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Love Boo is an exciting brand that cannot be missed!

In a time where more and more people are becoming aware of the disadvantages and negative effects of products built on obscure and unnatural ingredients, Love Boo prides itself in producing products that aid natural pampering and don’t harm you or the planet.

They guarantee to keep their products free from all the nasties!

  • No parabens

  • No petrochemicals

  • No sulphates

  • No triethanolamine (TEA)

  • No diethanolamine (DEA)

The highest quality natural ingredients are used such as Argan Oil, Arnica, Rosehip Oil, Coconut Oil, Chamomile Flower Oil, Tahitian Monoi Flower extract, Patchouli Leaf Oil and other botanical extracts.

Be kind to yourself and your babies skin! With products that sooth, moisturize and nurture the skin they are a brand not to be missed.

Love Boo care about our furry friends and do not test on animals.


Love Boo was founded by two ex magazine editors called Jennifer and Corinna. Having both fallen pregnant, they began to ponder the idea of a natural skin care range. Having written about synthetic ingredients in skin care products and their effects on skin as well as the environment they created a new brand called Love Boo tackling those issues.

So since 2008, they’ve been saying goodbye to boring packaging and harmful ingredients! 

“Our philosophy was, and still is, simple,”to create affordable, luxurious products that are effective and kind to all skin types, and that look fabulous too – we want our customers to be as happy with the look of our goodies as they are with the results. From day one, we have always insisted that manufacture stays within the UK to help support home-grown business and to ensure we could maintain a stringent quality control’  say Corinna and Jennifer

Don’t miss this review of Love Boo’s Miracle Oil by Vlogger and Mummy, Clare Elise

Lots of love, Jotoha x

Making cakes for a party? Or simply want to try a recipe with a wow factor!

Look no further! These lovely Rainbow Cupcakes are yummy and something fun to make with your children!

Exciting and effective with a super easy recipe! But of course don’t deny it when they start to call you the new Mary Berry!

rainbow cake


Easy:  ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

Makes 12 cupcakes!

Time :  Prep 5 mins, Cook 15 mins, Decorate for as long as you wish!

What you will need:

Ingredients –

✦ 115g Caster Sugar

✦ 115g Self Raising Flour

✦ 115g Margarine, room temperature

✦ 2 Eggs

✦ Cupcake cases

✦ Cupcake Tin

✦ 6 different food colourings including Blue. 

I used Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple food colourings.

✦ A Pot of Betty Crocker Vanilla Icing

✦ 12 Rainbow Fizzy Strip sweets

In order to make the sponge:-

Set the oven to 150 C / Gas Mark 2 and place your cupcake cases into your cake tin.

1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until smooth.

2.Split the mixture into 6 seperate bowls and add one colour to each.

icing colours

3. Spoon each mixture into each casing creating layers for the rainbow effect. Avoid stirring icing just layer making each colour fill the casing to the edges. Sometimes colour spill is unavoidable, you might want to oversee your children doing this part!

4. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

5. Take your coloured sponges out the oven and leave to cool for 15-20 mins.



1. Split up the icing, 2/3rd into a bowl and add some Blue colouring for the sky effect. Leave the other 1/3 as it is, this will be used for the cloud effect.

2. Cut your Rainbow Strips into 1.5-2 inch pieces.

3. Spread the Blue icing over the top of each cake and leave to dry. Once dry, using a tea spoon pop two dollops of white icing onto the cake a space apart. This doesn’t need to be neatly done, the messier the more cloud like! Attach the Rainbow Fizzy Strips with one end in each white blob. Leave to set and voila!

You have yourself some yummy rainbow cakes!

Meet this timeless teether! Sophie La Girafe


Often we find people asking us, ‘What is this giraffe, I see it everywhere?!’

It’s no surprise that people notice this little rubber giraffe everywhere  considering this fabulous teething toy has looked exactly the same as when first created in 1961!

Designed and born in France, Sophie La Girafe is now known internationally as one of the best teething toys for soothing babies weeks of teething! Made from all natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea tree, Sophie’s flexible and renewable non toxic materials keep it as one of the world’s leading teething toys!

With its multiple sensory qualities, it has become a must for all mothers as the perfect early learning toy in addition to a safe solution to helping sooth a baby’s agitation in the first months of teething.

With Sophie La Girafe’s sophisticated design, Sophie also stimulates each of the five senses and enables progress in early learning.


❂ Hearing ❂  Touch ❂  Sight ❂ Taste ❂ Smell 


Get yours now! In store or online:



Are you are looking for a unique yet sentimental gift for someone special?

We are proud to be a stockist of these stunning papercut gifts made by Kyleigh herself from her studio in Wimborne.

Mum and graphic designer, Kyleigh makes the perfect gift ideal for weddings, new baby, birthdays, anniversaries and christenings.

Available through Jotoha are her beautiful tree paper cuts. A wonderful way to celebrate a new baby!

With six lines to choose any words, you can create something meaningful and special!


