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Why You Need The Sims 4 in Your Life {Sims 4 Review – Part 1}

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I want to start off by saying that I have been a Sims fan ever since The Sims 1 came out. I’ve loved all the crazy sim moments. It truly is one of my favorite game series of all time. Now I will proceed with this blog post which is only part one of the sims 4 blog post series I plan to do. I hope you enjoy. ^_^

Below is a pic of the “Candy” Residence. These are the first sims I made in The Sims 4. Their house is the first house I built in The Sims 4 as well. I’m not entirely happy with how it turned out. I’d like for there to be more detail / visual interest on the facade of the house, but I think it’s a decent mansion.

Sims 4 Candy Residence and Fam

Below is an up close shot of Ulta and Elli Candy. They are sisters who have decided to room together until they start their own families. The house was an inheritance, given to them by a late relative. Otherwise, they would have settled for something much smaller — more like an apartment. :)

Sims 4 Ulta and Elli CLOSEUP

Next up is the Philips residence, home of Jay and Leana Philips. Leana is a genius and Jay aspires to be a standup comedian.

Sims 4 Philips Residence and Fam

Sims 4 Philips fam CLOSEUP

Ironic thing is, Jay is a comedian…and his house was on a lot where many strange (and funny) things happened. First of all, they had some odd glitches in the kitchen, with weird fires that made no sense and with trying to fix a fridge only to be feet away from it…and here’s my personal favorite…

Sims 4 GLITCHES BE LIKE

The happy couple really did become one…just to walk up the stairs! XD I love how his skin is a little darker than hers and makes it look like she has facial hair. Do you see it? Tell me you see it! Anyway, this was GREAT! I love finding silly (not frustrating) glitches like this one. Makes. my. day.

Sims 4 MACEY image and neighbor

Above on the right is the sim version of me that my hubby made! If you know me in real life, you know I have mustard pants EXACTLY LIKE THAT! Spot on, Derek! The girl on the left is a REALLY AWESOME pre-made sim…wish I could take credit for making her…but I can’t. You know what the best part is?? She has the snob trait..and she totally looks like a hipster. I LOVE IT! Her glasses just MAKE the look. Ya know? :)

Then there’s this image…

Sims 4 MUH COOKIN SKILLZ

This is a pic of Vinita Noir, the girl who looks nothing like me, but has the EXACT same lack of cookin’ skillz! Had to make a meme of it. It’s great! This pretty little sim has a heart tattoo on her shoulder and star tattoos on her back. She’s the third household I made. And the only sim I’ve made so far that has tattoos. I just LOVE the hair! Also, she’s the only household I’ve created so far on sims 4 where I did NOT use cheats. Obviously I used cheats on the others to give them loads of money to build those giant houses, but not with this girl! I wanted at least one family / household that would be cheat-free from the very beginning. And you know what? I think she’s my favorite family to play so far. Her house is VERY small. Very basic. But it’s pastel friendly on the inside, so it’s unicorn worthy…right?! I think it’s an awesome tiny house. It only has 3 rooms: living / dining / kitchen (all in one), bedroom, and bathroom. It features a tiny porch and a cabin-like feel. I plan to add a forest of trees around it when she gets enough $$$.

Sims 4 Noir House FLOORPLAN

Below is Vinita Noir in front of her cabin-like exterior (unicorn pastel amaze-house interior) humble abode. And did I mention how much I love HER? She’s a curvacious beauty with cute retro shorts and bright teal hair. What’s not to love?

Sims 4 Noir Residence and Sim

It’s time to talk about an interesting feature that may or may not exist…but I’m thinking it does. I haven’t researched this FULLY just yet, but I THINK time in the sims 4 is standard for all sims, meaning if Vinita wants to go visit with her friends down the street, she can’t if they are currently at work. If I’m not mistaken (feel free to correct me if I am mistaken, really, I could be way off), I don’t remember this being a feature of sims 3 exactly…definitely not in 1 or 2 either, right? Or am I going crazy?! I feel like in 2, you just went to visit them and they were there…maybe…and same for sims 3, except sometimes in sims 3 they wouldn’t be home, but it seemed more random, like they were just randomly either home or not home. I could be way off on all of this, but it appears like sims 4 is more realistic in that the sims might actually be at work at fixed times, and your unemployed sim who visits during the other sim’s working hours will get no answer when knocking on the door…I am simultaneously excited and frustrated by this. I LOVE the realism of it, but I also got disappointed that she couldn’t visit with them. haha. Can’t have it both ways, MACEY! DUH! I know. I know. Let me know what you all think in the comments.

