March 2013 - Mama’s Got a New Bag

March 01, 2013

Posted By: Shaunescy

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, right? Well, we at

Montana Parent offer up a twist on this analogy with our March issue, which is all about

the differences between boys and girls. Which is the lamb and which is the lion? A-ha!

We’ll leave you to decide. Wink wink.

We’re also offering up the latest edition of the Mama's Got a New Bag blog contest

and giveaway! This month's gorgeous Maranda Lee bag is filled with sugar, spice and

everything nice from Pure Barre, Montana Twirls, Bon Ton Photo Co. and Montana


See how much we love you, dear readers?

In this fabulous new issue, we tackle – among other things -- the differences in how boys

and girls play (Girl Play, Boy Play, We All Play Together); the divergent communication

style between the sexes (Girls Call Home; Boys Use Their Cell Phones to Load up on

Apps); the pressure on both genders to be physically perfect (Gender Pressure) and an

easy-to-understand explanation of those pesky hormones.

We also get some sage insight from our wise and wonderful editor Leigh Ripley who

always thought she wanted a boy until she had three girls and a beautiful essay by Shane

Borrowman about how his late sister was the real boy in the family. Great stuff.

As always, we invite you in to explore all the wild and wonderful aspects of being a

Montana Parent!

All you have to do is leave a comment below to enter.

And to increase your odds of winning, leave a little love on our sponsors

Facebook pages and let us know that you did!

To make it simple, here are the links:

Maranda Lee

Pure Barre Bozeman

Montana Twirls

Bon Ton Photo Co.

Montana Mex

Maranda Lee

Emma Medium Gray Damask Tote


The best selling Emma bag is also available as a tote!  This little beauty features 3 roomy slip pockets, magnetic snap closure, key hook at the top of the bag so you never dig for your keys again. Most bags come with an adjustable strap but to mix up your style this shoulder bag is the way to go!  You can now order your bag with both the adjustable messenger strap AND the shoulder straps! 

There have been lots of changes in my shop recently to help you build a bag of your dreams.  Stroller straps are now available as well as dual o-rings which allow any  messenger bag to be attached to a stroller with the use of most stroller straps (mine or other manufacturers). 

I now have 9 amazing chevron prints for you to select from and a growing number or accent fabric colors so you can mix and match to make a truly one of a kind bag of your dreams and coordinate your bag with your other baby gear!

Each item is hand-cut and sewn in Bozeman, MT from original designs. Specializing in custom crafted bags and accessories you can choose your fabric and features for a truly one-of-a-kind bag. Designed for style, created to last and as always putting the "fun" in function, Maranda Lee Designs feels every woman should have a bag they love to look at and love to use!


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Pure Barre

One Month Unlimited

$149.00 Value


Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs and burns fat in record-breaking time. Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. Students see results in just 10 classes.

Pure Barre is intelligent exercise. The technique protects your joints as itdoes not involve any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscle without bulk. The workout launches a full blown attack on the areas of the body all women struggle with: abs, hips, seat and arms. It defies gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up.

The workout requires such focus that you block "life" out for the hour allowing you to obtain the mental benefits achieved in yoga or meditation. A transformed body and a clear head in just one hour- it doesn't get much better than this!


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Montana Twirls

Each onesie/bodysuit cost $26.00


This onesie is a fun way to tell the world where you are from. Not from Montana? Special order for your state or country, short sleeve or long sleeve, for boys and girls.

Montana Twirls specializes in baby onesie outfits for boys and girls, little girl dresses and retro style aprons for mom's and daughters along with a number of other products.

Contact Joyce at - website;

Bon Ton Photo Co.

Baby & Child Portrait Session and $100 print credit


Bon Ton Photo Co. | | | 406.370.0587

The Bon Ton Baby & Child Portrait Session includes 1.5 hours of photography, a personal online proofing gallery, and $100 print credit. Bon Ton Portrait sessions capture the magic of childhood in a perfect balance of classic portraits and fresh, lifestyle images. These modern portrait sessions are as relaxed as they are fun. The beautiful photographs from your session will make stunning artwork for your home, and treasured memories for sharing with loved ones and friends.

Bon Ton Photo Co. is Bozeman's newest photography studio. Bon Ton specializes in boutique portraiture with a fresh, modern feel. We collaborate with each client to design creative, personal photography sessions with a pinch of magic. Bon Ton Photo Co. offers prints, canvases, and albums to beautifully display your family's photographs.

Montana Mex llc

Montana Mex SALT (Chile, Sweet & Picante Trio)


Indra Fanuzzi

Our cute little seasoning salts pack a whole lot of flavor and are perfect for livening up any dish. The trio can be used one at a time or all together if you are feeling creative. Use them whenever you would use salt and try something new regularly. Sprinkle, sear, smear enjoy and feed to your loved ones knowing that they are made with pure sea salt and the finest natural ingredients. We never add chemicals, preservatives, colors, MSG, GMO's or any other nonsense.

Montana Mex llc is a local company with a commitment to providing products that we would use in our homes. We invite you to take our products home and let our passion for flavor and nutrition be a part of your lives through your food!

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Contest Rules for “Mama’s Got a New Bag”

Official Rules for MT Parent Magazine

These rules apply to all Montana Parent Magazine (MPM) events and/or drawings. Participants agree to abide by these Official Rules and by the decisions of MPM whose decisions are final.  Failure to comply may result in disqualification from any MPM events and/or drawings if MPM believes that participant has violated these official rules.  MPM reserves the right to modify for amend these Official Rules as it deems necessary, at any time with or without notice for any reason.


1.  Must be 18 to win and some contests may be 21.

2.  Must have valid phone and address and must have completely filled out the contest form.

3.  No purchase necessary.

4.  All winners consent to use their name, photograph and/or likeness for advertising and publicity purposes without notice or compensation.

5. Winners will be notified by phone or email within 30 days of contest drawing.

6.  MAIL - if your prize needs to be mailed to winner, winner pays postage.  Pay Pal is available.

7. All prizes are non-refundable, non-transferable, and not redeemable for cash.  Each winner is for all federal, state and local taxes applicable to the acceptance and use of his/her prize.

8.  All prizes are provided on an as is basis.  MPM makes no warranties, either expressed or implied.  In no promotion/event shall MPM, it’s sponsors or suppliers of prizes be liable for any indirected, special, incidental, or consequential damages associated with or arising from the event, drawing, postage, or acts of God.

9.  Void in any jurisdiction in the US where participation is prohibited.  MPM reserves the right to disqualify an entrant that it believes has violated the laws of the jurisdiction in which the entrant resides and/or the event was held.

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