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Episode 19:'s Associate Editor thinks the Giudices need to open their own Italian language school.

No. 3 - She Came, She Saw, She Got Another Tattoo

Ashlee's back! Via Skype yet again, but not even a video chat is boring when it involves Ashlee. She finally got her wish and is flying solo in Los Angeles. So has she managed to make it work in the city of angels? Yes!

She's working and has an apartment and doing it on her own. That being said, she nearly did burn down her building when she mistakenly left the gas in her oven running for a few days. Luckily it would seem she has no smokers in the building. (I think while hearing this story it took every muscle in Jacqueline's face to keep her from cringing.)

Most noteworthy however is her new neck tattoo. Props to her for getting some Latin inked on her body (what can I say, I'm a nerd). She must truly be doing well, because you don't go out and get "I came, I saw, I conquered" permanently put upon your body unless you're feeling pretty confident. The question is, now that's she's conquered, will she be returning to New Jersey?

Side Note: Neck tats are really blowing up these days, so I guess she was ahead of the trend.


No. 2 - Whorin' Again to Born Again?

Kim D. may have coined my favorite new phrase when she postulated that Melissa's signature "Praise Jesus" may be a result of her alleged time at Angelo's gentleman's club -- "Whorin' again to born again." Only in Jersey.

In any event, Kim D. was pumping Angelo for more info on Melissa, and Teresa got up and fled the scene mid-makeup. And who could blame her? That guy was a little too creepy, and I think he made everyone (other than Kim D. evidently) very uncomfortable. He could have been reciting poetry and it would still probably make you want to exit the room. I don't know about you, but this definitely made me miss the days of Chateau.

Side Note: Why were they drinking champagne with ice?

No. 1 - Rosetta Giudice Stone

Forget cookbooks and Fabellinis, Teresa's newest business venture should clearly be an Italian language school. Or at least some sort of text book or web series. Italian the Giudice Way needs to happen.

Watching Joe and Teresa's try and give Italian lessons to the girls was just plain adorable. There were papers and texts strewn about, Joe was trying to find the word for sandwich -- it was a cute (if not perhaps particularly well organized) Italian class. Of course it was impossible that things would go as planned, because of the inevitable Milania mischief. After referring to it as a Spanish lesson and complaining that she had no idea what Teresa was saying (because she was speaking Italian), it was up to Gia to save the day. I think Gia was made to be a foreign language drill instructor (or just a drill instructor), because she is all business.

(Plus don't we all need to learn how to say prostitution whore in Italian?)

Next week we've finally arrived at the Jersey finale, and the accusations are flying like you wouldn't believe.
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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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