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Ciao! Come stai? (How are you)?
So, what did you think of our trip to Italy? So far so good? It was quite an experience for sure. Traveling with such a large group is never easy, especially with so many little ones and all of their cargo. I remember those days well and sympathize with all of you who are going through that phase now. It’s never easy but children grow, and this too shall pass.
I got such a kick out of watching our parents on the screen. Not only were my parents there, but Jacqueline’s, Teresa’s, and Joe’s parents were all there as well. What a crew! It was wonderful having them all along, and I have to admit, they were troopers. We covered a lot of ground in just a few days, and they kept up with the pace. Hugs and kisses to you all… xoxoxo
I need to address the babysitting scene. Teresa wanted to give her parents a break, and quite frankly, I understand where she was coming from. The trip was exhausting to say the very least, and even though they were there to babysit they needed some down time too. The girls were tired and cranky, and so was I! (Just as a side note, I was suffering with kidney stones throughout the entire trip, so my mood was far from pleasant. I actually spent the entire night before we left in the hospital hooked up to an IV in the hopes of flushing them out. No such luck. So my three kidney stones and I went on a trip to Italy together!) I’m glad you got to see a side of Albert that I know and love very well. He is tremendous with kids. He’s like a giant teddy bear, and kids love him. He will be one amazing grandpa, that I can guarantee.
Venice was freezing! Al and I had just been in July with the kids and it was nearly 100 degrees outside. I am determined to go when the weather is normal! April maybe? September?
In any event, Venice is one of those places that you have to put on your “bucket list." It’s absolutely magnificent. There is so much history there, and the architecture is something out of a fairytale. But take my advice, don’t go in February or July! LOL.
How about that ship? It was GIGANTIC! I have to say that Costa Cruise Line runs an impressive operation. The ship was immaculate, the service was outstanding, and the crew very polite and helpful. There’s only one problem, I hate cruises!
This has no bearing on the line, or the ship. This is all about me. I feel trapped. I find it frustrating to be on the water looking at land and wishing I could be there checking it all out.
That’s just my crazy head; I know there are millions of people out there that love to cruise. If you do, I highly recommend Costa Cruise Lines.
Next week we hit Naples, get ready! Ciao baby!
It was disappointing to hear your snide, behind the back, comments about Teresa and her kids. That was so mean! Maybe you could have been more useful to Teresa than being snotty mouthed behind her back. It sounded so inconsiderate and rude.
Maybe if Ashley was made to apologize for the actual hair pulling, you would have a case of asking / expecting Danielle to drop the charges. Chris and Jaqueline should have made her apologize to Danielle for the hair pulling only and asked her to drop it so she wouldn't have a record. But....the whole family/group didn't make her do it so shame on all of you AND Danielle. Ashley needs to learn some kind of lesson. Too bad she is so young/hard headed to learn the easy way. Sorry, I'm no Danielle fan but even she wouldn't have allowed her kids to do something like that.
It looks as though “the lovely manzo mother” is tired of Danielle ruining her friends & families lives. I mean it was all Danielle fault that her lovely & charming step niece was arrested. And it was all Danielle fault that tacky Theresa & Joe are in bankruptcy, not to mention her son not getting into law school. It is all Daniels fault!!!
I wanted to say that I love the way you choose to stay out of drama and I think that you and your husband raised great children. I think that Albie is really cute and I am glad to see that he is not letting anyone tell him that he cant do law and that he should do a different career. I would love to see him make it to be a lawyer and show his old school that he can do anything. Well I am looking forward to seeing the last seasons episode with Danielle. I hope that she leaves your family alone. I look forward to the next season. Have a great day.
Love the Show and you're a very special Lady, it shows in your children. Hope all goes well with the stones. OUCH!
Caroline, Are you sure you are as loving as you want people to think? You seemed irritated with Tre's girls, used the f-word in front of your parents, and above all called Danielle trash. Seems your self imposed matriarchal status needs a whole lot of room for improvement. In spite of what D has done, she's still a mother of her two daughters. What if someone called you trash in front of your children? As a viewer, you seem to becoming increasingly bitter about something. How's your love life with hubby? Your mantra use to be "thick as thieves"...i say "the pride before the fall.'' Soften your heart, go outside your world and tutor impoverished children or maybe serve soup at a nearby soup kitchen for the homeless.
