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Elissa Benzie

Millennial + mom + neurotic + wife + disorganized + over it + exhausted

Elissa the Mom offers tips from a millennial mom for how to achieve work-life balance. First tip: There is no work-life balance.

Elissa is also a video producer at Rare. She previously worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald, and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Follow Elissa the Mom on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. Watch her videos at YouTube. Commiserate with her at elissa@rare.us.


Nothing says “Fourth of July” like a big ol’ slice of this strawberry and blueberry American pie Food and drink Nothing says “Fourth of July” like a big ol’ slice of this strawberry and blueberry American pie , Rare staff 11:56pm, June 25
With just a few fabric scraps, she makes the perfect hideout for her kids Rare Life With just a few fabric scraps, she makes the perfect hideout for her kids , Rare staff 11:24am, June 23
She wears a sock on her hand while cleaning the blinds and you’ll marvel at how well it works Rare Life She wears a sock on her hand while cleaning the blinds and you’ll marvel at how well it works , Rare staff 11:19am, June 21
Mildew is making your towels reek, but she has a little trick for getting rid of the stink Rare Life Mildew is making your towels reek, but she has a little trick for getting rid of the stink , Rare staff 12:09pm, June 19
Forget everything you think you know about ribs — this is the ultimate baby back recipe Food and drink Forget everything you think you know about ribs — this is the ultimate baby back recipe , Rare staff 11:23am, June 16
The perfect DIY Father’s Day gift is this cologne made of a little essential oil and a lot of love Rare Life The perfect DIY Father’s Day gift is this cologne made of a little essential oil and a lot of love , Rare staff 11:29am, June 14
Start Father’s Day off right by serving Dad these easy and delicious homemade doughnut holes Food and drink Start Father’s Day off right by serving Dad these easy and delicious homemade doughnut holes , Rare staff 12:03pm, June 12
It may be a lot of work, but making a Double-Double Animal Style In-N-Out Burger is definitely worth the effort Food and drink It may be a lot of work, but making a Double-Double Animal Style In-N-Out Burger is definitely worth the effort , Rare staff 11:27am, June 9
When you learn why she keeps a bottle of essential oil on the back of her toilet, you’ll want to do it too Rare Life When you learn why she keeps a bottle of essential oil on the back of her toilet, you’ll want to do it too , Rare staff 11:41am, June 7
A bag of snacks and a pair of slippers help this mom maintain her sanity while commuting with her kids Rare Life A bag of snacks and a pair of slippers help this mom maintain her sanity while commuting with her kids , Rare staff 11:27am, June 5
She uses these two all-natural ingredients to degrease her kitchen cabinets in seconds Rare Life She uses these two all-natural ingredients to degrease her kitchen cabinets in seconds , Rare staff 11:41am, June 2
She turns her leftover rotisserie chicken into a delicious, kid-approved spicy tortilla soup Food and drink She turns her leftover rotisserie chicken into a delicious, kid-approved spicy tortilla soup , Rare staff 10:30am, May 31
Her little makeup trick is a lifesaver for women who never have enough time in the mornings Beauty Her little makeup trick is a lifesaver for women who never have enough time in the mornings , Rare staff 9:26am, May 26
Her delicious homemade pizza is so easy thanks to every mom’s favorite ingredient — rotisserie chicken Food and drink Her delicious homemade pizza is so easy thanks to every mom’s favorite ingredient — rotisserie chicken , Rare staff 9:36am, May 24
This mom resorts to fear to get her 3-year-old daughter to go to bed, but she has a very good reason for it Rare Life This mom resorts to fear to get her 3-year-old daughter to go to bed, but she has a very good reason for it , Rare staff 7:51am, May 22
With an old milk jug and a little creativity, she makes a beautiful birdhouse for her yard Rare Life With an old milk jug and a little creativity, she makes a beautiful birdhouse for her yard , Rare staff 11:28am, May 19
She mixes coleslaw, rotisserie chicken, and almonds to prove that salad doesn’t have to be boring Food and drink She mixes coleslaw, rotisserie chicken, and almonds to prove that salad doesn’t have to be boring , Rare staff 10:28am, May 17
She doesn’t regret painting her 2-year-old son’s nails, but not everyone agrees with her decision Rare Life She doesn’t regret painting her 2-year-old son’s nails, but not everyone agrees with her decision , Rare staff 11:17am, May 15
She shares her perfect Mother’s Day fantasy — but reality is often quite different Rare Life She shares her perfect Mother’s Day fantasy — but reality is often quite different , Rare staff 11:57am, May 12
She dips a toothbrush in boiling water to make this fun and unique Mother’s Day gift Rare Life She dips a toothbrush in boiling water to make this fun and unique Mother’s Day gift , Rare staff 10:35am, May 10
Dads and kids, take note — all she really wants this Mother’s Day is to be served eggs Benedict in bed Food and drink Dads and kids, take note — all she really wants this Mother’s Day is to be served eggs Benedict in bed , Rare staff 1:55pm, May 8
Her cheerful fiesta flowers will spruce up any special event Rare Life Her cheerful fiesta flowers will spruce up any special event , Rare staff 7:08am, May 3
Why wait for Cinco de Mayo? This hot and spicy Mexican corn dip is perfect for any celebration Food and drink Why wait for Cinco de Mayo? This hot and spicy Mexican corn dip is perfect for any celebration , Rare staff 10:59am, May 2
She uses her leftover plastic Easter eggs to make these fun maracas for Cinco de Mayo Rare Life She uses her leftover plastic Easter eggs to make these fun maracas for Cinco de Mayo , Rare staff 10:13am, May 2
Parents, be honest: Christmas is the worst, most stressful time of the year — and we love it so much Rare Life Parents, be honest: Christmas is the worst, most stressful time of the year — and we love it so much , Rare staff 2:41pm, December 16
Forget the store brand — here’s how to make your own delicious Christmas eggnog at home Food and drink Forget the store brand — here’s how to make your own delicious Christmas eggnog at home , Rare staff 7:55am, December 14
Her step-by-step guide shows you just how easy it is to make the perfect holiday gingerbread men (and women) Food and drink Her step-by-step guide shows you just how easy it is to make the perfect holiday gingerbread men (and women) , Rare staff 8:42am, December 12
You don’t need to spend a lot of time and money to make your mantel beautiful for Christmas Rare Life You don’t need to spend a lot of time and money to make your mantel beautiful for Christmas , Rare staff 7:27am, December 9
Happy Thanksgiving from Elissa the Mom and Tyson — we’re thankful for YOU! Rare Life Happy Thanksgiving from Elissa the Mom and Tyson — we’re thankful for YOU! , Rare staff 2:12pm, November 22
This mom knows exactly how to answer her kids’ endless questions about Thanksgiving Rare Life This mom knows exactly how to answer her kids’ endless questions about Thanksgiving , Rare staff 12:03pm, November 22