Kelly Faircloth

Kelly Faircloth is the executive editor at Scary Mommy, where she commissions freelance pieces; if you’ve got a story you’d like to share, pitch her here! She’d love to hear from you.

Previously, Kelly spent 8 years at, where she wrote the site’s popular Royal Tea column — why yes, that IS Hampton Court Palace in the background of her headshot — and was a senior editor commissioning pieces on books, history, and culture. In her long tenure at the site she also wrote about romance novels, body image, HGTV, American consumer culture, and history, as well as one ridiculously viral post about how medieval people walked. (She still doesn’t understand why so many people clicked on that one.) She started her career at Inc. Magazine and The New York Observer, and she has written for publications including Dwell and Curbed.

A graduate of Harvard University, she grew up in Georgia between a river and a railroad and has a frankly unnerving number of anecdotes about growing up in a swamp. She currently lives in New York with her husband, kindergarten-age daughter (unclear how her daughter is already a kindergartener), and one extremely large and surly cat who sits next to her while she works and makes threatening noises at birds. She has a lot of questions about the world-building in Paw Patrol and can most often be found at the local library, trying to turn her kid into a reader of sword-and-sorcery fantasy novels, a project that is going very well.

For more, her LinkedIn page is here.

mom we love

Nicki Maher Is Just Here To Have A Good Time

ByKelly Faircloth

The content creator, aka @nickiunplugged and @nickimarieinc, has been there, too.

nostalgia queen

Nicole Story Dent Can’t Believe Y2K Style Is Back, Either

ByKelly Faircloth

A quick catchup with your fellow millennial mom horrified by the return of the clothes from when we were 12.

let's get real

Andie MacDowell & Chyler Leigh Are Your New Fave Mother-Daughter TV Duo

ByKelly Faircloth

The stars of Hallmark’s ‘The Way Home’ chat with Scary Mommy about motherhood, aging, Hollywood, and more.

hear me out

Actually, It Can Be A Total Delight To Take Your Kid Places

ByKelly Faircloth

We went to the Big Apple Circus and I got a reminder that this parenting gig can be a lot of fun.

its a look

There Is No Better Example Of The Body Glitter Era Than 'Ever After’

ByKelly Faircloth


The Sex Issue

Why Does My Child's Unicorn Toy Have A Dick?

ByKelly Faircloth

That time I found myself at a toy store, checking plastic horses for genitals.

holiday cheer

Actually, I Love Being A Christmas Baby

ByKelly Faircloth

Don’t pity me!

Not-So-Easy-Bake Oven

Now, Why Did I Think Baking With Kids Would Be Fun?

ByKelly Faircloth

I really, really should have known better.

Firm Opinions

The Best Christmas Tree Ornaments Look Like Crap

ByKelly Faircloth

Keep your perfect color schemes and “tasteful” decor.

Barbie Girl

Am I The Last Mom In America Giving My Daughter A Barbie?

ByKelly Faircloth

I'll do anything to keep her off the Internet. Bring on the plastic.

Endless Drama

Why Do People Love The Royals? Because They’re Messy — Just Like All Of Us

ByKelly Faircloth

Whatever your particular dysfunction, there’s a gilded funhouse reflection somewhere in the Windsor family tree.

Hot accents

The Best British TV Shows To Stream If You're A Fan Of Masterpiece

ByKelly Faircloth

Still chasing that Downton high? Finished with Bridgerton and looking for more longing glances? We’ve got you!


A Love Letter To Our Kids' TV Shows

ByKelly Faircloth

Thank God for Peppa Pig.