I'm Shannon and welcome to my health and wellness website HAPPY WIFESTYLE™.  I decided to start Happy WifeStyle™ because I often find myself being asked about food, health, fitness and fashion.  I thought this would be a great way to share my healthy and happy journey...

Let me introduce myself.  I'm a happy wife and I feel very passionate about sharing my Happy + Healthy WifeStyle with you.  I'm Nutritious Life Certified, a Whole30 Certified Coach and Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner.  My mission is to EMPOWER women to be HAPPIER and HEALTHIER in their day to day lives,  (not fad diets that fizzle out…I've been there!)  and hopefully help women feel more stylish and confident.  I've always lived my life with the "everything in moderation" philosophy.  (Unlike my husband, who has an "all or nothing" approach).  Even though I've given some things up to live a healthier lifestyle, there are things that I still enjoy on occasion…..like dark chocolate, champagne, and popcorn.  These things make my life enjoyable and nobody's perfect, right?  Life is short.  We need to stop feeling guilty and trying to be perfect all the time.  I want to help teach you that you can find health, happiness, food freedom, and still enjoy life!  It's so important to find that balance.

I have an amazing supportive husband who I feel so blessed to have in my life.  He actually suggested I start this blog….He is a Chiropractor with an insane work ethic and I feel so grateful he has taught me that it's possible to live an AMAZING life, every day…if I choose to.  I worked as a RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) for 17 years and I loved that time in my life…but those years were also pretty stressful, and now that my husband makes it possible for me to not work outside the home, I feel like I am living the dream and finally have the time to give back and hopefully help others.  I am no expert, but I feel very fortunate to have learned from so many that are experts on how the body works.  Most of the recommendations I will give on this site are all natural, but with that said, always consult your doctor before starting something you're not sure about.

I also have two amazing stepsons in college.  I had the pleasure to help raise them for the past 10 years or so and now I can't imagine my life without them in it.  When my husband and I became empty-nesters, we kind of looked at each other and said, "now what?"  After an adjustment period, we are now so excited about the next chapter in our life and what's ahead!  I love it when we can all get together and visit...

With all this extra time on my hands I have been exercising more (and seeing results!)...I learned to standup paddle board (SUP), I have my own board!...I've been cooking healthy, tasty food (a mostly Paleo-type lifestyle has changed my life!)...I bought a sewing machine and made super cute reversible aprons for all my friends.  At 44 years old, I feel better than I ever have in my whole life, and a few years ago, that was not the case.  I began feeling tired, bloated…just started to feel "old"!  This was not the "woman I wanted to be"...as DVF would say;)  I knew that the only person who could turn that around was me.  So I did.

What I know for sure…the world we live in today is full of negativity.  It's hard to escape.  Many people live in fear just by turning on the evening news.  My husband and I stay informed, but we don't watch the news for this reason.  So another goal of mine by starting this blog is to keep it a POSITIVE space.  I am a FIRM believer that "what you think about you bring about!"…so I would much rather focus on, and therefore attract, what I want…not what I don't want.

Lastly, I have another child I'd like to mention….."Stella", my French Bulldog.  She is 10 years old and is the absolute light in my life.  Yes, she's a princess and is spoiled rotten;)  She ends up in many of my photos...as she loves to photobomb my food pics.  ;)

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my website, feel free to look around.  I hope you enjoy many recipes, photos, videos, tips, tricks and lifestyle changes that you can take back to YOUR life and live a Happy WifeStyle™ like me!