About Mari

Mari Hernandez-Tuten wears many hats throughout her day: mom, wife, friend, counselor, speaker, missionary, and founding editor of the Ezine, Inspired by Family. Our Ezine is a place full of creativity, laughter, celebrations, encouragement and good eating that we hope spills over into your home. So have a seat, grab a cup of Cafe con Leche, and let's get inspired! You can find us at Inspired by Family Magazine on Facebook or Twitter as @InspiredFamily_.

Back to School Craft: One Smart Cookie!

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Are you in the middle of trying to get ready for back to school fun?  I’ve always had a love and hate relationship with back to school. I’m torn between feeling excited that I don’t have to make 3 complete meals every day but I’m also sad that I don’t get to spend most of my day […]

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Mud Painting with Kids

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Can I just say this mud painting activity for kids was absolutely fun– even for me! There’s just something about mud painting that brings back fun childhood memories, so as soon as I saw how much fun the kids were having, I quickly joined in! I was already dirty, so why not? It’s been raining in […]

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Sweet Easter Craft: Make a Bracelet {with Jelly Beans!}

Sweet Easter Craft: Make a Bracelet {with Jelly Beans!}

Don’t you love a sweet Easter craft like this?  Your kids will love that they can make a bracelet with jelly beans!  Kids Activities Blog hopes that you can sneak a jelly bean or two for yourself while your child makes this fun bracelet! Easter Craft Yay, Spring is around the corner! Putting together this […]

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Easter Treats {Kids Can Make}: Bunny Tails

Bunny Tails Easter Treat

It is time for Easter and that means…Easter treats!!  Try getting in the kitchen with your child with recipes like this one that kids can make on their own. Kids Activities Blog loves sweet treats so we hope you will enjoy these cute Bunny Tails and let us know what you think. Easter Treats If […]

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Share the Love: Heart Stones (Crafts for Kids)

Heart Stones

Share the love this Valentines Day with cute crafts for kids.  These adorable heart stones will melt everyone’s hearts.  Kids Activities Blog hopes you have had a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of love. Share the Love Let’s carpe diem Valentine’s Day! Let’s make it more than a romantic holiday for couples. Valentine’s Day is more […]

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Make Strawberry Santas as a Healthy Christmas Snack

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Need some Christmas recipes that don’t cause a full-on sugar rush?  These Santa Hats make for healthy alternatives and are tasty too.  Wouldn’t it be fun to sing the cute Christmas rhyme while you make these with your kids? Christmas Recipes Here’s a healthy Christmas treat for you, Strawberry Santas! Holiday parties and gatherings can […]

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No Bake Halloween Bats and Mummies Dessert

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This Halloween dessert is the perfect thing to make with kids.  It is NOT a scary Halloween food because it is no-bake!  Kids Activities Blog loves exploring ways that you can get your kids involved in the kitchen and this no-bake Halloween treat is the cutest thing! I love simple and fun ways to celebrate […]

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Books to Ease Back to School Jitters

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Books to Ease Back to School Jitters Does the thought of back to school fill your little one with much anxiety.  I have a little worry wart who struggles with change, so we’ve tried many things to help keep his jitters at bay. One of the many helpful ways to help your child learn some healthy […]

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Farm Animal Bowling Game

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This Farm Animal Bowling Game will definitely get your kids saying all of their animal sounds! Most toddlers go through an animal farm phase.  They moo at everything.  It’s probably because the “M” sounds is an easy one to imitate! I’ve been working on the animals in Spanish with my kids.  We’ve been studying how […]

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Homemade Slushie Syrup Recipe {The Perfect Summer Snack!}


Cool off this summer with your own homemade slushie syrup recipe! How many of you have kids who love to snack? I have three growing boys who are always hungry.  This homemade slushie syrup recipe is perfect for hot summer days when your kids are needing something to do and want something sweet.   Well, a few years ago, […]

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Angry Birds Balloon Games

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I’ve never played a single video game of Angry Birds.  We don’t even have access to the Angry Birds video game but for some reason my boys LOVE all things Angry Birds. That’s why we came up with these Angry Birds balloon games. I’m not  sure why, but I won’t complain because the Angry Bird […]

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Memorial Day Craft for Kids: Fireworks Marble Painting

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Memorial day marks the beginning of summer! Guess what? It’s right around the corner! Enjoy celebrating this holiday with this awesome Memorial Day craft for kids! Memorial Day Activity for kids: Fireworks Marble Painting. Fireworks definitely make me nervous when kids are around and for the most part, my kids have a love and hate relationship […]

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Cooking & Learning Spanish with Kids: Cinnamon Vanilla Milk

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It’s been three weeks of me forgetting to buy chocolate syrup at the grocery store, so I decided to improvise with some cinnamon vanilla milk. Every morning, and I mean every morning, my three year old would look at me and say, “Mommy, did you buy my chocolate milk?” He meant to say chocolate syrup, […]

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Fun Ways To Play With Your Kids

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Are you looking for fun ways to play with your kids? Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to sit down and do a craft or activity, but it doesn’t always have to be that complicated! You can do something as simple as fly a kite or go on a walk! There’s one thing I […]

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Make a Paper Plate Piñata for Cinco De Mayo

