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Reader Recs: Honeybeenicki’s Picks

shoppingDear Wendy readers are some of the most intelligent, stylish, super cool people around (it’s a proven fact), so, when a commenter suggested I create a regular feature for them to recommend some of their favorite products, it was a no-brainer and Reader Recs was born. Today’s recommendations come from Nicki Stapleton (honeybeenicki), who lives in Madison, WI with her husband, two bonus kids, two English Bulldogs, a hedgehog, a rat, a bearded dragon and a tortoise. She loves reading, going to heavy metal and hard rock concerts and just hanging out with family. Check out her recommendations below.

61ve1m0Y77L._SL1500_Cake Batter Dispenser
I always make a huge mess trying to make cupcakes, but this has made it a lot easier and more fun. It’s also great for making perfect pancakes and having younger children help you with baking.
 

 

Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 7.51.40 AMRed and Black Pinup Dress
In the past 5 years, I’ve only worn 3 dresses: my wedding dress, a dress on a cruise during the captain’s dinner and this dress for our fifth anniversary. It made me feel sexy but didn’t make me feel too girly. It is comfortably and beautiful.

 

6f4201f0639ab7488dbd0e3c2d19e1a5Bombshell swimsuit
As a chunkier girl with a larger chest, I find it’s hard to find swimsuits that make me comfortable in my own skin and support my top half. This bombshell (in Royal Blue) is the solution to that. It fits well, flatters, and has good support. Plus my husband loves it!

 

Cards_Against_Humanity_BoxCards Against Humanity
This game was recommended to me by my cousin, so I thought I’d pass the fun along. It’s a fun and dirty party game for adults. Brings out the 14-year-old boy in all of us.

 

 

41ktpUnelcL._SL500_AA300_Tattoos – Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am
I’ve always been a fan of tattoos and philosophy, so this book is right up my alley. It explores the history behind tattoos and how different people view them. Great read.

 

 

Thanks, Nicki!

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  • othy

    othy June 12, 2014, 1:12 pm

    Cards Against Humanity is, hands down, the best party game ever.

    My really conservative Mormon mother in law bought it for Othello last year, not realizing what it was. (It was on his wish list). He immediately opened it up, was leafing through the cards, and found the card combination “How did I lose my virginity” and “The entire Mormon Tabernacle Choir”. It took all we had not to let her see what the cards said.

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      lets_be_honest June 12, 2014, 1:14 pm

      I saw that Lance Armstrong put on his facebook status that he was playing it and then said “Awkward” and attached a picture of the card that says “Lance Armstrong’s left testicle.”

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      iseeshiny June 12, 2014, 1:22 pm

      It also has expansions, including “the Bigger, Blacker Box” for when you’ve played it so many times you’ve memorized the cards. Because “a mime having a stroke” loses it’s cachet after a while.

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        rachel June 12, 2014, 1:28 pm

        In Milwaukee I would play sometimes with a group of people at the geek bar, where they had like ALL of the expansions. That was entertaining.

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        othy June 12, 2014, 1:38 pm

        Yep, I’m getting Othello the expansions for his birthday this year.

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        ktfran June 12, 2014, 2:02 pm

        So for Christmas, Santa, aka my mom, bought me Cards. Well, she accidentally bought me the expansion pack. Not the game. Nice work, Santa.

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        rachel June 12, 2014, 2:21 pm

        Well, the expansion packs also have both white and black cards right? So you can still play with just them..it’ll just be a much shorter game haha.

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        ktfran June 12, 2014, 2:24 pm

        Oh, they do???? I haven’t even opened it yet. Yes, I’m a natural blonde. And a big dork.

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        va-in-ny June 12, 2014, 4:39 pm

        You can also contact them and get specialty cards made – so you can get your name or someone else’s name on them. It’s really funny to get them and sneak them in to a game 🙂

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      • kare

        kare June 12, 2014, 4:48 pm

        Omg I am so doing this!

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    • othy

      othy June 12, 2014, 2:39 pm

      Ooh, and I have a good friend whose mother is in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I love giving him answers with that, because the look on his face is fantastic.

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    • shanshantastic

      shanshantastic June 13, 2014, 8:56 am

      Favorite game ever. My brother has the base set and all of the expansions so when they come into town we have a weekend of gaming.

      Bonus: they came over on Christmas morning and we played before my in-laws showed up for dinner. My mom warned MIL that the cards were inappropriate while she was leafing through them, and about a minute later she very silently set them down and left the room. I still want to know which card she picked up.

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    lets_be_honest June 12, 2014, 1:15 pm

    I’m going to have to get that cake batter thing! Great idea.

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      snoopy128 June 12, 2014, 2:37 pm

      I second this. I normally use a big spoon…but this looks like waaaay more fun.

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    iseeshiny June 12, 2014, 1:19 pm

    I have that swimsuit! The one with cherries on. I love it so much!

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    TheRascal June 12, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks that Cards Against Humanity is ridiculously racist, sexist, and homophobic? Personally, I don’t find humor in cards like “Sassy Black Woman” or “Jerking off into a pool of children’s tears.”

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      iseeshiny June 12, 2014, 2:20 pm

      IMO you can make horrible racist, sexist, and homophobic combinations with them, but they are not necessarily racist, sexist, and homophobic in and of themselves. It depends entirely on the people who are playing. That said, I can totally see how the game is not everyone’s cup of tea and how just the phrase “Sassy Black Woman” can put people’s teeth on edge.

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      Christy June 12, 2014, 2:21 pm

      I think that’s the point. I don’t, however, find it to be a fun game. Laughing at offensive humor like that is a really cheap laugh, and for me, it was only fun or funny the first time. I went to a game night recently and literally the entire time I was there they played Cards Against Humanity. Ugh.

