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.

Exway Pro-Riot electric skateboard review

REVIEW – The Exway X1 Pro-Riot belt-driven electric skateboard appeals to adrenaline junkies and commuters alike, covering 8+ miles on a single charge and zooming with speeds up to 29 miles per hour. What is it? This electric skateboard has a longboard design, with weather-resistant features and extra-large wheels. It’s controlled with a handheld remote …

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Fitness Blender: One New Years resolution I actually kept

NEWS – A year ago, I set a goal to incorporate more weights and toning into my workout routine. And while my friends invested in gym memberships and/or paid online exercise programs, I opted for free workouts from Fitness Blender. Best of all, unlike most of my New Year’s resolutions, this one is still going …

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UBTECH JIMU Champbot robot building kit review

REVIEW – The UBTECH JIMU Champbot kit is a very fun, complex toy that’s perfect for older kids who are interested in construction, robotics, coding or anything STEM-related. What is it? The Competitive Series Champbot is a building set that allows you to create the interactive ChampBot, BasketBot and ScoreBot. It requires a free app …

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Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza: Popular card game with a goofy name

NEWS – I’m in a Facebook group for parents of teens and young adults. Moms often post questions for other moms, and this time of year many ask for gift suggestions or game ideas to entertain their brood.  Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza. It’s a name that stands out. And one that keeps getting recommended.  …

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Penny-pinching Nespresso owners savor Geesta foils

ARTICLE – While traveling Europe, we knew we were in a nice hotel if it had a Nespresso coffee maker. So when I saw one of these fancy machines for less than $150 at a Black Friday sale, the temptation proved too great. While the foamy, coffee goodness did not disappoint, we quickly ran out …

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PoyPet’s harness gives dog owners peace of mind

NEWS – PoyPet’s dog harness is well designed and easy to clip into place, even with an anxious little pup like mine. Plus, it discourages your canine companion from pulling without choking them. While hiking in Red River Gorge, Kentucky, my high-energy lab mix got spooked and wiggled herself right out of her harness. It …

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Amazon’s Subscribe & Save auto-delivers discounts and convenience

ARTICLE – I got hooked on Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program when my boys were infants. As a busy, working mom, it was almost too good to be true, the idea that I’d never again run out of diapers, wipes or formula. A decade later, and I’m still using this service every month. In fact, …

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Fasten shoes in a cinch with Lock Laces

NEWS – Now that our sandals are stashed for the season, it’s sneaker time in my house. Because we’re always rushing somewhere—school, work, errands, dog walks, kids’ activities—it becomes a hassle to constantly tie and retie our shoes. If you’re like me and always have your hands full, it’s even worse. So last year I …

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EarFun Free truly wireless earbuds review

REVIEW – If you’re looking for super lightweight earbuds, EarFun Free earbuds are only 2 ounces and they’re comfortable enough to wear all day. They have a sleek, efficient design that can fit into your pocket. But most importantly, they deliver impressive sound quality without being outrageously expensive. What is it? In-ear headphones that are …

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Creative Outlier Gold True wireless earbuds review

REVIEW – Creative Outlier Gold True Wireless earbuds are an update to the Creative Outlier Air True Wireless earbuds that Julie reviewed back in May. The new Gold True earbuds are designed to fit comfortably in your ear and to boost excellent sound quality with their new “headphone holography” Super X-fi feature. What is it? …

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Pocket-sized Playaway makes audiobooks accessible

NEWS – I’ve been wanting to read Where the Crawdads Sing for months. But bestsellers like that can be tough to find at the library, and I rarely buy books unless I can find them second hand. Even my usual library trick, to look for the audiobook or large-print version, didn’t seem to work this …

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TaoTronics SoundSurge 60 active noise cancelling headphones review

REVIEW – TaoTronics SoundSurge60 headphones have a comfortable design, Bluetooth connection and built-in microphone. What is it? These over-the-ear headphones come with noise-canceling capabilities and fold up nicely to fit inside their hard-shell carrying case.  What’s in the box? Headphones  Carrying case   User guide  3.5mm audio cable  Charging cable Hardware specs Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 or …

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