About Us

Hello, and welcome to Plenty, an online lifestyle and parenting magazine featuring well-written content for readers like us: women who like intelligent substance and helpful advice with a side of fluff; hold the judgement.

Carol Chandran, Nathalie Foy and Beth-Anne Jones have been writing, laughing and learning together for five years.  We met in a Momoir Project writing class in 2009 and, inspired by each others’ voices and perspectives, we created 4Mothers1Blog, a parenting blog with over 12,000 daily subscribers.

We celebrated our five-year milestone by becoming Plenty. You’ll find the same great writing and content of 4Mothers posts in magazine style that is easy to browse and use.  We are excited to introduce an email newsletter and podcasts so you can enjoy our site in the way that works best for you.

We can be reached at info@plentythemagazine.com.

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The Writers

Carol Chandran: I am as surprised as anyone to find myself the mother of three children, and taking a leave of absence from my paid work as a research lawyer to attend to them.  I love the offerings of the city, but am more comfortable at home, where I try to make green living a reality, and where I like to make things – from crafts to dinner to mayhem – preferably with my kids.

332Nathalie Foy.  I am the mother of three boys, 14, 10 and 7, an avid reader and a former instructor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto.  Writing has always been a part of my life, but it became essential after I become a mother.   Writing gives me the gift of taming into print the chaotic flux of life.  Motherhood is process; writing is product, with a beginning, middle and end.  I find it enormously satisfying to shape the bits and pieces of our lives into something with a coherent narrative arc.  My favourite thing about living in downtown Toronto is being able to hear 10 different languages on any trip through the city. Prior to moving to Toronto in 1997, I lived in Liberia, Nigeria, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, England, Egypt, Ireland and Japan, with a four-year stop in Montreal for university. Hearing languages I do not always understand makes me feel at home.  I also write about books at http://nathaliefoy.wordpress.com

Beth-Anne Jones. In 2009 while on maternity leave from my teaching job, I took a writing class and never looked back.  My work has been published in The Globe and Mail, Viva Magazine and Today’s Parent.  I enjoy writing about the discoveries I’ve made that enhance my life, parenting my three active boys and all things pretty, like stationery and fresh cut flowers.  I am an avid traveller and can’t imagine any journey without my supportive husband by my side.

Our photos were taken by Sara Beasley at Sarabee’s Photography and by Leigh Tynan at Tynan Studio.  They are really fun to work with and put us at our ease.  Thanks for making us look good!

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  1. Congratulations ladies and good luck with your blog.
    I’m sure you’ll have a ton of fun writing it and we shall all enjoy reading it. (Jeeez, that’s a LOT of little boys – God bless you !!!)

    Auntie Judy
    xox

  2. I love reading your blog. It brings back a lot of memories. . Take heart ladies my boys are 23 yrs and 25yrs. They do grow up fast and just fine. By the way mine were both bottle fed and they grew up happy and healthy. Enjoy your boys !!!!

    1. I have 2 older boys — 20 and 17, and an adopted 9-year-old daughter from Korea. I always joked that I needed a girl so I could have someone in my house who could tell me if my shoes went with my outfit. The funny thing is that one day I was wearing red sneakers with khaki-green pants (she was 4 I think) and she was very concerned: her question, and I quote, was “You’re not going wear those are you?” When I said “Yes, I think I am.” She pursed her lips, shook her head, and said “I really don’t think you should.” A perfect demonstration of the adage “Be careful what you wish for.” 🙂

  3. Having raised four myself (one of whom is the Peter in Marcelle’s blog) – and survived! – I enjoyed reading your blogs. Eking out a few minutes of alone time while raising children is such a feat – it seemed decades inched by before closing the bathroom was again a viable option…

    One of the many gems gleaned from post-grad studies when the kids were all grown and launched was Bowlby’s concept of the “good enough mother.” A deep heaving sigh of relief rushed through me on learning I didn’t have to be perfect after all – good enough was…good enough.

    Sounds like you are all doing good enough and more!

  4. I stumbled upon your blog while googling Art Junktion this morning [the Winnipeg one] and I’ve spent the better part of the day reading here. Howling with laughter, tearing up at times, what a wonderful way to spend a Sunday.

    That is a LOT of little boys. As a mother on one, girl, now 20+ and fully fledged from the farm, your blog is a window to a world far, far removed from my own. But with enough touch stones of similarity to remind me of some of the sweet joys that are now gone from my daily routine. [thank gawd!]

    My hat tip to you all.

  5. Been reading your blog. Found it from the 2012 weblog awards. Hope you can stop by my page, although its not a “fun read”. I strive to have some happiness in my life. Right now its hard to come by.

