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Inauguration Viewing Party

By Isabel Kallman

Inauguration cupcakes. Photo by guest Torrie.
What a great week! It’s been so hard to settle down, what with all the excitement of the Inauguration. I’ve finally had a chance to breathe deeply and reflect on what a momentous occasion in this country’s history and in my own personal history as well.
I made these Inauguration Party Favors. Photo by Design Mom.

A few months back I announced my 40 Before 40 list, you know, the things I wanted to get done before I turned 40. Well at the time I had 36 months to do it (BTW- I’ve been doing pretty well). I ended my personal goal list with Become a US Citizen and Vote. US Naturalization has been a longtime goal of mine and until the advent of the internet, not the easiest process. (But, I will leave that for a separate post).

When Quaker Oats asked me to host an Inauguration viewing party at my house for fellow friends to raise awareness for their Start With Substance to feed hungry children by donating up to 1 million bowls of oatmeal not only could I not say No, I viewed this party as an auspicious event to memorialize one of my biggest lifetime goals.
My jelly bean bowl. Photo by Design Mom.

I did it. I completed, signed, and sent in my US Naturalization application! See, I had made some attempts before, but I needed this or that. Now, I did it all. Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours America. You’ve always have had my heart and my tax dollars, now I will have the right to vote (hopefully in 6 months), which is something you don’t realize is such a huge privilege until you cannot, but want to, do it.


More inauguration cupcakes. Photo by Design Mom.
I was beyond moved that I could share these moments of great historic and personal change with my friends. The internet is awesome!
Thank you Ali Martell (in from Canada!), Andi of Mama Knows Breast, Anna of Mommy Poppins, Brian of Looky, Daddy!, Gabrielle of Design Mom, Joanna of My Mom Shops, Liz of Mom 101, Metalia, and Torrie of I Pretty Much Hate Everything for sharing this special day with me. I was beyond thrilled a few of my guests brought their loved ones too, some of whom I’ve had the pleasure to get to know well over the years. Lucky me!

Thank you Quaker for catering and inspiring this party event and for your commitment to donate up to 1 million bowls of hot oatmeal to needy families. Please click over to do your part. It’s really easy: just type in the UPC code on any Quaker Oats box you have at home, until February 28.

Inauguration Viewing Party Photos
Patriotic Baby by Torrie
Liz and Nate
Joanna and Gabrielle
Looky, Daddy!
P.S. Check out:
Design Mom’s, Looky, Daddy!’s and MyMomShop’s posts on the Part-ay. Thanks, guys!


Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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Congratulations, Isabel! My husband became a citizen in 2007, and last November’s election was the first time he’d ever voted. He voted for Obama, of course. What a way to be a part of history, eh? 🙂


My mom, who is a war bride from Australia, turned 85 last year and also became a U.S. citizen. This was her first year to vote and vote she did. We five kids are so proud of her.

Busy Mom

What a great looking party for a great cause, and congrats!!


I’d love to put in a UPC for Quaker Oats but I’m not a FBer. (WAY too little impulse control on the computer. It would suck up all of my time.) If anyone who is would like to input our oatmeal box, our most recent UPC is 300001040.


Was so happy to be there with all of you. As I said to Gabrielle, I love that you are all going to be forever a part of one of my most profound memories.
And hooray for citizenship! It’s the USA’s gain to have you.


Isabel- I was so happy to celebrate this doubly significant day with you. Thanks for including me. Love these photos, too.


Congrats on submitting your US Naturalization application! That’s awesome…and one more thing to check off your “list.” 🙂
Your party looks like it was a huge success. I love all of the red, white, and blue.


My mom became a citizen when I was a baby. When she arrived home from the ceremony my older sisters and brother waited with baited breath for her to speak. When she finally did, they exhaled with relief. My oldest sister had worried them all that Mom would return home with an American accent and not sound like ‘Mom’ anymore.