  Co-Founder Real Handful

Duties: In a start up – a bit of everything! From packing samples, to accounts to customer presentations, brand strategy and new product development. No two days are the same.

Hours: 40hrs

Childcare arrangements: Childminder, After School Club, Nursery and Holiday Clubs.

What I love about work: The variety and pace and the feeling that we have a higher purpose, helping families to snack better.

What I find difficult is: As a family business we often chat about work at home, a curfew has been introduced no unruly chat past 7pm!

My working life would be easier if… I wasn’t surrounded by snacks! I have started running to compensate for the additional calories being consumed.

Work/mum life balance: I have always felt I have had a good work/life balance; a four day working week helps, it feels like I have a chance at doing a good job at work but still get to do the Friday school run!

How having children has changed the work I do: Children hasn’t ever changed the work I do, I have always been quite strict about not taking work home, that is my mum time.  Joe (Husband/Co-Founder) and I very much share the responsibilities which means I have been able to maintain my position.  I have definitely had to get more efficient there is no time for office chat! 

Fantasy job / If I wasn’t doing this, I’d be… Party Planner! I have quite the reputation for kids parties and games, the dream would be to have my own party venue.

Mojomums helps mums get their mojo back – what advice would you give to mums who feel they have lost theirs? Don’t be too hard on yourself we are all trying to balance/juggle a multitude of activities, make sure you make time for you Pilates has been my saviour!


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