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Spring Activities For A Free And Healthy Lifestyle

Now that spring is here, and the warm weather has finally arrived many of you are probably trying to find activities to partake in. After staying holed up during our long and cold Michigan winters, it’s time to get outside to enjoy spring activities! That’s why we here at Holy Cross Services have compiled a list of spring activities that the whole family can enjoy!



One of the benefits of living in the state of Michigan is the high amount of river and lakes we have. The problem is, many of us don’t utilize this privilege! You don’t need a yacht to take advantage of the water – there are many ways to take advantage of the water access for a reasonable price.

Kayaking is one of the cost-effective ways you can do this. If you’ve ever been kayaking, you know that it is a very relaxing way to spend the day. You are literally floating along on the water, going at your own pace. You can explore at your leisure and see one of the many sites that are offered in our Michigan waters. You don’t even need to purchase your own kayak – there are many places in Michigan that offer kayaks for rent!


Experience Nature

Springtime means that the plants and trees are going to be blooming once again! Michigan has a ton of beautiful nature walks to take advantage of. Gather up the whole family and take them outside for a day!

Whether you’re camping for a weekend or hiking for the day, nature walks are a great way to get away from life’s stresses. Life in the city can be stressful and constantly on-the-go. Getting away from it all and being secluded in nature is a great way to de-stress and is one of the best spring activities.


Start a Garden

Springtime in the perfect time to start a garden! Gardening is a great way to bond with your family, as well as get some fresh produce in your household. Whether you’re planting vegetables, fruits or flowers – springtime is the perfect time to get started!

The best part about spring gardening is the bonding experience that can be experienced. Gardening is a team effort – give each member of the family their own section to be responsible for. It will also help teach the importance of responsibility. If you don’t take care of your plants – they won’t grow.  In time, they’ll get to see the rewards of their work. There’s no feeling quite like eating food that you’ve planted and picked with your own hands.


After a long, grueling winter many of us are experiencing a bit of cabin fever. As the warm weather finally returns, it’s time for us to get outside! The more time you spend outside enjoying the beauty that nature gives to us, you will find yourself feeling happy and free!

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How To Overcome Addiction

Addiction is something that can’t be fully understood unless you yourself have gone through it. By the time someone realizes they have an addiction, it’s often times past the point where they can easily give it up. However, there is hope. You can overcome addiction. It’s not an easy process – but it’s a process that will ultimately better your life.


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How Adults Influence Children

Adults play a large role in children’s lives. However, being an influence on how children live their lives isn’t exclusive to the parents – every adult who is around a child plays a significant role in how children live their lives. That’s why it’s important to know the importance of adult influence in children’s lives, and how greatly your actions can affect the children around you.

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The Effects of Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction ruins lives. Many people enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or a nice cold beer on a hot summer day. However, some people enjoy alcoholic beverages a little too much and form a dependency. Alcoholism is no laughing matter, and can badly damage a person both mentally and physically. However, many people don’t know the signs of alcoholism until it is a little too late.

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Guide to Motivation

Motivation is the first step to living a free and healthy life. However, many of us have trouble with motivating ourselves. When you have trouble self-motivating, you may find yourself becoming content with the way your life is, rather than striving to make it better. Once you create that self-motivation, you will find yourself making the steps necessary to making the changes your life needs.

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What Is Emotional Abuse?

We’ve all seen how much of an impact abuse can have on mental health. However, when you hear the word ‘abuse’ what does it make you think of? Most people’s minds will go straight to the physical aspect of abuse rather than the emotional aspect of it. The truth is, much of the time abuse isn’t physical, but this does not make it any less impactful. This is because emotional abuse may be going on without the victim even realizing it.

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Saginaw Spirit Fundraiser Hockey Game

On February 25, 2017 our own Saginaw Spirit will be playing Ontario’s North Bay Battalion in a hockey game benefiting Holy Cross Children’s Services. Tickets are being sold at a reduced price of $13.00 and $5.00 of every ticket will go back to Holy Cross Children’s Services! This is a great way to spend a night out while supporting children in need!

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4 Signs of Mental Illness

Mental illness is becoming less stigmatized which is great news. People who would have been ashamed to get help years ago now feel more comfortable talking about. While society isn’t quite perfect yet in regards to the stigmatizing of mental illness – we’re a lot farther than we were.