Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and your family and friends a wonderful holiday season.
We love love love you!
Love, Joe, Teresa, Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana xx

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Behind-the-Scenes...

Here's a picture of the poinsettia farm. It was an hour away from our house in Belvidere, NJ. Part of Gro-Rite Nursery. And a video of Milania and Audriana goofing around in their dresses. Thank you so much to our amazing photographer Linda Marie!

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RHONJ Reunion: I'm Stumped!

Hello Sweethearts!

Took the girls to the pumpkin patch this weekend and Joe decorated our entire yard with Halloween decorations. I even got this amazing spider for the front door that literally keeps scaring me! I put a bunch of new photos below.

Joe and I just got back from Boston where we were meeting with retailers about rolling out our new line of Fabulicious Desserts and Coffee. I'm so excited! It will be in stores this Spring! And the new formulation of Fabellini made in Italy will be in stores by the end of this month, including Costco! I can't wait for you to try it. Send me pictures of you toasting the fabulous events in your life and I'll add them to the Fabellini website. And check my website for my upcoming appearances: www.teresagiudice.com.

Can you believe we've come to the end of Season 5? It blows my mind that when I started filming this show, I only had 3 little girls and Gia was just 7 years old! So much has changed since then. I had my beautiful Audriana, who's now in preschool. Gia is almost a teenager. Lots of ups and downs but that's life. And I wouldn't trade it for anything.

We're almost at 100 episodes for RHONJ. Hey Andy, when do we get our special? Looks like I'm the OG from NJ. Who would've thought? I was so quiet during Season 1. Well, until that whole table flip thing... 

And I just counted, this is my 97th blog! 97 blogs. Insanity. It's funny to go back and read old ones. It's like reading my diary or something. They're not always fun or easy to write, but they are honest about how I was feeling at the time. My favorite is still the Felicitations blog. I cannot believe they let me get away with that, but a girl's gotta have her fun. Haters gonna hate, but I just love love love!

Alright, so how do we close out this season? I'm sorry to say that we didn't close it out on the Reunion exactly how we did in real life. There's a lot of footage to go through since we taped for 15 hours, but happily we did end with a lot of love and peace and forgiveness. I'm really proud of everyone, myself included, for that. We've all been through a lot together, and I think we've all grown and learned from our mistakes.

My "final words" last night were NOT final words about the season and not at the end of the Reunion after we'd all made up, but final words about what we all talked about with Dr. V. Right after Dr. V. left, there was still some confusion about the argument between me and Caroline and I wanted to make sure it was set right. Caroline does a great job of putting words in other people's mouths. One time in reference to her actually being older than the rest of us, I said she was "older." She twists that around and says I said "you're old and you only have a few good years left." Um what? I express how happy I am to see hope for Jacqueline's and my friendship, and Caroline says, "You said Jacqueline is your only true friend." No I did not. I usually don't care, but I'm not going to have her, of all people, call me a liar.

Truth be told, I really don't care that she called me "superficial" -- not anymore anyway -- but the day I saw it on the episode it bothered me because she is a faker. Fine. So I wrote in my blog that she puts on a front and her and Albert were really miserable the whole time. The funny thing is it wasn't even on my Bravo blog, but on my personal website blog. I didn't think she read my website, and I certainly didn't expect her to bring it up at the Reunion and get so dramatic about it. It wasn't a lie and she knows it. She is miserable every single trip we take and yes, we've all seen her fighting with Albert. She did it in Italy, in Napa, everywhere. It's not like I said (or ever would say!) someone was cheating or anything. I was just pointing out that she's not as honest as she pretends to be about her feelings, so she shouldn't judge others.

And I don't know why she took my comment as such a big deal though because it's not. All married couples fight. We all just don't work so hard to pretend we don't. That was my problem, that she's so quick to pass judgment on everyone else's marriage and finances and even our emotions, when she isn't honest about herself. Remember the whole "You heard it here first" comment from her about me and Joe? She had numerous times to take it back and refused. Fine, that's who she is. I just wanted to let her know that I don't play her game. But I am big enough to see that the whole thing is petty and stupid, and I did apologize directly to her.

I didn't love that she was talking about my finances on the Reunion, but at the time which you didn't get to see, Joe defended me immediately, and I defended myself. I do work hard and make my own money. You haven't seen my husband buy me an Hermes bag or brag about fancy cars. We're really not like that. We bought our house for $500,000 and we've lived in it for 12 years. We took a "used" house and fixed it up. We've both of us worked hard every single day.

Anyway, I would never go backwards at the end of the Reunion when everything was settled and good to bring up the Caroline "superficial" comment again. Believe me, I'm not that superficial! Caroline and I hashed it all out like you're supposed to do at a Reunion, and then it was over. Why it was moved to look like I brought it up again, like I was harping on it, is beyond me. I'm stumped! I wish they could've left the Reunion as it really was: we were all at peace with each other and happy.

I was kind of hoping that Danielle or Kim D. or Dina or even Penelope Cruz would have come out when Andy was teasing us. I would like to see everything resolved with everyone. But I guess that's for Season 6...

Again, from the very bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone for sticking by us and lifting us up with your prayers and good wishes. It means the world to me. Visit me on Twitter @Teresa_Giudice and my website www.teresagiudice.com to stay in touch! I love love love you all!

Tanti Baci,
Teresa xx

 

RHONJ: "The Horse Whisperer"

Hello Loveys!

