Coachella 2022

The girls head out to participate in the Simblr Coachella event.

One thing I really love about the Simblr (Sims community on Tumblr) community are the events put together by simmers. It’s so fun to see everyone come together, and share their own creative spin on another’s idea.

I’m always late to the party, lol, so I don’t do a whole lot of these, but the Coachella event just happened to come around when I had some downtime. In the story’s universe, I’m 105% positive going to this was Cassandra’s idea. Jesminder loves a good girls’ night (and a good drink) so she was on board from the jump. Camilla, though, needed some convincing that one night away from Amir wouldn’t kill her (since she’s neck-deep in the honeymoon phase of their new relationship) but in the end, they had a great night.


Y’all know I love sharing the goodies I find, so below are a few links to the things they’re wearing:

Jesminder’s Look:

hair / earrings / necklace / top / bottoms / nails

Camilla’s Look:

hair / top / bottoms / nails / iphone

Cassandra’s Look:

hair + ombre accessory / earrings / necklace / nose ring / top (by babytears but I can’t find it!)/ bottoms / nails

If you’d like to see other simmers’ looks and performances, check out the #coachellecollective2022 tag on Tumblr.


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Go Out Or Stay In?

Impromptu photo shoot of Camilla and Amir in one of Sulani’s beautiful beach hotels.

I came across two pose packs, Purr by afrosimtricsims (early access until 6/6/22) and YOLO by dearkims and had put them to use.

Whenever Camilla and Amir are together, they’re always tempted to skip all their plans and stay in. I imagine it would be no different on the beautiful beaches of Sulani.

Camilla’s hair + outfit

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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)

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During one of my more recent CC shopping sprees, I stumbled across this hair and this outfit, and just knew I had to get Camilla in it.

During one of my more recent CC shopping sprees, I stumbled across this hair and this outfit, and just knew I had to get Camilla in it. Now, her style is nothing like this. I would actually categorize it more as ‘cute’ than ‘sexy’, but I figured she wouldn’t mind making an exception for a little photoshoot.

If you’re interested in the items pictured in this post, check out the links below:

outfit / hair / eyeliner/shadow / nails


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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


For all of my other sim shenanigans, catch me at the links below:

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Summer Weekend Look🌴☀️🍑

I found this super cute dress and perfectly fitting pose while CC shopping yesterday and put together this lil’ photoshoot. You can find the links for a few of the things pictured in this shoot below.

dress | hair | pose

Posting will resume shortly. I’m currently like, halfway through the next episode and hoping to have it shot, edited and posted sometime next week so be on the lookout!


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Oh and one more thing! I did some rearranging around here and added a new category called Vol: One Extras where you can find all the non-story posts and photoshoots for the story. For all of my other CC picks that I post here from time to time, check out my CC Finds section.



Sticker Boxes – A Recolor

A recolor of the Sticker Storage boxes from Eco Lifestyle.

In all of my gameplays I get a ton of use out of those little storage boxes that came with Eco Lifestyle and by a ton, I mean a LOT! Since I use different boxes for different things I needed more designs to match it’s use. For those of you who have not tried out these boxes and have no idea why I love them so much, I’ll explain. These storage boxes act as their own individual inventory system. Unlike bookshelves and refrigerators, they don’t share inventories with anything else so you can literally have several for different things! Want a box for all those seeds those gnomes leave all over the place during Harvestfest? You got it! Want another for your collection of snow globes? Got that too! Need somewhere to store of all the adventure gear you have left over from your last jungle adventure? Mhm hmm!

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


Details:

— 72 swatches (that hopefully provides enough variety for all of your needs!
— Eco Lifestyle is required since this is just a recolor
— Search [mellindi] in the catalog to easily find them

TOU:

  • Don’t re-upload or claim as yours
  • Can include in builds as long as they are 100% free (so commissions or early access — no)
  • Enjoy!
Pack icons used are from various sets by L’UniversSims

Download (click the link and file will download automatically)


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20 Gameplay Ideas for Family Players of Sims 4

A breakdown of some of my favorite activities that keep my sim families happy, connected and having fun!

It’s no secret that I love family gameplay. It’s what I do. I create a sim, get their life going, have them fall in love, get married, have babies — not always in this particular order — but you get the picture. So one question I get asked all the time from other simmers who also enjoy the legacy lifestyle but can’t quite figure out how to keep their sims’ lives, well, lively is what my sims actually do when I’m in game.