Sims 4 Vinita to visit Philips House

Create-A-Sim is SO SO SO much more fun and better than in the previous sims. This I most definitely have an opinion on. Just give it a go. You can click the part of the sim you want to edit. You can tweak the face, head, neck, arms, legs, stomach, sides, butt, chest, (LOL), EVERYTHING individually — and with a click on that part, as well as with a click and drag motion. It’s awesome! In previous sims games, you had to click on a menu item to get to the detailed editing. NO MORE! This feature is one of the best features in the game (that I’ve come across so far).

Another change, is the sims 4 is not exactly open world. Why did I word it that way, you ask? Because it is sort of open…what I mean is, on your little street that your sim lives on, you can have them walk around and discover things, down the street, a couple houses down, etc. HOWEVER, you cannot just walk around the whole “neighborhood” (bigger zone than the street your sim lives on). You must wait for loading screens to go to any other house (even on your street) as well. This means the street and the exterior lots of your sim’s street their house is on, is sort of an “open world” type area…but I guess the definition of “open world” is not just “open street”. Either way, I understand part of the logic with this. They probably did this to give us some openness yet not bog down the game as much. Yes, it’s annoying to go to the house next door and click “visit residence” and then have to wait on a loading screen, BUT the loading screen isn’t too long. And you have to admit, it’s cool that the sims aren’t completely limited to just their lot only. Also, the loading is understandable, considering the house interior needs to load, and you actually see furniture through the windows now instead of just an empty house. That’s an upgrade in my opinion.

You know what’s NOT an upgrade? There’s.no.pool. I was so sad when I was building one of these houses and I wanted it to have a pool in the backyard. No pool. However, I hear that they plan to create a FREE patch for pools. That makes up for it, I think. It’s not ideal, but it’s free at least.

One other complaint I have is when I was trying to take screenshots of my sims in front of their houses, it was more difficult than expected. Here’s why: there are SO many sims walking around on the sidewalks, and they LOVE stopping right in front of your sims houses and talking to each other (a lot of times not even talking to your sims). I’ve tried to find the “ask to leave” option and it’s nowhere…even if I try to “invite inside”. I think I tried inviting inside, so I could ask to leave. I could be wrong though. It’s hard to remember what exactly I did, but I think I tried that because I eventually became so desperate to get rid of some of these stupid auto sims, that I made them into an enemy. HAHA! Anyway, it’s not really a big deal, though, and I DO really like that there is so much availability for social interaction because of the loads of sims out and about. :)

So, I will leave you all with some FREE content! You can dowload my sims that I featured in this blog post today! I wanted to give you the ability to download the houses / lots as well, but I have not figured that out yet. I’m still a sims 4 noob. BUT I’m not a sims noob. :) I’m sure I’ll figure it out. Oh, that’s another thing I love! I love the community and how easy it was for me to make my sims available for download. Not sure why I couldn’t figure out how to do that same thing for the houses, but we’ll see if I can figure that out for next time.

Download my sims by following these steps:

1. Load into the sims 4 game.

2. Click the gallery icon (looks like photographs and is in the upper right hand corner of the screen).

3. Click “community” if you are not already there.

4. In the search bar in the upper right hand section, choose “origin ID” from the dropdown and type in “derekbrown700”. My husband’s username is the one on the account in case you were curious. Haha! Now you should see all 3 families that I’ve featured in this post! :) {See the screenshot below.} Unfortunately, like I said, not the houses. I will try to figure out how to do that soon!

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So far, I rate the sims 4 a 4.5 out of 5 stars. We’ll see if that rating shifts any.

xoxo – MaceyLou

Where-

→☆♪☆♥○ My Bucket List ○♥☆♪☆←

☆Herrow, Friends!☆

My blog post today is all about my bucket list. I’m organizing it into categories, because I’m weird like that. Haha. :) I’ll also post a percentage level next to items that have been partially completed.

First Category:

Where-

→ Travel ←

I want to visit the following places within my lifetime…

☆ Paris, France

☆ Tokyo, Japan

☆ New York City, NY

☆ California {*Not sure if I want to visit Los Angeles, San Fransisco, or both — but I definitely want to see the Redwood forests!}

☆ Niagra Falls {Some of my ancestors traveled and settled near there…}

☆ Ireland

☆ London

☆ Washington, D.C.

