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TAKE BREANNE TO WORK!

28 Sep

 

There’s the good old reliable way to do things….and then there’s me. I’ve decided to let you follow me as I try to land the perfect job.

I’ll be documenting the entire process for you as we go. More importantly, you can invite me to come to work with you!

But before we go there, let’s cover a few important details. Yes details. People insist on having them, so I’ve learned to conform. 

First, my name is Breanne Zapien. I live in Kansas City, Missouri.

What kind of job am I looking for? That’s what we’e here to find out. The Kansas City job market is on the rise and in our tech-based economy, I’ve been inspired to keep learning and

I’m ready for a new challenge.

Sure, I can pull up job search sites, but I want to hear from you. Why not collaborate and network with people that might know about an opportunity that I don’t. If I’m going to dedicate my time and skills to a company, I want to get it right. I’m interviewing them as much as they’re interviewing me.

hey girl

…Oh, did I mention, I think I’m funny?

We cover many hot topics

  • including how you can TAKE ME TO WORK WITH YOU! I’ll be doing some job shadowing projects and documenting it all. We’ll look at what jobs are out there, how to track them down, and when to walk away.
  • Top 5 things I’m doing to keep my skills relevant
  • What’s new in the world of resumes
  • My background and work history
  • What will I wear to my interviews? #OOTD This is what people really want to know isn’t it? 

 

I hope you’ll follow along.

You can find me on Instagram @takebreannetowork https://instagram.com/takebreannetowork/

and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/takebreannetowork

As always,

Breanne Zapien

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A DAY OF GOOD FORTUNE Hǎo péngyǒu | HINOON DAILY(ISH) VLOGS

19 Feb

A DAY OF GOOD FORTUNE Hǎo péngyǒu | HINOON DAILY(ISH) VLOGS.

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A DAY OF GOOD FORTUNE Hǎo péngyǒu | HINOON DAILY(ISH) VLOGS

19 Feb

I’m sick. Today my voice is nearly completely gone.

Let’s get straight to it. The vlog for today. I should start by saying, I love the people I live with. They’re all necessary to complete my happiness and as you can see in the very ordinary day, where I don’t feel well, each one of them touches my heart and makes me laugh.

I found the funny yet again.

 

See you tomorrow.

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My {Grace Filled} Mess

22 Oct
I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite blogs today.
My { Grace Filled } Mess is just this consistent place of beauty. While this is out of the norm for this weird funny place you find yourself, it is with great pleasure to give you somewhere real to go. If you have a heart for good writing or questions of any kind about adoption; the process, the stories, and the deep relationships that are created through it, then you’ll want to meet Susan.  
 
I should tell you that Susan is my friend. We have had coffee over some hard times together and we have giggled over the good times many more. She’s one of those people…
 
HiNoon Media was also lucky enough to be able to be mentioned in her blog recently with one of our latest video projects. Please read, enjoy, and follow. 
 
 

another family reunion

It’s become a tradition now. For the third year I opened my home to my adoptive families. Although most were from the KC metro area, several traveled from out of state. We shared a meal, lots of laughter, and extraordinary stories. But it’s so much more than gathering to eat and catch up. It’s become a family reunion.
My families are all connected through a private Facebook group. Throughout the year and throughout their journey’s they share their stories, encourage each other, and pray specifically for each other. We have an opportunity to hear as a family meets their expectant birth mother for the first time, pray when the unexpected twists and turns come, and celebrate as babies are welcomed into their forever family. Families close by geographically gather for BBQ’s, we watch babies take their first steps and grow up, and advice and encouragement is given on diapers, hair care, and what adoption looks like as their children grow.
What’s become even more of a tradition is how I lose it in my kitchen each year. Fifty plus people all gathered in our small kitchen and living room. As as I welcomed each one into our home, met precious babies I had personally prayed for, and looked at each face before we blessed the meal, tears easily came to my eyes. I knew each family’s story there that day. How they prayed and dreamed and cried and worked toward their adoption. I knew the hours they spent on paperwork. I knew the sacrifices they made in their budget. I knew the story of their birth mothers.
I knew each family in my living room that day represented God’s amazing faithfulness to them as they stood with babies in their arms.
And I lost it. As I was thanking God for the food and the sweet families gathered in our home, I couldn’t get past the lump in my throat.
God does more than create one family through adoption. He creates friendship, an extended family, and a community. And I’m honored to be a small part of it.
Here’s a glimpse into our afternoon, our celebration, and the stories of some of my families. After you watch you’ll know why I was near tears all day…
A special thanks to HiNoon Media for filming our family reunion and capturing these stories. Breanne is a dear friend and a popular mommy vlogger. Subscribe to her channel – you won’t be sorry.

