Day of the Dead

October 23rd, 2017

Every year, Day of the Dead is celebrated around the world on November 1st and 2nd but the holiday itself originated from the Mexican culture with many rituals and traditions marking this day and commemorating the dead is a true celebration of life.

The belief is to remember and honour your deceased loved ones.

“The gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.”

On this day, there is a big fiesta with lots of food, drinks and feting.

Candles, flowers skulls and photos of loved ones decorate altars. Drinks are mixed as quenching the thirst of the dead after their spirits return is practiced. Favourite meals and sweets of the deceased are placed on the altar as well.

 For the sweet offering, why not bake up a batch of skulled themed cookies.  The Sweet Spirits Cookie Cutters are great for your Day of the Dead celebrations.
This cookie cutter set comes in 4 spirited colours: blue, green, orange and purple.

 


Day of the Dead cookies

Wonder Woman

October 4th, 2017

The top grossing movie of summer of 2017 was Wonder Woman. It raked in $406,838,875. Probably many people didn’t predict this movie would hold the top crown but when you have a summer of sequels, let’s face it, audiences just want fresh material.  Not only was the lead a female (Gal Gadot) but it was written and directed by a female (Patty Jenkins) as well. Way to go ladies!

Being a fan of the original TV show that aired from 1975 to 1979, I knew it would be awesome and it even exceeded my expectation.

This is how the movie should have ended laugh out loud…spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t click on the video below:

How Wonder Woman Should End

This isn’t the only Wonder Woman movie taking over the box office this year. Another one that is set to release is called Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Not knowing much about the roots of Wonder Woman, this is “The unconventional life story of Dr. William Marston, Harvard psychologist and inventor, and the relationship between his wife and his lover, who became her lover after his death, that inspired the iconic super heroine Wonder Woman.”

Wonder Woman Trailer

Wonder Woman Gifts

With Wonder Woman being so popular and if you are Christmas shopper keener and are looking for Christmas Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffers, you may want to buy some Christmas Gifts that are Wonder Woman inspired. Here at Danna Bananas, we have put together some holiday gift suggestions.

1. Wonder Woman Through The Years Mug: The Wonder Woman Through The Years Mug pays tribute to the most adored female superhero, Wonder Woman, by displaying her character’s evolution through the years, from classic to contemporary. This mug is bright, colorful and made out of glossy ceramic. It features comic-book artwork.

Wonder Woman Through the Years Mug at Danna Bananas

2. This Calls For Wonder Woman Heat Change Mug: This Calls for the Wonder Woman Transforming Mug to the rescue! This mug, when hot liquid is poured into it, will transform Diana Prince into the Amazonian princess, Wonder Woman! Perfect for any comic book fan.

Wonder Woman Heat Change Mug at Danna Bananas

3. DC Comics Dress Up Napkins: Are you a super slob that needs to protect your wardrobe? Even if you are not, meals will be more entertaining and clean too with these DC Superhero Napkins: Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and Robin. Tuck one into your shirt and become your DC superhero, they need to eat too.

Wonder Woman Napkins at Danna Bananas

 

Good news…just in case you were wondering, Wonder Woman 2 is due out in 2019.

The Addams Family dancing to Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones

September 27th, 2017

In the spirit of Halloween, we give you this fun mashup!

The Addams Family is one of TV’s most influential twentieth century family.  As being one of those classic Halloween TV viewing traditions, we are all bound to watch them for the millionth time as they put us in the mood for the season of the spook.

Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones is one of those epic vinyl loving songs that put us in the mood to party.

Gabriel Magallon has put a new spin on this Addams Family TV clip by remixing dance clips to the Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Bop.

As you can see,

Lurch of The Addams Family can’t stop dancing…

Enjoy!

 

via Gabriel Magallon

First Day of Autumn

September 21st, 2017

Tick tock, tick tock…Soon it will be the summer of 2017 that was. When the calendar changes tomorrow, a new season is upon us.

Welcome first day of Autumn!

Although we are still in the throes of summer heat, coloured leaves, fall harvest, crisp air, sweaters, socks, warm drinks, pumpkins, turkey and Halloween are all creeping up!

Summer is officially coming to a close and Autumn 2017 will begin on Friday September 22 when the clock strikes 4:02 PM. That means we are into the third season and all sorts of fun, fall festivities can take place: Raking leaves and then jumping into a pile, fall decorating, celebrating Oktoberfest, attending a fall festival, hiking, getting lost in a corn maze, apple picking, canning fruit, going for a hayride, visiting a pumpkin patch, Trick or Treating and last but not least, remembering what you are thankful for. The Canadian Thanksgiving is on October 9th. We give thanks for the the harvest and the love and support family and friends give.

With all these mentioned, we have so much to look forward to.

What is your favourite Autumn activity?

