To my Princesses fans,
Thank you for all of your support throughout the season of Princesses. You guys have put a smile on my face every morning and every night. Even though the season is over, I will always be there to talk to via Twitter (@TheRealAmandaB_) and share photos via Instagram (@AmandaBertoncini) and on Facebook through my fan page! I am happy to those whom I’ve inspired, which was my ultimate goal. I know as a woman growing up you face many obstacles, and I put mine all out there! Every family has issues, all friends bicker, and love always finds a way when you're patient. If I can teach you anything, it is to believethat your dreams are truly attainable if you work hard and have a thick skin. Don’t let anyone bring you down. The only person who can bring you down is yourself. Every girl is born a princess, and you deserve everything this beautiful world has to offer. Always wear your invisible crown.
Now, I have to begin with saying that the drama in the wine vineyard was indeed as CRAY as it looked! I had a sense that something was going to happen, as I said, in my own Italian words: Ashlee had a sourpuss on her face the whole time. The rest of us girls were trying to make the most out of it. Joey felt uncomfortable, but she was trying her best to be copasetic. Yes, Erica brought up the elephant in the room, but the actual fight is by no means Erica’s fault! Once the topic was brought up, everyone was fighting. I don’t know if you were actually able to hear me -- ha! -- but I did say a couple times, “Let’s talk one person at a time!” Yeah, that wasn’t happening! Things quickly got out of control on everyone’s end. I was just trying to calm things down, but once Ashlee said, "Erica this is all your fault" and "Amanda, don’t get involved," I LOST IT! WTF?! EVERYONE is now involved, thank you, Ashlee! You made it like this! And after 5th grade, I stopped taking sides. Unfortunately I was forced into one, which honestly worked out better. Me, Joey, and Erica really started to bond after my Drink Hanky party. I truly love them both. Erica has such a warm heart, and I always laugh with her. Same with Joey, and the fact that we both started our own businesses definitely made us closer. I am able to talk with her about things -- I can’t with some of the other girls --and she really gives great advice. She is someone who will tell me I am wrong, even though we are friends, and that’s what I do. That’s what real friends do. In the wine vineyard, I thought Ashlee was blaming everyone and making herself look like a victim. How dare you?! We are at this disgusting point because you brought us into it! Oy… Then when Ashlee made her exit and said what she said about Joey’s mom… sorry, I’ll let you go now.
Erica’s dad was waiting for us with the men he hired to be on the boat. He was calling Erica every five minutes, and Erica was starting to get really worried about pissing her dadn off. Also, her boyfriend was waiting with her dad which made her only want to get their faster because that could be potentially awkward. We found out on the boat hours later that Ashlee was in the hospital. Joey was nervous that she would be blamed for it, but I had to let her know that she can’t blame herself. Ashlee went off, and caused herself to have a panic attack. We were leaving the wine vineyard and she ran away like we were coming after her to -- I don’t know -- have it out?! We weren’t! We were staying positive, if anything. I feel awful that she was in the hospital, and now knowing more of what her health issues actually are, I would never let her out of my sight. Ashlee, I am sorry for that.Casey, I am not even going to give this any real attention because it’s so ridiculous, but show up to our group hangout or keep your mouth shut. Don’t sit there and say what you would have done when you don’t know s---. Also, never tell me who I can and can’t be friends with. NEXT.
I really like you Amanda, but I can't help thinking that one day you're going to wake up and find out Jeff is really gay. I don't say this at all to be mean Amanda, I see that you really love him. Just don't think it will be forever for you two. I wish you all the best.
You created a much needed comic relief for the season. Your mother and sister are hilarious! You were obviously you throughout the whole season, very real and down to earth. You seemed grounded and not spoiled...Casey and Ashlee were oblivious to life and their surroundings....so sad...
Amanda, loved you on the show. Don't let Jeff get away!. On another note, where did you get your sunglasses? I LOVE THEM. Please write me back at firstname.lastname@example.org. I live in Little Rock Arkansas so no one will see us wearing the same pair. Thanks and love to Long Island!!!
You were a ray of sunshine (and provided great entertainment) compared to the wretched personalities of Ashlee and Casey. Best on the next phase of your life.
