About this project
ZooMoos, for our Future Dreamers
My name is Diana Dinges. I am an entrepreneur and mom, and founder of Buster and Audrey, LLC--a company I created to sell amazing products for kids. I need your help to send my first product into production: ZooMoos.
I am a dreamer and believer, and our children should be too. ZooMoos are for our future dreamers!
ZooMoos add spice to everyday life by being functional and fun. They are constructed of neoprene and will keep drinks cold--but are stuffed, plush, and hand crafted to provide fun to your child too. With ZooMoos, they will have their favorite animal wrapped around their favorite drink.
As a working mom, I find the most solitude when my children are comfortable and happy when we are apart. ZooMoos is that little piece of home they can carry with them wherever they go. A familiar "buddy" during lunch, nap and play time that keeps their drink cold and personalized.
Discover the Creation of ZooMoos!
ZooMoos have been in development for over two years. They started as an idea for a product I needed for my own kids--and from a few raw sketches grew the production ready prototypes you see on this page.
From the beginning, I wanted them to be perfect and I had a lot of help making them that way. I worked with an artist to refine my vision for each character--from the stuffing, colors and fabrics to the smallest facial detail. I worked with an engineer to make sure the size and features of each one was perfect for little hands. In the end, it took two prototype runs to ensure every detail was perfect--and you will see it in the design, materials and hand-crafted construction.
They are ready for full production and the hands of the children in your life. ZooMoos were created for my kids, your kids, all kids.
Drum Roll... Meet ZooMoos!
A Product They'll Take Everywhere
ZooMoos come with a BPA & Phthalate free sippy cup (see above), and are constructed of neoprene and elastic. They are designed to fit other sippy cups too--as well as soda cans, water bottles, and other drinking cups.
ZooMoos are perfect for the:
- Everywhere the kids in your life go, they follow!
Everywhere they take their drinks, they get to bring their favorite friend!
Please Note: the first round of production will include the Unicorn, Monkey, Owl, and Puppy. The Dinosaur and Butterfly will be made during the second round of production (Spring 2014).
Back My Project and Get Your Rewards!!!
Kickstarter this is where I need your help! Pre-order & choose a PLEDGE on the right and help me fund the minimum production order requirement of 12,000 units!!!
Pledge at Least $20, and Choose a ZooMoo:
Custom ZooMoos Sunnies!
T-Shirt Rewards, Kid and Adult (Men & Women) Versions! (See details on the right)
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More on the Making of ZooMoos
As parents, we want what's best for our children--Happiness. In a world full of amazing technology, it's still the simplest things that bring us the most joy. Riding bikes after school. Story time. Family cook outs. I have always wanted to create products that speak to those simple things and that's where ZooMoos came from.
The idea for ZooMoos came from my own kids. My daughter Audrey is a complete milkaholic and wherever we go she wants cold milk. Since her cups weren't keeping her milk cold for very long, I started putting them into regular "koozies" (i.e.--something made for adult beverages... not exactly what you want your child drinking out of!) I couldn't find a better solution, so I eventually created one. But I didn't want something just functional--I also wanted FUN.
I decided to move forward with bringing my idea to life, and on August 28, 2011 I walked into a patent attorneys office with a baseball sippy cup, several raw sketches, and an adult koozie. Since then I have poured my savings and heart into doing everything I can to make ZooMoos the perfect friend for our little ones.
Once I had my utility patent filed and characters chosen, I spent months trying to find the right prototype partner to refine my designs and was spinning my wheels in all the wrong directions. It was then I met a product consultant, an inventor and toy extraordinaire in his own right, who mentored me and got me going in the right direction (I love you Ryan!). With his help, all of the pieces started coming together. We found just the right materials and fabrics, and worked with a well known artist to refine every detail - how much stuffing, how long the eyelashes should be--everything. He connected me with the perfect factory (one he's worked with and visited for 20 years) and real prototypes came to life!
Some of my original ZooMoos designs and prototype markups:
Original, Rough Prototype of Buster (made of felt, not neoprene)!
Original Sketches of Buster!
We need your help!!
The funds raised and "pledged" through Kickstarter will help support our first manufacturing order. Ordering in larger quantities is essential from a manufacturing and shipping standpoint, specifically to keep our unit cost down and to have enough inventory while we build up our distribution channels.
Considering the sizable cost of our first order, we're hoping that you'll share our project with your family & friends so we can exceed our goal. Investing in us now is basically pre-ordering ZooMoos —so there's definitely something great in it for you too!!
Quality Control + Safety
Quality Control and product safety were of utmost importance to me in determining the final designs and materials for ZooMoos. For that reason, I put them through extensive product testing.
ZooMoos have been tested for flamibility, lead, BPA and Phthalate--and have been determined "safe for all ages". Only the safest and best materials are used - GUARANTEED.
While I've been working with the same factory for over a year, I also hired a third party consultant to oversee production and quality control. She makes sure the materials and fabrics that go into ZooMoos are healthy for our kids!
1) Play pirates & princesses
2) Get really dirty
3) Machine wash in mesh laundry bag, gentle cycle. Air dry!
Meet Diana, Brecken and Audrey. Diana is the creative force behind ZooMoos, while Brecken (AKA Buster) & Audrey gave LOTS of opinions and were the test kids!
Diana studied Management at Purdue University, moved to Texas - tasted every amazing BBQ recipe - and started a career with a fortune 500 company doing business to consumer and later business to business sales. She is a master of shaking martinis, loves fashion from the 20's, music from the 90's, and considers herself a chip and salsa connoisseur.
Her number one passion: being Brecken and Audrey's mommy. They are her whole world and the inspiration behind ZooMoos!
ZooMoos were created out of her passion for motherhood, love for simplistic moments, spirit for being on the go, and the desire for each of us to stand out.
Thank you so much for your time--and thank you for helping bring ZooMoos to life. Choose your pledge level at the right, and let's get started!
Risks and challenges
I've cleared lots of hurdles just to get to this point. I'm already pitching sales reps, boutiques and chain stores. My biggest challenge: I need inventory and to get ZooMoos into production as soon as possible!! Thank you for the support!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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