Autumn at the Mill

Coming to work everyday is made a lot easier when you work in such an incredible place! Sometimes I think we take for granted just how amazing Cotes Mill is and how much stuff is going on here. Below you can see the Mill house, where Shreddies are actually made. Our super talented and extra lovely production staff work hard all day creating underwear, jeans and pyjamas and working on brand new and exciting projects before we can share them with you! The view from their window is the beautiful Mill pond - not your average production room!

The Shreddies Production Room

The Shreddies Production Room

You may see us post about it on our social media channels but the Mill is so full of life because there really are so many adorable animals that live here, from peacocks to chickens, guinea fowl to our new fallow deer - there's always someone getting up to some mischief! 

The peacock pen.

The peacock pen.

The guinea fowl are probably my favourite - they must be the cutest (albeit slightly odd looking) birds and they're always scuttling around the grounds together making a racket. 

The Cotes Mill Guinea Fowl

The Cotes Mill Guinea Fowl

As the nights are getting darker earlier we get to appreciate the sun setting from the windows of the Mill and what a view we get! You can come and visit our sister companies deVOL Kitchens and Floors of Stone showrooms - we're open till 5! 

Autumn Sunset

Autumn Sunset

Could Shreddies help you?

We receive so many comments over email and through our social media networks about the various situations where Shreddies are used to help people regain confidence and carry on with their active lives. Helping people is what it’s all about here at Shreddies, we understand our underwear does have a ‘jokey’ side to it but they were solely designed to help people with flatulence issues, the use of the word fart and the funny pictures just help to dampen the stigma! 

Our best selling Men's Hipsters

Our best selling Men's Hipsters

During the summer months a lot of people find Shreddies useful to wear on aeroplanes – especially the underwear as it means you can still wear comfortable clothes! Naturally the gas in your stomach expands when flying due to the pressure you experience which causes more flatulence and can be very embarrassing on a flight when you’re in such a confined space. 

Our Women's Brief

Our Women's Brief

Flatulence may be a humorous topic to a lot of us, but for some people that really suffer it can stop them from attending social gatherings like weddings, funerals and parties and can often lead to them becoming reclusive. By wearing Shreddies, it doesn’t just filter the smell of flatulence but it often gives the user the confidence and piece of mind they need to be able to relax - which is turn can make symptoms so much better!

It’s a known fact that most flatulence happens at night when you’re sleeping, this was the main reason behind us creating our flatulence filtering pyjamas and we have heard they’re perfect for work trips and new relationships - and may have even saved a few marriages! 

Feel free to get in touch with us to let us know how you wear your Shreddies - we'd love to hear from you! Simply email enquiries@myshreddies.com or contact us via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

 

3 Healthy Recipes for #ChocolateWeek!

Everyone loves chocolate and as winter is slowly creeping up on us I think we're all guilty of over-indulging on comfort food but unfortunately it's not always good for us! We have collected some super yummy healthy chocolate recipes from Sophie, who works for our sister company deVOL Kitchens. Sophie is an expert in all things tasty yet healthy so when we decided to do this blog, we knew we needed her help! 

Chocolate, Almond and Raisin Cookies

Chocolate, Almond and Raisin Cookies

Ingredients: (to make 16 cookies):

  • Preheat oven to 170C (fan 150C)

  • Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper

  • Place all ingredients except for salt, into a bowl. Mix until well combined.

  • Take about a tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball in your hands, place on a baking tray and press down lightly to flatten - not too much! 

  • Repeat with rest of mixture

  • Bake for 20 minutes

  • Once out the oven, sprinkle each cookie with a little sea salt, allow to cool.

  • Best enjoyed within a week.

  • 150g Rolled Oats

  • 100g Raisins

  • 50g Ground Almonds

  • 200g Apple Puree

  • 6 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

  • 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter

  • 1 Tablespoon Cacao Powder (or Cocoa Powder)

  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, to taste

Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies

Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies

 

  • Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan 350F

  • Line a square baking tray (20cm x 20cm) with greaseproof paper

  • Mix together the peanut butter and maple syrup until combined, in the prepared baking tray cover evenly with little blobs of the mixture.

  • In a bowl, over a pan of simmering water (ensuring the bowl doesn't touch the water), slowly melt the chocolate and coconut oil together. As soon as it's melted, remove from the heat.

  • In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a free-standing mixer, beat together the eggs and sugar until creamy.

  • Stir through the almonds and baking powder.

  • Fold in the melted chocolate mixture.

  • Pour the brownie mixture into the baking tray and spread evenly.

  • Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, depending on how gooey you like them! 

  • Leave the brownies to cool for 10 minutes before turning over the tray, laying them onto a cooling rack so the peanut butter blobs are showing. Sprinkle with sea salt and leave to cool before cutting into squares.

  • Best enjoyed within a week.

