Hi Mamas! I am so excited to resume our Meet a Mom series today. We kick off 2021 with a feature on a very special Mom – Alley Leto! Alley is a local Mom and the face behind Life of Alley , a successful blog that she has grown over the years. I knew she was a perfect fit to be featured as this week’s Meet a Mom because she makes it a point of supporting other women and local businesses in our community. Though she has worked with some very impressive brands through her blog, her main intention is to help other women by sharing her own personal experiences while sharing things relating to home, style, and everyday life. I love the she is always so willing to share what she has learned through her journey in motherhood, marriage, and being a transplant here in Texas. Her honesty and messages are full of light and hope and she truly tries to empower others. I love seeing a friendly CT face that is really shining here in Texas!
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
I was born and raised in Connecticut. I then moved to Memphis, then Nashville, then to Houston in 2014.
How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have three kids. A son who’s 14, daughter who’s 13 and a younger daughter who’s 8
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I was a tomboy for most of my life and truthfully I still am. I didn’t wear makeup until my 20’s. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting dressed up and getting my glam on but don’t let that fool you. I can easily roll up my sleeves and get rough and tough with the the best of them.
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
I left my family and friends in Connecticut over 11 years ago. It was very challenging not having the comforts of people I trusted in my life but I had to learn quickly to let my guard down and make new friendships quicker than I normally would. In all our moves, I have met some of the most amazing women that have literally changed me and my life. I credit them for shaping me into the woman, mom, and wife I am today.
Favorite things to do with your kids around town?
Last year was a super tough year with covid. Not being able to do the things we normally do during a quarantine was not easy. But we quickly adapted to the changes and utilized all the great outdoor areas we have available in Cypress. We went kayaking, fishing, went on picnics, road bikes and went on a ton of walks. We did our best with keeping active during a national shut down. We also became super grateful to have so much available to us right in our area. Now that things are opening up again, we love to go to Urban Air Trampoline and adventure park, inSpire Rock and Star Cinema Grill.
Favorite local things to do in the Cypress area?
Cypress has really come a long way since we moved here. So many new businesses have emerged and we absolutely love supporting them the best we can.Being a total foodie, I love having so many food options so close to home. Like grabbing coffee and a quiche at Thousand Hills. Drinks and appetizers at Local Bar. Margaritas at Ambrizia and we love going to Lupe Tortilla for family dinner night. Crumbl Cookies at the Boardwalk is another one of our family favorites.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
I absolutely love supporting the incredible non-profit organizations that are making a BIG difference in women’s life. Organizations like Teen-Life Center (Cypress, TX),The Landing (Houston, TX), and Girls Empowerment Network(Houston, TX) are a few. I also love Wish of Lifetime that is located in Denver, Co. They have an extension called Cupid Crew and I was the very first person to organize an event in Houston for the very first time.
I am also working on something that I need to keep low key for now but will definitely share with you once everything becomes finalized 😉
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
When I started social media content creating, I really had no idea what I was doing. But so many of the local businesses embraced me and allowed me the opportunity to work with them so that I could develop my skills. I am forever grateful to the many people who supported and trusted me when I first started my business. Little Eclectic House was one of the first local businesses that helped me to do that. If you have never been there, you really should visit.