The new baby papercuts follow a usual format of :-


❤ Line 1  – First name ❤
❤ Line 2 – Middle Name ❤

❤ Line 3 – Last Name/ Birth Weight ❤

❤ Line 4- Birth date ❤

You can choose additional embellishments such as a butterfly, star, swallow, bunting or a baby crib hanging from a branch! You can also choose colours of the card used!

colour paper

They are available in x3 choice of frames, or unframed! Choose from a white, black or reclaimed wood frame (prices vary).frames

Price List:-

Unframed – £50

White Frame – £96

Black Frame – £96

Reclaimed Wood Frame – £105

reclaimed woodOrder yours now!

Call us on 01202 840123! Or pop us an email to info@jotoha.com

the-epitome-of-joy-1A Phone Call to Santa

Daisy and her thirteen-year-old sister, Mia, had been fighting a great deal during the last year. This often can happen when you combine a strong-willed two-year-old, who is sure she is always right, with a young adolescent.

Daisy’s parents, trying to take advantage of her newfound interest in Santa Claus, reminded the two-year-old that Santa was watching and he was unhappy when he saw children argue and fight. This had little impact on little Mia who really didn’t understand.

‘I’ll just have to tell Santa about your misbehavior,’ the mother said as she picked up the phone and dialed. Mia’s eyes grew big as her mother asked, ‘Mrs. Claus?’ [it was really Daisy and Mia’s aunt as Santa’s real line was busy] if she could put Santa on the line.

Mia’s mouth dropped even further open her mother described to Santa [Mia’s uncle] how the two-year-old was acting. When her mother told Mia that Santa wanted to talk to her, she reluctantly took the phone.

Santa, speaking in a deep voice, explained to Mia how there would be no presents Christmas morning to children who fought with their sisters. He would be watching, and he expected things to be better from now on.

Mia, now even more wide eyed, solemnly nodded to each of Santa’s remarks and silently hung the phone up when he was done. After a short while, the sister’s mother [trying hard not to laugh at being so clever] asked Mia, ‘What did Santa say to you, darling?’

In almost a whisper, Mia, sadly but matter-of-factly stated, ‘Mummy, Santa said he won’t be bringing any toys to Daisy this year.’

The Three Gifts from The Wise Men

Rashneet, 6, :  “The wise men brought coconut oil which was made of coconut, some sweets and some gold.”

Jay, 5,: “The three wise men brought Jesus presents of gold, frankincense, smurr (sic) and silver. But I think he would have preferred wrestling toys.”

Daniel,7, : “I know for his birthday he got money and gold from the wise men but I would have given him a Liverpool kit.”

Dominic,6, : “I don’t know what the three wise men brought Jesus but I would have given him a tin of biscuits. I think Mary, Joseph and Jesus would have all liked a biscuit.”

Rebecca,5, : “They brought Jesus gold and myrrh but I would have brought him a nice warm blanket.”

William,7,: “I don’t know what presents the wise men brought Jesus but a Lego set would have been better.”

Ellie, 5,: “The three wise men brought Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh – no real presents. I feel sorry for him.”

Ellie, 6, : “When he was born three kings brought him gold, coins and a sheep.”

Why do we celebrate Christmas?

Ellyshia,9 : “I am not really a Christian. I believe in unicorns and pixies.”

Funny little things Children do over the festive period…

‘We had blinking lights on the Christmas tree and my toddler kept thinking he was blowing them out one by one!’

‘My 4 year old asked for a wendy house for Christmas because said it was unfair he had to live in the same house as his parents when his mummy and daddy don’t have to live with theirs!’

‘After explaining to my toddler Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, he is now insistent that Jesus would like a racing car toy for his birthday and keeps asking me whether I’ve got it yet.’

Have you got any funny stories? We would love to hear!!



xmasAre you looking for a few extra bits to get for Christmas?

Look no further!

We have our top 10 favourites for those all important stockings this Christmas!

Enjoy our free postage deal on or pop down to our stores as to not miss out on these lovely and affordable gifts.


1# Colouring pencils! £7

Encourage their creative natures! Perfect for colouring at home or to take to school!

Order now at http://www.jotoha.co.uk/?s=colouring+pencils&post_type=product


2# The Curious Adventures of Matisse the Cat! £5.99

With a real range of titles and story lines, don’t miss out on the adventures of Hugh and his Bengal Pussycat Matisse! Go on a magical adventure this Christmas with Matisse!

Order now at http://www.jotoha.co.uk/?s=matisse&post_type=product


3# Emma Bridgewater Money Boxs! £4.50

In a Dancing Mice design & Men at Work design. A lovely classic style gift for your children to start collecting their pennies in!

Order now at http://www.jotoha.co.uk/?s=emma+bridgewater+money&post_type=product



4# Ragtales Animal! £7.99- £9.99

This little family of critters in clothes are adorable! Ideal gift for a boy or a girl!

Order now at http://www.jotoha.co.uk/?min_price=7&max_price=10&s=ragtales&post_type=product


5# Bead Bazaar! £2.50 – £6.95

For more innovative play, look no further! Packed with gorgeous wooden beads in an range of bright colours, coloured cotton string, and two larger charms on the outside, it is perfect for any young designer.

Order now at http://www.jotoha.co.uk/brand/bead-bazaar/

6# Egg Nogg £2.50- £5.00

Quirky gifts from a British designer and mummy! For those who love to colour!

Order now at http://www.jotoha.co.uk/brand/egg-nogg/eggng

7# Dribble Ons £7.50

Can a baby ever have too many?

