Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Cracking Nuts

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

Cracking Nuts

Kathy talks about Victoria's special night and Rich giving Paulie a hard time.

I want to take this chance to thank everyone who came out for the Real Housewives Live Tour in Chicago. It was so much fun meeting all the viewers, taking pictures, and getting the opportunity to talk to all of you. I loved Chicago and it was so great to see how they loved this Jersey Girl right back! Thank you so much!

I have something to address that has been bothering me. On Sunday, 10/9, as the episode was airing, Teresa tweeted that, "Victoria's illness was devastating to all of us." I'm probably being too sensitive and protective of my daughter, but I would just like to clarify that Victoria had a benign brain tumor. I appreciate Teresa's concern, but I didn't want to misrepresent what she had as cancer or a sickness. It was a scary and difficult time, because her tumor affected her unexpectedly yet so severely. We consider ourselves very lucky and I want to thank all of you who have reached out with concern for my daughter. She is doing very well and we appreciate how much you care. Our thoughts and prayers always go out to those families with children who have not been as fortunate as we. We felt like we won the lottery and that experience has forever changed our lives.

It was wonderful to see Chris Laurita's brother Jamie come to talk to Ashley. I only met him once, but he is the kind of guy who leaves a lasting impression. He was terrific with Ashley and gave her such sound advice. It must be great to have such a cool uncle as a go-to person when you are growing up. Chris has proven to be a great dad to Ashley. She is so lucky to have two fathers who love her and want the best for her.
It was fantastic to watch Caroline on her radio show. Life experiences don't make you an expert on everything, but when you live through all the ups and downs (and God knows a mother certainly has to deal with her fair share) you come out with a pretty thorough education! What makes Caroline special is her ability to turn her life experiences into advice to help others.

As a mother, your children are your every joy. But then what? Caroline is exploring the "then what" and I have a feeling that wherever it takes her, she will be just fine. I wish her lots of luck.

What about my beautiful daughter Victoria at her prom party! I arranged to have my makeup consultant, Alyssa of Blush Makeup Studio, come over to do Victoria's makeup. She looked so beautiful, and Rich and I wanted it to be a special night for her. We live for these important moments with our children.

Victoria's date, Paulie, is a great kid and a family friend that we have known for years. Leave it to my Rich to find a way to try to crack some nuts!For those of you who were wondering about the restaurant and catering business that Rich and I were considering, know that I am still trying to figure it all out. For now, however, I am focusing on developing and making my desserts. Since I have been lucky enough to be a stay at home mom all these years, I just want to continue to cherish all the time I have with my kids. I know that all too soon they will be taking off for college.

The Gorga family photo captured such a beautiful moment. Just remember, though, as fast as the shutter clicks and the photo is snapped, so does life go by. Wouldn't it be great to be able to preserve that picture perfect image in real time? I think it reminds us all to treasure the moments that we do have together.

Knowing my Zio Giacinto as I do, I was so happy that the photo session afforded all of you the chance to see him as he truly is. Insisting that his daughter-in-law and son-in-law sit on either side of him at the dinner table is his way of embracing them as his own children.There you go…wouldn't it have been nice to end like this, BUT, just when you think it's safe to go back into the kitchen…what do you know, someone gets burned! I think things speak for themselves, but stay tuned for our reunion show when everything heats up! We go from the frying pan into the fire…OMG!

You won't want to miss it.
Until next week...

Lots of Love,
xoxo Kathy

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P.S. I want to thank some very special people that have helped me throughout this season:

Erez Boutique in Englewood, N.J.
Reve Boutique in Englewood N.J.
The Fig Leaf Boutique in Garfield, N.J.
Accessories from Pink Jewels in Livingston N.J.
Makeup by Alyssa Shackil at Blush Makeup Studio in Hawthorne,N.J.
Hair by Mina Terranova at L'Egance Salon in Totowa, N.J.

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Teresa Aprea shares her thoughts on the finale and this season.

Hi loves,

I must say this was another hard one to watch. Sometimes we do things in life out of anger that we regret later, and this episode was one of those times. As far as Teresa goes, this episode was devastating. To see the sentencing being announced and reactions from cast mates was really sad. Our hearts go out to Teresa, Joe, the kids, and their family! 

The Ladybug event was so much fun to work on with the girls. It's such a great charity and Dina has worked so hard on it for years. I loved seeing the kids walking down the runway and of course my Giovanni looked so gorgeous with his little Ladybug slippers on. I am happy that Teresa and I are in a good place now and she knows that I am here for her if she needs anything. Sometimes the best thing to do is put the past in the past and move forward. You can't change people. Some people apologize and move on and with some people you know that they never meant to intentionally hurt you, so you move on together. My husband and Joe Guidice get along great as well. We all have to support one and other and I am grateful that we are all in a good place.

Watching Amber cut her hair and move forward from one of the hardest times in her life was so beautiful, especially sharing that moment with Jim, her kids, and her mom. I love my husband so much. Watching him and Amber talk just shows the heart my husband has and I appreciate Amber calling him over to squash any issues. My husband is a good man and that's why he and I could never be apart for long, because anyone that knows him, knows how good he is.

This season was a great experience. There were some great moments and some moments that I would never want to relive. As I have said this season, we love hard and we fight hard, and in the end, everything always comes together. Nicole and I were happy to have the opportunity to clear some things up on WWHL last night. Happy to put things to rest and move on to bigger and better moments together.Nicole and I worked with stylist Jennifer Dayan from IFoundASecret.com and we loved the pieces that she chose for us last night! 

We have so many exciting projects coming up! Our new website should be launching soon, you can check it out at http://www.nicoleandteresa.com/. Like us on our Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/NicoleandTeresa or follow me on Instagram @TeresaAprea or on Twitter @TeresaA_RHONJ.

On behalf of me and my family, we thank you for welcoming us both for our first season of RHONJ and stay tuned for the upcoming reunion!

Ciao babies, 

Teresa