Amber Marchese

Amber Marchese shares her thoughts on everyone's behavior at the Harvest Party.

on Jul 13

Hello New Jersey Housewives viewers! It is an absolute pleasure to meet every single one of you!

I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing show. I cannot wait for you to take this journey with me.

As this is my first blog, I wanted to give you with a quick look into my wonderful and crazy life before the season begins. I am a mother of four, devoted wife, and dedicated fitness nut. Our family is based on “old school values” like faith in God, hard work, discipline, and family bonding. Something as simple as eating dinner together every night as a family and saying prayer before we eat is so important to us. It is a moment for us to reflect on our lives and appreciate the food we eat.

Speaking of the food we eat, organic and farm raised meats are a must! Yes, I “torture” my family with healthy foods and meals, but I do it out of love. You will never see processed, chemical laden foods in my home. I turned my love and passion for health and fitness into a reality when I graduated with a Master’s of Physiology and Biobehavioral Studies from Columbia University.

My journey with health and fitness, however, truly began when I was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. Shortly after my youngest was born, I found several small lumps in my right breast. We brought it to the attention of my doctor and she sent me for a biopsy. I was fortunate to have a well-informed, aggressive physician and was quickly diagnosed and subsequently treated. I want to take this amazing platform that I have been blessed with and share my story with everyone. If I save even just one life, then it was all worth it to me. I was only 31 years old when I found the lump, and if I ignored it, I would not be here today.

As for my family; I have been married for eight years and my two older boys are my step children -- I call them angels. Michael is 14 years old, a history and computer buff. He is creative, funny, and very much like his father. Sebastian is 11 and has a passion for science. He says he is going to cure cancer one day, and I believe him. Sebastian is my sweetie pie, always ready to give a big hug and tell me I am beautiful. Corbin is 7 years old and being my biological son; he knows he has me wrapped around his finger. Corbin is my little Bobby Jones, handsome, quick witted, and loves to play golf, but wow! He is competitive! Then there is my youngest, Isabella. She is 6 years old and she is my heart. She is very sharp and sassy and yet remains sweet, kind, and very loving. This little one is a true beauty inside and out. She loves to sing, act, and dance. I see her following in the footsteps of my nieces, either on Broadway like her cousin, Lauren, or on commercials like her cousin, Brooklynn. Yes, I am a proud, gushing mama. My kids are my life and I would not have it any other way. My husband and I share the same values and try support each other in every endeavor.