Find plus size bathing suits (and other sizes) at FreeCountry.com


Bathing Suit

I have been a “plus” size almost all of my life. I am not proud of that fact, but that is just how it is. Even when I lose weight I’m still considered overweight for my height. Sigh… If only I could be 7′ tall. Then I’d be a perfect weight for my height.

Clothes shopping is not always an easy thing when you are a plus size. I am very grateful for the sites that do carry plus size clothing. I am especially grateful to those clothing companies that create beautiful plus size clothing so that I am not stuck wearing muu muus every day.

Nothing is more horrific for a plus size woman than shopping for a bathing suit. I for one HATE shopping for bathing suits. I also try to avoid wearing one at all costs. If I must wear one I usually throw something over it.

To give you an idea of how much I dread shopping for bathing suits I’ve had the same suit for about 12 years. It was literally falling apart. I even had to use a rubber band wrapped around the straps in the back to keep it from falling off of me.

I could have easily purchased another suit over the years but it was not something I looked forward to.I liked my old bathing suit. Plus some suits that are available for plus size women just didn’t look like something I would wear.


It’s also not easy to find bathing suits in plus sizes. If you are lucky to find a place that sells them be prepared to shell out a lot of money. Plus size bathing suits are not cheap.

Not too long ago I learned about a clothing company called Free Country that carries plus size (and regular size) bathing suits. I checked them out and I was pleased with what I saw. They had plus size bathing suits that were really nice looking. Best of all they wouldn’t “break the bank” like other plus size bathing suits.

Free Country was kind enough to send me a bathing suit to review. It took me a while to narrow down what I liked. There were several pieces that stood out to me.

I opted for the Plus Size Leapin’ Leopards Flyaway Tankini Top and Plus Size Women’s Swim Shorts.

I was a bit “iffy” about getting a two piece bathing suit. After all, I don’t exactly rock six-pack abs. It’s more like a six-pack of muffins (aka – “muffin top”). LOL!

Swim Top

I really liked the top. It’s not a soil one piece. It looks like one piece but the side piece are not attached so there is some “flow” to the top. I think that flow helps to hide the various “rolls” I have around my body.

The under piece is dark gray which helps to “minimize” your appearance, as dark colors usually do. The colorful print on the outside is very flattering.

The chest area features soft cups which add padding and support to the area. The straps are also adjustable.



I was worried that the top wasn’t long enough an wouldn’t cover up my belly. It actually does. It’s hard to tell from the photo but it’s long enough to cover my entire belly area.

I hoped for swim shorts as my bottom piece. I wanted something that I could wear on a boardwalk after I was done swimming on the beach without it looking too much like a bathing suit. I just need to put on a lose top or cover up and it looks like I’m wearing regular clothing, not a bathing suit.

Swim Shorts


The shorts are a bit more “forgiving” and more “roomy” than the top, but that is OK with me since my bottom area is bigger than my top area.

The swim shorts have a built in brief and three usable pockets. The shorts close with Velcro and a snap closure.

I like that both piece dry very quickly. There is nothing I hate more then sitting around in a soaking wet bathing suit. The material both pieces are made of are lightweight and dry rapidly, especially on a hot sunny day (I’ve worn the suit to our condo complex’s pool).

I would have never pictured myself wearing a two piece bathing suit but I am happy with my choice from Free Country. My suit is flattering, comfortable and “trendy” looking.

The fan was on and it kept blowing the shorts up.

The fan was on and it kept blowing the shorts up.


Free Country not only sells lovely plus size bathing suits but also “regular sizes” as well as suits for men. Free Country also sells clothing for boys and girls.


Even though Winter is not on the mind of most people Free Country carries some really nice looking cold weather coats.

For more information or to check out the bathing suits visit www.FreeCountry.com.  The brand can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube (links found on the bottom of the brand’s home page).

Do you find it hard to find flattering bathing suits? Is it something you dread shopping for? Feel free to share your thoughts or experiences shopping for bathing suits.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinion expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Help stop the “Shoe Meanies” with Dr. Scholl’s DreamWalk (giveaway ends 7/19/14)



Let’s take a moment to talk about your shoes.