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        Milla June 13, 2014, 6:07 pm

        The fact that some people are just so in love with Cards Against Humanity is my least favorite thing about it. Yeah, it can be funny or horribly racist, sexist, (and so on) but I just get tired of it. I’ve played with all the expansions possible, and it just gets to be ho-hum after a while. I’m not sure it has a lot of long-term potential but people insist on bringing it out all the time.

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      lets_be_honest June 12, 2014, 2:30 pm

      My boyfriend was super uncomfortable playing the game.

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        iwannatalktosampson June 12, 2014, 3:41 pm

        Oh man I wanted to make a really offensive joke about why he might feel that way but then I was like, woah, IWTTS, audience and timing. Now is not the time.

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        lets_be_honest June 12, 2014, 3:48 pm

        I’m already offended.

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    • Portia

      Portia June 12, 2014, 2:46 pm

      It does say right on the box that it’s a “party game for horrible people.” Like other things in life, it’s all in how you use it. I’ve played games of Apples to Apples that were way more offensive.

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        TheRascal June 12, 2014, 3:03 pm

        The game is definitely not my cup of tea and I have a difficult time understanding why so many people enjoy it. And I’m generally okay with entertainment that pushes my boundaries or makes me uncomfortable or generates controversy or makes me reflect on my own thoughts and opinions. Yet, the disclaimer on the box reminds me of the phrase “I’m not racist but…[insert racist joke].” It’s true that in life, it’s all how you use the cards that you’ve been dealt…and in the context of the game, the cards that are dealt contain descriptions that can be sexist, racist, and homophobic.

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      SixtyFour June 12, 2014, 3:35 pm

      I guess it’s never bothered me because I’ve only ever played with people that aren’t racist, sexist, or homophobic. If a guy plays a sexist card but I know him to be a feminist, then I’d see it as satire. If however a known misogynist played that same card, I’d find it offensive.

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        rachel June 12, 2014, 3:44 pm

        Yes – I think this is a good summary of the way I feel about it.

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        TheRascal June 12, 2014, 4:03 pm

        I see your point.
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        What bothers me about the game is not the individual person playing it—obviously the people here who enjoy playing it are not racist, homophobic or sexist (to my knowledge).
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        As someone said earlier it is not necessarily the content on the card that is inherently racist or homophobic. Why would the creators of this game think the image of “feeding Rosie O’Donnell” is a good punch line to anything? It is the fact that such cards like “the gays” or “the hardworking Mexican” or “African children” exist in the first place. Those phrases are meant to play on stereotypes.
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        I find nothing wrong with cards that say “Having eyes on your anus” or “Farting and walking away” or “Dick fingers.” Those are actually humorous to me. But the game crosses lines with a card like “Asians who aren’t good at math.”

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        iwannatalktosampson June 12, 2014, 4:23 pm

        I don’t know I feel like the fact that it plays off of stereotypes is exactly what does make it funny. Like it’s just so over the top you can’t take it seriously.

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    • honeybeenicki

      honeybeenicki June 12, 2014, 4:27 pm

      I’ve only played it a few times, but I did enjoy it. I can see why people wouldn’t like it though. We have a very…odd… sense of humor in our house (and family in general) and because we all know it’s good natured, we don’t take it too seriously.

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      • kare

        kare June 12, 2014, 4:54 pm

        Yeah my friends and I have a very dark sense of humor. I have the game and have played it with multiple people and the only person who got offended was my friend that we made fun of when she confessed she didn’t know who Billy Mays was. It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but I also watch shows like Family Guy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson June 12, 2014, 6:33 pm

        THOSE ARE MY TWO FAVORITE SHOWS. Did we just become best friends?

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      • kare

        kare June 12, 2014, 8:03 pm

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        mclovin June 12, 2014, 11:45 pm

        Always a thumbs up/high five/fist bump for any Step Brothers references.

        *This house is a fucking prison, on Planet bullshit, in the galaxy of this sucks camel dicks!*

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    • MackenzieLee

      MackenzieLee June 12, 2014, 5:00 pm

      I think the key to Cards Against Humanity is really to do it with good friends so you know your audience. For example, a friend of mine was at Virginia Tech during the shooting so we just place that card to the side when someone gets it. Other people have mentioned they find other cards personally offensive so we nix them too.

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      MsMisery June 13, 2014, 12:29 pm

      I can see why the game is not for everyone. There is some political stuff in there, too. And the first time I played it we all LOLed over the race/gay/sex stuff, but once it turned into Republican vs. Democrat, you could feel the air get sucked out of the room. Blegh.

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  • GatorGirl

    GatorGirl June 12, 2014, 3:06 pm

    Ooooo I love that swim suit! I’m going to have to try to swing that this summer!

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    • honeybeenicki

      honeybeenicki June 12, 2014, 4:25 pm

      It’s awesome. I’ve never spent more than $25 on a suit, so this was a stretch for me but it was totally worth it. And the look on my husband’s face the first time I tried it on made it all worth it 🙂 It also helps that I got it on sale (30% off!).

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    lets_be_honest June 12, 2014, 2:49 pm

    Honey, I’m adding this to your list. Its so cute!

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  • kare

    kare June 12, 2014, 8:12 pm

    Totally off topic, but I got harassed by a crazy guy while walking to cvs. He came up to me and put his arm around my waist. I told him not to touch me then he got in my face, so my friend and I ran across traffic away from him. Earlier this week a crazy homeless guy threatened to kill us then punched another homeless lady’s dog. I feel like it’s time to take a self defense class….or get a very large dog.

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  • sobriquet

    sobriquet June 13, 2014, 12:57 pm

    My best friend created a customized game of Cards Against Humanity as a wedding gift. It’s called Cards Against Sobriquet & Nigel and half the questions are personalized to us. It’s definitely the best wedding gift we got!

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