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Saint Patrick’s Day: These Are the 10 BEST and WORST Cities To Celebrate

With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching and March being Irish-American Heritage Month to honor the 33.1 million people in the U.S. with Irish ancestry,  a couple years ago, the personal finance website WalletHub took a close look at  Best & Worst Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations.

To find out which cities are the best for celebrating literally the greenest holiday in the U.S., WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 100 most populated cities across 17 key metrics, ranging from “number of Irish pubs and restaurants per capita” to “lowest price for a three-star hotel on St. Patrick’s Day” to “weather forecast” for the holiday.

Best Cities for St. Patrick’s DayWorst Cities for St. Patrick’s Day
1Boston, MA91Santa Ana, CA
2Buffalo, NY92Fremont, CA
3Omaha, NE93Hialeah, FL
4Philadelphia, PA94Riverside, CA
5Pittsburgh, PA95Memphis, TN
6Tampa, FL96Oakland, CA
7Madison, WI97Dallas, TX
8Lincoln, NE98San Jose, CA
9Gilbert, AZ99Birmingham, AL
10St. Paul, MN100San Bernardino, CA

Comparing the Best & Worst

  • St. Louis has the highest number of Saint Patrick’s Day parties and festivals per 100,000 residents, which is 33 times more than in Phoenix, the city with the lowest.
  • Pittsburgh has the highest percentage of Irish population, 16.4 percent, which is 55 times greater than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the lowest, 0.3 percent.
  • Seattle has the highest number of Irish pubs per 100,000 residents, 2.19, which is 28 times more than in Los Angeles, the city with the lowest, 0.08.
  • Atlanta has the highest ticket price for St. Patrick’s Day parties, $69, which is eight times more expensive than in Orlando, Fla., the city with the lowest, $9.
  • Chicago has the highest average beer price, $14.04, which is two times more expensive than in Albuquerque, N.M., the city with the lowest, $6.65.
  • Detroit has the highest violent-crime rate, 19.89, which is 40 times greater than in Irvine, Calif., the city with the lowest, 0.49.
  • Lubbock, Texas, has the highest number of DUI-related fatal incidents per 100,000 residents, 6.8, which is 10 times more than in Boise, Idaho, the city with the lowest, 0.7.

To read the full report and to see where your city ranks, please visit:


Kate Middleton’s second-pregnancy due date revealed

We have official confirmation on the Duchess of Cambridge‘s due date for giving birth to her second child from the former Kate Middleton herself. 
She told volunteers at a recent event at the Brookhill Children’s Center in Woolwich that she is expecting to deliver in mid April, E!Online reports
In fact, the striking mom-to-be royal has been seen out and about attending various tours and charity events for the latter part of her pregnancy.
Most recently, she was seen attending the St. Patrick’s Day event at Mons Barracks in another one of her signature statement coats. 
This round she wore a tailored Catherine Walker  coat which she paired with brown Lock & Company “Betty Boop” suede heels and accented with a shamrock pin for the occasion.
When a spectator remarked how trim she looked for being 8-months pregnant, Middleton replied that she sometimes “forgets she’s pregnant.” wow. 
The new baby will join 19-month old Prince George whose dad is Prince William


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St Patrick’s Day Preggatinis & Mocktail Recipes for Moms-to-be

If you’re pregnant this  Saint Patrick’s Day, don’t fret about getting left out in the libations and fun.
Check out these 5 easy mocktails or preggatinis to celebrate the holiday.  Here are a few recipes to get you started. Enjoy!
Shamrock Shake
Add 2 cups of mint chocolate chip ice cream 
3/4 – 1cup of milk 
1 tablespoon of green sprinkles 
Add all ingredients to your blender.
Pulse the mixture 4-5 times or until just combined.  Serve topped with whipped topping, green sprinkles, and a sprig of mint! 
 ( a non-alcoholic take on the Mojito)
10-12 fresh small spearmint leaves
1/2 lime, juiced
7 oz sprite zero or club soda
1 tbsp sugar or Splenda
crushed ice
In a cool tall glass, muddle the mint, sugar or splenda or Agave and lime juice. Add crushed ice and soda and stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge and a few sprigs of mint. Serve with a straw.
St. Paddy’s Day Punch
2 (12 ounce) cans frozen limeade concentrate (frozen is okay)
2 cups Gatorade, Lemon-Lime flavor.
1 cup light rum
2 (12 ounce) cans lemon-lime soda pop
Mix everything except soda. Chill. Just before serving, add soda. You can also make some green ice cubes using food coloring and add just before serving.

Green Smoothie
What you need:
1.5 Cups Orange Juice
4 Scoops lime sherbet
2 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
6 Tablespoons chopped mint
4 kiwifruits, peeled and frozen
2 Cups crushed ice
Blend everything up in a blender. Add a bit more orange juice, or water if more liquid is required. Add some rum or vodka for those that wish.

Irish Coffee and Grasshopper
The ultimate drink for those looking to control their calories but still have some drinks with friends. Make some freshly brewed coffee and add some Baileys for Irish Coffee. For a grasshopper, add equal parts of Creme de Menthe, and Baileys. Garnish with a bit of whip cream if you have.
For More Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic St. Patrick’s Day Drinks Click The Link!

For those of you not nursing, pregnant and can partake in alcohol, check out these 12 common St. Patrick’s Day drinks (Click to Enlarge)

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