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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


Greens War on Barbie

No Gender December wraps up

‘GREENS WAR ON BARBIE’ the headline roared.

It was the perfect front-page story in the lead-up to toy consumerism on steroids – also known as Christmas.Read More

Lego ad

Lego, snow, a pony and spaceship

Libby wrote her Santa letter today.

There was no time for small talk. No ‘how’s life in the North Pole treating you?’, ‘did Rudolph like the spinach we left out last year? Sorry we didn’t have any carrots.’

She cut straight to the chase. The list of ‘wants.’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

Lammily

For the love of Lammily

Lammily

 

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

Thank you GoldieBlox

This. This, this, this: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

Merida, before and after

Keep Merida Brave

Here’s a bad parenting confession: I couldn’t wait for Lib to watch television.Read More

Getting to know you

Hi there, and welcome to my new blog.Read More