G3 Fourth of July Fun on KATU’s Afternoon Live!

by Mindy Lockard on July 3, 2018

Happy 4th of July Eve, All!

Today the G3 (Gracious Girls Guide) Girls and I are back on KATU Channel 2’s Afternoon Live sharing our Tips and Tricks for creating a festive holiday for friends and family.

Her area all of our patriotic party plans…

Starting off with the Lemon Pound Cake Waffles…

  • Krusteaz Meyer Lemon Pound Cake Mix
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • Red, White, and Blue berries of your choice
  • Skewers
  • Water
  • Whipped Cream

Step 1)  Warm Up your waffle maker and mix the ingredients as directed on the box

Step 2) Place in maker and leave it until the waffle maker beeps at you! (Our waffles got a little toasty!)

Step 3) Add your favorite berries onto a skewer making a berry kabob!

Step 4) Final Step! To finish off your masterpiece add some powdered sugar and whipped cream.

Now you have a yummy festive breakfast to cater everyones cravings!

Next up, Picture Perfect Photo Booth!

What you need:

  • Festive Ribbons
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Sticky Letters
  • Extra paper for fun props

Step 1) Take your festive ribbon and lay it flat on the floor making a loop in the end to tie it up.

Step 2)  Write your own or use sticker letters and adhere them onto paper and glue them on to the banner for cute designs! Make it your own.

Step 3)  Go online and find cute prop ideas: top hats, bowties, Statue of Libery hats, flags, traditional 4th of July sweet treats!

When you are all finished add some festive stars or flags to complete the look.

Everybody say Cheese!

Last but not least… add a POP to your Table Decor! 

What you need:

  • Crape Paper
  • Tape
  • Flags
  • Jars
  • Flowers
  • Bandanas

For our final project just gather your Crepe Paper and arrange it in any pattern you think is adorable and best fits your table. First measure and tape each strand as you go… especially if it’s windy out.

laying out and securing as you go…

until your pattern is complete!

Add to your table decore with jars tied with a ribbon and filled with fresh cut flowers + pop in an American Flag! 

and add a final 4th of July flair by using bandanas as napkins. How cute is this?

Wishing y’all a safe, happy and FESTIVE 4th of July!





G3 Fun with $ummer Finance | Value of the Dollar

by Mindy Lockard on July 1, 2018

Here’s how it works! I sent my girls to the store with a goal of spending $40.00 and the quest to buy ingredients for 3 healthy dinners. YES, you read it correctly, 3 family dinners for $40.00 dollars. Could they do it?

Step 1: Identify three meals that could share ingredients.

Elle came up with: Antipasta Salad, Pizza & Family Style Dinner Platter

Each of these planned meals could borrow ingredients from each other such as meat from the Pizza which could also be used in the Dinner Platter.

Step: 2 For each of the meals the girls made a list of ingredients and wrote it out on their phones to make sure they were not forgetting any.

Step 3:  Sending the girls into the store by themselves, they picked up the ingredients the needed!

Step 4: Making sure they didn’t go over their maximum, they added up all the ingredients on their phone calculators.

Step 5: Go home and start cooking!  The final products are pictured below starting with the Dinner Platter and next the delicious Pizza!  Who know you could have such amazing for under 40$?





4G3 Fun with $ummer Finance DIY | Save Spend Give

by Mindy Lockard on June 30, 2018

Here is what you will need to start the project

  • Three decent size glass 
  • Magazines to find pictures of your goals
  • Mod Podge (and a container or small jar to put it in)
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Labels for “Save”,”Spend”, and “Charity”

Before you begin this project make sure you have workspace you don’t mind getting a little messy!

First you want to find magazines that capture your interests and represent your goals.  Cut out images related to what you are saving for, spending on, and also a charitable cause of your choice.


After you gather your magazine clips, take the Mod Podge and apply a thick layer on both sides fo the clip and adhere it to the jar.  Continue gluing on the clip until you have a look you are happy with!


While waiting for the Mod Podge to dry, which could take up to 30 minutes, design your labels and when everything is all dry you can put on those labels and get to saving!




G3 Fun with $ummer Finance | Homemade Handbags

by Mindy Lockard on June 29, 2018

This summer we are all carrying around lots of things from money to car keys.  This DIY bag is a great way to organize all the clutter.

Things you will need:

  • Multi – Surface Colored Paint
  • Stencils
  • Paintbrush
  • A bag
  • Small Glass Jars for the Paint


Step 1:  Pour a sizable amount of paint into the jars

Step 2: Line up your stencils with the middle of the bag or wherever you wish to put them!  If they need a little help staying in place use glue and glue them onto the bag.

Step 3: Start Paining!

Step 4: If the letters need a little touch up, take a smaller paintbrush and fix those mistakes!

You are all done. Enjoy your new fashionable bag!


The Leadership Academy Information Night!

by Mindy Lockard on October 30, 2017



For years, moms have been asking me if I would consider starting a cotillion in the Portland area. After much thought and conversation, I declined. While I think cotillion is a wonderful program, it’s not the program that I should be presenting. I have a strong commitment to staying withing my wheelhouse of passion and experience.

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However the idea of tween programming was very intriguing to me. I had dabbled in it when I first started my career but got away from it due to the nature of the students, and quite honestly, I had a hard time getting parents to commit. However, this time felt different and The Leadership Academy came to life.

We had a wonderfully successful first year and I’m so excited to announce upcoming programming for 2018! Please let me know if you have any questions. I can’t wait to hear from you.

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