Author: Sinead

The Sims 4 Genealogy & Legacy Challenge

Earlier this month, the genealogy feature was (finally!) introduced to The Sims 4. To celebrate their fifteenth anniversary, the team at EA have brought in this tool which will allow players to track their Sim families. Simple as it may sound, this was a feature that was sorely missed by many players. I know I personally didn’t enjoy the game as much without it. In fact, it was one of the main reasons why I only played The Sims 4 on and off for a couple of months after its release and then kind of just forgot about it.

The return of genealogy and family trees to The Sims series has sparked my interest in this latest game once again. It immediately inspired me to make a brand new family from scratch — and I also decided to do the Legacy Challenge with it! For those unfamiliar with the Legacy Challenge; it basically involves creating a single Sim and starting them out on an empty lot with low funds. The idea is that you build a life and a legacy for this Sim from scratch, aiming to have ten generations of the one family born and raised on the same lot. There are various rules to abide by to make it a bit more challenging — it’s pretty interesting and definitely worth checking out if you’re a Sim player. This is my first time attempting this challenge and — even though I’m only on the third generation — I’m loving it! It’s a different way of playing the game. Sure, I’ve created dozens of families with multiple generations before but the limitations and rules that come with this challenge make it a little more complex. I decided to snap and share my Legacy so far — if you’re also doing the challenge, feel free to share how you’re getting on too!

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As per Legacy Challenge rules, I started out with a single Young Adult Sim. Dark and handsome Abel Beauvoir couldn’t wait to have a family of his own! After he got himself a job and earned enough Simoleans to build himself some sort of a shack; he quickly settled down. I had him marry Chantel, a pretty blonde that he met at the local bar — it’s almost like a modern day fairy tale ;-).

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Abel and Chantel went on to have two little ones. Their first was a boy named Bran who had his father’s dark features and their second was a girl called Bethany who’s fair like mom.

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The kids always grow up so quickly — in no time, Bran turned in to a cheerful but insane teen and Bethany became a little musical prodigy.

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Unfortunately, Abel passed away of old age before his son and heir reached adulthood. Bran followed in his father’s footsteps and married at a young age — also, coincidentally, to a blonde he met in a bar (venues are still sadly limited in The Sims 4, ok?!). Also, in the above shot, you can see Bran’s maternal grandparents. As his mum Chantel was already a character in the game, she came with some heritage of her own!

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Bran and his wife Olive also had a boy and girl of their own. Charlotte is their first-born but because this is a patriarchy, it’s her younger brother Charlie who will be named heir. How unfair — but as it’s not a strict patriarchy, Charlotte may still stand to inherit the estate should anything happen to the boy…

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The rules of this challenge state that you take the bad events with the good. Unless a technical glitch occurs, no restarts are allowed. So when Bran and Olive are caught in a kitchen fire, they tragically expire on the spot and little Charlotte and Charlie are made orphans.

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Fortunately their kind aunt Bethany takes on the role of their guardian. Their original home had been largely destroyed in the fire so she bulldozes the entire lot and builds a stunning new abode for this next generation. As her niece and nephew grow up, Bethany decides to add to the family tree with a little girl of her own! Amelie is still a baby at the moment and her cousins love taking care of her. All is well in the Beauvoir household…at least for now! ;-)

Loving Lately

Another month has come and (nearly) gone! This is what I’ve been loving these past few weeks:

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I’d never seen bath bombs in Penney’s before so I grabbed one immediately. This one is coconut and it’s fairly lovely. It’s white so it just makes the water look foamy and the scent is quite subtle but it did make my skin feel softer — it’s also only €1.50 so you really can’t go wrong!

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Okay so Skittles are always good but the limited editions packs out right now contain cherry cola flavoured blue sweets and they’re just the best!

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I fell in love with this bag as soon as I saw it in River Island. Lilac and girly and gorgeous with a pretty silky scarf; it’s perfect for Spring!

Bog Standard

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I recently received a gorgeous gift of a Bog Standard natural wax candle. Before I’d even opened it up, I was swooning over the pretty packaging. The box is covered in hand-drawn wildflowers with a list of simple everyday luxuries printed on the back. Inside was a pure white candle in a sturdy and solid glass.

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I have to admit I’d never heard of this range before but after looking in to it, I’m fairly impressed! It includes soaps, candles, hand creams and more all inspired by and created in Ireland.

