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Crispy Roasted Potatoes, Raise Magazine

Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Fingerlings, red onion, rosemary & thyme. I love potatoes in all forms, and these never disappoint. Whether you’re serving them for brunch, dinner, or as leftovers, they make the perfect side dish…
Covid Canceled My Wedding, Raise Magazine

Covid Canceled My Wedding

Fourteen months of event planning was wiped out in a matter of days. That same week, the tote bags with our wedding date printed on them arrived in the mail. I didn’t…
When A Child Asks, “Why Did My Birth Mom Give Me Up?” Raise Magazine

When A Child Asks, “Why Did My Birth Mom Give Me Up?”

“What are you going to say when he asks why she gave him up?” It’s a question I get frequently, from friends and adoptive moms alike. Why she gave him up. Never…

The Sandwich My Kid Eats For Lunch Every Day, Raise Magazine

The Sandwich My Kid Eats For Lunch Every Day

And dinner. And sometimes breakfast. My husband is an incredible cook, but he didn’t set foot in a kitchen until after his divorce. It was out of necessity – the need to…
My Blended Family: Co-Parenting With My Ex-Husband's Ex-Wife, Raise Magazine

My Blended Family: Co-Parenting With My Ex-Husband’s Ex-Wife

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…
Stop Saying My Adopted Child Is Lucky To Have Me, Raise Magazine

Stop Saying My Adopted Child Is Lucky To Have Me

While we appreciate the sentiment, adoptive and foster parents can’t help but cringe when they hear the phrase. I’m hardly the first person to make this point. A quick Google search of…
Stepmoms: The Invisible Heroes of Back-To-School, Raise Magazine

Stepmoms: The Invisible Heroes of Back-To-School

To the stepmom who fills out the school forms that don’t list a blank for your name,   I see you.   To the stepmom who calls the pediatrician for copies of…

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Influenced My Pandemic Parenting, Raise Magazine

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Influenced My Pandemic Parenting

For the lucky few of us who can control our own hours, Justice Ginsburg offers us a choice. And a challenge. I’ve been shit at balancing work and motherhood ever since Levon…
The Dos and Don’ts Of Eloping During The Pandemic, Raise Magazine

The Do’s and Don’ts Of Eloping During The Pandemic

While I would change a few details about the day, I have never once regretted eloping. Long before the pandemic, Warren and I eloped in Central Park. It wasn’t a secret or…
Distance Learning Essentials for Remote Kindergarten, Raise Magazine

Distance Learning Essentials for Remote Kindergarten

Everything you need to survive, and dare we say, thrive, during distance learning this fall. After three weeks of Zoom school, I’ve finally determined the items we need to succeed. I didn’t…