Gettin’ Down and Dirty with Tweens/Teens Laundry

by Mindy Lockard on October 26, 2017

I was so excited when reached out to me to be one of their #unstainers and offered to help us help our G3 girls with the task of learning about laundry!

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Why? Because helping our girls tackle the world of dirty laundry is a life skill. As important as our other G3 skills are (finance, negotiation, conflict resolution, eye contact and conversation skills to name a few) it’s my goal that our girls would be able to fly the nest ALSO with the ability to feed and clothe oneself… in clean clothes.

Before we get started, let’s define L-A-U-N-D-R-Y:

Laundry is… clothing that has been worn that is dirty and found its way to the laundry bin.

Laundry is not… a method of cleaning ones’ room by swiping up all clothing that has been dropped on the floor and “cleaning” it into the laundry basket. Now that we have that settled, let’s get down and dirty with a few tips and trick for helping your girl get started.

What Age?

5 – 8 – Kids can learn to sort whites, colors and darks, sort, fold and put away

8-10 Kids can begin using a washer and dryer …  folding AND putting away. 

First, let’s equip them with necessary laundry supplies:

  • Detergent for wash
  • Carbona Stain DEVILS for Everyday: Blood, Dairy & Ice Cream, Chocolate Ketchup & Mustard, Ink Marker & Crayon, and Nail Polish Glue and Gum
  • Carbona Color Grabber: Perfect for not needing to carefully sort the colors
  • Carbona Super White (bleach free): keeps uniforms, towels and sheets white


Starting at age five, our kids can learn to learn the importance of sorting whites, colors and darks to keep fabrics and clothes lasting as long as possible. Undestanding whites, colors and darks. 

Carbona Color Grabber

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Typically you should try to sort by whites, lights and darks. What I love most about Carbona Color Grabber is my girls don’t have to sort as closely because of the color grabber technology. These microfiber sheets are designed to attract loose dyes in the wash so to protect our colors. All you do is put in the clothes, pour in detergent and toss in a color grabber sheet. You’re girls will be empowered and you don’t have to worry

Carbona Super White

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Super White is a convenient laundry sheet that helps keep whites bright was after wash with Carbonas OptiBright Technology, which is their advance optical brighter. I love this because it’s a bleach-free solution and/or a safer alternative to bleach. There’s not risk of kids splashing, dripping or accidentally putting bleach rather than detergent (this did happen in our house) or bad odor involved (unlike bleach…woo, Super White!). 

Stain Fighting

Let’s spill some dirt here… our kids, even teenagers are messy. Wether its a ketchup spill, blood stain, ink pen or dirty uniform, stains happen and Carbona has developed nine (9) stain-removing Stain Devils to help in all occassions.

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Each of these stain Devils is specifically forumlated to treat a specific stain. We picked a few of those little devils that can plague our teens and tweens and will be testing these on our instagram stories over the next week so tune in!

What says tricky teen stains like nail polish, glue AND GUM…

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ink, marker and crayon…

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chocolate ketchup & mustard…

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blood, dairy and ice cream?!

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Tips on Temperatures


For whites, typical dirty clothes use hot water (130°F or above). Hot water is best to remove germs and extreamly dirty fabrics. However, hot water can shrink, fade and damage some fabrics, so be sure to read your clothing labels before selecting the hot option.


Washing clothes in cold water, colors last longer and clothes retain their size and shape. … many opt to wash in warm or hot water because of the roles it can play in cleaning your clothes.

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Join me in thanking and the #unstainers team for sponsoring this series and helping us help our G3 girls with the life skill of laundry. Don’t forget to add laundry to this week’s chore in your planHER and tune into The Gracious Girl’s Guide stories on Instagram for tips and tricks!


Spooktacular Hallowed Apples

by Mindy Lockard on October 26, 2017

Halloween is in the air and the perfect time to whip up a spooktacular dessert for friends and family! So, make sure you don’t arrive empty handed at this year’s Halloween party!

Here’s what you will need | serves 4 
4 Gala Apples (we love those from our friends at Stemilt)
1/2 cube of unsalted softened butter
1/4 cup of oats
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 pinch of salt

Step 1: Hallow… or hollow out an apple with a spoon or a melon baller.
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In a separate bowl combine: butter, oats, salt, sugar and spice!

