Must-Have Mods for Sims 4 City Living

Some of the best mods for the City Living expansion pack. With things like custom elevators, gaming enhancements and improvements, along with fixes for all kinds of annoyances, there’s something in here for all players!

City Living, by far, is one of my most favorite packs–easily top five for sure–but just like many other Sims 4 packs, it could use a few tweaks here and there to make the gameplay experience more enjoyable. If you share the same sentiment, keep reading for some of the most interesting mods for the Sims 4 City Living.

Beginners: If you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.

While researching the mods for this post, I checked to make sure they were still working and being maintained by the creator, but the status could change at any time. Before downloading any mods, be sure to read the full download post and follow all directions specified by the creator. Mods tend to “break” after patches, so always check the creator’s website for updates.

Navigation:

General Gameplay Improvements
Gaming Enhancements
Autonomy and Other Annoyances
Food, Grocery and Market Stalls
Bug Fixes
Festivals and Sales Tables
Elevators (Mods and Custom Elevators)
Visual and Audio Effects
Outfits
Neighborhood Changes


** Links are embedded in the mod’s title **

General Gameplay Improvements

Carryable Performance Stage plus Sing Songs! by littlemssam

Overrides the performance stage so that sims can place them in their inventory and perform wherever they want.

Visible Political Position Trait by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “visiblepoliticalpositiontrait”

Makes sims’ political position a visible trait in the Simology Panel.

More Followers Resolution for Everyone by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “morefollowersresolutionforeveryone”

Unlocks the “more followers” New Year’s Resolution for sims who are not in the social media career.

Wooden Instruments Disabled by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “woodeninstrumentsdisabled”

Disables the wooden guitar and violin from being used autonomously by sims at the performance stage.

Call and Visit Tweak by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “callandvisittweak”

Offers a higher chance for sims to get invited to opera and karaoke events. Whether or not your sim is invited to city festivals will now be determined by your sim’s mood and preference.

Barfly Karaoke by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “barflykaraoke”

Sims will autonomously sing karaoke at regular bars (if a karaoke machine is present) and their behavior will be more appropriate for the venue.

Gaming Enhancements

Longer Basketball Games by littlemssam

Adds new options to the basketball hoop pie menu for 6 and 9 round basketball and dunk competitions. The original is 3 rounds.

Online Gaming with “Headsets” by littlemssam

Applies a headset to sims playing games online.

Livestream For Everyone Videoconsole by littlemssam

Unlocks the “live stream” interaction on the gaming console for everyone.

Shorter Console Games by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “shorterconsolegames”

Shortens the duration of the online gaming sessions on the console, making it possible for sims to squeeze in a quick game before work or school.

Console Yourself by RVSN

A smaller gaming mat for sims living in not-so-large spaces.

Autonomy and Other Annoyances

No Bubble Blower or Talking Toilet Reactions! by simmytime

Prevents sims from autonomously reacting to bubble blowers and talking toilets.

Less Bubble Blower Coughing by lazarusinashes

Reduces the chance of failure when using the bubble blower.

Watch Speech Tweak by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “watchspeechtweak”

Increases the probability of sims autonomously listening to a speech given at the podium in Uptown.

Food, Grocery and Market Stalls

No Yelling Vendors by lotharihoe

Removes the “show off” interaction from market stalls, cafeteria stations, and craft sales table vendors.

Cook Experimental/Cultural/Jungle Food Without Tasting It First by claudiasharon

Reading these books will allow sims to prepare experimental, cultural, and jungle recipes without having to taste them first.

Cookbooks by littlemssam

Just like the mod above, allows sims to prepare experimental, cultural, and jungle recipes without having to taste them first.

City Living Food Retexture by UtopiaSims

Re-textures all City Living recipes making them visually appealing.

Spice Market – Chili, Curry, Saffron & Wasabi buyable by littlemssam

Makes the City Living spices: chili, curry, saffron, and wasabi purchasable on the PC.


For more food related mods, check out:


Better Quality Food MarketStalls by littlemssam

Food purchased at the market stalls will now be excellent quality.

Market Stalls | Toddler Can Order & More Food Options by littlemssam

Allows toddlers to purchase food from market stalls. Super useful for taking the family out to enjoy San Myshuno’s festivals.


Need family activity inspo for your gameplay families? Check out:


More Grocery Shopping by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “moregroceryshopping”

Adds vegetables, herbs, and other produce that should’ve been included in the produce stalls in San Myshuno.

City Life Ice Snacker by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “citylifeicesnacker”

Randomly generates townies eating ice cream in San Myshuno. Useful if you like having a little variety in the sims walking around town.

Less NPC Market Stall Orders by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “lessNPCmarketstallorders”

NPCs will order food from market stalls less often, leaving room for your sims to place their order and receive their food in a timely fashion.

Bug Fixes

Landlord Text Fix by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “landlordtextfix”

The landlord will no longer tell sims not to call him when he wasn’t needed, during visits where he was actually needed.

Karaoke Duet Filter Fix by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “karaokeduetfilterfix”

Fixes the bug that causes sims to be missing from the karaoke sim picker.

Festivals and Sales Tables

Sell More Self-Made Woodwork at the Flea Market by littlemssam

Allows more woodwork to be sold at the flea market. Items include: garden plant box, garden pot, toilet, bathtub, etc…

Flea Market Appears Every Sunday by littlemssam

Allows the Flea Market to spawn every Sunday. Comes in handy for starving artists and other sims who could benefit from a few extra sales a week.


For gameplay ideas, a few incorporating the Flea Market:


Craft Sale Table Fix by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “craftsalestablefix” or “craftsalestablefix_version2”

Fixes the bug that prevents sold items from disappearing from the sales table.

Thirst Tweak_Festival Tea by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “thirsttweak_festivaltea”

When sims drink Sakura tea at the Romance Festival, they’ll receive an energy boost that should help them stay awake and at the festival longer.

Stop Those Annoying Festival Notifications! by claudiasharon

Disables the notifications for City Living and Snowy Escape festivals.

No Festival Notification by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “nofestivalnotifications”

Just like the mod above, disables the festival notifications for both City Living and Snowy Escape.

No Festival Notification Sound by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “NoFestivalNotificationSound”

Removes the sound from the festivals notifications for both City Living and Snowy Escape.

No Rain During Festivals by lotharihoe

Prevents rainy weather from ruining festivals.

Market Science Retail Stands by RVSN

Custom market stalls and displays that allow sims to sell everything!

Elevators (Mods and Custom Elevators)

Elevator Fix for Toddler & Pets by littlemssam

Allows toddlers and pets to properly use elevators in apartments.

Tiny Elevators For Pets by littlemssam

Custom elevators perfectly sized for pets.

WEE Working Elevators Everywhere by littlemssam

Custom elevators that can be placed anywhere!

Uplifting Elevators by RVSN

Another custom elevator that can be placed on any lot. Including homes!

Visual and Audio Effects

Keyboard Piano Sounds by littlemssam

Changes the keyboard sounds to match the piano’s.

Lot Trait Effects Hider by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “lottraiteffectshider” or “lottraiteffectshiderv2”

Disables lot trait effects, ie: the little light bulbs and plus signs that float over sims’ heads when benefiting from lot traits.

No Karaoke Effects by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “nokaraokeeffects”

Disables the visual effects cased by singing karaoke.

No Festival Call To Action by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “nofestival_calltoaction”

Removes the orange highlights around computers, curry, and tea fountains at festivals.

No Festival Tea Glow by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “nofestivalteaglow”

Disables the glow sims emit after drinking tea from festivals.

No Mural Decay by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “nomuraldecay”

Prevents street murals from decaying.

Outfits

Less Random Hats and Accessories by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “lessrandomhatsandaccessories”

Tones down some of the… interesting outfits that sims tend to spawn in. This mod technically isn’t related the City Living, but it takes care of City Living’s accessories too, so I thought it was worth mentioning.

Situations Outfits Be Gone by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “situationoutfitsbegone”

Tones down the outfits sims tend to spawn for City Living festivals.

