With the launch of our brand new Ultimate Birthday Gift Guide (you’ve already browsed around, right? Right? Right?) we’ve got birthdays on the brain! And we realized that wow, lots of things change with birthday celebrations once your kids get a little older.

Pro: Kids enjoy family experiences as gifts over toys.

Con: They mayyyyy want tickets to Hamilton.

Pro: No need to invite all 26 kids in the preschool class!

Con: Nothing like social media to remind your kid about that one kid’s birthday they weren’t invited to.

So basically, we’ve got a lot to talk about. Including tips to help make birthdays more fun, more manageable, and maybe even help you start some fun, meaningful traditions that you’ll keep for years to come.

Tune in right here right now.

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Some links from this week’s episode:

The coolest gifts for tweens in 2019

The coolest gifts for teens in 2019

2019 guide to the coolest birthday gifts for kids | cool mom picks

Our massive birthday gift guide new for 2019!

Fun birthday traditions you can start at any age

Liz’s Dad’s Famous Peanut Brittle Recipe

How to make an easy DIY pasta bar for birthdays

Outrageous birthday ideas for those of you who are like, “what budget?”

Liz insists on DIY whipped cream — but her daughter wants to eat it right out of the can.

Hosting a party for a charity through Beverly’s Birthdays, a fabulous Pittsburgh-based org

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Our Cool Picks of the Week

Sustainable, recyclable toothbrushes from MamaP also give back to different causes. The color coding tells you which one

Kristen: MamaP Toothbrushes look cool, and support great causes too!

Blinger bedazzles your hair and will be a hot gift for kids this year!

Liz: The Blinger bedazzles your hair (basically) and is guaranteed to be a hot holiday gift this year.  See it in action on Liz’s hair on our Instagram feed.

Top image  Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash