About Us - Life Ingredients


“Well, you turned out okay.” 

Don’t we want more for our kids? We owe it to our kids to help them be the best they can be. That’s why we created Life Ingredients…or more commonly known as “the course I wish I had when I was growing up.” 

Life Ingredients is a new approach to teaching kids about wellness. Through personal experience and scientific research, we’ve identified 8 easy to learn principles to help children better understand life

Our courses and books are designed to be entertaining, educational, and easily fit into any lifestyle. All of our educational materials focus on emotional growth, enabling children to: 

  • Create a calm state anytime, anywhere. 
  • Explore the connection between thoughts, feelings, and actions. 
  • Build heartfelt relationships that last a lifetime. 

Our goal is to see children and adults learning together to create a more caring and kinder world. 

Meet Our Team

Deb “Shanti” Kelly – Founder

Deb Kelly, more commonly known among her grandkids and friends as “Shanti,” which means peace, is on a mission to help today’s generation make a kinder, more loving world. As an eight-time children’s book author and experienced grandmother to eight she created Life Ingredients. The wellness programs are designed to create an intimate space for parents and kids to come together to learn about life while building strong relationships that will last a lifetime. Life Ingredients includes different learning styles from storytelling, music, art, calm mind sessions, and more to support childhood and beyond.

Kelly Dillon – Creative Director 

A sensitive kid turned Illustrator, Kelly Dillon came to Life Ingredients to create magical, thought-provoking imagery to help children learn about emotional wellness – something she had wished she had as a child. In 2013, she graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelors in Psychology and is currently pursuing a MS in School Psychology. She’s on a mission to support creating a better world for all children.