Posts Tagged ‘Galentine’s Day’

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Valentine’s Day must haves

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

Look what we’ve got for you…unforgettable Gifts For Your Valentine!

 

 

Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day, February 14th is creeping up and it will be time for Valentines.

 

Let’s be frank, you either love it or you hate it. While some would say that Valentine’s Day is a day for sharing with your significant other gifting boxes of the usual box of chocolates…it doesn’t have to be the same way of celebrating every year! It’s 2019, why not switch up your routine?  If you want to spend Valentine’s Day eating chocolate(that’s fine), having a night full of relaxation with a hot cup of Cocoa or Tea,  playing a Board Game or watching your favourite Romantic Comedy – that’s lovely! If shopping for Valentine’s Day is a little overwhelming, Danna Bananas has compiled a list of Valentine’s Day Must Haves that can be enjoyed solo, or with your significant other in crime. Scroll down and see what cupid has approved this Valentine’s Day…all we can say is some fun Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas will catch your eye!

1. What is the first word that comes to mind when you say Valentine’s Day? Did you say chocolate? If yes, that’s what we’re dreaming of— a hot cup of cocoa and lots of it served in none other, a Gnome Mug. What’s better than spending the night in, bundled up in in your home sweet warm home sipping away? The answer is nothing, nothing is better! Our product of choice for Valentine’s Day is:

Humble Gnome Mug

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Gnome Mug

2. Your tea lover will lust for this heart-shaped tea infuser as a hot cup of tea infused with love is soothing to the heart. the Tea To My Heart Tea Infuser will steep your love affair even more:

Tea to My Heart Tea Infuser

 

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Tea to My Heart Tea Infuser

 

3. If  you feel it’s too cold to venture out to seek entertainment, how about a fun board game that will not only raise your temperature but beat your cabin fever too? Adult XXX Charades is similar to charades but with a twist<wink>…a titillating party game full of suggestive innuendos to keep your party entertained. Remember to play at your own risk!

Adult XXX Charades

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Adult XXX Charades

4. Practice safe drinking with the Wine Condom. Here is a solution for saving your wine as you need to protect your Pinot Grigio and sheath your Chardonnay. They are 99.9% effective at preventing unplanned wine spoilage.  The disposable latex wine condom is small enough to fit into a wallet or pocket:  

Wine Condom

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Wine Condom

 

 

PS. Love Is In The Air(always) so gifting all year long and not just on Valentine’s Day would be a heart felt gesture.

What’s in Your Valentine’s Day Chocolate

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without somebody writing an article about the chemistry of chocolate. That person might as well be me. So without further ado, let’s discuss theobromine, a molecule that you may have heard is in chocolate and cocoa products. Here’s what you need to know.

Chemical structure of theobromine

Chemical structure of theobromine. The sticky note is seasonal. (Credit: Carmen Drahl)

What is in your Valentine’s Day Chocolate?

Theobromine is a molecule made by plants. It’s most famous for being one of the many compounds naturally found in chocolate, but it’s also in tea, among other plant products. Theobromine was discovered in the 1840s, in cocoa beans as a matter of fact.

If you take a look at what theobromine looks like at the atom scale, though, there’s no bromine (which would have the abbreviation Br) in sight. Just carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen. Confusing, right? As it happens, letters spelling “bromine” ended up in the name by coincidence. When biologists encountered cocoa trees and related plants in Central and South America, they gave the name “Theobroma” to this genus of plants that was new to them. Theobroma, in Greek, roughly means “food of the gods”. Somebody must’ve really enjoyed their cacao drink back in the day.

 Why “theobromine”, then, with the “ine” at the end? Theobromine is an alkaloid, a nitrogen-atom containing, naturally occurring compound. Many alkaloids share that “ine” ending in their names- it’s a chemistry naming convention. Think strychnine, but also morphine, caffeine, nicotine, and cocaine.

Yikes- it’s like cocaine?! No wonder chocolate is bad for my dog.

No dogs got sick in the making of this stock photo. (Shutterstock)

We Are All Revolutionaries

Theobromine is indeed dangerous for dogs at high enough doses. Caffeine is, too. The website Pet MD has published a chart where you can determine risk of chocolate toxicity for your pet based on your pet’s weight, and amount of chocolate consumed. Type of chocolate is also a factor in the chart, because dark chocolate has higher amounts of theobromine compared to milk chocolate.

Dogs’ digestive systems process theobromine less efficiently than our human guts, which is why it’s relatively easy for them to be poisoned. Cats are also at risk, but they’re less likely to eat sweets.

