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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

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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

Christmas Gifts turn into Valentine’s Day Gifts

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Indie 88, Toronto’s new alternative radio station posted “the biggest Christmas gift phenomenons over the last 30 years on their blog.

What did you receive for Christmas? Were you satisfied or are you ready to re-gift for Valentine’s Day which is just around the corner?

Valentine’s Day Gifts

If you are keener, shop now and show your affection a unique gift. Danna Bananas has a variety of Valentine’s Day gifts for her, for him, for your wife, for your husband, for your boyfriend, for your girlfriend or your significant other.

 

Regift Christmas Gifts at Valentine's Day Gifts

 

Valentine’s Day Love

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

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. Many people rely on it. More on that in a another blog post. We all sent out Valentines when we were young in elementary school. 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.

Animated Valentine’s Day Cards with Envelopes

With a touch of vintage, these cute Valentine’s cards will spread love the old fashioned way.

Animated Valentine's Day Cards

Give the unexpected…a paper card. Express your love! 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.

10 Hot Toys That Changed the Way People Play

Monday, January 1st, 2018

The Fingerling Monkey may be this year’s hottest toy, but its popularity is far from unparalleled. A new must-have toy seems to arrive every holiday season. Richard Gottlieb, the chief executive of Global Toy Experts and publisher of Global Toy News, discussed some of the Hot Toys like the Fingerling’s craze-making predecessors over the last generation.

Popular toys are often like comets across the sky, drawing attention quickly and fading just as fast. “A good fad is about eight months from explosion to collapse,” Mr. Gottlieb said. While few toys outlast the initial hype, the ones he listed have endured as cherished memories from childhood and helped shape play time expectations long after they left the shelves.

They were also big business. Mr. Gottlieb ranked the toys below based on the impact each had on the industry, indicating when they became major hits in the United States. “These products,’’ Mr. Gottlieb said, “became cultural touchstones.”

Beanie Babies Hot Toys

A collection of Beanie BabiesCreditSuzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

1993

Hot Toys #1 Beanie Babies

These pellet-stuffed animals, Mr. Gottlieb said, had an outsize cultural and financial impact. “It became an investment portfolio if you will,” he said.

He described how the company voluntarily limited supplies of these Hot Toys, leading to long lines of customers whenever a store got a fresh shipment. But the bubble quickly burst.

“Lots of people invested a lot of money and time,’’ he said, “but it wound up being worth virtually nothing, what a used plush animal would be worth.”

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Cabbage Patch Kids Hot Toys

Cabbage Patch Kids are shown on display in Boston in 1983. CreditElise Amendola/Associated Press

1983

Hot Toys #2 Cabbage Patch Kids

“It wasn’t a pretty doll, they were strange looking.” Mr. Gottlieb said, “Maybe there’s some appeal to the imperfect for us, because it’s who we are.”

Although these Hot Toys may have appealed to people’s humanity, they did not always bring out the best in shoppers.

“There were fistfights in the stores,’’ he said. “Big, big fights. People were nuts.”

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Super Soaker Hot Toys

Super Soaker’s added a more powerful dimension to the concept of a water gun.CreditAndy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal, via Associated Press

1992

Hot Toys #3 Super Soaker

“Super Soaker I think was revolutionary in outdoor play. It took the water gun to a whole new level.”

The thrill was in the power, Mr. Gottlieb said. “I just remember people were blasting the hell out of somebody with a heavy stream of water.” And now, he said, that enthusiasm is much the same for these hot toys. “People still get excited about the latest, most powerful water gun.”

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Razor Scooter Hot Toys

Jake Smith, 16, of Queens rides his Razor Scooter June 1, 2000 in New York City.CreditChris Hondros/Newsmakers, via Getty Images

2000

Hot Toys #4 Razor Scooter

Mr. Gottlieb said he still sees people riding these metal scooters to work today. Although they have had some staying power, they also represent the dangers of a product getting too popular, too quickly.

Early customers wanted more than retailers could stock, but that trend reversed after the first holiday rush. “You would go into stores and just see pallets and pallets of these hot toys, and it was over.”

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Transformers Hot Toys

A woman shops for Transformers toys, made by Hasbro, in New York in 2009.CreditShannon Stapleton/Reuters

1984

Hot Toys #5 Transformers

“It was a really cool form of play,” Mr. Gottlieb said. Transformers could be manipulated in ways that other hot toys could not. “It’s double the pleasure.”

Since their release, Hasbro has kept the brand alive by expanding the Transformers universe. “It really created an entire category,” he said.

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Bratz Dolls Hot Toys

Bratz dollsCreditMGA Entertainment/Associated Press

2001

Hot Toys #6 Bratz

These dolls, Mr. Gottlieb said, signaled an awareness that dolls that are blonde and white are “not reflective of the culture that we have anymore.”

Some parents criticized Bratz for wearing clothes they viewed as sexualized, but Mr. Gottlieb said sex appeal was not the reason the dolls had staying power. Rather, these hot toys became so popular because America was becoming more diverse, and children wanted to play with a doll that looked more like they did.

“Bratz is the only doll that really ever challenged Barbie.”

