Rare staff

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.


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 Elissa Benzie, 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 Elissa Benzie, 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) Elissa Benzie, 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 Elissa Benzie, 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! Elissa Benzie, 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 Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 12:03pm, November 22
Her gorgeous autumn salad will make anyone want to eat their vegetables Food and drink Her gorgeous autumn salad will make anyone want to eat their vegetables Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 11:32am, November 22
Her Thanksgiving guests can’t wait to snack on this divine (and super easy) cheese ball Food and drink Her Thanksgiving guests can’t wait to snack on this divine (and super easy) cheese ball Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 10:30am, November 22
With a little help from mom, she learns exactly how to make the perfect Thanksgiving turkey Food and drink With a little help from mom, she learns exactly how to make the perfect Thanksgiving turkey Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 2:17pm, November 18
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table Rare Life You don’t have to spend a lot of money to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 7:15am, November 18
She mixes vodka, cranberry juice, and ginger beer for a festive Thanksgiving take on the Moscow Mule Food and drink She mixes vodka, cranberry juice, and ginger beer for a festive Thanksgiving take on the Moscow Mule Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 8:31am, November 16
Turkify everything this Thanksgiving with her adorable kid-friendly turkey crafts Rare Life Turkify everything this Thanksgiving with her adorable kid-friendly turkey crafts Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 2:34pm, November 15
If you’ve never tried creamed pearl onions, you’re in for a real Thanksgiving treat Food and drink If you’ve never tried creamed pearl onions, you’re in for a real Thanksgiving treat Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 1:53pm, November 15
Pumpkin pie shouldn’t be painful — this is the easiest, most delicious Thanksgiving dessert you’ll ever make Food and drink Pumpkin pie shouldn’t be painful — this is the easiest, most delicious Thanksgiving dessert you’ll ever make Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 8:08am, November 15
Seafood lovers will definitely want to add her oyster dressing to their Thanksgiving tables Food and drink Seafood lovers will definitely want to add her oyster dressing to their Thanksgiving tables Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 7:40am, November 15
If you have time for a movie, you have time for a workout — just combine them Health If you have time for a movie, you have time for a workout — just combine them Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 1:23pm, October 19
Her spooky nonalcoholic sangria is the perfect Halloween drink for adults and kids alike Food and drink Her spooky nonalcoholic sangria is the perfect Halloween drink for adults and kids alike Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 12:14pm, October 19
With a piece of cardboard and a little spray paint, she makes the easiest Halloween costume in history Rare Life With a piece of cardboard and a little spray paint, she makes the easiest Halloween costume in history Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 8:40am, October 19
This may be the laziest workout ever — you do it during commercial breaks Health This may be the laziest workout ever — you do it during commercial breaks Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 2:14pm, October 18
These spooky Halloween s’mores “bleed” when you bite into them Food and drink These spooky Halloween s’mores “bleed” when you bite into them Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 1:36pm, October 18
Her Halloween candy corn Rice Krispie treats are perfect for people who hate candy corn Food and drink Her Halloween candy corn Rice Krispie treats are perfect for people who hate candy corn Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 12:54pm, October 18
With just a few materials, she transforms her home into the spookiest haunted house for Halloween Rare Life With just a few materials, she transforms her home into the spookiest haunted house for Halloween Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 11:42am, October 18
This easy homemade shrimp dip is a “brainy” addition to your Halloween party Food and drink This easy homemade shrimp dip is a “brainy” addition to your Halloween party Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 10:06am, October 18
They’re creepy, they’re crawly, they’re the perfect Halloween lunch — enjoy these easy hot dog spiders Food and drink They’re creepy, they’re crawly, they’re the perfect Halloween lunch — enjoy these easy hot dog spiders Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 7:45am, October 18
There’s no trick to these spooky mummy pretzels — it’s just an easy and delicious Halloween treat Food and drink There’s no trick to these spooky mummy pretzels — it’s just an easy and delicious Halloween treat Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 11:32am, October 17
Make your sloppy joes ready for Halloween by stuffing them inside these intestines Food and drink Make your sloppy joes ready for Halloween by stuffing them inside these intestines Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 8:55am, October 17
Feast your eyes on this easy spooky Halloween eyeball pasta Food and drink Feast your eyes on this easy spooky Halloween eyeball pasta Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 8:25am, October 17
Now you really have no excuse — you can do this quick and easy workout from your couch Health Now you really have no excuse — you can do this quick and easy workout from your couch Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 12:28pm, October 14
Who needs Starbucks? Her homemade pumpkin spice latte is even more delicious — and far cheaper Food and drink Who needs Starbucks? Her homemade pumpkin spice latte is even more delicious — and far cheaper Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 9:20am, October 14
You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted this unbelievably delicious Cincinnati chili Food and drink You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted this unbelievably delicious Cincinnati chili Elissa Benzie, Rare staff 10:00am, October 13