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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


Billy B Brown

Books my six-year-old loves

So, Miss Five is no longer and Miss Six is.

She’s starting to read on her own and I’m often asked what she thinks of my books…Read More

Too Busy Sleeping

Zanni Louise’s Too Busy Sleeping

Way back when (2013), I was randomly Googling ‘green smoothies’ (it was when they were the ‘new thing’, not the yawn-worthy highly Instagrammed beverage they are now).

In some sort of cyber-round-about way, I ended up reading a blog post about a smoothie shop in my home town of Byron Bay called Naked Treaties.

That post was written by northern New South Wales blogger Zanni Louise.Read More

Anti-Princess Club

Is it too strong to say ‘anti’ princess?

Phew. It’s been a busy month.

I’ve done a lot of interviews including national TV and radio spots, I’ve written blog posts for the likes of Mamamia and Kidspot, and been the subject of several reviews. I’ve started compiling the media mentions and appearances here if you’re keen to go through them.Read More

Cinderella

Cinderella movie review

Sit down. What I’m about to say may shock you.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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Medical case

Anti-princess Christmas gifts

I always go overboard with ‘stuff’ at Christmas.

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Amy Poehler

Smart girls and the importance of being earnest

Have I mentioned how much I love Amy Poehler?

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Teepee view

In search of a princess-free teepee

One of the reasons I set up this blog was to document the ‘anti-princess’ play time activities I get up to with the kids.Read More