Caroline Manzo

Caroline gives her thoughts on all The Brownstone drama.

on May 23, 20110

So here we are, Episode 2. Time flies when you're having fun, right? I would have to imagine that most of you feel this week's episode was pretty tame in comparison to our premiere. To that I say, "Thank God for tiny miracles!"  

OK, let's get started. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, seeing yourself as others see you is a gift. It may not be the best gift at times, but nevertheless it's still a gift. As I watched myself having the conversation with Teresa as she explained the events of the christening, I saw myself being very abrupt in my delivery. I don't really have an excuse for it, it was what it was. Maybe I was PMS-ing, who knows. The bottom line is I didn't like what I saw, however good my intentions were.

I do have to admit that hearing Teresa say she didn't need my advice was a little hurtful. If nothing else I've always tried to have her back and have a very real understanding of the burden she's been carrying over the past couple of years. I've tried to be as supportive as I could. I was only trying to help, if Teresa felt I was overstepping my boundaries, I apologize.

On a lighter note, look at my LaLa Lauren! First before I forget -- I almost passed out when I saw the footage from a couple of years ago of Albert and me. Oh my, how we've changed! For the better I hope! I love the evolution of Lauren; she went from a timid little girl with no direction to a very secure young lady that knows what she wants out of life. She's a force to be reckoned with for sure! Watch her journey, you'll be inspired as you see her navigate her way through life's twists and turns. I'm proud of my girl. Xoxo!

390 comments
Karin T.
Karin T.

Hi Caroline! I just love the evil eye pendant you wear sometimes on "Housewives." Where did you get it? It is one of the nicest evil eye pendants I've seen. I also want to say that you are a really classy woman who knows how to act in all circumstances. You have more composure and class and your sister Dina does also. It broke my heart to hear your daughter Lauren talk about how she never feels good in her own body. I am a very discriminating person when it comes to quality and class. It is mine and my husband's opinion (he's discriminating too) that Lauren is a very fine and outstanding young woman who has as much class as her mother (the highest compliment) and that she is wonderful just the way she is and should NEVER feel anything less about herself! We love you Lauren! Your son's are just as wonderful (darling) and you are a very lucky woman to have such a fine family! Albert, I didn't forget you, you are such a great husband and father! You are a great family and have raised you children so well! Your brother Chris is a very nice man and has been so good (too good) to Ashley and I feel so bad for he and Jacqeline. They have done everything for Ashley but give her Tough Love." They have their young sons to raise and they need to boot Ashley out of the house. She needs to fall and pick herself up a few times (preferably in Jersey, not California if they can help it) and then Ashley will realize how wrong she really is! I had to do this with my son and he eventually came around and knows how wrong he was. I wish the very best to all of you! I love the show and look forward to watching every week! My husband Vinny is hooked too! Take care! Warmest Regards, K. Tomanio PS....We love Joe Gorga too! What a crazy, fun guy!

 Robin Dibley
Robin Dibley

Caroline,I have watched your show since thr beginning,and I just praise you,I think that you give great ajvice,maybe you can give me some words of wisdom! I have depression,I stay in my room a lot,after a 27 year marraige,and then being a victom of ID.T.,ruined my life,then my parents died,I am actually crying while I'm writing this to you,and when my dad died this lady that wasn't even married to him got into his money he had put away for us ,same thing she did with 4 other men and took it all,now I am living on SSI and totally bumbed out in the prime of my life!Any words of wisdom for me!Robin D.

Miss Manners
Miss Manners

Got to say, I am Italian, lived in Italy for many years, speak seven languages--Italian being just one of them, make all of my pasta from scratch--sauce too, and I was born and raised in Arkansas. My friend, whose last name is Jacuzzi, born and raised in Arkansas that I attended junior high school and high school with at a private Roman Catholic all girls school, also enjoys fresh pasta, etc., would, like me, take offense to you ignorantly throwing around your worthless two cents about Arkansans. Did I mention that it is her immediate family (her father) who started the company--a little something you might want to mull over while you are soaking your backside in one. Then, if you dare, remember that it is in very poor taste to speak of people in a negative way who you do not know. Tisk, tisk, you who thinks so highly of herself really did show just how low class you truly are with your "Arkansas" statement. I am so glad, I could be of assistance to you. Truly. It was my pleasure.

abigale
abigale

you are beautiful....

abigale
abigale

oh my gosh, the voice of reason.... you are the best

abigale
abigale

im just so amazed how wonderful you are

abigale
abigale

i flipping adore you

Tara33
Tara33

Caroline, I MUST applaud you and your (& ur husband's) acceptional parenting skills! Not only do your children ALL seem the best adjusted and highly capable yung adults on the show, but the love you ALL have 4 each other shows through. I am not a parent, but I must say that it HAS 2bhard NOT spoiling ur kids rotten when you hae the funding to do so. However, I can see clearly that you did not overindulge them. And it was, obviously, for the best :)

xraylady
xraylady

Caroline Manzo... I flippin adore YOU!! Such a classy and loyal LADY! Amazing mother! So, glad the poison in the name of Danielle is gone from the lives of your family! God bless you & your entire family!!