Wear Costume Tweak by bienchen

Scroll down to or search for “wearcostumetweak”

Enables a user-directed interaction for sims to wear costumes when attending the Geek Con and Romance festivals, Spooky and Costume parties, as well as bar nights and acting gigs

Neighborhood Changes

Sim Spawn Overhaul by lotharihoe

Completely overhaul’s the walkby system. If seeing Nancy Langraab hanging out in San Myshuno, Willow Creek, and Sulani every. single. day is too much for you, give this mod a try.

BG-Walkby Overhaul by zero

Just like the mod above, completely overhaul’s the walkby system and attempts to keep sims in their home neighborhood.

Keep Sims in their Home Region by kuttoe

Same as the other mods above.


And that’s all for now. I hope you find these mods useful!

-India


For more pack related mods check out the links below:

Must-Have Mods for Sims 4 Parenthood
Must-Have Mods for Sims 4 Seasons
Must-Have Mods for Sims 4 Cottage Living


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My Sims’ CC

My go-to CC resources that allow me to achieve the look of my sims seen in my stories.

Updated 5/9/2022

I’m the kind of girl who finds what she likes and sticks with it for as long as humanly possible. I rarely get bored with my defaults or feel the need to swap out presets, or sliders or whatever. Because of this, my resources are pretty simple, but contain some good stuff that have become staples in my Mods folder. Hopefully you’ll find some things you love just as much here too!

CAS

Default Replacements

Default Skin

Calluna Default Skin

Default Skin Tones

Bare Skin Tones
The Other Side (Light and Dark)

Default Teeth

Detailed Teeth

Default Eyes

Chroma Eyes

Default Feet

Feet V6

Default Female Bodies (18+)

Better Body (bottom)
Sopor Allure Breast Mesh


Default Male Bodies

Bod-E II

Favorite Eyelashes + Eyelash Remover Mod

3D Eyelashes – by Miiko
3D Eyelashes Part 1 – by Miiko
3D Eyelashes Part 2 – by Miiko
3D Eyelashes Part 3 – by Miiko
3D Eyelashes Part 4 – by Miiko
3D Lashes – by Dreamgirl
3D Lashes Part 2 – Dreamgirl
3D Lashes Part 3 – by Dreamgirl
3D Lashes Part 4 – by Dreamgirl
3D Uncurled Eyelashes – by Kijiko
3D Lashes – Kijiko
3D Lashes for Kids – by Kijiko
EA Eyelash Remover

Favorite Skin Overlays

Maxis Match

Amaryllis Skin
Myrica Skin
Azalea Skin
Heihu Face Overlay Collection
CapitalCo MilkTea Skin

Alpha

All skins by Sims3melancholic
Female Skin 21

Favorite Skin Details

Face Details

About Face – Face Kit
Face Kit by Miiko
Lip Kit by Miiko
Cheekbone Overlay
Structure by faaeish
Nosey Posey by faaeish
Nose Shader by faaeish
Little Details by faaeish
Chubby Cheeks by faaeish

Face Shine

Light It Up Face Shine
Topaz Highlight
Opal Highlight

Eye Details

Eye Shape Overlays
Basic 10 Eyebag Set For All
Early Bird Eye Bags

Freckles + Moles

Blu Freckles
Naomi Freckles
Delicate Moles

Aging Details

Landline Wrinkles
Crows Feet
Decades by faaeish

Body Details

Cellulite Overlay
Defined Hands
Belly Overlay
Cleavage Overlay Collection
Pregnancy Things

Favorite Presets

Eye, Nose, Lip, Ear Presets

Nose presets by Simbience
Luumia Ear Presets
More CAS Presets V2
Various mouth presets by Ratboysims
Lip, nose, and eye presets by Squeamishsims
Various presets by Obscurus
Lip, nose, and eye presets by Evoxyr
Various lip presets by Angissi
All presets by Northernsiberiawinds

Body Presets

Hourglass and Pear presets
Hot Boy presets
Vanya preset
Athletic Body preset
Athletic Body 2 preset
All body presets by Afrosimtric

Favorite Sliders

Pouty Lip Slider
Teanmoon Mouth Scale Slider
Teanmoon Mouth Scale Slider For All
Default Nose Slider
Default Brows Slider
Default Chin Slider
Shoulder Shape Slider
Detailed Butt Slider
Body Sliders for Days
Luumia Ear Up and Down Slider

Visual Mods + CC

Tidy Details + Tattoos / Occult + Get Famous Add-On / Acne Add-On
Tidy Accessories
Golden Light – CAS Lighting
CAS Blob Remover (there are many online; this is just one I found)
Night Loading Screen
Default Replacement Maps (I use the LS (low saturation version))
Default Terrain Re-texture
Default Food Re-textures (links to article)

Mods

Check out the Mods Recommendations section

Editing

Twinkle Toes Lighting Mod
SummerPop Reshade preset
My Editing Process (coming soon)

17 Mods for Better Sims & Socials in Sims 4

Must-have mods for deeper sim personalities, more meaningful conversations, and custom whims that provide a better, more fleshed out gameplay experience.

Sims, in their current state, all feel a little similar, regardless of traits. They have the same wants, same reactions, and are way too predictable for my liking. The same can be said for the social interactions, phone calls, and whims too. If you’re like me and need a little more variety in the way your sims think and interact with each other, keep reading for a few great mods that can provide that for you.

Beginners: If you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.

While researching the mods for this post, I checked to make sure they were still working and being maintained by the creator, but the status could change at any time. Before downloading any mods, be sure to read the full download post and follow all directions specified by the creator. Mods tend to “break” after patches, so always check the creator’s website for updates.

Guide:

Personalities
Social Interactions
Custom Whims

Personalities

The Personality Mod by MissyHissy

Adds new personalities to sims via reward traits (purchased in the Rewards Store). These personalities are inspired by the Sims 2 aspirations and include: Knowledge Sim, Pleasure Sim, Fortune Sim, Family Sim and more.

The Hobby Mod by MissyHissy

This one also adds new “hobbies” to the game via traits (don’t worry, they’re in-game traits so you don’t lose a CAS slot) that give your sims brand new interests. Hobbies include: Cuisine, Arts and Crafts, Fitness, Music and Dance, and a whole lot more.

Trait Overhaul by Bienchen

scroll down to or search for “traitoverhaul

An essential mod that completely reworks the existing traits to make them more meaningful and distinct from each other. This can influence how well they get along with other sims and even their performance at work! This one pairs really well with the Whim Overhaul by the same creator (linked further down).

Preferences Plus by SimHelaene

Adds over 20 new interests to the likes/dislikes section to choose from in CAS. Includes unique social interactions, whims, and even computer options. Sims will have a more fleshed-out personality that’s most visible when interacting with or reacting to other sims.

Slice of Life – My Personality Pack by KawaiiStacie

Adds 16 detailed personality traits based on the Myers-Briggs Personality Types. These personality types affect everything from autonomy to careers and skill gain. Autonomy is coded to take into account a sim’s age, gender, even the weather, for much more variety.

Character Values Overhaul by Tyjokr

Completely overhauls the Character Value System. With this mod, sims start off with random positive/negative character values. Over time, the value points will decay to make raising “perfect” children much more challenging. This mod also reworks the system to make use of all in-game traits and will have a greater affect on toddler-teen sims.

First Impressions by Lumpinou

This one technically affects the way sims feel about each other after meeting for the first time, but I put it under the Personality category because it’s more about a sim’s internal feelings. With that being said, this mod lets you know how sims really feel when meeting others. One may find a particular sim “weird” while that same sim finds them “clingy”. Another may give off a “childish” vibe while others read them as “interesting”. The best part of this mod is that feelings are completely one-sided, so while one sim may have gotten a good impression from another, the feeling may not be mutual.

Celebrity System by KiaraSims4Mods

This mod adds so much personality to the celebrity system, so I felt it deserved a mention here. With this one, certain events in your sims’ lives have the potential to make the tabloids. Caught cheating on their spouse? The public might have an opinion on that. Caught stealing in public? You better believe the world’s going to hear about it. Celebrating a child’s birthday party or vacationing with the family? All that gets reported too. Sims can even be falsely accused of things they didn’t do and sue the paparazzi for slander! Results may vary. I played the actor career for the first time recently and this mod made being a celebrity so much more fun. I highly recommend.

