Have you heard of Supper Works?  I recently had an opportunity to visit the Guelph location.
Supper Works Guelph

  Upon entering it looks like this-

2 month calendar of times available and activities
We were warmly greeted by Teresa
We were taken on a "tour" (above)Food prep station
My bin in the freezer to put my meals in when they were finished
another food prep station
Hand washing Station
The first recipe I assembled was the blueberry strata.  It was super easy!  The recipe was hanging for me to read, the pans, measuring spoons/cups were all handy and all the ingredients were either in the fridge below or in the bins in front of me.  

Once the strata was made I put on the foil lid and the sticker which had the cooking directions and placed it in my bin.

Then on to Garlic Herb Shrimp.  Once again really easy.  The shrimp was already pre measured in a bag.  All I had to do was assemble the sauce ingredients(extra garlic!), pour it in the freezer bag with the shrimp and slap on the cooking directions.  #2 done!

Reciepe #3 was prepared by my Mother-in-law/photographer Miss Ellie.  Ben Hai beef was also easy to assemble.  The 2 large steaks were already in a freezer bag.  The sauce ingredients were mixed and poured over the beef.  She added the label and #3 was done!
The great thing about Supper Works is that Teresa cleaned up after us.  It was great!  When we were ready to leave I retrieved my meals from my bin and put them in my cooler. 

I then picked up my extras that went with the meals.  There was brown rice for the shrimp and either peameal bacon or veggie sausage with the strata.  I even got 6 ready to bake chocolate chip cookies(which I baked and tried out as soon as I got home Shhhh!)

I could see Supper Works being a great suppertime solutions for busy families.  It takes the stress out of shopping, prepping and cleaning.  If you usually depend on fast food for a busy night suppertime solution I would definitely recommend trying SupperWorks.  

Each meal feeds 4-6 people.  Our meals were enough for supper one night and leftovers for 2 people for lunch the next day.  You can also split your meals to feed 2-3 people if you have a smaller family.  I really like that you can customize your meal.  If someone in your family doesn't like blueberries then you can add them to half of your strata.  If you love garlic you can add more, just like you would do in your own kitchen.  You could easily prepare 6 meals in 1 hour.

The menu for the month is on the Supper Works website   and it changes every month.  You could  also book a party at SupperWorks.  It would be great place to meet up with a few friends or a mommy group and make some healthy, time saving meals for your family.

Meals are also available for pick-up.  The Supper Works I was at had several available.  Some were frozen and some were fresh to cook that day.  
What did it taste like??
The Blueberry Strata was a divine weekend brunch with fresh fruit salad and latte
Ben Hai Beef was a hit with my sauteed sweet potatoes, cauliflower and quinoa /edemame salad I made the day before
Everyone's Fave!  Garlic herb shrimp with white wine sauce, brown rice and my sauteed zucchini on the side. Both kids gave this the "2 thumbs up"

Sorry, no pictures of the cookies :o)

Just so we're clear. The opinions on this blog are my own.  Supper Works graciously allowed me to come by and prepare these meals to facilitate this post.  

Coupon for 30% offf Old Navy, The Gap and Banana Republic

From August 26-29, revamp your fall wardrobe at one of your favorite stores:  The Gap, Old Navy or Banana Republic. Use the coupon link www.gapinc.com/giveandget/aidscanada to save 30% off your purchase, while donating 5% back to the Canadian AIDS Society.  The money donated will support programs and services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. 


You know you're thrifty when..........

-You made an upholstered headboard using a flat twin sheet from a sheet set purchased for $10 @ Walmart

-You used the above mentioned fitted sheet to make an apron

-You cut a strip off the top of a bag of frozen veggies then use that plastic   strip to tie the bag closed

-You cut dryer sheets in half 

-You purchase discontinued hair products at the grocery store during their store remodel to get a 50% discount and use coupons too! ($1.40 Alberto hairspray,  Extra large 700ml head & shoulders for $3.19 Fructis hairspray $0.89!!)


StorkCraft Cribs 30% off at Sears.ca and other greal deals!

Bonus code: 941612182. 

Save 40% off Levi's Core Fits until September 12.  Also, save 40% off selected Men's Lee and Nevada Denim.
~Men's Denim Sale

~Off to Campus Sale!  Everything you will need on Campus!


Body Shop Starter kits $12!

A great site to find deals!

Have you ever heard of Savings.com?  It is a great place to find online coupons and promotional discounts.  Most of the deals/coupons are US but with the dollar flirting with parity US online shopping is sometimes much more cost effective.

The site has a large index of on-line coupon codes like Niagara Falls discount attraction coupons

I'll be checking out Savings.com before we go on our next trip down south.  The savings you can get in the US are much better than here in Canada!  I would love it if stores here would do double coupon day.  Just think,  on average I use at least $15 in coupons and spend about $90-$110 a week on food.  If I could save another $15 a week on top of that I would save approximately another $780 in a year. 

I might even use some of the coupons codes when we book our trip.  I usually use Travelocity or Expedia and I noticed deals on Savings.com for them as well as rental car deals.  The only thing better than a great vacation is one that doesn't cost an arm and a leg!


Kodak Photo Printing Deals!

150 4x6 prints for $22 with coupon code:  CA150PRINT - expires 9/9/10

250 4x6 prints for $35 with coupon code:  CA250PRINT  - expires 9/9/10

The Gap give & get

From August 26-29, revamp your fall wardrobe at one of your favorite stores:  The Gap, Old Navy or Banana Republic. Use the coupon link www.gapinc.com/giveandget/aidscanada to save 30% off your purchase, while donating 5% back to the Canadian AIDS Society.  The money donated will support programs and services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. 