Hope you are all enjoying the last weekend of summer! My kids don't go back to school for another whole week, but we're at the Shore one last time, grilling up a storm of course! "Fabulicious! On the Grill" is available in bookstores everywhere and on Amazon: http://amzn.to/RtCq8e and you can get my delicious new food line imported from Italy at www.skinnyitalianfoods.com.

Well, I loved this episode & I hated it. I loved it because I really loved the entire experience in Arizona. I love new things. You didn't see me making fun of the counselors or putting it down or whining in bed because I really appreciated everything about it. Part of life is to keep learning new stuff, and I love that. I was open to everything: the drums, the psychic, the horse, the high-wire. We were there to get some healing, and I was ready. I was tired of crying! Some good vibes and happiness were welcome!

I hated this episode though because you got to see everyone else's full experience with Wyatt the Horse Whisperer except mine. I know they can't show everything, but both my brother and I were able to approach the horse with openness and honesty, and he lifted his leg for both of us. For me, it was a really big accomplishment, and I'm sorry you didn't get to see it. I'm also sorry that Melissa chose to speak for me on Twitter and say that we all regretted not opening up for the horse. I don't regret it because I did open up! Why she alone didn't is for her to explain...

Everyone is afraid of something, and for me, full-grown, giant-ass animals that I've never been around before are it! I was so freaked out that the horse would turn around and bite me or kick me or something. It's no joke! Maybe if I had known the horse since it was a pony, I wouldn't have been afraid of it, but I didn't. I had a bad experience on a horse once in Aruba. And I know animals sense fear, so that made my fear even worse!

But one thing I'm not is a quitter. I like to push myself and learn new things about myself, and I didn't want to give up. I did get the horse to lift its leg for me, I did scrape its hoof, and I was soooooo proud of myself afterwards!

I'm super bummed that some of the people that were there with me like Caroline and Kathy and Melissa, who saw me overcome my fear and work with the horse successfully, acted like I didn't.  Everyone is afraid of different things. Caroline grew up on a farm, so the horse was no problem for her. It was scary and different and strange for me. The next day when we were up on the high-wire, I had no problem, but Caroline had a melt-down. Heights are really hard for her. She was hysterical crying, and wouldn't do it. I didn't judge her or say she wasn't opening herself up. I knew it was hard for her. I encouraged her, reminding her that I overcame my fear with the horses, and she could overcome her fear of heights.

For Caroline to say I'm just like Melissa, and that I'm superficial, says a lot about her character. She saw that I did open myself up to the experience, so for her to lie like that makes no sense to me. I thought we were there for healing, and I certainly didn't belittle her for her fears. She was miserable the entire trip, fighting with Albert the whole time. And she has the nerve to say I didn't embrace it? Disappointing.

You could see how into the whole experience I was when Jacqueline was up there crying and I ran up to give her a hug. I was just really happy the whole time, so happy we were all there to support each other.

We were filming at the ranch for hours and hours, and at one point, natured called and my Joe got up to go to the bathroom. When he was walking back, Milania called, so he answered. He waved me over so I could talk to her too. We had been there all day, and I wanted to make sure there wasn't anything wrong at home. I missed my girls! I can't believe of all people that Kathy didn't understand that, but I guess she and Rich have a limited memory for things. For Rich to talk about my husband delaying legal issues is insane to me. My husband cannot control the legal system, and Rich of all people knows this. Rich's had his fair share of lawsuits and I would never comment about his behavior in them. Shameful.

I'm glad you got to see a lot of the good times we do have though. Joe resting his head on my shoulder. Albert opening up. Caroline saying she wanted to hug Joe. Chris saying he loved me. Jacqueline and I cleaning the bottom of each other's shoes... I think you got to see a lot of honest interactions, and different sides to all of us.

As always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support! It means the world to me. 

Tanti Baci,
Teresa xx

@Teresa_Giudice

 

Try Milania Hair Care for FREE!

In celebration of the Milania Hair Care launch party on tonight's RHONJ episode, we are giving away full-sized bottles of our product for 1 week only so you can try it for yourself!

The full-size product is completely free, you just pay shipping costs. To get yours, simply choose your favorite -- the Argan Oil Infusion Serum, Total Vitamin Leave-in Treatment, or Keratin Heat Protector -- and enter the code "LAUNCH" at checkout. Hurry! The promotion starts today and ends Sunday 8/25!

Visit www.MilaniaHairCare.com for more info. 

Milania was voted the "Best New Hair Product of 2013," and I know you will fall in love with it! It works magic on your hair and smells amazing!

My Mermaids

I just took Audriana and Milania to get their picture taken with the wonderful Linda Marie. Look at my beautiful mermaids! Aren't they gorgeous? 

Linda Marie does the most beautiful work. She's taken my girls pictures since Gia was a baby. You know I like to do unique, original things, and when Gia was born, I wanted really special photos. I saw Linda Marie's studio sign on the side of the road and went in and was blown away. Here's her website (I think you might recognize a few of the kids on it!): http://artistrybylindamarie.com/

Linda Marie said she'll give 10% off to anyone who goes into her studio and mentions my name now through July 27. If you go, please send me a copy of your photos too! I love to see your beautiful kids! xx

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Summer at the Shore

We enjoyed a beautiful weekend at the beach. The girls love playing in the sand. Milania was so proud because she did her bun all by herself. Doesn't it look great? xx