Keep doing you, because you are doing great! You were funny, hardworking and I think very loyal this season. I think you are right that you were put in the position to take sides. It was the polite and proper thing to do to leave with your host in the vineyard and if people are running away then that's on them.. I wish you the best and hope to see you guys for a second season!
I thought you were very respectful on the show.. You did not need to apologize to Ashlee, You and the other girls did nothing wrong. She was a drama queen and should not have had to go to the hospital for having a fight with friends, I believe Ashlee has some mental health issues due to her parents. You seem like you are a good friend and are loyal, I wish you and Jeff the best and hope you are on the next season
Oh my gosh!!! Amanda I love you so much!! You're one of my favorites. You're so true and honest. You're very well balanced for a "princess". I'm so proud that you're able to see how to move your life forward and find love along the way. I'm happy you and Joey found something productive to do and allowing love to find YOU!
I really appreciated your honesty on the show. Thank you for telling the truth about the Ashlee situation. No one esle mentioned that she started the drama. Watching the show I'm sure you all see that she started it from the beginning being a little snobbish. And it was great to see you work towards making amends with Ashlee. It's truly not you or the other girl's fault that you did not know about how severe her health issues were. And you're right. She's a grown woman. Why walk so far down the road. No one is trying to attack her! She did indeed create "sides" putting poor peacemaker Chanel in an akward position.
I love that you found a great love. And I appreciate that Jeff is willing to wait until your Babs is ready for you two to move forward. Trust me, I believe she only has your interest at heart. You need a minimum of one year to see someone's life, attitude, habits ect. before tying the knot. The infatuation stage is not the time to get engaged. You'll need time to get to know other family members and friends to be sure of his character. He seems great!! I'm like you. I like the guys at least 10 years older. Who has time for immature men?? LOL! And yes! I hate seeing couples like you...but I'm waiting for the time when that's me. We're just hating! :-)
I love you so much. You have not one fake bone in your body. I am happy that you are honest and you know what is right. G-d bless you!!!!!!
You are great Amanda. Was a pleasure watching you on the show. I think you and Joey were the only women who had their lives together. Both motivated, and willing to grow. I loved how you always had your own life going on, and not surrounded by the petty BS that the girls bring!
the only people i liked on the show were YOU, joey and erica lol.....you seem fun to be with - I'd NEVER become friends with the other three hags..........they're jealous of the three of you for a million reasons!
Amanda you are awesome!!! A true friend and wonderful girlfriend to Jeff. It was so much fun watching your antics! You crack me up! You have a great personality. I can't wait to see you next season. Don't let Ashlee guilt you into anything!
Thanks for bringing some sanity to the show! I agree with your perspective on friendship, and thought it was really cool the way you stuck up for Joey. Good luck with your business and Jeff!
What 38 year old man gets, "pre-engaged?" What 26 year old woman does, either, for that matter?
Always thought "pinning" and pre-engagement stuff was for college kids.
Amanda, you are my favorite. Please stop letting Ashlee manipulate you. She is crazy. Not a true friend.
Thank you so much for speaking up in the little prayer circle thing...ashlee is still manipulating U and everyone else
Love Amanda! However I don't think I could ever hang out with you and Jeff together....all that PDA!! LOL, Wish you guys the best
Congrats Amanda! Loved you this season and hope that they bring you back next season! Btw my favorite moment was when you told Ashlee that she was a grown women and got herself into that trouble. Thank God someone told her!