Order now at http://www.jotoha.co.uk/?s=dribble+ons&post_type=productdribble

8# Cutlery Sets! £7.99

Let your little ones learn to eat in style!

Order now at http://www.jotoha.co.uk/?s=cutlery&post_type=producteb

9# Vulli Boats for the bath! £8.50

Make bathtime more fun for those girls and boys who aren’t so keen!

Order at http://www.jotoha.co.uk/shop/toys-and-gifts/toys-gifts-toys/vulli-4-little-bath-time-boats/404210-4-little-boats

10# Socks! £2.50- £10

To keep those little toes warm through the winter! We have fluffy ones, fleecy ones, white ones, colourful ones, ones with ribbons, others with pom poms! You get the idea!

Order now at http://www.jotoha.co.uk/?min_price=0&max_price=10&s=socks&post_type=productscz





Are you thinking about whether this is the right time to have a baby?

Perhaps everyone around you is having children and you feel like you should.

The main question you should be asking is:

Are YOU ready?

Looking over blogs and forums featuring many stories from parents, we found the most common factors people needed to consider before having a baby were the following: –

Are you where you want to be with your career?   For many  women, sometimes balancing a full time career and a baby aren’t feasible. Comments showed that many women think about children in their 20’s however this is also a major time for career development.  However, more and more women choose to return to work within a year of giving birth so it’s not impossible. Just make sure you’ve thought it through and spoken with your partner about it.

How long will it take to get pregnant? Be aware that getting pregnant for many women isn’t an instant. It can take time.  But, be prepared that in potentially nine months you may be a parent. Are you ready?

Are you in a happy, secure and supportive relationship? Many people make comments about how parenthood is a wonderful thing, which it is! However, making it the best it can be requires making sure you’re happy with who you are choosing to do it with as it’s not always easy. If you feel as a couple you are strong and ready and it’s a mutual decision, then make room for baby! If you think it might take a little time more, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! 

Have you got the space? Will you be able to accommodate for baby? Or are you ready to move to somewhere with a little more space? If not, be prepared that once baby becomes a toddler a small apartment may not give you all the space you’ll need. Make sure you are financially ready for such a commitment.

Are you currently studying or in further education or training towards a goal? Be aware it may be tricky to balance this alongside a baby. Make sure you have the support around you. 

Have you considered the impacts a baby can have on you socially? Are your friends mums and dads too?  If they are it may be less of a concern to you, however if not then be prepared that parenthood can impact your spare time substantially. Make sure you have a good network of friends and potential babysitters around you!


  • Make sure you are eating well. Keep a particular focus on allowing your body to get enough protein, iron, zinc, vitamin C & vitamin D.  Not eating enough of these nutrients can prolong your menstrual cycle. Foods such as meat, fish & dairy will help.

  • Avoid alcohol & caffeine. –  Research shows that too much alcohol consumption can lead to alteration of estrogen levels which in turn can effect egg implantation making it harder to conceive. Studies on caffeine also suggest negative effects on hormone levels. 

  • Keep an eye on your weight. – Excessive body fat can cause overproduction of hormones, causing negative effects on ovulation. However, on the reverse side too little body fat can cause your body to under produce hormones or sustain a pregnancy. 

  • No smoking: – Toxins from cigarettes can damage eggs and interfere with the implantation process according to studies. 

  • Know your menstrual cycle:- On average a cycle lasts anything from 21 days – 35 days (the first day of your period being the first day of your cycle). If your cycle is longer, consult your doctor as you may be ovulating less often. When you are most fertile is your day of ovulation and the few days afterwards, generally speaking this is around day 14. You can get urine ovulation test kits at most pharmacies which will help you pinpoint your most fertile time. 

  • Having sex often can also stimulate your hormones and reproductive system :- Statistics show that having sex weekly allows a woman’s body to produce more estrogen. And, of course this will help you to conceive! 

  • Keep away from stress:-  Studies show that lower stress levels is linked with higher probability of conceiving. So make sure your work life balance is right and avoid heavy exercise work outs to keep your hormones on track.

  • Your other half should be keeping healthy too:-  It takes two after all! Make sure your other half is following a healthy diet, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes too. These factors can also lead to low sperm count and hinder fertilization. Vitamin E and C will benefit him too. 

Don’t panic if you aren’t able to conceive straight away, for many women it can take up to a year. If it has been over a year of trying, perhaps consult a doctor who will be able to help and make further suggestions. We wish you all the luck and happiness!

We can be of further help when baby arrives:- 



Make your own festive wrapping paper!





Step 1: Choose a design that you wish to print on your wrap. I have chosen snowflakes however you could use a Christmas Tree, a Robin, Holly Leaves, A Christmas pudding or any design that you want to. Let your child choose a design then get them to draw it onto the potato. We would recommend mum or dad doing the cutting of the stamp in the potato – it can be fiddly!


Step 2: Apply some paint to your potato stamper and you’re away! It might be an idea to put something heavy on the corners of the brown wrapping paper. Now you’re ready to make your unique wrap! Leave 15-20 mins for each piece to dry.


Step 3: Wrap up those pressies. Here are some of mine.



