Jessica Butler
Jessica Butler
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Jessica Butler is the creator of "Raise Magazine," stepmother of two, and adoptive mother of one. Prior to "Raise," she was a writer on USA’s "In Plain Sight" and TNT’s "The Last Ship." She and her husband, writer/producer Warren Bell, co-created the Nick at Nite series "Instant Mom," based on her life as a stepmother. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and toddler son, Levon.

What Do Your Stepchildren Call You?
Gijo. Katoots. Muffin. We recently asked several step families about the names and titles their families use, and their answers were fascinating. The word “step” was forbidden in my home. I was six when my uncle married and became a…
“Eye Love You” Valentines
DIY Valentines for the eyeball obsessed. My son is obsessed with eyeballs. There’s no clever way to write that sentence. Every day, he asks, “How do you spell eyeball?” “Can I touch your eyeball?” “How do your eyeballs stay inside…
The Best Faux Houseplants

I’ve always hated artificial plants, but when we bought our second home, it was faux or nothing. We’re not there often enough to keep real houseplants alive between visits. Not to mention, many common houseplants are poisonous for kids. It’s…

When Friends Or Family Are Displaced: How To Help
Adopting a child from a different state often requires at least one parent to remain in the baby’s birth state for an extended period of time. And if your baby is born on a weekend, when court is not is…
Our Favorite Products For Preemies With Sensitive Skin
Levon has ultra-sensitive skin, prone to rashes and eczema. Below are the products we rely on to protect his delicate skin. CETAPHIL PRO ECZEMA SOOTHING MOISTURIZER Levon used to suffer from patches of eczema on his chest, arms, and legs.…
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 her go-to product for glowing skin. Living in Hollywood has its perks, like when your son falls in love with a make-up artist’s daughter and…
Levon’s Disneyland Birthday Party
Levon turned FOUR last month and we celebrated with a Disneyland themed party! At first, he requested a Haunted Mansion party. Levon loves Halloween and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Haunted Mansion Holiday is his favorite Disneyland ride. I was…
Our Favorite Bottles For Preemies
What brand of bottle did your preemie use? Levon was born at 30 weeks, before his body knew how to suck, swallow, and breath. He received donated breast milk thru a feeding tube in his nose before transitioning to Dr.…
Vodka Greyhound
A twist on the traditional Greyhound, featuring mint-infused grapefruit juice and a splash of club soda. I’ve never been a brunch boozer. I’m deathly allergic to celery, so Bloody Marys are out of the question, and I don’t love orange…
Our Favorite Diapers For Preemies
Levon's First Diaper. What brand of diaper did your preemie wear? Levon was born weighing 2 pounds, 7 ounces, and came home from the hospital weighing less than 4 pounds. In the NICU, he wore Pampers made for micro-preemies, and…