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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


Cape Byron lighthouse

Shining a light on depression

Sometimes I need a lighthouse for my own
Because it gets so dark I can’t see which way I’m going
Oh, lighthouse man I’m all at sea
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Kids' French maid costume

Christmas present don’ts

Last week I let you in on a few of the anti-princess gifts I’ve bought my daughter for Christmas.Read More

Santa on bike

On yer bike, dads

Last Christmas, a friend of mine updated his Facebook status to read: “Here’s a post to all the dads assembling bikes after midnight to keep Santa real for our beautiful kids… a very Merry Christmas.”
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Malala Yousafzai

Sheroes of 2013

1) Malala Yousafzai – Shot in the head by the Taliban while riding a school bus in Pakistan. Yousafzai recovered and became the first girl ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Her United Nations address on her 16th birthday was nothing short of awe-inspiring. If you want to explain to your children the definition of hero, point them towards Yousafzai.
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Toddlers and Tiaras mother and daughter

My Toddlers and Tiaras moment

Libby ballerinaI don’t know what came over me, but it wasn’t pretty.

I was getting Libby ready for her end-of-year dance concert which, unfortunately, required make-up and slicked back hair.

As I put the gunk on her face (about one quarter of the recommended amount in the note sent home to parents) I told her: “This is silly stuff, you know… You’re beautiful without this… Your teacher says it will help people see your face on stage, that’s all.”Read More

Medical case

Anti-princess Christmas gifts

I always go overboard with ‘stuff’ at Christmas.

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Jellyfish release

Nature, nurture, boys, girls and jellyfish

Mum never let me take sea creatures home from the beach.

I remember many tantrums while begging to adopt a hermit crab or urchin.Read More