Santa Claus & Rudolph sent us a letter this year asking us to be more creative when it came to their midnight snacks!

After a busy night delivering pressies in their sleigh and copious mince pies and carrots, they told us they wanted something new!

So we got our thinking caps on and tried this recipe!

Once they were done, they were so scrummy we thought we would share them with you this festive period!


 ❤ 6 cups of Rice Krispies

 ❤ 10.5oz of Marshmallows

❤ 3 tablespoons of butter

❤ Green food colouring

❤ 12 miniature Reese’s cups

❤ 1/3 cup of Smarties

❤ 12 candy stars/magic stars

❤Baking paper

❤ Icing sugar

1 ) Cut baking paper into squares, then curl into funnel/cone shapes. Use tape to secure. Place these into drinking glasses to allow them to stand, face the funnel point down in the bottom of the glass. This will allow ease when pouring mixture into the cones before letting them set in fridge. Make sure to wipe over baking paper with some butter to avoid sticking.


2) In a large saucepan, melt the butter on a low heat. Add a few marshmallows at a time and allow to melt. Stir until completely melted.

3) Add green food colouring, be generous as it will lighten in colour once rice krispies are added to mix.

4) Add the rice krispies and stir gently so they are all covered in the green gooey marshmallows!

5) Butter your hands or use a spoon, it’s up to you! Now it’s time to put the green krispie mixture into your baking paper funnels! Once done, let cool in fridge for 3 hours.

6) For the icing, get your icing sugar and add water until you have a thick icing in a bowl. Don’t let it get too thin as we want it thick to create a tinsel look.

7) Put a bit of icing on the back of the smarties to attach those baubles to the tree! Don’t forget to ice the star for the top and the Reese’s cups for the tree trunk!

Pantomimes in and around Dorset this Christmas!




At the newly refurbished, Poole Lighthouse.

From 6th December until 8th January.

Mornings, Afternoons & Evenings.

Prices range £18- £22.75

Starring Peter Duncan ( Blue Peter ) , Max Bowden ( Waterloo Road) and Sapphire Elia (Emmerdale).

A lively performance in pursuit of a magical lamp!

Book online or contact their Box Office on 01202 280000


At the Weymouth Pavilion.

From 10th December until 1st January

Afternoon matinees or Evenings.

Prices range £ 13- £15. Family ticket available £52 (x2 adult & x2 children).

Known for their amazing Summer and Christmas pantos, they’re back this year!

Be sure not to miss out!


At Corfe Castle in Purbeck

From the 17th November until the 19th November.

Evenings & an afternoon matinee.

Prices from £5-£9.

An epic tale of love, betrayal, quests and a shipwreck. If you’re looking for a panto with a Shakespearean feel, this one by Double Act Drama Group is the one for you!

Book at the Corfe Castle Village shop or through their Box Office 01929 480323


At Bournemouth Pavilion.

From 3rd December until the 2nd January

Evenings & Afternoon matinees.

Prices range £ 14.50- £20.50

Who doesn’t love a classic fairy tale!

Where’s her glass slipper got to?

‘It’s over here!’ ‘ Oh no it isn’t!’

Stars set to perform Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker & Strictly Come Dancing), Rhydian (X Factor), Melanie Walters (Gavin & Stacey).


At the Tivoli, Wimborne.

From December 16th – 2nd January

Prices range £11.50 – £16.50

If you’re looking for a quaint theatre with a more intimate experience this is the place to be!

Book online to receive discounted price or call Box Office on 01202 885566


At Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.

From 14th December until 31st December

By London Contemporary Theatre, embark on an adventure around London in search for fame and fortune with Dick Whittington!

Tickets available through Box Office on 01297 442138


At The Cross, Shaftsbury

One day only, 11th December

Prices range £3- £6

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, come along to this! A reenactment of the traditional nativity story based in a working farmyard! Feel the magic watching a play sat on hay bales with a brass band! There will be donkeys, lambs and other animals! A local produce market, BBQ and Mulled Wine! Cash only event.

Book now by calling 01747 829179


At the Regents Centre, Christchurch.

From 17th December until 24th December

Prices range £15-£16. Family ticket £55.

Gladrag Production Company take you to the North Pole for an Elf Convention!

With song and dance let the elves take you all around the world!

Book your tickets online or through the Box Office 01202 499199


At the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil.

From 2nd December until 1st January.

Mornings, Afternoons & Evenings.

Prices range £12-£22

Enjoy the magic in never growing up with Evolution Pantomime group!

Don’t forget to hook yourself a ticket before they’re gone!


With less than two months left until Christmas, we know your children will be getting excited!

We definitely are!


So why not organise a trip with all the family?

Uncles, aunties, grannies, grandads, mums, dads, cousins, children and friends  head out to see Santa Claus!

With some Grotto’s opening in November through until December find out which one’s are nearest to you and plan that festive trip.


  • Adventure Wonderland, Hurn

Don’t miss out on the Nativity Corner and  Christmas Panto. Prices vary £5- £17 depending on the package chosen. Reduced rates for members. Book online now in accordance with specific dates.


  • Compton Acres, Poole

Enjoy breakfast with Santa himself! Costs £12.95 incl. gift, children under 2 years £4.95.  Available dates are 17/12/16 , 22/12/16, 23/12/16 and  24/12/16.