SRTGRL, SouthernPeach, and the other fans that blame Danielle for all that's wrong: None of these women are Jesus, He's the only being that IS PERFECT! He who is without sin, let him throw the first stone! Y'all need to knock it off with the blame game, its ridiculous! The Manzo clan found the book, or better yet, "God-Mother" Caroline introduced the "tell all book" about Danielle. Read what she did 20 or 25 years ago and decided Danielle wasn't good enough to breath the same air as they do! Teresa flips a table and everyone jumps on the band wagon "we love Teresa". Caroline acts like the God-father and everyone thinks she's the best thing since slice bread. Dina leaves the show and everyone blames Danielle for her departure. (BTW, the cast excluding Danielle went to Italy, yet I'm sure Danielle's name was mentioned at least once!) My point is this, Dina could have stayed on the show and chose not to film with Danielle; yet, she made the choice to leave the show! Kudos to her for making that choice. The so-called fans quickly forgives Caroline, Teresa, Dina, and Jacqueline for their bad behavior, goes so far to make excuses for their bad behavior, "it's Danielle's fault". Caroline called Danielle GARBAGE but did not explain why, and next weeks episode, she calls Danielle GARBAGE again. And I bet Donuts to Dollars this fan page will be filled with "at-a-girls" for Caroline! Danielle is an ex-convict, SO WHAT she's an EX Convict! If she hasn't paid her debt to society yet, they (the authorities) know where to find her! You are now free to pickup your stones and throw them again!
I admire and respect you immensely so does my 79 year old mother who is a tough Polish-German Woman. Do not like cruises! Mom raised me with love and discipline like you and Albert raised your three wonderful childern! Plus, my grandparents were from Poland. They did not teach my mom Polish and wanted to be Americans like your parents. We know certain words, including the curse words! We are practicing Roman Catholics. I spent 12 years in Catholic schools in Philadelphia and South Jersey before going to a secular college, Drexel University. We Love you! You have common sense and are Really Real. Mom is a retired RN and worked very hard to send three of us to college. She does not like the "housewives" series due to some of the lifestyles and materialism but she watches NJ Housewives because of you. NJ Rocks and you are a class act.
God Bless You and Your Family.
Kimberly Lynne B. Jamestown, RI (Formerly of NJ)
I think you are GREAT. My sister in laws and I love watching you. We are a very large family and enjoy spending as much time as we can together. Just as your family does. You are very strong woman with a lot of class. Good luck to you in all that you do.
Hey Caroline, sorry to hear about your stones. I felt so bad for you since you two wanted alone time but you all traveled w/ a lot of people. WOW!!! How blessed you all are to afford the time & money to goto Italy. I would have loved to join you all even w/ all the inclined walking, Joe's cranky behavior and the kids being ... just kids.
Carolynn.. I adore you! You are the mother I wish I had and the girlfriend I hope to have. Loyal, kind, strong willed, family oriented. I watch just for you. Tell your son Bravo for pushing onward with lawschool. I had ADD, dyslexia, was homeless, needed money/training, got financial aid/loans, went to business school, took computer classes, never saw Windows (MS DOS trained!), lived in hotels... and got a 3.98 GPA. Dropped out because I quickly realized after 12 months of 24/7 studying, I will never work in an office with dyslexia. Now I'm couch surfing looking for another avenue. And doing livein Holistic petsitting here and there. Point... do not let a learning disability stop him.. me,.. or anyone!!! I love you! I love your family!!!
Caroline- A comment about Venice...if someone else said the same, I apologize because I didn't read everyone's comments.
I've been to Venice in April as well as November. My suggestion, go in April. While it was a bit brisk, maybe needing a jacket, it was beautiful When you get into Sept/Oct/Nov, this is when the flooding of the piazza can happen. Which is what I encountered in Nov; while it offered an interestingly different perspective on Venice, was difficult to fully enjoy due to being cold and having wet feet.
