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


A typical boy


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


For the love of Lammily



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

Thank you GoldieBlox

This. This, this, this:Read More

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

Mop shoes

Cleaning trickery inspired by Pippi

There’s a lot not to like about the girls’ and boys’ toy sections in stores across the globe.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