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


The stories behind the boobs

A topless bar has just opened in my famous little town.

It’s not a place I plan to frequent, but its opening has raised a lot of questions about whether something so ‘Gold Coast’ belongs in the Byron Bay CBD (not far from the beach, a kids’ playground and other ‘family friendly’ venues).

This blog isn’t about that. It’s about the women who work there.Read More

ANTM winner

Big foreheads are in

I’m ashamed to say I’ve watched the odd episode of these Next Top Model series with an ugly sense of schadenfreude.Read More

Brave Girls Want

My words on a Times Square billboard

You may recall a post of mine a few months back about a crowd-funding campaign being run by the Brave Girls Alliance.Read More

Dad quote

Mother-son, father-daughter, it’s all the same

I’ve always found quotes like this about mother-son relationships a little creepy:Read More

Libby ballerina

Baby ballerina bullies

Libby loves to dance. I think a lot of kids do.

When she’s not dancing, she’s singing. When she’s not singing, she’s humming. But mostly, she’s just dancing.Read More

Baby suit

Your baby is not going to marry Prince George

I realise this bodysuit is supposed to be cute. A bit of a joke. Really, I do.

BUT, it still irks me.Read More


‘Only mans ride motorbikes’

I took the kids for a walk around the ‘hood this morning and a motorcyclist rode past.Read More