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Caroline Throws in the Towel

Caroline shares her thoughts on all the reunion conflict.

Hello everyone! Sorry I'm late, been a busy couple of weeks, but here I am!

We're nearly at the end of the road. I'm finally getting myself into relaxation mode, and I'm happy, happy, happy.

First and foremost, let me give a shout out to my girls Lauren Manzo, Amanda Cassese, Caitlin DeCunzo, and Lindsey Andrews! Lauren and Amanda were the beauty team from Lauren's store Cafface responsible for making me look as good as a 52-year-old can look on HDTV! They are doing an amazing job at Cafface, and I couldn't be prouder of them and the rest of their staff. I can't forget you Lia Cagliostro! Caitlin has been doing my blowouts for years and she will be at Cafface soon too. She gave birth a few months ago to a very handsome little man named James, who has become the Cafface "mascot." Lindsey designed and made my dress not knowing I planned on wearing it to the reunion. She came to N.J. from Rhode Island four years ago to follow a dream to get into the design field. What better way than showing off her design to a few million people, right? I surprised her the night before and she literally stayed up the entire night tweaking a dress that needed no tweaking at all. I'm proud of her and I have faith that one day she will be a household name. Follow your dreams girls, you're gonna set the world on fire, wait and see. xoxoxo!

I thought the reunion was pretty tame all things considered. This makes me happy; I hope you all feel the same. We've had enough drama for a lifetime, agree? Part 2 airs Sunday, let's see if we can keep the momentum going. Wishful thinking?

The back and forth between the Gorga-Guidice clan was predictable, and to be honest, at this point in the game I'm throwing the towel in. Both believe they are right and innocent, and frankly, you can't berate someone for speaking what they believe to be their truth. One day the sun will shine down on them all and there will be peace in the neighborhood, you gotta believe folks, believe.Nicholas is gorgeous and the light of our lives. Chris and Jac are phenomenal parents and have devoted themselves to recovering Nick while sharing their journey to raise awareness to the mystery of Autism. We need to talk to one and other and share our stories; I've seen how important this is first hand. The Autism community is huge and parents need to know that they're not alone. Bravo to Chris and Jac, and most importantly our little man, Nick. Love you all too, too, much.

Let's clarify the infidelity remark, shall we? My point is simply this -- in life you should never say never. That goes with many other things besides infidelity. For example, never say that your kid would never do drugs, or drink, or swear, or get with the wrong crowd. Never say that you are exempt from cancer or some other debilitating disease. Never say that you will always have a roof over your head and food on your table. Never say that you will always have a perfect relationship with your siblings or children or spouse. WHY? Because life just doesn't work like that. My philosophy is very simple -- what makes me so special? What makes you so special? Life is full of twists and turns and sometimes you get knocked on your ass, and when you do, you better be prepared. So, I simply say, why not me? Then I give thanks to God every day for my blessings. We have our health, we are happy, and we are together. I have lived a wonderful life with a good man that loves me to death, and vice versa. If you don't believe me, so what, if you do, thanks. End of story.

When Teresa told me she lied in her blog that Al and I fought throughout our Arizona trip I was speechless. I'm not going to say anything other than shame on you, grow up. What she tried to do backfired. It didn't hurt or cause any drama within the Manzo household, it only made a decision very easy for me -- I'm done.
See you all next week!

P.S. Check out my new website www.carolinemanzo.com and don't forget to listen to our Manzo family weekly podcast on iTunes! "Let Me Tell You Something" is free and fun!
 Follow us all on Twitter @carolinemanzo, @albiemanzo, @laurenmanzo, @chris_manzo, @cafface, @littletownnj, @blkbeverages, @thebrownstonenj. 
Last but not least big hugs to those who bought my book Let Me Tell You Something, it means the world to me! xoxo.

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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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