Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Jacqueline's Response to Joe Giudice

Amber Calls Out Andy Cohen

Dina: What am I Doing Here?

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Amber: I Felt I Like I Was Being Hazed

Melissa: Continue to Pray for Teresa's Family

Why Amber Shares Her Cancer Story

Dina: I Was Team Santa

Teresa: I Don't Blame Jim

Bobby's Unacceptable Behavior

Amber: Dina is Jealous

Melissa: "We are Heartbroken"

Dina Reacts to the Sentencing

Kathy Talks Kevin Jonas

Amber: Dina Was Planning a Blood Bath

Jim and Amber Were on Different Pages

Dina on Bobby's "Bizarre" Behavior

Amber Calls BS on Dina

Nicole: Words are So Powerful

Teresa: "Kudos to Dina!"

Teresa: I Love the Show, I Love My Fans

Praying for a Positive Outcome for Teresa

"Tipsy Melissa is My Spirit Animal"

Dina's Lose-Lose Situation

Jacqueline on Her Status with Teresa

Why Teresa Told Dina the Rumor

Amber on Her Cancer Scare

Teresa: There was an Agenda to Hurt My Family

Melissa: I Do Feel for Amber

Dina: Gia's Beautiful Inside and Out

Nicole: This is Not 'Jerry Springer'

Amber on Her Meltdown with Teresa

Amber's Emotional Call to Teresa

Teresa Thanks the Fans

Dina: Florida Will Be the New Scary Island

Teresa: I Wish I Never Heard the Rumor

Amber on the Shocking Rino Rumor

Victoria Gotti's Big No No

Jacqueline's Response to Joe Giudice

Jacqueline shares her thoughts on Joe's comment about Autism.

As I said before, I had no business going on that retreat. I would have only been a distraction from Teresa and her family getting to the core of their issues, which had absolutely nothing to do with me.  I felt like I had nothing to gain from going. I was not part of Teresa's family, and at that point, I had no desire to try and mend any sort of relationship with Teresa. I heard that she was constantly talking behind my back, and it was obvious to me that she had no desire to mend things with me either. Being dared to go on the trip isn't exactly extending an olive branch. It sounded more like she was waiting to beat me over the head with it.

I felt like I had enough on my plate without adding a pile of nonsense to it. That last phone call with Teresa was a reminder of how she brings out the worst in me. I didn't need extra stress in my life. My focus needed to be on my own family and their needs.

Right after the nasty phone call with Teresa, I was so annoyed that I let her get me upset again. I decided to tweet: “When you argue with a moron, you become a moron. You have to rise above and remember who and what is really important in life. Some things don't matter. Let it go.” My tweet wasn't directed at Teresa, but, it was most definitely inspired by her and her people that were hate tweeting me.It was a reminder for me not to let Teresa get to me anymore, to stop reacting to her ridiculous accusations, and to keep my focus on more important things that matter in my life.  I may react impulsively at times, but if I feel a certain way about something or someone, I have no problem expressing how I feel and owning it, publicly or not. I've noticed that a lot of you tweet impulsively too. LOL!

As far as Teresa's comment about my having time to tweet, when your child is in school and therapy 9 hours a day, there's time to tweet...among other things. Just pointing that out.

Teresa may not have tweeted derogatory things about me, but I believed she was still voicing her strong opinions of me through other avenues and would get mutual acquaintances to be her voice for her. We are both guilty about having talked badly about each other. If you're honest, some of you are just as guilty of talking badly about people in your own life. You even talk about us and you have never even met us. LOL!It's hard to explain to people what it's like to raise a child with special needs. The Autism spectrum is so wide that everyone has their own unique struggles, some more, some less than others. One thing for sure is that we all face our joys, our challenges, and some heartache every single day.

My response to what Joe Giudice said about Autism is simply this: Autism is a developmental disorder that requires a LOT of extra time and special attention that sometimes parents of typical kids find it hard to understand. Google it.

It is true that many children on the Autism spectrum are geniuses and become talented artists, musicians, and other great professionals at the top of their fields. I think it's because many have amazing memories and can keep an extreme focus for long periods of time on things they are passionate about. Kids on the spectrum need to be given the right early interventions and tools for learning, structure, consistency, attention, love, patience, communication, and socialization skills, special diets and supplements among many other things in order to progress and thrive. It takes a lot of love, patience, understanding, and perseverance to guide them. Raising a special needs child is not an easy task, but it is very rewarding. I am very proud of Nicholas, as well as I am with all of my children. They are truly a blessing.To hear more about our Autism journey, and other happenings in our lives, go to www.JacquelineLaurita.com.

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Best wishes to all! XOXO!

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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