Dream Body, Dream Trips, Empty Nesting, Healthy Lifestyle, Travel, World Ventures

I found myself in the jungles of Costa Rica

I dream of traveling.  So many of us do, I know.  I have a bucket list of places to visit that is so long I fear that I will never get to the end of it.  Well, I started checking places off of my bucket list last week, and thanks to what I learned while I was gone, I’m now very sure I will get to the end of my list with no problems.



My husband and I spent 6 days, and 5 nights in Costa Rica at the amazing Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center where we started each day with the sounds and views of the Costa Rican jungle as we participated in our very first yoga classes.

After yoga we ate breakfast overlooking the hills and jungle, watched iguanas run around, and listened to and watched the most amazing colorful birds fly all around us.

Each day was a new adventure both at the resort, and off site.  At the resort we had daily massage’s, nutritional consultations, and beautiful hiking around the resort.  Off site we took beautiful excursions, traveling on skinny mountain roads, one lane bridges, and winding roads with scenery that just took our breath away.

We went to the top of an active volcano.


We went to an animal sanctuary surrounded by 5 different waterfalls.

We hiked deep into the jungle and had our own private waterfall to climb up, jump off, and swim around in.  The water was perfectly cold, and so pure you could drink it.


And all the while we ate delicious organic foods prepared for us from plants and animals mostly grown, or raised on site.

Topping it all off we met a group of fellow travelers whom we have now formed great friendships with as we were all there in the same travel club.

The new friends we made were the perfect present on top of being on our first Dream Body Dream Trip.  Now that we know how easy it is to be a part of our inexpensive travel club, and experience these Dream Trips at locations all around the world our bucket list is going to be completed before we know it.

We are thinking about Greece in October now…….  I can’t wait.


John and Jeanie take Las Vegas!


Las Vegas has changed a lot over the years that we have been visiting.  From wide open spaces, and manicured lawns between hotels and casinos, to not a single inch of spare space for miles.  We used to gamble with coins in the slot machines, but now tickets are the only currency.  I have a box of keepsakes at home with $1 coins from each of the old casinos on the strip, some of which are not there anymore.  One day I will frame them all as a reminder of a day gone by.

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This trip, our 5th or 6th, John and I were able to spend two days at Caesar’s Palace, and another two days at Treasure Island.  Treasure Island is our favorite by far because of it’s smaller size, and ease of getting in and out.  We were able to see Beatle’s Love Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage, eat at the Craving’s buffet at the Mirage, and the Bacchanal buffet at Caesar’s Palace.  My tip for you is to go to the Half Price Show Tickets kiosk’s around the strip and take advantage of the food and show deals.  You get buffet discounts, tickets to just about any show at a HUGE discount, and passes to attractions such as the High Roller observation wheel.  Click on the links above for more information!

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If you are on the move as much as we are I highly recommend wearing super comfortable tennis shoes versus sandals.  Trust me, your feet will thank me!  Also, bring hand sanitizer so you do not end up with the crud for the last day of your trip like we did.  Another lesson learned!


My Love and I took tons of selfies, and had a ball wandering around both day and night.  One of my favorite nights was at the RIo hotel and casino where we listened to the cover band, drank, and danced for hours with our friends.  Go to the first floor area under the Voodoo Lounge, and hang out there.

If you are thinking about going to Las Vegas I love April.  Having been there in September, and February as well I speak from experience.  The weather is amazing!  Not too cold, not to hot, just the right amount of perfect to make April my Vegas go-to month from now on!

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Lastly, download the Uber app, and use it.  It link’s to Paypal, and is super affordable compared to taxi’s and shuttles.  Have any questions?  Let me know!

Now, on to our next adventure…………………