Hi, I’m Katie Drane. Welcome to my blog!

I am a mom of 4, an autism mom, and a homeschool and gardening newbie. For 10 years, I shared easy homestyle recipes and craft projects on this blog, as well as the occasional home project. But life has changed over the past few years and I haven’t shared a lot. I don’t cook like I used to and I got pretty burnt out on crafting and blogging. No surprise, with a large family and kiddos with special needs, my priorities have shifted to, well, my large family and special needs kiddos.


When my youngest started kindergarten last year, I took a job at the kids’ elementary school as a Learning and Behavior Disorder (LBD) assistant for a year. I loved being with not only my kids, but all the kids at the school. I made life-long friends. I also saw firsthand how difficult it is to be a teacher in today’s world. I saw how much the public school system has changed since I was a student. This experience changed the way I looked at the public school system, and ultimately led to my husband Ryan and I to decide that homeschooling was the best fit for our three youngest at this point in their education.

The content that I’ve produced for so many years is going to change, because I’ve changed. I hope you’ll stay for the new stuff but I understand if you don’t. My purpose now looks like this:

  • To share my experiences as a special needs mom so that other special needs parents have a place where they can feel seen and heard.
  • To share the resources I’ve found about how children learn–everything from the importance of play, especially playing outside, to various pedagogies like Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and Charlotte Mason.
  • To build awareness about neurodivergent affirming practices, therapy and the language we use around it.
  • To share this homeschool adventure, including some great resources I have found (and the ones I’ve created) as a brand-spankin new homeschool parent to one neurotypical and two neurodivergent kids.
  • To build a community of like-minded parents who appreciate social media and technology like I do, but who want it to take a backseat to real interactions and a more simple way of living.


I’m so glad you’re here! For media and speaking inquiries, or if you’d jut like to reach out, feel free to email me at katiedraneblog (at) gmail (dot) com.