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I have to say writing this blog I am in a somber mood. I just came from the funeral of a family friend and also one of our “Ladybugs” at the hospital is a little under the weather, so if I am a little serious, I hope you understand.
Let me start by asking all of you if you LOVE Teresa as much as I do? How freakin’ cute is she and her daughters? I swear, even talking about that girl puts me in a better mood. I hope it’s obvious to everyone that any child would get tired after awhile of doing ANYTHING. Gia loves nothing more than getting her picture taken.
Our family has been right there through Jacqueline’s struggle to have another baby. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome our new nephew into the world in a few weeks. I am sure the little man will be as adorable as his big brother CJ.
I just want to say that I love your whole family! I love this show so much...you guys reming me of my husbands family(they are italian too). I think you and your sister "keep it real" so don't apologize for being you.....
It was nice that you took a moment out to apologize for your comments towards Danielle at the party - however was it necessary to include the digs about the "cheap wine", overly hot room, and the fact there was no food offered? If you really are over the drama you would've simply said sorry and ended it right there. Adding those little snide comments made you seem rather insincere and just as catty as Danielle.
Other than that I think you're fab! My fav housewife thus far!
Dina, You and I are alot alike. Daniell is a mentally ill trouble maker. Obvously I dont know what will happen on the show but she seemes dangerous. Your sis is all over it. Thankyou for the charity work for children,I think people forget about others in dire need. Its sad. One more thing, dont listen to any of the jealous haters on here. Take Care. Joyce
I think you are a great mom and I like that you are a strong woman. Your comments to Danielle were maybe a little rude however, I agree if you are going to use the type of descriptive language about yourself and your sex life then you are opening the door for comment. I can barely tolerate her on the show. Jacqueline, is so sweet and I think she is being overwhelmed by this woman. She seems very uncomfortable when Danielle says the things that she does, but she is so sweet she doesn't want to hurt her feelings by saying anything. Although she did when you were having your girls night out. I think she really wants to pull away from the Danielle Drama, but Danielle is a manipulator of the first order and she will use any weapon she has to stay close to her and your family. Your right to be wary. I hope and pray that your young cancer patient will recover. I have lost several family members to cancer, my youngest sister died 5 months after giving birth to her 2nd daughter. Her oldest was 2 years old. It was so hard to accept and still is. Cancer is no lover of age, fame or fortune it cares not who or what you are. Thank you for getting out there and fighting to help those who cannot fight for themselves. May God bless you and yours.
You're obsessed with Danielle. You don't like her...we get it. But that doesn't make your behavior excusable, or your blogs any more readable.
You have a very good heart Dina. It's great you keep yourself focused on helping other people. I understand the stress and pain of watching people go through cancer and I admire that you work so hard at helping others.. Keep up the good work!
I think it takes a very classy woman to stand up and admit that she was wrong and apologize. Kudos for you!!!
Gosh, you can't resist a dig can't you. Stop saying that you are above the drama. If you are going to apologize, then do it. But don't do it in a backhanded way, i.e. making excuses on the "cheap" wine. Yes, Danielle is over the top. You were her guest though, so act appropriately. If you are joking, then tell her that you were joking. You dish out as much as you receive from Danielle, which is fine. Just own up to it.
Hey Dina! You remind me so much of myself, it's not even funny. Thanks for always setting the record straight in your blogs. Your honesty is refreshing. Looking forward to next week!
Hi Dina, I love you and the show!! Im not so sure on Danielle!! Keep up the good work that you do!! I lost my mom to cancer. Its a horrible, horrible thing. Thanks so much for making a difference.
Wow! You never cease to amaze me! It takes a big woman to apologize for her behavior. I absolutely love the work you're doing with your foundation. I aspire to be like you myself one day! I'm also a single mom whose looking to start my own business. Your blog has truly inspired me! Keep these motivating blogs coming! Continue to be your strong, beautiful, independent self! Love you lots! Sam
You are FABULOUS and your brother is a hunk!
On a serious note, you are wise to start introducing responsibility to your daughter at this age. You're a great mother and that doesn't mean micromanaging every aspect of the rest of their lives. How else will they develop their own genuine selves?
You are awesome. I think you're the real deal, for sure. Obviously you have a great work ethic, and for that tacky Danielle to think that hanging around waiting for a man to save her is the same as what you did, is insane. I'm very impressed by you and your sister. I don't know why the cameras have to follow Danielle around. Obviously they put her in just for ratings. People will love to bash her. I have to hit mute when she's up. Blech.
You go girl! I am so pumped for next week's episode! and i really hope you don't quit your job, you are way too talented.
I need to correct myself - when I refered to you four ladies. I meant to say you, your sister, Jaqueline and Teresa. I know Teresa isn't related.
Dina,I love the show but I do agree the catty crap,and nonsense is a bit jr high....Your home is beautiful...and I love your style.Your sister Caroline is so great..or should I say she ROCKS...anyways I also came from a big family not 11 but 5 and family is so important..family must stick together always if not look who may try to befriend you..thanks!
"a hot sweaty room and too much cheap wine will bring the obnoxious out of anyone. " What kind of apology is this! Are you in a hot and sweaty room drinking cheap wine right now!!!! Because you are beyond obnoxious and catty. Also if you didn't want to go and be nice then you should have stayed home
I love, love, love the New Jersey real housewives. You seem a little judgemental, but you must have done something right. Your daughter at 12 seems so mature, and is an absolute riot. She is the funniest person on the show. Kudos to you.
I love, love, love, your single mom example!!! I think you really made great choices and it shows in who you are today. I just went thru a divorce myself, i have been single for five years and i also threw myself into work when i split with my ex. I worked almost 7 days a week my daughter was 15 and it gave her a chance to spend alot of time with her dad. But what i see is that when you chose to be productive during your divorce you removed yourself from unhealthy socializing and bad relationships and you are very mature and do not engage in idle behavior!! Good for you!!! You are a great example i really admire you and your family!!! We need more women like you and your sister as examples!!!
Dina, honestly I just can't believe you. That isn't a sense of humor especially when it's said in such a catty way when you said you would enjoy giving Danielle the injections yourself and basically you wanted to do it to hurt her. That isn't humor and downright cruel. To be so full of yourself like you are some kind of godess that it was "Big of you" to attend Danielle's party was without a doubt the most snobbish cocky statement anyone could ever make and to top it off you say Danielles was using cheap wine is just thowing in another unnecessary dig. You call that humor? I call it being a downright in love with yourself, better than anyone else snob. There are no excuses for the way you behave. It has nothing to do with a funeral or someone with cancer, that was another excuse because this is the way you are ALL the time. Beyond a shadow of doubt among all the Real Housewives series you the the cattiest snob of them all.
i do not know what danielle is talking about, i feel like she needs so badly to find things in common with you, that is how i perceive it as a viewer. but anyways you are great! defiantly my favorite housewife of the season!
I don't think you're a bitch. I think your just an honest person who see's Danielle for who and what she is. I admire your resolve to try and be both a great Mother and a success at your career. I think you're great. Good Luck with everything. We will be praying for the child. I pray everything turns out okay.
Your srtuggle to balance your role and as a wife, mother and businesswoman is so real and touching. Thank you for sharing! You are doing a great job educating your daughter, maintaining you home while thriving in your business. You are a great role model. I am a woman in my 20s w/ a great career which I am so grateful for. But I do aspire to one day be a great wife and mother too. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Dina, after watching the episode tonight, my only thought is that you lack good breeding. Your treatment of Danielle makes you look mean-spirited, hostile, bitchy. You are obviously the center of your own, narcissistic world and you are a poor role model for your daughter. You are teaching her to be the snob that you are.
question? What would happen if you and your husband did not work out. Would your sister support u or your husband, cause you both are married to bothers. Not to be mean. Like what if? after reading your bloggs now i can see ur stress. The last three episode did u no justices. Its all about daneille,caroline, we want more to see all of the husband in the show if they just walk and not talk.
Funny that the wine and hot room were mentioned because when watching, I was thinking like she looks a little tipsy, trust me, I know most social women have been in that type of situation. It was definitely "Mean Girls" humor though, lol. I definitely think you were a woman for admitting that you were rude at Danielle's house. That was very nice what she put on for the ladies for free.
Thanks for writing. It's encouraging to hear that you can be a successful wife and mother and pursue your career. And, yes, I agree, Gia and Teresa are great! That little girl is so mature and beautiful, with the cutest personality to go with it.
I am sorry to say you are bitchy because that is your personality. You do not like fake and catty, but that is exactly how you come off on the show. You are very neurotic and to the public act like you are better then everyone else. You have hearted apology in this blog for the comment you made at Danilles botox party was pathetic! Saying it was so hot and drinking cheap wine. I thought it was very nice how she reached out to throw a party all free for you girls. You did not even give her a chance and I suspect because she sees right through you. You really confirm the stereotype about Jersey woman.
Dina,I am sorry for your loss, life is a gift from God and we should all cherish it at ALL times. You speak of not being "catty" but making the comment about the cheap wine and hot room is being "catty" and its your way of taking a "slick" swipe at Danielle. I hope you all will learn to get along and put the snobbish ways and pettiness to the side, we all have our "faults". I will say that I like the fact that you are a hard working woman, which is great for your daughter to witness.
You dont like catty yet here you are talking about cheap wine and more underhanded slams. You set a good example for Lexi on how to be a nasty person.You arent funny. You arent cute or charming. Get over yourself
Dina, you are so totally right. We must save ourselves for what is really of value, in our lives. This woman Danielle, means nothing and her energy is poison. She is looking for drama and to be noticed. Even though she was apologizing, with that JUDAS kiss, at C.J.'s party, you were a lady Dina, and did not turn her away. Like Caroline, you can identify pond scum. Continue to work hard, love and nurture Lexy and Tommy. You are right because of how you are, you are truly Blessed.
Glad you're owning up to your verbal faux pas at Danielle's spa party. And it's likewise great to know that you've never had an ounce of plastic surgery... you might be a designated stressed-out career woman on the show, but Danielle is clearly the villain of your lot. Glad it's not you!
You and your daughter are adorable. Seeing how you handle the tough stuff is really inspiring. I hope your family stays well!
Kind regards, Alex B.
Dina!!!!!!! I am sorry to hear about your family friend but Please keep it reaL you have phony ways, on one breath you are saying sorry to danielle but now you are trying to be funny commented on her cheap wine. I think your lips are real but there are lots of things about you that are not but whooooooooooo caressssssssssssss own it. You are no match for bethany from new york she would eat you for breakfast lol.......
First of all, you ARE better than her. Why you even went to that party is beyond me... Unless you "Had to go" for the show. I wouldn't associate with Danielle for one second. She is very manipulative, and is in need of some deep psyhoanalysis. She is trouble with a capital "T". We love you Dina!!
Hi Dina, I have to say i like you a little more after reading your blog,I was a fan then I wasnt.I think Danielle has some issues,and after watching tonights episode,I thought you could of been a little nicer at her house.Not saying to kiss the girl or anything.And being fake to people is harder than being real.If you are really nice to someone even when you dont like them,then you are stuck with them.trust me!And when you have to get rid of them because you cant take anymore,you look like the bitch.so just keep keeping it real.But I do have to ask,what is your handicap?I noticed when you parked your car in the 1st episode you parked in a handicap spot,when there was plenty of other spots open? I am sorry for your loss,and I am sorry for one of the ladybugs being sick in the hospital.I have an Uncle who is in stage 4 cancer,he has lived with HIV for more than 20 years and cancer is going to get him,so I am thankful for what you are doing with your good fortune.very difficult when I do the kemo with him to see everyone goign through what we are. And i know danielle is full of shit,I am sure everyone else does as well.Good luck with all you do.
Dina, don't doubt your career. You seem to give Lexi a lot of time and attention. In the end you will both benefit from the fact that you have a career. As a mom who gave her career up, I now see how children, even grown ones, start getting too needy, when their mom's around too much.
Dina - I still think you're great!!!! You know what's important to you and that's all that matters. I think it's hilarious that Danielle thinks you're jealous of her! I'm sure she thinks that of everybody else. She is way too high on herself. That seems to be her favorite subject too: Herself. Boring!!!!! Good luck indeciding what you want to do with your career. Life is too short i you're not 100% happy. Go with your heart!
Dina, God Bless you and the families that are being touched by hardship. You all are in our families prayers. If you could, post a link to the Ladybug site in your blogs so we could reach it easier.
I appreciate your grown up aproach to the episode this week. You seem to accept some resposibility for your own part in it all. As far as the struggle between being a "Mom/wife" and a career woman..those are things a lot of women can relate to. "Having it all" seems like a pipe dream and sacrefices always have to be made. You have to make the right ones for yourself...and realize it could always change. THAT is the beauty of being a liberated woman. The ability to CHOOSE what our paths will be. God Bless ya, I'm sure you'll make the best choice for yourself!
Catty...*itchy...No, I don't think so. You are normal. I speak my mind in the same way and can come off this way as well. Stay normal and you are absolutely gorgeous. I do not see how you would be considered a big but. Danielle is jealous that you do not have to have your entire face pumped with botox to be beautiful. Even if you do get any "work done" you have been sussessful in making it appear as it should...natural. Plastic surgery is not supposed to suspend your face in motion, but make you age more gracefully. Maybe it is because you do not appear to roast in the sun like the lady on "There's Something About Mary". Gorgeous. Great sense of humor.
Dina. I don't think you come across as bitchy, I think you are great. I thought the comment about Danielle was funny as well and she comes across as too much drama and way to sensitive. It's a hard balance to be a wife, mother and business woman. Follow your heart and you will do whats right for you and your family.
DINA, I LOVE YOU ON THE SHOW!!! I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE TO APOLOGIZE FOR YOUR ACTIONS TOWARDS DANIELLE YOU TWO AREN'T FRIENDS. THEY SHOULD JUST TAKE HER OFF THE SHOW SHE DOESN'T MESH WELL. EVEN TERESA AND JACQUELINE ARE STARTING TO SEE HER TRUE COLORS. I LOVE THAT YOU ARE REAL, AND IF DANIELLE CAN'T HANDLE IT SHE SHOULD GET OVER IT. I HATED THE COMMENT HER AND HER DAUGHTER MADE ABOUT YOUR GETTING FAT WHATEVER YOU ARE A TWIG EAT SOME MORE! WHAT IS HER PROBLEM WITH YOU, IN LIKE EVERY INTERVIEW SHE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU. I THINK SHE IS REALLY JEALOUS OF YOU, MAYBE SHE DOES WANT TO BE YOU. SCARY!
You are absolutely correct. I find it impossible to be fake and sometimes it gets me in trouble as well. POST A PICTURE FROM HIGHSCHOOL!!!!
You are Danielle need to stop. You are acting like mean high school girls instead of 40 something year old women. First, you apologize to Danielle for being rude in her own home, then you throw in a barb about her "cheap wine" and her hot sweaty rooms. You are attractive, successful and intelligent, but stop being so catty!!!