The Real Housewives Of New Jersey on the BRAVO Network, Monday’s at 10pm!
Okay people, I am willing to admit that I am absolutely fascinated and possibly even ADDICTED to this show. Seriously.
When the show premiered last year I was hesitant about tuning in. But then, one lazy Sunday afternoon, with no where to go, and nothing to do, I ended up watching every episode ‘Marathon Style’. And, I was hooked instantly. I never wanted Season One to come to an end!
I was thrilled when I found out the show would be coming back for another Season. As such, I have been following very closely. In fact I find myself on the edge of my seat with every new episode!
Anyway, of course, like any other show, I have come to LOVE and HATE some of the cast. Let me break that down for you now.
Teresa Giudice is a true Jersey girl born and raised. Her parents emigrated from Italy and raised both Teresa and her brother Giuseppe in an Italian Catholic home. She grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, where she met her husband, Joe. The couple played house together as children and now after being married for more than eight years, they are in the process of building their own massive dream home. Joe, an entrepreneur, owns several successful businesses throughout New Jersey and Teresa spends most of her time raising their three beautiful daughters Gia, Gabriella, and Milania. She manages each of the girls’ busy schedules, shuffling them from dance, gymnastics, acting, voice, and guitar lessons — and Teresa herself teaches them all how to be “fabulous.” Before becoming a housewife, Teresa earned a degree in Fashion Marketing and Management from Berkeley College. She worked in the fashion industry in New York and hopes to one-day return to the fashion world, but is focused for now on raising her children. She’s also involved in community service, and serves as a committee member for Project Ladybug, a foundation created by Dina Manzo. Teresa is proud to be from the Garden State and happy to live and raise her kids there. She has a beach house on the Jersey Shore and loves to entertain her family and friends while enjoying all that life has to offer.
* She is my absolute FAVORITE of all the ladies. Teresa spends money like it’s nothing, she is the ultimate girly girl, her accessories, shoes, jewelery and lip-glosses crack me up. And she is pretty damn good with her three girls. I could never handle even ONE girl, let alone four of them! Although, she does tend to spoil them to no end. But, she has it like that, so she can! Teresa is simply adorable, with her big hair and once tiny boobies [which she recently had enhanced]. Seriously, she is someone I would want to hang out with, or meet for lunch!
Jacqueline Laurita is a former cosmetologist in Las Vegas turned full-time stay-at-home New Jersey mom. Her husband Chris, brother of Caroline and Dina Manzo, owns several wholesale apparel businesses and the couple has been together for more than 13 years. They have a six-year old son, CJ, and Jacqueline has a teenage daughter, Ashley, from a previous marriage. Being a young mother to a teenage daughter has its challenges, but Jacqueline is extremely close with her children. Her family is her main priority, her husband is her best friend, and she is hoping to expand on the family in the near future. Jacqueline and her sisters-in-law enjoy spending time together and can often be found shopping at the latest boutiques or getting their hair done for a night out. Aside from spending time with family, Jacqueline enjoys cooking, working out, and going to the spa. She likes to pamper herself with regular facials, manicures and pedicures. She believes in taking care of herself and doesn’t plan on just growing old gracefully. Always looking for a good laugh, Jacqueline tries to see the humor in everything and is often referred to as the peacemaker between her friends. Although she lives a lavish lifestyle, Jacqueline considers herself to be very down to earth and knows that she is blessed.
* Jacqueline, is the most ‘wholesome’ of the bunch. Yes, she is naive and sheltered, but she has the biggest heart. I get the sense she is easily taken advantage of by some of her friends. [Namely, one of the other cast members, whom I loathe! But I digress.] I like Jacqueline a lot. She does right by her family and she is down to earth. She doesn’t brag or act all sorts of flashy when it comes to the kind of money she has. It broke my heart to hear about her four miscarriages. And I have been inspired by her strength.
Dina Manzo is a family woman, a business owner, and the founder of the charitable organization Project Ladybug. She balances a career as an interior designer and owner of a successful event planning company with being a loving wife to her husband Tommy and mother to her teenage daughter, Alexia. Dina is best friends with her sister, Caroline, and both of their husbands work together running one of New Jersey’s premiere catering facilities, The Brownstone. She calls her husband the love of her life and they have been happily married for more than four years. Dina is extremely passionate about her foundation, Project Ladybug, and is dedicated to giving back to children with cancer. Her goal is to one day open “Ladybug Houses” so that these children and their families have somewhere safe and comfortable to call home while receiving treatment.
Dina, is kind of annoying. Or least least that’s what I thought LAST SEASON. She seemed cold and distant, except when it came to her daughter. However, this year – I have truly come to respect the fact that Dina makes her family a priority, not to mention that she is a beautiful woman with fabulous hair. She has no problem telling it like it is, and she is a shark of a business woman. I wish I had half of her energy. I truly admire all she is doing for sick children. Please check out Project Ladybug.
Caroline Manzo The epitome of a strong New Jersey woman, Caroline is a devoted wife and mother of three, who always puts her family first while making time for her career. Married for more than 25 years, her husband Albert runs a very successful catering facility, The Brownstone. The business has been with the family for over 30 years and is one of the premiere event spaces in New Jersey. Caroline tries to instill the value of both book smarts and street smarts in her children. Her oldest son, Albie, is studying to be a lawyer and her son Christopher is a young entrepreneur, while her daughter Lauren is dedicated to helping the family business. Although Caroline spends the majority of her time with her family, she is also the owner of two successful businesses, Opus Properties, a real estate firm and 4 My Mom, a children’s accessories line. In addition, she serves on the board of her sister, Dina’s foundation, Project Ladybug and is affiliated with The Carolyn Gable Expect A Miracle Foundation, which helps single mothers. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family on the Jersey Shore, where she has been vacationing for years. Often described as a feisty spitfire, Caroline manages to have it all — family, friends and a career.
* Caroline is the mother hen of all the ladies. She is in your face and brutally honest. If I was ever in a fight with someone I would totally want Caroline on my side! She is the ultimate ‘protector’ and proves family comes first in every episode. And besides all of her awesomeness, she shaves her face like I do. And anyone who admits to that ON TELEVISION is alright in my book!