I STARTED MY OWN BUSINESS…

20 Oct
 
Today is a big day for me. After two and a half years of documenting my own life through my vlog, the most important thing that I have learned, is how invaluable looking back can be. Little compares to being able to see those moments that make up your life, again. I wanted to help others have the same. 

 

And so…

City Hall Starting my business

 

HiNoon Media LLC is now in BUSINESS!

 

Like real, take your picture in front of City Hall, recognized by the city, state, and federal government, in business!

Shoot people, I’m pretty excited (all puns, always intended).

This has been in the works for a while, but I was taking my sweet time and then all of the sudden it was happening and it was a whirlwind. I started taking pictures of everything in the process. I took pictures of my PO Box. I have no idea what sort of things will appear in that little box, but there it is.
PO Box

 

Feel free to send me well wishes:

HiNoon Media LLC

PO Box 446, Lee’s Summit MO 64063

As I was leaving, I started taking pictures of this…hoping it wasn’t a sign.

Porta Potty blown over

This gave me quite the chuckle.
 
Back to Business.  Please visit my website:

HiNoonMediaHomepage

 

Find out a little bit about HiNoon Media:

AboutHinoonmedia

See what sorts of projects we can do:

 

servicesbyhinoonmedia

 

Then tell all of your friends! We are a Kansas City based company. Even if you are not local, you can still LOVE us. Ok, let’s start with LIKE. Go LIKE HiNoon Media’s Facebook Page:

hinoonmediafacebook

 

 

There you have it my dear friends.
 

Dreams do come true.

To celebrate, we’re going to be daily vlogging all week long. Thanks for the support as always. Later this week, I will be sharing one of my first projects with you. 

 

Love,
Breanne

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KANSAS CITY SERIES: Longview Trail in Lee’s Summit, MO

14 Oct

Things to do

in Kansas City

 

 This year, I’m going to be sharing a little bit of my home town with you. Occasionally, I will blog a little post like this one, highlighting some of our family’s favorite things to do. On this day, we checked out a bike trail, south of town, in a little suburb to see what adventures we would find. Even if you never have the chance to visit Kansas City, maybe you will begin to see your own town through visiting eyes.

 

Full Review of Longview Lake Trail

Date Visited the Trail: Saturday August 9th, 2014

Time of day: late morning 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Length of Trail: 7.5 miles one way; turn around for 15 miles.

Trail Material: Crushed Limestone, with some paved sections in low areas to avoid washout

Loose gravel limestone

Family Friendly: Yes. Great for beginning bike riders, tandems, and pull behind trailers. Not too crowded of a trail on a nice summer day, but many friendly faces to pass by and barbecues to smell.

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Stroller friendly: Very stroller friendly. No stairs or off roading.

Ease of use: some hills, but not steep inclines. Mostly winding flat terrain. Travel across several low bridges and through a tunnel. The kids loved to scream all the way through it. The trail is about 10 feet across, allowing enough to pass on coming riders at slower speeds.

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Scenery: The grass was mowed close to the trail, but the natural habitat is allowed to grow. You will pass marshy grass and ponds, as well as, views of the lake. Trees surround both sides and overhead at the south end of the trail and it clears out near the middle with wide rolling meadows and shelters for gatherings.

Places to park: There are several parking spots available. Some areas are more secluded and you want to make sure to lock you vehicle.

Conditions: The trail offers shade in some areas, but in others it is open and the sun can beat down. You might consider hats and sunscreen for little ones. Bring water with you! Many of the water fountains were not working. There were porta potties next to the locked bathrooms. Not sure why the bathrooms were not open. Some shelters did not offer handicap accessible porta potties.