Interested in how I flesh out my sims’ personalities? Read here.

Social Interactions

Random Texts and Calls by Kuttoe

Adds a ton of texts and phone calls from other sims that make relationships (of all kinds) feel much more meaningful. The one where the parent sends their adult child money ‘for a good meal’ or a ‘warm coat’ are my personal favorites.

Contextual Social Interactions by Lumpinou

Adds brand new social interactions to the chat menu about all the exciting things going on in your sims’ lives. With this one, sims can finally tell their loved ones about their most recent promotion or their friends about their divorce. They can enthuse about their latest workout or announce their pregnancy to others outside of the family. Most of these interactions are autonomous too, which is awesome for storytelling and makes communication feel much more special.

Storytelling Socials by Lazarusinashes

More interactions that add personality to conversations. Married sims can discuss the possibility of having children. Vegetarian sims can express their disgust for meat-eaters. Outgoing sims can mock loners for their lack of social skills, etc… Interactions and other sims’ reactions to them are determined by trait and the relationship value.

Chat Pack – More Social Interactions for Your Sims by NateTheL0ser

Even more interactions! This one focuses a little more on life events and feelings, which I think is pretty awesome. Sims can announce their engagements, show ultrasound pictures to family and friends, and even discuss midlife crises. Many of these socials are geared toward adult and elder sims, which is something we could use much more of in the game.

Social Interaction Pack by KiaraSims4Mods

This one adds social interactions that focus heavily on relationships, personalities, and life events. Things like: asking for permission to propose, bragging about your sim’s partner, and even simple things like saying good morning and wishing another sim happy birthday are sure to liven up your sims’ conversations.

Romance Interaction Pack by KiaraSims4Mods

Adds brand new interactions for sims in love. Socials include: Discuss Meeting Parents, Declare Soulmate, Admire Woohoo Techniques, and so much more. Pairs really well Memorable Events by KawaiiStacie as a sim autonomously discussing the idea of their significant other meeting their family would be the perfect time for you to get a ‘Meet the Family’ event on the calendar.

For more ideas to fill up your sims’ calendars, check out this post.

More Ask What Happened by Bienchen

Adds new social interactions that allow sims to ask others about the unfortunate events they’ve experienced in life. Negative events include: cheating, negative pregnancy test, divorce and more.

Custom Whims

Whim Overhaul by Bienchen

scroll down to or search for “whimoverhaul”

Completely overhauls the whim system so that sims actually want more things out of life (besides 1×1 pools and dishwashers *rolls eyes*). Whims include special wishes for each age group and are geared toward spending time and interacting with friends and family.

The Custom Whims Mod by MissyHissy

Compliments the Personality, Hobby and Character Value mods (all linked above) by adding a bunch of new whims that are more likely to make your sims want to do things based on their traits, aspirations, and relationships. For example: a family sim may get a whim to watch a movie with other family members and a fortune sim may get a whim to purchase a business.

And that’s it for now! I hope the mods listed here help liven up your sims’ lives.

-India

For more mod recommendations, check out:

5 Must Have Mods for Realistic Relationships in Sims 4
16 Mods for Better Romance & Relationships in Sims 4


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Must Have Mods for Sims 4 Cottage Living

A breakdown of some of the best mods for the Cottage Living expansion pack.

Cottage Living is by far one of my favorite packs — top three for sure — but as with all of the game’s content, it could use some tweaking or at least additional options to suit a wider variety of playstyles. This is where our awesome modding community comes into play. From mods that lengthen the lives of animals to those that expand the options available via the food delivery service, keep reading for a list of mods you need for the Sims 4 Cottage Living expansion pack.

Beginners: If you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.

While researching the mods for this post, I made sure to check that they were still working and being maintained by the creator but the status could change at any time. Before downloading any mods, be sure to read the full download post and follow all directions specified by the creator. Mods tend to “break” after patches so always check the creator’s website for updates. Some of the mods here are very similar in nature and may not be compatible with each other.


Guide

Animal Lifespan Mods
Food & Shopping Mods
Animal Care & Behavior Mods
Other Mods (Lot Challenges, Texts, Walkbys, etc…)
Honorable Mentions (Other things that pair well with the aesthetic and gameplay of the pack)


Animal Lifespan Mods

Animal Lifespan Tuning by Szemoka

Alters the lifespan for all Cottage Living animals. Worth downloading if you find the default lifespan way too short for your gameplay style.

Cottage Animals Live Longer by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘cottageanimalslivelonger’

Just like the mod above, extends the lifespan for all Cottage Living animals.

Animals Live Longer by Zero

Another one that alters the lifespans of all Cottage Living Animals. This one doubles the length.

Foxes Don’t Die by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘foxesdontdie’

Prevents foxes (from Cottage Living) from dying.

Rabbits Don’t Age by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘rabbitsdontage’

Prevents rabbits from aging and dying.


Food & Shopping Mods

Animal Shop! by Zafire

Expands the purchasing options for Cottage Living animal clothing and treats. Even includes delivery options — for a small fee of course.

Cottage Living – Purchase More Llamas by Zero

Gives the option to purchase black and brown llamas.

Buy Cottage Animals Everywhere by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘buycottageanimalseverywhere’

Allows cottage living animals to be purchased on every lot, everywhere!

Portable Cooling Containers (Milk, Eggs, Prepared Foods, and More!) by cielorama

Keeps milk, eggs, pies and more fresh in your sim’s inventory while out running errands or living life!

Cross-stitch Requires Wool by Zafire

Makes wool required for all cross-stitching projects.

Cottage – More Delivery Services by Zero

Expands the delivery services available. Includes: bakery delivery, ice cream delivery, even things for vampires and spellcasters too!

Canning Jars Hunger Tweak by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘canningjarshungertweak’

Makes it so preserves actually fill your sim’s hunger a bit.


Animal Care & Behavior Mods

Better Animal Hygiene by LittleMsSam

Scroll down to or search for ‘Better Animal Hygiene’

Speeds up the rate in which cows and llamas are cleaned and slows down the rate in which their hygiene decays.

Better Animal Hunger by LittleMsSam

Scroll down to or search for ‘Better Animal Hunger’

Slows down the decay of Cottage Living animals’ hunger.

Better Animal Activity by LittleMsSam

Scroll down to or search for ‘Better Animal Activity’

Slows down the rate of activity/social decay for Cottage Living animals.

Less Autonomous Clean – Cows and Llamas by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘lessautonomousclean_cowlama’

Sims will only autonomously cleans cows and llamas when they’re actually dirty.

No Auto Clean, Clean Animals by Zero

Just like the mod above, prevents sims from autonomously cleaning animals that are already clean.

Dogs Chase Foxes More Often by Zero

Dogs will do a better job at protecting sims’ farms from foxes.

Llama Don’t Change Color by Zero

Prevents llamas from changing colors when fed special treats.

Cows Don’t Change Color by Zero

Prevents cows from changing colors when fed special treats.

No Deadly Animal Attacks by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘nodeadlyanimalsattack’

Angry rabbits and chickens will no longer kill sims (I hate the fact that I’m laughing while typing this 😂)

No Stinky Green Chickens by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘nostinkygreenchickens’

Disables the green cloud that appears around smelly chickens.

Needy Livestock Tweak by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘needylivestocktweak’

A combination of small mods that affects Cottage Living animals’ hunger, hygiene and the cleaning time of animal and animal shed cleanings.

Hire a Farmhand Mod by siriussimmer

Allows your sims to hire someone to tend to animals for them. Super helpful for farmers who also have jobs and other obligations.


Other Mods (Lot Challenges, Texts, Walkbys, etc…)

Gluten-Free Flour Override by xrssm

Removes gluten from the flour so all your gluten-sensitive sims can eat happily!

Clutter Anywhere Mods by Black-Shadow

Edits the slotting behavior in the game to allow various items to fit in/on any tiny surface slot.

