Husband of ‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond suffered a near-catastrophic neck injury

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Husband of ‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond suffered a near-catastrophic neck injury

Husband of 'Pioneer Woman' Ree Drummond suffered a near-catastrophic neck injury
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Ladd Drummond, the husband to ‘Pioneer Woman’s Ree Drummond, experienced a near-catastrophic injury while fighting a brush fire with his nephew on the family’s northern Oklahoma ranch. Their firetrucks collided. 

The severely injured nephew, Caleb G. Drummond, was rushed to the hospital while Ladd waived treatment at the scene. Ladd later drove himself to the hospital, where doctors found that his injuries were much worse than initially believed. 

Ree shared that Caleb broke some ribs, had a severe concussion, and a few other injuries that would all heal. Her husband was discovered to have broken his neck in two places. One of the fractures was very close to being catastrophic. 

The Drummond Ranch is more than 430,000 acres in Osage County, Oklahoma, about 60 miles north of Tulsa. It’s not uncommon for ranchers, who live far away from large population centers, to own and operate their fire suppression equipment.

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This is your market update for the day

Futures associated with each of the major averages were mixed early this morning, as investors waited on baited breath to hear from the Fed tomorrow regarding rates and inflation. Today marks the beginning of the Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting, with Chairman Jerome Powell’s briefing scheduled for tomorrow.

“The markets are going to be tuned in to every word,” said Rick Rieder of BlackRock. “If he says nothing, it will move markets. If he says a lot it will move markets.”

This morning the 10-year Treasury yield came in around 1.6%, down slightly from Friday’s massive increase. 

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average pointed to 40-point-loss at open, while the Nasdaq 100 futures inched up slightly, and the S&P 500 futures held steady.

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You probably need to break these unhealthy breakfast habits

You probably need to break these unhealthy breakfast habits
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You know what they say – you are what you eat. So what are you eating to start your day? Healthy breakfast habits are extremely important for your overall well-being, so make sure you don’t have a few bad breakfast habits you need to break. 

One of the worst habits you can have is eating dessert for breakfast. You know what I am talking about – pancakes or waffles that are drenched with whipped cream, sugar, chocolate chips, chocolate or caramel syrup, sometimes even ice cream. Need I go on? That is an extremely unhealthy way to start your day and it can throw your calorie intake off track for the entire day. 

Another bad habit is consistently skipping breakfast entirely, if that’s not part of an established intermittent fasting routine. Your body needs fuel to start the day, so a healthy breakfast can boost your energy and increase your nutrient intake first thing in the morning. What are some other unhealthy breakfast habits you really should break now?  

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Being a stay-at-home mom isn’t all fun and games. It’s hard work and often equates to a full-time job in and of itself. But for many moms, staying home to take care of their kids can often be chaotic and unpredictable. And that’s why some stay-at-home mothers often feel that they can never get anything done productively and efficiently.

Thankfully, if you’re a mom trying to make things work a little easier, you can follow a few tips to build more structure and control into your day.

If you want to have a productive day, you need to get up earlier. That’s a fact that applies to everyone but is especially helpful for moms. It allows you some quiet time for reflection, reading, and personal downtime before the day officially begins.

Starting your own blog is a fun and unique way to help tame the chaos of the day. It’s also a great way to communicate how you feel and what you’re going through as you focus on taking care of your family and household.

Finally, be sure to find small opportunities to relax. Your emotional batteries will start to run low if you don’t take a few minutes every couple of hours to relax and focus on yourself. 15-30 minute breaks as often as possible will help keep you sane throughout the day.

Being a mom takes patience and dedication. Make sure you’re taking every opportunity to make things a little easier for yourself!

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This is what 60-year-olds across the nation have saved. How do you measure up?

This is what 60-year-olds across the nation have saved. How do you measure up?
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Once it’s time to really brace yourself with retirement, you likely think of little else. There’s a sense of excitement about opening the next chapter of your life. But there’s also a sense of fear. Will you have enough? Did you make the right choices? What happens if the money runs out?

One of the best ways to overcome these fears is to boldly face the reality of your situation. That means taking an honest look at what you’ve saved up, how you’ve saved it and the various instruments you’ve set up to help fund your Golden Years. 

But it also helps to take a look at your peers and see what they’ve done, how they’ve done it and how big they’ve been able to grow their nest egg. So, we want to help out with that. In fact, we’ve found a great study that offers a comprehensive breakdown of how much 60-somethings have saved so that you can see how you measure up. 

And don’t worry – the picture it paints should inspire a little more confidence for you and everyone else. 

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Rex Jackson

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