About Us - Life Ingredients

About Us

Meet the Founder of Life Ingredients

I am a “Grandmother on a Mission” to make this a kinder and more loving world. I want to be available to parents, teachers, and kids to provide a safe, fun, and loving place to grow and learn.

Know that I’m here to lend an understanding hand and accepting heart to you, your family, and classrooms. I want to say to you, “It’s not about being perfect, having all the answers, the most toys, or being famous. Rather it’s about feeling confident, having the courage to show up in your truth, and the self-respect to pause, to breathe, feel and respond to the world from a wholehearted view. It helps to have a great sense of humor about life on planet Earth, too. That makes you likable and someone kids can trust.”

I have created a program to support families and classrooms to understand the power of thought. I draw from my own life experiences of raising four free-spirited children. Through education and experience, I found many ways to guide children, some not so great (oh, the stories I can tell you!), and others life-changing.

What if together, you and your kids can learn how thoughts work? Then be taught how to override thoughts that throw you off course. Your thoughts are things, they are real, they matter, but they are not always true. The power of our thoughts manages our behavior and the life we live. Think about that…

“When you and your kids learn to override unhelpful thoughts and understand your feelings, you will feel comfortable in your own skin. That’s wellness at it’s best! ” -Shanti

The 8 Life Ingredients are principles to live wholeheartedly with an elevated sense of self-awareness. That means your brain is online, communicating with your body, and connected to your heart. Your human operating system is wired to work in this optimal way. It feels good. When you feel good… you spread it around helping young things grow and feel good, too!

By the way, kids call me Shanti. It means peace, a good energy for the work we are up to… creating a kinder more loving world.

Deb Kelly / Shanti
A Grandmother on a Mission
Founder/Author Life Ingredients

Meet the Creative Director

I was that kid – the sensitive one with anxiety, a penchant for excessive daydreaming, and a knack for drawing. They say this is the recipe for an illustrator, but I’ve never seen this written down anywhere so I can’t be sure. Kids often ask me if I like to draw, and I tell them, “Yes, I do, but what I really love to do is tell stories, and I do that by drawing pictures.” Their reaction to this statement is always a joy.

Of all the things an illustrator could create, why Life Ingredients? What makes this program important to me? Life Ingredients is something that I wish I could’ve had when I was a kid. It was something I needed, and it’s something I know children need today. It’s funny, magical, thought-provoking, and made with a lot of heart. Creating a program that encourages families to work together to strengthen their well-being continues to be my biggest achievement. 

In 2013, I graduated from SUNY New Paltz with my Bachelors in Psychology. Shortly after, I jumped on the Life Ingredients bandwagon. Now, I’m set to start my MS in School Psychology, where I hope to gain experience working with children from diverse backgrounds while continuing to grow the Life Ingredients program.

Kelly Dillon, Creative Director of Life Ingredients