Closet Before and After

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Today, I am sharing another one of our house fix ups. The closet was actually one of the first things I tackled, but it took a long time for me to finish. When I say that EVERYTHING in the house has been an issue, I mean it. Even my closet. In the master bathroom, there is a walk in closet, which I naturally claimed as my own and made Charlie put his stuff in a guest bedroom closet.

 

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When my dad and I went to start working on it, we realized that the weird wire shelving they used made giant holes in the wall. I hate that wire shelving. It made the space completely unusable. It took us an entire day to get all of the shelving down (the screws would not come out of the walls!). So then I spend two days filling in holes and repainting the walls. It was a nightmare.

 

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This is what it looked like after we were done, without clothes. We used Closet Maid Selective pieces from Home Depot. I like the way you can design what you need to fit your space. We were able to modify the pieces fairly easily so that I had exactly what I needed. On one side, we used the shelves (which is perfect for my shoes) that had the bars on either side. On the other side we used the drawers with the bars.  You can have double bars, which I did for my shirts, but the other side just has the single bars for dresses and skirts.

 

And here it is with my clothes:

 

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Now it is exactly what I need! Lots of room for my dresses and shoes, of course. Well, there is never enough room for shoes, but you know what I mean. I just wish I had thought to pull up the carpet and put down laminate when we did it in our bedroom. I hate carpet.

 

I recently did a MAJOR closet clean out, which can be super overwhelming but I felt so much better about it all when I was done. If you are needing to do a closet clean out, make sure to sign up for emails at the end of this post – you’ll get my closet clean out checklist, plus The Monthly Edit, my 1x a month newsletter with exclusive content and 1x week blog post recap emails .

 

For more on our fixer upper, check out the before pictures and our fireplace before & after.

White Out

Summer is the time to wear ALL the white pieces. Little white dresses are one of my 5 summer staples. But my love for all things white goes way beyond the LWD. White tops, bottoms, accessories … anything white and I am all for it!

 

Of course, if you are like me, you have to be a little bit careful when you wear white. I can go days without spilling anything on myself, but as soon as I wear something white, I am going to make a mess. Why is that? I don’t know, but my inability to keep myself spill-free isn’t going to stop me from wearing white!

 

Here are a few of my favorite white pieces for summer!

 

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Looking for more great summer pieces? I just updated the SHOP tab for Summer, so make sure to check it out!

 

So do you love white as much as I do in the summer?

Our Beach Vacation to Fort Morgan, AL

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If you follow me on Instagram (@nikkihodum), then you may know we just got back from our summer beach vacation. It was my Christmas gift from Charlie. It had been seven years since we had been on a vacation (since our destination wedding), so it was time!

 

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I love the beach. I don’t really do much – eat good food, sit on the beach and read, that is about it. To be honest, I am not really much of a traveler. I used to love to travel, but as I have gotten older, I like it less and less. I am not a good car rider (I get car sick and antsy), I don’t sleep well when I am not in my own bed, and of course we have our two crazy dogs who are a handful and we don’t like to ask people to watch them (my parents watched them and they called it “camp”). I only texted my mom about every 2 hours to see how they were.

 

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But it was SO nice to have a few days to not worry about laundry and running errands and cleaning. I was able to spend a couple of days relaxing and doing a whole lot of nothing. It was wonderful.

 

 

We stayed at For Morgan, which is a little island on the Alabama side of Gulf Shores (if you are familiar with the area). It is really secluded, and there is VERY little on the island – some houses, a few condos, and a couple of restaurants. There was a tiny market where you could get essentials, but that is about it. It took 30 minutes to get from our condo to the main drag in Gulf Shores to go grocery shopping. Needless to say we didn’t leave many times.

 

the dunes fort morgan

We stayed at The Dunes, which was a 7 story condo all the way at the end of the island. There was one other condo next to us, but most of the island is houses. I think there were only about 56 rooms in the whole condo building. It was really nice because the pool wasn’t super crowded and the beach wasn’t super crowded.

 

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Our condo was located across the street from Tacky Jack’s, a restaurant and bar. We ate there our first night. There are 2 other locations as well – one in Gulf Shores and one in Orange Beach. It was delicious, and so convenient! We could walk there (and did other night for drinks).