Sears oulet sale extended until Aug 20/2010!

25% off Sears outlet prices bonus code 941612131

Bonus code for 30% off (with Sears Card or Mastercard only): 941612132

Click here to visit the Sears Outlet


Body Shop In store Deal!!!

Huge Outlet Sale at Sears Aug 14-18 Coupon Code

Here's the coupon code for 25% off outlet prices! Save 30% if you use a Sears MasterCard or Sears card with code 941612132 9941612941612132132
Huge Outlet Sale August 14-18 - save an additional 25% off all Outlet products @ Sears.ca with this bonus code ONLY: 941612131.

Each week a different deal with be featured during the Back to School season. Save up to 40% on selected boys & girls fashions

Back to School at Sears.ca - Save up to 40% on selected boys & girls fashions.


Cardswap.ca A great place to save money (& make some too!)

Have you heard of Cardswap.ca?  Well, let me tell you it's about time!  Cardswap is a Canadian website where you can purchase gift cards at a discounted rate of 10-40%!!  A great savings right?  But here's the kicker, you can sell your unneeded gift cards there too!
Let's say that you were part of a gift exchange at Christmas and Aunt Mabel gave you a gift card  worth $100 but you would rather have cash.  You can go on Cardswap.ca and "sell" your card for 10% off, so $90.  Cardswap charges 6%(minimum of $4.50) so you would get $84.60 for your card.  
I was just on the site and they have a good selection of card to purchase like 20% off Bass Pro($40 for a $50 card), 10% off American Eagle ($90 for $100 card) and 14.99% off H&M($65 for $76.46 card)
It is estimated that as much as 10-19% of gift cards are never redeemed, probably forgotten or lost. In a $6 billion dollar Canadian industry, this is a huge problem.

CardSwap is now giving consumers holding these unwanted gift cards a choice. Simply: Register, post the gift card up for sale (which is verified before listed) then sit back. The seller will receive an email notification when the card is sold. Sellers have full control over the price of the gift cards and are charged 6% (minimum $4.50) of the sale price.

CardSwap Certified Guarantee includes the following:

1. Validation: CardSwap.ca validates all gift cards before putting them on the site through the retailers website, 1-800 number, or direct store location number. You will never buy a gift card that does not work, or has inaccurate amount on CardSwap.ca

2. INTERAC Only: CardSwap.ca uses a no credit policy to ensure that we and are users cannot become the victims of credit card fraud. Through INTERAC are users are redirected to complete transactions at their own secure financial institutions, which is similar to making an online bill payment.

3. Refund Policy: Because our verification methods are stringent and transaction processes secure we can offer full refunds to unsatisfied buyers.

This Toronto based company, is the first in Canada but has already been proven by the several successful sites in the US.


Pantene Satisfaction Guarantee

Have you seen the new Pantene available in stores?   I think it's great.  I have been using the fine hair solutions that I received in my P&G Brandsampler pack.

Types available are Fine Hair Solutions, Medium-Thick Hair Solutions, Colour Hair Solutions, Curly Hair Series, Classic Care Solutions, Restoratives and Nature Fusion.

Pantene has a great satisfaction guarantee with these new hair care products so you have nothing to loose!  If you don't like the new pantene they will refund you 2X the purchase price plus postage and taxes! This is valid until June 30 2011.  See the site below for the deets.


The perfect gift for a special little girl! Bugalug

 Do you know that it is only 138 days until Christmas.  Does that scare you?  Well it shouldn't!  I have found the perfect gift for that special little girl in your life.  It also would make an absolutely terrific birthday gift too! The great thing about this gift is that it is the gift that keeps on giving!

Bugalug is a Canadian company that makes great no-slip hair clips.  You should check out their new website, it's fab!  They have a great deal going on and it's called the V.I.P. Clip of the Month Club.

For $50 you can enroll your special little girl into the V.I.P. Clip of the Month Club.  She will receive an envelope every month with her name on it and a no slip hair clip enclosed for 12 months.  Now wouldn't every girl love that?  When you purchase a V.I.P. membership you will also receive 15% off every purchase at the Bugalug  online store, freebies and extras from Bugalug and valuable coupons from some of Bugalug's favorite retailers!

For Money Saving Canadian Mom readers I have a coupon code!  Upon checkout at the Bugalug on-line store enter SAVING as your coupon code and receive 15% off the V.I.P. Clip of the Month Club.  That means you will only have to pay $42.50! (plus applicable tax)

Too Cool Tattoo Pony Loops
Other product lines Bugalug produces are: soother savers, super cute reversible belts with elastic and a snap kid's can do up themselves(belts for mom too!) Bugalug also makes  great adjustable headbands that fit girls and moms(some are reversible!)

My girls loved the pony loops and no slip hair clip that was sent to us!

Other Cute Clips Available!


Lean Cuisne Coupons

I was just at Zehr's (A Loblaw's store)this morning.  The Lean Cuisine Spa dinners are on sale for $1.99 each and there were Buy 1 get 1 free coupons on the shelf(exp Dec 2010) These coupons may be available at other stores too, keep your eye's open!

Lunch for a buck, start the car!!


Mark's Work wearhouse coupon

I just received a great deal in my inbox!  Spend $40 at Mark's and get $10 off from August 5-26th!  The great thing is that it is good on sale items too!  Click here for the PDF coupon