This post is sponsored by AllPosters.com — this school year, be #savagenotaverage.
School is starting soon, and I know many of us are helping our kids find something awesome to wear this year — something that will help them feel confident or clever or punk rock or silly or whatever it is our particular kids want to feel. To me, a new school year means a fresh start and a clean slate. And as parents, Ben Blair and I really emphasize that idea to our kids as we prep and shop for school.
We talk about how we can always reinvent ourselves, and how simple changes — in clothing, activities or attitude — can help you feel like a whole new person. Which means if you don’t like the reputation you have, or don’t feel your true personality is shining through, then you get to switch things up anytime you like. You can take chances, express yourself, surprise people, and be bold doing it.
And I’m happy to report I have an awesome new-to-me source that can help with those personal reinventions: AllPosters.com. Our whole family is kind of obsessed with this place. It is THE source for really cool, out of the ordinary pop culture tees.
AllPosters is running a really terrific campaign for back to school season that I’m betting will resonate with kids and parents everywhere. They want students to feel inspired to be unapologetically unique this year, to show the world just how unusually awesome they are, and to be #savagenotaverage.
Come see what we found!
They have rad music tees, movie tees, superhero tees. They have tees with funny sayings and memes. You can get sports tees and gaming tees. I had so much fun sitting with each of the kids, exploring the options and picking out favorites. We chose a Miles Davis tee, a David Bowie tee, a tee featuring The Who, two Velvet Underground tees, tees that reference Karate Kid, Forest Gump and Napoleon Dynamite. And the coolest vintage-looking Wonder Woman tee too!
The best part? They come in tons of sizes! For babies and toddlers, little kids and teens, and grownups too. We found great options for everyone at every age.
Beyond tees, we also fell in love with a product collection at AllPosters called Tapestries. Holy cow these are awesome! They’re oversize images printed on fabric that can transform a space in seconds. We ordered three and used them as backdrops in these photos — the moon, burger and fries, and a sheep’s head (my favorite of the three for sure).
These are perfect for hanging over a bed, or adding to a poster wall. You can see from the photos how big they are. And they’re so easy to hang — no framing needed. They’re lightweight, which means simple pushpins work beautifully, or you can use binder clips like I did. Plus, they fold up easily and take up very little space if you want to store them between uses.
There are so many cool designs and options — I’m talking hundreds. The hardest part is narrowing down your favorites. Pro-tip: If you’re a photographer, or love doing fun family photo shoots, these tapestries would make amazing backdrops.
How about you? How do you encourage your kids to feel confident being themselves?Maybe you have some favorite picture books about the topic? Do you ever discuss the idea of reinvention? And do you treat the new school year as a clean slate? For me, I find it’s an even better goal-making or habit-changing time than January 1st.
P.S. — What our experience in Oakland public schools has been like.