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April 2, 2014

Stuff Of Our Days | Ali & Katie


Katie and I spend a lot of time together working and playing.

We eat lunch together every week day here at my house and are both trying hard to eat healthy most of the time. Most days we go downstairs, make lunch together and sit at the dining table.

Some days we chat but usually I read the paper and she checks out Pinterest while we eat. We’re good with quiet and we’re good with really big laughter.

We often make “plate” lunches – a combination of stuff like slices of cheese, meat, crackers, fruit, etc. Some days we have soup. Another favorite is steamed broccoli with chicken and either a peanut (goma shabu) or soy (shabu soy) dipping sauce that I often have for making shabu shabu (a favorite Japanese dish).

When the weather warms up we’ve got plans to eat more lunches outside.

Here’s some of the fun things we are loving lately:


Pretzel Crisps & Sabra Classic Hummus | We get both of these at Costco – a big bag of the pretzel crisps & the individual cups of hummus (nice for portion control/not nice for the environment). Katie started on this snack after picking up a little combo pack of Hummus & Pretzels at a local grocery store. It’s addicting.


Frosty Light from Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth | So I bought a Vitamix. Aaron and I were at Costco a couple weekends ago and it jumped in my cart. I pinned this concoction and we’ve had it multiple times recently and find it delicious – we even add the chia seeds and I’m a total convert.

Spotify | While working in the office we listen to music. This is a change from when I was working on my own – it was all talk radio all the time. Katie’s definitely brought music back into my life (Aaron’s helped with that too). I made the leap and am now subscribing to Spotify and I love that I can listen to the playlists in the car. Here’s a couple of playlists we are listening to Twin Forks (just their album), Girls Night, Hits Right Now (makes us feel super current – ha) and one Katie made called Feel Good. Find me and the things I’ve been listening to by searching Ali McDougall Edwards.

Jimmy Johns | Yep. Sandwiches. For some reason Katie and I love this place. I always get the #6 (veggie) + salt & vinegar chipas and Katie almost always gets the #1 (Pepe) + BBQ chips. Sometimes we eat there and sometimes we bring it back and eat at my dining room table.

Project Life Wednesdays | I’m working on a post to share how our block scheduling has been going but I can’t post about the things we’re into and like doing together without mentioning Project Life. We’ve designated Wednesdays as Project Life days and after taking care of admin stuff in the morning we dive in and have the best time working on our individual albums together. We usually turn the music up loud and get down to business. This includes finishing up spreads, photographing them and then working on the posts for the following week. We totally look forward to Wednesdays.

Viral You Tube Videos | We like to laugh. We like to be inspired. Some of our current favorites include: Kid President’s Letter To A Person On Their First Day Here, pretty much anything from Jimmy Fallon but especially the lip sync battles (Paul Rudd and this one with Joseph Gordon Levitt & Stephen Merchant) and when he sang Let It Go with Idina Menzel & The Roots (that one gets played over and over).

What’s something you are really into and loving right now?


  • 1.
    Pink Ronnie said…

    I can relate to the difficulties of eating healthily every day – I definitely struggle with this! Loved this little peek into your working week…
    Ronnie xo
    p.s. Shabu shabu is the best. :)

  • 2.
    Krystyn said…

    That all sounds fabulous and I am totally jealous. I wish I could work for you…let me know when you need another employee. :)

  • 3.
    Joan said…

    I agree with Krystyn! This sounds like the dream work environment. I am an entrepreneur at heart, hoping to start my own business – SOON! Although I won’t be working on my Project Life as part of work :( , I do look forward to the freedom to incorporate elements that inspire me as a home office and being your own boss allows you to do! Thanks for the continued inspiration! Cheers

  • 4.
    Katie Johnson said…

    Thanks for sharing Ali. It’s funny how people who love Jimmy Johns have a favorite and tend to get the same sandwich EVERY time. I am a fan of the Beach Club (#12) on wheat with BBQ chips.

  • 5.
    kelly said…

    do not get me started on those pretzel crisps! seriously love those with hummus. and nutella. ;)

  • 6.
    {vicki} said…

    I love hummus—haven’t tried it with pretzels though!