  • Dolphin Centre, Poole

Explore Santa’s Secret Hide Out and decorate a cake with Mrs Claus! Gift included. Weekends from 19/11/16 until 24th December 11am – 5 pm.

  • Farmer Palmers, Organford.

Meet Santa in his Grotto! Pay on the day, but groups will need to book. Costs £6 incl gift. Tuesday & Wednesday mornings and at weekends. Select dates available so check first.


  • Plowman’s Garden Centre, Bournemouth.

Join the Christmas Circus, visit Santa & have breakfast or tea with Mrs Claus. Prices vary from £4.99 – £8.99 depending on the package. From  December but dates vary with package chosen.

  • Poole Quay Emporium, Poole

Open from 26/11/16. Visit Santa in his Grotto. Tickets are £7.50 with proceedings going to three local charities ( The Friends of Dolphin, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Happy Dogs).

  • Stewart’s Garden Centre, Wimborne

See Santa in his Winter Wonderland. Booking online available. Open from the 26/11/16.  Costs £8.95 per child ( present inclusive). 0-6m go free!

  • Upton Country Park, Upton

See Santa in his Grotto. Open from the 24/11/16. Gift and Souvenir Photo. Price yet to be confirmed. Meet some animals – pigs, turkeys and reindeer!

  • Bailey Ridge, Sherborne

Visit Santa in his Cabin with his reindeer. You can also pick up a real Christmas tree whilst you’re there.  Select dates and pricing yet to be confirmed.

  • Moors Valley Country Park, Ashley Heath

Fill your bellies with a festive themed breakfast and see the performance by Santa’s elves -‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. There is also a quiz for all the family.  Santa will be found at the railway but other activities are  willow weaving workshops, a golden pine cone treasure hunt,  and real Christmas trees for sale. Prices vary dependent on package and dates vary so check first.


  • Orchard Park, Gillingham

20/11/16   Join in with a Christmas fair.  Lots of lovely stocking fillers and handmade local products to make your gifts a little bit more special. Watch the festive lights being switched on, on the 01/12/16.

  • Monkey World, Purbeck

Do something a little different this Christmas and  make some festive feeders with Santa for the monkeys at Monkey World. Watch them receive the  treats you’ve made for them.  Dates are 20th – 23rd December, 12-4pm.  Free event but donations are welcome.


  • Swanage Railway, Swanage

Choo choo! Join Santa on his special train.  Costs  £13.25- £ 15 incl gift. Prices vary due to date. Under 2’s are free and receive a small gift. Booking available  online.

  • Tank Museum, Bovington

Celebrate Christmas in a different way and embrace history this festive season by riding  in a tank to meet Santa Claus.  See what Christmas was like in the 1920’s! With entertainment, vintage markets and classic vehicles it will be a ball. Priced at £3 to see Santa but  normal entry fees apply. No additional fee witha  members pass on  5/12/16 and 6/12/16


  • Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park, Weymouth

Meet Santa in his Christmas cabin.  Join in with some crafts and colour a Christmas tree or write your Christmas list  There are   3 packages available from £7 – £20. Packages vary from a visit to  Santa’s Cabin  to an ultimate experience including souvenir photograph and dinner at Adventurer’s Grill.

  • Marwell Zoo, Winchester

Listen to Mrs Claus’ story ‘The Animals That Saved Christmas’ and create some Christmas candy, before meeting Mr Claus in his Grotto.  Mulled Wine for mum and dad and Blackcurrant Juice and a treat for the little ones. Booking online only, £ 5-  £26.50. Gift included. Discount for members.  Dates vary From the 19/11/16 – 24/12/16

  • Paulton’s Park, Hampshire

Meet Santa! Prices range £ 5.50- £27. 25  and varies according to age and available dates.  Concessions for members also. Enjoy a 4D sleigh ride and see the musical Christmas tree show. Peppa Pig will make a festive entrance!

  • Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire

Don’t miss out on the spectacular Festival of Light.  There is an Enchanted Christmas Tree Show and a chance to experience  Edwardian style festivities alongside a Winter Safari. If your children like Peter Rabbit, there’s a special Beatrix Potter Exhibition of costumes this year.  Don’t miss out on the Arctic Corner play areatoo.  Under 3’s go free! Prices range £20.65 – £30.95.  Book online for 10% discount! Available dates from 11 Nov – 31 December 2016.



For more information, check out the individual websites before your visit.

Don’t forget to make a trip to Jotoha too!  Santa has supplied us with lots of goodies to fill those stockings!



Have you noticed the shades of orange leaves on the ground as you make your way on the school run?  We have!

And we thought, what a good excuse  to do something crafty.

With the weather causing a bit of a chill and the rain keeping the children inside of an evening we have something fun and really easy for you and your children to do.

Learn how to make some beautiful seasonal candle holders in Autumnal colours  which you can appreciate indoors and all snuggly in the warm.

This activity is great because you can pretty much use normal household and garden items!

♥ Autumnal Leaf Candle Holders ♥

Easy to do ✶✶✶✶✶

What you will need:-

❥ A handful of leaves. The more varied colours the better. The thinner and bendier the easier to use.

