Brandcation Gulf Coast: Hosted at Portofino Island Resort

Portofino Island Resort  in Pensacola Beach, FL hosted us bloggers for the weekend. The Portofino Island Resort  is a short jot from the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk and nestled perfectly between the Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Bay. Our stay at the Portofino Island Resort  was luxury at its finest! The rooms were amazing! Our balcony had a view of  both the Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Bay. Portofino Island Resort offers amenities that a mother on vacation wishes to have each time she travels. They have day camps for the children, water challenge course, 8 pools, lounge chairs on the beach, a spa, and lots more. You can cook in the condo or order room service. The balcony even had a grill. The condos are nicer than the home I own! I cannot say enough about Portofino Island Resort. You must stay there when visiting Pensacola Beach, FL.

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2012 has been a year for the Williams family. We experienced a miscarriage, had inconsistent and nerve-wracking lab results (everything is fine it was just poor lab work), my grandmother suffered a major heart attack (she is doing much better now) and Troy quit smoking! Let me clarify and state that Troy quitting smoking is a good thing, however it not an effortless task. At times its effects were stressful. I have run on fumes emotionally. Life is a roller coaster and it seems the last 4 months we have ridden the drop. Praise the Lord we are climbing back up to the top!  Brandcation was just was the doctor ordered. It was a big dose of fun with a whole bunch of networking mixed in between.

I arrived early on Friday May 4th and was able to spend one and half hours of uninterrupted me time sitting on the balcony. I remember closing my eyes and smelling the salty air and listening to the sounds of the waves crashing along the shore. Slowly I felt my body unwind and gear up for the excitement that lay ahead. And boy did a lot of fun lie ahead for me! We met our condo mates, aka Team Lady bug and then were sent out on a scavenger hunt on the property of Portofino Island Resort. We had 2 pregnant women in our group, so we hopped a ride with the guest service relation specialist. He helped up wrap up our list and take second place in the hunt.Next, we headed to the beach for blogger olympics. We built sand Whitehouse’s, did a hula hoop contest, sprinted in the bay, and costume dressing contest. It was a work out and a good bonding experience for our team.

Later that evening we headed to the boardwalk to grab a bite to eat at  SurfBurger. They had fabulous burgers and to die for sweet potato fries. Friday nights finale was a swag party where we received promotional products from the brands behind Brandcation.

Do you think the doctor knew I was in the market for a new friend?? Meet Melissa, from Fun Saving Money! She was my roomie and the person with whom I engaged in hours of pillow talk!

By the time my head hit the pillow late Friday night/early Saturday morning I felt my spiritual/emotional cup filling up. I was having fun and enjoying every minute. It was just what the dr order.

Thank you so much to all the sponsors listed below that helped Brandcation happen.

Event Sponsors:

Adventures Unlimited

Portofino Island Resort

Dunkin Donuts


Hotel Coupons

Circle PR



Swag Sponsors:

Mogo Charm

Tervis Water Bottle

Capsul Cases

The Village company


Kidz Bop


Lush Gourmet Foods


Lady Fortunes

Pami Pocket

Island Def Jam Records

Ayala’s Herbal Water

Wikki Stix

Phone Fetcher

Page Stationery


Annemarie Gianni Skin Care

Veri Peri Sauces

Twin Cottage Industries

Kids Gear

Smart Mouth

Sacs of Life

Bright Star Kids


EAD Designs

Wahmies Eats

Blue Orange Games

DVO Enterprises


Giveaway Sponsors:


Etching Expressions


Velvet Pepper


Tiny Love

Atlantic Luggage

Drama Queen Bows

By the time my head hit the pillow late Friday night/early Saturday morning I felt my spiritual/emotional cup filling up. I was having fun and enjoying every minute. It was just what the doctor order.

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  1. Maryann @ Matthew's Puzzle says:

    Even though we were on different teams I’m so glad you went zip lining with our group. You were a lot of fun and a great addition to our great group. I hope we get to hang out together again, soon.

  2. Hi Joy,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blog posts about the Portofino to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you 🙂


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