Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Kids Say the Darndest Things

Jacqueline explains her comment about Teresa and Joe.

These blogs are starting to sound a little redundant. I think most of you already know where I'm coming from. I'll save a few things for the reunion.

Kids say the darnedest things, don't they? When Milania called out her dad for having his own room, I cringed. Just know this, I wasn't speaking about Teresa and Joe's relationship in this episode. I was referring to what was said in one of the tabloids. I was only repeating what was written about them. At the time, a lot of these crazy stories keep coming out, and I worried what this was doing to Teresa. She never talked to me about them when they came out, and I never knew which of the stories were coming from her were true or not. I only knew of things in the past that Teresa had confided in me, but some of the recent rumors I did not know. You clearly see me not feeling comfortable responding to those rumors. How they choose to live with each other and what they will tolerate of each other is their own business. I just thank God that I don't have to live with them. LOL!

But I will say this, if you put your business out there in the press, then you should be prepared to answer questions that people may be curious about and ask you, because you've just made it public. To be honest, I used to care what was or wasn't true because I cared so much about her, but now, honestly, I really don't. It doesn't concern me anymore. It's not my problem. I was proud of Gia and Melissa for the great job they did performing. They are both talented in their own ways. Wish I was there in person to see them.

I have total faith in Kathy's baking! She is truly amazing, and it comes so naturally to her. It's her passion. I wish her success! If you can get your hands on The Brownstone Sauce, I suggest you try it. It's SO good! It actually tastes just like The Brownstone sauce. I guess that is because it IS The Brownstone Sauce. LOL! Anyway, I love it and husband and kids love it. It's also gluten free, which is a bonus. Buy it and enjoy!  

The Fancy food show in Washington, DC was heavenly! I walked around and ate all day! The BLK booth looked incredible! I was so impressed. I am so proud of them. The boys did an amazing job! It's good to have fun, but when it's time to work, the boys understand that it's time to work. They work REALLY hard! You all would not believe how far BLK has come since the filming of this episode. It's now sold all over the country in thousands of stores and in most major retailers like Wegmans, Wholefoods, Duane Reade, Harris Teeter, Sheetz, HEB, Rally's, some Stop & Shops, some Shoprites, some Quick Checks and so many others stores. They recently just picked up some other major chains that I'll tell you about later! BLK is even selling out of the country now as well, including East Australia, Mexico, Dubai, and Europe. I am writing this blog while we are in Canada. BLK is currently sold here in over 30 locations. Check out the BLK website and read their blogs for updates! Make sure to follow them on Twitter @blkbeverages. They are now selling the BLK T-shirts on their website! We have done lots of studies on BLK, and I can't wait to tell you all about it! Team BLK!

All is good in the Laurita household! I'm still working on many projects that I'll share with you at another time.

See you next week! XOXO!

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Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

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.