About Me

Hey! I'm Hannah Shanks! This is me with my hilarious and awesome husband of 6 years, Loren. 

We love being married. It has been the best, sweetest, most fun adventure of my entire life. Marriage has been one of the greatest gifts, and one of the best decisions we ever made.

Over the last 6 years, we went from just us
to us and a dog

and then...
we went from us & a dog
to us & an amazing baby girl born on November 21st, 2015
we named her Charlotte Jean Shanks, but she goes by Lottie
(and that spunky name fits her!)

Our little family resides just outside Kansas City, Missouri (Go Royals!). We love to travel and go on family walks. I love to write, read, bargain hunt for clothes and accessories, exercise, experiment with new mascaras and makeup products, make endless "healthified" versions of cookies and desserts, and enjoy massive amounts of coffee on a daily basis (thus the name "Shanks a Latte").

The most important thing about me is that I live my life to please the Lord and give Him all the glory. When I was six, I realized that, because of my sin, I needed to place my trust in Jesus and give Him my life in order to be right with God. There is nothing I can do to earn my own salvation, except to trust completely in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. I cannot earn or win His love because He loves me completely just as I am, Without Jesus, life is wasted and empty; but with Him, it is beautiful and full of HOPE! Everything we do comes back to Jesus and we hope that in all things we point others to Him!

I started this blog years ago as a way to share about what was going on with our family and to chronicle a journey I was on to lose weight, get healthier, and be more intentional about the choices I was making in life. I had no idea what a journey the Lord would take me on! I had been overweight my whole life and after we were married, I was headed once again in the wrong direction. The Lord gently but firmly corrected my course and placed people and resources directly in my lap that helped me realize how much I was poisoning my body and destroying my temple.

I also realized that I had never really had a dream for my life. I didn't know what I wanted or have any drive to get anywhere. I was comfortable and content. But God had other plans! In the process of changing how I viewed food and exercise and showing me how He intended our bodies to thrive by eating real, whole, unprocessed foods free of chemicals and toxins and emptiness, He gave me an interest and a passion for living a lifestyle of health & wellness. I began to find it SO fascinating how He created plants and herbs and food in NATURE to heal us and benefit our bodies!

A couple years into my journey, He introduced me to Young Living Essential Oils through a friend, and once again my whole life and perspective changed. I had seen how important it was to be proactive about taking care of our bodies with whole, clean food and exercise and other natural remedies- and now my eyes were opened to how AMAZING essential oils were at completely eliminating toxins from our home and personal products and how effective they were at supporting our bodies in wellness. They changed everything for us, for the better.

Fast forward a couple years and we now have an amazing home-based Young Living business. I am so fortunate to get to work from home and raise our little girl. The Lord has given me dreams and goals and vision for the first time in my life because I asked and allowed Him to give me something to be passionate about. Trust me, I was the LEAST likely person to be passionate about health & wellness! But now I get to support a team of leaders and educate & equip & encourage others along their own journeys to chemical free homes and lifestyles of freedom!! I am so very blessed.

So this space is a place where I intend to share my heart. Share stories about our family, milestones and memories with Lottie. Share about my obsession with love for coffee and real, delicious healthy food. Share about my love for budget-friendly clothes. Share about our travels. Share about essential oils and our amazing experiences with them. Share about motherhood and Jesus and everything else.
I am so honored that you would take the time to share life with us.