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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.


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
When these DIY bath bombs fizzle in the tub, toys pop out Rare Life When these DIY bath bombs fizzle in the tub, toys pop out , Rare staff 9:34am, September 19
Skip the bread and fill a cucumber boat with tuna for a healthy and delicious lunch Food and drink Skip the bread and fill a cucumber boat with tuna for a healthy and delicious lunch , Rare staff 3:03pm, September 14
End-of-summer tomatoes provide the perfect base for this irresistible homemade gazpacho Food and drink End-of-summer tomatoes provide the perfect base for this irresistible homemade gazpacho , Rare staff 9:41am, September 13
Her family’s ultimate pillow fort is so epic, it uses 4 sheets and 2 couches Rare Life Her family’s ultimate pillow fort is so epic, it uses 4 sheets and 2 couches , Rare staff 1:50pm, September 12
Is Nutella banana sushi the perfect snack, or is it just another Pinterest lie? Food and drink Is Nutella banana sushi the perfect snack, or is it just another Pinterest lie? , Rare staff 10:53am, September 11
She transforms old tissue boxes into DIY monster feet — perfect for her own little monsters Rare Life She transforms old tissue boxes into DIY monster feet — perfect for her own little monsters , Rare staff 10:01am, September 8
Put down the chips and snack on these healthy and equally delicious zucchini Parmesan rounds instead Food and drink Put down the chips and snack on these healthy and equally delicious zucchini Parmesan rounds instead , Rare staff 12:10pm, September 7
She brings the outdoors inside with the cutest Mason jar herb garden we’ve ever seen Rare Life She brings the outdoors inside with the cutest Mason jar herb garden we’ve ever seen , Rare staff 11:58am, September 6
You’re scrambling eggs wrong — here’s the easiest no-mess way to make the perfect breakfast Food and drink You’re scrambling eggs wrong — here’s the easiest no-mess way to make the perfect breakfast , Rare staff 10:36am, September 5
She swaps shells for lettuce to put a deliciously healthy spin on taco night Food and drink She swaps shells for lettuce to put a deliciously healthy spin on taco night , Rare staff 11:23am, September 1
Her DIY time management clock keeps her family on track all year long Rare Life Her DIY time management clock keeps her family on track all year long , Rare staff 11:32am, August 30
She mixes 3 ingredients to make these colorful bath paints that’ll keep the kids entertained on a rainy day Rare Life She mixes 3 ingredients to make these colorful bath paints that’ll keep the kids entertained on a rainy day , Rare staff 10:10am, August 28
The secret is out — she reveals the real reason why moms cut their hair so short Beauty The secret is out — she reveals the real reason why moms cut their hair so short , Rare staff 3:25pm, August 25
Savor a taste of the tropics with her 5-ingredient Key lime dump cake that bakes in a slow cooker Food and drink Savor a taste of the tropics with her 5-ingredient Key lime dump cake that bakes in a slow cooker , Rare staff 10:01am, August 24
In defense of the fanny pack: Why it’s so much better than a purse Rare Life In defense of the fanny pack: Why it’s so much better than a purse , Rare staff 2:11pm, August 21