Cast Blog: #RHONJ

The Knitting Circle

Teresa wasn't a big fan of Chris Laurita's husband summit.

Hi Sweethearts!

I'm so excited you got to see me and Joe at Brotherhood Winery formulating our Fabellini! You didn't get to see it all, but we had such a great time that day. It's been such a great adventure, and I'm so grateful that you all love it! For information on where to buy it, visit my website.

Yes, Joe and I were a little annoyed with each other, but on the way in the car we were arguing about my brother and how he upsets me. Joe is sick of seeing me hurt and was telling me to move on. It wasn't pretty, but that's real life. That's being married for 12 years and dating since we were teenagers. We don't sugar coat our marriage and pretend things are roses for the audience. I wish marriage and relationships were always perfect, but we agreed to show our lives on camera, and we're showing it all. We don't change for the camera, pretending to be crazy romantic or super supportive of each other all of sudden when people are watching. We've always supported each other and we always will, even if we don't always say the perfect Hallmark thing.

Speaking of greeting card guys, how about that Chris Laurita? Who knew we had a new Housewife? I've known the guy for years and I've never heard him talk so much in my life! Of course I'm not loving what he has to say, especially since it's behind our backs. First of all, I think you can see my husband doesn't give a crap about other people's personal lives, and he's definitely not running around town talking about Chris. That's just insane. Joe said something to Chris at a birthday party that ended up being quoted in a tabloid, and I warned Joe that Chris shouldn't be trusted, but Joe just doesn't care. He keeps being nice to people, he'll stay friends with anyone. He just doesn't have time for bullshit. You could see he wasn't thrilled to be at the knitting circle clipping coupons and gossiping with the other husbands that night at Chris' house, but he showed up to keep the peace. And I'm so proud of him for defending me.

It's sad he has to defend me from my own family though. I have no idea why they're so bitter and ugly toward us. It was never this way until they got on the show, and now they seem to be hashing out all this teenage angst or something. The fact is we've always supported and helped them and never asked for anything in return. I'm glad you all got to see who gave Joey and Richie their starts in real estate: my Joe did. My Joe has a huge heart and he loves to help people. He does it just because wants to, not because he has to or it makes him look good. I wish everyone else was half the man my Joe is.

You'd think by now I'd be used to everyone on the show talking about me non-stop every single episode, but I'll admit I was shocked by Caroline's comment about my marriage. Not because I don't expect her to say nasty things about me and to constantly judge of me -- that's what she does. To quote Audriana's favorite movie right now, The Little Mermaid: "It's what she lives for." (Caroline does remind me of Ursula, come to think of it...) What shocked me is her hypocrisy.I don't usually read the other ladies blogs but my wonderful fans keep sending me pieces to show me how badly the other ladies lie and contradict themselves, so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite comments:

On May 6, Caroline wrote in her Bravo blog that me calling MY OWN brother in PRIVATE to talk about his marriage (like we've always done our whole lives) was "cruel and thoughtless," and that talking about anyone's marriage is a "line that should never be crossed." Interesting. She should take her own advice. Maybe that she can't is why she doesn't have a talk show or write an advice column anymore... What Caroline said about me and Joe I think tells you all you need to know about who she is... (P.S. Read the rest of the Ursula song lyrics though. It's too funny: "Poor unfortunate souls./In pain, in need./This one longing to be thinner./That one wants to get the girl./And do I help them? Yes, indeed.")

Melissa's blog last week was also hilarious. She actually wrote my girls were "mocking" her singing. Are you kidding me? Milania said you "stink," just like she said Joe was an "old troll." That's not mocking your singing. We've all been so supportive of you, publicly and privately. Did you see the tour I gave of my beach house on where all my girls are rocking out to Melissa's music? I didn't see her reading my cookbooks... I've only seen my family throw them in the trash actually...
I honestly do want to hear Melissa sing without a background track. And I'm sorry, not karaoke. She writes that she sings in front of the girls all the time, then that they've never heard her sing. Which is it? Melissa also wrote about me last week: "I never question her cooking and I NEVER would." Except for all last season, right? She goes on to say: "That is her business and livelihood, what kind of person would I be if I tried to make people not believe in her?" Which brings me to Kathy...

