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

Amy Poehler

Smart girls and the importance of being earnest

Have I mentioned how much I love Amy Poehler?

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Brave Girls Want

My words on a Times Square billboard

You may recall a post of mine a few months back about a crowd-funding campaign being run by the Brave Girls Alliance.Read More


‘Only mans ride motorbikes’

I took the kids for a walk around the ‘hood this morning and a motorcyclist rode past.Read More

Mop shoes

Cleaning trickery inspired by Pippi

There’s a lot not to like about the girls’ and boys’ toy sections in stores across the globe.Read More

Brave Girls Alliance

Brave girls want…

I’ve always loved the idea of crowd funding and I have wasted more than a few hours browsing through the thousands of online calls for help from creative types around the globe.Read More