Caroline Manzo

Caroline has faith that Ashley can change.

on Aug 14, 20110

Oh my gosh, what an episode! I laughed, then I cried, then I laughed, then I cried again, then I laughed, then I cried! Do you all agree or am I crazy? Wait, don’t answer that!

Teresa’s photo shoot looked exhausting! I must admit that I understand what those kids were thinking; ask anyone who’s ever had to photograph me, I’m not a very good subject. It feels awkward. You sit for hours waiting as the technical aspect of the shot is set up and then on command you have to smile and laugh at nothing. It’s unnatural. I think I’m going to call the Giudice girls and ask for lessons. I’m amazed at how quickly those kids can turn a frown upside down!
 
Watching Melissa tear up when her sisters mentioned their dad made me realize that this was not only Melissa’s dream, it was her father’s too. I can’t imagine the emotions she was feeling as Ryan Seacrest debuted her song on national radio. Bittersweet to say the very least. Congratulations, Melissa, you realized a dream and something tells me your dad is proudly smiling down on his little girl.
 
How cute is my Christopher! He seems to be in his element behind the bar at Wicked Wolf. Christopher loves to laugh and talk to people, the more the merrier. He’s famous for mixing up original cocktails, you saw an example of one when he came up with “Windex” in the Boys to Manzo webisode series. It is so typical of our family to show up in a group to support (torture) each other. Did you all notice what a big spender my brother Chris is? Don’t spend that dollar all in one place, Christopher! Like I said, torture. Truth be told, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
 

169 comments
momofseven
momofseven

I am so disappointed in you Caroline. I won't sit here and badger you...I'm sure u know inside what u are doing and what u have done. I've seen both your faces now and don't like either of them anymore. What you said about your daughter on the reunion was disgusting to say the least. What a let down u have become. Those that live in glass houses shoudnt throw stones at joe and theresa.

Edinaroxy
Edinaroxy

Caroline..I have to agree with Senior Citizen. You do betray your friends and family. Why in the world would you take up with Kathy or Melissa when you know that they are having trouble with Teresa? You are a CLOSET DRAMA QUEEN. You stir shit up from the background. First you tell Kathy basically that you don't care and don't want anything to do with her. Then you are inviting her to your New Years Eve party. Did you invite her and Rich the year before in 2010? I doubt it but you used the excuse they are "CUSTOMERS" of the Brownstone. Do you invite every tag along that patrons the Brownstone to your New Years Eve party? I think NOT that is ridiculous to even fathom. You invited her to stir the shit to see if some drama would ensue. You are something else.

Suzielicious
Suzielicious

Lauren, PLEASE STOP focusing on the outside!!! You remind me of another strong, sassy, smart powerhouse of a woman-Kelly Cutrone. Seriously, my goodness, we all know that the obsessive amount of time that goes into the external appearances of your castmates is due to the fact that they learned to lead with beauty ( ahem, I mean sex ). Just know you have more to offer than popping out a million kids and being a sex toy.

kqren
kqren

where do i begin? i am a fan of the show, or atleast i used to be...it is getting more and more bizarre! I really enjoy watching your kids more than anybody on the whole show because they are soooo real...Both of your sons are wonderful, funny, handsome, and responsible young men, and Lauren is sooo sweet and considerate! You will always be my favorite housewife on this show because you have your own mind! I was so hurt when I seen Jacquelyn destroyed like that! I'm sorry, but it is time for Ashley to kick bricks and get her butt a job and get out~yesterday~...I think your brother is wonderful, and Jacquelyn has done the best she can, but she has lost control a while back..Ashley has played the "why did you take me from my family in Texas?" card waaaay too long, and Jacqueline has tried to overcompensate for it! There is way too much foul language going on in regards to the way Ashley speaks to her mom...My daughter has 1 time to make me think she is thinking of calling me a "bitch" and she will come up missing! I have 1 six-teen year old daughter and she is my child, not my friend! i'm responsible for her and her well being, but i will not be made a fool of or allow her to disrespect me or anyone else! Ashley has some deep deep psychological issues and needs help before she ends up hurting herself or sm-1 else! oh yeah, i'm crazy about your husband too! love ya and am praying for your whole family!

