About Us

Hello, and welcome to Chews Life! We’re so glad you’ve found us, and we hope you find just what you are looking for in our shop. If you need a little extra help, or have something to share with us, our email is always open -- hello@chewslife.com

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Chews Life began as an invention born of necessity, when owner Shannon Wendt was expecting her fourth child. Shannon designed her nursing bracelet to feature the numbers of the clock and a moveable charm, and to help her track the times she nursed her sweet babe. Wanting to bring this easy, wearable aid to other mamas, Shannon launched the nursing bracelet on Etsy in 2008 -- and it sold within fifteen minutes of being listed! The bracelet was soon joined by her Classic Mama Necklace. Designed as a pretty, grownup and durable alternative to the fine jewelry that was so easily broken by tugging babies and toddlers, the Classic pendant necklace stood up to the attention of her toddler day in and day out.


In 2014, the first Catholic product was added to the shop, then called Organic Mama’s Shop. Again, necessity was the mother of invention!  After a stormy season of suffering, Shannon knew that the Lord was calling her back to the Rosary -- but with five kids, 20 quiet minutes to pray seemed an insurmountable obstacle, and Shannon asked Him
how He expected her to pray a full rosary every day? In answer, the Lord inspired the Rosary Bracelet with its signature movable “bookmark” crucifix charm. This charm is essentially a bookmark to hold one’s place in prayer, and it allowed Shannon to gather those brief quiet moments scattered throughout the day to pray the whole rosary.  This small but significant change was a Godsend, helping Shannon to develop the habit of daily prayer in the midst of the beautiful (and sometimes challenging!) flow of life.

2015 brought an important addition to the shop: Chews Life Soft Silicone Rosaries made their big debut at the Edel Gathering. The brightly-colored, baby-safe, chewable soft rosaries were an instant hit and lead to other silicone products, including Chews Life Decade Rosaries and Mama Necklaces

In August 2016, the shop grew out of the "organic" market and found a community among Catholics. It only made sense to shed the name Organic Mama's Shop, and to become Chews Life! Just in time for the Christmas season in 2016, Shannon’s vision of a beautiful, detailed silicone Miraculous Medal and St. Benedict Medal, and a nubby-backed, custom cross came to fruition, and these were added to the product line.

Since the fall of 2016, several women have joined the team to make and package Chews Life silicone products and our semi-precious gemstone Life Rox line. The “Chews Crew” now consists of ten part-time Makers and five full and part-time Executive Team members. Chews Life makers and executive team members are all women of faith local to Grand Rapids, and Shannon considers it a true blessing that her business helps women support their families and to live out their vocations.

Again, welcome! Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, and contact us if you have any other questions. For our most current special promotions and product updates, be sure to subscribe to our email list and follow Chews Life on Instagram and Facebook (@ChewsLifeShop). We are happy to have you here, and we are so honored to be a part of your lives of faith and prayer. Thank you from all of us at Chews Life!

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Meet the Leadership Team

Shannon

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Hi! I’m Shannon Wendt the owner of Chews Life!  Wife to my best friend, Zach, since 

2002 and mama to our lively crew of 6 kids! We homeschool and as a family, we enjoy our mini hobby farm, theatre and adventuring! We love a good road trip, hiking the woods, or exploring a new city.

My husband is an entrepreneur too!  He runs a growing real estate team here in West Michigan (WestMichiganRocks.com), so growing small businesses is something we really love doing together. You’ll find us spending romantic weekends away at a marketing conference or putting the kids to bed early to curl up with a bottle of wine and a good business audio book. Haha!

We manage it all with lots of help!  I run on a little coffee and a lot of Jesus!

Whitney

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Hello! My name is Whitney, and I was thrilled to join the Chews Crew as a Maker in 2016, and a full-time member of the Executive Team in June 2017. I now manage the website, social media, and create graphics and shop emails, among other shop duties. I can also be found roaming around Customer Service, so you might hear from me if you email us. :)  

I have two incredible “babies” (Julia, 13 and Jack, almost 2) and another due in June! I’ve lived in West Michigan for 12 years, and am happy to have found a wonderful Catholic community here. My husband and I were both converts before we met, and now continue the journey of faith as a family.

