Jacqueline Laurita

Jacqueline shares her trick or treating tips and shares her thoughts on Teresa's troubles with her brother.

on May 23, 20110

Don't you just love the fall? It's my favorite season. I love the crisp smell, the coolness in the air, the beautiful changing colors of the leaves falling on the ground, lighting my fall scented candles in the house, and being able to add a cute sweater or light jacket to hide the muffin top that's jutting over my pants. I just love it! The October Fests are always fun, and it's such a great family time to go apple, berry, and pumpkin picking. And who doesn't love pumpkin slinging, going through corn mazes, enjoying pony and hay rides, making scarecrows, and putting out Halloween and fall decorations. The kids love it! We have a huge wall calendar with pockets to countdown to Halloween, and we put little candies and Halloween related mini things in there for the kids. We got it at Potterybarn. 

When I said I love when CJ brings me candy, I meant it. I was one of those annoying kids still trick or treating in high school. I figured I was only 5'3", so people might think I was younger. I was going to try and milk it as long as I could. I remember filling a pillowcase! The trick is to go toward the end of the night and dump out most of your bag so people think you're just getting started. Then they feel sorry for you and give you more. Plus they get tired of answering the door by then and just want to get rid of their candy. I had it all figured out.

Anyway, I hope it didn't sound like I send my kid out there trick or treating on his own. Of course Chris and I are always with him. I put the pumpkins in the yard (sort of a homemade pumpkin patch), and the kids go pick their favorite pumpkin to carve. We love roasting the seeds and eating them. It's good family fun!

I was really sad and blown away to hear from Teresa what happened at the christening. It just didn't seem to make sense or seem real. All I could think was, "Aren't you supposed to congratulate the parents at a christening? Why did her own brother call her garbage?" And the banging on the table thing? Must be a Gorga trait. Something in their DNA maybe? It just wasn't adding up. Was I missing something? Teresa never talked that much about her brother or Melissa with me. I'd seen them at all of her parties, but never noticed if they talked to each other. I think I just assumed that all was well. Up until this point I hadn't heard anything that would make me think there were such deep issues between her and her brother that he would call her garbage. (By the way...I just love Joey Gorga in a dress!) 

131 comments
Unguilty Pleasure
Unguilty Pleasure

Jacqueline, PLEASE STOP consulting witches. Don't play with them, don't listen to them don't take advise from them because they all entertain a common entity and that entity is the common mortal and immortal enemy of the human race and our MAKER. GOD does not want us to give evil a place.

LT in NY
LT in NY

Jacqueline - you are my favorite housewife out of ALL the RH shows. You are down-to-earth, you are not pretentious and you are hilariously funny! I think all the bloggers would agree we would love to have you as our own friend! You are truly beautiful inside and out and some of the other ladies should be taking notes from you! Take care and God bless.

Jacqueline S on June 3, 2011
Jacqueline S on June 3, 2011

Jersey is my favorite housewives show and I watch them all. You are a real sweetheart and Chris seems like a terrific husband! I think as Ashley matures, she will realize what a great mother you are and you two will be very close again. I also love Caroline and her family. I feel so bad for Teresa, she seems really sad this season. I hope Melissa realizes her jealousy of Teresa has hurt everyone and is so unnecessary. Family is the greatest gift in life and should be cherished! Looking forward to the rest of the shows.

watchingUinSoFL
watchingUinSoFL

You are so perfect in every episode. You are a good friend and we all wish we had a friend like you in our corner. You have a lot of class and it's refreshing with all the other drama going on in the show. Chris and you are such a great couple. It's so sutble, but always there... Only one piece of advice, my sons gave to me once. We as mothers don't know the power we hold over our children. Try to remember that when you are mothering Ashley, you are on television. "Tough Love" isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's great with children who don't respect us. I clearly see the respect Ashley has for you. She is still growing up and learning life's lessons. Chris is so great with her and speaks to her with respect. Respect gains respect. Sometimes we have to give them enough rope, so they can learn some lessons for themselves. Even though we know what is best for them, we only want to protect them.

DebbielB
DebbielB

Be strong with Ashley - she needs be responsible for herself and grow up. I can see why you were upset with her whining that she couldn't get to work on time. Good grief.

Bchavez
Bchavez

My girlfriend teases me because I have a crush on you! :-) You are so pretty! You are my favorite!!

