About Lolli

This is me. Lolli.

This is me. Lolli.

No, Lolli is not the name I was born with and in fact is simply a silly nickname that I use on my blog. Speaking of silly nicknames, let me introduce you to my family.

CandyMan (my husband) and I have, in the nearly 18 years that we’ve been married, managed to become parents five times over. My kids are truly a blessing, and they provide me with countless stories (and pictures) to share with all of you. My kids are (in order of age):

  • KitKat, girl (16)
  • Necco, girl (13)
  • Twizzler, boy (11)
  • Reese, girl (9)
  • AJ (short for AlmondJoy), boy (7)

CandyMan and I own a business creating foreign language software–Peanut Butter~Language Learning that Sticks. It’s scary, risky, exciting, and a whole lot of work.

So…now that I’ve gotten the family introductions out of the way, you want to know a little about me?

All you need to know about Lolli. Almost:

* I have been blogging since October 2007.

* I have a passion for photography and am, for the most part, self-taught.

* I love thrift store shopping. Thrift store shopping is an art, and I am an artist. My Grandma taught me well.

* I am shy by nature but blogging brings out the social part of me that was hiding for so many years.

* Since this subject comes up frequently, Yes, it is true that I do not have TV. I own a television set, but we have no cable.

* I love to cook, but I love eating good food even more.

* I love books and almost always carry a book in my purse and have dozens of books on my iPad. I have my own book club at Copia and hope you’ll pop over and check it out.

* I grew up in California, graduated from High School in Oregon, went to college in Utah (where I met my husband who was from Virginia), and settled in Maryland (outside of Washington D.C.) to raise our kids. Honestly, I miss the mild seasons that I grew up with, my family on the West Coast, and the mountains where I spent my summers, but I love all that the D.C. area has to offer. Maryland has been good to us. Maryland also happens to be home to a bunch of amazing bloggers, who I get to meet up with occasionally.

* I really do like candy, and most of the time I am pretty sweet. I do accept fan mail filled with chocolate.

How to connect with me on Facebook:

My personal page: Lolli Franklin (become my friend!)

My Better in Bulk fan page (become a fan!)

Weekly regulars:

I participate in Wordless Wednesday every week and offer a link up for other bloggers doing the same!

I host a meme every Friday called Give Me Your Best Shot, now combined with My Chaos My Bliss’ Photostory Friday. Every Friday, I give my blogging friends the chance to show off their favorite photo from the week. It doesn’t have to be a work of art–It’s just a fun time to link up and see what has been happening in our lives. Join me and the Linky this weekend and give me your best shot!

Give me your best shot at Better in Bulk

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  1. im like you i go by my nick name desi yes desi andlucy i do not like the full name buti am going to lsay i love the stuff you give way for your bloghops


  2. I just recently found your blog through Wordless Wednesday, and I enjoyed reading your about page. We don’t “have TV,” either — we have a TV set connected to a computer so we can download shows we like, stream from Netflix or YouTube, or watch DVDs. I love it because there are very few commercials (especially good for keeping the kids from being inundated with advertising), we can watch whatever we like whenever we want (no having to be home in time for a TV show!), and we can be a little more selective about what our younger kids watch.
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Happy Birthday Seamus!


  3. You have a beautiful family..:)


  4. I just left a comment on your Day 4 SITS challenge post, but I am even more excited I found your blog after reading your About Me page. I LOVE taking pictures, and I can’t wait to read through your tutorials. I love your theme and your candy names. And I’m completely with you in that blogging allows me to be the social butterfly I’m too chicken to be in person a lot of times. In fact, I write about that in my post for tomorrow’s challenge. Your newest follower!


    Lolli Reply:

    Yay! I’m so glad you found me then. :) I was just tweeting just this minute about how I am way more talkative on twitter than I am in person. Isn’t it funny how that works out?


  5. Wow, very impressive juggling your blog, 5 kids, candyman & photography! And I thought I was busy!! New to SITS and ran across your blog-great! Looking forward to coming back more often. Great header also! Making me want some candy now:)


  6. Found your blog and I’m in love! : ) Keep it up!


  7. Sorry it took me so long to get by here since the #ubp10. Just wanted to say lovely blog & thanks for the follow on twitter. ;-)


  8. Hi Lolli! Thanks for the twitter follow! I’m following you now as well! My blog is a companion to my book, HOW TO BE A ZEN MAMA. Hope you’ll come by and see!

    Now back to your blog to look around….



  9. So pleased to find your blog. I homeschool my two fifth-gear-type little men and love, love, l-o-v-e photography. We love to play and learn in the kitchen. I am writing a 10-part monthly series on Cooking Up Curriculum for The Old Schoolhouse Facebook page. I am following you on GC and Twitter. I look forward to getting to know you! :)


  10. Can’t wait to meet you in a few weeks!!!



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