Five Family Favorites

Recently we started a new series at Smyrna Parent: Five Family Favorites. We’ll be sharing the 5 items that we cannot live without right now. With a total overload of products marketed for families it sometimes feels that many don’t live up to the hype. But sometimes we find gems that suddenly become indispensable. Smyrna Parent contributors & guests will be sharing our current favorites over the upcoming months.

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1. Tom T. Hall – Country Music for Children – Because you can only listen to “Wheels on the Bus” so many times. This is a wonderful CD that our whole family enjoys. The kids love to listen to it in the car and sing along.

Country Songs for Children


2.  Divided plates – I’ve recently started using divided plates for all the kids’ meals. I’ve found that they eat better, with less fuss and usually eating all their food. I’m not sure why this works, but it has made meal times so much easier.

Divided Plates


3. Slide and Find books – We received a few of these books when my oldest child was 1 year old and he loved them. He actually learned his colors from one of the books. He still enjoys them at 3 and my  younger child enjoys them as well.

Slide and Find


4. Grass Drying Rack – With all the different bottles and Sippy cups and no dishwasher, I found I really needed a drying rack just for them. I like this one because it is small but it can fit a lot and it looks kind of cool too.

Grass Drying Rack


5. Kazam Balance Bike – We got one of these bikes for my son for his third birthday, and I did not realize how cool they were until I saw him ride it down a small hill and pick up his feet and actually balance on it. He loves riding it too!

Balance Bike

Bio: Cheryl Lyons is a wife and mother of two children, a 3 and a half year old boy and 20 month old girl. She is a stay-at-home Mom and also has a small upholstery business, Lyons Upholstery, specializing in motorcycle seats and classic cars.



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A New Orleans girl turned Georgia peach and stay at home mom to 2 daughters. Before taking the leap into full time mothering, I worked at at an Atlanta-based advertising agency. I have lived in Smyrna for almost 10 years and am still not sure how I managed to find a job more chaotic and unpredictable than advertising.

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  1. I can’t wait to check out that music cd, looks fun! And we love the divided plates too :)