summer mama

If you’re new here, please allow me to introduce myself! My name is Andrea. I am a wife, a mama and a writer seeking to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

My blogging journey began in 2003 as a college student in search of coffee. In the early years, I blogged about student life, dating and eventually wedding planning. But I really found my stride when I became a mother. My primary focus is on staying home with my two boys, Oscar (6) and Calvin (3.5) and writing to encourage other moms along the way.

I wrote my first book, Klout For Dummies, in 2013 and that year I also ran my first ever half marathon!

half marathon, bull city race fest, race recap, running, andrea updyke, lilkidthings


 The Updyke Family: Jerry, Andrea, Oscar & Calvin

I blog for work, for fun and when I want to connect with the outside world. I feel very fortunate to have this blog as an outlet.

Wearing all of these different hats, I found that I felt like I wasn’t really excelling at any one thing. I would often catch myself saying things like, “I just work part-time,” or “I just ran slowly,” instead of celebrating my efforts. I decided this “justing” was holding me back, so I re-branded this blog from Lil-Kid-Things to Just is a Four Letter Word as a reminder that wearing many hats is something to celebrate!

When I am not here, you can find me at my second home on the BabyCenter blog or if I am lucky, with my family at Walt Disney World.

Thanks for reading!


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