Clutter Anywhere Part Two – Miscellaneous

Clutter Anywhere Part Six – Sculptures

Clutter Anywhere Part Five – Plants

Cottage Living – Tweaks & Fixes by Zero

Various fixes for some annoyances introduced with Cottage Living.

Agatha and Agnes Mortal

Village Gossipers are Residents

Grab Some Snack with Simple Living

Very Random Mix of Chicken Recolors by alan650

Various recolors to give chickens more variety.

Call Befriended Rabbit Out (via Rabbit Homes) Tweak by LittleMsSam

Scroll down to or search for ‘Call Befriended Rabbit Out (via Rabbit Homes) Tweak’

Makes it easier to lure befriended rabbits out of their homes.

Give Gifts More Produce Options To Rabbits by LittleMsSam

Scroll down to or search for ‘Give Gifts More Produce Options To Rabbits by LittleMsSam’

Allows sims to gift more produce to rabbits.


Fox Challenge Less by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘foxchallengeless’

Reduces the number of fox visits for lots with the ‘Fox Challenge’ trait.

Less Henford Text Spam by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘lesshenfordtextspam’

Reduces the number of Henford-on-Bagley related popups.

Less Walkbys in Some Worlds by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘lesswalkbysinsomeworlds’

Reduces the number of townies seen walking around Henford-on-Bagley as well as some areas in Windenburg.

Simple Living: Outdoor Retreat Campfire Fix by MAL22

Enables the ‘roast’ interaction for Outdoor Retreat campfires for lots with the ‘Simple Living’ lot challenge trait.

More Village Fair Competitors by Bienchen

Scroll down to or search for ‘morevillagefaircompetitors’

Increases the number of villagers for the Finchwick Fair competitions so your sims aren’t only competing with themselves.

Fixed Agnes Crumplebottom Cross-Stitch by ruby7844

Fixes the WIP photo once the Agnes Crumplebottom cross-stitch is complete.

Create Yarn from Wool by Zero

Completely reworks the yarn system to allow yarn to be crafted from wool.


Honorable Mentions

(other things that pair well with the aesthetic and gameplay of the pack)

photo courtesy of @pictureamoebae

Thatched Reshade Preset by pictureamoebae

A beautiful Reshade preset that goes perfectly with the country aesthetic of Henford-on-Bagley.
If you’re interested in trying Reshade but not sure where to start, check out this step-by-step guide. It’s super easy, I promise.

photo courtesy of @softerhaze

Milk Thistle – Henford-on-Bagley Lighting Overhaul by softerhaze

A Lighting mod full of lovely orange and purple tones (as seen in the photo above) that you can see during sunset in the skies of Henford-on-Bagley.

photo courtesy of @plumbobteasociety

Cottage Garden Stuff by The Plumbob Tea Society

Fan-made stuff pack full of things for CAS, build/buy, poses and more that each compliments the brand new country themed content in the Cottage Living pack.

photo courtesy of @theplumbobteasociety

Rustic Romance Stuff by The Plumbob Tea Society

Another fan-made stuff pack by The Plumbob Tea Society that literally has everything you’ll ever need to create the perfect rustic wedding right in Henford-on-Bagley.

Teanmoon’s Tea Party Birthday Set by The Plumbob Tea Society

This set is perfect for sims hoping to impress the Crumplebottoms with a fancy tea party! There are hairs, hats, accessories and even things for buy mode too!

Dwarf’s Doormat Gift by Serinion

Creates a brand new gift-giving system that your sims and NPCs can participate in too! I love having this one in my game!

K-Hippe’s World Texture Overrides Updated for Cottage Living

Completely overhauls the flat and cartoony look of the game’s grass, trees, terrain, flooring and so much more for a more realistic, high definition look. If you loved the look of Sims 3 landscaping, you’ll love this!

And that’s it for now! I hope the mods and custom content listed here help make your next gameplay enjoyable!

-India

For more pack specific mod recommendations, check out:

Must Have Mods for Sims 4 Seasons
Must Have Mods for Sims 4 Parenthood


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Must Have Mods for Sims 4 Seasons

A breakdown of some of the best mods out there for the Sims 4 Seasons expansion pack.

With the release of Cottage Living, I felt it was time to revisit the pack (and some much needed mods) that paved the way for our sims’ brand new country lifestyles. From more realistic weather to fixes for annoyances like community lots that refuse to un-decorate once holidays are over, there are tons of goodies here that are sure to make your experience with the Sims 4 Seasons much more enjoyable.

Beginners: If you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.

While researching the mods for this post, I made sure to check that they were still working and being maintained by the creator but the status could change at any time. Before downloading any mods, be sure to read the full download post and follow all directions specified by the creator. Mods tend to “break” after patches so always check the creator’s website for updates. Some of the mods here are very similar in nature and may not be compatible with each other.

Table of Contents

Weather and Temperature Mods
Holiday Traditions and Calendar Mods
Outfit Mods
Food and Gardening Mods
Other Mods (Autonomy, Club Interactions, Moodlets, etc…)

Weather and Temperature Mods

Improved Weather Variety for Worlds by Peterskywalker!

Alters the weather of every world to make it more unique. It improves things like thunderstorms (so they’re available in various seasons, not just summer) and changes the type of weather and temperature for each season in each world.

Weather Realism Overhaul [2.0] by no12

This is another mod that aims to make in-game weather more realistic by adding things like unreliable and tweaked weather forecasts, new weather transitions and visual changes for clouds and water puddles.

Better Seasonal Changes by no12

Provides tons of visual changes that make seasonal transitions a little more realistic. It alters things like flower growth in the spring, leaf accumulation in the fall and the overall coloring of the worlds to better match the season. It’s the perfect compliment to Weather Realism Overhaul 2.0 by the same creator.

Automatic Thermostat by LittleMsSam

For a moderate upgrade fee, the thermostat will automatically adjust according to the temperature, leaving your sims comfortable and free of complaints.

Better Thermostat Reactions by Lotharihoe

You know how sims love to drop everything they’re doing and tell you what they’re feeling? When they’re hot, they stop to fan themselves, when they’re cold, they stop to shiver. With this mod, they’ll continue to fan and shiver just while they do other things. Definitely worth checking out if you find the time they take to perform idle animations annoying.

Instant Thermostat Use by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘instant thermostat statuses’

If you’re okay with directing your sims to set the thermostat but wish they didn’t have to stop what they were doing to do so, this mod is for you! Just click the thermostat, select the appropriate setting and that’s it! No need to interrupt Harvestfest Dinner to keep the guests from freezing to death!

*may not be compatible with the mod above.

No Rain During Festivals by Lotharihoe

For some reason, it’s always raining at GeekCon which is crazy ’cause there are electronics… everywhere. Fortunately, this mod prevents that.

Lightning Don’t Break Objects by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Lightningdontbreakobjects’

Speaking of rain and electronics, this mod prevents outdoor objects from being struck by lightning and burnt to a crisp during thunderstorms. I was beyond tired of replacing my sims’ outdoor furniture week after week so this was a must-have for me.

Resolutions Tweak by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Resolutionstweak’

With this mod, your sims can now make resolutions any time. It also comes with a fix for the ‘lose weight’ and ‘get fit’ resolutions never being completed even when your sim meets their goal.

Less Rain More Sun by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Lessrainmoresun’

Alters the weather just a little my making it rain and snow less which really comes in handy for worlds like Brindleton Bay where it rains so often.

No Reaction to the Thermostat by Zero

You know that animation that sims do every.single.time they go in and out of the house whenever the thermostat is on? The one where they look up at the sky for like five seconds for no reason? This mod gets rid of that.

Reactions and Run Inside by Zero

Prevents sims from reacting to weather and running inside when things get messy outside.

Lightning Strikes Sims Reduced and Toggle Vampires Weather Immunity by Zero

Reduces the likeliness of lightning strikes and makes vampires immune to cold weather.

Weather Affects Mood More by Zero

Makes weather have a larger impact on sims’ moods!

Vampires React to Cold by TheFandomGirl

In the vanilla game, vampires don’t react to the cold. This mod changes that.