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With their candles, Bog Standard use a fragrance content of 7% — compared to the industry average of 3-5%. Some of the scents in the range include Clover; Field and Moss. My candle is Sea. It has a clean, fresh outdoorsy fragrance. I’ve been lighting it every time I have a bubble bath and it just fills the room with the loveliest and most relaxing scent. I can speak from my own experience to say that this makes a really great gift. Whether it’s for a loved one or yourself, is up to you!

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February Penney’s Haul

It’s a well known fact that it’s virtually impossible to go in to Penney’s and leave empty-handed. I popped in for one thing at the weekend and came out with six…! Although that’s really not too bad. I didn’t even go near the clothes or pyjama section this time because the last time I did that, I walked out with two very heavy bags!

I went in to Penney’s anyway, most recently, just for a cute new pair of slippers. Not finding any that I liked; I ended up getting these slipper socks which are cosy but not actually that comfy as they have these little beady grip things on the sole. On my way to the checkout, I was drawn to the beautiful range of scarves. Whether for a splash of colour or a bit of warmth, I think a cotton scarf always adds a cute finishing touch to any day-to-day outfit. This blue and white print scarf doubles as a snood and has a lovely Spring feel about it.

Then I found myself in the beauty section where I picked up a handy pack of four nail files and also a coconut bath bomb! I’d never seen bath bombs in Penney’s before so I’m really excited to try this! Another thing I couldn’t say no to was the magnetic shopping list as I’m forever scribbling on bits of loose paper. I couldn’t resist the matching hardback notebook either — it’s a practical purchase, really! These 6 items came to a grand total of €12 — can’t go wrong with that!

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  • A5 Notebook: €1.50
  • Magnetic Shopping List: €1.50
  • PS Printed 4 Pack Nail Files: €1.50
  • PS Naturals Bath Bomb: €1.50
  • Fuzzy Slipper Socks: €3.00
  • Printed Scarf/Snood: €3.00

Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow

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Most of my eyeshadows are in the form of palettes so I thought I might start picking up a couple of individuals, for a change. Bourjois’ Little Round Pots stood out for me immediately.

There’s a beautiful range of colours in this collection which come encased in solid little pots. Some shades have the prettiest names like rose macaron and marron glace. As it turned out; the one I chose is just called Prune…! It’s really not an appealing name but I suppose it’s what’s inside that counts!

Inside is a gorgeous purple shade with hints of sparkle. It’s a soft and almost powdery formula which makes it easy to blend. It lasts reasonably well and the mirror inside the lid is also a lovely little bonus. I think it may have come with an applicator but I use my own brushes anyway. If you wet your applicator/brush beforehand, it intensifies the colour for a more dramatic look. It looks great either way and I think it would suit any skin tone — perfect for a glam night out!

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21 Things I Love About Spring

I won’t lie; I had to really think about this one. Unlike my previous lists for summer, autumn and even winter; the ideas didn’t come to me quite so quickly this time around. I actually do really like spring but it was just a bit more of a challenge to think of 21 things for the season. I guess that might be because we tend to associate spring with nature and simplicity. Ultimately I had to look a little harder to realise that there is a lot to love about the next few months. Eventually I came up with a completed list and now it’s really making me look forward to the season ahead!

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  • The sense of a fresh start
  • The stretch in the evenings
  • Fresh and slightly warmer air
  • Mother’s Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Easter
  • Pops of pastel
  • Ballet flats
  • Floral scents
  • Wild flowers
  • Lemon-flavoured desserts
  • Sudden rainstorms (when safe indoors!)
  • Planning summer holidays
  • Little light jackets
  • Roast lamb dinners
  • Natural make-up looks
  • Accessorizing with cute umbrellas
  • Afternoon tea
  • Pretty cotton scarves
  • Nails painted in pale hues
  • My blogiversary!

My Five Favourite Pancake Toppings

Happy Shrove Tuesday! I’ve kind of been indulging in pancakes a lot since last weekend…hey, that’s what happens when Valentine’s and Pancake Day are so close together! I absolutely love thick fluffy pancakes — they’re so versatile and you can have so many different varieties. I want to share my five favourite toppings; let me know if yours are different!

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Apple & Cinnamon

Apple compote with a touch of spice is a different but incredibly delicious accompaniment (even better with a little whipped cream on the side too!).

Any Flavour Ice-cream

A couple of scoops on a warm stack of pancakes makes for one perfect dessert.

Bacon & Maple Syrup

For the ultimate indulgent brunch, crispy bacon drizzled with syrup.

Lemon & Sugar

Fresh lemon juice squeezed on top with a sprinkle of regular white sugar — an old favourite and an absolute classic!

Nutella & Fresh Strawberries

Need I say more? Chocolate and strawberries have to be one of the best combinations ever!

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