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Primarily, I’m a wife, mom and stepmom and hybrid homeschooler living in Nashville, TN with my husband, seven-year-old son and nine year old daughter. My 21 and 23 year old stepdaughters are now off at college.
When I’m not writing this blog, I work as a freelance writer specializing in the topics of travel, parenting, humor, personal essay, and – the ultimate assignment- anything that combines all four. I’m also working on the upcoming lifestyle/travel TV show Tout Your Town, which I host and co-write- I’m currently nominated for an Emmy for my work on it! And I’m trying to find the time to write a book. (Pssst. If you’re an agent or publisher and you’re interested? LET’S TALK.)
So that’s me in a nutshell. If you’re looking for an official resume and work experience, keep reading.
Suburban Turmoil launched in 2005 and currently averages 662,000 unique monthly visitors, mostly women ages 25-54. (Screenshots of metrics are available on request.) Posts on Suburban Turmoil regularly go viral, whether they’re about fruit flies, Restoration Hardware, ordering cheap clothing from an overseas website, or having your last child.
A big part of the reason for my traffic is my Facebook following. While their numbers are small compared to other Facebook fan pages (about 14,000 friends and fans at last count), every single fan found my Facebook page and liked it on her own, without any invitation from me. Consequently, my Facebook fans are pretty passionate about Suburban Turmoil, and tend to read, like, and/or share most of what they see from Suburban Turmoil in their news feeds. That’s why a typical Suburban Turmoil post is viewed on Facebook by anywhere from 30,000-200,000 Facebook users.
I also generally cross-post my most popular posts on the Huffington Post, where they do very well and lead even more followers to my Facebook and Twitter accounts.
It also helps that Suburban Turmoil has been mentioned in scores of newspapers over the years, including the Chicago Tribune, The Tennessean, and the Austin American-Statesman, in magazines (Redbook, All You) and on hundreds of websites (WashingtonPost.com, Salon.com, Newsweek.com, Slate.com, BBC.com, AdAge.com, GoodHousekeeping.com). In April of 2014, a post from Suburban Turmoil was even read on the U.S. Senate floor.
I have also been named a Top 100 Mom Blogger by Babble.com. I’ve been named by SAY Media as one of the 100 most influential voices on the web, listed as one of Parenting Magazine’s Must-Read Mom Bloggers and named a Top 50 Mom Blogger in Access Communications’ social media study. Awards for Suburban Turmoil include Divine Caroline’s Editor’s Pick for Best Mom Blog, Parents Connect’s voters’ choice for Best Local Blog in Nashville, and the Best of Blogs award for Best Parenting Blog.
I started the style blog, She’s Still Got It, in December 2009 as a companion blog to Suburban Turmoil. I sold it to CafeMom, the number one mom’s site on the Internet, in May of the following year. I continued to write the blog under the She’s Still Got It column header for CafeMom’s blog, The Stir until 2013, when I decided to take a break from fashion writing in order to focus a little more on another passion- travel. My writing for She’s Still Got It has been syndicated on Yahoo! Shine and the Huffington Post and quoted on CNN.com and in The Guardian.
From 2006 until 2011, I wrote a very popular weekly newspaper column about my life for the Nashville Scene, our local alt-weekly. People either thought the column was the best thing ever or they hated it with a vitriolic passion, which certainly made for some interesting reader mail! Despite my detractors (who were, I have to admit, almost all crusty older individuals who were adamant that one could not be SNARKY and IRREVERENT about the SACRED ACT OF PARENTING. And pageant moms. Pageant moms really didn’t like me, either. Oh, and also, the Green Hills Moms Club, and Martina McBride, and a certain television producer, who swore she’d see to it that I never worked in Nashville or LA again. But I digress.), I was voted one of Nashville’s top three local columnists in the Best of Nashville awards.
I’ve also written columns for the Nashville City Paper, the Louisville Eccentric Observer, and Geez Magazine, and I was the blended family blogger for three years for Parents Magazine. My blog posts have been reprinted on numerous websites, including WNBC.com, iVillage.com, and Reuters.com. I’ve also been featured in the books, Attack of the Fifty-Foot Hormones (HarperCollins), The Digital Moms Handbook (Harper Paperbacks), and Kirtsy Takes a Bow (Bright Sky Press).
And then there was that year I covered the presidential election…
Yes. It’s true. As CafeMom’s election correspondent in 2012, I spent the year on the campaign trail, interviewing the presidential candidates, covering the primaries and conventions, hosting forums between moms and candidates, and talking to moms about the issues that mattered most to them. CafeMom partnered with Headline News for the election, which meant that many of my reports appeared on HLN newscasts. I also frequently appeared live on HLN in 2012 as a commentator on the ‘mom vote.’ I was a special commentator for HLN at both political conventions and CNN’s Kyra Phillips and I co-moderated panels of moms at those conventions for HLN special reports.
My Tweets regarding the election were retweeted both by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama– but my favorite moment of the election year was when a CafeMom forum with Newt Gingrich that I co-moderated made headlines after Gingrich broke down in tears. That was kind of awesome.
