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.

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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Want to play Jackbox with a younger crowd? Get Party Pack 2.

NEWS – I wrote about the Jackbox Party Pack on Feb. 5. And again on April 16. Because I’m a big fan of these quirky, online party games. But more importantly, because they’ve been a lifeline during quarantine and social distancing, as we’ve hosted virtual games nights with far-flung family members, old friends from all …

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Jackbox offers quirky, fun games you can play remotely

ARTICLE – I wrote about the Jackbox Party Pack on Feb. 5. Never did I imagine two months later this quirky trivia game package would be a lifeline to friends and family during a pandemic.  But here we are. Longing for some company beyond our four walls, and especially missing our extended family over the …

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Senstroke electronic drum set review

REVIEW – Senstroke connected drumsticks lets drummers play, record and learn from anywhere. What is it? These drumsticks have sensors that allow you to rock out, even during a global pandemic and quarantine. Using the Senstroke app and your connected device, you can customize your virtual drum kit. There are even foot pedal sensors to …

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