Again, I would like to start off on a personal note. Monday night’s Project Ladybug fundraiser was unbelievable success. Thank you for all your well wishes and support! It’s hard to address this episode on the positive high…
Ugghhh…this episode was a doozy. I watched it with my jaw dropped to the ground. Let me begin with the “lighter” parts of the show...
I know that I am an overprotective mom, I always joke and say, "Lexi is my only child, I don’t have a spare." LOL. I was a wreck with her going out of the country without me. God, I am a wreck when she goes down the shore without me, and now this? I am happy to report that she made it home without any crazy disease or married to a foreign 21-year-old. I hope the comments I made didn’t offend anyone, I just couldn't forget the looks I got from all of the Greek men when I went to Greece as a young woman…and I was on my honeymoon! I know that those men are looking for pretty American women to have on their arms and they are not shy about it. Those Greeks are known to be lovers…
My daughter and i LOVE watching you on the show on tuesdays and think that you are right on the mark with your views on life. We think your amazing!
I can completely understand your feelings about your daughter leaving the country without you. It is more than just her safety. We protect our children's hearts, spirits, and minds as well as their personalities. And with her so far away, you had to face the fact of her maturing and that you will not always be there to protect her. Every loving mother has difficulty with that. As for you problems with Danielle, please just let it go. Not everyone can be friends. But that does not give any of us license to be hostile or nasty to others.
Hi Dina, I have to say, you are one smart cookie. You're sense of humor and instinct are always on point. Not only that, but you are also beautiful, along with the other ladies on the show. The scene where Lexi was leaving was cracking me up, I'm a mother of a 18 year old girl and still waiting for it to get easier. You are doing a good job raising her.
Everybody makes mistakes in life, and people usually move on and make changes for the better in their life. I think all you girls are really good people, and I am sure Danielle can use some ggod people in her life. life is too short to put labels on people. I think your a strong woman, as are the others. be the bigger person and be nice to her,accept her for who she is now, not what she went through in the past. god bless :)
I have a 7 month old daughter and I NEVER want her to grow up! I never had a mother and your daughter is lucky to have you. It is special moments like that, that yall will remember later in life. I believe that your reaction to her leaving for a little while was something every real, true, loving and wonderful mother would do. And as far Danielle, sheep in wolves clothing.
I love your relationship with your daughter. It seems you have a good balance of the mother/daughter/best friend thing going on.
My advice is to not get on Jaqueline for Danielle, its clear she's being manipulated. She needs to figure it out on her own, otherwise you're just playing into Danielle's plan, no?
Personal note: how did you get started with Interior Design? I'm finishing school and to be perfectly honest, I don't know what step B is.
Dina, you are my fave. You are no nonsense, opinionated, tell it how it is, love your daughter (i am a mother to an only child also-son who will be 12 in August 2009), love your family and protective.
I cannot stand Danielle. She is everything that I hate in women. Something about her just didn't sit well with me from the first episode, but I just wasn't sure what it was. But obviously as the episodes air and the plot thickens, I realize I had the correct first impression of her.
I also love your sis Caroline. I relate to you both, no drama, just tell it how it is and family...family is my world.
The drama is annoying and I feel bad for Danielle b/c she seems to have problems. But you are completely adorable with your daughter. Last week when you told her "don't be terrible" - it was priceless. You seem to sagely and serenely accept two things 1)teenagers can be "terrible" and 2) a good parent assumes the responsibility for discouraging it. And as a result - she's pretty darn cute too. Keep up the good work.
Despite your comments about Danielle and seeming to be compassionate about her finding out about this book, you come across as a person who is not warm and friendly. I can't imagine what it would be like to meet you and God forbid someone tries to be your friend.
i am a mom and I DO understand. i think you are awesome and love you more with each episode. i have a "danielle" in my life, steer clear!! as you already know. thanks again for opening up your life to us.
