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.


  1. Stephanie V. says:

    LORY for my little boy
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  2. would get some rain boots

  3. i LOVE the KLAS in red or yellow!!! Those are so cute and would be a great gift 😀

  4. My little boy just grew out of his rain boots, so I’d probably get some of those. Or maybe some sandals.

  5. I’d love to spend it on a pair of Frog and Wille Shoes.

  6. I follow you all and tweeted. http://twitter.com/susanlanai/status/16526295108

  7. I’m a subscriber.

  8. Nicole C. says:

    I would get the ELENA.

  9. I would love to get the Karin baby sandal in Fushsia -adorable!

  10. I am following all three on twitter (notimeMom) & tweeted

  11. I am a fan of both of you on facebook (andrea potter kruse)

  12. I subscribe via email

  13. I like the girl BETTY shoes in brown.

  14. email subscriber to your blog.

  15. I would choose the nice algot boots.

  16. Christine says:

    rain boots

  17. I would choose MINICONNY in red and navy.

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  21. Linda Kish says:

    I like the beige Chris shoes

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  22. Linda Kish says:

    Email Subscriber

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  23. Soha Molina says:

    I’d buy Elin shoes.

  24. Soha Molina says:
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  26. Soha Molina says:
  27. The girl brown betty shoes are adorable.

  28. I would get the miniconnie in blue

  29. I am an email subscriber

  30. I would get the Lory in Fuschia.

  31. I have your button

  32. I follow all on twitter


  33. I am an email subacriber.

  34. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:

    I would probably buy my daughter a pair of the NOVA shoes in the Pink/Brown. The LORY sneakers are adorable too. Really nice selection to pick from!

  35. I have your banner up.
    (right side under great sites)

  36. I am a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Portofino Island on Facebook

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  37. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:

    following you all on twitter as SnowflakeDay & tweeted: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/statuses/16592358527

  38. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:

    email subscriber

  39. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:

    RSS feed subscriber

  40. Geraldine Sandoval says:

    I LIKE!!! the EBBA in PINK.

  41. Geraldine Sandoval says:

    I follow everybody on twitter

  42. Geraldine Sandoval says:

    I subscribe via email

  43. Geraldine Sandoval says:

    I LIKE!!! Portofino Island Resort, Pensacola Beach FL on FB

  44. Ruth Hill says:

    I’d buy the Connie sandals in fuschia and the Abbe shoes in navy. Look like great shoes!

  45. Ruth Hill says:

    e-mail subscriber

  46. I’d get the a pair of the girl’s Connie and a pair of the girl’s Ally.

  47. email subscriber

  48. Debbie B says:

    i think the USA Flagga shoes are really cute – I know a lady who is experiencing a difficulty time financially right now and I would buy some of these shoes for her children.

  49. rachel crisman says:

    I would buy the boys elephant rain boots and a pink pair for my niece too!! I really have been needing to get them some so I hope I can win here.Money is tight as usual.Thanks so much for the chance!

  50. rachel crisman says:

    I subscribed

  51. rachel crisman says:

    I am a fan of both on FB

  52. Vickie Couturier says:

    CHRIS boys in Navy size 13.5

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  54. Vickie Couturier says:

    Follow (@BridgetteLA) and (@PortofinoIsland) and (@VincentShoes) on Twitter and Tweet

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  62. My kids would love some rainboots! Like the DJUNGEL in the navy color for my son, and the KURBITS in black for my daughter!

  63. Vickie Couturier says:
  64. I subscribe to your blog via email!

  65. I have your blog banner!

  66. Vickie Couturier says:
  67. Vickie Couturier says:
  68. Following all 3 as requested on twitter and tweeted:

  69. Vickie Couturier says:

    Subscribe to your blog

  70. Vickie Couturier says:

    Subscribe to my Feed

  71. Vickie Couturier says:

    Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Portofino Island on Facebook

  72. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
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  75. Susan Bywater says:

    I would buy the Betty shoes in blue and the Ally in white.

  76. nan lara says:

    i would get the bobby navy and white shoes
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  77. nan lara says:

    e-mail subscriber

  78. I’d probably get the DJUNGEL boots !
    bargainfun1 at yahoo

  79. Kristi C says:

    I would choose the Elton in Navy.

  80. Kristi C says:
  81. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
  82. I would get my girls each a pair of the BLOMMA rain boots

  83. I subscribe to your blog

  84. I have your button in my blog

  85. I subscribe via google reader

  86. I would choose the brown lory shoes for my son, size 7!

  87. I would get my new grandson some MINI CONNY shoes.

  88. I follow you and PortofinoIsland and VincentShoes on Twitter (@jkgorcery) and I tweeted: https://twitter.com/jkgorcery/status/16723694366

  89. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
  90. betty style is awesome!

  91. email subscribe to your blog as aleksa91 hotmail

  92. I would buy the fuchsia connie shoes!

  93. subscribed to your blog

  94. i love the ally! i would get a pink and white. thanks clallen at ntin dot net

  95. sub to email clallen at ntin dot net

  96. Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Portofino Island on Facebook. clallen at ntin dot net

  97. I love the Nova shoes. I would buy them for my granddaughter.

  98. Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Portofino Island on Facebook

  99. the Hampus in blue and yellow would be cute for my little guy

  100. Karen Gonyea says:

    Pick me please 🙂

  101. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
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  103. Debbie Welchert says:

    I would pick the Julius Girls Shoe.

