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Sorry this blog is a little late. I have been a busy woman lately. It was driving me crazy looking at myself in one of my interviews because I had pink eye during it. Can you guess which one? I tried to get out of filming that day but the crew came over anyway with gloves on. They show no mercy. LOL. I have also noticed that in just about every scene I am eating something. It's like my body doesn't realize that I'm not pregnant anymore. I will just have to work extra hard to tone up my body because food is something I really enjoy and I'm not willing to sacrifice a whole lot. I like being able to eat what I want and when I want but in moderation of course. Chris and I are really passionate about food. We enjoy shopping for it, preparing it, eating it, sharing it, entertaining with it, celebrating with it, mourning with it, the list goes on. Food is such a huge part of our lives. It's something that we thoroughly enjoy together as well as with our family and friends. For those that have asked, I'm 40 years old, 5'3", 118 pounds. I'm doing OK.
During Dina's goodbye confrontation with our fifth housewife, I feel that Dina handled herself in a calm, civilized and mature manner. I understand and respect her desire to bring closure to the negativity that a certain person brought to her life. I think Dina quickly realized that you can't reason with an irrational person. She tried her best. I give her an "A" for effort. Will we sincerely miss seeing Dina's beautiful face, listening to her witty sense of humor and watching her silly cats to decide whether or not Grandma Wrinkles is cute. (I voted 'so ugly that it's cute,' like Yoda.) Dina has said her peace and has now retreated to her place of Zen. I wish her happiness and the ability to enjoy the serenity she finally has and deserves. We love you! We will miss you on our show, but as your family we will continue to see you as usual.
Alstede Farms is a farm we go to every fall located in Chester, NJ. We have enjoyed going there as a family for years. They offer pumpkin, berry and apple picking, corn mazes, hay rides, hay stack climbing and tunnels, horse rides, jumpy things for kids to play in and on, food stands, a country fresh market full of great fruit and vegetables among other things, and of course, as you know, a petting zoo. OK, OK, I know I should have never made that animal comparison especially in front of my son. CJ is much too wise a child for me to try to escape that one after it rolled out of my mouth. I really need to work self-control. All I could do at that point was to admit I said it, point out the reasons why it was a mistake, and move on. I am sure there are worse things mothers have said and done in front of their kids. I just made a note to self: Self, stop teaching kids how to act ugly by showing them how I act ugly. Do as I say, not as I do, remember kids? Doesn't always work like that.
I DID find it a shame that our day was filled with so many special, fun, family moments that I'm SURE you would have enjoyed, as well as with other scenes that we have filmed this season, but it seems what gets highlighted are the brief, unimportant moments where the fifth housewife is mentioned. It's a little disappointing. I guess TV viewers love watching drama and dysfunction. I'm glad that we can provide that for your entertainment. We ALL have a little of that in our lives. You're lucky you don't have cameras catching those moments and highlighting them on national TV. In the reality TV world, you can't be afraid to put it all out there. You have to be OK with yourself enough to allow a large scale of people judging you and your actions. If you are a private person, if you are trying to hide from the past or from something in your life now, or if you are sensitive to criticism, I don't recommend you do what we do.
I don't like watching drama, I would've loved to see more scenes of your family at the farm. That's what the show should be about, more good times and less drama!
I'm so sad to see Dina leave...why can't Danielle leave? You are a great mom Jacqueline!!! Danielle is crazy...it completely shows! All of your comments about Kim G., are dead on, what game is she playing? We will just have to watch and see!
You are a good mama...! I like what you said about having to take criticism. But I wonder how a stranger's criticism would affect me. Probably not at all. I like to say..Walk a mile in my shoes before you say anything about me. It keeps things in perspective. Which I believe you excel at and it makes you a great addition to this show. Not everyone is cut and dry and neither is life!
