Cast Blog: #RHONJ

A Family in Crisis

Caroline hopes for a peaceful resolution to the Ashley drama.

Hello again! It seems as if the days are flying by. Where did my summer go? Before you know it, there will be snow on the ground for real!
Quite an episode, wouldn’t you agree? I believe that the New Jersey Housewives are a pretty gutsy bunch; we put all of our hopes, fears, challenges, and heartache out there for the world to see. I’m hoping that through us you see a little bit of yourselves and know that whatever crazy stuff you have going on in your life, there are others going through the same thing. It’s oddly comforting.
As for Ashley and Jacqueline, I think I said it all in my last blog. Let’s hope for the best for these two. They continue to work on their relationship, and I wish them a peaceful resolve.
I was proud of Lauren in her handling of the t-shirt saga with Ashley. She spoke the truth and expressed her frustrations, but at the same time showed Ashley that she still believed in her. Keep watching…
Richie was hilarious in the scene with Zen Jen -- his expression was priceless!  I’m right there with you, Richie. However, a little smudging here and there doesn’t bother me, I’ll take all the help I can get!
The goddess party was lovely. Kathy puts her whole heart into her cooking, and her passion is evident in the presentation. The bracelets were a pleasant surprise, and I couldn’t accept mine without apologizing for my closed-minded opinion of Kathy prior to knowing her. It was based solely on the events that occurred at The Brownstone during the Posche Fashion show, and that was wrong. P.S. I have the photos of everyone shaking their asses, how much do you think they’re worth?
In closing I want to talk about the scene with Jacqueline, Chris, and Ashley. This was difficult to watch, and I’m hoping that the viewing audience looks at it for what it is -- a family in crisis trying to hold on for dear life. It’s a daily struggle, but they are committed to making it work.

Having said that I have a favor to ask -- be nice and try to understand.  Let’s all wish them peace and love.
See you next week! As always, thank you so much for watching.


Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Dina Manzo opens up about her comments regarding her family and why she kept quiet for Teresa Giudice.

This reunion was very hard to watch. What most of you don't know is I went in there with the intention of keeping silent on my family issues, as I have for the past four years. An incident happened at the reunion, and I won't even give that person the attention they crave, but it set me off to tell my truth. Well some of it at least. I felt I was very P.C. this whole time, but now I had enough. Some people will push you because they know deep down inside you won't push back, but being "zen" is all about setting boundaries, and learning that has been part of my spiritual path. 

I don't want to go into much other than saying my answer about Nic came out very cold because there was more to it. I wish it were that easy to get to know him, but unfortunately it's not because of my relationship with his mother, and I'm just being honest. He is not missing me nor does he know what is going on with this family because of NOTHING more than his age. Anyone who is trying to make people think otherwise, especially his mother, should be ashamed of themselves. The Mother Theresa comment was about people comparing how I raise money for children with cancer yet don't help him. I went on to say how blessed my brother is to live in a county in New Jersey that people actually move to for the autism programs offered. How I see joy in him because of the progress he is making. He is a happy, beautiful child that is on his way to recovery, and although I know it's a struggle for parents of children on the spectrum, there is NOTHING wrong with seeing joy in them instead of sorrow. I appreciate all the parents of children with autism for their emails, tweets, etc. understanding and APPRECIATING that I see Nic as a 4 year old beautiful boy and not labeling him as anything other than that.

Kathy and Melissa should not have challenged me about "family values" if they don't want to hear my side. I kept quiet for the most part for TERESA, not wanting to bring up old wounds when she was dealing with so much around her sentencing. It was a hard position for me to be in. 

I have no words for my sister on WWHL. She could have answered the no engagement question and left it at that. The lies that followed after were extremely hurtful and must have come from the sheer frustration of having to defend her position on the engagement party. All of you have seen I have ONLY ever said positive things about her no matter what I was feeling. 

Please take a moment to watch this video I made on my truth about it all. I will post all the details on my look next week, but you can get to everyone involved -- from hair to dress  -- on my Instagram post on Sunday. Speaking of Instagram, I invite you to join me on a post a day for the month of November to share what you are thankful for. Showing gratitude for what you have in life just allows the universe to send you more to be thankful for! Trust me, it works!

Sending lots of love, 

Dina xo