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All I Want for Christmas

Melissa feels lucky to have such a wonderful husband (and reveals her favorite holiday CD).

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a great summer. I had the best weekend down on the shore with my family. What a great time! 

Is this the longest Christmas ever? Geez! I feel like we have been watching Christmas forever. But who doesn't love it, so I guess there can never be too much.

So back to Christmas Eve at Teresa's house. Like I said before, what a wonderful time the kids had, I loved watching them together. Joe and I wanted to do the right thing and make sure we went to both Teresa and Kathy's houses. It was only right. Kathy had asked us when we had no plans for Christmas Eve and of course we said yes. We always go to Joe's family on Christmas Eve and my family on Christmas day. I do know Kathy had every intention of inviting Teresa too. That's why she kept persisting on talking to her at my party. Teresa just isn't ready I guess. I wish instead of pulling her brother aside and talking about the couple hours we were not going to spend there, she would have just cherished all the hours that we were there and be happy that we are all taking the steps to work this out. Her parents were happy, the kids were happy, and we all really enjoyed each other's company. Why always look for the negative? What about all the good that just happened? I felt bad for my husband because he was put on the spot, but he's a big boy and he handled it the right way. Of course Antonia didn't want to leave her cousins, but when she got to Kathy's house she was very happy to play with her other cousins Victoria and Joey! They treat her like a little doll, she had the best time at both houses!

Kathy's Christmas Eve dinner was amazing. Did you see that fish from the Brownstone? It was so great. I know you saw the desserts, she is the desert queen! I officially crown her that! 

OK, so now it's Christmas morning! I loved how they showed the front of all our houses and we were all saying Merry Christmas. So cute! I love Christmas morning. You couldn't hear it, but I had my Mariah Carey Christmas CD blasting, just like every year. It's my favorite! My babies were so happy, and I thank God every day for the Christmas Joe and I are able to give them. They are very lucky, and I remind them of that every year! They always get more than they could ever ask for, and the smile on their faces just makes me melt. I love them more than words can say. Joe is such an incredible father and husband, and I am a very lucky girl! He knows me so well, everything he picked out I loved! He's the best. The fact that he built me such a beautiful studio because he wants to help me reach my dream just shows what an unselfish, loving person he is. I love the studio, it is more than I could have ever asked for. I have definitely been putting that studio to use and I am so excited that I can FINALLY share with you what I've been working on. Check out my website for the release date of On Display! And I am still working on getting that blinged out microphone. I have to have it!

The Manzos and Lauritas had such a beautiful Christmas. I loved how Caroline wasn't dressed up and looked like she worked so hard all day! You can actually tell she really did cook all day and got her hands dirty in the kitchen! It's obvious she wanted to make a beautiful night for her family. She's a good mamma! There tree was beautiful and the food looked delish! They always look like they have such a great time, and I would join them for Christmas any day. I loved the aunt! She was hysterical!

When Albert gave Caroline that ring, I teared up a bit. It was so beautiful! After being together for all those years she deserves it! Way to go, Albert! A big beautiful ring and he got on his knee. It was adorable and real, you can see the love there! God bless them, I wish them many more happy years together.

Jacqueline's boys were so cute on Christmas morning. They got so much stuff too! They were adorable riding in their new cars and trains. I want to squeeze Nicholas'  cheeks! What a cutie! I loved watching Ashley kiss her little brothers and take pictures of them... she loves them so much. I feel bad for Jacqueline and Ashley that they have to go through these hard years on camera. It's a phase, and it too shall pass. You can see the love between them. Maybe Ashley doesn't always show it, but it is clear to me that she is a good girl. I think she just has her priorities confused right now. As she gets older she will snap out of this. She's a beautiful girl like her mamma, and she is very talented.

I felt so bad for Gia on Christmas morning, she still took her picture though! The girls were so cute running around and opening their presents. I'm happy that Joe and Teresa are in a good place and can give their children everything they ask for. Things have a way of looking up, and I think it's starting to happen for them now. A couple of weeks ago they were dining on the floor and now she has a huge dinning room table big enough for twenty people! God bless them that they are able to turn everything around and have a special day for their kids.

I have to admit it is really hard to watch our families enjoying Christmas and then have to hear Joe Guidice continue to make nasty comments about me. 

Next week you're going to see a play date between Teresa and I and New Year's Eve! We partied all night at the Brownstone! 

OK, I guess it's time for me to I hop on my broom and fly away! LOL.

I hope everyone has a magnifico giornata!



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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


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