Cast Blog: #RHONJ

That Was Easy

Melissa thinks she and Teresa finally managed to get along.

Happy Birthday, Antonia! My beautiful baby girl turned 6! I am so blessed to have such a beautiful, smart, and good little girl in my life. She really is the sweetest little thing inside and out. I’ve always thrown her beautiful birthday parties; it’s what I love to do! It’s one of the reasons I love being a mom.  For as long as I can remember I’ve just always wanted to have babies and do all the beautiful things mommies do! I only have one little girl, so I love to give her everything I can and enjoy these precious baby years for as long as she will let me. I know she won’t let me dress her in the frilly outfits with the big headbands and feather hats forever. But for now she loves it, so I’m not going to stop until she makes me! The party was so much fun and all the kids had such an incredible time. This is what’s important in life, watching the kids smile and just enjoying life together!

For those asking why I had my makeup done for the birthday, well, hello! I wanted to look nice! To be honest I hired a professional photographer to capture the day -- memories, memories, memories! So if figured I’d get my makeup done so I could have some great pictures from the day. I know I’ve said this before, but I have a picture obsession! I will post some of them from the party on my website today, so be sure to go check them out!

It was great to see Teresa and Joe getting along at the party. See how easy it is? Just enjoy each other! Joe mentioned how the therapist said a Sunday dinner would be great for us. I really thought it was a great idea and immediately invited everyone to my house. I loved being able to play with Teresa about the sprinkle cookies! That’s how sister-in-laws should be.  They should be able to play with one another. That is all I want. I just want a happy, normal relationship with her so that we can get our families together. Is that so hard? It’s not for me! I’m happy Teresa is getting to the point where she is realizing that life is too short to worry about the petty things. I hope she is going to start having a more positive attitude about my marriage, my music, and my kids, and just stop overanalyzing me and everything I do. It must be draining for her to worry about me all day and worry about how we are living our life.I do think sharing an RV together is a good thing! I want to dive right in. That’s how I am -- when I call truce, I call truce! I would never do anything to sabotage this good thing we have going. So as long as Teresa doesn’t, I don’t see how anything could ever go wrong again. This is how I felt when we were shooting this episode. Does it stay like that? Well you will have to keep watching and see.

Let’s talk about Cris Judd! OMG, I was completely intimidated! He has worked with such amazing artists and people. I’ve been a fan of his for such a long time, so actually being able to have him teach me was surreal. I love his dancing style and I love the way he moves. He worked with the King of Pop, who is my idol! Did you see when he asked me dance?! I was so nervous I just started to giggle. I could barely move! The advice and tips he gave me were so helpful, and I still think about what he taught me every time I get on a stage. You haven’t seen the last of him; he will be in next week’s episode too! I can’t wait for you to see me perform Rockstar at Beatstock. I love that song!

OMG, how cute is Gia? She was shaking her groove thing! She’s loves to dance. She loves gymnastics, she loves acting, and I hear she’s taking singing lessons now too! Teresa has always wanted her to be in the spotlight, and so here she is! Joe and I always support her and are so proud of her. We love to see her doing her thing!

I love the bickering between Caroline and Lauren, it was so funny. Ladies, going into business together might cause some tension! It’s really great of Caroline to support her daughter and help her make this store possible. By the way, the store is called Cafface, and it’s absolutely beautiful! I’ve been there; it is like a café for your face! They have such beautiful makeup stations and the atmosphere is perfect. Lots of luck, Lauren!

I loved watching Rosie’s first date with “what’s her name.” It was so cute. Rosie was acting like a little school girl being very polite and sweet to her guest, although they probably should have gone somewhere alone together. That girl probably thought Richie was nuts!
Greg’s birthday party was a blast! I love him, he’s a great guy, and we always have such a good time together! I get along with the Manzo boys so well! Lindsey was so sweet and beautiful. I loved her. I wanted to give her some tips on how to show Albie that she was serious about him. I told her if she wants to be a “wifey” she has to prove it to him. When men don’t live with their mother, they appreciate a girl doing the things their mommy used to do. If you really love a man, you will have no problem doing things like vacuuming for him before he gets home, doing the laundry, and buying a fruit basket! Trust me, these are probably things he hates doing, so he will appreciate it! Show him you care and show him he means a lot to you and that you want to go out of your way to make him happy. If you find that you don’t want to do these things for him, then he might not be the right one. These are my tips for a happy relationship!
I can’t wait for you to see the Beatstock performance next week! I also have a list of the vendors and people that helped make Antonia’s birthday perfect on my website, from the cake to the giant caterpillar! And of course I’m going to talk about WWHL with Mike Tyson! Check it out!

Rockstar and all my other songs are on iTunes right now!
Follow me on Twitter for the scoop @melissagorga and on Facebook.

Lots of Love,

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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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