I love watching you, Jacqueline!! You and the Manzos and Teresa of course!! I just hope you don't get screwed over by Kim G. I think you are the sweetest housewife and you look great post-baby!!
loved loved loved this episode i loved how you showed ashley its not ok to disrepect you in any shape form or way im still curious as to what the guys were makin derrick drink i cant figure it out but it was still a good episode i was actually waiting to see if they were goin gto tie him to a tree i think you have come a long way and im am so proud of you you have a gorgeous family and wonderful friends im going to miss dina and her cats im right there with you as to whats her name leaving the show for good its just more trash that does not need to be aired but anyways cant wait to see what next week brings i look forward to mondays every week lots of love and light from a housewives of nj huge fan
You are my favorite on the show as well as Caroline. You have such a big heart. You look wonderful! You have a beautiful family. Take care.
Jacqueline~ Honey, you are GORGEOUS! Dont give yourself a hard time. You just gave birth, yet you still look incredible this season. You are a beautiful person on the outside, inside, with a sexy amazing curvy figure, and you are an amazing mother. You are the total package! 118 pounds??? I wish I weighed that! Chris is lucky to have such a foxy wife! Love you guys!
OMG, loving the way you all aren't acknowledging the 5th housewife. It's hard to fuel the flame when you do that. LMAO
You have alwaysss been our favorite housewife.. well, we love your whole family actually but I aspire to be like you =) Anyway, I appreciate how you handle Ashley and I thought you guys still financially supported her and am so glad you dont because when they want to be on their own and dont want to listen to you, they need to learn EVERYTHING the hardway (I actually moved out of my moms house early and it really helped me that she didnt baby me)
oh and you are so honest and have such a great heart, i completely admire you and your love for your family! Keep being awesome and good luck trying to avoid D.. she's like herpes and never goes away!
to yes yes we know the truth are u serious right now? "HoBag" is clearly obsessed with the Manzos no matter what she says. I dont blame that family for still clearly being appaled by her behavior, she is trash and obviously always will be.
I love your blogs. I am using you as an example of how to deal with my teen boy too. It sounds stupid, but this is a reality show so I know how you are behaving with your kids is real. You help me be a stronger mother by example. Thank you. Also, Danielle makes me look like a Mother of the Year just standing next to her!! LOL Keep it real Jacqueline!!
i love the show, so sad Dina is leaving but I totally understand. I love how your family works and Dont worry about Ashley she is a smart girl trying to find her place in life everything she says and does are completely normal for her age. Good luck with everything and hopefully Bravo will show some more of those fun family scenes. xoxo
"yes yes we know the truth" r u danielle or Kim G??? Whatever! Jacquline, you are great!I am glad you don't even acknowledge Daneille in your blog by name anymore, I hope she is the next to go,but please oh please don't let kim g or her gereatric sex in the city friends fill the gaps either!!!
Kudos to you for acknowledging your mistake about the Danielle comment. Kids are like parrots. They repeat everything! LOL We will miss Dina too. I wish the show would remove the toxicity and keep the fun. Unfortunately these housewives shows that started out with just a little drama are way over the top now...that's ratings for ya! I think the poker pranks are hilarious!
I just wanted to say that I love the show, could do with a lot less Danielle, know that kind of girl and what she is all about. You are a blessing to watch. When you and Ashley have your mother & daughter talks it is like watching myself talking to my own daughters. I guess maybe we were like that thinking we know it all just because we are 18. We can only hope and pray they learn the right way and are safe in life and make good decisions (not like Danielle). I did want to say your son CJ is so adorable, they way he looks at you he just beams with love for you. You are a good example of a wonderful mother with a kind heart who can have it all and I wish nothing but the best for you. You have a wonderful family a beautiful home and are a beautiful woman with class. That is what Ashley will see real soon. It takes some time but she will know just what you did for her and why. Take care and keep smiling.
You are the best. Your show has high ratings because people like to watch all of the family times not the 5th housewife. I wish too that they would have shown more good family times and not so much drama from the 5th. Your fans enjoy the Manzo/Laurita/Holmes/Gidudice family times not the 5th. Bravo give us more good times, not so much drama.
Jacqueline, I love you! I totally understand all your struggles but you remain cute and funny and positive, and I love your fun relationship with Chris.
Can't we just get rid of Danielle?? Please?? She makes the show too hard to watch, I change the channel when she comes on.
