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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.


This authentic 4-meat Italian pasta sauce recipe has been passed through my family for generations Food and drink This authentic 4-meat Italian pasta sauce recipe has been passed through my family for generations , Rare staff 9:56am, December 7
Every Who down in Whoville can’t wait to make this green Grinch popcorn for Christmas movie night Food and drink Every Who down in Whoville can’t wait to make this green Grinch popcorn for Christmas movie night , Rare staff 2:13pm, December 6
Tyson shares his German grandmother’s famous “crunchy” chocolate pudding recipe for Christmas Food and drink Tyson shares his German grandmother’s famous “crunchy” chocolate pudding recipe for Christmas , Rare staff 6:53am, December 6
I made a major mistake while preparing these sandwiches — but I think it made them taste even better Food and drink I made a major mistake while preparing these sandwiches — but I think it made them taste even better , Rare staff 7:39am, November 28
I made Tyson guess what I’m thankful for this year — wait until you hear what he said Rare Life I made Tyson guess what I’m thankful for this year — wait until you hear what he said , Rare staff 10:08am, November 21
Big Mama blesses us with one more recipe — and it’s the best Thanksgiving dessert we’ve ever tasted Food and drink Big Mama blesses us with one more recipe — and it’s the best Thanksgiving dessert we’ve ever tasted , Rare staff 4:53pm, November 20
Tyson overcomes his fear of touching raw meat to make Big Mama’s apple bottom bird for Thanksgiving Food and drink Tyson overcomes his fear of touching raw meat to make Big Mama’s apple bottom bird for Thanksgiving , Rare staff 8:48am, November 17
Swedish meatballs aren’t really Thanksgiving food — but for Tyson, we made an exception Food and drink Swedish meatballs aren’t really Thanksgiving food — but for Tyson, we made an exception , Rare staff 12:48pm, November 14
Tyson sweetens up Thanksgiving dinner with Big Mama’s hot and gooey candied yams Food and drink Tyson sweetens up Thanksgiving dinner with Big Mama’s hot and gooey candied yams , Rare staff 12:16pm, November 13
With a little help from Big Mama, Tyson makes the best cornbread stuffing we’ve ever tasted Food and drink With a little help from Big Mama, Tyson makes the best cornbread stuffing we’ve ever tasted , Rare staff 8:22am, November 10
Tyson’s Thanksgiving green bean casserole is so easy, even dads can make it Food and drink Tyson’s Thanksgiving green bean casserole is so easy, even dads can make it , Rare staff 11:06am, November 8
Tyson puts on the Elissa the Mom apron to make this irresistible 5-cheese mac & cheese for Thanksgiving Food and drink Tyson puts on the Elissa the Mom apron to make this irresistible 5-cheese mac & cheese for Thanksgiving , Rare staff 10:35am, November 6
Thanksgiving isn’t fair — moms do all the work, dads have all the fun Rare Life Thanksgiving isn’t fair — moms do all the work, dads have all the fun , Rare staff 1:19pm, October 31
Apple pie on the go! These delightful fall desserts fit in the palm of your hand Food and drink Apple pie on the go! These delightful fall desserts fit in the palm of your hand , Rare staff 12:59pm, October 20
Enjoy bite-size flavors of fall with these easy mini pumpkin pies Food and drink Enjoy bite-size flavors of fall with these easy mini pumpkin pies , Rare staff 8:00am, October 18
Give your Halloween breakfast some bite with these donut fangs Food and drink Give your Halloween breakfast some bite with these donut fangs , Rare staff 10:53am, October 16
Add a spooky Halloween touch to your kids’ lunches with these easy jack-o’-lantern oranges Food and drink Add a spooky Halloween touch to your kids’ lunches with these easy jack-o’-lantern oranges , Rare staff 8:38am, October 16
Warm up this winter by making your own hearty and delicious French onion soup at home Food and drink Warm up this winter by making your own hearty and delicious French onion soup at home , Rare staff 7:39am, October 16
Oh no, you forgot Halloween! Don’t worry — these PB+J pretzel spiders can be made at the last minute Food and drink Oh no, you forgot Halloween! Don’t worry — these PB+J pretzel spiders can be made at the last minute , Rare staff 10:12am, October 13
If you love apples and ice cream, these salted caramel apple cider floats have your name all over them Food and drink If you love apples and ice cream, these salted caramel apple cider floats have your name all over them , Rare staff 8:18am, October 13
No Halloween drink is complete without these creepy crawly spider ice cubes Food and drink No Halloween drink is complete without these creepy crawly spider ice cubes , Rare staff 11:09am, October 12
The pressure to create the perfect Halloween is so intense, it’s almost like a second Christmas Rare Life The pressure to create the perfect Halloween is so intense, it’s almost like a second Christmas , Rare staff 3:01pm, October 11
This rich and hearty baked potato soup is so easy to make in a slow cooker Food and drink This rich and hearty baked potato soup is so easy to make in a slow cooker , Rare staff 8:35am, October 10
Dump all your Halloween leftovers in this super sweet and sticky candy pie Food and drink Dump all your Halloween leftovers in this super sweet and sticky candy pie , Rare staff 1:08pm, October 9
She dunks apple slices in caramel and slathers them in toppings at her adorable caramel apple bar Food and drink She dunks apple slices in caramel and slathers them in toppings at her adorable caramel apple bar , Rare staff 2:10pm, October 4
Fill your front yard with these funny DIY tombstones for Halloween Rare Life Fill your front yard with these funny DIY tombstones for Halloween , Rare staff 9:40am, September 29
Cast a spooky spell this Halloween with homemade voodoo doll cookies Food and drink Cast a spooky spell this Halloween with homemade voodoo doll cookies , Rare staff 8:39am, September 26
Feast your eyes upon these spooky mummy jalapeño poppers for Halloween Food and drink Feast your eyes upon these spooky mummy jalapeño poppers for Halloween , Rare staff 9:45am, September 25
This homemade “mojo sauce” is so delicious, it could be bottled and sold Food and drink This homemade “mojo sauce” is so delicious, it could be bottled and sold , Rare staff 10:49am, September 21
Her knockoff Chick-fil-A sandwich is just as delicious as the real thing and can even be enjoyed on Sunday Food and drink Her knockoff Chick-fil-A sandwich is just as delicious as the real thing and can even be enjoyed on Sunday , Rare staff 9:25am, September 20