Fantastic App Friday

Hello Lovies!

This week’s featured App is Fooducate

Many of you may have heard about this app already, it’s pretty popular amongst the healthier (or in my case, wanna be healthier) crowd.  Fooducate grades your everyday supermarket foods based on ingredients and their wholesome values.  FIP was very surprised to find some of the grades on things that we considered healthy. Not looking for any lawsuits but OMG oatmeal what that high in sugar?! EEK!

Fooducate is a wonderful resource to help choose the best quality foods for you and your family. It even lets you scan items at the supermarket to see what grade they’ve gotten.  What you may not know is that, they have now enhanced the site to offer weight loss support.  The set up rings close to the Weight Watchers system with food points.  You can also find recipes, workouts and community support.

FIP is really feeling the added features. Definitely check it out.

Fooducate – Website

Fooducate – Apple

Fooducate – Android





Top 10 (or so) Chapter Books for Transitioning Readers by Arika Dickens

This post was just what I was looking for! My 8 yr old is getting tired of baby books… these would fit him perfectly.

Nerdy Book Club

As an elementary teacher-librarian and a mother of two young readers ages 6 and 8, finding entry-level chapter books that have both a kid-friendly design (white space, font size, spacing, illustrations) and engaging characters/plot has been daunting.  But it can be done.  Below are 10 sure-fire hits in my school and home for the transitioning readers in grades 1-3…plus a couple of bonus picks. The best part: these are books that kids like, not just books that adults think kids should like. The proof is in their quotes.


  1. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Original and free spirited, Dory drives her family crazy with eccentric, imaginary characters that she brings to life like monster BFF Mary, gnome/fairy godmother Mr. Nuggy, and the villainous Mrs. Gobble-Gracker.  First in a trilogy.


“I liked when Dory and Mary fought Mrs. Gobble-Gracker. It had lots of pictures so I could tell what was really…

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