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

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea – exploited or exploiter?

There’s this girl who grew up in the town next to mine.

I’ve met her dad a couple of times. He’s an artistic type. Paints, draws, writes, dabbles in stand-up comedy.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


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

Inspire Her Mind

Pretty brilliant advertising

I was going to post about something else tonight, but then I saw this and it couldn’t wait:

Inspire her mind. It’s such a good ad.Read More

Woman on laptop

The truth about work

When I was a kid, I didn’t think much about what life would be like as a mum.

I always knew I wanted children, but when I pictured my future it was more like this:

Woman on laptop

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Lego scientist

Lego ladies in labs

Lego scientist

Woo hoo!

Lego has announced it will be releasing a new female mini-figure series of scientists including a chemist, palaeontologist and an astronomer.Read More


Girl-made nature craft

Crown and maskI love Tuesdays.

I get to spend them with both kids at home and that usually means abandoning chores for play-time.Read More

Kate Middleton

Are royals good role models?

Kate Middleton

I’ve spent the past hour reading about Kate Middleton and it’s numbing my brain.Read More