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Pokemon Hot Toys

Two friends hold up their favorite Pokemon trading cards in 1999.CreditCharles Krupa/Associated Press

1999

Hot Toys #7 Pokémon

“It started in what I like to call the schoolyard social network” in the United States. Several years after its start in video games in Japan, the Pokémon craze in America centered around groups of children who collected and traded the cards, and local merchants who catered to them, Mr. Gottlieb said.

“I can just remember going to retail stores and they’d have signs in the window saying, ‘we have Pokémon cards,’‘‘ he said. “It was that popular.”

The brand is having a renaissance now, thanks to the Pokémon Go augmented reality app. “I don’t think in some ways, we want to give up these things we loved in childhood, but we’re told as adults that we’re not supposed to be so enthusiastic. The augmented reality gave permission to re-embrace.”

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Tickle Me Elmo Hot Toys

A Tickle Me Elmo doll in New York.CreditBebeto Matthews/Associated Press

1996

Hot Toys #8 Tickle Me Elmo

Elmo was already a television celebrity when Rosie O’Donnell brought these hot toys onto the set of her talk show. “People just went nuts,” Mr. Gottlieb said. “They loved the way it had that chuckle.”

At the height of its popularity it also drew crowds at retailers. “I’m sure somebody got punched in the nose over Elmo, but I really don’t remember.”

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Teddy Ruxpin Hot Toys

Teddy Ruxpin combined technology and the cuteness of a stuff animal. CreditPRNewsFoto/BackPack Toys

1985

Hot Toys #9 Teddy Ruxpin

“Teddy Ruxpin was kind of the first animatronic plush animal,” Mr. Gottlieb said. Although it was somewhat unreliable at first — about half of the early versions failed and were returned by customers — it broke the mold for how hot toys and technology could mix.

“Technology, part of that was always seen as hard, but teddy bears were soft,’’ Mr. Gottlieb said. “The combination of those things was fairly radical, as well as the notion that technology could be cute and emotionally engaging.”

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Magic the Gathering Card Game Hot Toys

Students, from left, Nick Horne, 6th grade, and Jason Curtis, 7th grade, play the game “Magic: The Gathering” in their free time at The American Boychoir School in Princeton.CreditAaron Houston for The New York Times

1993

Hot Toys #10 Magic: The Gathering

This fantasy-style card game had intricate rules and a huge number of possible paths to the final win-or-lose outcome, and helped bring a small gaming subculture into the mainstream. “It’s a little bit of an outrider, but I included it because it was a real popularizer of the concept of the Dungeons and Dragons gameplay to a wider audience,” Mr. Gottlieb said.

Mr. Gottlieb said that the game genre grew in popularity thanks partly to “Magic.” The play format continues to attract people today.

Original Source of this post is the New York Times.

This woman ‘married’ a pizza

Monday, February 13th, 2017

I, ____, take you, Pizza, to be my lawfully wedded number one meal , to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until spoilage do us part.

Love between two humans is a complicated wild thing.” Love between cheesy dough and a human, though? It really simplifies things. 

Is this cheesy or what? This woman married a pizza. Yes, you read right, well kinda.

What started out as a joke became this woman’s true love. She came across her grandma’s wedding dress and then started taking photos with her in it while eating pizza.

“She posted a picture of her wearing it to Facebook with the caption: ‘Wearing grandma’s wedding dress…I’m getting married but it’s to pizza. Sorry boys, I’m a taken woman!” The planning of her dream wedding day moved forward with planning down to the last detail. The wedding photographer took various shots of her and her pizza.

My question is what did she serve at her ceremony? Congratulations to the newly married couple. All the best!

This woman ‘married’ a pizza

Pizza 1

 

via Metro.co.uk

Valentine’s Day Foods that are Heart-Shaped

Monday, February 6th, 2017

You want to plan a special love themed menu for Valentine’s Day but your heart starts to thump with frustration. Of course, chocolate comes to mind but you can’t serve that for dinner but perhaps dessert would be an appropriate choice. Chocolate Avocado Pudding is melt in your mouth delectable.

Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day Foods

Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Foods

One idea is to make a heart shaped pizza and decorate it with heart shaped pepperoni and veggies. Your sweetheart will always get the message…

Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Foods

 

For more edible love themed dishes check out Food Network’s article.

[via FoodNetwork]

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Monday, January 16th, 2017

With Valentine’s Day, less than a month away, it is time to prepare for Cupid’s arrow. You want to be sure to plan every last detail for the special day to show how much you love that special person in your life. The more preparation and planning you do, the more your significant other will feel valued and appreciated. Make sure you plan a lovely meal and purchase some cool Valentine’s Day gifts.

Do you need funny Valentine’s Day Gift ideas? Why not capture that lifetime, photographic memory?

Fun Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

The Love Photo Booth will create a fun-filled, “Kodak moment” for you. A photo is always well received. All you need is Love with the Love Photo Booth! You can make the most beautiful photos of your love story. You can create beautiful and funny Valentine’s Day images with the included accessories and props.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas like Love Photo Booth

Strike a pose and seal it with hearts and kisses!

Newsletter #118: Valentines Day!

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

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