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This 1-Year Old’s Notorious BIG Baby Baybee Bash is Off The Chains

When you share a birthday with Notorious BIG and the big ONE is coming up, your theme is basically picked for you. Am I right? This 1st Birthday has won the hearts of 90’s rap lovers everywhere. Planned by photographer Mom and Big Poppa, no detail was left out. From cheeky signage, to a crib bar and loads of gold crowns, it’s a notoriously BIG 1st birthday for Baby Baybee and you’re invited!

I’m a photographer and I spend a lot of time at parties and celebrations. I love them. I love shooting them, throwing them, attending them, all of it. So when my daughter McCarty was born, the little seed was planted and I began to think about her first birthday party. 

bounced around with a lot of ideas and one day I stumbled upon the fact that she shares a birthday with Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious BIG. Party theme… Done and done!

But how do you throw a kid appropriate Biggie party? I had no clue. I did have an image that we’d shot at her 7 month session that always reminded me of the Ready To Die album cover. It’s not a very flattering photo of her, but always made me so happy. So, we had an invitation!

I started reading about him and really digging through his lyrics. He talks a lot about brunch food, so we had a menu… T-bone steak, cheese eggs, Welch’s Grape. I did a lot of research on the Welch’s. Were we talking the jelly? The juice? The soda? (Lil Cease confirmed, it’s the soda!) I jotted his lyrics down everywhere I could think. Gold chains, “jacuzzis”, a crib-turned-bar and lots of champagne.

 My mother made a cake in the shape of the crown he wore for that iconic photo. (I actually found the crown on Amazon, I just wish I could make that baby keep it on her head!) I ordered custom shirts from Mr Jones Apparel, I photoshopped her face on to a $100 bill, changed the numbers to her birthday and added “mo’ money mo’ carty” (that line was a friends idea and maybe my favorite part of the party!)

It was one of the most fun parties I’ve ever thrown and I’m so happy to share it! It was an absolute labor of love and I’m so happy with how it came out!

Enviable Kids' Parties
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Enviable Kids' Parties
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Photography: hazelnut photography | Crib Sign: GirlBye | Private Home: Our Home | Shirts: Mr. Jones Apparel

25 Ways to Make Your Bedroom a Total Dream Space

We come from the camp that believes your bedroom should be an oasis. We’re talking a place so cozy that all the day’s stresses completely melt away. A good mattress is obviously key but so too are design details that you love and that really make your bedroom feel lux. From gold side tables to upholstered benches and no sew curtains, check out 25 ways to make your sleeping space pure magic.

Best Ever Bedroom DIY's
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Best Ever Bedroom DIY's
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The Dreamiest White Bedroom You Will Ever Meet

Remember when we got to step inside Monika Hibbs gorgeous abode two years ago? We fell hard for her white and pink-splashed home with every piece in it’s perfect place. With two sweet babies now, we’re starting to think she’s wonder woman—especially after seeing her dreamy white bedroom design. Can you even? Step inside The Vault and peruse every stunning bit captured by Blush Wedding Photography.

From Monika Hibbs Our bedroom is one of my my favourite rooms in our home. I wanted it to be a space that was fresh, bright and relaxing for my husband and I; yet still be welcoming for our kids to run in and jump into bed with us in the mornings. Yes, I am a lover of white and a bright and airy room. (Take it from a momma of two kids… it’s totally doable!)

I collaborated with my favourite home decor + design studio & store in Vancouver, The Cross Decor & Design to make my bedroom dreams come to life. We worked together to design the room and created some custom pieces too. We started with the bed. The Cross is known for their “Dream Bed”, which we changed up a bit and named it “The Monika Dream Bed”. We added some extra height to the tufted headboard as well as added a foot board, with a gorgeous fresh white linen fabric. It has such a gorgeous grand look to it, especially with our vaulted ceiling.

One of my favourite pieces is the custom floral bench. Not only is the floral fabric gorgeous, but I love the gold shelf detail too. Perfect spot to tuck away some extra books, a tray or even an extra blanket. I love how it adds a convenience and is a statement piece in the room. 

I also love the Imperial Trellis Wallpaper that my cousin Stephanie of Stephanie Jean Design suggested I go with. I really hit a wall when choosing the wallpaper. I’m typically drawn to floral patterns, but because of the floral bench I really to choose sometime different. The trellis wasn’t originally on my list, but I’m so in love with how it turned out; I feel like it adds depth to the room with all the white.

Having windows on either side of the bed was a “must have” when designing the bedroom in the drawing stages with Sucasa Design. I told Andy that a bedside with gorgeous side tables + window + drapery + grass blinds were a must for more me! I ADORE the side tables. I wanted something large enough to fit more then just a book and a few little things. I can’t get over the look of them in front of each window.

More Home Tour Inspiration this way!

Home Owner/ Design: Monika Hibbs | Photography: Blush Wedding Photography | Decor: The Cross Decor + Design | Hair & Makeup: Eva Terez Beauty | Beach Artwork: Minted | Private Sign: The Cross Decor + Design | Hardwood Floors: Divine Floors | Architect: Sucasa Design | Windows: Westeck Windows | Mouldings Paint: Berh Paint – Ultra Pure White | Wall Paint: Berh Paint – Polar Bear | Grass Blinds: Stephanie Jean Design | Custom Drapery: Q Design Centre | Window Hardware: Q Design Centre | Rug: Rugs USA | Jewelry: Leah Alexandra | Jewelry Plates: The Cross Design | Vase: The Cross Decor + Design | Gold Frames: Kate Spade | PomPom Slippers: Folk Fortune | Macrame Flat Sheet: The Cross Decor + Design | Bedding: The Cross Decor + Design | Euro Shams: The Cross Decor + Design | Lamps: The Cross Decor + Design | Floral Bench: The Cross Decor + Design | Wallpaper: The Cross Decor + Design | Chandelier: The Cross Decor + Design | Side Tables: The Cross Decor + Design | Bed: The Cross Decor + Design

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