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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 [email protected].

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
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
She fills a pie crust with tomatoes and cheese, and the results are unbelievably delicious Food and drink She fills a pie crust with tomatoes and cheese, and the results are unbelievably delicious , Rare staff 2:57pm, August 18
Her love-hate relationship with Pinterest is exhausting, but she just can’t give it up Rare Life Her love-hate relationship with Pinterest is exhausting, but she just can’t give it up , Rare staff 9:52am, August 17
1 pan, 2 ingredients, and absolutely no churning — this is the easiest homemade ice cream ever Food and drink 1 pan, 2 ingredients, and absolutely no churning — this is the easiest homemade ice cream ever , Rare staff 12:33pm, August 15
She found this DIY tricycle car wash while browsing Pinterest and knew she had to make it Rare Life She found this DIY tricycle car wash while browsing Pinterest and knew she had to make it , Rare staff 1:55pm, August 14
The simple childhood joy of blowing bubbles gets a huge upgrade with this hack Rare Life The simple childhood joy of blowing bubbles gets a huge upgrade with this hack , Rare staff 2:36pm, August 4
You’re making French toast wrong — this is the best version you’ll ever taste Food and drink You’re making French toast wrong — this is the best version you’ll ever taste , Rare staff 10:29am, August 4
A basket of goodies and that “Clean Up Song” from “Barney” are enough to motivate kids to tidy up Rare Life A basket of goodies and that “Clean Up Song” from “Barney” are enough to motivate kids to tidy up , Rare staff 8:24am, August 4
Your kids will enjoy this dance party so much, they won’t realize they’re doing chores at the same time Rare Life Your kids will enjoy this dance party so much, they won’t realize they’re doing chores at the same time , Rare staff 8:23am, August 1
She convinces her kids that cleaning is fun by turning their chores into games Rare Life She convinces her kids that cleaning is fun by turning their chores into games , Rare staff 12:10pm, July 28
She used to yell, but now this mom has a healthier way of dealing with squabbling kids Rare Life She used to yell, but now this mom has a healthier way of dealing with squabbling kids , Rare staff 8:23am, July 27
Stop buying sugar-laden Popsicles and make your own using nothing but fresh fruit Food and drink Stop buying sugar-laden Popsicles and make your own using nothing but fresh fruit , Rare staff 11:22am, July 26
It’s hard to believe that she made this trendy top in less than a minute Rare Life It’s hard to believe that she made this trendy top in less than a minute , Rare staff 11:15am, July 21
She wants new glasses and needs your help to pick out the perfect pair Rare Life She wants new glasses and needs your help to pick out the perfect pair , Rare staff 11:25am, July 19
She gathers clothespins, pompoms and googly eyes to make the cutest rainy day craft Rare Life She gathers clothespins, pompoms and googly eyes to make the cutest rainy day craft , Rare staff 11:30am, July 12
Your stove burners are probably filthy, but there’s an effortless way to clean them Rare Life Your stove burners are probably filthy, but there’s an effortless way to clean them , Rare staff 11:50am, July 10
In just a few steps, a huge plastic sheet becomes an irresistibly fun homemade Slip ‘N Slide Rare Life In just a few steps, a huge plastic sheet becomes an irresistibly fun homemade Slip ‘N Slide , Rare staff 12:04pm, July 7
Stop buying expensive disinfecting wipes — you can make your own with just 3 ingredients Rare Life Stop buying expensive disinfecting wipes — you can make your own with just 3 ingredients , Rare staff 11:32am, July 5
Her red white and blue Fourth of July potato salad has a special ingredient that sets it apart from all the rest Food and drink Her red white and blue Fourth of July potato salad has a special ingredient that sets it apart from all the rest , Rare staff 11:25am, July 3
Her sweet, kid-friendly 4th of July punch has delicious red white and blue layers Food and drink Her sweet, kid-friendly 4th of July punch has delicious red white and blue layers , Rare staff 6:50pm, June 29
Nothing says “Fourth of July” like a big ol’ slice of this strawberry and blueberry American pie Food and drink Nothing says “Fourth of July” like a big ol’ slice of this strawberry and blueberry American pie , Rare staff 11:56pm, June 25
With just a few fabric scraps, she makes the perfect hideout for her kids Rare Life With just a few fabric scraps, she makes the perfect hideout for her kids , Rare staff 11:24am, June 23