Brooke Hall

Brooke and Mason Hall are a mother-son team. She’s a freelance writer with a journalism background. He’s a teenager who loves all things electronic, which he often buys secondhand to fiddle with and dissect.

Penny-pinching Nespresso owners savor Geesta foils

ARTICLE – While traveling Europe, we knew we were in a nice hotel if it had a Nespresso coffee maker. So when I saw one of these fancy machines for less than $150 at a Black Friday sale, the temptation proved too great. While the foamy, coffee goodness did not disappoint, we quickly ran out …

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PoyPet’s harness gives dog owners peace of mind

NEWS – PoyPet’s dog harness is well designed and easy to clip into place, even with an anxious little pup like mine. Plus, it discourages your canine companion from pulling without choking them. While hiking in Red River Gorge, Kentucky, my high-energy lab mix got spooked and wiggled herself right out of her harness. It …

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Amazon’s Subscribe & Save auto-delivers discounts and convenience

ARTICLE – I got hooked on Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program when my boys were infants. As a busy, working mom, it was almost too good to be true, the idea that I’d never again run out of diapers, wipes or formula. A decade later, and I’m still using this service every month. In fact, …

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Fasten shoes in a cinch with Lock Laces

NEWS – Now that our sandals are stashed for the season, it’s sneaker time in my house. Because we’re always rushing somewhere—school, work, errands, dog walks, kids’ activities—it becomes a hassle to constantly tie and retie our shoes. If you’re like me and always have your hands full, it’s even worse. So last year I …

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EarFun Free truly wireless earbuds review

REVIEW – If you’re looking for super lightweight earbuds, EarFun Free earbuds are only 2 ounces and they’re comfortable enough to wear all day. They have a sleek, efficient design that can fit into your pocket. But most importantly, they deliver impressive sound quality without being outrageously expensive. What is it? In-ear headphones that are …

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Creative Outlier Gold True wireless earbuds review

REVIEW – Creative Outlier Gold True Wireless earbuds are an update to the Creative Outlier Air True Wireless earbuds that Julie reviewed back in May. The new Gold True earbuds are designed to fit comfortably in your ear and to boost excellent sound quality with their new “headphone holography” Super X-fi feature. What is it? …

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Pocket-sized Playaway makes audiobooks accessible

NEWS – I’ve been wanting to read Where the Crawdads Sing for months. But bestsellers like that can be tough to find at the library, and I rarely buy books unless I can find them second hand. Even my usual library trick, to look for the audiobook or large-print version, didn’t seem to work this …

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TaoTronics SoundSurge 60 active noise cancelling headphones review

REVIEW – TaoTronics SoundSurge60 headphones have a comfortable design, Bluetooth connection and built-in microphone. What is it? These over-the-ear headphones come with noise-canceling capabilities and fold up nicely to fit inside their hard-shell carrying case.  What’s in the box? Headphones  Carrying case   User guide  3.5mm audio cable  Charging cable Hardware specs Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 or …

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Love the candle, hate the flame? Try a Darice candle warmer.

NEWS – Vanilla. Apple pie. Sugar cookie. Pumpkin spice. Festive pine. It doesn’t matter the season, I love the smell of a scented candle.  At the same time, I’m not a big fan of open flames. My house is too full of kids and dogs, chaos and crazy. But my niece turned me on to …

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BriteOWL light-up wall outlet cover review

REVIEW – In May, BriteOWL released outlet covers that double as nightlights and emergency backup lighting, without taking up outlet space. What is it? A replacement power outlet cover with LEDs across the bottom that turn on automatically when it’s dark or if the power goes out. What’s in the box? The outlet cover Screws …

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Hompow portable projector review

REVIEW – The Hompow portable projector is lightweight and casts a screen size of up to 176 inches (diagonal). What is it? An easy-to-use, basic projector. What’s in the box? Projector Instruction manual Remote Charger HDMI to HDMI cord Hardware specs Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.8 x 2.8 inches Weight: 3.1 pounds Brightness: 2400 lumens, Contrast: …

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