Congrats to foster mom Sandra Bullock on the adoption of her 3-year-old daughter!

Sandra Bullock — actress extraordinaire, Academy Award winner, and mom — shared some heartwarming news in today's issue of People.

Image by Gage Skidmore/Flickr.


Her little family of two (she and adorable 5-year-old son Louis) ...

Little Louis, lookin' good, but possibly not too amused with the photographer interrupting his snack time. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

... has grown to three!


Bullock recently adopted 3½-year-old foster daughter Laila. Yep! Louis, who Bullock adopted in 2010, is getting a younger sister.

And Bullock? She's over the moon about becoming a mom again:

"When I look at Laila, there's no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here," Bullock told People in an exclusive interview. "I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time."

Bullock didn't want to publicly share that she was a foster parent until now because she was worried it could jeopardize the adoption.

But now that it's been finalized ... and now that she is talking about it, it's the perfect time for some real talk about foster care.

As of 2013, there are over 400,000 children in the United States who are in the foster care system.

Of those, 108,000 are currently waiting to be adopted. Many children experience multiple placements — as many as eight or more.

They need parents.

And as the PSAs encouraging people to consider becoming foster parents say, you don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.

Want to help? You can! (And you don't have to actually become a foster parent to make a difference.)

If you're interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, you can visit AdoptUsKids.org to find out how to get started.

If you'd like to help in other ways, check out My Stuff Bags, an organization that helps foster kids by ensuring they have actual pieces of luggage or duffel bags (instead of garbage bags) to transport their belongings between foster homes.

Want to volunteer? Visit CASA for Children — a network of volunteers that offers advocates and legal help to foster kids.

Congratulations to Sandra Bullock on becoming a mother of two!

Here's to more happy endings for foster kids everywhere.

More

Some people apparently don't understand just how unbelievably good Serena Williams is on the tennis court.

Why they don't understand this is unclear. She holds more open era Grand Slam titles than any other tennis player, male or female. She's set Olympic records, ranking records, age records, prize money earnings records—the woman is a record-breaking machine. (Fun fact: Williams is the highest paid female athlete of all time, having earned $86 million in prize money during her career. The next highest is Maria Sharipova, with $38 million in prize money. If that's not total dominance, I don't know what is.)

Her list of tennis championships is a mile long. You don't even have to follow tennis to know that Serena Williams is a freaking powerhouse of a tennis player, not to mention one of the greatest athletes of all time.

And yet, there are dudes who believe they could take her on.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture
Alie Ward

Your dinner plate shouldn't shame you for eating off of it. But that's exactly what a set being sold at Macy's did.

The retailer has since removed the dinnerware from their concept shop, Story, after facing social media backlash for the "toxic message" they were sending.

The plates, made by Pourtions, have circles on them to indicate what a proper portion should look like, along with "helpful — and hilarious — visual cues" to keep people from "overindulging."

There are serval different styles, with one version labeling the largest portion as "mom jeans," the medium portion as "favorite jeans," and the smallest portion as "skinny jeans."

Keep Reading Show less
Well Being

The 2013 documentary "Blackfish" shined a light on the cruelty that orcas face in captivity and created a sea change in the public's perception of SeaWorld and other marine life parks.

This "Blackfish" backlash nearly deep-sixed SeaWorld and led Canada to pass a law that bans oceanariums from breeding whales and dolphins or holding them in captivity. Animals currently being held in Canada's marine parks are allowed to remain as well as those taken in for rehabilitation.

Podcaster and MMA announcer Joe Rogan saluted Canada's decision on a recent episode.

"First of all, what assholes are we that we have those goddman things in captivity? A big fucking shout out to Canada because Canada, mostly probably through the noise that my friend Phil Demers has created in trying to get MarineLand shut down, Canada has banned all dolphin and all whale captivity. It's amazing. I hope the United States does it well, I hope it goes worldwide," Rogan told his guest, economist and mathematician Eric Weinstein.

Keep Reading Show less
Planet
Youtube

Should a man lose his home because the grass in his yard grew higher than 10 inches? The city of Dunedin, Florida seems to think so.

According to the Institute of Justice, which is representing Jim Ficken, he had a very good reason for not mowing his lawn – and tried to rectify the situation as best he could.

In 2014, Jim's mom became ill and he visited her often in South Carolina to help her out. When he was away, his grass grew too long and he was cited by a code office; he cut the grass and wasn't fined.

France has started forcing supermarkets to donate food instead of throwing it away.

But several years later, this one infraction would come back to haunt him after he left to take care of him's mom's affairs after she died. The arrangements he made to have his grass cut fell through (his friend who he asked to help him out passed away unexpectedly) and that set off a chain reaction that may result in him losing his home.

The 69-year-old retiree now faces a $29,833.50 fine plus interest. Watch the video to find out just what Jim is having to deal with.

Mow Your Lawn or Lose Your House! www.youtube.com

Cities