❥ 1 Glass Jam Jar

❥ Scissors

❥ A Paintbrush (to use with PVA glue!)

❥ PVA Glue

❥1 Tea Light Candle

❥ Clingfilm

❥ A Small Piece of Raffia


Step 1: Using your paintbrush, cover the outer jar with PVA glue. Be generous with the PVA as it will help secure the leaves more easily. Don’t worry the glue will dry clear!


Step 2 : Cut the stems off the leaves. This will make them easier to attach to the jar. Place the leaf onto the jar, front face down will make it easier to glue. Cover it generously with PVA. Maple leaves are easiest to use.  Avoid any dry crispy leaves as they will be harder to glue. Once you’ve covered the first leaf, attach another and so on. Create a few layers of leaves. Don’t be scared to use your fingers to help secure the leaves whilst applying the glue.


Step 3: Wrap cling film tightly around the jar to keep the leaves in place whilst drying  for about 30 mins to an hour.  Remove the clingfilm and voila, you have your Autumnal candle holder!


Step 4:  For decoration, tie a piece of raffia round the top of the jar! Then slide the tea light into the jar. Get an adult to light the candle and see the light shine through the leaves revealing their spidery spines!




You may have noticed in our stores our range of beautiful traditional wooden toys.

With an ethos of keeping childhood fun and traditional we love the  Le Toy Van brand!

Since 1955, Le Toy Van have been making high quality and gorgeous painted wooden toys. Originally  stocked for the UK market only, but they soon became popular and grew and grew. Now you can find their pieces all around the world!clip-art

It is important to note that these toys, designed in the UK, are not only fun but also stimulate a child’s development. They have age appropriate challenges and allow social interaction and learning through the art of imaginative play. Most of their toys begin at 3 + however, this year they brought out their Petilou collection for younger children.

Perhaps some little siblings were desperate to get hold of their sisters and brothers toys!

This collection is aimed at ages 1-2 years.  Designed to aid cognitive, imaginative and educational values.  Most  focus on colour and shape associations which are prominent in learning from this age. We have found them to be really popular with our customers,  especially the Sensory Shapes!

A particular customer favourite is the Le Toy Van Doctor’s Set. It recently was rated  in ‘The Top 13 Toys For 3 Year Olds’ by The Independent!


Here are a few products you can see online or in our stores!


Shop online at http://www.jotoha.co.uk/brand/le-toy-van/

Thinking about Christmas shopping? We may be able to order items not usually stocked with a minimum spend of £200. Give us a call for a quote and copy of the online catalogue!






What will your children be dressing up as this year?

Are you going trick or treating?

Are you planning on hiding under the covers to watch a scary movie cuddled up with a tub of sweets?

Beware, what kind of creepier critters might be knockin’ on your door…


Well,  look what we have in store for you!

A recipe for dinner that will make your bones shake!

Try these petrifying peppers!

If you dare!

Who knew grumpy could look so good!!






Easy ★★★★

Feeds 4

 You will need

– 4 Orange Peppers

– One pound of Beef Mince / Quorn Mince

–  A cup of cooked rice

– Sliced Mushrooms

– 1 White Onion, diced

– Jar of pasta sauce

– Grated cheese

– Salt & Pepper

– Olive Oil

Step 1  : Preheat the oven to 200°C

Step 2: Using a sharp knife, cut the top of the peppers off. Then hook out the insides, seeds and fleshy inner. Using a small sharp knife, cut a face into the front of the pepper. Triangle shapes for eyes and zig zag shaped mouths will create a scary face effect. But, be creative! However, don’t make the cut outs too big or the pepper may collapse and lose it’s filling when in the oven!

Step 3 : Place onto an oven tray facing upside down on the tray, pop their lids in too. Heat in the oven for five to ten minutes until they soften. 

Step 4: Once the peppers have softened and are back out the oven, begin to make the filling. To do so, put some oil into a frying pan and allow oil to heat. Once heated, pop in diced onion and mince. Fry for 5 to 10 minutes until both have browned. Add mushrooms. Fry for a further 5 minutes. Stir in some pasta sauce and cooked rice into the mix. Allow to heat for 3-5 minutes. Drain off any excessive liquid.

Step 5: Once filling has cooled, spoon filling into the peppers. Top with grated cheese. 

Step 6: Pop back into oven for 5- 10 minutes.

Then, enjoy!





As it’s been bring your bear to work day this week, why not have a Goldilocks and the Three Bears themed day!

Nothing quite beats this classic children’s story!

Firstly, recreate the fun with some yummy bear toast for breakfast!

All you need is some Peanut Butter, Banana  and Blueberries!


Second, get snuggly on the sofa with your bear toast and watch the story unfold!


If you’re looking for a crafty afternoon, how about trying out these lovely colouring ins!




Or for something a little more creative… how about making these from some old wooden spoons! All you’ll need is some paints, felt tips, felt and glue!


Send us your pictures! We would love to see!

Have you met our littlest bear in the Jotoha family?

Meet Darcy! Get yours now for just £7.99!

Available at: http://www.jotoha.co.uk/shop/toys-and-gifts/toys-gifts-toys/ragtales-beartales-mini-darcy-bear/

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We are getting crafty here at Jotoha again!