After the election, I became a contributor to HLN’s Raising America with Kyra Phillips.
As if covering a presidential election weren’t enough, that year I also created and hosted I’ll Take That Dare, a popular CafeMom video series that was funded by YouTube. I’ll Take That Dare ran for four seasons and was listed as a ‘Top TV on the Web’ pick in USA Today.
Occasionally, I do commercial video work for brands. This ad is one of a five-part series I did for Hasbro and Procter & Gamble’s holiday 2013 season:
In 2011, I was selected in a nationwide search as one of iVillage’s iVoices, and I’ve appeared in video segments for that franchise. Before that, I co-hosted BlogHer’s weekly parenting webcast, “Backtalk.”
Prior to having kids and becoming a blogger, I was a freelance television writer and producer. I wrote and produced episodes of the CMT series, Inside Fame, writing the television biographies of celebrities including John Mellencamp, Wynonna Judd, and Brooks & Dunn. (I was slated to be the writer for Johnny Cash’s episode of Inside Fame, which ended up being the last interview he gave before he died, but I briefly left the writer rotation for that show in order to do a CMT special. I WILL NEVER NOT REGRET THAT DECISION. AAARGH.) Where were we? Oh yes. I was a writer and producer for CMT’s 100 Greatest Country Music Songs and 100 Greatest Country Music Videos, and I’ve produced shows and segments for cable networks A&E, Hallmark Channel, and GAC. I also wrote and produced an Emmy-nominated 30 minute program on HIV/AIDS for NBC affiliate WSMV in Nashville and earned another Emmy nomination for my reporting on “Tennessee’s Wild Side,” a program on Nashville’s PBS affiliate station, WNPT.
I began my career as the morning anchor for Columbia, South Carolina ABC affiliate WOLO-TV. After working at WOLO for three years, I moved to Nashville for a job at NBC affiliate WSMV-TV. While working as a reporter and fill-in anchor there, I earned an Emmy Award and two Emmy nominations for my reporting.
Working with Brands
I enjoy working with brands on a limited basis– I carefully select opportunities that fit my lifestyle or that I believe my readers would particularly enjoy. A few recent highlights:
-I’m currently working with Nintendo (along with my kids) on an ongoing basis, and I recently completed campaigns with PayPal, Invisalign, and Chevrolet.
-In May 2014, I was a chosen to be a representative of Derby sponsor Cottonelle at the Kentucky Derby.
–In January and February of 2014, I hosted Procter & Gamble’s Medal-Worthy Moments initiative at CafeMom. Throughout the Sochi Olympics and Paralympics, I headed up P&G-sponsored discussions about the games for CafeMom’s millions of members.
–I helped create and host the CheeseburgHer Party, sponsored by McDonalds, which was the closing party at the annual BlogHer Conference for seven straight years. I have worked with McDonalds quite a bit over the last several years, visiting its headquarters, attending various McDonalds events across the country, and interviewing former McDonalds CEO Jan Fields several times.
–I served as an ambassador for CVS MinuteClinic at Mom 2.0 in 2013. Later in the year, I visited CVS headquarters in Providence where I met with members of the executive team and got a behind-the-scenes look at operations.
Appearances and Speaking Engagements
I have spoken at the BlogHer conference numerous times and at the KEEN Digital Summit. In 2012, I was one of three panelists at the national United Way Opportunity Town Hall Meeting, alongside PBS CEO Paula Kerger and Alma Powell, wife of Gen. Colin Powell. I also was chosen as a keynote speaker for BlogHer‘s very first Community Keynote Address, where I got to read my Suburban Turmoil post about The Wiggles.
