Ashley Allen

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Ashley Allen

Ashley has lived in Northern Virginia for more than 20 years -- first as a single IT professional and now as a blogging, freelance-writing, married mom of three boys. She has been published in The Huffington Post, Today Parents, and Scary Mommy, and is a lover of chardonnay, Doritos, and every kind of cheese known to woman.

RECENT ARTICLES
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12 Presidential Quotes About Moms (and Pictures of Them, Too!)5/7/20
Visit the Beautiful, Historic Northern Neck of Virginia3/20/20
Shark Teeth and Other Fossils Are an Easy Find at Westmoreland State Park!3/19/20
Top 5 NoVA Irish Pubs to Visit on St. Paddy's Day3/6/20
DC's 3 Best Irish Pubs for St. Patrick’s Day3/5/20
Springtime at Frying Pan Park Means BABY Farm Animals!3/4/20
You Can Storm These 3 Castles in Virginia!1/30/20
Say WHAT? 7 of DC's Most Commonly Mispronounced Places1/27/20
You Have to See the LOTUS Temple in Yogaville to Believe It!10/2/19
Visit the Grave of Stonewall Jackson's Arm—Right Here in Virginia9/30/19
Visit These 3 Beautiful Covered Bridges in Virginia 9/17/19
Walk on Top of the Shenandoah Forest with This Canopy Tour! 7/24/18
Restaurant Shames Teen on Facebook for Paying His Bill in Quarters7/23/18
Beat the Heat with These 5 Shady Playgrounds in Northern Virginia7/23/18
Virginia Drivers: Expect Weekend Lane Closures on I-395 Through Labor Day!7/19/18
Virginia Man Totaled a $300,000 Sports Car One Day After Buying It7/19/18
8 Places to Watch 4th of July Fireworks in Northern Virginia7/2/18
848 Hampton Roads Homes Will Be Underwater by 2030, According to Recent Study6/28/18
Check Out These 8 Northern Virginia Water Parks!6/27/18
Police Search for Missing Virginia Beach Girl, Denise Martin6/21/18
Kids Bowl Free at Bowl America Every Day This Summer!6/20/18
Fairfax Friday Rock the Block Is Back for the Summer!6/19/18
Get Your Jam on in Richmond: 2nd Annual Jam Sandwich Music Festival, June 16!6/14/18
Check It Out: Tysons Biergarten Uses Food and Drink Tokens Instead of Bar Tabs!6/8/18
Show Off Your Skills at the Chalk on the Water at Lake Anne Festival!6/4/18
Virginia Tech's Master Plan Includes Building an "Infinity Loop"6/1/18
Go to the 38th Annual Herndon Festival: Fun for the Whole Family!5/31/18
5 Free Things to Do in Ocean City This Summer!5/31/18
Check Out These 10 Memorial Day Weekend Events in Northern Virginia!5/25/18
Get Your Southern Cooking at this New Ocean City Restaurant!5/23/18
Dulles Toll Road Rates Are Likely to Increase Next Year!5/23/18
More Action in the Friendly Skies: Virginia Chosen for a Federal Drone Program5/18/18
Who Will Win the 143rd Preakness Stakes, May 19?5/17/18
Visit Claude Moore Colonial Farm's Colonial Market Fair!5/15/18
Taking the Metro to the Caps Playoff Game May 15? We've Got News for You!5/14/18
Register Now for 'Bike to Work Day DC' on May 18!5/14/18
Take Your Train-Lover to the Manassas Heritage Railway Festival, June 2!5/8/18
Wolf Trap Summer 2018 Schedule: You're Gonna Want to See This!5/7/18
12 Free Northern Virginia Spraygrounds You Need to Visit!5/3/18
Get Your "Dukes of Hazzard" Fix and Meet Cooter at Cooter's Garage!5/1/18
Virginia Author Uses "Sheer Willpower" to Fight for Her Family4/27/18
See Panoramic City Views of DC at the Old Post Office Clock Tower!4/27/18
Check Out the LanternAsia Light Display Until May 13!4/26/18
Take Mom to These Gorgeous DC Museum Homes and Gardens!4/23/18
Did You Know There's a VIRGINIA Museum of Natural History?4/20/18
Drink Wine and See Farm Animals at Wisteria Farm and Vineyard!4/17/18
White Deer Around Charlottesville: Genetic Anomaly or Spirit Animal?4/13/18
Why You Should Watch Drake's "God's Plan" Video4/11/18
Visit the Statue of Virginia's Last Convicted Witch: The Witch of Pungo4/11/18
Zombie Raccoons Are Headed to a Yard NEAR YOU!4/10/18
Former Club "Love" to be Converted into a Winery and Music Venue4/9/18
Don't Miss the White House Garden Tour, Open to the Public Twice A Year!4/9/18
Did You Know There's a DEA Museum? Bongs for DAYS, Yo!4/7/18
Don't Miss D.C.'s National Cannabis Festival Because You Got High4/5/18
Five Things to Do in Anacostia (That You Probably Didn't Know About)4/4/18
Don't Miss the Manassas Airshow, Coming This May!4/3/18
Cannes Film Festival Gives Netflix the Boot4/2/18
Carnival Cruise Trades $5,000 Cruise for Teen's Snapchat Handle3/31/18
Don't Miss Washington Nationals' Opening Day!3/29/18
My Mom Was a Cherry Blossom Princess (and What That Means)3/28/18
Don't Miss the Annual National Cathedral Flower Mart!3/27/18
Shooting at Maryland High School Reported "Contained"3/20/18
Sunday Funday: Perry's Drag Brunch in Adams Morgan3/20/18
Massanutten Ski Resort Has an Indoor Water Park and Much More!3/15/18
Come Visit the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve!3/15/18
Come Visit DMV's OTHER Local Zoo: Catoctin Wildlife Preserve3/15/18
Origins of Easter Monday at The National Zoo (and This Year's Events)3/15/18
Big Apple Circus Is at National Harbor: Get Your Tickets!3/12/18
A Tale of Three Georges: Historic Pohick Church Has Been Through Hell!3/9/18
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Is About to Begin!3/9/18
Is Winter Coming Here in MARCH? Ask this Amateur Local Weatherman!3/8/18
Scott's Addition Is the Hot Spot for Richmond Breweries3/8/18
Tickets Are on Sale for the Virginia Gold Cup Steeplechase!3/8/18
Move-In-Ready Prison Apartments: You Can LIVE in This 100-Year-Old Virginia Prison!3/6/18
The Cherry Blossom DC Pop-Up Bar Is Now Open!3/5/18
Tickets Are on Sale for DC's Beer AND Wine Festival: Capital Brewfest!3/2/18