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.

Loftek LED light ball review

REVIEW – The Loftek LED ball is a versatile ambiance-creator, with multiple modes and color options to inspire anything from a high-charged dance party, to a romantic evening, to some quiet, personal meditation. What is it? It’s an 8-inch, waterproof, indoor/outdoor sphere-shaped light. What’s in the box? LED ball Charger Instruction manual Remote control Hardware …

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Bones Reds bearings earn props from skateboarders

ARTICLE – Bones Reds are well-known, popular, precision-skate bearings. It doesn’t matter if you’re a skateboard commuter, a skatepark regular or you’re working on tricks in your driveway, high-quality bearings are a must. My teenager is a skateboarder and says that for less $20 it’s well worth upgrading your bearings —almost certainly better than just …

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Elechomes Ultrasonic Humidifier (6L) review

REVIEW – The Elechomes Humidifier offers a large tank and several modes and options, so you can customize it for exactly how you intend to use it, including aromatherapy. What is it? Featuring a timer and remote control, Elechomes UC5501 Ultrasonic 6L Vaporizer adjusts the humidity of your home or office to your exact specification. …

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EZVIZ CTQ3W outdoor surveillance camera review

REVIEW – EZVIZ CTQ3W outdoor surveillance camera features full HD 1080-pixel resolution, two-way audio, and integrated strobe lights and sirens. What is it? A high quality, sensitive video camera with night vision and all sorts of bells and whistles to protect your home and property. What’s in the box? Camera, base and cord Mounting hardware …

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Taking Rover for a ride? Check out BWOGUE safety harness.

NEWS – Dog is often my copilot. And we’ve tried various ways of strapping her in. I didn’t know canines could get carsick, but my mutt becomes one sick puppy if you put her in a crate or even the backseat of a moving vehicle. Her favorite place is riding shotgun, so we’ve previously used …

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Decathlon expands to USA with practical, prolific sportsgear options

NEWS – When we lived in the Netherlands, we had a go-to, big-box store for anything sports or camping related: Decathlon. For my boys’ weekly swimming lessons, Decathlon’s mini-backpacks and microfiber towels were the perfect combination of light, efficient and effective, which was crucial since my family car was a Dutch grandma bike (omafiets). Decathlon’s thermoses …

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Lefant T700 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner review

REVIEW – The Lefant Robotic Vacuum Cleaner (T700 1800Pa) lives up to its claim as a super quiet cleaning system, with good suction and sensors. What is it? The Lefant T700 is a robotic vacuum and mop system. What’s in the box? Vacuum Charger with homing port and cleaning brush 2 mop pads Extra filter …

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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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