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The Red Head Diaries

Saal Digital UK Photo Book 

​I love taking photos; I take them at every possible opportunity. For me it is important to make memories, but to also make them last. In a digital world it can often make us forget to take the hundreds of photos from USB sticks, our phones, our flash drives. Placed into thousands of folders on screens rather than in shoe boxes or albums. It is always on one of my “to do lists”, to print and sort out the literal thousands of photos I have stuck in my many devices. But of course never gets done.

I have just recently been given the opportunity to review a Photo book, from Saal Digital UK. I have brought a couple of photo books in the past, they have been okay – pretty run of the mill; so I wasn’t entirely sure on what to expect when my new photo book arrived.

I have been really pleasantly surprised by this photo book, if I am honest I wish now I had chosen “better” photos, but I love them all the same, I can’t wait to use these books for some of my landscape photos.

I really love what I have received, and have been showing it off to anyone who will listen and will be back to purchase another, it’ll certainly make the memories a lot easier to look through.

The Saal Digital UK and software is really easy to use, with clear easy to follow instructions (which make me very happy).

They do a selection of products from prints to Calendars.

There are a variety of choices for the photo books including hard covers, booklets with spiral binding and soft covers.

My Book is made up of glossy texture, with an unpadded glossy cover 15×21 with 28 pages.

Would I recommend Saal Digital UK?

Yes definitely. There was a really quick turnover from ordering to it reaching me, which is brilliant for last minute shoppers. Thank you for such a great experience.

The Red Head Diaries

Aldi School Uniform Event

Today Aldi’s very popular Back to School event began today.

I love their special events, they’re able to give such fantastic deals on so many every day items, this of course includes their Back to School event.

I’d brought some items last year, particularly the Polo Shirts, they lasted really well, washing them didn’t wear them out in a away you’d expect for something so cheap.

With our third child entering primary school in September, I have needed to get fresh new clothes for her.

I was unfortunately not able to get for my older children, as the clothes only cater up to 10-11.

But I am pleased with what I did get for Mini.

Although there wasn’t a great deal left, I came away with items at fantastic prices, which having multiple children (two of whom need full new uniforms),  will save us some money.

So, we had to get 4-5/5-6 sizing, by the time we had arrived to Aldi (11ish)  there wasn’t a great deal left, had to really dig deep to find specific sizes.

My Haul


There were also jogging bottoms, school shoes, trousers, school jumpers, cardigans, school bags, and some stationery.

My haul is made up of a black pleated skirt, grey tights, two packets of polo shirts, p.e shorts and daps (plimsolls to other areas..).

Black Pleated Skirt and Tights.

Black Skirt is designed with a permanent pleat, and an adjustable waist. Fabric made from Teflon Ecolite, which is a “renewable sourced” finish. It feels light enough for the Summer months, but warm enough to continue into the colder parts of the year.

This is a single pack (5-6 years). Priced at just £1.25.

Next is grey tights (5-6 years),part of a pack of 3,priced at £3.99.

P.E shorts and Plimsolls.

P.E shorts size 4-5 years, there’s quite a jump for sizes with these, but look generous sizing so I brought a size down rather than 6-7. These come in a pack of two. Priced at £2.79.

Plimsolls (daps, I’ve always called them daps, which is it for you?). Anyway, these are handy for reception as they do their P.E sessions in the hall, there’s a choice of bare foot or daps. At the price of just £1.79, they’re ideal for P.E bags or spares for watery accidents.
Polo Shirts.

These come as a part of a packet of two. I brought them for Boy Red last year, he used his a lot, not just for school but he’d use these for Majorette Training too. They washed really well, and still going strong, but are now small due to an epic growth spurt he’s had this past year.

These are size 4-5 as again the sizing seems good.

The “girl” version has this pretty little finish on the collar.

I brought two packs of these at £1.25 a pack.

I’m really pleased with what I managed to pick up for Mini today, and all for a bargain price of £12.32.

All the items I did see were great prices too, including shoes at just £6.99.

If you’re planning a visit for the event, then do it soon. Stock is selling quickly and limited. Even if you buy a little in advance for the price it is worth it.

My local Aldi is Honiton.

Thank you for reading.

The Red Head Diaries

The Red Head Diaries

Fisher Price Woes

My Son begun his Thomas the Tank Engine collection from a very early age, from Brio, to Trackmaster and also the Take Along Series too. But very soon become apparent that the Take Along/Take N Play were to become a favourite in our house. Over the years we’ve accumulated a fair few trains and the play sets.
They’re now also fast becoming loved by our toddler daughter too.
Only this year, we’ve just purchased Knapford Station Playset and Take n Play Stackers. The station featuring Thomas and The Stackers featuring Dart.
Was very confused to find the difference in sizes of the engines he has had a while, to the two new engines he received for his birthday two days ago.


They have shrunk!
Dart is considerably a lot thinner, the quality of the engines have also decreased too.
With Thomas’ buffers aren’t even painted.
They look cheap.
Yet I am still paying roughly the same price as I always have done.


It is incredibly disappointing for someone to have collected the trains through out,
only for the design to change, and by quite a bit.


Find also Dart with the new Magnet design cannot shunt, due to having “opposite” reaction to another magnet, yet the older version is ok to use either way.
So, Fisher Price.
We are incredibly disappointed in your latest Thomas Series.
How long will it be until Thomas the Tank Engine Take Along, becomes
Thomas the Tank Micro Machines?
Judging by my son’s new set, I think this will be soon.
Stop with the Cheap Replicas.
We miss our bigger better quality trains.