Attention Vegan Couponers!!

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Just wanted to pop in and offer a quick update on an AWESOME deal I got on vegan groceries today!! Thanks to a $3 sale on Silk soymilk combined with a $1 coupon (which you can find here) which doubled to $2 at my local King Kullen, I was able to get a container of soymilk for $1!!! As if that’s not great enough, Naked juices were on sale for $2.99 and I found a coupon for $1 (which you can find here), which also doubled to $2! That means I got 3 juices and 2 quarts of soymilk for 5 bucks! Happy dance!!

Also not pictured here I got 4 cans of Progresso soup for $.50 a can (on sale for $1.00 a can before coupons) for quick vegan lunches to stash in my desk! Interested? Grab the coupon here!

Near a King Kullen? Definitely pop in for these great deals! Happy couponing everyone!!!

Welcome to the halls of Vegan Valhalla!!

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Vegan Valhalla - Digital Cafe

Hey everyone! Just wanted to pop in and introduce you to my newest project: Vegan Valhalla- a digital cafe!! For those who know me well, you know that my love of coffee runs deep and I have always dreamt of owning my own coffeeshop/bookstore. Well, thanks to the wonders of Amazon.com that dream is now a reality! Though I can’t afford to open a brick-and-mortar business (have I mentioned that we live in the Hamptons?), I am so so so excited at the prospect of having a digital cafe!! Our online store showcases a number of vegan products that you would find in any “traditional” coffeeshop, along with a sleu of awesome vegan books and other fun stuff. We have a special section of the website dedicated to conversations, where people can come to dialogue through a Q & A format, and our Soapbox section where we’ll host guest speakers! All-in-all, it’s shaping up to be an awesome place and I really, truly hope you’ll pop by and check it out!!

I will still be running lorienmahay.com (you didn’t think I’d abandon you, did you?), but I may be sharing some posts between the two sites on occasion. In the meantime, check out the new site and let me know what you think! Post a question that’s been plaguing you (for those who have contributed to my Vegan 101 section you may have already unknowingly contributed- lol), or stay and try out a new product. Either way, I’d love to hear from you.

www.veganvalhalla.com

Peace and tofu kisses!

Lorien

A Very Vegan Easter

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Easter is one of those holidays that I have always struggled to “veganize”. Easter in my family has always meant spiral cut ham, egg hunts, and the consumption of a grotesque amount of egg-shaped chocolate candies. And jelly beans. But that goes without saying, right?

So what’s a vegan girl to do to pass on all of the joy of Easter morning without all of the animal products? My 17-month old son is now old enough that I want him to enjoy the fun of an Easter egg hunt and baskets of goodies with a clean conscience (and without spending a million dollars on Amazon). So I devised a little plan!

Step 1: Create a family Easter basket rather than individual ones. That way, I don’t have to worry about filling everyone’s baskets to the brim with vegan goodies- a few for each of us will do.

Step 2: Think outside the box. I finally had to let go of Easter bunny shaped chocolates (though you can find them online) and dying Easter eggs (though I’ve seen some clever substitutes) and decided to focus on making a gift basket of fun items for the family. The one pictured above has edible Easter basket grass (I found it at CVS! How cool is that??), jelly beans that happened to be made without gelatin, cotton candy, Primal “beef” jerky, Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups, Sahale Sing Buri nut blend, Glee gum, organic sour gummy worms, homemade seed bombs (you can’t celebrate Spring without flowers!), a loaf of tofu banana bread, and a few toys for Cedric (Dollar Tree has the BEST random toys for toddlers!). It’s different but still pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself!

Step 3: Give your Easter egg hunt a little makeover. I bought plastic eggs from the Dollar Tree and, rather than filling them up with sugar and additive laden candies (we’ll save those for mommy!) I decided to fill them with things I’d like my little guy to snack on. We now have a dozen organic blueberry filled eggs and another half dozen organic raisin filled eggs. I also found a few carrot shaped “eggs” at the Dollar Tree that I couldn’t pass up, so those have been filled with organic blackberries. I have to be honest, I’m really looking forward to this hunt!!

As for Easter dinner, we’ll be dining on a Celebration loaf, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a fresh strawberry pie. Overall, I am really excited for this year’s Easter celebration!

So tell me, what are you doing for Easter? Any cool tricks/tips you’d like to pass along?

Happy holidays everyone!!

Spending Freeze

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I read an article recently about someone who decided to spend nothing for a month. Always intrigued by the frugal tactics of other bloggers, I read on (and on) determined to see how it worked for them. The funny thing is, it wasn’t that they were spending nothing but, rather, it was that they were actually sticking to a pre-determined budget and not spending extra. For some readers it seemed this was too easy. For others, it seemed as though it wasn’t sustainable. Just how long can one human being go without purchasing a double decaf soy latte? For the month of September, I’m determined to find out.

We’re going to call this a spending freeze (I think that name has a more positive connotation) and for one month my husband and I are committed to only paying out of pocket for bills, food, or things we’ve already budgeted for (i.e. warm clothes for the baby if it continues to think it’s Fall around here and one nice meal after we run our first half marathon). I’m setting a food budget for the month (which is lower than usual), meal planning in advance for the entire month, and setting weekly financial reviews as a family so we can see how we’re doing. As an iced coffee addict I can already tell you this is going to be more tricky than making it out to be, but we’re determined!

The first step? Determining what our saved money will go towards. It’s always easier to make sacrifices if you have a goal in mind😉 For us, it’s going to go towards our trip to see my family in November!!

Now that that’s out of the way, onto the monthly meal plan:)

Meal Plan #2

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00051Well, we succeeded in our first official week of meal planning! Coming in under $125 for the week with lots of yummy food in our bellies (and in our freezer), I came into this week feeling pretty optimistic! Hell, I even added another sweet potato meal! For me, this is a huge thing. Am I the only person alive that doesn’t love sweet potatoes?!

I should note that I expect this week to be a bit on the pricier side. My husband’s birthday is on Tuesday and I do love to shower those I love in culinary treats…We shall see!

Here’s the plan for the week of May 5, 2013: Continue Reading »