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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


Me and bub

Advice for new parents

There must be something in the water.

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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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Baby suit

Your baby is not going to marry Prince George

I realise this bodysuit is supposed to be cute. A bit of a joke. Really, I do.

BUT, it still irks me.Read More