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


‘Boys are stronger than girls’

It’s kind of poignant that it happened over a broken Barbie doll.

I’ve never felt comfortable with those tip-toed, big-breasted, doe-eyed things.Read More

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

Kids' French maid costume

Christmas present don’ts

Last week I let you in on a few of the anti-princess gifts I’ve bought my daughter for Christmas.Read More

My Toddlers and Tiaras moment

Libby ballerinaI don’t know what came over me, but it wasn’t pretty.

I was getting Libby ready for her end-of-year dance concert which, unfortunately, required make-up and slicked back hair.

As I put the gunk on her face (about one quarter of the recommended amount in the note sent home to parents) I told her: “This is silly stuff, you know… You’re beautiful without this… Your teacher says it will help people see your face on stage, that’s all.”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

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