Who is the Best Mom Under the Big Sky?

February 28, 2014

Posted By: Bozemama

She might be your sister, your friend, your neighbor, your grandmother, your wife or your mom. She’s the unsung heroine who somehow manages to focus on her kids’ best interest amid the chaos of modern American life. She’s the one who has the strength to say no when saying yes would be so much easier, the one who models admirable behavior while allowing her kids to learn from their mistakes – without saying “I told you so.” She’s the scaffolding that holds up the family when it starts to crumble. She listens, keeps an open mind and relishes her children for who they are not for who she thinks they should be. And, lastly, she is a never-ending source of hugs, who doesn’t resent the fact that she will one day have to let go.

But she’s not perfect, because – of course – nobody’s perfect. And anyone who tries to be perfect at parenting is setting themselves up for a big, fat dose of disappointment. One thing we’ve learned at Montana Paren t is that perfection is never part of the equation. No, the Best Mom Under the Big Sky struggles and stumbles and screws up sometimes, but she admits it, learns from her mistakes and – hopefully – even laughs about it.

Do you know anyone who fits this description? We bet you do – and we’re hoping that you’ll nominate her as the Best Mom Under the Big Sky. Why? Because she deserves it. And because if she’s chosen, then she’ll get treated to some truly awesome prizes courtesy of Montana Parent , Gallatin Valley Mall and Amelia Anne Photography, including:

  • $500 GVM Shopping Spree
  • Macy's Makeup Makeover
  • Le Nails Manicure & Pedicure
  • The Bay Bar & Grille:  Dinner for Two
  • Vera Bradley Tote Bag from Schnee's Sundance Shoes
  • Photo Shoot by Amelia Anne photography that will be featured in the Mother’s Day issue of Montana Parent magazine

Nominate your favorite mama by stopping into the Gallatin Valley Mall and filling out an entry form on her behalf – you can pick up an application at these participating stores: Schnee’s Sundance Shoes, High Country Gifts & Engraving, Giggles’ Toys & More, The Children’s Place, Le Nails, Riddle’s Jewelry, Samuels Jewelers, Jensen Jewelers, Nights Delight or GVM Guest Services.

You can also submit an application on Gallatin Valley Mall’s Facebook page . You’ll be glad you did.

Just be sure to get your entries in by April 1, 2014 to the Gallatin Valley Mall’s Guest Services kiosk.



The “Best Mom Under the Big Sky” contest is sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Mall (GVM) and Montana Parent. This contest is governed by these official rules. (Get a detailed list of the contest rules at the GVM kiosk).


This contest is open to all southwestern Montana moms who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of nomination.


This contest begins on March 1, 2014, 8:00 a.m. thru April 1, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. All nominations must be received on or before the time stated during that submission period.


Stop by Gallatin Valley Mall Guest Services and select GVM Merchants to pick up the “official registration form”. Then, fill out the details on the registration form including a 150-200 word description of why your mom, sister, wife or friend is “The Best Mom Under the Big Sky.” After completing the registration form, deliver back to Gallatin Valley Mall Guest Services OR mail to GVM at 2825 W Main Street Suite 3J, Bozeman, MT 59718.  Entry MUST be received by NO LATER than April 1, 2014 to be considered. Please call 586-4565 if you have any questions. 

Participants can also nominate the Best Mom Under the Big Sky by completing the online registration form located under the contest tab at  www.facebook.com/gvmall .

Entrants must fill out all required fields on the entry form to participate in the contest.


All eligible entries received during the submission period will be gathered and reviewed by GVM and  Montana Parent  contest administrators.  A winner will then be selected based on the administrators’ discretion.

The winner will be announced on or about April 5, 2014.

Good luck Mamas!



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