I enjoyed watching your trip as it reminded me of when I had been. Italy is my favorite place. Also, I enjoy watching the NJ Housewives, well, maybe not all of them :D
WE ALL HAVE OPINIONS WOMEN, GET OVER IT.HERE IS MINE, CAROLINE ACTS LIKE SHE IS BETTER THAN ALL OF US.FREEDOM OF SPEECH RIGHT ?
Listen up Bravo...if anyone needs a spin-off show it is Caroline and her family. She has a great relationship with her husband and three attractive and successful children. Who doesn't want to know what happens with Albie, Lauren, and Chris? I do! And that way you can keep Dina involved and Danielle out. Love you Caroline...gosh I wish I was Italian.
love you Caroline - and your family is the best. so glad to see you and Albert having a good time (well kinda sorta) glad that Daniella was not there. haaaa. way to go
Caroline, I am not Italian. My ancestors are a mixture, but mostly German and Irish. I was raised with tough love and understand you completely in the way you raise your children and protecting your family. We have to be very careful who we let into our lives, because whoever we let in to our lives will affect our whole family.
I enjoyed the last episode with all of you in Italy. There was a lot of chaos going on with such a large group and so many children. You always find humor in everything. I hope you and Albert found some special time together away from the crowd. It was so gracious of you to watch Teresa an Joe's girls. It was so funny when poor Joe was so upset about the hotel bill and was venting and ranting and then said that you all were going to be civilized. I liked the part where you and Jacqueline were eating spagetting in "someone's" house and just relaxing. It was also funny when you and Albert were on the bed and you rolled over him and said "Now I'm dizzy".
I can't believe that you have any negative comments on here at all. Just a few, but, those people just don't get it. Don't let it bother you. You probably don't, thought, since you have strong convictions. I admire and respect you for that. You are a tough cookie and a smart cookie. Terea and Jacqueline should listen to your advice, not some of the time, but all of the time. Then the incident after the fashion show wouldn't have happened at all.
Hope your stones are no more and you are feeling well again. My best to you and your lovely family. I know you are proud of them a certainly should be.
Donna from Sacramento, CA
Caroline and her family are nothing special to me, because I experience everything that they do on a daily basis with my family. It's nothing that I haven't seen before because that's what families do, spend time and love one another. My parents are there for me in college and my brother, sister and I always had family dinners together every night before I went to college; and we still have dinner together when I am back in town. My mom is a great friend to her siblings and is a great woman with whom I seek advice, so this is nothing new to me. Actually, I find watching them quite boring, especially the trip to Italy!
Caroline, i was shocked to see how negative you were acting towards Teresa, Joe & thier Babies! i am curious how Joe & Teresa view you now? are you all still friends? hopefully your health is good and all is well!
Caroline, you act so sanctimonious. You need to go to church and ask for forgiveness. And bring the rest of the girls that youre making walk in your footsteps. Don't get on Teresa's bad side, she'll flip a table on you!
BRAVO...PLEASE POST !!
I was just wondering if the whole meeting between you and Danielle is a desperate attempt by Bravo to boost ratings and leave viewers in suspense for next season. The reason I ask is because you have said on many occasions that you want nothing further to do with her and I think that RHNJ lost viewers when Dina left and the shows started to get kind of boring.
the manzo family is not blaming Danielle for anything that has happened to them. Teresa and Joe aren't blaming Danielle for their financial problems. That is the difference between Danielle and the other families. Danielle blames everyone for what SHE does to herself. The other families are working on their OWN problems. Danielle happens to be the biggest problem of them all. She lies, she threatens, she manipulates. I wouldn't let my family near her.
THE TRUTH? ONLY ACCORDING TO HER....HALF THE TIME SHE IS JUST MAKING STUFF UP BASED ON VERY LITTLE FACTS SHE KNOWS....SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY.