Becky264_bessemeralabama
Becky264_bessemeralabama

Caroline, You are a wonderful woman on the Real HouseWifes of New Jersey. The wonderful relationships you have with your children. I wish that I could find a wonderful man like you have in your husband, I liked the way Albert gave you your ring under the bridge. I have been divorced for 20 years. I love you on the show.

Chantil
Chantil

Hi Caroline, I think you are great. Plain and simple. You have a stable and loving marriage. You kids are independent and thoughtful. You are wise and beautiful. Keep it up. This is what is missing from the housewives shows. You got it together. We all have problems and struggles. But you are awesome and keep it up. You are an inspiration. You are a realist and that is always good.

GenaMar
GenaMar

Caroline,

Please leave the show! You are bringing the show down..............

Baoquynh Do
Baoquynh Do

This comment is for Senior Citizen wo wrote a nasty, stupid comment to Caroline...."Shut up!"

BENAVIDEZ
BENAVIDEZ

??? for mrs manzo!! Did teresa personally ask you to hate the new house wives? or is that wat you assumed she wanted you to do? because hate is such a stong word!!

Susan B.
Susan B.

Lauren, you are beautiful inside and out! I think that you are an amazing young woman with a God given talent! Have faith in yourself and let your insecurities go. One day you will recognize what a beautiful woman you are!

Eliza1980
Eliza1980

Caroline - I always thought of you as the level headed one, but....Don't you find it a little strange how Melissa & Kathy both wanted on the show and how quickly Melissa became a singer - Kathy became a chef who wants a restaurant - Kathy's daughter is so innocent, but they cut away to show model type pictures of her hanging on the walls. Melissa's husband is the most loving and adoring man around (please). I do believe they have all gone overboard!!! Talk about promoting themselves. I do not find them interesting, but only people who seem to be reading a script and not soooo good at that. They make me almost and I say almost miss Danielle and her evilness. It seems Teresa is getting the short end of the stick with your friendship. How sad. Kathy may have been a long time customer, but I never heard about her until now. Melissa & Kathy have become the worst possible promoters of themselves and I think kind of ruining the show.

Joyce E Clark
Joyce E Clark

Caroline, I think you are he biggest contradiction with regard to all the housewives on all the shows. You dole out advice and hold others to high standards, yet you make your own rules. When your around the rules of the game and your standards of expectations change.....for example the whole Danielle drama. To this day, I still believe you went after Danielle FIRST. I certainly don't want advice from you. Have you heard how you spoke to Kathy and Teresa this season? You are not Carmella Soprano, drop the persona. Ok, I have doubts Bravo will post this since they favor Caroline and want to promote her as an advice columnist.

Cyn M.
Cyn M.

Hi Caroline- I just wanted to say how much I enjoy watching you and your family on the show. You are the "grounding" force in this group of Housewives. In watching the last few episodes, I've become pretty concerned about how Lauren is handling her relationship with her daughter, Ashley. It would maybe help, if she sought some counseling; I was a single parent raising three kids on my own and I had a child similiar to Ashley. The fact is -- she is only 20 years old, I think that Lauren may be expecting a lot from her at her present maturity level. All kids mature differently, and it seems Ashley is a little behind. It's not bad or good -- just is. Please... encourage Lauren to seek counseling for herself and Ashley -- maybe, even together after a while. Lauren threatening to throw Ashley out of the house -- only harms the trust in the relationship -- which I'm sure is not her intention. She needs to be the calm, not the storm. Lauren is wonderful, but it seems she is lacking some parenting skills for this situation, why is she looking at Ashley for so much confirmation and appreciation? Yes, Ashley seems very spoiled, but it is up to Lauren to be the calm, stable, firm role-model -- teaching her daughter how to behave as a young woman. If I was to give choices to Ashley at this point, it would be that she had to be in therapy while living with Lauren and Chris -- no if's, and's or butts about it. My thoughts and blessing are with you all!! :)

Fabulous Fifty Girl
Fabulous Fifty Girl

Hi Caroline!