You and your daughter are my favs on all of the housewives shows! You two remind me of me and mine. I am 4hmmmph and she is 24. She moved out for 2 years ago (own home, too proud!). 3 weeks ago I did the same thing you did, threw her out. I have to admit I even made her get out of the car when she was 14 and walk home, (we live in the country in a rural part of the world and it was on our road and I watched for her. I know what some are thinking, keep it to yourself, my hubby (her step-dad) works for child protective services). Anyway, I admire you putting your foot down. I tended to go toe to toe with her and argue. It just made it worse. When she comes to her senses she says she is sorry and things get better for a while. I too know my daughter is fantastic and when she "learns to use her strong-willed, strong-minded personality to her advantage in a positive way that she will become a very successful, independent woman." You could not have said that better!! (Cowboy) Hats off to you! You guys make me feel like I am back home with all of my friends in Cleveland and DC. I miss my Italian friends and the varity of cultures and ethnic backgrounds only living in that part of the country has. You all make me feel like I am on skype watching family! Pass my love to all of the wives and thank them for me. Well, on better thought......
I really just don't like you anymore! You seem so bitter and mean. You went from my favorite to my least favorite housewife this season. Get over yourself!
J- You do NOT look 40-I thought at least 10 years younger! Tell Ashley she should be very happy to have these kind of genes!! I love you and your whole family- keep smiling! xx00
PS- I laughed out loud when you did the baby monitor at the poker game!! Great idea!
You and your family are the cutest. I never watched any of the Housewives shows before and I love yours. I look forward to it every week. You are so honest, down to earth and just refreshing to watch. You have your little craziness side to your family, but thats what makes it so fun. You never know what is gong to happen or come out of someone's mouth. This whole deal with Danielle is really annoying and I wish she would just get a life already. So sad to see Dina leave, but I do respect her decison. Thanks again for the great laughs.
I am addicted to all of the Housewives shows....I wish I had the luxury of watching two-faced people talk about me (after the fact). What in the heck is The 5th NON HOUSEWIFE thinking bringing fake gangsters into the picture...guess everyone wants the fame! Kim G needs to beat it...additional toxisity! You ladies head a tight knit realistic family...keep on keepin on!
Hold your head high. You, your husband, family -- all good. The show is great. Unfortunately, there is one cast member who would enhance the show if she left. Get rid of her and bring Dina back. I would like to see more happy family time than crazy "D" time. This world is messed up as it is. Hold your head high sister.
Thank you for your post. It is great to see you and your family...you all are really funny! I also wish that this show would show more of your family and less of the 5th housewife. The upbeat family fun is much better to watch than the horrific car accident of a life that has consumed the 5th housewife. I hope that Dina comes back soon!!!
I remember when I was your daughters age and fighting with my mom. When I turned 18 she charged me RENT! and you know what, I'm glad she did. I'm such a responsbile person now because of her. I do not have children of my own but I do have nephews and nieces and I am giving that tuff love to them now. They are over 18 so I let them have it and they are such good kids. I wrote on Ashley FB to tell her to respect you more and especially in your home. She'll learn, we all do. You are very good person.
You are an AMAZING mom!! As the mother of a 9-year-old daughter who has found her "mouth" as of late, I LOVE that you are not afraid to parent your child when needed...ESPECIALLY on national t.v.! Good for you for taking the high road, being honest, and not being afraid to speak your mind to someone's face instead of behind their back! You will go so far on those morals alone! I so enjoy watching you on this show and pray that you find yourself OUT of the middle of the drama caused by others on the show (and NO I'm not even referring to a "Real" housewife...maybe one who very obviously WANTS to be one!) "Bravo' to you, Jacqueline, for being a woman your daughter can look up to! Love, love, love you!!!
So proud of you to stand up to your daughter! You are teaching her a good lesson! You keep doing what you are doing..Oh BTW did you take your husband last name Manzo in real life? Just wanted to know why you go by your maiden name? :-) & keep eating, you are doing something right!
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Jacqueline---STOP APOLOGIZING! You are a fantastic mom, a funny, sweet, kind person! You are who you are and don't need to apologize, I think you are hilarious and refreshing!!!!! Blessings to you!
