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From CIA to 'ViolaCay': Local mom blogger shares her journey

Posted by Kristi Palma  November 20, 2013 09:36 AM

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Sharon Reilly used to work for the CIA. These days she's a stay-at-home mom to three kids, ages 3, 5, and 7, and chronicles her journey on the blog "ViolaCay."

"Viola is my paternal grandmother's name and Cay is my maternal grandmother's name," writes Sharon in her introduction post for us as part of our Featured Parent Blogger series. "I feel like I'm a combination of the two of them in many ways."

Sharon is the mother of a child with a nut allergy.

"This thing. This food allergy thing, is NOT for the faint of heart," she writes on her blog."There are lots of things about parenting that terrify me, but this allergy thing toys with the darkest parts of my brain on a daily basis." (Photo: Kerry Goodwin Photography)

And that's why she shared a post called "I could've killed my boy today" with our readers this week. She said she does not like to re-read it, but is glad it connected with so many food allergy moms who share her battle.

"We've all messed up. We all have to move on," she writes in her post for us about her favorite blog post.

Sharon also shared 20 facts about herself with our readers. Here are some highlights:


I hate gum. Hate chewing it, but I especially hate watching and listening to other people chew it. Gross.


I watch singing competitions on TV like it's my job. It's because I am one of those people that secretly thinks they can sing, and really can't. No, I know I can't. I just reaaaaaaaally want to be able to sing.


I used to work for the CIA.

Sharon took questions from readers on Thursday and shared the parenting blogs she enjoys on Friday. Her posts are in our parenting forums, but we linked to her posts here in Parent Buzz too.

Do you want to be our next Featured Parent Blogger? Nominate yourself! Or nominate a blogger you enjoy. And we invite you to read about our past Featured Parent Bloggers.

Photos: Gum:; Adam Levine: Paul A. Hebert/Invision; CIA: David Goldman/AP

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Kristi Palma, Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.

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