1st of all....Dina, you telling you're daughter all the scary crap that can occur on an international trip, was WRONG & pathetic!!! If you were such a great "Mom" you don't scare you're children into a great experience. You idiot!! (selfish)
2nd....Quit the friggin' drama!! I know that your show is scripted & partially planned, but do you really care what the hell happens with Danielle??? Take care of you're own drama!! You are showing Jersey in a really "trashy" light. Think about it. Actually, all of you show Jersey as trash & we are all laughing but still watching!!! LOL
Your daughter Lexi is a breath of fresh air!!! I mean that. She just seems like the nicest, sweetest, kindest, most humble young lady I have seen and heard in a very long time. DEFINITELY the child I am most drawn to out of all of the children from any of the "Housewives" series. She has a beautiful friendship with you, that's clear. She respects and values your opinion ABSOLUTELY. She is well mannered and loving, no accident there. That can only come from great parenting, and superior mothering in you. I was very touched by your show of emotion with her leaving for Greece. I didn't know she was half Greek. I am in fact Greek American. After looking at her after a few episodes I began to wonder if all of her was Italian or if she was another nationality as well. The moment you said she was going to Cypress, I was like "OMG" OF COURSE!!! She will not let you down in another country, and especially with her father. She loves you too much to hurt you. She seems like such a responsible, confident young lady who would never make you worry intentionally and put herself in harms way. She is smart and above her years. What a delightful child. You should be so proud. She will grow into a beautiful woman someday, inside and out. She's already on her way. Another thing, I had a friend who went to a wedding at The Brownstone Summer of 08' and she said that it was THE BEST wedding she ever went to in her life. I know you got married there because I remember you being on a reality show and The Brownstone being showcased. I was in awe! Good luck with your business and the success of the catering hall. Danielle, oh well, should we even speak of her. You don't need to say any more. She is useless and a phoney. She should be totally focused on her girls rather than disrupting lives, enough said. PPPPLLLLEEEAAAASSSSEEE do not pay her any mind, she cannot touch you. Keep up with warning Jacqueline. Don't give up on that BEAUTIFUL relationship; and maybe (like Caroline said) she will come around. Your big sister has many wise words....
Much happiness!!! xo
I love the closeness of this family. It's exactly how a family should be. I should know, I have one and married into one. La famiglia!
Dina,You are a doll!! I love how close you are to your daughter.Reminds me of me & my daughter.It seems you are a little shy and not quite as open as your sister.I loved watching you and your brother together the other week.That could be a whole other show.Even though I live in the South I love this show more than any of the others (New York,Orange County and Atlanta).To me you guys are more like the girl friends I have here in my state which is South Carolina.Mabey because my family is very close & as Caroline says "we are thick as thieves".Are we going to see your hubby this season? Anyway,good luck with the show.I love it!!
With all due respect, first let me say this. Cyprus is it's own country. It is not Greece, although it is predominantly inhabited by Greek Cypriots. Your child is 1/2 Greek/cypriot and it would be very important for her to know who she is. Cyprus has an enormous history. A large part of the country had been built by the Venetians. Many of the names given to certain towns still have the Italian name (Nicosia being one of them).
The crime rate in Cyprus is practically non existent. Even the police do not carry weapons. There is no need. There are no homeless. There is no filth. The standard of living is far above that of the majority in the United States. The level of education also far exceeds the majority of our citizens here in the US. Moreover, almost everyone speaks English, given that it was one of England's colonies until the 1960's.
There are absolutely no diseases there which cannot be caught here. As a matter of fact, it is thus far one of the few countries that has not had a case of swine flu. Tuberculosis is unheard of. They monitor their water, pollution, and are far ahead of the US in environmental issues. Cyprus is also famous for it's genetic research regarding Thalasemia, which by the way is something which your daughter should be aware of, given that it is genetic.
Please please do educate yourself. Your child is half Greek/cypriot. It is a country filled with amazing history and culture. It is far from a third world country. It would be a beautiful place for you to visit. Afterall, it is the birthplace of Aphrodite.
