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Meeting Moo Shoo

Caroline dishes on what it's like having Fran's animal friends stay at her home.

Happy Sunday and Happy Father's Day to all the daddies out there, hope it was a good one!

There's so much to talk about this week -- we went from a runaway Ferrari to a pig on a lawn and everything in-between. Leave it to Jersey to keep it interesting, right?

It was sad to see the tug of war continue amongst everyone while Mr. Gorga was in the hospital. We watched Kathy struggle with her emotions regarding her uncle’s hospitalization and the fear of losing him before they could reconcile. Kathy is a good person and I know she hurts for not only herself, but her mom and her sister Rosie as well. I loved that Victoria and Joseph went to visit, they're good kids with kind hearts.

The whole hospital visit thing was nuts. Bottom line is this, everybody went and paid their respects. Joe Gorga was sick and unable to visit his dad, Melissa went with the kids, and Kathy and Rich sent Joe and Victoria in their place. Let's all appreciate the fact that Mr. Gorga came out of the hospital knowing that his family was there to support him regardless of the date and time of arrival. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Joe and Gia's talk was nice to see. I'm all for kids connecting with their parents, and although it was TMI on Gia's part, the fact that she was comfortable enough to discuss that with her dad is a good thing. As a side note, I always thought "grill" was slang for teeth. See, you learn something new every day.

How beautiful is our little man Nicholas? I have a feeling he's going to be stealing the show this season, and nothing would make me happier. Autism is such a mysterious condition and having the platform to talk about it and share information will only increase the chances of recovering those who are on the spectrum. I appreciate Bravo for allowing Chris and Jac to tell Nick's story. The Hyperbaric Chamber has been a tremendous help for Nick, and I know Chris and Jacqueline are thrilled to have met Samir Patel from At the suggestion of Samir, they decided to try the chamber and as you can see, our little man Nick loved it. Many of you have reached out telling us their stories regarding family members and friends that are on the spectrum, keep on doing what you're doing! Conversation and communication are key to finding new techniques for treatment as well as emotional support and understanding from those who walk that same road. As I said tonight, Jacqueline has proven herself to be a warrior in her fight to recover Nick, and she is determined to share her story and give others the hope that so many of you have given her and Chris. Go to Jacqueline's blog, she has more info on the chamber if you are interested. I also did a podcast a few months back with Jac and Samir from Oxyhealth explaining the benefits of the chamber and Samir and his associate shared some amazing stories of success and healing. You can listen to it for free on iTunes or -- look for "Let Me Tell You Something" with Caroline Manzo.

OK, going to switch subjects now. If you remember, Joe and Melissa came to my Hoboken apartment, and while they were there they shared that they were still having issues with Teresa. I felt so bad for Joe that night. He seemed sad, angry, and hopeless. I have been in his shoes and I know exactly how he feels, and because of that I asked if he would meet with me for coffee. I wanted to give him a pep talk, there was absolutely no hidden agenda on my part at all. Hearing Melissa say that she was confused as to why I secretly met with Joe and that I should stay out of it was hurtful. The conversation I had with Joe was about his relationship with his sister and his parents. I didn't want to drag Melissa into another conversation out of respect to her feelings, knowing that she doesn't like to be put in the middle of their issues. I'm sorry she never told me this, I would have explained myself to her and listened to her concerns.Joe asked me to go speak to Teresa for him, and I did as he asked. When I sat down with Teresa I spoke from my heart with no "team" shirt on at all. Throughout the next few episodes I have to deliver a few messages to family members and friends. First I had to tell Joe what Teresa's response was to his request, then I had to tell everyone else where they fit in the healing process. It wasn't fun, and as I watch it now, it makes me nauseous. I did what I did and said what I said, and I have no regrets. Keep watching, it gets interesting.

So, what did you think of Moo Shoo? Can you imagine my surprise when I pulled up to the house and saw a giant snaggle-tooth pig walking around? Christopher was right when he said it's almost getting to be a common occurrence around here. Never a dull moment at the Manzos, that's for sure. Moo Shoo lived here for a few days and was treated like a king.
Moo Shoo's just one in the line of many animals that have come and gone since Fran has been living with us, and although it may seem excessive, Al and I don't really mind. We witnessed Frannie suffer through an awful time in her life, and I believe whole heartedly that her love and dedication to animal rescue was a key factor in her finding the strength to walk away from a negative situation. It's been great to watch Fran gain her confidence and self-respect back. Frannie understands that it's a home and not a shelter, so our little friends have a pretty fast turn around time between fostering at our house and finding a forever home through adoption. As I said in last week’s blog, Fran is involved in numerous animal rescue organizations and sanctuaries. Follow her on twitter @frannielaurita.

Well, that's it for now. As always, thank you so much for watching. I really appreciate it!

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Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Teresa Aprea shares her thoughts on the finale and this season.

Hi loves,

I must say this was another hard one to watch. Sometimes we do things in life out of anger that we regret later, and this episode was one of those times. As far as Teresa goes, this episode was devastating. To see the sentencing being announced and reactions from cast mates was really sad. Our hearts go out to Teresa, Joe, the kids, and their family! 

The Ladybug event was so much fun to work on with the girls. It's such a great charity and Dina has worked so hard on it for years. I loved seeing the kids walking down the runway and of course my Giovanni looked so gorgeous with his little Ladybug slippers on. I am happy that Teresa and I are in a good place now and she knows that I am here for her if she needs anything. Sometimes the best thing to do is put the past in the past and move forward. You can't change people. Some people apologize and move on and with some people you know that they never meant to intentionally hurt you, so you move on together. My husband and Joe Guidice get along great as well. We all have to support one and other and I am grateful that we are all in a good place.

Watching Amber cut her hair and move forward from one of the hardest times in her life was so beautiful, especially sharing that moment with Jim, her kids, and her mom. I love my husband so much. Watching him and Amber talk just shows the heart my husband has and I appreciate Amber calling him over to squash any issues. My husband is a good man and that's why he and I could never be apart for long, because anyone that knows him, knows how good he is.

This season was a great experience. There were some great moments and some moments that I would never want to relive. As I have said this season, we love hard and we fight hard, and in the end, everything always comes together. Nicole and I were happy to have the opportunity to clear some things up on WWHL last night. Happy to put things to rest and move on to bigger and better moments together.Nicole and I worked with stylist Jennifer Dayan from and we loved the pieces that she chose for us last night! 

We have so many exciting projects coming up! Our new website should be launching soon, you can check it out at Like us on our Facebook fan page: or follow me on Instagram @TeresaAprea or on Twitter @TeresaA_RHONJ.

On behalf of me and my family, we thank you for welcoming us both for our first season of RHONJ and stay tuned for the upcoming reunion!

Ciao babies, 


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