Magento render cms/block with widgets

You create a cms static block (cms/block) and dynamise it with widget, here an example:

 <div class="confirmation">
        <img src="{{skin url='images/image-order.jpg'}}" alt="" />

You then render this block :

echo Mage::getModel('cms/block')

But the widget {{skin url=’images/image-order.jpg’}} is not executed and is display as {{skin url=’images/image-order.jpg’}}.

To execute the widget, you need to render as HTML a block and not a model

echo  Mage::app()->getLayout()->createBlock('cms/block')->setBlockId(self::confirmationCmsBlockName)->toHtml();

Magento get simple products from configurable product

This is how you can get all simple products linked from a configurable product

$configurableProduct = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load(1); 
$childProducts = Mage::getModel('catalog/product_type_configurable')->getUsedProducts(null,$configurableProduct);   
foreach($childProducts as $child) {
    echo $child->getId();

If you only need ids of the child product, you can do this

$childProductsId = Mage::getModel('catalog/product_type_configurable')->getChildrenIds(1);