I speak often in Nashville to various groups and organizations.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s Really Going On in Those Restoration Hardware Children’s Catalog Photos, The Huffington Post
Everything the Internet taught me about being 39 is a lie, Salon
Nashville Rallies Behind TV Reporter’s Winter Hat, Poynter Institute
Suburban Turmoil Parodies Restoration Hardware Catalog, iVillage
Nashville Reporter’s Hat Gets Its Own Social Media Following, Media Bistro
Pottery Barn Kids Living: “Just Like That Scene in Poltergeist”, Babycenter
U.S. Woman Complains About ‘Ridiculously Cheap Clothing from Singapore‘, AsiaOne
Singapore Blogshop Sizes Too Small? This Blogger Found Out the Hard Way, The New Paper
Web Coolness, Cool Mom Picks
10 Touching Parenting Stories That Will Make You Cry, Slice
Restoration Hardware Wire, Curbed
The Best of the Parenting Blogosphere, The Huffington Post
6 Must-Read Mom Blogs, Daily Parent
Best Parenting Tweets of the Week, The Huffington Post
TOP MOMS: Babble.com Ranks 100 Most Influential Mom Bloggers, ABC.com
News You Can Use, Instapundit
Take 5: Daily Links, NickMom
Babble.com’s Top 100 Mom Blogs Announced, The Huffington Post
“The Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2011,” Babble
“Now, Mommy Bloggers Have Their Own Talent Agency,” AdAge
“5 Steps to a More Active Community,” Disqus.com
“CafeMom Takes on Pinterest, Wanelo with Its Own Shopping Site, The Prowl,” TechCrunch
“9 Ultimate Family Road Trips,” Redbook Magazine
“The Power of Female Blogging,” BBC.com
“Parenting the Web,” London Times
“Tennessee Kids Lack Skills for Kindergarten,” The Tennessean
“Confessions of a Mommyblogger,” Cookie Magazine
“Trusted Mom or Sellout?” Newsweek.com
“Three Blogs for When I’m Feeling Snarky,” GoodHousekeeping.com
“Don’t Hate Mommy Bloggers for Their Swag,” AdAge.com
SAY Media 100, SAY Media.com
“iVillage Announces Their 10 Newest iVoices,” ShePosts.com
“Mom Sells Out”, Salon.com
“Interview with Lindsay Ferrier,” WorkItMom.com
“Suburban Turmoil’s Lindsay Harnesses the Power of the Internet to Help Nashville Flood Victims,” BlogHer.com
“Tennesseans Reaching Out About Nashville Flood,” Knoxville News Sentinel
“Survive Your Middle Schooler’s Changing Behavior,” Scholastic.com
“Blog It, Toledo” Toledo Free Press
“Is There Value in Mom-Only (or Dad-Only) Playgroups?” Washington Post
“Confessions of a Backyard Blogger,“ UMASS Magazine
“Defining a Movement: Mom 2.0 Conference” PaperCity Magazine
“Top Ten Mommy Blogs,” InventorSpot.com
“Women Tuning Out Morning Newscasts,” Chicago Tribune
“Blogger Hits Nerve with Stay at Home Moms,” The Tennessean
“Best Mom and Dad Blogs Don’t Take Parenting Too Seriously,” The Birmingham News
“Bloggers Turn Baby Talk into Cyber Chat,” New Jersey Star-Ledger
Oversharing About Your Divorce Can Cost You HLN
Kate Upton’s SI Cover is Raising Eyebrows HLN
Did Mitt Win With Moms? HLN
Moms Weigh In: Any Substance to Fiery Debate? HLN
She’s Voting for Romney, He’s Voting for Obama! HLN
Moms Say They’re Voting for Obama, HLN
What Moms Want to Hear from Mitt Romney, HLN
GOP Moms: What Matters to Us, HLN
Your Take: Are Moms Tired of BOTH Parties? HLN
Moms Talk Back: Did Ann Romney Hit Home? HLN
So That’s Why Florida’s a Battleground State! HLN
Gingrich, Unlike Cain, Survives Because He Apologized for Cheating, The Daily Beast
Words of Wisdom for Politicans, From Their Moms, The Huffington Post
What if Politics Had an Academy Awards? ABC World News
Perry Gets Emotional Talking About Wife, NBC Nightly News
Newt Gingrich cries while recalling late mother, MSNBC
HLN Looks Beyond Beltway for Race to the White House 2012, CNN.com
Hear from Moms in America’s Poorest City, Headline News
Latinas Say They’re Not Happy with Politicians, HLN
Ohio Moms Split on the Issues, Headline News
Perry on Huntsman and his daughters, CNN.com
HLN to Highlight Moms at Conventions, MediaBistro.com
Stephen Colbert Gets Cold Reaction from South Carolina Mothers at CafeMom Town Hall, The Huffington Post
Rick Santorum Substitutes Faith for Policy in South Carolina, The Nation
Michelle rallies female voters behind her husband, Washington Examiner
Lindsay Ferrier Moderates Newt Gingrich Panel, BlogHer.com
Gingrich Tours Georgia with Message of Cheap Gas, Storyful.com
She’s Still Got It:
“New York Fashion Week champions curves in a catwalk revolution,” The Guardian
Von Furstenberg’s non-runway project: Haute hospital gowns, CNN.com
“Mom Blogger Lindsay Ferrier” (television appearance) WSMV-TV
“She’s Still Got It: Lindsay Ferrier’s Style Blog Sold to CafeMom,” BlogHer.com
“Plus-Sized Stunner Crystal Renn a Sell-Out After Slimming Down?” Popcrunch.com
Street Style: Day 1 at the Republican National Convention, BlogHer.com
“Ashley Judd Takes On Puffy Face Haters,” Newser
“Mothering in Style,” Tennessean.com
“Justin Bieber’s ‘Ridiculous’ Perfume Commercial,” TheWeek.com
“Stylish Clothes for Moms on a Tight Budget” BabyCheapskate.com
“Angelina, Nicole “looking old overnight,” OCRegister.com
I’ll Take That Dare:
“TV on the Web Picks for August 18, 2012,” USA Today
“Lindsay Ferrier Tries Out Temporary Lip Tattoos for Video Series,” WSMV-TV
“Mom Takes Fashion Dares for New Series,” WSMV-TV