Cali Jen
Cali Jen

you are the reason i watch the show! I think you are super funny and genuine.....

CLinSF
CLinSF

Jacqueline, you look FANTASTIC! I thought you were adorable on the runway. You absolutley crack me up sometimes..the ham thing was too much..and I still laugh when I think about the episode last season when you were in your car talkingto Danielle's psychic on the phone. I think that was the funniest thing I've seen on any of the Housewives's shows..Looking forward to the rest of the season!

Tainted Housewife
Tainted Housewife

Jacqueline,

First I would just like to say that you are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. I think that you are the most beautiful Housewife of your season. You have such a sweet heart and seem to always want to be honest at all times....I like that about you. I must say that I wished that you would be more confident in your parenting skills. You must remember that Ashley is an adult and will do nothing more or nothing less than what she wants. From what you have shared with your viewers....you have given her nothing but the best, emotionally and even tangible wise. My advice to you is to give her tough love, constructive criticsm, and positive guidance and the rest is up to her. I wish you and your family nothing but the best.

AmyLou
AmyLou

Hi there!! Okay...I'm guilty of watching ALL the Housewives on Bravo. I think they are all very special and each one brings something different to the table. I also love Andy's interviews after each show. And who wouldn't love the reunion shows!! Always so exciting!! The "sometimes" difficult thing is that I realize this IS your lives and with that said I'm concerned for Teresa. She seems very subdued this season. I guess anyone would be a changed person after everything she's been through with their finances and now her family problems out there for everyone to scrutenize. I just love all the advice from people (strangers) given to all of you. LOL!! I know all of you enjoy your fans, but you must feel like your under a microscope most of the time. I'm sure you have ALL figured out that you can never please everyone. Just know that you bring alot of entertainment into my living room and many others on Monday nights!! I look forward to all of the REAL HOUSEWIVES!! Take care in Jersey!!! Much love from Amy in West Texas

sleepycarol
sleepycarol

I love Halloween candy, or any candy. The first thing I do when my kids come home is search their bags for the reeses cups!

Lizeth!
Lizeth!

I love you Jacqueline! You rocked the fashion show.

Roisin
Roisin

You shouldnt have been nervous of walking at the fashion show at all...you looked great!!!!

JackiefromPA
JackiefromPA

JACQUELINE - It seems like this season you are so much happier & outgoing than last year. I hope that the light bulb clicks on with Ashley this season.. that would just make all your fans so happy.

Bev m.
Bev m.

yes fall is also my fav time of the year.you my fav.and alexis on o.c.you are so sweet.you would be a true friend.bevy!

Barbie Moger
Barbie Moger

We both have a Santino in our life. i was surprised to see the name on TV only mine is my firstborn. Lol

Barbie Moger
Barbie Moger

I think you are a sweetheart. Beautiful in every way. Thanks for sharing your weight loss and workout info. Loved the belly button comment made me LOL

Donna in CA
Donna in CA

Jacqueline, Teresa did nothing wrong at the christening. In fact she was ver cordial and polite to everyone. It was her brother who attacked her and called her garbage and in front of her daughter, Gia. He obviously had no regard for Gia's feeling either, only his own. Therefore, Teresa shouldn't have to appologize for anything, but, her brother Joe certainly should have and hasn't. I hope you stand by Teresa through this whole thing and not let yourself be sucked in by Melissa, who you said in your blog is always very friendly to you. Think about it...Melissa is friendly to you, Teresa's friend, Caroline, Teresa's friend, Teresa's mother and Teresa's mother-in-law at the fasion show. Why do you suppose that is. She's trying to get them all on her side of the fence against Teresa. She's already got Teresa's brother and Teres's cousin, Kathy on her side. She's a master manipulator. So, Teresa needs you to stand by her as a loyal friend during all of this.

loveandlight
loveandlight

Lauren did a great job - I was thinking how much I liked your makeup in the past 2 episodes.

You continue to bring humor and realism to the show. Never change!

bravoblogreader
bravoblogreader

I LOVE the description of your belly button, I rewound 3 times and LOL'd everytime. Your faces were priceless! My belly button is sad too :( lol. You look great, keep up the good work!

Cali-cat
Cali-cat

I loved you on the cat walk...I know you are shy but that is what makes you adorable and your husband is a very handsome man...I like the strong quite type...

bellaxx
bellaxx

your my favourite housewife!