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Stuff the apples with the mixture and bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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serve with spooky smile!

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(Many thanks to Stemilt Apples for sharing your delicious fruit and inspiring this spooktacular treat)



by Mindy Lockard on June 7, 2017

Hello, Girls, I am so happy you are here and excited to get started!


After helping a few girls put the planner together, I thought it would be best to help with a step-by-step guide. With that said, are you ready to GET ‘HER DONE? Here we go..

Stickers Tab Stickers are found here.


You will start the first tab with the month you receive your planner.

For example: you are receiving your planner in June, therefore you will start the tabs with the JUN sticker followed by JUL, AUG, SEP etc.


It’s a good idea to take it slow and double check before you secure the sticker to ensure it’s the correct month and in the correct annual order.

Notes, Party & Money are designed to be placed on the back three tabs, behind the month tabs.  Your pages for these months will be received by mail at the beginning of the season we discuss the skills.


Month Sticker There are 7 stickers for each month.


The month stickers are placed on the dotted line for “Welcome to the Month of…” “Month at a Glance” & 5 “Weeks of the Month”





Some months have 6 weeks, but typically just a couple of days. You will move those days to the next month.

For example: July 30 & 31 fall on a Sunday and Monday and those dates will written in on the first week of August.


This is where it gets really fun! GET CREATIVE, we recommend using fine tip color Sharpies to make the stickers your own!


QR Codes We kick off the planner with 4 QR codes.

Welcome code will briefly walk you through the planner. These codes are to be watched before you start working your way through the planner.

Super powHER: Bravery, Confidence & Authenticity our three  SUPER POW-HER skills fundamental to the G3 journey.


Month: On the first day of each month, the month’s topic will be posted for you to watch and it will stay live until the following month. We will be storing an archives if you need to access past months.


Week: Every Sunday our weekly SUPER POW-HER QR code will be live. Take a moment at the beginning of each week to watch the POW-HER skill, set goals and practice, practice, practice!



Enjoy and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!! Please let me know if you have any questions and I cannot wait to chat via FaceTime next week!

Best, Miss Mindy


Come LIVE CHAT with the Washington Post!

by Mindy Lockard on December 1, 2016

I’ve had a little project up my sleeve…

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I’ve had the honor of consulting with the lovely, Jura Koncius, Home and Garden writer at The Washington Post! Together, we set out to answer some commonly asked questions and help folks navigate holiday entertaining. Let’s be honest, there’s potential for this to be the most stressful time of year. So to assist you, we put together a table setting guide and some commonly asked questions which can be found here:

Also, join us for our live chat today 11:00am ET Washington Post Live Chat with The Gracious Girl  & read my answers to her questions in the article.

Happy setting!


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#FamilyRecipe | One Sugar Cookie, Four Ways

by Mindy Lockard on November 29, 2016

It wouldn’t be the holidays without talking sweets, as in cookies.

Join me & Bob’s Red Mill for a fun and delicious #FamilyRecipe on November, 30th titled #GoodiesforGifts.


But before the party. I have a little something to share…

My favorite Gluten Free cookie trick. One dough and can be made into four delicious cookies. These cookies make great treats, gifts or a little something special for you know who…



  • 1-3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 cup Butter softened
  • 2/3 cup Sugar plus extra for rolling (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Four Flavors

  • Strawberry Jam or other flavor
  • Hershey Kisses Candy Cane or Other Flavor
  • Cinnamon and Sugar
  • Crushed Candy Canes


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or spray each with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla until just combined. Slowly beat in dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and roll balls in extra sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on baking sheets.

Cinnamon & Sugar



  1. Roll the dough in a ball
  2. Cover with cinnamon and sugar
  3. Place dough coated ball on baking sheet

Sweet Kisses



  1. Roll the dough in a ball
  2. Bake
  3. Remove from baking sheet and allow to cool for 5 minutes
  4. Gently (not to hard or you will push through the cookie) press the kiss onto the cookie

Jam Thumb Print



  1. Roll the dough in a ball
  2. Press down with your thumb
  3. Fill with jam
  4. Bake

Candy Cane



  1. Roll the dough in a ball
  2. Roll the ball in crushed candy canes
  3. Bake