Kelly and Julian McMahon Interview for Bedtime For Sarah Sullivan App #SuperSarahKids

As a digital parent, I learn about and review many apps I think families should know about. But it's rare that I have the chance to meet and talk one on one with the creator of the app, much less get a first look at the app before anyone else.

Kelly and Julian McMahon Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan childrens book app
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Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift card to download the app for review purposes. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Well, in truth my son was the one who had the first play, while I spoke with Kelly McMahon, author and creator of Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan, a new children's book app.

Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan is the first book in the Sarah Sullivan series and captures the magical hour that happens every night at bedtime, when kids "try" to go to sleep. Sarah is a bright confident little girl with a keen sense of adventure and is not afraid to express herself. Readers are invited to travel with Sarah through the wonders of her imagination as she learns what it is like to create her own dreams.

Kelly and Julian McMahon Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan childrens book app

The storyline of a Father putting his daughter to sleep was inspired by Kelly's husband, actor Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck, Fantastic Four) and his close relationship with their daughter Madison ("Maddy").

During the meeting I spoke with Kelly and Julian about the important of building a routine with your child. Something that parents can do regularly to bond with their child over. Having a night time routine is a great and easy way to do this.
"Reading at bedtime is such a great way to connect with your children, creating new adventures and memories," said Julian McMahon. "It's a daily ritual I enjoyed with Maddy and hope other parents can have the same wonderful experience through the Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan app.

Julian shared how as an actor he was very busy. He traveled a lot, worked long hours etc. But he tried to not miss a bedtime routine with his daughter. It not only kept their bond strong but he felt it also helped to put her (and him) in a positive frame of mind every night, the next day and beyond.

Kelly agrees about the positive after effects and shared
"Recent studies show that the 30 minutes before bedtime can significantly affect a child's tomorrow, setting the stage for a happy and successful next day," said Kelly McMahon, Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan author with previous elementary school teaching experience. "This inspired me to create a positive storytelling environment. Along with the activities, the app is designed to empower young girls and boys from an early developmental age with a nightly bedtime ritual of practiced positive imagination."

Kelly and Julian McMahon Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan childrens book app
Kelly and Julian McMahon Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan childrens book app

Positivity, encouragement and fun are standout ideas in both the physical book and the app version. I was able to view the story in book form (my son received his own personal signed copy) and then within the app.

Kelly and Julian McMahon Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan childrens book app

The Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan app has interactive pages that feature objects and/or characters that make sounds, movement or speak upon touch. Julian provides the voice of the father and the Queen's gnome while his daughter Maddy brings to life the character of Sarah, a modern little girl who is outgoing, bold, and expressive.

Other features of the app includes:
  • Choose Autoplay, Read to Me (with word by word highlighting), or Read to Myself
  • Tap all over the pages for great animations, sounds, and laugh-out-loud effects!
  • Bring Sarah’s dreams to life in the Coloring Activity with 3 brush sizes and a full color palette.
  • Play and learn about nocturnal animals in the flashlight game!
  • Help Sarah find cookie ingredients in 3 levels of ’The Queen's Party'!


Both my son and I enjoyed demoing the storybook app and the games. Everything was so creative and fun! I was really impress with the Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan app and Kelly's dedication to having the app make a positive impact on families. I highly recommend the app and know your family will enjoy it also.

The Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan, children's book app is available on iOS for Apple, Google Play for Android and Kindle for a special back-to-school price of $2.99.

To learn more about Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan, visit - www.bedtimeforsarahsullivan.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/BedtimeForSarahSullivan
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/SuperSarahKids
On Instagram - www.instagram.com/bedtimeforsarahsullivanbooks

What is your bedtime routine (for yourself or with your child)?



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31 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful app. Will definitely look into for my daughter.

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  2. Normally our bedtime routine is to say prayers and to tell each other how much we love each other. Also, going to bed at a decent time is important.

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  3. What a great app for kids. Bedtime rountine is important. But how exciting was it to meet Julian aka Cole off of Charmed.

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  4. The kids routine starts with showers, brushing their teeth, reading and then fighting me about going to bed for at least 30 minutes after that LOL.

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  5. We read one or two books, depending on how early or late we're in bed.

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  6. That looks like a great app. We always used to read to our kids before bedtime, usually 2 or 3 books. I still read before bedtime!

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  7. I love apps for my kiddo. We read a book, have bathtime and watch cartoons.

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  8. Nice app! Love ideas like this that keep family relationship with kids happy and fun.

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  9. Our bedtime routine is baths, pj's, books, music on and lights out. I've had my children on this routine for as long as I can remember.

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  10. That looks wonderful. Such a great idea. Amazing app.

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  11. How very cool that you got to meet the creator of the app and her muse! I agree that bedtime routines are very important and that reading at bedtime is something that not only creates a bonding moment, but promotes learning as well. We read every night to all of the Tiny Tupps in the house (even our 9 year old)! It's a big moment of togetherness and calm after busy days.

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  12. I'm sure it was interesting to meet her. Demoing the storybook sounds fun.

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  13. Bedtime is washing up, story time, followed by nightly prayer.

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  14. This sounds like such a cute book! I love that it was inspired by Julian McMahon's bedtime routine with his daughter. I adore him (especially when he was in Charmed).

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  15. I just realized that I didn't answer your question. For our bedtime routine, my son does the usual teeth brushing/hand washing. Then he gets time to read in bed with his book light before going to sleep.

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  16. what a cute app and wonderful story to read. Our routine has changed now my son is a teenager he tends to study till bedtime. However I still tuck him in and kiss him goodnight.

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  17. When my kids were little we always had snack time followed by a bath. Once everyone was all dry and in pj's we would cuddle in for a story. Reading at bed time is a great way to relax and be ready to fall asleep.

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  18. What a great idea. It looks like your little one really enjoyed it. We read a lot, but rarely from an app.

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  19. OMG this is amazing. Looks like you all had a good time exploring the app and you getting to do the interview. Congrats!

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  20. Awesome app for kids-- getting them into a good routine is important.
    I really don't have one anymore, LOL.

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  21. Looks like a fun demo! I'm loving all these apps coming out that are educational for kids!

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  22. We will have to check this app out. It looks like fun! Amber N

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  23. That is a neat app to use for bedtime. Bedtime routines are always good to have something special to do

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  24. How neat that you got to meet the creator!!! Our bedtime routine is get a drink, go to the bathroom, prayers, and give Mom hugs and kisses. :)

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  25. I love meeting the creator of things like this! Lets you see the reasons behind they made the app/book! My daughter would love it!

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  26. We don't have a really set routine. We do some reading a few times a week - but usually the kids like to play with their friends (we're in an apartment and friends are at school until almost 7) so it is a quick, eat, shower, brush and sleep by 9.

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  27. Sounds like a great app. I sometimes have a difficult time especially on Sundays getting the kids to bed since they're still off the hype of being up the weekend. This would be great for me.

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  28. Looks like a great app! My kids bedtime includes a story and cuddle time with me :)

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  29. We read a book and then I put her to bed

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  30. Our routine includes a bath and a book. Patricia

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  31. This sounds like a great app. My kids are older now but when they were younger the routine was bath then bed. We would read stories.

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