Mazel Tov on your upcoming relationship with Jeff. He is sexy, kind, Jewish, motivated, and respectful. Imagine if he did actually have an engagement ring, and what you would have had to say to Babs....oy. Because Jeff is older, My husband is 10 years older to, they really do understand the consequences of breaking up a whole family. He wants you and only you. He has never looked at another girl in any show, and I have never really seen you look at another guy. I do believe in true love. I was with my husband for three months, I was 27, he 38, and I moved into his condo in downtown Chicago. Three months later we got engaged. Then we bought a beautiful house here in the Northshore for one year to the date of our wedding, May 28. We have been married 9 years. We have one son, Ari Benjamin who is 6 1.2 and about to start 1st grade. good luck to you and Jeff. Enjoy the ride,its one of a life time. don"t make it go so fast. As for the girls on the show....it might be time to meet some new friends, or couple friends. A about 26, I had to walk away from most my highschool college friends because we were all so different and heading in such different directions. The most important person is you. Do what you want to do and what is email@example.com
You are positively adorable! When the show first opened I was unsure about ...the time you were trying on bathing suits with your mother - I thought it was a bit queer with your Mom and her trying to keep up with you. Then we get to know you better and your relationship with your Mother...whom by the way I now think you handle very well. Your Mom is needy and is holding onto you way too tight. But you are a respectful daughter which comes across. I think you are very patient with her, which most parents do not see now a days. You have such a sense of humor that is contagious.
Love the fun you are having with your life. You treat Jeff's parents like gold and they are very lucky as they will be getting a loving daughter in law. I think your mother does not want to share you with anyone. (who can blame her)
you are so cute and adorable. Love watching you...you are kind, loving, fun and yet know what to stand your ground and you do it like a lady.
Good job telling Ashley like it is as opposed to her warp delusional view of what went down in the vineyard. She's 30, not 3. I think you can assume she can take care of herself in broad daylight and in a populated area. Its ridiculous that she's claiming she had to hitchhike. You are right, she did it to herself.
Amanda, good for you
You were a joy to watch, I laughed everytime you did . your laugh is infectious!
Have a great time with Jeff, Don't let your mom control all of you
You know who your friends are so don't let Casey get under your skin.
You are a great person! Hugs from wisconsin:)
I think you are pretty awesome. When the show started I didn't think I really got you but you really do handle yourself well and I love that you can laugh at yourself. You provide great tv with being a trouble maker or drama queen.
sweetmiranda Something is weird. The relationship seemed so fake and they both seemed to be trying SO hard to prove they were in love.
Bravo to you Amanda for being the only woman with enough courage to speak the truth. Us viewers were all cheering when you stood up to Ashlee and Casey, you were the only voice of reason on that pier. I don't believe you have anything to apologize for regarding the Ashlee/vinyard situation but it shows what a humble and kindhearted person you are to do it anyway. I adore you & Joey, think your the most beautiful (inside and out ) of all the girls on the show. I wish success, love and happiness for you both. I think Chanel is a good person who means well but she needs to learn that true friends speak truth and to stop enabling Ashlee in her delusions. If she really wants to help her friend she should encourage her to get the mental health help she so desperately needs. I don't think Chanel is even being honest with HERSELF about what really happened that day because no sane person could condone Ashlee's behaviour. I feel terrible about Ashlee's health issues but bad health does not excuse bad behaviour or condone the condesending, horrible way she treats her "friends". I hope Princesses will come back for a 2nd season so we can see how your love story with Jeff plays out. You are adorable together and I hope you have a lifetime of happiness.
Promise rings are done by kids in their teens. Real grown up get engagement rings not Promise Rings.
He was respecting her mother's wishes. That is a sign of a true gentleman. He respects her mother wanting them to stay together for a longer period. Who behaves like that except for man who has been brought up RIGHT! He is number 1 in my book.
Teq They are both adults, not teenagers in puppy love.
Something is not right about their relationship.
Amanda - you are so sweet and funny, and I loved the way you stayed classy when Casey launched that bizarre, ignorant word vomit about "loyalty" (since when did the definition of loyalty change to being a rude snobby mean girl who excludes other girls for no logical reason?)
I think you acted very level-headedly in the situation- you're a good friend to Ashlee, but you called her out in this situation because she was wrong. That doesn't make you a bad friend and it doesn't make Ashlee a bad person. It just means that in this situation, Ashlee was wrong and you called it out. You go girl. I also love how you're using your blog as a forum to empower other young women who look up to you. Super cool.
I respect you as a business woman and love seeing your beautiful family and your relationship blossom. Wishing you all the best and hoping to get to know you better next season.
I really like you, Joey and Erica (tho Erica should stop drinking so much). You all are down to earth. Casey & Ashlee are difficult to watch because the first is so spoiled and the second is so critical and demanding. You go, girls!