  104. Debbie Welchert says:

    I follow you, Portofino Island and Vincent Shoes on Twitter. I tweeted giveaway. http://twitter.com/flipper211/status/16843060330

  105. Debbie Welchert says:

    Email subscriber.

  106. Debbie Welchert says:

    Facebook fans of thenotsoblog and Portofino Island/Debbie Welchert

  107. Janice Wright says:

    I’d buy rainboots for my two youngest grandkids, and I’d even still have money left over!

  108. Carol G says:

    I like the Karl style for my grandson.

  109. Soha Molina says:
  110. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
  111. I would love to get the Bobby sandals
    annamie2 at hotmail dot com

  112. follow all @gravsie3 and tweeted

  113. subscribed
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  114. fan of both on FB (anna graves)
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  115. have your button on my blogroll

  116. subscribed to feeds
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  117. Tweet!
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  118. Tweet!
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  119. Monique Rizzo says:

    I would spend it on souviners at Disneyland.
    Thanks for the chance.

  120. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
  121. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
  122. Tweet
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  123. I would get the boy’s Elton shoes in black. Very cute!

  124. I subscribe. Thanks!

  125. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
  126. Tweet!
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  127. Kirsten says:
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  130. Crystal F says:

    I love the ELENA sandals. Thank you!

  131. Crystal F says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  132. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
  133. Autumn B. says:

    bob in brown

    autumn398 @ yahoo.com

  134. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
  135. TWeet!
    andrea.kruse at gmail dot com

  136. I’d get the Chris shoes in brown.

  137. Soha Molina says:
  138. Jessica H. says:

    If I was lucky enough to win, I would choose two pairs of the LOTTA shoes, one for each of my daughters. Although, I would definitely need to see what was on sale first because they have some great sales right now!

    girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

  139. Jessica H. says:

    I follow all three of you on twitter and I tweeted!


    girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

  140. Jessica H. says:

    I am an email subscriber.

    girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

  141. Jessica H. says:

    I “liked” both of you on FB. screen name: Jessica Hendrickson

    girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

  142. Karen Gonyea says:

    Awesome Prize – I want to win 🙂

  143. Tweet!
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  144. I would buy my daughter a pair of rain boots.

  145. I subscribe via email (allaboutkimberly AT gmail DOT com)

  146. facebook fan

  147. Jessica H. says:

    Daily tweet:

    girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

  148. Kirsten says:
  149. Jennifer T. says:

    I’d get the Betty shoes in Brown for my daughter.

  150. Jennifer T. says:

    I’m a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Portofino Island on Facebook under username Jennie Tilson.

  151. Jennifer T. says:

    I subscribe via Google Reader.

  152. Jennifer T. says:

    I’m an e-mail subscriber.

  153. Kimberly says:

    I would get a pair of the Little Jimmy. Cute!

  154. Kimberly says:

    I subscribe to your blog.

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  157. Angela Winesburg says:

    I love the BLOMMA boots, thanks!

  158. Jessica H. says:

    Daily tweet:

    girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

  159. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
  160. Paula Hafner says:

    I love the Navy Julius Sneakers.

  161. Paula Hafner says:

    I subscribe to your blog.

  162. Paula Hafner says:

    I subscribe to your feed.

  163. Kirsten says:
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  166. Soha Molina says:
  167. I like the Connie shoes for my almost 3 year old granddaughter; so I would get these for her in white if I shop on my own. Her Mommy might have another pick.

  168. Snowflake07 (Audra) says:
  169. Marilyn L says:

    Little Jimmy looks cool

    jdmimi at gmail dot com

  170. I really like the Ebba in Fuchsia

  171. following (@BridgetteLA) and (@PortofinoIsland) and (@VincentShoes) on twitter @rosidentevil

  172. I subscribed to your feed via email (same email as in my profile / this post)

  173. I like The Not-So-Blog and Portofino Island on FaceBook (louis huff) 🙂

  174. Jessica H. says:

    Daily tweet:

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

  178. email subscriber

  179. Kristine Michelle says:

    I would choose Chris, brown, size 3.5
    AllMyCrazyCats @ aol.com

  180. Kristine Michelle says:

    I am a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Portofino Island on Facebook.
    Kristine Peacock
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  181. Kimberly says:
  182. Sarah D. says:

    I might get a pair of DJUR (pink)

  183. Jennifer R says:

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

  184. Susan Smith says:

    The Ally shoes are cute

  185. Susan Smith says:

    facebook fan of both

  186. kathy pease says:

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

  187. kathy pease says:

    email subscriber klp1965@myfairpoint.net

  188. kathy pease says:

    like you on facebook Kathy L Pease

  189. Kristi C says:
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  191. ReggieMann says:

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

  192. ReggieMann says:

    RSS feed subscriber via Google Reader

  193. Breanne says:

    I would get the Blomma rain boots in green

  194. Breanne says:

    I subscribe to your feed

  195. susan smoaks says:

    i would spend it on the betty in pink and brown

  196. susan smoaks says:

    fb fan tony l smoaks

  197. susan smoaks says:


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

  199. I would choose the MALIN

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

  201. I’m an email subscriber

  202. I’m a Bloglines feed subscriber

  203. I would get the Little Jimmy.

  204. I’m subscribed to your RSS feed in my Google Reader.

  205. Jessica H. says:

    Daily tweet:

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

  207. I subscribe via email.

  208. I subscribe via feed.

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


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