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Your Summer Soundtrack!

Summer! There’s often lots of talk about the weather, short work weeks,  camping, cottage time, beaches and having fun but not about summer music. It's the universal language. We all have a good idea in our head of what the best summer songs are. If you think deeply about the songs that soundtrack your summer, you will most likely come up with quite a surprising playlist. We know we did and had summertime fun recalling them.

Here' s our curated playlist to soundtrack your days in the sun. Some songs scream SUMMER and some spark memories of summers gone by. As music is our therapy, it's a lot to listen to. Enjoy!

The Jamies - Summertime, Summertime : 2. Bananarama - Cruel Summer:3. Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World:4. Vivaldi - Summer (The Four Seasons):5. Barenaked Ladies - Lovers in a Dangerous Time:

Memories of growing up in Scarborough, Ontario!6. HAIM - Summer Girl:7. Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime: 8. Beth Orton - Central Reservation:9. The Go Gos - Vacation: 10. Diesel - Sausalito Summer Nights: 11. Simple Minds - Someone Somewhere in Summertime 1982:12. Be Good Tanyas - The Be Good Tanyas - Littlest Birds:13. Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine:14. The Tragically Hip - 50 Mission Cap:15. Sly & The Family Stone - Hot Fun in the Summertime:16. Phantom Planet - California: 17. Lighthouse - Sunny Days:18. Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl:19. The Lovin Spoonful - Summer In The City:20. Aretha Franklin - Freeway Of Love: 21. Beck - No Distraction: 22. Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two:

Who does not want to skip rope and play hopscotch to this song?23. Wilco - Heavy Metal Drummer: 24. Snail Mail - Heat Wave: 25. Courtney Barnett - Before You Gotta Go: 26. Alanis Morrissette - Hand In My Pocket: 27. Fontaines D.C. - I Don't Belong:28. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough:29. Simon & Garfunkel - The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy): 30Len - Steal My Sunshine: 31. Martha & The Vandellas - Dancing in the Street: 32. Sheryl Crow - Soak Up the Sun: 33. Neil Young - Harvest Moon: 34. Spirit of The West - Home For a Rest:35. Fleetwood Mac - Landslide:36. Jungle - Heavy, California:37. Natalie Merchant - Frozen Charlotte: 38. The Cranberries - Dreams: 39. Ria Mae(feat. Serena Ryder) - The World is Falling:  40. Martha and the Muffins - Echo Beach:41. Arkells - Where U Goin:42. The Motels - Suddenly Last Summer: 43. Grease - Summer Nights: 44. Kurt Vile - Pretty Pimpin: 45. Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill: 46. Feist - Sea Lion: 47. Serena Rider - Stompa:48. Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay:  49. Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth:50. That Summer Feelin’’ by Jonathan Richman:51. Wendy Rene - Bar B Q: 52. The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun:53. The Commodores - Easy (Like Sunday Morning):54. Peggy Lee - Fever:55. Blondie - In the Sun: 56. R.E.M.- Night Swimming:57. Christopher Cross - Sailing:58. The Parachute Club - Rise Up: 59. 2 Skinnee J's - BBQ: 60. Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out:61. MC Miker G. and DJ Sven - Holiday Rap:62. The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon: 63. Bryan Adams - Summer Of ’69: 64. Leon Bridges and Khruangbin - Texas Sun: 65. Billie Eilish - My future: 66. Harry Belafonte - Jump In The Line: 67. The Beach Boys- Surfer Girl (1964): 68. The Style Council - Long Hot Summer:69. The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon:70. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime: 71. Harry Nilsson - Coconut: 72. Summerlong - Kathleen Edwards: 73. Coldplay - Hymn For The Weekend:74. Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in L.A: 75. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks: 76. Vance Joy - Riptide: 77. Sarah Harmer - Summertime: 78. Glass Animals - Heat Waves: 79. Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby: 80. Tom Waits - Ice Cream Man: 81. Louis Prima - Banana Split for My Baby: 82. Timbuk 3 - The Future's So Bright: 83. Katy Perry Feat. Snoop Dogg- California Gurls: 84. Bob Dylan - Summer Days: 85. Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness:  86. Peggy Lee - It's A Good Day: 87. Weezer - Island In The Sun: 88. Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole - Somewhere over the Rainbow: 89. Childish Gambino - Summertime Magic: 90. Superchunk - This Summer: 91. Janis Joplin - Summertime: 92. Maggie Rogers - Burning: 93. LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock - Party Rock Anthem:

Who wouldn't want to join in?

