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About Andrea Updyke

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

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, and entertainment.

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

Updyke Family 2020

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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 (10) and Oscar (12), while working from home and writing to encourage other busy parents along the way.

We also have two kitties (Brick and Ron Purrgundy) and a rescue dog named Pepper!

pet easter basket
Ron rolling with cat toy
Pepper inside trailer

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 and enjoy living right in the heart of Raleigh, NC.

In 2020, we bought our first travel trailer and have loved road-tripping all over the US with our boys.

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

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.

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, whether I am planning our next vacation, cooking up dinner, or playing with the latest Instagram features.


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. Feel free to browse some of my past partnerships below.

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


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






I'm a travel-loving boymom living in Raleigh, NC. I love making life a little bit easier and a lot more fun by sharing easy recipes, travel tips, and holiday treats. Read more...

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