Cast Blog: #RHONJ

New Beginnings, New Friendships, and New Happy Memories

Kathy enjoyed watching everyone pursue their dreams this week.

Hi, everyone, I hope you had a terrific Fourth of July. We were lucky enough to see the Macy’s Firework Spectacular from the Hudson River. It was fantastic.

There are those special summer moments that trigger some of my favorite childhood memories. A special time when things were so simple -- all you needed was an ice cream cone and someone special to catch lightning bugs and play red light green light with.

Birthday parties also bring me back to those days. Seeing Antonia’s excitement when everyone started to arrive was a thrill. Um hello, birthday parties sure have changed since I was a kid.

Which brings me to Teresa and Joey. Even though they were both on the same page that therapy wasn’t really for them, I’m so happy that they did actually get something out of their session. They both agreed that they needed to start making new, happy memories. Bring on the cotton candy, popcorn, and cake. Yay! Oh and let’s not forget the gigantic caterpillar. All great things to distract you from any awkward moments.

I know Jacqueline felt a little strange coming to the party and seeing Teresa again, and I really felt for her and know how she felt. I’m glad Jacqueline came even though she was hurting inside. She was really trying to be cordial, how else will we all survive our Napa trip?Speaking of parties, how cute was Greg when everyone surprised him for his birthday? Rich and I were so bummed that we couldn’t be there, but at least I was there in spirit (or should I say image?). Did everyone catch my face on the suit of armor in Albie, Chris, and Greg’s apartment? Those guys are hysterical; you never know what they’re going to come up with next. I love that they gave me a new hairdo too! I guess Kim Zolciak isn’t the only girl wearing wigs these days. LOL! Great times, great laughs, and happy memories.

This week we also got a chance to see our friends and family follow their dreams and find out what it takes to make those dreams come true. It’s a pleasure to see everyone’s ambitions and the hard work that goes into making those dreams their reality.

Congratulations to Lauren! Cafface has become everyone’s go-to spot for their beauty needs, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Just wait and see the end result. How can you go wrong with a business partner like Caroline? There’s nothing like having your own mother as a partner to always keep your best interest at heart. Dancing, singing, and performing on stage sure are difficult. You really have to want it badly. Melissa is getting some expert training from Cris Judd. (Can you imagine the questions Richie had for him when they met?) As an adult, it must have been so hard to focus with a family and other responsibilities to worry about.

I also loved watching Gia bounce around and learn her routine. I can’t wait for you all to see how incredible they both were at Beatstock! We had the best seats in the house. So in the spirit of new beginnings, I hope you enjoyed our family dinner as much as I enjoyed preparing it. Yes, I was a little nervous. I just wanted everything to go smoothly for Rosie and Brianne. I can always count on Richie to keep the cocktails and the jokes flowing. I have to admit though, he does go a little overboard sometimes. Richie’s motto has always been “go big or go home.” That’s what I love about him, and you always know what he’s thinking. He always reminds me not to take things so seriously. Since Rosie and I met Brianne together, I thought a family dinner was a great way for Rosie to get to know her better. What’s better than making new friends, letting your hair down, and enjoying a great meal together in your own home?

Here’s to new beginnings, new friendships, and new happy memories! Go out and make it happen.

As always, you can catch up with me on my website and through my newsletter at, on Facebook, and on Twitter @KathyWakile @RichardWakile @VictoriaWakile @JosephWakile.

Red Velvet Cosmo is now available throughout New Jersey and Florida wherever spirits are sold. I have many more exciting things coming soon so stay tuned!

Until next week!

Lots of Love,
xoxo Kathy

P.S. I received so many tweets about the clothes and accessories I wore in this episode, so here’s where to find them:

My fedora:
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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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