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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


Hermione

Are kids’ stories suffering from Hermione syndrome?

Something got my back up this week, but it’s made me even more determined to fulfil my latest goal.

I want to write a children’s television show.Read More

Inspire Her Mind

Pretty brilliant advertising

I was going to post about something else tonight, but then I saw this and it couldn’t wait:

Inspire her mind. It’s such a good ad.Read More

Jonah

A typical boy

Jonah

My son is a whirlwind. Always has been.

He rolled across the floor at nine weeks old. He crawled, walked, ran and climbed in his first year.Read More

Motorbike

‘Only mans ride motorbikes’

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