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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


NSW Finals Poetry Slam

Poetry slam state finals

The organisers of the Australian Poetry Slam have uploaded the vid of my performance at the NSW Finals.


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Pre-school graduation

My pre-school graduate

Holy cuteness, Lib graduated from pre-school today.

It was the loveliest morning. Read More

Lego ad

Lego, snow, a pony and spaceship

Libby wrote her Santa letter today.

There was no time for small talk. No ‘how’s life in the North Pole treating you?’, ‘did Rudolph like the spinach we left out last year? Sorry we didn’t have any carrots.’

She cut straight to the chase. The list of ‘wants.’Read More

Swimming

Mums do swim

Have you ever noticed how the word ‘princess’ evolves from term of endearment to insult as a girl grows?

I’m not quite sure at what age the transition happens, but a ‘princess’ who is a teenager or woman is often being referred to as such because she is spoilt, sheltered, cowardly or stuck-up.Read More

Rapunzel

The tangled web I wove

Elsagate reached its peak last week.

I was at the supermarket for no more than half an hour and counted FOUR pre-schoolers in sparkly blue lamé and cheap white mesh – AKA Elsa costumes.Read More

Elsa hair-tie

Enough of Elsa

Did I say I liked Frozen? I did, didn’t I?

Well, I’ve had enough. Especially, of Elsa.Read More

Poetry slam

Me – the slam poet

Know what I love about being 30+?Read More

September 11

September 11’s kids

The bus began to slow down as it edged closer to its stop in suburban New Jersey.Read More