Three mommy must-dos during fall

By Caryn Bailey, Rockin’ Mama on October 8, 2015

A day out in the city with two young children can be daunting, even for the most experienced parent. Between juggling all of the items required for even a simple day out, and creating an environment where we all enjoy each other, capturing memories from our adventures can sometimes take a back seat. 

Admittedly, despite the money I've invested in a camera, it isn't practical to tote my heavy SLR with me for most day trips. I've become heavily reliant on my smartphone and the camera has become one of the main criteria I use when considering an upgrade.

You only have one opportunity to capture your daughter's magical encounter with Cinderella or your son's exhilarating laughter as he rides his first roller coaster. Smartphones empower parents to capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments with ease.

Don’t miss your child's firsts with the Samsung GALAXY S6, which boasts a 16-megapixel rear camera that launches in less than one second with a double tap of the home button. Struggle with a child who doesn't sit still? The Object Tracking Auto Focus feature keeps up with a moving person or object and Optical Image Stabilization ensures you don't get motion blur. No need to cry over spilled milk- the Samsung Galaxy S7 is water and dust resitstant!

As one who's experienced the selfie fail, you'll be able to squeeze everyone in with the Wide Angle 5 megapixel front camera. And if your biggest challenge is low-light, Auto HDR will enable you to capture shots with clarity in any light.

Once you've snapped that epic photo, why wait until you're home to share it with those who matter most? With Verizon's extensive 4G LTE network, you can share your photos on the go.

There is still plenty of sunshine left to capture memories that will last a lifetime. Here are three things mommies must do with their kiddos during fall:

1. Learn where our food comes from on a real, working farm! Centennial Farm, located on the grounds at the Orange County Fair & Event Center, was designed to teach children about agriculture and is home to fruit and vegetable gardens, livestock, a bee hive and more. Tours are available through the year and can include planting seeds, petting the animals and livestock demonstrations such as cow milking.

2. Embrace your inner theater geek at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The center offers locals and visitors multiple ways to engage in the arts through live performances and artistic programs. Programming includes international ballet and dance, national tours of Broadway shows, jazz, cabaret, classical and contemporary music.

3. Dip your toes or take a swim at one of Orange County's pristine beaches. Our top pick? Thousand Steps Beach! Beautiful and secluded, visitors can explore the reefs and tide pools, take a swim, or venture to the sea cave.


Caryn Bailey is founder of the lifestyle blog Rockin’ Mama. Based in Orange County, Calif., Caryn started Rockin’ Mama to chronicle her son’s first year of life and has evolved into an information hub for travel, food and entertainment in Southern California. Caryn also created the column Lavishly Green for Peekaboo Picks Magazine to share her best tips for going green in style and is the former editor for the Family Review Network. She’s also contributed to OC Family Magazine, Orange County Moms Blog, Evenflo Savvy Parent and CBS Los Angeles.