94. Love this! (Ode to Joy) - Beethoven Symphony No.9:95. Spice Girls - Wannabe: 96.  Jaws Theme Song:

97. The Smiths - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out: 98.Sound of Music | Central Station Antwerp (Belgium)

99. Sky Diggers - I Will Give You Everything:

100. Kendrick Lamar - Die Hard ft. Blxst & Amanda Reifer:

101. U2 - Beautiful Day: 102. Steely Dan - Peg: 103. Kate Bollinger - Who Am I But Someone: 104. The Sadies - All The Good: 105. Maggie Rogers - That’s Where I Am: 106. Bill Withers - Lovely Day: 

107. Kate Bollinger - Who Am I But Someone:  108. Wham! - Club Tropicana: 109. Van Halen - Dancing In The Street:110. Sade - The Sweetest Taboo: 111. The Aces - Girls Make Me Wanna Die:112. Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance:113. Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone: 114. Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up: 115. Neil Diamond - Cherry Cherry: 116. Kenny Loggins - Footloose: 117. Jeremy Dutcher - Mehcinut:118. Kenny Loggins - Footloose:119. Jack White - Seven Nation Army: 120. Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again: 121. Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song: 

Best Halloween Gifts 2022

Danna Bananas offers fun decorations and unique costumes for the spookiest holiday, Halloween. Boo! Pumpkins and spiders, oh my! Since Sunday, October 31st, 2022 is creeping up, it is time to get your spook on as the Halloween season is upon us. Danna Bananas has a great variety of fun gifts and unique gifts that will transform you into the orange and black spirit not just for one day but everyday of the year, from funny Halloween costumes: (Scot In The Box, Butchered - Butcher's Apron and a Jack-O-Lantern Baby Bodysuit) to Halloween party gifts: (Sweet Spirits Cookie Cutters, Cold Blooded Ice Cube Tray and Zombie Hand Ice Cube Tray). Amuse your inner play with novel Halloween toys: (Melting Witch Kit, Finger Feet and the Bucket Of Moustaches game). We also have an assortment of unique Halloween decorations. How about a Melting Pumpkin Kit or if your theme is Psycho, how about the Blood Bath Shower Curtain? We have no tricks up our sleeve just treats!

Funny Halloween Costumes, Halloween decorations, Fun Halloween Gifts and Halloween Party Ideas for Kids and the young at heart!

3D Zombie Hand Ice Mould

3D Zombie Ice Mold

Back to School Supplies 2022

Ready, Set, New School Year! Are you or your little ones heading back to school? Need Back-To-School supplies? From stationary, notebooks and eco-conscious lunch box accessories, to school themed socks and more, we have compiled a back to school shopping guide for you. Take a look through our catalog as Danna Bananas has you covered with school shopping that is fun and unique.

Drum roll please. Here’s the moment we’ve been waiting for…what’s cool for school!

After the summer off, we have a feeling, you'll need a reminder of what day it is.

Pencils for Days of the Week

Pencils with days of the week on them

You made a mistake…not a problem!

Unicorn Giant Eraser

Blue Unicom Giant Eraser
Reusable, sustainable and portable. Ideal for those school lunch bags.

For Good – Snack Pack Travel sized reusable cutlery and case

For Good Cutlery in a box

We all need a fresh set of pencil crayons but how about scented ones?

Sketch Sniff Scented Pencils

Scented Pencil Crayons

Reusable Beeswax Wraps

Reduce single use plastics for back to school.

 

 

 

 

Shark Week 2022

Danna Bananas making Shark Week fun!

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Summer Fun Gifts Toronto

Sup Summer! At last, you are here!

Make a splash with cool pool floats and sprinklers! Tiger Woods Golf Tees, Koosh Double Paddle Play Set and fun outside toys will entertain you all summer long. Danna Bananas has rounded up summer fun gifts that will help you enjoy all the fun in the sun. Also, gifts anyone with a summer birthday will love.

80s' Mixtape Pool Float

 

Unicorn Wiggle Wobble Splashy Sprinkler

 

Tiger Tees

 

 

Giant Flying Pig Pool Float

 

 

Original Koosh Balls Minis

 

Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Family Picnic

All it takes is a little forethought and you can turn your backyard into a summer-worthy destination.

Picnics are one of the rites of summer. Almost everyone has a childhood memory of summer picnics and the foods they would munch on throughout the day. A perfect picnic is not only a feast but a special event planned with love and an attention to detail. Whether it’s a birthday party picnic or a simple summer lunch, here are some tips to help prepare the perfect family picnic.

TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE PERFECT FAMILY PICNIC

Pick the Perfect Spot

The perfect picnic needs the perfect spot. A flat space in the shade is ideal — whether you bring the shade or it comes in the form of a tree. Bring a blanket or heavy tablecloth, and try to stick to grass while keeping an eye out for ant hills.

Perfect Picnic Locations

There’s no easier or better spot for a picnic with kids than your own backyard or neighbourhood park. If you’re looking to venture further afoot, we’ve compiled lists of the best parks and picnic spots in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Ottawa.

Perfect Picnic Planning

It is very important to have a plan so you don’t forget anything important.  Once you have decided on the location consider what kind of park it is and where you will be eating. Is it a beach? Will there be picnic tables? Do you have to trek a ways to find a picnic spot? All of these details will impact what you need to set things up comfortably.

Consider protection from the sun and wind for the beach so you don’t get sand in your food. Bring some blankets and pillows for lazing and for full day events consider bringing some foldable chairs so people have a choice of seating. If it is a family affair and elderly people will be attending lawn chairs are a must even if you are only planning to be at the park for a few hours.

If there are picnic tables, bring a tablecloth and (for a more sophisticated event) bring table linens.

Consider if it is just a short walk to the picnic table or closest tree or if you will have to walk around the park to find a good place to settle. If you are going to be walking be practical and use a cooler on wheels and knapsacks to transport the food and drink easily.

See below for a checklist to help you be totally prepared.

Family Picnic Menu Ideas

Ploughman’s’ Lunch/Antipasto: This is a traditional way to enjoy a picnic bringing along a selection of cured meats, breads, cheeses, pickles, marinated veggies, sausage rolls, hard boiled eggs, etc. This allows people to leisurely nibble on food as they wish with a wide assortment of choices. This is very easy to prepare and share.

Bite Sized Food: Think of bite sized items such as mini sandwiches and flavourful pinwheel wraps. Mini cold hors d’oeuvres such as quiches, sausage rolls, devilled eggs and assorted olives and cheeses also work well.

Traditional Picnic: The retro “church” picnic is a lot of work but well worth it. Cold fried chicken and ham, potato salad, cole slaw, devilled eggs, summer fresh sliced tomatoes, pickled beets, watermelon – yum. If you’re going with sandwiches, you want to pack ones that won’t go soggy.

Super Salads: Salads are always a hit at picnics and you can focus on having an assortment of substantial salads such as curried chicken salad, Soba noodle salad with shrimp and snow peas with a sesame ginger dressing, pasta salad with mini bocconcini cheese balls, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes and a balsamic vinaigrette, Santa Fe Salad with black beans, cherry tomatoes and roasted corn with a cilantro lime vinaigrette, lemon tabouli with shrimp – you get the picture.

Prepare an assortment of fresh seasonal fruits, homemade cookies and bars, or cupcakes for dessert. Last but not least ensure food is properly stored in a cooler and stock the cooler with an assortment of gourmet bottled sodas, sparkling water and juice boxes so you don’t need to worry about cups.

THE FAMILY PICNIC PERFECTION CHECKLIST:

Here’s what you need for a hassle-free picnic:

  • Extra re-sealable plastic bags, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap for leftovers
  • Containers with lids to avoid leaks from salads
  • Baby wipes to wash hands
  • Garbage bags for clean up
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Condiments based on what you are serving
  • Extra napkins or paper towels
  • Matches and candles if it is a birthday
  • Bandages and antibacterial ointment
  • Trays to set drinks on to avoid tips and spills
  • Cutting board and knives depending on what you are serving
  • Bottle opener for gourmet sodas
  • Tablecloth with clips or weights
  • Pop-up shade tent or travel beach umbrella
  • Dishes
  • Light-weight metal or disposable flatware
  • Plenty of drinks and water

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The Best Makeout Spots in Toronto

Making out in a park may be clichĂŠ, but there's a reason why it's a consistent choice for teen lovers and adult partners with an affinity for over-exposure. Nature provides the view, crickets and grasshoppers make the soundtrack, and the relative reclusiveness keeps your show away from gawking eyes, while still affording you publicness that is, for some reason, desired.

High Park has many spots that are appropriately far from heavily populated urban centres--and yes, beyond just the spring Cherry Blossoms where every city dweller must take a seasonal photo. But among the most under-hyped (until now) is a little spot by the park's greenhouse, where a couple of lone picnic tables rest waiting for adoring occupants. 