Learn with this easy step by step how to make a beautiful dream catcher!



★★★ Easy

Will need help from mummy or daddy.

Did you see the BFG in the cinema’s lately? Why not teach your children this simple craft so they too can help the BFG to catch some dreams!

What you will need:

◎ A Paper Plate

◎ Scissors

◎ Cellotape

◎ A hole punch

◎ Felt tips, paints, crayons, glitter! Everything essential for decoration!

◎ String/Wool/Yarn

◎ Beads

◎ Feathers

Step 1: Cut out the centre of a paper plate


Step 2: Using the hole punch, punch eleven holes into the outer edging of the plate. Use this diagram and number holes so we can weave the yarn through later.


Step 3: Decorate the plate!

Step 4: Cut yourself a long piece of yarn, cellotape an end to the back of the plate then weave the yarn through the holes starting at 1. Make sure you double loop the yarn through each number to secure it. Go from 1 to 2 to 3 and so on through to 11. You will see how the yarn begins to shape in the inside of the plate to look like a dream catcher! When you reach hole 11, take the yarn back through the hole 1/12.  Double up round the last hole and then stick the other end down with tape! The result should look something like the diagram below!


Step 5: Now, cut four pieces of yarn, I would estimate perhaps 5 inches in length minimum. For the first piece, thread it through hole 4 and 9. Tie and stick down the ends. This will allow you to hang the dream catcher up later. You can put beads along this piece for decoration.

Step 6 : For the other three pieces of yarn, tie a feather to each end and add some beads. Hang and tie each separately through hole 11, hole 8 and hole 5. Loop them through individually and let the feathered end dangle loose downwards to create some tassles!

And voila! Your very own dream catcher!






❤ Have you met this lovely Portugese brand, Petasil?❤


They are designed and manufactured in Sao Joao da Madeira which is considered the capital of shoes in Portugal.

There is something quite special about Petasil. Their shoes show traditional and conventional craft with very modern and vibrant coloured leathers.

They are a spectacularly well made shoe whilst reflecting the energy and the joys of childhood!

Alongside this charm, they believe in exceptional foot care. You will find all of their shoes offer great arch support with a firm cushioned inner sole.

Petasil is known worldwide for it’s stylish premium children’s shoes.

We find customers who’s children’s feet can pronate are often recommended this brand by their Podiatrists.

As a proud stockist of this brand, you will find we sell a range including casual shoes, smart shoes, school shoes, summer shoes & winter shoes…

Recently, some lovely Petasil Crosspatch T Bar’s reached our stores. We just love this classic style – suitable for both boys of girls!

We stock them in Green, Navy, Pink, Black ,Red and Brown and they retail at £45.00

☺ Meet Claude! ☺

He’s on his second pair from us! Last time it was Green and this time it’s Red!


When we fit Petasil shoes, generally we find they come up as quite a narrow fit. Although not specifying a width dimension, we would estimate most shoes being suitable for a E – F Width. Sometimes we will also try half/whole size up to give the foot more space as they come up petite.  If your child’s feet are particularly narrow you’ll more than likely find this brand is suited for them! 

✽ Shop for the Petasil range at: http://www.jotoha.co.uk/brand/petasil/  ✽





‘Weekend à la mer’ is a lovely French brand that specializes in children’s clothing, ranging from Newborn to Junior sizing. It accommodates both boys and girls from birth to childhood with style! It is known for it’s nautical styles and seaside spirit!  It’s name translates as Weekend by the Sea so you’ll find it’s designs, both traditional and modern reflecting the seaside style theme!




The brand was launched in 1998 and has since made clothes of high quality fabrics, with many items being 100% cotton. It is a fashionable yet wearable and durable brand. For example it’s boys designs commonly have a relaxed cut allowing them to be more practical!

We are proud to be a stockist as this is a brand you do not want to miss!

At Jotoha, we have found Weekend à la Mer popular with our customers. We do find in terms of fitting, it is advisable to buy a size bigger than the label advertises. The clothing can fit quite petite. For example if you are buying for a 12months year sometimes we would recommend going up to an 18months just to be sure! 



♥ Shop now : http://www.jotoha.co.uk/brand/weekend-a-la-mer/  ♥


Easy Scale: ★★★★

This will require help from mummy or daddy.


What you will need:-

◉ A hedgehog template ( You can print the one off below).

◉ Scissors/craft knife

◉ Sticky tape

◉ Leaves ( real or artificial)

◉ Cardboard

◉  Felt tips

Step 1: Cut out your paper hedgehog stencil and stick it onto a piece of cardboard. Use your scissors to then cut the cardboard into the shape of the hedgehog stencil.


Step 2: Make small cuts into the cardboard. I used a craft knife therefore it would be best if an adult does this part. These will allow you to weave the stems of leaves through the slits to create the hedgehog’s leafy spines.


Step 3: Cut out four of these shapes, these are going to become the hedgehog’s legs.


Step 4: Cut two slits to allow the legs to slide in, again easier for an adult to do with a craft knife. Before attaching the legs, it might be an idea to draw the little hedgehogs face. Button nose, eye and smile!


Step 5: Weave the stems of the leaves through the slits in the body of the cardboard you cut out earlier. The more leaves the more prickles! You can then use sticky tape to fasten down the stems that poke through the other side.