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons of good quality crunchy Peanut Butter

  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

  • 125g 85% Dark Chocolate

  • 100g Coconut Oil

  • 2 Eggs

  • 125g Coconut Sugar

  • 75g Ground Almonds

  • 1 Teaspoon Gluten-Free Baking Powder

  • Maldon Sea Salt, to taste

Raw Chocolate Orange Truffles

Raw Chocolate Orange Truffles

 

  • In a food processor, blitz together the dates, oats and cacao powder until it combines and comes together to form a dough

  • Add the zest and juice of an orange and a pinch of sea salt, blitz again

  • The consistency should be fairy squishy but not too wet, if it's still too stiff add some more juice from another orange, if you like it extra orangey add some more zest! Blitz again

  • Sprinkle a clean plate with some extra cacao powder, then take a heaped tablespoon (ish) amount of mixture, roll into a ball shape in your hands then roll over the plate to cover in a dusting of cacao powder. Place onto a clean plate and do the same with the rest of the mixture. You can vary the size depending on how big you'd like them to be.

  • Best enjoyed within a week. 

Ingredients:

  • 400g Good Quality Soft Dates

  • 200g Rolled Oats

  • 100g Raw Cacao Powder (or Cocoa Powder), plus extra for rolling

  • Juice and zest of 1-2 Oranges

  • Maldon Sea Salt, to taste

 

Check Out Our New Facebook Page

Today we've decided to start a brand new Facebook page. It will be full of useful content from advice on reducing flatulence, to the latest medical findings. 

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It's also a brilliant way for our customers to keep in touch with us, message us for information or keep up-to date with our latest products and offers. 

We'd love for you to like our page and to give us feedback on the new page once it's up and running. If there's any topics you'd like us to cover or anything you'd like us to share any content please email enquiries@myshreddies.com 

 

CORFU

Having just returned from a holiday on the beautiful island of Corfu, I couldn't wait to share some holiday pictures with you all.

We stayed in the most incredible villa in the mountains of Nissaki, a small, quiet coastal village in the north east of the island. Our villa was decorated with quirky, old-fashioned decor but it was the view that really amazed us - it was incredible! The balcony of our villa looked out the small harbour of Nissaki and in the distance you could see the coastline of Corfu town on the right and Albania on the left - the perfect spot for a lazy breakfast!

One of the highlights of the holiday for me was driving up the hair raising, windy roads to the highest point in Corfu - Mount Pantokrator. At 906 metres above sea level the views were incredible and the journey well worth it, we were surprised our hired Nissan Micra managed to make it to the top! 

The top of Mount Pantokrator

The top of Mount Pantokrator

One of the best things about Greece is the food! Being a self confessed foodie I was so excited to try some of the Greek cuisine as it was my first time visiting and I had heard so many great things about it. Being greedy, I barely took any photos of my food as I was too busy eating... but I loved a diet of Tzatziki, Feta Cheese, Saganaki and many meat dishes including Lamb Kleftiko and Beef Sofrito. Most of the restaurants we went to were based in the most incredible locations including one in particular that was my favourite. Taverna Agni first opened in 1972 when it was opened by Charilaos and Aphrodite who's family still run the Taverna today. To get there, we were picked up at Nissaki harbour in their own water taxi which sails you over the restaurant and returns you at the end of the night.

Lunch on Nissaki beach

Lunch on Nissaki beach

Waiting for the water taxi at Nissaki harbour.

Waiting for the water taxi at Nissaki harbour.

We were able to visit the majority of the island because it's so small, from Palaiokastritsa to Kassiopi to Corfu Town and we even took a boat out so we could explore more of the coastline! The sea was so incredibly clear that it was like standing in an aquarium, you could see so much sealife swimming around! 

Kassiopi Harbour

Kassiopi Harbour

I would definitely recommend visiting Corfu as it was honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited! 

Autumn Fair

On Tuesday myself and my manager Rich visited Autumn Fair at the NEC, Birmingham.

Rebecca with the NEC sign.

Rebecca with the NEC sign.

Autumn Fair is a great opportunity for retailers to source new products in the Home and Gift category, or if you're like us - it's a great place to exhibit your products to potential buyers. We usually exhibit at Spring Fair, so we thought we'd check out their Autumn alternative.

Our reason for visiting was to scout out where the best spots are in regards to footfall, see what is trending at the moment and see if it would be a good idea to swap Spring Fair for Autumn Fair! 

Hall 5.

Hall 5.

Autumn Fair is made up of 5 halls, split into 12 different categories from home interiors, to children's toys. You can find everything you'd want to sell from samurai swords to bedroom furniture, there is something to suit every retailers budget and taste.

Each stand is individually designed by the exhibitor which is a great way to really show off your brand rather than just the products you sell. We saw so many amazing stands which gave us some inspiration for our stands at Spring Fair and Top Drawer in 2017! 

One of the many stalls in Hall 5.

One of the many stalls in Hall 5.

If you have missed out on going to Autumn Fair, we would definitely recommend you heading to Spring Fair in Febuary! Head over to their website for more information.