Sugarplum Faves | April Top Five

Thanks for the love on yesterday’s decor post! I’m thrilled you liked it, and loved hearing how you approach entertaining.

Today I’m excited to share another round of Sugarplum Faves! Y’all loved these so much last month (see them here), and since I’m an avid over-sharer, I can’t resist sharing a few more that are always on my short list. You know I think of y’all as girlfriends, and therefore, can’t help but spill all my best finds with you.


1. Baby Foot Exfoliation Peel

Okay, if you’ve been a long-time HSP reader, then you’ve heard me talk about this horrifying, yet amazingly effective, product! And with it officially sandal season, I felt compelled to share again. The first thing you do, is never google image search it! Unless you’re trying to fast, in which case, pictures of the process will help.

The gist: You soak your feet in these little booties with clear solution, and a week later all the dead skin peels off your feet. I repeat, all the dead skin! Layers, upon layers of skin.

Sugarplum Tips: I’ve done this every year, and have picked up a few tips for making sure you get the most impact. First up, soak your feet in water for as long as possible before wearing the booties. The goal is to get your skin pruny and soft, then wear the booties for an hour or more (discard after one use). I usually put them on, cover with a pair of socks for a secure fit, then watch a movie. It’s definitely a one-night event.

Every day after, either take a bath, or plug the drain while showering so your feet are soaking in water. Just when you start to think it didn’t work (about a week later), something magical and horrifying will start to happen. Continue soaking your feet in water everyday to expedite the peeling process (this part takes a week or so!). Then treat yourself to a new pair of sandals to celebrate your feet, that literally look like a two-year-olds!!

2. Deluxe Egg Cooker

I’m going to sound like an infomercial on this one, but I’m completely obsessed with this little kitchen gadget! It’s hands-down the most-used in my kitchen (aside from the toaster, Little Miss loves her Eggos). Boiled eggs are my go-to for healthy meals and snacks, but I’ve yet to master the art of the perfectly soft boiled egg. And those pre-cooked eggs at the grocery store completely gross me out (what is that liquid they’re floating in, and why do they stay fresh for three weeks?!?!).

Enter Deluxe Egg Cooker! Simply poke a little hole in each egg, add the water for your desired egg style (soft, medium, or hard-boiled), flip the switch, and in about five minutes, you have perfect eggs!! Perfect, I tell you! And since they’re steamed, they peel like a dream.

I make them in a batch of 6-10, store unpeeled in the fridge, and always have perfect eggs for quick snacks and easy meals.

3. Collagen Peptides

We talked about these in my Five Elements of My Fitness Routine post, and since they’re part of my every day, it was only right they found a place in my Sugarplum Top Five.

I started using Collagen Peptides a couple of years ago, and swear by the results! Natural collagen production slows as we age, so adding it to your diet helps muscles heal faster, eases joint pain, improves skin health and hydration, aides in digestion. It also really helps with regularity, which leads to a flatter stomach.

Since using it consistently, I notice my recovery after workouts is shortened, I require less body lotion (even in winter, my skin isn’t dry and flaky), and my hair and nails are stronger and grow faster. That regularity thing is for real, too. I put a scoop in my coffee every morning…it has zero flavor and only 40 calories

I’ve tried a few different brands over the years, but this one is consistently priced the lowest, and has no residue or flavor at all. If you’re not a coffee drinker, you can mix it with food or any hot beverage.

4. DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo has been a hot topic of conversation around here for years…it’s high on my list of must-haves! I try to go a few days between shampooing…my colored hair is abused enough as it is, without a daily wash and dry. And I’ve gone through several brands of dry shampoo, from drugstore to department store, but never have I found one that actually makes my hair look better than actually shampooing…until this one.

I spray it along my part and hairline, let it dry bit, then massage it with my fingers. Finally, use a brush and blow dryer to get some lift at the roots. A little goes a long way, and there’s no powdery residue…plus, it smells amazing! One time over Winter break, I actually lost count of how many days it’d been since I shampooed! It’s that good!

5. Tory Burch Miller Sandals

Now that the weather is warm, you’ll find me in my Miller sandals 90% of the time. Honest to goodness, they go with absolutely every single outfit, from cut-off shorts and skirts, to dresses and pants. Plus, they have a magical way of making the most basic or dressed-down combo appear infinitely more chic.

I should honestly dedicate an entire post to them, just to prove their versatility! I held off buying them for years (they’re pricey!), and now can’t imagine my Spring and Summer wardrobe without them. I prefer the leather over patent (patent is waterproof, but I find the leather much more comfortable), and ‘Makeup’ is my first choice color every time. It’s the best nude/neutral. Also, size up half.

Sugarplum Tip: Use makeup wipes to keep the footbed clean!


Okay, that’s my latest Top Five! I didn’t intend to get so wordy, but clearly I’m passionate about these things! Do we share any favorites? What’s something you’re sharing with your girlfriends lately?

