Shipping container houses

The video shows Lulu’s tiny home in California – a recycled shipping container with an attached cargo trailer bedroom.  Lulu is a single mom who had gone back to school and didn’t have the time or interest in working full-time to pay for rent. So when she had to move out of her more conventional home, she decided to move herself and her daughter into a shipping container. The container has been modified with recycled and reclaimed materials.

I love the idea of living in a recycled shipping container. I’d love one for my office.

Would you live in one?


Places to buy shipping containers for accommodation:

How to make your own dry shampoo

Here is a great recipe for a natural alternative to dry shampoo. It will help to absorb excess oil and is a convenient quick fix in-between washes.

1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1/4 cup of rice flour

  1. Mix together all the ingredients and keep in an air-tight container.
  2. Massage into the scalp and through the hair as needed.
  3. Leave for about 5 minutes then brush out vigorously. You may like to stand over a sink as it can be a bit messy!

Alternatively you may like to ditch your shampoo gradually and know how to go shampoo free (also know as “no ‘poo”).

Putting the cents in ClimateSmart

We had a ClimateSmart Home Service recently. I was pleased to find out that Brisbane City Council were offering a rebate for the service. We got a couple of free light bulbs and a wireless energy monitor. The first monitor the electrician put in couldn’t pick up our usage as it was so low. The electrician asked me to turn the television on and tried a second one. This time it worked.

The electrician told me how earlier on in the week, he had visited an elderly lady who had her air conditioning turned off. Even though the outside temperature was over 35°C. He asked her to turn the aircon back on, because he could tell from her bill that she usually had it on!

Matt played with the energy monitor for a few days. Our fridge uses 6-8 cents per hour, depending on whether it was powering up or not. The breadmaker was 18 cents. The steamer was 24 cents. The fluoro light in our kitchen was also fairly high.

Highly recommended if you want to reduce your electricity bill.

On the garden front, there’s no news. Matt sprinkled derris dust everywhere and it looks like we have gotten rid of the remaining grasshoppers. We still have lots of black bugs, with an orange strip on the front and lots of orange dots on their belly. We were not sure what they are and if they are goodies or baddies?