Porta Potty

(Insert funny story real quick: I went to use this facility and as you can see it’s bigger, so I chose it, over the smaller one. My daughter pipes up, “Mom!! You can’t use that one! You’re not homeless”  Sigh).

 

Safety: The trail during the day seemed safe. Many people were fishing off the path or walking their dogs. As mentioned above, there are some secluded parts and wooded areas. It is our recommendation to use the trail during light hours (trails close at sundown)

Family Bike Ride at Longview Lake Trail

Trailhead locations: O’Donnell Park Shelter #9. Located just south off Sherer & Raytown roads. You may choose to start from the north, at Shelter 14, near the Marina. There are several other shelters where you can pick up the trail.

Other Things to Do at Longview Lake: boating, biking, camping, fishing, walking/hiking, horseback riding, swimming, picnic areas, RV.

 

 

Love,

Breanne

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2 Million Thanks!

9 Oct

2 Million Thanks!

That’s right! Today, my Youtube Channel passed 2,000,000 views. After lots of hard work, this is a big milestone for my channel and I just want to pass on my gratefulness to you, my subscribers.

classic Erin Condren Life Planner

Have you seen this?

Click this Link to Enter:

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This is not a sponsored post. All products were chosen and paid for by me with my own money. Just my way of saying thank you.

A sincere thank you,

Breanne

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Messy House Tour Tag

7 Oct

My house is a MESS and Saturday is the messiest day of all. After the running around and functioning of the week is over, our tidy rooms become piles, stacks, and evidence that five people call this place home.

After doing a quick walk through, I thought it wasn’t so bad. On second thought, I began to worry that I might be alone; that my husband and I might be living like college students, with our mix matched thrifty furniture and bare walls, buried beneath our three kids’ toys and worksheets. (Ooh another thing for my future employer to find out about).

And so, I created a tag. Fellow bloggers, please feel free to join me in posting your messy abodes. I beg you.

 

The Messy House Tag

My top 10 messy nooks and crannies

1. What your living room looks like right now, in it’s current state and time:

Messy Living Room

Our living in it’s current state: 3:17 pm

2. The laundry pile (don’t act like there isn’t a pile):

Laundry Room

Laundry room and bathroom as is.

3. Your full kitchen sink:

Full Kitchen Sink

My sink full of dishes. I really need a trough

4. Find the ledge with the thickest dust:

Thickest ledge of desk top of fridge in messy house tour tag

The top of my fridge! I’m only 5’2”. That’s my excuse.

5. An unfinished project:

Need to clean and finish repainting these stairs...and weed eat

Need to clean and finish repainting these stairs!

 

Betsy is Messy too!

Betsy is Messy too!

6. Outdoor mess that needs tending to:

Outdoor Mess Messy House Tour Tag garden

I have no idea what to do here. I am not a gardener. So I just keep pulling the weeds and look at rocks

 

7. Inside a closet. Pick a closet, any closet:

Closet in Messy House Tour

My closet. It’s not too bad.

8. Something that no one will ever notice, but it bothers you:

Blind wand is nearly in the center of the blinds and the window is smooched against the wall in the corner of the room....for no reason.

Blind wand is nearly in the center of the blinds and the window is smooched against the wall in the corner of the room….for no reason.

9. Someone else’s mess; you can’t be blamed for all of it:

Betsy needs to clean her kitchen too!

Betsy needs to clean her kitchen too!

 

10. The cleanest room in your house, because we all know it’s normally spotless:

My clean living room. Cleaned up the baby a little too!

My clean living room. Cleaned up the baby a little too!

Toddler eating a snack

I cleaned my baby up too

I need to know that I’m not alone in this. If you do this tag, please let me know. You can use the #DontStressTheMess

 

Since we’re friends now, I hope you’ll follow and come back soon. YOU are  invited to check out my full Messy House Tour! A fun collaboration I participated in, with the 411 mommas and created this Messy Home Tour for you. Come on inside for more of my Messy home.

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Love,

Breanne

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Seven Minutes of Thoughts

24 Sep

It’s 11:52 pm.