La-La
La-La

Caroline, you couldnt have said it any better. We all need a 'caroline' in our homes and hearts as a voice of reason. Your family is so so blessed!!!!

Insidethebeltway
Insidethebeltway

Caroline, your the best. You look beautiful! We have so much respect for you. I wish I had been born into a family like yours, so much love and support

Deigon
Deigon

Caroline,

You look absolutely stunning this new 2011 season. Your hair looks amazing.

JulieVS
JulieVS

As always, you are the voice of reason and sanity!

Lori B
Lori B

Caroline, You are a " true throwback," and they don't make em like that to much anymore. You are by far the best and most adored housewife of all the shows. I love to watch you and what a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend you are. Everyone in your life, viewers including, sre lucky to know you. What an absolute blessing youe are!

Emi
Emi

Caroline you are an amazing mother and I wish you were my matriarch! You look really amazing, nice job!!!

Re Nae
Re Nae

You are a real true person, you have values & you are ture to yourself & everyone around you. You are beautiful inside & out.

mdwyer31
mdwyer31

You are so incredibly classy! I just adore you! You are truly my favorite, just because you are who you are and you stay true to yourself and your family! :D

kiki0913
kiki0913

You are an inspiration for mothers everywhere!! Your children are very lucky to have you.

I'm sure you and Teresa will be fine. She has obviously been through so much recently and you have always been a great friend to her.

Victoria M
Victoria M

Caroline, i adore you..

my mother really wasnt present when i was young woman. i wish she had been more like you.

Tainted Housewife
Tainted Housewife

Caroline,

I would just like to say that I love the fact that you stay true to yourself. You are such an inspiration to me. You are a REAL woman and a good friend and I love you.

Pam01035
Pam01035

Caroline, I know that you have heard this a million times but let me say it one more, you are the voice of reason for these chicks. If they could tape you for the whole hour, I bet all of us would still watch. I wish they would show more time between you and Albert. I love seeing a couple who can stay together through thick, thin AND RHONJ!!!!

Mz. H2OS
Mz. H2OS

Caroline, You are the REAL DEAL! Classy! Confident! Assertive! and No Nonsense! You are the bomb!!!

Jen K
Jen K

Caroline,

You have always been my favorite on this show. You are so dignified, so respectable, all things good. I adore your family values, your kids are all well-raised and just as respectable as you are. I wish the new girls would go away and try to find their fame elsewhere, and that Dina would come back on. You two were hilarious together. I'd like to see that spark come back into Teresa's being, and I think having Dina back on would help that to happen. In any event, tell Dina we love and miss her.

Loves you! Less the two newbies on the show, you are still my favorite franchise!

Susan From Virginia
Susan From Virginia

Your my Fav! I am so inspired by you and all that you are. Thanks for putting yourself out for us. We love ya

Lizeth!
Lizeth!

Caroline, you are just like my mom. The both of you can make you shut your trap without saying one bad word. You kick ass with class. I tune in to watch your beautiful family. May God bless each and everyone of you =0)

ViewerfromVT
ViewerfromVT

You're lucky you have the ability to speak up. You were correct in defending your husband's business, unlike when you called Danielle over last year to a restaurant to ream her out.

Notsorealhousewife
Notsorealhousewife

Where did you get that dress you wore to the fashion show? LOVED IT!!!

Notsorealhousewife
Notsorealhousewife

THANK YOU CAROLINE!

Thanks you for representing Italian women with intelligence, dignity, style, character, and strength. You represent most Italian women that I have grown up around my entire life. I cannot tell you how much we normal Italian women cherish you on this show. You don't sell out or cheese out for the cameras. You would think Teresa would have learned a thing or two from you by now. Much respect.

Mille Grazie dalle donne italiane!

Sandy Kay
Sandy Kay

Good for you Caroline. You are such a gracious lady. I felt so bad for T the first and second show. She has an uncontrollable temper but is still so loved by so many. Your stepping in to call a halt to the madness was great. You commented, "your family, there's a problem, fix it" was priceless. No wonder you have such a great family. You have wisdom and a cool head.

