Portofino Island Day Three: Vincent Shoes $50 Gift Card Giveaway

IMG_1502 My family and I love visiting the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, but they are missing one little things…. dolphins!  So, when we learned that Portofino Island offered dolphin cruises, my girls could not wait (and I will admit that I was a little excited, too!).  At 9:30 am, we boarded the 63-foot catamaran, the Portofino I, and headed into Santa Rosa Sound.  In only just a few minutes, it seemed like our boat was surrounded by dolphins!  The crew was fabulous and pointed out the pods of dolphins searching for food.  Some of the dolphins surfaced right next to our boat and the girls just shrieked with excitement!  The resort photographer, Jordan, captured some great shots of the dolphins and even some of our family!  Check out the Portofino Blog to see the amazing sites.  They also shared some dolphin facts, pointed out some Pensacola landmarks and gave the kids a chance to be Captain of the boat!  For two hours, we searched (and found!) many dolphins and also boated through Pensacola Pass before turning around and heading home.  This was a great excursion for my family!  My girls were thoroughly entertained, there was a potty on board (a must for my potty-training two year old) and drinks were available from an on board bar.

After landing back on shore, Renee and I got the family fed back at our condo and down for naps before we made our escape to the Portofino Spa for a little Mommy Time!  Renee enjoyed the mani/pedi service and I relaxed with an hour long Swedish Massage.  Both Renee and I enjoyed the experience and were glad we had the time to relax and rejuvenate before rejoining our families at the end of naptime.

For dinner, the crew of Portofino I recommended a family friendly restaurant called Flounders.  We decided to check it out and we loved it!  The restaurant has a covered patio which is next to a sandy play area.  After ordering, the kids got to run and play while we waited for our food.  The food quality was excellent and the prices were very reasonable.  This is definitely a great choice for families with little ones!

If you are considering a trip to Portofino Island in Pensacola but are worried due to the media coverage of the oil spill, I hope you reconsider.  The beaches are beautiful right now, but even if you wanted to be super cautious and avoid playing in the Gulf of Mexico, there are still many things to do here!  Since we arrived, we have only been on the beach for one hour and have managed to have a ton of fun taking advantage of the resort amenities (and we’re not done yet!).


sandals As you know, I have two daughters and they MUST have cute beach shoes.  One of the places I love to shop for quality shoes for my girls is Vincent Shoes.  Actually, I just did a sandal review a month ago and we brought these sandals to the beach!  Vincent Shoes has a great selection of Summer Sandals and what’s even better is that they are currently running a sale!  Check out the shoes that are available for up to 75% off!

Do your kids need new summer shoes?  Vincent Shoes has generously donated a $50 gift card to one lucky reader!

How to enter:

1. Visit Vincent Shoes and tell me how you would spend your $50 gift card!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Vincent Shoes (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and (@PortofinoIsland) and (@VincentShoes) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Portofino Island on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

6. Subscribe to my Feed.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on July 1st. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This product review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a different experience with the product. I was not compensated for this review in any way other than a sample of Vincent Shoes to facilitate this review.  Portofino Island has graciously reduced the rate to facilitate this review as well.


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  4. Jessica H. says:

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  5. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
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  7. I’m seeing the RASMUS on sale, each of my boys could uses some for summer.

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  9. Kristine Michelle says:

    I would choose Chris, brown, size 3.5
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  12. Sarah D. says:

    I might get a pair of DJUR (pink)

  13. Jennifer R says:

    I think I would get the boys Elton sports shoes in size 12 child

  14. Susan Smith says:

    The Ally shoes are cute

  15. Susan Smith says:

    facebook fan of both

  16. kathy pease says:

    id get the red MINI BETTY – $25.95 and the pink MINI BETTY – $25.95

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  21. ReggieMann says:

    I would get:
    MOA, color Pink
    TOR, color Pink
    SANDRA, color Black

  22. ReggieMann says:

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  23. Breanne says:

    I would get the Blomma rain boots in green

  24. Breanne says:

    I subscribe to your feed

  25. susan smoaks says:

    i would spend it on the betty in pink and brown

  26. susan smoaks says:

    fb fan tony l smoaks

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  28. I would get my son the Hampus in Navy/Yellow

  29. I would choose the MALIN

  30. I’d love to get my son the cute green frog boots!

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  33. I would get the Little Jimmy.

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  35. Jessica H. says:

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  36. I’d like to get the cool Hampus sneakers for my nephew!

  37. I subscribe via email.

  38. I subscribe via feed.

  39. I’d get two BETTY shoes for my twins in pink.

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