    Would love to hear how you are liking your Vitamix. I’ve had one for over a year now and I’m not all that pleased with it.

  • 7.
    laura kate said…

    Another post highlighting my want for a Vitamix. They’re ridiculously pricey in the UK. :( And I do miss the taste of Jimmy John’s. But I gave that place up (when I’m in the US anymore, at least) as Jimmy John himself grosses me out with his leopard and elephant hunting.

    • ….
      Christin Dukes said…

      I love my Ninja Pro. It has 2 HP motor and makes the most awesome smoothies. It also has a dough hook and a bowl to make cookies. The best thing is it was only $169. Use it every day to make fruit and veggie smoothies for breakfast.

  • 8.
    Lida said…

    Oh my gosh, my girls love to go to Jimmie Johns for lunch and dinner!

  • 9.
    Janet said…

    #13. Double guacamole and no mayo. Slippery, but yummy. Good digestion comes from a peaceful eating environment and you have that down.So giving in is allowed.

  • 10.
    Juli said…

    Love love love pretzel crisps + Sabra hummus. My favorite is the pinenut!

  • 11.
    Julie Finch said…

    If you love the pretzel crisps & hummus from Costco, you MUST try the edamame hummus!! its to die for. totally addicted. They have been out my past few trips and I need to find another place they sell it. SO DELICIOUS!!

    • ….
      Mary M. said…

      Julie – if you have a Trader Joes where you live they have their own version of edamame hummus. It’s pretty delicious. =)

  • 12.
    Sheila Palm said…

    I just love my vitamix! Pricey but sooo worth it. Green smoothies start off my day!

  • 13.
    Wendy WendtVanGuilder said…

    The youtube video with the little kid trying to bargain with his mother and he calls her “Linda honey” it makes me laugh so hard it will bring tears to your eyes if you have ever tried to negotiate with a five year old.

    • ….
      Tammie said…

      Omigoodness YES I love that YouTube video! “Lynda, Lynda”

      My kids are now saying this to me – It’s Hilarious!
      (I think I’ll go watch it now)

  • 14.
    Tammie said…

    Nice post…The Blendtec blender is on my wishlist. Ali you have such a lovely space to work in.
    Right now, I’m really into learning about applying my makeup flawlessly. I watch YouTube videos for tips.

  • 15.
    Amy Mason said…

    Have you seen diary of a sad cat on youtube? Super funny. there is a dog one as well, but it isn’t quite as good.

  • 16.
    Cortney said…

    Two things for you two:
    1) if you’re using almond milk, and haven’t tried Califia, I highly recommend. It doesn’t have any of the preservatives or separation issues that cartoned almond milk has. Find it in the refrigerated section.
    2) for further office laughter, go here & read the comments:

  • 17.
    kayla said…

    fun stuff! i can only imagine that you and katie have a blast. what a cool friendship you guys have. currently loving: making paninis on our george foreman grill, parks & rec on netflix in bed, opi cajun shrimp nail polish, awaiting my first stitchfix box and i just read “the light between oceans.” good book but kind of bleak. happy wednesday!

  • 18.
    Andrea said…

    One of our favorites is homemade spinach dip or homemade tuna salad and pita chips. You can get the pita chips in a big bag or individual servings at Sam’s/Costco, with Garlic Parmesan the flavor of choice. Since we’ve been trying to limit our processed carb intake, we’ll often substitute thick slices of cucumber or romaine leaves for the chips as a healthy alternative that still provides the crunch of the chip. The cucumber slices are also tasty with the Sabra Roasted Red Pepper hummus. Okay, now I need to go get some lunch because this made me hungry!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Need to remember the cucumber slices! Thank you.

    • ….
      Jana said…

      I second the cucumber slices with hummus – yum! Especially the thin english cucumbers – which you can find at Costco of course!

  • 19.
    Eileen said…

    Ali, you totally made my day. Can’t imagine how you get anything done. I could get addicted to the videos.

