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

‘Boys are just violent’

I turned my back for a moment to put down the baby.

As I swung around with a towel to dry my daughter, a boy from her swimming lesson swung too. He punched her in the cheek and she stood, stunned.Read More


For the love of Lammily



I bought a Lammily! I bought a Lammily!Read More

Libby and Jonah

In praise of our kids

Libby and Jonah

Baby boomers will tell you we’re raising a generation of softies.Read More

Jellyfish release

Nature, nurture, boys, girls and jellyfish

Mum never let me take sea creatures home from the beach.

I remember many tantrums while begging to adopt a hermit crab or urchin.Read More


Dear 10-year-old Sam

I’ve been chanelling my 10-year-old self a lot lately as I write my next book.Read More

Cool Lib

Lib says the darndest things

Remember Bill Cosby’s Kids Say the Darndest Things?

I reckon I could make a whole television series based on my own daughter’s pearls of wisdom.Read More

Whale face

Let them be whales

“And what do you want to be little girl?” asked the glitter-covered face painter.

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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