 

Pumpkin

 

image(via The Oatmeal)

 

Halloween Costumes for Couples

September 17th, 2017

It seems like something goes viral every day — until you try to think of a clever Halloween costume for you and your partner, and then your mind goes blank. We’ve found some fun DIY Halloween Costumes that are easy to put together with a few things you have around the house. Danna Bananas has some fun accessories to make your DIY Halloween Costume spooktacular.

Halloween Costume for Couples

Halloween Costume for Couples - Jack and Jill

This easy and instantly recognizable Halloween costumes show the aftermath of the nursery-rhyme couple’s famous tumble down the hill. Make sure to dirty up your clothes and wrap Jack’s head in a bandage — he broke his crown, after all. Find this Halloween Costume and other great ideas for couples at Delish.

Back To School Gifts

September 7th, 2017

Are  you sure you bought everything for your back to school shopping needs? I bet you didn’t know your tablet needs a personalized, comfortable place for when it’s not in use. It also needs a bodyguard to keep all the nasty dust mites and saliva away from it.

Back To School Gifts

Doodle iPad Case for Back to School

The Doodle Case for the iPad Mini makes a fun gift for your Ipad Mini or perhaps someone else you know who has one. Not only will this case keep your gadget snug and warm but you can design and personalize the cushiony case with your own creative, doodling skills. Draw your own design, jot down notes or contacts and when you are bored of your creations, pop it into the washing machine and then personalize it again and again. Pages of a notepad are featured all over the case. It also comes with 5 wash-out fabric mini pens that you can use to doodle with.

Not only is this fun but a practical gift as well. You can doodle a personal design or message before giving.

Back To School

September 6th, 2017

If you headed back to school as an educator yesterday, this one is for you! Remember the days when computers, tablets and cell phones were nonexistent and if they were, no one could afford one. Those days are gone and emojis and the loss of cursive writing is our new reality:) Class

Back To School Gift Ideas

August 31st, 2017

Can you hear the sound of that bell? Believe it or not, Labour Day is a few days away so you know what that means. Rise and shine as the next day is a start to a new year.  Of course, some are excited to head back through those school doors but there are some who have the back to school blues.

These Bananotes will help you unpeel those feelings! If you can’t remember a calculus algorithm, just jot it down and stick it in various places throughout your home to help you study.  Study habits like this will help relieve some stress before a test or exam.

 

bananotes for back to school

 

Good news this isn’t the unofficial end of summer. There is still 22 days until the first day of fall!

3 Cool Pool Float Ideas For The Summer!

August 3rd, 2017

So, Summer is now halfway over with, and you’ve probably have done most of the things you had planned to do. Travel, eat good food, see all the latest and greatest summer blockbusters (our personal favorite was Wonder Woman) or whatever. So, if you’re anything like us, you probably want to spend the rest of your summer resting and relaxing in the pool. And these pool floats will help you accomplish just that. So we’ve picked out three unique and funny pool floats that will get you out enjoying the sun, from the water. Also, be on the look out for some back to school sales peeking around the corner!

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First off, The Inflatable Pool Hunk Float is a pool float designed to look like a real hunk… Well, not quite. But this full body pool float is long enough that you can fully lie down on it, and the fact that it resembles the best example of the male species doesn’t hurt either. A tall, dark and handsome pool float!

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This mystic creature has been temporarily transformed into a pool float, but don’t worry, all the same enchantment and style is still there. This Giant Unicorn Pool Float is a lot of fun and will make you feel truly majestic as you sit atop its mane. Or something. Truly Magical!

A elegant, beautiful pool float.

 

And finally, the Giant Swan Pool Float floats through with an unmatched elegance that is sure to turn heads. As beautiful as a pool float can ever hope to dream to be. Absolutely astonishing! 

To learn more about the products listed, either click on the images or the linked text to go to the product page. And for more pool floats, and other unique and funny gifts, visit dannabananas.com. And enjoy splashing, while you still can!

Happy 40th Anniversary Star Wars

May 25th, 2017

Can you believe it’s been 40 years since the first Star Wars movie?

“Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Star Wars. Happy Birthday to you!”

“Star Wars: A New Hope—and I’m absolutely certain the comments will explode with people debating whether it is just Star Wars or A New Hope—was released on May 25, 1977 in a hilariously small number of theaters and with George Lucas still doubting that it would be a success. Of course, instead the movie generated the gigantic crowds and lines that it’s stillgenerating 40 years later.” via  Katharine Trendacosta – http://io9.gizmodo.com

 

May the Force be with all aspiring Jedi cooks as Yoda, Darth Vader and R2-D2–shaped cookie cutters can create 30 sweet and savory treats!

Happy 40th Anniversary Star Wars with Star Wars Cookbook

 

 

 

 

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