Cast Blog: #RHONJ


Jacqueline thinks Lindsey handled meeting the family well.

I was really proud of both Gia and Melissa for having the talent and the courage to perform in front of all those people. I admire that about them. I think they both did an amazing job! I was very impressed, and I wish them both a ton of success. Melissa was a lucky girl to have the talented and good-looking Cris Judd in her corner, provided by her loving, supportive, and always horny husband. They have an amazing relationship that I admire. God Bless.

Not sure if you noticed Melissa's make-up artist, George Miguel Costa, but besides being a cutie pie, he is one of the most talented make-up artists I have ever known. (Along with my niece Lauren, of course.) Melissa's make-up always looks flawless, so I wanted to make sure that I gave him a shout out. I always appreciate great talent.

Kathy is an AMAZING cook and baker. It just comes naturally for her. She has a passion for it and that clearly shows. I wish her tons of success as well.I love Greg, so I was so happy to be there to celebrate his birthday with him. @greggybennet is hysterical to follow on Twitter. If you aren't following him yet, you should. Also follow @albiemanzo, @chrismanzo, and @laurenmanzo. They have really interesting banter between them.

Lindsey seemed fearless meeting the family. Lauren and Caroline both approve of her, thank goodness. She fits right in. Lindsey is such a beautiful person inside and out. She's definitely a keeper. She still joins us over at my house for family dinners every weekend. Although business is first priority for Albie at this point in his life, I would like to believe that once he feels settled in all other areas of his life while becoming the man he wants to be, he will balance and maintain love in his life and they can grow together from there. I hope that Lindsey will be a lasting love for Albie, but as you know, timing is everything.I'm proud of Lauren for fulfilling her dreams. Cafface has arrived, and it is a beautiful and successful store! Come to Franklin Lakes to check it out! Besides selling great beauty products, cute clothes, and accessories, she also gives one heck of a spray tan.

I think it's healthy competition for Lauren to strive to do better and be more successful than her siblings. It becomes unhealthy competition when you step on your siblings head and try to sabotage them to get to the top. I know that Lauren would NEVER do that. They do a good job of supporting each other, even though once in a while they just like to bust each other’s chops.

Now for the more serious stuff. Nothing like running into that person you are having a conflict with for the first time after a fight. AWKWARD! I think it went pretty smoothly despite our last meeting. Thanks to Teresa our families spent so much time together now that we were all starting to become one big family, and our kids became friendly too. We started to all become intertwined. I guess it's the same thing as Dina and Teresa remaining friends throughout OUR family drama and our fights with Teresa. Relationships form and you want to continue to allow that friendship to grow while still showing support for each other. I know that the Manzos and Lauritas ALWAYS encouraged unity between the Giudices, Gorgas, and the Wakiles. We always wanted the best for all of them.

It became apparent that we were all still going on this trip to Napa together. There was no point in fighting with each other at this point, because it wouldn't do any of us any good and would just make things more awkward than they already were between us. This trip was not only a great opportunity for business, but also a chance for bringing a broken family back together by creating new, fun experiences together. Who knows, maybe broken friendships can heal as well.The situation was what it was, and I realized at this point that we never had as deep of a friendship as I had perceived it to be. Looking back, it was more of a surface friendship. It was a shallow friendship that had unspoken rules like, "Don't ask questions about me, and I won't ask questions about you. Let's just talk about clothes and hair and then drink, eat, and laugh." I realize that there are all types of different friendships, and I guess I thought we were closer than we actually were. It was a hurtful realization. The problem was that I allowed myself to care too much for someone who clearly didn't want to or wasn't capable of being that close with me. I decided at this point that I was just going to follow Teresa's lead and not expect as much from her.  I would just hope for the best. I believed that I could be in her presence and still be civil. I let go of any expectations that I had of her. I knew that our friendship had changed forever. I guess this is the way it had always been, but I just never opened my eyes to it before. I think I gave too much of myself to her, and it was time for me to take a step back and accept this friendship for whatever it was.

For those thinking that I believed every article that came out is completely wrong and ridiculous. I could tell which articles out there were guided by her from the content and the recognition of the lingo that she used around me when it came to speaking of others. I knew she put out some of those articles, but I never knew for sure which articles or which part of the articles were true or not true anymore. I just wanted to hear all the facts from her and not from the things I was reading in the tabloids. How else was I supposed to know unless I heard it straight from the source? It's common sense. Some of the articles worried me, but some of them upset me, because I believed that by putting certain things out there, she was taking a step back instead of moving forward, and it wasn’t in her best interest. It also upset me that she wasn't talking to me about certain things, but instead she was opening up to the tabloids. I really didn't intend to insult her by asking. It did make me re-evaluate our friendship, however. It left me wondering how deep our friendship actually was.

I wanted to be "real" friends. I loved and cared about Teresa with all of my heart, even when I didn't always agree with the way she handled things. I began to realize that unless I was going to be her soldier, stay one step behind her, and not ask questions, this friendship was not going to work. It was frustrating and sad to me, but in the end, it opened my eyes as to what our "friendship" was really all about. I finally took off my rose colored glasses and began to see things for what they truly are. All I can say is all wounds take time to heal.
Woohoo! Napa here we come!Here is another update on my ex-husband’s case, since some of you keep tweeting me asking me about it.

1. It is TRUE there were charges against him and his wife.
2. It is TRUE there was an arrest.
3. It is TRUE that it was NEVER filed as a formal case.
4. It is TRUE the FBI investigated him about it.
5. It is TRUE he passed polygraphs, further showing his innocence.
6. It is TRUE the FBI dropped its investigation against him.
7. It is TRUE that I believe he is innocent.
8. It is TRUE that the state has not yet closed its case against him, just as it is TRUE they never filed a former case against him. Why? Why don't you haters hang in there for updates or if your curiosity is just eating you up, Matt told me to refer any questions or doubts you have to the law office of Chad Lee 817-332-6638.  Enjoy your research!

XOXO! Take care and see you next week!
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Amber Marchese dishes on her first reunion and why Dina Manzo confuses her.

Hello Housewife friends!  Welcome to the jungle baby! My first reunion was a wild ride. Call me sick and twisted, but I had an unbelievable time at the reunion when most, I have been warned, dread it. I felt like it was “The Great Purge” and when I went home I was felt relieved of any built up tension. I don’t care if anyone has a grudge against me, my slate is clean and I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone. I love to argue my point, and I truly stood by all of my convictions this season, so I was ready to say exactly what was on my mind, and then some. 

I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt. 

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