Sims 4, compared to its predecessors, requires a lot of imagination from the player. This makes it kinda hard to keep the motivation going especially on weekends when the whole family is home from work/school and waiting for you to give them something to do. Fortunately, I have some ideas! 20 to be exact! So keep reading for a list of fun activities to incorporate into your sims’ lives.

Some of the activities listed here requires or recommends the use of mods and/or CC, so if you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.

Also be aware that I own all of the packs (with the exception of Journey to Batuu) so many of them will be mentioned here.


1. Backyard Camping

Instead of traveling all the way to Granite Falls for the yearly family camping trip, pitch a tent (or two) in the backyard and have a little camping adventure right at your sims’ house! Grab some snacks, a radio, maybe even a few books and make it a memorable night with the family. If your sims happen to own a fire pit (or you hop in buy mode to get one for them real quick) they can roast hot dogs or marshmallows and tell a few ghost stories to get everyone in the campfire spirit.

Packs needed: Base Game, Outdoor Retreat

2. Lemonade Sale

So it’s Summer time and the kids are bored at home with nothing to do. On top of that, they’ve been begging for an allowance but their parents are not trying to hear it. Well fortunately for them, they have the opportunity to make their own money by running a lemonade stand! With this Lemonade mod by icy-spicy-scalpel, kids (or any other sim, teen-elder) can set up and run a lemonade stand just like they do on TV!

*If you really want the ability to give your sim kiddies allowance, check out the Allowance Mod by ScarletsMods. I personally use this one for my gameplay and I love it.

Packs needed: Base Game, City Living

3. Picnic in the Park

Pack up your family, some BLTs or veggie burgers and head to the park for a family picnic! After a full afternoon of play, have your family settle in for lunch using this picnic set by imadako. With cushions and shirts that function as chairs, your sims can enjoy the rest of their outing relaxing in the grass together. This set also comes with a custom drink tray which has options like: hot coffee, hot tea, cold water, cold juice and other various mixtures. For pre-lunch activities, your sims can participate in things like: playing on the playground equipment for kids and toddlers, basketball and chess for everyone!

Packs needed: Base Game, Backyard Stuff (for drink tray functionality)

4. Sunday Dinner with the Grandparents

Once my sims’ develop a schedule and have their routines down pat, I’m super guilty of neglecting the rest of the family. Days and days (which are like years in sim time) can go by before I even realize that its been a good minute since we’ve seen Grandma or Grandpa. If you’re guilty of this too, scheduling Sunday Dinners with extended family is a perfect way for everyone to keep in touch and get that much needed family time together. If you have Seasons installed, you can even place the dinner on the calendar as a non-goaled dinner party so that you and your sims don’t forget. Unless your sims have the ‘Always Welcome’ reward trait or you’re using a mod like, More Welcome (scroll down to ‘morewelcome’) by bienchen83, that prevents normal activities like cooking and sleeping from being perceived as inappropriate, I suggest having your sims prepare the dinner at their house and take it with them to Grandma’s. However, if you truly want the ‘made by grandma experience’, you can download Ask to Cook for Me by LittleMsSam which allows your sim to ask any other sim to cook a meal for them. This is very useful when you want to serve a meal that’s higher than your sim’s skill level.

Packs needed: Base Game, Seasons (for calendar functionality)

5. Sleepover

Sleepovers are a great way to keep the party going way into the night! Now, the sleepover mechanics in the game are a little wonky with sims almost never actually going to sleep or sneaking out before the night is over but with the Memorable Events Mod (one of my personal favorites) by kawaiistacie, sleepover guests will actually stay the full night and even participate in a few sleepover style activities. Have your child sim invite a few friends over to watch movies, dance, pull pranks, gossip, pillow fight (yes, that’s an actual interaction that comes with the mod) all night! Also perfect for adult sims who want to spend the night partying with friends or woohooing cuddling with their significant other.

Packs needed: Base Game

6. Class Field Trip

A perfect opportunity for a full day of education! Have your child or teen sim and at least one parent, take the day off of school/work and spend the day at an educational facility. This could be a museum, art gallery, library, park, basically anywhere learning can take place! This is another activity where the Memorable Events mod comes in handy but can also be pulled off without it. If you choose to use the mod, teachers and other students will automatically spawn at the location of the field trip for the parent and student sim to socialize with. If you don’t use the mod, just be sure to invite out other sims to the field trip location to simulate an actual field trip. And don’t forget to pack a lunch!