Did you really share that book with people in your town? Danielle specifically states you took the book to the Chateau and shared it with Vic. With her having specific names and places, it is a little hard to believe you did not do it. What would Vic say if he showed up at the reunion show?
Dina, I would have reacted the same way to my daughter going to a foreign country. I HAVE reacted the same way when my daughter went to Mexico. You're just a good, caring mom. I think Danielle is in love with you.
I love, love, love you!!! You are the BOMB!!! Keep up the great work raising your beautiful daughter and running your business....Do not let the negativity bring you down!
I think you are great. I really enjoy your honest and straight shooting attitude however I was disappointed in your view of Greece. We lived in Italy and Greece for the last 4 years and just moved back to the state. I felt more safe there then I do here - the crime rate is very low, child abduction and rape is almost non-existant. I do understand about the men but they look and smile but don't howl or make rude comments - they may call you beautiful but thats about it. I would have no problem sending my kids back but I won't let them ride their bikes to the mall here in the states. I'm sure she had a great time and will remember it for the rest of her life -let her go each year with her dad and experience another culture, it will make her a better person overall (although she seems pretty level now). I say you and your husband go back with your family and see the beauty of the small islands and not just the tourist hot spots. Please continue to keep it real and let your bitch (in a great way) flag fly high and proud!! Ciao, Ciao Bella
Dina. You're gorgeous. You've got it all going on-sad thing though, I think you might think you have more going on than your really do. And what a catty bitch you can be. What's the point? I really liked when you and your brother went shopping, you seemed to become real. You talk and talk about being so "over" Danielle, but it's all the viewers see, is this animosity between you and Danielle. Your daughter is lovely, and she's gonna shine bright in her time.
How do you feel about Tommy's past appearence on MTV's True Life reality show with his much younger girlfriend Amber? Why did he appear on a show with her but opt out of doing one with you?
Hey i sent you blog and i don't know if you recieved it because i gave you the wrong e mail address. I think your great on the show as well your traditional italian fam mexican families are alot similar. I just wanted to post another commet in case you didn't get my first.
cant wait to see next week. till then god bless you and all of yours. misty
"Let me make it PERFECTLY clear that we were SO against anyone other than us finding out about this book. We all agreed we didn’t want Danielle to know about the fact that we were aware of it."
So much for that! It never crossed your mind your discussion @ Teresa's would make it on air?
Let she who is without sin throw the first stone. Everyone on this planet has personal information/incidents they would never want anyone to know about let publicize to the whole world. When you are young a lot of people make foolish mistakes that will come back to haunt them for a lifetime. However it is not falling but getting back up and surviving that makes us who we are. You are very lucky to have a strong and supportive family who rallies around you when things go wrong in your life. Danielle doesn't have that she is a single mother trying to do the best she can and all alone, no family nearby to rush to her defenses or just to listen to her. It's a hard life but she seems like a strong woman and a survivor. The public understands they will never be any peace between the two of you but you never know what its like to be in someone else shoes. There are always two sides to every story and scandal sells books. To each his own.
Finally...cat people!! We get the dog people EVERY season, but never have the cat lovers perspective. Love your cat....he's magnificent.
Dina,c,mon you told everyone you could about the book,your sis in law did not let the cat out of the bag!! yeah, her past is her past and hers is documented sadly,her childeren will have the brunt of all the bs,not cool at all. I get it you dont like danielle but as far as being concerned w\your sis in law is so highschool,i am so sure she is not in danger. Your relationship should not be comprimised because she chooses to be friends w\Danielle,Why should it? In the scheme of things how important is it,let it be. Your daughter is a doll,i get the feeling of you wanting to hold on to the lil girl,she will always be your baby and you should not apologize about being protective,i dont belive in 'OVER PROTECTIVE" Sometimes you have to allow other people in your life to make there own mistakes and being there is what family is about,not trying to control....live and learn!!!!!!
We enjoyed your scenes when packing with Lexi for her trip. Non other than a mother would react the way you did. She is your only child and the best is not good enough for them. I am glad she is back with you and everything went well.
