Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Beating a Dead Horse

Amber Calls Out Andy Cohen

Dina: What am I Doing Here?

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Amber: I Felt I Like I Was Being Hazed

Melissa: Continue to Pray for Teresa's Family

Why Amber Shares Her Cancer Story

Dina: I Was Team Santa

Teresa: I Don't Blame Jim

Bobby's Unacceptable Behavior

Amber: Dina is Jealous

Melissa: "We are Heartbroken"

Dina Reacts to the Sentencing

Kathy Talks Kevin Jonas

Amber: Dina Was Planning a Blood Bath

Jim and Amber Were on Different Pages

Dina on Bobby's "Bizarre" Behavior

Amber Calls BS on Dina

Nicole: Words are So Powerful

Teresa: "Kudos to Dina!"

Teresa: I Love the Show, I Love My Fans

Praying for a Positive Outcome for Teresa

"Tipsy Melissa is My Spirit Animal"

Dina's Lose-Lose Situation

Jacqueline on Her Status with Teresa

Why Teresa Told Dina the Rumor

Amber on Her Cancer Scare

Teresa: There was an Agenda to Hurt My Family

Melissa: I Do Feel for Amber

Dina: Gia's Beautiful Inside and Out

Nicole: This is Not 'Jerry Springer'

Amber on Her Meltdown with Teresa

Amber's Emotional Call to Teresa

Teresa Thanks the Fans

Dina: Florida Will Be the New Scary Island

Teresa: I Wish I Never Heard the Rumor

Amber on the Shocking Rino Rumor

Victoria Gotti's Big No No

Beating a Dead Horse

Kathy comments on her beach battle with Teresa.

As this episode starts out I sit here looking at the snow on the ground and I don't look forward to it at all. I am reminded that the colder weather is around the corner. I am happy that this episode takes us to a warmer place. I just want to enjoy the sun and the beach and the Caribbean and the wonderful Dominican people.  I want to thank them for being so kind, warm, and welcoming to us.

It is such fun to watch the children stuffing themselves into mom and dad's suitcases. It's a riot to see what kids will do next. They find such interesting places to hide and play in. It's just adorable to see.

Packing is such a big chore. Unpacking is even worse. I try to do it when I am excited to be getting away, and I try to be so thorough, wrapping in tissue paper and being so neat. I think I inherited this from my mom. She came to help and you can see how great she is at being so neat and perfect with what she does. I hope that's not the only thing I inherit from her. She has such a positive attitude and I love having our little chats. She always encourages me to take the high road and try to be the best that I can be. I am so lucky to have her in my life. She's one of a kind.

So we get to Punta Cana and I'm thinking luscious palm trees and balmy breezes, and it's funny to hear the Manzo boys refer to the setting as Jurassic Park. It's a big laugh for us, because they are always saying how much my husband looks like Jeff Goldblum in case you missed that joke. So the joke about Jurassic Park and Rich being comfortable there was a hoot.

On our trip over to the hotel it was clear that boys will be boys. You can take the boys out of Jersey but can't take Jersey out of the boys. We have arrived, as Melissa so perfectly put it, and if they have to go, they have to go. They never grow out of that need to be free, and as men grow up they don't seem to grow out of that little boy quality.

Our villas were amazing! They were so beautiful. When we reached the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, it was just gorgeous. Our host there, Dale Hipsh, was so accommodating and took such good care of us, making sure our stay there was perfect. I was very impressed with the hotel and the grounds and it was a really great stay.

I felt so bad for Caroline that she had that migraine. She was being a great sport, but all she wanted was everyone out. No talking, no bickering, no bikini fashion show, just to be left alone. At first I was bummed that she wasn't feeling well enough to make the boat trip, especially since she had been the one to plan it. But after what happened between Teresa and me, I'm sure she's glad that she missed the fireworks.

We were having a great day. The boat was beautiful and everyone enjoyed some sun and downed a few drinks playing La Cucaracha . I was excited to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beach enjoying the sunset, a bonfire, and the traditional Dominican stew prepared by the locals. 

Just when I think everything is going well, we're just having a normal conversation, here we go again. I can't believe that we're going over this again! First of all, I'm talking about ME, MY kids and MY feelings. It has nothing to do with you, Teresa. What happened to moving forward, not rehashing the past, and staying positive? Why do you insist on pointing fingers about something that happened six months ago? Stop beating a dead horse, clearly this is something that isn't over for you, so let's just talk it out, once and for all.

I'm exhausted with this constant dwelling on the same thing. I'm so over it. I've been trying to do the right thing in hopes that we can move our relationship forward. Enough is enough now. Don't keep holding me responsible for your inability to see things for what they really are. She obviously has some unresolved issues and once again mishears, misunderstands, and puts her own spin on it.

After each conversation with Teresa has turned ugly, I have tried to keep my distance. I thought that being on vacation together and temporarily leaving the stresses of our everyday lives behind would lead to an easy environment for all of us to be together as a family once again. It was such a magnificent setting for us all to enjoy. Having said that, I thought that I could let my guard down and express my feelings, and my opinion about my family. 

Till next time. See you all next week.

Lots of Love,

xoxo Kathy





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