High Park picnic table toronto

While many of High Park's picnic tables are arranged in designated picnic areas, the two tables here stand alone, just a few strides off the pedestrian path. Ignore the grotesque chains fixing them together at the base--think of it as a gothic-romantic symbol of eternal partnership. Yes, a gothic-romantic symbol that could give you wicked case of tetanus. These tables, fortunately, have not yet been branded with "Mista Pimp wuz here" or some other abhorrent pseudo-phrase, and are far enough from a main road to ensure some decent privacy.

High Park picnic table toronto

The nearby vicinity is, of course, occupied by the 40,000-square-foot greenhouse facility, which supplies annuals to many of the city's gardens and landscapes. It doesn't look terribly enormous from its front picnic tables, though, and actually has a sort of charming north entrance (albeit, that opens to an office) with a rustic cottage feel and a homey flowerbed full of shrubs and yellow flowers. The surrounding trees are speckled close enough to provide a feeling of intimacy, but not so much so that you must wade through unknown plants, leaving you to risk an unfortunate rash later on (we'll leave that to your partner).

High Park picnic table toronto

In the evening, this spot fades to quite dark and romantic, with the light from lampposts casting tree shadows over the ground. One might actually find it sort of eerie, but the atmosphere does lay the foundation for silly excuses to cuddle up close. (Though if you actually use/fall for such lines, you probably have greater things to fear). With little risk of interruption, the sights and sounds of nature at night, and a relatively clean place to sit (perhaps the most important detail of all) the picnic tables by the greenhouse in High Park are an ideal makeout spot, at least until you turn 16 and your mom lets you and your "friend" shut your bedroom.

High Park Greenhouse Picnic Table Roundup

Privacy: A+

A good year-round spot? Well, the washrooms are open year-round

Atmosphere: True Blood

Watch out for: Bites (the non-love kind)

High Park picnic table toronto

Previously in this series:

#10: CityPlace Canoe
#9: Cloud Gardens Waterfall
#8: Sugar Beach
#7: UC Quad
#6: Chester Hill Lookout
#5: Union Station
#4: George the Martyr Church
#3: Cherry Beach
#2: Christie Pits Pool

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10 Fun Things to Do with Your Kids This Summer

The kid who wrote her love for her mother on the stones

Every year we all have the best intentions to make it the BEST SUMMER EVER.

And has there ever been more pressure on a summer than this one? (Well, maybe last year).

We start the summer fresh, full of ideas and good intentions. There will be daily outings! Picnics at the park! You will achieve Pinterest Level Pro!

But the reality is, by the end of July, the idea well has gone dry. And many of us struggle to fill another 14-hour day without losing our minds.

These ideas may not be Instagram-worthy or Pinteresty-pinnable but they might keep you going when the going gets tough.

EXPLORATION DAY

Remember when you were a kid and you’d head out with friends to explores somewhere in the neighbourhood you’d never been before? You can do the same thing with your kids. Put on some old clothes and shoes that can get wet and head to a local creek or a pond. Check out a forest or a nearby conservation area. Pack some sunscreen and a picnic lunch and head out somewhere new, either by bike or by foot. Exploring where you live can be a great way to pass some time, and you never know what you might uncover.

BIKE WASH

Grab the hose, fill a bucket with sudsy water, toss in a couple of sponges and put up a sign. You’re in the bike washing business. Actually, your kids are. You’re in the ‘sitting on the porch whilst drinking a coffee’ business.

FROZEN LEGO IN THE TUPPERWARE

Freeze a Lego character in a Tupperware container (or any small toy that’s waterproof –Hot Wheel cars also work well). When it’s completely frozen, pop out the ice block (you may have to run it under warm water to get it out), set it up against a tree, your garage, your house….any place you don’t mind getting wet, and have your kids shoot water guns at the ice blocks to ‘free’ the Lego character. To make it a less difficult for younger kids, fill the water gun with warm water. To make it more difficult, tie the ice block to a tree branch with string for a moving target.

TIMED LEGO BUILDING

Give each of your kids a small container filled with Lego pieces. They then have 30-minutes to build their own creation. At the end of the 30 minutes, they present to you with their design.

Helpful Hint: Don’t declare a winner unless you want to deal with the aftermath.

DECORATE YOUR STREET

$10 worth of Dollar Store chalk = an entire block of sidewalks transformed into art. Have your kids pick a theme for each sidewalk square. Circles for one, stripes for another, stars on the next one…. within a few hours it’s possible for them to turn your entire street into an art show.

