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.

Dirty dog got you down? Try Dexas Mudbuster.

NEWS –April showers bring May flowers … plus, a whole lot of dirty pawprints. Thanks to my Lefant robot vacuum, my floors are cleaner than ever. But with a muddy yard and white floors, I’m constantly battling puppy prints. Sure, I keep a towel by the back door and wipe off Maya’s little feet. But that …

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Walmart pickup towers a huge improvement

ARTICLE – I wrote earlier about Walmart’s new grocery pickup. In the comments, someone complained about Walmart’s regular pickup, and I agreed that it was less than ideal. Several times I’ve ordered from Walmart online, and either because it wasn’t available to ship, I didn’t want to pay for shipping, or I wanted the item …

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Mixcder E9 headphones review

REVIEW – If you’re looking for reasonably priced headphones with excellent battery life and background-noise buffering, consider the Mixcder E9. What is it? Mixcder E9 noise-canceling, wireless Bluetooth headphones feature an over-the-ear headset and exceptionally long playing time. What’s in the box? Headphones Hardshell case Instruction manual 3.5mm aux cord Charger Airplane adapter Hardware specs …

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Savor the savings with Kroger Pickup’s clickable coupons

ARTICLE – Kroger Pickup (formerly ClickList®) offers super-convenient grocery shopping and virtual coupon clipping. If you’re a Kroger Rewards member, you can log in to Kroger.com, and by selecting “Start my cart” it will display suggestions based on your recent purchases. They also have a tab for “My Sale Items” to show you which of …

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Bag a deal, skip the lines with Walmart grocery pickup

ARTICLE – When it comes to groceries, Walmart offers impressive deals and selection, but it can get extremely crowded with long checkout lines. The super-sized stores can also feel especially daunting if you have young children, a tight schedule, health challenges or mobility issues. And that’s the beauty of online grocery ordering: You get all …

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Brush up on dental hygiene with Fairywill electric

  NEWS – My 10-year-old is in the market for braces (gulp!). However, at his last dentist appointment, they cautioned that he needs to improve his brushing habits. Otherwise, a mouth full of metal might also mean a mouthful of cavities. That’s where the Fairywell electric toothbrush (FW 2209 black) comes in. My son currently …

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Outdoor Vitals Rhyolite Lightweight 45L backpack review

REVIEW – Camp Palawopec, in the rolling hills of Brown County, Indiana, is my son Mason’s happy place. But he’s had gear issues the last two summers, so this year he’s trying the Outdoor Vitals Rhyolite Lightweight internal frame 45L backpack. Mason’s first year at camp, a sneaky raccoon unzipped his large canvas duffel and …

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Imaginations fly high with PowerUp 2.0 paper airplane motor

NEWS – Let your imagination and creativity sore to new heights with the PowerUp 2.0 paper airplane conversion kit electric motor. In just minutes you can convert your own paper airplane into a motorized flying machine. The PowerUp 2.0 includes: 50K RPM motor Carbon-fiber body Reinforced nylon nose clip Quick-charge port Charger (3 AA batteries …

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Light up Valentine’s Day with WHDTS heart-shaped soldering kit

NEWS – Are you searching for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift, and you enjoy tinkering with a soldering iron, crafts or DIY projects? Or maybe it’s your sweetheart who’d get a charge out of creating a small light-up display. In either case, check out the WHDTS heart-shaped, three-piece flashing LED DIY soldering kit. It’s advertised …

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Design your own clock/speaker/alert system with Divoom Timebox Mini

NEWS – Don’t let the retro-feeling, pixelated display fool you! In just a few square inches, the Divoom Timebox Mini packs in a quality speaker, clock and notification system that’s completely customizable. An app lets you create a personalized system to match your needs and individual whimsy. Want Sponge Bob to rouse you in the …

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