See all of my Favorite Things from last year here.


Leave a Comment


  1. Claire wrote:

    Hi! I feel like such a fan-girl. I’ve started using the collagen peptides in my tea and can’t believe the difference between my old, drugstore dry shampoo and Dry Bar. Anyway, can you share your shower cap again? Thanks for all the great tips.

    Posted 4.30.19 Reply
  2. Deborah wrote:

    The Miller sandals are great but are just too high. While I can afford them, just cannot justify that much for a pair of sandals. I have located a less expensive replacement in a sandal from Sam Edelman. They give the same “look” at a more modest price. The Baby Foot does work but my feet were peeling for three weeks or more. Most likely due to years of buildup. ( always wear sandals or go barefoot as much as possible in the warm months—6 months or more of the year in Kansas). Perhaps every year treatment works more effectively. It has been about 2 years since my last treatment!

    Posted 4.30.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Wow, three weeks is awhile! But were you so happy with the results??

      Posted 5.1.19 Reply
  3. Pam wrote:

    I love these top fave post! It’s a little reminder that I meant to grab something! That foot peel tho …haha! I need to be brave to face that one!
    Always find your post and blog so uplifting and refreshing!

    Posted 4.30.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much, Pam!! I’m so happy to hear that!

      Posted 5.1.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much, Pam!!! I’m thrilled to hear that!! xoxo

      Posted 5.3.19 Reply
  4. Shana wrote:

    Hi! Do you have a new link for the foot peel? That one doesn’t seem to be working. The great news is that when an Amazon link doesn’t work, they show you a picture of one of the “dogs of Amazon”. I must have clicked on it 20 times just to look at all the different cute dogs so thanks for making my morning! 🙂

    Posted 4.30.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      LOL — yay for puppies! The link is working on my end, what’s the error you’re seeing?

      Posted 5.3.19 Reply
  5. Addison wrote:

    Such a great list of favorites! I also eat/drink collagen every single day and it’s my favorite “protein powder”! I need to buy those Miller sandals… I say that to myself every time you post about them!

    Posted 4.30.19 Reply
  6. Emily wrote:

    I will forever be grateful to you for the make up remover tip on the footbeds of my Tory’s.
    Question about Baby Foot. Once the peeling starts is it okay to moisturize and wear soaks? Or should you tough it out. No socks. No extra moisturizer?

    Posted 4.30.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Totally!!! You will want to cover your feet! 😉 Just expect a little ‘mess’ when you take your sock off!!

      Posted 5.1.19 Reply
  7. Love ALL of these!!!

    Posted 4.30.19 Reply
  8. Emily wrote:

    LOVE the Drybar dry shampoo. I bought it because of your recommendation & so glad I did! It smells amazing… I miss the smell when my hair is actually washed 🙂

    Posted 5.1.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      hahaha!! Same!!! I love when I catch little sniffs of it throughout the day! So glad you love it, too!

      Posted 5.1.19 Reply
  9. Mimi wrote:

    Need new links for the foot products- both the booties and the baby foot stuff.
    I can search it on Amazon, but I’d like you to get credit for my purchase.
    Also I don’t know if your link went to lavender scented but if it did, could you
    link the men’s mint? Lavender is a migraine trigger for me.
    I got these sandals at Kohl’s and they say Sketchers on the footbed however Amazon calls them something different. Just wanted to share in case there are others like me that like the whole foot cradled in a sandal. Enjoy the CA photo shot. Mimi

    Posted 5.2.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much, Mimi!! the Foot peel and booties is the same thing…you wear the little booties with the exfoliating product in it. As for my credit, you are so sweet to think of me, but as long as you clicked through my link, and don’t check out on the app, I’ll receive credit for whatever you search, as well! xoxo

      Posted 5.3.19 Reply
  10. Victoria wrote:

    I haven’t tried baby feet, put off a bit by the length of time it peels. But I have been using Listerine and vinegar soaks, and that’s working really well.

    Hot water, Listerine (have tried a cheap brand but only actual Listerine works), and vinegar in equali-ish measures. I use plain white vinegar. Soak bottom/heel of feet for about half an hour, lightly dry and use pumice or foot file. Moisturise after and put socks on. The Listerine gives your feet a menthol type feeling for a bit after, and can slightly dye your feet but that goes away within a day.

    Posted 5.5.19 Reply
  11. Donna P wrote:

    Such a fan of all things Cassie! The things you recommend are always top notch! I am slow to get it done but finally got around to using the baby feet things and I am so happy. My feet haven’t looked this good in too long. Thank you thank you thank you. Love your stories and blog! Praying for you this time of year and this fall when the Teen goes off to college. I know it is a hard time for Mom’s especially.
    Donna P

    Posted 6.3.19 Reply