You're the best and I truly admire the relationship you have with your family and friends. You're an inspiration. I have a rather ridiculous question: Where did you get the pink ribbon shirt you were wearing in the kick-boxing episode? I'm a breast cancer survivor and would love to go out and get that one.

Thanks!

Pat AllenViewer
Pat AllenViewer

Caroline, I think you do a great job of keeping everyone on the show grounded. I am a former Housewife of New Jersey who moved to North Carolina after my husband passed away. I was raised in Hawthorne and the show coming from Franklin Lakes, brings back many memories. I hang on to everything on the show to keep my memories alive. Love all of you. Keep up the good work on the show. Where was a good looking hunk like Chris when I was young and in North Jersey? A former Jersey girl.

Beach Girl
Beach Girl

Caroline, You are my favorite on the show, most normal, great mom etc...Don't change...Love your family and your cute hubby too....Keepers

Laurel_4rm_Miami
Laurel_4rm_Miami

Caroline, I have to Say you and Teresa are my favorites..You both make the show. I love how you are such an amazingly strong woman. I love how you are a straight shooter you call it how it is, Thank you for being you and proving their are loyal friends out there. I hope you continue to do great on your radio show. Your family is beautiful. I loved the braclets Idea. I miss Dina on the show. Please try to convince her to come back. Good Luck and God Bless you Caroline. Love Love Love You...RHONJ is the best.

alma62971
alma62971

Caroline, you are my favorite housewife because you keep it real. I was talking to 18 yr old sister and she agreed with me. Please try and help Ashley find her way back because she is a lost girl. I cannot say that she is a woman. She is still a child. She doesn't make any sense. She really doesn't. She needs to see that episode and really figure out what she really wants in life. She needs to work hard in life. Please talk to your brother Chris and tell him to stop giving her things because it didn't work the first time when he gave her the first car and it is not going to work now. I know that you might be the only person that may reach Ashley.

Filomena
Filomena

LAUREN YOU ARE----- B E A U T I F U L !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...in and out !!! Caroline please tell Chris to STOP trying with Ashley...all he does is give her gifts...he bought her a car and then they took it away because she was failing in school, so what did he do....he went out and bought her another car...he is trying to hard to make up for not being her biological father, the best thing for him to do is just be there for her, MINUS the gifts...she acts like a spoiled little brat, but she is still too young to know how lucky she really is.....she will wake up one day and come to realize that she is LUCKY to have FOUR parents that truly love and care for her....I just hope its not to late ..WAKE UP LAUREN !!!!!!!!.....and God bless your brother Chris

Kim C
Kim C

You and your sister in law are my favorites on the show. You two really show how much family means to you and I love that about you two! I really appreciate what a great mother and wife you are. You are truly a role model. I wish you and your family all the best. Truly an inspiration!

Senior Citizen
Senior Citizen

Caroline,

It's time for you to retire because your just so boring to watch and you act like a old grumpy woman....give it up already, you can't even support your daughter by excersing with HER as a partner. I don't know why anyone would take advice from a very negative person that betrays her family and friends indirectly.

Kathy a great replacement for your role!

Lauri F
Lauri F

Caroline, Thank you for being such a positive light on reality tv. I love both yours and Jacqueline's honesty about your lives and how genuine it seems. I hope you don't mind my sharing my blog, but I posted something today that was inspired by watching the scene with you and Lauren. I admire her courage for forgetting about the cameras and talking about something so many of us feel and struggle with.

http://mynameisntmommy.wordpress.com

Lolabelleb
Lolabelleb

Caroline-Stop criticizing Ashley and praising your brother Chris and Jacqueline. The parents lost control of the Ashley situation and need professional help to heal this relationship. The public airing of the intervention was so inappropriate. Just one of the many mistakes Jacqueline made concerning her daughter. Since you're so fond of frank advice, here's mine to you-Stop commenting on Ashley. It's none of your business. Concetrate on your own problems and insecurities. That would be the greatest help you could give your brother.

njViewer
njViewer

Why don't any of my blogs get printed???

