Review: HTC One M8

Today I’m giving you a review on the new smartphone I have bought recently.

HTC One M8


Up until 1 or 2 months ago I had the HTC one S. It had been going for 2 years which is quite long. I could only put up with it so much longer. Battery didn’t last long, memory issues, slow etc. You name it. So it was time for a new phone.

I always had a glimpse at the new HTC one M8 but I was never sure if that’s the phone for me. The screen is quite big and I’d like to hold my phones in one hand.

These are the specs in an overview:

Weight: 160g.                                                             Screen: 5 inch                                                   Battery life: standby 271h talk time 14h.             Camera: 5Mp

This phone is amazing. Even if you are a person like me who likes to hold the phone in one hand and takes that say you quickly adapt to and type with 2 hands. Very fast and easy.

The battery life is incredible. I am using my phone everyday, every hour, every minute until I go to bed. So that could be 13-14 hours. That includes browsing, social networks, texting etc. By the time I go to bed I would have 40% battery left. Which means you could nearly get 2 days out of it.

The Camera is a good reason to get this phone. 5mp and it takes amazing hd photos. If you are into photography this is the phone for you. It has so many different features built into too to modify the photos. There’s so many I haven’t even had the time yet to go through all those.

Overall it’s a fast, responsive phone. It has 2GB ram which means you should never run into any slowness or memory problems.

9/10 from me. The reason why it didn’t get 10 is because it can’t be very slippy. I recommend putting a cover on it so you don’t drop it. But that’s completely up to everyone else.


Fashion: My top 5 favourite right now

Let’s talk fashion today and make my blog a bit more interesting excluding the daily life routine…

1. My favourite clothes at the moment has to be leggings. So comfy and able to wear to anything. Goes well with long tops. Unfortunately I don’t seem to be able to find a lot online. Any online shop suggestions?

2. Shoes… Has to be converse! I just love my white converse. Not easy to keep them clean though.

3. Makeup… I’m not a big fan of makeup really as being a mum you don’t really get time to dress up properly but my daily makeup would be definitely mascara anyway.

4. Bag… The handiest bag ever has to be the bag my mum gave me as a present a few years ago! The amount of stuff that fits in it. The brand is Travelon if you’d like to look it up.

5. Hair-do… I keep my hair down at all times really. But recently I finally got my hair cut. Just took me nearly a year. So the fringe is back.

I want to know your top 5 fashion things! It’s great for some inspiration.


Back up & weekend away in Dublin

Hey everyone,

I’m so sorry for the delay of launching my new blog design. It took longer than I expected. But it’s finally up again. 🙂 complete new design. Let me know what you think and what I could improve as a newbie blogger. The header is still missing though.

This weekend we went down to Dublin. The south actually. In fact county Wicklow! We went to see Matthews cousins Ailbhe, Niall, Cormac & baby Rory. Matthew loved every bit of it. He spent so much time with them. He was so excited when he seen all the toys they had. He could even take 2 home for testing for 2 weeks. 🙂 Saturday evening we went down to the fun fair by the sea side in Bray. Not much to do for Matthew but he liked the different things that were there. It was huge!! Haven’t seen such a big fun fair in a long time … I don’t think I ever seen such a big one apart from the ones you get in Germany. As it was our “little holiday” he was allowed to stay up late. Good thing about it is that it tires him out quickly too as he fell asleep perfect for the night. 🙂 The hotel was in a very handy location. Literally 1 minute away from their house! Might be staying there more often.

Today (Sunday) we just spent time in the house again and baby Rory and me had some bonding time. It was actually so warm in the morning that Matthew needed sun creme on his skin! Hard to imagine as when we got back to Sligo this evening all we could see was rain and wind! It’s just around 14 degrees. It’s mad to think how different the east and west in Ireland can be weather wise…

Matthews birthday is not long away now. I need to start organising a few things so it’s not last minute. It looks like he will have a monkey theme. We won’t be doing anything big though. He doesn’t realise it’s his birthday yet.

Guess what… I finally managed to go to the hairdresser! Just took me nearly a year. But I love it. So much lighter and not annoying in the face anymore. It’s a fringe that I can actually call a fringe too.

Talk soon. I’m back proper blogging again.  xx

Data transfer

Hi everyone,

I’m sorry for the lack of posts lately.
I am actually in the middle of transferring my current blog to my own self hosted blog. So the blog could be down for a day or so.

It will bring a new theme, a new header and a few other bits. So stay tuned. 🙂

Janine xx

Dublin Zoo

At the weekend we went to Dublin. It was time to show Matthew some wild animals. He enjoyed the trip if we take out the bit to actually travel there.
I didn’t think it was start off too good for us at first because once we arrived it started to rain. Luckily we needed to have some lunch first anyway. By the time we were finished it stopped and we had lovely sunshine and it was really warm. Perfect for going to the zoo.

2014-07-05 15.05.46 Matthew being the usual monkey

2014-07-05 15.28.06 Daddy and Matthew at the playground

2014-07-05 15.48.26 Mammy and Matthew posing with the Gorilla

2014-07-05 16.48.50 “Take that Daddy”

Matthew enjoyed every bit of the zoo. The most obsession he had with the goats and the chickens. Unfortunately no cats for him. But he had Bailey to harass again once we got home the next day.

Sunday we went for a bite to eat. After a long discussion we decided to go to Blanchardstown and eat in TGI Fridays. It was yum as always. As the picture can tell.

2014-07-06 13.12.21“Num Num” as Matthew calls it.

After the food we went off for some shopping. As always I ended up buying something for Matthew and nothing for me. Online Shopping is just the better and comfier option. I think a few people might agree with me on that.

Next few weekends are planned out already so keeping you up to date.

Cool dude

What a lovely day it was today. Sunny all, blue sky, perfect for a family day out.

Started off with a nice walk in the morning in Strandhill. Of course I needed to have an ice cream in that beautiful weather. We found this new playground in Strandhill by strolling around a caravan car park. So much better than the one in the park near our house. Think this will be the go to place now.

In the afternoon we met up with our German friends in Bundoran. Plan was to go to Water World which changed a bit. First of all Matthew’s nap went on a bit late and then second sea session was on. So the place was absolutely packed with the lovely weather on top of that. So you can imagine how annoying it can be to look for a space for 30mins. Found one eventually but friends were already finished. We went in anyway for 45mins.
Matthew wasn’t so sure at the start. He cried his eyes out in fact. There was this cup thing in the toddler pool that spilled water every now and then. He wasn’t sure what to make of it.
Eventually he came around after 15mins and we had some great swim time in the big pool. He absolutely loved it in the end. So looks like we might bring him more often now during the summer.

After that we went for something to eat in KFC. Even though we said no fast food this time. 😀 but the town was packed with drunk people from the festival.


Weekend flew. Back to work tomorrow.