Courtney Whitmore left her full time job as a career counselor to launch her entertaining website, Pizzazzerie.com, in 2010 to share entertaining inspiration and ideas with her readers. Growing up in the South, Courtney has always loved the art of presenting classic Southern foods with a modern twist and setting a tablescape with lots of pizzazz. She attended Vanderbilt University earning both a bachelors in Communications + masters in Organizational Leadership. She is the author of 5 published books with her latest cookbook releasing in Fall of 2020. Her expertise has been seen in Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV.com, Access Hollywood, and MarthaStewart.com.
Favorite place to meet a friend for lunch in Nashville?
The Restoration Hardware café in Green Hills Mall is such a pretty lunch spot! A table by the fountain, please!
For what in your life are you most grateful?
While launching my business in 2010 was an accomplishment that I’m very proud of, I have to say that I’m the most proud of my daughter, Blakely. It’s been the joy of my life to be her Mom!
If you could have lunch with one person, who would it be and why? I’d say Dolly Parton. She’s done such wonderful things for the state of TN, especially with a focus on reading for children. She’s an icon!
Call or Text? Which is better and why?
I’m a texter because as a Type-A, creative business owner, my mind is going 99 mph all of the time. I like that I can quickly answer a text between projects or waiting for my daughter to get out of school.
What’s your best go-to video or GIF for a good laugh?
The leprechaun video out of Mobile, AL is my all-time favorite video for a good laugh! I think it’s funny year-round, not just around St. Patrick’s Day!
What are you currently reading?
Where the Crawdads Sing
Favorite three IG accounts to follow?
What’s the single best realization you’ve ever had?
That I could leave my “safe/salaried” job out of graduate school to work for myself and set my own schedule while in a job that I loved. I didn’t have to follow the traditional “path” to success.
Best place to take your kids on a rainy day?
Craft stores! Any craft store will do! My daughter and I love piling up fun art supplies and coming home to create a painting, fairy house, jewelry project, or treats in the kitchen!
If you could give other moms one piece of advice, what would it be?
Everything is a season. During the colic season of a newborn, I felt like that was my “life now” but it quickly passes. There are challenges in each season but it keeps changing. Just hang in there!