I think Danielle is very jealous of you in particular, I personally I don't care for any of her antics and drama. As for the book, well do we need to say more. I do agree her children should not pay for their mothers past.
I hope Jacqueline opens her eyes, she is right in the middle of this and you can see how uncomfortable she is when duck lips starts mouthing off about you. And it's only you she talks about. OBSSESSED!!!!!
Good luck with all your projects.
Dina, I think you are beautiful, inteligente, a great mom and hardworker. I do find you a little conceited, but I guess you CAN... On the other hand you LOVE the fact that DAnielle has a nasty past and you delight yourself in it, so don't say otherwise. YOu might have your hands full and your mind occupied with other things, but you love the fact that Danielle is obsessed with you somehow and you make sure things stay that way. Cant wait for next week. XO
Hi Dina I can totally relate to you about your little princess. that seen was soooo cute. Love the show,and keep up the good work. TTYL.
dina you are the BOMB! you and caroline are my favs! forget about the jealous HATERS (Danielle), and keep it movin girl. luv you and lexi, i think you guys have a great relationship. peace out girl, holla!
You are fantastic!!! I love the way you are so overprotective of your daughter!! It must be an Italian trait, my mom gave me a curfew for 8:30pm when I was in High School because she was afraid that "Men who kill come out after 8:30pm". Funny!! You clearly display alot of character and warmth, it is great to watch!!! Keep up the good work, I am trying to find your charity can you give the website, I would like to make a donation:)
I adore you! You are so funny. You know as a child I always wanted to be an "Italian" when i grew up lol "amo l'Italia" My biggest goal in life is to one day be able to go! Anyways, Danielle is a nut case, she has this weird look about her, she's always so curious looking. I don't know but for me its "better safe than sorry" if you don't care to not be associated with her DON'T risk it, Either way weather your friends with her or not she seems like she will "ALWAYS" be involved with drama, some people need it to survive! Your daughter is so funny! I am glad she is safe and sound! I just had a daughter myself, she's 5 1/2 months old and I cant stand to have her out of my sight! (Oie I cant imagine whats in store of me!)Well just wanted to share a few thoughts, KEEP blogging, It gets me though my work day (HA HA HA)...Your fabulous! (By the way I loved the way you ended it, with a PEACE OUT!)
Dina, you girls are all so great, with the exception of Danielle.... seriously, she has a front she is putting up, and every one-especially the audience can see that. Whenever she gets mad at something involving her, she would rather use you as a scapegoat and say " oh, Dina put this out there"..."Dina this... Dina that" instead of just owning up to her own faults... and so what if you did tell the neighborhood about her- rightfully so, especially if all of that is true!
On a side note, you are a great mom! Love the playfulness between your daughter and yourself! Love watching the show, and you guys are great additions to it... (again with the exception on Danielle) =)
Dina - there is not mystery surrounding why Danielle has this fixation on you. She's jealous - plain and simple. She's off her rocker and anyone who would believe a word that comes out of that woman's mouth is just as crazy! Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see next week's episode. You and your sister are the best on the show!
I was just wondering why we don't ever your husband? ALso i think you are a very good mom from what i have seen so far.
Dina, you do have a conscience. It shouldn't feel good for you. This is horrible for Danielle's kids and also for Danielle. I feel queasy about watching this show anymore. Bravo should be ashamed. Danielle is obviously a fragile person.
Dina, I did not believe for one second you were the cause of everyone finding out about the book regarding Danielle. Danielle is tragic and insane at the same time. Stay clear of her, nothing good could come out of a friendship with her. Friendships go both ways and I see only negative things from Danielle. I really enjoy you and your sister on this show!!
Finally, you showed some emotion on the show. Yes we are all well aware of how hard you work and that at times it gets the best of you. You're married, have a career, have a child and you're trying to balance it all. Welcome to the real world Dina.
