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About Andrea Updyke

Learn about Andrea Updyke and why she chose Just is a Four Letter Word as the name of this family blog instead of something shorter, catchier and way easier to say.

About Andrea Updyke, owner of and a Raleigh, NC mom of two boys. She writes about work-life balance, encouragement for parents, family travel tips and easy recipes.

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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 love connecting with other working parents and anyone who enjoys sharing easy recipes, family travel, fun crafts, and family movie recommendations.

This page is where you can learn about me and my family and check out some of my previous work.

About Andrea Updyke

My blogging journey began in 2003 and back then I wrote about student life, dating and eventually wedding planning. But I really found my stride when I became a mother.

My primary focus is on being available to my two glasses-wearing boys, Calvin (8) and Oscar (11), while working from home and writing to encourage other busy parents along the way.

We also have two kitties and if you stick around, you just might fall in love with ol Brick and Ron Purrgundy.

photo of Oscar and Calvin

pet easter basket Ron rolling with cat toy

I married my husband, Jerry, in 2007 and it’s been an adventure every step of the way! We embrace life as a journey and try to enjoy our days as much as we can.

We love to travel together, binge-watch Disney+ and enjoy living right in the heart of Raleigh, NC.

It’s a gift that we found each other all those years ago and now that our family is complete, it’s hard not to feel lucky most of the time! We genuinely enjoy each other.

andrea updyke wedding day

Photo of the Updyke family

The Royal Updyke Family (L-R) – Oscar, Jerry, Andrea & Calvin

Over the past nearly 14 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.

On top of being a wife and mother I am an author, speaker, writer, social media consultant and alumni panelist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel (2015-16).

Just is a Four Letter Word is my reminder that wearing many hats is something to celebrate!


Andrea Updyke in Downtown Raleigh, NC

I’m thrilled that I can use this blog to achieve my goal of working from home and helping to provide for my family. I’m always interested in increasing quality relationships with brands that I can trust, enjoy and promote from the heart.

If you would like to chat about working together or want to request my media kit, please contact me at and let me know why we would make a great team!

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

Andrea –

Andrea Updyke Collaborations

Beyond this blog….



Guest Lecturer

  • Professional Freelancing for Creative Careers – Auburn University – 2016





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