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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.

With a little time and a lot of patience, you can make delightfully delicious rainbow Jell-O for St. Patrick’s Day Food and drink With a little time and a lot of patience, you can make delightfully delicious rainbow Jell-O for St. Patrick’s Day , Rare staff 9:20am, March 8
In just 3 simple steps, I transformed my pantry from a “nightmare” to a place of calm Rare Life In just 3 simple steps, I transformed my pantry from a “nightmare” to a place of calm , Rare staff 12:15pm, February 22
Break out the salad spinner you never use, because you need it to make these cute valentines Rare Life Break out the salad spinner you never use, because you need it to make these cute valentines , Rare staff 2:51pm, February 8
Show your kids you love them with my easy heart-shaped Valentine’s Day breakfast Food and drink Show your kids you love them with my easy heart-shaped Valentine’s Day breakfast , Rare staff 9:09am, February 8
Your kids’ friends will be thrilled to receive these DIY Valentine’s Day surprises Rare Life Your kids’ friends will be thrilled to receive these DIY Valentine’s Day surprises , Rare staff 11:42am, January 30
Sausage, cheese, ranch dressing and wonton wrappers come together to form Tyson’s perfect Super Bowl snack Food and drink Sausage, cheese, ranch dressing and wonton wrappers come together to form Tyson’s perfect Super Bowl snack , Rare staff 1:47pm, January 29
I have some pretty strong opinions about #Dadurday Rare Life I have some pretty strong opinions about #Dadurday , Rare staff 9:09am, January 29
A homeless chef who looks like Tom Cruise (really) gave Tyson this incredible chili recipe Food and drink A homeless chef who looks like Tom Cruise (really) gave Tyson this incredible chili recipe , Rare staff 7:36am, January 29
Tyson didn’t get any birthday gifts! Why do we forget to celebrate our dads? Rare Life Tyson didn’t get any birthday gifts! Why do we forget to celebrate our dads? , Rare staff 10:44am, January 26
Chase away your winter cold with Tyson’s “life-giving” chicken soup Food and drink Chase away your winter cold with Tyson’s “life-giving” chicken soup , Rare staff 2:14pm, January 24
“Mom posture” is real, so Tyson is trying to help me reverse the hunch Health “Mom posture” is real, so Tyson is trying to help me reverse the hunch , Rare staff 9:12am, January 22
These ain’t your mama’s pancakes — my version of the breakfast classic has a few delicious surprises in store Food and drink These ain’t your mama’s pancakes — my version of the breakfast classic has a few delicious surprises in store , Rare staff 10:04am, January 19
If you’re surrounded by toxic people, Tyson has some sobering advice for you Rare Life If you’re surrounded by toxic people, Tyson has some sobering advice for you , Rare staff 9:17am, January 11
1 week of dinners for $100 | I ended the week with a bang by making these incredible buffalo chicken sweet potatoes Food and drink 1 week of dinners for $100 | I ended the week with a bang by making these incredible buffalo chicken sweet potatoes , Rare staff 12:46pm, January 10
1 week of dinners for $100 | My messy BBQ chicken sandwich is just as good as one from a restaurant Food and drink 1 week of dinners for $100 | My messy BBQ chicken sandwich is just as good as one from a restaurant , Rare staff 12:14pm, January 10
1 week of dinners for $100 | I whipped up this super healthy and delicious chicken salad in just 5 minutes Food and drink 1 week of dinners for $100 | I whipped up this super healthy and delicious chicken salad in just 5 minutes , Rare staff 12:01pm, January 10
1 week of dinners for $100 | My chicken tacos are perfect thanks to one super secret ingredient Food and drink 1 week of dinners for $100 | My chicken tacos are perfect thanks to one super secret ingredient , Rare staff 8:55am, January 9
1 week of dinners for $100 | My chicken spaghetti special is as quick and easy as it is delicious Food and drink 1 week of dinners for $100 | My chicken spaghetti special is as quick and easy as it is delicious , Rare staff 2:09pm, January 8
New year, new you? Moms, it’s time to get real about our New Year’s resolutions Rare Life New year, new you? Moms, it’s time to get real about our New Year’s resolutions , Rare staff 9:06am, January 2
It’s bubbly, it’s gingery, it’s nonalcoholic, and it’s the perfect drink to toast the new year Food and drink It’s bubbly, it’s gingery, it’s nonalcoholic, and it’s the perfect drink to toast the new year , Rare staff 2:46pm, December 29
My very special DIY party bags will keep my kids entertained for every hour of New Year’s Eve Rare Life My very special DIY party bags will keep my kids entertained for every hour of New Year’s Eve , Rare staff 10:17am, December 29
Tyson forgot to do his Christmas shopping, so I came up with some last-minute gift ideas for him Rare Life Tyson forgot to do his Christmas shopping, so I came up with some last-minute gift ideas for him , Rare staff 7:31am, December 22
Happy holidays! Tyson and I wish you nothing but the best for 2018 Rare Life Happy holidays! Tyson and I wish you nothing but the best for 2018 , Rare staff 3:15pm, December 19
My Christmas breakfast casserole smells just like pizza and is sure to delight all your little elves Food and drink My Christmas breakfast casserole smells just like pizza and is sure to delight all your little elves , Rare staff 9:05am, December 19
My husband and I learned a painful lesson about holiday travel with kids — don’t do what we did Rare Life My husband and I learned a painful lesson about holiday travel with kids — don’t do what we did , Rare staff 12:22pm, December 15
Some parents take the Elf on the Shelf way too far Rare Life Some parents take the Elf on the Shelf way too far , Rare staff 2:23pm, December 13
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
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