quejimenez Basmati Rice & Quinoa Summer Salad on a Soft Tortilla. || Ingredients: Basmati Rice, Rainbow Quinoa, Heirloom tomatoes, Avocado, Corn, Olives, Lime Juice, Pomegranate Vinegar & Spices. || After a long weekend and day it feels good to nurture my body with this nutritious and yummy summer salad. I wait all year to the garden's tomatoes are ripe and nothing is better. It's been months since I've shared my eats and what better to break the spell than my favorite grains: Quinoa and Basmati rice. The best part is sending E to work with a healthy, wife approved lunch and the salad grazing me and the kids will do the next couple of days for lunch. 2d

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quejimenez Orangelandia. || I am so grateful for this beautiful woman, Gayle Brandeis, and even more grateful that my first publication is in her anthology, Orangelandia. She has been a nurturing mentor and friend as I've found my voice in words. There are no words for the love my heart holds for her. I'm honored to have been part of such a wonderful book launch, at the place me and E married almost 15 years ago. And I am equally grateful for the chance to read my words in warm company. My heart is full and I'm craving Inland Oranges now! 2d
  •   freedom1804 Congratulations on the publication!!! That's great! 2d
  •   quejimenez @freedom1804 Thanks Bro! So great to 'see' you on my IG feed! Hope your summer is going well and your thesis is coming along! Sending you all the positive energy I can hold! 2d
  •   fedricka Oh congratulations honey!!! Omg!! You are so major! 2d
  •   rosaprimula How wonderful! 2d
  •   bohogurl You is sweet, you is kind, you is important . 2d
  •   alisha_sommer Awwww so awesome. Congrats! 2d
  •   peacelovelifefit aww this is awesome! so happy for you sis! see I told you to "just keep writing"...I knew it was only a matter of time. you've got way too much to say and your words are far too beautiful for others not to take notice :) 1h
  •   quejimenez @fedricka Thank you!! Lol! @ major. @rosaprimula Thank you! @bohogurl Aww, thank you! @alisha_sommer Thank you! I'm prepping for Blackberry now, have tons of poems I need polish so I can send to you! @peacelovelifefit Aww thanks sis! Means so much to me. I'm pushing and pushing and pushing myself to write from the heart with intention and truth. Hoping to make a difference in the world with my voice. We so need to plan some sister time this week. Luv you! 50min

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quejimenez Mommy + Daughter Yoga. || We just did our first mama/daughter yoga class and this mama is spent! It was an advanced flow yoga class and I was so not ready. But I pushed through, did what I could, and we both held our own. I have a reading in an hour, so quick, warm shower then off. Oh, how I need this water to restore me! 2d
  •   ladytica That's awesome, bravo!! 2d
  •   quejimenez @ladytica Thank you! But, oh I am feeling it. The class was so strenuous! But I feel strong...tired, but strong. 2d
  •   fedricka Aww hey y'all! Yoga is great! It was tough for me at first too, but goin regularly helped. Flexibility will come! Yaaay Kiandra 2d
  •   quejimenez @fedricka Aww..thank you! Yeah, I've doing yoga off and on for the past 14-15 years, some years more and some less, but this was my first strenuous class. It was more hard core--lots of plank style poses, flow poses. Really tough. Most of the class couldn't hang with the instructor and he warned us that he was starting a new deeper lesson. I was like great, perfect timing. But it was great to see where my limits were. Usually I can do everything and it was great to find my weaknesses (arms). I'm not sure if I'm going to stick with his class or find one more scaled back and work up. Last week I did Kundalini yoga and I loved that one. I'm so excited she wanted to come, so I really want to find a beginner class where she can learn poses and breathing. 2d
  •   quejimenez @veggielivinmommy Thank you sis! It was so great to spend time with her and let the boys have their time. We will surely do this regularly now. Hope you and the family have been well! 2d
  •   raqmayoral nice!! did her hair get all over the place? hahaha and I want to hear all about your reading! 2d
  •   quejimenez @raqmayoral Oh sis! Yes! And that class...I think you would love it. Much, much, much more strenuous yoga. Remember the girls were saying it was difficult? They were not kidding. I missed your energy, though! And the reading, just left and can't wait till we can talk about it. It went well and I was trying to channel you and leave some time, but...sigh, no. I went over. But it went well and I could feel your love and support across the miles! Oh, come home already! lol. Stay grounded love and can't wait till we hit another yoga class. 2d

