Goal: REST and A Call To Fellow Denver Area Bloggers

You know how I can tell that I’m exhausted?



I actually stayed in savasana the entire time during my at home yoga routine tonight.  Maybe it was the candles and the sunset?  Who knows — whatever it is it work.  I am beginning my work towards the goal of the evening.


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August’s form of rest . . . Follow my fun on Instagram

 In all seriousness, my plan is to get in my sweats ASAP, maybe pour a glass of wine + a big glass of water, eat my Whole Foods hot bar (yes, again) grub at some point, and veg out.  Early bed time for this lady tonight.

Calling All Denver Area Bloggers

Ok, so as I’ve been reading some of my favorite blogs lately. . . I realized that I need to take advantage of this community.  I find myself jealous of bloggers who get to meet up and do fun workout/dinner meet ups with their blogger friends!

Well shoot — I know there must be fellow ladies who are local to the area who feel the same way, right?  OR maybe people who will be coming through the Denver area at some point?  Please get a hold of me if this sounds like something you are interested in!   🙂  Let’s organize a get together!  I promise I’m not too weird 🙂

And that, my friends, is my randomness for the evening.  I hope you have a relaxing one as well!

I’ve Made Some Changes and Mexican Bake Night

First things first

You all may have noticed a few minor changes around the ol’ Chocolate Medals lately, or really since the New Year.  As 2013 was wrapping up, I started noticing (feeling?) like my blog was becoming a place I “had to go” three times a day, at least during the week.  I felt like I was a disappointment if I didn’t, and wrote even when I didn’t have much to say.

I love Chocolate Medals, it’s my little internet home and where I’ve connected with SO many amazing and inspiring people.  When I started to feel like the quality of the blog was being affected, I knew that I needed to make some changes.  Since then,  I have posted twice, and sometimes even once a day.  With intention. While I recognize that I’m not writing anything Earth shattering over here, I do feel like while I am writing less, I am writing MORE.  Better.  And that’s what matters to me.  

The community that I have connected with via the blog (family and friends at home, as well as all the new people I’ve met all over the world that have become fast friends) are the most important thing to me.  I want to give you guys something worth coming back to :).  So I hope you all don’t mind the fewer posts, and keep coming back.  And while we’re at it, PLEASE email me (chocolatemedals@gmail.com) with anything you may want me to address here!  I’d love your ideas and opinions.

This was actually sparked today when I realized that my gmail had been “spaming” my wordpress emails. . . so I was missing comments.  I was going through all the ones I missed over the past week or so and was overwhelmed with how much I love you guys 🙂

Moving on . . . 

Tonight was a SPECTACULAR dinner that USED to be a regular in the Jara household.  MEXICAN BAKES!  These are GREAT garbage meals (look at my EASY MEALS tab to find more of these meals) for whatever produce is left in the fridge . . . and a great new way to do Mexican.

Mexican Bake

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  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 2 roma tomatos
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 2 pieces of bacon
  • 1 sweet potato
  • Chips/tortillas for garnish
  • Cheese for topping (I used cheddar and colby)
  • Side greens of choice

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  • Preheat oven to 350 and boil water
  • Cut your sweet potato into bite size pieces and steam for 20 minutes
  • Prepare your bacon (we grilled it)
  • Begin layering your bake (you could easily use a ramekin but we used french onion bowls)
  • Start with refried beans as your base
  • Add the veggies and bacon however you like
  • Top with cheese
  • Bake for 30 minutes
  • ENJOY!
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Building the beautyWe eat too much pizza:  I posted the pictures of prepped veggies on instagram and my twin automatically through pizza night.  Upps 🙂  #lifeisallaboutbalance


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Finished product 🙂 Beautiful

Have a great night guys!  Almost the weekend 🙂

Question of the Night:   Your opinion.  Is less sometimes more in the blog world, or do you like constant posting?

Happy 2014!

I have a lot of optimism about 2014.  Maybe that’s because of how amazing 2013 has been.




The stand out moment obviously being marrying my best friend in September.

I have SO much to be thankful for when I look back on 2013 . . . and I hope to spend some time today reflecting on that and remember how blessed and amazing of a year this has truly been.

While taking that moment, I want to thank you all so much for accepting me and jumping into this journey with me.  Starting this blog was something I have wanted to do for years, and I am so thankful that I finally started it when I did.

I am excited about a lot of things in 2014 (hello HONEYMOON IN FEBRUARY), but something I specifically looking forward to is where this little blog-o-mine will take me in the next year.   As I’m learning about this whole blog-world that I love so much, I am finding new and improved ways of doing things (hello new obsession with instagram).  I hope you all stick around for the ride in 2014, wherever we may go 🙂


Cheers to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!