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About Andrea Updyke

Thank you for reading Just is a four letter word. My name is Andrea and I am a wife, a mama and a writer seeking to celebrate the little things that make life a little bit easier and a lot more fun. 

I believe that most of life’s problems can be solved with a good meal and a lot of love. As a wife and a mom of two boys, I have made a lot of meals and I hope most of them were good!

I genuinely enjoy being in the kitchen whether I’m making an easy dinner or playing with a fun cookie idea. But I don’t think cooking has to be complicated. In fact, I love a good shortcut!

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We also love to travel as a family and enjoy living right in the heart of Raleigh, NC.

Over the past nearly 18 years, this blog has taken on a few names. I finally settled on Just is a Four Letter Word in 2014, because I feel like I have lived so many lives, it’s impossible to “just” be one thing.

Just is a Four Letter Word is my reminder that wearing many hats is something to celebrate, whether I am planning our next vacation, cooking up dinner, or playing with the latest Instagram features.

If you would like to chat about working together or want to request my media kit, please contact me at

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon. 


Beyond this blog….



Guest Lecturer

  • Professional Freelancing for Creative Careers – Auburn University – 2016


  • HLN | Mom Confessions April 2014
  • NBC | My Carolina Today January 2013
  • | Tips for Preschoolers at Walt Disney World




Andrea Updyke Collaborations


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