Are your shoes comfortable? Are you able to walk or stand for long periods of time in them without feeling discomfort? Do your feet feel tired and sore at the end of the day?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then maybe it’s time to look into shoe inserts.

I have a few pairs of shoes that are super comfortable on me feet, and several others that I can only wear for a short amount of time. They often make my feet feel very uncomfortable.

Shoe inserts are nothing new. They have been around for as long as I can remember. My dad used to wear them in his shoes.

When I think of shoe inserts I think of Dr. Scholl’s. I honestly don’t know if there is even another brand out there that makes inserts for shoes.

Inserts have come a long way over the years. These days they have inserts available for different shoe types, from flats to boots and from casual shoe to heels. Yes, I said heels. I wouldn’t think it was possible to make an insert for a heel. I would think it would move around too much when you walked because of the way it would need to bend.

I don’t wear heels. They look uncomfortable. The highest heel I’ll wear is a pump.

Have you seen the supermodel and fashion expert Heidi Klum and “Shoe Meanies” commercials on TV? The shoes monsters crack me up.

Here is a brief video that showcases some of the “Shoe Meanies”.


Thanks to Dr. Scholl’s you no longer have to sacrifice your personal style for the sake of comfort.

Dr. Scholl’s has teamed up with Heidi for the relaunch of the DreamWalk line of insoles, a refresh of their popular For Her line.

The DreamWalk™ line of insoles were designed to instantly transform uncomfortable shoes into comfortable, all-day wearable ones.  Drawing insights from women and their unique foot care needs, Dr. Scholl’s developed new product innovation and refreshed its look so women can quickly find the right product for them.   From heels to flats to boots and casual shoes, DreamWalk products add renewed comfort to feminine footwear, and help with common complaints such as rubbing, slipping, pressure, aches and pains.  When your feet look beautiful and feel comfortable, you can completely transform your look!

Dr. Scholl’s sent me some DreamWalk samples to try out in my “mean” shoes. I’ve only tried a few of them so far. I haven’t tried the one for boots yet (it’s way to hot and humid to think about boots) or the ones for heels since I don’t “do” heels.

I put the 16 Hour Insoles in my sneakers and the Sole Expressions in a pair of flats that I like to slip on my feet when I want to dash out and do a few errands. Both inserts make my shoes feel soft and “cushy”. Even in my already comfy sneakers the inserts make my sneakers feel even better. My feet don’t feel as tired as they normally would after being on my feet for a long time.

I’m overweight which can really hurt your feet. The DreamWalk inserts provide my feet with some relief, for lack of a better description. I think they are a must have if you are on your feet a lot or do a lot of walking or standing.



One of my favorite Dr.Scholl’s DreamWalk product is the Sole Expressions Heel Liners. I have a few pairs of shoes that either give me blisters on my heels or slid off my heel. The liners provide extra cushioning which helps prevent blisters AND keeps your heels from sliding around. They make lose shoes feel a bit more snug.

I purchased something similar to this several months ago and they were no better then putting a band aid on you heel. The Dr. Scholl’s Heel Liner are thicker and soft and make a noticeable difference in your shoe.

I really think that the Dr.Scholl’s products help and do make a big difference in your shoes – a positive difference.

Dr. Scholl’s DreamWalk products are available at many retail locations. They are available in women’s sizes 6-10.

There is a coupon for $2.00 off on the Dr. Scholl’s website too.

Dr.Scholl’s wants to help a lucky reader help tame those “Shoe Meanies”. One winner will receive an assortment of DreamWalk insoles. Thanks Dr. Scholl’s.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about your experiences with “Shoe Meanies” and why you would like to win DreamWalks for your shoes?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The cutest summer shoe – Teashop from Aerosoles



Summer is finally here. It’s time to pack away our boots and heavy shoes and replace them with sandls and flip flops. Or if you are like me, enjoy the grass and sand under your feet by going barefoot.

Summer is also the time of year when people do a lot of traveling. Whether you are packing for a weekend get away, or planning a family vacation across the country, it’s important to take all things into consideration like the weather, your wardrobe and your comfort.

I’m a sneaker girl so I wear sneakers all the time, but every now and then I am wearing an outfit that cries out for a cute pair of shoes, or I have to get dressed up for an event or a night out. When you are packing for a trip it’s hard to know what shoes you need to bring with you. For that reason I like to pack shoes that are great for a variety of situations.

