About Courtney

Hi- I’m Courtney O’Dell, the writer and photographer behind Sweet C’s.

I started Sweet C’s in 2010 as a creative outlet when I transitioned from a hectic job as a financial industry lobbyist – and quickly grew my hobby site into a full-time job. I’m a travel obsessed foodie and mom of two sharing the best recipes, tips and tricks to make your everyday extraordinary!

Here at Sweet C’s, we’re all about living life to the fullest. I believe anyone can make great tasting food.

I believe anyone can create something they can be proud of. And I believe strongly in the power of exploring the beautiful world we live in, near and far!

A lot of people ask about the “design” in Sweet C’s Designs (since I don’t design anything in a traditional sense) – but I believe women can design their lives to be anything they want it to be and love to share my tips for great food, drinks, travel, and designing your own joys in life!

Every time you come to Sweet C’s for a recipe or idea, you’re helping to grow my small business and my family’s dream. There are so many websites with impeccable recipes and gorgeous photos, and I am privileged and honored you’re spending your time with me.

The Sweet C’s Team

Courtney O’Dell, Owner/Founder

Courtney O’Dell loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while mastering an everyday elegant and easy style.

Courtney started Sweet C’s in 2010 as a way to share recipes and connect with other moms when she found being a stay at home mom to be isolating – and has been blown away by the amazing friendships, flavor, and far flung places Sweet C’s has found along the way!

Courtney is a former Senate staffer and financial industry lobbyist with over a decade experience in public and government affairs, and currently lives in Northern Colorado on a farm with her husband and two children.

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Abi Cross, Producer

Abi is pursuing a masters degree in Occupational Therapy – she loves working with kids, cooking, and travel!

Growing up in Russell, Kansas, Abi was known for her homemade pies – she still gets texts anytime she’s in town from friends asking if Abi’s Pies will take a few orders each visit.

You’ll find Abi on the Sweet C’s facebook and TikTok pages – and behind the lens on some of our tastiest creations!

Katherine Barnard, Business Manager

A woman being amazed by the breathtaking view of a waterfall in front, captured by Sweet C's Designs Blog.

Katherine is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado and has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from CSU. She has been with Sweet C’s since her first son was born in 2005.

Katherine cares for everything to do with the business management for Sweet C’s. She also manages the content production and development.

Katherine loves to cook and is behind the lense of many of our recipes. She currently lives in upstate South Carolina with her husband and four sons. She loved to hike and bike with her family in her free time.

As Seen On

Sweet C’s has been featured in numerous publications as a leading food and travel lifestyle site – such as Buzzfeed, Best Crafts and Recipes, The Huffington Post, Country Living, Women’s Health, and more. 

Brands We’ve Partnered With

Sweet C’s has also had the opportunity to work with some of the best brands that I am proud to stand beside, like La Crema Wines, Foster Farms Chicken, Safeway, Albertsons, Princess Cruises, Visit California, Visit Kansas City, The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, Visit Oxnard, Embassy Suites at Mandalay Beach, Norwegian Airlines, and many more.