Among my favorite things are: C.S. Lewis (after whom I named my son), summer weekends in Pentwater, Michigan, cuddling with my kids while watching movies, music, popcorn, and dark chocolate.

Leandra

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Hi! I'm Leandra. I joined the Chews Life team in early December 2017 as the Customer Care Lead. I've worked in Customer Service/Administration for over 13 years and I absolutely love being able to help people. I love what Chews Life's mission is all about and I'm so thankful to be a part of it!

My wonderful husband and I will celebrate 7 years of wedded bliss this year. We're both converts to Catholicism and we continue to strive to live out our faith daily! We have a super smart and witty 12 year old son Isaiah, and the silliest/weirdest/loveliest 5 year old daughter Luciana! They bring us so much joy!
 
I'm very passionate about defending the unborn and women from abortion. I'm a leader of our local Sidewalk Advocates for Life group and I go to the sidewalk in front of our local abortion clinic every week to reach out in love and compassion to the men and women going in to let them know there is help available and a better choice...LIFE! Please keep us in your prayers! :)
 
God is good. All the time!
 
In Christ, through Mary!

Cheri

cheri.jpgGreetings, I’m Cheri. I’ve been with Chews as a dedicated maker since 2016 and moved into Supply Management in the summer of 2017. I’ve worn many hats in the past couple decades: artist, wife, mother, teacher, chauffer, dance mom, hockey mom, and now I’m pleased to add bead wrangler extraordinaire to that list! I work behind the scenes at Chews to make sure raw materials are in the studio on time and well organized. I also see that supplies are moving to the local makers who create our products in an orderly and efficient manner. I remain a maker myself and have produced thousands of our products to date. As an artist, I am pleased to be working with my hands to advance such an important mission in our world.
I have four children from a teenager on down, and I am so blessed to work for a company which wholeheartedly supports my primary vocation at home.

Home is a lovely 10 acre hobby farm in pure Michigan where I care for a spoiled rotten flock of chickens and ducks plus one naughty corgi. My husband and I are both adult converts to the Catholic faith and have each worked for years in creative fields. We have a shared love of Beauty, Tradition, and Order (just don’t judge that last one by my kitchen counters).

Meet our Makers

Tabitha

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My name is Tabitha Kelley. I am a new Catholic and was baptized into the Church in 2015 after an incredible and life altering encounter with Jesus. Being a part of the Church has been the most fufilling aspect of my life.

I married my best friend, Ryan, who inspires and motivates me everyday. He is the CEO of City2Shore National Franchise. His dedication to God, our family and his work makes me fall in love with him more everyday!

We have four amazing children that we home school. Our children bring so much joy to our lives.

When I'm not making ChewsLife products I enjoy living a healthy lifestyle, cooking wholesome foods, organic gardening, feeding wild birds and making videos for my YouTube channel.

ChewsLife's mission of spreading the rosary touches my soul. I'm so happy to be working for such an incredible company, with such a great message, along side such amazing women of faith!

Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Kristin

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I am a married, stay-at-home mother of seven. Our family entered the Church in 2007. We are active in homeschooling, parish life, and our Westside neighborhood.

I became a “maker” for Chews in the summer of 2017 out of friendship with Shannon and love for Our Lady. I love the mission of the company – putting the rosary into the hands of little ones and their mothers. Being a “maker” for Chews has deepened my own prayer life. Making rosaries and mama necklaces has become a method by which our family can proclaim our beautiful Faith!

In my free time I enjoy reading out-loud and exploring our little corner of the world with my children. In particular, classical children’s literature, historical non-fiction, and books about the lives of the Saints are my favorite books to read.

Erin

Erin Duba here. I have a passion for all things natural and Catholic theology. I'm a wife and mother. We live in an eccentric house, raise chickens sometimes, homeschool our girls, garden, and enjoy hosting friends and strangers around our table. 

I also have a passion to serve the church in the form of youth ministry. My husband and I attempt (and often succeed) at praying the rosary every day. The rosary has blessed our lives and our marriage in many ways.

I was drawn to the Chews Life product, and wanted a family friendly way to work while also serving an important mission. I am excited to be a part of this team.