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quejimenez Summer Fun. || Family Date Night at a minor league baseball game. Kids are loving it, and I'm breaking my neck keeping my eyes on the balls. We are in the front row and it feels, sorta kinda dangerous. If you were reading a book of poetry, for instance. Not that I am, or anything. 3d

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quejimenez Warm Light. || Taking a moment to pause and enjoy the warmth of summer's afternoon sun. It's easy to forget how restoring the sun's energy can be for us. And the honey red glow of the floors is only matched by how good the wood feels beneath my toes. It feels grounding. I am so grateful. 4d

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quejimenez #blackeye || "You should see the other guy," Mikey says. Sounds tough, but truth is this is the laziest black eye ever. The boy lost a fight with his bed while watching t.v. and (almost) rolling off his bed. I iced it within minutes, and had arnica gel on it soon as I pulled the ice off. It's healing quickly and well considering the boy couldn't be bothered with icing and arnica. Apparently the arnica worked too well, no pain, no bother. He didn't cry, winch, complain once. Just laughed and joked about 'the other guy.' It's been a week, and now we're watching the colors change. Each day I tell him, you have a beautiful watercolor painting over your eye. The joys of #momlife 4d

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quejimenez Lazy Harvest. || The heat wave has hit and I've been a neglectful gardener. I've not kept my end of the bargain up and increased watering to keep up with the sun. So some tomatoes have cracked, drunk and bursting at the seams with water when I, the kids, or E has ran out and watered. We've been busy and inconsistent. But here's the thing, gardens are so forgiving. They call you back with their brilliant colors and sweet fruits, and just like that, you wonder why you stayed away so long. Tonight, this was our call home: a arm's full of sweet, ripe tomatoes and two large squash. One a standard zucchini and the other a pale, hybrid cousin. Me, I'm thankful the garden keeps giving and loving us back, despite how much or plates and lives run over this summer. And also those arms that keep loving and supporting me. Wishing you all a lovely summer's night. 5d

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quejimenez Hey, green thing! || My love for E grew 343 fold when I went to pick this green bean and spotted this juicy, fat green bug crawling along. I turned my head to the side and turned on my phone's flashlight, and just like that, E reached in, got it, and smashed it. I screamed, "I love you! I love you so much." Who cares what the neighbors think? He saved my green bean. And the Blue Hubbard and Spaghetti squash hanging out down below. He loves me. 5d

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quejimenez Tomato Rainbow! || Green, purple, peach, apricot, cherry red, yellow tomatoes. This deep into the season I've long forgot and stopped tracking what I've planted. I aim to have so many different varieties of tomatoes I go crazy with picking and choosing. And this is the result--colors and varieties I've never seen, or tasted. What's interesting this year is the bed I planted with starts I grew from seed are doing 10x better than my nursery plants. They were slower to take off, perhaps because I started late, but even besides that the plants' health & vigor is much better. They've caught up to the nursery starts and out grown them. They haven't been attacked as much by the critters, and their leaves are healthier. Next year I'll surely double my seed starts. (For the record, one of these tomatoes is an Orange Russian variety, and the purple/green ones are indigo variety, obvious, I know. I'm going to work at being better at keeping track. ) 5d