According to the National Hazardous Substances Database, humans may experience milder effects of theobromine at high enough doses, including sweating, trembling, and headaches. For the vast majority of people, eating chocolate and drinking tea in moderation is no problem.

Please don’t read this story and rush to judge all alkaloids as bad. This is a tremendously large family of plant molecules. And like any large family, some members make you feel good, some might annoy you after an extended stay, and some are toxic even in small doses.

Quinine is an alkaloid, as well, and it is used to treat malaria. The World Health Organization puts quinine on its List of Essential Medicines.

One more point: Depending on what you’re looking for, a toxic compound may be beneficial. As Pulitzer-prizewinning science journalist Deborah Blum reports:

The dark chocolate effects are so acute for canines, that the alkaloid has been tested with some success as a means of controlling coyote populations.

Chocolate’s an aphrodisiac, so I’m good to go for Valentine’s Day, right?

Not exactly. Theobromine is one of the compounds that contributes to that reputation, along with phenylethylamine. Theobromine can indeed make your heart beat faster, but you could say the same thing about caffeine, or cocaine for that matter.

No rigorous studies prove that theobromine or chocolate puts people in the mood. Let me quote from two journal articles that evaluated many labs’ results all at once: “Any mood benefits of chocolate consumption are ephemeral.” And “these substances could have a positive direct and indirect influence on sexual health and function. Nevertheless, randomized studies are needed to confirm these hypotheses.” There may be a placebo effect associated with eating chocolate on Valentine’s Day, and at the end of the day, that’s just fine.

Valentine's Day Chocolate and other Valentines Day Gifts

 (Shutterstock)

There’s much more to the chemistry of chocolate. If I haven’t quelled your craving, you can download a handy infographic on chocolate chemistry by Andy Brunning of Compound Interest.

From Forbes by Carmen Drahl

Be Our Valentine

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Is sending a Valentine’s Day card to the special people in our lives passé? The same question goes for Christmas cards? If you send out Christmas cards,  I then believe the answer is no. Once or twice a year, pay it forward, support your postal service and buy that stamp. Snail mail still needs to be utilized as it can’t disappear as many people rely on it. We all sent out Valentines when we were young. Why can’t we do so as adults? Have a little heart-to-heart and write your main squeeze a sweet (or spicy) Valentine’s Day love letter. Everybody deserves a surprise in their mailbox that isn’t a bill.

Give the unexpected…a paper card.

Express your love and wish some Happy Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day! Send directly using the old fashioned method,  snail mail  these lovely vintage Valentines Day greetings.

Valentine’s Day cards are the perfect way to express your love, the most beautiful feeling in the world!

If you’re looking for something more than just a card check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas at Danna Bananas.

 

 

Animated Valentine's Day Cards

Valentines Day Gifts

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

With some more snowy blasts or more to come, it is safe to say winter is here to stay for awhile. ‘Weather':) you love it or hate it, it’s time to get out, embrace it and have fun in it because it is SNO-Much Fun.

Kickstart your wild imagination with Sno-Stompers. Stomp and roar making tracks like a dinosaur in the snow. They easily snap over boots and shoes. The Sno-Stompers are easy to take on and off and could also be used during summertime for making footprints in the sand. When your neighbours are not looking, why not leave tracks and keep them guessing.

Valentines Day Gifts for Winter Fun

Since Valentines Day is in the season of winter, wouldn’t these make a fun outdoor activity for the whole family? Sno-Stompers inspire imagination and creativity. Pretend to be animals, stomp around and roar out loud sounds. Awesome fun for all!

Sno-Stompers for Valentines Day at Danna Bananas

Sno-Stompers Green for Valentines Day at Danna Bananas

Cool Valentines Day Gifts

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Christmas has come and gone and so are the holidays.

Can you believe we are now two weeks into the first month of 2018?

As we all turn a new page into 2018, we can all reflect on what was, what is and what will come. Well in a few days, Valentines Day will be a month away.

“I just called to say I love you

I just called to say how much I care

I just called to say I love you

And I mean it from the bottom of my heart”

Valentines Day Gifts for All

If a funny Valentine’s Day is your go to theme this year then you must look for funny Valentines Day gifts? Danna Bananas has you covered with a plethora of funny Valentine gifts for him and funny Valentines Day gifts for her.

Pink Talk Dock make a fun Valentines Day Gift

Hello! Remember the days where you could have a phone in the kitchen with a long cord while you talk to your friends all hours of the day? Relive those glory, simpler days with The Talk Dock. With a dash of old school, this lovely, fun and functional Valentines Day gift will ring their heart. Functions as a dock, charging station and a receiver, the Talk Dock will charge your phone. May look vintage but don’t you worry this charger dock connects to all the latest Smart phones.