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


Taking back Halloween

A few years back, a wonderful teenage girl I knew was bemoaning the fact that all of her friends dressed in ‘sexy’ Halloween costumes.Read More

Say cheese

Why I was terrified of being photographed

I don’t think I know a woman who hasn’t been subjected to at least a handful of unwelcome comments about her appearance throughout her life.Read More

Maria Kang

My excuses for not looking like Maria Kang

So I was trawling Facebook the other day when this popped up:

Maria Kang

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‘Only boys have short hair’

I make bald babies.

Jonah is almost nine months old and pulls off the baldness well. He has a big, perfectly round head with a teeny, tiny smattering of white, blonde hairs on top.Read More


Dear 10-year-old Sam

I’ve been chanelling my 10-year-old self a lot lately as I write my next book.Read More


The Roosters win a fan

Libby has been cock-a-doodle-dooing and flapping her arms all week.

“Cheer for the Roosters!”Read More

Amy Poehler

Smart girls and the importance of being earnest

Have I mentioned how much I love Amy Poehler?

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is no victim

Miley Cyrus is smart. A little lazy, but smart.

When I first witnessed her now infamous ‘twerking’ and absurd tongue flashing at the MTV Video Music Awards, I was a little depressed.Read More