Packs needed: Base Game, Parenthood (for sack lunch capability)

7. D.I.Y. After School Club

Child and teen sims that aren’t into drama and wouldn’t be caught dead in a scouts uniform — still need something to do after school — but those, unfortunately, are the only two after school activities we have, meaning you’re out of options, right? Wrong! You can create your own using the club feature from Get Together! With your child’s interests in mind, create a club with or without requirements (like age, trait, skill, etc…), add a few friends or other sims within their age group, set a location, some club activities and you’re good to go! In my personal gameplay, (using this method) my teen, who has the genius and geek traits, is apart of the school’s S.T.E.M. program where they meet three times a week at the neighborhood library aka the ‘S.T.E.M. Academy’ and focus on building logic, rocket science and programming skills. For extra customization, I recommend using the More Club and Holiday Icons mod by Zerbu which adds additional icons (all extracted from the game) to the club icon chooser menu.

Packs needed: Base Game, Get Together

8. Bowling + Pizza Night

Bowling makes for a fun night — especially for sims a little on the competitive side. At the bowling alley, sims (kids-elder) can challenge each other to a few rounds of bowling with the winner announced at the end of the the game. Like most other skills in Sims 4, your sims will get better overtime and even learn some cool trick shots to show off in front of their friends. Once the game is over, treat the family to pizza! A whole pizza isn’t actually served at any of the community lots in the game so the easiest way to make this happen would be to 1) have a sim order a pizza before leaving the house and bring it with them in their inventory or 2) have a sim bake a pizza using one of the custom pizza recipes, which currently includes, Buffalo Pizza and Three Cheese Pizza, from the Grannie’s Recipe Book by LittlBowBub and bring it with them in their inventory.

To make this outing more enjoyable, I also recommend, the More Fun Stuff mod by LittleMsSam that allows sims to gain social and fun while bowling with each other.

Packs needed: Base Game, Bowling Stuff

9. Farmer’s Market

This one’s perfect for your country or off-the-grid living sims. Just plop a sales table down at the park and fill it up with your sim’s fresh baked goods. Things like bread loaves, cakes, muffins even roasted turkey dinners can be sold for a profit. You can also sell produce from the garden. Couple this with Idea #2 (Lemonade Sale) to get the whole family involved.

To start a sale, drag the items you would like to sell from your sim’s inventory to the sales table then click ‘Stock Table’. The items will then spawn on the table. Click the table to set the markup price amount (if you want to increase your earning possibility) followed by ‘Tend Table’ then ‘Start Street Sale’. For best results, place the table in areas that are crowded. It takes a while but customers will show up eventually.

Packs needed: Base Game, City Living (for the sale’s table)

10. Day at the Beach

A day at the beach is a great way to unwind and have some fun during the summer season! Toddler sims can play in the water, build sand castles and play in the sand while the older family members can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, riding on jet skis, combing for beach shells and all the other activities the beach has to offer. Idea #3 (Picnic in the Park) also works great on beaches and are a perfect way to end the day.

Packs needed: Base Game, Island Living

11. School Trip Abroad

Vacations are a perfect way for sims to explore and learn about other cultures and a school trip abroad is a great way to facilitate that. Send a few teen sims (with or without an adult) or a few child sims accompanied by an adult to the destination of your choice. Have them rent a housing unit suitable for the number of sims in the group then send them out exploring. Let them experience the local cuisine and participate in cultural events. Have them take photos and write in their journals to document their experience. When they return home, they can tell their parents all about the trip!

Packs needed: Base Game, Outdoor Retreat, Jungle Adventure, Island Living or Snowy Escape — Depending on the destination

12. Seasonal Festivals

One thing I reeeeaaaaallllly miss from Sims 3 are the festivals that came around every season. Sims 4, unfortunately, does not have seasonal festivals but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own! These Seasonal Festival lots by Moonlightowl-es have everything you need to throw your own festival each season. To have these festivals become a permanent part of your sim’s lives, add them as holidays to the household calendar. On the day of the festival have your family and a group of friends travel to the festival lot for a day (or night) of fun activities. This is another activity where the Memorable Events mod comes in handy as it allows you to throw ‘Seasonal Parties’ which are perfect for this kind of event.

