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End of an Era

Teresa Giudice doesn't understand Jacqueline's reasons for ending their friendship.

Hi from the Jersey Shore! I'm here with my kids and hubby enjoying the last few weeks of summer. I don't want it to end! I'm not ready for fall!

I can't believe we were in Napa last year. Joe and I would love to go back -- but with our kids. We missed them like crazy! Caroline was lucky to have her brood with her, but I guess the drama never ends with kids, no matter how old they are!

I loved surfing, even though the water was cold. I like challenging myself to do new things. I've never been one to just sit on the sidelines and watch. I wish everyone had come in with us! I thought the water was deeper when I jumped off my board though, which is why I landed so hard. The cold water numbed my foot, so I did wear heels afterwards, which I think made it a little worse. I was in so much pain that night, it was no joke! I think I twisted something and it was swollen, but my boots the next day were the magic cure. They were new, so they were tight, and they kept my foot from swelling any more. I was good as new then!

I'm glad you all got to see me and Joe and my brother and Melissa how we used to be on vacation. We used to have so much fun, goofing around and hanging out together. For years and years we had a great relationship, which is why it was so shocking and upsetting that it all fell apart last year. But you can see we're working on fixing it.

And yes, Melissa always was a "fondler." She used to say I had the best ass, so she was always grabbing it.

It's sad for me, even now, watching my friendship with Jacqueline end. We were really close for a really long time, and we never did have a fight. I really did feel that she did something to me -- ambushing me with Caroline -- and it hurt my feelings, but I wanted to forgive her and move on. But you can see we weren't on the same page.
I didn't do anything to her, no specific thing she could say or I could ask forgiveness for. Her thing seems to be she just doesn't like how I am. We can work past a thing or an event or a mean conversation, but what do you do when someone just decides they don't like how you are? Who you are? I can't change that. And I'm not going to change it just because Jacqueline suddenly tells me to. If she had a specific thing that hurt her, I'd be happy to stop doing it. But she just tells me I'm fake, and it's everything. All of sudden too, after 10 years, it's everything. It's sad and I'll always miss her friendship, but what can I do? I can't change or fix "everything."

We did have a lot more fun you didn't see on our trip though. There wasn't time to show everything, but we did have a big RV Cook-Off between me, Caroline, and Kathy. It was a challenge trying to cook in that tiny RV kitchen without our normal tools and ingredients, but we all pulled it off. I was slapping the steak with a big grilling spatula to try and tenderize it, Melissa was my sous chef and partner in crime. We had so much fun! Then we ran around and had people in the parking lot taste everything and decide whose food was the best. Maybe they'll put the clip online or put it in a lost footage episode and then you can see who won. I will tell you what I made though: Steak Pizzaola (the recipe is in my first cookbook Skinny Italian -- it's my dad's favorite and just 383 calories!) and an eggplant and tomato ciambotta which I included in my newest cookbook Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit -- sooo good and just 86 calories! (Both go great with Fabellini!)All right, I have to get back to the beach and my girls. Love love love you all! Follow me on Twitter @Teresa_Giudice and check out my website for my appearance schedule, where to buy Fabellini and more!

Tanti Baci,
Teresa xx

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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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