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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


Libby and Jonah

In praise of our kids

Libby and Jonah

Baby boomers will tell you we’re raising a generation of softies.Read More

Batboy and batgirl

I have lots of boyfriends

I was recently eavesdropping on a conversation between my three-year-old daughter, Libby, and our four-year-old neighbour, Nick, as they played outside.

Nick: Do you have a boyfriend?Read More

Jonah and cake

My one-year-old boy

Number one cake

My blue-eyed boy turns one today.Read More

Children's high heels

Do we flatly refuse to wear high heels?

She toddled out to the lounge room looking like some sort of bejewelled, Dame Edna-ish dwarf.Read More

Me and bub

Advice for new parents

There must be something in the water.

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Great grandmother

Great grandcamping

Greetings from sunny Evans Head on the NSW north coast!

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