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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


Greens War on Barbie

No Gender December wraps up

‘GREENS WAR ON BARBIE’ the headline roared.

It was the perfect front-page story in the lead-up to toy consumerism on steroids – also known as Christmas.Read More

Hermione

Are kids’ stories suffering from Hermione syndrome?

Something got my back up this week, but it’s made me even more determined to fulfil my latest goal.

I want to write a children’s television show.Read More

Lego scientist

Lego ladies in labs

Lego scientist

Woo hoo!

Lego has announced it will be releasing a new female mini-figure series of scientists including a chemist, palaeontologist and an astronomer.Read More

#ihaveembraced

Embracing health

I just donated to a project that encourages women to live happily with their bodies the way they are.

At the same time I’m on a 30-day health kick.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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Taryn Brumfitt

The Body Image Movement

Taryn Brumfitt

Apparently I’ve been hiding under a rock, because I’ve only just discovered Taryn Brumfitt and The Body Image Movement.Read More

International Women's Day

Why we need International Women’s Day

International Women's Day

“Is it my turn with the handsaw?” “How about you sweep up the sawdust, love.” – Me, age 13, and school woodwork teacher.Read More