Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Getting Saucy

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

Getting Saucy

Caroline explains why she didn't want to be the face of The Brownstone Sauce.

Hello! Happy Sunday! Hope it was a good one!

This episode was so much fun! It was nice to see everyone getting along and doing their thing; let’s hope this is the start of a new, happier trend in Jersey. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got my fingers, toes, and even my eyes crossed!

What a wonderful experience it must have been for Melissa and Gia to perform at Beatstock. We’ve been before, and the crowd is full of energy and ready to have a good time. They both went out there and gave their best. Congratulations, girls, well done!

I’m happy to see Kathy pursue her passion for baking by bringing it to a different level. I’ve been lucky enough to sample quite a few of her desserts, and I can say without a doubt that she is the real deal. Hopefully you’ll see more in the coming weeks. The only problem is as I watch, I want! Maybe I should place an order with her next time so I don’t have to deprive myself. I also like that she went old school and started at a neighborhood ice cream shop that’s familiar to us all. We went as kids, and we still love it to this day. I wish Kathy the best of luck; I hope she remembers to keep the samples coming!

The Fancy Food Show was a lot of fun, and a lot of work! Nothing makes me happier than watching my boys work with my brother and my nephew, Joe. They’re an excellent team that compliments each other. I can understand Chris’ concern, and I’m right there with him. Work hard and play later. However, I did enjoy watching the boys have fun. What Albie said is true; they have been traveling non-stop and busting their butts to get BLK out there. As a matter of fact, I’m sure we’ve even met quite a few of you who are reading right now at a BLK tasting somewhere along the way. If you have been to one, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. It’s also true when Albie said they haven’t made a dime. All the money has been going right back into the company, and they’ve been working for pretty much nothing. Times have been rough, but the reward has been worth it. The BLK booth was gorgeous and Chris was right when he guessed that they would be busy. It was chaos, but a very good chaos. Chris, Albie, Christopher, Joe, and Gianluca knocked it out of the park, and I was so happy to be there and watch it first hand. Check out their website (www.blkbeverages.com) to see where it’s carried in your area! P.S. you can also get the BLK t-shirts there too.Oh, I almost forgot! Let’s give a shout out to Miss Patti LaBelle! How adorable was Gregg while he was speaking to her? She was so gracious and kind, and I nearly died when she tried the BLK and loved it. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself, that moment was one of those times. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Miss Patti! xoxo

How cute is my Albert? I love him to death for wanting to put this face of mine on The Brownstone sauce jar, but I agree with the boys, it’s not my sauce! It’s The Brownstone recipe that they’ve been using for over 30 years was derived from Al’s grandparents. I didn’t belong on the jar, and I’m glad Al changed his mind. I will tell you this -- it’s phenomenal. No preservatives, sugar, dyes, gluten free, and made with the best ingredients. I’ve been after Al to jar the sauce for about 8 years now, and it’s been a 5-year process, but it’s finally here! He doesn’t know this, but I’m hoping he will move over to Brownstone packaged goods and semi-retire. Again, fingers crossed! One of my absolute favorite things to watch is the interaction between my boys and their dad as he asks for advice on packaging, shipping methods, food brokers, etc, etc. They tease him relentlessly, but he’s a great sport and is beyond proud of them. Those Manzo men, they’re cuties with brains and heart. XoxoxoP.S. check out The Brownstone Sauce on The Brownstone website www.thebrownstone.com -- We have Marinara, Tomato Basil, and Vodka.

OK, I’ve talked too much. As always, thank you so much for watching, and I hope to see you all again next week. xoxo

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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