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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


My Toddlers and Tiaras moment

Libby ballerinaI don’t know what came over me, but it wasn’t pretty.

I was getting Libby ready for her end-of-year dance concert which, unfortunately, required make-up and slicked back hair.

As I put the gunk on her face (about one quarter of the recommended amount in the note sent home to parents) I told her: “This is silly stuff, you know… You’re beautiful without this… Your teacher says it will help people see your face on stage, that’s all.”Read More