I started a new post and the clock is ticking, because I also told myself that I would go to bed at midnight.

 

Here are my thoughts:

I think I should use twitter more. I decided to be funny on twitter this week, but what’s actually is happened is my random sentences are just floating around somewhere, because no one follows me on twitter. That’s ok. I’m fine with my floating sentences. I read earlier today that the national archives… or something like that…the  Library of Congress, actually it is, is keeping a record of every tweet that has ever been written.

That’s either really boring or really cool. I can’t decide.

Two hundred years from now, when an 11 year old college  student is researching “post millennial “tweetisms” (11 years old because of the rapid evolution in human brain development, due to the introduction of technology, as one is exiting the birth canal) he will find that today, I was…

therefore making for a disturbing concoction that required I start the batch again. He will note that it could happen to anyone and nothing has really changed after all. Our eleven year old college “tweeter” expert will set down his device and muse about the fact that

 History is more circular than linear and while there is progress, there is really no advancement.

He will twirl his curly hair as he reaches for a skittle. Minus red dye 40, because hopefully, we can at least advance away from that.

seven minutes of thoughts

 

 

I have 30 seconds.

In 7 minutes, I have taken a very strange turn and introduced you to a curly head kid in the future, who eats skittles and studies twitter; the document of our generation.

I’m going to bed.

My brain, as you can imagine, will not.

12:00 AM

PS. Wouldn’t it be fun to follow the Library of Congress on Twitter? I think I will address all of my tweets to them from now on. Just to save time on the archival process. You know, to help.

To FOLLOW me on twitter

To FOLLOW the Library of Congress.

Love,
Breanne

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The Perfect Destination Wedding Gift

22 Sep

One day can change your life. One day can ruin your life. All life is is three or four big days that change everything.” – Riding in Cars with Boys

I think the same applies to people. You meet three or four people in your life, that significantly change its course and make you different. Allow me to introduce the first of these people to you, my childhood best friend Ashley.

Childhoodfriends

The cliche’, we did everything together, is a cliche’ because we wrote it. I don’t know if there have ever been two kids who did more little life together than we did. As life goes, we grew up and our lives were different. We have remained friends for nearly thirty years and this summer, after traveling the world and living in places like San Francisco, New York, Steamboat Springs, Ashley got married (but, who knows where she’ll land).

She has collected friends and family from all over and the majority of the wedding party was coming to her.

 

When she started listing off the places people were arriving from, we put this idea together. I am not crafty and this was not easy, but I loved how it turned out.

Destination Wedding Map gift

Supplies:

Map:  You would think this would be easy to track down, but alas, no. I ended up buying the size image I wanted off of this Etsy store and then having it printed at Kinkos on foam board.

5/8th pins off Amazon

red string

glue dots size large

sticker to cover your mess of strings underneath. I chose one that said, “I do”

Sharp scissors

Shadow box

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5/8th pins

Red string

 

 

 

From there, I packed up and headed to the craft store.

Technically, you’re not supposed to work there, but as a non crafter, I know, that I would get home and realize I needed something else or the thing I bought wouldn’t work….

So I plopped down at a display case and any time I needed something, I walked to the aisle, picked it up, opened it and stuck it to my project. Never you worry, I paid for the whole bit.

 

 

I put a large glue dot at my destination. Then I gently pulled each string and stuck it to the dot. When the strings covered the dot, I added another one right on top of the first and kept going. Finally, I added a larger three dimensional sticker on top to cover the string pile.  I think it turned out beautifully and was a big hit with the bride and groom.

A gift to keep and remember that people will travel far and wide to experience love.

Photo by Camille Brecht

Photo by Camille Brecht

 

And look at this LOVE too! One day, I’ll have share this story, because it’s just so good.

 

 

breanne

Photo by Camille Brecht

Look how much I love this story!

 

And I could get pretty used to this view

Photo by Camille Brecht

Photo by Camille Brecht

 

Finished Map

So happy for you Kevin & Ashley!

 

Thanks for reading. Now, pin the heck out of this for me because this is the one craft you’re gonna get.

Love,

Breanne

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