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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


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

Libby ballerina

Baby ballerina bullies

Libby loves to dance. I think a lot of kids do.

When she’s not dancing, she’s singing. When she’s not singing, she’s humming. But mostly, she’s just dancing.Read More