  6. Thank you for your blog – you have made me laugh – I hope I can return the favour – mum of 4 in uk blogging about the funny stuff – think you would like Just in Time if you can make it over!

  7. Beautiful photos! Are these new or had I just never noticed them before? Either way – they are lovely. Nice to get to “know” all of you through your fantastic blog!

  8. I’m happy to find your blog, thanks to a link sent by DefiningMotherhood. I’m also from Ontario, and mother to two boys, so I think there will be lots for me to read about and relate to! Looking forward to it.

  9. I found myself nodding and laughing hysterically by turns as I read the ‘iPad’ post and one of the earliest ones on ‘Another Meal’. I know I’ll be whiling away precious moments I should be spending making dinner, or doing laundry, checking out the latest on your blog. Thanks for sharing the madness!

  10. Heyyy!! it is not easy to put 2 heads together..I know it would not….but yes here you are..the four beautiful faces, the four wonderful mothers..with great ideas and superb friendships..having one blog together.. Wow !! SALUTE to the four of you!!!
    Best wishes and blessings to you pretty mothers!

    ~ a bunch of love
    Super G

  11. I admire you all. I have two boys (16 and 8) with two girls (14 and 11) in between. Even though my boys are eight years apart, sometimes the level of testosterone and rowdiness gets crazy. Still, I wish I had at least a couple of more boys (and girls) in the mix. I love all my children, but there is something magical about raising a little boy and watching him become a (almost) man. I look forward to reading more from boy moms!

  12. Can’t tell you how much I’m loving your blog… The fact that you guys are showing that we are human beings that do “silly” things but nonetheless love your children as much as that mom who is scared to show that she isn’t perfect. Plus, I do get my giggle. 🙂

  13. Oh look how beautiful you four are ! Really cute together ! I just read one of your posts and It was amazing…….. I am loving the way you write things…..Just going to explore your world more 🙂 Love you ! xx

  14. Hi,
    I just saw your lovely comments about my Canadian Flyer Adventures and I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the comments and am delighted the boys like the books. If your boys are non-fiction lovers like my son was, they might enjoy my newest book (with author Elizabeth MacLeod), A HISTORY OF JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING, (Kids Can Press). With many thanks, Frieda Wishinsky

  15. Hi, threesome/foursome, from across the pond in England. A lovely idea to club together like this. But let me ask you something : have you ever found women who’ve owned up to WANTING boys, despite not having them?! I’m one of these. I’d love to see this more discussed online. Do check out my blog on this and other related subjects at http://boywoman.wordpress.com – would love your thoughts.

  16. Nice blog. I’ve been browsing lots of “moms of boys” blogs – it’s unusual, and heartening – to see a collaborative effort. I’ve just started blogging about my family life with 4 boys http://boybandinthemaking.wordpress.com – my humorous take on a houseful of boys. Please check me out – I’d love to guest post for you sometime. You might like my latest “Family Rules” post: http://boybandinthemaking.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/family-rules-or-so-they-say/

  17. Hi Carol,

    Congratulations on your Blog! I’ve been blessed to have three boys myself. Drop me a note and let me know how you’re doing. I’m sure we have about a thousand stories between 6 boys!

    Adam

  18. Hi Ladies,
    I subscribe to savvymom and I was so happy to read your article about the Granny Panties….it’s about time someone wrote about keeping moms sexy. Our sex lives certainly didn’t die after the kids.
    Coleen

  19. This blog is great!!! I’m a mom to 3 boys too, ages 5, 3, and 4 months. I’ve recently started blogging about life with three boys, trying to keep up with my fitness, and my faith through the fatigue!

  20. Hi! I stumbled across your blog page for one reason…you all have boys! Did you know thepinkstore.com was started because we have three now grown young men? The concept of this little company was due to the fact that although I love our boys, I equally love being a feminine mom. So I found a way to incorporate a little touch of pink into the lives of moms, little girls, grandmas, cousins, aunts, sister, friends and the list goes on. We even have pink ties for the guys, big and little! Please check out our site and let us know if there’s a way you’d like to work together! Happy Friday!

  21. Love your blog! Wish it was around when I was raising my boys. I have three sons as well who are now 38, 35, 34. I am now the proud grandmother of two girls. I am new to blogging, so please check out my blog when you can! 🙂

  22. I have just started to follow you ladies! Very glad to see your experiments and words of wisdom. I have two girls 4 and 8 year olds so it’s always nice to share ideas and connections.

  23. Encouraging blog. Thank you. Moms need all the help we can get, and I believe, sometimes, with boys, that help has to come a little quicker and sweeter before the mud sets in. lol! 😉 Looking forward to reading more.

    1. Thank you for following us-comments like yours make our day. I’m sorry the comments were closed, that is a glitch that we will sort out.

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