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.

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…
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…
Before Chrissy Teigen, There Was Me
Over the summer, Teigen tweeted her struggle to find clothes to fit her newborn preemie son, Miles. "Nothing fits my teenie premie. Not enough stuff out there! I gotta learn to sew. Miles is tired of your body shaming, society!"…
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 parties and pumpkin carving in 90 degree weather.…
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." I was absolutely guilty of calling our dog…
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 kids for more than a few days at…
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 weekly newsletter GP sent from her London kitchen,…

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 their Daddy. For 10 years, we shared custody…