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Who doesn’t love a piñata?  Paper Plate Piñatas are loads of fun for kids of all ages and even adults too!  They are easy to make too, and we will show you how! To go with our Cinco De Mayo week of celebrating and learning that this holiday is beyond sombreros and donkeys, my kids will end their fun […]

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What is Diversity? {Egg Activity for Martin Luther King Jr. Day}

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Update:  We are so excited that Pinterest named this one of the Top 20 pins for Education and Classroom Activities in 2013.  Please share this! What is Diversity? With Martin Luther King Jr Day here, consider introducing the idea of diversity and cultural differences to your children.  It will be easy to start with this […]

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{For the Holidays} Salt Dough Craft

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We love to play with play doh, and salt dough is another great medium for play and creation.  Salt dough is an easy way to create homemade play doh with ingredients you already have in the kitchen during the holidays. If you have been a reader for awhile here at Kids Activities Blog, you know […]

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Halloween Printable for Ghost Poop

Ghost Poop Recipe and Free Printable from Kids Activities Blog

A cute Halloween printable can make simple treats really stand out. Halloween printable activities like this are super easy and super cute!  Y’all know how we LOVE a fun {and free} printable here at Kids Activities Blog! Have you heard of reindeer poop, bunny poop…? Actually, I think I might have made up bunny poop treats. […]

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{Recycled Craft} Paper Mache Rain Stick

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Paper Mache is such a versatile material to use in crafting.  For example, here is a great recycled craft project that used paper mache and plastic bottles to make an incredible rain stick for kids to enjoy. Here’s another fun post in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, an Amazon Rain Stick made with paper mache!  […]

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Cinco de Mayo: Make a Paper Flower {Tissue Paper Craft}

Make a Paper Flower from Tissue Paper {Cinco De Mayo!}

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.  Today we offer this easy way to make a paper flower and bring a little Mexican flair to your home. Kids Activities Blog likes this colorful tissue paper craft because it is easy for kids of all ages. Cinco De Mayo Happy Cinco de […]

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If Only I Had a Green Nose {Fun Reading Activities and Shamrock Printable}

If Only I Had A Green Nose {Fun Reading Activities for Kids}

If Only I Had a Green Nose is a wonderful story for teaching children the importance of being themselves.  These fun reading activities will make the lessons in the story even more meaningful to them.  We love fun book activities like these at Kids Activities Blog! If Only I Had A Green Nose One of […]

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Card Games: Play Loteria {Spanish Game}

Playing Loteria by Rene Colato Lainez

Cards games are a fun way for children to learn facts.  Here is a Spanish game that will help your child learn vocabulary words in another language.  If you’ve played this game before, please leave a comment here at Kids Activities Blog and tell us all about it. Card Games Learning more than one language […]

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Straw Game {Fun With Math}

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Sometimes kids need a little help having fun with math.  Pull out a few household items and make this easy straw game and everyone will be laughing and having fun.  We at Kids Activities Blog especially love how this game can be used in so many ways…for family fun night, to learn math, or even […]

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Valentines Cards {Kids Can Make}: Owl Love

Owl Valentines Day cards that kids can make

Valentine cards from friends are such a special treat, especially when they are made by hand.  Here are some cute home made cards that your kids can make.  “Owl Love” to hear what cute owl phrases your child comes up with for their cards.  Please come back to Kids Activities Blog and share their ideas […]

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Ornaments for Kids to Make {Easy Kids Craft}

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This easy kids craft are simple ornaments for kids to make.  The festive merry Christmas trees made out of fabric are no sew, so they can be accomplished with basic cutting and pasting skills. Kids Activities Blog loves when something so festively enchanting is easy!   Easy Kids Craft I am always looking for ways […]

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Homemade Christmas Gift: {Play Dough} Melting Snowman

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Simplify your Christmas spending with this homemade Christmas gift idea.  Every child loves play dough and this adorable melting snowman makes a great stocking stuffer or Christmas party favor.  Kids Activities Blog loves ideas like this that are thrifty but also melt your heart. Homemade Christmas Gift Have you seen the Melting Snowman Cookies?  They are adorable […]

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{December Post} Snowman Magnetic Picture Frame

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Who doesn’t need adorable Christmas fridge magnets?  We love our snowman magnet frames.  I like to use them on my fridge, file cabinet and anywhere else I can stick them on.  One of the things that I love about this craft is that it uses recycled items from around the house. Next time you are […]

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{Sweet} Thanksgiving Activity: How to Make a Headband

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Your kids will love these simple directions for how to make a headband.  This cute Thanksgiving activity awakens children’s imaginations as they learn about Pilgrims and Indians.  Kids Activities Blog loves any activity that encourages imaginations and pretend play. How to Make a Headband Don’t you just love finding activities for your child that help […]

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Adorable Owl Cupcakes Celebrate November Holidays

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Baking up these yummy owl cupcakes is just one way to celebrate the November holidays is by cooking with kids.  This is a fun family activity and can be modified for just about any occasion or celebration.  Today we are baking up some adorable owl cupcakes, but think about this November recipe for any gathering. […]

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Halloween Games: Ghost Bowling {Homemade Games}

Ghost Bowling

Are you looking for fun Halloween Games for Fall parties? Kids love Halloween activities such as this ghost bowling homemade game! The Kids Activities Blog tested out this Halloween game and we hope that you try it out on your kids, too!  For a variation using clear bottles and cotton balls, check out No Time for […]

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