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Samantha Turnbull Writer, mother, anti-princess

Jellyfish in Byron Bay

The non-hipster-mum-on-a-budget guide to Byron Bay

I’ve lived in ‘the Bay’ for about 15 years. That means I’m nowhere close to being a local… never really will be, but my kids are born and bred (they’ll just have to cop their mum being called a ‘blow-in’ – yawn).

I love it here, but have to deal with almost daily slandering of the place from colleagues and family who live in surrounding towns.

One relo called it ‘Nimbin by the sea’ at Christmas lunch… but I wasn’t sure if he meant it as a criticism or compliment, because the dude was actually from Nimbin himself.

I get why some people loathe it – it’s expensive, it’s busy, it’s a bit of a scene… but it’s not all of those things all of the time.Read More


Whale face

Let them be whales

“And what do you want to be little girl?” asked the glitter-covered face painter.

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Brave Girls Alliance

Brave girls want…

I’ve always loved the idea of crowd funding and I have wasted more than a few hours browsing through the thousands of online calls for help from creative types around the globe.Read More

Jonah

A lesson in shopping around

So, I’ve already broken the first commandment of blogging – thou shalt not leave too long between posts.Read More