Aerosoles has the cutest little shoe that looks great for just about any occasion – running errands, backyard barbecues, a night on the town, a summer concert, hanging out by the pool or touring a museum or town.

Teashop Shoes

The style of shoe is called Teashop. Teashop is available in a variety of colors and styles.

Let your sweet and sassy side come through. Adorable ballerina flat is in tune with today’s latest looks and offers you comfort when you need it most. On the go, on the job – that’s when you’ll appreciate our flexible rubber sole, cushioned insole and Stitch ‘N Turn technology. 

The Diamond Flex Sole makes the shoes very comfortable to wear, especially when you are doing a lot of walking or standing. I’m a plus size woman and my feet often take a beating unless I am wearing something very comfortable. The Teashop shoes fit perfectly on my feet and the Diamond Flex Sole helps to prevent my feet from getting achy or sore. That is because the Diamond Flex Sole were engineered specifically with comfort in mind. The sole absorbs the impact when you walk in them and then disperses the friction with every step you take.

In addition to the Diamond Flex Sole this shoe also has Aerosoles’ Stitch N’ Turn which makes the shoes comfortable to wear the first time you slip your foot into them. You don’t have to worry about breaking them in.

Breaking in shoes is horrible! I hate having to have achy feet and/or blisters just to break in a new pair of shoes. I just want to be able to slip my feet into them and go on my merry way without pain and discomfort. The Stitch N’ Turn feature makes that possible (thankfully). Even with my chubby feet the Aerosoles Teacshop shoe was comfortable to wear from day one.

The Teashop style shoe can be worn casually or dressed up. It comes in different colors and designs to match most things in your wardrobe.

Here are just some of the available colors and designs.


The shoe I have is the floral design. I don’t see it on the Aerosoles’ website. Maybe it’s out of stock or it sold out.

Teashop Floral

I chose the Teashop Floral designed shoe because I prefer to wear flats and because the shoe is very colorful and matches with pretty much everything I own. They also look like a casual shoe and a dressy shoe all in one.

When you are packing for your vacation or a business trip the less you have to pack the better. A shoe like Aerosoles’ Teashop is all you would need for your trip. Plus it’s light weight and wouldn’t take up much room in your suitcase.

If this shoe style is not your “thing”, Aerosoles has plenty of shoes to choose from.

You can order Aerosoles shoes online or visit a Aerosoles shop near you. There is a store locator on the brand’s website, www.Aerosoles.com. You can also request a catalog on the website as well as connect with the brand on the various social media sites (all links can be found on the brand’s website).

What do you think of my shoes? Aren’t they cute? I love them. Even my teen daughter likes them (we wear the same size shoe too).



*I am a brand ambassador. I received a free sample pair in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Find a treasure inside Diamond Candles


Watermelon Diamond Candle

I have mentioned several times in the past how I love scents. I am a huge fan of candles, air fresheners, plug-ins… anything that will make my home smell fresh, clean and inviting. With five cats, a dog and two teenagers having a clean smelling home is a must. Don’t get me wrong – I DO clean. As much as I hate cleaning I do clean and I’m very nit-picky about how I clean too – I scrub and dust everything.

I love scents. Scents can really affect your mood. I like to mix things up almost daily by using a different scent around my home.

I LOVE using holiday and seasonal scents. In the fall I like scents that remind me of the harvest (apples, pumpkin…) and around Christmas I love the scent of a freshly cut tree and spices.

Candles are a great way to add scent to any room.

Over the years I have purchased a lot of candles – some of which were a total waste of money because the scent was only on the unlit candle. Other candles have filled the room with fragrance – even carrying over to other rooms. Those are the candles that I love to use.

I recently had the opportunity to try out a candle from Diamond Candles. They get their name because of the treasures you’ll find inside – a diamond ring!

Diamond Candles are made out of 100% soy which means the burn cleaner than traditional wax. They are made with locally grown soy beans from the U.S.

Inside you’ll find a ring valued at either $10, $100, $1,000 or $5,000. Sadly you don’t get a choice of the ring size but that was OK with me. I figured whatever ring I found inside my candle I would give to my teenage daughter (unless it was a $1,000 or $5,000 ring – then it would be mine and I’d get it resized). The ring is a RINGREVEAL™ ring.

