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.

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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Double leash is handy for two-dog families but not all pups

NEWS – The first time we tried walking our two dogs together, it could have been a YouTube hit if anyone was filming. It was crazy, with two leashes and two dogs, accompanied by three humans trying to wrangle them, constantly tangled up and tripping over each other.  Bummed that I may never be able …

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Voiz AiRadio Duo smart Bluetooth speaker review

REVIEW – The Voiz AiRadio Duo isn’t your typical speaker. It’s classy, high quality and meant to stay in one place. What is it? The VR-80 AiRadio Duo smart speaker pairs with a variety of streaming services, Alexa and it’s own app. In addition to playing music, you can use it with Alexa to set …

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New puppy? Get a Hoover Power Scrub carpet shampooer

NEWS – We got our Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner and Upright Shampooer when we adopted our first dog four years ago. It was extremely helpful then, and since we recently added another puppy to our family, it’s been getting a ton of use lately. For only $129, on sale right now on Amazon, …

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Epson Expression XP-8600 photo printer review

REVIEW – Do you have hundreds of photos on your phone that you don’t know what to do with? The Epson Expression XP-8600 photo printer lets you make professional-looking prints and photo gifts at home for a reasonable price. What is it? The photo printer connects to your phone, computer, SD card or USB thumb …

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Gamesir VX2 Aimswitch and F4 Falcon gaming controller review

REVIEW – GameSir’s VX2 AimSwitch is a light-up gaming keyboard and mouse combination that can be used on multiple platforms to enhance your gaming experience. What is it? This gaming extension offers lots of fun possibilities to ramp up your enjoyment while playing XBox, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch or your PC. It’s backlight with nearly …

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