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In Conversation With Anna Faris
Anna Faris and Raise founder Jessica Butler talk preemies, co-parenting, and of course, mom guilt.…
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What Do Your Stepchildren Call You?
Gijo. Katoots. Muffin. We recently asked several step families about the names and titles their…
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An Open Apology
I'm sorry for expecting you to understand what it was like to not be expecting.…
"Eye Love You" Class Valentines
“Eye Love You” Valentines
DIY Valentines for the eyeball obsessed. My son is obsessed with eyeballs. There’s no clever…
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The Best Faux Houseplants
I've always hated artificial plants, but when we bought our second home, it was faux…
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When Friends Or Family Are Displaced: How To Help
Adopting a child from a different state often requires at least one parent to remain…
The Best Products For Preemies With Sensitive Skin, Raise Magazine.
Our Favorite Products For Preemies With Sensitive Skin
Levon has ultra-sensitive skin, prone to rashes and eczema. Below are the products we rely…
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The Best Product For Glowing Skin, According To A Celebrity Makeup Artist
Sarah Uslan, whose clients include Beyoncé, Solange, Emma Roberts, Tori Kelly, and Olivia Colman, shares…
Levon's Disneland Birthday, Raise Magazine.
Levon’s Disneyland Birthday Party
Levon turned FOUR last month and we celebrated with a Disneyland themed party! At first,…
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Our Favorite Bottles For Preemies

What brand of bottle did your preemie use? Levon was born at 30 weeks, before…

Vodka Greyhound, Raise Magazine.
Vodka Greyhound
A twist on the traditional Greyhound, featuring mint-infused grapefruit juice and a splash of club…
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Meeting My Brother’s Birth Mom
Mom was crying before we even got out of the car. She told me she…


Levon's Adoption Story, Raise Magazine

Levon’s Adoption Story

Levon was born on October 24, 2014, weighing just 2 pounds, 7 ounces. He spent 28 days in the NICU and came home from the hospital weighing less than four pounds. We…
Adoption Profile

How to Write an Adoption Profile: According to a Birth Family

The best advice I received when creating our profile was to be authentic. Birth families connect with adoptive parents who share their passions, quirks, and even physical attributes. In our case, it…
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Thoroughly Modern Mama

Mother of three Halley Dean talks real-life Parent Trap, evil stepmothers, and co-parenting with her ex-husband’s ex-wife. Halley’s family includes her husband Joe and three children, Lucas (14), Asher (7), and Halo…
Pumpkin Muffin Recipe, Raise Magazine

How Designer Rebecca Minkoff Saved My Preemie’s Life

At ten months old, my son stopped growing. By age two, he had fallen off the growth chart completely and was diagnosed with failure to thrive – stunted growth resulting from inadequate…
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Snapshots Of Infertility

Our new series, written by contributor Mom-In Waiting, gives voice to the hidden, daily struggles of women facing infertility. Fuck you, Ed Sheeran. In your song Perfect, you sing, Well I found…
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The Stepmommy Wars

It’s not a parenting philosophy that ignites the war against us. It’s our mere existence. I consider my stepsons to be my children. They were 8 and 12 when I started dating…
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Screw Pumpkin Spice, It’s Bourbon Season

You didn’t think I was only going to write about parenting, did you? Then again, one cannot parent without alcohol, so technically, I’m still on theme. Back when Goop was just a…
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What Is Your Custody Schedule?

When Warren and I were first married, our custody schedule was very irregular – three days here, four days there. Neither Warren nor the boys’ mother wanted to be away from the…
Jessica Butler, Raise Magazine.

The One Thing You Should Never Say In Your Adoption Profile

During our adoption process, our case worker shared this important piece of advice about writing profiles: If you write about your pets, be sure you refer to them as "rescued," not "adopted."…
Vodka Lemonade, Raise Magazine.

Vodka Lemonade

Vodka, Simply Lemonade, club soda, garnished with rosemary. When you live in the desert, summer cocktails never go out of season. This simple vodka and lemonade cocktail is perfect for impromptu dinner…
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