Viewer1958
Viewer1958

i thought the new ham game was funny!

Monicad
Monicad

It's nice that you try to stay neutral but there is always a common theme to every altercation.... Teresa. It's nice that you are a loyal friend but it's so funny how according to Teresa she never intends on provoking a fight but yet it always happens. There is a side to Teresa you do not see because she likes you and is not threatened by you. Funny you have seen the Gorgas at events and Teresa has never involved them to a point where you got to know them. I think you just solved the puzzle on why the Gorgas have a chip on their shoulder.

Bill M
Bill M

You continue being my favorite houswife. You were great with Teresa on Watch what happens live last night. LOVE LOVE LOVE your new dog, it is adorbale!!

zahooty
zahooty

Jacqueline, I LOVE YOU!! You are funny and have a great personality. Karentc and nancyyc...GET OVER IT! It is funny to me that anyone asks you why you are changing as if they really know you. It was a joke and everyone forgets it is live and you all are drinking. They also act like they know what makes Andy pissed off...People just are gonna hate because you are smoking hot with a hot husband and on top of it are very funny. I love to watch you and you and Caroilne are my favorites on the show. XOXOXO

JM72
JM72

OMG you were too funny when you said that you love when your son brings you Halloween candy!

kavmmer9
kavmmer9

Kathy was absolutely trying to stir up trouble, she couldn't wait to talk to Teresa, she had a sly smirk on her face each time she brought it up. Terrible that she would bring it up at the fashion show, just terrible! Thank goodness, Caroline has Teresa's back. Melissa's posse seems to continue to get bigger. Poor Teresa, I feel terrible for her.

zouhra1972
zouhra1972

What you did with the ham was embarassing.I couldn't believe my eyes and your husband must have been ashamed of you.You didn't respect Andy at all and i don't like that at all....GROW UP

Brenda1973
Brenda1973

I think you did great on the runway . I have to agree with what someone else said Melisa seems to be a trouble maker and her sisters to just stir the pot.

Shmegs
Shmegs

I think you have a great sense of humor and all these people are getting way too into it by asking what youre doing with the ham. CALM DOWN, she can have a sense of humor and she is great a woman she is happy and tries her best to stay out of drama. Give her a break and get a life, stop critiquing everything she does.

nonnyde
nonnyde

watched you and Teresa on Andy's show and love your sense of humor. Love the ham in the dress.lol

buffalofan2
buffalofan2

People need to relax. The ham thing on WWHL was hysterical. Everyone has always said what a riot you are and how you make them laugh. Not quite sure how that joke on WWHL was an example of Jaq "changing?"

michigancholie
michigancholie

Jac, I crack up at the way you and Teresa are together, it seems like a strong, fun friendship. I love you guys! I do think you need to trust Teresa's input on her family though. Kathy is not an impartial cousin trying to put the family back together. . her timing horrible talking to Teresa and she had already made several comments about how "a mother" protects their babies, that is why she got Teresa's to safety, insinuating Teresa wasn't being a good mother. Very manipulative move on Kathy's part. I know you want to be objective, which is great, just don't be nieve.

HollyRHinKC
HollyRHinKC

Love you!! You are a class act! As usual!!

Justfamily
Justfamily

To: Teresa, Jacqueline, Caroline, Melissa and Kathy,

I began catching the RHONJ last season while flipping through channels. It caught my attention for one reason. I could not believe what I was seeing displayed by grown women. There was such discord and blatant disrespect for one another. Yet I kept hearing professions of faith in God, yet saw neither humility nor humbleness in any one’s actions.

It was amazing to me how grown people could be blessed with so much, yet have so little. I really admired Jacqueline during the ending of last season’s reunion when she spoke up and displayed her heart for the wrong she did. It takes a big person to admit faults and seek a higher ground. I also found Caroline a genuine “family matriarch!”

I viewed the season premier and the second episode last night and was captured again. It was actually painful to watch such venomous disregard to what the true faith in God is about; especially regarding family and love. I am in no way judging your faith’s in God or your religion. Trust me, I understand we all have different walks in life and it is a daily testing of our character and integrity. Most of all I do understand we are all human and sojourners here; who often more than not make wrong choices and decisions. How we handle our mistakes is what builds true life relationships and brings God honored success. As it is written in God’s Word, “To whom much is given much is expected.”