Caroline, maybe Lauren feels the way she does because her mom says things like, "She is a Manzo, they are thick", "she is a 8 lb sausage in a 5 lb bag".

Also you are not a good judge of character if you can't see through Melissa and Kathy. I think you like people that kiss your ass, and it doesn't matter what their character is. It made me sick, when Joey kissed your husbands ring just for coming to their party. And if you think Joel is good for your son, you can only see stardom and not the fact that the girl has emotional problems.

You also have no problem with your son running a strip club? Have you ever been out in the real world? Do you not know what kind of people he would be around?

You have no comments on Melissa giving Danielle info on Teresa? What would you do if Jacq was secretly giving Danielle info to use against you?

I think you had everyone fooled and now we see that your advise is based on very little life experience.

pk32
pk32

Caroline, I have to say that I was a little surprised to hear you say that 145lbs is too fat. Here your daughter stands speaking about how she feels about her body and her struggles with weight. I don't know how much she weighs but if she is 145lbs or more, your comment certainly bought her down! As well as many other young girls and women out there. You also commented on how you used to weigh 92lbs. Weighing 92 lbs is so unrealistic and unhealthy for most women!

Georgiapeaches
Georgiapeaches

Dear Ann Landers Manzo: Maybe you all will realized what cameras in your homes and business can do to ANY human. The way you all have done Teresa has added to her stress. Ann Landers you should have taken a different approach since you are suppose to be licenced to give advice...huh....This was a family that was torn apart because other family members wanted to be apart of BRAVO......................Go figure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Viewer Monie
Viewer Monie

Lauren girl you are beautiful and everyone else sees that! Sometimes even the most beautiful people don't see themselves that way. Beleive me you are gorgous. And remember not all men like skinny girls!

NY147
NY147

You and the whole Manzo clan are fabulous! You guys are so down to earth and loving! You are my favorite housewife and I just love your wonderful family. You are a really good person and you and Albert have raised really good kids. I am also impressed with how grounded you all have stayed even with the show. Amazing!

Getting real
Getting real

I find it funny that Teresa fans think Caroline has been unfair to her by befriending Melissa and Joe as well as Kathy and Rich. People this is a show and they film together and Caroline is right in saying that she will not dislike someone just because Teresa would like her to, that is so childish! I do not think Caroline has been unfair or harsh to Teresa at all she just says it as she see's it, just like Teresa does. I happen to think Caroline has shown alot of restraint in dealing with Teresa and her attitude this season that the world revolves around only her, I am not sure I would have been as patient. Teresa is obviously jealous of her family getting close to her friends and she acts like a possesive child! Caroline your daughter is beautiful and your sons are such good men, you raised them well and should be proud of all of them

BEAUTIFUL GIRL
BEAUTIFUL GIRL

Not only is Lauren beautiful she is so sweet.... she needs serious help if she thinks shes not beautiful!! Love her

BALTIMORE
BALTIMORE

Caroline your feet were hurting because no one stands on their feet and cook all day with boots on!!!!

teelmann
teelmann

Caroline,

Although a great inspiration with you and your husband...I found you two faced and not the person that I found the great person in the beginning....please dont let the tv show change you

kimmi2011
kimmi2011

The voice of reason... you have great kids, a great marriage and a great mind. love watching you on the show.

sun&fun
sun&fun

Lauren is so beautiful---I'd kill to have dimples like hers.

debsdebs
debsdebs

Lauren you are beautiful on the outside!

Dka
Dka

Caroline, you are a breath of fresh air!! You make so much sense of every situation. You and your husband compliment each other and your children all have good heads on their shoulders. The love that you all display for one another just moves me to tears. Much happiness to you and yours!!

