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Welcome to Raising Knights All Day,

An online destination for moms & parents.

Hey! I’m Raven!

Wife to Drew, Mama to Liam and Lucas, a work from home mom, and a casual lifestyle and parenting blogger living in northern Kentucky. I love keeping fit, spending time with my family, photography, and doing cheap/easy DIYs.

I am incredibly lucky to be able to stay at home with my beautiful children every. single. day. even though holding a conversation with toddlers can be interesting it is also lonely, and can leave you feeling isolated from the world at times. I started this blog to stay connected to the world, and to continue building on the amazing community of friends and women that I’ve met online.

Here you will find my thoughts on, and experiences of my journey through motherhood. My goal is to be as honest and raw as possible with all of you. I enjoy sharing the good, the bad, and the wild moments in life. On occasion I will share product reviews for brands that I genuinely believe are helpful, high quality, and may even make raising little humans easier!

I am so lucky to be surrounded by such a supportive community of people. I look forward to connecting with and getting to know all of you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, and I hope you will join me on this journey!

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Did Osmo make your Christmas list this year? 🎄🎁It sure made ours! Osmo was at the top of Liam’s wish list and he was so excited when we let him open it early! @playosmo #partner This mama is all about making the most of positive + educational screen time. I love that @playosmo makes it possible to have fun learning through play and creativity! Thank you Osmo for adding the Little Genius Starter Kit Plus Early Math to our collection! The boys are obsessed with all of the fun learning games! #unboxingosmo #osmosocialclub #osmopartner

@cincymuseum visit kinda day 🤟🏼

Another weekend spent outdoors! 🎣 . We are making quarantine an adventure every chance we get! Kids First real fishing trip ✔️ . We may not have been feeling our best (due to allergies but thanks to @claritinusa this outing was not just possible but enjoyable 🙌🏼) we all pushed through for some good ole’ memories. 😊 . Both boys caught fish (dad didn’t have any luck), we walked some trails, played at the park, + had fun on some tractor rides! 🚜 What did your weekend consist of?

Alright guys! School is a BIG topic right now with everything going on. This book right here is an easy sure way to get your kiddos reading ahead of others in their age range! Parents swear by it + Liam is already picking up on how to read. It is 100 lessons - 1 a day - that take 10-20 minutes in total. Your child could be reading in 100 days, a little over 3 short months!! 🙌🏼 . Whether your child stays home this school year of goes back this book is a must have. There is one thing that sets children apart in kindergarten and 1st grade...their reading ability. How easy can it be to teach your child to read? Every lesson is detailed to the exact words + corrections to give your child! It’s mind blowingly simple 🤯 I say this because I want everyone to be able to give their child this opportunity. I was nervous that I would struggle in helping the kids learn but the book does all of the work for you. @target currently has it on sale, limited stock! Link available in my BIO.

Our Sundays look like this. We decided to start a weekly routine habit of being outdoors walking, hiking, + playing. Do you have a routine family day? What does yours look like? Without COVID I’m not sure we ever would have realized how much we needed this. My husband and I are really enjoying the time spent with the kids while we adventure the outdoors together and I’ve got to say it has become something I look forward to every week! When you take away the distraction of screens family time is rich with conversation, memories, and moments that would have been otherwise missed out on. Day to day we find ourselves so busy and distracted by life that having one day a week to #unplug from ALL of it is rejuvenating! We look for places with trails, water, playgrounds etc. + just GO. 🌲⛅️

𝗪𝗲’𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸, finally a sense or normalcy! Our little fish 🐠 are back in the water at @bear_paddle having fun and learning water safety again. I’m not sure who missed lessons more, dad or the boys? They’re all loving the Sunday morning lessons again! Friends, if you’re looking for a safe Swim School during this time— Bear Paddle is handling the new regulations due to COVID like no other! Temp checks at the front desk, sanitizing all changing rooms after every members use, and not sharing goggles, wearing masks, etc. All of which was handled without interruption of our usual swim lesson.

𝗛𝗲𝘆 𝘆𝗼𝘂, yes you... STOP being unhappy with yourself. You are perfect. STOP wishing that you looked like someone else or wishing that people liked you as much as they like someone else. STOP trying to get attention from those who hurt you. Those who aren’t worth your time. STOP hating your body, your face, your personality, your laugh, your quirks. Love them. Without those things you wouldn’t be you and why should you want to be anyone else? Be confident with who YOU are. “Confidence is not ‘they will like me’ but I will be fine if they don’t” 👋🏼 Smile it’ll draw people in. If anyone hates on you because you’re radiating with happiness and because you’re happy with yourself then you stick your middle finger up in the air and say to hell with it! Say it with me 👏🏼 My happiness will not depend on others. I’m happy because I love who I am. I love my flaws. I love my imperfections. They make me and I’m pretty fucking awesome! ❤️💃🏻

#ABCmousePartner It’s Summer but that doesn’t mean that the learning has to end! In fact this Summer can be the beginning of FUN learning for all kids ages 2-8. The @abcmouse curriculum is the perfect way to keep kids on track with & ahead of their learning goals! Liam & Lucas love learning through play on the ABC mouse app! With Liam having needed speech therapy I was nervous about how much his speech would regress over the summer months. Yet here we are entering July and Liam has only expanded his vocabulary! I am honestly blown away. It seems like everyday they are learning something new! Right now ABCmouse is offering a special summer promotion - you can get ABCmouse for $5 for the first 2 months check it out at https://www.abcmouse.com or my story!