 

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We also ventured to Lulu’s, which is located in Gulf Shores. It is owned by Jimmy Buffett’s sister Lucy. I have been there twice before. It is really touristy, but the food is delicious and it is a really fun environment. They usually have live music in the evenings. The wait for a table was 2.5 hours (at 5:30, and no I am not kidding), but since it was just the two of us, we were able to snag two seats at the bar near the water. The fried okra there is amazing, and then I had the red snapper sandwich, which was so delicious.

 

the beach club fort morgan

 

The other night we ate out, we went to The Beach Club, which is a really nice resort also on Fort Morgan. It was about a 10 minute drive from our condo. They have condos and houses you can rent, plus several restaurants. We ate at The Coast, which is the nicer restaurant located in the club house. Charlie was dying for raw oysters (not my thing), and they had them, so we went. The food was fantastic, and we ate outside overlooking one of the pools and the ocean.

 

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We really had the best vacation. If you are looking for something a little off the beaten path where there aren’t a lot of crowds, I highly recommend looking at Fort Morgan!

 

So what are your summer travel plans? Are you going on vacation (or have you already been)?

Favorite Breakfast Recipes

Sundays used to be the worst for me. We generally spend our Saturdays doing house projects. So on Sunday, I would get up, run errands, go to the grocery store, maybe get something to eat. Then, I would come home, clean the house and then cook. It would be 8:30 before I would finally be done.

 

Recently, I did some adjusting to my routine so my Sundays aren’t quite so bad (don’t get me wrong, they still aren’t fun). I started doing my errands and grocery shopping on Saturday, which means I don’t usually leave the house on Sundays.

 

Another thing I started doing was cooking breakfast on Sunday mornings. We eat a big breakfast, and then we aren’t even hungry for lunch. It has been fun for me, because I haven’t cooked a lot of breakfast food, so I have enjoyed cooking all new recipes.

 

They also have been challenging. I am a terrible pancake maker. I have had a really hard time with knowing when to flip them. And mine are never round, more like oblong. But when I don’t tear them up, they taste pretty good!

 

Here are a few recipes that I have made that are really good:

 

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Blueberry Muffins

These are by far the absolute best blueberry muffins I have every eaten. Just try them. They are amazing!

 

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Cinnamon Rolls

I made these for New Year’s, and although they take a little time, they are so worth it. You need to start them the night before so there is a good bit of prep work.

 

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Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Every time I make these, I sing Jack Johnson. Actually, I pretty much sing “Banana Pancakes” every Sunday no matter what I am making. These are fantastic!

 

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French Toast Muffins

These are really good, but keep in mind they have to sit overnight. They are delicious with maple syrup on top.

 

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Overnight Cinnamon Roll Casserole

These have to sit overnight too. My only problem with this one is that it makes a really big dish, which is great if you have guests, but a lot of food if it is just two people (which is great if you are really hungry!)

 

 

Do you ever make breakfast? Who has good recipes for me to try?

 

Book Review: The Kind Worth Killing

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I had read several reviews of The Kind Worth Killing, and they kept saying “It is the new Gone Girl” (how many times do I see that – “It is the new Gone Girl“, “It is the new Girl on a Train“, It is the new Harry Potter!”). So I decided it was worth reading, since everything I read raved about it.

 

It was good. Don’t get me wrong. I really enjoyed it. But it was definitely not the new Gone Girl or Girl on a Train (two books I really, really enjoyed). It is definitely a psychological thriller like the other two, I just didn’t think it was as good. I think any time you call something “The next…” it may not live up to the hype.

 

Ted Severson meets the beautiful Lilly Kitner in an airport bar while waiting for a flight back from London. After they start talking (and telling each other things that no one else knows), Ted tells Lilly that his wife is having an affair. He then jokes that he wants to kill her. And then Lilly tells him that she can help him. Lilly explains that some people are the kind worth killing.

 

After discussing it further (they are both on the same flight and end up moving seats to sit next to each other), they decide to meet up later, but if either doesn’t show up, they are off the hook. Lilly has a dark past that she promises to share with Ted when it is all over. Little does he know that she a dark past and experience in the area of murder.

 

There are a lot of twists and turns in this book. And it is really well written, with an interesting plot line and a lot of suspense. Betrayal and revenge are major themes in this one. I say it is definitely worth reading if you liked the other two books. And you may think I am totally crazy that I didn’t think it was as good. I can’t even tell you why I didn’t think it was as good. I also read that it is slated to become a movie.

 

Have you read The Kind Worth Killing? If so, what did you think? What are you reading?