☆ China

☆ Hawaii

☆ Savannah, GA {Again, haha! I love that place!♥}

☆ Chicago

☆ Australia

☆ Italy

☆ Sweden

Next Category:

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→ Creativity & Imagination ←

☆ Write at least one book and get it published, whether by a company or myself; at least on kindle [1st book writing//publishing process is ~ 33% complete]

☆ Be a painter on a regular basis again…{I used to do this a lot, but I’ve not done this in a long time and I miss it.}

☆ Sell my first custom blythe doll

☆ Customize blythe dolls and put them up for adoption on a regular basis. [I’ve customized at least 7 dolls so far…but not put any up for adoption officially yet…]

☆ Create a blythe doll clothing shop [5% complete]

☆ Design and print my own character stickers

☆ Illustrate a children’s book with my mom.

☆ Design and create paper dolls for my shop.

☆ Design a blythe doll travel bag [I already have a GREAT FUN idea for this, just need to figure out the functionality it needs so I know what way to sew it…]

☆ MAKE MORE YOUTUBE VIDEOS {I’ve had an AMAZING response to my videos, and I need to keep making more ASAP!}

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→ Food ←

☆ Get a standing mixer and make a TON of macaroons; Give them to friends; Sell them to some people, too??

☆ Actually enjoy cooking something of my own recipe…

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{^Yes, that is Muse! :)}

→ Music ←

☆ Write at least 100 songs before I die.

☆ Create//be involved in at least 15 more albums before I die.

☆ Have Band photos taken OFTEN.

☆ Help write, direct, and create a music video.

☆ Learn to use keyboards.

☆ Learn synthesizers.

☆ Take singing classes. Get better.

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Well, that’s all for now. I’m sure I’ll add/subtract from this list eventually. Oooh! And I should update the list with pics of each when completed! :)

Xoxo – ♥ – Macey

{ Blythe Doll Customs, & Other Girly Things }

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I posted this video:

Let me know what you all think about my new youtube venture, where I create fresh content each week, straight to your screen. :3

I’m excited to share various things with you all, and I hope you are, too! Let me know what you think. You can connect with me in many ways:

Kitten Carousel Dollies Website: http://www.kittencarouseldollies.com
Kitten Carousel Dollies Shop: http://kittencarouseldolls.storenvy.com/
My Dolls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KittenCarouselDollies
Me & My dolls on Instagram: http://instagram.com/maceyloubrown
Me & My dolls on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Macey_Lou
Me & My dolls on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maceylou/
Dolly Blog {Temporary}: http://kittencarouseldollies.wordpress.com/

My Graphic Design // Illustration Website: http://www.maceylou.com

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/maceyloubrown

{YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9QK-JepDjE}

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Love you all!! :) Hope your Thursday was awesome! Stay tuned for more videos & blog posts if you like what you’re seeing…

Tutorials are coming, too! :)

xoxo – MaceyLou

Dollies, Clothes, & Craft Tutorials…Oh My!

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Hello Friends,

It’s been far too long since we’ve spoken. I’m sure some of you have left this blog behind, never to think of it again, and that’s fine. It’s my fault for not bringing you fresh content any longer, but that’s about to change.

Me in Kitty bear hat

I’m happy to announce that I will be doing  regular YouTube channel videos as well as regular blog posts right here on “Macey’s Misadventures.” I’ve really missed it, and the only reason I stopped was because there was a lack of time and inability to devote what little I had of it to this blog. In short, I’m back. :)

I'm back

I just want to introduce the new goodies I’ll be serving up, fresh, for you. I will be regularly updating my blog with the details I feel some of you may desire to read about. I’ll also be posting regular videos on YouTube, ranging from dolly videos, to crafting tutorials, to clothing and beauty hauls. All of this is for your entertainment and enjoyment.

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Your feedback will be critically important for the next few weeks, months, and hopefully for years to come! Let me know if you enjoy my videos or if you have any criticism and/or advice on how to improve the quality of your experience.

Thanks so much friends & dolly pals alike!

