Super Bowl and Crafts

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Tonight, we threw a huge Super Bowl party!


But first, we had to prep.  :)  We ran a bunch of errands, cooked potato sliders, and I ran 3.0 miles.  I have been really tired lately due to stress and lack of sleep, and honestly – even if I had the time to run my planned 8, I wouldn’t have.  Three was the perfect number – it gave me a boost without wearing me out.  Sometimes it’s hard to find a balance with training.


Lunch was some peanuts + orange + 1/4 a ciabatta loaf (eaten in the car):




And a potato slider.  🙂


And then the fun began!



We did the party pot-luck style and of course, all the other girls brought over some amazing dishes.





  • Many different dips, chips, and veggies
  • Raw dough balls
  • Fried chick pea pitas
  • Peanut butter brownies
  • Potato Sliders
  • Veggie chili
  • Puppy chow
  • Artichoke dip



+ a beer!


And actually, some of you may laugh, but Nicole and I planned ahead and had an activity for the girls that did not include football because none of us REALLY cared about the teams.  We ended up doing Valentine’s Day card crafting in the back room.  I felt so Better Homes and Gardens. 😉




Other girls did very beautiful cards; I worked hard to make mine as tacky as possible.  I ate Puppy Chow while I worked. 


And you know what the funny thing is?


20 people, 7 dogs, one party, and just FIVE minutes of cleaning up afterwards…

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And now my house actually looks cleaner than it did before the party.  This is how I know I’m becoming a mature adult.  🙂



  • Alex @ Healing Beauty February 6, 2011, 11:10 pm

    Looks like so much fun! The food looks great and I love the Valentine’s Day card idea!!!

  • Sana February 6, 2011, 11:12 pm

    What an awesome idea! I totally think men and women should do diff things for major sporting events!

  • Dannielle February 6, 2011, 11:13 pm

    Omg puppy chow = crack. My roommates freshmen year used to make it ALL of the time. Pretty sure it never lasted more than a day. Looks like a fun night!

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 12:04 pm


      the end.

  • vikki February 6, 2011, 11:17 pm

    I would have been totally upset if I had to make Valentine’s day cards instead of watching the super bowl. I LOVE football way more than I should and this was a good game. I would have stayed with the boys. (Granted, I grew up in a sports obsessed household)

  • Tracy February 6, 2011, 11:17 pm

    Ha – fun! We had that pack of owls and peace-sign hearts Valentine craft stuff here too (I mean, not for the Superbowl, but as an activity I did with my kids earlier in the week).

  • Kristina @ spabettie February 6, 2011, 11:20 pm

    yay for PUPS at a party! looks like great eats and a fun time – love the crafty card making!

  • Coco February 6, 2011, 11:27 pm

    what a great idea to do crafts while the boys watch football! i napped during the game–my brother got married yesterday and i was/am POOPED!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) February 6, 2011, 11:29 pm

    I haven’t done crafts in forever. I could use some crafts for some stress relief!

  • Lindsey February 6, 2011, 11:41 pm

    puppy chow is delish! I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago!

  • Jolene ( February 6, 2011, 11:46 pm

    Fun party!! I have never heard of puppy chow, but it looks good 🙂

    I love that you girls had non-football related activities planned. That is cute.

  • Camille February 6, 2011, 11:55 pm

    Yummy food and adorable babies!? Total win 🙂

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) February 7, 2011, 12:02 am

    I was at the craft store and drooled over all the DIY Valentine’s Day stuff!

  • monicanelsonfitness February 7, 2011, 12:03 am

    that is the coolest idea ever! I wish I could of been apart of those beautiful V-Day cards. 🙂 I will remember that for next year if I am not into the teams again.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now February 7, 2011, 12:27 am

    5 minutes of clean up? That’s impressive.

    Don’t blame you on the crafts. I am so not into sports and thank God everyday I didn’t marry a sports fan.

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul February 7, 2011, 2:11 am

    ahh those are so cute and professional looking, and your potato sliders look so good~I’ve never heard of them until you mentioned them. Yeap, you’re definitely more adult than I am…niiiice 5 min.

  • Marie-JourneytoBodyZen February 7, 2011, 6:35 am

    Looks like a fun party! I love the Valentine idea 🙂

  • Lauren February 7, 2011, 6:49 am

    Ah, how fun!!! I love that the girls did girly things while the guys watched football. You definitely please all audiences at your parties. That’s the way to go!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 7, 2011, 6:51 am

    Awww! How fun! Love the cards! Too Cute! Have a great week Caitlin!

  • aubrey @ italktofood February 7, 2011, 7:04 am

    how fun, what a nice idea!
    Puppy chow looked so good. I must make that someday…or maybe not. I might eat the whole batch!

    I bet there’s a “dark chocolate natural peanut butter kind using the wheat check mix” mmmm

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun February 7, 2011, 7:09 am

    Glad you had a great time. I hate it when the house is a wreck after a big party – ugh. Thank goodness the clean-up was minimal. 😉

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} February 7, 2011, 7:28 am

    What a fun party! I used to make Puppy Chow all the time as a kid. I never make it now because I seriously cannot resist eating the entire batch. That stuff is like crack.

  • Meryl @ Scribbled Musings February 7, 2011, 7:33 am

    I love the cards. I brought my sketch book along for superbowl entertainment.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 7, 2011, 7:33 am

    The crafting was actually a great idea! We didn’t watch the game at all. It was a relaxing evening for us here. The food spread there looks delicious! Who doesn’t love puppy chow?

  • Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg February 7, 2011, 7:42 am

    That looks like a lot of fun! What a great idea with the crafts for the girls 🙂

  • Paige @Running Around Normal February 7, 2011, 7:55 am

    I love the craft idea!! NONE of the girls wanted to watch the game?!
    The owls on the cards are a nice touch 🙂

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 12:06 pm

      Only one girl did!

