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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


Toothless daughter

I’m getting ‘a little work done’

I’m of the age where I’m noticing a lot of my friends are having ‘a little work done.’

New boobs, tummy tucks, smoothed out foreheads, fuller lips.

Some of it is hugely obvious. Some of it is subtle. Some I’m sure I haven’t noticed.Read More

Writing tips with a grain of salt

Something distressing happened to me a few months back.

I lost my writing time.Read More