“Up, Up , + Away!”⠀ ⠀ With precious -cargo- comes great responsibility. ❤️💙 There’s nothing like the smile of a child who gets to be a superhero on every car ride!⠀ ⠀ Of course with the #stayathome order we have only taken little joy rides with the windows down, music up🎶, and wind blowing through the car with our super heroes for the sake of getting out of the house. Have you taken a random cruise around the block just to get out? It seems to keep the spirits up! Swipe to see their superhero poses 🙌🏼

I’m a creature of habit. Are you? I wake up at the same time everyday. I am not adventurous when it comes to trying new foods and I tend to stick to the brands that I’m familiar with. I don’t typically switch things up. #AD That’s why the @pinchme box gives me the perfect balance. I have the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone once a month and try something NEW. I can try out brands and products before deciding if they’re for my lifestyle or..not! The best part? I get to hand pick the brands and products that PINCH ME sends. 😎

“Alexa, skip to Friday” She tried. It didn’t work out. Apparently she isn’t programmed to do that just yet. 🤷🏻‍♀️ . The kids danced off all of their wild energy though. I created a playlist chock full of all their favorites! Yes, the trap baby shark remix made the cut. How could it not? From reading short stories, creating personalized playlists, and playing games I’d say we’re enjoying this small new addition to the household. Hearing “Wexa pay mooosic” from the other room always makes me laugh + she never fails to understand their adorable, demanding, requests. Are anyone else’s kids under the impression that ALL devices work via voice command? My little ones are a tad confused. 😅

Kicking off turning 4 with a 𝘚𝘜𝘗𝘌𝘙 cool @kidsembrace booster seat!! Seriously, how awesome is this booster? By far the best birthday present! #gifted Liam insists that he IS Batman whenever we get into the car, which I am completely melting over, but the real question is how to convince Batman to get out of the car. Needless to say we could not be happier with our @kidsembrace combination booster! Now every car ride has become an “off to save the day” mission. 🚘😎

What You're Missing Out On at the Cincinnati Museum

The Super Sprouts program is for children 5 and under and is located in the Super Sprouts classroom in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. you can join others to sing, dance, and play in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum for Story Tree Time. Bats Up Close is a program that allows guests to learn about brown bats in a personal setting Mondays-Fridays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays or Sundays at 1 p.m. Talk about an outing with an unusual twist, animals! Bring your little ones to the Animal Hospital in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum at the Cincinnati Museum for Pet Academy where they can meet local therapy dogs.

Lucas is finally making a 💦splash💦 in his swim lessons at @bear_paddle ! I want to share our experience with Eustachian tubes because they have made such a dramatic difference for our son. Before all else I want to thank Luke’s instructor and Bear Paddle as a whole for being so understanding! Ear infections are unfortunately so common amongst children. If you have ever felt the pain of one or can’t remember it just know it’s terrible. Lucas had several recurring ear infections over the past year...which made getting into the water or looking forward to swim lessons difficult. We tried a water headband, cap, and ear plugs none of which Lucas tolerated one bit. My husband and I could tell that the ear infections were affecting every aspect of his life (speech, sleep, etc.) His ability to really learn, enjoy, and have fun in the pool included. I decided to confront our pediatrician with the option of ear tubes (Eustachian tubes). I’ve noticed that on social media some parents have a very strong opinion on this surgery...I understand the dilemma of whether or not the surgery is necessary for each individual child, I get it. If you are currently debating or hesitant to take this step for your child, Y’all, let me share with you guys just how AMAZING the difference before and after getting tubes for Lucas has been.... . 1. Lucas is speaking more clearly and often than he EVER has before! 2. We aren’t battling an ear infection every 10 days (a typical antibiotic timespan) 3. Lucas is enjoying swim lessons more than he ever has and actually learning the skills! 4. Lucas is sleeping better, not waking up from pain because of the fluid in his ears We are reminded every day when Lucas starts talking clearly, enjoys swim lessons, and sleeps through the night that we made the right decision. Now at swim lessons Lucas is having a blast. His ear infections are no longer preventing him from enjoying the water! I think this kid is about to earn a couple of Bear Paddle patches!

The life of packing school lunches for the kids is quickly becoming a reality! #sponsored Liam is currently in preschool and Lucas is not far behind. Even saying such a thing sounds insanely unbelievable. Didn't I just have two little tots at home? Well, I decided to pack lunches for Liam because I wanted to be sure he was getting a well rounded diet. HA 😅 The first couple weeks of packing lunches was hit or miss. Some days he would come home with a practicality untouched lunch and others days there would be nothing left of it. I noticed that Liam really enjoys fruit themed goodies so I decided to try out a healthy fruit jerky snack from @solelyfruit 🙌 Y'all We have found the homerun winner of healthy snack options for our packed lunches! If nothing else that is always the #1 thing he eats at lunch and the snack that never makes it back home in his lunch bag; meaning I know he is at least eating one healthy snack at school. #momwin What is your lunch bag win?

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