Diamond Candle

I received one of the candles to review. I received a candle scented like a cupcake. It really did smell like a cupcake! You could really smell the vanilla. In fact when my kids got home from school one day they thought I was baking something. What they were smelling was the candle I had lit on the kitchen counter.

I can even smell the candle in the next room! Any candle that I can smell in more than one room is a candle I want to use all the time. That is the sign of a great candle.

I couldn’t wait to find the ring. I burned the candle a lot for a few days until I finally saw a piece of aluminum foil peaking out from until the soy wax. It was the ring!

I used a pair of chopsticks to pill it out of the wax. I couldn’t wait another day to see what the ring looked like.

The ring was wrapped in baggie surrounded by foil to protect it.

This is the ring that was inside. Please excuse the photo (it was taken with my cellphone). The ring is nicer in person.

Diamond Candle Ring

My daughter loves the ring and has been wearing it just about every day. I’m not sure of the size but I would think a 7 or 8. My daughter wears it on her middle finger.

Diamond Candles are also available without rings inside. They are referred to as Classic Candles. You can even purchase bundles which include one ring candle and one classic candle.

Diamond Candles are available in a nice variety of scents including;

  • Watermelon Wedge
  • Pomegranate Lemonade
  • Strawberry Bliss
  • Island Getaway
  • Peachy Mango

All of these scents would be ideal for the summer months.

New scents are always being added too. Coming this summer are Berry Cooler, Paradise Punch and Lychee Fruit Burst.

They also have food scents and special candles for special occasions.

The classic candles are 12 ounces and sell for $19.95 and the candles with the rings are a generous 24 ounce size and sell for $24.95.

These would make a great gift – especially a hostess gift. The summer time scents would be great to burn at your next backyard barbecue or family gathering.

For more information about Diamond Candles visit www.DiamondCandles.com. You can also find them on the various social network sites (Facebook, Twitter…). The links are found on the bottom of their website pages.

Have you tried Diamond Candles before? If so, what do you think about them? Did you like the scents?

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*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fashionable Footwear from LAMO



Now that it’s the unofficial start to Summer it’s time to pack away our clunky Winter boots and break out our sandals and flip flops. I’m not a flip flop kind of gal, but I do like to liberate my feet during the warm weather months and let them get a little fresh air. After being buried in socks and booties all Winter my feet want to feel the warmth of sunshine on them again.

If you are in the market for new shoes to update your wardrobe or just to replace last year’s worn out shoes, check out the new Spring collection at LAMO.

LAMO Footwear is headquartered in Southern California. They footwear has a strong California influence. LAMO shoes are made to be comfortable but keeping up with current fashion trends.

I was recently introduced to the brand and asked if I would like to try out  a pair of LAMO shoes for myself. I honestly didn’t need a new pair of sandals, but I was in the market for a comfortable pair of dressy shoes that I could wear at blogging events. I don’t “do” heels. I tend to stick with flats or anything with a small heel (or no heel) that is very comfortable to wear for long periods of times.

I checked out many styles on the LAMO website. To be honest it was very hard to narrow down the choices. I found several shoes that I liked at LAMO, even shoes that I wouldn’t typically wear.


LAMO offers shoes for men, women and children. Women’s options include slippers, booties, boots, moccasins and sandals. Men have the same style choices, except boots. LAMO also carries boots, booties and moccasins for children.

I like that you have the option to shop by color, that way you don’t have to scroll through dozens of shoes that you don’t want to look at. You can simply go to the option to find shoes in the color you want to match a specific outfit or one that will match a variety of ensembles.

I specifically targeted neutral colors that would go with just about anything – black, brown, taupe, chestnut and chocolate (I don’t do white shoes – only white sneakers).


Joffrey Shoe from LAMO

I ended up selecting the LAMO shoe named Joffrey. It’s a comfortable slipper style shoe featuring sequins on the front (around the toes) and back (heel). Since the shoes are black I know they will match with anything I wear, year-round. The sequins add a bit of dressiness to the shoes. I can easily wear them to work, on a night out with my girlfriends and even a red carpet event.

Not only are they cute and stylish, the shoes are also super comfortable. I can easily wear these, and walk in them, for long periods of time.