What in the world is she doing? I'm trying to figure out what would possess her to come to my book signing (Finally, by the way! I've been having them for two years right near her house... First thing she hosts though, and I'm there!) and suggest the recipes were her mother's. First of all, you can tell she never read the book at all since she points out pizelle cookies which don't even have a recipe in the book (I use store bought for a quick kid ice cream sandwich dessert). Then she keeps pointing to pictures and saying "my mom's, my mom's." Who does that? I don't know why she wants people to think our moms are related and somehow I'm using her mom's recipes. Our mothers aren't related by blood, they didn't grow up together, and her mom didn't even grow up with my dad, her brother. And no, we've never baked together. And yes, I can bake. Always have. I'm not trying to be the Cake Boss, but I think I can make a cupcake!

I'm also pretty sure my mom's not the only Italian grandma with a cookie recipe, but my mom's is the one I use. What makes Kathy keep picking at my cooking success though? Is she insecure because she obviously came on my show to launch a new baking career and she thinks people will think she's stealing from me, so she puts it out there first? I don't know. I just know that she's calculated, she's passive aggressive, and "nice" is NOT her middle name. If it was, she'd clear this up herself immediately, and she would have cleared it up on WWHL with Andy Cohen. And I've asked her to. She didn't answer me back. I've told her I want to work with her, I support her, but all I see her doing is pushing bad rumors about me and letting her husband say evil things about me. I don't know too many nice girls who do that...I'm not sure I'll ever be used to being under such a microscope, having every little thing I say or do blown up, and I wasn't prepared for all the articles about a "feud" between me and Bethenny because I what I said on the show. Here's my response: I was not in any way slamming the SkinnyGirl brand! Bethenny did an amazing job building her brand from Bethenny Bakes to SkinnyGirl, and I've always supported her and all the other Housewives with their businesses.

I was talking about how I picked the taste for the formulation of my Fabellini, and mentioned that I don't like things that taste "diet-y." I don't even drink diet soda. Obviously lots of people love it, but it's just not my thing. I've always been the opposite of Bethenny in that way -- she cooks with tofu, I'm not that girl. I'm lucky that I was raised with authentic Italian food that's naturally healthy, and that's what I share with people in my cookbooks. (If they're out in your book store, they're still on Amazon here)

It's the same with drinks: Bethenny will take something with a million calories, like a margarita, and tell you how to change it to make it have less calories, but it's not going to taste like a regular full-calorie margarita. My drink of choice has always been the bellini, which is just sparkling wine and fruit nectar. It's naturally low in calories so you don't have to do anything to it or change the taste. You saw me drinking bellinis on the show before Bethenny ever did alcohol, when she was making her all-natural cookies. But bellinis are hard to find, and everyone kept asking me how to make them, so I decided to come out with my own: Fabellini!

I have nothing but love for the other Housewives and their products. Nothing but love. Even though they all don't have that for me, I want them all to be successful and happy! Every last one of them! I've publicly supported and congratulated them all, but just to make sure, please buy/support/visit: Bethenny's SkinnyGirl everything; Ramona's wines and jewelry; Jill's home collection; Kandi's music; Kim's wigs; Lisa's skincare line and restaurants; Adrienne's shoes; Vicki and Tamra's Wines by Wives club; Alexis' dresses, Gretchen's cosmetics; the Manzos sauce and water; Jacqueline's acne cream; Kathy's drink; the shapewear by Heather, Bethenny, and Jill; the books by Bethenny, Jill, LuAnn, Alex, Kelly, NeNe, Lisa and Kyle; the other television shows of NeNe, Kim, Kandi, Dina, and Bethenny; and of course, the songs by Kandi, Kim, Gretchen, LuAnn, Sheree, Simon, Michaele, Melissa, Lisa, Miss Lawrence, and what the heck, even Danielle! Did I miss anyone? If I did, tweet me and let me know @Teresa_Giudice.Finally, for the millionth time, I don't talk to the tabloids or sell stories about myself or anyone else. I think Caroline and co. think if they say it enough times it will be true, but it's odd that the stories are always about me, not them... I do give interviews to certain magazines though, just like Bethenny's on the cover of People magazine this week with the headline "How I Saved My Marriage." I'm sure she doesn't love that headline, but she doesn't get to write it, she only gets to answer their questions, and that's her talking to her fan base through the press, not selling her own stories to the tabloids. If anyone could explain this to the people on my show, I will be forever grateful!

Love, love, love you all! Visit my website for information about my books, my Fabellini, and my new hair care line Milania!

Tanti Baci,
Teresa xx

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