Learn more about Carly, a mulit-tasking super momma of 3 who is totally @overorderingin

Name: Carly Carron 

Kid(s): Quinton and Landon – 4-year-old twins (5 in October); Barrett - 2 years old

Official work title and company: Spanish Teacher - currently teaching High School Spanish online & creator of @overorderingin (blog coming soon)

Location: Highland Park - working from home 

Tell us more about your company/the company you work for? (How you got started, where did the idea come from, how it has grown to the success it is today, etc.)

Online Teaching: 

In the wake of returning to work after 3 months of maternity leave with my twins, I had a really hard time and struggled to find a good work/life balance. After a year and a half more of teaching in the school (9 years total), we decided it was time for a change. I felt like I wasn’t able to be the best teacher I wanted to be and the best mom I wanted to be at the same time.  

I really wanted to find a way to continue teaching - I’m really proud of the work I’ve put into my education and career, and I didn’t want to completely lose that part of myself.  I’ve worked consistently since I was 15 years old and not working was very foreign to me.

 I found an online school called the Illinois Virtual School, which happened to be looking for an online Spanish teacher for the following year. Since starting with them, my class sizes have grown, and I’ve been able to do outside work on curriculum development. I’m able to work on my own time, usually while my littlest is napping or late at night, and the interaction that I still have with students is exactly what I need. 

@overorderingin: 

During my second pregnancy, I started to adopt a mostly plant-based diet, and I noticed great improvements in the way I was feeling both during and after the pregnancy. After about a year, I was bored and uninspired by the plant-based options for delivery food.

I started @overorderingin in January of this year, really as a way to keep my husband and myself accountable to cooking more and ordering in less. I also knew deep down that cooking would be healthier and probably more cost effective.

Since starting the account, it has grown into so much more to me. It’s my creative outlet that I didn’t even realize I craved. It’s a huge part of my “me time” that simultaneously brings healthy food into the lives of those I love most.

I’m so excited to be working on a blog that goes along with my Instagram account as a way to store all of my recipes and ideas and hopefully provide inspiration to other people looking to bring healthy home cooking into their homes (and lives). 

What has been your biggest challenge as a working mom? Your biggest reward?

My biggest challenge has been finding a way to balance my time. I want to be present for my kids when I’m around them and not be thinking about checking emails or logging into work. I also want to make sure I get everything done and can find time to relax and spend time with my husband at the end of the day without being on my computer. 

My biggest reward is feeling like I’m doing something with my education and profession. I love working with students and seeing them learn and grow, and I’m so happy I’m still able to do this from home. It also feels good to contribute financially to our family. 

Where do you think working mom guilt comes from and how can women overcome it? 

Ugh I don’t know, but it’s hard to overcome! I think we all have to remind ourselves that we’re doing the best we can. I think sharing experiences and feelings with other moms is so important because the more we share, the more we realize that these feelings are normal. 

What would be your time-saving tip for your fellow working moms?

1. Don’t shy away from food delivery services. I’m a huge fan of grocery delivery companies - Instacart, Prime now, and Purple Carrot are life savers for us! It might seem more expensive than shopping in the store, but you can stick to a list of exactly what you need while avoiding those impulse buys. You can save your grocery lists on most of the sites and if you’re like me, you buy a lot of the same things at the store regularly, so this makes it super-fast. Lastly, it allows you to do all of the millions of other things you could be doing instead of grocery shopping. 

2. Load your fridge with healthy options. Having some food prepared is huge. Here are some things I like to have regularly in the fridge that are easy to throw together to make a nutritious meal or snack: 

·      A big batch of cooked veggies - roasted, steamed, grilled, etc.

·      Cooked quinoa or rice

·      Any kind of beans 

·      Baked sweet potatoes

·      A big batch of oatmeal

·      Date energy balls (my favorite recipe is from @detoxinista)

·      Nut butter

·      Fresh fruit

·      Fresh vegetables

·      A bag of lettuce 

·      Wraps or tortillas

What was the best advice a momma mentor in your life gave you?

A great aunt once said that at some point in my life, there will be no kids in the house and I can keep it as clean as I want. Now is not the time to worry about that. 

What advice would you give to other working moms when it comes to balancing a career, family, and self-care?

Take the time to be with your significant other without kids. One night out together can do wonders!

What is in your briefcase, purse, luggage, diaper bag, that you use every day, that you live for/need, in your life in order to make it a little less chaotic? 

I need snacks for everyone with me at all times - it makes every situation better.