Mary Carlson Pap lives in Minnesota with her husband, Bruce, and their dog, Indy. Mary earned a degree in music, art, and education, got married, and had three beautiful daughters. 

Once her daughters were all in school, she returned to get her Master's Degree in education. She has decades of experience teaching, researching, developing and implementing enrichment and accelerated programs for students. 

Mary is the grandma to seven grandchildren. She enjoys the simple pleasures in life — traveling, exercising, reading, playing the piano, biking, attending concerts and plays, and going to lots of sporting events and activities to cheer her grandkids on! Several of her grandkids potty trained with the help of the Potty Fairy!


Mary invented The Potty Fairy to help a friend. Later, if a child was struggling with the potty training process, she shared the tale and provided a storybook and a lovely pair of "Potty Fairy pants." She noticed that the fairy tale was of interest to every child, who would be delighted to receive the special pair of underwear. The fairy would give the child a Potty Fairy pants or underwear, and a fabric crown to let them know how special they were! The Potty Fairy also leaves surprise rewards when they notice children being successful potty training. 


The Potty Fairy book was written by Mary Pap and illustrated by Britta Quick.