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.

Brewferm homebrewing starter kit review – Brew your own beer!

REVIEW – The Brewferm homebrew starter kit comes neatly packaged in its own fermenting barrel, with ingredients, instructions and accouterments inside. My husband and I have always wanted to try brewing our own beer, and it was great to have a kit to start us off. What is it? A homebrewing kit with nearly all …

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Roborock H7 cordless vacuum review

REVIEW – The Roborock H7 cordless vacuum is a powerful tool to clean every nook and cranny of your house. It has an impressive battery life, three power settings and multiple attachments, including a mop attachment that’s sold separately. What is it? The Roborock H7 cordless vacuum is a battery-powered cordless vacuum with three levels …

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Detergent sheets bring minimalism to your laundry room

ARTICLE – Do you ever have a problem with laundry pods not fully dissolving? Or liquid detergent leaving behind marks, stains, or discoloration on your clothes?  I did. And I thought I was the only one, figuring it was a user error on my part. But then I read in one of my online parenting …

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RICOMAX metal detector review

REVIEW – RM RICOMAX Professional Metal Detector GC-1037 is very lightweight (2 pounds) and accurate, featuring an assortment of settings and controls. What is it?  A lightweight metal detector that comes with lots of extra goodies including over-the-ear headphones, a folding pickaxe/shovel with carrying case, plus a large case for the entire metal detector so …

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Creative Stage V2 speaker system review – Small but packs a punch

REVIEW – The Creative Stage V2 speaker system packs a powerful punch in a sleek, two-piece design with several connectivity options. What is it? The Creative Stage V2 is a speaker system with a soundbar, subwoofer, and remote control. It has an impressive sound quality and attractive design for the $110 price tag. What’s in …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Brooke Miller Hall

ARTICLE – When my family started our work-from-home/school-from-home adventure, our set-up was loosey-goosey. My husband started in the already-established basement office but quickly found it too dark and depressing. So he moved to the sunroom. However, lounging on the couch with his laptop was awkward and uncomfortable. My boys mostly hid in their rooms. And …

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Lightsaber chopsticks earn glowing reviews

ARTICLE – My family of four toasted New Years in our own special way this year: With sushi from our favorite restaurant and glowing lightsaber chopsticks by Chomp Sabers. As a parent, it’s hard to find bright spots in this dark winter, as our kids are missing their friends and extended family (I am, too!). …

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Drawful helps entertain us at a distance

ARTICLE – I’m a big fan of Jackbox and their quirky, online party games. In my house, these have become a go-to during quarantine and social distancing, as we’ve hosted virtual games nights with family and friends, near and afar. Our latest favorite Jackbox game is Drawful. It combines three fun elements in one game: …

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Outward Hound dog toy isn’t “invincible” but it’s pretty good

NEWS – Every other month, I get a rather unusual item in my Amazon Subscribe and Save bundle: A fuzzy, squeaky duck. This dog toy for $3.75 is sold by Outward Hound under the brand name “Invincibles.” And that’s a bit of an overstatement. My two pups have proved over and over that these toys …

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Sportneer massage gun review

REVIEW – The Sportneer percussive massage gun comes with five interchangeable massage heads and six intensity levels, which makes it super flexible for those who are sensitive or those who prefer a deeper, more vigorous massage. What is it? The percussive massage gun helps you relax, relieve soreness, and reduce stress all by yourself. For …

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