Holiday Traditions and Calendar Mods

Holiday Icons

More Holiday Icons by LittleMsSam

More Club and Holiday Icons by Zerbu


Holiday Traditions

No Work (Holiday Tradition) by LittleMsSam

School Holiday (New Holiday Tradition) by LittleMsSam

5 New Custom Holiday Traditions by RenegadeSims

Random Holiday Traditions by LittleMsSam

Assorted Custom Holiday Traditions by icemunmun

Snowy Escape Holiday Traditions by simsbyalyne

5 New Toddler Holiday Traditions by Caradriel

5 Food Holiday Traditions by Caradriel


Custom Holidays

Additional Premade Holidays by erekking

No Premade Holidays by chihuahuazero

Surprise Holidays Be Gone by simmytime

Wheel of the Year – Default Holiday Replacements by Litherium

Holiday Mods

No Holidays Failure Drama by andiberlin

Changes up sims’ reactions to failed holidays giving them a little more personality.

21 Day Seasons Instead of 28 by LittleMsSam

Changes the 28 day season to 21 days.

Less Frequent Surprise Holiday by Zero

Reduces the frequency of surprise holidays that pop up on the calendar like Rebate Day, Neighborhood Brawl day, New Skill Day, etc…

Outfit Mods

More Umbrella Variations in the World by LittleMsSam

Sims around the world will carry umbrellas in various styles.

Umbrella Tweak by Zero

Prevents your sim’s umbrella selection from being deleted and replaced with the standard black umbrella.

Sims Change Outfit When Hot or Cold by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Simschangeoutfitwhenhotorcold’

Sims will automatically change into the appropriate attire for the weather.

Thermostat Outfit Tweak by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Thermostatoutfittweak’

Same as above but for indoor settings with thermostats or fireplaces.

Situation Outfits Begone by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Situationoutfitsbegone’

Prevents a number of weird outfit situations (ie: layers upon layers of random clothing and accessories when it rains) from happening to sims in the world.

No Umbrella for Toddlers by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Noumbrellasfortoddlers’

Toddlers look so weird with umbrellas. This prevents you from having to withness this, lol.

Food and Gardening Mods

More Grand Meals by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Moregrandmeals’

Adds more recipes to the Grand Meals menu for the Harvestfest and Winterfest holidays.

Calm Bees by LittleMsSam

Adds an interaction to the bee box that allows sims to quickly put the bees in a better mood.

Gardening for All Seasons by gettp

Makes it possible for plants to grow in all seasons. Also has additional mods to alter the time of day when plants spawn produce each day.

Plants Go Dormant in Winter Only by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Plantsgodormantinwinteronly’

Just like the mod above, prevents plants from going dormant in any season other than winter.

*may not be compatible with the mod above.

Other Mods (Autonomy, Club Interactions Moodlets, etc…)

Snowflake Default Replacement by Lothorihoe

Replaces the default texture of the snowflake.

Autonomous Beekeeping Club Interaction by siriussimmer

Adds a custom beekeeping interaction for club gatherings.

Harvestfest Gnomes Tweaks by Lothorihoe

Prevents gnomes from spawning on Harvestfest. Also reduces the frequency of the ‘good gnome’ effects.

Mistletoe Kiss in Winter Only by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Mistletoekissinwinteronly’

Makes the mistletoe kiss available only in the winter season.

No Holiday Ghost Walkbys by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Noholidayghostwalkbys’

Ghosts will no longer roam the neighborhoods on holidays with the ‘mourning’ tradition.

More Dynamic Ball Fights by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Moredynamicballfights’

Makes water balloon fights a little more interactive and less stand-still-looking-in-the-wrong-direction, lol.

Faster Balloon Fights by Zero

Also alters the water balloon fights by reducing the playing time.

*may not be compatible with the mod above.

Nature Walk for Everyone by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Naturewalkforeveryone’

Enables the ‘Nature Walk’ interaction that’s usually only available for sims in the Gardening career for everyone and increases their gardening skill while they’re at it!

Storm Moodlet Tweak by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Stormmoodlettweak’

Thunderstorms will no longer scare all sims. Instead, their reaction will be determined by age and traits.

Immediate Deco Options for Unowned Lots By: Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Immediatedecooptionsforunownedlots’

Allows you to remove decorations from community and other unowned lots using the decoration box.

Remove Decorations on Every Lot by Zero

Just like the mod above, adds a new debug option to automatically remove decorations.

*may not be compatible with the mod above.


Lot Trait Sunny Aspect Tweak by Bienchen

Search for or scroll down to ‘Lottraitsunnyaspecttweak’

On lots where the ‘Sunny Aspect’ lot trait is applied, the weather will stay sunny for 24 hours. Also guarantees sunny weather for the Romance, Humor and Hijinks and GeekCon festivals.

Autonomous Swing set Only for Children by Zero

Prevents adults from hogging up the swing sets at parks so that kids actually get a chance to play!

No Auto Shovel by Zero

Calms down the excessive snow shoveling that tends to happen during the winter season.

No Autonomous Pool unless is hot by Zero

Helps sims make better choices by preventing them from using the pool in cold weather.

And that’s it for now! I hope the mods listed here help provide enjoyment in your game!

-India

For more mod recommendations, check out:

Must Have Mods for Sims 4 Parenthood
Much Needed CAS Upgrades for Sims 4
5 Must Have Mods for Realistic Relationships in Sims 4
16 Mods for Better Romance and Relationships in Sims 4
Better Food and Cooking in Sims 4
Better Pregnancies in Sims 4



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5 Must Have Mods for Realistic Relationships in Sims 4

A breakdown of some gameplay changing mods that totally overhauls relationships by super talented modder, Lumpinou.

Lumpinou is quickly becoming my absolute favorite modder in the Sims 4 community. Not only is she kind and super helpful, she’s literally filling in so many gaps in terms of what the game is missing in relationships and pregnancies! Her mods alone have single handedly changed the way I play my game and taken my in-game relationships to a whole new level. If you’re interested in stepping up your sims’ dating lives and giving them a little more personality, keep reading below.

Note for Beginners: If you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.

Road to Romance

This mod does so much for your sims’ love life from turning romance into a skill to practice and eventually master to adding new interactions such as: confiding in friends and families about relationship problems, couples and singles counseling, and so much more! I personally use this mod (and all of the ones below) in conjunction with Have Some Personality Please by PolarBearSims which works perfectly to help sims’ relationships feel more lively by having them perform autonomous interactions based on their mood and relationship level.

No Strings Attached

Ever wished your sim could have a friends-with-benefits kind of situation where they or the friend could possibly catch one sided feelings that could pop up and mess everything up?! Well with this mod, exactly this could happen! With the new relationship option, ‘friends with benefits’, sims can proposition other sims to have all the benefits of a relationship without the commitment, jealousy and feelings… well… that’s the plan anyway 😁.

Open Love Life

Now this mod allows sims to take control of their own love lives — well, sort of. See what it does is, automatically applies a ‘relationship preference’ in the form of a special trait that states what kind of relationship the sim prefers. Options include: ‘prefers romantically inclusive relationships’, ‘indifferent to being romantically exclusive’ and ‘prefers non-exclusive relationships’. Having these kinds of preferences makes dating around so much more exciting! In my personal gameplay, my sim, was dating two different guys who she had great relationships with. Aside from general things like the amount of time spent together and physical compatibility (Wicked Whims Attractiveness System), I needed to know which one wanted the same kind of future she did. One preferred romantically exclusive relationships and the other was indifferent to being romantically exclusive. Having this kind of info was so helpful in moving forward but not enough for me to make my decision. Fortunately, Lumpinou has us covered with the Woohoo Wellness + Pregnancy Overhaul mod!

Woohoo Wellness + Pregnancy Overhaul

Birth control, WTDs (Woohoo Transmitted Diseases), accidental pregnancies, teen pregnancies, paternity tests, shotgun weddings, birth/family planning classes, pregnancy preferences — this mod offers so much, I can’t even begin to unpack it here so it’s definitely worth reading through the notes on the download page (same with all of the mods mentioned here ) if you want the full experience. In reference to my gameplay and my sim’s decision though, the guy that preferred exclusive relationships, did not want children whereas the guy who was indifferent to exclusive relationships did, so that’s how I made my choice. What can I say, I’m a legacy player so kids are always in the picture for me, lol!

