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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


Colleen McCullough

Remembering Colleen McCullough

One of my greatest privileges while working in newspapers was to write obituaries.

At some rags, the obits are palmed off to cadets, not seen as ‘real’ news, especially in small towns where the subjects aren’t exactly famous.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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Jem and the Holograms

Truly outraged over Jem film

Jem and the Holograms

This is truly outrageous. And not in a good way.Read More

Libby's pirate costume

Pirate or wench?

My first mistake was typing ‘girl’s’ before ‘pirate costume.’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

Great grandmother

Great grandcamping

Greetings from sunny Evans Head on the NSW north coast!

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Malala Yousafzai

Sheroes of 2013

1) Malala Yousafzai – Shot in the head by the Taliban while riding a school bus in Pakistan. Yousafzai recovered and became the first girl ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Her United Nations address on her 16th birthday was nothing short of awe-inspiring. If you want to explain to your children the definition of hero, point them towards Yousafzai.
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