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Welcome to my blog! I'm a mom of 3, a wife, and the daughter of a first generation Italian-American mother. On my blog you'll see posts about mom-life, crafting, home decor, diy ideas, organization, cleaning, and of course homemade recipes inspired by my Italian heritage and growing up in the Pacific Northwest! I hope you enjoy and find a little piece of home while you're here!

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Welcome to My New Journey

Hi friends! I’m Devan, a mom of 2 girls and a baby boy on the way, a wife to an amazing and supportive husband and the daughter and granddaughter to an Italian-American family.

Over the last 10 years, I’ve had several small businesses, a couple blogs, and a couple Etsy shops. All mostly while working full-time in the corporate office. They were all fun and taught me a lot, but ever since I started expecting our 3rd child I realized that I need to sort of reign things in and discover what my real passions are, and why I want to do any of this. What’s important and why.

So, after I decided last summer to go back to work full-time, I already had to change my online business of being a brand and web designer for small business because of the time commitment it takes and having a job – which basically left me with almost zero time to be a mom or wife.

I decided to give myself the time to just step back and think about what I wanted to do – if anything. I realized I can’t NOT do something creative its in my nature. I do it everyday. Whether its in cooking, making gifts, decorating our home, organizing & cleaning the constant messes around the house, and trying to figure out what feels like the almost monthly updates on how to keep my house and schedule managed (I swear it feels like the second I get a semi-grip on anything something changes). But the one thing people always ask me “Devan, how do you do it all?” Honestly…I dont. I just do it. I dont also do any one-thing perfectly either. Which I’ve realized is ok.

“You don’t have to be an expert in anything
in order to be good at it or enjoy it.”

So, as I spent this time realizing the things that made me truly happy, that gave me joy, and that would allow me to put my focus where I really want it to be right now, I started Olive & Apron.

Olive & Apron, for me, is a place where I can share the in-and-outs of my Italian-American culture, how I juggle mom-work-life, how I try to maintain and balance my passions with my responsibilities, and where I can share fun project ideas and DIY explorations as I learn new things and love new hobbies, and ideas.

I’ll get into more details about my family and a little more history about me through out this blogging journey, but I wanted to start off with a semi-short welcome, and so you know where I’m coming from as a blogger. I’m just a regular mom, who works full-time, tries to keep it all together, but doesnt exactly have it all together. I’m here to share that its ok to not be perfect, to want to learn new things, to have to change what you’ve been doing, and to share that journey with you!

So welcome to my blog! You can expect to find recipes, diy craft ideas, organization tips, styling tips, mom-life tips/hacks, and lots related to family, life and more!

I hope you enjoy the journey with me, and I’m so excited to have you along for the ride!

Devan

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