Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Ready for Some Ups

Melissa has had enough fighting and is hoping for some good times.

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying this amazing fall weather! This is my favorite time of the year, I love the fall. The air is so perfect, don't you think? It's funny, I've always said that October is my month. I don't know why, but anything good that has ever happened for me happens in October. It has been that way my whole life. I met Joe in the month of October too, and he is the best thing that ever happened to me! It's only a couple of weeks away, and I'm excited to see what this October will bring!

Do you love Punta Cana or what? It's so beautiful there! I love it because it's only a four hour plane ride from New Jersey and the weather is always amazing. That was my fifth time there with Joe. We go every year. When I first met Joe, we went twice with Teresa and Joe and Kathy and Richie. We had a blast. I loved every minute of it and spending time with his family. I was new to the crowd so I enjoyed getting to know everyone. What a great time we always had there together! The six of us! I know it's hard to believe now, but trust me, we all used to enjoy each other's company very much. I will say I do still enjoy everyone's company when we are on vacation. That's why I came up with the idea to have everyone go back to Punta Cana together, it can't hurt right? Maybe we just all need to get out of Jersey and remember how much fun we all used to have together. We really have a great time together when we don't discuss ridiculous things that don't really matter anyway! Families go through ups and downs all the time, and I think we have had enough downs lately. I'm ready for some ups.

I really had a great time bonding with the Manzos and Lauritas, they are both great families! They are very down to earth, easy going, straight forward people. That's what I look for in friends and in couples that Joe and I like to spend time with. It just makes life so much easier when you are with people who are like that. Poor Caroline had a booming migraine. I felt so bad for her, she missed a beautiful boat ride with her family. The kids kept mentioning how they felt bad that she missed it. It was sweet to see them thinking of their mother the whole day. 

How can you not love Greg? He is so funny, the things he comes out with are not planned, they just roll right off his tongue. He is harmless and he makes me laugh. We enjoy a lot of the same things, we just get along really well. He might be the only person I know who loves music more than I do! He's hilarious and he's a great friend to the Manzo family. Everyone loves when Greg is around! I enjoy people that love life and just want to have a good time.

Speaking of a good time, is my husband nuts or what? He does some of the most crazy things, but to tell you the truth, that's the reason I fell in love with him! We have so many laughs together, and I think the initial perception of us was wrong. We truly are very happy and love when people are together and having a good time. Honestly, I just don't see a reason to fight anymore. I think we all need to forget about the past and just move on. 

I'm excited for you all to see next week's episode. It's the launch party for BLK Water and my very first performance of On Display! I was extremely nervous about this, I haven't seen it yet either, so I can't wait to watch it!

Here's the link to On Display on iTunes: My favorite version is still the Arkatone radio remix! 

I also posted a new blog on my website ( with all the fashions I was wearing in this episode. I got so many tweets about it last night I couldn't answer everyone, so here you go! 

I hope everyone has a magnifico giornata and happy shopping!



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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