Birthdays, Giveaway

Birthday + a Giveaway

June 5, 2013

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Oh hey, today’s my birthday.

Another year older, another year wiser – I’m officially 1/4 of a century, so I’m thinking that’s even more wiser.

25 isn’t necessarily a milestone birthday, unlike 19 (in Canada), 21 (in the US), and 30 (as in how old Adam will be next year 😉 ) You can read about how it’s a ‘milestone’ birthday in our family here. Either way, it still feels pretty special.

My 25th year has brought lots of exciting events with it – Graduating last summer, earning my Teaching Certificate for elementary school, travelling to Europe, and moving into our first house together.

25’s already looking good – Adam and I booked a getaway to Vegas at the end of the summer. I celebrated my 21st, 22nd, and 23rd in vegas. No vegas last year because I went to Europe – I felt we were overdue for a visit. Definitely looking forward to the heat, lounging by the pool & walking the strip.

Tonight I’ll be celebrating with Adam – going to dinner somewhere local, then a no holds barred visit to Menchies for a fully loaded frozen yogurt indulgence. Last night we celebrated with family & lots of cake, and next weekend I’ll celebrate with friends at our place. Adam gave me an early present a couple weeks ago, a shiny new Schwinn bike! We’ve only rode them twice, and both times it started to rain. Hmmm..

Most importantly, today I’ll be celebrating with you! Seeing as how it’s my 25th, I thought I would give away some $25 prizes! Four in total – a $100 giveaway! It’s my first giveaway on the blog too.

I’m happy to say that my friends at iHerb have given me two $25 shopping sprees to give away! I wrote about iHerb here. iHerb has over 35,000 products online including groceries, baby products, health products, and beauty products.

Bonus: If you’re a first time iHerb customer you can use Coupon Code WOW123 to get $10 off your first iHerb order with a minimum $40 purchase (whether you win the giveaway or not.)


AND I purchased a couple items myself to give away.

  • A $25 gift certificate to Chapters! You can use it in-store or on-line (they ship to the US, and there is free shipping over orders of $25) They have lots to choose from including home goods, and of course cookbooks (my favourite.)


  • A copy of the Wheat Belly Cookbook! The popular book Wheat Belly has come out with a second book – a cookbook with wheat-free recipes. After finding out about my wheat allergy last year, I’ve completely cut it out from my diet. This book is awesome – so I picked up one for me, and one for you!

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Enter to win these great prizes and celebrate my 25th birthday with me! Follow the instructions below (this is a Rafflecopter giveaway)

1) Follow @Bakeaholic on Twitter

2) Tweet the following: “Enter the $100 Birthday Giveaway & Contest from @Bakeaholic! ”

3) “Like” the Bakeaholic Facebook page

4) Follow ABakeaholic on Pinterest

5) Leave me a comment on this blog post telling me about a cookbook you’ve bought recently or recommend, or one you would like to buy with the gift certificate! And – what’s your favourite birthday dessert just for fun =)

This is a Rafflecopter giveaway, so each time you enter earns you a point in the raffle. (If for some reason you cannot use the entry method or it’s not working for you, just leave a comment with what you’ve done.) There will be Four winners, one winner per item.

The contest closes at midnight on June 12, and a winner will be announced on the 14th. The contest is open to residence of the Canada and The United States.

The winner of the iHerb Shopping Spree needs to register to iHerb to claim their prize – shipping is included in the shopping spree prize!

Update: The Winners are:

Erin: iHerb Shopping Spree
Britta: iHerb Shopping Spree
Andrea Amy: Chapters Gift Certificate
Coral Ariel S: Wheat Belly Cookbook

Contact me to receive your prize!

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  • Reply Anita June 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM


    Happy birthday Alicia! 🙂

    A cookbook that my mom and I use all the time is called “The Looneyspoons Collection” by Janet and Greta Podleski – it’s fantastic! All of its recipes are easy-to-follow and delicious! They include “Nutrition Nuggets” that tell you about the nutrition facts of each recipe.

    My favorite birthday dessert would have to be birthday cake itself! Or birthday cupcakes 🙂

    I’m all entered! Fingers crossed! 🙂

  • Reply Erin June 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I follow you on Pinterest! (Suburbarella)

  • Reply Britta June 5, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Saw on instagram that you are already celebrating so that is fantastic. Hope you are enjoying all this amazing sunshine we have been having!!

    I have actually been eyeing the wheat belly cookbook for quite some time now, absolutely loved the book – I dont agree with everything but love it regardless. Favourite bday dessert.. CAKE of course! Any cake, all cake 🙂

    • Reply Alicia June 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Thanks!!! it was definitely a great day for a birthday! I haven’t actually read the entire book haha – I only bought the cookbook because I love all the wheat free recipes.

  • Reply Lynda June 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I have quite a list of cookbooks on my wish list with Picky Palates book being up on the top of the list. My favorite birthday dessert is a warm chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and hot fudge – yum!

  • Reply Cindy Smith June 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Forgot to mention that I’ve followed and liked.

  • Reply Cindy Smith June 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Wheat belly cookbook and chocolate avocado mousse.

  • Reply Maggie June 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    I followed on Pinterest – theo44

  • Reply Maggie June 9, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I would like to get the Curtis Stone cookbook. I like DQ ice cream cakes for dessert.

  • Reply Andrea Amy June 9, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Hmmm…don’t think my comment worked. Try again 🙂

    I haven’t bought myself a cookbook in probably over a decade, I do really want Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes though. Happy Bday. I remember 25. Thought the world was ending lol. My next birthday I will be 40. Ouch.

    • Reply Alicia June 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      lol! I had the same thought.. hehe. Thanks for entering! Hope you win to cookbook! Or maybe GC =)

  • Reply Areta June 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Followed you on Pinterest (awwainvancouver)

  • Reply Anastasia June 10, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Happy happy birthday, Alicia!
    The cookbook I recently bought and have enjoyed is “100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know” by the editors of Glamour magazine. I love the tongue-in-cheek recipe titles (ie. “I’m So There For You Eggplant Parmigiana”). The recipes I’ve tried have always turned out well and they aren’t too difficult. A definite buy!
    My favorite birthday dessert is Black Forest Cake… so yummy and decadent!

    • Reply Alicia June 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      Thanks anastasia! That sounds like a great cookbook!

  • Reply Lyndsey June 10, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Happiest birthday to you…!!! and this IS a special day because you are now officially vintage, my girl;)
    I would love to have the book High Protein Vegan by Hilda Jorgensen because I am trying to make healthier raw and vegan choices, but still get my ever needed protein crave on. Seems interesting!

    Also.. fave bday dessert… i’m not huge on sweets but i love a good cheese cake!! (or fresh, fluffy hot cinnamon buns, when it’s not my birthday;)

  • Reply Lyndsey June 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    I’m also following you on Pinterest! (BruiseViolet)

  • Reply Carolyne June 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I would like to purchase a copy of either Wheat Belly or maybe Gwyneth’s cookbook

  • Reply Andrea Amy June 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I’ve tried to reply to my winning email 4 times and each time it gets kicked back as undeliverable. I do want to claim my prize 🙂 Do you have another email I can send my info too please? Thanks!!

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