Again, I'm glad you finally showed some emotion on the show. You've come across as cold as ice and it hasn't been very attractive. At times I thought to myself, I understand why her husband doesn't want to show his face. Who would want to be apart of this? As for your daughter Lexi, she is the saving grace in all of this for you. She has a wonderful sense of humor and makes me laugh everytime I hear her speak. She is a wonderful young lady who I see as having a very bright future ahead of herself. Maybe you should take some notes from your daughter on how to treat people.
As for the whole Danielle goes, I think you should really learn to keep your thoughts and opinions to yourself. I've never seen you once extend an olive branch in her direction. You have no problem talking behind her back. If you have concerns, then act like a real woman, pick up the phone or invite her to lunch and talk with her. You're just a big bully in a pair of heels.
Dina, you had no right outing that book about Danielle. That was vindictive, manipulative, and conniving. What about her children? Do you care? Doesn't seem like it! Your intentions aren't good, and I despise you!
Great show!! Glad your daughter made it home okay, and had a good time. I really respect you for the way you seem to respect your exhusband and Lexi's father. So many times ex-spouses want to run down the other in front of the children. As far as Danielle goes, she has give me the creeps from the beginning even without "the book." She was almost behaving like a stalker as far as you were concerned, and was practically insistent in inserting herself into your life. Sometimes we have a "gut feeling" about people, and I hope Jacqueline wakes up before it is too late.
I completely understand why you and Danille are not friends. She's crazy but I don't like when someone doesn't like somebody and they want you not to like them either. Jacqueline needs to make up her own mind. It's always good to warn a friend or let them know about someone but you and your sister are acting like the friend police,let Jacqueline see what Danielle really is. People try to portray Danielle as a victim including herself but she's not, she knows good drama and she puts herself in the firing line. I just believe you and Caroline need to back off, you guys are great but if you want nothing to do with Danielle you need to mind your business.
We all know you're the Queen Bee. You're beautiful, rich and you have a great family. With someone with as much as you have, why would you go to such lengths to bring down someone who is admitted trying to be like you, and have what you have? Why would you be so mean and hurtful not only to her but to her children who are now going to have so much to defend for the love of their mother. I don't even know you and though materially would love alot of what you have, would never want to be you. You're really awful.
You say "we" didn't want anyone else to know about "the book"? Then why did you discuss it in front of cameras that are looking to broadcast this kind of drama on national tv? I don't believe for a second that you feel anything nice for Danielle. Laughing it up and having a good time with Caroline and Terresa about Danielle behind her back is a poor example for all of you to show your kids. Grow up already.
Hi Dina! Danielle's problem with you is female competitive jealousy. That's it. She's pushing herself on Jacqueline (who she has nothing in common with) just to get under your skin. Haven't you had diagreements with girls where they suddenly get VERY nice and VERY friendly with someone close to you while at the same time they're watching you out of the corner of their eye to see if you're noticing how much that person likes them? In Danielle's mind, she's proving that she's better than you because Jacqueline likes her. Just forget her.
From your blogs you seem like a good person with some common sense, but this show makes you come off so poorly.
How people on this Blog are blaming you for the book is unreal!!!! Caroline stated several times that it was another family member. Whether or not you actually took it to the Hair salon is another story, one that I don't really believe. Danielle is obsessed with blaming you for everything that goes on in her life. Its to the point that it's way beyond creepy! She REALLY insults Theresa and than blames you for Theresa feeling insulted! She propositions a guy for sex on NATIONAL TV and than blames you for her 'bad reputation'. You are handling her obsession with grace. It's stupid to constitently have to defend yourself and remind people that you REALLy have nothing to do with this lunatic. It's creepy that Danielle is consitently bringing up your name and talking bad things about you to your sister-in-law. Stay strong and stay safe!
Dina, Lexi is too adorable for words! And I loved how emotional you were about her leaving. You come across as pretty tough a lot of the time and some viewers may find that hard to relate to. But no one could fail to relate to loving their child so much and wanting so much to protect her. My own daughter is just a baby but I know I'll be just like you when she gets older and wants to go out on her own.