The Many Faces of Mary

Secret Thoughts

A Rewarding Experience

Man Rule Refresher

Wine Woes

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Bullying Tactics

Something for the Grandchildren

Man Rules

McGyver, Jack Bauer, ... Jason Turner?

Just Say ... Yes?

Love, Communication, and Mutual Respect

Mary's Best Moment

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No More Drama

Edge of Your Seat Drama

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Q and A With Stacie

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Shining Just Where We Are

Time to Press Delete

Mary's Worst Moment

Be Careful Who You Trust

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Gracious Offerings from Burkina Faso

No Stones Left Unturned

The White House Cirque Begins

Miss Understood

There's Nothing Pretty About Being a Mean Girl

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"Some People are Not Destined to Be Friends"

Ask, and I May Tell!

I Live for "Today!"

High Heel Fatigue

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Let's Hear it for the Boys

This Oasis is Not a Mirage

What is Salahi-ism?

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Time Is a Healer

Vineyard Vindication

Breaking the Man Rules

Who wants to Shoot Tareq?

Making Wine, Housewives Style

Reality Check

Grape Expectations

I Laughed, I Cried, I Cringed

'Tis Better to Give Love Than to Receive Meanness

The Many Faces of Mary

Mary talks about getting caught on Candid (Housewives) Camera.

The many faces of Mary! Have you figured them all out yet? Because I haven't!

I had to laugh hysterically at what people have always told me…that I have crazy facial expressions! I clearly didn't realize that cameras were directed on me as I shared with Cat my surprise at seeing Lolly in a few of my things from across the room at the Men Against Breast Cancer event. At the end of the day, I really don't care about "stuff." I care about people. On that note, I can't say enough about the wonderful work that President/Co-Founder, Marc Heyison and his team are doing with Men Against Breast Cancer. MABC offers support and education to men serving as caregivers to the women in their lives struggling with Breast Cancer. This is an awful disease to face and much of the emotional burden rests on the men walking through this battle as a source of love and support. Lets hear it for the boys!  Most of my enthusiasm during the fashion show was directed towards my dear friend and Fox news anchor Will Thomas who was a celebrity model that evening and looking so fabulous! And of course I was cheering for the always gorgeous, Paul Wharton! What a fun night! (Please visit the MABC website to find out more information and how to support Men Against Breast Cancer -

Losing a close friend is something that must be extremely difficult to endure, and I felt a deep sense of sadness and empathy for my friend. I can't imagine what the experience was like for Cat to go through the death of her dear friend Phil while cameras were rolling. I was moved to tears once again while watching Cat's pick up interviews and seeing the pain and heaviness in her heart. Cat is a treasured friend and my heart goes out to her as she has had to be reminded of the pain watching the episode one year after Phil's death. One of the most moving moments for me in watching Cat deal with this difficult loss was how she handled herself with both tears and laughter. She made a decision to remember Phil by verbalizing the fun memories they shared together as friends. I was deeply touched by the bonus clip where she and Charles memorialize and pay tribute to Phil in a ceremony in their backyard.   

I feel very badly that Lolly seems to be picked on with a few story arcs in this first season of our show. I know we are all tired of hearing about the closet, especially Lolly and Rich! Hopefully this story line is done with already! Lolly is a strong, confident, and independent woman working hard to pursue her career as an artist, and she is quickly growing a thick skin in dealing with the drama of these past few weeks. Keep up the great work, Lolls! I'm one proud Momma witnessing your growth and maturity over the last year.  

I loved the scene with Lynda and Deborah as we "saged" her new home! Lynda is a deeply spiritual person, and while Lynda and I don't necessarily share the exact same beliefs, I respect and honor her spiritual beliefs. It is what truly sets her apart as a special person with true heart and soul. I felt honored that Lynda would include me in the blessing of  her new home, what a memorable experience that was for me. I can't tell you how fun it is to have her back in the neighborhood, and running into her at the Safeway regularly now has been a hoot! It's a contest to see who has the better packed cart, don't miss the bonus clip of my special skills in packing a grocery cart! I wish Lynda love and blessings in her new home.  The "bad decorating" is officially gone with the amazing talents of our mutual dear friend Deborah Kalkstein of Contemporaria in DC.  Wait until you see the beautiful transformation that Lynda's home has gone through.   It's now truly spectacular!  

