Rare staff

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.

She wears a sock on her hand while cleaning the blinds and you’ll marvel at how well it works Rare Life She wears a sock on her hand while cleaning the blinds and you’ll marvel at how well it works , Rare staff 11:19am, June 21
Forget everything you think you know about ribs — this is the ultimate baby back recipe Food and drink Forget everything you think you know about ribs — this is the ultimate baby back recipe , Rare staff 11:23am, June 16
The perfect DIY Father’s Day gift is this cologne made of a little essential oil and a lot of love Rare Life The perfect DIY Father’s Day gift is this cologne made of a little essential oil and a lot of love , Rare staff 11:29am, June 14
Start Father’s Day off right by serving Dad these easy and delicious homemade doughnut holes Food and drink Start Father’s Day off right by serving Dad these easy and delicious homemade doughnut holes , Rare staff 12:03pm, June 12
It may be a lot of work, but making a Double-Double Animal Style In-N-Out Burger is definitely worth the effort Food and drink It may be a lot of work, but making a Double-Double Animal Style In-N-Out Burger is definitely worth the effort , Rare staff 11:27am, June 9
A bag of snacks and a pair of slippers help this mom maintain her sanity while commuting with her kids Rare Life A bag of snacks and a pair of slippers help this mom maintain her sanity while commuting with her kids , Rare staff 11:27am, June 5
She uses these two all-natural ingredients to degrease her kitchen cabinets in seconds Rare Life She uses these two all-natural ingredients to degrease her kitchen cabinets in seconds , Rare staff 11:41am, June 2
Her little makeup trick is a lifesaver for women who never have enough time in the mornings Beauty Her little makeup trick is a lifesaver for women who never have enough time in the mornings , Rare staff 9:26am, May 26
Her delicious homemade pizza is so easy thanks to every mom’s favorite ingredient — rotisserie chicken Food and drink Her delicious homemade pizza is so easy thanks to every mom’s favorite ingredient — rotisserie chicken , Rare staff 9:36am, May 24
This mom resorts to fear to get her 3-year-old daughter to go to bed, but she has a very good reason for it Rare Life This mom resorts to fear to get her 3-year-old daughter to go to bed, but she has a very good reason for it , Rare staff 7:51am, May 22
With an old milk jug and a little creativity, she makes a beautiful birdhouse for her yard Rare Life With an old milk jug and a little creativity, she makes a beautiful birdhouse for her yard , Rare staff 11:28am, May 19
She mixes coleslaw, rotisserie chicken, and almonds to prove that salad doesn’t have to be boring Food and drink She mixes coleslaw, rotisserie chicken, and almonds to prove that salad doesn’t have to be boring , Rare staff 10:28am, May 17
She doesn’t regret painting her 2-year-old son’s nails, but not everyone agrees with her decision Rare Life She doesn’t regret painting her 2-year-old son’s nails, but not everyone agrees with her decision , Rare staff 11:17am, May 15
She shares her perfect Mother’s Day fantasy — but reality is often quite different Rare Life She shares her perfect Mother’s Day fantasy — but reality is often quite different , Rare staff 11:57am, May 12
She dips a toothbrush in boiling water to make this fun and unique Mother’s Day gift Rare Life She dips a toothbrush in boiling water to make this fun and unique Mother’s Day gift , Rare staff 10:35am, May 10
Dads and kids, take note — all she really wants this Mother’s Day is to be served eggs Benedict in bed Food and drink Dads and kids, take note — all she really wants this Mother’s Day is to be served eggs Benedict in bed , Rare staff 1:55pm, May 8
Her cheerful fiesta flowers will spruce up any special event Rare Life Her cheerful fiesta flowers will spruce up any special event , Rare staff 7:08am, May 3
Why wait for Cinco de Mayo? This hot and spicy Mexican corn dip is perfect for any celebration Food and drink Why wait for Cinco de Mayo? This hot and spicy Mexican corn dip is perfect for any celebration , Rare staff 10:59am, May 2
She uses her leftover plastic Easter eggs to make these fun maracas for Cinco de Mayo Rare Life She uses her leftover plastic Easter eggs to make these fun maracas for Cinco de Mayo , Rare staff 10:13am, May 2
Who needs Starbucks? Her homemade pumpkin spice latte is even more delicious — and far cheaper Food and drink Who needs Starbucks? Her homemade pumpkin spice latte is even more delicious — and far cheaper , Rare staff 9:20am, October 14
Once you taste this homemade mac and cheese, you’ll never buy the boxed version again Food and drink Once you taste this homemade mac and cheese, you’ll never buy the boxed version again , Rare staff 1:18pm, September 26
Add some zen to your family’s daily routine with these kid-friendly yoga poses Health Add some zen to your family’s daily routine with these kid-friendly yoga poses , Rare staff 12:09pm, August 9
She soaks oats in almond milk overnight for the easiest on-the-go breakfast ever Food and drink She soaks oats in almond milk overnight for the easiest on-the-go breakfast ever , Rare staff 2:24pm, July 26
Don’t worry, you’re not alone — many adults have pooped in their pants in their cars Rare Life Don’t worry, you’re not alone — many adults have pooped in their pants in their cars , Rare staff 2:58pm, July 6
Never say these five things to working moms Rare Life Never say these five things to working moms , Rare staff 5:33pm, May 31
Breastfeeding moms and airports are doing this to avoid public restrooms Rare Life Breastfeeding moms and airports are doing this to avoid public restrooms , Rare staff 10:32am, March 16
Meatball veggie soup is a simple crockpot freezer meal anyone can make in a rush Food and drink Meatball veggie soup is a simple crockpot freezer meal anyone can make in a rush , Rare staff 6:47pm, February 19
Try this slowcooker Dr Pepper roast beef, and thank us later Food and drink Try this slowcooker Dr Pepper roast beef, and thank us later , Rare staff 1:17pm, January 23