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.

My first book, Klout for Dummies, was published in 2013 and that year I also ran my first ever half marathon!


 The Updyke Family: Jerry, Andrea, Oscar & Calvin

I blog for work, for fun and when I just need to connect with the outside world. I feel very fortunate to have this blog as an outlet. I’d like to think that I have seen my writing improve over the years, yet I still feel like I am just getting started.

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.

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