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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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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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.



Moving Day

A little photoshoot of Camilla on how I imagine she thought she would feel on her moving day, lol.

I imagine that when Camilla moved to Atwood, she felt a lot more optimistic that she does in the story at the present time. This photoshoot represents that optimism.

I also gave alpha hair another shot for this shoot (its been years since I’ve downloaded any with the exception of braided styles) and I think it turned out super cute and worked really well with all the drawn in hair strands. Links for the hair, outfit and U-haul truck below:

Angele Hair | Loose Cardigan | U-haul Truck


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