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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

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.

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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TOP 10 THRIFT STORE TIPS

11 Sep

Let’s jump right in. You’re in the mood to pop some tags, but you don’t want to waste your time. You walk in to a musty store and think nothing good can come out of this. Well…you may be right, but if you follow these tips, you might be surprised.

 

 

TOP 10 THRIFT STORE TIPS!

HOW TO PURCHASE A NEW WARDROBE FOR LESS THAN $100, IN AS LITTLE AS 2 HOURS!

For this experiment, I allowed myself a budget of $100 (At a thrift store?! Yep, and I’ll tell you why in tip #4) and 2 hours. That’s it. Any more time and you’ll smell like a giant moth ball. You can check out the entire haul and lookbook of everything I bought and how it looked at the end of this article.

 

#1. Prepare the night before.

Check your Pinterest, where you have stored up your fashion ideas. You can check out my style board here. Get re-inspired, so that tomorrow, you can be on the lookout for some  of those key items.

#2. Wear a dress.

That’s right (ladies) wear your simplest dress, that is easy to take on and off. You will be trying on a lot of clothes! Wear simple wedges. This will give you height so whether you are trying on skirts or jeans, you’ll be lifted and cute.

#3. Don’t forget to wear your makeup?

I know, it sounds vain, but nothing looks good on you when you are a frumpilicious mess. This is high fashion fun. Ok, maybe not high fashion. Store your mimosa in your purse. You want to look in the mirror and feel pulled together.

#4. Get a cart!

You’re going to pick up every possibility, so give your arms a break. You’re only picking up clothes on this trip. Leave the gravy boat for next time. $100 goes a long way at a thrift store. With a big budget in mind, you won’t have to add up as you go, so put anything and everything that might work in your cart.

#5. Go with what you know.

Don’t waste your time looking at things, you know you don’t wear. My favorite thrift store divides clothing by color. Sweet. I know I look deathly in cream, most oranges, reds, and pinks, so I pass right on to greens, greys, blacks, whites, blues, and purples. I can’t wear anything that isn’t cotton. It’s sad, but I can’t. I sweat too much, so I don’t bother even trying it on.

#6. Avoid anything from Old Navy if you can help it.

This is second hand clothing. Guess what, the original owner of that Old Navy t-shirt already gave it a run for it’s money. Sometimes there’s an exception, as you’ll see in my haul. Look over your items carefully. There is NO reason to buy anything that is not in tip top shape. See pilling or stains? Leave it.

#7. GO ALONE!

This should be tip #1, but I got excited. This means no kids or friends or people to tell you what looks good or not. This is about efficiency. You’re on a mission. In fact, while strolling the aisles it’s best to not even be distracted by other shoppers. Throw in your ear buds and jam while you sort.

#8. Try new things.

This is your chance to try on something different. Now, don’t go crazy and put on something like this! Take yourself out of your norm and get creative. Worst case scenario, you’ll be out $2, but hey you tried. Of course, have limits!

#9. Try on everything!

Half way through your shopping experience. Stop. Make your way to the dressing room and start trying on every item. For this trip, I probably tried on 37 items the first time in the dressing room. Make two piles. Yes and no. Now, go back to the racks and do it some more.

#10. Bring a calculator.

Your cart looks like the arm chair in your bedroom when you’re done getting ready. Piled high and spilling over. Other patrons are eyeing your strange behavior and you don’t care because you’re FABULOUS! Start adding. Pay attention to the “sale of the day”. Green tags 50% off? “Senior citizen day? Call your grandma to come check you out. Nah, leave Granny at home. You can afford this. Where else can you get this many clothes for $68? That’s right. My entire haul cost me only $68!

Okay, you’ve made your selections. You’re giddy with your deals and ready to check out. Take off your hangers to speed up the process in line. One you get home, take your time removing your tags. Most thrift stores in my area, staple them on. Go slowly! Wash your items before use!

Congratulations! Now, put your feet up and drag that mimosa out of your purse. You did it. With the money you saved, you can buy your accessories. That’s my style. I love to change up my clothes often, so I don’t mind thrifting. It allows me to expand my style horizons. I spend more money on things that are going to stick around for a while. Shoes, jewelry, and makeup. That way, I can get a well rounded look for less.

 

 

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