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.

Double leash is handy for two-dog families but not all pups

NEWS – The first time we tried walking our two dogs together, it could have been a YouTube hit if anyone was filming. It was crazy, with two leashes and two dogs, accompanied by three humans trying to wrangle them, constantly tangled up and tripping over each other.  Bummed that I may never be able …

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Voiz AiRadio Duo smart Bluetooth speaker review

REVIEW – The Voiz AiRadio Duo isn’t your typical speaker. It’s classy, high quality and meant to stay in one place. What is it? The VR-80 AiRadio Duo smart speaker pairs with a variety of streaming services, Alexa and it’s own app. In addition to playing music, you can use it with Alexa to set …

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New puppy? Get a Hoover Power Scrub carpet shampooer

NEWS – We got our Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner and Upright Shampooer when we adopted our first dog four years ago. It was extremely helpful then, and since we recently added another puppy to our family, it’s been getting a ton of use lately. For only $129, on sale right now on Amazon, …

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Epson Expression XP-8600 photo printer review

REVIEW – Do you have hundreds of photos on your phone that you don’t know what to do with? The Epson Expression XP-8600 photo printer lets you make professional-looking prints and photo gifts at home for a reasonable price. What is it? The photo printer connects to your phone, computer, SD card or USB thumb …

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Gamesir VX2 Aimswitch and F4 Falcon gaming controller review

REVIEW – GameSir’s VX2 AimSwitch is a light-up gaming keyboard and mouse combination that can be used on multiple platforms to enhance your gaming experience. What is it? This gaming extension offers lots of fun possibilities to ramp up your enjoyment while playing XBox, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch or your PC. It’s backlight with nearly …

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Exway Pro-Riot electric skateboard review

REVIEW – The Exway X1 Pro-Riot belt-driven electric skateboard appeals to adrenaline junkies and commuters alike, covering 8+ miles on a single charge and zooming with speeds up to 29 miles per hour. What is it? This electric skateboard has a longboard design, with weather-resistant features and extra-large wheels. It’s controlled with a handheld remote …

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Fitness Blender: One New Years resolution I actually kept

NEWS – A year ago, I set a goal to incorporate more weights and toning into my workout routine. And while my friends invested in gym memberships and/or paid online exercise programs, I opted for free workouts from Fitness Blender. Best of all, unlike most of my New Year’s resolutions, this one is still going …

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UBTECH JIMU Champbot robot building kit review

REVIEW – The UBTECH JIMU Champbot kit is a very fun, complex toy that’s perfect for older kids who are interested in construction, robotics, coding or anything STEM-related. What is it? The Competitive Series Champbot is a building set that allows you to create the interactive ChampBot, BasketBot and ScoreBot. It requires a free app …

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Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza: Popular card game with a goofy name

NEWS – I’m in a Facebook group for parents of teens and young adults. Moms often post questions for other moms, and this time of year many ask for gift suggestions or game ideas to entertain their brood.  Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza. It’s a name that stands out. And one that keeps getting recommended.  …

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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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