Caroline you are my favorite from the show. When I first started watching last season I thought you were all out for Danielle. This season I have seen she brings things upon herself and she is 5 bricks short of a stack! I get that the show wouldn't be good without any drama, but holy smokes that woman is drama central! Congrats to you for staying out it, and trying to keep everyone out as well. You and Al looked like you had a good time on your trip except for watching Teresa's kids. I give you props , cuz from what I have seen in this and past shows is that those kids are spoiled badly and Milania, that kid is a freaking brat! Can't wait to watch you and Danielle next week, you know she shakin in her ugly boots when you text her!! God bless you for being you..
The entire Danielle drama, in my opinion, was initiated by producers. They put the book in Caroline's hands. In other words, they loaded the gun and gave it to Caroline to fire. Of course, without the Danielle drama, the show would be boring. Being a second generation Italian, I am embarrassed by the actions of these women. Disgraceful!!! They exhibit the very lowest baseness of women. No class! My question then is will the Manzo family give Teresa and her husband jobs so they can pay the people who built their gaudy home.
You are the most sane of the crew and I enjoyed watching your face throughtout the trip.. I was sooo sorry to hear you were in pain....what a trooper! You are the best!
Caroline, I have laughed with you since Monday about Joe saying "now we're all gonna act civilized". That hit me as a hysterical moment after all the bus is sitting there silent while he griped and griped about everything. Some of my kids friends, (yours and mine are same age groups) say you remind them of me. They think we are very similar. I'll take that as a compliment. Sorry to hear you suffered through kidney stones. I don't know how you made it so well.
Hi Mrs C!!
I just want to say that you are my new role model! You are a great mother, sister and a friend. You have so much class and self respect and I am really sorry that you have to deal with some one like Danielle.
Hi Caroline: I respect your integrity, compassion, and feel you have a very loving heart. I was over joyed to recently hear that Danielle was going to be off the show. There were many times that I thought I wasn't going to watch the show because of Danielle being on there, but choose just to "mute" whenever she came on. Just so tired of her twisting things to fit her story. I look forward to watching Season 3 without her in the show. If she gets her own reality show, you can bet on me not watching a minute of it! Love to you and your family. LG
Loved watching all of you on 'vacation'. It was wonderful to see your parents and hear the stories that they shared. I have to comment about one thing......My husband and I were taking bets as to when Danielle was gonna jump out from behind something and yell, "Surprise"!!!! LOL....take care, stay strong, and remember to keep laughing!!
Caroline You are such an amazing and inspirational mother, I wish you would write a parenting book. I think that when you have grown children who clearly love to be around their parents, you have done a whole lot of something RIGHT. I pray that when my babies (three boys, 5, 4, and 2) are grown, they will want to spend time with their parents as your children do.
The warmth, humor, and love your family shares really comes through on the show and never fails to make me smile. xo
Hi Carloline I have to say i love you guys on the show and love even more that you keep it real and however you are feeling at the time you let it be known.I can understand about having all the kids even if they are so cute it is a hrad on a trip because they do get cranky i do hope you feel better.I have to tell you i was rolling on the floor when joe was going off about the money spent and poor joe he is always quite and relax and not this time he was like sh.. how much laugage lol.xoxo
I love you Caroline!! Definitely my fav NJ housewife along with Jacqueline. I hope you kick Danielles butt next week! She is truly a troubled mess.
Hi Caroline i am a big fan and i can not believe that you got together with Danielle after you had that big talk with Teresa and Jacqueline you know better than any one she is a waste of time( Danielle) so why on gods green earth would you think that by talking to her you are going to get to her she could care less about you and your family now you are the one falling into her web.The best way to deal with (Danielle) is not to. Your sister did it the right way just cut her out well i wish you and your family the best.
I love your husband, I think if all of us were in the same room I would get along great with you and your husband because we are alike. Personally I wouldn't have watched those children because like you, my child is grown and I just can't handle small children anymore. It made me nervous watching you all, but again your husband was great with them. Secretly , I think he wants grandchildren. Keep up the good work , you are great person.
Please write a book about raising your children...a how to for dummies if you will...