Hearts & Stars…

-MaceyLou

Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/maceyloubrown {Remember, the current videos are old. New ones coming within the week!}

Tutorial Tuesday #2: When Cookie Cups Don’t Work

Hi My Lovely Starfishy Friend-pies,

I saw a picture on Pinterest showing chocolate chip cookie cups for putting your ice cream in! I wanted to try it, so I did try it. However, I failed miserably. Below is what happened…

  1. First, I put some cooking spray on an upside-down muffin/cupcake pan.
  2. Then I grabbed some cookie dough out of the container and into my hand.
  3. You have to shape it in a ball first, of course, I failed at this, so it doesn’t really matter for this tutorial…haha
  4. Flatten the dough out.
  5. See? All flat.
  6. Next I put the chocolate chip cookie dough on the upside-down pan cup. (I did two cookie cups.)
  7. I tried to form it in the cup shape like the end-result pictures I saw. This was a big mistake. My suggestion is to put less cookie dough on the pan than you think you’ll need, but remember, I DID NOT test this method. Remember, I failed…
  8. Oooops! They came out like this. Too much cookie dough and it ran down the sides WAY more than I expected. Trial and error, folks. That’s what happens sometimes.
  9. So we decided to crush up the chocolate chip cookie cups into chunks.
  10. Then, we put them in the blender.
  11. Then we added milk.
  12. Next, we took some neapolitan ice cream…
  13. & we put it in the blender, too.
  14. Add however much ice cream you like, but don’t overload your blender.
  15. Blended.
  16. Served.

What do you all think? I guess I should have followed an actual tutorial to do the cookie cups, but I thought they would be easy. Well, let’s just say the kitchen isn’t the room I spend much time in…

Hope you enjoy your chocolate chip cookie chunk neapolitan milk shakes! Below is a funny/cute/crazy video for your enjoyment:

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Adventurous Friday #2: Jonesborough, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Hi My Beautiful Starfish,

Last Saturday we went on another adventure. This time we went to downtown Jonesborough. It was a very beautiful and friendly place. Unfortunately we got there after 5:00, so most shops were closed. However, that didn’t stop us from walking around and exploring, taking plenty of photos along the way of course!

I hope you enjoy this week’s Adventurous Friday & my little adventure collage below!:

Below is a photo of me in front of a really neat looking old door in Jonesborough:

I hope you all enjoyed this adventure! Have a great weekend, my lovely friends! Thanks so much for reading!

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Thursday Thoughts #2: When People Disappoint Us

Hi My Lovely Reader Wonder-Things,

Today is “Thursday Thoughts: When People Disappoint Us.”

Isn’t it funny and sad how often we as humans get disappointed at our fellow man? We move and writhe in the muck of humanity, and yet we judge each other and ridicule one another. At what gain? We see others make decisions we call mistakes, but when we make our own share of them, it’s called something quite different in our minds.

We touch, look, smell, hear, and taste, but do we really feel, see, listen, and take delight in the juxtapositions of life? There are endless streams flowing into streams flowing into more streams of knowledge, and depth, and height. All these things get pushed aside during the 9 to 5. It’s only: “Let me just survive” or “Let me make it out alive.” What we feel then is not really felt, only dreamt. Our lives become empty hallways of doors never opened, locks never picked, and sights never seen.

Oh, to be able to relax and just breathe. To be able to breathe it all in, feel every detail, every second, every moment standing still before our very eyes. All this so we can touch life again, like a toddler taking it all in. We don’t remember those days. We are far too old and blind to remember anything such as that. We are all dying, weeping, sighing, waiting, and fighting. We’re fighting life out of our very being. We don’t want to hold it in our own hands as we should. We want someone to do that for us, to feel for us.

If we continue this, it will only get worse. There’s only a fraction of our time left spent on our own lives, our own wishes, hopes, and dreams. This fraction will turn into a tiny shard of light, then it will be like a microscopic creature, then nonexistent.

I hope we all change this. I hope we all live free again and feel life again. Strive for it. Live for it.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Adventurous Friday #1: Cherokee Dam & Beach

Hello Lovely Wonder-things,

Today’s blog post has been published so late, I know. I’m so sorry, but I think you all will enjoy this short and sweet photo/art representation of our little adventure.

We went to the Lake by Cherokee Dam. It is not too far from Jefferson City, TN. Just a little drive.

1} A Fisherman’s shop that was on the way there…

2} The signs pointing us to the beach & lake…

3} We’re here!!

4} Me playing around on the swing set in the park area where all the trees are.

5} Well, we got super hungry walking and acting silly and playing around…so we got Hibachi Chicken!!

We also took lots and lots of photos of squirrels, so I cut a jumping squirrel out of a photo and made a pattern of him. I put a color behind the pattern to soften it. I think it would make a lovely tote bag pattern! <3

BEFORE EDITING (only cropped):

AFTER EDITING {Made into a little pattern}:

Any thoughts on my pattern I created? He sort of looks like a little fox, doesn’t he? :)

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou