And Danielle, I'm sorry if you are not happy with me "talking to myself" in my kitchen. I was trying to stay away from the negative talk that was going around about you. Maybe next time I should just join in. Would that make you happy? Now I'm JUST SAYIN'...
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'Til next week
Dina, You are a beautiful person and have a great sense for fashion. We need you back on the show but I truly understand your reasons for leaving. I would love to know where to but a carriage like the one you loaned Teresa for baby Audriana. It is beautiful!
Hi Dina, I think you are a real sweetie-pie. Love the show. Saw some of the fam Mother's Day at the Ivy in LA - your Sis Caroline, Jacqueline, mingling with some of the OC crowd -Tamra, and some others - sorry that you weren't with. Anyway, I truly love your style, and your karma. Speaking of that, I desperately NEED you to tell me where you got that awesome cocktail ring you were wearing with the run-in with DS. (I'll let you figure out why I'm not spelling her name - I think the initals are far more appropriate), Anyway, I just had my second mastectomy and I could use some good karma. I promise to buy a ladybug ring if you could give me the info on your other super gorgeous ring. Thanks, Dina, and you girls rock.
I really admire how positive you really try to be regardless of all the drama around you. i second that vote you are a classy lady. . . . i wish the best for you Dina!!!
I miss seeing Lexi on the show...she is such a delightful child. I respect your decision, but Lexi will be missed. And, I think Danielle is absolutely nuts and you are the sane one (and the pretty one). Go Girl!
Dina, where did your sister Caroline get her evil eye necklace she wears when she does the interview portion on the show, I love it!!!!! TiffanyHall Beauty
hey dina! just wanted to say im watching right now and honey forget about danielle she is crazy really i think even her kids see it, keep being positive but stay away from danielle im with caroline on this one
I applaud you on putting your daughter first; family first always! I enjoyed last season, but it appears that it is getting uglier each episode, and you not wanting you daughter to be filmed this season is a wonderful decision. Stay classy as I believe you will...I also applaud your unwillingness to engage in the high school style gossip...good for you!
You really seem to have a really good head on your shoulders. Great attitude... By the way you are so right about Danielle all jokes aside she does need help, especially for her kids sake. Instead of people taking the energy to bash her either try to help her or just stay away from her.
Dina, You are such a strong woman and a great person. I hope that you and your family get through everything even if its really difficult. : )
I hear the reason your daughter is not on the show is because kids from her old school were messing with her and she could not deal with it I sorry to hear that girls are so mean I hope she is happy in her new school I would not be friends with Beverly either that her really name. Good luck with the show.
I love you and your attitude and you are so refreshing to watch. You are mature, positive and a lady. You are super appealing in all of your togetherness as a woman.
Hi Dina, I just wanted to tell you that from my perspective you are the only cast member with any class. You seem to rise above the garbage that the other girls keep wallowing in. They seem so highschool. Good for you being above the mix...
Kathy from California
where do u buy ur clothes u should have on ur page a place where people can buy or find web sites to buy the clothes everyone wheres on ur showes love love love the clothes everyone weres u should look into that putting a site where to buy clothes and web sites to buy clothes it would bring so much more hits and interest on these sites before someone elese does it i would want to be the first lo lo connie newbeck from florida thanks
in a nut shell, you are the only housewife on the show worth listening to or even watching. positive energy is the key to a joyful, healthy, balanced, honest and successful way of life. you need to teach this to the rest of the cast---danielle does need help for her behavior for sure. i truly believe that her actions are just a defense. hopefully the whole book issue will blow over and all the ladies can act appropriately. i think it best that lexi not be a part of this show--too much bad mouthing of each other, i would not want my daughter to think this behavior is okay at all!!
Dina you ROCK, you are such an wonderful person. I hope Lexi is doing well and good for for putting her first. Love love love you.
not sure if Dina reads her comments or can respond, but I would LOVE to find out where she found her tea box! i absolutely loved it and i would love to buy one similar! it was shown in the scene where Dina offers tea to Jacqueline. Thank you!
Dina you are a class act! The prettiest of NJ housewives (and all other franchises as well!) I miss Lexi this year but I am sure you have your reasons. May all the good you do with your charity work come back to you many times over. I enjoyed seeing you your Mom and handsome brother Mike on the Wendy Williams show.
Dina, you crack me up. I love your zest for life. I miss Lexi though, but totally understand you wanting to protect her from crazy people (AKA Danielle).
Dina, I'm so happy for you that you have found a way to tune out drama from your life. Believe me I can so totally relate. And good for you to be the strong woman/mother that you are. You keep it real & with so much class. You definitely are an inspiration!
Dina, it is very touching to read about your connection with your daughter, we can tell that u cherish it deeply. As for Danielle, I think that she is keeping the drama and complaining going with hopes to ensure her return to the show...as realistically, everyone dislikes her, and those who don't already, soon will...look at how she constantly insulted her guests who did support her and join her party.
It's good that u had a big heart to overlook Danielle's story and antics of last season. And it is understandable as to why u and Jacqueline must distance yourself(-selves) from her... she leaves u no choice.
Thanks so much for being the lifeboat in the storm. It's so great to see you interact with your family, and admit that they are the most important factor in your life. We miss Lexi, and understand that Tommy is entitled to his privacy. Just one brief question....How did you approach the idea of Ladybug's hairstyle? My Bichon's groomer has a pic in her salon of Ladybug on a Wanted poster. It may be the next trend in Charleston SC. Best Wishes
I love watching NJ Housewives, being Italian and having had a large family it brings back so many good memories. Your sister is wonderful and Jacqueline could say anything and I would laugh, she is really a good friend. I love that you used sage. No not everyone is going to understand. Take it from me I am an astrologer, I do a lot of events at casinos' in NJ. I started 30 years ago and my Italian grandmom thought I was studying to be an astronaut and didn't want me to go into space!! Get your chart done by someone reputable and try to get Danielle's birthday, that may explain some of the aggression she has for you. If my Grandmother were alive she would have you wearing a red ribbon, but I hope you know how to surround yourself with white light to avoid picking up all the negative vibrations. I miss Lexi but I think it was a very responsible thing to keep her off the show. The other kids are either old enough to handle it, I mean your niece and nephews and the others are too young. Danielle's kids shouldn't be subjected to it but she treats them like they are her friends and they have more sense than she has. I wish you peace and happiness through out the season and beyond. From one jersey girl to another much love.
Dina, I respect the fact that you don’t want your daughter to be in this season but why? I loved the relationship that you have your daughter and I miss that interaction this season. I am glad u choose to stay if all the craziness that is going on this season is good to see you having a level head, as far a Danielle I agree with you to end that fake friendship she thought she had with you it is better to have people that truly love you then someone who is trying to expand there 15 minutes of fame. Stay strong and lets go Zen Jen she rocks !
Dina, I think you are a great mom! I love how you stay so positive. I think you rock :) I wish Lexi was still on the show! she was awesome and made me laugh every time!
Having seen Danielle's behavior, read her vicious blogs where she attacks people's children, and read a bit in the news about other Danielle behaviors that have negatively affected your lives, I certainly hope that Bravo is compensating you (as much as is possible) for bringing someone this toxic into your environment. At the end of the day, this is just reality tv, is it worth it to have this much chaos?
I think it's hillarious that commenters think you are a Buddhist because you have a statue (not a Buddha by the way), which looked like pure decoration to me, in your home. If they think that your home decor would be the most offensive thing to Christ happening in the episode/show they may need to take another look... Just sayin'.
PS - Love you Dina!!
Dina You MUST check out the June/July issue of Reader's Digest magazine. On page 38 there's a cartoon. Immediately thought of you when I saw it :)
Love the way you are handling Danielle this year. She is definately a troubled person. However to badmouth her and her children would just take away from everything good you are. You seem to be a great Mom and person.
Dina, this has absolutely nothing to do with the housewives but with your cats. I saw the briefest glimpse of their cat water fountain and it seemed that it was stainless steel (or some sort of metal that wasn't plastic). Is that true? And if so, where did you get it? I've been looking for one for ages! Anyone know where I can get one?
Dina, keep up the zen, kitchen talk, crazy cat lady stuff. Others just wish they were so secure to just do what makes ya happy!! Hope we see some "lady bug" events!
i do think that you are one of the most mature people on the show and i respect you so much for that. but i miss lexi! seeing you two together was fun and light and it took away and distracted me as a viewer from all the drama, drama, drama. i think you of all people would appreciate that :) i liked seeing you two together and hopefully i will again! and as for you worshiping buddha - you go for it, that's totally amazing. you are one of my favorites dina. rock on!
Dina I support your choice of not having Lexi on the show. I commend your approach to life. You are level headed and trying to keep negativity out of your life. I wish you were on the show more though. It could use more of your positive balance. You are taking the right approach with Dirty D too! Her blogs and view on life is so negative. It is so painful to watch!
Lexi is my favorite! I think she is hysterical, smart and real, I wish she were still on the show!!! Glad my other Jersey girls are back!!!
Dina, to tell the truth watching you and Lexi was my favorite part of the show. My daughter and I could not get enough of you ladies. I was waiting to see how Lexi is growing up, she is so pretty and funny. I respect your decision concerning Lexi, but miss her. You guys are so cute and funny together.
I think your great and love Caroline. I think people in life forget that as you grow older you learn to keep toxic people out of your life. If it wasn't for bravo Danielle would just be a footnote in history. (the crazy lady who once was on a reality program) Find your path & peace where you need to & good luck with everything
I really like you. You have your feet planted on the ground. And you try so hard to stay out of all of the drama. Good for you!!!
Dina...you are by far my favorite on the show, but I do love Teresa too!!! I think you are such a beautiful person. The stuff you do with Project Ladybug is fantastic and I can truly tell you are a terrific Mom. Lex is such a wonderful young woman and I can tell she has been raised right. I wish you luck and happiness in all that you do. Keep holding your head high and try to stay out of the drama!! Take care!!!
As a fan of this show, I've read the blogs & the comments & I find myself thinking: "Who are these people?" To me, you & yours have nothing to prove to anybody. You don't have to explain yourself. You don't have to answer to these people. The only ones who really matter are those who you love & who love you.
But the reality involved here is, unfortunately, upon signing up for this show, the bad came with the good. People will talk: bottom line. It's up to you on how to deal. I think your friend "Zen Jen" will end up doing a lot of good. It couldn't hurt, right?
Who am I to even say, but, just keep your head up with your virtues & morals in your heart. Surround yourself with your family & friends. Anything else is a distraction.
You're so awesome!
(I wish Caroline had even just a little of the personality/class/maturity/like-ability that you have!)
You seem sad this season. I think you made the right decision to keep Lexi off of the show, but with that said I do miss her. Your relationship is beautiful and tight and Lexi is so full of love and laughter. Keep up the work on your foundation, we all know that is why you agreed to subject yourself to this craziness of a show. If it does bring your foundation more awareness I say bring it on.
Please find some peace and joy, and bring back the laughter from last season.
Hi Dina! I am a little confused as to why you are on the show. We see no husband, Lexi isn't on the show this season, you decided to step back from your career ... You don't have a story line. Sorry. I wish Bravo would move in a different direction.
This season you seem to be the only mature person on this show. All the others especially Danielle are sooo immature and petty. High school stuff. Who calll someone ready to berate them for sending flowers to their daughter. Christine should have been the one calling J. to thank her. The only problem I have with you is your worshipping Buddha. I believe in Jesus Christ. But everyone is entitled to their own beliefs.
I respect you for not having your daughter on this season. It is refreshing to see a parent take control and let their child be a child.
I cannot understand why Danielle is so angry at you this season. You have been above board with her and she continues to blast you. I think you had it right last season. You have a good family, respect for yourself, and the ability to hold you head up high even when she takes cheap shots!
I'm all for peace and balance in my life to Dina but in no way will it come from Zen or Buddah. Jesus Christ is the only way you can have true peace and balance and it will certainly last forever. Why worship a statue of a person that is dead when you can worship the only true living God....Just Saying
Dina is my favorite, and I think it's hilarious to see Danielle seize up and become so defensive whenever Dina's name comes up. She's so threatened by her, and I love seeing Dina as she is so cool and collected all the time. I think it is clear that Dina is a level headed woman who is, above all else, considerate of her family and her loved ones' well-being. Another great trait that Dina possesses is a healthy sense of humor. I find her to be super personable. I think all these reasons amount to Danielle being the jealous and petty person that she is toward Dina. Can't wait to see the episodes in the coming weeks. Go Dina!!
Dina, you were like water in a ring of fire last season. Darting away from the table towards the door at (weather you want to admit it or not) last seasons "table flipping episode" really showed who you were. Confrontation does not seem to be your demeanor, besides you don't look very pretty when you are on the attack! This season it seems you have really addressed that, and found the positive side of your self. Love the new you. You are a beautiful woman, keep up the positive spirit. All of daughters need that kind of a role model.
Dina! I saw these cupcakes and thought of you and Project Ladybug! Keep up the great work! I love you on the show, you are so genuine and funny!