BAMA  GIRL
BAMA GIRL

Caroline, your a CLASS ACT no doubt and I often wonder why you stay on the show. You are so not about the katty backstabbing and other DRAMA that goes on. You and Albert have raised three great kids and you have every right to be PROUD. Watching Lauren come into her own has been great. Hang in there Caroline this group needs your voice of reason.

onegoodlpn1
onegoodlpn1

i just wanted to say, i was glad to see your family taking time out for just quality family time. since the first season, i have never felt so relaxed just watching your family talk about family issues and options without some yelling or putting someone down all the time. that is how my family used to be on holiday's, not sunday's, i just wished for that, but it was nice. i have been waiting to see what your children have been up to, and especially Albie, i see you with him and reminds me of how i am with my daughter. i know they will find there way in there own special way. i am so happy for your family and hope we can maybe see dena back as well, maybe another episode or show. i am so glad to know that there are normal families out there.

DREA7803
DREA7803

Love, love, love you Caroline! You and your family are beautiful people :)

Cali-cat
Cali-cat

great comments....love seeing you and if we all think about it you are not saying anything out of this world it's common sense..but not everyone has it

Angie in Tn
Angie in Tn

You are absolutely the most "real" housewife on any of these shows.. Your strength actually helps me ... It gives me hope. Thank You for being such a pleasure to watch.

Southerngirlathome
Southerngirlathome

You are someone I would want to call friend. You are a great mom, a dedicated, loving wife. You talk sense to your friends and family.

And you look good doing it all!

Hats off to you, lady. You're a star in my book!

EC
EC

Team Caroline!!! Because you are the voice of reasoning. So glad u put a stop to the foolishness at the fashon show

CarrieC
CarrieC

Caroline, You have always been my favorite on the show... I've watched every episode, since season 1. You've always been the voice of reason, and give sincere advice. You are amazing! : ) I was suprised by Teresa's comment in her interview on the advice you gave her over her family situation, I have to be honest. It was a little harsh, and you two are very close, she is family now, with Dina being Audriana's Godmother... I know that you love Teresa, but just remember there are 2 sides to every story... and then there's the TRUTH. Just because Teresa has issues with her family, doesn't mean you should shut out Kathy & Melissa. Just my two cents... I'm just starting to see a different side to Teresa after last night's episode...

MaryJ in PA
MaryJ in PA

Caroline, you are the best. I am so happy that you are showing your loyalty to your friend Teresa. i wondered about that and as always you don't disappoint!!! love you...

JC in WO
JC in WO

You should give lessons on how to treat your family! These other ladies from Gorga Clan could learn a thing or too. Especially Melissa's sisters - they are not classy girls.

Arabus
Arabus

As always, you're classy, elegant and well-spoken. I didn't like the comment Teresa made regarding your advice. I chalked it up to her having a bad day. Nevertheless, you did well putting an end to the foolishness in your husband's business. Way To Go CAROLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gtgirl
gtgirl

Thank God for you and the wisdom that you possess. I love your heart and the devotion you have towards your family, your business and most of all for your husband. I admire you, I am a 50 y/o/ West Indian woman and you inspire me. Thank You

Wowza
Wowza

As always, you are the voice of reason. You never let me down and I love you for that. You are my she-ro and the reason I watch HWONJ!

Patty C
Patty C

Caroline, you are my hero!

TexasJen
TexasJen

Caroline, of all the Housewives shows on Bravo you are, by far, my favorite Housewife!! The way you handle all the drama, is soo amazing, especially at the Brownstone. Doing it to protect your husband just impresses me. One, there is no need for that kind of behaviour in public, like you said. And second your husband does not need to have to deal with that in his "house". That's his business and his reputation. I love how you protect your family, first and foremost, and that includes your closest friends. I am the same way. I lost my parents years ago and wish I lived closer to you to get the one-on-one advice you give to others so you could give it to me in person!! :)

I hope that no matter how long Bravo keeps on the New Jersey Housewife show you will remain a part of it because you one of the are the only reasons why I watch. Cheers and love from Texas.

TexasJen
TexasJen

Caroline, of all the Housewives shows you area the BEST of them ALL!!! I love how you handle all the drama and keep things going from sane to all out screaming matches, like at the fashion show. I also, if you don't mind me saying this, loved loved the way you put Danielle in her place in the season finale last year. You have soo much class and grace. I hope you stay with this show for it's entire run no matter how many years Bravo airs the New Jersey franchise. I love your nurturing, your advice, everything. I lost my mom years ago and wish I lived closer to you to get one-on-one advice from you!! :)

Keep putting all those drama queens in line. Can't wait for your next blog. Sending love from Texas!! :)

Lauren wallace
Lauren wallace

Love and respect the classsy lady you are - refreshing ! The only reason why I watch is u.... very disappointed in the adding of melissa to hurt Teresa. This season is hard to watch.

ViewerRuth10
ViewerRuth10

Caroline, first-time post, but I just love you (and your advice column). I'm expecting a baby soon, and I hope I can be as good a mother as you are!