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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!

Sims-Community-Screenshot

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

xoxo – MaceyLou

Recent Pins Monday #1: Fashion, Beauty, & Fun in the Sun

Hi My Lovely Readers,

Monday is Recent Pin Day and so below I’ve compiled some of my recent and favorite pins all in one image as a sort of mood board or inspiration collage.

I had a very stressful day at work today, but fortunately we have an amazing team at the newspaper I work at, so we all put our talents together and pulled through. Seems like we always do somehow. I feel like this pin compilation is a reflection of the serenity we all strive for in life. Having fun, feeling alive–it’s what we all want out of life, isn’t it?

Even though the below pins are my most recent, they are not brand new. I haven’t been pinning lately, but you better believe this post will inspire me to do just that. The emotions and messages I get out of this image of pins is a message of a fun time full of girlyness and summer breezes. The dress is the focal point of the outfit one would wear in this little “inspiration board world.” The necklace gives a sense of whimsy and playfulness as do the delicious Eiffel Bon Bons candies. I actually ate those when I was in high school during my semesters of French. They are hands down my favorite candy in the entire world (so far, haha) and if it were allowed {and healthy} I would buy a ton of them and eat them for every meal. As for the photo of Lucy Hale, I pinned her to my “people” board, but I feel more like in this context she has the make-up and hair that would go perfectly with the outfit and the summer day itself.

The swansea beach radio is, of course, perfect for the seaside, keeping along with our fun summer theme. The bright and cheerful pink room in the backdrop gives us a sense of contemporary color schemes mixed with traditional textures, and let’s face it, it’s just to die for. The molding and every detail in the ceiling is magnificent by itself, without even taking into account the rest of the room.

Notice I didn’t exactly mention prices. I felt like the dress and necklace were quite expensive. Therefore, they are only meant to be a jumping-off point. I’m sure there is a more practical and affordable version of them both out there somewhere. I can’t see myself paying hundreds of dollars for one dress, but maybe that’s just me. Go find your own versions in your local thrift stores, clearance sales, and yard sales!

Another thing I wanted to talk to you guys and gals about is that I, along with Derek Brown, have an online creative magazine called Paper Aquarium Magazine. It’s a magazine full of contributed art, photography, and other creative tid-bits. You can check it out here.

Thanks so much, my lovelies, for reading, liking, and commenting. I can’t express how much I appreciate the time you all take out of your busy lives to read my blog entries.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou