Extended Deadline for Summer 2017 Magazine

Grove Dispatch: Ocean Tide Summer 2017 Magazine

Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Grove Dispatch Summer 2017 Magazine: Ocean Tide Expedition, has been extended from June 11th to June 18th. So if you are interested in sending in ocean themed projects with your homeschoolers, there is still time to get them completed and submitted.

Learn More

Get the full details in GROVE DISPATCH: SUMMER 2017 DIGITAL MAGAZINE.

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You can also download a FREE short story writing guide for your homeschoolers in 5 STEPS TO WRITING A WILDLIFE SHORT STORY.

Let’s Work Together

If you have any questions or want to brainstorm some ideas, contact ashley@thepineconegrove.com or use one of these writing prompts:

  • A sea turtle hatches on the beach and must figure out how to get to the ocean.
  • The coral reef is in danger. A seahorse with the help of friends, works to make the reef healthy again.

 

30 Days of Blog 2017: Day 7

Mompreneur Made the Perfect Mix of Hashtags

Helpful Tips from Mompreneur Cody at Lu & Ed

Favorite Mompreneur

Hey fellow handmade biz owners! I have someone terrific to tell you about and her latest post that will help you with the social media posts for your business. Meet mompreneur Cody from Lu & Ed!

Meet mompreneur Cody from Lu & Ed!
Meet mompreneur Cody from Lu & Ed!

Cody from Lu & Ed has long been my favorite #mompreneur. She loves her kids. Her business is awesome. Encouraging other small biz owners is something she is always finding time to do. Since December 2016, Cody has been “researching, experimenting, and perfecting the perfect mix of hashtags for a handmade business.” Not only that, she has put them into sections based on post type to make it easier for your to use the ones you need. If you have not been introduced to Cody yet or heard of Lu & Ed, you totally should. She will be your favorite mompreneur too.

Tag Bundles

“There’s a various amount of tags in each group, and several are repeated in different groups. Repeated tags are great for use on basically any post about handmade businesses! Then there are some that are highly targeted for specific types of posts, from WIP images to finished products to selfies & more! I set it up this way so you can copy & paste directly from this list into your IG posts, then add your own curated tags specific to your medium – for instance, I usually throw in tags like #monstertoys, #toystorage or #instagramkids for my Mon-stor posts.

“If you make jewelry, you will want to put in specific tags – #handmadejewelry #datenight #wedding #bridetobe #prom and so on! For drawing or painting or art makers, you will want to use specific tags like #prismacolor #penandink #drawing #watercolor and on and on. These little tag packets just help you get started!” – 100+ hashtags for handmade businesses… by Cody

Read, Bookmark, & Pin

Read, bookmark, & pin “100+ hashtags for handmade businesses, makers and small shops + tag hacks!” by Cody from Lu & Ed. You can thank me later 😉

Grove Dispatch: Summer 2017 Digital Magazine

Grove Dispatch: Ocean Tide Summer 2017 Magazine

Grove Dispatch Summer 2017 Theme:

Ocean Tide Expedition

Hello Explorers! Are you ready for summer adventures? This week I am working on my latest magazine for The Pinecone Grove. This summer edition is paper-free! Because we love trees and digital downloads make for quick delivery. Currently, I am looking for work from parents, homeschoolers, students, educators, scientists, park rangers, and other nature science specialists. Here are 3 steps to get published.

Grove Dispatch: Ocean Tide Summer 2017 Magazine

The Grove Dispatch is an activity based publication from The Pinecone Grove. Content focuses on kid-friendly nature topics in botany, zoology, geology, and astronomy. Articles with The Pinecone Grove are geared toward parents needing wildlife adventure tips for their homeschoolers. My goal is to create a community where parents & kids can connect with other nature oriented families.

Send in your Ocean Tide Expedition themed work
by Sunday, June 18, 2017
to ashley@thepineconegrove.com


Step 1: Create

First, you’ll need to decide what you’d like to publish in The Pinecone Grove’s refreshed digital magazine. Make sure all work submitted is kid-friendly.

Fiction Nature Short Stories

Write a short story about the life of a sea turtle or how a seahorse saved the coral reef.

Nonfiction Wildlife Articles

Share your nature studies with readers so they can learn more about the wildlife you love. You may include photographs with your article if you wish.

Expedition Articles

Recount your latest tide pool, snorkeling, or beach experience.

Nature Science Articles

Report wildlife species finds in the ocean, your successful beach cleanup project, or results from your salt water experiment.

How-To Articles

Because everyone loves a DIY! Write how you take care of the beach. Let us know how to recycle trash into ocean art. Teach an ocean inspired cooking lesson. Or maybe how-to exchanging everyday disposables for reusables.

Reviews

Did you get a new pair of water shoes or a tropical 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 an ocean inspired poem with us that is at least 10 words in length.

Illustrations and Photography

Your ocean wildlife inspired art and photographs can be digitally created or handmade, scanned, and emailed to ashley@thepineconegrove.com. I do not accept mailed submissions at this time.

Kid-Friendly Brands

I love to support small business owners. Write an article or send me a pitch for approval on something parents or kids would love to learn about. Include a small feature on your brand or a related product so my readers can connect with you and your brand.


Step 2: Guidelines

Note: the article guidelines listed below do not apply to poems, illustrations, or photography submissions.

Now that you have decided on the type of article you want to write, follow these guidelines when creating your work.

  • Article Length: Your article must be 500 – 2,000 words in length.
  • Article Images: 1 Feature Image (1600px width x 1101px height) & 1 or more Content Images (262px width x 325px height or 800px width x 800px height). Be sure to cite image sources (Photographer/Illustrator/Designer/Etc. & URL). If you are using your own images include your info with the images.
  • Article Links: 1-2 Topic Relevant Links & 1-2 links to your Blog, Shop, or Social media account where readers can follow you. Place links in brackets after the intended linking text.
  • Article Style: Snippet Introduction (125-160 characters), Main Introduction (1 Paragraph), 1 or more Headings, 2 or more Subheadings, Conclusion (1 paragraph), & a Call-to-Action (visit a site, subscribe to something, donate to a cause, etcetera).

Step 3: Email

Finally, you can submit your summer ocean themed work. Please send your email to me: ashley@thepineconegrove.com. Start the Subject line with OCEAN TIDE and your topic or pitch. I can’t wait to see what you have created!

  • Briefly tell me who you are.
  • State the title of your proposed article or work.
  • Tell me how The Pinecone Grove readers will benefit from your work.
  • Paste your article or share an outline of your pitch.
  • Especially important, sign with: “Pinecones Grow On Trees, [Your Name]” so I’ll know you read the guidelines 😉

Why You Should Publish with The Pinecone Grove

  1. Sharing your passion for nature with other families is a great way to encourage earth conscious living.
  2. A great project to work on with your kids and get the whole family excited about a nature friendly publication.
  3. Plus, if your work is accepted, you’ll receive a FREE digital copy of the summer magazine.

Accepted Work

I accept most submissions to the magazine. Within 24 hours you should receive an email back from me about your submission. Due to large amounts of email, I do not respond to most rejected works. However I may respond with constructive notes to help with the creation of future submissions.

Copyright

Note: I retain the copyright of all material published in The Pinecone Grove magazine. An author/artist/photographer cannot republish the same work elsewhere; it must remain unique to The Pinecone Grove.


Work NOT Accepted

This magazine is for families so all content must be suitable for children. Consequently, any work submitted to my magazine containing inappropriate content will not be accepted.

  • Work with adult-themed or sexually explicit content will NOT be accepted.
  • Work that promotes hate, violence or discrimination in any way will NOT be accepted.

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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 ashley@thepineconegrove.com.

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.

Bees
Binomial Nomenclature
Flowers
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 ashley@thepineconegrove.com. Include your name, age, and state (or country, if you live outside the United States,) with your submission.

Acceptance

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 ashley@thepineconegrove.com.

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.

Spring 2017 Mini Magazine Open Submissions

Open Submissions for Our Spring 2017 Mini Magazine

Current Deadline: February 18, 2017

Share Your Kid Friendly Expeditions With Our Mini Magazine

Does your child want to be a writer, illustrator, or photographer? Then they should be published in a children’s magazine! Writers and artists of ALL AGES (guardians too) can be featured in Pinecone Grove Expedition Outfitter’s Mini Magazine Spring 2017 Edition. The publication is a kid-friendly 4×6 inch mini-magazine. You can see our first magazine here. If your submission is accepted, you will receive a free copy of the mini-magazine*. Follow the guidelines below. Then submit your writing and artwork to ashley@thepineconegrove.com.

 


All Submissions

Include your name, age, and state/country when you send in your writings and illustrations. The Pinecone Grove Expedition Outfitter only accepts kid-friendly, age-appropriate original creative works. 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.

  • Bees
  • Binomial Nomenclature
  • Flowers
  • 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

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

 


Send To

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


Acceptance

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 ashley@thepineconegrove.com.

  • 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.

Join My Team

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There is plenty of room on my team. The more the merrier as they say. I am looking for team members to help with my shop and products. Do you love fact checking or researching? Apply to be a Pinecone Grove animal or plant specialist. Are you a graphic designer? Then maybe you’d like to be the new map maker. Are you amazing at sewing and embroidering? Because I would love to add earth-friendly field bags and custom made patches to the product line. Have a knack for taking staged photos? Nature inspired product photos would make a great addition to Pinecone Grove’s online shop.


Team Posts

Map Designer

Digitally design maps realistic or imaginary that inspire kids to go out and explore. Your designs would be used on posters, apparel, and if you’re up for it, a limited edition cartography FieldCard™ set.

Animal Researcher

Research and fact check about animal species that live in the world. Your results would be used on our FieldCard™products as lesson tools for kids 3 years and older.

Plant Researcher

Research and fact check about plant species that live in the world. Your results would be used on our FieldCard™products as lesson tools for kids 3 years and older.

Expedition Gear Designer

Collect fabric that is either recycled or made of a renewable resource – like bamboo – and make custom durable field bags and apparel to add to our product line.

Patch Maker

Produce fully embroidered custom iron-on patches for little explorers to collect, add to their field bags, or a jacket. We are looking for designs that encompass exploration, education, and preservation.

Product Photographer

Receive samples of our products to stage and photograph in a naturally inspired way. Your photos will be used in our online store, on our blog, and social media.


To join the team…

Email me at ashley@thepineconegrove.com with the following information:

  • Your Name.
  • The post you are applying for.
  • Why you would make a good addition to the team.
  • What you hope to get from collaborating with me.
  • Link with an example of your work (this can be your website, Instagram, etcetera).

Or Fill Out This Form

Thank you for your interest in joining the team. I look forward to collaborating with you!

Eco Gift Program for Small Businesses

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Where Small Business Work Together

Get samples of your products in the mailboxes of potential customers with the Eco Gift Bag Program at Pinecone Grove. Pinecone Grove’s Eco Gift Bag Program is an ongoing program so you can apply at anytime. Each Eco Gift Bag is filled with samples, coupons, and goodies from small businesses that provide exceptional customer service and products that inspire exploration, education, and preservation.


How the Program Works

With each domestic order from my shop, I’ll include a small bag filled with samples from small businesses. Arriving as a surprise gift in Pinecone Grove orders, your shop will receive exposure in person to a potential client. There is also the opportunity for further interest if the customer shares their products on social media with their audience.

How Participants Are Selected

Eco Gift Bag participant selections are based on product, brand, and overall interest with my audience. We are looking for small businesses that are intended for kids or parents and fit one or more of the descriptions below.

Kid Products | Products for Parents | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | Handmade | Upcycle | Renewable | Reusable | Nature | Wildlife | Science | Apparel | Eco Friendly | Green Living | Environmentally Friendly

After an application is submitted, I will review the application and evaluate your shop to make sure I can offer you the best possible service. Once approved, I will email you all the details to participate.


What Participants Contribute

Eco Gift Bag participants will send 10, 15, or 20 samples attached to business cards or other promotion materials to be included in the gift bags – if you aren’t sure what to offer feel free to email me at pineconegrove@gmail.com with “Eco Gift Question” as the subject line and we can figure something out. Remember to keep your samples and brand materials small – less than 5″ x 8″ x 0.5″.You are welcome – but not required – to include a coupon for at least 20% off to help convert recipients into new clients. Studies show that more than 90% of people are more likely to make a purchase from a new brand if offered a discount of 20% or greater.


Cost to Participate

$2 for 10 Eco Gift samples | $3 for 15 Eco Gift samples | $4 for 20 Eco Gift samples

Why the cost? Added weight from the Eco Gift Bags to packages, increases shipping and packaging costs. This small flat fee will help cover those extra expenses. Within one week of receiving your application I will email you, if you are accepted, and send a Paypal invoice for the participation fee. Once paid, I will message you with the mailing information to send your Eco Gift for the program.

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