  • 20.
    Kim said…

    oh how i would love to be Katie or a 3rd party to this amazing relationship & routine *dreamy sigh*

  • 21.
    Felicia Young said…

    Hey Ali have you tried the Nutribullet? It does the same thing as the vitamin, but cheaper.

  • 22.
    Amanda S. said…

    I know those hummus/pretzel cups you speak of…. they ALWAYS jump in my cart in the grocery store and Target! :) And I’m with you…. my Jimmy subscription on YouTube is the best and those two segments on his show are my favorite! Well, actually, most anything and particularly the episodes where Justin Timberlake is a guest! :)

  • 23.
    Cindy Wick said…

    I’m into art right now. I’m a fairly decent artist but due to health problems and life, I’ve done very little drawing and painting the past few years. So I’m working on my studio space and getting ready for a burst of creativeness. I’ve also renewed my commitment myself to post on my blog and keep up with Project life. I’m developing a schedule for myself so that my creativity isn’t lost in all of the everyday stuff of my very full life. :)

  • 24.
    Brandy said…

    I have a Vitamix and love it. Smoothies in the morning and Healthy Vitamix soup for lunch is my favorite week day meals. I have a Thai Pumpkin(or butter squash) which is so awesome!

  • 25.
    Beatrice said…

    what a lovely furniture Ali! i’d love to know where it is from!

    all the best,

    a reader in Sweden

  • 26.
    Jackie Bremer said…

    Yea – I fell for a Vitamix at Costco a little over a year ago – love it but it comes and goes from my counter. I also LOVE Wendie’s Frosties. I will have to give this a try!

  • 27.
    Lulu said…

    Eating healthy and making healthy choices! But I wouldn’t eat hummus much…high in fiber…yes……higher in fat…..YOU BET….not the good fat either…hope you know that :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      We are big believers in moderation! From my understanding it’s actually the good fat (unsaturated, cholesterol lowering) – what are we missing?

    • ….
      Katrina Kennedy said…

      Throw a can of garbanzo beans, a clover of garlic (or two, depending on the tolerance of the people you’ll be encountering after), a little salt, a little lemon juice, and a bit of water into your new vitamin and you’ll have amazing hummus with no fat. of course, you can fatten it up with a little olive oil for extra creamy goodness! I can’t live without my Vitamix! It gets used daily in our house!

  • 28.
    Angela Daly said…

    Thanks Ali for sharing all this information with us, love the Youtube videos and the Frosty Light recipe, I enjoy reading your blog everyday!

  • 29.
    Suz said…

    We have had a Vitamix for 5 or so years now and use nearly everyday. We love making sorbets and protein smoothies with it and soups too. Totally worth the money!
    Love that Jimmy Fallon video with Idina Menzel and any of the ones with Justin Timberlake and Jimmy, but especially the #hashtag one.

    Love Jimmy Johns also- #12 is my go to – but I sure wish they’d bring back the alfalfa sprouts to it -or add cucumbers to put the crunch back in it!

    What I am loving right now: Blooming flowers and trees (minus the allergens), longer daylight, low 70 degree weather, and planning for an upcoming trip to Europe with my mom and my sister in May. :) Btw- What were/are your go to spring/summer shoes for walking around Paris etc? Saltwater sandals? TIA.

    Take care you.

  • 30.
    Becky M said…

    Have you tried Stacy’s baked pita chips……talk about addictive! Delicious with Hummus!

  • 31.
    Lisa W. said…

    OK…first off, what am I into right now THIS blog:) Just makes me happy AND I need that allot right now.

    AGREED on the “eating everything in moderation” So many people today are all jacked up about fat, what’s good, what’s bad. GEESH what I thought was healthy isn’t healthy, what IS healthy you get the picture. My goodness don’t engorge, eat in moderation and BE HAPPY:) That’s what I’m saying anyway!!!!!!!

  • 32.
    Jess said…

    Loving right now:
    1. Your blog. I stalk for the PL updates. :)
    2. Walking. Its a nice end to the day, even if it is feral hot here at the moment.
    3. Rice paper rolls. NOM!
    4. Weekends.
    5. Pizza. Doesn’t always mesh well with the whole diet thing. :)
    6. Chiobani Yoghurt in a squeeze packet. NO SPOON needed!
    7. Fresh fruit and salads.

