Last Chance for Mini Magazine Submissions

I’ve extended the Spring 2017 Mini Magazine Submission! I’ll be going out of town for the coming week and wanted to give everyone a little extra time to send in their articles, photographs, and artwork. All submissions and ad requests are now due on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017. Follow the guidelines below. Then submit your writing and artwork to

All Submissions

All submissions must include your name, age, and state/country. Writing, illustrations, and photography must be appropriate for children 12 years of age and younger. Writers, illustrators, and photographers under the age of 18 must have guardian permission to submit their creations.

Current Themes & Topics

These themes are in no particular order and are not required for your submissions.

Binomial Nomenclature
Pollen Upsides and Downsides
Outdoor Gear in the Spring

Submissions We Accept

All written submissions must be at least 100 words (with the exception of poems) and no more than 1,000 words.

  • Fiction Short Stories – write a story about the life of a woodpecker or the journey of a raindrop.
  • Nonfiction Articles – may include photographs with article
  • Expedition Articles – recount your latest mountain hike, canoeing excursion, or visit to a State Park.
  • Nature Science Articles – report wildlife species finds in your backyard, your successful wildlife habitat project, or results from your rock crystal experiment.
  • How-To Articles – instruct us on how to make a bird feeder, bat house, cartography kit, and other fun nature things!
  • Reviews – did you get a new pair of hiking boots or a field guide? Write a review about it. Reviews should include the product and brand, where you got it (gift, Target, etcetera,) your experience in using that product, and a rating: 1 being the worst, 5 being the best.
  • Poems – construct a nature inspired poem with us that is at least 10 words in length
  • Illustrations and Photography – your wildlife inspired art and photographs can be digitally created or handmade, scanned, and emailed to us. We do not accept mailed submissions at this time.

Important Notes for Submissions

  1. The Pinecone Grove Expedition Outfitter only accepts writings, pictures, art, etcetera appropriate for children 12 years of age and younger.
  2. Written submissions should be in .doc or .rtf attachments or plain text within your email.
  3. Multiple submissions are allowed.
  4. Submissions must be entirely original work of the person submitting it and not previously published.
  5. We accept group submissions from homeschoolers, teachers, clubs, etc…

Send To

Please email your submissions to Include your name, age, and state (or country, if you live outside the United States,) with your submission.


If your creation is accepted for publication in the Pinecone Grove mini-magazine, please allow us two weeks to respond. We only respond to pieces that have been accepted. If you do not hear from us, don’t give up! Take a look at our upcoming themes and work on something new, or try sending your submissions to other children’s magazines as well.

Advertisement Space

& Sponsored Pages

Earth conscious and kid-friendly brands are invited to sponsor a page or submit an AD in the Pinecone Grove mini-magazine for kids. Send inquiries to

1/2 Page Advertisement $0.50
1 Page Advertisement $1
2 Page Spread Advertisement $2
“This page is sponsored by…” $Donation

Having trouble with the email link? Message Ashley Here.

Brand Discovery: The Edible Museum

I Found A Shop,

And They Have Chocolate Frogs!

These Chocolates Look Like Frogs Rather Than Jump Like Them.

Milk Chocolate Natterjack Toad by The Edible Museum
Milk Chocolate Natterjack Toad by The Edible Museum

While browsing around the internet I came across a brand that looks awesome! It’s called The Edible Museum! No, I haven’t tasted their chocolate, I don’t even know where they ship from, but I had to share it. Their product photos are spectacular and so unique.


Sarah from The Edible Museum stopped by the blog and shared that The Edible Museum is “based in the Essex countryside in the UK and ship worldwide. Although we do try to avoid places in heatwaves for obvious reasons!” (post updated 13 of March 2017)

Hand Painted White Chocolate Starfish by The Edible Museum
Chocolate T-Rex Tooth by The Edible Museum
Chocolate Fossil Collectors Bob by The Edible Museum

Have you ever heard of The Edible Museum? Tried their chocolate? Share all you know in the comments! If you’re like me and have not heard of them, you can visit their website and Instagram with the following links:

3 Reasons Your Homeschool Should Have a Name

What School Do You Go To?

Uhh… My House. Outside. The World.

Some states require a homeschool to have a name. Virginia is not one of them. However, Wednesday my son had a writing activity that asked questions about the school he goes to. Since he does not go to school, he got the chance to name his homeschool and pick a mascot. While he worked on his lessons, I designed an identity to go with his new idea. He chose Aero Academy for the name, a rocket for the logo, an astronaut for the mascot, and his current favorite colors: green and orange. Below are 3 reasons you should name your homeschool too.

Our Homeschool Brand Identity

Reason № 1: Discounts

Discounts! Yes, Please!

Other than fun… what is the point? Since then I’ve been browsing around, curious about what other people name their homeschool and how they apply it. I mean, do people have homeschool sport and game co-ops where kids play for their homeschool team? Do they have uniforms and coffee mugs and bumper stickers… Then I found an article on Life of a Homeschool Mom that said “Some states require your homeschool to have a name and others do not. However there are benefits for naming your homeschool. Many companies offer discounts to homeschooler, but most will ask for the name of your school.– How to Name Your Homeschool

Reason № 2: School IDs

Have Proof and Claim Those Discounts

Naturally, I did some more research. You know how much I love to research! It wasn’t long before I came across another article. The Benefits of a Homeschool ID Card for Parents and Students on Mommy Maestra which also had a link to The Complete List of 82 Teacher Discounts! How fantastic is that?!

Our Homeschool Student and Teacher IDs

For home educators, homeschool IDs are great for getting discounts at museums, workshops, classes, and local stores. And in rare circumstances: “If you are ever questioned by a law enforcement officer as to why your child is not in school, you can prove that you are a homeschooling family. (This is really not likely, but it depends on your state and how serious officers are about such a policy.)” – The Benefits of a Homeschool ID Card for Parents and Students.

For your students, having an ID is also great for getting student discounts. Is your child getting ready to take a standardized test or the SAT? Having a photo ID is often required. Bonus they can keep their student ID in memory boxes to look back on.

You can print a free ID card or have one printed on a PVC card at the Homeschool Buyers Co-Op. If your student wants to do a design project or you are feeling creative, you can also design and print your own.

Reason № 3: Yearbooks

One of My Favorite Reasons

As homeschoolers we have tons of those candid photo opportunities to document life in homeschool. So why not turn all those awesome photos, projects, and memories into a yearbook? You can use your new school name and colors to inspire your yearbook covers, decorate your pages, and add a motto or alma matter. The options are limitless.

Our Chatbooks Homeschool Yearbook Cover

Places to print your yearbook:

Chatbooks – If your wanting a small photo book to use as a year book, Chatbooks is a great choice. You can easily sync up photos from your phone, Facebook, or Instagram. They offer softcover and hardcover options.

Picaboo Yearbooks – Want a nice full size yearbook without having to buy 10 or more? Picaboo has kept us homeschoolers in mind. Their homeschool yearbook pages features: easy-to-use design tools, no minimum orders, 3-week turnaround time, plus free tools and support. I have not ordered from here yet but I am going to give this place a try near the end of our year. I’ll be sure to post a review then.

 Customize Your Homeschool with The Pinecone Grove

Custom Homeschool Logo by The Pinecone Grove