  • Eliz@The Sweet Life February 7, 2011, 7:58 am

    Looks like an amazing party!!! Love the craft aspect.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 7, 2011, 8:10 am

    That is SUCH a good idea to make cards! Even thought 2 of my favourite movies are about football (Remember the Titans and The Blindside) I still haven’t a clue how the game works so I would have been right there crafting with you!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 7, 2011, 8:16 am

    Looks like a fun party! The craft idea is genius.

  • Teri @BeePie Runs February 7, 2011, 8:21 am

    We always call puppy chow “muddie buddies”. I think I’m gonna change the name to puppy chow 🙂
    Looks like you had a great party and super cute cards – love the owls!

  • Kristina @ life as kristina February 7, 2011, 8:26 am

    What a great party and love the idea of the crafts in the other room….letting the dogs have a play date-genius!!!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit February 7, 2011, 8:30 am

    What a cute idea for the girls. I ended up reading a yoga magazine during the game last night 🙁

  • Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty February 7, 2011, 8:55 am

    Superbowl play-dates for pooches! Great idea. So is the crafty stuff. And the food looks pretty great too.

  • Kara February 7, 2011, 8:56 am

    7 dogs? Holy moly. We have a large house and I can’t imagine that!

    I love the idea of doing something other than watching the game!

  • Haleigh February 7, 2011, 9:02 am

    Puppy chow is my favorite! I can never keep my hands out of the stuff 🙂 It’s so addicting!

  • jen @ taste life February 7, 2011, 9:06 am

    That looks like so much fun! And I absolutely love the Valentine’s Day crafts idea!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 7, 2011, 9:12 am

    That craft is the BEST idea ever!!!

  • Ali @ Ali Runs February 7, 2011, 9:21 am

    I love puppy chow! It is so good. And what a great idea to have different activities for the girls! Although, I did watch the game last night (go pack go!) 😉

  • Lindsay McAlester February 7, 2011, 9:30 am

    My friends and I crafted together for the first time two weeks ago. It was SO much fun! 🙂

  • LindseyAnn February 7, 2011, 9:36 am

    Nice job! My parents host a big party every year, and my mom texted me saying cleanup took FOREVER. 🙁
    I can’t lie–I was in to the game, even though I was kicking tail in Buzztime trivia, too. I’m a total sports nerd though. Plus, my fiance is 100% Wisconsin, so saying he was in to it was a bit of an understatement. He looked happier at the end of the game than he did the night we got engaged. 😉

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) February 7, 2011, 9:48 am

    Looks like a fun time!!! Is it sad I would have been in the other room with the guys? I’m one of the weird girls that actually LOVES football.

    • Whitney February 7, 2011, 9:57 am

      Not sad to me! I love watching football and enjoyed the game! 🙂

      • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 12:07 pm

        Not sad 🙂

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 7, 2011, 10:01 am

    I love the cards with the owls! How adorable!!!

    What is your ciabatta bread in? Is that soup?

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 12:08 pm


  • Ali @ Ali on the Run February 7, 2011, 10:15 am

    Wow, you girls are seriously crafty! Those V-Day cards are impressive!

  • Valerie from Love and Running February 7, 2011, 10:19 am

    I love puppy chow 🙂 yummy!!!!

    I completely understand trying to find a balance with training! 3 miles is better than nothing 🙂

    Your party looks so fun! I love the valentines cards 🙂

  • Leanne (For Health's Sake) February 7, 2011, 10:20 am

    Sounds like a fun superbowl party! Cute cards too 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple February 7, 2011, 10:25 am

    I think it’s great that you did a 3-mile run and really listened to your body, both physical and mental. Doing just “that” is one of the hardest parts of training, in my opinion!

  • Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen February 7, 2011, 10:35 am

    Mmm puppy show is delicious!

    And I have a totally random question… do Americans always wear shoes inside!? I had a discussion about this with someone a while ago, and apparently Canadians ALWAYS take their shoes off inside, while Americans will very often leave them on. For Canadians, even if you’re going to someone’s house for something like a kegger, you take your shoes off at the front door. Doesn’t everyone wearing their shoes make your floors really dirty?

    Sorry for the randomness, I’m just really curious! 😉

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 12:08 pm

      We have a shoe rack and have a no-shoe policy in the house but I think everyone forgot about it. Wearing shoes indoors grosses me out!

  • Gill (snaxandthecity) February 7, 2011, 10:37 am

    Looks like a fun party!

    What is puppy chow!? Never heard of it in the UK or Oz…

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness February 7, 2011, 10:43 am

    Looks like a blast! Will you show us your tacky creation? 🙂

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In February 7, 2011, 11:24 am

    Those cards look professional! At least you guys were productive:)

  • Kiran February 7, 2011, 11:52 am

    You all are so cute! And the crafty idea, is simply amazing 🙂

  • Amber K February 7, 2011, 1:56 pm

    Holy cow! That is a lot of people. My husband and I only had three people over. And two of them were kids ages 7 and 16 months 🙂

  • Amanda February 7, 2011, 2:13 pm

    That looks like a fun night! Love the owl valentines day card : )

  • Kelly February 7, 2011, 3:40 pm

    Ha! Nicole and I look bored to tears in the first photo. Thank goodness for girlie crafts or we might not have made it through the game. We had a great time! Thanks again for having us over! 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 7, 2011, 5:21 pm

    Woohoo! glad you had fun! Those Valentines as so freaking cute. 🙂

  • Allison @ Happy Tales February 7, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Ahhh I had so much fun last night with y’all! I gotta say, Happy was completely exhausted by the time we got home. I don’ think she’s ever slept so soundly. Can’t wait to do it again! (and make more crafts!)

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