I also use Pregnancy Overhaul and Ultrasound Scan by LittleMsSam in conjunction with this mod for a better pregnancy experience.

Contextual Social Interactions + Cheating Module

Aside from adding a ton of new social interactions to the game, this mod also has an awesome cheating module that completely, IMO, improves the cheating system in game. There’s options to apologize for cheating, promise to be faithful, explain the situation to the children, for kids to blame parents for causing hurt and so much more! In one of my previous saves, my sim who was pregnant by a married man (Victor Feng) was completely floored when he randomly, out of the blue, questioned the identity of the baby’s father! I have never been more insulted and excited by a sim in this game!😂

You can find Lumpinou on the web via Twitter, Discord and Patreon.

And that’s it for now! If you have any questions, fire them off in the comments below.

Happy Simming,
-India

credits: Lumpinou, PolarBearsims and LittleMsSam for their amazing mods!


For more mods for pregnancies and relationships, be sure to check out my other articles:

Better Pregnancies in Sims 4
16 Mods for Romance & Relationships in Sims 4


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Much Needed CAS Upgrades for Sims 4

A breakdown of some really useful mods that open up more options in Create-A-Sim along with some that provide optional but much needed cosmetic changes too.

For those of you who spend a whole lot of time in CAS, whether you’re creating new sims or giving makeovers to older ones, you may find yourself wanting more variety in terms of genetics or even the environment itself. There may be little things you find annoying or things you could use that would make your Create-A-Sim experience a little less difficult (for those of you who use every single slot in the Skin Details section, you know exactly what I’m talking about, lol) but it’s okay — because I have some things that might be exactly what you always wanted or didn’t even know you needed.

Note for Beginners: If you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.


More Columns in CAS by weerbesu

Extends the number of columns in CAS from just 2 to 3, 4 or 5 columns! Perfect for players who have a lot of custom content and for items with a ton of swatches.

CAS Presets Mod by zerbu

Adds a huge number of presets for eyes, noses, lips, etc … which provides a whole lot of variety for creating new sims.

Unlocked CAS Parts by fogity

Unlocks CAS items that usually have to be earned through promotions or other gameplay events as well as some NPC items that aren’t available in the catalog at all. Perfect for storytellers who may need the astronaut or mailperson outfits for a scene or someone who just wants access to everything!

For even more CAS unlocks check out these posts by storylegacysims:

Eco Lifestyle Clothes Unlocked
Base Game Cleats
Discover University Clothes Unlocked
Get Famous Sparkle Pants
Style Influencer Items Unlocked

CAS Unlocks v1.1 by crilender

Not to be confused with the mods above that unlocks mainly clothing and accessory items, this mod focuses specifically on genetics. It makes things like tattoos and certain makeup options that are usually locked for kids and toddlers available for all sims in the specified life state. It also makes things like facial hair and occult specific skin details available for all ages, genders and life states.

No CC Wrench in CAS by ClaudiaSharon

A really simple mod that does exactly what the name says and removes the wrench from all CC items in CAS.

Stand Still in CAS Mod by Shimrod101 & Shooksims, updated by MizoreYukii

Makes all sims stand still. Might come in handy for those who have a hard time sculpting the perfect sim because they just won’t stand still!

Tidy Details & Tidy Tattoos by sparrowcc

This mod is a Godsend for all of us skindetailaholics! What it does is place a little orange labeled divider between each category (ie: forehead crease, left cheek mole, acne, etc…) so that you always know what slot you’ve already used. Gone are the days of adding the perfect overlay just to realize you can’t use it because it shares the same slot as the freckles you were planning to use. Does the same thing for tattoos. I honestly could not imagine my life in CAS without it.

Tidy Accessories by sparrowcc

Just like its’ sister mod above, it places a little orange labeled divider between each category in all of the accessory categories and like I said before, it is a Godsend!

CAS Overhaul v2 by luumia

Completely overhauls and improves the lighting in CAS making a better environment for CAS photos. Also includes various CAS background options.

Old School CAS Room for Sims 4 by LittleDica

A throwback to Sims 2 and 3 CAS with the dressing room look. My all time favorite CAS background purely because of the nostalgia is gives me.

Check out the following link for other CAS backgrounds: Other CAS Backgrounds

Note: You can only have one CAS Background installed at a time. You must remove any custom CAS Background before installing a new one.

Credits: weerbesu, zerbu, fogity, crilender, claudiasharon, sparowcc, luumia, storylegacysims and littledica for their amazing mods & custom content!


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Must Have Mods for Sims 4 Parenthood

A breakdown of some mods that are must haves for the Sims 4 Parenthood.

Parenthood is one of my favorite game packs but like all packs, there’s always something I wish there was a little more or a little less of. The mods in this article help tone down or get rid of a lot of annoying things introduced with the pack as well as add new gameplay or cosmetic changes. As a bonus, I threw in a short tutorial for enabling child support payments with MC Command Center.

Beginners: If you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.

Before downloading any mods, be sure to read the full download post and follow all directions specified by the creator. Mods tend to “break” after patches so always check the creator’s website for updates.

* Parenthood pack may be required for these mods *

Make Less Mess/Clean Less Mess by Miss Puff

Ever feel like the kids and toddlers in game are constantly making messes? Like they just break out of whatever interaction they were performing just to go make a random mess? Or worse, to clean up the mess they just made for absolutely no reason at all? Well this mod helps with that by changing the autonomy of the “Make a Mess” and “Clean Up Mess” interactions making them occur less often. With this mod installed, the likelihood of messes being made or cleaned up will also be influenced by trait, mood and character value level.

Chores by littlemssam

This mod makes the bulletin board that comes with the pack useful for more than just obsessively hanging drawings and leaving notes by adding cleaning schedules for members of your sims’ household. Great for teaching your sim kids responsibility or large households which are notorious for staying dirty.

Lunchbox Replacement by aroundthesims4

Tired of brown sack lunches and want your sims to carry their leftovers in something a little more stylish instead? Well with this mod, you can choose between three super cute lunchboxes that will override the sack lunches in game. Styles include: plastic Tupperware container, kids lunchbox and dabba/canister. This is a default replacement which means it will override all lunchboxes in game. Be sure to read the directions before downloading.

* scroll down to the last three options towards the bottom of the page *

School Project is Fun for Some by littlemssam

This is a really simple mod that makes school projects a little more fun for sims based on their grade in school. As you can probably guess, A students receive a large boost to their fun motive and D and F students receive no boost at all.

No More School Project Box by Nova JY

If you and your sims happen to hate school projects no matter how fun they promise to be, this mod gets rid of them for you.

No Autonomous Set Table by littlemssam

If your sims have requested not to have fancy table settings during meals but the kids in the house refuse to listen, this mod should cure them of their mustsetthetableitis.

Parenting Skill for Teens and More by littlemssam

Ever heard the saying, it takes a village to raise a child? Well, I believe this is absolutely true and I also believe that the village should also earn parenting skills from taking care of those children. With this mod, other family members such as grandparents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and step-siblings can all earn parenting skills when caring for and disciplining children. Also unlocks the parenting skill for teens too!

Faster Gain and Lose Character Values by Diffevair

If you tend to play on shorter or longer lifespans, this mod might be useful in helping your child and teen sims earn as many positive (or negative) character values before aging up.

No Ask for Advice — Parenthood by PolarBearSims

When you play large households, the constant need for advice can be a little overwhelming at times. With this mod, child and teen sims will no longer ask for advice unless directed to do so by you.

Lower Threshold for Parenthood Traits by tyjokr

Feel like it’s way too easy to raise well-mannered, empathetic, responsible kids? Well this mod makes it a lot easier to fall into the threshold for negative character value traits and ultimately makes you and the sim parent work a little harder to raise good kids.

No Change into Bear Costume by PolarBearSims

Okay so, I am NOT a fan of that bear costume, like at all, lol. If you feel the same way, this mod might be great for you. It prevents child sims from autonomously changing into the costume but unfortunately does not get rid of the negative moodlet that comes from not wearing it during the Bear Phase.

