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.
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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.
Nathalie 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.