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


Making an ass out of bullies

‘There’s something you should see.’

One of my friends pointed to the picnic table near the senior study.Read More


A Frozen birthday party

Let it go

I may be a bit of an anti-princess, but I’m not anti-Frozen.Read More

Take flight

Maybe she’ll be a pilot

Amelia Earhart

‘Plane, plane, plane!’

It was one of Libby’s first words.

She sounded like that little guy in Fantasy Island whenever a plane flew overhead.Read More

Happy family

‘I would never’ parents

When I was expecting, there was a group of parents I referred to as the ‘just you wait’ers.

I was a generally happy pregnant woman. No morning sickness, no heartburn, no major physical complaints.

I looked forward to the impending birth of both my kidlets with inexplicable readiness. I didn’t have an overwhelming fear of the process or the pain.

I even felt prepared for parenthood.

My attitude was one of all-round ‘I got this’.

Some people didn’t like that.Read More


Why I write

Woman with a QuillAlways Josefa started this ‘blog hop’ a while ago, in which a whole heap of bloggers answer a few questions about why they write.

Zanni from My Little Sunshine House posted her response here and ‘hopped’ to me.

So, here goes:

What are you working on?

Finalising the editing of my four kids’ novels due for release with Allen & Unwin next year.

A few poems – this is new for me. I’ve actually been a little possessed by poetry for the past month. I’m planning on entering a poetry slam in a few weeks. Will post more details as the date nears. Eek.Read More