Bear Phase Tweak by Bienchen 83

With this mod the Bear Phase is gone! Well, not really but it’s way more bearable (lol) because with this mod, child sims will change into either a princess or pirate costume instead of those ugly bear suits. There’s two flavors; one that removes the sad moodlet completely (if they don’t wear the costume) and another that keeps the sad moodlet but weakens its intensity.

* scroll down to or search for “bearphasetweak” *

Clingy Childhood Phase Tweak by Bienchen 83

This mod prevents child sims who are going through the Clingy Phase from becoming tense from being around their siblings, grandparents or close friends.

* scroll down to or search for “clingychildhoodphasetweak” *

Granny’s Super Soup by Bienchen 83

I’ve mentioned a few times how much I love food mods so it’s probably easy to guess that this one is one of my favorites. It transforms the Minestrone recipe into a special super soup that can help fight colds and pimples and can only be prepared by sims with at least level 5 parenting skill. Also requires the Dine Out game pack.

* scroll down to or search for “grannyssupersoup” *

Parenthood Food Retexture by Utopia Sims

Check out this article for HD food retextures for all Sims 4 packs as well as custom foods your sims will love!

Parents deserve a little love and romance too, right? And if there’s parenthood, there’s a good chance pregnancy’s happening somewhere too so check out my other articles for mods all about romance and pregnancy:

5 Must Have Mods for Realistic Relationships in Sims 4
16 Mods for Better Romance & Relationships in Sims 4
Better Pregnancies in Sims 4

Enable Child Support with MC Command Center

So this has nothing to do with the Parenthood game pack but since this post is pretty much about parents and parenting, I thought I’d throw this one in there too. So MC Command Center has this really cool feature that allows parents of child sims to collect child support from the non-custodial parent (parent the child does not live with). It happens automatically and applies to all households in the world where there are children living with only one parent.

To activate this feature: Click on any computer in any sim household from live view and select MC Command Center from the pie menu:

Next select MCCC Settings.

Then Money Settings > Pay Child Support.
This determines if an additional amount will be added to the active household’s weekly bills for each child they have that does not live with them.

Select the “value” or status of the custodial parent (parent the child lives with) for child support earnings/payments to occur. Options are:
A = All
M = Married Only
U = Unmarried Only
N = None

Next, select Back then Child Support Percent.

Enter the percentage of your choice. The default is 1% and takes into account the non-custodial parent’s total worth which includes lot value plus total funds. You can choose a number between 1%-1000%. I would aim for something realistic like 3%-10% just to be safe.

And that’s it! I hope you find the mods and suggestions listed here helpful!


If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out Must Have Mods for Sims 4 Seasons!


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16 Mods for Better Romance & Relationships in Sims 4

A breakdown of some of my favorite mods that enhance the romance in relationships for Sims 4.

One thing I–and a lot of other simmers–feel is lacking in the game, is romance and fun in relationships. After playing for a while, things start to get real repetitive and real boring. I mean, they can only flirt, embrace, kiss, woohoo so many times before I’m ready to move on. If you’re finding yourself stuck in a state of my-sims-need-spice-in-their-lives too, read on for some awesome mod suggestions.

Note for beginners: If you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.

Before downloading any mods, be sure to read the full download post and follow all directions specified by the creator. Mods tend to “break” after patches so always check the creator’s website for updates.


Click the mod’s name for the link.

Wicked Whims Attractiveness System (18+) by turbodriver

This is hands down one of the most exciting mods out there, IMO. The attractiveness feature gives each sim their own very detailed preferences ranging from: physical details like hair and eye color, body type, even thigh and butt size–if that’s your kind of thing; and non-physical details like personality type. With this mod, sims can find the sim of their dreams all on their own and it’s fantastic.

If you’re interested in this feature of the mod, but not all the other stuff, check out, Making Wicked Whims A Little Less … Wicked, to learn how to customize the settings and turn off most of the sexual parts of the mod or download Wonderful Whims, which is basically a PG-13 version of this mod.

Not sure which mod is right for you? Check out Wicked Whims or Wonderful Whims, Which is Right for You?

SimDa Dating App by littlemssam

Ever wish your sims could expand their dating pool a little? See who else is out there besides the few sims that show up at the bar every night, or that one sim that seems to work at every food stall in every world every single day? Well, this mod’s got you covered. From blind dates to one-night-stands, your sim will have more options than they know what to do with. There’s even an add-on for Wicked Whims for those of you who want some really … really fun hook ups.

Improved Relationships – Cheating & Consequences by zero’s sims 4 mods

Okay so, this one doesn’t necessarily improve romances–it does the exact opposite–because instead of letting sims get away with flirting and messing around with other sims, it provides real consequences for those who decide to stray from their relationship. Sims who are caught cheating can apologize, explain the situation, blame the other sim, and even blame their partner. Sims who were cheated on can confront their partner, confront the other sim, forgive their partner or instead fight them. Could you imagine? I can!

MC Woohoo by deaderpool

MC Command Center is amazing, we all know this–a literal godsend to this game–but did you know that there is an MC Woohoo and that it does for your sims’ woohoo life what MC Command Center does for the rest of the game? With risky woohoo, no strings woohoo (woohoo friends), birth control options, even a full-blown woohoo skill, this mod has so, so much to offer.

Slice of Life Mod by kawaiistacie

This mod does a lot of different things that add interesting and unexpected events to the game. For the purpose of this article though, I’m just going to point out the Memory System which allows sims to finally have memories–real memories–that have a huge impact on their mood. Things like: marriage, divorce, first kiss, first woohoo, being cheated on, and break-ups will actually affect their day-to-day lives. There’s also a Drunk system that allows sims to make questionable woohoo choices such as: drunk woohoo and risky woohoo.

Pillow Talk After Woohoo by shimrod101

This mod just replaces the roll over and sleep or jump straight out of bed animation that usually plays after woohoo with a cute and cuddly one instead. Great for gameplay photos!

Ask For A Romantic Massage by littlemssam

If your sim just so happens to have a massage table conveniently located in their house, they can ask for a romantic massage from a love interest. Perfect for a date night at home and will put each sim in a strong, flirty mood.

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Passionate Romance by sacrificial

This mod adds romantic interactions to the game that are super cute to watch play out between sims who are all in lurve. Goose (from Sims 2), romantic hug and romantic selfie are just a few that are included. Install this mod before the Romance Festival and watch all the couples get all snuggly during the event. It’s so cute!

Slow Dance by sacrificial

Adds a slow dance interaction, which is so needed for weddings or dates or any occasion where sims are enjoying slow music with their significant other.

Romantic Stargaze by sacrifical

Adds a romantic stargaze interaction for couples who like to snuggle while watching the stars. Sounds like a great ending to a sweet picnic date or a night at the beach to me.

Autonomous Proposals by polarbearsims

Enables the option for autonomous proposals, making it possible for NPCs to ask your sim for their hand in marriage. MC Command Center also has this option that you can toggle on, so this mod is not needed if you play with it.

Autonomous Weddings by polarbearsims

Enables the option for autonomous weddings, making it possible for sims to marry autonomously either at a wedding arch or by eloping. Perfect if even you want to be surprised when the lovebirds tie the knot.

Risky Woohoo by polarbearsims

So this mod makes any and all woohoo risky–meaning unplanned pregnancies are almost always possible. It also includes cool things like fertility levels for sims. I know this doesn’t contribute to romance per se, but I can definitely see a one-night-stand turned unplanned pregnancy turned life long lovers–or not–kind of situation stemming from this. Makes for a pretty interesting story!

Love Email Tweak by bienchen83

When your sim sends a love email to a sim of interest, this mod makes it possible for them to be asked out on a date by their crush.

* Scroll down to or search for “loveemailtweak” for the download link *


Less Jealous by bienchen83

If you’ve ever played a sim with the Jealous trait, you’ve probably noticed it can be a bit extreme at times, and that they are often tense because of negative thoughts regarding what their partner is probably–but more than likely not–doing behind their back. This mod tones that down some so that they are more likely to be reassured by their partner’s presence.