Your little hedgehog is complete!

Meet Harry the Hedgehog! He lives in the Wimborne store and has great fun amongst the leaves and toadstools!





The Back to School Checklist!

back-to-school🌟 Set up a bedtime routine 🌟

During the holidays we know that the bedtime routine may have slipped. With later nights and afternoon rise and shines it is time to look at setting up a regular sleep pattern for your children.

To stop yawning during class and tired unhappy children in the playground, we would advise getting into that school routine approximately two weeks before schools starts for the new year.

This way your child will be well engaged and in great shape for that all important learning! ( and playing!).

How much sleep do they need we hear you say?

A 3-5 year old should ideally be getting 10 – 13 hours sleep a night whilst a 6 -13 year old should be getting around 9 – 11 hours a night!

Help your child get the maximum out of their education with this simple trick!

🌟 Organise their uniform🌟

Have you just noticed your child got peckish and has chewed their way through the cuff of their school jumper? That their shirt now reveals some belly? Are the knees to those school trousers non existent?

It might be time to visit those all important school uniform specialists. In our stores, we advise that there is far more choice of stock in the first two weeks of August, we imagine that these other shops are dissimilar! Beat the manic rush before the first day of term!

If you live locally, perhaps it’s time for a visit to Barratts, CJI Clothing or Bartletts?

Don’t forget to check your children’s P.E Kits and sportswear too! If they’ve left it crumpled in their P.E bags over the Summer it is definitely going to need a wash!

Also we know what children are like…. Nothing worse than discovering a child’s lost one hockey sock the day before their first P.E lesson!

🌟 Invest in some decent school shoes🌟 

Jotoha to the rescue! We can help you with this one!

Remember your children spend 5 days a week for months in the same footwear. Investing in a shoe that is supportive to your child’s feet and development is crucial. Make sure you get your children’s feet measured for both length and width in order to find a shoe that is best fitted for their own day to day to comfort.

Unsure if they really need new shoes? Come into any of our stores for a no-obligation shoe check! We care about their foot care and will let you know if the old shoes are still okay!

If your child has any specific podiatry needs, let us see if we can help you. We are happy to find the right shoe for those all important orthotics!

We know that the Back To School period can really add up, so we are offering a 10% discount on the second school related item. If your child’s shoe size has changed we realise that it might not just be the shoe shoes you need! So, if you need trainers, plimsols, wellies or even just some shoe polish come and benefit from our special offer!

🌟Have you had any changes to their medical records or your contact details?🌟

When did you last do this with your child’s school? Make sure your school are aware of any medical concerns you have regarding your children. If they’ve developed any allergies you could be saving them an emergency situation!

Secondly, if you’ve changed any of your telephone numbers don’t forget to update the school.

Have you moved address or workplace?

🌟Talk to your children about bullying🌟

Whether your child is starting school or the topic is alien to them. There’s never a better opportunity to raise awareness of it with your child than before the new year so it’s fresh in their mind.

Unfortunately, research shows that 1 in 3 children experience some form of bullying during their school life. By having a discussion with your child about this topic it may allow them to feel more comfortable in talking to you about it if they ever experience it during their school life. Talking about this can also lead to prevention, if you child understands it is not an acceptable thing to do to other children they may resist from joining in with others.

Let your children know that it helps to tell a teacher or you even if they think somebody else is being bullied.

🌟Prepare for pack lunches!🌟

Firstly, dig out that lunch box and water bottle! If you can’t find that lunch box, pop into our stores or online! We can help!

Are there any healthy snacks you were planning to make for the new term? Collate a list of easy healthy snacks you can buy or make for your child’s lunches.

Protein based snacks and wholefoods will keep your child’s concentration in lessons!

Let them digest all that new information as best they can and maximize that brainpower!

🌟Book in those hair cuts🌟

We know the Summer can be a busy and wildly fun time! Time to brush that hair and get a neat cut before the new term!

🌟Check supplies🌟

Have you checked for pencil cases, pens, pencils, highlighters, rubbers, rulers…. the list is endless!

🌟Get to know the teachers🌟

Whether your child is joining school for the first time or simply moving up a year, don’t forget to say hello to their new teacher! Spare a few minutes before the beginning or the end of the school day to meet the teacher looking after your child for the year!

By showing an open interest in your child’s education will allow the teacher interact with you over the year about your child’s progress and allow your child to share more school experiences with you.

🌟Check the bookbag/rucksack for letters🌟

Was there anything you needed to fill out for their first day back at school?

🌟Tidy bedroom and organise where the school stuff is going to go!🌟

Get your child to tidy their bedroom and find a new space for their school things. This can allow them to get excited for their first day and a tidy room may make them feel fresh for the new year! Plus it will get them in the rhythm of knowing where they need to tidy their school things away to!

🌟Speak to your child to see if they are worried about anything🌟

By speaking through any concerns with your child before their year begins you can see how you can best support them emotionally and physically with their education. This will allow them to know they can talk to you at any point about anything that worries them at school.

Perhaps doing a big mind map about going to school will allow your child to get creative, but also express their thoughts.

We hope you all have a lovely first day! Lots of love, Jotoha!








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