Sequins on the toes and heel. The shoe is BLACK but my camera's flash makes them look blue.

Sequins on the toes and heel. The shoe is BLACK but my camera’s flash makes them look blue.

At only $40 for the pair I think that is a decent price for a lovely pair of shoes. They appear to be made very well too so I am confident that I’ll be wearing these for years to come with proper care.

LAMO is always adding new styles and designs so it’s one of those sites you should bookmark and check back with often, especially if you love shoes.

If you would like to learn more about LAMO, or check out their beautiful shoes, visit LAMOFootwear.com. You can also fine the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you tried any shoes from LAMO yet? I would love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to leave your feedback.

LAMO Footwear


*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Jazz up your Spring and Summer wardrobe with AEROSOLES



AEROSOLES Leap Frog Shoe

Spring is FINALLY here. Technically the date of the official start of spring has already passed. It’s just now that the weather is finally catching up on the calendar date. I don’t recall ever having such a cool May before. Although I don’t mind (I don’t like heat and humidity).

I’ve made the effort to rotate my wardrobe in my closet. I’ve moved my cold weather clothing to the back of the closet and brought my warmer weather things up front where I have easier access to them.

It’s time to pack away the heavy sweaters and rejoice in the return of lightweight fabrics and bright colors.

With the warmer weather it’s also time to put the boots back into storage and break out the sandals, flip flops and sneakers.

AEROSOLES has a wonderful new spring collection that is sure to jazz up your warm weather attire. They have some beautiful new arrivals in different styles and colors.

I’m not a fan of flip flops. I don’t like the feeling of something in between my toes. For that reason I tend to stick with sandals during the warmer weather months. I almost always wear sneakers but during the warmer weather I like to let my feet “breath” and experience the fresh air. That is why I enjoy wearing sandals.


I recently received to review a new pair of shoe from AEROSOLES spring collection called Leap Frog. AEROSOLES always has the most interesting and unique shoe names. I would never think to name a shoe Leap Frog. Some of their other shoes making their debut include the Hedge Maple, Heartthrob and Plush Pillow. I love the names. They are fun.

I like Leap Frog because it allows my feet to get plenty of fresh air. They are also super comfortable to wear.

I’m the type of person who kicks off her shoes the moment she steps inside her home. I prefer being barefoot. I don’t like how shoes confine my feet.

With the Leap Frog shoes my feet feel so comfortable that I don’t even know I have them on. I can wear them inside and not feel “bothered” by wearing shoes.

The shoes are made with a unique technology called Diamond Flex Sole. The soles are specifically engineered for maximum comfortable flexibility that absorbs impact and disperses friction with every step. The sole also feels very soft under your bare foot. They remind me of a pair of well worn, well loved pair of slippers as far as comfort is concerned – except these shoes are fashionable and you can wear them from running errands to a night on the town.


The Leap Frog shoe by AEROSOLES is also ultra-light in weight (AerGO). They are literally “feather light”. You could tuck these in a tote bag and not feel weighed down at all. That means these shoes are great for taking with you on your summer travels. You can pack them in your suitcase and not weigh it down.

AEROSOLES Leap Frog shoes are very stylish and “in” for the warmer weather season. They would look great with just about anything you would wear – jeans, shorts, capris, dress pants, maxi dress or sun dress.

The Leap Frog shoe is available in black leather (black goes with everything) and light brown leather. I have the light brown leather shoe. Typically I wear black shoes but seeing as how pale my skin is on my feet and legs I felt that the black would make me look even paler. I have found that the light brown leather goes with everything I wear too.

The shoe is available in sizes 5-10, including half sizes, as well as size 11 and size 12. They have an adjustable strap on the side for added comfort.

For more information about the Leap Frog shoe you can visit the AEROSOLES website, www.Aerosoles.com. Do a search for Leap Frog.

The brand is also available on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest under the name AEROSOLES and Aerosoles_Shoes on Instagram.

What do you think about these shoes? Would you wear the Leap Frog? Have you ever tried AEROSOLES shoes? Feel free to share your thoughts.

New arrivals from AEROSOLES

New arrivals from AEROSOLES


*I am a brand ambassador. I received a free sample pair in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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