Packs needed: Base Game, Seasons

13. Movie Night

Pop some popcorn, dim the lights and gather around the TV for a movie night! If the weather permits (and your sims can afford it, *coughs* motherlode) place a projector screen in the backyard for a change of scenery that I’m sure your sims will appreciate. Teen sims might also enjoy snuggling up with their crush while watching the premier of College Cram, during movie night at the park. To make this event even more special and unlock some cute interactions, plan a ‘Movie Night’ using the Memorable Events mod.

Packs needed: Base Game, Movie Hangout

14. Painting/Arts + Crafts Class

The Arts Center provides the perfect atmosphere for families to let go and fully embrace their creative talents! Kids can use the activity table to draw original works of art or make seasonal crafts and adults can try their hand at painting. Sims of all ages can work on their musical skills using any of the instruments available at the facility. To finish off the outing, sims can enjoy lunch together at one of the marketstalls located right in the Arts Quarter, if playing in San Myshuno. If playing in any other world, a marketstall of your choice can be placed right on the property. I recommend the Free Staff mod by LittleMsSam to make hiring a vendor free (also works for baristas, chefs and bartenders) or the Auto Employees mod also by LittleMsSam that automatically spawns employees on the property as soon as you arrive.

Packs needed: Base Game, City Living

15. Karaoke Competition

Sims with high singing skills deserve the opportunity to showcase their talents to the world! And this is exactly what the karaoke competition is for! Have your family head out to the karaoke bar on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday nights to support the family star as they sing their heart out for the title and cash prize! Just be sure to make it there by 8pm to enter the competition.

FYI. Karaoke competitions aren’t locked to San Myshuno and are automatically held at any karaoke bar in any world on the above mentioned nights.

Packs needed: Base Game, City Living

16. Family Yoga Class

This one is more for adult sims with teen children since kids can’t use the yoga mats but a yoga class is a great way for families to bond while increasing their wellness and fitness skills. Have the family head down to the gym or spa (ones that include yoga mats) to participate in this event. If the weather is nice and your sims would prefer outdoor classes instead, place an instructor’s yoga mat along with a few regular yoga mats at any park and a yoga instructor will spawn automatically and host classes every 30 sim minutes.

Packs needed: Base Game, Spa Day

17. Ultimate Gaming Competition

The arcade is the perfect place for this kind of event! Geek sims (or non-geek sims) and their friends can gather at the local arcade and put their gaming skills to the test. Order a few snacks from the bar and play a few rounds to see who’s the real ultimate gaming champ!

Packs needed: Base Game

18. Family Reunion Celebration

One of my favorite things about playing a legacy is getting to see sims across different generations meet up and interact with each other. When caught up in the day to day though, with jobs and school and aspiration stuff, it’s easy to forget to take time out to have the entire family spend time together. To make this a regular thing that all sims can look forward to, add this special event to the calendar. Each season, have all members of your sim family spend time together doing something different. Whether it be an egg hunt in the Spring, vacation to Sulani in the Summer, family bonfire in the Fall or snowboarding in Mr. Komorebi in the Winter, your sims will appreciate bonding with each other throughout every season.

Packs needed: Base Game, Seasons (for calendar functionality)

19. Family Adventure in the Jungle

When you think of an adventure in the jungle, I’m pretty sure the first thing that comes to mind are adults, right? Well, did you know that kids can go on adventures too and are actually pretty useful? Finding hidden treasures in dig and other excavation sites is where they really shine and can help take some of the pressure off the parents who are hard at work clearing paths or solving puzzles. At the end of the trip, with personal and household inventories full of riches, your family of archaeologists will be proud of all that they accomplished together, as a family.

Packs needed: Base Game, Jungle Adventures

20. Backyard BBQ

Backyard BBQs are one of my favorite and one of the easiest summer activities for my sims! There’s barely any set up and it’s a perfect opportunity for bonding with family and friends. Just throw some burgers on the grill, play some music on the outdoor radio and place a few water activities such as: a water balloon bucket (for water balloon fights), water slide, pool or sprinklers and invite over friends and/or extended family. To make this a permanent event in your sim’s lives, make this day a holiday and add it to the household calendar. For even more fun (if space allows) place a dance floor and have sims challenge each other to a dance competition. Sims will enjoy watching and cheering on their favorite.

Packs needed: Base Game, Backyard Stuff, Seasons


And that’s it for now! What are some of your favorite family activities for your game? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Simming,
-India

credits: icy-spicy-scalpel, bienchen83, imadako, kawaiistacie, zerbu, littlemssam, bienchen83, littlbowbub, moonlightowl-es, scarletsmods


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Mod Recommendations


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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