    Looks like you ladies have a great time together. :) Thank you for sharing. :)

  • 33.
    Joanna said…

    Thank you so very much for the link to kid president. What an incredibly *awesome* breath of fresh air. My girls and I watched nearly an hours worth of his videos. We laughed along with him and had some great discussions as well. I can always count on you for quality recommendations.

  • 34.

    Thanks so much for sharing my smoothie! xo

  • 35.
    Jo-Anne said…

    Currently i’m into PROJECT LIFE (just get so excited everytime i work on my album) and secondly, i have decided to give myself a makeover from the inside and am researching a RAW VEGAN lifestyle (raw as much as i can:-)) Ali, that VITAMIX is one of the BEST INVESTMENTS you will ever make for your health! I have had mine for over a year now and man it just keeps smoothing….You will definately THRIVE:-)

  • 36.
    Trish said…

    My mother used to babysit my son when he was little and his favourite lunch was a “fancy plate”. She would put cheese, carrots and dip, crackers, cucumber and some meat slices on a nice plate. He loved it and we still do it sometimes and think of her. Enjoy!

  • 37.
    Tiffany said…

    Hi Ali

    I would love to hear your thoughts on your routine once Simon and Anna arrive home. My son is 6 (full time kindergarten) and my daughter will be five on Sunday (home with me most of the time but part time preschool and other activities). Much like Anna, she is bright, gregarious and EXTREMELY strong willed. I am finding the transition from school to home somewhat challenging and was just wondering what that time of the day looked like in your house.

    Love the blog!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Great topic! I’ll add that to my list.

  • 38.
    alexandra said…

    three cheers for getting a vitamix!!
    you are gonna love it… it’s a game changer for your health.
    have fun with it.

  • 39.
    Leanne in CA said…

    Have you seen Jimmy Fallon with Carly Rae Jepsen and the Roots doing Call Me Maybe with the classroom instruments? We love that one! Thanks for sharing as always.

  • 40.

    Ohhhhhhh Jimmy Johns!! LOVE YOUR SANDWICHES SO MUCH. Veggie is my favorite, too– with extra extra cucumbers. That avocado spread is the stuff of my dreams, haha. I think it was at Jimmy Johns that I discovered my love for salt-and-vinegar, chips, too!

    Now, I must go find myself a snack. I’ve made myself hungry ;-)

    • ….

      oh, and speaking of food (what can I say, it’s on my mind)– your plate lunches remind me of the lunches my mom used to make for me and my brother when we were little. She’d put all sorts of different things into the cups of a 6-muffin tin, and we called them “surprise lunches.” Not exactly sure what the surprise was–even then, we all, (even my mom, haha!) wondered– but just the thought brings back good memories :)

  • 41.
    Michele B said…

    So cool – I am listening to Twin Forks as I read your post! Glad to find another that enjoys them – they opened for Phillip Phillips a few weeks ago in Winnipeg, and I fell in love! We are also big pretzel chips and hummus eaters in our house.

  • 42.
    Robin said…

    I got my Vitamix at Costco a couple days ago – we made the broccoli cheese soup tonight and it was delicious!

  • 43.
    Danielle said…

    Hi Ali, I was just wondering where your office chair is from? I am in the market for one and do a lot of design work at my computer. Thanks :)

  • 44.
    Carolin said…

    Loved this post. Thank you for sharing! :-)

  • 45.
    Monique said…

    Ali, we bought a vitamix recently and although expensive (I live in Australia) it has so been worth it. We use it nearly everyday for green smoothies and milkshakes and looking forward to trying it for soups as it gets colder here! Mon

  • 46.
    marlee said…

    Joseph Gordon Levitt KILLED it in the Jimmy Fallon lip sync battle! Amazing “Tiny Dancer,” then he brought it to a close with “Super Bass.” I often re-watch this video when I need a quick smile!

  • 47.
    Nikki M said…

    You two are so fun! What a creative team. Thanks for sharing these glimpses. Hummus and pretzels are a go-to for me as well. :)

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