Keep Unity was what I read in my devotional last night before going to bed. Three scriptures were given.

May the Lord lead your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s patience (2 Thessalonians 3:5)

All people will now that you are my followers if you love each other (John 13:35)

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3)

Stop and think about these verses for a minute. Could it be that unity is the key to reaching the world? If unity is the key, shouldn’t it have precedence in our prayers and daily interactions? If unity matters to God, then shouldn’t unity matter to us? If unity is a priority in heaven, then shouldn’t unity be a priority on earth? Nowhere, by the way, are we told to build unity. We are told simply to keep unity. Unity does not need to be created; it simply needs to be protected.

Does this all mean we compromise our convictions or abandon the truths we cherish? No. But I do believe it means we look long and hard at the attitudes we carry.

Not sure if I will see another episode but if I do I pray I see humbleness, humility and family healed with respect to true love. Of course this wouldn’t make for good TV ratings but what a difference it could make!

My very best wishes to all of you and your families

AMiller
AMiller

Love you and your sense of humor. It was definitely better to stay out of the Gorga family drama, keep it classy and peace and blessings to your family!

jerseygirl19
jerseygirl19

Jac- you look amazing!! just wanted to say that I think you are absolutley right about Teresa and Joey!! they need to talk without their significant others and work it out. seems like so much started from miscommunication! i hope as we continue to watch...that is exactly what happens.i admire your staying out of it, yet continuing to be a good friend to teresa. also, i hope you and ashley are working out the issues. it is clear that you try very hard to be a good, fair parent. sometimes its just harder, and you are really trying!! youre doing a great job

Paitin
Paitin

I started to read your blog and was going to stop and comment that you are the best! I just love you! I love fall too.I've noticed so far in two episodes that your down on yourself.You shouldn't be at all! You are a great person all around and your humor,love it LOL!!!

hwocfan02474
hwocfan02474

Teresa is lucky to have you as a friend. I would love to see more of you & Caroline on the show. Seeing how you all interact with your families is so much more refreshing than the crazy drama between the Gorga/Giudice family. I feel so sad & depressed after watching all their family trash talking. More Laurita/Manzo family please!!!

Housewife Fan!
Housewife Fan!

I feel everyone isn't seeing what is so clear. The reason Teresa's brother called her garbage is b/c he was 1. trying to start a fight 2. he is a drama queen 3. he was way too drunk at a childs event 4. he was in front of cameras and wanted to make himself look like a big shot.

What he doesnt know is he didnt look like a big tough jersey guy, he looked like a werido that drank too much and was camera hungry. THATS WHAT HAPPEND.

lovepink2008
lovepink2008

HUNNIII I LOVE YOU . LOL. You look amazing this season you don't need any botox, face lifts, tummy tucks or anything.

P.S. I love your facial expression when you saw old lady Kim

jenadelo
jenadelo

Jacquelyn...the ham in your dress was hilarioius. I like watching you because you are so funny. If people don't like the things you do then they should pull the stick out. I feel bad about what you are going through with your daughter, I think your "delivery" to her demands are exactly right. I have 24 and 22 year old daughters and my younger one was similar to Ashley in her attitude toward me. It didn't get better until she moved to another state in a huff and then really had to fend for herself. We have a much better relationship now, it will be better!

Beckymc
Beckymc

Jacqueline You look marvelous! You are also a great friend. Teresa needs a friend like you in her corner.

JenJenB
JenJenB

I second that comment from DAWN N. KIM G stating " Do you think we should BOO her" speaking to Melissa table about Teresa. That lady is like a camellon she will blend in with what ever group she is around. Besides that on a lighter note, way to work the runway girl. You did great you smiled the whole time.

colleenb45
colleenb45

Totally on point about Teresa, even if the fight wasn't her fault, it still happened with her involvement and for that she should apologize for her nephews christening being ruined like that, I would feel terrible if my sisters and I fought like that on such an important day..also Melissa is owed a huge apology from her loud mouthed sister who did nothing that day but add fuel to the fire:))

Your the best!!

yramirez
yramirez

This is why you are great!!!! If only everyone close to melissa and joey think like you, teresa and her brother will be able to fix there relationship sooner without hurting their parents.