I have been inundated with requests about the origins of my favorite cross necklace! As is evident in the show, I love the piece and wear it almost every day. It has taken some time to research if the piece is still in production, as I purchased it several years ago on a trip to St. Maarten. I promise to share more news as it becomes available.

Thank you for the many kind words about my style and home as well! I am so humbled in hearing and reading such words of support and well wishes from so many! I'm looking forward to big fun this week when I visit "Watch What Happens Live" with Andy Cohen and meet one of the Amons family all time favorites, Jeff Lewis of "Flipping Out!" This Thursday at 10pm LIVE!



A Rewarding Experience

Despite her cringe-worthy moments, Mary's had a blast.



1. Words or signs having no intelligible meaning

2. Subject matter, behavior, or language that is foolish or absurd.

3. Extravagant foolishness or frivolity

4. Matter of little or no importance or usefulness

5. Insolent talk or behavior; impudence

One thing that no one can ever take from you is your word. I was raised with the motto say what you mean and mean what you say. The reunion was extremely difficult for me. All of the nonsensical behavior that we have been subject to this season from Boris and Natasha came to a head that long September day. It was difficult to watch myself become so exacerbated by the lies and false accusations, and to see myself visibly display the emotions I was experiencing: anger, hurt, and frustration. Even when confronted with solid proof these people still arrogantly sat there denying all. It was unreal. After a season of fabulous fun with my family and friends it made me sick to see it all end this way.

As parents, one of the primary values we teach our children is the importance of being honest. As I sat on the sofa during 10 tedious hours of filming, listening to lie after lie coming from a couple who are masterful storytellers, I wondered how we got to this point. I have never in my life been put in such a confrontational and frustrating situation nor watched two grown adults be so blatantly dishonest. My family, close friends, and my charity have all been negatively affected by these individuals. At the end of the day I know what I signed up for, and in the reality TV world the name of the game is drama. What I was experiencing was not drama. This was about two delusional individuals who still can not answer a "yes" or "no" question. Ultimately for me they stooped to the lowest of lows by falsely accusing our daughter of a serious crime that she had no involvement in whatsoever. I can easily say that I am relieved that we can all move on from spending precious time and energy talking about these people. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I'm ready to move on!

In some ways this reality TV experience was like being pregnant for the first time; many people offered sound advice but nothing can really prepare a person for such a surreal experience. As a family, we have had a blast on this roller coaster ride and have enjoyed watching snapshots of our "functionally dysfunctional" family relate to each other through the challenges of being a large family. The love of a family is the greatest blessing, and I am overwhelmingly blessed with a large loving family. I want to thank them all for taking this great risk and jumping on this ride with me.

The cross! I have had an overwhelming number of inquiries about how to find the cross that I wear regularly. I purchased my cross a number of years ago on a trip to the Carribbean. Unfortunately, the cross is no longer available, but I am working closely with the company that produced it and will be launching a new version soon! Additionally, I am excited to share that I am currently designing an entire cross collection. Look for more information coming soon on my future website!

If in the DC area on November 4th, please join me as Labels for Love hosts a spectacular event called the Modus Union Salon Party. This evening will feature the incredible works of 75 juried artists, live painting, musical performances, trapeze artists, vendors, nibbles from local restaurants, and of course cocktails! All artwork will be for sale and the proceeds will benefit Fran Drescher's organization, Cancer Schmancer (www.cancerschmancer). For more information, go to I hope to see you there!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all that helped make this year incredibly enriching and rewarding. This entire experience has been a very humbling and rewarding one. I learned a tremendous amount about myself and witnessed many cringe-worthy moments to learn from ... and avoid! One of the best aspects of making the choice to do the show was the beautiful friendships that developed and strengthened over the last with Lynda, Cat, and Stacie and our incredible crew. We shared many laughs and had a ton of fun! Although a friendship with Michaele didn't develop, I wish her and each of my cast mates only the best for the future. Thank you all for the support and encouragement over the our first season! 

Peace and Blessings!




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