BIKE PARADE

Am I the only one who remembers bike parades? Grab a group of neighbourhood kids and have them decorate their bikes, scooters, tricycles, or wagons using streamers, ribbons, or whatever else you have on hand. Playing cards attached to the wheels with clothespins? Yes, please! Enlist a couple of parents to bring some sort of musical instruments like a tambourine or small handheld drum and lead those gussied up bikes throughout the neighbourhood. End it with a Freezie festival. Because what’s summer without Freezies?

PAPER BOAT RACES

Construct boats from paper (Google it, there are a million tutorials and it’s super simple), tape the bottom with duct tape to make it waterproof, but not too much because it will weigh the boat down and cause it to sink which will, in turn, cause meltdowns. #BeenThereDoneThat. Then use a straw to blow it across a kiddie pool to see who can get it to the other side the quickest. If you don’t have a kiddie pool you can fill up the bathtub (which is a great rainy day activity).

PAINT WITH ICE

Freeze washable Tempura paint in an ice cube tray (the dollar store is your friend because you won’t be able to use the tray for regular ice cubes afterward). Once frozen, pop out the cubes and paint your sidewalk and driveway.

BATH OUTSIDE

Fill a kiddie pool with bubble bath or bring the soap and shampoo outside and let them run through the sprinkler.  Either way, your kids get clean while having fun. And you get to wear your Mom of the Year sash. It’s a win/win.

PAINT ROCKS

What I love about this is that it entertains kids from toddlers to teens. Toddlers will mash the paints together to create a tapestry of colours while older kids will attempt to fashion something out of the shape of the rock.

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Canada Day Ice Cream Cake

 

Canada Day Ice Cream Cake - SavvyMom

How better to celebrate Canada’s birthday than with a delicious frozen dessert! And that this Canada Day ice cream cake features fresh raspberries?! We’ll devour this frozen goodness with glowing hearts and minimal guilty conscience.

You can always substitute raspberry or strawberry sorbet for the DIY raspberry ice cream, but there’s something really special (and yummy!) about this homemade version.

Serves 10

You’ll Need

  • 1 large tub vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups of frozen raspberries
  • ½ pint fresh raspberries
  • plastic wrap
  • a 9” x 5” metal loaf pan
  • metal spoon
  • stand mixer
  • blender or food processor
  • room in your freezer

Prep and Cook

  • 1. Place the tub of ice cream in the refrigerator to allow it to soften for 30  minutes.
  • 2. Line a 9” x 5” metal loaf pan with two sheets of crisscrossed plastic wrap, leaving a 3 inch overhang on all sides.
    Once prepared, chill the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • 3. Take frozen raspberries and place in blender or food processor.
    Blend until broken into tiny pieces, but not forming a liquid.
  • 4. Put blended frozen raspberries and 2 cups of softening vanilla ice cream into the stand mixer fit with a mixing blade.
    Blend until uniform in colour (you may want to hand mix it with a spatula as well to make sure there are no vanilla lumps).
    Put the vanilla ice cream back in the refrigerator.
  • 5. Take pan from the freezer and smooth half of the raspberry ice cream into the bottom of the pan using the back of a spoon dipped in warm water.
    Put the pan back into the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • 6.Transfer the remaining raspberry ice cream into a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and put in the freezer.
  • 7.After 10 minutes, remove the pan from the freezer and smooth 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream over the raspberry layer until flat and no raspberry can be seen through the vanilla.
    Place a row of fresh raspberries down the centre of the pan (parallel to the long side of the pan).
    Put more of the soft ice cream on top to cover the raspberries and fill in the gaps along the sides.
    Create a flat layer of vanilla ice cream, smoothing it out with the wet spoon. Try not to disturb the raspberries.
  • 8.Return pan to the freezer for 10 more minutes.
  • 9. After 10 minutes, remove the pan and the remaining raspberry ice cream from the freezer.
    Smooth the final layer of raspberry ice cream over the top of the vanilla using the wet spoon.
    Cover with the overlap of plastic wrap.
  • 10.Freeze the dessert for one more hour.
  • 11.Chill a platter in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
    Invert the loaf pan onto the platter, unwrap the ice cream cake, and garnish with fresh berries.
    Use a sharp knife to slice the dessert.

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An Easy, Last-Minute Guide to a Canada Day Gathering

Food tips for a Canada's Day gathering.

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