Let me say this i am not agreeing with Ashlee's behavior at all. But Erica did start the argument and it was Erica's fault the way it played out. Everyone knew that there was a elephant in the room so why would she feel the need to bring it up. Even if you guys don't think that you guys were taking sides all of you were. Everyone got themselves into it by repeating things i am sure that you guys didn't do that on purpose but you guys have to have known that it would come out sooner or later. Yes Ashlee was wrong for saying what she said about Joey's mom that is crossing the line and it was disrespectful. Never bring family into the mix
At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like you. Now I absolutely LOVE you. Thank you, Amanda for standing your ground with Ashlee and keeping it real. I love that you didn't hold back in standing your ground for what was right and wrong. Way to go, Amanda!!!
You are the only young woman featured on this series who acted her age, demonstrating maturity, level-headness, wit, and drive (Joey, too, seemed to have a strong work ethic). You also spoke the truth without ever being intentionally malicious. You deserve major praise for making it through Casey's ambush without losing your temper. That's a major sign that you're a thoughtful, socially aware individual, unlike the majority of your castmates. I would love to see Bravo recast the second season of Princesses, retaining you and Joey (and possibly Chanel), and three or four new castmembers. Best of luck with your business.
I really am disappointed in you. I thought Ashlee was your friend? Your correct on one thing the argument was not Erica's fault but she lit the fire and there was no need for her to do that. She LIED to Ashlee when Ashlee asked her about the conversation with Joey about what Erica said to her and then proceeds to make herself feel better by telling Joey parts of her conversation so then Joey could make remarks about Ashlee that would make Erica feel better. Don't forget her lying to her made her unhappy that she didn't tell her the truth. Then instead of letting Ashlee and Joey talk about their issues and take a walk you all involved yourselves into it. When it explodes like it did then you went and pretty much bash Ashlee and are mad that she upset your day? Oh but wait then you get to the important BOAT RIDE and for some reason Erica has to tell her father about it for some reason. Oh wait because once again you can continue to bash Ashlee and it gets even better when you hear she is in the hospital. What joy, what a riot. Listen all of you are entirely different from each other and have different parental issues. Although I don't think you were as bad as your friend Erica I do believe you need to understand what loyalty in a friendship means. If your friend tells you how they feel and is upset about It then you can either tell your friend where she might be right or wrong or just listen but you do not go back and tell the other person what they told you.
SecretSquirrel Can we take one guess who wrote this? Ashlee... Hello?
Hahahaha. Hundreds of posts here, and this is the only one on this whole site that sides with Ashlee and only Ashlee.
If it isn't Ashlee, they are delusional and obviously not seeing the show anyone else is. But let's be honest. It's probably Ashlee. Save it for the show where everyone already sees how delusional and crazy you are.
VeronicaS SecretSquirrel Actually if you read it in Ashlee's voice, I think your assessment is spot on.
btw secret, why aren't you talking about why Chanel got involved it wasn't only Erica and Amanda Please explain
You are a hoot and loads of fun to watch! Ashlee was so far over the edge and how she can pull her logic out of her butt like she did about the winery situation, it's beyond crazy hilarious. Stomping off like a 4 year old, crying for her mommy and going to the hospital because she wanted the attention she wasn't getting from you guys and her parents were way too far away to indulge her childish behavior. That girl has to GROW UP! Best of luck to you!
And this blog today is why you are hands down my favorite! You and Joey, please don't feel like y'all are crazy for feeling the way y'all do... I was in total shock listening to Ashlee bad mouth all but herself. It was insanity!!! I don't know how Ashlee lives with herself... So spoiled, so full of misguided hate... It's disgusting. And Casey???? Who the bleep is she???? A true friend would have looked at Ashlee and said "get a grip woman! You provoked these girls". A true friend that is "loyal" knows when to tell a friend they are wrong. Ashlee was WRONG! And Casey was absolutely out of line and I have no respect for her either. Props to you for finding love, having goals, and being a good friend and a respectable woman. I LOVE WATCHING YOU! Keep doing you. You are absolutely the best on the show.