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quejimenez Leaping Wildly. || 15 years ago I started on my gardening journey with wild dreams and deep faith in the healing power of plants. My dreams were taller than me and my young life couldn't hold them all. But each year my life expanded and deepened. Becoming a mother and settling into my life as wife taught me nurturing, unconditional love, selflessness and self-care. Naturally, I became a better gardener and with that a better woman. Perhaps most important, plants taught me about healing. I mourned my Granma in my garden, healed my body in the foods I grew, found God in nature, and found my voice amongst the bees. The past few weeks I've been silently dreaming wildly. Ideas older than my children have resurfaced, and though I'm scared, I believe the season has come for me to move forward in faith. Slowly, with intention and love I'll begin. I've learned sometimes we have dreams and ideas, but the season in our lives isn't right. If they are truly a part of our path, they'll resurface, sometimes again and again, until all (ourselves, our lives) is ready. This is the season, I'm ready, and I'm stepping out on faith. || Plant: Blooming Echinacea/Purple Cornflower in my garden. 5d

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quejimenez Surrender to heal, to bloom, to live. || I've learned when I surrender to what is, give myself (and others) grace & acceptance, hurts can then be healed. Once healing is underway, we bloom, become light, and it is then that we truly live. Not survive, or get-by, but live--joyfully and full of love. Living, we find our way to our purpose and find we can be of service to others. Don't waste your life surviving, live with purpose and passion. You can begin where you are--surrender to what is and offer others (and yourself) the grace God gives us. || Plant: Rosa Bianca Eggplant 6d

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quejimenez Progress. || Breakdancing anyone? Yesterday I took a much needed and deserved Kundalini yoga class with a great sistafriend, and it turned into a 5-hour long heart-to-heart conversation. By the time I came home and finished homework, there was little time for floors. Me and E took the opportunity to make cookies with the kids and get to bed early. But tonight, well refreshed, we managed to get a lot of flooring done. We seemed to have found a flow and gotten comfortable with the process. || I must be honest, some days I feel overwhelmed when I wake up, go downstairs and see the house still undone. But I keep reminding myself, it is only me and him, it isn't a rush, and we're spending quality time together while learning a lot about what we can do together. And then I remember how grateful I am, for everything and all is well. 1w

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quejimenez Break time. || Sharing Fruit & Vegetable Popsicles with my best friend. We're almost ready to start laying the first planks of wood. Tile aside, things are going rather smoothly. || My flavor: Carrot Tangerine, His: Beet & Mixed Berries...Yum! 1w

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quejimenez Helper Boy. || Look who wanted to help. After watching us work for weeks and saying, "I can't wait till I'm old enough to help," the boy finally got his wish. He saw me breaking out the tile and asked if he could help me, I gave in. He is making quick work and doesn't look like he's going to leave Mama any tile to break out. A piece of tile cut his hand and I had to make him stop, wash, bandage it before continuing. Now he's wearing my leather gloves and knee pads. 1w

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quejimenez Mom Love. || Girl child just found this. She's guessing they were in 1st grade. No greater purpose to my life then them, Mr., and God. Love these sweet reminders that I'm living my best life and fulfilling my greatest purpose. 1w

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quejimenez Phase II || Kitchen 95% done, so it is time to start installing floors, which will woefully begin with removing the entrance tile. We pray this phase of remodeling will move ahead quickly, easily, and smoothly. Though I'm worn out of home remodeling projects, I'm excited for hardwood floors. 1w

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quejimenez Hello, Patchouli! || Yes, that is a patchouli plant, next to bamboo straws. I am so crunchy. If you are wondering, the plant smells just like heaven. Oh, the love I'm going to dote on this plant baby. All goes well, I'll be distilling my own patchouli for perfume. Cuddling him all the way home. 2w

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quejimenez WholeLoveFoods. || Of course I can't be near a #wholefoods and not stock up on whole grains, #vegan snacks & foods, and generally hard to find foodie foods. Proud that I kept it to three neat bags and less than a whole c note. Feels like victory. 2w

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quejimenez Nerdlife. || Driving into Pasadena to meet with my mentor Bart and discuss my poetry. I always travel with many books. This morning I have whole grains, raw food, herbs, and of course, poetry on my mind. As much as I love diving into great literature, I love diving into cookbooks and gardening books. One day I'll write one of each. || For the record I am not driving...my wonderful Mr. E is. 2w

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