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.

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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PhotoShare smart frame review

REVIEW – The PhotoShare smart frame is a fun and easy way to stay connected, especially when you’re far away from loved ones. What is it? With the PhotoShare smart frame you can share photos from your phone, computer, social media, Google photos, and other storage services using the PhotoShare app or website. Multiple users …

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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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ONSON A10 cordless vacuum review

REVIEW – The ONSON A10 Pro cordless vacuum works great for everyday use, especially on hard floors and for light messes, such as crumbs and dog hair. It’s very useful for corners, tight spots and stairs. However, on carpet and for larger clean-ups, you’ll want something more powerful. What is it? A battery-powered cordless vacuum …

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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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CNN10 gives to-the-point, daily news overview

ARTICLE – When my kids’ school moved online last year, like many parents and families, I was overwhelmed. And seeking information. And craving a schedule. One simple thing we did in my house was to start watching CNN10 together every morning. It’s a 10-minute news summary that replaced the longstanding CNN Student News. That way, …

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Child struggling with pencil grip or handwriting? Try a wishbone

ARTICLE – When my son was in kindergarten and first grade, he struggled mightily with pencil grip. The spongy nubs his school district provided to help with this problem just never seemed to do the trick for him. After consulting with his teachers and doing my own research, we ordered wishbone-shaped writing utensils that forced …

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Slow feeder keeps dogs quiet and occupied…at least, for a while

NEWS – As we continue to work from home, there’s been one consistent challenge: Our dogs. They might be sweet and silent for hours, but as soon as that conference call starts, they suddenly need to bark at every squirrel, bird or leaf that passes by the window. Or they absolutely must chase each other …

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