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Without a doubt, my greatest source of inspiration comes from living and working in Manhattan. With so much diversity and culture, I can't make it more than a few steps without something catching my eye and making me go hmmmm.

New York City is a breeding ground for creativity and ambition but since becoming a mom, I view it more and more as my backyard (especially since we don't have one in the traditional sense) where my children will learn to co-exist with many many people, animals, cabs, buses, trains, bicycles, hotdog carts, etc.

Ice Cream in Central Park

Living in close proximity to others has as many challenges as it does inspirational benefits. Just today, a gorgeous 70 degrees and sunny, Sebastian and I hopped on the subway and headed up to Central Park to enjoy another unseasonably warm afternoon and stroll the zoo. Weekends at the park are always busy but it was compounded by the delicious weather.

What struck me about the park today though, is how much trash was blowing around. I even spotted people leaving bottles and bags of lunch behind (both intentionally and unintentionally). I know New York isn't the cleanest city on Earth but Central Park, especially the zoo, has always appeared so well-maintained to me. I've never noticed so much trash before.

Perhaps I was attuned to it because Sebastian was enjoying an ice cream, then a drink later on, and it dawned on me how important it is to teach him to respect the environment, his environment, hisbackyard.

There are quick and easy expert tips out there for living a greener, more sustainable lifestyle and reducing chemical environmental exposure, and a growing number of Earth-friendly products to choose from. But the call to "go green" seems to be overwhelming for some people, while others are just indifferent.

As parents, I think the simplest and most effective tool is to lead by example and teach our children to respect their surroundings and take responsibility for themselves and their belongings. The rest, I suspect, will come naturally.

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{This is a sponsored post I wrote while participating in the SocialMoms and EcoTools® blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed herein are my own.}