Carol from Philly
Carol from Philly

Lauren, Now, I know this may not help you, but, consider the positive people in your life and the good health you enjoy, help others in need and enjoy who you are. It is admirable to keep fit and eat healthy, but they are only two small things in life. For myself, I am not totally satisfied with my figure, I am attractive and know it and not afraid to show it! Gotta have a sense of humor. Don't dwell on it, life is short, enjoy!

debbieinmissouricitytx
debbieinmissouricitytx

Caroline, In the ancient days there was always a central figure of wisdom. A medicine man, an earth mother, village elder. The village elder was the ultimate arbiter of right or wrong. Their prouncements were sacred and incontrovertible. There voice was of unimpeachable authority between families or friends that were feuding among each other. Why? because they did not choose a side and they pointed out the wrong with both opposing parties! Not just one party! There are People in this world who enjoy expressing their opinions or give out unsolicted advice. But when it is not tempered with wisdom, the result will be less than ideal. Apparently people are seeking your guidance and for those who are not...then be fair when you are arbitering between Melissa and Teresa and all others for that matter. Point out the wrong with both parties not just one party and then you will get the ideal result!

AC in Orlando
AC in Orlando

Caroline,

I never comment on any of the blogs I read, but I have to let you know what an inspiration you are. I cried watching the scene with Jacqueline and Ashley, because I was a rebellious teenager... I am in my 30's now, and I still wish I go back and fix everything. I have two girls of my own now, and I only wish I can be as wise and have the relationship with them, that you have with your kids. It's not about glamour with you, it's all about your family, and that's what I love.

Diane H. - illinois
Diane H. - illinois

Caroline: I love watching the show. I think you are amazing......person, wife, mother and friend. Thank you for showing woman of today, how to be a mom and friend, even thou sometimes with a stern hand. You stand up for what you believe in, and you stand firm. I adore you. You can show those other wives and few things or two. I love Teresa, Jacqueine, Melissa, and Kathy. But you are the best. You have a heart that is as big as you....and you share it. But if someone crosses the line....you stand firm. Be true to yourself, and never change.....you also have amazing children. Be proud my friend....you and Albert are great people.

Diane H, Illinois

Jyme
Jyme

Caroline...Without any question or hesitation you are, in my opinion, the most mature and level-headed housewife on the show!!! Your family experience certainly shows. The others, I hope will follow suit soon enough. I really think they just need a little more time/experience behind them.

StellaDos
StellaDos

I almost missed your blog because I initially thought it was another ask away column. Thanks for keeping it light but hitting all the points relevant to you this episode! I hope Lauren is feeling better, she is beautiful, smart and tough- wicked combination! Finally, like Jay says, "We need more Greg!" Lol.

rosas
rosas

The beauty is the eyes of the beholder. Loren, your confidence is your beauty. Your depth and humanity is your beauty. your youth and joy is your beauty. Your maturity and good nature is your beauty.

rosas
rosas

Loren. What is the beauty? I never considered myself to be beautifull. It did nto stop me from becoming a mathematician, a professional, a mother and a grandmother. Your inner beauty should shine through. And the right man will be attraceted to you. Beauty is the eyes of the beholder. It is normal for young people to be insecure about their apperiance. You will grow out of it. Cary yourslef with selfrespect and the joy of having a great family. It is the most attractive thing in a woman.

justy
justy

Yikes...hasn't Lauren ever looked in the mirror?? She is such a beauty!

Yes, I have faith Ashley will come around too (many of us were bratty, self-centered and directionless at that age and turned out fine). Having her drama play out on TV and being subjected to so much nasty and negative snark has harmed her relationship with her parents as well as her self esteem IMHO. Her parents all seem like lovely people, but allowing Ashley to be filmed through all her drama showed a serious lapse in judgement. After all they're supposed to protect her.

All the best to the Manzos (you guys are a terrific family), Jacqueline and her family and especially Lauren and Ashley- 2 wonderful young women with, I predict, a wonderful future!

Betsy H.
Betsy H.

Are you people serious? Caroline needs to keep her nose out of everybody's business. She is so self-righteous.

please read
please read

love you caroline, so glad you didnt lower your self to jacquelines level, about the whole T thing. yuo have great kids.

RD
RD

145 pounds is not fat! How tall are you???

RD
RD

145 is not fat. How tall are you???

waybelowthebelt
waybelowthebelt

I think Lauren is gorgeous and it's wonderful she's in a serious relationship. But why didn't you tell her she was beautiful? You've talked about Lauren a few times this season concerning her appearance and you've never said she was attractive. Why?