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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


Jonah

A typical boy

Jonah

My son is a whirlwind. Always has been.

He rolled across the floor at nine weeks old. He crawled, walked, ran and climbed in his first year.Read More

Kate Middleton

Are royals good role models?

Kate Middleton

I’ve spent the past hour reading about Kate Middleton and it’s numbing my brain.Read More

From Beauty Redefined

Top 10 girl sites

I’ve had a few inquiries lately asking for advice on good girl empowerment-themed websites/blogs .

Here’s 10 of my top picks in no particular order (ie they’re all great.)

A Mighty Girl1) A Mighty Girl – this is very much consumer-driven, but it’s an absolute treasure trove of products that don’t perpetuate girly stereotypes.

The creators say it’s ‘the world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.’

The only downside is, if you’re in Australia like me, a lot of the stuff comes from OS, so you can end up paying a lot in postage.

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Liberty

Happy fourth birthday Liberty

Liberty

Dear Libby,

I’m going to be straight-up here and say four scares me a bit.

There’s no pretending you’re a baby, or even a toddler, anymore.Read More