Feb 14

Valentine’s Day: FREE Printables and Fun Facts

Only a few days to go until it’s Valentine’s Day! Mrs. P has FREE printables for your favorite writers and readers.

One of Mrs. P's printable for readers

Pop over to Mrs. P’s website for classroom and home activities to suit your little writer or reader. While you’re there, you’ll also find a special playlist that includes stories you can share with your little readers and writers. All are classic children’s fairy tales brought to life by TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P. Did I mention they all have a happy ending?

TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts
1. Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet lived, receives close to 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet each Valentine’s Day.
2. There is an average of 220,000 wedding proposals around the world each year on Valentine’s Day.
3. Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts, and pets—yes, pets!

For more Fun facts about Valentine’s Day, please visit She Knows.

Happy Valentine’s Day!



Dec 13

Fizbee Sugarplum

Ok, so I definitely don’t win a Mother of the Year award this year. Why, you might ask? Well, each year as the month of December rolls around a happy little elf named Peppy Sparkle Toes pays us a visit. He stays with us all month as our guest. He watches by day and flits from room to room each night, reporting back to Santa—whether we’ve been bad or good.

This year, as December rolled around and the children were all snug in their beds, I crept into my closet and reached into the secret hiding spot to retrieve Peppy. To my utter shock and dismay, my hand felt… nothing! Nothing? Nothing! Oh where, oh where did he go?? I ripped by closet apart. Nothing. I honestly don’t know how I slept that night.

The next morning, December 1, the children came bounding down the stairs squealing: “Peppy!”

They searched high and low but did not find him anywhere. I had a huge knot in my stomach.

“Maybe Peppy got caught in a snow storm,” I tried to fake them out.

Imagining Peppy Sparkle Toes caught in a huge snow storm.

My youngest must have gone to check the mailbox at least 10 times that day. Nothing.

I sent my husband out to search three different stores for an elf that looked remotely similar to our Peppy. Nothing.

I frantically sent out texts to friends and family with a photo of Peppy asking if anyone had an elf that looked anything like our Peppy. To my utter amazement, my sister texted me a photo with the words “Will this do?” It wasn’t Peppy, but it could easily pass for a sibling or one of his kind! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Dianne!

Today, a few days into December, a happy little elf named Fizbee Sugarplum arrived!

The kids meet Fizbee Sugarplum for the very first time.

Fizbee Sugarplum was hanging around the mailbox with the following note attached:

Hi MacArthur Family!
I hope you had a good year. I had a very good year!
I have been given a new job. I am now an Elf Trainer! Yes, this is very happy and exciting news indeed!
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to watch over your family this year. But, do not worry, I have chosen the perfect little elf to watch over you all.
I would like to introduce you to Fizbee Sugarplum. Please be patient with him if he messes up here and there. He is one of our youngest elves. 22 Flowers Crescent is the first home he has ever been sent to watch over. You are his first family!
Wishing you all a very special Christmas.
Peppy Sparkle Toes

The children were so excited to find that an elf had arrived from the North Pole that they got over the fact that it wasn’t Peppy pretty quickly.

Fizbee Sugarplum is ready to report for duty.

Thank goodness for small miracles. Now, if only I could remember where I put Peppy… He’s bound to turn up sometime…

Thanks for stopping by,



Jan 12

New Year’s Resolution: Did You Make One?

Happy 2012!

With the flip of the calendar to a brand new year, the words NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION are seen and heard everywhere.

Whether you’re listening to the radio, watching television, chatting on Facebook, tweeting, or standing by the proverbial water cooler at work, these words are inescapable at this time of year. They follow you everywhere, like that annoying piece of bubble gum stuck to the sole of your shoe.

If bubble gum looked like this after you step on it, it might not be so annnoying.

I don’t know about you, but the New Year’s resolutions that I make generally have failure written all over them. And so, on December 31st, as I celebrated with family and joined in on the countdown to the New Year, I resolved to not make a New Year’s resolution.

I decided to go against the grain and not make a New Year's resolution for 2012.

I was happy with my decision and fully prepared to see it through until my
nine-year old daughter Ava came home from school yesterday. Her homework assignment was to come up with a New Year’s resolution for herself and list the ways in which she could help herself achieve this resolution.

True to her nature, Ava’s mind was racing with questions:

What’s a New Year’s resolution?
What kinds of New Year’s resolutions do people make?
What should she do to better herself in 2012?
What steps could she take to help herself achieve her resolution?
What is my New Year’s resolution?

Oh boy. This last question caught me off guard. How do you tell your nine-year old daughter that you decided against making a resolution? Especially when you’ve just finished explaining that a New Year’s resolution involves making a promise with yourself to make a lifestyle change that will ultimately lead you on a path to becoming a better person?

We make New Year's resolutions to help ourselves evolve into better human beings.

What to do? Do I make something up? Do I tell her the truth? Or do I go back on my decision and make a resolution? Maybe there’s a way around this… If my New Year’s resolution for 2012 is to not make a resolution of any kind, isn’t that a resolution in and of itself? In other words, if I chose to not partake in this yearly ritual that is practised the world over, does that in effect make me an active participant?

What to do?

Yes! This answer might work—except for one… big… glitch. How does one better himself/herself by not making a New Year’s resolution?

Ding-dang! I better come up with something quick!… What’s your New Year’s resolution?

Thanks for stopping by,