Author: Aly Zittel

3 Easy Steps To Spring Clean Your Expenses

Remember the chunk of time in 2020 when we were debating the true villains of “Tiger King” and lockdowns had just started? Remember those early weeks when we baked lots bread and Zoom happy hours were still kinda fun? Remember when we ran out of activities and started doing deep dives of Netflix until we realized we needed more options? If you’re like me, you have Netflix. And Prime. And Disney+. Oh, and Hulu, HBO, Showtime, and something called FXX? I don’t know..it was for the show “Archer” and it’s $7.99 so it’s baaaaaa-a-a-sically free. Sound familiar? Those little subscriptions here and there are quietly adding up; because they’re all under $20/month, it’s easy to justify. Soon you have more than five of these subscriptions and that’s just for television. Chances are you probably also have: A gym membership A monthly skin-care regimen/essential oil/hair care product A food delivery service An editing app or software A magazine subscription You get the picture. To get an accurate snapshot of how much you’re spending, you will first …

Pumpkin for breakfast, for when spring feels like fall.

I know, I know, I know. It’s much too early for pumpkin spice anything. We had a cool, rainy weekend and I found a can of pumpkin puree in the pantry. One thing led to another…pumpkin spice waffles appeared on the table. I’m not mad about it. I wanted to mix up breakfasts for Maya AND I have jury duty this morning, which is not related but does mean my husband may be on meal duty for the week. One can, two baby-friendly recipes: let’s do this. On Sunday morning I made Cookie and Kate’s delicious whole wheat pumpkin spice waffles and used whole wheat flour instead of oat flour. I really wish I’d just tried the oat flour…they were DENSE! Maya and Eric, my husband, loved them, so I left a couple out for the week and froze the rest. To serve to baby, cut into pinky-sized pieces and top with yogurt or nut butter (or both) to prevent choking. With the rest of the puree, I’m going to make overnight oats from Wholefully. …

Shop Smarter: How Grocery Delivery Changed My Spending

I’ll never forget how scared I was this time one year ago: eight months pregnant, beginning of lockdown, wiping down groceries that my husband picked up in what I could only imagine was a post-apocalyptic grocery store free-for-all. (I hadn’t left the house in weeks and had no concept of the outside world…and I’ve watched “Contagion” too many times.) When we realized we could just have our groceries DELIVERED, for a fee, I was skeptical. I didn’t love the idea of someone choosing my produce for me, and paying for it seemed a little insane. But after a few deliveries, I realized I was actually saving PILES of money, and time. We’ll get to that in a minute. Hear me out… For the first time, I actually saw what groceries cost. Instead of mindlessly dropping things in the cart and keeping a very rough tally of my grand total, building my cart online was eye-opening and a little surprising. I’d set a limit for myself and quickly realize that if I bought the usual “essentials,” …

Mimi’s Perfect Eggplant Parmesan

We were lucky enough to have my mom in town for the week and she did ALL the things. Between entertaining a very clingy baby and walking a very needy dog, she also cooked the most amazing food. Since I wanted to be able to replicate this relatively quickly, we used jarred sauce and it still turned out great. We served this with spaghetti, but your favorite pasta shape would work too. Maya had a little of the eggplant after it was roasted and it was a hit! Ingredients 1 large eggplant, cut in 3/8-inch slices, skin left on. 2 eggs 1 cup or more of Italian Style Bread Crumbs 2 T. avocado oil 2 T. olive oil large log of whole milk, pre-sliced, mozzarella cheese (16 slices) 48-56 0z. home-made or prepared marinara sauce (I love Rao’s) *Optional 1c of mushrooms, sliced 5 oz. grated Parmesan cheese 10 Fresh basil leaves for garnish Prepare the eggplants and mushrooms 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 2. Grease a large roasting pan with avocado oil 4. …

The BLW Gear I Can’t Live Without

If you’ve already started baby-led weaning, you know about the mess. My Instagram may show the fun finished product, but my husband will attest that the kitchen is in shambles 90% of the time. I have two set-ups in our kitchen/family room, depending on what and when she’s eating and how messy I know it’s going to get. There are so many options for baby bowls out there, and I highly recommend using one rather than putting food on the tray. Since babies don’t develop their pincer grasp until month 9-10, they need something to push their food up against. Option 1: Bumbo chair + Goobie baby bowls + Ava and Oliver bib Maya eats the majority of her meals in this setup, sitting on top of the kitchen island. I love this chair because it’s almost impossible for her to move around in (though I always stand very close by) and the whole thing comes apart and can go straight into the sink to be hosed down. We took this chair on vacation and …

Done there, been that: if Tiny Morsels had a resume

Sitting at my dimly lit table, facing the tidy kitchen so I can ignore the toy-strewn family room behind me, I revel in this moment because it feels like I’ve come full circle. When I think back to my very first job, ALL the way back when I was 12, I was a mother’s helper for the family two doors down. My younger sister always came with me, and together we would bring arts and crafts, invent new games, spend days at the park, help run their lemonade stand. We practically lived there each summer, and I loved every second of it. As I got older, if I wasn’t at their house I was playing with my younger cousins, shuttling around my step-brothers, working in the gym day care, caring for senior citizens at their homes. No matter what my job morphed into, I was always “mothering” on some level. Tiny Morsels is the culmination of decades of wandering down new career paths, some that were SO CLEARLY not for me…I’ll get to that in …

10 Foods in 10 Days: Start Your BLW Journey

I have a confession: I stocked up on piles of purees before I started learning about baby-led weaning. It freaked me out until I learned from the very best, the BabyLedWeanTeam, and I armed myself with all of the knowledge I’d need to feel confident. Here are some of the biggest things to know before you start: Gagging is GOOD, choking is not. Google “baby gagging videos” and watch a lot of them. If your baby is making sounds, they are learning to clear their airways. No sound=no breathing. Brush up on your baby CPR just in case. On that note, never leave baby unattended while eating. Sit with them and watch them closely. Try to avoid reaching for them if they are gagging. It could cause them to inhale and then start choking. Pay attention to sodium! Try to stay under 100mg per serving and don’t add any additional salt to the food you are serving. Aromatics are great: cinnamon, pepper, garlic powder, etc. Rinsing canned food such as beans helps remove an additional …