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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.


When my kids are stuck inside, I create this Impossible Mission obstacle course for them to play Rare Life When my kids are stuck inside, I create this Impossible Mission obstacle course for them to play , Rare staff 2:00pm, January 12
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
A very important message from Elissa the Mom: Tyson and I are NOT married Rare Life A very important message from Elissa the Mom: Tyson and I are NOT married , Rare staff 11:21am, January 2
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
Get your coworkers hooked on Christmas crack, my favorite sweet and salty holiday snack Food and drink Get your coworkers hooked on Christmas crack, my favorite sweet and salty holiday snack , Rare staff 9:17am, 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
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