You are so nice. I am glad you finally rid yourself of Danielle. But now you need to get rid of Kim G. At first I thought she was a classy lady but now I see that she is a two-faced jerk. I guess she would have to be like Danielle to be friends with her. She's much too old to be going on a stripper pole. Don't let Kim G in your house anymore. I hope you can keep Ashley out of trouble. Danielle seems to be egging her on and it should be obvious even to the law that Danielle is really the bad one.
J- I totally agree. I've had enough of Danielle & her drama!!! I would love to see more of the good Italian Family fun! OMG Those testicles on that pig were too funny!!! Anyway, you're the greatest! You have the biggest heart & you are a true person. Never change! Ashley has a wonderful mom & like you said you can only guide her, the decisions are up to her. Love, love, love you! Tanti Baci
Hi Jacqueline! I love the show. I just started watching about a month ago, so I am trying to catch up. You have a beautiful family. God bless you all! Have a great weekend!
Jaqueline - Your an awesome mom, your daughter seems like she realizes she needs to respect you a bit more and admitted to being wrong about her flipping out, but like caroline said she is strong minded like her mama, im confident she will mature and grow out of the tude... your doing a great job in raising your kids..your are a genuine person..(unlike the 5th housewife) Your family values and ways of being a mother are spectacular!! I hope i can be a mom like you one day!! I love love love you 4 ladies!!
I love your family ... please no more DANIELLE .. take her out of the show .. sad very sad to see DINA go .... what a lady .... !! high 5 to you all ...!! you handle your life with class.... LEARN SOME DANIELLE ....
I just want to say how much I love the show. I think that they do focus too much on Danielle and she is completely crazy. The last few episodes they have been focusing so much about her and her drama and not enough about your family. This is probably what she wants! Be careful with Kim G she is playing both sides and she is just going to stir up more trouble for you.
Tought Love!! and you took your daughters car away? yeeehawwwww....I was so upset when I saw you allowed her to have it..she is so disrespectful....and don't see her and the boyfriend staying together.....he's a sweetheart and she will MAKE him choose sides......love the tough love...let her out there in this world and see what it's reallllly like... good job!!
i love ya jacqueline...i feel that u dont tell crap and i hope u stay away from that crappy person kim g whats her face...try to stay drama free!! LOL!!!
Jacqueline! You are such a wonderful person! You take on situations with both ease and class. You are a great mother and you have a fantastic family! You truly make motherhood look easy and I know a lot of people around America, including myself, see you as a role-model when it comes to dealing with situations and being able to recongize what is right and what is wrong. You are great!
You, dear girl, have accomplished the best! Make her insignificant and invisible. EXACTLY what she doesn't want! Keep up the good work! I enjoy watching you interact with your family and friends. You're always willing to meet people where they are. I find that refreshing! Isn't it great visiting a farm like the one you and your family visited? I'm glad you had fun! Keep up the good work! Virginia loves you!
I am sad to see Dina go but I do understand. Kim G. is playing a very bad game. I can't believe it. You have a huge heart and always have put it out there for people. That is great and I hope that you never change that for anybody. Not sure what to think about the other housewife. Why does she have to have the so called guys with her all the time. Is she scared that somebody is going to beat her up or something like that. I mean that would not be a bad thing but come on. What did she think that Dina was going to say to her?? Hey lets be Best Friends, PLEASE. On another note just wanted to say that your family is awesome. Your daughter is a beautiful girl and is a 18 year old girl. You seem to be very lucky that is all you have to deal with when it comes to her. Looks like you did a good job with her.
Hey Bravo, (I know you won't post this) but I read you have marketing people who keep track of the people to see what we really want. We want MORE housewifey stuff - more family interactions, specially the New Jersey kind, because face it - it's not like anywhere else. Danielle is getting TIRED. For real. You could have really expounded on the Albie/Lauren/boyfriend thing (see? I can't remember his name because they got so little airtime!). More Caroline and the family, more big family interactions. Those are priceless! You could have kept the Danielle factor in there, but to put it front and center this season is leaving us a little hollow about it all.