* Scroll down to or search for “lessjealous” for the download link *

MC Command Center by deaderpool

MC Command Center comes up every time I recommend mods because it really does that much. In the case of romance and relationships, it controls all story progression with NPC relationships. Because of this mod, they can get married, have kids, cheat, have kids outside of their relationship, break up, and move out without any involvement from you. It also allows you to turn off the random flirting that happens naturally in the game if you find that kind of thing annoying.

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Better Food and Cooking in Sims 4

A roundup of some of the best mods for food and cooking in the Sims 4. Features things like custom recipes, grocery shopping, preserve canning, autonomy fixes and better looking food!

Note for Beginners: If you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.

One of my most favorite things in life is food! From cooking shows to Pinterest recipes to art, I love it all. So I’m sure this comes as no surprise that I’m the same way with my sims which is why I’m always on the hunt for mods that makes their food prettier or cooking itself a little more interesting. In this post, we’ll discuss my favorite mods that makes food and cooking better in the Sims 4. You might want to get comfortable though, this is a long one. *This post will be updated continuously as I find more amazing mods to add to the list so remember to subscribe for updates!

For easier reading, jump to the desired section using the links below:

Cooking and Baking Mods
Cookbooks, Snacks and Serving Options
Custom Food Textures
Buyable Foods and Drinks

Cooking and Baking Mods

I like a little bit of realism when it comes to cooking for my sims. If you do too, take a look at the mods below that can do things like, add custom recipes to the game or even implement grocery shopping.

Custom Food Interactions by TheFoodGroup – this mod makes it possible to cook custom foods and adds recipes to the game. There are plenty of recipes that can be found within the download post itself but there is one creator whose recipe catalog is huge and worth mentioning on it’s own and that’s icy-spicy-scalpel.

  • icy-spicy-scalpel – has hundreds of custom recipes including cultural Indian dishes, holiday dishes and even custom harvestables that your sim and grow in their garden and use while cooking. She even has a custom canning station which is personally something I’ve always wanted in this game.

Custom Drink Interactions by TheFoodGroup – just like it’s sister mod above, it makes it possible to have custom drinks in your game. Drink options include non-alcoholic and alcoholic options. There are recipes linked in the download post and icy-spicy-scalpel has a large selection of drink recipes as well.

Grannie’s Cookbook by littlbowbubs – Just like the mods listed above this one adds custom recipes to the game but only requires a special cookbook, Grannie’s Cookbook, that can be placed in your sim’s house and passed down from generation to generation. As someone who is a legacy player, I find this adorable.

Ye Old Recipe Book by littlbowbubs – Another one of Jess’ creations that is solely for medieval recipes. Great for historical or even off-the-grid players.

No Required Recipe Ingredients by scarletqueenkat – if you want your sim to finally be able to make all those recipes that are usually grayed out for lack of ingredients, this mod removed the ingredient requirement for those recipes such as fried fish which requires your sim to have fish available to prepare the meal.

Srsly’s Complete Cooking Overhaul by srslysims – this mod is gonna get you as close as you can get to grocery shopping in the Sims 4. Unfortunately, I don’t have this one installed as I use the No/All Required Recipe Ingredients mod instead so I can’t provide any personal insight but I’ve heard good things about this one.

Bake Cupcake Machine Items in Oven by emilypl27 – if you usually find yourself scrambling to make room for that clunky cupcake machine in your sim’s house or bakery, you’ll definitely want to check this one out. It takes all recipes from the machine and makes them bakeable in the oven. However, if you do like the idea of having the cupcake machine but need one that’s just a little smaller and cuter, check out the Smaller Cupcake Machine by esmeralda.

Juice Blender by plasticbox | updated by floppant – with this mod, your sims can use produce from their garden, such as: apples, grapes, carrots, etc … to make juices! It goes perfectly with breakfast and is non-fattening!

Healthy Drinks by littlemssam – does the same as the mod above except you can grab them straight from the refrigerator. No blending or additional appliances required!


Cookbooks, Snacks and Serving Options

Cookbooks, Cultural, Seafood and Jungle by littlemssam – adds buyable cookbooks to the game that can be purchased by your sim. After just a few sim hours, they will have learned all recipes from the City Living, Cats & Dogs and Jungle Adventure packs (depending on which ones you download) without having to try them all individually at food stalls and restaurants, adding so much more variety to meals at home.

More Serving Options and Better Mealtimes by littlemssam – this mod does a whole lot from providing additional serving sizes (meal for 2, for example) to re-categorizing dessert recipes and skill requirements to correspond with baking instead of cooking.

More Experimental Food Servings by littlemssam – adds additional servings options to experimental meals.

More Seafood Servings by littlemssam – adds additional servings options to seafood meals.

Food Related Mods by bienchen. Bienchen has a ton of mods that are useful in the cooking department that I recommend checking out. They can all be found on one page so I’ll list them all together below:

  • Faster Cooking (faster cooking)- reduces the number of unnecessary idles performed during cooking (randomly viewing a salt shaker while in the middle of scrambling eggs) to speed up the process
  • More Food At Bar (morefoodatbar) – expands the menus in bars
  • More Food at Cafe (morefoodatcafe) – expands the menus in cafes
  • Use More Ingredients (pboxupdated_usemoreingredients) – increases the amount of fresh ingredients required for cooking to make things a little more realistic
  • Better Food Quality (betterfood quality) – improves the quality of foods in restaurants, market stalls, cafes, bars and buffet tables so your sims go home full and happy
  • Fridge More Snacks (fridge_moresnacks) – expands the options available in the snack menu on refrigerators (pretzels and croissants!)
  • Better Bread (betterbread)- makes bread recipes (muffins, bread loaves, bagels, etc …) more filling so they can serve as actual meals (think coffee and bagels for breakfast)
  • Banquet Table Tuning (banquettabletuning) – adds additional options to the banquet table (requires Luxury Party Stuff)

Custom Food Textures

Okay so, the food in the game isn’t too pretty to look at especially if you zoom in too close, but these custom food textures make your sims’ recipes look delicious!

*Note: You must have the required packs for these textures to work. Also, be aware that they are default replacements and will override the original food textures in game.

**Note: All of these food textures can be used together so no need to worry about conflicts.

Food Texture Overhaul by asteria-sims (provides textures for most base game foods)

Wedding Cake Texture by lovintree (turns the standard gourmet wedding cake into a beautiful two-tiered red velvet cake)

Base Game Food Texture by utopiasims

Get Together Food Texture by utopiasims

Get To Work Food Texture by utopiasims

City Living Food Texture by utopiasims

Luxury Party Food Texture by utopiasims

Spooky Food Texture by utopiasims

Seasons Food Texture by utopiasims

Jungle Adventure Food Texture by utopiasims


Buyable Foods and Drinks

Maybe your sims are busy and don’t have time to cook. Or maybe they’re having a party and forgot to order pizza. Orrr maybe they just want McDonalds for a change? Regardless of the reason, these buyable foods and drinks, by Around The Sims 4, provide so many new options for your sims to enjoy and the best part is, they require no additional mods and are located right in buy mode, cooked and ready to eat!

Middle Eastern Editable Pastries (baklava, makrout, etc.)

Alcoholic Bar Drinks (vodka, margarita, etc.)

Drinkable Hot Drinks (herbal tea, hot chocolate, etc.)

Drinkable Cold Drinks (soda, beer, etc.)

Drinkable Cold Drinks (milkshakes, energy drinks, etc.)

Edible Pastries (apple pie, sandwich baguette, etc.)

McDonald’s Custom Foods and Drinks (big macs, chicken nuggets, etc.) – these items can even be ordered in restaurants!

Edible Junk Food (Oreos, Pringles, etc.)

Edible Movie Theater Popcorn

And that’s it for now! I hope this post gets your sims better food and cooking in their lives.

-India

Credits: thefoodgroup, icy-spicy-scalpel, littlbowbub, scarletqueenkat, srslysims, emilypl27, plasticbox, floppant, asteria-sims, lovintree, utopiasims, aroundthesims4, littlemssam, bienchen83 for their amazing mods and custom content!


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