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


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


Embracing health

I just donated to a project that encourages women to live happily with their bodies the way they are.

At the same time I’m on a 30-day health kick.Read More

The Body Image Movement

Taryn Brumfitt

Apparently I’ve been hiding under a rock, because I’ve only just discovered Taryn Brumfitt and The Body Image Movement.Read More

Pink butt

Hello Mrs Wobbly Bottom

Pink butt

Libby is a comedian. There’s no doubt about it.

Her most often used excuse is:  “I was just trying to be funny.”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

ANTM winner

Big foreheads are in

I’m ashamed to say I’ve watched the odd episode of these Next Top Model series with an ugly sense of schadenfreude.Read More

Pregnant me and Liberty

How lucky we are to have these bodies

My hips have widened, my thighs touch and my belly… well, it’s a mass of wrinkled, puckered and stretched skin.Read More